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Calling all Vegas experts: We brought you Where in the Empire last fall, and now we’re back with the sequel. We want to see how many of these you can guess right (hint: they’re all within Caesars Entertainment’s Las Vegas resorts). Our answer key is on the bottom of the blog. Break a leg!
So, how well do you think you did? Let’s check your score, shall we?
1. Stairway to Vegas: This is by far one of the most gorgeous and glowing escalators on the Strip, right? Located inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino’s hotel lobby, the glamorous escalator takes you right to the excitement of the hotel’s bustling casino, entertainment, restaurants and shopping mall.
2. Sky is the limit: You can have what you want, be what you want… at Paris Las Vegas’ Le Central bar. Located in the middle of the casino, this meet-up bar has a fresh, open-air vibe and breathtaking chandeliers suspended from its sky ceiling. We love people-watching here and the daily happy hour specials are decent.
3. Words to live by: Guests who have dined at GIADA at The Cromwell may recognize this light fixture with the delightful quote. If you haven’t visited the Californian-inspired Italian restaurant yet, now’s the time to go. Not only will you enjoy Giada de Laurteniis’ signature lemon spaghetti and lemon cookies, but the bright and warm atmosphere also feels more like a home versus a stuffy restaurant. Plus, if you get a window seat you’ll have sweet fountain views from across the street.
4. Poolside paradise: Aruba, Jamaica, oooh I want to take ya to… Flamingo! Hey, no need to go to the islands when you can enjoy paradise right in the heart of the Strip. That’s what we call getting the best of both worlds. At Flamingo Las Vegas’ GO Pool Dayclub, you can swim beneath waterfalls all day. GO Pool Dayclub also hosts poolside concerts all summer long.
5. Turn up the lights in here baby: Extra bright, I want y’all to see this: Maybe it’s time you took a trip to Planet Hollywood’s hotel lobby, even if you’re not checking into the hotel. It’s just that awesome. These lights are just around the corner from the aforementioned escalator. You can actually see them in the previous escalator photo (if you caught that, kudos to you!).
6. Escalate in style: Speaking of escalators, this one will always take our breath away. Even if you’ve visited The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, there’s a chance you didn’t walk far enough to catch this architectural wonder. But if you’re walking along the Strip and enter through the mall’s entrance, this is the one of the first things you’ll see. And trust us when we say it’s worth riding these spiral escalators again and again. (Oh, and there’s also shopping you can knock out too.)
7. Straight from the horse’s mouth: While we’re on the subject of The Forum Shops, you can find this fine fellow outside of TREVI, a popular fine Italian restaurant. The horse statue is part of an elaborate showcase known as the Fountain of the Gods, located right outside of the restaurant. You can dine right next to this while enjoying signature items like the Linguine Al Frutti Di Mare (seafood pasta slathered in a seafood cream sauce), brick oven-fired pizza and more.
8. It’s all in the details: Our final Forum Shops photo — the place is so striking we had to share one more. (We couldn’t help it!) This is just a close up of the ceiling where you’ll find the winding escalators. When you’re here, don’t forget to look up!
9. Hole in one: This one’s easy if you’re 1) a KISS fan or 2) an avid miniature golf player. Located inside the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, KISS by Monster Mini Golf is a fun break from your Strip activities. Show off your putt-putt skills while listening to countless KISS songs – both the hits and the obscure should-have-been hits.
10. Three amigos: Known as the three amigos or Vegas’ version of Migos – whatever you want to call them, these feathered males are sure to turn heads. See these Mandarin ducks at the Wildlife Habitat at Flamingo Las Vegas. The free attraction is home to flamingos, turtles, Koi fish and so much more. Fun for the entire family, you’ll get to know these creatures while enjoying all the greenery.
Bonus: Curtain call: If we could give out a prize for this quiz, we totally would — especially if you guessed this one right! Located in the famous Forum Tower Duplex Suite (where the movie “Rain Man” was filmed and also the suite that “The Hangover” is based from), you can get lost staring at these crystal beads all day. Booking this room is easy through Caesars Suites. You don’t have to be a celebrity or VIP to do so either (but you’ll feel like one!). Rates start at $1,620 a night.
Fountain of the Gods horse statue photo and The Forum Shops ceiling photo by Justin-Antonio Appel / Caesars Entertainment. Forum Tower Duplex Suite crystal curtain by Nina Corpuz / Caesars Entertainment. All other photos courtesy of Caesars Entertainment social media.
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Spring has sprung in Las Vegas and it’s the perfect time to visit. April will be a busy month with everything from the college basketball championship to National Beer Day, the Emerge Impact + Music Conference and Easter brunches.
We’ve also got all of the hottest headliners in town taking the stage in April including Jennifer Lopez, Elton John and Pitbull. Here’s what’s going on in Vegas in April.
It’s down to the championship college basketball game on April 2. Catch all of the action at exclusive Hoops on the Strip viewing parties inside sports books and sports bars around town. Look for food and drink specials as you watch the game on state-of-the-art screens and TVS.
If you’re looking for a special way to celebrate Easter, head to Spice Market Buffet at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on Easter weekend for brunch from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.
You can get your fill of honey glazed ham, lemon herb chicken, roasted turkey breast, steamed mussels, eggs Benedict, cheese tamales, pork carnitas, buttermilk pancakes, Belgian waffles, desserts and much more.
GIADA at The Cromwell will be serving a special Easter tasting menu for $55 per person, which includes a pastry, antipasti platter, arugula salad, a choice of entree (basil spaghetti, eggplant Parmesan or crab cake Benedict) and a choice of dessert (lemon ricotta cookie ice cream sandwich, leaning tower of chocolate and espresso or limoncello souffle).
The legendary Comedy Cellar will open its first West Coast location at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino on April 5. The club is known for discovering comedians like Dave Chapelle, Ray Romano, Amy Schumer and Chris Rock.
As the most successful and longest-running comedy club in New York City history, the Cellar has been hailed by the toughest critics in the world.
Catch Mo Amer, Kyle Dunnigan, Jessica Kirson and Nathan McIntosh April 5 – 8. Showtimes are Thursday – Friday and Sunday, 7 and 9 p.m. and Saturday, 7, 9 and 11 p.m. Tickets start at $45 plus taxes and fees.
Raise a glass! It’s National Beer Day on April 7. Cabo Wabo Cantina, located inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, is celebrating with beer buckets, priced at $23, and an array of draft beer including a Sammy’s Red Head or a Wasatch Off Duty IPA, priced at $7.
There will also be special dishes for beer day like Sammy’s Tequila Shrimp, with Baja shrimp, garlic and Cabo Wabo tequila-lime sauce, served with Mexican-style rice, priced at $24.95 or the restaurant’s signature nacho platter, priced at $14.95.
BEER PARK at Paris Las Vegas will celebrate National Beer Day with day-fresh Budweiser out of copper kegs sent directly from Budweiser’s brewery in Fairfield, Calif. Plus, the popular rooftop bar and grill always offers more than 100 beer selections, including 36 drafts on tap.
The LINQ Promenade is also a great place to visit for National Beer Day with more than 300 types of beers available at the restaurants and bars. Multiple locations offer large selections of beers including ameriCAN Beer & Cocktails, Yard House and Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery.
Music fans won’t want to miss the Emerge Impact + Music Conference April 6 – 8. Emerge combines music, art, and speaking to highlight the unique perspectives making a big impact in our world. Enjoy three days of showcases, concerts and installations. The lineup includes artists like OK GO, Ekoh, Rhye, The Dirty Hooks and JMSN.
Events will take place at multiple venues including Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas at The LINQ Promenade, the Mat Franco Theater at The LINQ Hotel & Casino, Harrah’s Cabaret, Harrah’s Showroom, Bugsy’s Cabaret at Flamingo Las Vegas, the Donny and Marie Showroom at Flamingo and more. For more information, visit emergelv.com.
Current interim UFC Lightweight Champion and winner of The Ultimate Fighter 13, Ferguson, is set to fight against two-time Combat Sambo World Champion and undefeated mixed martial arts fighter, Kunitskaya, for the UFC Lightweight Championship.
Admission to the viewing party will be priced at $25, and tickets will include two Budweiser Signature draft beers and complimentary VIP seating. BEER PARK also offers an in-house sports book. The rooftop bar and restaurant will show the fight on dozens of high-definition TVs throughout venue.
Jennifer Lopez returns to Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino April 10 – 11, 13 – 14, 17 – 18 and 20 – 21. Expect to hear all of your favorite hits like “On The Floor,” “Jenny From The Block” and “Love Don’t Cost A Thing.”
With seven total costume changes, the production includes Lopez descending a Swarovski crystal encrusted staircase, catching the 6 Train and paying homage to her Latin roots all while singing and dancing for more than 90 minutes. Tickets start at $129 plus taxes and fees.
Get ready to laugh when comedian Sebastian Maniscalco headlines The Colosseum at Caesars Palace April 15 at 8 p.m.
With a string of record-breaking sold out comedy appearances, a new top-ranked show on SiriusXM, and inclusion on Forbes’ 2017’s “The World’s Highest Paid Comedians,” Maniscalco is having an incredible year. People Magazine’s “The People’s Comedian” is hitting the road in 2018 with his new Stay Hungry Tour including a stop in Las Vegas. Tickets are priced from $39.50 plus taxes and fees.
Fans of “Dancing With The Stars” will want to check out Mirror Ball Champion Tony Dovolani’s moves when he guest stars in Chippendales beginning April 19.
In addition to hosting the show, Dovolani will be working with the production’s creative team to choreograph parts of the show in which he will be featured. Dovoloni’s limited engagement with the legendary Chippendales runs through May 27 at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. Dovolani will also be giving back to those in need by donating a portion of his salary to The Tony Dovolani Foundation, which raises funds to support families that are facing the many challenges that come along with raising a child with special needs.
The LINQ Promenade will go green this Earth Day weekend (April 21 – 22), showcasing sustainable art by Las Vegas artists, demos and pop-up shops all along the outdoor district throughout the weekend. The Sunday festival will conclude with a sustainable fashion show, and the High Roller observation wheel will be lit green.
Don’t miss your chance to see legendary singer Elton John in the last year of his residency at Caesars Palace. Elton’s show, “The Million Dollar Piano,” plays exclusively at The Colosseum and features the namesake piano, an engineering marvel displays more than 68 LED Yamaha video screens.
Elton John gets audiences on their feet with a set list of the iconic favorites like “Rocket Man,” “Benny and the Jets,” “Tiny Dancer” and “Crocodile Rock.” Catch Elton John April 28 – 29.
International music sensation Pitbull returns to Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino for his “Time Of Our Lives” show April 27 – 28.
Pitbull’s career sales have exceeded five million albums and 60 million singles worldwide, including his most recent album, “Dale.” Pitbull has scored #1 hits in more than 15 countries. You’ll be on your feet dancing to songs like “Feel This Moment,” “I Know You Want Me,” “Back in Time” and “Give Me Everything.”
Things are heating up at Drai’s Beachclub April 27 with The Cookout on Tour featuring Devault, GG Magree and Noizu Parker. Take in the sun, views of the Strip and music. The 70,000-square-foot rooftop club at The Cromwell features cabanas and multiple pools.
It might not be that warm where you’re from, but in Vegas, pool season is in full swing. Head to the GO Pool Dayclub at Flamingo Las Vegas for the Daybeats party featuring Nina Sky along with resident DJ Eric Forbes on April 28. Doors open at 9 a.m. There will be Coors Light bucket specials and special pricing on Grey Goose and Dom Perignon bottles from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
The party also features life-size Connect Four, beer pong and cornhole.
The Queen of Las Vegas, Frank Marino, has 35 years of drag performance under his belt and still looks fabulous as he hits the stage at The LINQ Hotel & Casino as comedian Joan Rivers in “Divas Las Vegas.” Marino combines his vast performing experience, sharp tongue and to-die-for gowns to lead a cast of the most fabulous female impersonators and sexy male dancers in a fun and cheeky romp through your favorite hits.
What’s his secret? Well, let’s just say he’s not afraid to admit he’s a fan of a little Botox. In fact, he’s not afraid to admit anything. He said we could ask him anything, even boxers or briefs, so we did. His answer? Commando, of course! He also dished about his beauty routines and run-ins with the famous celebrities his cast impersonates nightly.
Frank Marino: I’m the longest running headliner on the Strip. The fact that we’re still relevant after all these years really makes me feel good.
FM: The reason I think we’ve been here so long is the show has been able to change. When we first opened we had acts like The Andrews Sisters in the show. We had Charo in the show and now we have people like Katy Perry and Britney Spears in the show. It’s able to evolve with the times but I still do keep the key legends like Cher and Diana Ross and Joan Rivers, those powerhouse superstars that are able to last the entire 35 years I’ve been doing this.
FM: I think it just comes naturally. I think that I’m one of the few producers who lets the cast have a say in what they do; they go on with enthusiasm every night and give their portion of the show the best vibe and energy they can. It sort of becomes a competition with each other, who’s going to have the best spot and I think that’s what keeps the entire show electric the entire time we’ve been doing it.
FM: When I first started, the two top female comedians were Joan Rivers and Phyllis Diller. Joan, at the time, was the more glamorous comedian with the evening gowns and the fancy dresses. Little did I know that later on in her career she would be come chief of the “Fashion Police,” which is something that really worked for an emcee of the show. To be a comedian and be that glamorous and be able to change costumes in a way you would see Jennifer Lopez and people of today do with their fancy clothes was amazing.
FM: I think the most expensive dress I’ve ever bought was about $15,000. Most range between $5,000 and $10,000. At this point I have thousands in my warehouse. I change 17 times per night.
FM: We get a lot of celebrities come in to see themselves be impersonated. We’ve had everybody from Whitney Houston sitting in the front row to Dolly Parton coming in and taking off her earrings and giving them to our Dolly Parton. One of the more recent ones was when Shania Twain came in. She loved her impersonator but when our Reba came on she actually called Reba and got her on the phone and said, “I’m looking at your twin.” Soon after that there was a night where we were completely sold out. After the show someone told me that the night before Shania had stopped her show at The Colosseum and said, “If you want to see my twin tomorrow night, go see Divas.” It’s so nice when you get a celebrity who appreciates the tribute you’re doing and actually tells the world. What a lovely lady.
FM: Our show is seven days a week and it changes every single day. Starting next month, I’m working on a way to make it a uniquely interactive show. Twenty minutes before it starts, I want to live stream on Facebook and I’ll have someone come out to the audience telling everyone to get on Facebook and tell us if they want to see Tina Turner or Patti Labelle or would they like to see Katy Perry or Miley Cyrus and I’ll let them customize a portion of the show. Depending on who’s at the show that night, they can, by majority vote, decide who they want to see. That’s something only we can do because we have so many different characters available. It’s going to make us one of the most interesting shows on the Strip.
FM: It takes me about an hour to get it on but about an hour and a half to get it off because I use a lot of theater makeup and it takes a lot of mineral oils to get it off. I use waxes to take away my eyebrows and my sideburns, so it’s hard to get off.
FM: Well I use three make up brands. I use MAC, Kryolan and La Femme. There’s no beauty product I can’t live without but I have my facialist on speed dial! If you keep your skin good, you can use almost any product. I am a skin fanatic. I’m on my way to go get a laser facial right after this interview. I do everything from Laser Genesis, Fraxel, Botox, fillers, anything that rejuvenates the skin or keeps it young and fresh looking.
FM: I think everybody who is alive that we have in the show has come to the show. Right now we’re putting a brand new Beyoncé in and I would be extremely honored if we could get the real Beyoncé to come see the show.
FM: A lot of times maybe the husband or boyfriend are a little hesitant to come in and see the show with their significant others but thankfully the wives always win because the husbands or boyfriends come in and end up enjoying the show as much or more than the wives. That’s because I think my humor is risqué enough that they enjoy it, yet I try not to ever be vulgar. I say what everyone else is thinking and everybody loves the fashion in the show. In most tribute shows, you only get one impersonator or maybe like four acts. At Divas, you get 17 different acts every night. You get a variety. That’s why my audience is filled with everyone from prom kids to senior citizens.
“Divas Las Vegas” runs nightly at The LINQ Hotel and Casino, with showtimes at 4 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Show tickets start at $24.99 plus taxes and fees and can be purchased here.
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Psst: Did you know the Flamingo Las Vegas is the oldest operating hotel-casino on the Strip? Neither did a lot of us!
Since its opening in 1946, Flamingo forever changed the way of the Strip. It was the first resort and casino to offer a full vacation experience. You weren’t here to just gamble – you came to play, party, eat and repeat. The classic hotel has 70-plus years of history, so you already know it has a few fun secrets up its sleeve.
Here are 10 reasons why the Flamingo stands out from the rest. Sit back and enjoy the ride.
These new Flamingo Las Vegas rooms pair modern touches with vintage flair. The renovation project cost $90 million to revamp 1,280 of its rooms. In addition to sleek, minimalist-style furnishings with pops of the hotel’s signature pink, all the new rooms have HDTVs and sweet views of the city. The last phase is slated for completion next month. However, you can already book your spiffy new room now. Read more about why we love the fab new Flamingo rooms here.
Like sand through the hourglass, so are the days of our wildlife. (Is the “Days Of Our Lives” opening theme song playing in your head? You’re welcome!) If you’re into soap operas (or just really love animals and nature), then the hotel’s Wildlife Habitat is right up your alley. Here’s the scoop, according to Wildlife curator Robin Matos:
The habitat has 10 species of exotic ducks (70-plus total) and three species of water turtles (22 total). Another fun Flamingo Wildlife Habitat fact: Everyone stays out all night year-round. Security keeps an eye on them to make sure all the animals are safe. Come check out these friends for yourself at this free and fun attraction.
That’s what you’ll be saying when you zoom down Beach Club Pool’s water slides. Not a lot of people know that you can even access a water slide on the Strip. You can sure do that here. The family-friendly pool is fun for kids as well as the kids-at-heart. Plus, the pool’s lush greenery also gives it a nice touch.
You can zoom down a water slide at Beach Club, but also watch a concert right next door. GO Pool Dayclub is throwback central – the kind you of throwbacks you love. Past guests include Mya, Montell Jordan, Mark McGrath, Lit, Alien Ant Farm, Ja Rule and much more. And there’s not a bad seat in the house – you’re close to the stage no matter where you are. Plus, swaying to your favorite songs while splashing in the pool is a glorious combination in our book.
A waterfall ceremony is ultimate #WeddingGoals, right?! And with Flamingo’s center-Strip location, that makes it even better. Book the outdoor wedding of your dreams at the hotel’s Crescendo Pool. You’ll wow your guests as you enter the ceremony through a cascading waterfall, all without getting a single drop of water on your attire. The outdoor venue holds up to 80 guests, so start planning your VIP wedding list now. If you really want to make a statement on your big day, you also have the option to add a bubble machine ($85) or a dove or butterfly release (both starting at $200).
What better way to memorialize your epic waterfall wedding than with a commemorative brick just steps away? The commemorative bricks are here for you to see whenever you visit the Flamingo. You don’t have to commemorate a wedding or anniversary either – you can also honor your birthday, a loved one or any other special occasion. Your brick can have up to three lines of copy and is located at the Wildlife Habitat. Each engraved brick costs $200.
Who said you had to blow your year’s worth of savings for a weekend of booze? (Actually, if you could maaaaybe there’s a problem there, buddy!) At Flamingo’s It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar, you can get beer for a nickel. That’s right. One single nickel. Nickel beer night is offered daily from 5 to 6 p.m. And since we’re so confident that you’ll enjoy nickel beers, we believe you’ll be up for a game of beer pong here too. Now whether you play better or a lot worse is really up in the air. Have fun!
Fans of the famous brother-sister duo Donny & Marie can meet them in person right after the show. You’ll get a photo taken with them (photo size upgrades are available for an extra fee) and you can even bring an item for them to sign. Time to dig up that old T-shirt or record you’ve been keeping in your closet!
Past guest headliners also hosted meet-and-greet sessions here. This lucky blogger had the chance to meet the one and only Richard Marx. We’re not sure who’s guest performing at the showroom next, but chances are you can meet them after the show.
Sometimes, you just need to let your hair down. Well in Vegas, that is encouraged all day, every day. If you want the taste of the islands (because GO Pool and Beach Club pools already got you in the island mood), look no further than Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville. The Caribbean-themed restaurant has multiple levels, including two outdoor patios. Not only can you enjoy tropical-inspired drinks or the restaurant’s signature Volcano Nachos, Margaritaville also has live entertainment. It’s no wonder why “parrotheads” flock here time and time again. Before you leave, make sure to get a novelty souvenir blender cup filled with a frozen margarita.
Lastly, we leave you with the man most associated with Flamingo – Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel. The Flamingo was the brainchild of Billy Wilkerson but would open under the management of Bugsy Siegel after he and his partners provided the money to complete the hotel. Bugsy’s contribution is memorialized right here at the Flamingo. You can find the memorial plaque between the pools and wedding chapel. On it you can read more about the famed mobster (including his secret escape routes from his Flamingo hotel suite) and his involvement with the hotel.
Can you believe Donny and Marie cover Beastie Boys in their Flamingo Las Vegas show?! You evidently don’t have to “Fight for Your Right” to hear an awesome (and surprising!) medley from them, along with songs they made famous over their storied careers. This year marks their 10th anniversary at Flamingo Las Vegas. What started out as a six-week gig has evolved into a decade of Donny and Marie’s signature laughter and lasting lyrics.
When asked how many shows they’ve performed together outside their current Vegas residency, Donny says, “I don’t think my calculator goes that high.” They’re reaching more than 1,500 shows at Flamingo and luckily for fans in Vegas, they’ve signed on for another year of sibling rivalry and rhinestone-studded costumes.
There are countless amusing anecdotes from their careers, which span five decades. Donny says the most unusual gift he’s received from a fan is an autographed picture of his very own sister. He says, “Yes, someone asked her to sign it to Donny. Marie just thought it was a guy named Donny. The fan had me do the same for Marie. Needless to say, I threw it away. I think Marie used mine for her dart board.” This was of course spoken with that special love only siblings share.
With numerous fun facts and tales like this one, we can’t include them all but here are a few to get you started. Then it’s time to go see their constantly evolving show, complete with a live band with an amazing horn section and some of the best dancers on the Strip, so you can make your own Donny and Marie memories.
Donny and Marie
Where: The Donny and Marie Showroom at Flamingo Las Vegas
When: 7:30 p.m. Select Dates Tuesday – Saturday
Tickets: Starting from $103.55 (plus taxes & fees)
Gomez, who trained under Master Chef Jean Louis Palladin at The Rio All-Suite Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, has been a professional chef for more than two decades. Her personal style of cuisine mixes her Mexican heritage, her California upbringing and her classical French training. Her ability to adapt to any style makes her a perfect candidate to run Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips, proving that she can create this British comfort food with the best of them.
We caught up with Chef Gomez at work, during one of her many busy days (They sometimes serve 100 platters an hour!) to see what it takes to bring this classic British pub food to modern day Las Vegas.
When you went to school, what were you goals when you became a chef?
My goal was to become an executive chef. I accomplished it when I was chosen to open Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips in October of 2016.
What is the difference in working as a chef in the hotel industry as opposed to a “normal” restaurant?
It’s high stress and long hours. But it pays off when you see the gratification on a customer’s face when they take the first bite of what you prepared.
What is it like being a chef in the competitive Las Vegas culinary scene?
I knew that being a woman I had to prepare myself to take on all competitors including the ones who are looking to move up in corporate America. I am always willing to guide, teach and mentor the newest people in my kitchen.
What is it like working for the biggest celebrity chef in the world?
It puts a lot of pressure on my shoulders. In order to maintain the high standards we are expected to meet, you have to teach your team to respect the food they are preparing and respect / protect the brand they are representing.
Have you been to England?
Not yet, but it’s on my bucket list!
Are you able to express your personal culinary point of view at Fish & Chips?
I’m required to keep innovative recipes for at least 10 specialty items. We also have a a sauce bible that has to be tested and approved by Chef Ramsay.
How much involvement did you have with the development of items for this restaurant?
Back in August of 2016, I was given this project and from there on in I was responsible to execute every aspect of the restaurant’s development from developing the recipes to tastings and meetings with Ramsay Executive Corporate Chef Christina Wilson to making sure we had the best front and back of house teams to tastings with Chef Ramsay to providing feedback in general.
How long did it take you to develop the batter?
To really develop the batter took about 20 different batters. We had 20 different recipes, which we cut to 10 to the one that was approved when Chef Gordon tried it. It took us three months to find the perfect batter.
Tell us about your sauces.
Everyone should get the tartar sauce with their meal. Then they have a choice of a second sauce: curry & mango, Sriracha aioli, southwest ranch, European-style mayonnaise or artisanal ketchup.
Do you have any favorite menu items?
I love the secret combo (the G Spot) because you get a little bit of our top three selling items – fish, chicken and shrimp.
What kind of volume are you doing daily? How much product are you using daily?
On a good day, we do 650 covers (meals). We average 200 pounds of Alaskan cod a month and 25,000 pounds of Kennebec potatoes.
How do you make the perfect fish and chips?
It starts with using top-of-the-line Alaskan cod. You have to season it well, create the perfect batter, make sure the oil is clean and at the right temperature, then fry it a minute. Our chips require a seven-step process: Cut the potatoes, wash the starch out, steam them, cool down, then blanch in canola oil, cool down again and freeze them. Then we fry them at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until they are golden brown and finish with sea salt.
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Oh you know, we’re out here enjoying 70-plus degree temperatures – all while the rest of the country is still living in an igloo. No biggie!
Rooftop pool parties, celebrity appearances, surfing on the Strip are just a few of the things to do in Vegas during pool season. And guess what? The party’s already started, baby. Let us hype you up with a few of our best pools in Las Vegas:
Location: Flamingo Las Vegas
Why we love it: It’s never a dull moment with different themes each day.
Must-have drink: Millionaire Mimosa – one gallon fresh-squeezed orange juice, a full bottle of G.H. Mumms Champagne flipped upside down and placed into the bucket, garnished with orange slices. Serves group of five with over-sized neon straws.
There’s a reason why thousands flock to Flamingo’s 21-and-older GO Pool Dayclub every year. In addition to weekly pool parities, GO Pool keeps things hot with celebrity performances. Last summer, Mya, Sugar Ray, Tinashe and LIT dominated the stage.
Here are some events you can expect at GO Pool right now:
Stay up to date with this year’s GO Pool summer lineup schedule.
Not 21 yet? No need to bust out the fake ID, kids. The Flamingo Beach Club shrieks fun in its own way This family-friend pool has water slides, fun for all ages. (Note: Beach Club does have weekly night events for the 21 and up crowd. More details coming soon.)
Hours: GO Pool, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Beach Club, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Cost: Go Pool – admission fees vary. Beach Club – free for all Flamingo hotel guests.
Where: The LINQ Hotel & Casino
Why we love it: Here, we have a reason to act like a kid, but in a 21-and-older rooftop setting. Plus, there’s a taco hut — enjoy tacos and other pool bites all summer long.
Must-have drinks: The Caddy (Patron Resposado tequila, house-pressed lime juice, sweet and sour, Triple Sec and Grand Marnier float) and the Leche Delicioso (Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey, Rumchata, almond milk, whipped cream and cinnamon).
What do animal-shaped floaties, pool tables, beer pong and wild fun-in-the-sun parties have in common? Two words: LINQ Pool. Picture all the pool fun you had as a kid, but add cabanas, daybeds, live DJ music, drinks and Vegas to the mix. Now that’s what we call a winning combination.
You’d have to drop some dough for a cabana or daybed, but the air-conditioned REQ Room is free. Escape the head and choose from two pool tables, shuffle board and foosball table, as well as five flat-screen TVs.
You can also enjoy DJs Friday – Sunday from May through September. Stay tuned on social media and find out more. For now, peep the following specials all season long:
Throughout summer, there will also be Kickstart Poolside Pregame Parties. This includes top Las Vegas DJs, cabana specials, drink specials and all-out entertainment. And you can’t beat the fun floaties.
Hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., daily.
Cost: Free to the public for anyone 21 years and older.
Where: The Cromwell
Why we love it: You can indulge in the party of a lifetime and still make it on time for dinner… then the night is free to party all over again.
Must-have drinks: Frozen Moscow Mule; Eden’s Apple (Hennessy Black, Cointreau, fresh lemon sour and ripe cold pressed apple juice); or Drai’s Lemonade (Belvedere Original, peach puree, raspberries and fresh lemon sour.
Get ready to fist pump like it’s 2009: Drai’s Beachclub is ready. See “Jersey Shore’s” DJ Pauly D on Saturday, March 17. With “Jersey Shore” back on the air, we imagine your day at Drai’s will be as fun as Pauly D’s hair. You better get your GTL on. (And if you don’t know, you better ask somebody!)
If you’re ready to do it all over again, A-Trak, Sunday March 18. Don’t miss up-and-coming EDM artist Troy Boi Saturday, March 24. We’re still in awe of his stellar performance at last year’s Life Is Beautiful Vegas festival. Other acts to look forward to this year include Zed’s Dead, Deux, Major Lazer’s Walshy Fire, Dada Life and more. While you’re here, enjoy Drai’s signature Frosé or grab a bite from the café.
Get caught up with the latest and the greatest with Drai’s Beachclub calendar. You can also swim by moonlight every Tuesday night.
Hours: Mon. – Thurs., 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Fri. – Sun., 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Night Swim: Tuesday, 10:30 p.m. – 4 a.m.).
Cost: Ticket prices start at $30 for males and $20 for females (subject to change without notice).
Where: Caesars Palace (Part of the Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis)
Why we love it: The adult-only pool is only steps away from the rest of the pools, so you’re never missing a beat.
You don’t have to take advantage of European-style bathing weekend to have a good time (but if you’re all about even tan lines, then get it, girrrrl!). Venus European Pool Lounge has a chill, yet upbeat vibe. The 21-and-older pool club has multiple cabanas, day beds and even munchies straight from the grill.
Hours: Sunday – Thursday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (cabanas, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.); Friday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. (cabanas, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.).
Cost: Free for Caesars Palace and Nobu Hotel guests 21 and older (subject to change).
Where: Caesars Palace’s Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis
Why we love it: How one pool can be so lively, while others are a lot more serene? That’s why we heart this pool so much. You can choose your own experience, all steps away from each other. Plus, what beats drinking out of a real pineapple or coconut – or a poolside massage?
The secret to rest and relaxation: Poolside massages. You can have this at the Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis. The cabana-lined Jupiter pool is ideal for this since it’s away from all the action and a lot quieter.
Garden of the Gods has a total of seven different pool areas, including the aforementioned Venus pool and Jupiter pool. Temple is family-friendly, Fortuna offers swim-up blackjack and Neptune is ideal for socializing. For all you golden gods and goddesses, Apollo pool is perfect for sun worshiping. If you want over-the-top luxury, the Bacchus pool provides VIP treatment. Raised 18 feet above the pool deck, it comes with cabana host and cocktail servers.
Hours: Now through May 3, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; May 4 – Sept. 30, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Cost: Free for Caesars Palace and Nobu Hotel guests, as well as guests staying at The Cromwell; $20 for non-hotel guests, but entrance is not guaranteed and is subject to availability.
Where: Bally’s Las Vegas
Why we love it: To practice our freestyle and backstroke, of course!
Bally’s Blu Pool is the only pool on the Strip with a deep end — 12 feet deep that is. So if you want to be the next Michael Phelps, work on your form ASAP.
Hours: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., daily.
Cost: Free for Bally’s hotel guests.
Where: Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino
Why we love it: We can practice our Hang 10, dude!
Must-have drinks: Blue Chill Lemonade (Stoli Blueberri vodka, fresh lemonade and blueberries) or the Ocean Front Margarita (Sauza tequila, fresh coconut, agave, fresh pineapple juice and fresh lime).
Cabana specials: $49 on classic cabanas (before taxes and fees) every Thursday.
More specials: $10 FlowRider tickets every Thursday, $99 bottles of New Amsterdam vodka with three complimentary mixers (also on Thursday).
Everybody’s gone surfin’… surfin’ PH way…
If only the Beach Boys can sing that version, we’d be delighted. Who needs to live on an island or along a coast to surf under the sun? In Vegas, you can surf right in the heart of the Strip at Planet Hollywood’s Pleasure Pools. Can’t say that anywhere else! You can also boogie board if surfing isn’t your cup of tea.
When you’re ready to just relax, there’s a 21-and-older pool (with live DJ music and two pool bars) or an all-ages pool for the family. Plus, you can’t beat the center Strip rooftop pool views.
Hours: 10 a.m – 6 p.m.
Cost: Free to the public. The FlowRider is $25 for 30 minutes ($20 for locals) and open to anyone who is at least 54 inches tall to surf (42 inches to boogie board).
Where: Paris Las Vegas
Why we love it: It’s the perfect pool to enjoy a relaxing atmosphere (we prefer all by ourselves).
Speaking of rooftop views, you can get that at Paris Las Vegas too. But unlike Planet Hollywood, Paris Las Vegas’ Soleil Pool has a more relaxing atmosphere. The pool has that vibe of a true escape.
Besides a stellar view of the Eiffel Tower, the two-acre rooftop is a quiet respite from the chaos. Plus, if you work up an appetite, there’s the Café du Parc right next door.
If you want a little groove with your relaxation, enjoy live resident DJs on Friday and Saturday.
Hours: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Cost: Free (exclusive to Paris Las Vegas guests).
Where: Harrah’s Las Vegas
Why we love it: It’s perfect for socializing, but chill enough for a relaxing getaway.
Must-have drink: A double-portion of a pool cocktail served inside a fresh whole pineapple and topped with a homemade Dole Whip float.
Make new friends, or relax in one of the loungers in the pool’s wading area. You can also enjoy summer drinks, poolside games, live DJ music and X Country girl appearances. When you want crazy fun but not crazy-crazy fun, Harrah’s is your hot spot.
Hours: Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Friday. – Sunday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Cost: Free and open to the public.
Where: Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino
Why we love it: It’s your off-Strip tropical island.
Must-have drinks: Strawberry Blonde (Ketel One Citroen vodka, Mike’s Hard Strawberry Lemonade, fresh lemon juice); mango misoma (Bacardi Mango rum, sparkling wine, fresh lemon,orange juices, honey-mango syrup).
Cabana specials: Starting from $300 (daybeds starting at $150).
We know TLC sang “don’t go chasing waterfalls,” but we beg to differ, especially if it’s at Rio’s VooDoo Beach. Aside from waterfalls, you can bask in the sun while soaking up its Island vibe. There are four pools and three whirlpools, so space is never an issue here.
You can also play volleyball and cornhole if you need a break from sunbathing and swimming.
Hours: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., daily. Beginning Memorial Day weekend, hours change to 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Cost: Free to all Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino guests and locals with Total Rewards® cards.
Got pools on your mind now? Good! Now pack your shades and your swim suit and we’ll see you in Vegas.
It’s not every day you hear about digital holographic monkey wrestling in Vegas.
But then it’s not every day that Jane’s Addiction lead singer Perry Farrell rolls into town to announce Kind Heaven — a new 100,000-square-foot, 360-degree immersive entertainment experience opening at The LINQ Hotel & Casino in 2019.
“Kind Heaven represents Immersive Artistry’s unique approach to entertainment, which blends storytelling with mythology and technology for a 360-degree communal experience that thrusts the audience directly into the action,” said Immersive Artistry Co-Founder and CEO Cary Granat.
Costing $100 million and using state-of-the-art RF technology, advanced wearable tech, projection mapping and and more, Kind Heaven will create a personalized adventure for each visitor as they explore Southeast Asian culture, music, food, fashion and, yes, confrontational holographic monkeys.
The mind-bending vision of Kind Heaven brings together Granat — founder and former CEO of Walden Media (The Chronicles of Narnia film series) and former President and COO Miramax/Dimension Films (Scream series, Scary Movie and Spy Kids franchises, From Dusk Till Dawn); Immersive President Ed Jones — an Academy® Award-winning visual effects pioneer (Star Wars’ The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, Indiana Jones, E.T., Who Framed Roger Rabbit?); and Farrell, lead singer of rock bands Jane’s Addiction and Porno for Pyros and founder of Lollapalooza, one of the most successful music festivals in history.
Now Farrell brings his love of Southeast Asia to The LINQ and The LINQ Promenade to build, what he calls, “the missing link.” Kind Heaven, says Farrell, is an “immersive entertainment complex” and will feature “every form of art.”
“Lollapalooza forever changed the way fans experience live entertainment and Kind Heaven will take that to the next level, mesmerizing the audience through sights, sounds and deliciously exotic smells,” said Farrell. “Nothing like this has ever been attempted before. It’s going to be incredible.”
Visitors to Kind Heaven will take a virtual train from the entrance into a man-made version of Southeast Asia. Level one is themed as a night market, showcasing the vibe found in famous late-night street markets in Singapore, Thailand and Hong Kong. Vendors will be hawking assorted street foods as customers mill about.
Bars will include traditional style Western service, but will also offer something completely different. At The Dispensary, guests will order feelings. They will tell the bartender how they feel or how they want to feel, and the bartender will create a mixture of alcohol and herbs based on their desire.
Level 2 is The Forest, which Granat stated is all about the “elevation of spirits.” He compared it to the chill vibe of “Burning Man at dawn” and promised that visitors would find lost temples and cities, tree houses and lush vegetation as they explored.
“We’re enveloping audiences in multi-sensory experiences and transporting them to places they have never been before,” added Jones. “It is a new transitory experience and art form, not to mention a quantum leap forward from the traditional theme park experience.”
Continuing the elevation of spirits, guests will move on to Level 3, The Sanctuary. Granat called it, “the best of Nepal and Bhutan.” Being built above where the Vortex currently sits, this area will give visitors a chance to look down at the proverbial mountains and clouds. The founders are looking to showcase a Southeast Asian version of EDM here to complete the vibe.
Music, of course, will play a huge part in Kind Heaven. Farrell will be curating the program and his team is currently scouting Asia to bring in more than 130 different artists. Along with electronic dance music, rock, reggae and jazz will be featured genres. The Dynamo stage will be a performance area with a capacity for 1,000 concert-goers. Farrell, as he has done in the past, will create supergroups to play the room.
“Kind Heaven has the potential to become a must-visit Las Vegas destination that will appeal to our global travelers and transform the streetscape at the LINQ Promenade,” promised Bob Morse, president of hospitality for Caesars Entertainment.
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A trip to Vegas can be expensive. There’s gourmet restaurants, headliner shows, bottle service at nightclubs, spa treatments, gaming and dozens of other things to do.
If doing all of that stuff is not in your budget, we can help. You can find free entertainment, cheap food and drink specials and still have a ton of fun in Vegas.
We came up with four different itineraries that cost around $100 a day or less and include three meals, cocktails, an attraction and live entertainment.
Start your day with a hearty breakfast. We love Pronto by Giada at Caesars Palace, Giada De Laurentiis’ new casual restaurant. Get Giada’s Oatmeal with extra virgin olive oil, Maldon salt, oranges and almonds for $5.
A great sandwich always makes the perfect lunch. Try eatwell at The Cromwell for tasty, inexpensive options. You can get a turkey BLAT with shaved turkey breast, avocado aioli, heirloom tomatoes, avocado and bacon for $13.
Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill at Harrah’s Las Vegas serves down-home favorites. Head here for dinner and get a sloppy Joe sandwich with ground beef and sloppy Joe sauce on a homemade roll with a choice of fries, coleslaw or potato salad for $14.
When you’re in Vegas you want to have some drinks. If you want cheap drinks, go to the It’s 5 O’ Clock Somewhere Bar at Flamingo Las Vegas for nickel beers. The beer special is available daily from 5 – 6 p.m. Drink five beers and you’ll only be spending a few dollars.
Las Vegas is famous for its shows and if you want to see a fun, affordable one, look no further than Frank Marino’s Divas Las Vegas at The LINQ Hotel & Casino. Marino and his cast of talented tribute artists recreate your favorite stars including Cher, Madonna, Céline Dion, Rihanna, Adele and more. You can buy a ticket for $41.26 with taxes and fees included.
One of the best ways to view the Las Vegas Strip is from above. The Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck at Paris Las Vegas offers 360-degree views from 46 stories up. The tower is a half-scale replica of the real thing in France. Go during the day (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.) to save money and you can get a ticket for $16.
Grand Total (approximate, depending on tax and tips): $100.
Indulge in breakfast from a Michelin-Star chef at Brioche by Guy Savoy at Caesars Palace. Grab one of the famous French chef’s traditional French pastries. You can get a sweet brioche for $4.95. Choices include almond and candied fruit, Nutella and banana and more.
Stop into Café Ile St. Louis at Paris Las Vegas and you’ll feel like you’re in a Parisian sidewalk café. Eat a classic French sandwich, the croque monsieur, for $15. The Parisian ham and Emmenthal cheese sandwich is topped with Mornay sauce and served with fries.
Enjoy south-of-the-border flavors for dinner at Tequila Taqueria at Bally’s Las Vegas. We like the chicken taco platter with poblano rice and black beans for $18. You get three tacos made with pulled chipotle chicken, black bean sauce, queso fresco, crema Mexicana and avocado in corn tortillas.
Happy hour is a great way to save some money on drinks. The Cromwell’s Interlude Casino Lounge has one of the best happy hours around. From 6 – 7 p.m. nightly you can enjoy Grey Goose martinis and Ciroc cocktails for only $1. Try a Grey Goose Orange Cosmo with Grey Goose L’orange vodka, lime juice, cranberry juice and simple syrup or a Peach Kiss with Ciroc Peach vodka, pineapple juice and lemon sour.
Get yourself two drinks and you’ll only be spending a few bucks with tip.
If you like country music, you can catch some great live bands at Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill at Harrah’s Las Vegas for free. Live bands are on stage nightly. Music starts at 9 p.m. and there’s also a dance floor so you can kick up your heels.
Believe it or not, Las Vegas has some free attractions like the Wildlife Habitat at Flamingo Las Vegas. The habitat, located on the Flamingo hotel’s lush 15-acre grounds, is filled with exotic birds, fish and turtles.
A highlight is the Flamingo Island, home to a beautiful flock of Chilean flamingos. You’ll also find swans, ducks, koi fish and turtles living at the habitat.
Grand Total (approximate, depending on tax and tips): $50 including taxes and tips
Nosh Deli at Bally’s Las Vegas is a great place to grab a breakfast sandwich for $6.50. Get your choice of an English muffin, croissant or bagel and fill it with egg and bacon and cheddar, sausage and cheddar, turkey and Swiss or ham and Swiss.
You can eat at a celebrity chef’s restaurant and not spend a fortune in Vegas. Our favorite is Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips at The LINQ Promenade. You can enjoy a fish and chips combo with a soft drink for $14.99. The hand-cut fresh cod fillets are flown in fresh daily, battered and cooked to order. The chips are served with a choice of dipping sauces like Gordon’s tartar sauce, curry and mango and artisanal ketchup.
Splurge on a steak for dinner. It doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Head to Center Cut Steakhouse at Flamingo Las Vegas for a 10-ounce slow roasted prime rib for $34. The beef is certified Black Angus, dry-aged and seasoned with the chef’s custom spice blend.
If you’re a beer fan, you’ll enjoy happy hour at Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill inside Caesars Palace. Happy hour runs Monday – Friday, 2 – 5 p.m. and features $9 pints of draft beer.
Pete Vallee, also known as Big Elvis, is one of the best long-running free shows in town. Big Elvis performs inside The Piano Bar at Harrah’s Las Vegas and brings you all of The King’s biggest hits as well as other popular songs.
Twilight Zone By Monster Mini Golf at Bally’s Las Vegas will transport you into another dimension for just $11.95 for an 18-hole round. The 10,000-square-foot themed attraction is a glow-in-the-dark 18-hole miniature golf course featuring props and artwork inspired by The Twilight Zone. A live on-course DJ spins tunes while you golf.
Grand Total (approximate, depending on tax and tips): Around $90
Mon Ami Gabi at Paris Las Vegas is a great breakfast and brunch spot with a Parisian sidewalk café vibe. If the weather is nice, be sure to get a seat on the Strip-side patio. Dig into delicious blueberry waffles with warm blueberry syrup for $12.95.
L.A.’s famous Pink’s Hot Dogs has a convenient location on the Strip at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. If you want a quick bite for lunch, we suggest you try one of their specialty dogs. Since you’re in Vegas, go for the Showgirl Dog for $7.29. It comes with relish onions, bacon, chopped tomato, sauerkraut and sour cream. Get a side of fries for $3.99.
New York City’s legendary The Halal Guys have opened a restaurant at The Forum Food Court at Caesars Palace. We suggest a filling combo platter piled high with chicken and beef gyro meat, rice, chopped tomato, lettuce and pita for $11.99. Be sure to top it with their famous white sauce.
Hit up the bar at Rao’s Italian restaurant at Caesars Palace for $6 happy hour beers including Blue Moon, Newcastle, Modelo and more. Happy hour runs Sunday – Thursday from 5 – 6:30 p.m.
The Piano Bar at Harrah’s Las Vegas offers some great free entertainment. Identical twins Kim and Tamara Pinegar show off their talented skills (competing for your applause) in the ultimate sibling rivalry. Catch these sisters in their dueling piano show nightly at 9 p.m.
No trip to Vegas is complete without a ride on the High Roller, the world’s tallest observation wheel. See the Las Vegas Strip from 550 feet above it. On the 30-minute ride, you’ll enjoy 360-degree views of the city. To save money, go during the day time (prior to 5 p.m.) for $22 for adults.
Grand Total (approximate, depending on tax and tips): $75
Nothing in sports beats the first weekend of the annual college basketball tournament. Thursday and Friday (March 15 – 16) feature 16 games a day with all the college basketball upsets one could hope for. The following two days see the original field of 68 teams whittled down to the remaining 16. All the clichés are true – it’s “one and done,” players “leave it all out on the floor,” and March is a time, “when legends are built.” So why not make it a legendary weekend in Las Vegas?
If you can’t be courtside, watching one of the regions play out live, then there’s no better place to catch all the action than in Las Vegas. These three weeks of frenzied college basketball, with the final games wrapping up March 31 before the April 2 National Championship game, are what sports books and sports bars were built for – places to enjoy all the action with fellow crazed fans.
First off, for those of you who might not be able to make the trip but think you can create the perfect bracket, here’s your chance to win a cool million. Sign up at https://www.hoopsonthestripbracket.com/ and prove your bracket supremacy. And if you miss a few games, there is still a bevy of prizes to be won. If you can predict 60 or more games correctly, you walk away with $25k. More importantly, the person who ends up with the most points in the challenge not only wins bragging rights, but also a trip for two to Las Vegas. Second place wins a 50-inch 4k HDTV. So start asking yourself now, “How many three seeds will lose to 14 seeds?”
Remember, if you’re not actually calling in sick to work during this hoops fest, you can still place a sports wager from anywhere in Nevada, if you’re 21 and up that is. Use Caesars Sports the mobile sports book wagering app, when you want to place a bet and can’t make it to the book.
In Las Vegas, every sports bar will be an all-day party with overdoses on buzzer-beaters, upsets and busted brackets. But if you need to move around and get away from the book for a while, plenty of bars offer up incentives in addition to the games.
At Caesars Palace, the newly remodeled Race & Sports Book is the place to be. It’s got a 138-foot LED video wall that boasts a possible 96 different screen configurations and is the largest on the Vegas Strip. It’s also the only place with brand new personalized ListenWifi technology, allowing guests to stream sound for any game shown through an iPhone or Android device. That’s right; you can now see your game and hear it too. Food and beverage packages for the Race & Sports Book start at $100. Reserve your seat here.
Just steps from the Race & Sports Book, Alto Bar offers a sweet setup where guests can enjoy an all-you-care-to-eat buffet for $299 per person per day or a three-day package for $750. If you want to really prove you’ve got game, book the “He Got Game” package in the bar’s private room for $10,000 for a group of 20 friends. This includes a food and drink package plus a team jersey of choice for each member of the group. Book your package here. Baller status!
The Vista Cocktail Lounge will be serving food from Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill and offers bottle service. Enjoy the games from this plush ultralounge setting. Table service starts at $500 for groups of four, six or eight, and can be reserved here.
Montecristo Cigar Bar and Lounge will also have specials for those who want to light up a stogie while they watch hoops, perhaps a victory cigar after their underdog team knocks off a higher seed. Guests can reserve their own personal “Living Room” setups in the Montecristo Library, featuring games on the floor-to-ceiling video wall, or chill in the Courtyard with several flat screen TVs. Reserve your package here. Options include:
Sneak down to the lower level of the hotel and casino to discover the ultimate basketball lover’s hideaway, the Bally’s Race & Sports Book. It’s got multiple big-screen projectors and HDTVs plus drink packages ranging from $35-$125. Reserve your spot here.
Check out the games via projector screen at Interlude Lounge, which is also offering three drink tickets plus a voucher for delicious chili-covered Barbary dogs or pizza from nearby Eatwell. The sleek Bound Bar offers a similar package, with intimate lounge seating and craft cocktails. Packages at both venues start at $150. To book please email or call 702-777-3790.
If you’re feeling lucky, head to Garden Bar where raffle prizes are up for grabs throughout the games. Food and drink packages start at $75 per person, available Saturday and Sunday only, and include a bucket of beers and food from Café To Go. Book online or call 702-604-8801.
Keep a relaxed island vibe at the 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar, no matter how much of a nail biter your game turns into. Food and beverage packages start at $75 per person and include a bucket of beers and snacks while you watch on a large projector screen. If the competition on the screen’s not enough for you, challenge your buddies to beer pong while you watch. Book online or call 702-604-8801.
Make the most of the newly renovated Race & Sports Book at Harrah’s Las Vegas and catch all the action on more than 40 HDTVs plus two giant screens. Food and drink packages with premium seating start at $150 and you can score prizes and giveaways throughout the game.
Up the action ante by opting for a Carnaval Court outdoor man cave and enjoy flair bartending plus an open-air street party vibe. Packages include a VIP table for six guests and a bottle of Skyy Vodka, starting at $350. There will be heaters if it’s chilly. Please call 702-693-6138 to book your package.
Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar offers free viewing on 28 TVs and the Big Screen sprawled across the stage.
Those looking to chomp down on a hearty meal as the games begin should check out Burger Brasserie at Paris Las Vegas, which features a hoops menu with special breakfast items as well. The restaurant opens early at 8 a.m. Thursday and Friday and at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, for all your watching and munching needs. To book a seat, please call 702-946-4347 or send an email.
Place your bets at the Paris Race & Sports Book then chill in the comfortable seating at Le Bar Du Sport to watch all the games with food and beverage packages ranging from $25-$250. For reservations, please call 702-348-9033 or send an email.
If you can’t be courtside, try poolside. Catch all the games by The POOL at The LINQ with a package that starts at $99 and includes a premium game day buffet featuring wings from Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen & Bar plus fun giveaways. Reserve a seat here. Cabanas are also available to rent.
TAG Sports Bar has no cover charge and better yet, offers great drink specials during the games. Choose from 48 oz. pitches of Miller Lite or Coors Light for $15, select brands You-Call-It for $10, and more.
Outside on The LINQ Promenade, you can watch all the basketball action on multiple TVs at Virgil’s Real Barbecue. The tasty restaurant features many styles of BBQ, best sampled with the Pig Out, which includes generous portions of Memphis pork spare ribs, Texas beef brisket, Carolina pulled pork and Kansas BBQ chicken. Make the most of their food and drink packages and score some fun giveaways. Fans can enjoy an open bar beginning the first game until halftime of last game on Thursday, March 15 for $150, Friday, March 16 for $150, Saturday, March 17 for $125 and Sunday, March 18 for $100.
Have the ultimate viewing experience with your own Planet Hollywood Man Cave at the London Club area on The Mezz level. The caves include premium drinks, a private buffet with high-end offerings, exclusive living room viewing space and giveaways by Miller Lite and Coors Light models, while you watch the action from all four regions. Book your spot here.
Heart Bar has many drink specials including $8 Miller and Coors Light, $13 Absolut Bloody Marys or El Jimador Bloody Marias and $13 Crown Royal or Crown Apple Shots.
Relax and cover all the main game day food groups adjacent to the Race & Sports Book at Ringer Wings, Pizza & Sliders with food and beverage packages starting at $125 along with other drink specials. To reserve at Heart Bar or Ringer, please call 702-523-4977 or send an email.
iBar has TVs lining the entire venue so it’s the perfect place to watch the games. Food and drink packages with reserved seating start at $150 and there’s also open seating as well.
Feed your crew in the Rio Sports Book with tasty game day favorites from the nearby Sports Deli. Grab a food package for $75 that includes two orders of mozzarella sticks, 24 wings, a five-topping pizza and a bucket of domestic beers.