In Las Vegas most of the big Strip resorts have at least one Starbucks and many have several but now comes news that there is one less on the Strip as the super sized location at the Grand Bazaar Shops in front of Bally’s has closed. This location was different because of its size and, it had stadium style seating in a grandstand overlooking a projection screen. This location opened 2015 and although i love coffee on a recent trip staying at Bally’s i drank coffee from the coffee stand in the lobby instead.
If you are a Starbucks fan there is still plenty of locations up and down the Strip snd one at the Golden Nugget Downtown although in recent years several Las Vegas at or near tourist area locations have closed; Some of the locations that come to mind include such as at The Shops at Crystals, Hughes Center or the Bank Of America building Downtown, Starbucks is still very popular in Las Vegas although maybe more of a choice would be good for Las Vegas tourists and locals alike.
The amazing Sterling Brunch Buffet at Bally’s has increased its price by $5 to a new price of $105 and even at that price it’s still likely to be as popular as ever. The weekend fine dining brunch at Bally’s is over 30 years old and draws the faithful to its current home at BLT steak.
The reason why the Sterling Buffet has its fans even at this price is because of the amazing food and service; As soon as you sit down you receive a large portion of Gruyere cheese while you get served champagne. The guests then can use the buffet at eat as much as they want of amazing things such as Alaskan king crab, lobster tails, prime rib, lamb and sushi.
Apart from the buffet line you can also order things from your server such as Caesars salads, eggs benedict or lobster bisque among other items. While you are eating your meal enjoy never ending glasses of champagne or mimosas and also save some room for the desserts which are top notch. Desserts usually include items such a chocolate truffles, chocolate covered strawberries and tarts..
If you want to splurge once on your trip to Las Vegas or maybe you have a lucky run in the casino the Sterling Buffet is well worth the money even at over $100.
If you miss the $1 Michelob beer special at the Casino Royale on the Strip which is still a good deal at the price now of $2 a bottle, but you can still get the old deal just off the Strip;
To get the deal head over to the Stage Door Bar which is located behind the Cromwell and across the street from Bally’s. The bar is just your basic small bar with slots but if you need a break from the expensive Strip drink prices their is an option not too far away. When you enter the bar they will card everyone so don’t forget to bring your id or passport.
While you are checking out the $1 Michelob beer special you might want to stock up on supplies at the attached convenience store which is less expensive option than the hotel stores.
It looks like the rumors are true and the Redneck Riviera at the Grand Bazaar Shops located next to Bally’s has closed it doors after just over a year being open. The Nashville style honky-tonky-tonk bar was the creation of John Rich one half of the country superstars Big & Rich in what was going to be a chain of bars under the same name with a location in Nashville now under construction. If you are not a country fan its possible you could have seen John Rich on the Apprentice or on the Wahlburgers television show where he discussed having his customers being able to order the Wahlburgers from the restaurant below and brought up to Redneck Riviera which in fact did happen.
Redneck Riviera was a 4,249 square foot space that as you would expect had live music as well as appearances by the owner John Rich and stayed open to 4 am and had such things as an American flag made out of beer cans, a garage door, a horse saddle with small mirrors to make a disco ball and restroom sinks made out of old tires with gas pump faucets. The space also had a Heroes Bar which was said to be staffed by vets and where all vets got their first drink free.
The Redneck Riviera concept seems sound although the location at the top of the stairs on the walkway to enter Bally’s wasn’t the greatest because if you were entering from the Las Vegas Strip you would walk through the whole Grand Bazaar Shops with numerous bars and restaurants before you got to the Redneck Riviera. I would like to see this bar reopen in the future in Las Vegas in a better location although at the present time the company website and Facebook page has barely any mention of its Las Vegas location as its all about the Nashville opening.
I live in Southern California home of In and Out Burgers but while in Las Vegas I decided to check out one of its newer competitors that’s heading West namely Wahlburgers. If you have caught an episode of the A&E reality show of the same name you would have known that the chain was started by two famous boy band members now actors Mark and Donnie Whalberg with their less famous brother Paul is the chef behind the food.
As you can see from the picture above the burger in this case the double decker isn’t a bad burger although they do have the lettuce and tomato on the bottom which gives the burger a different taste, not necessarily good or bad just different. The burger wasn’t a bad burger but at Las Vegas Strip prices of $12.99 for just the burger no fries or drink it’s not one I would go out of my way for but maybe as they add off Strip locations and the price comes down a bit it might make it a better deal. The location I picked up this burger was at the Grand Bazaar Shops the shopping out front of Bally’s and judging the by the always big crowds inside the place day or night they are doing very well.
It looks likes it the end of the road for the show 50 Shades! A Parody at Bally’s which has announced its last show will be on September 11th. The show has been running at Bally’s for over a year and generally gets pretty good reviews for a lower budget show. The replacement for the show has been announced as Evil Dead The Musical which sounds interesting to say the least.
Bally’s have announced they are adding mini golf with bowling and an arcade to their resort but no date has been announced yet for the planned opening. The planned 10,000 square area will be built by Monster Mini Golf who built the similar Kiss Mini Golf at the Rio although this place won’t have a Kiss theme. Hopefully more details about the attraction will be forthcoming soon.
Los Angeles based hot dog resaturant Dirt Dogs has opened a small kiosk at the Grand Bazaar Shops which located in front of Ballys on the Strip. The company is know for selling a bacon wrapped hot dog, which the compnay has called “The Official Hot Dog of Los Angeles.” Im from Southern California and i would say one of Pink’s hot dogs is the official hot dog of Los Angeles or even the Dodger Dog but to each there own. The new Dirt Dog location is on the South side of the Grand Bazaar shops and is just a small space next to Sin City Brewing which would be a good place to get a beer to go with your hot dog. The original Las Vegas location at the Rainbow- Shelbourne Plaza is a much larger location so dont expect a menu as big but still has the basics for a good hot dog fix.
The swap meet, I mean Grand Bazaar Shops out front of Bally’s on the Strip now has a new food option with the addition of Pizzeria Giordano. Now you can get your fix of Chicago style deep dish pizza with the same menu as its locations in Chicago and the restaurant is open until 2am for those late night pizza cravings.
You can actually play tennis on the Las Vegas Strip if you need to hit some balls and take a break from all the hectic Las Vegas fun at Bally’s. The eight championship tennis courts are open twenty four hours a day seven days a week so plenty of time to hit the court and play with some balls [don’t go there this is mostly a family friendly blog]. In Las Vegas it often gets really hot so i would avoid the mid day sun unless you are a mad dog or Englishman because according to the quote they like that stuff. The courts are all fully lit and the pro shop for rackets and balls etc is open daily from 8 am to 5 pm. For more information or reservations contact Bally’s at  967-4598 [Video courtesy of Bally’s Las Vegas].