Hotels Just Off The Vegas Strip

Wednesday, 25 May 2016 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas.

One of the easiest ways to save money in Las Vegas is to stay at a casino-hotel that’s not on the Vegas Strip. Don’t get me wrong, the Vegas Strip is one of the greatest places on earth. However, you can save a few bucks and be minutes away from the action. The Vegas Strip generally has higher room rates, restaurants and bar prices than the competition that could be just a half block away.
 
Gold Coast was home base for one of my first trips to Las Vegas. The hotel rooms were dirt cheap and the casino was nice enough for a bunch of 20-something guys. Actually, everything was (and still is) cheaper than the Vegas Strip. The casino-hotel is just a few minute drive from the Vegas Strip and it can even be walked if you have time.
 
Gold Coast is neighbored by Rio All Suites Hotel and Palms so you can actually visit other properties nearby if you’d like to stay away from the traffic. You can often find a less expensive hotel room at all three of these properties than you can on the Vegas Strip. Rio even has a shuttle to the strip if you don’t feel like walking of paying for a taxi or rideshare.
 
There are other casino-hotels within walking distance of the Vegas Strip that offer a scaled back version of the Las Vegas you might desire with quick access to all of the great experiences you’ll find on the Vegas Strip.
 
Hooters casino-hotel is next door to the Tropicana and across the street from MGM Grand. You won’t get the same mid-high end hotel experience that you’ll find just a half a block away but you’ll be able to save money and be a 3-minute walk away from the action. This is a great option if you’re a group of people that are more concerned with saving money than having a fancy hotel.
 
The Westin is another hotel about a half block away from the Vegas Strip and it has a no-frills low roller casino attached. Be advised that this hotel may not be much less expensive than some lower end Vegas Strip properties. The real win with the Westin is its affiliation with Starwood. This makes it a great option if you have free SPG hotel room nights available from travel you’ve done elsewhere in the world. Starwood is a great option for business travelers and the Las Vegas connection is fantastic. Late update: Most of the casino is closing. You can read details here.
 
Another half block east and away from the Vegas Strip is Ellis Island casino, hotel and brewery. This is one of the best low roller options anywhere in Las Vegas. The casino often has lower limits than the Vegas Strip, craft beer prices are a fraction of what you’ll pay just 3 minutes away, the restaurant has some of the lowest priced specials in town and the Super 8 hotel is as inexpensive as you’d expect. Ellis Island is essentially half a block walk behind Bally’s and has quick access to this center-south portion of the Vegas Strip.
 
There are a few other less expensive hotel-casino options just off the Vegas Strip. The Hard Rock, Orleans, Palace Station, Silver Sevens, Westgate and Wild Wild West are all within a 5-minute car ride to the Vegas Strip.
 

Intrigue Opens at Wynn/Encore

Thursday, 19 May 2016 by Blog Category: Nightlife.

Nightlife in Las Vegas is constantly evolving. The most recent era of nightlife in Las Vegas brought huge nightclubs like Marquee at the Cosmopolitan, Hakkasan at MGM Grand and Omnia at Caesars Palace. They really changed the face of what a nightclub could be. These “mega-clubs” are as much performance venues for DJ’s as they are places to party. These clubs remain incredibly popular but nightlife may be ready to take a step in a new direction.

Intrigue recently opened at Wynn (actually at Encore) in the space formerly occupied by Tryst nightclub. Wynn has two other successful nightclubs with XS and Surrender so they decided to try something new with Intrigue. The new nightclub promises to offer a different experience than you’ll find at the mega-clubs.

When discussing plans for Intrigue Sean Christie, VP of operations at Wynn Las Vegas said “The current market is dominated by the DJ phenomenon. While the current nightlife options at Wynn continue to enjoy the success of EDM (Electronic Dance Music), there is an audience who wants an alternative nightlife experience. Wynn was the first in Las Vegas to embrace the DJ phenomenon at Encore Beach Club, XS and Surrender and will again usher in a unique concept with Intrigue while providing the highest level of luxury and service that customers expect from the resort.”

Intrigue will not be a total shift away from the traditional nightclub but it will be an evolution. The club is much smaller than the large nightclubs that occupy almost 100,000 square feet and multiple levels. Intrigue is only 14,000 square feet and has an occupancy of only 1,200 people. Compare that to XS at Wynn, which can hold 10,000 people on a busy night. Intrigue actually feels more intimate than that as there’s a VIP club within the club that occupies 1,200 square feet.

Entertainment at Intrigue promises to be different as well. The focus on entertainment will be so that thousands of people won’t just be staring at a DJ on a stage. There will be DJ’s and other musical entertainment but that won’t be the only entertainment you’ll find at Intrigue. Mark Shunock, who previously narrated “Rock of Ages” is the creative director of Intrigue. He’s been tasked with creating a unique nightlife experience.

There will be aerialists, actors, singers and dancers throughout the night. The goal is to add a unique nightlife experience inside of a less than traditional nightclub. The “acts” will begin around 11:30 p.m. and end around 3 a.m.

Opening night at Intrigue drew popular stars like Kate Hudson, Charlotte McKinney, Vanessa Hudgens and more. Leonardo DiCaprio and Rihanna were also spotted at the club during opening weekend. If you’re looking for a change of pace with nightlife in Las Vegas this might be the place to visit.

If nightlife if your thing, keep your eyes peeled for details on Jewel at Aria. The nightclub replaces Haze and will be operated by Hakkasan Group (Hakkasan, Omnia, etc.). Expect a more traditional nightlife experience when Jewel opens May 19th.

One of the best annual rites of summer in Las Vegas is when the Fremont Street Experience announces its lineup of free summer concerts. The theme of the concerts this year is Rock of Vegas. Earlier this year the Fremont Street Experience announced that the 8th year of the annual concert series would kick-off the summer on Memorial Day weekend with a free concert featuring Joan Jett & The Blackhearts.
 
Last week the Fremont Street Experience announced the rest of the free concert series’ lineup for the summer and which stage you’ll find the bands performing.
 
 
 
 
May 28Joan Jett & The Blackhearts – 3rd Street Stage
June 113 Doors Down – 3rd Street Stage
July 2Cherry Poppin’ Daddies – 1st Street Stage
July 23Robby Krieger of The Doors – 1st Street Stage
August 6Vertical Horizon – 1st Street Stage
August 20Melissa Etheridge – 1st Street Stage
September 3Smash Mouth – 3rd Street Stage
 
Each of these concerts begins at (or shortly after) 9:00 p.m. Some of these artists should be familiar if you’ve followed or attended the Rock of Ages series at the Fremont Street Experience in the past. The standout concert this year might be Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. Their concerts usually sell well in Las Vegas regardless of price. The price of $0 might have an extra large crowd at the Fremont Street Experience.
 
These concerts are free and admission to the stage area is first come first served. Plan to arrive early if you want to be close to the stage for a particular artist. Entry to the stage area is general admission and your place won’t be guaranteed unless you’re standing in it. If you leave to use the restroom or buy a drink you might lose your spot in front of the stage.
 
Every one of these free concerts will be packed. The Fremont Street Experience and all of its casinos will be full of revelers all night. Everyone loves free entertainment and these free concerts featuring national touring musicians bring people out of the woodwork. It’s one of the few occasions during the year where you’ll see a large mix of tourists and locals in the same location.
 
This is one of the most fun times to visit downtown Las Vegas. That said, consider the large crowds if you don’t enjoy cramped spaces. The stage areas can be especially tight during the concerts. Regardless of your taste in music, the large crowds of people can provide a different level of fun than you might normally find on Fremont Street.
 
Visit Vegas Experience for more information on the Rock of Ages concert series and all entertainment at the Fremont Street Experience.
 

Breakdown Of The Parking Fees At MGM Resorts

Thursday, 12 May 2016 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas.

The beginning of the end of free parking in Las Vegas is just around the corner. MGM Resorts just released their overly complicated parking fee structure for their 12 resorts in Las Vegas. I’ll break it down as simply as possible.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Paid Parking Start Dates
 
Paid parking doesn’t begin at the same time at each of the MGM Resorts properties in Las Vegas. That would be way too simple. Here’s a breakdown of when and where MGM Resorts will begin charging for parking.
 
June 6 – ARIA, Vdara, Bellagio, Monte Carlo, & New York-New York
June 7 – Excalibur, Luxor & Circus Circus (valet only at Circus Circus)
June 8 – MGM Grand & The Mirage
June 13 – Mandalay Bay & Delano
 
Parking Fee Structure
 
Parking fees will be different depending on how long you stay parked, how you choose to park (self or valet) and where you visit. If you’re self-parked for more than one hour at the MGM Resorts properties listed above you will be subject to a parking fee.
 
The self-parking fee is $7 for vehicles parked between 1-4 hours and $10 for vehicles parked between 4-24 hours at the following MGM Resorts: Aria, Bellagio, Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand, Mirage, & New York – New York. The self-parking fee is $5 for vehicles parked between 1-4 hours and $8 for vehicles parked between 4-24 hours at the following MGM Resorts: Excalibur, Luxor & Monte Carlo.
 
**Update: Vehicles parked for over 24 hours, there is an additional self-parking fee for additional day or fraction of a day over the first 24 hours. Fees are as follows: Excalibur, Luxor, & Monte Carlo is $8 and Aria, Bellagio, Delano Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand, Mirage, & New York – New York is $10
 
The valet parking fee is $13 for the first 4 hours (no grace period) and $18 for between 4-24 hours at the following MGM Resorts: Aria, Bellagio, Delano, Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand, Mirage, New York – New York, & Vdara. The valet parking fee is $8 for the first 4 hours (no grace period) and $13 for between 4-24 hours at the following MGM Resorts: Circus-Circus, Excalibur, Luxor & Monte Carlo.
 
**Update: For vehicles at valet for over 24 hours, there is an additional self-parking fee for additional day or fraction of a day over the first 24 hours. Fees are as follows: Excalibur, Luxor, & Monte Carlo is $13 and Aria, Bellagio, Delano Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand, Mirage, & New York – New York is $18.
 
Who Pays For Parking
 
Everyone that doesn’t live in Nevada or have a higher standing with the MLife players club will be subject to a parking fee if they self-park or valet at any of the MGM Resorts properties listed above. There will be an exception and your parking fees will be waived if you book your visit to an MGM Resorts property before May 19. If you book a reservation on or after May 19, 2016, for arrival on or after June 6, 2016, you’ll have to pay a self-parking and/or valet fee. This sounds like an incentive to book a visit to an MGM Resorts property in the next week.
 
M life members who are Pearl level and higher receive complimentary self-park. M life Rewards members level Gold and higher receive complimentary valet parking. MGM says that all complimentary parking is subject to availability. You can sign up for MLife here to potentially save money on parking fees.
 
Las Vegas locals and residents of Nevada as a whole will not have to pay for parking until the end of the year at the earliest. Nevada residents can self-park for free at any MGM Resorts property except during special events at least through Dec. 29. T-Mobile Arena event parking at New York-New York, Monte Carlo and part of Aria for events will cost between $10-30. You can find specific information here.
 
Parking fees are not part of the resort fee if you’re staying at an MGM Resorts hotel. This is an additional charge for your hotel room if you have a car. There are some interesting (I guess) in and out “privileges” for you. The 24-hour parking fee (self or valet) includes “in and out” privileges at your originating MGM Resort property and also includes the same “in and out” parking privileges at any other MGM Resort property within the same 24 hour period, subject to availability. You can’t mix and match valet and self-park. You must park the same at all locations.
 
That’s the long and short of the MGM Resorts parking fees. You can visit www.mgmresorts.com/parking for more information.
 

The Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood are becoming a legitimate moderately priced destination in the center of the Vegas Stip. The 1.2 mile (that’s huge!) retail and entertainment center (aka mall) has been quietly adding new tenants and even has some existing businesses that have decided to expand.
 
Even though it’s a chain restaurant Hot N Juicy Crawfish is a favorite of the locals. The chain will be opening its first Vegas Strip location in the fall. If you’re not familiar with Hot N Juicy it’s a casual Cajun-style seafood restaurant. The new location will occupy over 3,000 square feet.
 
Local favorite Nacho Daddy will open its first Vegas Strip location a little earlier in the year. Even though there are 2 other locations in Las Vegas, Nacho Daddy might be most famous for their downtown Las Vegas location right now. That might no longer be the case after the Mexican restaurant open at the Miracle Mile Shops this summer.
 
The most recent business to open at the Miracle Mile Shops is the “Welcome To Las Vegas” store. The one-stop souvenir shop features more than 3,500 square feet of merchandise but not life-sized food magnets. You’ll have to go elsewhere in the mall for that kind of life changing memories from Las Vegas.
 
Earlier this year the renovated and expanded Victoria’s Secret store became their largest location in Las Vegas. The new store clocks in at over 20,000. Similarly, H&M is expanding its Miracle Mile Shops location doubling in size. The new store will be 15,000 square feet when it reopens in the fall.
 
Last year Buffalo Wild Wings opened its first Vegas Strip location on the south end of the Miracle Mile Shops. The growth of the Miracle Mile Shops over the past year or so is significant. You have a good reason to visit Planet Hollywood and the Miracle Mile Shops when you add the new and expanded retail outlets and restaurants to a mall that includes over a mile of shopping and outdoor strip-side dining at PBR Rock Bar & Grill and Cabo Wabo Cantina
 
The Miracle Mile Shops offer a good selection of moderately priced retail outlets, bars and restaurants. One of the little-known discount secrets in Las Vegas is that you can even save a few bucks at the mall by using a coupon book which has potentially around $2,000 in savings. You can pick up the coupon book in person at the Miracle Mile Shops or find more information on how to get a digital version from their website.
 
If the idea of a mall doesn’t sound too exciting today, just think about how great the 1.2 miles of air conditioning will feel this summer when it’s 110 degrees.
 

Two Reasons To Go Outside On The Vegas Strip

Monday, 09 May 2016 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas.

There are now two outdoor drinking, dining and shopping destinations in the heart of the Vegas Strip. The Park recently opened in between New York-New York and Monte Carlo. All of the restaurants at the new dining district have giant windows that open out to The Part or actual outdoor seating available. Thankfully the weather is nice 95% of the year so there’s almost always an excuse to sit outside. Aside from the restaurants, The Park itself has enough seating that you can grab a bite or a drink anywhere and relax in the shaded area just away from the action on the Vegas Strip.

The outdoor promenade at The Linq isn’t new to Las Vegas, but this summer and fall they’ll be introducing a slew of new places to eat, drink and shop. Let’s take a closer look at what’s new to enjoy in the great outdoors of the Vegas Strip.

The Park
The majority of The Park today is located next to New York-New York. When The Park Theater at Monte Carlo is completed later this year The Park will truly feel like a space that fuses the two properties. For the time being, the new restaurants and seating are all next to New York-New York and there isn’t much involvement with Monte Carlo. That’s okay, the vibe is almost as calm and relaxing as you’d expect to a park environment on the Vegas Strip to be.

The Park isn’t a true park but closer to a restaurant row with ample outdoor common space for anyone to use. It might help people from the east coast to think of this area being more similar to Bryant Park than Central Park. Having said that there is a feeling at The Park that you really don’t have anywhere else on the Vegas Strip.

When you enter The Park you might walk through a couple walls of a water feature. It feels as though you’re leaving the Vegas Strip when you’re standing in between the features. Once you walk past that you see lots of open space with shade structures, greenery and ample places to sit. You also don’t hear the hustle and bustle of the Vegas Strip. It’s almost a surreal feeling to know you’re 20 seconds away from the chaos on the Vegas Strip that we typically love.

The new restaurants at The Park include Bruxie – a waffle sandwich shop, Beerhaus – a beer bar and restaurant, California Pizza Kitchen – a unique outlet from the pizza chain and Sake Rok – a performance oriented sushi restaurant. Shake Shack is considered a part of The Park but it’s been open for over a year now so it’s not quite new. All of the restaurants are moderately priced for the Vegas Strip so your bills will shouldn’t be out of line from other similar restaurants in the area.

If you want some places to shop while you’re strolling through a promenade you’re going to want to visit The Linq.

The Linq
The Linq promenade opened in January of 2014. Just after celebrating it’s 2nd birthday, Caesars Entertainment announced that a handful of new restaurants, bars and shops would be opening this year.

Many of the new venues at the open-air shopping promenade in between The Linq Hotel and Flamingo will seem familiar. The restaurant opening that most people will recognize is In-N-Out Burger. This will be the first outlet for the west coast burger chain on the Vegas Strip.

The familiar names don’t end there. Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips, Canter’s Deli (from Los Angeles), Virgil’s Real BBQ (from New York) and Purple Zebra will all open this year. The names of the retail outlets opening at The Linq might not be as familiar. The new shops include Amorino (Gelato), Basin White (Bath & Beauty), and C&E Studio Tony Vegas (Art & Souvenir).

Caesars Entertainment hasn’t revealed specific dates for any of the new openings at The Linq. Each venue will be opening sporadically throughout the year. Guess you’ll just have to wander outside to see if the newest outlets are open.

2015 Las Vegas Visitors

Friday, 06 May 2016 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas.

Every year the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority releases a Visitor Profile Study from tourists polled at various casino-hotels throughout the year. This year 3,600 people participated in the survey. This is a good “soup to nuts” overview of people visiting Las Vegas. This is a general representation of information so it may not be entirely applicable to an individual. That said there’s some very interesting information. Let’s take a look.
 
 
 
 
 
New Visitors
Last year 16% of visitors to Las Vegas were making their first visit to this great town. That means that 84% were returning visitors. The new visitors to Las Vegas aren’t quite the same as returning visitors. Only 1% of new visitors to Las Vegas signified that the main purpose of their trip was to gamble. That’s a decrease from 4% each of the previous 2 years. Overall 10% of visitors to Las Vegas said that the primary purpose of their trip was to gamble. That’s down from 12% in 2014 and 15% in 2013.
 
Las Vegas is seen as a great place for a vacation by new visitors. Last year 73% listed the main purpose of their trip was vacation or pleasure. That’s an increase from 68% in 2014.
 
Hotel Stay
This is an interesting category. The average lodging expenditure (average per night, not including package or comps) was $102.64 in 2015. That’s way up from 2014 when the average was $86.55. New and renovated hotel rooms have a lot to do with the higher room rates. Expect this trend to continue as Caesars upgrades 5,000 hotel rooms this year. It’s not surprising to see that 27% of visitors are paying a regular room rate. That’s less than each of the previous three years. New visitors should brush up on why they should sign up for a casino players club.
 
Satisfaction
Satisfaction of visitors to Las Vegas was way down in 2015. The proportion of visitors who were “very satisfied” with their trip to Las Vegas was down from 96% in 2014 to 89% last year. Meanwhile, the proportion who were “somewhat satisfied” with their trip to Las Vegas increased from 4% to 11%. This is not a town where “meh” is good enough to keep repeat business. On a personal level, I hope this is an anomaly because service should always be great and good times should easily be found in Las Vegas.
 
Age of Visitors
You might think that the average age of visitors to Las Vegas is dropping rapidly with the growth of nightlife and marketing to millennials in recent years. That would be the wrong assumption. Last year 65% of visitors to Las Vegas were 40 years or older. That’s an increase from 57% in 2014. In fact, 24% of visitors last year were retired. The average age of a Las Vegas visitor in 2015 increased from 45.2 in 2014 to 47.7. While there might be more attention to the next customer, casino operators can’t forget about the current customer.
 
More
I find survey results like this fascinating. I could summarize everything in the report but there’s no way anyone will read all of it. I know when information isn’t all that interesting to anyone besides a marketing dork like me. I’ll refer to some more of this information throughout the year. If you want to take a deep dive on the info one night you can read the full report on people who visited Las Vegas in 2015 here.

Randomly Cheap Things To Do Las Vegas

Tuesday, 03 May 2016 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas.

There are times where cheap things to do in Las Vegas need order. Today isn’t one of those times. We’re going all over Las Vegas for some random and inexpensive ways to spend time in Las Vegas. Let’s get to it:
 
Cheap Eats
Some of the best bargain dining in Las Vegas can be found just off the Vegas Strip at Ellis Island. The inexpensive meals here are just too numerous to list in detail. I recommend you visit the dining section of the Ellis Island website and check out the Cafe and BBQ menus for a plethora of meals under $15. The $9.99 sirlion steak special includes all the fixin’s and should tell you all you need about the kind of deals you’ll find here. There are even less expensive steak deals here if you’re looking for more options than a traditional dinner.
 
Happiest Hour On The Vegas Strip
It’s getting more difficult by the day to find really good deals on the Vegas Strip. Some of the “specials” are really specials in name only. There’s no real discount. That’s not the case at Monte Carlo. Happy Hour at The Pub has one on of the best drinking deals you’ll find in the busiest part of Las Vegas. Since we’re here specifically to drink you can get $3 off beer Monday through Friday from 3 pm to 6 pm. Honorable mention: Ellis Island has $2.25 beer made on site if you’re going for a steak special.  More info: Happy Hour at Monte Carlo
 
Great Value In The Casino
Value and cheap don’t always go hand in hand when you’re gambling. Sometimes the lower the limits of the game, the worse the odds. Craps always has wagers with a low house advantage and that makes the $3 pass line wager at the Fremont Hotel one of the best cheap bets you can make in Las Vegas. The casino only allows 2 times odds but that brings the house advantage down to 0.572%. That’s less than 1% if you didn’t notice. Altogether, your wager will cost $9 for one of the best cheap bets you’ll find in Las Vegas.
 
Free Entertainment
There are lots of shows in Las Vegas. Many of the shows in Las Vegas cost an arm and a leg in you’re paying full price for a ticket. You can find show tickets at a discount on websites like Travel Vegas or half price ticket counters in Las Vegas but you’re still not getting the best bargain in entertainment. If you’re in the mood to be outside you catch the live bands at the Fremont Street Experience. There are multiple stages with different bands performing for free. During the summer, you can catch national touring bands if you’re visiting on the right day. If you’d rather stay inside, check out the performance schedule at The Lounge inside the Palms. They often have free entertainment but it’s not every night.
 
Family Free For All
If you’re looking for a place where the entire family can enjoy some time outside without spending a bundle just head to Downtown Container Park in the Fremont East section of downtown Las Vegas. There’s something for everyone here including a park for the kids to play, shopping for mom and dad and multiple restaurants for the whole family. If someone needs to get in a few minutes of work while the kids play there’s super-fast free wifi to do some dirty work. There are also multiple bars if you need a drink because you’re working outside…in Las Vegas.

Vegas VR App

Wednesday, 27 April 2016 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas.

Las Vegas is intoxicating. One visit to Vegas and you’re hooked. You might become obsessed and look for up to the second news on every renovation or opening. Maybe you might just want to relive the amazing experience again. You can only rifle through your own Facebook posts, Instagram videos and tweets before they feel old.
 
Well, the folks that work for Las Vegas have an app to help relive your favorite experience and find new experiences to try on future trips.
 
 
 
 

 
The new Vegas VR app offers one-of-a-kind Las Vegas experiences through one of the more accessible virtual reality systems available. All you need is the app (Free download for iOs and Android), a smartphone and a cardboard viewer to get the best virtual reality experience. When using Vegas VR, you’re are directly connected with a series of 12 original 360-degree interactive videos that become immersive virtual reality experiences when used with a VR Viewer compatible with smartphones, such as Google Cardboard.
 
You can watch the videos without the viewer but won’t feel the same sensation. Even without a cardboard viewer, you’re able to watch all of the 360-degree videos on the app and interact with the videos using gyroscope, swipe and zoom functions without using additional virtual reality technology.
 

 
Riding the Slotzilla zipline down Fremont Street is one of the best experiences available even if you’re just watching the YouTube video. Here are all of the experiences that are available with the app.

  • Gondola Rides at The Venetian Las Vegas – Authentic Venetian gondola ride down the Grand Canal.
  • Lago by Julian Serrano at Bellagio Resort & Casino – Introduction by Julian Serrano and cocktail demonstration by Ricardo Murcia, Master Mixologist
  • SlotZilla Zip Line at Fremont Street Experience – Zip line experience above Fremont Street Experience
  • Nobu Villa at Caesars Palace (Part 1) – Villa tour by Gigi Vega, Vice President and General Manager
  • Nobu Villa at Caesars Palace (Part 2) – Villa deck tour by Gigi Vega, Vice President and General Manager with guest appearance by Chef Nobu Matsuhisa
  • Aerial tour of the Strip by Maverick Helicopters – Overhead view of the Las Vegas Strip from inside a Maverick helicopter
  • BARDOT Brasserie at ARIA Resort & Casino (Part 1) – Cocktail demonstration by Nathan Grates, Assistant General Manager
  • BARDOT Brasserie at ARIA Resort & Casino (Part 2) – Culinary interview with Joshua Smith, Executive Chef
  • Richard Petty Driving Experience: Authentic NASCAR Entertainment at Las Vegas Motor Speedway – NASCAR racecar driving experience
  • Sage at ARIA Resort & Casino – Cocktail demonstration
  • Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area at Red Rock Canyon – Car drive through Red Rock Canyon
  • EDM Stage at Life is Beautiful – Crowd perspective of the EDM Stage at Life is Beautiful Festival

 
There are plenty of ways to look for things to do in Las Vegas and there are plenty of ways to keep those memories alive. The new Vegas VR app fits nicely into your life since it’s available whenever you want or wherever you need your fix of Vegas Baby!

Happy Hour at Monte Carlo

Monday, 25 April 2016 by Blog Category: Nightlife.

Monte Carlo has been in the news a lot lately. Along with New York-New York, the casino-resort is a bookend to The Park entertainment area and T-Mobile Arena which both recently opened. The newness in doesn’t end there as The Park Theater is currently under construction in the area most recently helmed by the Blue Man Group Theater. The new theater will expand the original venue and seat 5,000 people.

Fear not, the refreshment of this aging property will continue later this year when the Monte Carlo name is replaced with something new and more fitting with the recent developments of the area. After all, the renovations and additions to Monte Carlo have essentially wiped away the original Monte Carlo theme of the property.

With all of that being said if you’re on the Vegas Strip and looking for a way to save some money on food and drink you might want to look towards Monte Carlo or whatever the new name may be. Even though Monte Carlo is in the middle of receiving numerous upgrades there are some of the best Happy Hour deals on the Vegas Strip found at various restaurants inside the casino-resort.

Andre’s – This restaurant and lounge is an AAA 4-Diamond contemporary French restaurant what has an excellent Happy Hour. The discounted Happy Hour menu at their bar or cigar lounge lasts two hours but can be extended to last all night if you have an M Life players club card (sign up here).

Brand Lounge – The Lounge area of Brand Steakhouse offers Happy Hour prices for both food and drink. Special prices include $3 Off beer, cocktails and wine while appetizers start at $8 each.

D.Vino – The Italian restaurant and wine bar offers discounted prices at the bar all day but even better prices during Happy Hour. Special prices include $3 draft beer, $5 well drinks and wine along with $6 appetizers.

The Pub – The best beer bar on the Vegas Strip has one of the best beer specials you’ll find in the area. Special prices include $3 off beer and $3 Off appetizers. I recommend you stick with cheap beer.

Diablo’s Cantina – Head to the cantina bar with a view of the Vegas Strip and discounted prices for Happy Hour. Special prices include $5 draft beer and $4 tacos.

Double Barrel Roadhouse – The all-American roadhouse has live entertainment at night and Southern-inspired food but the Happy Hour is focused on booze. Special prices include $5 Bud, Bud Light, Shocktop, Firestone DBA Draft Beer and $6 well vodka cocktails.

The name change is confirmed to happen later this year. Usually, when there’s a name change to the hotels the restaurants also change but that might not be the case with Monte Carlo. The refreshment of the casino-resort and adjacent entertainment district might be enough to keep these Happy Hour deals intact. We’ll keep our eyes open for any changes.

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