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Stratosphere's Adults-Only Radius Pool Has A Lot To Offer

Where: 2000 Las Vegas Blvd. South [map], 89104
May 28, 2015 at 11:40 AM | by | ()

I like my coconut drinks with a view.

It can’t compete with the sight lines from Level 107 or Top of the World, but Stratosphere’s new Radius Pool offers tasty food, drinks and scenic views. The new adults-only pool will be open during the day and in the evening, making it a great place to soak up some rays and view the sunset.

Spicy chicken skewers.

The food selection rivals any other pool café on the Strip and includes tropical inspired dishes. The crispy pork belly bao sliders with Asian slaw and cilantro pesto ($12) are especially good. The caramelized chile pineapple chicken skewers ($12) are definitely on the spicy side but full of flavor. Pepper seared ahi tuna tataki with chukka noodle salad and Thai vinaigrette ($15) is a light yet flavor-packed dish. Other dishes include burgers, chicken sandwiches and salads.

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Just One Dish: Steakhouse Grilled Ribeye Sandwich

Where: 2000 Las Vegas Blvd. South [map], 89104
May 8, 2015 at 7:51 PM | by | ()

Sometimes, a full restaurant review just won't do. Perhaps, there wasn't time for an A-Z meal. Maybe we just don't want to spoil it all. Or, a dog ate our good pictures. There may still be that one dish worth writing about. A new one, an old one. A newsworthy one or a memorable one (for better or worse). It might be the one dish, or drink, out of the whole experience that gets us to return. Or, stay away.

As a steakhouse traditionalist, I never thought I would be recommending a sandwich from a steakhouse but this isn’t just any sandwich. When Chef Giffen of Top of the World fame made an appearance at McCall’s Heartland Grill, also at Stratosphere, I asked him what he recommended. I figured he would say the filet or the boneless ribeye but I was surprised when he said I had to try the steakhouse grilled ribeye sandwich ($16).

Soft buttered bread with a crispy char-grilled top is piled high with thinly sliced pieces of ribeye that are tender and flavorful. The open-faced sandwich is then topped with crispy onion straws, mushrooms and a flavor-packed horseradish butter. Yep, that’s the second application for butter in this dish. The buttery goodness is so rich that this cheese lover didn’t even notice the lack of cheese. It certainly didn’t seem like it was missing. Served with a side of fries, this sandwich isn’t for the faint of heart, or stomach. I’m happy to report it warms up well the next day.

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Stratosphere To Offer A New Angle On The Vegas Pool Scene

Where: 2000 Las Vegas Boulevard [map], 89104
April 27, 2015 at 5:28 PM | by | ()

The space that was once Stratosphere's topless pool foray, Beach Club 25, will do a 180 this May. That's when the please-keep-the-tatas-away Radiusº Rooftop Pool & Wet Lounge, a pool-in-the-daytime, lounge-in-the-nighttime, party-all-the-time experience, makes its debut.

Beach Club 25 closed indefinitely back in June 2011. The pool scene, located 300 feet up on the hotel's 25th floor, stayed dormant all this time.

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Stratosphere Offering Parking (For A Fee) During Rock In Rio

Where: 2000 Las Vegas Blvd. South [map], 89104
March 10, 2015 at 2:58 PM | by | ()

Rock in Rio cometh...

Rock in Rio is expected to bring in tens of thousands of concertgoers to MGM Resorts' City of Rock at the north end of the Strip (across from SLS) during two weekends in May (8-9, 15-16).

While the event will feature big-name performers, it lacks at least one thing: parking on site. There will be zero parking at the festival grounds so attendees -- anticipated to be upwards of 50,000 to 85,000 a day -- will have to hoof it or opt for the monorail, shuttles or cabs. Stratosphere, however, is offering up another option, as first reported by the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

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Strat Wants You To Take Vegas Back, Not Taking Resort Fee Back, Tho

January 26, 2015 at 3:30 PM | by | ()

A new billboard campaign in Vegas asks passersby what happened to this town, without stating anything more. With nary a logo, brand or web address in sight, it perplexed enough folks that it made the local TV news.

It's now been revealed that Stratosphere is behind the signage which is in promotion of its self-proclaimed "Take Vegas Back" movement. What does that mean, exactly? A YouTube video rants all about it:

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Frankie Moreno's Run At Stratosphere To End This December

Where: 2000 Las Vegas Blvd. S. [map], 89104
October 20, 2014 at 7:22 PM | by | ()

You’ve only got a few more months to enjoy the Tangerine Honey of Stratosphere headliner Frankie Moreno. (Minds out of gutters, people.) In case you’re unfamiliar, that’s an original track by the ivory-tickling performer who is among the first to bring a headlining show with original tunes to the Strip in the modern era.

After nearly 600 shows in his three years at Stratosphere, the north Strip casino will part ways with Moreno about a year ahead of when his contract was supposed to end. After a successful first year, the show’s contract was extended through October 2015, but his final show will be December 20 of this year.

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More Online Vegas Freebies, And No Need To Be A Poker Ace To Apply

August 18, 2014 at 3:41 PM | by | ()

Recently, we profiled GoldenNuggetPoker.net and its plentiful freebies. Let’s also take a peek at what you can find at Stratosphere's AcePlayPoker.com, where you can win a great variety of freebies.

Similar to Golden Nugget's free-play online poker site, this one lets you play cash games or tournaments for fun, with the chance to use the points you earn to buy in to tournaments offering real-world prizes.

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From The Resort Fee Department: Increases And The Disappearance Of An Opt-Out

August 5, 2014 at 3:02 PM | by | ()

It's been almost a month since our last resort fees story so, you know, it's time. And, not to disappoint, we have updates for you from both sides of The Strip.

The first came to us from VegasChatter tipster Duane D. who writes:

I just booked a room at Harrah’s through Expedia and found out later that they will want another $24.64 PER DAY up from the $18.00 shown on your list. This is a big rip off so I will (be) cancelling the room until they smarten up.

It is not the costs that is the problem, but to quote one price and then virtually double it for very dubious reasons makes it unethical. Even if they have covered their themselves legally, which they have, does not make it right. Whatever happened to the theory of just getting people there and then hosing them in the casinos – we all know that happens and are prepared for it but to expect more in other ways is just too much.Good luck to them.

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Vegas Is Better With Break-Even Jacks Or Better

August 4, 2014 at 4:02 PM | by | ()

For most, 9/6 sounds likes the odds offered on a bet at a Vegas sportsbook, but for video poker players it’s the hard-to-find, nearly break-even game found only in limited spots around the Strip.

What’s 9/6? Those are Jacks or Better games that pay nine credits for a full house and six for a flush. Games that pay 8/5, or even 7/5, are much more common, and offer correspondingly worse odds – the house edge is less than half a percent on a 9/6 game with optimal play. (Some casinos, including Stratosphere, once offered a few machines that paid 10/7 and had a slight edge for the player, but finding one of those in 2014 is about as likely as finding a leprechaun and a pot of gold on Las Vegas Boulevard.)

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Sabina Kelley Bringing Tattoos And Pasty Bling To The Strat

Where: 2000 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89104
July 16, 2014 at 12:28 PM | by | ()

You may know her from Oxygen Network’s “Best Ink.” You may know her from her stunning pin-up photos. Heck, you may just want to see a lovely tattooed dancer strip down to pasties and a G-string. Either way, we won’t judge you as we’re also eager to check out Sabina Kelley as she takes over for the equally stunning Claire Sinclair July 24-31 in Pin Up.

Sinclair, the Playboy model and female lead in Stratosphere's show, will be off in San Diego to promote her new comic book, “Wondrous: The Adventures of Claire Sinclair,” at Comic-Con. Known for her Bettie Page good looks, Sinclair has been at the helm of Pin Up since it opened a year and a half ago.

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What Does It Take To Succeed As A New Vegas Attraction?

June 26, 2014 at 4:10 PM | by | ()

When it comes to amusement parks and one-off thrill rides, Vegas is big on ideas. Execution is another story. For every Ferris wheel, water park, or rollercoaster that goes up, it seems there are three that never make it beyond a press release. And, those that do (eventually) open aren’t guaranteed success. We need look no further than the High Roller observation wheel to see proof of that. It’s not all bad, however, as there are a handful of attractions that have proved successful over the years. So, what makes them work? What does it take to run a successful attraction in Vegas?

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11 Places For Fireworks Viewing On The Fourth

June 24, 2014 at 5:19 PM | by | ()

If your Fourth of July celebrations must start and end with a bang (don't go there), Vegas will have plenty of choices for you. Fireworks will be launched on The Strip as far south as Mandalay Bay and as far north as Stratosphere. If you're a local or have wheels, two popular off-Strip casinos will also light up the night sky. If you're not opposed to combining your Fourth with a true road trip, your options grow even larger. Here are 11 spots to enjoy fireworks on the Fourth:

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