Piano Bars For Everyone In Las Vegas

Monday, 24 October 2016 by Blog Category: Entertainment, Everything Vegas, and Nightlife.

Entertainment in Las Vegas comes in all varieties. You can see a big production show on the Vegas Strip, catch a band perform for free at the Fremont Street Experience in downtown Las Vegas and even head out to one of the biggest and best nightclubs in the world. There’s something for every mood and taste.
Somewhere in between everything else, Piano Bars remain a popular form of entertainment in Las Vegas. Like the general entertainment, there’s a nice variety in piano bars. Dueling pianos bring the party while some piano bars are just simply relaxing. Here’s a look at some different piano bars in Las Vegas and what you’ll find at each.
Piano Bar at Harrah’s
This is one of the most popular piano bars in Las Vegas in part because of its location right on the Vegas Strip. Sure the Piano Bar offers a lively Dueling Pianos show with identical twins Kim and Tamara Pinegar, but that’s really just the beginning. In addition to other forms of entertainment at the Piano Bar, this is also one of the few bars on the Vegas Strip where you can sing karaoke. You can find more information here.
The Bar at New York-New York
This bar is billed as more than a piano bar, but that’s what it is. If you don’t mind standing to watch the show, entry is free. If you want to sit down, you’ll have a pay a small cover charge (usually somewhere between $5 and $20). There’s almost always a line to get in when the dueling piano shows are happening. Other entertainment here includes a saxophone player and solo piano players. Pro-Tip: There are a few seats on the casino side of the bar with video poker. Throw a few bucks in the machine for a little gambling with a side of entertainment.
Napoleon’s at Paris Las Vegas
Every piano bar has something to separate it from the other bars. Napoleon’s encourages you to sing along with the dueling piano show. This bar has more of an upscale lounge feel and there are cocktails, cognac, scotch, whiskey, French wine and bourbons to compliment that vibe. The entertainment at Napoleon’s starts at 6 p.m. and ends at 2 a.m.
Petrossian at Bellagio and Eastside Lounge at Encore
Each of the previous piano bars listed above is for partying. The Eastside Lounge and Petrossian Bar are both lounges where you go to relax, enjoy a cocktail and take in some mellow music. You might be done with the party or it might just be too early to start the party. Both are great options if you just enjoy live music in the background while hanging out.
Don’t Tell Mama on Fremont Street
This is an open-mic piano bar. Take the stage or just let other people entertain you. The crowds in downtown Las Vegas can get a little rowdy so proceed with caution. Kidding. Kinda. PARTY!

Crapshoot Comedy Festival Las Vegas

Friday, 21 October 2016 by Blog Category: Downtown - Old Vegas and Everything Vegas.

Las Vegas is one of the entertainment capitals of the world. There are fabulous shows and concerts almost every night of the week. However, there is one thing that’s noticeably missing from Las Vegas entertainment – comedy. I’m talking regular visits or residencies from touring comedians with name value.
Comedy clubs come and go in Las Vegas more often than most people notice. The Aces of Comedy series at The Mirage is a good option for very mainstream comedians. However, those are special engagements for some of the most popular comedians in the country. Las Vegas is host to some of the best touring concerts and shows, so it’s surprising that there hasn’t been a single steady comedy club for mid-sized touring standup comedians.
Many of these touring comedians appear in movies, TV shows, standup specials but don’t quite have the pedigree of the big names who can fill large theaters and arenas. Well, that might be about to change. The Crapshoot Comedy Festival will be coming to Las Vegas from May 18-20, 2017. The festival will bring more comedians to Las Vegas than we might normally see in 6 months.
The festival will take place all around downtown Las Vegas and be focused heavily on performance rooms in the Fremont East area. Crapshoot Comedy has already put down roots in downtown Las Vegas by presenting the comedy programming at the Life Is Beautiful Music and Art festival. Sean Patton, DJ Douggpound, Byron Bowers and Emily Heller all performed at this year’s festival. This is a big step for comedy in Las Vegas. It was the first time that Life Is Beautiful featured comedy.
According to The Laugh Button website (they also have a podcast) “The Crapshoot Comedy Festival is designed to be the premier Las Vegas comedy festival featuring nationally recognized stand-up comedians, as well as popular podcasts, screenings and much more.”
The Crapshoot Comedy Festival isn’t just a one-off idea. The festival is organized by the team that put organized the fantastic Maui Comedy Festival. That festival was chock full of familiar names and faces. There was something for anyone that likes today’s comedy from the alt to the funny people who appear in movies. Here’s a sample of who performed in Maui.

This is a legitimate reason for anyone who watches Comedy Central, reads or listens to Nerdist or just goes to comedy clubs at home to be excited about the Crapshoot Comedy Festival. Details are space for the Crapshoot Comedy Festival in 2017.
If you’re looking for more information of the festival, you can sign up to receive updates at crapshootcomedyfestival.com. If you’d like a little more background on the festival, Vegas Seven interviewed Paul Chamberlin, owner of Crapshoot Comedy.

The 5 Best Casinos For Fine Dining In Las Vegas

Wednesday, 19 October 2016 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas and Food.

There are a lot of great restaurants all around Las Vegas. However, not all of these restaurants cater to an upscale clientele. Fine dining isn’t for everyone. These restaurants aren’t cheap and rarely offer sales or discounts. However, the food is delicious and many of the best are packed every night.
The best of the best restaurants are often worth the extra money. When I used to visit Las Vegas, I’d make sure that I set aside money for one meal that was better than I’d normally eat. I wasn’t a high roller, but for a few hours I could live the life. I live here now and budget myself accordingly.
There are really just a handful of casinos that offer the best of the best for diners. Here’s a look at 5 of the best casinos if you’re looking to splurge on one of the best meals of your life.
Aria is positioned as an upper mid-tier casino but their restaurants are almost all high end. You’ll be able to find some lower priced restaurants but Bardot Brasserie, Blossom, Carbone, Herringbone, Javier’s, Jean Georges Steakhouse, Lemongrass, and Sage are all fine dining for their category.
There’s a good chance you’ll have one of the best meals in Las Vegas if you’re sitting outside of Bellagio on the lake. The best restaurants at Bellagio cover this prime real estate with a view of the Bellagio Fountain Shows and the Vegas Strip. Lago, Olives, Picasso and Prime offer patio seating and delicious food. Jasmine has lake views without the patio seating.
Caesars Palace
Caesars Palace has so many restaurants that it’s difficult to keep track. They have ample dining for all budgets. However, thanks to the Forum Shops there are more fine dining options than you’ll find inside the casino alone. Mr. Chow, Nobu, Old Homestead, Rao’s all offer fine dining but Caesars Palace takes it to another level. With Restaurant Guy Savoy, the Michelin-star chef goes beyond basic luxury to offer the finest dining you’ll find anywhere in the world.
The Venetian and The Palazzo
It almost feels like cheating to combine the restaurants from two hotels that are connected by a mall as an example here. If the owner, Las Vegas Sands, counts it as one then so will I. You can probably eat every meal at a high-end restaurant for two weeks between the two properties. They also balance out the options with plenty of affordable dining options. You can view all of the restaurants here.
Wynn and Encore
This is a luxury hotel with restaurants that fill that need. There aren’t many “budget” dining options at either Wynn or Encore. SW Steakhouse at Wynn is one of the best steakhouses in Las Vegas. Likewise, Sinatra at Encore is one of the best Italian restaurants you’ll find in Las Vegas. There are fine dining options for everyone between the two hotels. You’ll even find vegan options on every menu. You can see more information here.

Free Birthday Treats in Las Vegas

Monday, 17 October 2016 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas and Food.

We’re always looking for free and cheap things to do in Las Vegas. One of the best ways to find freebies is to visit Las Vegas on your birthday. The homogenization of the city with chain shops and restaurants is often frowned upon. However, these stores bring national promotions. Thanks to the large scale of these businesses, they can offer more freebies than an independently owned store.
You can find birthday freebies all over Las Vegas but chances are that you’ll be in one of the tourist corridors of the Vegas Strip and downtown Las Vegas. There are more than a few options to eat all day on your birthday without spending a penny. Some of the deals are so good that you can feed your friends for free too. Remember, sharing is caring.
Before I get started, I’ll tell you that you’ll probably have to sign up for the loyalty club and bring your card to each establishment to receive your freebie in Las Vegas. Additionally, you may have to buy another item as part of your meal. Check specific restaurants for details.
IHop near Stratosphere – Free meal
Denny’s at Casino Royale (and other locations) – Free Grand Slam breakfast
Grimaldi’s at The Palazzo – Free large 1 item pizza.
Chart House at Golden Nugget – $25 of free Food
Grimaldi’s at The Palazzo – Free large 1 item pizza.
Chart House at Golden Nugget – $25 of free Food
Texas De Brazil at Town Square – Free dinner
Ben & Jerry’s at New York New York, Stratosphere, etc. – Free ice cream
Cold Stone Creamery at Excalibur – BOGO ice cream
Johnny Rockets at The Venetian – Free single scoop sundae
Krispy Kreme at Circus Circus or Excalibur – Free donut
Outback Steakhouse at Casino Royale – Free dessert with dinner purchase
Dunkin Donuts at Fremont Hotel – Free medium drink
Starbucks at Golden Nugget, Stratosphere, The Mirage, etc. – Free drink
You can find more freebies around Las Vegas here. Many of the burger chains offer free children’s meals if you happen to be traveling with the whole family. I think you might be able to make a fun game visiting every Starbucks on the Vegas Strip for your birthday. I wouldn’t recommend bringing a flask for your frozen drinks but I’ve heard worse ideas.

Casino Size Fun

Friday, 14 October 2016 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas.

There’s a good chance that you’re interested in some of the finer points about Las Vegas if you’re reading a blog about travelling here. There is always so much happening here with the attractions, shows, clubs, restaurants and bars that it’s easy to forget about the hotels and casinos. The casino is the heart of the Las Vegas hotels and attractions that many of us love.
Las Vegas is home to 2 of the 3 largest hotels in the world. Looking even deeper, Las Vegas is home to 6 of the 10 largest hotels in the world. Casinos cheat a little when it comes to hotel size and Las Vegas is all over that. The 8 largest hotels in the world are all casino-resorts.
The casino is the common denominator when it comes to having a large hotel. Hotels in Las Vegas are built around the actual casino. If one hotel tower succeeds at a casino the operator often will add another. If next hotel tower is popular, the trend continues. You see this all over Las Vegas.
The Venetian is the second largest hotel in the world thanks to its adjoining property, The Palazzo. While both appear to be separate hotels, they’re connected by the Grand Canal Shoppes and are considered to be one hotel. Combined the two hotel towers at The Venetian and The Palazzo have 7,117 rooms. Meanwhile, MGM Grand is marketed mostly as one hotel with multiple towers. The massive, and I mean massive, property has 6,852 hotel rooms. It might take 20 minutes to walk to the Signature Tower but it’s a part of MGM Grand.
Four of the nine largest hotels in the world are located in Las Vegas and operated by MGM Resorts International. Those properties are MGM Grand, City Center (Aria, Veer, Vdara, Mandarin Oriental), Mandalay Bay (includes Delano and Four Seasons) and Luxor. It should come as no surprise that MGM Resorts also has more casino floor space than any casino operator in Las Vegas. Between its 10 casinos, MGM Resorts has 1,228,054 square feet of casino space. Station Casinos is second in Las Vegas and Caesars Entertainment is second on the Vegas Strip.
MGM Resorts casinos have 71,884 square feet devoted to sports books. That’s more than twice as much space for to sports fans and bettors than any other casino operator on the Vegas Strip. Caesars Entertainment is second on the Vegas Strip with 34,003 spread across 9 casinos plus Rio.
MGM Resorts casinos have 14,204 slot machines, 940 table games (like blackjack) and 153 poker tables. This list from Vegas Inc. will give you more information about the size and makeup of the different casino operators.
Having all of these hotel rooms may be more necessary than ever before. During the month of July, Las Vegas saw more visitors than any other month – ever. More than 3.8 million people visited Las Vegas in July. If this pace continues for the rest of the year, more people will visit Las Vegas in 2016 than ever before. You can see more Vegas visitor information in the video below.

Halloween in Las Vegas

Wednesday, 12 October 2016 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas.

Halloween in Las Vegas offers something for everyone. Like many other holidays, Las Vegas just celebrates the occasion better than most cities. There are activities for all ages and interests all over Las Vegas for Halloween. Here are five fun things to do on Halloween in Las Vegas.
Spend The Night at Fright Dome Inside Circus Circus
The Adventure Dome inside Circus Circus becomes Fright Dome for Halloween. This is probably the most popular Halloween attraction in Las Vegas. In its 14th year, you’ll find a slew of haunted activities for all ages. The interactive experience include six haunted mazes, scare zones and showings of “Friday the 13th” in the F/X 4-D Theater and motion-based “Panic House” in the Extreme Ride Theater. You can enjoy these attractions throughout the month.
People Watching
This is a free activity and something anyone with any preference can enjoy anywhere in Las Vegas. If you’re looking for a freak show or people in costumes head to Fremont Street and grab a front row seat at one of the casino patio bars. Between the revelers and performers, there will be quite a show.
If your interests aren’t for the ghouls you might want to head to the casino bars on the Vegas Strip. Costumes with face-altering makeup aren’t allowed so you’ll see fewer traditional costumes. The get ups you’ll see don’t cover too much skin at all. Since some of the nightclubs have parties so you might see some over the top and skimpier costumes than you’d see anywhere else.
Downtown Vegas Fun And Scares
Sin City Halloween will be taking place in Downtown Las Vegas at the Fremont East Entertainment District during October 28 and October 29. These may be the most family and locals friendly Halloween activities in Las Vegas. Events this year include a parade, car show, costume party, and more. El Cortez is the host hotel for the weekend and rates are more affordable than you might expect for a holiday weekend in Las Vegas. You can find specific event times and more information at sincityhalloween.com
Fetish and Fantasy (NSFW)
The adults only Fetish and Fantasy Halloween Ball is an annual tradition in Las Vegas. The very adults-only party is in its 21st year. This year the ball takes place on October 29, at the Hard Rock. The festivities begin at 10:30 pm and end at 4 am. Over 7,000 people are expected to be in attendance this year. The Fetish and Fantasy Halloween Ball is the kind of party that people plan their annual vacation to Las Vegas around. This is one of the “Only In Vegas” experiences you often here about. You can find more pictures, videos, dress codes and more information at fetishandfantasyhalloweenball.com.

A Deeper Look at MGM Grand

Tuesday, 11 October 2016 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas.

MGM Grand is one of the largest hotels in the world. It should be the largest in America but Las Vegas Sands considers their two Las Vegas hotels to be just one since they’re connected by the Grand Canal Shoppes. The 5,044 hotel rooms at MGM Grand puts it 2nd in the United States behind the combined number of hotel rooms at the Venetian and Palazzo.
MGM Grand is beyond impressive when you step back and look at what it offers beyond the hotel rooms. The property includes five outdoor pools (including lazy rivers and waterfalls), a convention center, the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Hakkasan (one of the largest nightclubs in the world), the largest casino in Las Vegas (Clark County, to be technical) and much much more.
Earlier this year Topgolf opened its largest, and flagship location, at MGM Grand. Recently MGM Resorts CEO, Jim Murren, said that MGM Grand will be replacing the Rainforest Cafe with a new gaming area geared towards millennials in December. Think of the future of this space as an area with casino games, loud music and beer pong a la O’Sheas at The Linq.
MGM Grand is always changing and that’s probably probably why the 5,000+ rooms are almost 90% full. Since it’s so popular and busy there’s a good chance you’ll be visiting MGM Grand in the future. Here’s a look at the restaurants, bars and amenities you’ll find inside this mega casino-resort.

  • Joel Robuchon – The finest of Fine French dining in Las Vegas
  • Craftsteak – Tom Colicchio’s first steakhouse in Las Vegas
  • Pub 1842 – Michael Mina’s gastropub
  • Tap Sports Bar – Craft beer and high quality bar food
  • Crush – New American social dining
  • FiAMMA – Fine Italian dining
  • Morimoto – New restaurant from Chef Masaharu Morimoto coming soon
  • Hecho – Mexican Grill and Cantina
  • The Grand Wok – Variety of Asian cuisines
  • Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House – comfort food with a modern twist from Emeril Lagasse
  • Hakkasan – Cantonese dishes prepared with a contemporary twist
  • Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill – Casual comfort food from Wolfgang Puck
  • MGM Grand Buffet – Massive buffet located near the sports book
  • Avenue Cafe – Traditional casino cafe
  • Cabana Grill – Poolside dining
  • Stage Deli – New York style deli
  • Project Pie – Pizzeria
  • Blizz – Frozen Yogurt
  • Food Court – Johnny Rockets, Pan Asian Express, Bonanno’s Pizza, Nathan’s, Haagan Daz,
  • Original Chicken Tender and Tacos n ‘Ritas
  • Corner Cakes – Cupcakes and desserts


  • Ka by Cirque Du Soleil
  • David Copperfield
  • Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club
  • Jabbawockeez
  • Mike Tyson’s “Undisputed Truth”
  • MGM Grand Garden Arena events


  • Hakkasan Nightclub
  • Wet Republic
  • Whiskey Down
  • Rouge
  • Centrifuge
  • Lobby Bar

Whew! That’s the bulk of what you’ll find at MGM Grand but there’s much more. There’s a world class spa, one of two Sigma Derby machines in Las Vegas, a barbershop, a salon and more. You’ll find just about everything you could ever want or imagine at MGM Grand. The property is impressive, even to the Vegas veteran that’s been there over a hundred times.

Free Vegas Entertainment in October

Friday, 07 October 2016 by Blog Category: Entertainment and Everything Vegas.

One of the great features of visiting Las Vegas used to be that you could find free entertainment in just about every casino. Free entertainment left many casinos in the past 10 years as the properties were updated to fit the people visiting at the time. Many of the casino lounges that existed 20 years ago have been removed. According to the
According to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, 72% of visitors who saw a show in Las Vegas in 2015 went to a lounge act. That’s a decrease from 87% of show goers just a few years ago in 2013. There are fewer lounges to see artists perform, so that might have something to do with the decrease.
Additionally, one of the main reasons people aren’t seeing the bigger shows is committing time and money to the show. Who can blame anyone for that feeling? There’s so much to do in Las Vegas, why be tied down? Maybe that’s just my personal opinion.
Lounges might not be making a resurgence but free entertainment is. The new free entertainment isn’t as constraining as seeing a full show. There isn’t a 2 drink minimum or any financial commitment to this entertainment and you can come and go as you wish. Some of the locations to find free entertainment in Las Vegas might be new to you.
Mandarin Bar at Mandarin Oriental
This is one of my favorite bars in Las Vegas. It’s located inside the Forbes Triple-Five Star luxury hotel. Mandarin Oriental is one of the poshest hotels in Las Vegas. The drinks here aren’t cheap but the live music accompanies a great view of Las Vegas. Here’s a look at the entertainment they offer this month.
Friday, October 7 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. – Lou Lou White & Chandler Judkins Band
Saturday, October 8 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. – Rockie Brown Band
Thursday, October 13 from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. – Lou Lou White & Chandler Judkins Band
Friday, October 14 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. – Shaun DeGraff Band
Saturday, October 15 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. – Rockie Brown Band
Thursday, October 20 from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. – Lou Lou White & Chandler Judkins Band
Friday, October 21 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. – Shaun DeGraff Band
Saturday, October 22 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. – Rockie Brown Band
Thursday, October 27 from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. – Lou Lou White & Chandler Judkins Band
Friday, October 28 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. – Shaun DeGraff Band
Saturday, October 29 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. – Rockie Brown Band
The Parlour Bar at El Cortez
On the opposite end of the spectrum, you can find free live music every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night at the El Cortez. You might already know about my love for the low roller paradise called El Cortez. The Parlour Bar is probably the most comfortable area at the El Cortez. Even the air in here feels cleaner. Drinks are inexpensive and even complimentary if you’re playing video poker while listening to the music. Here are this month’s performances.
Friday, October 7, from 7-10 p.m. – Joey Ugarte & The Jazz Vibrations
Saturday, October 8, from 8-11 p.m. – The Howard Baker Trio Featuring Ronnie Shandell
Sunday, October 9, from 8-11 p.m. – The Howard Baker Trio Featuring Ronnie Shandell
Wednesday, October 12, from 6-10 p.m. – Nash Vegas
Friday, October 14, from 7-10 p.m. – Joey Ugarte & The Jazz Vibrations
Saturday, October 15, from 8-11 p.m. – The Howard Baker Trio Featuring Ronnie Shandell
Sunday, October 16, from 8-11 p.m. – The Howard Baker Trio Featuring Ronnie Shandell
Wednesday, October 19, from 6-10 p.m. – Nash Vegas
Friday, October 21, from 7-10 p.m. – Joey Ugarte & The Jazz Vibrations
Saturday, October 22, from 8-11 p.m. – The Howard Baker Trio Featuring Ronnie Shandell
Sunday, October 23, from 8-11 p.m. – The Howard Baker Trio Featuring Ronnie Shandell
Wednesday, October 26, from 6-10 p.m. – Nash Vegas
Friday, October 28, from 7-10 p.m. – Joey Ugarte & The Jazz Vibrations
Saturday, October 29, from 8-11 p.m. – The Howard Baker Trio Featuring Ronnie Shandell
Sunday, October 30, from 8-11 p.m. – The Howard Baker Trio Featuring Ronnie Shandell
The Yard and The Birdie Bar at Topgolf at MGM Grand
This is as unique of an entertainment venue as you’ll find in Las Vegas. It’s possibly the best sports venue to open in Las Vegas in the past 10 years. Topgolf has two performance areas to go along with multiple bars and the Topgolf game. The inside/outside venues are different than any place you’ll watch bands perform. There’s no entry fee for any location at Topgolf. You’ll just pay for drinks and the Topgolf game if you want to play
Friday, Oct. 7
Artist: Shawn Eiferman
Venue: The Birdie Bar
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Date: Friday, Oct. 7
Artist: DJ TA4
Venue: The Yard
Time: 9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Date: Saturday, Oct. 8
Artist: Ashley Red
Venue: The Birdie Bar
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Date: Saturday, Oct. 8
Artist: DJ L1
Venue: The Yard
Time: 9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Date: Monday, Oct. 10
Artist: Higher Ground
Venue: Topgolf Las Vegas – 4th Floor
Time: 9:00 p.m.
Date: Thursday, Oct. 13 and Oct. 20
Artist: Darby O’Gill and the Little People
Venue: The Birdie Bar
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Date: Thursday, Oct. 13 and Friday, Oct. 21
Artist: DJ Amanda Rose
Venue: The Yard
Time: 9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Date: Friday, Oct. 14
Artist: Congress
Venue: The Yard
Time: 8 p.m.
Date: Friday, Oct. 15
Artist: Katastro with special guest Mouse Powell
Venue: The Yard
Time: 8 p.m.
Date: Friday, Oct. 14 and Saturday, Oct. 15
Artist: DJ Earwaxx
Venue: The Yard
Time: 10:30 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Date: Thursday, Oct. 20
Artist: DJ Shai Peri
Venue: The Yard
Time: 9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Date: Saturday, Oct. 22
Artist: Crowne Avenue
Venue: The Birdie Bar
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Date: Saturday, Oct. 22
Artist: DJ Ryne Pineda
Venue: The Yard
Time: 9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Date: Thursday, Oct. 27
Event: Big screen viewing of Rocky Horror Picture Show
Venue: The Yard
Time: 11:00 p.m.
Date: Friday, Oct. 28
Artist: DJ Yo Yolie
Venue: The Yard
Time: 11:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Date: Saturday, Oct. 29
Artist: Matt Morgan
Venue: The Birdie Bar
Time: 8:00
Date: Saturday, Oct. 29
Artist: Orgone
Venue: The Yard
Time: Midnight
Date: Saturday, Oct. 29
Artist: DJ Yo Yolie
Venue: The Yard
Time: 8:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Date: Sunday, Oct. 30
Artist: Reed Mathis & Electric Beethoven
Venue: The Yard
Time: Midnight

El Cortez

Wednesday, 05 October 2016 by Blog Category: Downtown - Old Vegas.

On my first few visits to Las Vegas, I generally stayed on the Vegas Strip. The first time I stayed at a casino off the Vegas Strip was at the wonderful Gold Coast. That property remains close to my heart. Not much has changed at the Gold Coast, so every visit is like a trip to the past. Every December there’s a return visit to the Gold Coast that revolves around lunch or dinner at Ping Pang Pong. If you’re not familiar with PPP, it’s one of the best Chinese restaurants in any casino.
My first memory (actually memories) of visiting downtown Las Vegas all take place at the El Cortez. Unlike the Gold Coast, I still visit the El Cortez regularly. It’s a convenient place to park the car if I plan on hanging out on the east side of Fremont Street. Now that I think of it, I’ll make my last visit to The Beat coffee shop on Fremont East next week. In the course of my travels downtown, I’ll stop at the El Cortez for a little while since it’s right across the street from The Beat.
My first memory of the El Cortez was the wooden panels on the walls by the “sports book.” At the time the sports book was a collection of massive and dated rear projection TV’s that probably stood five feet tall and three feet wide sitting against a wall. The most robust memory from my first visit to El Cortez was playing $3 blackjack on tables with burnt felt while drinking dented cans of beer.
This was a far cry from the Vegas Strip experience and I loved it. The felt is new and the beer is in bottles but I still love it. The El Cortez has cleaned up quite a bit over the years but never lost its soul. It’s not the fanciest casino in downtown Las Vegas but it’s effortlessly vintage. Other properties try to be vintage. El Cortez is vintage.
The El Cortez still has the best low roller blackjack game in Las Vegas. The $5 minimum single deck game pays 3/2 when you’re dealt blackjack has a house edge of 0.30. There’s also a $25 table with the same rules if you’d rather play higher limits. The pit bosses watch players like a hawk, so advanced advantage players won’t be allowed to play very long. However, you should be fine if you keep your bets steady.
The good low rolling at El Cortez doesn’t end at blackjack. Every day, El Cortez offers $0.25 roulette with $1 minimums per spin. That’s another low rolling deal that you won’t find in many other casinos in Las Vegas.
The other games are fine and dandy but the $5 minimum craps game is one of my favorites in Las Vegas. You can find this minimum wager elsewhere with the same 10x odds, but you’ll never roll the dice with people like those you’ll find at El Cortez. It’s a random bunch that has its ups and down but it’s unique. The game is special and it’s unlike any other in Las Vegas.
Like the craps game, the El Cortez is a unique property. It’s not the best casino in Las Vegas. However, it’s a casino that offers an experience unlike anywhere else. In a town looking where casino corporations bring in well-known brands to meet the bottom line, the El Cortez stays true to itself and stands out in the best way possible.

11 New Slot Machines To Look For In Vegas

Monday, 03 October 2016 by Blog Category: Gaming.

Every year the casino industry from all over the country gathers in Las Vegas to purchase new products for their casinos at the Global Gaming Expo (G2E). Buyers for the casinos look for everything from new games to the beverages they serve while you’re playing and the chairs you’ll sit on. The show is quite impressive and full of things we don’t normally think about casinos shopping for.
There’s really a lot to cover at the expo but there’s one major product that occupies about half the floor space at G2E. Of course, I’m talking about slot machines. The majority of the casino floor is occupied by slot machines so it makes sense the sales floor at the expo would be.
Slot machines on display come in all shapes, sizes, and themes at G2E. However, the big name themes are the games that you’ll usually notice first. Here’s a look at 11 of the slot machines with familiar titles that you can expect to see in casinos within the next year.


Seinfeld Slot Machine Las Vegas

The Goonies

The Goonies Slot Machine in Vegas

The Simpsons

The Simpsons Slot Machine Las Vegas

Big Lebowski

The Big Lebowski Slot Machine Las Vegas

My Cousin Vinny

My Cousin Vinny Slot Machine Las Vegas

Penn & Teller

Penn & Teller Slot Machine Las Vegas


Lampoons Vacation Slot Machine

Betty White

Betty White Image on Slot Machine

Tim McGraw

Tim McGraw Slot Machine in Vegas


Baywatch Slot Machine Las Vegas


Sharknado Slot Machine Las Vegas