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VegasChatter Reviews / Blue Man Group / Monte Carlo / Kid Friendly Vegas / Family Friendly Vegas / Shows / Entertainment / → All Tags
Blue Man Group is one of those Las Vegas shows that's always been around (15 years in Vegas) and has moved around a bit (most recently from Venetian to Monte Carlo a couple years ago), but rarely seems to land atop a majority of must-see lists. While I'd seen a Boston version several years ago, I couldn't have said the same for the Vegas installment until a couple recent events changed that.
Visiting friends who had also seen the Boston blue men were excited to see the Monte Carlo show and loved it. They relayed that, while the concept was the same and several show bits similar, enough was different to keep it fresh. Not long after, Blue Men Group announced some new bits to their Vegas show. So, it was time to finally see if it was Pappagiorgio-worthy.
Off Strip / Westgate Las Vegas / Graceland / Elvis Presley / Name Changes / LVH / Las Vegas Hilton / The International / → All Tags
At Westgate, Elvis left the building, returned, left again, and is about to stage another comeback.
The former International->Las Vegas Hilton->LVH property has long had an association with The King after Elvis Presley headlined there in the 60s and 70s. Next week, a new, permanent exhibition by Graceland will, can't help it, grace the property.
The Strip / Encore / Pools / Bottle Service / Luxe Vegas / Pool Scenes / Pool Parties / → All Tags
As clubs keep trying to outdo each other with more and more elaborate bottle service presentations (drone delivery, anyone?), the spectacle is beginning to get
out of control even more over the top. Encore Beach Club is upping the ante with two new packages for your indulgence.
First up is the Sons of Beach Club motorcycle-themed offer where a gang of leather bikini-clad servers ride out to your table on a real, production model Harley-Davidson armed with a Nebuchadnezzar (that’s 15 liters) of Veuve Clicquot, Yellow Label plus 20 bottles of house bubbly. Hopefully, there’s a sidecar to hold all that booze. This will set you back $25,000.
“Letters, we get letters"... or so news columns used to say in the era of snail mail. These days, we have an in-box instead of a letter box, but we're always thrilled to see it filled with comments and ideas from VegasChatter readers.
Recently VC fan Martin offered this suggestion:
I would love to see sammasseur do an article on the male pleasure pit dealers at Planet Hollywood. This is the only casino I have seen them at. I talked to some of them and they all have interesting stories.
Bellagio / LAGO / Restaurants / Openings / Eating / Dining / Fine Dining / Julian Serrano / → All Tags
While small, sharable plates fill the menu of the Italian restaurant, the decor is being described as inspired by Italian Futurism, "the sweeping artistic and cultural movement of early 20th century Italy." What that translates to in real life can be seen in the photographs above and below.
First, is there such a thing? Maybe leisurely isn’t the right word. Enjoyable or surreal, perhaps? Adventurous, almost always. Any given weekend (after that oppressive buzzkill in the sky finally sets) brings an opportunity to take a walk unlike any in the world. The sidewalks up and down the Las Vegas Strip are crowded with people from every walk of life. The people-watching cannot be beat.
Here, you'll experience free range packs of “woo!" girls as far as the eye can see. You can snap a photo with an intoxicated Hello
Creepy Kitty or Bumble bee Buzzed from Transformers. You'll laugh as the promiscuous (understatement) business cards that litter the street are carefully picked up by teenage boys while mom and dad aren’t looking. (Pro tip: Sneak a few of those cards into your friend's luggage on the way home so he can have an exciting conversation when a significant other finds them!)
Eating / Just One Dish / Dining / Monte Carlo / BLVD Creamery / Sweet Vegas / → All Tags
Monte Carlo has been busy the past couple years adding more flavor to the Strip's restaurant lineup. Double Barrel opened its house up to the road closing in on a year ago and Sambalatte has been brewing up good cups of coffee for almost a year Strip-side, too. 800 Degrees was heating up pizzas here before it added a second location north at SLS, but the coolest experience that debuted was BLVD Creamery.
The Strip / Encore / Rat Pack / Lounge Acts / Wynn / Entertainment / Shows / Music / Michael Monge / → All Tags
Whether you’re an old soul or just looking for a traditional Vegas lounge experience, Michael Monge and the Wynn Encore Trio at Encore's Eastside Lounge may be just what you’re looking for. While I wasn’t alive for the original lounge acts that helped put Las Vegas on the map, I got hooked on the live music at Fontana Bar at Bellagio (now Hyde) when I first moved here about a decade ago. I’ve been on the hunt for a replacement ever since. It turns out, Encore has what I’ve been seeking.
The Eastside Lounge is right off the casino floor with a beautiful view of Encore’s pool area. On Wednesday through Sunday nights from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m., you can catch singer Michael Monge and the Wynn Encore Trio performing four sets in front of this beautiful backdrop. The lounge has a $10 cover charge with one drink minimum per person, but locals can enjoy free admission Sunday through Wednesday. The cocktail list offers a slew of classics, much like you’ll hear from the band.
Expansions / The Strip / Mandalay Bay / Construction / Meetings / Conventions / Future Vegas / → All Tags
Get ready for a huge influx of business attire and lanyards at Mandalay Bay this summer. Hotel reps state the first phase of a massive convention center expansion (rendering above) will debut in August.
Events / Treasure Island / TI / The Strip / → All Tags
A tribute to the fallen officers of the Los Angeles Police Department is on display on the Vegas Strip.