If you have ever wandered by the Heart Attack Grill on Fremont Street and wondered about the restaurant hopefully this video from the Guardian newspaper in the UK will answer some of you questions about the lard cooked menu as well as what to expect inside. (Video Courtesy Of The Guardian newspaper)
Mariah Carey announced on the Ellen television show that she would begin residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace begin on May 6th of this year with dates in May and July with tickets on sale now. (Video Courtesy of ellentube.com )
The iconic Las Vegas show Jubilee recently was the subject of some rumors that it may close but that seems not to be the case as today they are having open casting calls for dancers today. The casting starts at 10 am for male dancers with casting for female dancers and showgirls at noon then on to 2 pm for male and female singers with call backs starting at 4 pm. Its good to see Jubilee continue and hopefully the long time Las Vegas show will continue for many years to come.
The High Roller observation wheel located at the Linq Entertainment District is having a special deal in honor of Martin Luther Jr Day on Monday with buy one get on free on tickets for the observation wheel. If you are around Monday and want to check out the 550 foot high wheel with a friend you will save over the regular $24.95 price each during the day or $34.95 each at night.
The above video is of the New Years fireworks in Las Vegas on the Strip and Downtown courtesy of local television station KTNV channel 13. A chance to see the fireworks if you weren’t there or if you celebrated too much to remember being there.
The El Cortez in Downtown Las Vegas has a throwback Thursday event every week with $5 champagne at the Parlour Bar as well as from 6 to 10pm a Sinatra tribute artist Peter Pavone in the Parlour Bar. If you are not a Sinatra fan it might not be worth going out of your way but if you are Downtown anyways you might want to check out the show.
The country at the moment is in the grip of Winter with snowfall in many places and cold temperatures in Las Vegas; So it seems to be a strange time to talk about the pool scene in Las Vegas but hiring of staff for huge pool side day clubs will soon be under way. One of the first to get hiring underway is the legendary Rehab pool party at the Hard Rock with the first hiring event scheduled for Jan 15th and 16th from 2 to 6pm at the Body English nightclub. The open casting calls as they call it which sounds more Disney than a hiring event has positions open such as model servers, bar backs, cabana attendants, security, cashiers, lifeguards and most likely other jobs.
Thanks for making 2014 such a great year for Las Vegas Inside Out and this year look for more news, information and reviews with new features and content as well as being updated more often. Thanks to KTNV 13 in Las Vegas for the video above of the Scottish lady being interviewed about her New Years visit to Las Vegas. If you visit Las Vegas once a year or several times a year the more information you have will help you have a more enjoyable time so hopefully we can help with that and we wish you all a safe and fun 2015.
Shania Twain recently performed her last concert at the Caesars Colosseum, which was her 105th performance as part of her two-year residency at the property. Now if you are a Shania fan and missed her residency or want to see her again in Las Vegas you will have a chance next year as 21 new shows have been announced for September and October next year at the Colosseum. The previous residency for Shania seemed popular and we wouldn’t be surprised if more shows are added in 2016 if next falls shows do well. The Colosseum will be a busy place with the expected return of Celine Dion in the summer as well as the recently announced Reba and Brooks & Dunn show as well as Elton John and Rod Stewart with their shows also in the rotation at the arena.
The outlet mall near Downtown Las Vegas called the Las Vegas North Premium Outlets has announced they are adding new tenants in the New Year. The exact number of new tenants isn’t exactly clear but it will be at least twenty-five new tenants by May 2015. The names announced so far include Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th as well as Hemut Lang and John Varvotos with more to be announced later. As part of the addition a Cheesecake Factory is also opening in the outlet mall which will bring the well known chain to Downtown Las Vegas.
It looks like more Summer Loving as Olivia Newton John’s Summer Nights show has been extended to September 2015 at the Flamingo. The show is a nice fit with Donny & Marie at the Flamingo and the additional dates for shows beginning March 3rd is on sale today for her Facebook fans with sales to the general public beginning this Friday.
Picture Courtesy Of Bellagio Web Cam
As you can see from the picture the seasonal switchover of the Bellagio Conservatory to the popular Christmas theme has happened with the breathtaking Christmas tree and seasonal decorations now in place. The tree this year is 42 foot high and weights an approximate 6,800 pounds and has 7,000 white lights on it as well as 2,500 multi colored ornaments. Around the conservatory are tens of thousands of poinsettias as well as animatronic penguins as well as polar bears made of white carnations; Also part of the display is a walk through snow globe as well as a model train display. If you plan on visiting the Christmas themed conservatory you might want to visit during off hours if you plan to take pictures as the attraction draws large crowds during peak hours. The exhibit is open twenty four hours a day through January 3rd and is a free attraction so well worth a visit.
The former Sporting House space at New York New York which was make vacant back in June when the restaurant closed is soon to have two new restaurants open in its place; The new restaurants due to open by years end are ‘Tom’s Urban’ which last week had a job fair for 200 new employees and a New York import the ‘Shake Shack’ which was also hiring last week. The ‘Shake Shack’ is know in New York for its burgers, fries and custard and should fit in well as a more casual place to eat next to MGM’s $100 Strip makeover between NYNY and the Monte Carlo.
Recently we wrote about the opening of the 2nd Border Grill at the Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace and they have announced that the location will now be open for brunch on the weekends. The new brunch service runs from 10am to 3pm and features numerous signature items from their menu served in small plates. For $34.99 you can get unlimited small plates and for $10 extra a person you can also add unlimited mimosas. The food is good so this might be a good way to check out some of their items from their menu or if you prefer standard lunch plates are also available.
The Rock N Roll Marathon returns to Las Vegas this week with the marathon and half marathon-taking place on Sunday night. Today and tomorrow at the Las Vegas Convention Center is a free event open to the public related to the marathon a ‘Health and Fitness Exposition.’ The event features 100 exhibitors and offer free samples as well as showcasing the latest in sports wear with of course running gear as well as health and nutritional information. The expo runs today from 11:30am to 7pm and tomorrow from 10:30am to 7pm in hall S1 at the convention center.
Las Vegas Convention Center: 3150 Paradise Road, Las Vegas 89109
The company that made a big deal about no resort fees for a time, before introducing them to its properties Caesars Entertainment now has introduced a standard $25 before tax resort fee to all its Las Vegas properties. The new charge means that Caesar’s properties such as the Flamingo or Harrahs have a resort fee on par with such properties as the Bellagio and Venetian which seems crazy. In the past if you were a Total Rewards Platinum member you could avoid the resort fee but now you have to be a Diamond or Seven Stars to avoid the charge. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see one of the higher end properties to introduce a $30 or $35 resort fee in the new future or early in the New Year to see how high they can go before they get pushback from customers.
Soon after the recent rebirth of the Sahara as the SLS came the announcement that their buffet would only be open weekends and no longer on week days; Now the SLS has announced the buffet will go in to hibernation and be closed with a plan to reopen sometime next year after the slower Winter months. In recent years with the slow economy many resorts have cut hours for things such as their coffee shops especially during the slow months but closing a buffet completely at a new resort may be more of a sign of them not getting the traffic they expected. The SLS plans to revamp the buffet space during the downtime so they can make the space more attractive to locals although at this time no reopening date has been announced or potential hours the new buffet would operate in the spring.
Above is a commercial for the new remodeled and rebranded Linq Hotel & Casino next to the Linq entertainment district on the center Strip. The commercial is interesting because it was made before the remodel on the Quad was finished so what you get is lots of views of the Linq entertainment district but not of the Linq Hotel & Casino.
Over the last few years we have seen many properties downtown doing major overhauls such as the Fitzgerald’s being remodeled and, turned in to the D Las Vegas as well as the long shuttered Lady Luck finally reopening as a remodeled Downtown Grand; The Plaza also was remodeled in to well a new Plaza okay no name change in this case but the property was totally updated. It seems every major downtown property has done something even if it’s just adding a Fremont Street bar to the mix. A big exception to the updates seems to have been the Boyd properties downtown, which are the Fremont. California and Main Street Station. Boyd’s has seemed to be intent to pay down its debt and not make any major changes but that may have changed as they have announced the closing of the once popular Pasta Pirate at the California. Yes casino restaurant closings happen all the time but they happen less often downtown and very rarely at Boyd’s properties downtown. The replacement for Pasta Pirate is said to be an Asian noodle restaurant, which could do well with the Hawaiian and Asian package groups that the hotel brings in. The footprint for the new restaurant will be larger than the current Pasta Pirate which will also include part of the main casino cage which has been located to the second floor for the moment. I don’t know if this is the start of Boyd’s updating all their downtown properties but any updates to properties are welcome.
Rock band KISS starts a series of concerts tomorrow night at 8pm at the Joint music venue inside the Hard Rock. The shows start at 8pm with a starting ticket price of $49.50 plus fees with more shows scheduled for November 7th and 8th, 14th and 15th the 19th and also the 22nd as well as 23rd. The over the top rock act make up and all should do okay in its mini run as i’m sure there is still a lot of KISS fans around. If you want to get in a KISS vibe the KISS mini golf and shop is located near the Hard Rock.
Above is a video of Chipotle Chicken Avocado sandwich being made at the Earl Of Sandwich this particular location is located inside Planet Hollywood next to the Miracle Mile mall. Ever since this location opened its been a favorite place to stop for great quality sandwiches at a reasonable price, well at least by Las Vegas resort pricing. The company also has a smaller location inside the food court at the Palms if you are closer to that location, either place is worth a stop to pick up a good sandwich.
The former Imperial Palace which as rebranded the Quad while the public areas where under construction has now opened under the new name called the Linq Hotel. The former name was okay but just not that exciting but the new name makes a lot more sense especially since the property is attached to the Linq entertainment district.
The new SLS resort on the North end of the Strip made a big deal about its LIFE Nightclub before the properties opening but so far it seems the club isn’t drawing the attention it needs in a crowded Las Vegas night club scene. The properties location away from most of the Strip resorts also doesn’t help the club draw traffic although if they could draw some of the nightclub crowd to come check it out it could find its niche. One way the club is raising its profile is by the recent signing of a resident DJ in this case Steve Angello one of the top electronic dj’s who will be launching his new concept at LIFE called ‘Reflections’ on November 22nd. The signing of a resident dj is a good move and with the huge Rock In Rio event happening next year across the street from the club could do well in the long run.
The second Border Grill in Las Vegas at the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace is now open in the former PJ Clarke’s space. The opening of this location has been looked forward too by many and is open for lunch and dinner and features the popular Border Grill food you may have tried in the other Las Vegas location or in Los Angeles. The restaurant has a demonstration kitchen a private dining room, cantina lounge, ceviche bar and a normal bar as well as great food so you might want to add it to your ever growing list of restaurants to try in Las Vegas.
Caesars Entertainment said they would hold many events at The Linq outdoor entertainment center and since its opening they have done that; the latest event is 2014 Red Bull Global Rally cross championship finale scheduled for November 4th and 5th. Rally cross if are not familiar with it is an off road auto race with high performance usually small production type cars. The races in Europe where the sport is most popular take place through forests and up mountains on asphalt roads as well as dirt tracks. The Red Bull event returns for the third time in a row to Las Vegas with Andretti Sports Marketing producing the event. The event at the Linq is being held at the properties event lot at Koval and Winnick Avenue and, is most likely to feature a manmade dirt course with lots of jumps.
MGM Resorts International has announced they have sold Gold Strike their Jean, Nevada property to Jett Gaming a slot route operator. If you are not familiar with Gold Strike its the resort off to the right of the Interstate from California between State Line and Las Vegas. The property was part of the purchase when MGM bought the resorts at State Line which they sold but Gold Strike wasn’t sold as part of that deal. As MGM Resorts has opened more upscale properties the Gold Strike kind of operated on its own with its own players club that wasn’t part of the M Life players card. This may not be a shift to just upscale properties as MGM still operates properties such as Circus Circus, Excalibur and Luxor and hasn’t shown an interest in changing them; This may be more that MGM is getting rid of a non core property and also one that has been rumored to closed down in recent times so hopefully the new operator will help the property.
The Downtown Grand offers a complimentary shuttle for its hotel guests to get around Downtown and visit some of the attractions. The hotel offers two lines the blue line starts service at 10:30am and runs about every 30 minutes from the Downtown Grand to the Premium Outlets (north) and then to the Container Park before returning to the property. The blue line service last shuttle leaves at 2:45 and then at 5pm the Orange Line begins service with stops at the same places as well as one stop at the Neon Museum At 6:40pm as well as stopping at the Smith Center For The Performing Arts many times. If no performances are scheduled at the Smith Center then only the 5:00pm service on the blue line will run. For more information on the shuttle service check with the Downtown Grand.
If you are a fan of white truffles and have more than a travel reporters budget, okay a lot more you might want to check out Restaurant Guy Savoy at Caesar’s Palace. The restaurant right now has a six course meal including the celebrated fungi at $420 per person as well as menu items which are available a la carte.
Wicked a different version of the Wizard Of Oz seen in the movie returns to Las Vegas with a run through November at the Smith Center For Performing Arts in Downtown. I have seen the show in Los Angeles and its well worth checking out if you are looking for something a little different than the usual Las Vegas stage shows. (Video Courtesy KTNV Las Vegas)
The large Surrender nightclub at Encore is adding a huge glass dome with solar panels over the pool area at the club. The new dome is costing $2 million and is scheduled to open October 22nd and will help the outdoor area stay warmer so it can operate during the colder Winter months.