It’s been a tough time for delis in recent times first with the closure of Canters Deli at the Linq and now comes news that The Sports Deli at the MGM Grand has closed. The Sports Deli may be know to many as the Stage Deli which it was named for 23 years before they changed the name but either way the location is going to become another Starbucks because of the lack of Starbucks in Las Vegas (yes that was sarcastic).
If you still want your deli fix and are craving a huge pastrami sandwich for example, the Carnegie Deli at the Mirage is still open and a good option and well worth a visit. Deli’s in Las Vegas used to be really popular at one time but maybe the younger generation are less interested in huge sandwiches of meat either way the Carnegie Deli at the Mirage seems to get good traffic and hopefully it remains open.
The tram that runs since 1993 between the Mirage and Treasure Island (now TI) is finally running again after it closed late last year after a short time reopening after a complete renovation; The tram was only open three weeks after the complete renovation of the system before a two ton steel wheel broke which forced the tram to be closed while a new part was fabricated and then installed. So now the two car 100 passenger tram is back running the short trip between the two properties.
If you want to use the newly opened tram the hours are from 9 am to 1 am Sunday to Thursday and until 3 am on Fridays and Saturdays. The tram ride is free and the wait isn’t too long usually for the tram to return to your station unless their is crowds but even during busy times it doesn’t seem to bad as many people don’t know the tram even exists.
The free elevated tram that for years has transported visitors between the Mirage and the Treasure Island has closed with a planned reopening not until November of this year at the earliest. The tram was originally built to transport visitors between both of the Steve Wynn owned properties although it’s been years since he owned the properties and in recent times with two different owners for each resort it’s amazing they have kept it running. The tram cars have no driver but they still required an employee to oversee the tram line and as part of the upgrade lit will be fully automatic.
Matt Goss has moved from his long residency at Caesars Palace to a new residency just down the Strip at the Mirage, the English born crooner with a classic Las Vegas lounger singer style built up a loyal following with many locals not just tourists visiting his previous show. He debuted last night at 1 Oak in the Mirage, tickets are on sale for many dates in December and January as well as a couple of dates now available in February 2018 The ticket prices start at $49.99 plus all the usual taxes and fees if you are interested in tickets check out the Mirage website.
Amazingly in Las Vegas you can get a tour of a hotel suite just by asking, the availability of the tours depends on which suites are not booked as well as staff availability to show you. The larger properties such as the Mirage, Bellagio, Wynn, Encore are the most likely to accomadate you they are also some of the properties with the best suites; If you are interested just call the property and ask the hotel desk for the availability of touring a suite.
The Samba Brazilan Steakhouse at The Mirage has announced they will close on August 31st and be replaced by another restaurant to take over that space by the end of the year. The Samba Brazilian Steakhouse opened at the Mirage in 1998 as the Samba Grill and became known as a meat eaters heaven with amazing meats carved tableside such as roast pork loin, lamb and Portuguese sausage served with options such as black beans, rice and vegatables that come to you table family style. The Braziilian rainforest decor restaurant will be missed by many but you still have up until August 31st to visit one last time.
It seems strange to talk about the pool season in Las Vegas as California is being battered by Winter storms and many parts of the country are freezing cold with snow or big storms. But in Las Vegas the Spring pool season is just around the corner with The Hakkasan Group announcing March 10th as the opening date for its numerous pools and day clubs in Las Vegas. The Hakkasan Group pools to open then are Bare Pool Lounge at the Mirage, Wet Republic and the MGM Grand as well as the Liquid Pool Lounge at Aria. One note about the beginning of the pool season is that most pools are only open weekends or maybe Fridays as well as holidays until we get closer to Summer.
Multi award winning R&B male vocal group Boyz II Men have been getting good reviews for their show at the Terry Fator Theater at the Mirage and it looks like they will be there for a while after signing a new deal. A previous extension of their original contract had the band playing shows until the end of this year but the new contract means they will be there for three more years. Select dates from 2016 go on sale today with more dates to be announced in the future. The tickets that go on sale today are for weekends with the start date of February 26th to 28th and then running weekends until June 10th to 12th. Tickets start at $39.99 plus the usual taxes and fees and go on sale at 10 am today.
A longtime fixture at the Mirage the REVOLUTION Lounge has announced that it will close its doors today to be replaced with a new concept set to debut in 2016. The REVOLUTION lounge was designed to be a tie in with the Beatles themed Cirque Du Soleil show Love nearby at the Mirage. The REVOLUTION lounge has had a really long run, but change is just a part of Las Vegas which is always inventing itself so don’t get too attached to your favorite places because they could be gone but change means always new places to check out.
Over recent years technology has transformed the casino experience which sometimes has been good for the customers and usually always good for the casinos themselves. In the past we used to take buckets of coins to be cashed out at counting booths but then came along the technology for ticket in ticket out when you could cash your winnings out with a paper slip at an atm like machine. At first players missed the sounds of the coins dropping and the recorded winning sound wasn’t quite the same but the ability to jump from machine to machine easily and cash out quick without lugging plastic buckets of coins around soon won out. The change to the ticket system saved money for the casinos as well because the counting booth and change runner employees were no longer needed. The slot card also has made it easier for the casino to track your comps so you can get rewarded for your play but also makes it easy for example for the IRS to track your play and winnings. The latest piece of technology being tested in the casino is a drink voucher system at the Mirage where you get a drink voucher based on your play. Up until now you would sit down at a machine and flag down a cocktail waitress who would bring you a complementary drink as long as you were actively playing at the machine. The theory for the casino was especially in the larger properties by the time you got your drink back you would have gambled more than enough to cover the drink cost. Yes you could sit down at a machine in front of where the cocktail waitress was going to walk and put in a few quarters and order a drink and then not play again until you see the drink heading towards you but I don’t think that happened often. Players are not going to like this new system which means for example you could get a drink voucher after an hours play, I’m not a big drinker but I could see this annoying people that are. The vouchers are redeemable for twenty four hours from issue and will also mean a big reduction of tips for cocktail waitresses as less complementary drinks will be giving out. This system is likely to stick because it will save money for the resort companies but many players are not going to like it.
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