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Attractions / TI / Treasure Island / Sirens of TI / Vegas Observations / Shows / Could Have Been Vegas / → All Tags
It’s been just over a year since TI abruptly pulled the plug on its outdoor pirate spectacle. Original plans called for a brief hiatus during construction on a shopping mall located adjacent to the show’s viewing area. Instead, in late 2013, TI informed the Sirens of TI cast the production would not be returning. Few expected such a drastic move. Even TI staffers anticipated a revised show to emerge once construction settled down. Now, we’ve learned that an upgraded show actually was in the works and that it could have been The Strip’s latest tech marvel.
Openings / Closings / Westgate Las Vegas / LVH / Name Changes / Vegas Sales / Dining / Restaurants / Cafes / Eating / Elvis / Vince Neil / → All Tags
Among the many reinventions and renovations that have been going down since Westgate bought the off Strip LVH, the hotel's former High Roller room -- likely one of the more underused in town -- has been converted to a 24-hour cafe.
The Strip / Bally's / Grand Bazaar Shops / Openings / Vegas Observations / Vegas Delays / → All Tags
Bally’s couldn’t let The High Roller have all the glory as a colorful addition to the Vegas skyline. The hotel's Grand Bazaar Shops will sport a sparkly attraction of its own. The outdoor mall was initially scheduled to open this month, but you should now expect a February debut.
The already ridiculously colorful project is upping its visibility game even more with the addition of a Swarovski crystal starburst. Last Friday, the sparkly structure was delivered and installed. The structure is 14 feet in diameter and was a collaboration between Swarovski and The Young Electric Sign Company, better known as YESCO.
The New Year will bring a new look for the resort's gleaming Y-shaped hotel tower. Back in August, we told you how a room remodel was on the books for 2015. The goal is to have revamped accommodations by the time that huge convention center expansion is complete.
The Strip / Poker / The Mirage / Casinos / Renovations / → All Tags
One of the oldest poker rooms on the Las Vegas Strip is about to be dealt a new hand.
The poker room at The Mirage will reportedly close for renovations January 24, with a tentative reopening date set as May 15. When the new room emerges it will be noticeably smaller in size, clocking in at 12 tables, down from the 19 that are currently in use. The new room will be located in the same general area that it currently sits, however the elevated portion that is usually reserved for high-limit games will be removed. The casino’s main cage is also being relocated to an area that sits inside of the current poker room’s footprint. A source inside the poker room reports that all dealers will be laid off during the roughly four months of renovations and will then be rehired based on seniority.
The Strip / Dining / The Mirage / Italian / Eating / Portofino / → All Tags
When a dish costs $100 by itself, you probably expect angels to start singing spontaneously when you take your first bite. Or, for it to be brought out on a unicorn. Neither of those things happen with the Diamond and Gold Lasagna at Portofino in The Mirage, but perhaps our expectations were unreasonable with the unicorn and all. That doesn’t mean this isn’t a delicious dish. Is it worth a hundy? Well, that’s for your dining budget to decide. It’s easy to say there’s not much worth that high price, but for the discerning palate, with the luxury budget to match, it’s certainly worth your time.
I'm often a victim of ridiculously high expectations. Sometimes, the idea of something gets so built up ahead of time that it has no chance to hold up in reality. This was sort of the case when I tried this limited time dish likely meant more for the press than the palate. They’re definitely going for the attention-grabbing headlines this dish will inspire, but it shouldn’t detract from the high-caliber ingredients and excellent execution.
Openings / The Linq / Eating / Dining / Shopping / Havaianas / Off The Strip / Restaurants / → All Tags
Still not at full capacity, The Linq shopping promenade will at least fill in two more storefronts in the next few days.
Vegas Moves / Openings / Entertainment / Shows / MJ Live / Rat Pack Is Back / Off Strip / The Strip / → All Tags
They've become off-Strip mainstays, now two Vegas productions are trading one "R" named resort for another.
MJ Live and Rat Pack Is Back will see their final shows at the Rio on February 22. Word has it they're being booted for that Duck Dynasty musical. (Hoping you cringed when you read that as much as I did when I wrote it.) Both shows won't disappear from the entertainment landscape, though; a change of scenery will place them at the Riviera beginning March 2.
New Year's Eve / FIZZ Las Vegas / Caesars Palace / Bars / Lounges / Drinking / → All Tags
There's another spot to enjoy all-you-can-drink bubbly on December 31st. Just not for $40.
FIZZ at Caesars Palace is offering a three-hour premium open bar package for $125 a person (tax included but a $16 service charge is not). The price includes a champagne toast at midnight and hors d'oeuvres. Table packages begin at $500 for a party of four. Guests can start raising their glass (after glass, after glass) beginning at 9 p.m.
If you’re unaware because maybe you’re too hungover to cruise the Internet on New Year’s Day, January 1 is National Hangover Day. In honor of this holiday so many of us end up “celebrating” whether we would like to or not, Madame Tussauds at the Venetian is debuting The Hangover Experience.
Even if you don’t end up having an epic night that ends with Mike Tyson and a tiger, you can still immerse yourself in all the debaucherous glory that is The Hangover. Opening to the public at 4 p.m. New Year's Day, the exhibit will feature a 1,100-square-foot replica of the movie’s now famous hotel room, a smashed replica of a Las Vegas Metropolitan police car and a wedding chapel. No word yet on if there will be replicas of Stu’s missing tooth added to the gift shop when this opens.
If you’re not up on your latest edition of Wynn magazine (the in-room publication at Wynn), you may be unaware of Steve Wynn’s philosophy on hotel organization. Basically, he likes to arrange things logically in a manner that groups related concepts into “neighborhoods” for easy enjoyment. It seems this philosophy didn’t transfer over to his rooms, though.
Despite being a top-tier luxury resort, Wynn Las Vegas is behind the times with certain aspects of in-room technological convenience. Though rooms have not one, not two, but three different sets of controls for the room lights and drapes (logically placed within about five inches of each other, plus another at the door which actually makes sense), you’ll be hard pressed to find a way to plug anything in by the bed.
VegasChatter Reviews / Eating / Restaurants / Bazaar Meat / SLS Las Vegas / Steakhouses / Dining / Fine Dining / → All Tags
Going to dinner is usually a simple process. You look at the menu, pick an appetizer, salad and entree, then eat. While that’s possible at Bazaar Meat, it’s not how they recommend going about your meal. Just about every hotel on the Vegas Strip has a high-end steakhouse, nowadays. Bazaar Meat is considered the steakhouse at SLS Las Vegas, but it’s so much more than that.
When I walked into Bazaar Meat, the aroma reminded me of Heritage Steakhouse at The Mirage due to the smell of burning wood in the air. There are numerous cooking devices in the open kitchen at Bazaar Meat, ranging from grills to a cotton candy machine. My party of five was seated at a huge butcher block table just off the kitchen. Judging by the giggling and amount of pictures taken, the Cotton Candy Foie Gras seemed to pique the interest of the ladies who'd ordered it at a nearby table. This playful starter seemed like it would have been fun, but my group was at Bazaar for the meat.