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Openings / Dining / The Strip / Martorano's / Restaurants / Eating / → All Tags
How do you say “Yo, cuz!” in French? South Philly’s Steve Martorano and his amusing tagline now can be found on the Las Vegas Strip with the newest outpost of Martorano’s at Paris Las Vegas. The restaurant first established itself at Rio and now makes the move to another Caesars Entertainment property.
When one thinks Paris, French-inspired restaurants like Burger Brasserie and Mon Ami Gabi may come to mind before Italian food does but this new restaurant, which opened over the weekend, should still be a welcome addition to the hotel’s dining scene.
North Strip / SLS Las Vegas / Foxtail / Buffets / Eating / Dining / Nightclubs / Nightlife / → All Tags
Just over one month in, SLS Las Vegas is already making noticeable operational changes. Before it opened, many wondered just how the resort would do on the desolate north Strip. Now, could we already be seeing the answer?
Over the last few days, readers have reached out to us about cutbacks at Foxtail, one of several nightlife venues at the north Strip resort, and the SLS buffet.
Located near The Linq's Strip entrance, the now 24-hour Starbucks offers a late-night happy hour. Drop in between 11 p.m. and 2 a.m., buy two drinks, and receive 50 percent off the cheaper of the two. (If they're both the same price, you'll still get the discount.) And, yes, with markup, you're probably still paying for two drinks, but if you were Jonesing for a late-night caffeine fix and would have picked up some, anyway, why not save a few bucks?
Poker / Gambling / Bellagio / Tournaments / → All Tags
The MGM Resorts property and the World Poker Tour recently announced the high-roller Alpha 8 tournament will be part of the annual Five Diamond World Poker Classic taking place December 5-20. The Alpha 8 event, and its $100,000 buy-in, will start Dec. 18 and last for three days.
Openings / Eating / Dining / Cafes / Harrah's / Fulton Street Food Hall / → All Tags
Harrah's says it's not a food court, but if it looks like a food court and serves like a food court...
The round-the-clock Fulton Street Food Hall -- termed as a marketplace and to-go cafe by execs and being hailed as a Strip first -- has been described, to us at least, as something akin to what you'd find in a Whole Foods as far as quality and set-up. Guests order what they wish from a range of options and stations and then head to one central register (for the most part) to check-out. Think of it as upscale fast-casual, if you will. However you reference it, the dining experience is now open to all.
Events / Eating / Pubs / Restaurants / Music / Entertainment / Dining / Concerts / Mandalay Bay / Ri Ra / → All Tags
If you’re looking for a spot to grab a pint or a bite on The Strip, why not witness a Guinness World Record attempt while you’re at it? Irish pub and restaurant Rí Rá Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay's Shoppes at Mandalay Place will host a 16-day concert in hopes of breaking the world record for the longest concert by multiple artists. The current record holder is a group from a Michigan café who held a 360-hour concert in April 2011.
Visit Rí Rá October 1-17 to watch the marathon event featuring The Black Donnellys, John Windsor, Dirk Vermin, Paul Cray, Louise Barry, Sharon O’Brien, Eugene Quinn, Roy Buckley, Dave Rafferty, Dave Hughes, The American Diddley Idols, Clare Peelo, Gavin Carpenter, Na Cairde, Darby O’Gill and the Little People, and more. Ireland’s getting in on the action, too, as Liam Reilly of renowned Irish rock band Bagatelle and Derek Warfield of the Wolfe Tones will fly across the pond to join in on the attempt.
Shows / Entertainment / Openings / Closings / Tropicana / Riviera / Westgate / Magic / The Strip / Jan Rouven / Raiding The Rock Vault / → All Tags
Raiding the Rock Vault has seen its ups and downs at
LVH Westgate. Las Vegas Sun’s John Katsilometes has followed the saga as one of the show’s creators, Asia frontman and bassist John Payne, was given the glam rock boot this summer by fellow Raiding the Rock Vault producer Harry Cowell. Other performers have come and gone over the show’s run. Of course, many of them were only contracted for short stints, but several of the more longstanding performers have had their contracts come to early ends.
Tonight will be the last performance of Raiding the Rock Vault, according to Westgate hotel officials. If you’re unfamiliar with the show, it’s a literal rock of ages, as in it takes guests through a rock’n’roll odyssey with a sampling of hits from the various eras. All the music is performed live by musicians and singers who used to make up the likes of bands such as Bon Jovi, the aforementioned Asia, LA Guns, The Offspring, Heat, Deep Purple, Quiet Riot, and many others. You might think it’s like a pre-retirement home for washed-up rockers, but this writer didn’t find that to be true. I’ve seen the show several times and was always impressed by the level of musicianship. The odd storyline the show struggled to incorporate seemed a little cumbersome, but the music was great. I’ll probably see it again at its new home at Tropicana where it begins November 1.
Set to open sometime around Christmas (perhaps a few days before, mayhap a few days after), the still forthcoming Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally's are beginning to see more than a little splash of color.
awful jarring WTF as the exterior paint job The Quad continues to receive, the brightly patterned honeycomb design is still a bit, umm, much. VegasChatter reader Dan H. sent us the trio of photos you see below that show the mall's, err, design treatment is now being put into place. They were taken on the north side of the project from Flamingo Road.
The Strip / Nightclubs / Paris Las Vegas / Chateau / Dress Codes / Drinking / → All Tags
The LMFAO song “Sexy And I Know It” was awesome for many of its one-liners, not least of all the gem, “no shirt, no shoes and I still get service!” Chateau Nightclub at Paris, or more specifically its rooftop party pad known as The Deck, is embracing a variation of this song lyric. While you still have to wear a shirt and shoes, it’s not the typical Vegas club dress code. Jeans, flip flops and T-shirts are A-okay. Tank tops for men are welcome as well.
While new to Vegas, this writer was just beginning to wrap her head around the nightclub clothing culture eight or nine years ago when a group of friends tried to get into the now defunct Tangerine lounge at TI. I knew flip flops were a no-no and I wore a dress just to be safe. I watched my guy friends go into a mild panic when the group of men in front of them was turned away for lack of proper footwear. We regrouped and hatched a plan to have one guy (in proper shoes) enter with a girl with a big purse and then she would ferry the pair of shoes back out to the next guy (in flip flops) so we could get our whole group inside. This eventually sounded as ridiculous to us as it likely sounds to you and we just decided to go elsewhere. Unfortunately, this dress code issue can become a real impediment in Vegas, especially when you want to visit a club on the fly and simply don’t have the right clothes on, even if you do know the “rules.”
Usually, when a strip club rents out a space in its building to a third party, the tenant is often... how do we put this nicely? Unsavory. Even if that space is a dining establishment, one would expect it to be a fried food or pizza spot. But, what if -- and stay with us here -- what if it is a good restaurant? With good food? Maybe even a zealous dedication to non-GMO sourcing? Perhaps a Mexican place?
New-ish El Dorado Cantina shares a building with the strip club, Sapphire. Luckily for most (and sadly for a few, we suppose), the spaces are entirely separate. Other than the fact you can see a marquee that says "Sapphire" from the parking lot, you wouldn't know that just feet away through soundproofed walls, there is a strip club. At certain times of the day (the restaurant is operational 24/7), you can even see families and couples coming in for a nice dinner. While not on the top of our family friendly dining list, we suppose it's certainly an option!
What was once one of our favorite free attractions in Las Vegas has now gone the way of the Sirens show at TI and this fact has us feeling a little blue. The Blue Man Group processional that used to wind its way through Monte Carlo has run its course. According to a hotel official, the last procession took place less than two weeks ago.
About 40 minutes before the first show of the night, a procession of the show's musical props, robots and custom-built, light-up vehicles used to wind its way through the casino floor, stopping people in their tracks. The light spectacle was a great promotional opportunity to get the word out about the show so guests milling about who may have seen posters, marquees or other imagery finally had a clue what the show was actually all about.
If you're anything like this writer, you just spent some time studying the above image carefully. After popping up in my Facebook stream over the weekend, I just couldn't resolve the greenery seen in this photo with its Strip backdrop. From the location of Luxor, I knew this had to be the
Lot MGM Resorts Village we all know and love (for its programming if not for its parking lot setting), but was that really grass underfoot?