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McCarran Airport / TSA / Southwest / WestJet / → All Tags
Getting here to there via McCarran may become a lot easier for you by year's end.
LAS will open a TSA Pre✓ Application Center in Terminal 1 later this month. Travelers who go through the rigorous pre-screening process are allowed to skip the security steps other fliers typically face before boarding, like removing their shoes and taking out their laptops.
Another new car rental agency has landed at McCarran Airport.
Sixt, one of the biggest car rental companies in the world but known best to Europeans, has now added Las Vegas to its family of more than 4,000 locations worldwide.
Most Vegas visitors know to beware the long haul. But, it can still happen to the most seasoned pro. Last summer, we recounted how being preoccupied led us to being long-hauled (when a taxi driver takes the long route to your destination) from McCarran Airport. That July post resonated with so many readers that it became our most commented on article for 2013.
Now, Vegas Inc reports that a new long-hauling crackdown launches today. And, it hinges on the hope that McCarran travelers will see the sign.
Every kind of food nowadays is “gourmet,” “handmade” or “artisan.” If a hot dog can be gourmet, there isn’t a type of food that can’t be branded that way. Sometimes being gourmet is just a name, but Pink Box Doughnuts is truly a gourmet doughnut shop in the best way possible.
Pink Box Doughnuts offers 35 varieties on any given day, all made with the freshest ingredients and unique flavor profiles. You'll even find the much sought after cronut! If you’re foodie that looks for random types of gourmet eats, you may be familiar with gourmet doughnuts from Voodoo Doughnuts in Portland, OR. Voodoo Doughnuts may not be where gourmet doughnuts began but it’s where they became popular.
If you were hoping to score a bit of extra fun for the holidays with the Vegas return of GameWorks, we've bad news. Yep, another Vegas delay to report. But, this one almost seems as if it were destined to happen.
VegasChatter Reviews / Scary Vegas / Halloween / Haunted Houses / Goretorium / Off Strip / Zombies / The Walking Dead / Go Karts / Fun Vegas / Attractions / → All Tags
We’re still scratching our heads over Goretorium’s decision to close up shop just before the Halloween season kicked off. Fortunately, a new player has emerged in the Las Vegas haunted attraction scene to fill the void. At first glance, Sin City Scare Fair sounds a lot like Goretorium. Walk-through haunted attraction? Check. Celebrities from popular TV horror shows? In attendance. Zombie-themed vodka? They’re a sponsor. That’s, however, where the similarities end.
The most important difference between Goretorium and Scare Fair? People don’t leave Scare Fair feeling like they were ripped off. And, with lower ticket prices and more to offer, this new seasonal attraction seems much more likely to succeed. We were invited to attend the Sin City Scare Fair this past weekend to see just what kind of horrors they had in store. A quick glance at their website left us impressed. Two haunted houses, a burial simulator, some type of go-kart race against the dead, a pumpkin patch, and celebrities from both The Walking Dead and American Horror Story. Not bad, not bad, at all.
We've loved it so much that, sometimes, we've booked a room at MGM Grand just to use it. Sadly, however, our days of an easy, breezy, beautiful
Covergirl Vegas check in are gone.
Yes, MGM Grand has closed its handy airport check-in desk at McCarran. Our @sammasseur stumbled upon the sad Vegas news today. We're not quite sure when off-site reps handed out their last room key, but we were able to confirm that it's gone for good. We may have to pay someone to stand in line for us in the main lobby now, while we rest on those new benches way over by the gift shop.
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If you've been wishing for a new way to get from McCarran Airport to your hotel, it's now waiting for you (close to) curbside.
SuperShuttle has locations all over the US as well as in France and Mexico but, until recently, Las Vegas wasn't one of them. That changed earlier this month when McCarran execs officially welcomed the shuttle service to the family.
SuperShuttle suggests advance reservations so they can group you together with others headed in your general area with minimal fuss. You can make them by phone (800-BLUE-VAN), web, or via their Android or iPhone apps. Right now, SuperShuttle currently facilitates runs to The Strip and downtown. (Although, from playing around on the site, other areas seem to be available, too.)
Active Vegas / Golfing / Golf / Golf Courses / Bali Hai Golf Club / VegasChatter Reviews / → All Tags
“An escalator can never break: it can only become stairs. You should never see an Escalator Temporarily Out Of Order sign, just Escalator Temporarily Stairs. Sorry for the convenience.” -- Mitch Hedberg
Ours is a society fixated on the innovations and concepts aimed at making life more convenient. We order room service instead of dining out, text instead of call, hail a taxi rather than walk. Our time — especially while on vacation — is a precious commodity. We want to achieve certain goals and we want to do so while burning as little clock as possible.
Openings / McFadden's / Bars / Drinking / Town Square / → All Tags
When McFadden’s -- the popular Irish bar once located inside the Rio -- abruptly shut its doors in December 2011, we hinted that it might come back sometime in the future at a different location. That time has come. McFadden's recently reopened inside the former Ranch House and Cadillac Ranch space at Town Square. (That's the outdoor mall on Las Vegas Boulevard just down the street from the Welcome to Las Vegas sign.)
VegasChatter was invited to attend the grand opening party and, since turning down free drinks goes against all laws of Internet journalism, this writer happily accepted. Once I got there, I were less enthusiastic. In a time when casinos are dropping themes, it seems that our bars are embracing them. In Town Square alone you have McFadden's (Irish), Stoney’s (Cowboy), and Blue Martini (Drunk Cougar). I hail from Chicago and have logged thousands of hours inside Irish bars. McFadden's may be Irish in name and by tap list, but the familiarity ends there. This is not an Irish bar.
Ah, tequila. The cause of — and solution to — many of life's problems. Liberator of both inhibitions and affectations, purveyor of wild nights, catalyst for a next morning hangover for which no remedy has yet been devised. There are exactly two responses capable of being elicited from the mere mention of Mexico's most popular libation: Blood-curdling fear and unbridled enthusiasm.
Tequila has been simplifying (complicating?) our lives since the 16th century and will be honored nationwide this Wednesday, July 24, or what is now known as National Tequila Day. In honor of the latest mid-week excuse to shun responsibility and embrace our true human nature, we recently sat down for a two-hour crash course on Wednesday's liquor of choice with Gaston Martinez, a Las Vegas resident who serves as the West Coast Ambassador for Milagro Tequila.
Drinking / Bars / Dive Bars / Off Strip / The Dive Bar / → All Tags
It is no secret that we love a great dive bar. There is no recipe or formula for a good one. A dive bar is not something that can be built, for a dive bar develops itself over time. You can’t decorate a dive. It accumulates nonsense and things left behind. It exists for its locals and rewards their loyalty by always being there.
When we heard there was a dive bar that calls itself “The Dive Bar” located in a mini-mall on Maryland Parkway near Flamingo, we were skeptical. Can a dive bar really self-identify as one? Just look at the Venetian’s not-even-close-to-a-dive-bar Rockhouse which calls itself an “ultra dive.” Also, could a dive bar really exist in a strip mall? On a mission to find answers, we staggered into the darkness of The Dive Bar.