89109 Travel Guide

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Blackjack Tables Down At MGM Grand's Whiskey Down

Where: 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. South [map], 89109
July 7, 2015 at 6:41 PM | by | Comments (0)

Whiskey Down at MGM Grand got a recent mini-makeover. VegasChatter reader @paperposter sent us this photo showing the gaming loungeís transition to more of a piano lounge vibe.

Joining the ranks of The Bar at Times Square at NYNY and Napoleonís Dueling Piano Lounge at Ballyís, the 24-hour bar features a pair of dueling pianos.

Gaming fans need not worry too much just yet as there are still three of the six blackjack tables in the venue. Who knows if this is a sign gaming will move out of the lounge all together or if MGM Grand just wanted to diversify its entertainment options. I canít imagine serious players being able to keep the count focus with Billy Joel songs being banged out in the background.

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Watch The Bellagio Fountains 'Sing' The Star Spangled Banner

Where: 3600 Las Vegas Blvd South [map], 89109
July 3, 2015 at 3:30 PM | by | Comments (2)

The fountains at Bellagio sure are patriotic and there's no better time than this weekend to revel in the aquatic choreography. Just in time for Independence Day, we've got a video of the dancing waters hitting the high notes along with Whitney Houston's version of the Star-Spangled Banner. Can it get any better?

Our nation's song belted out by the songstress is set to over a 1,000 water jets and on display for the entire Strip to pledge their allegiance. The anthem usually kicks of the beginning of the water show, so it's not just a holiday weekend thing. Remember, if you ask the Bellagio concierge nicely, you can get a copy of the Fountains schedule.

We scored a Fountain room and got to feel all red, white and blue from the comfort of our own room. If you're in Vegas this weekend, stop by to listen in person. Otherwise, turn the sound up and don't forget to put your right hand on your heart when you play the video.

We're taking off for the rest of the day. If you're in Vegas this weekend, here's a list of the fireworks going off in town. That's all folks. Have a safe and happy Fourth of July from all of us at VegasChatter! We'll see you again on Monday!

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FWIW: The Buffet at Treasure Island is Surprisingly Good

Where: 3300 Las Vegas Blvd, [map], 89109
July 2, 2015 at 3:35 PM | by | Comments (14)

Last weekend was one of several firsts for this duck. I joined a friend at the Treasure Island Buffet and Mystere, both of which Iíve somehow escaped in a decade in Vegas. The TI Buffet was a lot better than I expected. Yes, I admittedly went in with moderate to low expectations.

Various seafood dishes and lobster bisque.

There were several surprises I havenít encountered at other buffets. One was an interactive salad station. Iíve seen prepared salads offered as well as the standard build-you-own options but never a station that mixed up guest-selected items so everything could get a nice even distribution of dressing. As somebody who loves to start buffets with an elaborate salad, this was pretty exciting and tasty too. There was even sliced chicken so I could make a full-on cobb.

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La Gloria Fills Out The Forum Food Court at Caesars

Where: 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. South [map], 89109
July 1, 2015 at 2:00 PM | by | Comments (6)

The straw is usually coated too but we wanted to ease into the spice, just in case!

The Forum Food Court at Caesars Palace is complete. Well, as complete as anything can be in the dynamic restaurant landscape of Las Vegas. The eighth and final spot is filled as Mexican restaurant La Gloria celebrated its grand opening last week. The taco stand with cocktails features the ďstreet foods of MexicoĒ (thatís its tagline) and has rounded out the food courtís offerings.

As a fan of several of the previous food courtís tenants (mainly the decent yet expectedly overpriced pizza and an above par BBQ joint), Iím fairly pleased with the transition. Sometimes you are looking for a quick bite and now thereís a good mix of regional favorites from other parts of the country like Graeterís Ice Cream, well known in Cincinnati, and Brooklynís Di Fara Pizza, plus ever-expanding chains like Earl of Sandwich and Smashburger.

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Beware! Bare's Pool Security May Not Be Protecting Its Topless Guests

Where: 3400 S. Las Vegas Blvd [map], 89109
June 24, 2015 at 6:10 PM | by | Comments (11)

Itís pool season here in Vegas, which means bikinis, cabanas, tan lines, and...crappy pool security guards? This was the case recently for one of our readers at Bare at the Mirage. Bare, a Hakkasan Group property, is known for being a sexy and sophisticated European-style pool (read: topless), but according to this readerís story, their staff might be missing the mark with their security operations:

Here, she's bared all about her time at Bare and it is nothing sexy nor sophisticated:

ďAs VegasChatter is my trusted source for all things Vegas, I wanted to share an experience I had while visiting last week at Bare Pool at Mirage. My hope is that my experience will let future visitors know what they're in for if they visit Bare.

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Buca di Beppo Too Fancy? The More Casual Buca Cafe Italiano is Now Open at Bally's

Where: 3645 Las Vegas Blvd. South [map], 89109
June 22, 2015 at 8:00 PM | by | Comments (3)

Buca di Beppo has now opened a casual restaurant, Buca Cafť Italiano, though weíre not sure the original was necessarily fancy, but whatever. The new Italian restaurant at Ballyís will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Expect traditional Italian dishes like baked lasagna, veal parm and spicy chicken rigatoni plus a variety of buffets throughout the day.

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Paris Pillows: One Lump or Two?

Where: 3655 Las Vegas Blvd. South [map], 89109
June 19, 2015 at 1:08 PM | by | Comments (14)

Not all pillows are created equal. Youíve heard us gripe about the ones Delano opened with, but hey, they were pretty rough. One alone was enough to make you lay completely upright and forget about it if youíre a side-sleeper. Though those pillows have improved, we are still partial to the Delano bathrobe-pillow (patent pending).

You can actually see the lumps!

Next up in the painful pillow hall of shame is Paris. Now I havenít heard widespread outrage about these like was heard about Delanoís so maybe this was just the case in my friendsí room, but the lumpy bumpy pillows in their room were horrible.

The best comparison I can think of is undercooked mashed potatoes. Giant hard chunks of fluff separated by lots of nothing. it is literally impossible to find a comfy spot because the chunks are all smaller than oneís head so you just fall in between them. One was worse than the others but all were super lumpy. I still have a pillow I had from summer camp (I know; Iím weird) that is in fine condition! Itís time to check your supply, Paris, and replace accordingly.

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The New Recycled Percussion Show Might Just Be Re-donkulous

Where: 3663 Las Vegas Blvd. South [map], 89109
June 12, 2015 at 4:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

A sneak peek at RP's new ad campaign. Mr. Blue, we love you, but the goatee's gotta go.

One of the Stripís most energetic shows is returning soon, this time at a new location. Recycled Percussion, the goofy drumming quartet (ok, one plays mostly guitar) you may remember from Americaís Got Talent is bringing a new show to the Saxe Theater inside Planet Hollywoodís Miracle Mile Shops.

Another ad shoot teaser. We hope this means they're bringing back Totally Random Cookie Time!

Their former show at The Linq (and Tropicana and Studio 54 before that) featured high energy drumming and an ADHD-fueled romp through classic rock hits. The show was called Recycled Percussion but it looks like that will change. The band posted a poll on its Facebook page asking fans to choose between the names Kaos The Show or Ridonkulous The Show. Eek. Not sure we can get on board with either of those names but hopefully the show is as fun as it was before, even though it will be on a smaller stage.

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At $200 Per Second, Is This the Most Expensive Entertainment in Vegas?

Where: 2771 Industrial Rd [map], 89109
June 11, 2015 at 12:36 PM | by | Comments (8)

Vegas is full of ways to burn through cash quickly. Losing a big sports bet or a go-for-broke hand of blackjack can part you and your cash very quickly. Spending big bucks on a fancy meal or bottle service experience can also lighten your wallet, but will hopefully last a bit longer and provide an opportunity to make some memories.

This writer likes to maximize the entertainment received for every dollar spent. Stage shows and concerts generally offer a cost and duration that Iím comfortable with. I shy away from things like betting big on individual games or spending large amounts on single drinks, as I donít feel like I get a good value when doing so. So when I came across some of the entertainment offerings from Battlefield Vegas, a shooting range not far from The Strip, I couldnít help but laugh.

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VegasChatter Questions: Can You Waive the Resort Fee at The Venetian?

Where: 3355 S Las Vegas Blvd [map], 89109
June 8, 2015 at 6:16 PM | by | Comments (6)

Time for another VegasChatter Question! Do you have a question about Vegas, too? We bet you do. Send it to us and you just might see it here on VegasChatter!

VegasChatter reader K Wood, who has an upcoming trip into town, recently has this question for us:

ďWe are going to be staying at the Venetian for six days. Can we waive the resort fee (they quoted U.S. $348.00 for 2 rooms)?

We don't want a newspaper and will not use the Grand Canyon fitness room. We will not have a car to park. We only want to use the pool. Is there a way to waive the fee?Ē

Those damn resort fees sure are a pain, just ask Benjamin Brin who recently filed a class action suit against Venetian and Palazzo because of those pesky fees. Unfortunately though, it looks like you may still have to pay $29 plus tax a night.

We featured an article back in 2013 about Venetian/Palazzo giving guests the opportunity to decline the resort fee at check-in or check-out, but that has since changed. As of last year, declining fees was no longer an option, according to a front desk agent.

There are still some hotels in town without resort fees. For a full list, check out our 2015 Las Vegas Resort Fees guide.

[Photos: Venetian]

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Why Lavo Brunch Is Worth A Try

Where: 3325 Las Vegas Blvd. South [map], 89109
June 5, 2015 at 4:00 PM | by | Comments (3)

Lobster Benedict.

During the winter months, Lavo Brunch is for the party crowd, but come summer time, this Strip-side restaurant serves up sophisticated brunch food sans go-go dancers. While thereís something to be said for the Vegas-ness of a party brunch, sometimes weíre just looking for good food. And even though there are some all-inclusive brunch options out there, this a la carte menu has several dishes worth the price tags.

Patio seating offers some fun people-watching. There are many umbrellas since the sun shifts a lot which means it can also get warm out there. If you want the best of both worlds, request a table inside thatís by the window so you can still enjoy the view without the sweating.

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What Happens If You Get Banned From a Las Vegas Property

Where: 3131 S. Las Vegas Blvd [map], 89109
June 4, 2015 at 7:44 PM | by | Comments (21)

So, let's say you come to Vegas and you get into a little bit of trouble. Maybe you partied too hard or broke a ruleÖ and then got banned from a casino (yolo). Is that ban permanent? We had a reader, who obviously will remain nameless, tell us about this terrible, horrible, very bad, no good day in Vegas.

ďI am a frequenter of the Vegas pool club and nightlife scene, particularly those on the Wynn/Encore properties. Unfortunately, about a year back, I was caught with a single illicit substance in my wallet (I had forgotten it was there from the night before, was holding it for someone) and was told I was banned from the entire property. They had me face a security camera (which apparently took my pic) and my license. I haven't been back since.Ē

My question: is there a process to get un-banned from Wynn/Encore of any Vegas casino? Or is this a permanent thing?

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