Monthly Archives: October 2013

The Quad Leaks Rendering of New Name: The Oontz

In recent weeks, rumors about a possible re-naming of The Quad hotel-casino in Las Vegas have reached a fever pitch.

Through our inside sources, we’ve managed to get our hands on a rendering that could reveal The Quad’s new name: The Oontz.

Here we go again!

Here we go again!

On conditions of anonymity, a source close to the rebranding project says, “This time, our finest marketing minds have chosen a name we think speaks to all our key demographics. The Oontz captures the energy of our renovated property, and overcomes many of the challenges we faced with The Quad name, including that it was deeply stupid.”

“Oontz,” of course, has become a shorthand way of referencing (sometimes pejoratively) the music played in Sin City’s popular, and extremely lucrative, nightclubs. “Oontz” frequently appears as part of a series, as in “oontz, oontz, oontz,” but casino executives have chosen to use just one to replace The Quad’s name.

“Nightclub-goers are the future of hotel-casino marketing in Las Vegas,” claims our source. “They’re hip and now. We have a reputation for embracing both the hip and the now. Clubbers demand oontz, and we’re going to give it to them. But that’s just one layer. The Quad doesn’t have multiple layers. It barely has one layer. The Oontz is going to be an experience. Layers of experiences, really.”

This party deck is likely to a source of much of the hotel's oontz.

This party deck is likely to be a source of much of The Oontz’s oontz.

On a more practical level, The Oontz allows for some creative marketing, including seasonal promotions like “Oontztoberfest.”

Before the leak of the Oontz name, this Las Vegas blog wasn’t aware it has another meaning, a gambling-related meaning that cemented it as the next name of The Quad.

“Oontz” is actually another name for craps.

We found this excerpt in the “Morris Dictionary of Word and Phrase Origins” by William Morris.

Despite our best efforts, we learn something new every day.

Despite our best efforts, we learn something new every day.

Casino executives have clearly thought The Oontz name through, and they need to, because rebranding a major hotel on the Las Vegas Strip is a costly endeavor. From door handles and in-room coffee mugs to stationery, cards and dice, everything must be replaced to institute a new name and logo.

Changing the name of the recently-rebranded The Quad could cost upwards of $2 million (about what it cost to change from Imperial Palace to The Quad in December, 2012), and the hotel is still smarting from its previous marketing misstep. Executives at The Quad are determined not to make the same mistakes again.

"We're going to save a fortune on carpeting. That's more of an 'O' than a 'Q,' anyway," says our source.

“We planned ahead on the carpeting,” says our source. “It’s closer to the ‘O’ in Oontz than the ‘Q’ in Quad, don’t you think? A rebranding will cost much less this time around.”

Our source reports, “We’re not going to be duped into taking bad advice this time. We have a saying going around our executive offices. ‘Fool me Oontz, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.’ Nobody really knows what it means, but it’s definitely going around.”

We’ll be keeping tabs on all the latest developments at The Quad (and possibly The Oontz), so stop by often for updates both real and imagined.

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Golden Gate Hosts Viewing Party of “Naked Vegas”

A new TV series on the Syfy channel, “Naked Vegas,” centers around body painting and features some of our favorite Las Vegas places and people.

One of the episodes in the series (there are six in all) was taped at the historic Golden Gate, downtown. The Golden Gate is hosting a viewing party on Nov. 12, 2013.

As if we needed an excuse to visit the Golden Gate.

As if we needed an excuse to visit the Golden Gate.

We personally love Derek Stevens and Whitney Godard, so we’re looking forward to both meeting and greeting them.

Back in August, we stopped by during the Naked Vegas taping at the Golden Gate for a peek behind the scenes.

The taping took place in the Golden Gate's high limit room.

The taping took place in the Golden Gate’s high limit room.

Here’s a little behind-the-scenes trivia. The models who get painted in the Golden Gate episode (pictured above) aren’t actually models. Sonja is a go-go dancing dealer, and Brenda is a bartender at One Bar, just outside the Golden Gate. They spent hours being made up, and hung in there like troopers during a long day of shooting.

“Naked Vegas” has the appearance of a reality show, but the scenarios depicted are fictional. Which in no way detracts from the nakedness, of course. For better or worse, “Naked Vegas” is brought to us from the same producers as “Duck Dynasty.”

While the stories and drama on “Naked Vegas” may be manufactured, the artistry is undeniable, and any show based in Las Vegas at least has that going for it.

Read more about Naked Vegas, and not just because we like typing the word “naked” over and over.

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More News Released About The Cosmo’s Rose.Rabbit.Lie. Restaurant and Nightclub, Doesn’t Help

The Cosmopolitan has shared more information about its new venue, the punctuationally-challenged Rose.Rabbit.Lie., but trust us, it doesn’t help much.

Rose.Rabbit.Lie. is described as a “new social club” at one of The Strip’s glitziest hotels, but beyond that, it’s a little vague. The hotel says Rose.Rabbit.Lie. will “blur the lines between restaurant, bar, club and show.”

So, it could have some things in common with the risqué club The Act, formerly at Palazzo, but presumably without all the simulated humping.

Just because we don't get it doesn't mean we're not excited about it.

Just because we don’t get it doesn’t mean we’re not excited about it.

Rose.Rabbit.Lie. is likely to have a saucy element, however, given recent news.

The Cosmopolitan says it will partner with Spiegelworld, the off-kilter, wildy-creative folks behind the bawdy, outrageous awesomeness of the “Absinthe” adult carnival at Caesars Palace.

We're always looking for an excuse to share this photo we took of Melody Sweets of "Absinthe." Thanks, Cosmo!

We’re always looking for an excuse to share this photo we took of Melody Sweets of “Absinthe.” Thanks, Cosmo!

The Cosmo says Rose.Rabbit.Lie.’s (and, boy, those periods are getting increasingly annoying) “anchor entertainment,” called “Vegas Nocturne,” will start previews on Dec. 30, 2013.

We hope “Vegas Nocturne” is a long show, because then there would be need for a “Nocturnal Intermission.” Or something.

Ross Mollison of Spiegelworld gives a few more hints, “‘Vegas Nocturne’ is woven through the guest’s entire experience: It doesn’t start and end with the rise and fall of a curtain. It doesn’t live on stage. Rose.Rabbit.Lie. is exactly the kind of unconventional playground we want to play in.”

So, yeah, there’s some WTF.

“Vegas Nocturne” will take place in three distinct parts, or “cantos.” (Cantos are typically sections long poems are divided into.) Each of the parts will have “unique high points in a story whose plot coyly unfolds, twisting and turning throughout the evening.” Our friends at The Cosmo appear to have been taking some meetings with our friends at Cirque du Soleil.

There’s an official site for Rose.Rabbit.Lie., but it, too, helps exactly zero as we try to figure out what Rose.Rabbit.Lie. will actually be.

Ultimately, it’ll be a restaurant. And a nightclub with a bar. And there will be unscripted, interactive entertainment.

The good news is it’s at The Cosmopolitan, so they might actually make it good.

We love us some Cosmopolitan. Or The Cosmopolitan. We can never keep that straight.

We love us some Cosmopolitan. Sorry, The Cosmopolitan. We can never keep that straight.

Rose.Rabbit.Lie. will open for cocktails and dinner at 6:00 p.m., Thursday through Sunday. The “Vegas Nocturne” ticket price for reserved seating at 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. is $125, and just $30 for a late night session.

In Las Vegas, we’re up for just about anything. And Rose.Rabbit.Lie. looks to be exactly that.

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P.J. Clarke’s Quietly Closes Inside Forum Shops at Caesars

P.J. Clarke’s Las Vegas, the restaurant and bar inside The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, has closed.

P.J. Clarke's was one of the best restaurants we never visited in Las Vegas.

P.J. Clarke’s was one of the best restaurants we never dined at during all our years in Las Vegas.

The restaurant has also disappeared from P.J. Clarke’s official Web site.

Oh, snap. Well, at least that's not awkward.

Oh, snap. Well, at least that’s not awkward.

The restaurant was part of a larger chain, based in New York. The original location was established in 1884. No such longevity for the Las Vegas location, unfortunately.

The restaurant was pretty well-reviewed, and was known for its fresh, raw oysters. Sadly, the restaurant appears to have fallen victim to what restaurant experts call “a fairly sucky location.”

The formerly-cozy P.J. Clarke's.

The formerly-cozy P.J. Clarke’s.

According to our friends at Eater Vegas, a Border Grill will be taking over the P.J. Clarke’s space. There’s already a Border Grill at Mandalay Bay.

No further information is available about the closing of P.J. Clarke’s, probably because we didn’t ask for any. Restaurants and their PR representatives in Las Vegas only talk when they open, never when they close.

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20 Bacchanal Buffet Desserts (Almost) Too Pretty to Eat

You won’t find the best desserts in Las Vegas in some snooty French restaurant. You’ll find them at the expansive Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

Smart buffet-goers know to pace themselves because at the Bacchanal Buffet, they save the best for last. Five hundred dishes later, that is, because that’s how many different dishes are served at Bacchanal throughout a typical day.

The sugar lust begins.

The sugar lust begins.

The desserts at Bacchanal offer something for every palate, from indulgent, over-the-top sweets to more nuanced flavors.

The elegant way to expand your personal gravitational pull.

An elegant way to expand your personal gravitational field.

The 20 desserts pictured in our photo gallery don’t even scratch the surface of the temptations that await. There are also myriad gelato flavors and made-to-order crepes.

Diners have Caesars Palace pastry chef Carlos Salazar and chef Dyan Ng to thank for the ever-changing desserts. (Chef Ng was formerly a chef at one of those snooty French restaurants, by the way, Restaurant Guy Savoy, also at Caesars.)

No, the Bacchanal Buffet does not fight fair.

No, the Bacchanal Buffet does not fight fair.

The dessert station team at Bacchanal somehow manages to balance quantity with quality, having mastered the art of producing enough of these droolworthy desserts to serve as many as 3,500 people in a single day.

The Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace has been ranked the best in Las Vegas buffet by USA Today and, most recently, The Daily Meal.

Here are 20 of our favorite desserts from Bacchanal Buffet, one of the best buffets in Las Vegas. Are your cravings kicking in yet?

Bacchanal Buffet Desserts

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BBC Cloud Lab Balloon Soars Over Las Vegas

What is said to be the “world’s largest airship,” Skyship 600, is visiting Las Vegas, all in the name of science.

Britain’s BBC (like an American TV network, but without the annoying Ab Roller commercials) has set aloft an air ship full of scientists, including an entomologist, meteorologist and professional explorer, for a special to air on BBC in 2014.

If you're going to fly your semirigid airship somewhere, it should probably be Las Vegas, if you know what we're saying.

If you’re going to fly your semirigid airship somewhere, it should probably be Las Vegas, if you know what we’re saying.

The Cloud Lab balloon is flying from one American coast to another over the course of a month. The scientists aboard the balloon will perform a variety of experiments and observe weather patterns for a special called, wait for it, “Cloud Lab.”

The show will talk about hurricanes, clouds, ecosystems, rain, wind and why British people insist on inserting the letter “u” into words like “colours” and “tumours.”

Read more at the official Cloud Lab site. But be aware there are mentions of things like “kilometres,” whatever those might actually be.

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