I recently visited downtown Las Vegas at night for the first time this year and was, once again, reminded how much fun it can be. Downtown Las Vegas offers a very different kind of fun than the Vegas Strip. I’ve come to enjoy both equally for their differences since my first trip downtown.
The Vegas Strip is the Las Vegas that everyone knows from TV, movies, and the majority of visitors. Downtown Las Vegas isn’t as famous and that suits the area fine. “Old Vegas” has always offered a different experience from the Vegas Strip and that’s what has always made it special.
While the Vegas Strip continues to offer the “latest and greatest” of everything, Downtown Las Vegas offers a less flashy experience. A visit to downtown Las Vegas is closer to what visitors may remember from the 1990’s on the Vegas Strip. The gambling is good, even the nicest hotel rooms are affordable, there are plenty of good restaurants and there’s free entertainment everywhere you look at the Fremont Street Experience.
Increasing resort fees, parking fees, etc. on the Vegas Strip don’t bother me. I can budget for that stuff so Las Vegas is always fun for me. However, if you’re tired of all that (I know many of you are!) and looking for a different Las Vegas experience you might want to look downtown. Here are 5 reasons to visit downtown Las Vegas.
Fremont Street Experience Is Kind Of Amazing
There’s nothing like this mall of casinos at night anywhere in the world. There are three stages with, often free, entertainment and a light show on the canopy above that covers the mall. You’re free to wander without concern for vehicular traffic. There are street performers that are equally as entertaining as they are annoying. Just about every casino has access to a bar from the street. The alcohol helps fuel the chaos in the area. You’ll hear people riding the giant Slotzilla zipline screaming above you all night. A night out at the Fremont Street Experience is sensory overload in the best way.
The Gambling Is Great
If you’re the kind of person that enjoys a fun atmosphere, low limits, and good odds when you gamble then you’ll have a great time in the downtown Las Vegas casinos. The atmosphere is loose and not stuffy at all. You’ll find $3 and $5 minimum wagers for craps and blackjack at just about every casino. El Cortez even has quarter roulette. The casinos in downtown Las Vegas tout that they offer looser slots than the Vegas Strip.
For what it’s worth, I probably gamble more frequently in downtown Las Vegas than any other part of town. There seems to be more bang for the buck.
Great Drinking Options
My friends and I never hung out to eat or drink when I first started visiting downtown Las Vegas. That’s changed and there’s a great variety of restaurants and bars. The Vue Bar at The D has good video poker games and the bartenders are quick with a drink. If you prefer a non-gaming bar you can head to Downtown Cocktail Room, The Griffin or The Commonwealth. Beer drinkers can enjoy local brewery Banger Brewing or visit Pizza Rock for a great beer selection at fair prices. Beer prices (and food) are even better during Happy Hour at Pizza Rock.
Surprisingly Good Variety Of Dining
Downtown Las Vegas has grown beyond the mall of casinos at the Fremont Street Experience. Just walking a block or two outside of the canopy can bring more restaurants that may not be on the radar of most people visiting downtown Las Vegas. While the casinos boast some good high-end, but affordable, steakhouses like Andiamo’s at The D and Oscar’s at the Plaza you’ll find some great food options just a few steps away. Therapy, Eat, Carson Kitchen, and Pizza Rock are just a few good non-casino restaurants.
Chill Vibe
The Vegas Strip is great but it can feel a bit fancy at times with the newest of everything. It’s the hotspot of Las Vegas. There’s a time to dress nicely, have a great meal, and see a hundred dollar per ticket show. There’s also a time where a t-shirt, shorts, and a football of beer feel more appropriate. Las Vegas is great because you can enjoy both of those feelings in the same day. There’s just a more relaxed vibe in downtown Las Vegas than the Vegas Strip.

Where to find tasting menus in Vegas

Wednesday, 22 March 2017 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas and Food.

Salute at Red Rock casino recently welcomed a new chef, Luke Palladino, to the restaurant. I was lucky enough to be invited to a tasting of the new menu. Since I’m in this casino almost every day (I’m actually typing this at Red Rock casino), I figured that I would check it out.
Media tastings come in different shapes and sizes so I wasn’t sure what to expect. This tasting was a fixed family-style menu. Each dish for the tasting was chosen by the restaurant. We were treated to 6 courses and 20 dishes. YOWZA! Now, this is a tasting!
We tried everything from a caciocavallo scaloppine to a delicious veal chop made with roasted sunchokes, wild mushroom-prosciutto and sage cream. The signature pasta was finished tableside on a wheel of cheese and was probably my favorite item on the menu.
My table at Salute was made up of mostly strangers who all got to know each other by sharing the family-style dishes. This tasting was a blast and reminded me how much I love to share meals with friends. It’s not only fun to share food but it’s often enjoyable to have a meal with a variety of different foods.
Not every restaurant offers this kind of a 20 dish tasting menu but in many restaurants in Las Vegas you can order so that you can sample and taste different foods during a meal. I’ve done this often throughout the year. Here are some examples of shared meals I’ve had with friends in Las Vegas over the years.
Cleo – SLS Las Vegas
The dishes here are perfect for sharing. There are many small dishes and shareable main courses. We ordered a couple different mezzes, meats, and flatbreads for the table. Not only was the food excellent but everyone was able to sample a few different flavors and dishes that might not have had the chance to if we ordered individually. The server was happy to help us order the correct portions to satisfy everyone who wanted to try certain dishes.
Rao’s – Caesars Palace
It helps to have a friend who speaks the language when visiting a true ethnic restaurant. My Italian-speaking friend ordered shareable portions for pasta, chicken and more for the table. Rao’s wasn’t offering a tasting menu when I visited. We all wanted to try different items on the menu. The restaurant was able to portion out dishes differently. They didn’t have to do much work and they made this table very happy.
Beauty & Essex – Cosmopolitan
The dishes here are intended to be shared so it was easy to try a lot of different food. A recent dinner with 5 here with friends bought seven or eight different dishes. Not only did we have a wide variety of flavors but we had a ton of food. This meal was much better and more fun than the traditional appetizer/main course meal I had on a previous visit.
Bazaar Meat – SLS Las Vegas
Bazaar Meat is billed as a steakhouse but it’s so much more. The menu is about 2 feet long and has way more dishes than you’ll find in most steakhouses. We stared and stared at the menu and couldn’t make a choice on what to eat. The server saw our lost eyes and offered to help. She asked for our budget and asked if there were any restrictions. We had a fantastic meal with about eight different dishes and included several different types of meat with a massive rib eye as the final main course.
Every meal included different people in each party trying dishes that they might not have ordered by themselves. I’m not adventuresome when ordering a single dish. However, I’ll almost always try something in a small portion.
Las Vegas restaurants often save their tasting menu for special nights. Recently Sushisamba at The Palazzo introduced their Japanese whiskey collection with a special pairing menu. Last year I visited Yardbird for their National Bourbon Month menu.
Everyone visits Las Vegas for a fun time. Sharing great meals with friends is just one way to start a great night out.

2017 Forbes Winners in Las Vegas

Monday, 20 March 2017 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas.

There are a lot of “Best Of” lists for Las Vegas, but few are as highly regarded as the Forbes Travel Guide. This is a list of the best of the best hotels and restaurants around the world. Many businesses use these awards as a milestone for service and quality.
Forbes Travel Guide’s scoring system uses a proprietary algorithm that weighs service at 75% and the quality of the facility at 25%. Forbes inspectors anonymously visits and evaluates properties using nears 800 objective standards in 162 destinations across 42 countries.
Forbes Travel Guide Hotel Award Winners In Las Vegas
This year just 175 hotels achieve the coveted Five-Star Award for the best of the best. Five of those winners are in Las Vegas.

  • ARIA Sky Suites
  • Encore Tower Suites
  • Mandarin Oriental
  • Skylofts at MGM Grand
  • Wynn Tower Suites

Among the total 1,464 Star Award winners in 2017, there are 175 Five-Star, 478 Four-Star. Las Vegas has a host of Four-Star Award-winning hotels too. M Resort is the only off-strip hotel to receive this prestigious award. There’s a reason we listed M Resort as one of the five resorts to help you transition away from the Vegas Strip. The rest of the winners are below:

  • ARIA (regular rooms)
  • Bellagio
  • The Cosmopolitan
  • Encore
  • Four Seasons (at Mandalay Bay)
  • The Laurel Collection by Caesars Palace
  • M Resort
  • The Palazzo
  • Vdara
  • The Venetian
  • Wynn Las Vegas

Forbes Travel Guide Restaurant Award Winners In Las Vegas
The number of hotels to receive a Star Award from the Forbes Travel Guide seems massive when compared to restaurants. There were only 62 Five-Star, 176 Four-Star restaurants around the world. Las Vegas is known for great fine dining and make up nearly 10% of the Five-Star restaurants.

  • Joël Robuchon (MGM Grand)
  • Le Cirque Las Vegas (Bellagio)
  • Picasso (Bellagio)
  • Restaurant Guy Savoy (Caesars Palace)
  • Twist by Pierre Gagnaire (Mandarin Oriental)
  • Wing Lei (Wynn Las Vegas)

Le Cirque, Picasso, and Wing Lei are new Forbes 5-Star Award winners. The 5-Star award winners are the finest of fine dining and will cost more than most meals you’ll ever eat. By comparison, the 4-Star Award winners are affordable. While still expensive and fine dining the prices are what you’d pay in most high-end restaurants.

  • Andrea’s (Encore)
  • AquaKnox (The Venetian)
  • Aureole Las Vegas (Mandalay Bay)
  • barMASA (Aria)
  • Costa di Mare (Wynn)
  • The Country Club (Wynn)
  • CUT (The Palazzo)
  • Julian Serrano (Aria)
  • L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon (MGM Grand)
  • Lakeside (Wynn)
  • Michael Mina (Bellagio)
  • Mizumi (Wynn)
  • Sage (Aria)
  • Sinatra (Encore)
  • SW Steakhouse (Wynn)

One of the many things that make Las Vegas so great is that there’s something for everyone. If you’re traveling on a budget, you can find plenty of fun low rolling around Las Vegas. Likewise, if you’re looking for the most luxurious vacation of your life you can visit these Forbes Travel Guide Award winners.
You can see the full list of Forbes Award winners around the world here.

Vegas Uncork’d 2017

Tuesday, 14 March 2017 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas and Food.

Over the years Las Vegas has transformed from a city of cheap buffets to a city filled with the some of the best chefs and restaurants. Las Vegas is home to restaurants by just about every celebrity chef you can think of. Many of the people who do the cooking at the celebrity chef restaurants are famous and carry awards of their own. Las Vegas is now a destination for those seeking the best food in the country.
Las Vegas is home to many foodie festivals over the year, but there’s one that annually stands out because of the big name chefs and unique culinary experiences. Vegas Uncork’d returns to Las Vegas from April 27 – 30.
Chefs appearing at Vegas Uncork’d this year include Alain Ducasse, Bobby Flay, Buddy Valastro, Charlie Palmer, Giada De Laurentiis, Gordon Ramsay, Guy Savoy, José Andrés, Julian Serrano, Shawn McClain, Michael Chow, Nobu Matsuhisa and Wolfgang Puck to name a few.
Once again you’ll enjoy the one-of-a-kind experiences and a world-class lineup of renowned celebrity chefs, master sommeliers and cutting-edge mixologists from Caesars Palace, The Cromwell, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, MGM Resorts International, The Palazzo and The Venetian Las Vegas.
You’ll get to enjoy some of the most famous chefs preparing food in casinos and restaurants all over Las Vegas. Here are some of the new and notable experiences at Vegas Uncork’d this year:

  • Quickfire Happy Hour with Chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger (Caesars Palace), Thursday, April 27: Ever wondered what it takes to win a quickfire challenge like you see on Top Chef? Don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to feel like a contestant on a cooking competition show. Put your culinary chops to the test and become part of the action! Guests will divide into teams and compete in a series of quickfire challenges all while enjoying free-flowing cocktails, cool craft beers, and signature Border Grill bites. Celebrity chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger will be on hand to coach the teams and provide participants with top-notch advice before they face the panel of judges.
  • Master Series: Rao’s 10th Anniversary Dinner (Caesars Palace), Thursday, April 27: (The original) Rao’s is widely regarded as the hardest reservation to land in the country, if not the world. Guests will have the opportunity to grab a seat at Rao’s in Las Vegas as the Rao’s family celebrates its 10th Anniversary on the Strip and their newest cookbook, “Rao’s Classics,” written by Rao’s owners Frank Pellegrino Sr. and Frank Pellegrino Jr. From time-honored Italian staples to classics that are uniquely Rao’s, like their famous lemon chicken, don’t miss the opportunity to celebrate this milestone with a multi-course meal at an Italian-American dining institution.
  • Lunch like a Spaniard with José Andrés at Jaleo (The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas), Friday, April 28: Experience a taste of Spain with internationally acclaimed culinary pioneer and innovator, Chef José Andrés. Join José as he prepares lobster paella over their renowned live fire pit in a dish-and-tell session, and shares his favorite stories behind the unique restaurant’s menu items, like José’s Taco, a slice of jamón ibérico de bellota topped with osetra caviar and gold flakes; Coca con Erizas del Mar, crusty Spanish cristal bread topped with sea urchin, ibérico bacon and butter; their renowned Gin and Tonic program, and more.
  • The Hog in the Hen House: Yardbird Presents A Pot Belly Brunch (The Venetian), Friday, April 28: From the fried green tomato BLT with house-smoked pork belly to maple-glazed bacon doughnuts, Yardbird’s exclusive Pot Belly Brunch will be hog heaven for lovers of all things bacon and pork belly. Enjoy a range of Yardbird’s inventive Southern comfort dishes while sipping on a bloody mary with bacon infused vodka.

Some other Vegas Uncork’d experiences include:

  • Master Series: The Ultimate Throwback with MR CHOW (Caesars Palace)
  • Master Series: Rich Tradition with a New Twist with Old Homestead’s Greg & Marc Sherry (Caesars Palace)
  • Master Series: The World’s Best, An Epicurean Affair With Guy Savoy (Caesars Palace)
  • Three-Kitchen Tasting at SUGARCANE raw bar grill with Chef Timon Balloo (The Venetian)
  • Celebrate Spago: 25th Anniversary Lunch with Wolfgang Puck (Caesars Palace)
  • Lunch like a Spaniard with José Andrés at Jaleo (Cosmopolitan)
  • A Movers & Shakers Mixology Journey with Mariena Mercer (Cosmopolitan)
  • Brunch with Bobby Flay at Mesa Grill (Caesars Palace)
  • Montecristo Cigar Bar—Up in Smoke (Caesars Palace)
  • Picnic in The Park with Alain Ducasse, Charlie Palmer, Michael Mina, Julian Serrano, Shawn McClain, Roy Ellamar, Akira Back, the Voltaggio Brothers & More (The Park, located between Monte Carlo and New York-New York)
  • #FoodPorn Cooking Demo & Luncheon with the Too Hot Tamales (Caesars Palace)
  • Sweet Escape: An Evening of Buddy, Beignets, Bon Bons & Booze (The Palazzo)
  • The Ultimate Big Cake & Craft Cocktail After-Party (The Venetian)

There are even more experiences that seemingly take place all day and night. You can see a full list of Vegas Uncork’d events here. Ticket information and prices are available for individual events here. This isn’t an event if you’re traveling on a small budget. Prices start at $79.99 for an after party with Buddy V. and go as high as $595 for a Master’s experience with Nobu Matsuhisa. Visit vegasuncorked.com for more information.

Casino Rescue

Friday, 10 March 2017 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas.

I was immediately hooked when “Hotel Impossible” debuted on the Travel Channel in 2012. I’m a sucker for renovation shows. Between three rescue-style TV shows, “Bar Rescue,” “Restaurant Impossible,” and “Hotel Impossible,” we had the makings of an even better TV show.
Together these three TV shows could be the backbone of a mega show called “Casino Impossible” or “Casino Rescue.” I wrote about the idea for a website that is no longer around called Vegas Chatter (sad trombone). Well, it seems as though we might actually see this idea on television a few years after that original idea.
Casino veteran Gary Green is searching for troubled casinos for a new television series. In the series, Green’s team of casino experts will makeover troubled casinos. Like other makeover shows, the host will show off his marketing and casino knowledge. Gary Green is the former vice-president of marketing and player development for Donald Trump and is recognized as one of the most colorful marketing characters in the casino world.
“We have already struck deals with vendors, designers, regulatory experts, financial experts, and a whole array of casino experts who are eager to help turn around troubled properties. This is an operation that most casinos could never afford,” Green added.
What would a casino get in return? Green says they’ll receive “nationwide television exposure of their casino plus a state-of-the-art makeover and marketing; what more could a struggling casino ask for?”
Green started pitches for casinos last year but the show isn’t quite ready. According to IMDB the show is still in development.
Possible Casino Rescue In Las Vegas
The Rio All-Suites Casino And Hotel has been rumored to be on the market by Caesars Entertainment for at least 5 years. Despite many rumors, it’s still owned by Caesars Entertainment. The casino-hotel recently had a power outage that forced 900 people out of their room just before New Year’s Eve. To say the property, inside and out, is in need of some TLC is in understatement.
The exterior of the hotel looks as though it hasn’t been cleaned or maintained in years. Inside the casino there’s little connection to the Rio theme. The structure of the building is becoming dated and there could be more small accidents that become a big deal because of a lack of maintenance.
Caesars Entertainment has been in bankruptcy protection for over a year now. A “Casino Rescue” could come in handy. If the Rio is on the market and Caesars doesn’t want to put money into the building this could help them find a buyer. At minimum, cleaning it up and fixing some of the problems might be what’s best for the Rio, Caesars and those who stay at the property.

It was a sad day for many downtown Las Vegas visitors when DuPar’s abruptly closed at the Golden Gate Casino. The restaurant and bakery was one of the most popular breakfast joints under the Fremont Street Experience.
In my mind, there was only one dish worth eating at DuPar’s. Those fluffy pancakes covered with drawn butter were divine. A tall glass of fresh squeezed orange juice was the perfect accompaniment. These pancakes were so good that they would satisfy for a meal at anytime of the day. While the DuPar’s restaurant at the Suncoast Casino is still open, it’s not very convenient for anyone staying in downtown Las Vegas.
Have no fear pancake lovers! There are still a handful of restaurants located in downtown Las Vegas where you can enjoy a stack. The restaurants range from a national chain with the cheap pancakes to one of the hottest restaurants in the area.
The Denny’s in downtown Las Vegas is different than the other locations of the chain. Not only does this Denny’s have a full bar, but you can get married here. More important is that this location still offers ALL YOU CAN EAT PANCAKES FOR $4. ‘Nuff said, right?
Eat has been a breakfast and lunch hot spot since the day it opened. This is the kind of local restaurant that creates dishes from scratch and from the heart. The Las Vegas tourists districts are often seen as soulless so you might not expect this kind of restaurant so close to the casinos. Eat was a great addition to downtown Las Vegas. If you’ve been here before, you know that there’s a reason that the pancakes are listed so high on the menu.
El Cortez
The pancakes were a favorite for visitors at the now closed El Cortez Cafe. Thankfully for pancake lovers, the tradition of tasty cakes has just moved to the new restaurant inside the casino. Seigel’s 1941 offers a wider variety of pancakes including a short stack for only $5.
Hash House A Go Go
This regional chain has multiple locations in Las Vegas, including the downtown restaurant at The Plaza. They’re known for having “twisted farm food” and massive portions. In fact, the pancakes are so large that there’s only one in a serving. This is the kind of restaurant and amount of food you’ll need if you’re waking up after a day and night of drinking too many footballs of beer or yard-long frozen drinks.
MTO Cafe
This quick-serve cafe is a quick walk from the Plaza on Main Street. This isn’t a fast food restaurant, but they dish out fresh food faster than most restaurants. Many of the dishes at MTO cafe are unique but the pancakes are a great place to start exploring. You can top pancakes with butter and syrup anywhere but where you can you have fat butter and tree sap? Bacon lovers might want to look at the Bacon Pancake Dippers with peppercorn maple syrup. These are not your parent’s pancakes.
In Memory of Dupar’s:
Dupars Pancakes Blue Plate

Get Ready for Pool Season in LasVegas

Friday, 03 March 2017 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas.

According to the Farmer’s Almanac, it’s still Winter. The first day of Spring is technically March 20th. The first day of Summer isn’t until June 20! However, Las Vegas doesn’t wait for farmers or almanacs to decide what season it is. According to a handful of casinos and clubs, Summer is here!
Sure, there are some pools that are open all year around but we’re about pool season is already here in Las Vegas. Some casinos are opening pools while nightclubs are opening their daytime parties on March 3rd!
Here’s a look at some of the pools that will be opening over the next couple of weeks.
March 3

  • Flamingo
  • MGM Grand
  • The Mirage
  • The Venetian

March 10

  • Aria
  • Treasure Island

These casinos have some of their pools open all year long with limited hours:

  • Aria
  • Bellagio
  • Caesars Palace
  • Casino Royale
  • Circus Circus
  • Cosmopolitan
  • The D
  • Golden Nugget
  • Hard Rock
  • Harrah’s
  • The Linq
  • Mandalay Bay
  • MGM Grand
  • The Mirage
  • Paris Las Vegas
  • Planet Hollywood
  • Rio
  • The Venetian
  • Wynn

Not all casino pools are open for the new season yet. The pools that are open during the winter still have limited hours. The “winter” and closed casino pools will open full time over the next couple months. If you’re looking ahead you can plan for the opening of the Tropicana pool complex on May 25th.
While regular casino pools are slowly trickling open, some of the biggest and most popular dayclubs and pool parties are off to a flying start in the next couple of weeks.
March 3

  • Encore Beach Club at Encore
  • Marquee Dayclub at Cosmopolitan
  • Tao Beach at Venetian

March 4

  • GO Pool at Flamingo

March 10

  • Rehab at Hard Rock Hotel
  • Daylight Beach Club at Mandalay Bay
  • Liquid at Aria

The dayclubs and pool parties are just revving their engines for the real “pool season” in Las Vegas. The dayclubs will be open in time for spring break and March Madness but this is just the beginning. The pool party and dayclub seasons traditionally kick into high gear with premier talent closer to Memorial Day Weekend.
Who’s ready to take a dip?

There are plenty of bars and lounges in Las Vegas that will make a delicious cocktail or pour a fantastic beer…if you pay for it. This is Las Vegas and you can get just about anything you want if you’re willing to pay. Big deal. Let’s get some free drinks!
You can still earn delicious cocktails, top shelf liquor and amazing beers complimentary at a few bars in Las Vegas. I’m not talking about a middle-shelf vodka and club soda or another complimentary domestic beer. You can still get an amazing cocktail or beer for no additional charge while you’re gambling at a few casinos bars.
There was a time where you could just sit at a video poker bar in a casino and drink all day and night on just a few dollars. That changed last year and some casinos have installed drink monitoring systems to make sure you’re spending money and earning a complimentary drink (you can see a comparison here).
Additionally, more bars are limiting the kind of drinks you can have complimentary. Many bars in Las Vegas will only offer a complimentary bottom or middle shelf liquor or domestic beer. Call me a snob, but I want the good stuff.
This isn’t about the best video poker paytables. This is about the best complimentary drinks. There are a handful of video poker bars in Las Vegas casinos where you can still get great complimentary drinks.
Chandelier Bar – Cosmopolitan
The complimentary cocktails when playing video poker is one reason that the Chandelier Bar is my favorite bar in Las Vegas. Sure, the Cosmopolitan has instituted a drink monitoring system at all of their video poker bars but you’ll still receive better drinks and service than most casino bars in Las Vegas. Unlike other video poker bars, you can receive fantastic signature cocktails ($16) and top shelf liquor (up to $15) complimentary while playing one of the machines. While other casino bars only offer a limited selection of spirits, almost everything at the bar is available here. You can receive similar treatment at the other bars at the Cosmopolitan, Bond and sports book, but neither match the atmosphere of this beautiful bar.
Tag – The Linq
Tag is one of the best beer bars on the Vegas Strip with about 150 different beers to choose from. Many (many, many) of the craft and imported beer can be earned complimentary when playing video poker or one of the other games on the bartop machines. Caesars Entertainment owns The Linq and has a drink monitoring system so you’ll have to keep up your pace of play. Don’t worry if you slack off, the beers are affordably priced if you just want to pay.
The Linq is also home to the 5150 bar. This bar has a few machines and doesn’t offer complimentary signature cocktails. However, they deeply discount their delicious signature cocktails to $2. You can order regular cocktails without paying the $2. However, the signature cocktails are so good that you almost forget that you’re paying for a drink while playing video poker.
Pub 365 – Tuscany
This bar and restaurant at the Tuscany, just off the Vegas Strip, opened last year and quickly became one of my favorite beer bars in Las Vegas. The food is good and they have an immense beer selection. In addition to the 365 beers in their name, they have a unicorn list of very limited beer that you can purchase. The bar has video poker machines and offers complimentary beer while playing. Tuscany hasn’t installed a drink monitoring system. If you’re not familiar with the Tuscany, this small casino is about a 2-minute taxi, Uber or Lyft east of Bally’s or a 10-minute walk.

March Madness 2017 in Vegas

Wednesday, 22 February 2017 by Blog Category: Everything Vegas.

The first weekend of March Madness is more than just a weekend. It’s actually a loooooong weekend. The first weekend of the NCAA (college) basketball tournament will begin around 9 am on Thursday, March 16 and will end around 8 pm on Sunday, March 19. This weekend is so long because many serious college basketball fans will begin on Wednesday.
In recent years, the first weekend of March Madness has started rival Super Bowl weekend as the busiest time of the year for sports fans in Las Vegas. Even though the tournament lasts all month, the first weekend is the only weekend that’s a big deal in Las Vegas. The other games don’t draw nearly as many people.
There are nearly 100 games during the first four days of March Madness. The sports books are packed with people wagering on the action. The lines to place wagers in the sports books tend to be slower than normal. First of all, college sports fans tend to be younger than professional sports fans and that brings a lot of young and new bettors to Las Vegas. New bettors are usually slow to place their wagers. Similar to the Super Bowl, there are just a lot of people in Las Vegas for the weekend.
The action doesn’t slow down when the games are over. Even before the final buzzer of the last game goes off you’ll see sports fans heading out to enjoy all Las Vegas has to offer. Restaurants, bars, shows, clubs, casinos will be packed. These four days are magical for a sports fans and a fun time for anyone who loves the chaos in Las Vegas.
The first two days of March Madness have 16 games packed into 12 hours. There are often between two and four games happening on at the same time. This action is what makes the beginning of March Madness so popular all over the country.
Saturday and Sunday have a manageable eight games per day. Since there are so many games it can be difficult to get a seat in a sports book to watch the games. Much like the Super Bowl, you may want to look into other options to watch the games.
Outside of the sports book, the options to watch the games during March Madness are similar to the Super Bowl:

  • Casino Bar
  • Walk Into A Bar and/or Restaurant
  • Free Parties
  • Paid Viewing Parties

You can read more about these events from the post for watching the Super Bowl.
The last thing anyone wants to do in Las Vegas is to stand in line instead of enjoying the action. This is a time where you should seriously consider a sports wagering app to avoid most of the lines. You can see a list of apps here. While you can download an app from anywhere you can only use the mobile sports wagering apps in Nevada, you must sign up for an account in person.
If you’d like to avoid the lines in the sports book, you can look for a sports wagering kiosk. The majority of sports bettors like to place wagers with a person. This leaves the self-serve kiosks relatively quiet. Most William Hill sports book locations have a kiosk. Other properties, like Caesars Entertainment properties, will offer a kiosk just for this occasion.
The first weekend of March Madness is one of the most fun times for a sports fan in Las Vegas. Basketball isn’t the fun during this weekend. Don’t forget, this year the Madness happens at the same time as St. Patrick’s Day. Party.

Planet Hollywood Las Vegas Residencies 2017

Friday, 17 February 2017 by Blog Category: Entertainment.

Caesars Entertainment recently announced that Pitbull will return for another string of shows for his “Time Of Our Lives” residency. This will be the third year that Pitbull has a blast of shows at the Axis Theater inside the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood. This year’s “Time Of Our Lives” shows will take place from July 21 through August 5. Here are the specific show dates:
July: 21, 22, 26, 28, 29
August: 2, 4, 5
Caesars Entertainment and Planet Hollywood have put together a solid residency roster at Axis Theater for 2017. Performers include Pitbull, Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, and the Backstreet Boys. In addition to the residency shows, Axis Theater is host to national touring bands and performers throughout the year.
The residency shows for each performer alternate throughout the year so that there’s always something different to see. Here are performances sorted by date for Britney Spears “Piece of Me,” Jennifer Lopez “All I Have,” and Backstreet Boys new “Larger Than Life” residencies at Planet Hollywood in 2017:
Sat 02/18/17 Jennifer Lopez
Tue 02/21/17 Jennifer Lopez
Fri 02/24/17 Jennifer Lopez
Sat 02/25/17 Jennifer Lopez
Wed 03/01/17 Backstreet Boys
Fri 03/03/17 Backstreet Boys
Sat 03/04/17 Backstreet Boys
Wed 03/08/17 Backstreet Boys
Fri 03/10/17 Backstreet Boys
Sat 03/11/17 Backstreet Boys
Wed 03/15/17 Backstreet Boys
Fri 03/17/17 Backstreet Boys
Sat 03/18/17 Backstreet Boys
Wed 03/22/17 Britney Spears
Fri 03/24/17 Britney Spears
Sat 03/25/17 Britney Spears
Wed 03/29/17 Britney Spears
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