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It looks like celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay has another Las Vegas success on his hands.
BurGR recently opened at Planet Hollywood, and the joint’s been pleasing palates ever since with a flavorful selection of burgers, dogs, salads and signature cocktails. (If you thought we’d leave out the cocktails, you’ve clearly never visited this blog before. Welcome!)
We went a little snap-happy capturing all the mouth-watering menu offerings! You’ll live.
Aside from the visual appeal of the burgers and hot dogs and BurGR, we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the restaurant’s great first impression, specifically the eye-catching uniforms, and smiles, of the hostesses (below).
Oh, in case we forgot to mention it, the BurGR name is written that way because Chef Gordon Ramsay’s initials are part of the name. Just so you didn’t think we’d accidentally broken our cap lock key.
BurGR is near Planet Hollywood’s Extra! Lounge, just inside the casino entrance (where the Total Rewards desk used to be).
BurGR is open for lunch and dinner. When business is booming, the restaurant has a unique way of letting patrons know when their table is ready. The hostesses send you a text message (see below), so you’re free to roam the casino, to drink, gamble, drink, gamble and perhaps even gamble during your wait. Hey, you roam the way you roam, and we’ll roam the way we roam.
The restaurant seats about 200, so the wait shouldn’t be too long.
If we tried to summarize the menu at BurGR in two words, they’d probably be “bold flavors.” Start your meal with some appetizers, called “Snacks” on the menu, like Fury Chicken Wings, Honey-Pig Bao Buns and Five Spice Chicken Sliders (see below).
If you get the Roasted Jalapeno Poppers, beware! The chefs like to play a little game this blog calls “Popper Roulette.” All the poppers have some kick to them, but one of the poppers (you won’t know which one) is sure to be what the menu says is a “fiery surprise,” seeds and all. Good luck with that.
The burgers are grilled over apple and alder wood, which gives them a distinctive flavor. Prices range from $13 to $16. Make sure to flash your Total Rewards loyalty club card for $1-2 off just about everything.
Popular burgers include the Hell’s Kitchen Burger (asadero cheese, roasted jalapeno peppers, avocado and an oven-roasted tomato), named after Chef Ramsay’s reality TV hit, the Uber Cheese Burger (with fontina, reclette and goat cheeses) and the Earth Burger (grilled portobello mushroom, fontina cheese, arugula and roasted tomato).
Fair warning on the Devil Dawgs. There’s a reason they’re called that. These imposing, foot-long dogs are “simmered in hellfire sauce.” Lesson: Read the menu thoroughly. Which we didn’t. Lesson learned.
The fries, as you might suspect, aren’t run-of-the-mill fries. The Truffle Parmesan Fries are especially memorable.
Desserts in the “Sugar Fix” portion of the menu include a variety of pudding shakes, featuring ingredients like caramel, coconut, butterscotch, banana and chocolate hazelnut. Another item flying out of the kitchen are the Push-Up Pops, complete with salted peanut ice cream.
Last but not least, the signature cocktails are consistently delicious. Whet your whistle with the wonderfully-photographed cocktail options presented on iPads, then save your favorites and get to drinking!
BurGR serves about 30 varieties of beer, and the cocktails are traditionally-made, including made-from-scratch syrups.
Cocktails include the Superfruit Antioxidant (we have a winner!), Whiskey Cherry Lemonade, Ruby’s Kiss, Green Gin Tea, Jalapeno ‘Rita, Blood Orange Cosmo and the Caribbean Dream. Oh, and the Skinny Screw. Which we’re fairly sure we can’t include in a corporate blog. Oh, well.
The service at BurGR is exceptional. For example, it’s a challenge to try and empty your glass of Pepsi before it’s replaced with a fresh one.
Enjoy a few more exclusive photos from Chef Gordon Ramsay’s BurGR, only a few of which will tempt you to drop everything, drive to Planet Hollywood and nosedive into a cone full of Truffle Parmesan Fries.
BurGR at Planet Hollywood
During its transition from The Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood to downtown Las Vegas, the recently-closed Krave nightclub will temporarily take up residence inside Crown Theater and Nightclub at Rio Las Vegas, starting Jan. 18, 2012.
Unrelated: Read more about the supertall skyscraper thingy.
Krave was one of the premier gay nightclubs in the country, and will open as Krave Massive (see below) in downtown’s Neonopolis later this spring. Learn more here, or visit Krave Massive’s official site.
Until its move to Neonopolis is complete, Krave will operate as “Krave at Crown,” open each Friday and Saturday night, 10:30 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.
Neonopolis is already home to Krave’s sister nightlife extravaganza, Drink & Drag, where the majority of staff members are drag queens.
The Krave club at Rio will bring over many of the same team from the location at The Miracle Mile, and will feature some of the town’s best DJs, including Michael Graves (reader pick for “Best DJ” in the 2012 “Best of Las Vegas” issue of the Las Vegas Review-Journal), Lightknife, Mikey Francis, Dave Aude and DJ Irene.
Krave at Crown will also have its signature go-go-dancers, voted “Best Go-Go Dancers” for 2012 by the staff of Las Vegas Weekly.
If you pour it, they will come.
The much-anticipated Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill officially opened at Caesars Palace on Dec. 18, 2012.
The new restaurant and bar offering was immediately chock-a-block (yes, we’ve been brushing up on our British slang) with guests enjoying food, drink, a jammy (pleasant or desirable, please keep up) atmosphere and some good, old-fashioned opening night buzz.
Among the guests for opening night were celebrity chefs Masaharu Morimoto (“Iron Chef”) and Food Network star, Guy Fieri.
Guy Fieri commented, “The way they built out the restaurant is great. It’s a very comfortable environment, part bar and part dining room. It’s homey. You feel good. You see people eating here, and it’s like they’re eating in their own home.”
“They’ve really got a great kitchen, too,” added Fieri. “There are so many influences in this style of food. Chef Ramsay’s done a great job. I’m very impressed.”
Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill is currently open for dinner only, but will expand to serving lunch in mid-January. The new venue strives to provide the most authentic English pub experience in Las Vegas.
As the name suggests, Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill is really two experiences in one, one with an emphasis on “pub” and the other on “grill.”
While this blog doesn’t often notice uniforms all that much, the Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill attire is distinctive, designed by Allison Leach and inspired by the English punk scene.
Get up close and you’ll notice tons of interesting details. All right, not too close. They have restraining orders in the U.K., too, you know.
We loved the signature cocktails, presented on iPads, a device used with success at Chef Ramsay’s Paris Las Vegas restaurant, Gordon Ramsay Steak.
Particularly delicious were the Goodbye Blue Sky, London Calling and Salted Caramel Apple.
The beer selection is expansive, with 36 varieties on tap, plus 24 bottled. You may not only want to bring a designated driver, but also a team of designated drinkers.
The thoughtfully-created menu features sections like Small Plates, Soups & Ruffage, Swimmers (seafood), Butchered, Sides and Sweets.
From what we could see from surrounding tables, some of the more popular items included Pub Spots (sliders, to you and me), Yorkshire Ale Batter Fish & Chips and Traditional Shepherd’s Pie. Just for starters.
When you visit, make sure to look around and enjoy all the charming touches, like the bulldog lamps and seat backs featuring a Pembroke Welsh Corgi, which we definitely didn’t have to look up on the Internet to identify.
Bottoms up to Chef Ramsay and his team on a successful launch of his latest Sin City endeavor. Next up, BurGR restaurant opens at Planet Hollywood. This blog really needs to invest in a treadmill.
We’re happy to bring you more exclusive photos from opening night at Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill, and were even happier to try a number of dishes and cocktails on your behalf. It’s the least we could do.
Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill
He had us at “Devonshire butter-infused beef.” Colorful celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay is working with Planet Hollywood to open a new restaurant, BurGR Gordon Ramsay, on December 22, 2012. Yes, that soon.
We’ve got an exclusive first look at the new BurGR Gordon Ramsay, assuming you haven’t seen it somewhere else before this.
BurGR, of course, is a play on Gordon Ramsay’s initials, and the new restaurant will be located just off the Las Vegas Strip, adjacent to the casino’s Extra Lounge. (The hotel’s Total Rewards loyalty club counter has been moved next to P.F. Chang’s.)
The new restaurant’s menu will feature the outspoken chef’s distinctive take on burgers, fries and milkshakes with novel options like pork belly bao buns, sweet potato fries with vanilla powdered sugar and pudding shakes (a combination of milkshake and pudding).
The below video is what’s called a “sizzle reel” in the PR business. This blog is not generally a big fan of sizzle reels, but in the case of a video with actual sizzle in it, the label seems to make sense.
Patties for the burgers will be cooked over an open flame fueled by hard woods (60% adler wood and 40% apple wood), and BurGR Gordon Ramsay will be the only burger restaurant on the Strip to use this technique. The burgers will be made from a blend of three beef cuts, short rib, brisket and chuck. Devonshire butter (a prized, rich butter made from cream in the U.K.), ground into the beef, should add some awesome flavor, and we can’t wait to try a bite. Or several.
Fry aficionados will appreciate the attention paid to them at BurGR Gordon Ramsay.
BurGR fries will be hand-cut and cooked three times to ensure extra crispness. The eatery will skip the usual Russet potato fry and use Kennebec potatoes, which provide a lighter, less starchy and crisper fry. We know this because this blog is a self-proclaimed fry expert. We also read it in the news release. Moving on.
The menu will also include fried chicken sliders, hand-made jalapeno poppers and sticky toffee pudding in a push-pop.
BurGR Gordon Ramsay is the “Hell’s Kitchen” star’s third restaurant undertaking in Las Vegas. Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris Las Vegas opened to rave reviews in May, 2012, and Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars Palace is expected to open mid-December.
About his three Vegas offerings, Chef Ramsay says, “We’ve been developing these different concepts for quite a while to deliver three distinct, unique dining experiences with the variety, originality and high quality we believe people want and appreciate.”
Because one cannot live by BurGRs alone, BurGR Gordon Ramsay will offer a wide selection of American craft beers, with more than 30 beers served from a frozen tap wall. There will even be a BurGR draught created especially for this restaurant, made by Stone Brewing Co. in San Diego.
BurGR trivia: The uniforms worn by the team at BurGR Gordon Ramsay will be designed by Allison Leach, known for her time as assistant costume designer for TV shows like “Glee” and “Mad Men.”
We can’t wait to try one of everything, including the specialty cocktails with made-from-scratch syrups. We have an insatiable appetite for new Las Vegas restaurants, and it sounds like BurGR Gordon Ramsay will be the perfect place to feed our hunGR. See what we did there?
From what we can tell, DB’s Pong & Pool at The Miracle Mile Shops has been open for a couple of months now, and this blog happens to think it may be one of the best-kept secrets on The Strip.
DB’s, which stands for Dirty Blondie’s, like its sister establishment in The Miracle Mile at Planet Hollywood, the wildly successful Blondies Sports Bar & Grill, offers up a sports bar atmosphere and tons of diversions in the form of all the games you’d have in your den if you had the cash, and if you had, you know, a den.
DB’s has a couple of bars, one on each of its two expansive levels, although there may be more. The joint is so large (20,000-square-feet, in the space formerly occupied by Asia Nightclub), you kind of lose track.
The folks from the original Blondie’s have decked the joint out with every game you can imagine, from table tennis and pool to beer pong and tabletop shuffleboard. Darts. Foosball. A golf simulator. Let’s just say there are a lot.
If anyone’s lamenting a lack of beer pong spots on The Strip, DB’s could be a home away from home, with beer pong tournaments Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10:00 p.m. with cash prizes.
DB’s has big, open areas, with the potential for performances by live bands, but also has some smaller rooms, perfect for gatherings of small groups.
While getting to venues in The Miracle Mile Shops can be a challenge sometimes, there’s valet parking just a few feet away from DB’s entrance off of Harmon Avenue. The manager said 28 steps, but we didn’t independently verify this, so it could be 30.
This new nightlife offering serves up a solid menu of bar food, with appetizers like wings, poppers, pretzels, nachos and the like, along with salads, paninis, build-your-own burgers and a variety of pizza.
The prices are reasonable, and there’s a pizza special that includes a 12-inch pie with a pint of draft beer for $9.99.
DB’s has a great vibe, and is a welcoming, laid-back hang-out to meet up with friends to watch some sports, take advantage of the plentiful drink specials and trash-talk your buddies during a bout of beer pong.
Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall & Saloon is a little casino with a big heart, and now it’s getting a big vote of confidence with a $185 million renovation.
The optimally-located hotel-casino, which sits at the corner of Flamingo Boulevard and Las Vegas Boulevard, next to Flamingo Las Vegas, will close temporarily on Feb. 4, 2013 for a serious make-over.
Bill’s, formerly known as the Barbary Coast, will be transformed into a “boutique lifestyle hotel and casino” set to be unveiled in early 2014, with a brand-spanking new name.
The extensive renovation will include the addition of a 65,000-square-foot rooftop pool, which we’re fairly sure will have one of the most killer views of The Strip in all of Las Vegas.
The addition of a pool means there will also be a dayclub/nightclub. Drai Management Group, the folks behind the hotel’s award-winning Drai’s After Hours club, will manage the new club. The club is expected to open in late 2014.
Guest rooms at the hotel will also be remodeled, as well as the casino floor. A new restaurant will be added to the hotel’s second floor.
Bill’s trivia: The hotel originally cost $11.5 million and opened in 1979.
We can’t wait to see the changes in store for Bill’s, especially if it could mean we’d be able to use our Total Rewards cards there, and as long as they don’t take away Rapid Craps.
Check back often for all the latest Las Vegas news.
As has been the case since the very inception of Las Vegas in the early 17th century (just go with it), Sin City nightclubs are once again pulling in major talent for their New Year’s Eve weekend celebrations.
Today, we learned singer and TV personality CeeLo Green will perform live on Dec. 30, 2012 at Chateau Nightclub atop Paris Las Vegas.
The Grammy Award-winning CeeLo Green is best known for his colossal hit single, “F**k You,” and for his appearances on NBC’s talent competition, “The Voice.”
Green will also begin a residency at Planet Hollywood in 2013. Learn more, because there will be a quiz at some point.
Also on the agenda for New Year’s Eve is Nicki Minaj who will host at Pure Nightclub at Caesars Palace.
Today’s thing we didn’t know about Nicki Minaj: Her real name is Onika Tanya Maraj.
Minaj has been the owner and sole proprietor of the U.S. music charts since her debut album, “Pink Friday,” arrived in 2010.
It goes without saying, Las Vegas will be the center of the New Year’s Eve universe as 2012, also referred to as “The Year Holly Madison Broke This Blog’s Heart by Leaving Peepshow,” turns into 2013, also referred to as, “How can it possibly be 2013 already?”
In what has somehow become an annual ritual, this blog will now rattle off 21 things to be thankful for in Las Vegas. Post your own things in the Comments section.
1. Mini Plates
We love buffets, like the new Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace, where the food is served in little plates. It’s like the food was made just for us. And don’t worry, while small, you can have as many as you’d like.
Among the many things engineers are bringing to The Strip soon is the High Roller observation wheel. It’s massive, and the more you know about it, the more miraculous the efforts of the engineers appear. Yay, smart people. Learn more about the High Roller at The Linq.
No list of Las Vegas things to be thankful could exclude liquor, so this one won’t. Big, small, fancy or otherwise, cocktails are part of what makes Sin City so sinful.
4. To Hell With Rules
Seriously. We’re thankful Vegas doesn’t live by society’s rules. If we want #4 on our list to be more cocktails, cocktails it is. Disappointed #4 is like #3? We don’t care! Get your own Las Vegas blog!
5. James and Jaymes
This team of similarly-named Chippendales dancers is currently doing Las Vegas proud on “The Amazing Race.” Yay, you guys. See them in the flesh at Rio Las Vegas.
6. Shock Value
When you’re in Las Vegas, you’re bound to hear or see something shocking. Great example: Penny Pibbets and her hand puppets in Absinthe at Caesars Palace. Even Ivory doesn’t make enough soap for Penny’s mouth. And we mean that in a good way.
7. The Payline
We love it when objects align on the slot machine payline. Cha-to-the-ching.
It did our hearts good to see juggler Jeff Civillico crowd-fund (to the tune of $10,900) an inflatable arch for his show at The Quad (formerly the Imperial Palace.) It’s amazing what people can accomplish when they join forces.
9. George Wallace
Come on, admit it, street “performers” (also called “buskers”) help make Las Vegas the people-watching capital of the universe.
11. Eye Candy
Not that kind of eye candy, although we’re certainly thankful for that kind, too. We mean this kind.
13. The Superstitions
We love superstitions! Don’t let the craps dice hit your hands. Avoid staying on the 13th floor of a hotel. Never gamble without your good luck charm. And when you’re at Caesars Palace, rubs Caesars’ hand (see below) for good luck. A visit to Cleopatra’s Barge may be in order, too. (Although it’s not her hand you’ll want to rub for good luck. Ahem.) Oh, and never, ever list “The Superstitions” as #13 on your list of things to be thankful for in Las Vegas. Note: We know what you’re thinking. Refer to #4.
14. Publicity Stunts
When it comes to stunts, Vegas continues to deliver on a grand scale. The latest example? Singer Shania Twain was welcomed to Caesars Palace in the company of a herd of 30 horses on The Las Vegas Strip. Las Vegas rarely suffers from a lack of imagination.
15. The Neon
With the recent opening of the Neon Museum, Sin City’s neon is finally getting its time in the spotlight.
16. These Chairs
We think these bar stools at Carlos’n Charlie’s at Flamingo are great. Feel free to either agree or agree.
Zombies have invaded Las Vegas, and not just during Halloween. They’re at the new Goretorium attraction, and you can fend them off at the Zombie Apocalypse Store. There are even zombie runs. Use your brain, and don’t miss our post about How to Survive a Zombie Invasion in Las Vegas.
Sure, other cities have desserts. But that’s like saying other cities have magicians. Las Vegas tends to take things to a whole new level. The sweetness below, which sometimes does double duty as an engagement ring delivery device, is courtesy of the Eiffel Tower Restaurant at Paris Las Vegas.
19. Yeah, It’s Another Dessert
This blog is not just about doubling up on the cocktails, you know.
20. Our Seedy Past
Las Vegas doesn’t just acknowledge its sometimes seedy history, it embraces it! If you want to see what we mean, check out the Mob Museum, downtown. It’s a fascinating look at organized crime and the legal eagles that brought them down.
21. The Vegas Attitude
We’re thankful Las Vegas remains a place where irreverence and outrageousness thrive. Don’t love that we have a Heart Attack Grill? Bite it! Think toplessness is offensive? Tough! The people, the places, the sounds, the games of chance, the sleaze, the utter beauty, and even the enduring schmaltz, it’s all here, and it’s all part of what makes Las Vegas the most exciting destination in the world. Not that we’re biased or anything.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and special thanks to you for visiting this humble blog. Actual results may vary there, too.
It’s easy to overlook Koi Las Vegas, because it’s a little hidden on the Mezz (second) level at Planet Hollywood, but the flavors and nightlife are hard to miss.
Koi’s restaurant and lounge combo is a mix of Eastern design and Hollywood style, with a focus on Japanese-inspired food (“with California accents”), as well as top-notch service.
Koi boasts a team of sushi chefs with decades of experience. Yes, we counted. Signature rolls include a baked crab roll, baked scallops, sauteed shrimp, the Dragon Roll, a baked lobster roll and Kobe Surf & Turf Roll.
Team Koi (they don’t call themselves that, probably) takes sushi very seriously, and watching the sushi being prepared in the open kitchen is a great show.
The inviting restaurant has a number of distinctive signature dishes, several of which we just copied and pasted from their online menu: Seared Tuna, Tuna Tartare, Salmon Carpaccio, Hamachi Fusion, Kobe-Style Potstickers, Spicy Crunchy Yellowtail Tartare and Chicken Yakitori.
Hot dishes run the gamut from Sauteed Tiger Prawns and Sesame-Encrusted Lobster Tail to Wasabe-Braised Short Ribs and this blog’s personal favorite (pictured below), the Kobe-Style Filet Mignon “Toban-Yaki,” which translates as, “If we ever inherit a large amount of money, we’re going to roll around naked on dozens of servings of this dish.” Or something.
Actually, “toban-yaki” refers to the cooking method (on a ceramic plate), but let’s not get bogged down by “facts” or “useful information.” We are a blog, after all.
An after-dinner drink menu helps round out your meal with specialties like a Koi Frappuccino Shot, Chocolate Espresso Martini, Koi Snow Flake (including Rock Sake Nigori, White Chocolate Godiva and a splash of Goldschlager) and Sweet Saki Flight Tasting.
Koi boasts a surprising number of dessert items, including the Flourless Molten Chocolate Cake, Koi Sundae, the Koi Signature Cheesecake, Chocolate-Vanilla Creme Brulee, Strawberry Cobbler and assorted ice creams, sorbet and mochi. Bypass the agony of decision-making with a chef’s dessert Sampler Platter ($46).
Bonus: Koi has partnered with the Just a Little non-profit, and will donate 100% of the proceeds of the sale of certain menu items to support the victims of Hurricane Sandy. The items are the Koi Fusion Shot ($5) and Ahi Tuna Carpaccio ($15).
Discover what’s made Koi restaurant and lounge such a sensation both in Las Vegas and at its sister locations in New York, Los Angeles and Bangkok, which this blog has good reason to believe is in a different country entirely.
More photos! Because we can.
Koi at Planet Hollywood
Recent improvements outside the Margaritaville Casino at Flamingo Las Vegas have resulted in a prime new spot for people-watching on the Las Vegas Strip.
The new patio area, just outside the 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar, has tables and seating, perfect for checking out the non-stop action on The Strip.
Recent construction has also widened the sidewalk along the front of the hotel, making it much easier to access the Flamingo Wine & Spirits store. If you’re into that kind of thing.
See more about the Margaritaville Casino at Flamingo, including photos of scantily-clad cocktail servers. Oh, like you’re not going to click that link now.
No, it’s not a word (yet), but “burlomedy” is exactly what Sin City Comedy delivers. Part stand-up comedy and part vintage burlesque, there’s something for everyone at this recently re-located offering at Planet Hollywood.
Formerly located in Planet Hollywood’s Miracle Mile Shops, Sin City Comedy moved into new digs on the hotel’s mezzanine level (called “The Mezz,” just a garter’s throw from the “Peepshow” theater) and officially opened for business on Nov. 7, 2012.
This blog had never been to a Sin City Comedy show, and we assumed it was, you know, comedy.
However, that “Sin City” thing in the club’s name isn’t just for show. The comedy performances at Sin City Comedy are augmented by burlesque performances, which we do not have a problem with, honestly.
There’s no nudity, just good, old-fashion striptease, using time-honored props like a dancer pole, feathers and a couch shaped like a giant shoe.
The comedy at Sin City Comedy is top notch, as you might suspect.
The opening night line-up featured opener David Lucas (great juggling, and, in honor of the vintage burlesque, some vintage jokes as well).
Also on the bill were veterans of the cut-up circuit, Kathleen Dunbar (pictured below) and Pat Godwin.
Pat Godwin (below), in the headliner slot, has appeared on Howard Stern and “Last Comic Standing,” and just killed it with his mixture of improv and spot-on banter, buffeted by his guitar-playing, singing and impersonation skills.
This blog’s favorite Pat Godwin bit? Randy Newman attempts The Beatles. Warning: Your spleen may never recover.
Sin City Comedy brings in new talent, so the venue should provide a buffet of comedic talent to gorge ourselves upon in the weeks and months to come.
Things get wild in Las Vegas for Halloween as the world’s most uninhibited city gets even more uninhibiter, which we’re not even sure is an actual word.
Think your town has a lot of “sexy fill-in-the-blank” costumes on Halloween? Sin City takes those costumes, spanks them, and sends them home crying to their mommy. Or something.
Halloween parties and costume contests abound in Vegas, and instead of this blog spending valuable time “researching” when it could be spending that time “drinking,” we’re going to share some great sources of all things Halloween instead. Curating is the new journalism, baby!
Remember, we can’t vouch for these being pun-free zones!
Looking for some Halloween happenings taking place in the Caesars Entertainment family of Las Vegas hotels? Of course you are.
VooDoo at Rio Las Vegas hosts a Super Party, Oct. 27 at 9:00 p.m., with five grand in cash prizes for the most creative and sexy super hero-themed costumes, with tons of drink specials and DJs, too.
Carlos’n Charlie’s at Flamingo hosts its first Halloween party on Oct. 27 (10:00 p.m.), with a costume contest and copious drink specials, like five bottles of Dos Equis and five shots of tequila for $40.
Pure Nightclub at Caesars Palace will have a “Heaven & Hell Costume Party” on Oct. 27, with $30,000 in cash prizes. That’s not a typo. Pure follows up with a “Superheroes & Villains” event on Oct. 30, with special guests and a $10,000 costume contest.
Jenni “Jwoww” Farley from “Jersey Shore” hosts a Halloween Weekend Bash on Oct. 27 at Chateau Nightclub inside Paris Las Vegas. The party will feature a $5,000 costume contest and an open bar from 10:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. (free sponsored drinks for everyone in costume).
Carnaval Court at Harrah’s Vegas hosts costume contests (sexiest and most creative) Oct. 27-31 with $10,000 in total cash and prizes.
No bones about it, Sin City is going to be a scream during Halloween week, 2012. So, have a spooktacular time in this bootiful city all you guys and ghouls! Cut us some slack on the pun thing. And, oh, like you read this far, anyway.
This blog loves it some Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall & Saloon, and not just because it has “Saloon” in its name.
There are so many things to love, in fact, if we were to list everything, we would need a bigger Internet. Instead, we’re picking five at random. We hope you like them. But if you don’t, feel free to keep that to yourself.
1. Free Craps Lessons
Craps is one of the most fun, boisterous games in the casino, but can be a tad intimidating to the uninitiated. Well, Bill’s is the perfect place to become initiated!
Free craps lessons are provided by highly-trained casino personnel, in plain English, at 10:30 a.m. each day. Yes, that’s relatively early by hangover standards, but life can’t always be about daisies and butterflies.
Here’s a bonus thing to love about Bill’s. After the craps lessons, participants get a craps match play coupon. You bet $5, and if you win, you get $10.
Taking a craps lesson is one of the best investments you can make, and it can mean the difference between winning small or winning big. (This blog is owned and operated by a casino company. What’d you expect us to say?)
2. Cook E. Jarr
This lounge performer is a legend among legends. He’s been in the singing-on-the-Strip business for nearly 30 years and still puts on a show-stopping performance at Bill’s. Oh, and did we mention it’s free?
Jarr (whose real name is Anthony Pettine, but let’s not ruin the mystique) is a wildly versatile singer, bouncing back and forth between classics and the latest rap hits. Jarr doesn’t skimp on the cheese or the high notes, and schmoozes with his fans throughout the show.
How awesome is Cook E. Jarr? During a recent show we attended, he stopped to accept a call from a fan’s mother. During his show. We’re not making this up.
A little Cook E. Jarr trivia: His first gig in Vegas, back in the ’70s, was at Cleopatra’s Barge (formerly Nero’s Nook) at Caesars Palace.
Cook E. Jarr puts on his throwback show on Wednesdays, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Sundays, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Read more about Cook E. Jarr, a Sin City institution.
3. Slush Bar
No visit to Las Vegas is complete without a colorful, frosty drink in a collectible cup. Or perhaps several. Slush Bar can assist you in this regard.
The cocktail names are as colorful as the drinks themselves: Picnic Punch, Bad Apple, Red Neck Peach Punch, Rainforest Madness and the Red-Headed Stepchild, among them.
Below, Janet serves up the Say Hello to My Little Friend.
Also recommended are the Vegas Vice and All Night Long. We’re just saying.
4. Beer Pong
Denizens of the beer pong area at the former O’Sheas casino need not lament or gnash their teeth, for there are a phalanx of beer pong tables awaiting their trash-talking at Bill’s.
The beer pong tables are conveniently located next to Slush Bar (which has beer) and Bill’s Lounge, which has Cook E. Jarr. Ah, the circularity of the universe.
5. Bill’s Poker Room
It’s intimate. (Translation: Not large.) It’s welcoming. It harkens back to a time where people played poker for fun, not to be on TV.
The poker room at Bill’s is easily one of the best values in town when it comes to this popular game. It’s the only casino we know where there’s a .50/$1 No Limit Texas Hold ‘Em game pretty much any time you want to play. No, that’s not a typo. And, no, they don’t jack up the minimums when the casino gets busy. It’s Bill’s.
Also, take advantage of the “Aces Cracked” promotion. If you get pocket aces and lose, you get $100. Just for sitting there and whining about your bad luck. Only in Vegas, baby!
So, those are the first five things that came to our mind.
What’s your favorite thing at Bill’s?
Everybody knows the world’s coming to an end in December, right? At least according to those pesky Mayans.
Well, if anyone can make the most of a cataclysmic event, it’s Las Vegas! (After all, the city used to host atomic test explosions the same way Times Square hosts New Year’s Eve.)
PBR Rock Bar at The Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood, for example, is offering drink specials in anticipation of the end of the world. Guests are invited to check items off their “Beer Bucket List” with $19 Budweiser buckets every day, for example.
To conclude the countdown, Vegas visitors won’t want to miss an “End of the World” party on Dec. 21, 2012.
Dec. 21, of course, is supposed to be the end of the world based on what many scientists refer to as “pseudoscience,” or what this blog refers to as “complete malarkey.” According to some, Dec. 21 marks the end of a 5,125-year-long cycle in the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar, whatever that might actually be. Read more if you enjoy fiction.
Whether the doomsayers are right or not, Las Vegas is always up for throwing a party.
Learn more about PBR Rock Bar & Grill at their official site, before it’s too late.