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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.
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Everyone likes to know more than the person next to them. There are advertised specials all over Vegas for the best this and the best that. There's nothing very special about reading an ad that's available to anyone with two eyes. What you won't see shared very often are the unannounced specials at many casino restaurants.
The other day we were fixin' to get a simple salad at the Grand Cafe at Red Rock Resort; but, before we ordered a $12 salad, we decided to check with the waitress to see if there were any specials. Lo' and behold, our plans for a relatively healthy lunch went down the drain when we found out that the special was a burger and fries for $6. Not bad. They also had a $10 steak special, but that didn't feel right for 1 p.m. These specials change pretty often and in this case saved us 50% on lunch. Nice!
Just when we were considering a trip out to Vegas' only drive-in, the Cosmopolitan has come through with a much better way to enjoy an outdoor movie -- poolside. The resort will bring back Dive-In Movies soon, but with a new twist. This summer will be all about the double feature.
Starting May 27, The Cosmopolitan will again host weekly Monday movie viewings at Boulevard Pool. Films will be a mix of classics and family friendly flicks, ranging from Ghostbusters to Despicable Me. But, the best part will be the two separate showtimes, one at 7:30 p.m. and the other at 10 p.m. which will give us double
the reasons to keep on drinking the selection.
Dive-In Movies are free to attend for hotel guests. All others will need to fork over three bucks. (Another change from last year when it was gratis for all.) Food and beverages will be available for purchase.
Monday, May 27
7:30PM | Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure
10PM | The Goonies
Monday, June 3
7:30PM | Ghostbusters (1984, PG, 105 minutes)
10PM | The Sixth Sense (1999, PG-13, 107 minutes)
Monday, June 10
7:30PM | Ri¢hie Ri¢h (1994, PG, 94 minutes)
10PM | The Great Gatsby (1949, PG, 92 minutes)
Monday, June 17
7:30PM | The Pursuit of Happyness (2006, PG-13, 117 minutes)
10PM | To Kill a Mockingbird (1962, NR, 129 minutes)
Monday, June 24
7:30PM | The Sandlot (1993, PG, 101 minutes)
10PM | Moneyball (2012, PG-13, 113 minutes)
Monday, July 1
7:30PM | Despicable Me (2010, PG, 95 minutes)
10PM | From Here to Eternity (1953, NR, 118 minutes)
Monday, July 8
7:30PM | Little Giants (1994, PG, 102 minutes)
10PM | Friday Night Lights (2004, PG-13, 117 minutes)
Monday, July 15
7:30PM | The Breakfast Club (1985, R, 95 minutes)
10PM | Rebel Without a Cause (1955, NR, 111 minutes)
Monday, July 22
7:30PM | Lord of the Flies (1990, R, 90 minutes)
10PM | Stand by Me (1986, R, 98 minutes)
Monday, July 29
7:30PM | The Karate Kid (1984, PG, 127 minutes)
10PM | Rocky (1976, PG, 119 minutes)
Monday, August 5
7:30PM | When Harry Met Sally (1989, R, 98 minutes)
10PM | My Fair Lady (1964, G, 170 minutes)
Monday, August 12
7:30PM | The Little Rascals (1994, PG, 82 minutes)
10PM | Tommy Boy (1995, PG, 98 minutes)
Monday, August 19
Monday, September 2
7:30PM | Clueless (1995, PG, 97 minutes)
7:30PM | Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009, PG, 90 minutes)
10PM | Ocean's Eleven (1960, NR, 148 minutes)
Monday, September 2
We've finally found The Cosmopolitan's future 50,000-square-foot, 3,000-seat theater. Found it? Did we lose it? Kind of.
The Chelsea should open by the end of this year. It was originally planned to debut in sync with The Cosmopolitan back in 2010. It didn't. Instead, the resort mothballed the concept and has made do with the Chelsea Ballroom, a large convention space with a stage and temporary seating. Some locals hate it, but we've personally never had a problem with it just as we've enjoyed all the live events we've attended at the Cosmo. (The Chelsea Ballroom will naturally be changing its name.)
Over the last couple of years we'd heard a bunch of stories surrounding the abandoned ghost theater. Plans, negotiations, dreams. And, periodically, we'd go searching for where it might have been. And, there's not a hint of it. We were truly stumped.
Turns out, adding alcohol and music to just about anything makes the activity more fun -- even a game as archaic as bingo.
What started in the basement of a church hall in London has grown into a popular underground event in both Great Britain and New York City, and now every old-timers favorite game gone wrong is coming to Vegas. But, don't think of it in the traditional style. In fact, the Cosmo's "Rebel Bingo" is nothing like it, according to the marketing material we've seen:
Rebel Bingo is not like the game traditionally known as "bingo." This is not a gambling event. The game is not fair and the numbers do not determine whether you win a prize. It is a game of skill. In purchasing a ticket you are not paying for the chance to enter any kind of lottery or bingo game or win a prize. You are paying to be entertained.
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Most of the country is battling the back and forth weather that comes along with April and the transition from winter to spring, but it's never to early to start thinking about summer. Memorial Day is the official kick off in our eyes, and those making plans to visit Sin City in celebration should begin to stake their claim before you'll need to go with plans B, C, or even, D. The Golden Nugget, for example, is already sold out on Sunday, May 26.
Here's a glimpse at the starting rates at a selection of hotels. All rates are as of April 9 and, as always, are subject to change:
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Every casino has a concept which may or may not be seen as a theme depending on how obvious it. Wynn, Aria and Cosmopolitan have a concept behind the design, but these casinos are not seen as themed because it's not as
cartoonish obvious as the Eiffel Tower at Paris or the castle turrets surrounding Excalibur. There hasn't been an obviously themed casino in Las Vegas since The Venetian and The Palazzo were completed in 1999 and 2007, respectively. That could all be changing with Resorts World Las Vegas.
Resorts World Las Vegas is set to open in 2016 and will have a heavy Asian influence throughout the $2 billion property. Resorts World Las Vegas will include a series of bronze and gold glass towers flanking Asian-style red pagodas, lagoons and fountains. There is even plans for a replica of the Great Wall of China and discussion on whether or not they will have a panda exhibit. The inclusion of a water park definitely makes Resorts World Las Vegas the first outwardly family friendly casino on The Strip in years.
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This is the scene Downtown Las Vegas is chasing. We've long been an advocate of The Cosmopolitan's third-floor P3Studio art space. Even when it fails, it's a crucial and unique connection to global creative cultures. They present some great art with a self-conscious knowing eye turned to its surroundings and anachronistic home in a Las Vegas casino. And, that understanding has been instrumental in driving their booking policy, inviting creative talents who can be commercial and accessible, but possess an innate lilt to rebellion and self-expression. Precisely the world The Cosmopolitan would like to be.
Artist David LaChapelle rightfully fits that description. In the past, we've actually wondered out loud why The Cosmopolitan doesn't commission someone like him to create or license his work for their hotel rooms. And, then the Cosmo goes and actually commissions him to create some work and even brought him to the P3Studio to lecture.
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In Vegas, not every live music act requires payment and accompanying service fees. Here's where to rock out without having to pull your wallet out. Unless, of course, you can't talk your friends or that hot stranger into buying you drinks...
*Click on the name of the performer, group or band to hear them first before you head on down.
Commonwealth (Fremont East in Downtown Vegas)
Live Music Sundays
March 24: Love Hate Away
March 31: Donacat
April 7: Life Is Beautiful Music Showcase to include: Moondog Matinee, The Dirty Hooks, Avalon Landing, and more; 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
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The Cosmopolitan is like no other casino in the world. They're an independently owned casino and, unlike many of the Vegas Strip casinos, they don't have partner gaming properties in or out of Las Vegas. Well, that's about to change in a very strange way. The Cosmo and Hard Rock Hotel Casino in Biloxi have announced a partnership for gamblers.
Cosmopolitan already has an agreement with Marriott, but it is specifically for the hotel portion of the property. This team-up with Biloxi's Hard Rock is strictly for gamblers. While the press release says this union is "formalized" there is no information about it on either website. There's also no mention on Cosmopolitan's Identity players club or anywhere on the resort's website. And, it's not on the Hard Rock Biloxi website, either. (Warning: Autoplay is set to YES when you visit.)
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It's that time of the year in Vegas when the weather turns from the relatively cold winter and becomes perfect. This weekend the temps get deep into the 70s and pool season starts next week! Since a lot of this writer's life is spent inside casinos, dreams are constant on how to make that time better. When the weather reaches the 70s, this Chatter'er is ready to spend some quality time outside, but still at a casino. It's time to bring the casino, sportsbook and bar outside.
This writer's dream casino bar would be stocked with a wide variety of craft beer. Fancy cocktails will be available, but won't be the focus of this casino bar. This bar would be outside and have video poker so we can enjoy the awesome craft beer selection for free while we play and earn comps on our players club card. Chances are, we'll need those points to get a burger later.
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Here's some art with a practical application. The latest exhibit at The Cosmopolitan's P3 Studio is a series of mini-residencies under the title, Do Not Disturb, "an artistic interpretation of a closed door policy." Six artists have created new door hangers for The Cosmo. You'll be able to buy them as a set soon, but for now, the artists have super-sized versions on display on the third floor.
Theo-Mass Lexileictous, The Date Farmers, Bert Rodriguez, Alan Aldridge and, the most well known contributor, David LaChapelle, each created their variants on the Do Not Disturb/Please Enter theme. Some more successfully than others.