Access Vegas Insider Vibe July 3, 2013

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Let Rock Of Ages Pick Up The Tab During ôDrink Us Dry Saturdaysö – Las VegasÆ best party just got better with ôDrink Us Dry Saturdaysö beginning Saturday, July 6. Every Saturday, Rock Of Ages ticket holders for the 10 p.m. show are invited to ôDrink Us Dryö at Zebra Lounge at The Palazzo Las Vegas from 8-10 p.m. Guests will be served unlimited domestic beer until the kegs go dry. For the high maintenance rock stars that prefer a different adult beverage, an upgrade to an unlimited open bar is available for only $25. The open bar upgrade includes well drinks and wine.

Both offers are valid for Saturday 10 p.m. Rock Of Ages show ticket holders only and are only valid on the Saturday date printed on the ticket. Guests must be 21 or older to partake in ôDrink Us Dry Saturdays.ö


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Las Vegas In July

PBR Rock Bar Goes Crazy For Coladas On National Pi±a Colada Day Open Bar – Thirsty partygoers will celebrate National Pi±a Colada Day at PBR Rock Bar & Grill, inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, on Wednesday, July 10.

Patrons will receive a complimentary shot with the purchase of any Pi±a Colada cocktail at the Strip-side destination. Revelers will also enjoy Patr¾n XO shots, priced at $5, along with $50 all day open bar access. Additionally, the hot spot will offer all day Pabst Blue Ribbon open bar, priced at $30 throughout the summer months.


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Dining In Las Vegas

Emeril’s Table 10 Celebrates Summer With A Taste Of Table 10 $45 Tasting Menu – Chef de Cuisine Tim Doolittle of Emeril Lagasse’s Las Vegas restaurant Table 10 has created a Taste of Table 10 menu which gives dinner guests the opportunity to taste an array of dishes and experience the American eatery with a New Orleans twist.

The $45 four-course tasting menu includes some of Table 10’s signature dishes, such as the candied bacon with Noble Tonic #1; pea tortellini with mushrooms and three cheeses; scallops with Marcona almonds, parsnips, grapes and capers as well as Emeril’s banana cream pie.


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Pin Up by Sarah Jane Woodall

Pin Up: Classic, Colorful, Lighthearted, and Sexy! – Vegas buffets arenÆt the only place to find cheesecake anymore! Fans of classic vintage pin-up style can now head over to the Stratosphere, where a new music and dance stage show called Pin Up is bringing sexy back, with a modern twist on a timeless style.

Stockings, garter belts and sky-high heels are back in a big way as the girls of Pin Up strut their stuff in a series of sexy numbers showcasing classic femininity. 2011 Playmate of the Year and pin-up model extraordinaire, Claire Sinclair, presides over this fun romp through the seasons of the year, vintage pin-up style.


Newkirk’s Notes – comments on Las Vegas from AccessVegas.Com publisher Ted Newkirk:

Hello From Las Vegas! – We’ve been having some super-hot weather, with temps in the mid-teens (one hundred and teens, not the freezing cold teens that some of you are used to in the winter). We’re pretty used to it and Phoenix and Laughlin were warmer than we were on some days.

If you follow us on our Access Vegas Twitter or Access Vegas Facebook pages, you can see that we live-posted the Las Vegas sign streaming cam and plenty of people were out in the afternoon heat taking their picture with it. But yes, even for us locals, it was HOT. Temps return to normal (104 F for a high) after July 4.

We tend to get low readership during holidays and as this goes out, we’re up against our United States Independence Day holiday on July 4. We do appreciate that you are taking the time to read, but with so many tuned out, we’ll get back to the ever-popular Newkirk’s Notes and Members Mania next week.

To our international friends, go ahead and celebrate July 4’th anyway. (OK, except maybe our friends in the UK)! Grill up some hamburgers and hot dogs (frankfurters), enjoy some American-style chips, some coleslaw, and a couple of beers.

Me? I’m getting a root canal (oh joy) on July 3. I had the misfortune of a good-sized 25 year old filling crack and now need a serious fix. So while you enjoy your favorite libations over the long holiday weekend, I’ll be popping pain pills. Oh well.

Hope you are enjoying this issue!

Associate Editor / News Researcher: Rick Ziegler

Concerts and Headliners: Amy Rayner-Cooley


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Access Vegas Insider Vibe June 26, 2013

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Summer Bucket List at MGM Resorts – Go Big Or Go BIGGER!Summer is here and guests looking to add more adventure and excitement to their Vegas vacation can check these MGM ResortsÆ favorites off their bucket lists.


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Las Vegas In July

Rhumbar Inside The Mirage Celebrates Fourth Of July With Weekend Party On The Patio Specials – Rhumbar at The Mirage Hotel & Casino will celebrate Independence Day with a weekend party filled with cocktails, cigars, hookahs and a DJ spinning the hottest tracks Thursday, July 4 through Sunday, July 7.


Party In Las Vegas

Savor Summer With Refreshing New Cocktails At Hyde Bellagio – Just in time for summer, Hyde Bellagio introduces tasty new libations perfect for sipping on the terrace overlooking Las VegasÆ most-celebrated landmark, the Fountains of Bellagio.

Hyde invites guests to enjoy these summery concoctions while snacking on delectable small plates such as Caprese Crostini, Ahi Tuna Tartar ôConesö and Kobe Sliders from neighboring Circo beginning every evening at 5 p.m.

Rockhouse Shows Some Skin With Open Bar Specials On National Bikini Day – Swimsuit enthusiasts will show off their tan lines during National Bikini Day at Rockhouse, located at The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian Hotel & Casino, on Friday, July 5.

Patrons who purchase a Rockhouse bikini on National Bikini Day will receive complimentary all day open bar access. Bikini-clad partygoers who start the party early will enjoy the ultra-dive barÆs $10 ôBottomless Bikini Bar,ö open bar available every day from 6 until 10 p.m.

Park On Fremont Launches Happy Hour Specials – Afternoons in Downtown Las Vegas will get a whole lot happier as Park on Fremont introduces affordable happy hour selections Monday through Friday from 3 û 7 p.m.

The menu features unique fare perfect for an after work meal or snacks to kick-start a night out in Fremont East.


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Dining In Las Vegas

The Plated Canvas: Culinary Arts Month Hits Vegas – Celebrated as Culinary Arts Month, July is an appropriate time to recognize the artistry and craftsmanship of eye-catching dishes. As with any art form, it takes dedication to make sure each element complements one another to create a true masterpiece. The culinary artists at Sage, Aureole, and LÆAtelier de JoÙl Robuchon are dedicated to satisfying the palate in a creative fashion û sure to leave a lasting (and tasty) impression.

Park On Fremont Introduces “Taco Tuesday” Specials And Coronitas – Tuesdays in Downtown Las Vegas will get beefed up at Park on Fremont with savory tacos and drink specials during ôTaco Tuesdayö every week from 3 û 7 p.m. Whether unwinding after a day at the office or fueling up for a night out on Fremont Street, guests can enjoy $2 carne asada tacos and $1 Coronitas in Park on FremontÆs rustic dining area and blossoming outdoor patio.

Michael Mina’s PUB 1842 At MGM Grand Puts A Whimsical Spin On Classic American Pub Fare – Michael MinaÆs PUB 1842 at MGM Grand introduces a casual tavern-style eatery that playfully blends unexpected flavors and textures into classic American pub favorites. The restaurant boasts an extensive selection of beers and cocktails for guests to enjoy while they play favorites such as darts and ping pang pong in the energetic bar area. A lively soundtrack complements the restaurant atmosphere, which encourages socializing and spirited fun. The restaurant is open daily for lunch, dinner and late night.


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Shopping In Las Vegas

The World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop And NGC Present A Signature Series Medallion In Commemoration Of “The Old Man” – Home of The History Channel’s Pawn Stars, Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, has joined forces with Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) to present a signature series medallion to commemorate Mr. HarrisonÆs 71st birthday. ôThe Old ManÆs 71st Birthday Medallionö has been encapsulated in a NGC EdgeView Holder with a custom label that has been personally autographed by ôThe Old Manö in gold Sharpie.

HersheyÆs Chocolate World Retail Experience Inside New York-New York To Be Unwrapped On The Las Vegas Strip – The Las Vegas Strip will get a whole lot sweeter when Hershey’s Chocolate World retail experience opens at New York-New York Hotel & Casino this winter.

The flagship store will occupy two floors, boast an eye-catching 70-foot faþade and provide guests with an experiential concept that will immerse them in the candy brands they love: HersheyÆs, HersheyÆs Kisses, ReeseÆs, Ice Breakers, Jolly Ranchers, Twizzlers and more.


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Las Vegas Show Reviews

Seth Grabel by Terri D’Richards

Seth Grabel – Magic With A Serious Fun Factor – Is he an acrobat? Is he an illusionist? Is he a dancer? Take your pick! Seth Grabel shows us all of the above and more in his Las Vegas show. Settled in at the intimate (with super comfy seats!) Wolf Theatre at The Clarion, Grabel shows off feats of amazement and grace presented with charismatic personality and style.

The multi-faceted performer gained notoriety as a finalist on season six of ôAmericaÆs Got Talentö where he wowed audiences and judges alike with impossible escapes, grand scale illusions and acrobatic flash. Working within the confines of his current venue, Grabel makes the most of more up-close magic, such as sleight of hand and levitation. He even pulls off some nifty metamorphosis (when one person gets substituted out for another in a seemingly enclosed trunk), and other illusions.


Newkirk’s Notes – comments on Las Vegas from AccessVegas.Com publisher Ted Newkirk:

Hello From Las Vegas! – We don’t keep records, but this may be one of the longer, most packed issues we’ve ever done. A month ago, we quietly passed our 14’th anniversary, and if you go back into the archives and look at our Access Vegas Insider Vibe û May 20, 1999 issue, you can see that we’ve come a long way! I’m not one for making huge events out of milestones, but next year for our 15’th, we’ll do something special and hopefully be able to involve you in it as well.

Triple Digits – Temps over 100F are the norm this time of year, but going into this weekend, we’ll be flirting with record highs. I mean ALL-TIME record highs, not just for a day or month. Saturday is predicted to be 117 with Sunday 116. The all-time record is 118.

Yes… you’ve probably heard people say that they’ve been in Las Vegas when it was in the 120’s, and if you are outside walking in it, you probably feel like it is the 120’s. This is a good time to revisit our last issue where I discussed staying hydrated.

Silver Sevens (Formerly Terrible’s) $7.77 July Specials – To kick off the Silver Sevens celebration, guests can devour a $7.77 steak and lobster dinner inside The Sterling Spoon CafÚ every day in July from 2 to 10 p.m. In addition, CafÚ guests can enjoy seven entrÚes under $7 offered 24 hours a day throughout July, including signature items: steak salad, chicken lettuce wraps, Mandarin chicken salad, pulled pork sandwich and eggplant parmesan. Silver Sevens is one two-minute cab ride east of The Bellagio on Flamingo.

July 4 Fireworks – Caesars Palace will once again be sparking a fireworks display at 9 PM (weather/winds permitting as we are in the desert). In previous years, the southbound lanes of The Strip have been temporarily closed leading up to the display to accommodate everyone who wants to enjoy it. We expect the same this year. For you locals, Red Rock and Green Valley Ranch casinos will have fireworks. Me? I can see the Caesars show plain and clear from the end of my block, so I’ll be enjoying that one!

MGM Officially Set To Build Arena – Although the project was previously announced, the plans to build a 20,000 seat arena behind New York-New York. Construction starts next year and runs through 2016. MGM (the company) already owns the Mandalay Bay Events Center and MGM Grand Gardens, both a stones throw away. This larger venue is expected to help provide the space to bring even more big-name events to Las Vegas.

This doesn’t seem to be an effort to bring a major league team to town. Some see it as a pre-emptive strike against Caesars Entertainment’s planned, but unfunded, arena behind the Linq project. My guess is that the Caesars arena simply won’t happen, especially in light of the push to bring an even bigger major events arena to the UNLV campus just a few minutes east of The Strip.

Membership Questions – We’re received quite a few questions about our pending move to a paid subscriber model in order to both 1. Keep the newsletter at the quality (and quantity) of information and 2. Provide specific, extra helpful information to members that takes time and research (which costs money). We’ll answer those next week via a short audio I’m going to record, but essentially we’re going to ask that readers basically buy us a relatively cheap cup of coffee just once per month (we’re not even asking for Starbucks). In return, we’ll use those funds to bring some great new information and benefits plus be able to maintain what we’re doing.

Hope you are enjoying this issue!

Associate Editor / News Researcher: Rick Ziegler

Concerts and Headliners: Amy Rayner-Cooley


Members Mania – We Love Our Readers!

First of all I have to tell you how I look forward to each copy of Access Vegas. You do a great job. Love it all.

My sister and I got back from 3 weeks in Las Vegas. This is our second year, and I always drag my sorry butt to the airport in disbelief that we have to return home. I usually stay a week off the strip at a condo, a week on the strip and the third week off the strip.

This year we sprouted our wings with bus passes and loved it. My sister seems to think I am addicted to buses as each morning the bus route map would come out as I would ask, “and where are we going today?ö I Expect next year even more bussing. Loved the off the strip bus catching stops. We got to meet the local people going to work and for a few short weeks you really begin to feel part of the community. We would often say have a good shift and they wished us the same.

The condoÆs all have apartment set us and barbecues. My very favourite grocery store is Whole Foods market at the Town Square.. The freshness of the produce, great meats. I didnÆt know walnuts could actually taste that great and it was because they were fresh.

We live in a community in northern Ontario, so except for the short season local farmers market that lasts about a month or 2, our food is shipped in from a distance, so fresh is a word we read but with not a lot of meaning behind it.

We met a lovely lady at the Bill Mahar concert at the Palms. She lives in Vegas, and invited my sister to join her and one of her friends to dinner at the Palms buffet, and then a concert that started at 3 in the afternoon featuring a female impersonator. A truly delightful day. It really makes me smile as I can almost hear my grandfatherÆs words. A stranger is just a friend you havenÆt met. How true that is. We met so many nice people everywhere.

I have to say the staff at the Desert Paradise Resort are second to none. I was just amazed when the gal at the desk emailed to the Polo Towers, another Diamond resort and arranged for an early check in for us, and the driver at that resort took us to our next resort. We hadnÆt asked for all this kind extra arrangements on our behalf, but how nice was that? We were treated like queens.

Every year, I love my time in Vegas, I never want to come home. I love meeting new folks, love walking the strip, hopping on a bus. people watching, love the flowers, the fountains the great food. I just want it all. IÆm a pretty healthy almost 69 yr old, and hope my sister and I continue our Vegas holidays for many years. We are already planning next year.

I also loved the day trip to Laughlin. We have done that twice. Next year I plan to try out the water taxi on the Colorado river. It is all good.

Thank you for all the great editions of Access Vegas.

Yours truly,

Marjorie from Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada

Ted Responds:

Usually we use this section to answer various reader questions, but this was such a great letter that I wanted to run it in its entirety! Because of the price of airfare, I’ve been suggesting fewer trips here but staying longer each time. It really gives you a chance to relax, enjoy your visit, not feel rushed, and experience those things you may put off each trip thinking “we just don’t have the time”.

Renting a condo or time-share for an extended stay is really gaining in popularity because you have a small kitchen, decent refrigerator/freezer, and can really save (as compared to eating out meal after meal after meal). One of the many, many things we’d like to do when we go to a paid membership platform is to research and highlight all those options and make that information available to those subscribers.

While many choose to rent a car, many of our major east/west streets have bus routes that actually run 24/7, so the system is pretty easy to use!

One of the fun things about Las Vegas is the ease of meeting people and just going with the flow. As with any travel destination, do take normal precautions for the safety of yourself and your possessions. But, there is something really fun about just setting out to have fun!

We get asked about Laughlin quite often and hope to do a little better job with Laughlin information down the road. The water taxis run along the Colorado River taking you from casino to casino and across the river to sister city Bullhead City, Arizona.

Town Square is a beautiful large outdoor shopping, dining, and retail area one mile south of Mandalay Bay. Probably not a “must see” for your first visit, but for those Vegas veterans who have not checked it out, shame on you! It is a relatively quick cab ride and also served by the double-decker buses that run The Strip. And yes, for those interested, it has a full-sized Whole Foods.

I looked up Kapuskasing, which is a modest-sized town about 800 km north of Detroit (as the crow flies). It looks like a beautiful area, but we’re happy to be able to give you our “sun and fun” escape for a few weeks per year. Thanks for the great report!

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Access Vegas Insider Vibe June 12, 2013

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Air Force Captain Returns From Active Duty And Boards Pirate Ship At Treasure Island To Surprise Family – United States Air Force Captain John ôArrowö Costa surprised his family earlier this evening by walking onto the pirate ship at the conclusion of the Sirens of TI show at Treasure Island. Captain Costa was not scheduled to return from his one-year deployment in Qatar for another week.

His wife, Lori, helped coordinate the surprise for the coupleÆs daughters, Ally, 10 and Tally, 6.

After the surprise, the family was treated to dinner at GilleyÆs Saloon, Dance Hall & Bar-B-Que and the evening performance of Cirque du SoleilÆs Mystere.


Las Vegas Shows, Headliners, And Concerts


Wine And Cocktails

CharlieÆs Wine Angels Light Up Aureole With New LED Designer Outfits – The wine angels of Chef Charlie PalmerÆs Aureole at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino recently unveiled a new designer outfit during an exclusive Las Vegas Fashion Week event. Created by eco-friendly fashion designer Bunker Hill Bradley, the bold, fashion-forward attire is adorned with 20 feet of LED ôangelicö lights each displaying more than 100 shining bulbs.

The striking uniform ensures that guests can easily spot the wine angels as they gracefully ascend and descend the iconic four-story wine tower for which Aureole is renowned. Photo: @BillyWardPhotography

Rockhouse Serves Up Electrified Specials June 21-23 With Open Bar And Food Specials – Flower-power partygoers and all Las Vegas visitors will enjoy psychedelic drink specials at Rockhouse, located at Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian | The Palazzo, throughout the Electric Daisy Carnival, from Friday, June 21, until Sunday, June 23.

Cabo Wabo Cantina Rocks National Daiquiri Day With Buy-One-Get-OneCabo Wabo Cantina inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino will host a rockinÆ National Daiquiri Day fiesta on Friday, July 19.

The Strip-side cantina will raise a toast to the date dedicated to the festive drink by serving up buy-one-get-one frozen daiquiris all day. Refreshing frozen daiquiri selections include Pi±a Colada, Strawberry, Margarita and Cherry Lemonade.


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Dining In Las Vegas

Chef Guy Fieri Opens First Las Vegas Restaurant At The Quad Later This Year – Restaurateur, Chef, Author and TV host Guy Fieri expects to open his first Las Vegas restaurant in late 2013 at the entrance of The Quad Resort & Casino. Located in the heart of the famous Las Vegas Strip, the 7,000 sq. foot restaurant will be a new restaurant concept from Fieri developed as part of The LINQ, Caesars EntertainmentÆs $500 million dining, retail and entertainment development next to The Quad.

ôThis is a true homecoming for me,ö said Guy Fieri, a University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) alumnus having graduated in 1990 with a bachelorÆs degree in hospitality management. ôI remember the beginning of the food revolution in Las Vegas, in the early 90Æs as a college student, and now I am finally opening my very own restaurant right in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip. I am stoked.ö


Gambling And Gaming

Las Vegas Live TV – Great Casino Slots – Wheel of Fortune – Episode 5 – Season 1

From Live in front of The Flamino Las Vegas, “Vegas” Vic Royer give you an overview of the latest version of the ever-popular Wheel Of Fortune, what’s been added, and how to play!


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Newkirk’s Notes – comments on Las Vegas from AccessVegas.Com publisher Ted Newkirk:

Hello From Las Vegas! – The old saying is “If you don’t like the heat, get out of the kitchen” and we’ve been on the warm side the past week, no doubt about it. One record-setting day of 111 and another nearly record-setting day of 109 is quite the change from the really nice, moderate, flawless spring. And above the June average of 99 F.

Now… I’m used to it. Was out on my back deck a few nights ago, 96 degrees. Warm? Sure. But soothingly for a desert rat like me. Same with a Monday evening trip to Fremont Street. For the rest of you who don’t live here and aren’t used to it:

Everybody talks about sunscreen (and do use plenty of it), but I rarely — if ever — read articles and such about visiting Las Vegas that talk about hydration. Water is extremely essential. Because our climate is so dry, you do perspire but often don’t feel it. Then you wake up the next day wondering why you have such a bad hangover, when a huge part of a hangover is dehydration!

Solution – Order an ice water with every booze drink (there will be no charge). In fact, I prefer to ask for it in a beer pint, easy on the ice so I get plenty of water. Even if I’m moving on, I can down quite a bit of the water and stay hydrated as I move to my next location. At the games and slots, you can usually ask for a bottled water in addition to your cocktail.áAnd yes, even beer can dehydrate you because of the alcohol content.

Also, there is some kind of rumor out there that our tap water isn’t safe. Not so (or I’d be dead)! It simply tastes a bit like well water (high mineral content) because it comes from the Colorado River — just east of town — and the river has a high mineral content. As a side note, this high mineral content is what creates the “bathtub line” around Lake Mead.

If you have partied a bit too much and ignored my advice, at least guzzle yourself a glass (or two) of tap water when you get back to your room. Trust me, the so-so taste is a small price to pay for helping reduce your morning hangover level.

PS I follow my own advice. My friends have been surprised over the years that I rarely get a bad hangover, simply because I hydrate all through the evening, down some water before bed, and some more when I wake up in the middle of the night.

Hotel Oversupply Will Continue – Visitation looks to remain steady for the foreseeable future, which means that hotel rates should remain pretty much unchanged. We still have more rooms than visitors, which means the law of supply and demand is keeping rates in check. The caliber of a Las Vegas room compared to what you’ll pay in any other city is night and day. (Even with the dreaded resort fee added in).

Within a couple of years, the new Resort World (old Stardust property) and SLS (old Sahara) will bring thousands more rooms online. Unless visitor counts really jump over the next couple of years (highly unlikely in my book), Las Vegas rooms should continue to remain a relative bargain.

Let’s Blow Up The Harmon – CityCenter’s Harmon Tower (the stubby looking, half-finished one next to Cosmo) has been deemed to be beyond repair regarding the construction defects which halted the project. This brings us one step closer to seeing it imploded.

I’m completely in favor. Bringing it down would give The Strip some visual “breathing room” which is getting to be in short supply. Many of you have written suggesting that they blow up all of CityCenter, which with its cold blue color looks and feels so out-of-place on The Strip. Unfortunately, that isn’t in the cards.

Regular visitors know that it wasn’t that long ago you had a block or two here and there between resorts. The Strip felt less boxed in, and you could enjoy the views of the surrounding mountains that make the Southwest U.S. so special.

Unhappy Living Here – I always advise people to really do their research before moving here. If at all possible, come visit for a couple of weeks and live like a local. Stay off the strip at a locals hotel (or better yet, an extended stay non-casino hotel). Rent a car for the entire stay. Drive the entire area (including during rush hour). Stop in at local bars, restaurants, stores and the like in the area you are considering living in. Why?

If I had a dollar for every person I’ve met who lives here and doesn’t really like it, I’d have a pretty hefty roll of cash.

What is the #1 determination of whether you’ll be happy here or not? How you handle really hot weather. The happiest people I know who live in Las Vegas, Phoenix, Tucson, Palm Springs and other areas of our Desert Southwest are people who actually like/enjoy the heat.

I’m one of them. Our average Dec./Jan. high of 57 is chilly for my blood. Don’t get me wrong: I wouldn’t want to stand out in 100+ weather for hour at a time or be digging ditches in it. But when it comes to lounging around, most who love it here think that 90 degrees feels great.

Final Note: Between all of the cities I mentioned above (plus smaller ones like Yuma, Laughlin/Bullhead and others), around 10 million people live in our Desert Southwest where summer temps average above 100. It is our trade-off for a spring and fall that feels like much of the nation’s summer, warm nights much of the year, and not owning heavy jackets or snow equipment. But, it isn’t for everyone.

International Air Traffic Up – We’re seeing a small uptick (year over year) in visitors from beyond our borders, which is good news for Las Vegas. We realize that many of you (especially those crossing oceans to get here) could spend your holiday in many other places around the world, and appreciate you choosing Las Vegas.

While the visitors authority hopes that someday Las Vegas visitation may be comprised of 25% international visitors, I’m continually proud to note that right around 25% of our readers are already from outside the U.S. and we’re happy to help you make the best of those precious vacation time and budget!

Associate Editor / News Researcher: Rick Ziegler

Concerts and Headliners: Amy Rayner-Cooley


What We’re Watching – Vegas Videos You’ll Enjoy


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I’m taking a first timer to Vegas. Have been reading up on the place since I last visited two years ago and am a bit disappointed that I’ll not be showing him the Strip at it’s best.

I understand that the front of the Monte Carlo is a building site, the front of NYNY is also under construction. Bill’s is closed, the former Imperial is also being worked on.

Some how feel short changed that the stroll up and down the Strip is going to be more hassle than relaxation……

Dave Kendall from UK

 

Ted Responds:

The Las Vegas Strip is four miles long, and only a couple of spots (New York-New York/Monte Carlo and Bill’s to Quad) are construction areas. So, the vast majority of The Strip is intact. For those who worry about possible construction noise, I’d simply stay away from booking New York-New York, Monte Carlo, Flamingo or The Quad. You’ll be fine!

Having said that, the lack of construction you saw two years ago was an anomaly. In the 20 years I’ve been here, seldom has there NOT been something major under construction. Most of The Strip will be pretty quiet once Linq (Harrah’s) and Park (New York-New York) are done, sans the construction of the new arena behind New York, New York. The major action will be on the north end of The Strip with SLS (former Sahara) and Resorts World (former Stardust property).


Regarding our story Terrible’s Hotel & Casino Begins Transition To Silver Sevens With Removal Of Iconic Sign:

With the change over to the Silver Sevens, will your points with Terrible’s still be in effect or will they be lost.

Mary Ann Petit

 

Ted Responds:

This is simply a name change, not an ownership change. Back in the 90’s, Terrible’s used to be called The Continental. (In fact, as The Continental it was my first locals hotel, within walking distance of my first apartment here. Their lounge act? Cook E. Jarr, who still performs at Harrah’s piano bar Saturdays and Sundays at 4 PM).

It was bought out by the local Herbst family, who owns a significant number of “Terrible Herbst” convenience stores all over town. They simply renamed it Terrible’s because of the local name recognition. However, realizing that the name probably wasn’t a good marketing strategy, the present owners have given it the new Silver Sevens moniker.

By the way, for those driving in (or renting a car) and on a budget, absolutely nothing wrong with this property. As one that caters to locals, you’ll find much better food and drink prices, looser slots, lower limits, and we’ve always experienced a friendly staff. You are literally 3 minutes from The Strip by car (although probably a bit farther away than most of you would want to walk).

One more thing: The only time you need to really worry about your points is when two properties with two different sets of reward criteria merge. That’s when they have to figure out how to integrate them!

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Access Vegas Insider Vibe June 5, 2013

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Aria Hotel Finally Has A Marquee On The Strip – At 250 feet tall, the new Aria marquee is the tallest on the Las Vegas Strip. The majority of its surface area is comprised of LED display with nearly 11,000 square-feet of LED on each side. Designed by YESCO, the marquee stands at 65-feet wide as the unique design allows pedestrians to walk through its legs. The screens burst more than 11 million pixels as customized messaging featuring ARIAÆs amenities and experiences plays to the millions of visitors exploring The Strip.


Las Vegas Shows, Headliners, And Concerts


Party, Drink, Smoke, and Swim

Trevi Heats Up Summer With New Specials And Gelato Happy HourTrevi inside The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace will introduce tasty new $10 summer entrÚe specials and a gelato happy hour throughout the months of June, July and August.

To kick off the warmer season, Executive Chef Peter Scaturro will prepare a different $10 brick-oven-fired pizza each day throughout the entire month of June. The specialty pizzas of the day will include Chicken Marinato made with roasted chicken, pancetta, roasted garlic, spinach and mozzarella; Shrimp and Pesto made with Gulf shrimp, prosciutto, pesto sun-dried tomatoes, mozzarella and Asiago cheese; Italian Sausage made with peppers, roasted garlic and mozzarella; Margherita made with Roma tomatoes, mozzarella and fresh basil or more. Photo Credit: Peter Scatturo


Dining In Las Vegas

Tacos & Tequila Inside The Luxor Stays Up All Night With New Late Night MenuTacos & Tequila (T&T) at Luxor Hotel and Casino will introduce a late night menu available 11 p.m. to close* throughout the summer. Night owls may enjoy late night specialty drinks and eats created by Corporate Executive Chef Saul Ortiz. The menu features mouthwatering items such as guacamole, queso fundido, flautas, nachos, cheese or chicken quesadillas, haba±ero chicken wings and a three-taco combo including shredded beef, shredded chicken and pork carnitas, priced at $6 each.


Gambling And Gaming

Las Vegas Live TV – Great Casino Slots – Megabucks – Episode 4 – Season 1

This week, “Vegas Vic” tells you about the ever popular Megabucks slots with jackpots starting at $10,000,000!


More Las Vegas News

Summer Arrives Early At BellagioÆs Conservatory & Botanical Gardens – The first official day of summer isnÆt until June 21, but the hottest season of the year has already arrived at BellagioÆs Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. The lush summer floral exhibition is filled with oversized sunflowers, polychromatic kites and live birds for guestsÆ enjoyment through September 8.


Upcoming Las Vegas Events And Holidays


Newkirk’s Notes – comments on Las Vegas from AccessVegas.Com publisher Ted Newkirk:

Hello From Las Vegas! – I’m back in the saddle after dealing with some medical issues last week (nothing fatal!) and also dealing with a computer data loss that may happen to you, so I’ll fill you in on that in a minute. Summer is in full swing, as is the construction of both the Park and Linq projects we’ve detailed in the past. Next week, we’ll have updates on that including new photos. For those worried about noise, we continue to advise NOT staying at New York-New York, Monte Carlo, Quad and Flamingo.

Priscilla – Queen Of The Desert – This outrageous, feel-good show is here in Las Vegas for a limited run and if you are coming this summer, you’ll want to put this on your “to see” list. Everybody is raving about it! Click on the Priscilla button (toward the top of this issue) and you’ll be able to not only watch a free preview video, but also get a code to save you $30 per ticket, just for our readers. That isn’t loose change!

Getting A Little Warm – After an incredible spring of “summertime” weather, we are into our three hot months. June average is 99F, July is 104F, and August is 102F before we get to fall where Sept. is in the 90’s and October barely peeks into the 80’s.

Every year, visitors say “How can anybody live here” (in reference to the heat) but at the end of the day, if weather keeps me indoors much of the time, I’d rather walk out into the heat than the cold. My jackets collect dust in my closet all but the coldest months of the year!

On The Train To Flavortown – UNLV graduate Guy Fieri has announced plans to open a restaurant at the Imperial Palace Quad. Right out front with a great view of The Strip. I was a big fan of Guy back from when he competed on the Food Network series to find their next big star and both of his shows are on my DVR subscribed list. Food snobs hate him, but isn’t food supposed to be fun? Full details next issue!

Real Live “Hangover” Movie Scene – A Los Angeles attorney and his friends did nearly $100,000 worth of damage to two-story suite at Wynn’s Encore hotel. According to reports, the furniture was in disarray, broken glass abound, and it appears they had a food fight! More details here: Lawyer trashes Las Vegas luxury suite ‘Hangover’ style

Homeless Wayne Newton – Well, not quite. But with the failure of the plans to turn his long-time, famed Casa De Shenandoah sprawling estate into the western Graceland, Wayne Newton and family are being forced to relocate. He’ll still be living in style in a mansion in the same general area, but losing your lifetime domicile in this manner has to hurt no matter who you are. Wayne is playing Birchmere Music Hall in Alexandria, VA in June 12 and a few tickets are still available: Wayne Newton Tickets

If It Is Listed, It Is Playing – If you’ll look to your left, you’ll see our concert and headliner calendar running down the page. From time-to-time we get questions about who is playing in such-and-such a month (usually many months down the road). If we have the info, we post it. If you aren’t seeing much listed for your month, just keep checking back every issue as your trip gets closer and you’ll see more and more information appear as events are scheduled!

Don’t Lose Your Data – This isn’t Vegas related, but may be important to some of you. (If not, just keep scrolling).

I’ve been using Mozy online data back-up for about three years, thinking my data was safe. This includes my email, as I use the very popular Thunderbird email client for business. (I’m not 100% comfortable with Google having access to every aspect of my business via Gmail. I’m sure they don’t peek, but still…). Using Mozy, I checked the appropriate folder containing my entire email program and went on my merry way, thinking that all was fine. After all, that is the way Mozy works. You check a folder and everything in that folder is automatically backed up by them twice per day. Perfect, right?

Not so fast. A Mozy glitch — one I learned that they have been aware of since 2010 — causes Mozy to NOT back up many any email subfolder files in Thunderbird. Despite those files being in a folder that was specifically check-marked by me for back-up! Some of my email files corrupted on my computer recently, and I couldn’t retrieve the data from Mozy because of this glitch. Both important business emails and irreplaceable personal files that had sentimental value. Gone forever

Mozy was completely unapologetic, claiming that it was my responsibility to go double-check that every single file in every single folder — including folders checked for complete inclusion — are checked. That means that if you are a Mozy user, you had better go manually check every single file (even if you have hundreds or thousands of files backed up through them) to make sure there is a check mark by each and every single file indicating back-up. You can’t just check a folder and assume they will back up the entire folder (even though that is how the service purports to work).

Bottom Line: If you are using Mozy, I’d switch to another service TODAY. Don’t get screwed like I did where their glitch lost me a ton of data, only to have them shrug their shoulders at it. They did not protect my data and when they failed, they did not care.

Correction: We mislinked the story regarding the attorney who filed a complaint about being long-hauled and was not happy with the response. Here is the correct link: Attorney alleges runaround after long haul

Hope you are enjoying this issue!

Associate Editor / News Researcher: Rick Ziegler

Concerts and Headliners: Amy Rayner-Cooley


What We’re Watching – Vegas Videos You’ll Enjoy


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This is regarding the cabs overcharging from the airport to the hotels. The only time we took the shuttles was the first couple of times going to Vegas, we have been taking cabs for close to 20 years and never had a problem before, plus having taken cabs so often, we know the approximate cost to most of the hotels.

Last October we took a cab from the airport to the Paris. Immediately we knew something was wrong as he was going a way that we had never been, my husband and I kept looking at each other and then we finally asked him where we were going. He said that this way was faster. Bare in mind this was at 10 a.m.

When we got to the Paris he said that we owed him $25.00. My husband told him that we knew he was screwing us, that it should have been approximately $12-13.00. The driver offered to give the money back but we said to keep it and that was his tip too!

When we got home I complained to the Nevada Taxi Cab Authority, It took them 2 months to reply but they said they would forward the complaint on to the cab company. 3 months after the incident we heard from the cab company wanting our correct address to send us a refund cheque, which we received a couple of weeks later…in full. It was Nellis Cab #626.

I would advise anyone heading to Vegas to Google the cost of the cab from the airport to the hotel that they are staying at. We really did appreciate receiving the refund, at least they were admitting that what the driver did was wrong.

Grant and Ronni from Essex, Ontario, Canada

 

We started renting a car in Vegas many years ago so itÆs been awhile since weÆve had to take a taxi, but we were long hauled once too. IÆm so tired of reading about it and even more tired of not seeing anything done about it. I think the Taxi Authority is an absolute joke.

I believe the solution to this problem is, if you are long hauled û donÆt pay!! (Wait until you get to your destination before you announce this). DonÆt just withhold their tip, donÆt pay them what you think the fare should have been û simply DONÆT PAY AT ALL!!

Sure the taxi driver will get angry and maybe threaten to call the cops. Yes, LetÆs call the cops û IÆll dial!!!

Thanks for letting me vent!

Linda in Texas

 

Ted Responds:

Lots of great points, and this is certainly a hot-button issue that we’re going to do as much as we can about. When we go to a paid subscriber situation (which I’ll discuss after the next letter), we’ve got some ideas on how to protect our subscribers from getting long-hauled and walking people through the situation of what to do. I know that by the time one gets to their hotel, they last thing they want to do is fill out paperwork, and when they get home, they just forget about it and let it go.

The Nevada Taxicab Authority has two great resources that you all should print out. At the very least, print out the first brief one, but the second one is really nice and detailed:

Approximate Minimum Rates – McCarran Airport To General Locations

Approximate Minimum Rates – McCarran Airport To Specific Hotels

Note: Do keep in mind that no matter what the route, if you are here while a big convention arrives or you fly in on a Friday night, the traffic is going to cause the fare to be higher.

Also, the “simply don’t pay” advice is great. I realize that some people don’t want to bring up any issues while they are in the cab. You don’t know the town and don’t want to create a fuss. However, once you arrive at your hotel, your ride is done and that is a great time to raise some hell. The cabbie is stuck, because to call in the police or taxi authority means that they will ask what the fare you owed was. And since you were long-hauled, it will be obvious that the fare was too high.

They cabbie will probably express his displeasure, but he’ll be on his way eating the cost of the ride. In fact, for you real cheapskates out there, you may want to catch a cab, keep your mouth shut, and HOPE that you get long-hauled so that your ride is FREE!


I absolutely love your newsletter and thoroughly enjoy reading it! My husband and I will be visiting Las Vegas during the 4th of July – and bringing some friends along!

I am opting for the economical route of taking the shuttle to and from the airport and was wondering if you can recommend any particular shuttle companies that may be better than others. The reviews typically are not very good, but in retrospect, I realize that people with good experiences don’t always take the time to write a review. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Cheers,

Sonja

 

Ted Responds:

I wish I could! Living here, I confess that this is one area I’ve not experienced. This is another subject that we’re going to delve into deeper and do some “field testing” for once we go to a paid subscriber option.

At the end of the day, we’ve never heard (nor experienced) any horror stories. The only downside is that you’ll be on a shuttle with people going to various hotels and you may not be the first to be dropped off. BUT, to know you are getting a flat rate and not dealing with a questionable cab driver is worth it.

Plus, if you are not the first to be dropped off, consider the extra few minutes a free tour of The Strip!

A general note to everyone: We WILL be going to a paid subscriber model around the end of summer. As things stand right now, we can’t begin to answer every question, every email, or provide you 1/20’th of the kinds of helpful information that you often request (and that you’d find even more valuable in saving you time, money, and simply making your every stay a better one).

As per the cost, I noticed that a cup of coffee or soft drink at a convenience store costs $1.50 – $2.00 (sometimes a little more). For those who wish to “buy us a cup of coffee” just once per month, we’ll use that money to provide information, and do research on the many, many additional things that you all have indicated you want. This helpful, bonus information will only be available to paid subscribers.

In addition, we will GUARANTEE a response to paid-subscriber questions. We either KNOW the info or we know where to get it. We live and work in the shadow of the Las Vegas Strip (almost literally) and if push comes to shove, we’ll get someone in their car and get them to check out something first-hand if that’s what it takes. With everyone pitching in to help us with a cup of coffee each month, we’ll be able to help you in return!

Couple of notes: 1. We know that some of you don’t visit every year. If you don’t visit during your first year as a paid subscriber, we’ll give you another year on us to give you a chance to get the value you deserve. 2. For those of you who patronize our sponsors and partners, you’re membership will be comped if you spend $500 or more in a single year. Since our partners/sponsors include hotels, shows, concert tickets and the like, hitting that number could prove to be very easy!

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Access Vegas Insider Vibe May 29, 2013

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Rio Announces Plans For All-New Thrill Ride VooDoo SkylineRio All-Suite Hotel & Casino has announced it will develop an exciting new thrill ride, VooDoo Skyline, set to open late summer 2013. The exhilarating attraction will deliver a Las Vegas experience unlike any other û sending guests soaring higher than 400 feet in the air at electrifying speeds, offering 360-degree open-air views of the Las Vegas Strip.


Las Vegas Shows, Headliners, And Concerts


Party, Drink, Hangover


Father’s Day Las Vegas 2013

Central Michel Richard Celebrates FatherÆs Day With Prix-Fixe MenuCentral Michel Richard at Caesars Palace will celebrate dads this FatherÆs Day with a delicious prix-fixe menu, priced at $45 per person, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sunday, June 16.

Dads will take a break from their fatherly duties to enjoy a four-course meal, beginning with a choice of a delectable crab cake with leek tartare or fresh Asian tuna carpaccio. The second course will offer two savory soup options: crab soup with Yukon potato or onion soup with miso.

Rhumbar Celebrates FatherÆs Day With A Dashing Cigar And Cocktail Pairing – RHUMBAR at The Mirage Hotel & Casino will celebrate dads this FatherÆs Day, Sunday, June 16. For $20, fathers, step-fathers and grandfathers can enjoy any signature cocktail and a house cigar, fine-tuned to their specific taste.

Fathers will have a plethora of signature cocktails to choose from to complement their cigar including the Latin Manhattan made with Cruzan Single Barrel Rum, Caribbean spices, lime, falernum liqueur, a dash of bitters and a splash of Jamaican ginger beer.


Las Vegas Attractions


Dining In Las Vegas

Krispy Kreme Inside Excalibur Food Court Celebrates National Doughnut Day With Complimentary Sweet Treats – To commemorate National Doughnut Day, Krispy Kreme at Castle Walk Food Court inside the Excalibur Hotel & Casino will celebrate one of the sweetest days of the year with a complimentary doughnut for all guests on Friday, June 7, 2013

All doughnut lovers can enjoy the holiday at any local Krispy Kreme location and sink their teeth into a doughnut of their desire. No purchase is necessary for guests to receive a complimentary doughnut.


Las Vegas Hotels


Gambling And Gaming

Las Vegas Live TV – Great Casino Slots – Episode 3 – Season 1 : Welcome to our show: Great Casino Slots This is where we showcase the best and greatest of the world’s slot machines. We show you what they are, how to play them, and where to find them. Each episode features one or more games.

In this episode, learn about Cats Video Slots where you can be the King Of The Jungle in this bonus-filled 30 line slot game.

Golden Nugget Offers Unparalleled Gaming Experience With New Baccarat Pit – The Golden Nugget is bringing casino players a new reason to gamble downtown, with its brand new baccarat pit which just opened this May.

Located directly off the Rush Tower main lobby and valet entrance, the pit features a friendly and exciting gaming atmosphere with an unmatched elegant ambiance. The baccarat pit features four tables capable of accommodating up to 32 players simultaneously and boasts three 60ö televisions and a small seating lounge.


Las Vegas Economy And Real Estate


Former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman


More Las Vegas News


Upcoming Las Vegas Events And Holidays


Newkirk’s Notes – comments on Las Vegas from AccessVegas.Com publisher Ted Newkirk:

Hello From Las Vegas! – I’m under the weather this week and instead of delaying this issue until I’m feeling a bit better for my parts, we’re putting this out with plenty of great Las Vegas information prepared by our staff this past week.

We had tremendous response to the long hauling situation we discussed last issue and we’ll have some great reader tips, notes, plus our advice on how to handle this situation next time around.

Hope you are enjoying this issue!

Associate Editor / News Researcher: Rick Ziegler

Concerts and Headliners: Amy Rayner-Cooley


What We’re Watching – Vegas Videos You’ll Enjoy


We love to hear from you, and value your feedback! Here’s how to participate:

  • Want to comment on a current reader post? Use the comment box on that particular web page. Many of the stories we post also have comment boxes at the end of the story. Make your voice heard!
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Access Vegas Insider Vibe May 22, 2013

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TerribleÆs Hotel & Casino Begins Transition To Silver Sevens With Removal Of Iconic SignTerribleÆs Hotel & Casino began uninstalling its iconic TerribleÆs Cowboy neon sign in preparation for the propertyÆs transition to a new name with the launch of Silver Sevens Hotel & Casino in July 2013.


Memorial Day Las Vegas 2013


Las Vegas Shows, Headliners, And Concerts

No Shirt? No Shoes? No Problem For The Concerts At Mandalay Bay Beach This Summer! – With the sun shining and temperatures rising, beach season at Mandalay Bay is in full swing. In true Las Vegas fashion, the good time doesnÆt end when the sun goes down. On select weekends through September, the sandy sanctuary of Mandalay Bay Beach will host entertainmentÆs biggest names while concert-goers wade in the surf under the desert moon.


Las Vegas Attractions

Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort Opens For The 2013 Summer Season – Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort (LVSSR) kicks off its 2013 summer season on Saturday, May 25. The resort will be open Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Activities include: scenic chair lift rides, disc golf, hiking, mountain biking and lawn games. LVSSR welcomes tent and RV campers. This summer, the U.S. Forest Service is renovating its campgrounds so LVSSR is offering the only sites available in Lee Canyon.


Dining In Las Vegas

Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto Set To Open New Restaurant At The Mirage – Masaharu Morimoto, renowned Japanese chef and star of Food NetworkÆs ôIron Chef America,ö will bring his passion for cooking to the Las Vegas Strip with the opening of Morimoto Las Vegas, a new Japanese restaurant at The Mirage. Slated to open in early 2014, Morimoto Las Vegas will feature the contemporary Japanese cuisine and signature sushi that has earned Chef Morimoto worldwide acclaim. The restaurant will take the location currently occupied by Japonais.

Humanitarian of the Year – Emeril Lagasse Honored by James Beard Foundation – Chef Emeril Lagasse, executive chef and owner of four Las Vegas restaurants, was awarded the James Beard Foundation Humanitarian of the Year for 2013 Monday night in New York. Lagasse received the award due to his devotion and service through the Emeril Lagasse Foundation, which he founded in 2002. To date, the Foundation has granted more than $5.5 million to children’s education and culinary arts programs in New Orleans, Las Vegas, and the Gulf Coast.

Photo: Chef Emeril and longtime friend, chef and restaurant owner Mario Batali, who presented him with his award Monday. Photo Credit: Paul Porter

Krug ChefÆs Table Debuts At Restaurant Guy Savoy Inside Caesars Palace – Acclaimed French chef, Guy Savoy and Krug Champagne, the worldÆs first luxury Champagne House, have joined forces to offer an unforgettable Epicurean adventure with the debut of the Krug ChefÆs Table at the two-Michelin-starred Restaurant Guy Savoy, located inside iconic Caesars Palace. Designed for lovers of fine wine and cuisine, the six-seat ChefÆs table affords guests an intimate view of the kitchen while enjoying a tasting menu curated to pair perfectly with KrugÆs prestige cuveÚ Champagnes.


Gambling And Gaming

Las Vegas Live TV – Great Casino Slots – Episode 2 – Season 1

Welcome to our show: “Great Casino Slots.” This is where we showcase the best and greatest of the world’s slot machines. We show you what they are, how to play them, and where to find them. This episode features the very popular Wolf Run and Wolf Run II – Into The Wild. These highly interactive games feature incredible wildlife photography and great bonus events showcasing natures beauty!


Las Vegas Burgers And Steak


Las Vegas Daylife And Nightlife

Wet æNÆ Wild Announces More Details In Advance Of Grand Opening – Wet ænÆ Wild Las Vegas is in the final stages of construction and today announces additional details regarding park operating hours, special days for Gold Pass and Season Pass holders, and information on other services being offered inside the park. Gold Pass and Season Pass holders will be among the first to try the more than 25 slides and attractions at the new water park beginning Memorial Day weekend. Wet ænÆ Wild Las Vegas is located at 7055 S. Fort Apache Rd., just west of the I-215 and W. Sunset Road exit.

Park On Fremont Launches Weekend Brunch – Bottomless Mimosas, Signature Bloody Marys And A Special Menu – Guests can kick their blues at Park on Fremont with signature Bloody Marys, bottomless mimosas and savory brunch selections during ôOrange Juice Bluesö Sundays from 11:30 a.m. û 4 p.m.

Park on FremontÆs rustic dining area and blossoming outdoor patio create a whimsical atmosphere complete with hopscotch, a seesaw and a unique art collection featuring works by Mark Ryden, Peter Gronquist and Mark Mothersbaughs. To really kick off the day, patrons can enjoy bottomless mimosas for $20 including traditional mimosas and a Bellini made with fresh peach purÚe. Guests can also sip on distinctive Bloody Marys served in mason jars such as Hunting Season, a blend of Absolut Mango Vodka, diced mangos and dehydrated mango; and The Derby Breakfast Club created with bacon-infused Old Overholt Rye Whiskey, hickory liquid smoke, bacon and a pickled hard-boiled egg.


More Las Vegas News

Las Vegas Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Crowned At Fremont Street ExperienceLas Vegas Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest û Contestants competing in the 4th Annual Las Vegas Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest at Fremont Street Experience pose underneath the Viva Vision canopy. Nineteen ôElvisö contestants competed and Las Vegas Resident Chad Collins was named the Las Vegas Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist and now qualifies to compete in the 2013 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest presented by EPE in Memphis, Tennessee during Elvis Week 2013, held August 10-17.


Las Vegas Events


Newkirk’s Notes – comments on Las Vegas from AccessVegas.Com publisher Ted Newkirk:

Hello From Las Vegas – Hello from Las Vegas! We’re right up against the HUGE Memorial Day Weekend. Except for New Years Eve, both Memorial Day and Labor Day fill Las Vegas to the brim with happy visitors. But here’s our hint: Come during the week after each of these U.S. holidays and you’ll find more elbow room than usual. You’re arriving on Monday when everyone else is leaving!

Congratulations Mac King – The venerable comedy magician just celebrated 13 very funny years with his afternoon show at Harrah’s. According to the information provided to us, King has performed an unprecedented 6,760 shows to more than one million audience members at the main showroom at HarrahÆs Las Vegas. This translates to: 3,380 days of plaid suits worn, 20,280 feet of rope used for KingÆs famous rope trick, 351,520 playing cards, 20,280 magically appearing fig newton pastries, and 33,800 audience volunteers.

Tickets for Mac King and all the other great shows we have here in Las Vegas are available on our Las Vegas Shows page.

Round And Round You Go (Taxis In Las Vegas) – For years now, we’ve discussed “long hauling”, which is a practice where some cab drivers take you a longer-than-necessary route to our destination. The biggest offenders are those who take you though the airport tunnel on the way to The Strip. The cabbies have always cried that the cab companies “force” them to do this as a way to generate more revenue.

Now, an audit has found out that the long-hauling is costing visitors upwards of $15 million per year.

Here’s part of the problem: Visitors are generally very wary of calling a cab driver out when he takes the long way. You are in a different city where you don’t know anyone, and he’s your transportation. So, many just say nothing (or simply elect not to tip, which is appropriate when you are being being literally “taken for a ride”).

An attorney from the Baltimore area (and I wouldn’t be surprised if he was one of our readers) actually did speak up, filed a complaint and took action. And unfortunately, was frustrated with the way it was handled. You can read about it here: Attorney alleges runaround after long haul

You may ask why a flat rate for a certain distance isn’t in affect. Many cities have cab fares where (for example) you pay a flat fee from the airport to the downtown area. Unfortunately, this won’t work here. The amount of time it takes to get from the airport to a given hotel can be 3-4 times as long on Friday night as it is at 9 AM on a weekday.

Why is reform so hard to come by? The cab companies share in these excess profits and have little incentive to change anything. Most of the cab companies in Las Vegas are owned by a handful of operators. (In many cases, one parent company actually run multiple cab companies). The number of cabs allowed to be on the street is tightly regulated by the Taxicab Authority, eliminating the kind of competition which would make a certain company want to stand out for having exemplary service. The political power of the cab companies is also why we’ll probably never see the monorail service the airport. Even if the numbers penciled out, it wouldn’t see the light of day.

For years, we’ve been suggesting to either take an airport shuttle (cost effective if 1-2 travelers) or rent a limo. For not much more than the cost of being long-hauled, you can rent a limo for a one-hour flat fee. Limos are available at the airport — just follow the signs. Plus, it just looks really cool to pull up in your hotel in one!

Real Live Farmers Market – Here in Las Vegas? And actually visitor-accessible? Yes, if you are downtown. Each Friday from 9 AM to 3 PM, you can visit the market downtown just two blocks from the Fremont Street Experience. Find Casino Center Blvd. (where Binion’s and The Fremont (hotel) meet. Head north (the Binion’s direction) just over two blocks and you’ll find it on your right (you won’t miss it). More information at Downtown3rdFarmersMarket.com Note: I understand that it shuts down during the really hot summer months, so visit the site before coming to town (or just take the two block walk, it’s not that long).

Hope you are enjoying this issue!

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Note: Gary’s note is a couple months old, hence the temperatures he’s noting. Right now, we’re a pretty consistent 90/60 (high/low) everyday!

Made my yearly trip to Vegas and arrived on April 15th at 4:30 pm and decided to take a taxi from the airport to Terrible’s on Paradise and Flamingo.

Had a “Desert” taxi #4227, and arrived at my destination at 5:05 pm. When we pulled up to the Casino, he flipped a switch on the meter adding an additional $1.80, and said it was an airport tax, which sounded suspicious.

Being from Chicago, if it wasn’t shown on the meter when I first got into the cab, which it wasn’t I figure you have to eat it.

I had already pulled the original fare of $9.30 out with a nice tip, however, the additional amount brought the total to $11.10.

I thought there was a law about this kind of thing. Thought you might want to know.

Even though the weather was only 50 for 3 days and 80 the last two, had a nice time and have decided to move back to that area.(Over by the Boulevard Mall)

Gary From Chicago

P.S. Got back to Chicago and it was 37 and raining and my building had shut off the heat. And everyone wonders why I’m moving back. haha !!!!!

Ted Responds:

There is indeed an airport taxi tax. McCarran (Las Vegas airport) is owned by Clark County and offers airlines some of the lowest tenant/landing costs of any major airport to keep Las Vegas airfare as low as we can (there is only so much we can do). Hence, they have to make up the difference here and there. One of those ways is a fee on departing cabs.

The addition of the fare at the end seems a little strange. I believe that should be on the meter when you get in the cab at McCarran and he starts the meter.

One of the reasons we are going to establish a modest newsletter member fee before too long (I’ll have all the deals soon) is that there is so much that affects our visitors that we’d like to look into and we simply don’t have the money/manpower to do it. I’d like to have someone take 10 rides from the airport to Strip, document them, file complain forms when long-hauled, and report on what happens. Do some stories on the pros and cons of using a limo or shuttle and help walk you through the experience. Stuff the local papers and TV stations have little incentive to work on but if information our readers would find incredibly helpful!

The neighborhood behind Boulevard Mall is what I call “real” Las Vegas. No cookie-cutter homes way out in the suburbs. Nice, established neighborhood that remind one of certain areas of Palm Springs. With mature landscaping, the central location is close to The Strip, airport, shopping (of course), and all the new changes downtown. That pocket is on my short list as I’m currently home-hunting after spending some time renting in a similar area to see how I like it.

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Jersey Boys Drive The Frankie Valli Dream û American Muscle Car Driving Experience – On May 2, two of the things that defined the 1960s – Frankie Valli and the muscle cars – were brought to the 21st century as the Las Vegas cast of Jersey Boys got behind the wheel of the American Muscle Car Driving Experience.

Cast members Travis Cloer, Jeff Leibow and Deven May went to World Class Driving to experience the countryÆs first open-road muscle car adventure where they drove AmericaÆs most powerful hotrods û a 2013 Shelby GT500 and a 2013 Corvette Z06 û in a 50-mile, adrenaline-pumping excursion through Red Rock Canyon. They were thrilled when World Class Driving surprised them with the opportunity to drive a selection of its exotic car fleet as well including a FERRARI 458 and a JAGUAR XKRS among others. Photo: Vik Chohan Photography


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Dining In Las Vegas

Golden Gate Offers 50-Cent Shrimp Cocktails In Honor Of National Shrimp Day – In honor of National Shrimp Day, Golden Gate Hotel & Casino is rolling back the price of its famous shrimp cocktail to just 50 cents û the price it was in 1959 when the property introduced the ôOriginal Shrimp Cocktailö to Las Vegas. From 2 û 5 p.m. on Friday, May 10, guests are invited to stop by Du-parÆs Restaurant to enjoy the seafood snack at the special celebratory price.

Golden Gate founding partner talo Ghelfi was inspired to bring the San Francisco staple to Sin City in the late 50s, starting a tradition spanning several decades and 40 million shrimp cocktails (thatÆs more than a billion individual shrimp!)

Drink And Dine At Rockhouse With Delicious New Menu ItemsRockhouse, located at The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian, will be a one-stop-shop for hungry partygoers with the addition of mouthwatering new menu items.

The ultra-dive bar now offers an array of additional menu selections including: Grilled Chicken and Avocado Sliders, mini-chicken burgers topped with Swiss cheese, tomato, cucumber, avocado and Dijon mustard; and the scrumptious Classic Chili Cheese Dog, a 100 percent beef foot-long hot dog, smothered with chili, cheddar cheese and diced onions.


Gambling And Gaming

Las Vegas Live TV – Great Casino Slots – Episode 1 – Season 1

Join noted gaming author and Las Vegas veteran resident and expert Victor H. Royer in the first video of the series we introduced you to in last week’s issue. This time around, he’ll give you his expert run-down of the new Candy Bars 3-D slots. Learn what it’s all about, why it is fun to play, and see all the ways you can win!


Las Vegas Attractions


Drink, Smoke, Dance, And Swim

Caesars Palace Premium Wine On Tap Offers Guests An Economic Alternative To Traditional Wine By The Glass – Guests at Caesars Palace may enjoy barrel-fresh wine on tap — an innovative and virtually waste-free way to pour premium wines by the glass. Wine on tap enables restaurants and bars to maintain the freshness of wine compared to its bottled equivalent by utilizing stainless steel kegs that retain the quality and consistency intended by the vineyard pour after pour.

The primary benefit of keg wine for customers is freshness. In a standard wine-by-the glass program, it could take hours or days to finish an opened bottle, increasing the threat of oxidation, which damages the taste of the wine and leads to spoilage and waste.

Casa Fuente Launches New Website With Destination Las Vegas Trip Giveaway – Casa Fuente inside The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace is giving cigar lovers the opportunity to win a trip for two to Las Vegas and to attend Cigar AficionadoÆs Big Smoke by visiting the brand new CasaFuente.com. Now through October 1 those visiting CasaFuente.com can fill out an entry form when checking out the new website of the cigar bar.


Las Vegas Economy


Las Vegas May 2013


More Las Vegas News

Ermenegildo Zegna Presents A Passion For Silk At The Shops At Crystals – May 9 û June 3
The Shops at Crystals û Second Level (Between SHe- by MortonÆs and Todd English P.U.B.)

Ermenegildo Zegna, a leading luxury Italian menswear brand known for innovation in craftsmanship, fabric and design, will reveal its Passion for Silk in a runway-inspired exhibit at The Shops at Crystals. Visitors are invited to walk the runway with seven exceptionally well-dressed mannequins who have been outfitted in Ermenegildo Zegna Couture collection pieces. Chosen for its elegance and beauty, ZegnaSilk is the featured fabric in the respected labelÆs Spring/Summer 2013 Collection.


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Newkirk’s Notes – comments on Las Vegas from AccessVegas.Com publisher Ted Newkirk:

Hello From Las Vegas! – All is well here in “The Vegas”, the is getting hot-hot-hot (90-100 the next couple of weeks, little above average), and this issue is extra-triple-loaded so we’ll be jumping right in. We are taking a scheduled week off next week as Rick is having minor surgery on his wrist to help with carpal tunnel. He’s been “taking one for the team” the past year as he preps much of this work and stories that I select and edit. We’re looking forward to him feeling a lot better post-surgery.

Room Renovations At Imperial Palace The Quad and Bally’s (Finally) – Our friends over at Vegas Chatter took the time to pour over Caesars (the company, aka CET) first quarter report and confirmed something I brought up a with you a few weeks ago. Last year, Caesars announced that 2013 would bring room renovations. Then, they instituted resort fees to evidently help raise the money for those efforts. Now, it appears (according to their own reports) that they have commenced these renovations.

The downside? I’d expect room rate increases on the remodeled rooms once the makeover is done. Those dumpy rooms at the IP were cheap for a reason. Your new best bet for a cheaper room on The Strip will be Hooters, Riviera, or Circus. Or, say hello to staying slightly off-strip (Wild West, Terribles, Gold Coast) or park your behind downtown. The totally remodeled Plaza and The D are sporting rates around $30 for weekdays in July. Either way, you can take the savings, use it to rent a car, and have more mobility than you are used to.

What A Snob – Numerous sources quoted movie star Heather Graham as saying “I don’t like Las Vegas. People seem phony, they’re spending all their money and it’s sad. And it’s also so cold with permanent air conditioning everywhere.” This from someone whose prime Vegas exposure was filming the movie The Hangover. As for the “permanent air conditioning”, we only use it 5-6 months of the year. I run my heat all winter and there are periods in spring of fall when I use little of either heat nor air.

And… who is she to judge that people are “spending all their money”? How does she know how you budget for Las Vegas? In reality, spending per visit is down quite a bit the past few years. I could go on and on about stereotypes about Southern California (her presumed choice of residence). Or people and places in other parts of the country or world. Hey Heather, put a sock in it. You aren’t hired for your IQ.

Las Vegas And Terrorism – With Boston still somewhat fresh on our minds, many wonder how serious of a terrorism threat we’re under here. These lunatics certainly like to make the biggest scene possible, and our nearly 40 million yearly visitors, we’re pretty well known.

We’ve got a couple of things going for us:

1. We have more cameras than just about anywhere. Period. All recording 24/7. Short of a suicide bomber going after his 72 virgins, you are going to get caught and we are a death penalty state.

2. Both Metro (Las Vegas Police) and hotel security are on constant alert for anything strange or unusual. Long time visitors will notice that over the years, you’ve seen an increase in police presence along the Las Vegas Strip and downtown as well.

3. No one would care. Seriously. We’re not New York or Boston or Los Angeles. Much of the nation does not care about what happens on the west coast, and a fair amount of people would probably mock us and say that “Sin City” had it coming to them. The coverage would most likely fade away far more quickly than some of the “big city” incidents we see. These guys want to get the biggest exposure of their actions as possible and cause maximum grief. Hitting us simply isn’t going to accomplish either.

I have no fears out and about. Although, do be alert and don’t hesitate to report anything suspicious (whether it be a person or abandoned package of some kind) to either a police officer if one is in the vicinity, duck inside the nearest casino to alert security, or call the police non-emergency number of 311. They will get someone on it right away.

Speaking Of The Death Penalty – The pimp that (allegedly) shot the other pimp, creating that fiery early-morning crash we reported on a couple of months ago (killing the cab driver and a tourist from the Seattle area in a fiery crash) has been indicted. We noted at the time that this crime falls under the Nevada guidelines for seeking the death penalty.

Prosecutors have indeed decided to seek capital punishment for this crime. While I realize that in any readership this large, we’re going to have those against the death penalty no matter what, we’ll need to agree to disagree on this one. If convicted, this person deserves the fiery fate that he caused others.

Construction Noise – We’re received numerous emails concerned about all the construction taking place on The Strip. I’ll make it really simple: Until spring of 2014 (or when we report that the Linq and Park are completed), avoid staying at New York-New York, Monte Carlo, Bally’s, Flamingo, or The Quad. Simple as that! When MGM Resorts starts building their arena in earnest, we’ll update the noise situation.

RIP Kenny Kerr – If you’ve been coming to Las Vegas for more than a few years, you may recall the long-running (and groundbreaking) show Boy-Lesque, starting Kenny Kerr. We’re sad to report that he recently passed away at the age of 60.

Hope You Are Enjoying This Issue!

Associate Editor / News Researcher: Rick Ziegler

Concerts and Headliners: Amy Rayner-Cooley


What We’re Watching – Vegas Videos You’ll Enjoy

  • Talktails #054: HarrahÆs Headliner, Mac King – Longtime Vegas headliner and funny man Mac King joins Kelly on this weekÆs episode of Talktails.Together they start with his funny family history, including the moment his Grandfather got him hooked on magic. Then, Mac reveals the story behind his quirky checkered suits, and the first time he swallowed a goldfish on stage. Closing out the show and at the request of the live chat, Mac conjures up a magic trick that hits below the belt.
  • Skylofts At The MGM GrandSkylofts embodies an ambiance of indulgence and understated elegance wrapped within neutral tones and graced by rich textural fabrics. Located on the top two floors of MGM Grand, each of the 51 lofts features 24-foot, floor-to-ceiling windows providing dramatic views of the world’s most famous skyline from every angle.
  • Nobu Cocktails – Watch Marcus Voglrieder from Nobu Restaurants (including the latest Las Vegas location) muddle up a Peruvian Caipirinha and a Yamasaki Sidecar.

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Note: This was in response to our story MGM Resorts Outlines Vision For Dynamic Entertainment District

This is too bad… Monte Carlo was one of the classiest resorts on the strip… I loved the European facade. The whole strip is now turning into a gauche retail environment reminiscent of a seaside boardwalk. I’ll be visiting in June…but will not be near The Strip. Overbuilt, too crowded, too expensive and too gaudy.

Deb

 

Ted Responds:

I absolutely share your concern. Part of the coolness of The Strip was that in every direction you looked, you could see some amazing architecture. While the changes to New York-New York won’t detract from the theme, Monte Carlo already was “dinged” by Diablos. By the way, I like Diablos. The food is good, and the view from the second floor is great! But the destruction of the rest of that beautifully themed Monte Carlo exterior is a bummer. I’ve been drawn in many times just walking by for the simple elegance of ascending from The Strip up the stairs into the casino.


First, let me say how much I enjoy your articles and information about Vegas. Nice to get a heads up before I go every year.

Just wanted to let you know The Plaza is having problems. I stayed there last year and was pleasantly surprised with the accommodations.

They were having problems with their ticket redemption machines last year, but assured me they were working on the problem. They have not fixed the problem, and itÆs even worse this year. When I complained to the cashier, he said they also have a problem with the computers and have to call the IT people daily… sometimes three times a day!

He was polite and said he understood why I was upset, but if I wanted to talk to his supervisor I could. Anyway, the response of his supervisor was appalling. No reason as to why they havenÆt fixed the problem… so sad. I told her they have lost a customer and I will not be back. To that, no response! I wonder how many customers they will lose before they get it.

I will try the new D Hotel next year. I walked through this year and thought they did a great job with the renovation. FYI…the Coney Island hot dog at the D Hotel is to die for!

Susan

 

Ted Responds:

I’ve always loved The Plaza, even when it was a dump. In the 90’s when I lived closer to downtown, it would be where I’d park, play some full-pay video poker (9/6 Jacks or Better with a $1199 royal payout), and have my first couple of drinks.

While I agree that the remodel (both the casino and rooms) are really nicely done, I agree that the management seems to leave a lot to be desired. It is one thing to run an aging hotel into the ground, but they are often having trouble getting players in the door to begin with (something we’ve seen first-hand on weeknights when the rest of downtown is pretty jumping but The Plaza is on the empty side).

I hope they can get it together and really provide a quality experience for everyone, and for that hung over downtown all-day breakfast, you can’t beat Hash House A Go go just inside the entrance. When downtown, crossing over Main Street to The Plaza is worth checking out.

The new 24/7 American Coney Island at The D really does hit the spot! Plus, the outside-entrance location under the escalator makes is really convenient. No trekking through the hotel when you are starved. We were there on opening day, and they emphasized that this is a branch of the original Detroit restaurant that invented the Coney Island dog. They also have chili-cheese fries and a few other quick munchables (burgers, salads, gyros, chilli, donuts, etc).

We’re only getting great responses from people who decide to stay or even play at The D. While I was sorry to see the old Fitz go (it was a dive, but one I enjoyed), owner Derek Stevens and his crew did it right. They maintained the old Vegas feel upstairs, hipped it up a bit downstairs (something for everyone), the rooms look great, and the service we’ve experienced is rally on-the ball.

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Cinco De Mayo and Mother’s Day


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Peepshow At Planet Hollywood Celebrates Four Years – VegasÆ only striptease spectacular featuring the sexiest performers, Peepshow at Planet Hollywood celebrated four successful years on the Strip on April 19. Peepshow cast members including headliner Coco Austin, Josh Strickland and Cheaza were on-hand to partake in the showÆs achievement with sparkly, baby blue cupcakes and cake pops provided by CupKates by Kate.

PBR Rock Bar Hosts Last Cowboy Standing Official Party Weekend – Rodeo fans will celebrate the Professional Bull Riders æLast Cowboy StandingÆ event at PBR Rock Bar & Grill inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino from Wednesday, May 8, until Saturday, May 11.

PBR Rock Bar and Professional Bull Riders will team up for Last Media Standing, a charity bull riding competition, on Wednesday, May 8. Local celebrities and media personalities will saddle up for the chance to win a $2,500 donation to the charity of their choice.


Gambling And Gaming

Las Vegas Live TV – Great Casino Slots – Introduction: Join renowned Las Vegas gaming author Victor Royer in this new series which will walk you through the secrets of the newest and hottest slot machines. Enjoy this introduction video!


Dining In Las Vegas

Central Michel Richard At Caesars Palace Celebrates National Hamburger DayCentral Michel Richard at Caesars Palace will kick off summer with delicious burger specials for National Hamburger Day on Tuesday, May 28.

Executive Chef Todd HarringtonÆs delicious burger creations will be $5 off all day, available exclusively for the burger celebration. Creative burgers include the chicken burger, served with curry aioli and caramelized onions; certified Angus beef burger served with shallot aioli, bacon and cheese; and the Ahi tuna burger served with ginger aioli.

Chef Emeril Lagasse’s Restaurants Celebrate Soft Shell Crab Week – Three of Chef Emeril Lagasse’s Las Vegas restaurants — Delmonico Steakhouse, Table 10, and Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House — have created special lunch and dinner dishes using fresh soft shell crabs in a weeklong celebration of the seafood, May 6-12, 2013. From sautÚed to pan-fried, cornmeal crusted on salads or crispy on New Orleans French bread, soft shell crab will be the highlight of three to four unique entrees at each of the restaurants.


Las Vegas Hotels

Nobu Hotel Restaurant And Lounge Caesars Palace Celebrates Official Opening – The sake was flowing and music was rocking in celebration of the debut of the worldÆs first Nobu Hotel Restaurant and Lounge at Caesars Palace. Nobu Hospitality partners including Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, Robert De Niro, Meir Teper, Trevor Horwell and Struan McKenzie joined Caesars Palace in marking the completion and introduction of one of the hottest new boutique hotels featuring 181 rooms including 18 luxury suites. The highlight of the weekend was a traditional Japanese Sake Ceremony and party on Sunday, April 28 with a special musical performance by Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran poolside at the Garden of The Gods complex at Caesars Palace.

Robert De Niro and partner Chef Nobu Matsuhisa toast at the Sake Ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace. Ethan Miller/Getty Images


Las Vegas Daylife And Nightlife

SHe By MortonÆs Launchs “Fabrik Fridays” – A Celebration Of Style, Music, And WomenSHe by MortonÆs will launch ôFabrik Fridaysö with a fashion show featuring the designs of R+D Hipster Emporium Friday, May 10. A celebration of style, music and women, the new weekly promotion will treat guests to three fashion shows at 7 p.m., 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. and will feature live DJ sets, entertainers, tasty fare and Bacardi drink specials.

During the event, SHe will feature five cocktails, priced at $9 each. Drink selections include:

Golden Nugget Offers Sizzling Summer Deals On Cabanas And Day Beds – The summer is almost here, and the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino invites you to experience the VIP treatment first-hand by reserving one of our luxurious, private cabanas or day beds. High above the award-winning Tank pool, sit back and relax with some of our signature cocktails while mingling with friends and family.

Whether youÆre a sun seeker who enjoys soaking up the desert rays or relaxing in the shade, our cabanas and day beds have something everyone can enjoy at both the Hideout and Tank pools.


More Las Vegas News

Virgin America & Sir Richard Branson Celebrate New Flights LAX To Las Vegas – Virgin America, the award-winning domestic airline known for its upscale service and hip, mood-lit new aircraft, celebrated the launch of its newest route from Los Angeles International Airport to Las VegasÆ McCarran International Airport with a red carpet bash at The Chandelier inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

To begin the festivities, Virgin Group Founder Sir Richard Branson toasted Virgin AmericaÆs inaugural flight during a gate reception hosted by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas at McCarran International Airport. Guests included Virgin America President and CEO David Cush, Adrienne Maloof, singer Joe Jonas, and actresses Jaime Pressly and Krysten Ritter.


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Las Vegas Show Reviews

V – The Ultimate Variety Show by Guy Chapman

V – The Ultimate Variety Show: An Evening Of Excitement, Thrills, And Comedy – With so many shows on the Strip that focus on elaborate costumes, orchestrated musical scores and cutting edge special effects, itÆs nice to see a show that really goes back to variety show foundations in covering solid entertainment in its purest form. For an evening of excitement, thrills, and comedy, show-goers will get to experience a truly fun outing in “V – The Ultimate Variety Show” at the V Theater in the Planet Hollywood Hotel and Casino.


Newkirk’s Notes – comments on Las Vegas from AccessVegas.Com publisher Ted Newkirk:

Ted is collaborating this week on new features which we’ll be introducing soon. He’ll return next issue. We hope you are enjoying this issue prepared by staff.

Associate Editor / News Researcher: Rick Ziegler

Concerts and Headliners: Amy Rayner-Cooley


What We’re Watching – Vegas Videos You’ll Enjoy


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MGM Resorts Outlines Vision For Dynamic Entertainment District In Las Vegas Featuring World-Class Arena, Dining, Bar Scene And Retail

The front facades of New York-New York and Monte Carlo will be transformed into an outdoor plaza experience featuring a series of casual bars, eateries and retail destinations. New York-New York will modify its skyline and Brooklyn Bridge to create a wonderful environment brought to life through a vibrant patio culture and retailers new to the market.

Anchoring the new experience will be HersheyÆs Chocolate WorldÖ flagship store, a two-story interactive, experiential destination that celebrates the incredible array of HersheyÆs-branded products that inspire the ôHersheyÆs Happinessö mantra. Additionally, the hotelÆs Irish pub, Nine Fine Irishmen, will be enhanced, including an expansion of its high-energy patio culture both on the casino floor and the Brooklyn Bridge.

At Monte Carlo, the current formal European-style exterior features will be removed to make way for new partners, including Double Barrel, a casual roadhouse restaurant and bar concept by the leading hospitality experts at sbe; Sambalatte, the art of sipping found in the ultimate coffee experience, beloved by Las Vegas locals, and soon available to visitors; and 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria, serving build-your-own personal pizzas prepared to each guestÆs liking and baked in around a minute in an 800-degree wood-burning oven, right before their eyes.

Between the two properties and leading back to the CompanyÆs new arena will be a park environment featuring dining pavilions and performance spaces complemented by areas for quiet relaxation. At the gateway to the park will be Shake Shack, a modern day ôroadsideö burger stand known for its all-natural burgers, flat-top dogs, frozen custard, beer, wine and more by restaurateur Danny MeyerÆs Union Square Hospitality Group.

Additional partners and details surrounding both properties and the park will be announced in the coming months.


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SHe By MortonÆs Introduces ôHappyö Menu – SHe by MortonÆs introduces ôHappy,ö a new bar and patio menu offering small bites and an array of drink specials available from 5 to 7 p.m. daily. Just steps away from the main entrance of ARIA at The Shops at Crystals, Eva LongoriaÆs lavish new restaurant is a stylish spot to enjoy early evening hors dÆoeuvres and cocktails after work or before a night out.

The new menu has been unveiled just in time to take advantage of Las VegasÆ gorgeous spring weather on SHeÆs lush patio. Filled with oversized furniture ideal for lounging, the patio overlooks striking water features and stunning architecture. When the weather heats up, guests can cool down in SHeÆs vibrant lounge.


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Maverick Grand Canyon Landing TourMaverick Grand Canyon Landing Tour û You will start your experience with a breathtaking flight over Hoover Dam, Lake Mead and Fortification Hill, an extinct volcano, as well as many other awe-inspiring views. After descending 3,500 feet inside the Grand Canyon on the Hualapai Indian Reservation, you will enjoy a light snack, a cool beverage and a champagne toast 300 feet above the Colorado River. Your journey will conclude with a flight through beautiful Black Canyon on your return to the South Las Vegas terminal. Operator Mustang Helicopters a division of the Maverick Aviation Group.

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Newkirk’s Notes – comments on Las Vegas from AccessVegas.Com publisher Ted Newkirk:

Hello From Las Vegas! – We’re doing a mini-issue for reasons I’ll explain in a moment. Still quite a bit of information, but not as much as usual. We’ll be back to normal in a week.

Cold Is Done – Last week, we had one day in the 60’s, but that appears to be the final cold day until probably October. Bring the swimsuit, leave the jacket at home!

MGM Resorts New York-New York/Monte Carlo (Hotel Casinos) “The Park” – Our main story is the big announcement of how the facades of both New York-New York and Monte Carlo will be redone to create a row of dining, drinking, and shops. In addition, a park area (see the pics in the story above) will be created between the two properties.

Some really like the idea, others don’t think that it fits Vegas. (It isn’t some kind of spectacular setting, new ride, avant-garde restaurant or similar). Here is why it will work:

MGM Resorts is building their new 20,000 capacity arena back behind that area. Those of us who follow these things have seen new arenas pop up in city after city and really revitalize the surroundings. If an event sells 15,000 tickets, you have a total of 30,000 people who will flood the arena district that evening (15,000 times two, once coming and once going).

They will be counting on people “tailgating” (eating and drinking) in this area prior to events, then once again picking up the party and/or a snack or late meal once it ends. Remember… this is Las Vegas. When you see a concert there, you don’t have to run straight home and set the alarm for the next day!

This is also their shot across the bow at competitors Caesars Entertainment and their (for now arena-less) Linq project.

Who, What, When, Where, Why? – This is the inaugural sending of this newsletter using a new delivery system. We’re not sure if it is going to work, so we’re sending a shorter issue in case it all goes down some black hole!

You’ll hopefully not see any difference, but we were having deliverability problems trying to run this growing list on the clunky old server we were leasing. (They are literally junking it now that we’re done with it). Some people never got the newsletter notifications, and some only got them occasionally. Not good!

Here’s what the upgrade means to you, depending on which category you fit into:

  • Never Heard Of You – We don’t buy or rent lists, but people do get “slammed” onto our list, either by well meaning friends (or enemies who just want someone to get a bunch of email they don’t want). If that is you, either use the unsubscribe link at the bottom of the notification email or hit “reply” with a note “unsubscribe” and you will be IMMEDIATELY and PERMANENTLY removed. Sending to people not interested wastes our resources.
  • Like Vegas, Don’t Remember – For some of you who like Las Vegas and sign up for Las Vegas information, you may have subscribed long ago and literally never received an issue. Try us out for a few weeks and see if we are your cup of tea!
  • Only Sometimes – For those of you who have complained that you get the newsletter on a hit or miss basis, you should now be getting every single issue (knock on wood).
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Associate Editor / News Researcher: Rick Ziegler

Concerts and Headliners: Amy Rayner-Cooley


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Access Vegas Insider Vibe April 17, 2013

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Rosemary Wins $1,140,129.26 Playing Wheel Of Fortune At FlamingoCaesars Entertainment is proud to welcome Rosemary into its enviable circle of millionaires. At 1:08 a.m. on April 12, 2013, Rosemary from New York was playing Wheel of Fortune located at Flamingo Las Vegas when the 2x3x4x symbols on the slot came up and she was delighted to see that she had become an instant millionaire by winning $1,140,129.26.

This is the second time a guest has won more than a million dollars playing slot machines at Flamingo Las Vegas in six weeks; on March 9, Gordon won $1,452,799.89 playing a Wizard of Oz machine. Additionally, less than 20 days ago a player won $1.7 million on the Wheel of Fortune slot machine at Paris Las Vegas.


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The Animal Foundation And Zappos.com Present 10th Annual “Best In Show” With Clint Holmes, Million Dollar Quartet, Siegfried & Roy, Holly Madison, And More – On Sunday, April 28, loveable pups in need of forever homes will compete in The Animal FoundationÆs 10th annual ôBest In Showö û Las VegasÆ most famous dog show held at the Orleans Arena and presented by Zappos.com. Singer, songwriter and entertainer Clint Holmes will host the event as more than 50 cuddly canine contestants from The Animal Foundation, NevadaÆs largest animal shelter and pet adoption center, vie for the audienceÆs hearts and homes in an American Kennel Club-style dog show.


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Bellagio Offers Guests Hands-On Cooking Experiences At Executive Chef Edmund Wong’s Culinary Classroom Inside Tuscany KitchenBellagio Resort & Casino invites guests to put on their chefsÆ coats for a hands-on lesson in the culinary arts at An Executive Chef’s Culinary Classroom, a series of interactive cooking classes led by Bellagio Executive Chef Edmund Wong and his team. During each two-hour session held in Tuscany Kitchen, the AAA Five Diamond resortÆs state-of-the-art demonstration kitchen, Wong and his talented team will guide students through the preparation of a three-course meal including an appetizer, entrÚe and dessert.

The Best Thing In A Bun: Vegas Celebrates National Burger Month In May 2013 – May is known as National Burger Month making it prime time to dust off and fire up the grill. Guaranteed to spice up the burger-flipping season, the restaurants at MGM Resorts offer distinct twists on the traditional bun, meat and cheese recipe. With house-made sauces and gourmet patties, the burgers at BLT Burger, The Pub at Monte Carlo and Burger Bar heighten this classic American favorite.


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Maverick Grand Canyon Explorer Plane TourMaverick Grand Canyon Explorer Plane Tour û Fly aboard Maverick’s Beechcraft 1900D aircraft on a 40-minute flight to the Grand Canyon’s South Rim where your ultimate adventure will begin. Enjoy the awe-inspiring vistas, panoramic overlooks and trails that can only be accessed from inside the park as your journey continues with ground transportation into the Grand Canyon National Park. Absorb the magnificence of the Grand Canyon and capture memories to last a lifetime as you enjoy a gourmet box lunch.

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Newkirk’s Notes – comments on Las Vegas from AccessVegas.Com publisher Ted Newkirk:

Hello From Las Vegas – Usually, I put an exclamation point behind my friendly welcome, but since this is the first newsletter since the Boston bombings, we’re a touch somber. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all affected by this, especially with the continuing new bombings. Our hearts also go out to those affected by the West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion where so many are impacted.

Where Are The Hotels? Many streets that we Las Vegans drive every day are named after hotels that once lined them. With the Sahara hotel changing its name to SLS Las Vegas, we have one more “hotel-less” street here in our beloved Las Vegas Valley. (Supposedly the SLS stands for Style, Luxury and Substance… although it sounds more like a high end car model to me) Let’s run them down and see where they are now (north to south):

  • Sahara Avenue – Soon to be SLS, the namesake road runs the entire width of the Las Vegas Valley.
  • Circus Circus Drive – Parallels the hotel for a short stretch, running back to Industrial (where all the strip clubs are).
  • Riviera Blvd. – Parallels the hotel, running from The Riviera to LVH.
  • Desert Inn Road – Turned into a “super arterial” in the 90’s to get residents across The Strip and I-15, the namesake hotel is now Wynn/Encore.
  • Sands Avenue – One of the more confusing road names to those not familiar with local roads, Spring Mountain Road becomes Sands Avenue east of The Strip. But only for a mile before it turns into Twain Avenue. The Venetian now stands where The Sands did.
  • Flamingo Road – Caesars Entertainment (fortunately) hasn’t seen fit to change the namesake hotel name.
  • Harmon Avenue – Longstanding Las Vegas street almost had a hotel named after it as part of CityCenter, but the construction defects probably will result in the half-finished structure going bye-bye.
  • Rue De Monte Carlo – Similar to Circus Circus Drive, it parallels the property for a few blocks.
  • Tropicana Avenue – No explanation needed here, and we suspect that the Tropicana hotel will be named such for a long time.
  • Hacienda Avenue – The Hacienda was “blown up” to make way for Mandalay Bay.

Other streets of interest:

  • Wayne Newton Blvd. – The loop road around McCarran’s original terminal.
  • Frank Sinatra Drive – Runs behind the west side of The Strip
  • Dean Martin Drive – Parallels Sinatra on the opposite side of the I-15.
  • Jay Sarno Way – Cuts through Caesars and the Forum Shops. Sarno founded Caesars.
  • Mel Torme Way – Runs from behind Treasure Island over to the Fashion Show mall.

Train To Nowhere Going Nowhere (For Now) – The current federal government financial situation has our lawmakers thinking twice about building a high speed train between Las Vegas and Palmdale, CA (which they hope sometime in never-never land ends up going all the way to Los Angeles). The multi-billion dollar government guarantee of loans to build it aren’t seeming so palatable right now. When you look at how amazingly well our monorail system did here, I can’t say that I’m surprised.

Tourism is my bread and butter, and I actually LOVE trains. Have since I was a kid. And even I — with every reason to support it — don’t see it working. If anything, I’d like to see how the pending XTrain (upscale regular train service between here and Los Angeles taking about the same amount of time as a car ride would take) does first. Then we can better judge if an faster level of service may have some demand.

Historic Boulder City – Don’t have time to take the day and point your rental car toward some of the remaining sections of Route 66 in our area? If you are headed out to Hoover Dam, you can still get a taste of a true “old west” town when you drive though Boulder City!

At the edge of town, you’ll come to a major light (just past Vons supermarket on your right) where two lanes turn left onto Highway 93, and the other two lanes go straight into the business district. You’ll see old hotels, hamburger stands (the real old-school kind, not today’s fast food), diners, an Ace Hardware store (didn’t know there were still many of those around) and more.

Worried about getting lost? Don’t be (even if you don’t have a GPS). The business district road continues straight through to US 93 which puts you back on track for the dam.

Hope you are enjoying this issue!

Associate Editor / News Researcher: Rick Ziegler

Concerts and Headliners: Amy Rayner-Cooley


What We’re Watching – Vegas Videos You’ll Enjoy

  • Bacchanal Buffet At Caesars Palace – Executive Chef Scott Green tours you through the latest mindbending high-end buffet on the Las Vegas Strip.
  • Pub Crawl #102: The Best High-End Happy Hours In Las Vegas – David and Alicia Ivy scramble around town on this Pub Crawl Adventure and encounter everything from horrible walking bridges with stuffed cats, to restaurants with amazing drink selections but less than stellar health ratings. Then end on a positive note with a selection of high-end happy hours that will make your mouth water, and your wallet happy.
  • MGM Grand Wedding Venues – Getting married in Las Vegas no longer has to involve a traditional chapel. Many unique settings to make your wedding unforgettable including several outdoor options at the MGM Grand.

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IÆd just like to say that my husband Gary & I absolutely love Las Vegas (and your country in general!) and have visited many times. The thought of legalizing the use of even a ôsoftö drug certainly does worry me, could this be the first step on the slippery slope?

I know Las Vegas is the party capital of the world but in my experience I have never witnessed any bad behavior when holidaying there, ever û even with all the available excesses. Maybe IÆm being naive – we come for the desert, the weather, great food & entertainment & poolside relaxation rather than the nightclub scene which is obviously much livelier!

On the other hand here in England there is an unofficial, relaxed attitude to ôweedö and that, coupled with my countrymen’s seeming inability to handle booze, has IÆm ashamed to say lead to an escalation in anti-social behavior. IÆm no prude but I wonder if softening the law would alter the atmosphere of Las Vegas for the worse as it seems to have done here at home.

IÆve always felt safe on the strip and used common sense when going through non touristy areas (as in any big city) but this might change if the new legislation goes ahead. Again, naive? Drugs are everywhere already arenÆt they? It would just change our perceptions thatÆs all, which would be a shame.

Having said all that IÆm sure I wonÆt see people getting stoned round the Bellagio pool, so IÆm probably safe!

Thanks for a great newsletter, really enjoy my weekly Vegas fix û no pun intended.

Best wishes,

Sue OÆReilly

 

Ted Responds:

This was in reference to our note a couple of issues ago regarding pending legislation that would legalize small amounts of pot here in Nevada. I will note that the legislation just died in committee, and our legislature only meets every other spring/summer. Hence, it will be a couple of years before the issue comes up again unless a petition drive puts it to the voters. (Even if it does, the voters have to pass something twice to get it into law here).

But, it still lends itself to an interesting discussion. Smoking is outlawed indoors except in casino and bar/nightclub areas. Hotels, casinos, and clubs are private property. Will they treat the “purple haze” like they do cigars and pipes, or will they want to discourage players from sitting there and getting stoned? Will it make people too laid back to care about gambling? Or, do enough people enjoy gambling while they are high?

Weed isn’t exactly uncommon here. Obviously, people smoke it in their rooms and from time-to-time, you’ll get a whiff of it on the street. Despite the influx of people from both California and the East Coast, Nevada is still very libertarian. Live and let live. But, you still have federal laws which treat marijuana as a drug (no matter what states say).

If and when legalization legislation gets farther along in the coming years, it will be interesting to see if gaming weighs in with their thoughts. If they don’t like it, don’t expect it to pass.

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