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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.
By Ashley Friedman
You don’t get a second chance at a lot of things in life — first kisses, job interviews, NBA free-throw contests sponsored by local radio stations, to name a few — but the chance to see your earliest celebrity crush in the flesh wearing a bow tie and no shirt like you always wanted in middle school? That, my friend, we can do right here on the Strip at the Chippendales’ Las Vegas show at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.
Chippendales Las Vegas sounds like something you made up in a dream — a live revue of singing, dancing, ridiculously hot men — but since 1979, it’s been the real deal. The first all-male stripping troupe, Chippendales has played host to many a celebrity cameo, featuring only the most smoldering male celebs, harnessing both their intangible personal heat and their exceptional skills on the dance floor.
The result is a hip-gyrating, hormone-igniting, visual aphrodisiac more lust-inducing than a thermos full of Brass Monkey and 10,000 oysters. Known for their iconic neckwear and bare chests that appear carved from stone, a Chippendales dancer is a rare breed. Let’s take a look at some of the famous fellas who have worn the sacred bow tie at one time or another.
The late ’90s was one of the most important eras in guy-hotness in American history, and this phenomenon owes a debt of gratitude to boy bands. One boy band specifically: 98 Degrees. The band name also describes the temperature when Jeff Timmons takes off his shirt to reveal that in the ’90s, he was just getting warmed up! His tenure at Chippendales Las Vegas is a testament to both his talent and the timelessness of men dancing in formation.
Back in the ’90s, there was “nothin” Joey Lawrence’s love couldn’t fix, and believe it or not, that is still true today. Lawrence has come a long way since portraying dull-witted he-fox Joey Russo on the beloved sitcom “Blossom,” but what’s important hasn’t changed. Lawrence’s physique continues to impress, his hair looks great and those puppy dog eyes of his don’t hurt either.
I still carry suspicions that Antonio Sabato Jr. is not human, but a hyper-attractive cyborg who was designed by an all-female focus group in some kind of “Weird Science” wish-fulfillment fantasy. Like his Chippendales counterparts, this former poster boy for Calvin Klein and soap star has somehow gotten hotter with age. This lends further credence to my cyborg theory, and is reason enough to attend the show: to perform a close-up investigation of his abdomen, just to check for wires.
Not to be outdone by Sabato Jr., another one of Chippendales most desirable gentlemen also had his own music video fame. Yes, Tyson Beckford appeared in Janet Jackson and Toni Braxton music videos. Remember when he got out of the pool and when she shaved his face? This model-turned-actor’s nearly preposterous physical beauty is matched only by the intensity of his gaze, which means watching him gyrate in a bow tie mere feet away counts as a religious experience.
No erotically-charged troupe of topless male dancers would be complete if it didn’t include some of the hunks who have captivated us, not by acting, singing, but simply by being themselves… sort of. Yes, ladies, I’m talking about the heroes of reality television. Do you recall the achingly hot “Bachelor” contestant Jake Pavelka?
He of the golden-boy smile and all-American build? This is a man of many talents and star of six reality shows (yes, you read that right). The former pilot can now add shirtless dancer to the resume with his run on the Chippendale’s stage. Proving his “Dancing With the Stars” stint was just a warm-up act.
If enormous muscles and an adorable baby face are more your thing, allow me to point out the tremendously sexy contributions to Chippendales Las Vegas made by the one known as Ronnie Ortiz-Margo, of “Jersey Shore” fame. He’s come a long way from Seaside Heights to Las Vegas, but he’s clearly retained the “Gym” part of the famed “Gym, Tan, Laundry” mantra. Some things never change.
Last but certainly not least, Chippendales Las Vegas dancer Ian Ziering proves that the best things come to those who wait. As spoiled jock Steve Sanders on “Beverly Hills 90210,“ Ziering was regularly outshone by costars Luke Perry and Jason Priestley, but all that’s changed. The years have been kind to Ziering — very, very kind — and after about 15 seconds of staring at that tan chest, you’ll be all, “Dylan Who?”
Celebrity guest host, Nyle DiMarco, strutted his stuff with the Chippendales in the fall of 2017. DiMarco was the winner of both “Dancing with the Stars” and “America’s Next Top Model.” See this hottie on stage and you’ll feel like a winner too.
Sometimes it’s hard to get past the handsome good looks and chiseled bodies to remember the Chippendales are dancers, first and foremost. Former “Dancing with the Stars” professional dancer and Mirrorball Trophy winner Tony Dovolani will be showing off his sweet moves when he guest hosts Chippendales April 19 through May 27, 2018. Naturally, he’ll be choreographing the parts of the show where he will be featured. This dance pro has been featured on 21 seasons of the hit show so you know he’s got the goods. As if you need another reason to go check out the hotties at Chippendales during Tony’s run, this philanthropic hunk will be donating a portion of his salary to the Tony Dovolani Foundation, which supports families of children with special needs.
Ashley Friedman is a comedy writer living in LA and loves the Bachelor, rosé, weekends in Vegas and cataloging pop culture.
Get your green on – it’s time for St. Patrick’s Day. It’s one of the biggest party days of the year and if it’s one thing Las Vegas knows how to do, it’s throw a party. We’ve got parades, music, green beer, Jameson shots and all the corned beef you can handle.
Here’s a list things to do on St. Patrick’s Day in Las Vegas whether you’re actually Irish of just Irish for one day a year.
O’Sheas Irish-themed casino and pub at The LINQ Hotel & Casino is the epicenter of all the St. Patrick’s Day action.
Things start out March 17 with a bagpiper breakfast at 9 a.m. A bagpiper band will roam the Promenade entertaining early-bird partiers with stops at O’Shea’s, Off The Strip Bistro & Bar, Chayo Mexican Kitchen + Tequila Bar, Tilted Kit Pub & Eatery, Flour & Barley – Brick Oven Pizza, Virgil’s Real BBQ and Canter’s Deli.
At noon, the annual parade will wind from Las Vegas Boulevard down The LINQ Promenade to the High Roller observation wheel. The parade will be led by a green Lamborghini from Royalty Exotic. An Irish b-boy dance troupe will join the parade, along with bagpipers (who will bring out the LED for the parade for the evening performances), leprechauns, celebrity guests, stilt walkers and Irish dancers.
The parade will end at O’Sheas Casino where Mr. Lucky, the leprechaun, will give the official toast. O’Sheas will host a lineup of live entertainment including Roxy Gunn, Silversage, Darby O’Gill and DJs, as well as drink specials, inside the pub until 3 a.m.
Since it’s also college basketball time, there will be a Hoops on the Strip big screen on The LINQ Promenade’s fountain stage showing all of the games from 9 a.m. through the final buzzer.
At sunset, the High Roller will be illuminated in shades of green.
Beer Park at Paris Las Vegas is tapping into the luck of the Irish with a St. Patrick’s Day celebration, complete with green beer, a DJ and traditional Irish fare all day on March 17.
In addition to green beer, Beer Park will serve a traditional corned beef sandwich. Served on warm French bread, the sandwich will be piled high with thick slices of corned beef and topped with fries, coleslaw and spicy mustard; priced at $9.95. The party will keep going with a live DJ from 9 p.m. until close.
Sprinkles Cupcakes at The LINQ Promenade is serving a tasty treat for St. Patrick’s Day. Grab the Irish coffee cupcake from March 12 – 25. The Belgian dark chocolate and coffee cupcake is loaded with Jameson’s Irish Whiskey and topped with a decadent Bailey’s cream cheese frosting.
Pizza might not be a traditional Irish food, but Flour & Barley at The LINQ Promenade puts an Irish twist on it with the Luck of the Irish Pie. It’s made with pesto cream sauce, corned beef, Brussels sprouts, sausage and potato for $17.50.
Yard House at The LINQ Promenade is offering a special menu with Irish-inspired drinks and food March 12 – 18. Dig in to corned beef brisket, shepherd’s pie and a grilled corned beef sandwich.
Drinks will include a Dublin mule, Celtic mojito and an Irish whiskey and beer flight. Of course there’s always Guinness on tap including Guinness Stout, Guinness Blonde and Guinness Black & Blonde.
Off The Strip at The LINQ Promenade will keep the St. Patrick’s Day party going with $6 green beers, $10 Emerald Martinis, $6 Jameson shots and $8 Irish Car Bombs.
You can also enjoy traditional corned beef and cabbage with mashed potatoes and stout sauce for $26 or Reuben Balls with Swiss cheese, corned beef and sauerkraut, breaded and fried and served with Thousand Island dipping sauce (8 for $16).
Tilted Kilt at The LINQ Promenade will open its doors early at 7 a.m. with drink specials featuring Kilt Lifter Scottish Ale for $8; Guinness for $10; Green beer for $8 and Jameson shots for $9. Live entertainment starting at 4 p.m. will include DJs, stilt walkers, leprechauns and Irish dancers.
All-American Bar & Grille at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino is going all-Irish for St. Patrick’s Day. Indulge in corned beef and cabbage with baby red potatoes and whole grain mustard with one domestic tap beer for $25.
Who says a Mexican restaurant can’t be Irish for a day? Cabo Wabo Cantina at the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino will be offering pints of greens beer starting at $7. Pair it with the Suerte de Irish enchilada, smothered in salsa verde for $15.95.
If you’re looking for something sweet for St. Patrick’s Day, Amorino Gelato at The LINQ Promenade will have a crêpe cart outside with $3 crêpes. We love them with chocolate, caramel or just plain sugar. You can also get crêpes filled with gelato.
Hash House A Go Go at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino is serving up a corned beef and cabbage farm scramble to get your St. Patrick’s Day started right. Fill up on crispy potatoes, steamed cabbage, a buttermilk biscuit, steamed corned beef, two eggs and Dijon mustard for $14.99.
Visit the casino bars at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino for drink specials including Jameson shots for $8, Guinness for $6 and Irish Car Bombs for $10.
Celebrate your Irish side at Carnaval Court with free live entertainment, beer pong, prizes, and green beer. There will also be drink specials at bars across the property including the Irish Dance (shot of Jameson and a Guinness) for $16, Coors Light and Miller Lite for $7, a shot of Fireball for $10, Ketel One drinks for $11, Patron drinks for $12 and a bucket of Heineken for $29.
Flamingo Las Vegas bars will be turning Irish for the day. Head to Patio Bar, Garden Bar and 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar for any domestic beer and a shot of Jameson for $8.
Coming to Vegas in March? Well, you’re in for a treat. No matter which week you plan on visiting, there are always going to be things to do in Vegas. From St. Patrick’s Day and basketball viewing parties to pool season and the hottest shows on the Strip, the possibilities are endless.
Wait — it’s already pool season? (Weren’t the holidays just a couple months ago?) That’s the joy about Vegas, though. While many parts of the country are still bundled up, we’re here in splashing in our swimsuits. All of our Caesars Entertainment hotel pools reopen this week including VooDoo Beach at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino; GO Pool at Flamingo Las Vegas; Drai’s Beachclub at The Cromwell; Pleasure Pool at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino; Blu Pool at Bally’s Las Vegas; and The Pool at Harrah’s Las Vegas.
While Caesars Palace’s Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis, The LINQ Hotel’s pool and Paris Las Vegas’ Soleil Pool are open year round, you’ll be happy to know all the live DJs and festivities are back in session. Read about all these pools before your Vegas trip and stay tuned for our upcoming pool blog.
See the Rocket Man live in concert before his Las Vegas residency, “Elton John – The Million Dollar Piano” at The Colosseum is over. Hear all of Sir Elton John’s hits, “Rocket Man,” “Benny and the Jets,” and “Crocodile Rock” as he jams on his 3,000-pound piano complete with 68 LED Yamaha video screens. See him this month, Thursday, March 1 and Friday, March 2.
Vegas is your spring break party headquarters. In addition to pool season, you can party at Cabo Wabo Cantina inside Planet Hollywood’s Miracle Mile Shops. Enjoy a Strip-side party with live music, beer buckets, signature cocktails and more.
Drink specials include Dos Equis beer buckets, priced at $23; and Cabo Wabo’s signature cocktails, including the Vojito, handcrafted with Devotion Black and Blue vodka, fresh berries, fresh mint and lime juice, priced at $13.
Cabo Wabo’s got you covered for hangovers too, offering breakfast selections daily from 8 to 11 a.m. Enjoy a variety of sweet and savory items like the croissant French toast, a freshly-baked croissant classically prepared into French toast, topped with warm maple syrup, fresh berries, powdered sugar and whipped cream, priced at $10.95; and huevos de nacho, a plate of Cabo Wabo’s signature cheese nachos topped with two fried eggs, guacamole, sour cream and pico de gallo, priced at $12.95. Bottomless mimosas and bellinis will be available for $24.99.
We can tell you right now J.Lo’s show is very special. See the shining diva in her show, “JENNIFER LOPEZ: ALL I HAVE” at the Zappos Theater inside Planet Hollywood. Her dance moves are still on fire and her outfits are lit AF. She’ll take the stage on the following dates: March 2-3, 24, 28 and 30-31.
Get ready to boogie at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas at The LINQ Promenade on Friday, March 2. Get a feel of the islands and sway to the sweet sounds of Passafire.
Let Zedd be your remedy at OMNIA Nighclub inside Caesars Palace on Saturday, March 3. If you miss him the first time, you can also catch him on March 10, 13 or 17.
Gentlemen, start your engines! The Las Vegas Motor Speedway hosts the 2018 Pennzoil 400 Weekend / Monster Energy NASCAR Series from Friday, March 2 through Sunday, March 4. While you’re here catching the races, you can also enjoy a one-of-a-kind Neon Garage with live music and entertainment for that entire weekend.
There will be events on the Strip. Cabo Wabo Cantina satisfies NASCAR fans’ need for speed with viewing parties and drink specials from Friday, March 2 through Sunday, March 4. NASCAR enthusiasts can watch the races on any of Cabo Wabo’s numerous flat-panel big-screen TVs.
Enjoy the Can’t Drive 55, a blend of Cabo Wabo blanco tequila, Sammy’s beach bar rum, vodka, gin and splashes of lime, orange, pineapple and cranberry juices, finished with a touch of amaretto Disaronno, priced at $15. Beer buckets and shot specials will also be available.
What can be better than courtside? Catching all your favorite games in Vegas, of course. Head to one of the exclusive viewing parties with unobstructed views and all-you-can-eat and drink. You can read more about our Hoops on the Strip parties here. Here are some specials to get you excited:
If you haven’t already, you need to add seeing Calvin Harris in the flesh right now. The Grammy Award-winning DJ / producer hits the stage at OMNIA Nightclub at Caesars Palace on Friday, March 9. It’ll be nice to feel so close to him as you and your squad hit the dance floor. You can catch Calvin Harris on March 16, 23 and 30 as well.
Fans of the beloved comedy show “Seinfeld” can see the main star in the flesh on Friday, March 9 and Saturday, March 10. Emmy Award-winning actor and comedian Jerry Seinfeld returns to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.
Get your indie EDM fix with Hippie Sabotage at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas at The LINQ Promenade on Thursday, March 15. The brother duo made No. 1 on Billboard’s Next Big Sound chart and worked with pop stars Ellie Goulding and Tove Lo.
America’s Got Talent finalist Tape Face returns to Vegas for his new show, “House of Tape” at Harrah’s Las Vegas. Tape Face is more than just your average mime routine: He puts a clever, whimsical kick into his acts and turns everything he touches into comedy gold. His routine can also be enjoyed of people of all ages and languages, so make sure to bring the entire family. His show kicks off Friday, March 16.
Go green in Vegas with St. Paddy’s Day parties on the Strip.
There will be a parade and tons of festivities at The LINQ Promenade on Saturday, March 17. Enjoy everything from stilt walkers, celebrity beer pong tournaments, a parade and much more. And a St. Patrick’s Day parade wouldn’t be complete without LED bagpipes and Irish dancers. Stay until nighttime and see a live band perform inside O’Sheas and live DJ music following that. Don’t forget to high-five Lucky the Leprechaun! Oh, and how could we forget? There will be a beer truck too. (Remember to please drink responsibly.)
Right on time for St. Patrick’s Day, Sprinkles at The LINQ Promenade offers its Irish coffee cupcake from March 12 – 25. This cupcake comes with Belgian dark chocolate and coffee cake loaded with Jameson’s Irish whiskey, topped with a decadent Bailey’s cream cheese frosting. (Can we say yum?!) Pair this with the March ice cream special, banana caramel chip – creamy banana ice cream made from roasted bananas with homemade chocolate chips and a dulce de leche swirl.
Just a few steps away on the promenade, Yardhouse offers a St. Patrick’s menu from March 12 – 18. Enjoy a corned beef brisket, Shepherd’s Pie and grilled corned beef sandwich. Guzzle it down with a Celtic mojito or a Dublin mule and you’ll be feeling mighty fine.
Head over to Beer Park at Paris Las Vegas and enjoy specials with rooftop views of the Strip. Beer Park taps into the luck of the Irish complete with green beer, a DJ and a twist on traditional Irish fare all day on Saturday, March 17.
In addition to green beer, Beer Park will serve a traditional corned beef sandwich. Served on warm French bread, the sandwich will be piled high with thick slices of corned beef and topped with fries, coleslaw and spicy mustard; priced at $9.95. Beer Park will keep the party going with a live DJ from 9 p.m. until close.
Check out more Vegas St. Patrick’s Day events.
Calling all sports fanatics: Did you ever want to know the dirt on your favorite athletes? Sure, you can Google old news stories but it’s way better to hear the scoop from the stars themselves. That’s what you’ll get at Renegades, a show at Cleopatra’s Barge at Caesars Palace. See Terrell Owens, Jose Consecco and Jim McMahon spill all their secrets and their highs and lows of their careers.
Here’s a bonus: You get to ask all your burning questions during the show’s Q&A during the end. Get up close and personal with the stars every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Showtime is 8 p.m. nightly.
Does he really need an intro? Not these days. The big-time rap star Big Sean makes his way to Drai’s Nightclub at The Cromwell on Saturday, March 24. It’s time to “play no games” and see him in concert the next time you’re in Vegas.
Near… far… wherever you are, you can see the legendary Céline Dion at The Colosseum inside Caesars Palace. Hear all of your favorite hits like “My Heart Will Go On,” “The Power of Love,” “Because You Loved Me” and much more.
We’re ending this blog on a sweet note: Hit up Café Hollywood inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino and you can get your hands on one of these bad boys. The Supernova shake is your dream dessert in a cup — whether it’s cake and rainbow sprinkles or your favorite chocolate, you’ll be in heaven. Since all three look irresistible, you might have to make multiple trips back here.
Sure, it can be easy to break the bank on dining in Las Vegas, but you don’t have to. If tasting menus, gourmet restaurants and chef’s tables aren’t in your budget, don’t worry. Las Vegas has tons of dining options no matter how much you’re looking to spend.
If you’d rather save some of that money in your wallet for shows and shopping, we’ve come up with a list of places to eat that’ll keep your budget on track. Here are 25 meals to eat in Vegas under $25.
Pronto by Giada is celeb chef Giada De Laurentiis’ new fast casual restaurant at Caesars Palace. The restaurant serves a variety of delectable sandwiches, salads, soups and dessert. Try Giada’s signature mufaletta sandwich with marinated salumi, olive tapenade and provolone picante for $15. Pair it with a side of antipasto pasta salad for $5.
Legendary New York City staple The Halal Guys recently opened in the Forum Food Court at Caesars Palace and you can grab a plate of their delicious Mediterranean food for a great price. We suggest a combo platter piled high with chicken and beef gyro meat, rice, chopped tomato, lettuce and pita for $11.99. Be sure to get the famous white sauce on top. You can even order a side of creamy hummus and still stay well within your budget.
Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay serves elevated British pub food at his Pub & Grill inside Caesars Palace. If you want to stay under $25, we suggest a sandwich like the pesto chicken sandwich with oven roasted tomatoes, peppers, caramelized onions, watercress, pistachio, provolone and toasted zucchini bread for $20. The sandwich is served with kettle chips.
This authentic Chinese restaurant at Caesars Palace serves a wide variety of affordable food but they are known for their handmade noodles. Enjoy Dan Dan noodles with minced pork and numbing spicy sauce for $12.99.
If you’re looking for a big, hearty breakfast, head to Café Americano at Caesars Palace for the All American Breakfast for $22. Enjoy your choice of applewood smoked bacon, sausage or country ham steak, three eggs any style, home fries or hash browns and a choice of toast.
Mon Ami Gabi at Paris Las Vegas is a popular spot with a Parisian sidewalk café atmosphere. Be sure to grab a table out on the patio overlooking the Strip. You can get a French classic, trout almondine with brown butter, lemon and French green beans for $22.95.
If you want another meal with French flair, check out Le Café Ile St. Louis at Paris Las Vegas. We love the popular French croque madame sandwich with Parisian ham, emmenthal cheese, mornay sauce, a sunny side up egg and frites for $16.
Carlos ‘n Charlie’s is a fun, party bar and Mexican restaurant at Flamingo Las Vegas. If you want something to satisfy your hunger after a few margaritas, order a carne asada burrito for $18.50. The flour tortilla is filled with diced carne asada, cheddar and jack cheese and veggies. It’s served with a side of rice and refried beans.
Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville restaurant at Flamingo Las Vegas will make you feel like you’ve been whisked away to the islands. While you’re there, get a Cheeseburger in Paradise for $15.49. The signature burger is topped with American cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickles and paradise island sauce and is served with fries or a green salad.
Spice up your life with Thai food from SEA at Bally’s Las Vegas. Dig into the Bangkok Panang Curry for $22. The medium spicy curry is made with green beans, bell pepper and green peas with either chicken, shrimp, beef or tofu.
Celebrity brothers Paul and Mark Wahlberg opened their burger restaurant, Wahlburgers last year at The Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally’s Las Vegas. Fans know the restaurant from the Emmy-nominated reality show “Wahlburgers,” which airs on A&E. You don’t have to stop at just one burger. Get the Triple-Decker with three 3-ounce burgers, lettuce, tomato, onion, American cheese, Paul’s signature Wahl sauce and housemade pickles for $14.95. Add some tater tots for $4.25.
Guy Fieri is known for creating over-the-top food and you can try it at his Vegas Kitchen + Bar at The LINQ Hotel & Casino. The Big Dipper Sandwich is $19.50 and is piled high with house-roasted top round, pepper jack cheese and crispy onions on a torpedo roll with creamy horseradish and au jus for dipping. The sandwich also comes with fries.
Famed L.A. restaurant Canter’s Deli is known for its signature sandwiches stacked high with a half pound of corned beef or pastrami on fresh baked rye bread. You can get the sandwiches at the location at The LINQ Promenade. We like the corned beef Rueben for $16.75. It comes with a pickle and choice of fries, kettle chips, fresh fruit or side salad.
Satisfy your Mexican food cravings at Chayo Mexican Kitchen + Tequila Bar at The LINQ Promenade. Try a roasted pork torta with Romaine lettuce, chipotle mayo and pickled vegetables for $17.95. Add a side of either street corn or steak fries for $5.95 and still stay within budget.
Everyone loves pizza and you can get a great one at Flour & Barley at The LINQ Promenade for under $25. We like the margherita pizza with mozzarella, basil and San Marzano tomato sauce for $14. The lasagna pizza is another tasty choice with Bolognese sauce, mushroom, sausage and herbed ricotta cheese sauce for $17.50.
Looking for a good brunch dish that won’t cost a fortune? We love bruch at GIADA at The Cromwell. The salmon Benedict is a good choice for $19. It’s made with wilted spinach, piquillo peppers, Prosecco Hollandaise, poached eggs and toast.
Eatwell at The Cromwell serves up tasty bites at a casual walk-up counter 24 hours a day. Everything here is tasty and affordable but we suggest a Latin rice bowl for $9. Steamed Jasmine rice is topped with chicken adobo or carnitas, pico, avocado and crema.
As the name suggests, you’ll find all of your favorite American food at this restaurant at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. You can find a filling dinner for $24 with the grilled chicken with herbed butter. It’s served with fire-roasted vegetables and a choice of mashed or baked potato.
Celebrity chef Guy Fieri serves Mexican dishes with his signature flair at his restaurant at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. You can get Drunken Fish Tacos for $18. They’re made with a la plancha Sonoran-style fish, spicy slaw, pickled red onion and cilantro on grilled corn tortillas.
This restaurant at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino is perfect for game-day fare. Try the garlic knot meatball sliders, which are two for $9. They’re made with meatball, fresh mozzarella, tomato sauce and Parmesan ranch. Add waffle fries for $3 and sit back and watch the game. Ringer is located adjacent to the hotel’s race and sports book.
Sink your teeth into a gourmet burger from Gordon Ramsay. All of the burgers are tasty at Gordon Ramsay Burger inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, but why not go for the chef’s famous HELL’S KITCHEN Burger? For $17 you’ll get a fresh burger topped with asadero cheese, roasted jalapenos, avocado, roasted tomatoes and jalapeno aioli.
For a tasty seafood option with Mexican flair, try the camarones a la diabla at Yolo’s inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino for $22.95. You’ll get sautéed Gulf shrimp tossed in spicy habanero cream sauce, served over Spanish rice with baby zucchini and carrots.
Yong Kang Street at Paris Las Vegas showcases the flavors of Taiwan, Hong Kong and China. Everything is made fresh and there’s a large variety to choose from. Try the Taiwanese style beef noodle soup for $17.88.
Chef Steve Martorano serves Italian favorites with his old school East Coast flair at Paris Las Vegas. We love the Spaghetti D.O.P for $22. It’s cooked al dente and is made with San Marzano tomatoes, garlic, basil and D.O.C. Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.
Country crooner Toby Keith’s restaurant cooks up down-home Southern food favorites at Harrah’s Las Vegas. You can get a hearty meal like the Down Home Meatloaf for $19. The meatloaf includes ground beef, applewood smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, brown gravy and a choice of two sides. Sides include things like mashed potatoes, corn on the cob, mac & cheese, baked beans and more.