Derek Stevens Buys Office Building

It looks like the owner of D Las Vegas is continuing his Downtown buying spree as he has purchased an 11 story office building at 302 Carson Ave which is across from the D Las Vegas as well as the Downtown Event Center which he also owns. The building and its adjacent parking garage where purchased for nearly 40 million dollars. Derek Stevens recently announced plans to build a 777 room hotel and casino on the now empty site of the Las Vegas Club, Mermaids and the Girls Of Glitter Gulch; because of this project likely nothing will happen to …

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The Screen Fades To Black

The Las Vegas Strip has lost its only movie theater with the recent closure of the Regal United Artists Theater at the Showcase Mall. The Showcase Mall near the MGM Grand has been getting a makeover and the movie theater has been has since 1998 but the space may be better used as restaurants or clubs instead. The movie theater here always seemed to me a little odd location as if you wanted to drive to see a movie there you would have to deal with Strip traffic and if you walked you would have to take elevators from the …

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Xmas In LV: Winter Village

The Winter Village at Green Valley Ranch is open through January 7th and is located at the properties outdoor amphitheater and includes an outdoor ice rink. If you want to use the ice rink its open Thursday to Sundays with the rink opening at 4 pm during the week and 11 am on the weekends. The cost is $20 but that also includes your skate rentals and, tickets can be purchased in person at the ice rink.  

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Good Time For Cheap Rooms

The end of the year in Las Vegas you might think is an expensive time because of all the holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas and the huge crowds that come in to town for New Year’s Eve; The answer is yes for those dates the room rates can be expensive and in the case of New Years Eve very expensive but other days at year end can be inexpensive. Dates in November away from Thanksgiving can be reasonable and dates in early December as well as the few days after Christmas can be good bargains just shop around and if …

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Monte Carlo Restaurants Closed

The transformation continues at the Monte Carlo as it gets ready for its transformation in to the Park MGM with two more restaurants closing today Diablo’s Cantina and Sambalate. Previously closed restaurants include 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria which closed a couple of days ago and Minus 5 Ice Bar. If you are looking for other food options you might want to check out the restaurants in The Park or walk over to New York New York.

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Las Vegas Club Demolished

A piece of Las Vegas history in Downtown is vanishing piece by piece as the former Las Vegas Club is demolished to make way for a future resort property that most likely won’t appear until 2020 or later. The Las Vegas Club opened in 1930 a year before gambling was legalized in Nevada but over recent years the place suffered manny years of decline and the sports theme exterior looked tacky as well as dated. The property is now owned by Derek Stevens who refitalized the former Fitzgerald’s with a huge remodel after which he renamed it the D Las …

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Pronto Coming 2018

The second Las Vegas restaurant for Food Network alum Gilda De Laurentis is scheduled to open in early 2018 at Caesar’s Palace. The new restaurants name is Pronto and is set to be an Italian restaurant with California influences and, if it does as well as her first restaurant at The Cromwell it would be a success. 

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Flock & Fowl Downtown 

We A second Flock & Fowl location is heading to Downtown Las Vegas in the Ogden condo complex in a space formally occupied by Itsy Bitsey Ramen & Whiskey. The original Flock & Fowl is located on Sahara just off the Strip and is from the same owners of the Fat Choy a well liked restaurant in the Eureka casino. There are reports that the restaurant is also planning to go cashless and only accept credit cards and, debit cards which would  be interesting to see how that effects business. 

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Robert Irvine Restaurant Opens

Food Network celebrity chef Robert Irvine’s restaurant at the Tropicana has finally opened after months of extensive promotional advertising for the restaurant. The name of the restaurant is Robert Irvine’s Public House and as the name suggests is a pub style restaurant so expect English pub style food kicked up a notch. Robert Irvine has hosted many shows on cables Food Network but rose to fame as the host of the show Restaurant Impossible.

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Drones Coming To The Strip

The use of personal drones has increased as more companies are making the aerial remote control camera platforms in numerous sizes but they are still an expensive item. A Las Vegas company AviSight has been given permission to commercially operate drones over the Strip which could be potentially lucrative for them even though no plans have been announced. I don’t know how I feel about drones flying over an area crowded with people but I can see commercial uses for the drones such as tourist and resort marketing videos as well as for movie productions.

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Wet Republic Announces EDC Line Up

Memorial Day may not be the official start of Summer but in Las Vegas its when many of the pool parties and day clubs in town go from opening just on weekends and holidays to being open nearly every day. The Electric Daisy Carnival is also just around the corner as huge crowds will flock to the Las Vegas Speedway to party while listening to the best in electronic music on several stages. EDC will also mean the big names of electronic dj’s will be in town and performing at many of the top resorts day and nightclubs across the …

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Silverton Resort Has Free Buffet For Service Members

The off Strip Silverton resort is offering a free buffet today for all active and retired Military, Nevada Police and Fire as well as NHP members, you just have to be a member of their players club Silverton Rewards and present your service ID to the cashier. If you are a Silverton Rewards member you also get 6X points on slots and reels today as well as 16X points from 8am to 9am and from 3pm to 4pm, before you start playing activate your point multiplier at any kiosk. Gold, Platinum and Diamond Rewards Club member also will get a …

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SLS VIP Minibar Promotion

The SLS on the north end of the Strip has just started a promotion for guests of its loft inspired Story Tower who are 21 and older who book a two night stay for the promotion on slslasvegas.com for a stay between June 1st and September 5th 2016. The package includes VIP access to events on the property as well as a complementary mini bar with a bottle of vodka as well as Fireball, Bud Light, Pepsi and a range of mini bar snacks. SLS got a lot of attention when it first opened after the property was rebuilt from …

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Resorts World Gets Big Approval

Resorts World Las Vegas the $4 billion Chinese themed casino and hotel resort thats being developed on the north end of the Strip just got some good news; The Nevada Gaming Commission has signed off unanimously signed off on a series of applications put forward by the Genting Group of Malaysia including on the different executives that will run the resort. After an elaborate ground breaking ceremony about a year ago not much happened at the property, but in recent months some work has been started at the site. This resort when it opens will be huge for the north …

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WSOBP Gets New Home

The annual World Series of Beer Pong tournament is nearly here with it scheduled for July 6th to July 10th at a new home at the Westgate. We have reported on the World Series of Beer Pong before at the Flamingo but with its most recent home at the Riviera now closed its good to see the event has found a new home at the Westgate. The event is in its 11th year and the players are competing for $65,000 in prize money and thats a lot of beer money.

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Magnolia’s Veranda

The Magnolia’s Veranda at the Four Queens is a little bit of a throwback to the slowly vanishing traditional Las Vegas coffee shops. In recent times the traditional coffee shop has been replaced with local chains such as Hash House A Go Go or national ones such as TGIF. The fact they are replaced by these chains isn’t a bad one and they serve their purpose but like the traditional American diner the Las Vegas coffee shop is different from the chains. The Magnolia’s Veranda sits on a level overlooking the casino so if you get a window seat you …

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Town Scary Event

If you are in Las Vegas with your kids for Halloween one event you might want to check out is the ‘Town Scary’ event at the Town Square outdoor mall on the Strip south of Mandalay Bay. The event runs from 4 to 7 pm tomorrow night and includes trick or treating, ghostly games as well as costume contests. Town Square also has a 9,000 square foot children park and maybe this and the event is a better option for the children than watching drunk people in too revealing costumes party on the Strip. There is nothing wrong with the …

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Courthouse Demolition Continues

The former Clark County Courthouse in Downtown Las Vegas slowly disappears as the building is cleared to make way for festival grounds. The abandoned courthouse has been empty since 2005 and drew national attention with court cases such as the Binion’s trial where satellite news vans where parked out front every day. The owner of the property is Derek Steven’s owner of the D and Golden Gate hotels in Downtown who bought the property at an auction for $10 million dollars. The property is located at Third and Carson not too far from the D so it makes sense that …

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Editors Notebook: Switch Over Pain

Recently we have switched hosts for Las Vegas Inside Out, during which recent posts didn’t transfer over so we are adding them in as we can while still updating the site with new stories. As you can see from the site at the moment older content from 2005 to 2007 transferred over with no problem although it doesn’t look pretty but we will also clean that up. We could have gone off line for a few weeks like some sites do but we wanted to be available with the latest information and news. As part of the switch over we …

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Pamela Anderson In Magic Show

Pamela Anderson is to be the assistant for magician Hans Klok in the new show “The Beauty Of Magic” at the new Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino on the strip. The 39 year old ex Baywatch beauty replaces Carmen Electra who recently dropped out of the show before it opened. Because Pamela Anderson needs to get ready for the show the grand opening is being pushed back to June 2nd.

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New Years Eve On Fremont Street

This New Years Eve the entire four blocks of the Fremont Street Experience will be blocked off for a ticket only event. The event will be broadcast live on Direct TV as part of its music performance show CD USA. The tickets cost $80 per person and includes a line up of music by bands including Rockstar SuperNova, Smash Mouth, All American Rejects and Chicago. Stages will be located at both ends of the Fremont Street Experience and outdoor bars as well as other vendors which will be there as well.

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Christmas Week Ideal Time For Cheap Rooms

One of the cheapest times of the year to visit Las Vegas is the week between Christmas and New Years. Especially right after Christmas, Las Vegas is really quiet and thats the best time to get cheap rooms. Often I have stayed downtown or off strip for really cheap at this time and received flyer’s under my door from the property offering additional nights stay for $19 or even $10 per night. Just make sure you are gone by New Years Eve because the rates go through the roof for the same room as the New Years party crowd arrives.

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Las Vegas Monorail Ambassadors

The Las Vegas Monorail which I have reviewed on this site before is still struggling to get passengers and has about 19,000 daily which is about half the number it needs to break even. If you are on the side of the strip from MGM to the Sahara I still recommend using the monorail although the resent raise in fares from $3 to $5 per trip makes it less desirable. To improve the sagging ridership the monorail has hired 20 very attractive women in old style flight attendant outfits to hand out monorail guides. The outfits are kind of like …

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Year End Great Time To Get Good Room Rates

The end of the year is one of the best times to get great deals on rooms in Las Vegas. Apart from the peak times of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years the rest of November and December are slow so its a great time to save money on your trip. Most of the hotels have packages where they throw in things like free buffets, drinks or show tickets to make you visit. Las Vegas at the end of the year can get chilly especially at night and not all the pools are open but its still warmer than most of …

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Free Show: Sirens Of TI

The Sirens Of TI is a show on the strip in front of TI. TI is the new name of Treasure Island which used to have a pirate theme which is pretty much gone now. Las Vegas tried to be a family resort before it switched to the current theme of “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” and because of the more adult theme they replaced the pirate battle with the Sirens Of Ti. The former show was lots of fun as the pirates fought and sunk the Royal Navy each several times each night. The current show has …

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Quick Tip: Visitor Information Center

The Visitor Information Center is a good place to get information on Las Vegas and the surrounding area including things to do other than gambling. It is located at Convention Center Drive and Paradise Road across from the Convention Center. The monorail station is across the street at the convention center if you want to take that to get there. Click on the story title for map of location.

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Watch Ice Hockey In The Desert

Okay when you think of Las Vegas probably ice hockey isn’t the first think that comes to mind but Las Vegas does have a hockey team. The team is called “The Las Vegas Wranglers” and plays its home games at the Orleans Arena which is located at the Orleans which is a hotel and casino just off the strip. The team is an affiliate of the NHL’s Calgary Flames and plays in the Pacific Division of the ECHL. If you want a break from gambling and shopping this is an interesting alternative. Click on the title of this story for …

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David Hasselhoff To Be In "The Producers" At Paris

David Hasselhoff the former star of Bay watch and Knight Rider will be in the Broadway show “The Producers” when it opens at the Paris on January 31st. David will play the part of Roger DeBris in the Mel Brooks show. David had previously stared in the Broadway shows “Jekyll & Hyde” and also “Chicago.” Broadway shows generally have had a hard time in Las Vegas but “Phantom Of The Opera” and “Spamalot” more recent Broadway shows have fared better so it will be interesting to see who “The Producers” will do.

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Smoking In Las Vegas

In most of the country lighting a cigarette in public is getting harder and harder especially in California where I am from. In Las Vegas if you are a smoker you can do it just about anywhere even in a restaurant where they have smoking and non smoking sections. You can smoke in the casinos although a some have non smoking sections which are usually small and in the back of the casinos. One of the few places you cannot smoke in public is at the airport except in designated areas which are usually glass boxes in the terminals. I …

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Las Vegas Hilton To Be Imploded?

The Las Vegas Review newspaper recently wrote a story that a major hotel casino will be imploded in the next 12-18 months and not one that has been mentioned before. The newspaper thinks it will be the Las Vegas Hilton. This makes sense to me as the property is a large lot right next to the convention center and is an older property. The Las Vegas Hilton recently finished a remodel of its rooms and lobby although in Las Vegas that wouldn’t make any difference on whether or not its imploded. The Las Vegas Hilton used to be called The …

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Win A Ford Mustang At Golden Nugget

The “Golden Nugget” in downtown Las Vegas has a promotion right now where you can win a new Ford Mustang. The promotion is part of the “Golden Nugget’s” 60th Anniversary Celebration. From November 1st until the 30th they will be giving away a Mustang every night at a drawing held at 8:30pm. When you join their slot club called “24 Karat Club” you get one entry and get additional entries by playing slots and table games. You must be 21 years old and see the “Golden Nugget” for additional information.

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Quick Tip: Gift Shop Alternatives

The gift shops in most hotels are conveniant but can be expensive. Another option is drug stores there is a CVS on south end of the strip and a Walgreens on the north end of the strip as well as a Walgreens downtown on one end of Fremont Street. These are good places to get film,water,soda,snacks without paying the higher prices in the hotels. They also have one hour photo developing and sell the usual Las Vegas stuff that the gift shops have for less money.

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The Planetarium

If you want to get away from the Strip and the neon for a while may I suggest a visit to the Planetarium. The Planetarium is located on the campus of the Cheyenne location of the Community Campus of Southern Nevada. People have commented or emailed me asking for things to do with the family in Las Vegas and this is one option. Its your standard Planetarium with displays of current and past space programs as well as two celestial shows shown on the domed screen of the Planetarium. They also have a gift shop with model rockets, posters, star …

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What To With The Kids

Okay I get asked all the time what to do with the kids when in Las Vegas and my answer always is to leave them at home. Okay now I have offended all parents I will give you the reason why I suggest this. If you were not in Las Vegas would you expose your kids to gambling, smoking, drinking, sexy suggestive clothes and stripper ads on taxis and flyers; the answer to this would probally be no so why do this in Las Vegas? Having to explain to a young kid what a dancer to your room or what …

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Editors Notes

First of all I want to thank your for your emails and comments and I hope you find the site useful. A new feature I am adding to the site is “Quick Tip” which is a short tip that may help you on your visit to Las Vegas. I also plan to make more changes to make the site as easy as possible for everyone.

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The Deuce Double Deckers Down The Strip

The double decker buses running up and down the Strip are called The Deuce and they run about every 7 to 15 minutes each direction 24 hours a day. The buses start at either the Downtown Transportation Center or from the South Strip Transfer Terminal and then travel the length of the Strip before going back. The gold color new buses are easy to spot and there is bus stops every block and close to most major properties. The fare is $2 one way or $5 for a 24 hour pass which is a good bargain and also is valid …

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"The Drive" From GM At The Sahara

“The Drive” is kind of a unique experience from General Motors that is located behind the Sahara. GM has set up two test tracks and for $10 you get to test drive some of the latest GM products. One track is a half mile oval and the other track is an off road course. On the oval you get to drive products such as Corvettes, Cadillacs and GTO’s and on the nearby off road track you get to drive a Hummer. Its a fun inexpensive experience and worth a visit, its cool to get to drive cars that you may …

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Free Show: Fountains At Bellagio

A huge water show that is in front of the Bellagio. You may have seen fountain shows before but nothing on this scale. The thousand jets of water shoot up in to the air up to 245 feet dancing all to a musical score. One note huge crowds gather for this so get there early. The show runs every weekday from 3-7pm every thirty minutes and every fifthteen minutes from 7pm to midnight. On the weekends the shows start at noon. I had a friend visit and he lost his phone in the fountain so if you find it email …

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