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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).
Openings / Burgers / Restaurants / The Crystals / Bobby's Burger Palace / Eating / Dining / Bobby Flay / → All Tags
It may just be one of a sea of burger joints now on the Strip, but Bobby's Burger Palace (BBP) still attracted a line of hungry passersby for its Vegas debut.
While the restaurant has the star power of a celebrity chef behind it (Bobby Flay), it will be its location that will draw in the crowds. You don't have to wind your way through a hotel or casino to reach it. You need simply step off the sidewalk lining Las Vegas Boulevard. It's just that easy.
Earlier this month, we told you that Crystals is getting a movie theater.
The news was greeted with approval by the VegasChatter community with @Dee Dee42 stating that "an upscale (clean) theatre on the Strip would be a nice alternative" to gambling and @sco5123 saying it was a grand idea that would "bring some middle-of-the-road people in(to) the spot and generate traffic as well as word-of-mouth."
Beer / Aria / Bars / Restaurants / Lounges / Drinking / Brass Tacks / → All Tags
When it comes to craft beer on The Strip, our cups may soon overfloweth. And, that's definitely not a bad thing.
When Public House at Venetian opened back in 2011 it claimed bragging rights for having not just the city's, but the state of Nevada's first certified beer cicerone (read: know-it-all). Fast forward to this past November when Mandalay Bay hired the state's only female cicerone to help helm its food and beverage program, with a special focus on expanding the resort's beer menus.
Openings / Burgers / Bobby's Burger Palace / The Strip / Bobby Flay / The Crystals / Vegas Delays / Restaurants / Eating / Dining / → All Tags
Vegas' newest burger joint will fire up the grills by month's end.
Bobby's Burger Palace (BBP) announced a date for its Vegas debut on Facebook while offering fans a chance to meet the
man chef himself, Bobby Flay, during the grand opening:
Crystals, the most exclusive mall on the Strip, will soon have something in common with one of the most middle-of-the-road shopping centers in the country, the Mall of America. Both will have movie theaters.
Vegas Delays / Openings / Crystals / Bobby's Burger Palace / Restaurants / Eating / Dining / → All Tags
Oh, what a difference three month's make. Or, in this case, don't make.
In September, Bobby's Burger Palace promised a debut by year's end for its first west coast location. Set to open at Crystals, the burger joint (yes, another burger joint) will be located between Starbucks and Pinkberry in front of Mandarin Oriental on the Las Vegas Strip... eventually. A walk by the venue today found an open
window door of opportunity for inquisitive eyes. Inside, unfinished floors, drywall and exposed steelwork could still be seen.
After the first mention of Bobby Flay's intention to bring his eponymous Burger Palace brand to Vegas, news has been sparse. There's been no official release, nor even a construction wall to snap at its forthcoming home of Crystals. But, despite the low profile, the Strip's newest burger joint is aiming to arrive before baby New Year:
Openings / Aria / Chapels / Weddings / CityCenter / → All Tags
When Aria opened in 2009, it did so without something that had become a standard amenity within Vegas resorts -- a wedding chapel. Whatever the thinking, the CityCenter hotel-casino must have tired of seeing couples in love spend wedded bliss
and dough elsewhere because it built, and recently opened, a chapel of its own.
The Wedding Chapel at Aria was culled from convention space, but despite coming several years after the resort, looks as if it's been there all along. Located on the first floor of the convention center, an oversized frosted glass window, two dark-colored wooden doors and a simple plaque provide a discreet facade for the 2,750-square-foot venue hidden away from sight.
Stepping inside reveals a small, yet elegant reception area as well as a meeting room for planning sessions, both adorned in neutral hues. The understated decor subtly impresses through a chic mix of textures and patterns rather than too bright colors and trite floral designs. (Although, we did fall in love with the vivid, amethyst-colored light fixtures floating overhead that reminded us of jewels.)
Just beyond these rooms are the chapel's biggest selling points, contemporary his and her spaces for the bride and groom. For him, a room dominated by a pool table. For her, a plush boudoir filled with plenty of seating and, likely more importantly, plenty of mirrors. Another big plus? There is only one wedding hall (the muted design continues here with touches of cream, beige and mauve) meaning you won't bump into other couples nor need to compete for attention. Your union will be the sole focus while you are there. Photos of all the spaces can be found in the gallery below.
The Vegas pool season is here, baby! With highs finally climbing into the 80s, the time is now to get nearly naked, poolside. And, for the first time, you don't have to
ask friends if they have an old MO key card book a stay at Mandarin Oriental to lounge poolside at Mandarin Oriental.
The CityCenter resort is now opening its 8th floor pool (shown above) to everyone... willing to book a cabana. Before you pfft, rates start at the fairly reasonable (for Vegas pools, anyway) rate of $350 and includes a bottle of Moet Ice champagne (a $60-ish dollar value according to Google).
Eating / Dining / The Buffet at Aria / Aria / CityCenter / → All Tags
Most diners are fortunate enough to eat whatever they want, whenever they want. Others, though, need to intensely study menus and quiz wait staff before anything can be enjoyed.
For this Chatter'er, having a mom and two sisters with Celiac disease -- and one of those sisters dealt the double whammy of also being lactose intolerant -- has made me especially aware of just how hard it can be to eat gluten and dairy free in Las Vegas. Dining experiences that are often made even more trying when a server gives you a blank stare when you inquire about gluten-free options (as happened to us at downtown's Eat). Or, made surprisingly refreshing when the waitress not only knows what you're talking about, but can rattle off appropriate items without looking at the menu (as what happened to us at the now shuttered Rattlecan).