The Chelsea, the new multi-purpose (mostly) music venue at the Cosmopolitan, opens later this month and pictures of this beautiful venue are starting to surface. Daily Fiasco has pictures of the entrance, main staircase and chandelier. It’s one of the most beautiful music venues I’ve seen.
The Chelsea opens on December 29 with a concert by Bruno Mars. Bruno will have a mini-residency at The Chelsea next year. Country singer Eric Church will be opening his show on April 26 and rapper Childish Gambino (AKA Donald Glover) will appear on the May 2 show.
Mario Batali’s B&B Burger & Beer opened this week at The Venetian. Gourmet burgers cost anywhere in between $9 and $16 while beers cost between $6 and $11. Check out the menu chock full of original burger concepts. I’m earmarking the Nutella shake for my first visit.
The regular college football season ended last week. It was a sad day for some teams but the season isn’t over everyone. Bowl season begins on December 21 and the first day of games includes the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl. This year’s Las Vegas Bowl features the USC Trojans versus the Fresno State Bulldogs. Visit LVBowl.com for tickets and more information.
If you’re in LA and want to come visit for the Las Vegas Bowl you can do so for under $10. Bolt Bus just began service from LA to LV and are running special fares that will cost somewhere between $1 (!) and $8 each way. If you’re not familiar with Bolt Bus, they are a low cost carrier for Greyhound. The buses feature wifi, power outlets and extra leg room. They’re like a bus version of flying Virgin America.
Speaking of free wifi, Downtown Vegas now has free wi-fi provided by the city (through sponsors). Service reaches a one mile radius around Fremont Street and will continue to grow with time. This is a lightweight service maxing out at 1 Mbps (For reference my home network is 10-15 Mbps, Starbucks is about 4) but it should increase speed of mobile web surfing and help save power on smart phones that are always searching for a signal.
Las Vegas is one of the greatest places to be for New Years Eve. There are fireworks and great concerts everywhere. Downtown Vegas is pure chaos. When you’re on the Vegas Strip you have a lot of room to spread out and every venue is in a separate casino. When you’re partying in Downtown Vegas all of the action is on Fremont Street. The growing entertainment includes concerts from Papa Roach, Vince Neil, Loverboy, Blues Traveler and more. There’s even a fireworks show on Viva Vision. It will be packed and it will be crazy. Tickets for the entire night cost $40 and should be included with your hotel room fee if you’re staying on Fremont Street (they haven’t officially announced but they usually include for guests).
If you’re in the holiday spirit but can’t make it to Las Vegas this month you should check out this photo gallery of the holiday display at the Bellagio conservatory. This free attraction changes every season and is always better than the previous season.
Are you ready for 2014? Well, there are lots of things to look forward to. Here are a few new highlights:
Vegas Chatter thinks that hotel rooms at The Quad will be renovated beginning in January and be complete by April, which is just before The Linq has its Grand Opening.
Vegas Chatter is getting all the scoops as Giada De Laurentis let it slip that her Las Vegas restaurant will be opening on May 1. That would mean the hotel formerly known as Bills will be open by May 1. There’s still no name for the hotel. There’s still a lot of work to do here.
January will bring a new roller coaster to Las Vegas when Circus Circus opens El Loco. It’s small but looks scary. Check it out.
Last but not least we head to the octagon. Las Vegas is the home to MMA and has been hosting its awards show for the past 5 years. The 6th annual Fighters Only World MMA Awards will take place at The Venetian on February 7. To vote and get more information head to WorldMMAwards.com.
Brendon has been in the Las Vegas travel industry for the past 15 years. As a frequent traveler to sin city he maintains a respect for Americas playground.