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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.
Mandalay Bay will install one of the largest roof-top solar panel arrays in the world later this year in an effort to cut down on its energy consumption.
And, when they say it will be one of the world's largest, they don't seem to be kidding around. The array will be placed atop the resort's convention center which spans 20 acres in size, and renderings of the project looks pretty damn impressive.
As part of its agreement with solar-energy developer NRG Energy, Mandalay Bay will buy the energy created by the system. The panels are expected to produce about 20% of the resort's power. Mandalay Bay says the installation will also reduce the energy demand on the Southern Nevada grid, perhaps helping to avoid future power outages like the ones seen recently from this intense heat wave.
Vegas Returns / McFadden's / Town Square / Bars / Drinking / Rio Las Vegas / → All Tags
It's been almost a year and a half since McFadden's abruptly closed at the Rio. At the time, VegasChatter was told chances were good that the brand would live to see another day in Las Vegas. Now, we can confirm it will, indeed, return.
A source tells us that McFadden's is planning to open very soon within Town Square, the open-air shopping mall located a few miles south of Mandalay Bay. While a specific opening date has not been declared, a hiring fair is set for May 16-18. With that in mind, it's probably safe to assume an opening month of June. We'll keep our ear to the ground, though, and once we hear something official, we'll share it with you.
Last year around this time, we wondered whether Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition at Luxor would auction off its collection and close its doors in the spring. Well, guess not -- here we are a year later and not only is the exhibit still open after a much touted mass auction by its parent company fizzled out, but it's brought in some new booty, too.
Fifteen artifacts referred to as the Jewels of Titanic will be on display March 22 through May 31 as the newest addition to the popular exhibit. It will feature diamonds, sapphires, pearls, and gold jewelry that once belonged to some of Titanic's wealthiest passengers.
Shopping / Vegas Souvenirs / Luxor / Outlets / → All Tags
Maybe you always pick up a shot glass at every hotel you visit. Or, perhaps, you feel obligated to pick up a Vegas souvenir for the boss or the next door neighbor. Or, you just want to replenish your stash of 'oh, crap, I forgot so-and-so's (insert event here)' last-minute gifts.
But, don't just hit the first Vegas lobby store you see. Try to head to Luxor instead. Yes, we realize we just wrote Luxor. Buried within its mostly vacant
crypt retail, umm, mall is a shop simply called Logo Outlet which offers, you guessed it, logo wear and souvenirs but not just for the pyramid, for all of its sister MGM Resorts properties. And, more importantly, at outlet pricing.