For many the sixteen courses of food at the Joel Robuchon restaurant located inside the MGM Grand are the ultimate in food decadence as every small course of amazing tastes is brought to you. The fine dining restaurant with its amazing food and service is often a stop for foodies looking for the best when they visit Las Vegas. So what do you do when you have an amazing sixteen course meal to improve it, well in this case you enlarge it to a eighteen course meal for $445 per person. If this price sounds expensive yes it is but for an experience like none other to many its well worth the price. The extended eighteen course menu can also be paired with wine if you request it.
The Westgate continues to update its property with the revamping of rooms, pool deck and shows as well as making changes to its restaurant line up including the recent opening of the Silk Road Noodle Bar. The new restaurant is open from 5:30 to 10:30pm daily and includes items all the items you might expect on a noodle restaurant menu including an item called Five Flavor Chicken which sounds interesting. Upcoming changes at the restaurants also include rebranding of TJ’s Steakhouse in to the Edge Steakhouse and, most likely more changes down the road as we get nearer to the Graceland Elvis attraction opening.
Over the next few weeks we will see many of Las Vegas pool day clubs that haven’t already started, open for the season. Tomorrow sees the Day Dream Day Club open at the popular off Strip M Resort which will open at 11am and be open from 11am to 6pm on weekends as well as holidays for the season. Guests must of course be 21 and there is no cover charge for hotel guests as well as ladies over 21 and the cover for men is $20. The question always asked is why do the men have to pay, well a pool full of women will attract men who will be willing to pay, a pool full of men won’t necessary attract women thats just the way it is. Apart from the live music and of course dancing as well as drinking you can also rent a cabana or day bed or maybe a couch for when you need to relax and catch your breathe for a bit. For more information or to reserve a cabana etc, contact the M Resort at (702) 797-1808.
The South Point resort on the South end of the Strip has a large equestrian center which is often used for equestrian competitions and other events; One such upcoming event is the Ma’ Ceo event shown in the above video which they are advertising it as a cross between an equestrian event and a Cirque show. The event does look interesting and the ticket prices are low so if you are looking for an inexpensive show during your April trip in might be worth checking out. If you do plan on checking out the show and don’t have access to a car you might want to take a cab to South Point as even though its on the Strip it is a long way South from the other resorts.
Broadway shows for the most part have struggled to find a long term audience in Las Vegas, but one show that has bucked the trend is the longest running Broadway show in Las Vegas history which is ‘Defending The Caveman’ which after a long Strip run has moved to Downtown Las Vegas. The new home for hit one man show starring Kevin Burke ‘Defending The Caveman’ is the D on Fremont Street. The show explores couples and relationships with entertaining banter and observations of how we navigate relationships. Kevin Burke is synonymous with this role and has won entertainer of the year awards as well as also holds a record for the most shows performed in a fifty day period. The show gets good reviews generally so if it sounds like something you are interested in you might want to check it out, when Kevin Burke has time off which doesn’t seem often television actor John Venable takes his place. Beginning April 5th the show will move to a 4pm showtime with 8pm shows also on Thursday and Friday nights. Tickets for the show are available from the D box office from $38.45 to $69.95 for a vip package plus the usual ticket fees and taxes.
Their are rumors that the Ports O’ Call buffet at the near Strip Gold Coast may soon be closing to be replaced with a twenty four hour cafe concept which may be similar or the same as the Courtyard Cafe at sister property the Orleans. The rumors also include the possible closing of the Cortez fine dining restaurant at the Gold Coast with another restaurant to replace it. Boyds PR has no comment about the possible closing although Boyds did recently replace a restaurant at the California Downtown with a noodle house so a revamp of its restaurants across its properties which haven’t been changed for a long time is quite possible. The Ports O’ Call buffet was always one of the less expensive buffet options in town and it would be a shame to see it close, although i can understand boyds making changes to improve the income of its restaurants at its locations.
Tomorrow at the off Strip Silverton resort is their ‘Shamrock Shindig’ event in celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day at their Mermaid Restaurant and Lounge between 5 and 9pm. The event includes $2 green beer and drink specials as well as a dj and karaoke and sports if you think beer pong is a sport. If you plan to visit for the event, one bright spot is there is no cover charge unlike many events across town.
The 17th annual Irish event in celebration of St Patrick’s day starts today at 4pm today on the Brooklyn bridge in front of New York New York. The event runs through Tuesday 17th which is St Patrick’s day with the things you would expect such as Irish food and entertainment as well as green beer and Irish theme cocktails. On the 17th there is a cover charge beginning at noon on the bridge but this does include a pint of Guinness or a shot of Jameson whiskey to help you get your celebration of Irishness started.
After playing the Orleans for several years comedian and host of Real Time on HBO Bill Maher has moved his fairly regular stand up show to the Pearl Theater at Palms. Bill Maher’s next appearance in Las Vegas is scheduled for later this month for Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd with both shows at 8pm. If you want to check out the show there is still tickets available for both nights although not the less expensive seats they are in the premium section right front of the stage at $94.60 each plus fees. If you are interested in getting tickets check out ticketmaster.com, palmspearl.com or contact the Palms box office at (702) 944-3200.
The Encore Resort by Las Vegas casino legend Steve Wynn is already one of the top places to stay in Las Vegas for a high end experience, now the Encore have announced that they are refreshing their rooms this Summer. The upgrade according to a rep at the hotel is not a full renovation but will include an upgrade to the furnishings, carpeting and technology including larger flat screen televisions. A refresh to the rooms at Encore isn’t really a surprise as a top end property needs to keep its rooms looking fresh and upgrading during the hot slower Summer months makes sense. The expected completion date of the refresh is in early fall of this year and includes the Encore Resort Tower as well as the Encore Tower Suites rooms.
Fountain at the Flamingo
The long running tribute show ‘Legends In Concert’ at the Flamingo has a special promotion just for Las Vegas locals with a $9.95 ticket price for the next couple of months. The $9.95 price is the original price when the show opened in 1983 back in the days when you could get a dinner buffet for $4.99 instead of $35 like today. To get the low ticket price a valid local id must be present and there is a limit of six tickets which is an amazingly good deal. The celebrity look alike performers change from time to time but the current lineup usually includes Elvis, Celine Dion, Katy Perry, Steven Tyler and Michael Jackson so contact the Flamingo box office for more information.
It had been a while since i checked out a buffet at Station Casino’s which is a chain of resorts across Las Vegas which cater to the locals. I have visited buffets before at Red Rock and Palace Station so as i was in the area the $5.99 breakfast buffet deal for their players club members (also its free to join). I arrived at the 8am opening and was greeted with long lines so i hit the slot floor for a bit and won a nice bonus on a slot machine, thanks for that Sunset Station hopefully i was going to have as much luck with my buffet. After the line died down a bit i waited in the line which wasn’t short but wasn’t as long as before, thankfully the line moved quickly. After i paid i waited for what seemed like forever as people in the line with the higher players club status were let in as i waited, i guess my Total Rewards status won’t help me in a Station property oh well. Eventually i got seated and check out the breakfast buffet which had a good selection for a $5.99 buffet including breakfast buffet standards like make a omelette to order station as well as the usual breakfast staples. A nice server then brought me my drinks an orange juice and a pot of coffee with a plastic mug for the coffee that looked like it was made for a kid so they don’t spill, maybe they have seen me drink before when i haven’t had my morning coffee yet. I always like it when they give you a pot of coffee at a buffet instead of waiting for the server to come around again, the orange juice was freshly out of the can oh well. The food tasted very good and before you say its tough to mess up eggs the former Sahara on the Strip was able too with no problem. One item that was a little unusual was pears on flat bread, yes it was strange but tasted okay but i don’t think places such as the Wynn will be adding this item anytime soon. One final note if you are used to paying $20 or more for breakfast on the Strip with unusual ingredients this buffet might not be for you but if you have a car and or want to save some money this buffet isn’t a bad choice.
If you want to get from Downtown on Fremont Street to the Strip or vice versa, you could take a cab which is quick but a little expensive; Another option would be the Deuce the double decker that stops frequently as it travels the Strip another option would Strip and Downtown Express the tram like bus which has fewer stops but still travels the busy Strip. The option I use if I want to get quickly from the MGM Grand area of the Strip to Downtown and Fremont Street quickly is the Westcliff Airport Express; The Westcliff Airport Express is yes an express bus that runs to the Mc Carren Airport but it also has a stop near Hooters and the Tropicana near the Strip across from the MGM. The buses run from about 5am to 10pm every 30 minutes and, has a few stops Downtown but after that it takes the freeway past the Strip before exiting at Tropicana so it makes it a quick trip without numerous stops and traffic on the Strip. If you are at the Downtown end and want to head to the MGM area of the Strip the bus stop the side of Binion’s is the easiest place to catch it.
The above video courtesy of the Luxor Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas shows how the property looked not long after the opening in 1993. Back when the property opened it had a full Egyptian theme which over recent years they have tried to tone down which is tough when your property is a pyramid. Its cool to see the attractions that were their at the time of opening soon of which we don’t even remember.
Steak and egg bagel with a large coffee at Dunkin Donuts at the Fremont
So what do you when you wake up at 4am in your hotel bed in Downtown Las Vegas and are hungry there are a few good options to eat pancakes at Du Pars at the Golden Gate, specials at Magnolia Cafe at Four Queens or even breakfast at Benny’s Bullpen at Binions. The solution as i am staying in the Fremont is an elevator ride to the casino for a steak and egg bagel sandwich with a large coffee at Dunkin Donuts which filled the need. The Dunkin Donut location at the Fremont is open twenty four hours a day if you want to check it out and now im thinking about pancakes at Du Pars can you have breakfast for two meals a day, i think i may have too.
In the above video comedian Sebastian Maniscalco shows you some of his stand up act and, if you think his act is worth checking you can catch him this Memorial Day at the Venetian in the Sands Showroom. (Video Courtesy Of The Venetian)
The latest in a string of hirings for the Summer pool day club scene is today and continues tomorrow this time for the Daylight Beach Club at Mandalay Bay. Daylight was recently taken over by Hakkasan which will host the event at its large nightclub at the MGM Grand. The interviews take place today from noon to 6pm and then continue tomorrow at the same time for the usual day club jobs with some of the positions such as hosts or hostesses requiring an audition in swimwear.
A rendering of what the future Riviera land may look like once completed (photo courtesy of LVCVA)
In last Fridays board meeting of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority the members present voted unanimously to purchase the Riviera Hotel & Casino on the Strip and close it to redevelop the land. The purchase price for the Riviera is $182.5 million with the property due to close May 4th with the redevelopment of this and other nearby land purchased expected to take between five to eight years to complete. The above picture from the LVCVA shows what the replacement building on the Riviera site will most likely look like as part of the $2.3 billion expansion of the Las Vegas Convention Center which wants expansion to compete with other convention centers such as Anaheim and Los Angeles. Its sad to see the iconic Riviera close but its has been neglected for a long time but the income an expanded convention center will bring is good for the Las Vegas economy overall.
Its been a long time since Neil Diamond performed on the Las Vegas Strip but for his many fans they will get a chance on May 17th when he performs at the Mandalay Bay resort at the Event Center. The legendary singer is known for a large catalog of music as well as numerous hits which include songs such as Sweet Caroline and America as well as his popular Christmas music. The ticket prices start at a reasonable $59.50 and are on sale now so if you are in town at that time and, enjoy his music you might want to snag some.
A 60 year old resort fixture on the Strip may be living on borrowed time as rumors about the closing and redevelopment of the Riviera swirl with a possible closing time of May or June. For about the last month their has been talk that the property could be remodeled or redeveloped as a modern Riviera but now comes news that the LVCVA may knock down the property for a expanded convention center. The Las Vegas Convention and Vistor’s Authority has been buying up land around the Convention Center but mainly to the South of the Convention Center for expansion. One possible plan for the Riviera space as its across the street from the main building could be for a transportation center for the Convention Center which they have long wanted to build to ease the congestion at times such as the huge Consumer Electronics Show. If the LVCVA decide to buy the Riviera and build the transportation center on the site its location on the Strip half way between the busier part of the Strip and Downtown would have to be a plus. The Riviera has been a sad shell of its one time glory as years of limited money spent on it have taken its toll as it has struggled in a location which has come more remote as its surrounded now by empty lots and half finished resorts. Every time over the last several years I have visited the Riviera I have been greeted by large empty areas of the casino where tables or games once may have been and just no energy which is sad for this longtime Strip property seen in so many movies over the years. The hallways and 2,100 rooms at the property were always a strange dated mix and showed their age as they hadn’t been refurbished in a long time. Ultimately we would love to see the Riviera remodeled and brought back to its former glory but most likely it will close and the property being used for convention related activity is a good possibility as it’s a huge moneymaker for Clark County. The one constant in Las Vegas is change so don’t get too attached to your favorite property because at some point it could be gone either remodeled and changed completely or as is the case for many over the years such as the Sands, Dunes, Desert Inn or Stardust could be demolished and gone forever.
The above video is courtesy of the Luxor Hotel & Casino and shows a time lapse video of the famous pyramid hotel and casino being build way back in 1992.
Today between 10am and 4pm is a blood drive at the Mob Museum in Downtown Las Vegas and as part of the drive if you donate blood you gain a free admission to the very cool Mob Museum. Today’s blood drive is followed up tomorrow by a display of two of the Tommy guns used in the St Valentines Day Massacre which is part of the museums 3rd Anniversary Celebration.
The above video is about a slot penny promotion for South Point on the South Strip for the month of February with a lady that is way too excited. Penny promotion have become popular in the last few years especially by locals casino such as Boyds who also has properties in Downtown Las Vegas. One note about penny slot machines is often need to play multiply pennies to get the big bonuses in some case up to 400 or $4 a spin so you might be better to play a 25 cent or $1 machine which has higher pay backs in Las Vegas but the penny machines are real popular.
To help remind us that the Las Vegas day club scene starting again is not too far off is a video courtesy of MGM that shows behind the scenes of the popular Wet Republic pool party which attracts large crowds during the day to soak up the sun and listen to dj’s while having more than a few beverages.
Above is a video about the new Bardot Brasserie a celebrity chef restaurant by Michael Mina at Aria in the City Center. The concept of making classic French food more approachable in a nice room but less formal than the traditional french restaurant seems like a good idea. If you have tried out the new restaurant add to the comment section or email your review to email@example.com to share with other readers. (Video Courtesy of Aria Las Vegas)
The owner of the ECHL franchise Las Vegas Wranglers has announced that the not return after failing to find a replacement home for the new season. For many years the minor league ice hockey team played at the Orleans Arena until in 2013 the owners Boyd Gaming announced they would no renew their lease after the 2013 to 2014 season. The Wranglers then began the search for a new home and it looked like they might have a deal to erect tent on the rooftop of the parking garage at the Plaza downtown, but that was canceled due to the cost involved. In the near future it looks like minor league hockey is gone from Las Vegas but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see it return at some point.
Before the opening of the SLS there was lots of talk about the Griddle Café a Los Angeles staple for 15 years known for its huge portions of breakfast food. The Griddle Café opened in August and in October the restaurant announced it was cutting its hours and, would no longer be a twenty four hour seven day a week restaurant. Now comes the news that the Griddle Café will close today for good with a new restaurant to open in its place tomorrow. The new restaurant called Northside Café will open tomorrow and plans are for it be open 24/7 and be more like a traditional resort coffee shop selling comfort type food. Traffic at the resort hasn’t been as good as they may have liked and more restaurant closings or changes could be possible although the Rock In Rio event later this year should help with traffic for the resort.
The El Cortez in Downtown Las Vegas has a throwback Thursday event tonight with $5 champagne at the Parlour Bar as well as from 6 to 10pm a Sinatra tribute artist Peter Pavone performs in the Parlour Bar. If you are not a Sinatra fan it might not be worth going out of your way to see the show but if you are a fan or Downtown tonight it could be worth checking out.
The Cromwell the boutique hotel that was created out of the shell of the former Bills Gamblin Hall & Saloon shows off its new commercial above in a style very much like the Cosmopolitan.