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Events / Chinese New Year / MGM Resorts / Bellagio / ARIA / Palazzo / Venetian / The Crystals / MGM Grand / Gold Coast / → All Tags
Although the lion and dragon typically dominate images of Chinese festivals, the 2014 Chinese New Year is the Year Of The Horse -- the seventh animal in the Asian zodiac and a symbol of nobility, class and perseverance. (It is said those who are born in the Year of the Horse tend to be intelligent, energetic and sociable.) To commemorate the occasion, hotels on and off The Strip will host traditional lion and dragon dances that you can witness in person.
MGM Resorts will put on a series of performances across its properties. Bellagio (Saturday, Feb. 1 at 4 p.m. at the main porte cochere), ARIA (Monday, Feb. 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the main porte cochere), Crystals (Friday, Jan. 31 at 1 p.m. at the entrance near Todd English P.U.B.) and MGM Grand (Friday, Jan. 31 at 6 p.m. inside the main lobby) will each host their own ceremony. Yau Kung Moon, known for its trademark gold uniforms and innovative routines, will perform the dances.
Resort Fees / Venetian / Palazzo / Treasure Island / Total Rewards / Caesars Entertainment / → All Tags
In April of 2013, Venetian and Palazzo upped their resort fee, but gave us an out -- the ability to decline it at check-in or check-out. The only caveat was that we'd be charged for services at regular prices if we did end up using them.
The days of being able to say no to that, however, have sadly ended. A front desk agent told us over the weekend that it's no longer an option.
Shows / Venetian / Palazzo / Entertainment / PANDA / → All Tags
Back in November, we gave you a preview of the show, but we're still not quite certain of just what to expect, mostly due to the fact that it will be the show’s first curtain call outside of China. We really hope to be wowed, however, given its production team also worked on the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Not only that, but the cast is made up of "award-winning performers from China National Acrobatic Troupe and Shaolin Monastery Kung Fu Monks Troupe."
Events / New Year's Eve / Fireworks / MGM Grand / Venetian / Planet Hollywood / Aria / Stratosphere / Treasure Island / Caesars Palace / → All Tags
It's a question we're asked every December and, we get it, it's an important one -- where can we see fireworks on New Year's Eve? Just standing on The Strip is a good idea, but where is an important factor, especially with towering resorts all around.
This year, just like the past two, fireworks will launch from the rooftops of seven resorts: Stratosphere, Treasure Island, the Venetian, Caesars Palace, Planet Hollywood, Aria, and MGM Grand. The entire production will last eight minutes and 23 seconds.
Openings / Palazzo / Venetian / JuiceFarm / Healthy Vegas / → All Tags
We don't know about you, but we'd take this over being Reviv'd by IV, any day.
JuiceFarm is now open inside Palazzo, occupying the space where Sweet Surrender once stood. It's believed to be the first dedicated juice bar on The Strip. (If you know differently, tout your Vegas know-how below.)
Drinking / Bars / Deuce Lounge / Aria / Rockhouse / Venetian / Palazzo / Lounges / → All Tags
Now, a new dose of Sip or Pour providing awesome drinking spots on The Strip. Keeping it simple, here's two bars that'll either let you sip on something special or pour enough to get
you drunk the party started.
For a relaxed drinking experience, make sure to drop by Aria. One of the Strip's "newer" casinos, Aria always feels elegant and that feeling carries over well into Deuce Lounge on the casino floor.
Deuce acts as a lounge, bar and snazzy gaming room. There is everything one could ask for -- dim lights, leather couches, solid music and, the best part of all, unique, tasty drinks. The menu, while not huge, offers signature cocktails that don't disappoint. Namesake martini, The Deuce-tini, is an interesting tequila-based mix of elderflower liquor, lemon juice, egg whites and agave nector. Thankfully, I didn't read the ingredients list until after I tried this one as it's not a combination that sounded appealing, but it surprised by being a gentle yet strong drink.
MMA / World MMA Awards / Venetian / Sports In Vegas / Events / → All Tags
MMA continues to grow in popularity. This year's UFC Fight Week events were spread out from Mandalay Bay to Downtown Vegas. Next year, the Fighters Only World MMA Awards are moving to the Vegas Strip for the first time.
Eating / Dining / Restaurants / Emeril Lagasse / Emeril's New Orleans Fish House / Table 10 / Delmonico / MGM Grand / Venetian / Palazzo / Grand Canal Shops / → All Tags
Love Emeril? Love the holidays? Love cooking? Bam! (Sorry, but it's too fun not to
beat it into the ground write.) There's now one easy way to combine them all.
The Chef de Cuisine from each of Emeril's Las Vegas restaurants have created a series of holiday e-cookbooks and they're free to download. You just have to visit their Facebook page to add them to your files. You'll find tips on how to craft yummy holiday cocktails, too, from each restaurant's head bartender.
Venetian / B And B Burger And Beer / Eating / Drinking / Restaurants / Openings / Mario Batali / → All Tags
Gone are the graffiti-covered walls where the Rattlecan burger joint used to reside at the Venetian. In their place, you'll find a bright, contemporary and very orange burger joint -- B&B Burger and Beer.
The new restaurant opened its doors to the public over the weekend after missing a once hoped for September debut. Brought to us by restauranteurs Mario Batali, Joe Bastianich and Lidia Bastianich -- who together operate B&B Hospitality Group -- you can definitely take the eatery at its word as to what you'll find inside.
This VegasChatter writer has never been inside of a wax museum. But, I have read more comic books than, well, books. I knew a bit about Madame Tussauds, though, and -- after hearing about a new Marvel Comics experience -- I figured I would check it out for myself.
Upon entry to Madame Tussauds, you’re greeted by Joan Rivers. It fooled me. At a glance, even knowing that I was in a wax museum, I thought Joan Rivers was actually in the museum. In retrospect, her wax doppelganger is probably holding up better than the real deal.
Thus began the fun.
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On Friday, the Palazzo unveiled what it's calling Stadium Gaming in an area that used to house much of their video poker. Stadium Gaming is a new way to play table games. You and 23 friends can sit at a huge bank of machines and play both baccarat and roulette at the same time.