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You can count on Las Vegas to bring out your wild child, but these restaurants will take your trip from adventurous to amorous. So, bust out those credit cards (these places aren’t cheap!) and put on a collared shirt (how romantic can you be in a tank top?) and get ready to impress your special someone with some candlelight and a bit of bubbly. Here are our five favorite restaurants to visit when we're in the mood for love:
Eiffel Tower Restaurant at Paris
A restaurant in a fake Eiffel Tower in the middle of the Las Vegas Strip could’ve been ridiculously cheesy, but this place gets everything right. From personal service (ask for Lyle!) and the awesome views of the Bellagio Fountains to the velvety red decor, it’s like Valentine’s Day every day inside the Eiffel Tower Restaurant.
This Chatter'er has a confession to make. I have a total girl crush on Claire Sinclair. Unlike some of her artificially enhanced, bleach blonde, spray tanned breast friends, she’s a brunette breath of fresh air. Like a hottie hybrid of Jessica Rabbit and Bettie Page.
So, you can imagine my excitement to see this angel in a centerfold come to life on stage in PIN UP at the Strat. (Aside: I used to think she was only innocently cute, at most. A fabulous Bettie Page spokesperson, but Playmate of the Year? Really? But, then I saw her naked in Playboy, and YOWZA. Those doe eyes, that body and her playful sex appeal. Girrrrrrl. Oh, and those are real! NSFW link, here.)
Back in January, when we discovered Deja Vu Love Boutique was constructing a new space on Las Vegas Boulevard, we actually though it might be corporate offices. The erotic emporium has two other stores in Vegas, but we didn't think it might be expanding onto the far north Strip. And, we didn't think to check the address. We should have. The city's third Love Boutique will be opening in the Tower Shops at the Stratosphere. And, we're frankly surprised.
Last year, the Strat closed their topless production Bite and recently replaced it with the more covered-up burlesque show, Pin Up. At the time of the cancellation, a Bite producer was quoted as saying, “they were not crazy about having a topless vampire show be the face of the Stratosphere.” Hence our surprise at welcoming Deja Vu as a new tenant. We'd link to their retail website, but we'd have to to warn you parts can be seriously not safe for 90% of our reader's workplaces. (cough, click here, cough.)
Frankie Moreno who?
The Strat has pinned up (see what we did there?) its newest headliner on billboards and signs all over Vegas while initial verdicts are mixed on the less-than-a-week-old production starring Playmate Claire Sinclair. The only two reviews for PIN UP on Yelp are a choice between "great singing, dancing, choreography and a really tight live band" and.. "If you think Holly Madison was okay in Peepshow then Claire Sinclair was terrible in Pin Up." Oh, my. A va-va-voom Claire Sinclair, however, isn't the only eye-raiser at the hotel-casino.
The Stratosphere raised their resort fee from 7.50 to 12.99 a night. And that does not include internet. Another 11.99 a day for internet.
Under the old charge, guests were granted admission to the tower during regular operating hours and pool access. Here's what guests are offered now for the extra $5.49:
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Recently, we looked at some low roller gaming options on The Strip in light of the closing of Bill's Gambling Hall and Saloon. While cheap blackjack can be found from one end of The Strip (Stratosphere) to the other (Luxor), they may not come with the best odds.
More often then not, if you play $5 blackjack on The Strip, you will encounter a game that pays 6:5 for blackjack and has a house advantage of about 1.8%. If you play a $5 blackjack game, like the game at Casino Royale, that pays 3:2 for blackjack the house advantage is about .44%. The 1.4% difference may not seem like a lot, but it's almost 5 times more of a house advantage for the casino.
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The closure of Bill's Gambling Hall makes Casino Royale one of the last low roller casinos remaining on The Strip. Whether you want $1 beer or you're in the mood for a Cinnabon or if you just want to play $5 craps, Casino Royale has it all. While many casinos on The Strip offer poor odds for most casino games, Casino Royale has some of the best inexpensive gaming. That said, they're not the only place you can gamble for cheap, nowadays.
You won't find low roller limits on The Strip at newer casinos like Aria or Cosmopolitan, but you will find $5 and $10 blackjack at a variety of other casinos up and down The Strip. Availability on these games depend on the day and time you visit, but $5 or $10 blackjack can be had at Luxor, Excalibur, New York-New York, Bally's, Harrah's, Treasure Island, Circus Circus, Riviera and the Stratosphere.
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Even though Electric Daisy Carnival isn't until the end of June (June 21-23), hotel rates are already significantly higher than they were for EDC this time last year.
If you're planning on attending this year's party, be sure to act quick! We've collected the initial rates below from some of the hotels we recommended last year. EDC also did everyone a solid when they partnered with a few of the bigger hotels, including Luxor, New York-New York, MGM Grand, Aria, and the Bellagio. You can check the discounted rates here. As of now, some of them are cheaper than the hotels below. For example, Circus Circus is cheaper if you go through the EDC website at $87/night, and a room at the Luxor is $135/night.
By the way, three-day passes to EDC are still available. They're priced at $500 for those over 21. Single day admissions aren't being offered this year, but a lay-a-way plan is!
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For those of you who were gutted that the vampire-themed
nudie topless show, BITE was garlic-smoked out of Stratosphere only to re-emerge from its see-through coffin at Plaza, you can now rest easy knowing that when you stay at the Strat, nearly naked ladies are no longer a cab ride away.
The Stratosphere has announced a new, original show called PIN UP, inspired by the old school pin-up girls of yesteryore. Claire Sinclair, Playboy's 2011 Playmate of the Year and Bettie Page clothing model (not to mention one-time girlfriend of Hugh Hefner's son), is set to star in the show, which she calls, "classy, sexy and most importantly, fun." Uh-oh, ya hear that Peepshow? But, don't just take Sinclair's word for it. Here's the official show description:
Featuring an impressive cast of dancers, singers and a live six-piece band with a horn section, PIN UP is a fast-paced, swingin’ production that will transport audiences to a modern version of a vintage era where red lips, corsets and garter stockings grace the most beautiful of women.
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In what will certainly be the site of one of the largest displays of public affection in the nation, Vegas will be packed come midnight on New Year's Eve. Times Square might draw a denser crowd, but the Strip will be one of the best places to be as we ring in 2013 with seven simultaneous firework displays.
Where are they this year? It's pretty much deja-vu from 2011. They'll be shooting off from the rooftops of the Stratosphere, Treasure Island, the Venetian, Caesars Palace, Planet Hollywood, Aria, and MGM Grand. Setting up shop outside CityCenter on Las Vegas Boulevard should give you views of the displays at Aria, Planet Hollywoood, and MGM Grand. Hang around The Mirage to see fireworks from Treasure Island, the Venetian, and Caesars.
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We're in the middle of a major change to the Vegas Strip right now. It actually began a few years ago with CityCenter. Right now, Caesars Entertainment is renovating a large portion of the center of the Strip.
O'Sheas closed earlier this year to make way for The Linq and Imperial Palace is being transformed into The Quad. The next transformation will be when Bill's Gambling Hall & Saloon closes in February to make way for a new boutique clubby hotel-casino. One common denominator of each of these properties is their cheap gambling.
Angel Porrino will star as Bo Peep October 22 through December 2 until Coco Austin steps into the spotlight beginning December 3. If you only want to see it once, though, Coco's husband, actor and rapper Ice-T, is promising that the show will be "way more sexier" with his wife.
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We told you about our first time... visiting Vegas, that is. And, some of you have told us about yours. Now it's time for another VegasChatter member, William K., to tell you about losing his Vegas virginity.
After watching the Monster Jam World Finals on Pay Per View we decided to attend the show in person. In 2003, we booked a room at The Mirage for the Monster Jam show in March because we were told they had the best pool in Las Vegas at that time.
I called them before our arrival and quizzed them about anything being closed or shut down or changed prior to our arrival and were assured there was no problems or major closures. We drove down, arrived and were dismayed to find the pool we had hoped my son would thoroughly enjoy was under remodeling and had been so for nine months.
We were never told about this despite my phone call a few weeks before out trip.