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Vegas Opinions / VegasChatter Reviews / BARDOT Brasserie / Dining / Eating / Fine Dining / Restaurants / → All Tags
The culture of dining in Vegas is mercurial. A trend in restaurants can come and go with a quarterly budget, but sometimes there are upsets that have been brewing underneath the surface, breaking through the zeitgeist and shifting the impetus of future new restaurants. In shorter words, a game changer. That is what BARDOT is.
Many months ago, it seemed a puzzling news item that Michael Mina would re-brand an already running fish restaurant into a French concept at Aria. Then, the doors flung open to a wondrous surprise. A beautiful, classic bar pulled out of the finest brasseries of the "Belle Époque," a dining room decked out in lacquer, gold and tons of marble. The kind of place that would (and can) inspire writers and artists alike with great beauty and traditional aesthetic. For lovers of that kind of timelessness, this could be the most gorgeous dining room in town.
Eating / Dining / Fine Dining / BARDOT Brasserie / Aria / CityCenter / Michael Mina / VegasChatter Reviews / → All Tags
After much anticipation, Michael Mina’s newest creation BARDOT Brasserie officially opened its doors inside Aria January 16. We've already told you about what to expect at the new French restaurant and a little about some of the dishes. I was excited to receive a media invitation to try it out, but also, if I'm being honest, nervous.
I’ve eaten at my fair share of exquisite restaurants (I've even worked in a few), but there is something about Parisian cuisine that has always intimidated me. It’s classy and refined. Me? Not so much. Shake Shack is more my scene. But, when I'm given the chance to try something new, I’m in!
This time last year, almost to the day, Crystals was in the headlines not for its shopping, but for the potential of showtimes.
The high-end shopping mall grabbed the spotlight after MGM Resorts CEO Jim Murren confirmed a rumor that a luxury movie theater was on the way. A few weeks later, we stumbled upon just what chain was in talks to elevate the movie-going experience on the Strip, Cinetopia.
The Strip / Aria / Alibi Cocktail Lounge / Drinking / Eating / Bars / Name Changes / City Bar / Renovations / → All Tags
While the newly opened Alibi Cocktail Lounge at Aria touts itself as the "perfect convergence of premium spirits, imaginative ingredients & highly stylized opulence," there's another reason to drink it all in -- you can grab a bite there, too.
Not mentioned anywhere on its website, VegasChatter friend @paperposter alerted us to the -- dare we say -- secret menu. (Disclaimer: it's not secret as there's a printed menu. Secret menu just sounds so much cooler, tho. Kinda like writing 'tho.')
Openings / Bars / Drinking / Aria / City Bar / Name Changes / Renovations / Alibi Cocktail Lounge / → All Tags
From a new bar to a high limit refresh, Aria is working to bring more new.
The resort officially debuts a new lounge today. Alibi Cocktail Lounge replaces what was City Bar originally. If you can't picture it, it's that bar that's just a
stone chip's throw from the resort's casino cage.
Open round-the-clock, Alibi isn't keeping its standard upscale lounge concept under wraps, billing itself as the "perfect convergence of premium spirits, imaginative ingredients and highly stylized opulence." Or, as we translate it, trendy craft cocktails in a posh, new setting.
VegasChatter reader @paperposter sent in the photos of Alibi you see in the photo gallery below. He reports that the lounge offers video poker at the bar and also will be used for private, high-end blackjack and baccarat tournaments.
The Strip / The Harmon / Harmon Hotel / Demolitions / Failed Vegas / Lawsuits / → All Tags
A 3.6 earthquake just outside Las Vegas on October 5 jolted quite a few residents in Southern Nevada and also served to shake loose a host of Harmon jokes, too. While the condo-hotel stood strong, the failed building -- deemed a hazard due to construction errors -- will continue to come down, just in a more controlled and very precise way.
Demolition of the property began in May with the removal of scrap metal, construction materials and other debris from the interior. It was in June when most passersby registered the renewed activity on the site. That's when protective materials began going up, from coverings for the adjacent pedestrian bridge to netting around the building, and the facade's pretty blue-hued glass started coming down. In August, a crane was erected to assist in lowering materials to the ground.
A MGM Resorts representative tells us the project is now in the final stages of removing equipment from the roof of the building. The photos above and below detail the current state of the project as captured by VegasChatter photographer Greg C. earlier this week. The photo gallery details the demolition's progression so far.
Aria recently opened a new spot for gaming. That’s gaming, not gambling.
The resort has traded in its previous coin-operated arcade on the second floor promenade for a new, state-of-the-art Game Room. The venue includes a bank of giant 50-inch TVs with a choice of PlayStation 4s and Xbox Ones available for play. Guests will find Call of Duty and Lego Marvel Super Heroes, rather than Space Invaders and Centipede. There are nearly 20 different games to chose from and the catalogue will be updated often to include popular titles.
Closings / Drinking / Eating / Dining / Restaurants / Aria / City Bar / American Fish / Michael Mina / Bardot Brasserie / → All Tags
On the center Strip, Aria is preparing to close both a bar and a restaurant. To come? Another restaurant and -- maybe -- another bar.
City Bar, the drinking spot you walk by to get to the casino, a restaurant, Zarkana, or your hotel room, will close this Sunday, June 22. We're told a new concept will be announced in the coming weeks. Rumor has it a new lounge is on the way. We couldn't confirm that, but we'll pretend to be surprised when we see the announcement.
Closings / SHe by Morton's / The Crystals / Beso / Eva Longoria / Steakhouses / Dining / Eating / Restaurants / → All Tags
After a somewhat predictable social experiment in an Eva Longoria-helmed steakhouse, SHe by Morton’s has finally served it’s last plate of “Mac N SHeESE.” (Yes, that was a real menu item.)
It’s the culmination of the question: If we put an actress/fashion designer (Eva Longoria) in charge of a steakhouse, will that be a success? Unfortunately, there wasn’t a sane person in that room so the bizarre identity crisis of SHe opened at the Shops at Crystals mall in December of 2012 (in the spot that once held Beso, also by Longoria). It was a nightclub (for seven weeks, once), a fashion show (runway and all), a burlesque immersive show (kind of thing), and something approaching the definition of a steakhouse.
Vegas Changes / Shows / Entertainment / Aria / Zarkana / Cirque du Soleil / → All Tags
After a one-month hiatus dedicated to upgrading the popular variety act, Cirque du Soleil's production of Zarkana re-opened its doors to the public in February. New characters, music and an additional acrobatic act were among the key changes made to the ocular spectacle that debuted at Aria in late 2012.
Vdara / Name Changes / ESPA at Vdara / Spas / Salons / Green Vegas / Fitness / → All Tags
How long has it been since you visited Vdara, that oh-so-mellow (non-smoking and casino-free) resort and spa tucked away behind Aria? We don’t hear very much about Vdara (aside from those endless "death ray" jokes), probably because all of the guests are in aromatherapy trances. You see, Vdara's spa was recently acquired by ESPA. This rebranding has brought the ESPA spa line and operating philosophy to the existing facility, focusing on the high-end products and services the company has become famous for (in other parts of the world, that is).