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Las Vegas Shows

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl was spotted attending the hit show ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace on Dec. 28. The legendary rocker was seen taking in ABSINTHE’s outlandish acts and hilarious antics during the 10 p.m. performance. Following the show, Grohl went backstage for a photo with the entire cast and to share his enjoyment of the performance.

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Las Vegas Dining

If you are looking for the opportunity to try a new restaurant, learn about a wine, whiskey or beer you are not familiar with and meet new people at a reasonable price, you might want to check out one of the many pairing dinners that are offered in Las Vegas.

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Las Vegas Tours And Attractions

Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens’ Lunar New Year display honoring the Year of the Rooster was unveiled this week, and will continue to bring good fortune and prosperity to visitors through March 4. Created by renowned event designer Ed Libby, in collaboration with the Bellagio Horticulture team and Feng Shui Master George Yau, the gardens are brought to life with over 20,000 flowers, silk-lantern chandeliers and a stunning preview of the highly anticipated Bellagio by MGM Shanghai resort.

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Other Las Vegas News

A new milestone in transportation was reached today as NAVYA and Keolis, in partnership with the city of Las Vegas, launched the first completely autonomous, fully electric shuttle ever to be deployed on a public roadway in the United States. The shuttle is being launched in the new Innovation District that was recently created by the city of Las Vegas in downtown Las Vegas.

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Newkirk’s Notes

Hello From Las Vegas! – They say that when you live in Las Vegas, the best part of winter storms are watching them happen somewhere else on TV! I see that many of our friends in the U.S. are either out of freezing, or will be so soon. We’ve had a cold snap as well, but “cold snap” for us means temps in the low 50’s this time of year.

For the water-parched west, the news has been good. Nearly empty reservoirs in California are filling up nicely, and the portions of Colorado and Wyoming which primarily feed the Colorado River (and shrinking Lake Mead) are seeing heavy snow. As things stand now, Las Vegas won’t be out of water for 35 years (long story for another day), but every snowflake in those mountains prolongs water usage cutbacks here in the desert southwest.

I’ve said it before, and it bears repeating for newer readers: Resorts are actually very wise water users, and no indoor water use here is wasted. Yes, it takes water to keep those lush properties looking good. However, when you look at how many tens of thousands of people per day enjoy hotel property grounds, the water use is negligible. AND… ALL water used indoors here which goes down the drain is treated and dumped back into Lake Mead. Outside of the electricity used to pump and treat the water, none is wasted. Shower as long as you please without guilt!

Where Is The Deals Spreadsheet? – A couple of you (so far) have asked where the deals spreadsheet went. Unfortunately, Lyka — our phone researcher — quit. With NO NOTICE!!! Unfortunately, you can’t simply drag someone off the street and into this job. You need phone skills, intense organizational skills, knowledge of the tourism areas we cover, of what restaurants and bars are up to, database skills, HTML skills, and more.

So… here’s what we’re going to do. I am looking for a replacement. In the meantime, if you are coming to town soon, contact Rick at [email protected] and he’ll send you the last one she did (at the end of the year). DO keep in mind to call and verify anything you are interested in (which we always suggest you do anyway, as things are subject to change).

Regular readers know that rarely a week goes by where we aren’t giving you insider tips that will save you time and money on each visit. Hence, we hope that will suffice for now. As always, we stand by our “double for nothing” guarantee:

If you don’t feel like the information we give you during the course of they year saves you the time and money that you spend on the membership (and in Las Vegas, wasted time is wasted money since you are paying to be here), we will give you an additional year at no cost.

These Stats Don’t Lie, Downtown Booming – The Fremont Street (and adjacent) casino area topped all areas of the state in revenue growth for 2016. Gaming revenue alone rose nearly 4%.

Here’s what I find fascinating: The Strip has tightened slots, raised limits, instituted poor (for the player) table game rules, and is tightening up on drink comps (both the number of drinks and the size of the pour).How’s that working out for you, Strip?!?

Downtown has low table limits, free-flowing drinks, looser slots (this is generally verified year-after-year by the gaming control board), and hasn’t succumbed to the lousy table game rules as much. The liquor tends to be free-flowing. Darn… with them giving away the house like that, they should be taking it in the shorts. And yet, they are seeing better revenue gains then the rest of the state!

I’d like to tell you The Strip will take notice, but they won’t. They have made no secret of the fact their future quest is convention visitors. Who are busy networking in the evening, not gambling. Speaking of…

The Old-School Las Vegas Buffet Still Lives – Remember the days when Las Vegas buffets didn’t cost $50, with everything being served on micro-plates? Main Street Station downtown is keeping the tradition alive with the following

– Friday Night Seafood Buffet is a full-menu (crab legs, the works) seafood buffet. It will set you back $25.99 but that is still nearly half of what many better Strip buffets are going to ding you now.

– Saturday Night Prime Rib and Scampi is only $14.95. Remember, this is a buffet, so that includes everything, all-you-can-eat, including your non-alchoholic drinks. Where are you going to get a prime rib dinner in your town for that kind of money?!?

– Champagne Brunch runs weekends from 7 AM to 3 PM at an easy-on-your-wallet price of $11.99.

Important Note: Those prices are for club card members. Get the card (free). While you are at it, give them some of your slot or video poker action. We continue to hear that even modest play gets you great room offers.

Growing Push For Light Rail – Earnest discussion continues regarding building a light rail line from McCarran Airport to downtown Las Vegas. The line is badly needed for locals as the corridor involved houses UNLV, medical districts, and more.

A huge bonus for visitors staying downtown will the the opportunity to plop yourself on at the airport (first pick of seats!), and relax all the way to downtown, where the line is slated to run down Caron behind The D, Four Queens, Golden Nugget and Golden Gate.

From what I’m reading and hearing, it appear the line will continue on to The Smith Center for Performing Arts, the outlet mall, and end at Valley Hospital just on the other side of the freeway. (I like Valley Hospital. They have always taken good care of me. But I hope you’ll never have to find out that for yourself).

Is Uber Killing The Deuce? – The popularity and value of Uber and Lyft have had an unusual affect on Las Vegas Strip transportation: Ridership on the bus is down. It makes sense when you think about it: Cabs are expensive and quicker, the bus is much cheaper but much more slow. Ride-sharing services fall in the middle (when it comes to pricing), and get especially economical if you have two or three in your party. If you have primarily used the bus for longer jaunts, you may want to check out ride-sharing.

Hope you are enjoying this issue!

Ted Newkirk, Publisher

Editor: Rick “VegasZiggy” Ziegler

Associate Editor, News Researcher, Concerts and Headliners: Amy Rayner-Cooley


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

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Main Street Station Buffet And Container Park Downtown Las Vegas

In today’s Vlog, we head down to Fremont Street Experience to go to the Main Street Casino Garden Buffet. Afterwards we just look around the Fremont Street Experience and venture toward Downtown Container Park. Downtown Container Park is shipping containers stacked on top of each other to create a boutique shopping centre just south of Fremont Street.

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Lucky Dragon Pre-Opening Press Tour

If you’ve been contemplating checking out the new Lucky Dragon Casino (1 block west of SLS), here’s a media tour for you!

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Casablanca Casino Mesquite NV Tour

Ever wondered what Nevada casinos are like outside of Las Vegas? Here’s a tour of the Casablanca, just an hour north of downtown Las Vegas.


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Las Vegas Shows

Actress Marie Avgeropoulos, of The CW’s The 100, was spotted attending the hit show ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace On Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016. The Canadian actress was seen taking in ABSINTHE’s outlandish acts and hilarious antics during the 10 p.m. performance.

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Olympic Sprinter Andre De Grasse Spotted at ABSINTHE

Canadian Olympic sprinter Andre De Grasse was spotted attending the hit show ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace On Friday, December 16, 2016. The 2016 Rio de Janeiro silver medalist was seen taking in ABSINTHE’s outlandish acts and hilarious antics during the 10 p.m. performance.

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Las Vegas Dining


Las Vegas Tours And Attractions


Las Vegas Year In Review

Here’s the annual Las Vegas from journalist Norm Clarke, reminisce about what happened with Las Vegas shows, celebrities, sports and more in 2016.
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Newkirk’s Notes

Hello From Las Vegas! – Wow, what a sports weekend we just had! We’re known as THE place to be for the Super Bowl (if you don’t have a ticket, you are actually going to have more fun here in Las Vegas), and our March Madness events and parties are legendary.

However, this past weekend made those look like pikers. We had the College Football Championship (Monday night), all the NFL Wild Card Games, and if that wasn’t enough, both college and pro basketball is in full swing. If you enjoy sports (and especially sports better), pencil in this weekend for next year, especially if the college championship and pro wild card games are on the same (long) weekend.

Oh, did I mention that it was 60F the past number of days, with the evenings still in the upper 50’s? And (here’s your savings tip): IF you pencil in some of these “better kept secret” event visits well ahead of time and get your reservations locked up, you’ll really save. I’m not just talking sporting visits. The difference in prices early this month during CES (the largest convention we host) was dramatic between those who booked months in advance and those who didn’t lock things up until a few weeks out.

Taxis Still Don’t Get It – Uber and Lyft business is flourishing here in Las Vegas. Taxi ridership is falling. Ride-sharing services don’t charge a credit card fee. Taxi’s charge $3 for you to charge your ride. Ride-sharing rides are (with possible rare exception) quite a bit less expensive than taxis. So… what are the cab companies going to do? Eliminate the credit card surcharge and raise rates! How magnanimous of them is that?!?

This Could Be Fun! – The city council has approved regulations which will allow pedicabs to operate downtown Las Vegas. While downtown is relatively compact, you’re still walking 1/2 mile from The Plaza to El Cortez and upwards of a mile if you want to check out the historic Atomic Liquor (one of the first bars in Las Vegas, a known hangout of Frank Sinatra). You can let someone else do the “walking” (or pedaling) while you sip your drink.

Monorail Extension Update – The construction of monorail service to Mandalay Bay has been delayed. A HUGE water main feeding that area of The Strip has been discovered under part of the path they need to build footings and supports for the ride. Alternate plans are under study, but could take a number of months.

For those wondering, the route will NOT head through the intersection of Tropicana and The Strip. That route is simply too complicated to build, as that is one of the busiest intersections in the state. (Also, I understand that the present monorail from Excalibur to Mandalay Bay is not compatible with it). Instead, it will loop around the rear of Hooters and Tropicana, with a stop at the Montecito Hotel Casino*, before ending up at The Shoppes at Mandalay Bay.

* Some of you may remember that the fictional Montecito from NBC’s Las Vegas TV series was on the empty lot across The Strip from Luxor.


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Hope you are enjoying this issue!

Ted Newkirk, Publisher

Editor: Rick “VegasZiggy” Ziegler

Associate Editor, News Researcher, Concerts and Headliners: Amy Rayner-Cooley


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

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Inside Wynn And Encore Las Vegas Strip Resorts

If you have not been to Wynn and Encore for a while (or ever), or just want to show your friends what Las Vegas can be like, you’ll want to watch this one.

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Golden Nugget Casino Commercial With Stephen Wynn II Retro

Years before he developed The Mirage and changed Las Vegas forever, Steve Wynn was owning and running the Golden Nugget downtown.

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Wynn Buffet Dinner And Lunch Full Walkthrough

A full, detailed walk-through of the buffet at Wynn Las Vegas.


Members Mania

Just got back from my 8 day stay downtown where I had a ball. I stayed in the Golden Nugget which was very nice. I particularly enjoyed the Cadillac tequila bar great staff and great prices.

The 4 Queens was my favourite for gambling where I thought it was like the strip 20 years ago.

Uber was a revelation thank you for putting me onto that, nice clean modern vehicles, friendly drivers and prompt pick up all at really good rates.

Bill Adamson

 

Ted Responds:

Thanks for the great report. Although not as heralded as some other properties downtown, the Four Queens really does feel like a Strip Casino did 20 years ago. Don’t overlook Chicago Brewing Company, up off of the casino floor at the west end of the property (and with a nice view of the casino).

Despite having the name “Chicago”, this is a local microbrew company with a couple of other bars around town as well. They have good pizza and a variety of other “bar food” as well. For cigar aficionados, they also offer a cigar lounge with comfortable seating and a big screen to enjoy the game on.

Uber and Lyft have both opened up Las Vegas in a way previously not possible to the regular visitor, and we’re big fans of both. The rates are SO much lower than a taxi, you rarely have to wait more than a few minutes for a ride, AND (here’s the big one), it is easy to get a ride from an off-strip location.

In the past, if you wanted to visit the Pinball Museum or Neon Museum or head over to Frankie’s Tiki room or one of the many other places around town fun to visit which we’ve told you about, you risked being STRANDED because cabs don’t like serving the rest of Las Vegas. Now, you can go with the comfort of knowing your return ride won’t be an issue.

Also, these new services have made it cost effective to go to locals casinos. Always hear about the great (and affordable) buffets and loose slots and low limits at places like M Resort, Sam’s Town, Red Rock Resort or similar? You’ll save more by enjoying some time at a local’s casino (instead of The Strip) than your ride will cost!

Ted Newkirk


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Newkirk’s Notes

Hello From Las Vegas – Well, the threatened winter weather predicted for this week (highs in the upper 30’s F and lows into the 20’s F), never materialized. I check the long-range forecast every day or two, and literally — overnight — the forecasted cold had vanished! So, it looks like the 3 days of cold and lows dipping to freezing we had in December was our winter.

After this weekend, “spring” will feel like it is in the air, with highs around 60 F for the entire middle of the month. Party cloudy days are going to be the norm, which translates into stunning sunsets. While we noted this a couple months ago, this time of year is ideal to do sunset up top of the Stratosphere Tower. Level 107 lounge has happy hour starting at 4 PM, which is about when sunset starts to kick in, and if you tell them you are going up to 107 for a drink, the ride to the top is free! (Two drink minimum, last we checked).

This may be a good excuse to hit the new Lucky Dragon, which is drawing raves and (if nothing else) is worth checking out because it is the first new hotel-casino built from the ground up since Cosmo. A monorail ride will take you to SLS, and the Lucky Dragon is a block east of The Strip on Sahara. From there, you can amble the 3 blocks to Stratosphere (a safe walk during the day). Uber of The Duece bus route will get you from Strat to Fremont Street or back to your Strip hotel.

Alon Is Dead – Alon — the snooty boutique hotel slated to get built on the old Frontier property — is no more. The parent company — owned by an Austrailian media mogul, with sister casinos in Austrailia and Macau — is struggling and the capital simply isn’t there.

I wouldn’t hold my breath on seeing anything go up on that spot for quite some time. I have to think that someone interested in operating on the North Strip will gobble up the shuttered and unfinished Fountainbleu.

Although Las Vegas is seeing record visitor numbers, you’re still talking a significant risk when opening up a new property. Why? I’m predicting a little bit of a dip in the next couple of years as people visit fewer times. As I’ve said before, if you have $35 a night resort fees, bad gaming rules, and expensive food, you might as well gamble closer to home in New Orleans, Atlantic City, or your local Indian casino.

The Ugly Mall That Could – I am saddened to report that the butt-ugly Grand Bazaar Shops — the mall which ruined the beautiful entrance to Bally’s — is finally starting to do well with the addition of new food and beverage outlets. This is sad news indeed, as it has been rumored that MGM Resorts is considering turning the front of Excalibur into shopping as well when they are done destroying the Monte Carlo. Of interest is that Diablo’s Cantina — the most out-of-place looking item on the Monte Carlo facade (and which has a great second-floor strip view) — is slated for closure as part of the renovations.

Downtown Las Vegas May Get More (Mature) Adult Friendly – People of all ages enjoy the Fremont Street Experience, but if you get a little off the beaten path, the area is definitely set up for the Zappos.com crowd of millennials. (Don’t get me wrong: They are very welcoming. But if you walk into the Gold Spike and you are over 45, you’ll feel like you are looking at your kids have fun).

A proposal is afoot to construct a senior living facility across the tracks from The Plaza, and area which is home to our Smith Center For The Performing Arts, Lary Ruvo Center For Brain Health, the outlet mall, and just a very few minutes from our medical district. The facility may have a medical component of its own and some assisted living available. (How nice would it be to get a check-up or your block work done just down the elevator from your place).


Smith Center For Performing Arts

For seniors, this would really be the best of both worlds. You’d be far enough away from Fremont Street to have your peace and quiet, but close enough to enjoy all the great casinos, restaurants and gambling when the mood strikes. You’d also be a stone’s throw from the mayor’s neighborhood and 5 minutes from a bunch of great local eats (at local prices) plus major drug and grocery stores. How do I know all this? I live about the same distance the other direction from that area!

Never mind – A few weeks ago, I reported that there was new interest in reviving the historical Moulin Rouge hotel, noted for being the first integrated hotel-casino in Las Vegas. Unfortunately, that plan has fallen through and everyone is waking up to the reality that the property isn’t in a part of town visitors would patronize. The rest of the area is industrial and not very inviting. Even as more of you get mobile while visiting thanks to Uber and Lyft, getting people over from Fremont Street would be a tough sell.

150 Cities – Las Vegas’ McCarran airport currently has flights to 150 cities around the world. That makes it (at most) a two-flight trip for just about anybody, and a non-stop flight for many of you. This also makes Las Vegas an attractive place to run a business from if you take to the air on a regular basis. Great odds that there will be non-stop flights to where you need to go. Unlike many cities where the airport is way out on the edge of town somewhere, you also get the convenience of ours having such a central location (as long as you don’t live in Centennial Hills or North Las Vegas). The airport used to be a dusty spot on our edge of town, and the city grew up around it!

Hope you are enjoying this issue!

Ted Newkirk, Publisher

Editor: Rick “VegasZiggy” Ziegler

Associate Editor, News Researcher, Concerts and Headliners: Amy Rayner-Cooley


Latest Concerts Added
This Week!

There is no better place to see your favorite acts then in Las Vegas! You’re relaxed, can enjoy a fine meal, have some cocktails without the worry of driving, and no alarm is going to jar you awake all too early the next morning.


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

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Michael Monge – “What Kind Of Fool Am I”

Michael Monge, named “Best Lounge Singer” by Vegas Seven Magazine, and his band were your hosts for the evening at Encore’s Eastside Lounge. Dance along or sit and sip a signature cocktail while being charmed by charismatic performances of songs made famous by the musical icons that shaped Las Vegas’ history, like Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Dean Martin.

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You Won’t Believe The Pool Area At Monte Carlo NOW!

If you are thinking of staying at the Monte Carlo, you may want to think again. As you can see in this video, it is now a massive construction project.


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