Monthly Archives: May 2018

Downtown Las Vegas to Get New Welcome Arch, Probably

The City of Las Vegas recently revealed plans for a welcome arch to greet visitors to downtown.

The announcement of the “Las Vegas Gateway” project has caused a lot of confusion, so please don’t skim this story for a change.

A location for the downtown Las Vegas gateway arch hasn’t been determined yet, but it’ll be fancy.

Downtown Las Vegas gateway arch

Thankfully, Las Vegas drivers are known for their alertness and competency, so no worries about a dazzling welcome arch distracting them. Whatsoever.

The arch rendering was released following a City Council meeting where $60,000 was approved for property rights for the project, but not the arch part. Told you it’s confusing.

Additional confusion has resulted from the fact the artist that did the Las Vegas Gateway rendering took some liberties with the time-space continuum.

Here’s a look at the site in the arch rendering, described as a “work in progress” by those familiar with the project.

Downtown Las Vegas gateway arch

Nice try, renderer.

Officials don’t know where the arch is going, but it won’t go where the artist put it.

The most logical location for the arch is at the symbolic “entrance” to downtown from the Las Vegas Strip, at Sahara Ave. near the Bonanza Gift Shop.

Currently, there’s banner that runs across Las Vegas Blvd. welcoming people downtown.

Downtown Las Vegas welcome banner

Locals refer to this banner as Bruce. You wouldn’t like it when it’s angry.

So, that’s the arch part of the project.

The second component of the project is a display located a few blocks away from the current welcome banner, at the spot where Las Vegas Blvd. and Main Street meet.

This is not, as widely reported, the site of the former “Welcome to Downtown Las Vegas” sign. That sign was demolished by a drunken asshat in July 2016.

Let’s break this down, because the alternative is to have a life.

First, let’s look at the former site of the “Welcome to Downtown Las Vegas sign.” It’s boring, but could end up being where the new arch is installed. It’s at South 4th Street and Las Vegas Boulevard.

Downtown Las Vegas gateway arch

It’s rare when our photos capture so much not much.

Next, let’s look at the second part of the gateway project. It’s an homage to Las Vegas, featuring showgirls, chips, dice and a roulette wheel.

This display is definitely going where South Main Street and Las Vegas Blvd. connect. The address is 1830 S. Las Vegas Boulevard.

Downtown Las Vegas welcome sign

Quick, name the first five things you think of when you hear “Las Vegas,” including the words “Las Vegas.”

The funds approved by the City of Las Vegas were to acquire property rights for a corner of a Denny’s parking lot.

Yes, we took a photo. Do you know this blog at all?

Downtown Las Vegas gateway arch

Seriously, the things we do for you.

Here’s an overhead view of the site. The City has thoughtfully highlighted the space it’s purchasing the right to use for this new welcome display.

Downtown Las Vegas gateway arch

We are now, officially, boring ourself.

Now, here’s a map of where everything is in relation to everything else. Farthest north is the site of the former “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign. In the middle is the future site of the welcome display with the showgirls. Farthest south is the current welcome banner.

Downtown Las Vegas gateway arch

Thanks for helping us clear this up, Google Maps.

That’s where the downtown Las Vegas gateway project stands at the moment.

We’ve been told the designs for both the arch and the sidewalk display have been approved, but there’s no word on when they might be installed.

While these new welcome signs may not become iconic like the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign on the south end of The Strip, we’re a big fan of the concepts for the arch and over-sized gambling paraphernalia, so we can’t wait to see the finished product.

Suck it, drunken asshat.

Not you, the one who knocked over the welcome sign.

We asked you not to skim.

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Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 79: Tom Green, Palms Rebirth, News and More

It’s the podcast you can’t Vegas without!

In this week’s episode, we chat with comedian Tom Green. Yes, that Tom Green.

Tom Green is best known for his offbeat “The Tom Green Show” on MTV and movies like “Road Trip,” “Freddy Got Fingered” and “Charlie’s Angels.” Green currently has a residency at Harrah’s Las Vegas, and now he joins the pantheon of performers who have had to endure our annoying questions.

Also on this show, we share our thoughts about four new venues making their debut at Palms Las Vegas, Apex nightclub, Unknown casino bar, Scotch 80 Prime steakhouse and Camden Cocktail Lounge.

Unknown bar Palms

The new Unknown bar at Palms is hard to miss.

The off-Strip Palms is investing $620 million in a dramatic overhaul, with more venues on the way, including restaurants from celebrity chefs Marc Vetri, Michael Symon and Bobby Flay.

We’ve got our usual cavalcade of news, including Mandarin Oriental becoming Waldorf Astoria, the end of Monte Carlo, a big decision about legal sports gambling, restaurant openings and closings and more.

We’ve also got the latest on a proposed “gateway” officials hope will draw visitors to downtown Las Vegas. As if cheap hooch and slot machines with actual coins weren’t enough.

Downtown Las Vegas gateway

Downtown lost its last welcome sign in 2016 when some asshat crashed into it with his truck. He is so not invited to the unveiling of this one.

Naturally, we talk up the Vegas Golden Knights, because it’s the law.

The Vital Vegas Podcast. Helping Las Vegas visitors overcome insomnia since sometime in early 2016. Take a listen.

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Vegas Golden Knights Win Stanley Cup Final Spot

We’ve never been a sports person, but now our Vegas Golden Knights have clinched a spot in the Stanley Cup final, so we’re reconsidering. Bigtime.

It’s a story as unlikely as Las Vegas itself.

Vegas Golden Knights

Good lucky getting your name back now, Army Golden Knights parachute team.

On May 20, 2018, the Vegas Golden Knights prevailed against the Winnipeg Jets, 2-1, in game five of the NHL’s Western Conference final and their place in sports history was assured.

In the team’s inaugural season.

Despite experts predicting the Vegas Golden Knights would among the league’s worst teams this year.

Suck it, experts, this is Las Vegas.

Stanley Cup

We definitely didn’t add those little sparkles with Photoshop. That occurs naturally in Vegas.

The Vegas Golden Knights’ success is all the more meaningful because the team’s journey has served as a way for our community to collectively heal following the Oct. 1 shooting.

Suck it, crazed manics, this is Las Vegas.

The Golden Knights will play either the Tampa Bay Lightening or Washington Capitals in the Stanley Cup final.

The Knights started the season at 500-to-1 odds for a Stanley Cup win.

Sin City has always been about defying the odds, and there’s no reason to think it won’t hold true when the Vegas Golden Knights hit the ice to bring the Stanley Cup home to Las Vegas.

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Raiders Stadium Construction is Well Under Way in Vegas

Now that our puckball team, the Vegas Golden Knights, are in the Stanley Cup (you can only jinx something if it involves luck), we can take a moment to check out how construction of our Las Vegas Raiders stadium is progressing.

The $1.8 billion Las Vegas Raiders stadium broke ground in November 2017, with an eye toward a 2020 completion date.

Here’s the latest from the Las Vegas Raiders (that’s going to take some getting used to) construction site.

Las Vegas Raiders construction site

The future home of a team we’re not saying anything snarky about because we can’t afford a bodyguard.

About 225 workers are currently working on the stadium, a number expected to grow to 500 this fall.

Let’s pull out, so to speak.

Las Vegas Raiders stadium site

Crews had to excavate two-and-a-half football fields to build, you know, a football field.

Here’s a better look in case you want to get all up in the Raiders stadium’s business.

Crews are already pouring concrete, and the steel construction phase of the project will kick in later this year.

The new stadium is being built on 62 acres not far from Mandalay Bay and will accommodate about 65,000 people. Plans for the stadium include 24 parking spaces.

We’re kidding. It’s closer to 2,400 spaces. No biggy, the team has until September to figure it out. (We hear the Raiders have done a deal with the Orleans to use some of their parking, and other arrangements are still in the works.)

The search for parking spaces is just one part of preparing for the arrival of an NFL team.

Las Vegas Raiders stadium

Because you can’t spell rebar without “bar.”

We are no stadium construction expert, but apparently preparation of the construction site involved blasting things.

Las Vegas Raiders stadium

Blasting took place almost every day for two months. Vibration monitors were used to make the project sound sexier.

The new Las Vegas Raiders stadium will have a number of impressive features we can’t muster the energy to research.

One thing we know is the stadium will have a great view of the Las Vegas Strip.

Las Vegas Raiders

The Raiders stadium is a stone’s throw from Excalibur. Please don’t throw an actual stone. You put a knight’s eye out and his jousting days are over.

Also, the stadium will have an ethylene tetrafluoroethylene ceiling, because Las Vegas sure as hell wouldn’t build a stadium without one, whatever it might be.

Unfortunately, we aren’t able to share additional photos of the Las Vegas Raiders construction site because a sign told us not to.

Las Vegas Raiders photography

We caused a brouhaha on Twitter when we shared this photo, and 27,000 Tweet impressions later, we feel just horrible about it.

Seriously, best. Sign. Ever. We see an epic feud with the Las Vegas Raiders in our future!

Although this blog is unlikely to provide future construction updates, because sports, you’re in luck.

There’s an awesome free Web cam pointed at the site to help keep apprised of all the latest developments in concrete drying.

If we must have an NFL team in Vegas, we’re pleased to see the Las Vegas Raiders stadium moving along at a brisk pace. We’re looking at you, Resorts World.

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Signs Point to Mandarin Oriental Becoming Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas

There’s been a good deal of secrecy around the future of the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas hotel, but we don’t have patience for secrets, we are a blog.

MGM Resorts recently announced Mandarin Oriental would be sold for $214 million, but few other details were shared.

We have it on good authority Mandarin Oriental’s days are numbered, and Aug. 30, 2018 could be the last day for this luxury hotel on the Las Vegas Strip.

Word is Mandarin Oriental will soon become Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas, a Hilton Worldwide brand.

Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas

Waldorf Astoria is the flagship brand in Hilton’s portfolio, assuming Wikipedia knows what it’s talking about.

The announcement about the upcoming transition to Waldorf Astoria was made internally at a meeting at the Aria resort.

Also imparted was the fact a $50 million renovation will accompany the change in ownership.

While no official announcement of a buyer has been made, we’ve reported it could be the owner of Hilton Lake Las Vegas, real estate investor “Ronnie” Lam and his Kam Sang Co. Employees attending the Aria ballroom event were informed the buyer is an “Asian investor.”

Lending credence to our Waldorf Astoria news is the fact a domain name was recently registered, WaldorfAstoriaLasVegas.com, which redirects to the main Waldorf Astoria Web site.

Mandarin Oriental has no casino, so it’s difficult for us to care too much about it, but scoop is scoop.

We honestly have no idea why there’s been an attempt to keep the buyer of Mandarin Oriental on the down-low, but in most cases, it means there are loose ends to tie up prior to an official announcement.

Now that the cat’s out of the bag, expect an official announcement about Mandarin Oriental becoming Waldorf Astoria soon.

Update (5/16/18): Our story has been confirmed, as if you had any doubt.

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Las Vegas Set to Host World’s Largest Orgy

Hey, they don’t call it “Sin City” for nothing.

A group called Menage Life is hosting a world record attempt for the world’s largest orgy in Las Vegas on June 2, 2018.

According to the organizers of the event, called Sin City 8, as many as 1,000 people are expected to take part in the orgy world record, a phrase we never expected to type when we started this blog.

world record orgy Las Vegas

Organizers have said the event with have a masquerade theme, masks included, so participants can be assured of anonymity. Photos: Menage Life Web site.

The current documented record for the largest orgy, with a mere 500 participants, was set in Japan in 2006.

The world record co-mingling was featured in a film, “500 Person Sex,” directed by Yukitsugu Tsuchiya. And, yes, we’re using the term “directed” very loosely here.

We honestly don’t even consider that Japanese world record orgy a world record, because the 250 couples involved only had sex with each other.

Anyway, back to the Vegas world record.

It should be noted this won’t be an “official” world record, as no Guinness World Records adjudicator will be in attendance.

Someone should inquire with the Guinness World Records folks to see if there’s currently a record for “World’s Largest Walk of Shame.”

Vegas world's largest orgy

It appears Menage Life’s commitments overlap pretty much exactly with those of Las Vegas.

Now, for the details.

Tickets to the record attempt cost $25 for women, $200 for couples.

Unescorted men aren’t permitted to take part, despite the fact they’re the ones who would appreciate taking part the most.

According to the event’s official Web site, “All participants in the world record attempt will receive complimentary condoms, lube, hand towels, hand sanitizer and sexy swag.”

Coincidentally, Sexy Swag was the name of our band in high school.

Las Vegas largest orgy

It’s apparent these young women have devoted no time whatsoever to asking, “Hand sanitizer?”

Orgy participants are assured security officers will monitor the “play room” for the duration of the event, and mutual consent is required, of course.

The host company is doing a full buy-out of the Embassy Suites for the orgy world record gathering.

The orgy world record is just one of a number of events planned at Sin City 8, so feel free to visit the official Web site.

There’s never a dull moment in Las Vegas.

Unfortunately, we won’t be taking part in the world record orgy event at Embassy Suites in Las Vegas, for three simple reasons:

  1. Can you imagine the cramps from writing all those thank-you notes?
  2. We are old-fashioned and believe humiliation should happen between two people, a man a whoever we are disappointing.
  3. If we’re going to lose our orgy virginity, we sure as hell aren’t going to do it at an Embassy Suites.

If you decide to take part in these festivities, we’d love to hear about your experience. Brownie points for photos and sexy swag.

Here’s our exclusive interview with Kristy Auli, Media/Sponsorship Coordinator for Menage Life, the company hosting the world record orgy in Las Vegas.

Update (5/21/18): As we were the first to report, the world’s largest orgy attempt has been relocated from Embassy Suites to the Erotic Heritage Museum in Las Vegas. Apparently, the owner of Embassy Suites, Hilton, wasn’t thrilled when it found out about the activities planned for Sin City 8, and demanded Menage Life move its events.

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