The Complete List of Everything That’s Changed in Las Vegas Since Your Last Visit

If you haven’t visited Las Vegas in awhile, a lot has changed. We’ve gathered all the changes that matter into one blog post because: 1) we’re awesome, 2) you have a short attention span.

We’ve selflessly explored the length and girth of the world’s most exciting city, so let’s see what surprises she has in store. Yes, Las Vegas is a she. (No Adam’s apple.)

Same Sex Marriage is Legal

It’s taken some time, but Nevada has gotten a clue and same-sex marriage is now legal. This means Las Vegas will open its arms to gay and lesbian couples, and by “arms,” of course, we mean cash registers. Because Las Vegas.

Purple Las Vegas sign

It’s about flipping time.

Bottles Are Banned on The Strip and Downtown

New ordinances now ban glass bottles on the Las Vegas Strip. Crazy, right? Well, not so much if you consider there have been dozens of incidents where bottles were broken and used as weapons on Las Vegas Boulevard. Bottles and cans have also been banned in downtown Las Vegas.

While safety concerns are a big part of these new bans, they’re also intended to help cops enforce package liquor laws. Banning original liquor containers helps the police discern between legally purchased beverages and those consumed illegally from package liquor stores. So, make sure your liquor is in a plastic cup.

Beer bottles

The Las Vegas party just got less shardy.™

Flamingo Has a New, More Awkward Wrap

Flamingo Las Vegas has a new building wrap, and it’s a doozy. The Flamingo has inadvertently blown up the ongoing Donny and Marie feud (they don’t speak offstage, unless they’re on camera), literally. The two barely interact during their show, and that distance is reflected in the Flamingo’s new building wrap. The siblings are on separate sides of the billboard, each doing their own thing, just as they do in their personal lives. Why do they still do a show together at all? It’s all about the aforementioned cash register, baby.

Donny & Marie wrap

Please feel free to cringe each time you pass by. We do.

There’s a New Downtown Las Vegas Events Center

A block off Fremont Street Experience, a new entertainment venue has opened, the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center. The site is the former location of downtown’s courthouse, purchased by Derek Stevens, owner of The D Las Vegas. The Downtown Las Vegas Events Center has already hosted a number of events, including a displaced birthday bash (due to a hurricane) for Sammy Hagar.

filler

Early tests of the sound system at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center set off car alarms for several blocks. Earplugs sold separately.

Construction of the MGM-AEG Arena is Under Way

The site of the new arena behind New York-New York is bustling with activity. The arena will have 20,000 seats, will cost $350 million and is expected to create traffic jams lasting longer than the Pliocene Epoch.

MGM AEG arena

The MGM-AEG arena will host about 100 events each year. At the moment, all it could host is gopher races. Or something.

Here’s another bird’s-eye view of the MGM-AEG arena. The arena will be completed in spring of 2016. Right around 4:15 p.m. Or whenever all the union guys come back from their breaks.

MGM-AEG arena

The top of the New York-New York parking garage provides a great view of the construction site. Hey, it’s a lot cheaper than a drone.

Ditto the Site of Rock in Rio USA

Construction has also begun on MGM’s Rock in Rio open-air concert venue. Rock in Rio is one of the world’s largest music festivals. The venue is located at the corner of Sahara and Las Vegas Boulevard, across from SLS Las Vegas (formerly the Sahara).

The first wave of acts at Rock in Rio USA have been announced, including Metallica, Linkin Park, Taylor Swift, No Doubt, Deftones and John Legend.

Rock in Rio

Rock in Rio is expected to bring 300,000 people to Las Vegas over a four-day period. Unrelated: Wouldn’t it be great if periods only lasted four days?

Rock in Rio takes place May 8-9, 2015 and May 15-16, 2015. Oh, and this is new since your last visit, too. There’s a giant guitar at the Rock in Rio USA site, so you sort of can’t miss it. Our friends at Vegas Chatter made an interesting discovery near the site, too.

Rock in Rio guitar

Yes, the tickets will go fast, but the venue holds 85,000 people, so don’t fret.

Harmon Hotel’s Coming Down

The ill-fated Harmon Hotel is being taken apart, piece by piece. Work stopped on the Harmon Hotel, part of CityCenter, in 2008 due to construction defects. Since then, it’s been a glorified billboard. The building’s windows have been removed, and now crews are dismantling the building.

Harmon Tower

The Harmon Hotel demolition will cost $11.5 million. That’s $3.8 million for each letter in the word “D’oh!”

Bally’s Grand Bazaar Shops is Happening

The Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally’s Las Vegas are nearing completion, and optometrists across Las Vegas are applauding the shopping center’s design. Because of the increased business. If you get our drift.

Grand Bazaar Shops

No, we didn’t Photoshop this, nor is it April Fools’ Day.

Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally’s is expected to open before the end of 2014.

Grand Bazaar Shops Las Vegas

We can’t not not look.

A Metric Ass-Ton of Restaurants Have Closed or Opened

There’s been a lot of activity in the world of Las Vegas restaurants since your last visit. Here’s a quick overview of the changes, which we’re betting is your favorite kind.

The  Perch has opened at the Downtown Container Park. It’s pretty good, even without the qualification “for being in a shopping mall fashioned from shipping containers.”

The Perch

We’re getting hungry just looking at a photo of The Perch, and it’s mostly chairs.

Martorano’s has opened at Paris Las Vegas. Rumors are that Rio Las Vegas (where there’s been a Martorano’s for some time) has either been sold, or soon will be, and this was Steve Martorano’s chance to jump ship before the sale is announced. Not that we’d ever share an unverified rumor, of course.

Martorano's

The pizza at Rio’s Martorano’s is some of our favorite in Vegas, so it’s worth a try here, too.

Fulton Street Food Hall has opened at Harrah’s Las Vegas. It’s better than your average food court, so it’s definitely worth a try if you’re at Harrah’s.

Fulton Street Food Hall

The ventilation’s pretty good at Harrah’s, so your food won’t be too tainted by the fragrance of nearby slot machines.

Yong Kang Street, an Asian offering, has opened at Paris Las Vegas, in a carved-off section of the hotel’s Café Ile St. Louis.

Yong Kang Street

“Yong Kang” roughly translates as, “We love wealthy Asian gamblers, so we must have a restaurant that caters to their culinary desires, although we don’t condone shark fin soup, because that’s a travesty, though most Las Vegas resorts have restaurants that serve it.”

Another Asian restaurant, Lao Sze Chuan, has opened at the off-Strip Palms. And, yes, we drove all the way over there to get a photo for you. And to donate our paycheck to a certain Top Dollar slot machine. But mainly that first thing.

Lao Sze Chuan

Lao Sze Chuan has more than 200 Chinese dishes on its menu, several of which this blog can pronounce.

If you’re looking for the Bally’s Steakhouse, you missed the boat. It closed and has been replaced with BLT Steak. The new steakhouse doesn’t have the charm of the former establishment, but it’s nearly twice as large as the Bally’s Steakhouse and has a full bar. The hotel was smart enough to keep the restaurant’s Sterling Brunch, so there’s that.

BLT

BLT’s Sterling Brunch will run you about $90, so start redeeming those aluminum cans. If that’s still a thing.

There are lots of restaurant changes on the horizon, too. Osteria del Circo has closed at Bellagio, and another restaurant we can’t afford, Lago by Julian Serrano, will takes its place in March 2015.

Also coming to Las Vegas are three Wahlburgers restaurants, as well as Ramsay Fish & Chips at the Linq shopping mall. Oh, and Uncle Joe’s Pizza has closed on Fremont East after 18 years. Read more.

Lion’s Share at MGM is No More

The most famous of all slot machines, the Lion’s Share at MGM, hit big since your last visit and the machine has been shipped off to the jackpot winner. The Lion’s Share jackpot was $2.4 million. Honestly, though, the value of the machine in Vegas lore value made it worth infinity.

Lion's Share

Cool for the already-rich folks who won, less cool for the rest of us.

Dim-Witted People Can Register a .Vegas Domain Name

You can now register domain names with a .vegas extension. Like most novelty “top-level domains,” registering a Web site with a .vegas extension is sort of dopey and useless, but it’s something new, so we sort of had to include it here. Journalist Steve Friess did a great job of explaining why the whole thing is a racket.

.Vegas domain name

Just don’t.

Wow, you’re still with us. Maybe your attention span is pretty good after all. Moving on!

Pure Nightclub is Gone, Omnia Nightclub is Coming

Pure Nightclub at Caesars Palace was the hottest night spot on The Strip for a few minutes, but like most things in Vegas, it was time to upgrade. Pure has closed, and is in the throes of a major renovation. A new nightclub is in the works, and the name will be Omnia. Omnia will be operated by the folks at Hakkasan Group.

Ask your doctor is Omnia is right for you.

Omnia

In our book, the best kind of nightclubs are the ones that are closed and under construction.

In other nightclub news we don’t care about, Haze nightclub closes at Aria on Nov. 1, 2014. The club’s operator, Light Group, says a new club concept is coming in 2015, which means it will be a dramatic departure from Haze, specifically, the name will probably be different by several letters.

The Quad Resort and Casino is Becoming The Linq Hotel & Casino

The Quad has changed a lot since your last visit, and as of Oct. 30, 2014, it’ll change so much it won’t be The Quad at all anymore, but rather The Linq Hotel & Casino, not to be confused with The Linq outdoor shopping promenade. Possibly.

The new Linq Hotel is getting a fresh coat of paint, so don’t be alarmed if you don’t recognize it at first. (Flourishes left over from the Imperial Palace should help with your disorientation.) Read more about The Quad’s transformation into The Linq Hotel.

Quad exterior

If the Linq Hotel and Grand Bazaar Shops ever copulate, the offspring will be a Pantone color guide.

The Quad’s Dealertainers Have Left the Building

The Quad’s “dealertainers” (blackjack dealers who also performed songs), a holdover from the aforementioned Imperial Palace, are now a thing of the past. A couple of the dealertainers found their way to the Ellis Island casino (they’re being called the Ellis Icon Dealers), but, yeah, this one doesn’t have a happy ending.

Dealertainer

You can be a great blackjack dealer, and you can be a great entertainer. Sadly, the dealertainers were sort of not great at either.

The Kardashians Have Been Given the Boot

You’ll be broken-hearted to hear the Kardashian store at The Mirage, Kardashian Khaos, is closing Oct. 30, 2014. Thankfully, there are lots of other places to get overpriced crap in Las Vegas. That’s why they invented bottle service.

Kardashian Khaos

The last time Las Vegas got it this right O.J. Simpson ended up in jail.

There’s No More The Hotel

Blink and you’ll miss it in Las Vegas. The sister hotel of Mandalay Bay, The Hotel, has disappeared. The Hotel has been rebranded as Delano, a non-smoking (yay), non-gambling (boo) hotel that is said to have cost $100 million to make over.

Delano Hotel

The Hotel is now the Delano, because dumb names need to be killed off eventually. Right, Terrible’s? (Terrible’s Hotel & Casino is now Silver Sevens, by the way.)

Downtown Has a Grocery Store

Yes, downtown finally has its long-awaited grocery store. Who cares? Lovers of produce, that’s who.

The Market

It’s called The Market, and it’s on Fremont East. It has upwards of 14 items. But we may have counted a couple of items twice.

Las Vegas Has Two Zip Lines

There’s a chance that during your last Las Vegas visit, the city had zero zip lines. Now, it has two. The VooDoo Zip Line at Rio Las Vegas and SlotZilla, at Fremont Street Experience, have both opened in recent months.

VooDoo Zip Line

The VooDoo Zip Line runs between two towers at Rio Las Vegas.

Each of the Las Vegas zip lines offer a different experience. Both provide thrill seekers a chance to get their adrenaline pumping. The SlotZilla zip line has two levels, a lower “Zipline” and upper “Zoomline,” where riders go superhero-style. Our day job involves marketing SlotZilla and Fremont Street Experience, so please tell them we sent you so we’ll get a private office, company car and Jacuzzi someday.

SlotZilla

On SlotZilla, you can take the Zipline at showgirl level, or the Zoomline at “What in the holy hell am I doing up here?!” level.

Shows Open, Shows Close, There’s Drama

Nobody can keep up with all the changes in Las Vegas shows, but here are some highlights.

Frankie Moreno’s show at The Stratosphere will be closing Dec. 20 after three years.

Frankie Moreno

It wasn’t our thing, but it was somebody’s. A three-year run in Vegas is nothing to sneeze at.

Big cat magician Dirk Arthur will be coming back to the Las Vegas Strip with a show at Riviera starting Dec. 1, 2014. Read more.

Dirk Arthur

It’s animals. There will be drama.

“Raiding the Rock Vault” is leaving the Westgate Hotel (formerly LVH) and moving to Tropicana starting Nov. 1, 2014. Oh, yes, lots of drama.

Magician Jan Rouven, who has performed at Riviera since 2012, is also moving to the Tropicana starting Nov. 28, 2014.

Shows moving into the Tropicana means magician Murray Sawchuck, known mostly for people not recognizing him on red carpets (oh, and for his wife, a performer in “Fantasy” at Luxor), is moving out. His show will be closing up shop at Tropicana on Oct. 30, 2014.

“Purple Reign,” the Price tribute show, is no longer at The D Las Vegas, but has moved to Westgate. There will be a quiz.

Purple Reign

The Price dude is really good, no matter where he’s playing.

A well-received show, “Limelight,” is playing at The Plaza through Nov. 1, 2014. Get details.

The multi-talented Eric Jordan Young, formerly of the excellent “Vegas! The Show,” has opened a new show, “Shakin’,” at the Sin City Theater inside Planet Hollywood. Learn more.

Rounding out our list of show-related things that have changed since your last Las Vegas visit: The Blue Man Group pre-show parade at Monte Carlo has had its plug pulled. This was a fun way to spend 3-5 minutes on The Strip, and the procession will be missed.

Blue Man Group parade

We complained about the end of this parade until we were blue in the face, but to no avail.

So, that’s about everything that’s changed in Sin City since your last visit. It’s a lot of news to take in, but trust us, it’s even more challenging to gather and ineptly regurgitate.

There’s always something new in Las Vegas! What changes surprise or dismay you? We’d love to hear. Especially the dismay. That’s usually funnier.

Today’s Security Breach at Paris Las Vegas

We never met a construction wall in Las Vegas we didn’t like!

There’s a little work going on outside Paris Las Vegas, on the north side of Sugar Factory.

Paris construction

Construction walls are the ultimate Las Vegas tease.

A peek over the wall shows some work-in-progress. Small-scale Vegas newness on the way.

Paris construction

Climbing the stairway to bottle service.

It appears there’s a new staircase going up to Chateau Nightclub, specifically, to The Deck. The Deck is the outside (terrace) part of Chateau Nightclub. Read more.

Not the most earth-shattering Las Vegas news, but if we don’t breach security every so often, we start experiencing withdrawal symptoms including nausea, dizziness and vomiting. So, sort of like being in a nightclub.

Mob Museum Wedding, Officiated by Oscar Goodman, May Be the Best Nuptials, Ever

Rachel and Scott were recently wed. Beyond offering our condolences, we have to say, of all the possible weddings one can or must have in Las Vegas, Rachel and Scott’s may have been the best one, ever. Here’s why.

This charming pair was wed in the Mob Museum, a vital thing to do in downtown Las Vegas, even if you’re not getting hitched.

The Mob Museum’s official name is the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, or NMOCLE for short. (Actually, no one’s ever used that initialism, but let’s not get bogged down by “facts.”)

Mob Museum

Here, you can go from “Married to the Mob” to “married surrounded by the mob.”

The Mob Museum is truly one of the gems of Las Vegas. The museum is in the former Las Vegas Post Office and Courthouse. The building was erected in 1933 and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

A visit to the Mob Museum is an eye-opening experience, and one could spend the better part of a week exploring all the exhibits. One of our favorites is the wall from the Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre, a landmark event in the annals of mob whackings.

Mob Museum

Nothing says “til death do us part” like a wall full of bullet holes.

The former courthouse is also notable for having been one of the locations of the Kefauver Committee hearings which gave organized crime a serious smack-down in 1950 and 1951.

But back to the wedding.

Until Rachel and Scott’s wedding, we honestly had no idea one could get married at the Mob Museum. For Vegas lovers, it’s hard to imagine a wedding venue steeped in more Sin City history. The Mob Museum was decked out in full wedding regalia, which mainly consisted of flowers and places for wedding guests to sit.

While the location of the wedding made it incredible to begin with, the real shocker was the officiant at these nuptials, none other than former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman.

Mob Museum

The moment of truth approaches. Wait, it’s a courthouse. So, maybe “truth” should have quotation marks around it.

Before Oscar Goodman became the coolest mayor in the entire history of politics, he was known as a “mob lawyer,” representing some of the most colorful organized crime figures in Las Vegas back in the day. His list of seedy clients made Goodman unpopular with some, but for those who understand the way our American legal system works, he was a hero of sorts, a staunch believer in the right of everyone to get a fair trial, with passionate advocates on both sides.

Mob Museum Oscar Goodman

We weren’t kidding. It’s flipping Oscar Goodman.

Do yourself a favor and get his book, “Being Oscar: From Mob Lawyer to Mayor of Las Vegas,” and you’ll quickly figure out why he’s greatly admired by this blog and his legions of fans and admirers.

Also, read our list of 15 Fascinating Things We Learned From Oscar Goodman’s Autobiography.

So, Rachel and Scott’s wedding was a confluence of both a one-of-a-kind venue and a personality whose storied career had often taken him to that very building to plead the cases of guys with nicknames like “Ant,” “Lefty” and “The Animal.” Amazing. (Goodman also represented Mike Tyson, but nobody’s perfect.)

Mob Museum

It is scientifically impossible for anything to get more Vegas than this.

The wedding was especially remarkable because it was the first time we’ve ever seen Oscar Goodman without a martini in his hand.

“Hizzoner” kept the ceremony mercifully brief, and made sure he didn’t upstage Rachel and Scott on their special day.

Mob Museum

Successful marriages don’t just happen, they’re (wait for it) made.

The whole proceeding was surreal, especially when, after the ceremony, Oscar Goodman began filling out the paperwork necessary to make the knot-tying official.

Mob Museum

This blog nearly asked Oscar Goodman to autograph its boob, but we didn’t want to spoil the moment.

A perk of attending a wedding at the Mob Museum is everyone in attendance gets a wristband allowing them to explore the Mob Museum at their leisure after the ceremony concludes.

In the case of Rachel and Scott’s wedding, everyone filed outside for a group photo in front of the historic building.

Mob Museum

The first of what we suspect will be many unforgettable weddings for Rachel and Scott. We kid.

It was a magical day few on either side of the aisle will soon forget.

We don’t know all the details of how Oscar Goodman ended up officiating the wedding, but from what we’ve heard, a friend of the bride just asked, and Oscar Goodman said “yes.”

In case you wondered, weddings at the Mob Museum start at $1,000, and no, Oscar Goodman isn’t included in the wedding packages. That part’s up to you.

Wedding packages at the Mob Museum have names like “Married to the Mob,” “Dressed to Kill” and “Luck Be a Lady.” Find out more about Mob Museum weddings on the official Web site.

Our best wishes for a long, happy marriage go out to newlyweds Rachel and Scott! If things ever go south, they’re already ahead of the game. At least one of them is going to have a really great lawyer.

25 Stimulating Facts About Moonlite BunnyRanch, Nevada’s Most Famous Brothel

It’s a common misconception that prostitution is legal in Las Vegas. It’s not! Nevada, however, has nearly 25 legal brothels, and the most famous is the Moonlite BunnyRanch, six miles east of the state’s capital, Carson City. (A one-hour flight from Las Vegas to Reno, Nevada.)

Technically, the BunnyRanch is in Moundhouse, Nevada. No kidding. There are brothels closer to Las Vegas, but none are as colorful or well-known as the Moonlite BunnyRanch (they leave out the space in “BunnyRanch,” and so will we). The BunnyRanch was featured in a series on HBO, “Cathouse.”

Moonlite BunnyRanch

No, the Moonlite BunnyRanch doesn’t have a drive-through, weirdo.

During a recent visit to Reno and Lake Tahoe, this blog had the opportunity to get a tour of the BunnyRanch, and we’ve compiled a list of 25 vital things to know about this Nevada institution.

1. When you arrive, you get the “line-up.”

Ring the bell at the BunnyRanch, and girls from throughout the brothel are summoned for a line-up. Guests select a companion, and things get rolling from there.

2. The Moonlite BunnyRanch gives free tours.

Not everyone who visits a brothel is interested (or can afford) a party. The BunnyRanch has lots of visitors who are interested in learning more about brothels (as this blog clearly was), so the girls give free tours. They’re very informative, and depending upon who gives your tour, you’ll get an earful about what life is like for these intrepid women. Exactly zero of whom are interested in our judgements.

3. The women are independent contractors.

The women who work in brothels pay for the privilege of working in a brothel. They negotiate their own prices, and the brothel keeps half of what a customer pays. Fifty percent. The girls all get 1099 forms around tax time.

Moonlite BunnyRanch

The road to the BunnyRanch has some awesome signs.

4. There are 40-50 women working at any one time.

The BunnyRanch has about 500 women licensed to work at the brothel, with 40-50 working at any particular time. The BunnyRanch is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

5. Some girls live at the brothel, others don’t.

The woman who gave our tour lives at the BunnyRanch. Girls who live there get their own bathroom, others have to share. The rooms are small but clean, and each girl gets to decorate her own room as she sees fit. Our girl’s room looked like a college dorm, and she even had a videogame controller on the bed. Nothing weird or seedy at all, thankfully.

6. Girls have to get medical exams weekly. The girls who work in brothels are legally required to get regular medical examinations. They have to pay for their own exams.

7. Visitors get a free menu of services.

Guests are given a free copy of the brothel’s services when they arrive. The menu lists specialties with names like “Dungeon,” “Girlfriend Experience,” “Love at the Y,” “Around the World,” “Sybian Experience,” “Whipped Cream Party” and “To Go Orders.”

8. Use your credit card, you’re covered.

In order to help customers keep their visits discreet, charges to one’s credit card show up as “Cash Advance, Lake Tahoe.” Our tour guide said charges can also show up as “American Adventure.” Either way, this procedure helps ensure what happens at the BunnyRanch stays at the BunnyRanch.

9. There’s a full bar and it’s really cheap.

The BunnyRanch has a fully-stocked bar, and the prices are very reasonable. We paid $13 plus tip for a Captain and diet and a beer.

Moonlite BunnyRanch

No pressure.

10. The BunnyRanch has free wi-fi.

Hey, to some people, that’s more arousing than the fact they’re surrounded by 40-50 scantily-clad women.

11. The cashier has a nickname.

The girls at the brothel call the cashier the “Hooker Booker.”

12. Condoms are required. It’s the law.

Condoms are required no matter what acts are being performed. Oh, and they have to be latex. No lambskin allowed.

Moonlite BunnyRanch

It’s the law, so stop yer whining.

13. The owner has had sex with 4,000 women.

The owner of the BunnyRanch, and six other brothels in Nevada, claims to have had sex with 4,000 women, including all the women he’s employed at the BunnyRanch.

14. About 1,000 women a month apply to work at the BunnyRanch.

The money is really, really good. Many woman apply through the BunnyRanch Web site. “Parties” can start at around $1,000, but that’s rare. In most cases, an investment of several thousand dollars is involved. Applicants can’t have an arrest record with any connection to drugs, and anyone with a felony can’t work at the BunnyRanch five years from their date of conviction.

15. Eight percent of the business is women and couples.

Customers at the BunnyRanch tend to be men, but not exclusively. About 8% of the brothel’s income is derived from customers who are women seeking women (or couples).

16. The BunnyRanch has a helicopter landing pad.

You never know when one might come in handy. The BunnyRanch also has a pool and three Jacuzzis (sign below).

Moonlite BunnyRanch brothel

The BunnyRanch doesn’t take itself too seriously.

17. There are discounts for members of the military.

While it’s not a formal policy, the girls give discounts to members of the military or veterans of 15-20%.

18. It’s a no-no to flirt with another girl’s customer.

There are lots of rules and policies at the Moonlite BunnyRanch. One is that girl’s have to respect boundaries when it comes to talking to another girl’s customer. It’s like a strip club. No poaching or there will be hell to pay.

19. Porn actor Ron Jeremy has his own patio.

Ron Jeremy is a frequent guest at the BunnyRanch, and had a porch built in his honor (photo below). The girl who gave us our tour commented, “That’s not actual size, believe me, I know.”

Moonlite BunnyRanch brothel

Take that, prudes.

20. Successful prostitutes are great marketers.

Girls at the BunnyRanch often build up marketing databases and spend a good deal of time on Internet message boards and chats promoting themselves and staying in touch with their regular clients.

21. The “Cathouse” girls are pretty much all gone.

Fans of HBO’s “Cathouse” will be disappointed to hear most, if not all, of the women featured on the show have moved on to other things. While episodes of the show still air, the last season of the show was in 2007, so it’s been awhile.

22. There’s a gift shop.

You don’t have to be a patron of the brothel, or even the bar, to visit the BunnyRanch gift shop. The merchandise includes T-shirts (including the one we got, thank you), hats, beer koozie, HBO DVDs and shot glasses. Oh, and lots and lots of adult toys. Shocker. Bonus brothel trivia: People who visit, but don’t “party,” are sometimes called “tire-kickers.”

23. Dennis Hof was once engaged to Heidi Fleiss.

Yes, that Heidi Fleiss, the trainwreck commonly known as the “Hollywood Madam.” At one time, Fleiss announced she was going to open a brothel of her own, catering to women, “Heidi Fleiss’ Stud Farm.” It never happened.

24. Customers sometimes request girls who are lactating.

We have no idea what that’s all about.

25. There are lots of virgins.

Yes, there are a lot of virgins. Among customers, that is. Girls at the BunnyRanch seem to take great pride in the fact they’re the first for many young guests. (They also seem to appreciate the fact those parties are generally briefer than most.) It’s not uncommon for recent high school graduates to visit (you have to be 18 to party, 21 to visit the bar) with their graduation money paying for the experience. Many girls give special discounts to virgins. Customers vary greatly in age, as you might suspect. Our tour guide said, “We also get a lot of older men. They know how to tip and always seem very appreciative.”

Our visit to the Moonlite BunnyRanch was a fascinating glimpse into a world few of us know much about. Most of our assumptions were dead wrong.

Nevada is the only U.S. state to allow legal prostitution, and while brothels aren’t for everyone, they’re one of the things that make our state unique and a destination known around the world.

What does the Moonlite BunnyRanch have to do with Las Vegas? We have no idea, but in case you hadn’t noticed, like the girls in a brothel, this blog doesn’t live by society’s rules. We also give virgin discounts. Or would, if we ever encountered one. Then again, this isn’t Moundhouse, it’s Las Vegas.

Stopping By for a Quickie at The Perch in the Downtown Container Park

The Perch, the new restaurant at Downtown Container Park, hasn’t generated much hoopla since it opened, but that’s probably more about the fact people don’t really say “hoopla” anymore, as opposed to The Perch not being a fine addition to the downtown dining scene.

The Perch

You can either dine and drink, or have food and drinks, not both. Moving on.

The Perch sits on the second floor of the quirky Downtown Container Park, overlooking the shopping center’s live entertainment venue (called The Lawn), hence its name. Probably. It’s not like we asked anyone. We are a blog, not an investigative journalist.

The Perch restaurant

You can’t miss the perky yellow umbrella thingys.

The Perch has indoor and outdoor dining, and the place has a lot of natural light and a comfy, casual vibe.

The Perch

This is the outdoor part. ‘Sup, super-friendly host dude?

All told, the place seats about 20 outside and 40 inside. Not huge, but what do you expect from a restaurant roughly the size of two shipping containers?

The Perch

The Perch has a welcoming interior, and we’re not just talking about the full bar. Necessarily.

Speaking of the bar, let’s dive into our nooner with a delicious panty-dropper cocktail, the Perch Martini.

It’s $9, with hibiscus, Absolut and St. Germaine. We don’t know this St. Germaine personally, but it’s obvious he has serious bartending chops.

The Perch

We’re kidding. St. Germaine is a liquor made with hand-picked elderflower blossoms. So, yeah, turn in your Man Card to best appreciate this one.

All the specialty cocktails run $7-9, and there’s a healthy list of red and white wine, as well as some items listed as “Bubbles,” like Soletico Proecco and Gruet St. Vincent, well-known brands of liquor we have never heard of before.

Our brief lunch (that’s what we meant by “quickie,” sorry to disappoint) started off with an olive tapenade, accompanied with rosemary crisps and baguette ($8).

The Perch appetizer

This is where we breeze right by the olive pit in our tapenade, because this blog is all about focusing on the positive things in life, rather than the potential of a cracked tooth.

Other items in the “Sharing” section of the menu included garlic aioli french fries, seasonal pickles, potato nests, beef tartare, crab cakes, spicy pecans, shrimp, fried eggplant and friend calamari. So, basically, things this blog is clueless about, but which foodies will undoubtedly go out of their minds for.

The menu at The Perch also features flat breads (that’s pizza to you and me) and salads with names like The Egg, Onassis, The Louie, The Terrace and Power Greens.

Then came “The Fillers,” or entrees. We opted for the delicious Hanger Steak Sandwich with carmelized onions, frites and aioli ($14).

Perch sandwich

Scrumptious and quick, two of our favorite things.

Additional entrees included beef carpaccio, chicken paillard, grilled salmon and seafood pasta.

Here’s the complete menu at The Perch, because this blog gives until it hurts.

Because we were having a light lunch, we forewent (probably not a word) dessert, but those included a ricotta cup with poached pears in vanilla, pavlova (a meringue-based dessert named after Russian ballet dancer Anna Pavlova), profiteroles with chocolate sauce, chocolate hazelnut torte, creme brulee and tiramisu.

Note: We gained four pounds just typing those desserts.

Overall, our experience at The Perch made us want to visit again soon. The service was top-notch and the dishes were elevated. Literally and figuratively. Because it’s a perch. Please keep up.

The Perch

We’ll go for solid food at reasonable prices in an unpretentious atmosphere anytime.

Because The Perch is tucked away at the Downtown Container Park, we hope people are able to find it. Once they do, we’re sure they’ll find it as appealing as we did, and will help spread the word.

The Perch has already accomplished something we didn’t think was possible. It tore us away from the Mexican street corn at the Container Park’s Pinches Tacos.

So, give The Perch a go if you’re in the neighborhood. And while you’re there, please inquire about what inspired the restaurant’s name, because we just found out a perch is also a small, European freshwater bony fish. Yeah, we’re thinking it was probably that other kind of perch.

The Perch at Downtown Container Park

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Big Cat Magician Dirk Arthur Will Return to The Strip at Riviera Las Vegas

Ever since the curtain came down on magician Dirk Arthur’s show in April of 2012 (when O’Sheas, where his show appeared, closed), the Las Vegas Strip has been without a show featuring big cats. That’s about to change.

Dirk Arthur will be opening “Dirk Arthur’s Wild Illusions” at the Riviera on Dec. 1, 2014.

Dirk Arthur cub

Dirk Arthur during a TV appearance in 2011. The tiger cub, Crystal, won $10,000 for charity on a slot machine. Long story.

The show will happen in The Riv’s Starlite Theatre, and will feature a variety of exotic cats, comedy, dancers and large-scale effects. And quite possibly a duck, from what we recall.

Arthur’s collection of animals includes white, orange and snow white tigers, African and snow leopards, ligers (a cross between a lion and a tiger) and a bobcat.

We tend to be as nervous as Roy Horn when it comes to exotic cats being used for entertainment, but we’ve actually hung out with Dirk Arthur a time or two at his Las Vegas compound (back when we worked at Caesars Entertainment), and he clearly loves his animals and seems to go to great lengths to care for them.

Dirk Arthur

Dirk Arthur gives one of his co-stars a workout at his Las Vegas home.

Not too long ago, Arthur had a run-in with the USDA for animal safety and care issues, but was adamant he’d done nothing wrong or illegal, and the concerns were rectified immediately to the satisfaction of inspectors.

To Arthur’s credit, 100% of the proceeds from merchandise sales at his Riviera show will be donated to conservation programs and animal sanctuaries.

White tiger

Shakira, chilling at Dirk Arthur’s house. Near the kitchen, to be exact. They eat 20-25 pounds of meat a day.

We expect Arthur’s return to The Strip may spark some controversy, but he’s been doing his thing on the Las Vegas Strip since 1997, so he’s weathered his share of protests and seems to handle critics with grace.

Time will tell, and visitors vote with their dollars when it comes to Las Vegas shows.

Otherwise, Dirk Arthur has a likeable stage persona and serves up a classic, family-friendly Las Vegas magic show. He’s believed to be the first magician to make a helicopter appear onstage.

Dirk Arthur will fill the space opened up by the departure of magician Jan Rouven. Rouven’s show at the Riviera closes Nov. 17, 2014. His new show debuts Nov. 28, 2014 at Tropicana Las Vegas.

“Dirk Arthur’s Wild Illusions!” will run Saturday through Thursday at 7:00 p.m. (dark Fridays).
Tickets are $80 (VIP), $55 (Preferred) and $40 (general admission).