Category Archives: Vital Vegas Podcast

Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 40: News, Rumors and an Ass-Ton of Las Vegas Culture

This week’s Vital Vegas Podcast is brimming with culture, like it or not.

We talk about a couple of excellent Las Vegas shows, “Baz” at Palazzo and “Le Reve” at Wynn Las Vegas, as well as the opening of two Chick-fil-A restaurants in Las Vegas.

Hey, one person’s culture is another’s fried chicken sandwich and waffle fries.

Le Reve Wynn Las Vegas

“Le Reve” is French for “wrinkly toes and fingertips.” Probably.

We also drop some knowledge about Las Vegas history (on Jan. 27, 1951, the Nevada Test Site conducted its first nuclear weapons test) and share tips for choosing a Las Vegas hotel room based upon how conducive it is to sex.

We’ve also got a fair amount of celebrity sightings (Jay Leno and Brad Garrett on Fremont Street) and celebrity gossip (magician Matt Franco left the stage during his show at Linq hotel to demand the music volume at 3535 Bar be turned down).

Jay Leno Brad Garrett

Jay Leno and Brad Garrett hit Fremont Street to tape an episode of CNBC’s “Jay Leno’s Garage.”

Also in the mix is a dazzling array of perfunctory news, including Rumor becoming Serene, a $20 million makeover at Hooters, the debut of Lyft Premiere in Sin City and the $188 million lottery jackpot won at the Nevada state line.

Stuff some Vegas into your seemingly insatiable earholes, already.

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Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 39: Stadium Blackjack, Giordano’s, Redneck Riviera and Something Missing at Paris

It’s a metric ass-ton of Vegas, and yes, we weighed it.

This installment of the Vital Vegas Podcast includes all the latest news and WTF you need to get the most from your next Vegas visit.

The show includes scoop about In-N-Out opening at Linq promenade, Redneck Riviera at Grand Bazaar Shops and stadium blackjack at Venetian. Then, we talk smack about Giordano’s, absinthe service at Sage inside Aria and something missing at Paris Las Vegas. Mysterious, right? Listen in!

Giordano's Las Vegas

The bar’s been set high for pizza in Las Vegas and Giordano’s limbos right under it.

Our perfunctory round-up of Las Vegas news includes the impending opening of two locations of Chick-fil-A in Las Vegas (Jan. 26, 2017), broken Las Vegas visitation records, the closing of “Pin Up” at Strat (Mar. 4, 2017) and Serendipity 3 at Caesars Palace, a new virtual concierge at Cosmo, changes at Downtown Grand’s Commissary and so much less.

We also tap dat Las Vegas history with tidbits about the opening of Rio Las Vegas (Jan. 15, 1990) and the closing of The Dunes (Jan. 26, 1993).

The Vital Vegas Podcast is more than just a podcast. It’s an immersive, interactive, game-changing tour de force, assuming “tour de force” translates as “way to kill an hour or so.”

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Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 38: Dana Carvey, Jon Lovitz and All Our Usual Drivel

In this episode of the Vital Vegas Podcast, we talk to two comedy titans, Dana Carvey and Jon Lovitz. The SNL veterans will headline a 20-show residency, “Reunited,” at SLS Las Vegas. Learn more.

We’re pleased, and relieved, to report “Reunited” more than delivers on its promise of top-notch stand-up, improvised interplay and a revealing Q&A from two of America’s most beloved funny men.

Jon Lovitz Dana Carvey

Yes, that Jon Lovitz and Dana Carvey. Please try and keep up.

Also on the podcast, we talk about how we nearly lost an eye for you.

We also serve up the latest Las Vegas news, and irresponsibly combine some Las Vegas history with our “Listicle of the Week.”

We field a rare listener phone call and share our thoughts about Level Up, the new millennial lounge at MGM Grand. Hold onto your participation trophy, things get real.

Level Up MGM Grand

If casinos want to attract throngs of millennials, they should put a bed in Level Up with us on it. Just saying.

Join in the podcast fun and fill your skull with all the Sin City blather you can endure on an empty stomach.

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Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 37: The Dorsey, Harvest, Hoarding and The Year in WTF

It’s our first podcast episode of 2017, and yep, the show’s still the same huge, steaming pile of disappointment you’ve come to know and ignore.

In this episode, we take a lingering last look at 2016, then dole out some reckless Las Vegas predictions for 2017.

Learn all about The Dorsey, the sparkly new bar at Venetian, a local legend on “Hoarders” and Harvest, a stellar restaurant at Bellagio we didn’t know existed until they gave us a free meal.

The Dorsey Venetian

We forget where we put all the cocktail photos from The Dorsey, so we’re forced to share this one of the waitresses again.

Also on the show, we blaze through our most popular blog posts of 2016, featuring zero surprises. Sex on the High Roller, anyone?

Of course, we ramble through all the Las Vegas you probably don’t need, including stories about Riviera Blvd. becoming Elvis Presley Blvd., the Rio power outage and gas leak at Linq promenade, Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s new strip club (plus a strip club insider tip guaranteed to change your life), good news from the IRS, virtual reality at Caesars Palace and all the latest about paid parking at MGM Resorts and Caesars Entertainment.

Oh, and something about Tape Face, whoever that might actually be.

We share some poorly-researched Vegas history about Flamingo (it opened on Dec. 26, 1946), New York-New York (it opened Jan. 3, 1997), “Star Trek: The Experience” (it opened Jan. 4, 1998) and Harmon tower (it’s plug was pulled on Jan. 7, 2009).

Westgate Star Trek timeshares

Adding insult to injury, since “Star Trek: The Experience” closed in Sep. 2008, it’s been used as Westgate’s timeshare sales center. “Hu’tegh ben!”

As a special bonus, in this episode, we also tackle some year-end questions from our friends at Eater Vegas about the Las Vegas restaurant scene. The bottom line: We just answer “Pizza Rock” to everything.

It’s the final episode of our first season of the Vital Vegas Podcast, so lube up, strap on the amplification system of your choosing and let us pump some Las Vegas gloriousness into your soft, pink ear holes.

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Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 36: “Xavier Mortimer’s Magical Dream,” Virgil’s Real BBQ, Hugo’s Cellar and More

It’s another girthy installment of the Las Vegas podcast earlier generations would’ve burned at the stake for being a witch. Or something.

In this episode, we gush over our latest favorite Las Vegas show, “Xavier Mortimer’s Magical Dream” at Planet Hollywood. We also wonder how this enchanting, imaginative show has managed to fly under the radar since it opened in July 2016.

We’re calling “Xavier Mortimer’s Magical Dream” one of our favorite things of the year, a show that’s part Cirque, part magic, part mentalism, part “How in the holy hell did he do that?”

Xavier Mortimer's Magical Dream

We welled up at the sheer creativity of “Xavier Mortimer’s Magical Dream.” And we don’t well. We are not a weller.

Naturally, we expel some juicy Vegas rumors, dive headlong into a perfunctory round-up of Sin City news and wrangle another “Listicle of the Week.”

We also provide a shower of pith about the just-opened Virgil’s Real BBQ at Linq promenade and our first visit to a Las Vegas institution, Hugo’s Cellar at Four Queens.

Hugo's Cellar

Remember when classy Vegas restaurants used to prepare salads table side? Neither do we. It’s one of the things that makes Hugo’s Cellar a stand-out.

Hike up your casino nerd pants and get some inside skinny from Rob Baker of Tre Builders, the guy coordinating all the upgrades at The D Las Vegas.

For all that and much, much less, put some Vegas in your ears, already.

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Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 35: Behind the Green Door Swingers Club and More

Strap on your earbuds, you’re in for a wild ride!

In this episode of the Vital Vegas Podcast, we take a room-by-room, eye-opening guided tour of the world-famous Green Door swingers club, just off the Las Vegas Strip.

Green Door Las Vegas

The Green Door: Providing Las Vegas with some fairly epic WTF since 1998.

There’s also the usual blather, including all the latest Las Vegas news: Taco Bell Cantina opens, El Cortez renovates its casino bar, Heart Attack Grill comes to The Strip, Cosmopolitan starts charging for parking, the U.S. trademark office rejects Sin City’s NHL team name, Giordano’s is set to open at Grand Bazaar Shops, Gordon Ramsay will take over Serendipity 3 at Caesars Palace and bajillionaire Sheldon Adelson loses $3 billion in 30 minutes.

So, yeah, it’s the Green Door!

Take a listen to the podcast your mother warned you about, right before we sexted her.

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