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Therapy Restaurant and Bar Opens in Downtown Las Vegas, Temptations Abound

The newly-opened Therapy restaurant is a worthy addition to the restaurant boom in downtown Las Vegas, with a striking interior design, stand-out signature cocktails and diverse menu.

Therapy Las Vegas

Yes, this is in downtown Las Vegas. Rude of you to ask, by the way.

Therapy has magically transformed a site formerly occupied by a Dollar Store into one of the most appealing restaurant spaces in all of downtown Las Vegas. Therapy sits next to Park on Fremont and Radio City Pizzeria, about half-a-block east of the SlotZilla zip line tower at Fremont Street Experience.

The restaurant seats about 135 people and has two levels, but sit on the lower to avoid giving the servers strokes.

Therapy Las Vegas

The 600-square-foot “loft,” at right, would be a great place for private parties, said none of the servers, ever. Because lactic acid or whatever.

Therapy’s menu is compact but covers a lot of ground.

Three are appetizers (“Bites”), salads “The Greens”), pizzas (sorry, flatbreads) and sandwiches (“Handheld” section of the menu), dishes for sharing “The Social Club), fancy dinners (“Knife and Fork”) and desserts (“Simply Sweet”).

Here’s a look at the delicious Oxtail Empanadas ($12).

Therapy

Oxtail is the tail of a cow. We try not to think about it too much.

Most dishes on the menu run $12-15, which seems about right for the quality of the food, but downtown, it’s a tick above what patrons expect in terms of value. Example: The $14 burger. Many great burgers downtown run $5-7.

Therapy Las Vegas

It’s no BurGR burger, but not many are.

Compare the prices to The Strip, though, and you’re in for a treat for a song.

For example, the Filet Frites entree is a full-on filet mignon with irresistible truffle fries for just $32. That’s a pittance in filet mignon dollars. Which should be a thing.

Therapy

Please don’t make us look up a synonym for “delicious.” That makes blogging feel like work.

Our favorite dish so far has been the fantastic French Dip sandwich, with prime beef, horseradish cream on a hoagie roll with truffle chips. It’s $16. So, again, $3-5 too much for downtown, but French Dip perfection nonetheless.

Therapy

Dibs on the band name French Dip Perfection.

The full Therapy menu is available on the restaurant’s Web site. The online menu doesn’t show prices (we’re sure that was inadvertent), so we’ve got you.

Not every dish was a hit with the group we dined with, so there’s some room for improvement at Therapy. The Chicken and Red Velvet Waffle Sliders didn’t meet expectations, and the bread served with our meal wasn’t the best (the sauce needs something, but we have no idea what), but these are quibbles given the enjoyment we derived from our meal, especially in the dessert realm.

The hit of the meal was easily the Crumbled Carrot Cake, served just as described. Crumbly. Actual food people call it “deconstructed,” mainly to impress their food people friends. This is the must-try dish at Therapy, even at $10.

Therapy carrot cake

They had us at brown butter ice cream.

The Trio of Sorbet ($9) were also excellent, with cherry winning out over orange and key lime in our utterly unqualified opinion.

Therapy

Sorbet, still no “h” in it.

Here’s an actual qualified opinion about Therapy from our friend and food critic, John Curtas at Eating Las Vegas.

On our first Therapy visit, it was all about the food, but on the second, it was all about the libations.

We’re happy to report the signature cocktails make Therapy an essential destination whenever you’re downtown. Therapy leapfrogs over its surrounding competition, especially in the area of beverages.

First up, a sure-fire panty-dropper, the Fuhgettaboudet, with Captain Morgan, Malibu rum, fresh juices and raspberry ($12).

Therapy cocktail

This will get you in the mood for a Vegas adventure. Or for just about anything, really.

Next was what we vaguely remember as being the Bitter Tangerine Daiquiri. Don Q Rum, Campari liqueur, Fruitations Tangerine (a craft cocktail mixer) and fresh lime. Whatever it was called, it was awesome.

Therapy

Some of the best cocktails are the ones you don’t remember the name of. Or remember drinking. At all.

Then there was the White Peach Pisco Punch. Probably. We were drinking. Excessively. Because the health of our liver pales in comparison to pointing you toward some of the best cocktails we’ve had downtown, and trust us, they have been many.

Therapy

They are all fantastic, even without our dopey video light thingy sitting behind them.

Here’s the drink menu, because we know how you are.

Overall, Therapy restaurant and bar is step above many of the recently-opened offerings in downtown Las Vegas and on par with the wildly popular Carson Kitchen a block or two away.

The servers and bartenders are friendly and helpful, and the atmosphere is welcoming. The place looks wired for sound, but thankfully, management has figured out people like to converse as they eat and drink, so keep the music at a reasonable level.

Therapy

Our new happy place.

You can learn more about Therapy restaurant in downtown Las Vegas on the restaurant’s official site. Or just read this blog post again, and pay attention this time.

Therapy is open Sunday through Wednesday, 11:00 a.m. to midnight; Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.

Therapy

Therapy is defined as “treatment intended to relieve or heal a disorder.” Yes, we consider sobriety a disorder.

Enjoy more photos of Therapy below, because that’s how this award-winning and ever-humble Las Vegas blog rolls.

Therapy Restaurant and Bar in Downtown Vegas

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Some Mouth-Breathing Asshat Stole the Blarney Stone from The D Las Vegas

You can get away with a lot of things in Las Vegas. But this isn’t one of those.

It appears some gippo (Irish slang for asshat, specifically the criminal kind) stole the Blarney Stone from The D Las Vegas. You might even say “brazenly.”

Blarney Stone thief

Ever see someone with a death wish before? Now you have!

The fragment of the original Blarney Stone was on display on the second floor of The D, a holdover from when the casino was Fitzgerald’s. (Note: If you want to know how this story endshappily, by the wayskip to the end of this blog post, already.)

This is one bit of “shenanigans” up with which this Las Vegas blog will absolutely not put. In Las Vegas, you don’t steal, you don’t steal things we love and you definitely don’t steal from our friends.

So, we’re offering up a reward for the safe return of The D’s Blarney Stone. The reward is, assuming the Blarney Stone is safely returned, we will not beat the perpetrator to death with the aforementioned Blarney Stone. Great reward given the circumstances, right?

Here’s the Blarney Stone in its rightful place, providing joy and good luck to thousands of law-abiding visitors for many years.

Blarney Stone

Do we really live in a world where you have to bolt every damned thing down? Really?

Apparently, the asshat in question played on the casino’s Sigma Derby slot machine, not too far from the Blarney Stone display, for 17 minutes prior to his ill-considered pilfering.

The sad part is the imbecile will probably dispose of the stone somewhere (since it’s not something he can sell out of context, there’s no provenance attached to it), perhaps nearby. We hit downtown to see if we could find it, but to no avail.

We did see the very sad scene of the crime, however.

Blarney Stone

Not for nothing, but the brackets which held the Blarney Stone in place are perfectly spaced to hold a human head. Not saying which one.

Let’s find this rhino’s nutsack of a human being and help him understand stealing is wrong and blunt force trauma is something he probably wants to avoid if at all possible.

Update: The D reports the Blarney Stone has been returned safely!

Blarney Stone The D

It’s back, as much in need of a pressure wash as ever, but it’s back!

Apparently, the culprit owned up to his drunken “prank,” returning the stone to The D in a backpack.

No charges will be filed, other than possibly a misdemeanor for being a bonehead. And a lot of us have that on our records.

Skeptical observers have asked if the theft of the Blarney Stone might have been a publicity stunt. Derek Stevens, owner of The D, says, “I wish I were smart enough to have come up with something that good, but no.”

Derek Stevens

Derek Stevens is the coolest casino owner in Las Vegas. How do we know? When the Blarney Stone was stolen, his Tweet about the theft contained the letters “WTF.” Case closed.

The D has made a few enhancements to the brackets holding its Blarney Stone in place to prevent copycats from getting any stupid ideas, hammered or otherwise.

“For someone to take it now,” said Stevens, “they’d have to take the whole stand.” In other words, the Blarney Stone is here to stay.

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Mac King Welcomes Two Millionth Guest to Show at Harrah’s Las Vegas

It’s a number almost too large to grasp, but on June 23, 2015, comedy-magician Mac King welcomed the two millionth guest to his show, “The Mac King Comedy Magic Show” at Harrah’s Las Vegas.

Mac King

The perspicacious Mac King. Hey, after 15 years, we had to dig deep for a word nobody’s used to describe him.

Mac King’s family-friendly, afternoon show has been on The Strip for 15 years, and it’s still one of the best entertainment values in Las Vegas.

King’s contract at Harrah’s was recently extended through 2019.

Mac King continues to charm audiences with his signature delivery and illusions, including quirky routines involving live goldfish, a bear, Fig Newtons and a “Cloak of Invisibility” (see below).

Mac King

Mac King clearly practices safe magic.

King has managed his 15 years as a Las Vegas performer without drama or scandal. He’s received a slew of awards and accolades, as well as winning this blog’s heart with his charity efforts. Here’s more.

Some times nice guys win, and Mac King selling an incredible two million tickets is testament to that.

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First-Ever Las Vegas Sex Survey Reveals Surprises About What Guys Really Do In Sin City

Chances are you’ve seen statistics about Las Vegas visitors before, but you’ve never seen a survey quite like the one we took!

Our online Las Vegas sex survey garnered an avalanche of responses, providing a rare (and statistically valid) glimpse into the sex habits of travelers to the world’s most stimulating city.

Here’s what we learned. First, we learned men are far more likely than women to take an online sex survey. Just 10% of those who responded were women. Our professional survey analyst (no, we’re not just winging this) says our sample size of women wasn’t big enough to draw accurate conclusions about them, so we’re going to focus on the men. You can still take the survey, ladies.

Our survey includes the responses of 688 male visitors to Las Vegas, giving our survey a margin of error of ±5% 99 times out of 100 (based upon the total number of visitors to Las Vegas).

Let’s dive headlong into the gloriousness of the VitalVegas.com Las Vegas Sex Survey, patent pending.

Sex casino

What, you expected charts and graphs?

First, we skipped the foreplay and asked visitors, “On average, how many times do you have sex during a Las Vegas visit?”

A mere 12% said they had none during a typical visit, while 63% had sex 1-3 times (20% had sex once, 22% had sex twice and 21% had sex three times).

An impressive 16% of male Vegas visitors have sex five or more times during a Sin City visit.

Sex in Las Vegas

According to the British scientific journal, Nature, the intake of alcohol can increase the levels of libido in women. The editor of Nature is a former military officer, Captain Obvious.

Overall, the typical male Vegas visitor has sex 2.7 times during their stay. Hey, don’t laugh, we’ve had a few .7 experiences, too. (Culprit in 91% of instances: Hooch.)

We pressed further, asking, “Who do you have sex with?”

A whopping 69% of respondents said they have sex with their significant other, while 15% have sex with strangers.

Eleven percent of the men surveyed say they have sex with their significant other and strangers. Las Vegas threesomes for the win!

Las Vegas threesome

The only thing standing between this Las Vegas blog and a threesome is two other people.

Our analyst dug into those numbers a bit more, cross-tabulating frequency with who visitors are having sex with and found more than third (39%) of respondents reported hooking up with a stranger at least once during a Sin City visit.

A quarter (25%) of men say they had sex four or more times with their significant other during their Las Vegas trip.

Next, we asked guys if they were more sexually adventurous when they’re in Las Vegas.

A girthy 57% of men say they’re more sexually adventurous during a Las Vegas visit. The magic is real! In our survey, by the way, the reported activity of these men correlated to their claims of greater sexual boldness. Walking the walk, baby.

We wanted to find out more about what kinds of adventure men are having here, so we asked about various activities for which Vegas is known.

Based upon our survey responses, about half (52%) of men have visited a Las Vegas strip club.

While prostitution is illegal in Las Vegas, we couldn’t resist asking if men had been with a prostitute while in Las Vegas. According to our respondents, 16% of male visitors have paid for the services of a Las Vegas prostitute at some point.

On a related note, 5% of male visitors have visited a legal Nevada brothel. Don’t miss our facts about Nevada’s most famous brothel.

Four percent of male visitors have been to a swingers club in Las Vegas, such as the Red Rooster or Green Door.

Vegas sex swing

The other kind of swinger.

When it comes to adventurous sex in Vegas, though, it’s hard to match the allure of sex in public.

Of those who took our survey, 13% say they’ve had sex in public in Las Vegas. No word on how many of those public acts resulted in fines or being kicked off certain Ferris wheels.

Las Vegas sex survey

You know who you are. From what we’ve heard, popular places for public sex are cars, pools, hotel balconies, nightclubs and public restrooms.

Given all the sex being had, we felt compelled to ask how many people had taken part in a time-honored Las Vegas tradition, the “Walk of Shame.” The Walk of Shame, of course, is when someone hooks up and has to trek through public spaces the morning after wearing clothes from the night before.

A full 11% of male visitors say they have done the “Walk of Shame” during a Las Vegas visit.

Overall, 61% of men who have visited Las Vegas have done one or more of the following: gone to a strip club, brothel or swingers club, been with a prostitute, had sex in public, or experienced the “walk of shame.” Eight percent of respondents have done three or more of those things.

Our final Las Vegas sex survey question asked male Vegas visitors whether or not they believe the city’s ubiquitous mantra, “What happens here, stays here.”

Surprisingly, despite all the evidence to the contrary, two-thirds (64%) of men who visit Sin City say they believe what happens in Las Vegas, stays in Las Vegas.

What happens here

Dudes. They’re called smartphones.

Las Vegas, it seems, is full of wishful thinkers!

So, do your opinions align with the responses in our Las Vegas sex survey? Does it confirm what you already thought about what happens in Vegas?

We vote that the LVCVA include this subject in their next Las Vegas Visitor Profile Study. Sure, it’s interesting to know how many people use social media to plan their Vegas activities (28% do) or how many people visit downtown (36% do), but it’s a lot more interesting to know who’s getting it on, with whom and if there were inflatables involved.

Ooh, something for our next Las Vegas sex survey!

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