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FEBRUARY 2024 HAPPENINGS
SUPER BOWL EVENTS & FESTIVITIES
Rob Gronkowski brings his “Gronk Beach” back to Las Vegas for Super Bowl. The retired NFL star hosts the ultimate beach party at Wynn’s Encore Beach Club on February 10. Afrojack and a special guest will perform, and there will be dedicated poolside cabanas, custom drinks, luau performers and free giveaways. Tickets are available at www.gronkbeach.com
The Freemont Street Experience hosts the “Excessive Celebration Bowl Bash” February 8 – 11. The celebration features 25 live performances and 150 hours of free entertainment. Country music star Chris Lane will headline February 9 followed by rock legends The Offspring on February 10. There will also be a roving, football-themed cirque-style show from the Grid Iron Girls throughout the weekend, along with Silent Disco, a live DJ who plays music exclusively through wireless headphones. Free prizes will be randomly awarded.
The Dan Patrick Show broadcasts live from the Fontainebleau’s Oasis Pool deck for five days leading up to the Super Bowl. The show will be broadcast February 5 – 9 from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. each day. Fans can watch the show live with complimentary tickets available for booking through the Fontainebleau website.
TROPICANA ANNOUNCES CLOSING DATE
On January 29, Bally’s officials confirmed that the Tropicana will cease operations on April 2, 2024 in preparation for the decommissioning and demolition of the structures. The demolition is said to make room for the Athletics proposed 30,000 seat ballpark. Bally’s is closing out all hotel bookings and relocating all customer reservations booked beyond April 2. Guests can visit the Tropicana website to learn more about existing and future hotel bookings, players club rewards, and gaming transactions. As for the shows currently performing at the Tropicana, they will perform elsewhere on the Strip – new locations will be announced once details are finalized.
FONTAINEBLEAU LAS VEGAS TO HOST “LIVE WITH KELLY & MARK”
Kelly Ripa, Mark Consuelos and the “Live” family are bringing the No. 1 entertainment talk show on television to the stage at the state-of-the-art BleauLive Theater inside the all-new luxury resort and casino Fontainebleau Las Vegas. During their star-studded stay, Kelly and Mark will be joined each morning by celebrities, musicians and more in front of thousands of fans. Viewers who would like to join the fun on February 26 & 27 can visit the Fontainebleau website to book a hotel room package which includes a special room rate and two complimentary tickets to the show. Fans can also get free tickets by visiting LiveWithKellyAndMark.com/Vegas.
NEW BAR COMING TO PLANET HOLLYWOOD
Planet Hollywood announced a new cocktail lounge – Glass Bar – that will take over the former Heart Bar space near the Bakkt Theater. The 4,000 square foot space will be decorated with chrome brass and thousands of crystal prisms, and will include a selection of bar-top games, six TV screens that wrap around the bar, and a selection of unique cocktails. Glass Bar is expected to open Winter 2024.
RIO OPENS NEW FOOD HALL
The Rio Hotel & Casino opened the Canteen Food Hall on January 19, taking over the space previously occupied by the Carnival World Buffet. The food hall includes Tony Luke’s (south Philadelphia cheesesteaks), Nama Nama (Japanese street food), Attaboy Burger, Shogun Ramen, Southland Burrito Co. (Sonoran-style burritos), and Tender Crush (exclusive chicken tenders). The food hall is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
MGM RESORTS INCREASES RESORT FEES
Effective January 16, MGM Resorts increased resort fees at their Strip properties. The new fees are as follows: $37 at Excalibur & Luxor; $42 at New York-New York, NoMad, Park MGM & Signature; $45 at Mandalay Bay, Delano & MGM Grand; $50 at Aria, Vdara, Bellagio & Cosmopolitan. Resort fees cover amenities such as phone calls, digital newspaper and magazine downloads, WIFI, fitness center access, boarding pass printing, and access to On Demand TV at some properties. In addition, MGM Resorts has changed their cancellation policy from 48 hours prior to arrival to 72 hours prior to arrival.
2024 LAS VEGAS GRAND PRIX DATES & START TIMES
The 2024 Las Vegas Grand Prix will run from November 21 – 23. Practice rounds and the qualifying race are planned for November 21 and 22 with the start times still to be announced. The main race on November 23 will take place at 10 p.m. local time.
OLE RED RESTAURANT & BAR NOW OPEN
There’s a new place on the Strip to kick up your boots! Country music sensation Blake Shelton brings a taste of Tennessee to the heart of Sin City with the grand opening of Ole Red Restaurant & Bar on January 15. Ole Red Las Vegas occupies a prominent position in front of the Horseshoe at the Grand Bazaar Shops. The 27,000 square foot restaurant showcases the best of country music and culture to both locals and tourists, and features nearly 700 seats, four different levels and two stages.
VENETIAN LAUNCHING NEW LOYALTY PROGRAM
The Venetian is launching a new rewards program – Venetian Rewards (replaces the current Grazie Rewards). Venetian Rewards will allow members to earn tier points by playing games on the casino floor as well as from accommodations, dining, entertainment, retail and spa treatments. Each tier unlocks different benefits. Some of the lower level benefits include things such as slot multipliers and complimentary late checkout. Higher tiers include benefits such as complimentary valet and golf or fitness credits. Members earn two Rewards Points for every $1 spent on hotel, dining, entertainment, retail and spa. One Rewards Point is earned for every $4 wagered on reeled slots or every $10 wagered on video poker. Two Rewards Points based on average bet and duration of play are earned on specific table games. Membership to Venetian Rewards is complimentary and begins in March.
CAESARS REWARDS – SHARE THE REWARDS
Invite a friend to join Caesars Rewards® between January 1 and December 31, 2024 and you’ll both get 500 Tier Credits when they sign up as a new member and pick up their Caesars Rewards card from a Caesars Rewards Center. To take advantage of this amazing deal, get your personalized link here and start sharing it with your friends.
STATION CASINOS TO HOST LION DANCES IN HONOR OF LUNAR NEW YEAR
Station Casinos are gearing up to celebrate the Year of the Dragon on February 10 with commemorative lion dances at four of their properties – Durango, Palace Station, Red Rock & Green Valley Ranch. Each dance will begin with a blessing and continue throughout the casino floor, bringing good fortune and prosperity to the property.
DURANGO TO HOST WINTER “APRES-SKI” EXPERIENCE
You can soon enjoy a taste of ski season without leaving Las Vegas. The George Sportsmen’s Lounge at Durango Casino & Resort began hosting a series of “apres-ski” parties on January 13 that will continue each Saturday until February 24. According to the press release, the wrap-around screens will transform into a ski lodge feel with fire pits, vintage ski video clips, hot toddies and a chairlift for photos. There will also be a live DJ. Guests who dress in their ski apparel get their $10 cover fee waived.
TWO NEW RESTAURANTS OPENING AT GREEN VALLEY RANCH
Station Casinos and Blue Ribbon Restaurants announced that Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill and Ortikia Mediterranean Grill will open at Green Valley Ranch this spring. This is the second location for Blue Ribbon Sushi; the first is located at Red Rock. Ortikia is described as a wood-fire grill eatery that will feature fish, rotisserie meats and an oyster and crudo bar.
NEW ORDINANCE TO PREVENT STOPPING ON STRIP PEDESTRIAN BRIDGES
Clark County commissioners approved a new ordinance that makes it unlawful to stop on the pedestrian bridges on the Strip. Under the ordinance, pedestrian bridges and the 20 feet surrounding the elevators and escalators are considered a flow zone. It is unlawful for any person to stop, stand or engage in activity that makes another person stop or stand within the flow zone. The one exception is for people waiting for an elevator. Anyone who violates the ordinance can be found guilty of a misdemeanor and face up to six months in jail, a $1,000 fine or both. The ordinance won’t be enforced by police until signage is posted informing people about the law.
NEW IMMERSIVE PLAYGROUND OPENS
A first-of-its-kind interactive playground, called Play Playground, opened at the Luxor on January 18. The 15,000 square foot space features more than 20 large-than-life nostalgic games, two bars, a VIP mezzanine, and private event spaces. The playground doesn’t include VR or arcade games but instead offers large-scale, tactile games and attractions. The space is open to all ages during the day but becomes adults only at night. Ticket prices start at $37. Play Playground is open Sunday through Thursday from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m., and Friday and Saturday from 12 p.m. to 2 a.m.
NEON MUSEUM RESTORING HISTORIC FLAMINGO SIGNS
The Neon Museum – the non-profit organization dedicated to collecting, preserving, studying and exhibiting iconic Las Vegas signs – announced plans to restore and relight three individual Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel & Casino signs. These include the hotel’s historic 1967 pylon sign by Bill Clarke and two feather plumes designed by Raul Rodriguez from 1976.
AREA15 RELEASING NEW SIGNAL LAGER
AREA15 officials announced they are launching a brand new Signal Lager that will only be available at AREA15, including Oddwood Bar, LIFTOFF ride and Asylum Bar + Arcade. The lager’s 16-ounce can was designed to feature a mix of AREA15’s circuitry patterns and gold details. The name Signal is also a reference to codes on the can that can only be deciphered by scanning the corresponding QR code. Guests can then decode their scrambled signals and unlock an integrated storyline.
TIESTO ANNOUNCES SHARED ARTIST RESIDENCY
Tiësto is getting ready to headline multiple venues across the Las Vegas Strip as part of a “shared artist residency”. Tao Group Hospitality recently announced the DJ will perform at LIV and LIV Beach at Fontainebleau Las Vegas, Omnia Nightclub at Caesars Palace, TAO Beach Dayclub at Venetian Resort Las Vegas, and Wet Republic at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino. The fun kicked off on January 19 at LIV inside Fontainebleau Las Vegas.
T-PAIN ANNOUNCED AS RESIDENT PERFORMER AT RESORTS WORLD
Zouk Group and Resorts World Las Vegas announced that GRAMMY® Award-Winning artist, producer, songwriter, entrepreneur and global cultural icon T-Pain will take center stage at Zouk Nightclub and Ayu Dayclub as the new resident artist in 2024. The “Buy U A Drank (Shawty Snappin’)” and “Bartender” hitmaker will captivate crowds at the globally renowned party destinations, marking his first-ever Las Vegas residency. Residency dates include: April 20 (Zouk); May 25 (Ayu); and July 11 (Zouk).
JANUARY 2024 HAPPENINGS
MIRACLE EATS FOOD COURT COMING TO MIRACLE MILE SHOPS
The Miracle Mile Shops inside Planet Hollywood will introduce a new food area next year. The new Miracle Eats food collective project is slated to open during the fourth quarter of 2024 and will offer as many as 11 delectable food and beverage options which will be announced at a later date. Miracle Eats will be located near the south entrance to the Miracle Mile Shops.
RETAIL DEVELOPMENT ON STRIP ANNOUNCES FIRST THREE TENANTS
The first three tenants of the new BLVD retail complex on the Strip have been announced. Adidas, H&M and Puma have all signed leases at the property that is located directly across from the Aria Resort. According to a press release, the Adidas store will be 25,000 square feet, the H&M store will be 20,000 square feet, and the Puma store will be 20,000 square feet. The BLVD retail complex is expected to be completed by August 2024.
WORLD SERIES OF POKER ANNOUNCES 2024 DATES
Officials for the World Series of Poker have announced that the 55th annual poker tournament will run from May 28 to July 17 at the Horseshoe and Paris Las Vegas. The Main Event will run from July 3 to 17. The daily event schedule will be announced in early 2024 but events like Mystery Millions, Millionaire Maker and the Senior’s Championship will all return. Players can visit the World Series of Poker website for details on how to qualify for the tournament.
TICKETS ON SALE FOR SUPER BOWL EXPERIENCE & OPENING NIGHT
Super Bowl Opening Night on February 5 is the national kickoff to the week of the big game. There will be live entertainment, special appearances and autographs from NFL legends, and fan photo opportunities. Fans can also enter to win prizes. Tickets for Opening Night can be purchased for $30. The Super Bowl Experience runs from February 7 to 10 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. Football fans can collect autographs, shop for merchandise and take part in interactive games. There will also be photo opportunities with the Lombardi Trophy and a display of all 57 Super Bowl rings. The NFL OnePass App is required for entry. Tickets for the Super Bowl Experience can be purchased for fans 13 and older for $25 for Wednesday and $50 for the other three days.
NEW FOOD TRUCK DEBUTS AT PARK MGM
Director and actor Jon Favreau and celebrity chef Roy Choi have brought “The Chef Truck” to Park MGM. The permanent truck located adjacent to the lobby will feature menu items such as Cubanos, Media Noches, grilled cheese, chocolate lava cake and more.
GUY FIERI TO HOST FLAVORTOWN TAILGATE FOR SUPER BOWL
Food Network celebrity chef Guy Fieri is bringing Guy’s Flavortown Tailgate to the Strip for Super Bowl Sunday. The tailgate will feature more than two dozen “Diners’, Dive-Ins and Dives” pop-up restaurants, a Taste of Las Vegas, lots of bars, and performances by Dustin Lynch and Diplo. The event will be located next to Caesars Forum just east of the High Roller and LINQ promenade and will run from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. General admission tickets are free but registration is required. There are also VIP tables available for purchase.
BELLAGIO GALLERY OF FINE ART UNVEILS ITS NEWEST EXHIBITION
The Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art is unveiling its newest exhibition, ICONS of Contemporary Art. The collection features artists breaking molds and redefining what it means to be iconic in the context of a rapidly changing world. The exhibition includes an array of paintings, videos, and sculptures from diverse, global artists. ICONS OF Contemporary Art is open daily through March 31 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets start at $18 and can be purchased here.
SHARK TANK LOOKING FOR THE NEXT SUCCESSFUL ENTREPRENEURS IN LAS VEGAS
The Shark Tank casting team will be in Las Vegas for an open casting call for season 16. The open call will take place during CES which runs January 9-12 at the Venetian. Entrepreneurs will be given the opportunity to do a one-minute pitch of their business/product/idea on January 12. Wristbands will be distributed from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. with interviews starting at 11 a.m. If you can’t make the open call, you can apply online.
M RESORT BUILDING SECOND TOWER
M Resort is hoping to welcome more guests to the south side of the Strip with a $200 million expansion that includes the addition of a second tower. The tower will feature updated amenities, expanded meeting spaces, and over 380 new rooms. Construction is expected to last 18 months, with the second tower opening in mid-2025.
WINTER SWIM AT CIRCA STADIUM SWIM
Experience Winter Swim, the world’s largest hot tub parties all winter long at Circa’s Stadium Swim. Enjoy heated pools & cabanas, plush robes to keep warm, penalty shots, and seasonal cocktails. And, Winter Swim is making a splash in the music scene by hosting their first concert series on January 12, featuring Troyboi with support from local Las Vegas artists, Alex Parra and Evan Durant. Stadium Swim will transform into a concert venue to create an ambiance that promises an unforgettable evening.
2024 NHL DRAFT TO BE HELD AT THE SPHERE
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman announced that plans are being finalized for the 2024 entry draft to take place June 28 & 29 at the Sphere. It will be the last time the NHL Draft will be held in its current format where all 32 teams are stationed on the host arena’s floor throughout the two day event. Going forward, the NHL is decentralizing the draft to a style similar to the NFL and NBA. This will be first time the Golden Knights have hosted the NHL Draft in their seven year history.
HIGH SPEED TRAIN LANDS FEDERAL FUNDING FOR CONSTRUCTION
Brightline West has landed a $3 billion federal grant to begin construction on the 218-mile high speed train system connecting Las Vegas and southern California. U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation will provide the funding via the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The $12 billion high speed rail system is expected to connect Las Vegas with stations in Apple Valley, Hesperia and Rancho Cucamonga, California. The station in Rancho Cucamonga would connect with a pre-existing Metrolink train line that runs to Los Angeles. The Las Vegas station would be located near Blue Diamond Road and Las Vegas Boulevard, south of the Strip. The company teased breaking ground with a social media post, sharing a look at new fencing and signage near the site of the Las Vegas station. Rosen’s office says the project will support 35,000 construction jobs.
NATIONAL FINALS RODEO & LAS VEGAS REACH 10-YEAR DEAL
A new agreement will keep the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR) in Las Vegas through 2035. No details have been released on the financial commitment from Las Vegas Events. NFR had an estimated $200 million impact on the Las Vegas economy in 2019. It left Las Vegas in 2020 when the event was held in Arlington, Texas but returned in 2021. The NFR has sold out 360 consecutive performances and attracts the top 15 contestants in bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, barrel racing and bull riding, according to Las Vegas Events. In 2022, the event had a total attendance of 173,350 over the 10 days of competition in Las Vegas.
NEW SEAFOOD RESTAURANT AT TI
Treasure Island Las Vegas officially opened Las Vegas Yacht Club, A Seafood Restaurant, serving an array of seafood cuisine and specialty cocktails. The newly debuted restaurant offers a vibrant, nautical-themed ambiance, as well as an array of hot and cold appetizers, soups, salads, pastas, sandwiches and more.
NOW OPEN: LPM RESTAURANT & BAR AT THE COSMOPOLITAN
The carefree lifestyles of the Côte d’Azur and Las Vegas come together as LPM Restaurant & Bar officially opened its internationally acclaimed eatery at the Cosmopolitan. Celebrated by World’s 50 Best Restaurants, LPM welcomes guests into its distinct French Riviera-inspired concept, offering exquisite harmony on the plate with a focus on exploring the joy of Mediterranean ingredients at their peak.
RED ROCK WELCOMES FEDERAL DONUTS & CHICKEN
Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa announced that it will soon be home to the Philadelphia favorite, Federal Donuts & Chicken (formerly Federal Donuts) –– an iconic eatery that raised the bar on comfort classics when it first debuted in 2011. Set to open in early 2024 in the famed Summerlin resort’s Food Court, this delectable culinary destination and the company’s first-ever West Coast outpost will quickly become an everyday stop for Las Vegans, and a must-visit for travelers.
SANTA FE STATION DEBUTS PROPERTY-WIDE REINVESTMENT
Station Casinos continues to reinvest in its portfolio of local resorts and casinos with an exciting property investment at Santa Fe Station in Northwest Las Vegas. Locals and visitors are now welcome to enjoy new additions, including the famed country bar, Stoney’s North Forty, the delicious restaurant outpost, Stallone’s Italian Eatery, local custard Nielsen’s, a brand new Poker Room and recently debuted luxury High Limit Slots Room.
BRUNO MARS & BELLAGIO DEBUT JAZZ BAR – THE PINKY RING
Two icons in hospitality and entertainment – superstar singer, songwriter, producer and musician Bruno Mars and the legendary Bellagio Resort & Casino – are joining forces to introduce The Pinky Ring, a one-of-a-kind cocktail lounge and jazz bar. Moody lighting, live music, DJs, a specialty bar program and best-in-class audio will be the backdrop for an incredible night out at The Pinky Ring. Located centrally on Bellagio’s casino floor, in the former Lily Bar & Lounge space, The Pinky Ring will open in early 2024.
SPHERE TO SHOWCASE RADIO CITY ROCKETTES
Over the next few weeks, the exterior of the Sphere will feature the Radio City Rockettes. Usually seen in the “Christmas Spectacular” that runs at Radio City Music Hall in New York, the Rockettes will also be featured daily on the Sphere’s exosphere. The display begins with a Christmas ornament that spins to reveal the Rockettes’ legs. As the top of the ornament rises, the Rockettes are revealed performing their iconic choreography, including their famous kickline.
MIRAGE HOSTING FREE CONCERTS FOR NATIONAL FINALS RODEO
In honor of the National Finals Rodeo which returns to Las Vegas December 7 – 16, the Mirage is hosting 10 free concerts at the Sportsbook Stage. Performers include: LANCO (Dec. 7); Taylor Austin Dye (Dec. 8); Jon Langston (Dec. 9); Sean Stemaly (Dec. 10); Ella Langley (Dec. 11); Jake Jacobson (Dec. 12); Tenille Townes (Dec. 13); Connor Smith (Dec. 14); Tyler Farr (Dec. 15); and Chris Cagle (Dec. 16.) The shows are scheduled to start at 10 p.m. each night.
ALL NET ARENA PROJECT DENIED EXTENSION
The Clark County Commission voted unanimously to deny All Net Resort & Arena’s request to again extend its land use permit tied to a long-planned project on the North Strip. First introduced in 2013, the $5 billion project has been delayed several times and its proposed financial backing has changed multiple times over the last decade. Last year county officials gave project developers until September to have the project underway, in what was described then as the final extension of time. The project would have included a 22,000-seat retractable roof arena, two luxury hotel towers, a convention center, movie theater and grocery store.
MLB OWNERS APPROVE ATHLETICS’ MOVE TO LAS VEGAS
Major League Baseball (MLB) owners voted unanimously to approve the move of the Oakland Athletics to Las Vegas. The A’s will play their final season at the Oakland Coliseum in 2024 before opening a new ballpark on the Las Vegas Strip in 2028. The vote officially sets into motion the first MLB club relocation since the Montreal Expos moved to Washington, D.C., in 2005 and became known as the Nationals.
CAESARS PALACE UNVEILS NEWLY-RENOVATED COLOSSEUM TOWER ROOMS
Caesars Palace is honoring its Roman roots with the debut of one of its newly renovated towers. The new Colosseum Tower, formally known as the Forum Tower, offers guests 440 refurbished rooms and suites that display a classic yet modern feel. Select rooms offer views of the Las Vegas Strip, with suites starting at 800 square feet, and sometimes include a living room with a couch, coffee table, chair, and a dining or pool table.
CASPIAN’S COCKTAIL & CAVIAR BAR SET TO OPEN AT CAESARS
A new cocktail and caviar bar with a secret music lounge is scheduled to open at Caesars Palace Spring 2024. Caspian’s is the latest creation from Clique Hospitality and will be located near the main entrance on the walkway between the high limit slot area and Nobu Hotel & Restaurant. The bar will replace the space formerly occupied by Cleopatra’s Barge. The 1,100 square foot venue will seat about 50 guests while the 2,300 square foot music lounge will seat about 100 guests.
MOUNTAIN TO REPLACE VOLCANO DURING SUPER BOWL
A snowy mountain is set to replace the volcano at the Mirage during the 2024 Super Bowl. Paramount Global, the parent company of the Super Bowl’s broadcast home CBS, will construct Paramount Mountain atop the volcano on the Strip for fan experiences in the days leading up to the big game. Beginning February 8, tourists will be able to enter the mountain and interact with fan experiences inspired by popular Paramount content such as Transformers, Yellowstone and more. A 4D simulation gondola ride will be available at the top of the mountain’s peak.
NEW SPONGEBOB RIDE SCHEDULED TO OPEN AT CIRCUS CIRCUS
Circus Circus Las Vegas announced that SpongeBob’s Crazy Carnival Ride, a new attraction based on the popular Nickelodeon characters, is coming to the resort in Winter 2023. The attraction will be a dark ride, or a sort of ride that features automatically guided vehicles navigating through scenes that can include animatronics, vibrant lighting, and special effects. The $6 million ride will also have projections that fully submerse riders “in the nautical nonsense of SpongeBob SquarePants.”
MIRACLE MILE SHOPS LAUNCH 3D PROJECTION VIDEO SHOW
Miracle Mile Shops has launched a free 3D projection video show entitled “The Lost City Show”. The show runs daily from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. in front of the V Theater. Visitors can watch fire, water, ice, earth and wind dance across the stone facade of V Theater and the surrounding cityscape.
BOURBON ST. PARADE BAR CLOSED AT GRAND BAZAAR SHOPS
Bourbon St. Parade bar opened at the Grand Bazaar Shops on the Strip on October 19 and sadly closed November 21. The bar paid homage to the history, culture and music of New Orleans, and featured live music all-day, every-day and daily second line parades featuring a marching brass band led by a grand marshal.
STREETMOSPHERE ENTERTAINMENT ENDING AT GRAND CANAL SHOPPES
Streetmosphere, the live singing performances at the Grand Canal Shoppes, will end on December 6 after running for more than 20 years. Streetmosphere has been operating daily since 1999, except during the pandemic. Performances were complimentary. The decision to end the program was not due to any performance or program issues.
THIRD LISA VANDERPUMP RESTAURANT OPENING IN SUMMER 2024
Lisa Vanderpump’s premiere eatery, Vanderpump Cocktail Garden, is located at Caesars Palace and her second hotspot, Vanderpump à Paris, is located at Paris Las Vegas. The former Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star’s newest restaurant – Pinky’s by Vanderpump – will be located inside the Flamingo in the former Purple Zebra space along Las Vegas Boulevard. Renderings of the restaurant show an elegant space with plush pink banquettes, golden tables, tiered chandeliers in pale green, golden sculpted palms, hanging flora, a front bar faced in glowing pink, and a back bar formed from golden Palladian arches and from marble in black, gold and green. The space will also feature flamingos in homage to the property.
LAS VEGAS TO HOST INAUGURAL ALL-MLB WEEKEND
Major League Baseball and MGM Rewards announced All-MLB Weekend, a new multi-day offseason event to honor baseball’s best, where fans can interact with baseball legends, current stars, broadcasters and industry leaders while experiencing special amenities unique to Las Vegas. The inaugural All-MLB Weekend takes place December 14 – 17 and features an awards show on MLB Network with a celebratory player entrance and exclusive pre-show reception to help recognize the top MLB players. The selections for the All-MLB Team are the culmination of the weekend and will be announced from HyperX Arena at Luxor Hotel & Casino on December 16. Fans can purchase packages to experience All-MLB Weekend at MLB.com/allmlbweekend. Select MGM Rewards members also have the opportunity to enjoy elevated experiences with MLB players and legends including a charity poker tournament and golf outing at Shadow Creek.
MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE & FALL OUT BOY TO HEADLINE WHEN WE WERE YOUNG MUSIC FESTIVAL
My Chemical Romance and Fall Out Boy will headline the When We Were Young music festival in 2024. The newly announced lineup includes over 50 musical acts, and according to the press release, multiple bands will be performing full albums front-to-back. My Chemical Romance will perform songs from their “Welcome to the Black Parade” album. The album being performed by Fall Out Boy has yet to be announced. Tickets for the festival went on sale in November.
MARRIOT & WESTIN COMING TO DOWNTOWN LAS VEGAS
A new hotel development in downtown’s Symphony Park will bring together two brands under one roof — Marriott and Westin. The five-story, 441-room dual branded hotel will share a building on the south side of Grand Central Parkway, near the World Market Center and the Smith Center for the Performing Arts. The project will include an 18,025-square-foot ballroom/meeting space, along with seven entertainment suites with an outdoor pool and terrace. Construction is expected to begin in January 2024 with an opening planned in late 2025. The area is also the site of the Cello Tower project – a 32-story luxury condo development which is the city’s first new residential high-rise in over a decade.
CIRCUS CIRCUS GETTING A MAKEOVER
The more than 50-year-old Las Vegas hotel and casino, Circus Circus, is undergoing major renovations. The classic, pink and white 43,500 square foot roof tent top has been repainted and a lot of work has also been going on inside, including renovations to the 30-year-old Adventuredome which has grown to 28-plus rides, with more on the way. There is also new attractions, including mini bowling and axe throwing. Additionally, a $10 million project is redoing all the property’s elevators. And of course, the rooms are being refreshed with updated furniture.
CONSTRUCTION TIMELINE FOR A’S LAS VEGAS BALLPARK
At a recent meeting, the Las Vegas Stadium Authority shed light on construction timelines and a future lease agreement with the Oakland Athletics. The team hired Mortenson/McCarthy to serve as construction manager for the planned ballpark – they were hired by the Raiders to build Allegiant Stadium. The firm also disclosed that construction would start in April 2025 at the site of the Tropicana Hotel, with completion set for spring 2028.
DAVID COPPERFIELD TO MAKE THE MOON DISAPPEAR
David Copperfield, the legendary illusionist, who counts making the Statue of Liberty disappear and walking through the Great Wall of China among his many accomplishments, has announced he is working on a bold new stunt – making the moon disappear. It has taken Copperfield 30 years of work to develop the stunt which he plans to pull off in February 2024. If you’d like to see the moon go MIA yourself, you will have the opportunity to do just that. Copperfield said he’s giving some people a chance to see it happen in real time – be sure to follow his social media for more details.
UNIVERSAL HORROR UNLEASHED COMING TO AREA15
Universal revealed the name of the company’s first-ever permanent horror experience: Universal Horror Unleashed. The new concept will bring to life Universal’s vast library of classic horror films and today’s most terrifying tales. With a variety of unique, immersive, fantastic horror-centric experiences that surround high energy food and beverage spaces by day turned haunting bars and eateries by night, the new concept marks the first time Universal has created a permanent horror experience beyond its theme parks. It will deliver on the thrills and frights its horror fans have come to love and excite anyone looking for a new level of experiential entertainment. The space will also feature a continuously updated experience, must see seasonal events, and one-of-a-kind merchandise. Universal Horror Unleashed will be the anchor tenant in a new 20-acre expansion of Las Vegas’ immersive AREA15 entertainment district. As plans take shape, more details about the concept will be shared along with the opening date.
THE ICE RINK RETURNS TO COSMOPOLITAN
Each holiday season, the Cosmopolitan transforms their Boulevard Pool into a winter wonderland, including a 4,200 square foot skating rink, a fire pit, and a chalet complete with seasonal food and beverage offerings. The ice rink opens December 2, and ice skating admission includes all-day skating access and skate rentals. Visit the Cosmopolitan website for more details.
MARQUEE DAYCLUB BRINGS BACK “DAYCLUB DOME” FOR 2023-2024 WINTER SEASON
Marquee Dayclub at the Cosmopolitan announced plans to resurrect its iconic “Marquee Dayclub Dome” to keep the daytime pool parties going throughout the 2023-2024 fall and winter seasons. Vegas pool party season typically ends by mid to late October when cooler weather arrives, but the 23,000-square-foot orb placed on top of the rooftop dayclub will ensure that summer never ends at Marquee. The dome rises over 50 feet tall and covers the full pool deck to provide shelter from precipitation and desert winds. Large heaters will maintain an air temperature of 85 degrees and water temperature of 90 degrees throughout the colder seasons. Marquee Dayclub Dome’s opening date, hours of operation, and DJ event calendar will be announced in the coming weeks.
DURANGO CASINO & RESORT ACCEPTING RESERVATIONS
Durango Casino & Resort is now accepting reservations for stays beginning December 5. The newest Station Casinos luxury resort recently unveiled a first look at its room and suites designed by Dallas-based Looney and Associates. The accommodations are inspired by a modern desert design, with options ranging from top-floor suites to resort king and queen rooms. Guests can book through the Durango website, the Station Casinos app, or by calling 1-800-731-7333.
SKYDIVING EXPERIENCE CRASHNBURN, AERO VEGAS COMING TO FREMONT STREET
A new skydiving and dining experience is coming to downtown Las Vegas. Described as a fusion of dining, attraction and nightlife, CrashNBurn and Aero Vegas will have a rooftop open-air skydiving experience. There will also be a patio overlooking Fremont Street with an indoor and outdoor bar and VIP event space for dining. In the evening, the space will turn into a 21-and-over nightclub. Both are scheduled to open later this fall.
AREA15 has become known for its interactive art installations and exhilarating electronic music events; it offers a haven for those seeking all things extraordinary. And even though it has only been around for three and a half years, the company is looking to expand. The 20-acre expansion became official in January and promises over 1,300 apartment units, a 118,000-square-foot hotel and nightclub (anticipated to become a mecca for electronic dance music enthusiasts), and a 9,000-square-foot plaza that includes outdoor dining. They’ve also reportedly secured a decommissioned Boeing 747 aircraft which will be repurposed for events.
RESORTS WORLD WILL TRANSFORM INTO HOTEL EDC IN MAY 2024
Insomniac, the world’s leading live music experience creator, along with Vibee, the music-led destination experience company, announced Hotel EDC will return for its second year next spring. Located at Resorts World Las Vegas, Hotel EDC will take place during the 2024 Electric Daisy Carnival, the world’s largest dance music festival, from May 17-20, 2024.
SIDEWALK VENDING BANNED NEAR LAS VEGAS RESORTS
Clark County commissioners unanimously approved an ordinance that bans sidewalk vendors from selling within 1,500 feet of resort hotels, sports facilities that host at least 20,000 people, a convention facility operated by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, or a median of a highway, if the median is adjacent to a parking lot. One example of this would be the Welcome To Fabulous Las Vegas sign. The ordinance was effective October 17.
PROFESSIONAL VOLLEYBALL TEAM TO SOON CALL LAS VEGAS HOME
The Pro Volleyball Federation, described as the premier women’s professional volleyball league in North America, announced that its seventh franchise will be located in Las Vegas. The team, which has yet to be named, will begin play in the 2024 season with Fran Flory as the team’s head coach. Flory is a member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, having spent 24 seasons as head coach at LSU. She led the team to an SEC championship in 2009. The Las Vegas team will announce more members of its ownership group, the team name, home venue and initial players at a celebration event in the coming weeks. There will be seven teams that play in the 2024 season, with three more teams coming in 2025, according to the Pro Volleyball Federation. Each of the seven teams will play a 24-match schedule.
HOWARD HUGHES HOLDINGS EYES NEW LAS VEGAS STRIP CASINO
Real estate development and management business Howard Hughes Holdings (HHH) has set out plans to open a new land-based casino on the Las Vegas Strip. The plans represent the first venture by HHH into the casino market. As part of the project, HHH has formed Seaport Entertainment, a new division that will oversee its entertainment-related assets in New York and Las Vegas. These assets include an 80% interest in the air rights above Fashion Show Mall – the intended location of the new casino. To support the venture, HHH has appointed highly experienced gambling executive Anton Nikodemus as CEO of Seaport Entertainment. Nikodemus joins after almost 11 years working in a series of senior roles with MGM Resorts International.
STATION CASINOS LAUNCHES NEW APP
Station Casinos has officially launched a new app called STN Mobile. The new app allows guests to check this account status, redeem offers directly from their phone, find their favorite games, link to games of their choice, and receive jackpot alerts. The app also allows guests to easily access other Station Casinos apps like STN Charms, STN Cash, Marker Trax, and STN Sports. Guests who download the new app receive 10,000 bonus points which can be used for things like free slot play and cash; and those guests who download the app and login by October 31 also have the chance to win up to $10,000 in free slot play.
USHER TO HEADLINE 2024 SUPER BOWL HALFTIME SHOW
Grammy-winning artist Usher will perform at Las Vegas Allegiant Stadium during the Super Bowl LVIII halftime show presented by Apple Music. “It’s an honor of a lifetime to finally check a Super Bowl performance off my bucket list. I can’t wait to bring the world a show unlike anything else they’ve seen from me before,” Usher said in a statement. “Thank you to the fans and everyone who made this opportunity happen. I’ll see you real soon.” Usher has been performing his vast collection of R&B hits at his most recent Las Vegas residency. The Super Bowl will air on CBS on February 11, 2024.
FONTAINEBLEAU SETS OPENING DATE
Fontainebleau will officially open its doors on Wednesday, December 13. In anticipation of the opening, the property has opened reservations for those looking to book a stay at the property. Reservations can be made online on their website. Construction on the 67-story Fontainebleau Las Vegas began in 2007 amid the U.S. real estate bubble and was expected to open in October 2009, but work stopped when it went bankrupt during the Great Recession. The property changed ownership hands multiple times – Marriott International bought the property in 2018 and rebranded it “The Drew” before Fontainebleau Development bought it back in 2021. The property is currently hiring over 6,000 workers ahead of the December opening.
VENETIAN UNVEILS NEW HIGH-LIMIT GAMING LOUNGE
A new high-limit gaming lounge debuts on the Palazzo casino floor at The Venetian this fall. The gaming lounge will span 15,000 square feet and include two distinctive curated spaces, one dedicated to table games (18 tables, including baccarat, blackjack, roulette, Ultimate Texas Hold’em, and craps) and the other to high-end popular slots (67 slots with some games offering jackpots exceeding $2 million). The lounge will also include a bar, cashiers, restrooms, and private casino host access. Self-pay will be available on all games for expedited jackpot payments.
VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS UNVEIL NEW STREAMING PLATFORM
The Vegas Golden Knights unveiled details about the team’s new streaming platform – KnightTime+ – that will make 69 regular-season games for the 2023/24 season, plus the first round of playoffs, available online. A full season pass will cost $69.99 while individual games can be purchased for $6.99 each. The team’s six preseason games will be available on the platform as a free trial. Streaming games on KnightTime+ will only be available in the Golden Knights’ broadcast territory. KnightTime+ can be found on iOS, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Roku.
CHICAGO-STYLE PORTILLO’S LOOKING TO EXPANDS TO VEGAS
Portillo’s, the fast-casual chain that serves Chicago-style hot dogs, beef and sausage sandwiches, pastas and shakes, is looking to expand to Las Vegas. Exact details on when or where a new location could open have not been shared. Portillo’s currently has 77 full-scale restaurants in 10 states, including six in the metro Phoenix area and two in Southern California.
GORDON RAMSAY-THEMED RAGE ROOM OPENING DOWNTOWN
Fans of Gordon Ramsay can experience the iconic chef in a new way when a themed rage room opens in downtown Las Vegas on September 30. The rage room is themed after the hit show “Kitchen Nightmares” and allows fans to “smash away their aggravation with Kitchen Nightmares-branded bats, small kitchen appliances, rolling pins, liquor bottles, vases and more”. While demolishing dinner plates and glasses, Ramsay’s voice “explodes throughout the experience, encouraging maximum breakage”. In addition to the rage room, fans can throw chefs’ knives at a bullseye – similar to traditional axe-throwing.
PIRATE-THEMED BAR OPENING IN ARTS DISTRICT
A new pirate-themed bar is opening in the Arts District in October. The Stray Pirate Tropical Cocktails & Effects will transport guests to a “thrilling undersea world where their ship came to rest on the sea floor”. Award-winning bartender Christopher Gutierrez will be at the helm of operations and cocktail creations, bringing his talents seen across many downtown locations, including Oak & Ivy, Corduroy, and Atomic Liquors.
WYNN & ENCORE UPDATE PARKING POLICY
Effective September 27, Wynn & Encore reinstated self-parking fees for non-resort guests. The daily parking fee is $20 per day with the first four hours free. Valet parking is $40 per day. Self-parking remains complimentary for registered guests and Wynn Rewards members in certain tiers.
CHERI ROOFTOP LOUNGE OPENING AT PARIS
This fall, Chéri Rooftop Lounge launches in the former Château Nightclub at Paris Las Vegas. The lounge will be nestled beneath the curving base of the replica Eiffel Tower and will feature a garden-themed terrace of more than 9,000 square feet. Chéri will also feature a lounge, an antique spiral staircase, chandeliers, plush banquettes, French wines and creative cocktails, and nightly entertainment. The lounge will be open nightly at 8 p.m.
TOURNAMENT OF KINGS: ‘TWAS THE KNIGHT
The popular holiday tradition “Tournament of Kings: ‘Twas the Knight” will return to Excalibur Hotel & Casino this holiday season for another winter wonderland themed celebration. Performances will run from November 22 to December 25. Get your tickets now.
ENCHANT CHRISTMAS RETURNS TO LAS VEGAS BALLPARK
Enchant Christmas returns to the Las Vegas valley with an all-new light maze adventure, Santa’s Magic Time Piece, where guests can wander the World’s Largest Christmas Light Maze, searching for the missing pieces of Santa’s Magic Timepiece in order to save Christmas! Also new this year, Enchant Christmas is asking people to submit their best holiday song renditions — originals or covers — for a chance to win cash and a chance to record the song professionally! (Submissions accepted September 26 through October 31) The immersive experience will fill the Las Vegas Ballpark with joyful seasonal celebrations and decorations from November 24 to December 31.
ZOO STATION: A U2:UV EXPERIENCE
Zoo Station: A U2:UV Experience launches at the Venetian on September 28. Zoo Station is a 12,000 square foot interactive exhibit that includes a retrospective of Anton Corbijn’s photography and videos, a pop-up shop with exclusive merchandise, and a Zoo TV Cinema — an intimate theater where films, including rare and unreleased concert footage, will screen daily. The exhibit is intended to serve as a central destination and hub for fans where they can view exclusive U2 content and immerse themselves in the band’s musical and creative history. The entrance to Zoo Station is located in the Venetian’s Waterfall Atrium and is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Admission to Zoo Station is free, except for special film screenings in the Zoo TV Cinema.
CELEBRATING 70 YEARS AS THE WEDDING CAPITAL OF THE WORLD
On Sunday, September 3, Las Vegas celebrates their status as the globe’s most desirable wedding location. Vegas was first recognized on September 23, 1953 as the “Wedding Capital of the World” by the London Daily Herald. The special celebration pays tribute to love and marriage as well as the more than 5 million couples who have married in Vegas. It takes place at Caesars Palace and includes brunch, a mass wedding vow renewal and an original vintage Vegas musical production titled “Las Vegas Will You Marry Me”.
BELLAGIO OPENS NEW COCKTAIL CLUB
Bellagio‘s new cocktail club – The Vault – opened August 28 but getting inside isn’t easy. You can’t make a reservation on a website and there’s no markings on the door. Access is by invitation or by checking availability on their Instagram page. The Vault offers specialty cocktails that range in price from $50 to $100, vintage cocktails made with spirits from the mid-1900s, and a variety of foods. The cocktail club is daily open from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.
COSMOPOLITAN TO END FREE PARKING FOR HOTEL GUESTS
Cosmopolitan is eliminating free self-parking for casino guests. Beginning September 20, the luxury resort will begin charging parking fees for most overnight guests (they ended free self-parking for non-hotel guests in June 2021). The Cosmopolitan’s website states “registered hotel guests are subject to applicable self-parking rates for stays that begin on or after 9/20/23”. The website also indicates that Identity Rewards members at the Sterling or above status will continue to receive free self-parking. When the MGM Rewards program is implemented at the Cosmopolitan on February 1, 2024, MGM Rewards members at the Pearl or above status will qualify for free self-parking.
LISA VANDERPUMP OPENING A THIRD RESTAURANT IN VEGAS
Lisa Vanderpump’s premiere eatery, Vanderpump Cocktail Garden, is located at Caesars Palace and her second hotspot, Vanderpump à Paris, is located at Paris Las Vegas. The former Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star’s newest restaurant will be located inside the Flamingo. Renderings of the restaurant show an elegant space with plush pink banquettes, golden tables, tiered chandeliers in pale green, golden sculpted palms, hanging flora, a front bar faced in glowing pink, and a back bar formed from golden Palladian arches and from marble in black, gold and green. The space will also feature flamingos in homage to the property.
PETER LUGER STEAKHOUSE OPENING THIS FALL
Last year Caesars Entertainment announced that Peter Luger Steakhouse would make its first American foray outside of New York. Now, the 135-year-old restaurant is expected to open at Caesars Palace in October and bring its flagship dry-aged porterhouse to the Vegas Strip for the first time. Peter Luger will boast classic furnishings with wooden floors, leather-upholstered chairs, soft pendant lighting, and wooden and metallic textures on the ceiling. The style aims to evoke the Brooklyn location’s Bavarian beer hall aesthetic with exposed brick and industrial windows. The 8,700-square-foot restaurant will be located near Mr. Chow and promises to incorporate the same old-world sensibilities that made Peter Luger a classic. The steakhouse is accepting reservations in advance of their fall opening.
RESORTS WORLD ADDING CO-OP FROSE & EATERY
Resorts World is opening the latest location of the fast-growing Co-op Frosé & Eatery which features a twist on a Las Vegas staple – the frozen alcoholic beverage – by offering frozen wine, along with an upscale breakfast and lunch menu. The shop will offer about eight to 10 frosés at a time from a rotating seasonal menu of 50 flavors and will also serve creative sandwiches, offer bottled rosé in partnership with Tarpon Cellars of Napa Valley, and supply slushies to room service. Co-op Frosé & Eatery will also have a kiosk on the resort’s casino floor and an Airstream trailer offering its frozen wine at the Resorts World pool.
CIRCUS CIRCUS ADVENTUREDOME CELEBRATES 30TH ANNIVERSARY
Circus Circus celebrated the 30th anniversary of its Adventuredome. According to a media release, the five-acre Las Vegas Strip amusement park welcomed its first guests on August 23, 1993, and has since welcomed more than a million visitors a year. Over the last three decades, the park has continuously evolved with new rides, games and entertainment offerings. In celebration of the milestone anniversary, Circus Circus is offering lower prices across all its entertainment offerings through Labor Day.
POPSTROKE GOLF EXPERIENCE COMING TO LAS VEGAS
PopStroke, which is partnered with Tiger Woods and Taylormade, is set to open in Las Vegas in Q1 2024 and will feature two 18-hole putting greens, a two-story restaurant, multiple bars and an outdoor beer garden with games like corn hole and foosball. Located on 3 acres, PopStroke will be located in Town Square on the corner of South Drive and South Main Street. This will be PopStroke’s first spot in Nevada.
SPHERE ENTERTAINMENT PROPOSES LONG-TERM AGREEMENT WITH NV ENERGY
Sphere Entertainment Company announced that it has proposed a long-term agreement to maximize renewable power for Sphere in Las Vegas, and has submitted a 25-year agreement with NV Energy. If the agreement is approved by the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada, it will provide the highest amount of dedicated solar power available to Sphere. As part of the agreement, Sphere is maximizing the amount of green power serving the venue but using a renewable and battery storage resource that is being developed by NV Energy. The Sphere was designed for high standards of sustainability and to minimize energy consumption – the venue’s LED screens use the most energy-efficient lighting available today and the venue’s heating and cooling system avoids wasteful reheating. Sphere Entertainment estimates that approximately 70 percent of its power will be from dedicated solar and battery resources.
NEVADA TESTING NEW “TICKET IN, BONUS OUT” GAMBLING MACHINE TECHNOLOGY
Gold Country Inn & Casino in Elko, Nevada is launching a trial of a new gambling machine ticket technology developed by Acres Technology called “ticket in, bonus out,” or TIBO. With the traditional “ticket in, ticket out” (TITO), a customer puts money into a machine and receives a ticket upon cash out that can be put into another machine or redeemed at the cage. With TIBO, the system predicts when the customer is close to the end of their session and then prints a ticket that gives them bonus spins. TIBO can be personalized in any way a casino sees fit to offer all sorts of rewards and play incentives. The system is being hyped as a way to generate more revenue for casinos.
OPENING DATE SET FOR DURANGO RESORT
Station Casinos announced it has set an opening date for its new property in the southwest Las Vegas Valley. Durango Casino & Resort will open its doors on Monday, November 20. Durango Resort will offer tourists and locals an exceptional gaming experience, personalized hospitality, premier restaurants, and convenient access along the I-215. The resort will feature over 200 hotel rooms, convention and meeting spaces, a resort pool with cabanas, outdoor social areas, 15 restaurants, including four signature outlets and a food hall, and free parking.
THE COSMOPOLITAN SET TO JOIN MGM REWARDS LOYALTY PROGRAM FEBRUARY 1, 2024
MGM Resorts announced that the Cosmopolitan will transition from its Identity loyalty program to the MGM Rewards loyalty program beginning February 1, 2024. Identity members will receive communications prior to the integration with detailed information about the transition to MGM Rewards. Until the transition, Identity members may continue to play and earn with Identity and their earnings will be recognized when determining their MGM Rewards Tier Status in 2024. Beginning in February 2024, all MGM Rewards members will have the ability to earn and use MGM Rewards Points, Slot Dollars and Tier Credits across their experiences at the Cosmopolitan, including the resort’s incredible array of accommodations, dining, entertainment, slots and table games.
SWINGERS CRAZY GOLF COMING TO LAS VEGAS STRIP
Swingers ‘crazy golf’ is a UK concept that mixes cocktails with music, street food, and mini golf. It is set to open its first Las Vegas location at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in 2024. The space will comprise 40,000 square feet, three floors, and no fewer than five golf courses. Swingers is calling the location its “flagship” and promises an immersive, sensory-rich experience that will introduce Sin City to the concept of the English-style “country house.” Swingers began a decade ago in an East London warehouse and opened its first U.S. location in Washington, D.C., in 2021. The brand’s 1920s aesthetic, Instagram-friendly golf courses and adults-only vibe make it an ideal night out for millennial and Gen Z crowds in search of sharable experiences.
WHATABURGER COMING TO LAS VEGAS STRIP
Texas favorite Whataburger is bringing their delicious food to the Las Vegas Strip this fall. According to the restaurant chain, The two-story restaurant will be located next to Parry’s Pizzeria & Taphouse − also set to open this fall − adjoining the Waldorf Astoria hotel and will be open 24/7. The restaurant will mark the burger chain’s entry to its 15th state.
VENETIAN AND PALAZZO TO END FREE PARKING
The Venetian Resort Las Vegas, which includes the Venetian, Palazzo and Venetian Convention & Expo Center, confirmed that all three locations will end free self-parking later this summer. Complimentary self-parking will be available for members of the resort’s Grazie Rewards program at the premier level and above, and complimentary valet parking will remain available for rewards members at the elite level and above.
MGM AND MARRIOTT LINK LOYALTY PROGRAMS
MGM Resorts International and Marriott announced a partnership to link their loyalty programs. Under the deal, MGM guests in the United States can earn Marriott Bonvoy rewards points and Bonvoy members can in turn have access to 17 MGM properties when they spend their points. The partnership seeks to capitalize on frequent or business travelers who can be fiercely loyal to certain hotel brands in an effort to rack up rewards. Those loyalty programs drive business and help differentiate competitors at a time when travel is continuing to rebound from the pandemic. Bonvoy has more than 180 million members. Currently, if Bonvoy members want to use their reward points for a stay on the Las Vegas Strip, their only hotel option is the Cosmopolitan which MGM bought in 2022. However, when the new partnership launches this fall, Bonvoy members will be able to redeem their rewards at 12 additional resorts on the Strip and five more MGM resorts nationwide.
NEW OWNERS RESTORE SIEGFRIED & ROY’S FORMER HOME
The family who bought Siegfried Fischbacher and Roy Horn’s original Las Vegas home are putting in as much as $1 million in renovations and furnishings. George Carden and his son, Brett, paid $3 million for the home and have no plans to turn the 2-acre estate into an overnight rental but instead are focusing on renting it out for weddings, corporate gatherings, celebrations and other events. They would like to open the home for tours if possible. Known as the “Jungle Palace”, the Valley Drive home served as Siegfried and Roy’s residence when they performed at The Mirage from 1990 to 2003 and kept many animals on-site. The Jungle Palace main home was built in 1954 and measures 8,750 square feet. It has two bedrooms, two full baths, two partial baths and an indoor Jacuzzi. The site also has three guest houses ranging from 1,600 square feet to 1,900 square feet and three pools. The property has water features throughout, skylights, a bird sanctuary and animal enclosures.
PENN & TELLER EXTENDED AT RIO THROUGH 2026
Penn & Teller’s long-running show at the Rio Hotel & Casino Las Vegas has once again been extended. According to a news release, Dreamscape has extended the legendary magic and comedy duo’s show through the end of 2026. Penn & Teller have been performing at the Rio for nearly 23 years making their “record-breaking Las Vegas show the current longest-running headliners in Las Vegas history”.
ARISTOCRAT GAMING BRINGING NFL-THEMED SLOTS TO VEGAS
Aristocrat Gaming will debut NFL-licensed, league-themed slot machines on casino floors this fall which will provide slot players with the ability to engage with their favorite NFL teams. And, football isn’t the only sport on Aristocrat’s radar. The Australian-based manufacturer — which has an office in Summerlin — has also entered into a sponsorship deal with the Formula 1 Heineken Silver Las Vegas Grand Prix, as the official slot machines of the November event. The multiyear sponsorship will grant Aristocrat a private hospitality suite and presence at the race, through signage and potential activations.
‘ONLY MURDERS IN THE BUILDING’ ESCAPE ROOM COMING TO THE STRIP
Hulu’s hit series ‘Only Murders in the Building’ stars Steve Martin, Martin Short, and Selena Gomez – a trio of amateur sleuths who binge true crime podcasts. To mark the release of Season 3, Hulu is sponsoring a limited-time escape room experience in Las Vegas in association with The Escape Game. Fans can take part in their own episode of Only Murders escape game on August 18 – 20, 2023 at The Escape Game Las Vegas in the Caesars Palace Forum Shops. There will also be an online version of the experience for those unable to make it to Vegas.
OSCAR’S STEAKHOUSE NOW OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK
Effective July 4, Oscar’s Steakhouse, located inside the Plaza Hotel & Casino, is open 7 days a week from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Named after former mob attorney and city of Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman, Oscar’s is an award-winning steakhouse that offers a unique Las Vegas dining experience thanks to its classic ambiance, memorabilia displays, handcrafted cocktails and delicious menu featuring diverse cuts of beef and classic seafood options.
MIRAGE TIGERS HAVE BEEN RELOCATED
After more than 30 years as an attraction at The Mirage Secret Garden, the exotic cats once owned by longtime Las Vegas performers Siegfried & Roy have been relocated to two sanctuaries in Oregon and Texas. WildCat Ridge Sanctuary in Scotts Mills, Oregon and In-Sync Exotics in Wylie, Texas now house the cats where they will continue to receive the same quality of care they received at The Secret Garden. The closure of The Secret Garden was announced as part of the transition of The Mirage to new ownership under Hard Rock International.
FASHION SHOW MALL’S GREEN INITIATIVES
The Fashion Show Mall’s green initiatives include reliance on solar energy, examining its water usage and establishing a new fleet of electric vehicles. In 2016 the mall installed 3,600 rooftop solar panels that produce about 11% of the power used by the mall annually. In June, the mall purchased its first electric vehicle to be used for security. The Hyundai Kona will charge overnight at one of the mall’s 10 charging stations, which were installed in 2019. The mall is also looking at its water usage which is roughly 80 million gallons of water per year, and is considering the option of using recycled graywater for the air conditioning system; however, this is not a certainty at this point.
BEST COMEDY SHOW ON WHEELS
Get ready to laugh all night with Smiley Joe Wiley and the crew in a comfortable 25 passenger luxury motor coach fully equipped with lights, music and entertainment. Complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are provided and all shows are customized to be clean, spicy or adult. Shows are Monday through Sunday at 7 p.m. The experience is 90 minutes. Pick up is located at MGM Grand Hotel.
DREAMSCAPE PARTNERING WITH WORLD-RENOWED ARCHITECTS TO RENOVATE THE RIO
Dreamscape Companies is partnering with four world-renown architectural and design partners – Fettle, Gianpiero Gaglione Interior Design (GGID), Lifescapes International and Marnell Architecture – to renovate the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Dreamscape’s multi-year redevelopment of the resort includes a full refresh of the 2,500 guest rooms, casino, convention space and poolside amenities, and will also include the design of several new food and beverage concepts.
MICHAEL JACKSON ONE BY CIRQUE DU SOLEIL CELEBRATING 10 YEARS
Michael Jackson ONE debuted at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on June 29, 2013, and after 10 years and more than 4000 performances, the show is one of the best-selling shows in Vegas. The dedication to craft that defined Michael Jackson’s career is apparent in every aspect of the show, from monumental songs and dance, to groundbreaking music videos, to his unmistakable influence on the world of fashion. With an electrifying fusion of acrobatics, dance, and visuals that embody the showmanship of the King of Pop, Michael Jackson ONE continues to astound and inspire visitors from around the world.
BEATLES LOVE BY CIRQUE DE SOLEIL TO CONTINUE THROUGH 2024
Cirque du Soleil announced that their production The Beatles LOVE will continue to perform at Mirage Hotel & Casino through at least 2024. The show is continuing through a partnership with Hard Rock International which will be transforming the Mirage property into a Hard Rock resort. The Beatles LOVE performs Tuesday through Saturday at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Tickets for performances in 2024 will be on sale in the coming weeks.
AREA15 OPENS NEW ARCADE BAR
Area15 has added another bar to its 20-acre complex – Asylum Bar + Arcade features a mix of 32 classic and new arcade games, 12 pinball machines and four pool tables. The new venue matches the theme of Area15’s other neon, blacklight bars with brightly-colored murals and lighting, but is unique in that Asylum allows guests under 21 daily on the bar’s first floor from opening until 9 p.m. The bar’s second floor is only accessible for guests of legal drinking age. Asylum plans to host a lineup of local DJs and video gaming meet-ups for tourists and locals to enjoy. Asylum is open Sunday through Thursday from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m., and Friday and Saturday from 12 p.m. to 2 a.m.
NEW HOTEL NEAR ALLEGIANT STADIUM GETS GREEN LIGHT
A new hotel project located just south of Allegiant Stadium has received the green light from Clark County commissioners. Nuance Las Vegas from New Angle Development will be located at the corner of Polaris and Quail avenues, and will include a 19-story hotel tower with 340 rooms, a restaurant, a day spa, a ballroom and a convention hall. Levels 2 through 5 will include the parking garage with 521 spaces. A dining area and cigar bar will be located on Level 9, and a rooftop bar with a kitchen will be on the 19th floor. The hotel will not feature any gaming or entertainment.
RESORTS WORLD LOOKING TO ADD A CONVENTION CENTER
Officials with Resort World Las Vegas have submitted plans to add a convention center to the property. The convention center would be located on the westside of S. Las Vegas Boulevard, E. Sammy Davis Jr. Drive and the north side of Genting Boulevard.
MGM RESORTS LAUNCHES NEW STREAMING/VIDEO/PHOTO POLICY
MGM Resorts has rolled out a new Streaming/Video/Photo policy that attempts to strike a balance between people capturing content and infringing on the gameplay or privacy of fellow players. The new policy provides certain allowances for table game players – people can text if it doesn’t hold up the action, briefly talk on their phone if they are not part of the current round, and take pictures of their own hands. Content creators will also be able to stream the gameplay if they get approval to do so beforehand. Patrons will still not be allowed to leave a device on the gaming table for an extended time period or take pictures of staff, gaming equipment and fellow players.
NEVADA GOVERNOR SIGNS OAKLAND ATHLETICS STADIUM BILL INTO LAW
Nevada Governor Joe Lombardo has signed a bill establishing $380 million in public funding which will go toward the new stadium for MLB’S Oakland Athletics in Las Vegas. The team will now begin the process of applying for relocation. The Athletics reached a binding agreement with Bally’s Corporation, along with Gaming and Leisure Properties (GLPI), to build a stadium on Las Vegas Boulevard and Tropicana Avenue. The new ballpark is expected to accommodate nearly 30,000 fans and bring in 2.5 million spectators annually. A formal signing ceremony will be announced in Las Vegas in the coming weeks.
DAILY HOTEL ROOM CLEANINGS
Nevada Governor Joe Lombardo signed a bill making pandemic-era daily hotel room cleanings no longer required. Cleaning standards will return to the way they were prior to the pandemic.
DINO SAFARI: A WALK THRU ADVENTURE
Din Safari is a dinosaur-filled experience where you can get up-close-and-personal with larger-than-life animatronic dinosaurs and the most fascinating, fan-favorite prehistoric inhabitants. It’s located at the Horseshoe on the lower level next to The Cabinet of Curiosities. Hours are Monday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets start at $22.
Award-winning chef Bobby Flay is introducing a new French concept at Caesars Palace in late 2023. BRASSERIE B by Bobby Flay will offer delicious and distinct French-inspired dishes for brunch, lunch and dinner.
FLANKER KITCHEN & SPORTS BAR opened at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on June 10. The third iteration of Carver Road Hospitality’s acclaimed Flanker brand, the 8,445-square-foot restaurant and bar offers a dynamic new viewing experience for sports fans.
GUY FIERI’S CHICKEN GUY! is now open inside the Forum Food Hall at Caesars Palace. The restaurant features chicken tenders brined in fresh lemon juice, pickle brine and buttermilk and infused with fresh herbs. Guests can also order grilled or fried chicken — in sandwiches, straight-up on skewers or in meal-size salad bowls. Chicken Guy! is open daily from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Chicken Guy! is the fourth restaurant Fieri has opened with Caesars Entertainment in Vegas.
GUY FIERI’S FLAVORTOWN SPORTS KITCHEN is now open at the Horseshoe Las Vegas. Guests can enjoy Guy’s iconic and delicious food at Flavortown Sports Kitchen while watching their favorite team. The venue sports more than 30 TVs, including a 32-foot video wall, and a decorative wall made of reclaimed wood flooring from a basketball court. For a unique viewing experience, visitors may enjoy the MVP lounge with two leather couches and two LED screens for group gatherings. Located next to the Caesars Sportsbook desk at the Horseshoe Las Vegas, Guy Fieri’s Flavortown Sports Kitchen is open Sunday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 7 a.m. to midnight.