Back in the 1920s, some bonehead politicians got it into their heads that banning the sale, production and transportation of alcoholic beverages was a good idea. So, you know, the opposite of Las Vegas.
Prohibition started in 1920 and ended on Dec. 5, 1933, and the anniversary of Repeal Day is as good an excuse as any for a celebration featuring hooch!
In honor of the day, downtown’s Golden Gate will permanently change the name of its casino bar to Bar Prohibition.
There may also be some gambling.
Of course, the Golden Gate will offer a Prohibition Cocktail Menu to mark the occasion, including new takes on classic cocktails like the “Flaming Side Car,” “The Prohibition” and an “Italian Kiss.”
The cocktails will be served in coffee mugs, a nod to one of the ways Prohibition-era drinkers out-smarted The Man.
The Golden Gate. Giving your liver a workout since 1906.
Beyond the new Bar Prohibition, the Golden Gate also has two outside bars, One Bar and the newly-opened Stage Bar.
As the oldest operating hotel-casino in Las Vegas (it opened in the aforementioned 1906), the Golden Gate is the perfect place to celebrate Repeal Day in Las Vegas.
Business is booming at Gordon Ramsay’s BurGR at Planet Hollywood, and for good reason. The burgers are reliably good, and the cocktails and desserts are icing on the cake.
Gordon Ramsay’s BurGR is such a hit, in fact, we hear a yet-to-be-announced expansion of the 5,660-square-foot restaurant is in the works. The planned expansion is likely to swallow up the abutting Extra Lounge, although the details aren’t available at the moment. (Please keep the bar, Planet Hollywood. We’ve had great luck on those video poker machines.) Once closed, the Extra Lounge brand is likely to be relocated, possibly to The Linq.
We’re not sure why they capitalized the “GR” in BurGR. We should ask Gordon Ramsay, whose initials, by the way, are “GR.”
Celebrity Chef Gordon Ramsay has two other restaurants on The Strip with his name on them, Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris Las Vegas and Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars Palace.
Since good things come in threes, here are three stand-out burgers at BurGR.
1. Farm Burger
The Farm Burger ($15) boasts a pattie made of a blend of three meats: chuck (50%), short rib (25%) and brisket (25%). The Farm Burger is topped with duck breast bacon, English sharp cheddar cheese and a fried egg.
BurGR burgers are grilled over apple and alder wood. The restaurant opens at 11:00 a.m., so technically, that’s morning wood.
2. Hell’s Kitchen Burger
Named after Chef Ramsay’s popular reality show, the Hell’s Kitchen Burger ($14) again has a three-meat pattie, plus asadero cheese, roasted jalapeno peppers, avocado and oven-roasted tomatoes.
“Hell’s Kitchen” has been on Fox for 11 seasons and 165 episodes. Every episode has included at least one word starting with the letter “f.”
3. Damnation Chicken Burger
The Damnation Chicken Burger is dressed with fiery hot mayo, maytag bleu cheese, celery and carrot slaw.
You may want to order this one with a side of fire extinguisher.
Whichever burger you try, save room for a BurGR shake! Our favorite is named “Shake #4” ($9) with crème brûlée pudding on top and Oreo shake down below. While $9 might sound a bit steep for a shake, remember, the funky accent marks over the letters in “crème brûlée” are included at no additional charge.
The Sugar Factory restaurant and store at Paris Las Vegas is moving ahead with an expansion of its outdoor patio.
Patio seating, of course, is at a premium given the prime location of Sugar Factory, and the restaurant will soon be giving Mon Ami Gabi restaurant (also at Paris) a run for its money in terms of world-class people-watching.
At the moment, work is being done on the sidewalk along Las Vegas Boulevard.
Yes, in Las Vegas, certain sidewalks are news.
The expansion will also include the addition of trees and shrubs. Not all that appetizing, but the dessert below might be.
Cut to a gratuitous photo of the Cookie Jar Sundae, one of our favorite desserts at Sugar Factory.
Beyond the expansion of its Paris Las Vegas location, Sugar Factory recently opened another outpost at Town Square, just south of the Las Vegas Strip, in the former location of the Meatball Spot (which will soon re-open at Planet Hollywood).
One cannot live by desserts alone, so try the Cotton Candy Cosmo. Doesn’t count as a dessert if it’s in a glass.
There are also Sugar Factory stores at The Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood, MGM Grand and The Mirage. Here’s more about Sugar Factory.
It’s Thanksgiving, and we’re feeling appreciative for lots of things Las Vegas has to offer.
1. Lucky’s Coming Back to O’Sheas
We’re not just happy O’Sheas is coming back at The Linq, we’re doubly happy Lucky the Leprechaun (Brian Thomas) will be returning, too. This little dude with a big heart knows how to host a party.
Lucky’s been around, there just hasn’t been an O’Sheas for him to be around in. O’Sheas opens in December at The Linq.
2. Vegas Ink
While we don’t personally have any tats, we appreciate some great Vegas-themed ink.
A little Flamingo, a little Vegas Vicky.
3. “Sirens of TI” Has Been Put Out of Our Misery
Honestly, it was about time this clunker of a show at Treasure Island was scuttled. Are we thrilled it was closed to make way for a shopping mall? Not really, but “Sirens of TI” was one of the few shows in Las Vegas that could make a pharmacy seem entertaining.
We’re fams of eye candy, but we’re still thankful somebody mercifully pulled the plug on “Sirens of TI.”
Las Vegas has some of the best gelato in the known universe, and for that, and treadmills, we’re forever thankful.
“Gelato” is the Italian word for ice cream. It just sounds so much more romantic than ice cream.
5. Downtown Grand
Anytime a new hotel opens in Las Vegas, like the recently-unveiled Downtown Grand, we’re thankful. There are new restaurants to try, new gaming chips to collect and new mattresses to jump on. Not that we’d do that, of course.
Downtown Grand is in downtown Las Vegas. It’s cleverly named like that.
6. Liquid Lapdance
Liquid Lapdance is a special undergarment to enhance the lapdance experience. ‘Nuff said.
A thousand times, thank you.
7. High Roller
The High Roller is the world’s tallest observation wheel. We might have mentioned it a time or two in this Las Vegas blog.
We loves our Precious.
8. Sin City Doesn’t Give a Damn
Las Vegas has always gotten high marks for sass, and we’re thankful that feisty spirit never abates. If you’re looking for political correctness, you’re simply in the wrong place.
When it comes to being itself, you just can’t lick Las Vegas.