Monthly Archives: July 2021

Angels & Airwaves Music Video Has Hell-Ton of Vegas

Angels & Airwaves, a musical performance group we haven’t particularly heard of before, just released a new single, “Losing My Mind.”

We like the song, but love the video, and you can probably figure out why.

The video is bursting at the seams with Las Vegas.

Angels & Airwaves

Finally, somebody in Las Vegas is using a crosswalk.

According to Rolling Stone, the “video features TikTok star Rampage and a callback to one of Tom DeLonge’s characters for Blink-182.” Of that phrase, we literally only understand a couple of the prepositions.

Anyway, here’s the video. We trust you will enjoy picking out all the Vegas featured by the band.

From what we can tell, the lead singer of Angels & Airwaves, Tom DeLonge, was one of the co-founders of Blink-182. They did the catchy “All the Small Things” and “What’s My Age Again,” according to a renowned music expert referred to as the Internet.

DeLonge created a character named Boomer for a Blink-182 song, “First Date,” and the new video features Disco, Boomer’s brother.

In all seriousness, though, who cares?

There’s so much Las Vegas!

The video takes “Disco” and his dancing companion to various spots on The Strip and downtown.

The pair spend a good time at the Bellagio fountains, as well as at Plaza on Main Street.

They also hang out in an alley downtown, which might seem odd, but we always thought those alleys are very cinematic.

The new Angels & Airwaves showcases our world-class dumpsters.

Hogs & Heifers also gets some time in the spotlight.

Hogs & Heifers has been through a lot recently, so glad they got a little screen time.

There’s also a stop at the downtown gateway arch outside Strat.

Any time the world Las Vegas appears in a music video, an Angels & Airwaves gets its wings.

These guys cover a lot of ground, and while we’re not sure “Rampage” can hold a candle to our very own Jabbawockeez, this is still a fun romp around Sin City.

Innumerable bands have chosen Las Vegas as a location for their videos, including recent favorites The Weekend (125 million views) and Bruno Mars (1.4 billion views), among many others.

We’re pretty sure the ultimate song shot in Vegas remains “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” from U2. There’s just something about our alleys.

The more the merrier when it comes to filming in Las Vegas, no matter the musical or cinematic genre.

Just don’t close off any streets. That’s irksome, musical performance groups and filmmakers.

Paris Las Vegas Confirms Vanderpump Lounge to Replace Laurel Lounge

It took a minute for Caesars Entertainment to confirm our scoop, but a new Vanderpump lounge will replace the closed Laurel Lounge at Paris Las Vegas.

The reason is fairly obvious: The Vanderpump Cocktail Garden at Caesars Palace is absolutely crushing it, so Caesars wants to make the most of that surprising success.

Vanderpump Paris lounge

This seems a great fit for Paris, what with all the fancy.

We say “surprising” because the lounge that preceded the Vanderpump lounge at Caesars was Fizz. Despite having the seal of approval from Elton John (his husband David Furnish operated
the venue), the place (wait for it) fizzled out in 2017.

Fizz lounge Caesars Palace

Fizz was gorgeous but never caught on. Try, try again.

After Fizz, the space was dubbed Cocktail Lounge. We are not making this up.

The Vanderpump Cocktail Garden, however, has taken off, and we hear it’s become one of the most financially successful, if not the most successful, lounge at any Caesars Entertainment resort in Las Vegas. No small feat.

As for the new lounge, it’s called Vanderpump à Paris. In French, an “a” with a thingy over it means “at.” Think of all the cost-savings resulting from simply eliminating an entire letter from the name! We aren’t going to use the accent mark because it’s an annoying affectation, but you do you.

We’re just happy they didn’t put “Le” in front of the name. They do that with everything at Paris. It’s wasn’t just the Village Buffet, it was Le Village Buffet. Which is closed and not coming back, by the way. “Au revoir,” Le Slightly Better Than Average Village Buffet.

Le Village Buffet closed

Lots of changes the works at Paris. Say goodbye.

From the news release, “Vanderpump a Paris will feature delectable dishes, whimsical and unique cocktails, and a lush, elaborate atmosphere with eclectic, Parisian-inspired design details.”

Fun fact: Whimsical Cocktails was the name of our band in high school.

Lisa Vanderpump says in the news release, “After living in France for many years, it has been such an incredible journey to make our ideas a reality and, working with our extraordinary design partner Nick Alain, we have created a design unlike anything we’ve ever seen, with epic visual statements—it is our hope to bring the stunning visuals of Paris into the heart of Las Vegas. The food will be sexy and delicious, the cocktails exquisite and unique, and the overall experience will be one that is unforgettable! It’s really been a labor of love and we can’t wait to share it with you.”

On the Nick Alain front, the designer and longtime Vanderpump collaborator sort of tipped everyone off about the new lounge by sharing a photo from inside the former Laurel Lounge on Instagram. Oddly, Caesars is more upset about us spoiling their surprises than this guy. Go figure. We do that a lot. We actually shared Lisa Vanderpump was coming to Las Vegas long before (Feb. 2018) her Caesars lounge was announced (Nov. 2018). Not that everything has to be about us, probably.

We probably should’ve covered this ground sooner, but in case you don’t know who Lisa Vanderpump is, we’re right there with you. She’s a restaurateur and TV personality, mainly known for her appearances on “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” and “Vanderpump Rules.”

Vanderpump Rules

You’d be surprised how many opinions we have about things we know nothing about.

She and her husband have owned 36 restaurants, bars and clubs in L.A. and London.

The Vanderpump at Paris lounge will have about 200 seats, featuring ornate awnings, signature light fixtures and an entrance flanked with statues.

The news release says this about the cocktails, “Like Vanderpump’s other locations, the cocktail menu will feature the unique and never-before-seen.” Which we’re pretty sure means the same thing, but let’s just say we’ve tried a few of the drinks at the Caesars location and they were tasty AF.

We’re pretty sure a publicly traded can’t put “tasty AF” in its news releases.

Vanderpump at Paris will also have “light bites.”

While we were skeptical about the Vanderpump experience, the team at Caesars Palace proved us wrong, and we’ve enjoyed our visits a lot.

Before wrapping this up, we should bid a farewell to the Laurel Lounge at Paris. Cost-cutting measures at Caesars Entertainment have led to the demise of these popular VIP lounges. The free “light bites” and unlimited hooch were fun while they lasted.

There’s a lot going on at Paris, and look forward to a Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart restaurant concept to be announced soon.

The new Vanderpump lounge at Paris Las Vegas casino opens in winter 2021.

Rumor: Snoop Dogg, Martha Stewart Restaurant Slated for Paris Las Vegas

Hot on the heels of our rumor being confirmed the Laurel Lounge at Paris will be replaced by a Vanderpump lounge, we’ve got more exclusive scoopizzle. Which isn’t a thing yet, but should be.

We hear none other than Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart will bring a new restaurant concept to Paris, an idea so crazy, it just might work.

Actually, it’s not that crazy given the fact Dogg and Stewart have been BFFs for some time now.

Martha Stewart Snoop Dog Las Vegas

This odd couple has sizzle, which we’d add “izzle” to, but it would be weird.

Snoop Dogg met Martha Stewart when he appeared on “The Martha Stewart Show” in 2008.

The pair had a TV series on VH1, “Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party,” with a spinoff series, “Potluck Party Challenge.” Emphasis on “pot,” in case that weren’t immediately evident.

An official announcement of the joint (yeah, we said it) project is pending, but we would like to give our official stamp of approval for whatever Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart have in mind for Paris.

While details of the restaurant aren’t available yet, we hear there are already plans in the works for other locations.

Paris Las Vegas

Hey, Snoop, while weed is legal in Las Vegas, you can’t smoke it in casinos. Just a heads up.

It’s unknown which existing venue the Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart restaurant (and, we trust, lounge) may displace. We’ve heard it will move into the space currently occupied by Martorano’s, but there’s been no official announcement of that Italian restaurant’s closure yet.

Inside chatter is there’s a big restaurant shake-up is coming to Paris, so gird your loins.

It’s not difficult to guess what qualities a Snoop and Martha collaboration might have. Gorgeous interior design. Excellent food (with creative entree names). Fantastic cocktails. A sense of humor. Street cred. A built-in fanbase.

What’s not to love?

It’s worth noting, Snoop Dogg has a cookbook!

Snoop cookbook

Martha Stewart has said she’s impressed by Snoop’s cooking chops.

Fun fact: Martha Stewart has spent more time in jail (five months for tax evasion) than Snoop Dogg (five years probation and 800 hours community service for firearm and drugs charges).

We see so many restaurant announcements in Las Vegas, it’s easy to get jaded, but this one has us genuinely intrigued and excited to hear what’s in store.

You’ll know more when we do! Look for an official confirmation from Paris Las Vegas and Caesars Entertainment soon.

11 Reasons the Return of Mandatory Masks in Casinos is Awesome

The mandatory mask mandate is back in Las Vegas as of midnight on Thursday, July 29, 2021 (technically, 12:01 a.m. on July 30).

Masks will be required indoors whether one’s vaccinated or not (unless smoking, eating or drinking), and that includes casinos.

Thankfully, the fun doesn’t need to stop. Vegas has a lot of booze.

Rather than rant, we’ve decided to focus on the bright side of this unfortunte turn of events.

Here, then, are 11 reasons the return of masks to casinos is awesome. Just play along.

1. Masks Muffle Loud-Talkers

Loud-talkers are everywhere, and the prevalence of liquor in casinos only serves to make things worse. Enter masks. They not only serve to muffle loud-talkers, they also solve the issue of people who spit when they close-talk. Masks are god’s gift to the neurotic and we’re so glad they’re back.

2. Masks Mean Less Smiling Required

With masks, there’s much less pressure to smile. This is true for everyone, but it’s especially welcomed by casino employees whose job duties include pretending you’re funny and likeable. Most employees have perfected “smizing,” or smiling with their eyes, but masks still provide some effective camouflage. It’s worth noting masks make us focus on the eyes. It’s a well-known fact prolonged eye contact creates a sense of affinity, and affinity with, say, a bartender, often results in stronger pours. Masks for the win!

Las Vegas smizing

Here we go again.

3. Masks Filter Cigarette Smoke Stench

Casinos are popular with smokers, but cigarette smoke can be irksome to some guests. Masks do a decent job of filtering out the smell of cigarettes. At certain times, even when the mask mandates were dropped, we sort of wished we had one on. Side note: If you really dislike cigarette smoke, visit Park MGM. It’s smoke-free.

4. Masks Help Service Workers Talk About Us

Many casino, restaurant and bar customers turned into jerks during the pandemic. Folks in the service industry have no real way to fight back other than to talk shit about us. It’s so much easier to do that when we can’t see their lips! Service industry employees being able to discreetly trash-talk rude customers without being detected is a great perk of masks.

5. Masks Provide Cover for Unattractive People

Masks have been a godsend for those of us who are appearance-challenged, and we were a little disappointed when they went away for a minute. Masks even the playing field, and are especially beneficial to those with poor dental hygiene. Visitors from Southern States can again walk among us without shame, and we can’t wait to see our friends from the U.K. again. Please don’t send us angry e-mails. We kid because we love.

6. Masks Save Money

It’s pretty much common knowledge women saved a fortune on lipstick during the previous mask mandates. The savings mount when you consider the decreased need for breath mints toothpaste and shaving cream. The return of masks is a windfall, except for attractive women who rely on their looks to get free drinks in nightclubs. Poor them.

7. Masks Replace Black Out Curtains

Yes, most Las Vegas hotels have black out curtains, but they’re moot because masks can easily double as sleep masks. You’re welcome.

8. Masks Make Inexpensive Keepsakes

Forget keychains and fridge magnets, casino-branded masks make fun, inexpensive souvenirs. Visit the gift shop at your favorite Las Vegas casino for details. If you ask nicely, they might just give you one for free. Free advertising!

Bonus: Branded masks are a handy reminder of where your hangovers originated.

9. Masks Keep the Mask Industry Afloat

The mask manufacturing industry had a little freak-out when masks went away, but now they’ll be raking it in again. (Mask sales rose 24 percent leading up to the mandate being reinstated.) Mask-makers and retailers have bills to pay, just like the rest of us, and masks won’t be a thing forever. Probably.

10. Masks Give Us All Something to Talk About

Small talk is king in casinos, and everyone’s pretty much over talking about sports and the weather. Now, we have masks to spark conversation again. Masks are a gateway to passionate
discussions about a wide variety of topics including health, viral loads, politics, public policy and what morons people who don’t agree with us are.

Our thoughts go out to all the casino employees who have to cover up their moneymakers.

11. Um, Hello, Heists

Back in the day, masks were a big no-no in casinos, but now they’re mandated! If you’re planning to rob the vault shared by Bellagio, Mirage and MGM Grand, which definitely exists, you’re going to want to protect your identity. With a mask, your caper will be flawless and you’ll be able to escape with your anonymity intact. One more thing: You may want to hold onto your mask, as we understand there are a lot of close-talkers in federal prison.

We hope this list has helped you see the glass-half-full side of our exciting new mask mandate.

While the reinstated mandate is frustrating, we urge you to remember the folks enforcing it didn’t sign up to pester you about keeping your mask on. They’re not thrilled about the mandate, either, but they didn’t make the policy, so chill.

Outdoors. No mask required.

If we want to visit casinos, and we do, we need to mask up and be nice to each other.

If you’d prefer to not wear a mask, visit one of the outdoor attractions in or near Las Vegas, like Red Rock Canyon or Fremont Street Experience. Hit the pool. Rent a convertible and cruise The Strip.

Otherwise, masks are a thing again.

Remember, you don’t have to wear a mask when you’re drinking, so ABD (always be drinking). You’re welcome, again.

All Net Resort Renderings Showcase Project That Isn’t Happening, Ever

All Net Resort and Arena is at it again.

The doomed project, with zero prospects for ever actually happening, dropped some new renderings and media outlets unquestioningly ate them up, as is their way.

All Net Resort and Arena

Renderings are magical in that magic also involves smoke and mirrors.

The fact is, hope for financing this project faded long ago, and there’s no real indication that’s going to change despite the bafflingly enthusiastic news coverage.

While we appreciate the ongoing optimism of former UNLV and NBA basketball player Jackie Robinson, his whimsy has now drifted into the realm of delusion, and breathless reporting of project financing being “lined up” is an exotic blend of naivete, gullibility or good, old-fashioned “we need words to fill up air time and column inches, so run it.”

Fun fact: All Net Resort originally broke ground in 2014. And, yes, we’re using “fun” very loosely here.

The All Net site sits just north of the abandoned Fontainebleau, soon to be called JW Marriott Las Vegas Blvd., because, you know, it actually appears to have financing.

Here’s some 2017 video we took when All Net put on a little show, staging a collection of dirt-hauling trucks to give potential investors the illusion things were actually happening on the site. It looks the same today, just without the trucks.

Fun fact: We hear All Net sold all the dirt it had delivered in 2017 to be used in the Project Neon project. The funds have been used for things like, oh, renderings.

We won’t bore you with the details of the alleged All Net Resort, except to say there was no casino planned. So, no great loss.

Estimated cost of the project: $4 billion. That’s up a smidge from when the project was originally announced at $1.4 billion.

Resorts World, which actually exists, cost $4.3 billion.

All Net Resort fail

If only construction companies accepted optimism as payment, this thing would be built already.

Still, hope reigns supreme in Jackie Robinson’s heart and newsrooms across Las Vegas.

We’re not saying Robinson didn’t get close a time or two along the way. At one point, South Korean financing appeared possible, but gong.

It’s time for Jackie Robinson and his team, should he actually have one, to embrace reality and sell this parcel so others can take a crack at getting a resort off the ground.

Why they’d want to do that, we have no idea, given the fact Las Vegas visitation prior to the pandemic was flat (and Resorts World just brought 3,500 rooms into the market), but we do like shiny, new things, so have at it!

The original name was All Bunk Resort & Pipe Dream.

The history of Las Vegas is littered with high hopes, unfulfilled promises and resorts that never were.

All Net can take its rightful place with Echelon Place, Moon World, Titanic Las Vegas, Xanadu, Alon, London Resort, Las Vegas Plaza, Pharoah’s Kingdom, Shenandoah Hotel and so many others.

All Net Resort and Arena was a noble endeavor, but in the end, it’s an airball.

Yes, we used a sports term, don’t freak out.

69 Things You Have to Do at Circa Las Vegas

The shiny new Resorts World on The Strip has hogged the spotlight recently, but there’s another downtown gem that’s brand new, too: Circa Las Vegas.

While we Tweet about Circa a lot, as it’s basically our home away from home, we haven’t blogged about it much. It’s time to fix that.

Circa opened in Oct. 2020, so it’s about time we give you the must-do list at this new downtown casino, starting with a particular dish at a particular restaurant we may or may not consume upwards of four times a week. (We’ve talked about the dish so much, some have even suggested we secretly work for 8 East or Circa. These people are boneheads. We have no business relationship with Circa or any other Las Vegas casino.)

Here are 69 things to do at Circa Las Vegas, the first new downtown casino in, oh, ages.

1. Get Brisket Fried Rice at 8 East

What we love, we love, and this dish has become our obsession. 8 East restaurant is from the owner of Le Thai, another great restaurant on Fremont East, Dan Coughlin. The brisket fried rice at 8 East isn’t just great, we think it’s the best dish in Las Vegas, ever. We recommend it “Vital Vegas-style,” with chicken skewers mixed in, hold the sticks.

8 East fried rice

There are reportedly other things on the menu at 8 East. You do you.

2. Take a Selfie With Vegas Vickie

Vegas Vickie nearly met her demise when the Glitter Gulch strip club was demolished to make way for Circa, but Circa’s owners, Derek and Greg Stevens, rescued her and ponied up for the good folks at YESCO signs to give her a complete overhaul. The 20-foot-tall Vegas Vickie is now the centerpiece of Circa, and a selfie with this Vegas icon is an absolute must.

If Vegas Vickie’s not on your phone somewhere, you may not be Vegas enough.

3. Hit the Vegas Vickie’s Cocktail Lounge

Circa has made the most of Vegas Vickie with its modest but classy Vegas Vickie’s Cocktail Lounge. The other bars at Circa are more about fun, but this is where the mixology happens. The vibe is lively, but more subdued than the party bars elsewhere at Circa, and the backdrop of Vegas Vickie is a jaw-dropper.

We love the fact we were barely judged for ordering a Captain and diet. Barely.

4. Dine at Barry’s Downtown Prime

Barry’s got off to a rocky start with us, as our first visit was marred by “flame control issues” (our steak was burned), but the crew apparently worked out the kinks as our most recent visit was stellar. Barry’s has elements of a classic Vegas steakhouse, with a mix of modern flourishes. For a relatively small resort, Barry’s takes up a lot of space, so check out all the various rooms, perfect for private events like bachelor parties and divorce celebrations. They should totally combine those events, come to think of it.

Dear steak, please get into our face immediately.

5. Behold the Sportsbook

It’s a little-known fact we don’t sports. Despite that, we strongly encourage you to visit the sportsbook at Circa. First, our Twitter account is featured on the sportsbook Twitter wall. Second, we have never seen more grown men openly weep tears of joy than upon seeing Circa’s sportsbook for the first time. It’s a place for sports lovers designed by sports lovers, and it’s mind-blowing. Beyond the massive screen, the energy here during a sportball event is like nothing we’ve ever seen, except maybe at Chippendales. Sort of a different energy, but you get what we mean. To a person, we hear from sports fanatics this is their Nirvana, so we’ll take their word for it.

Circa sportsbook

Deep breaths, sports fans, deep breaths.

6. Notice the Floor Vents

Unlike most buildings, the HVAC system at Circa blows fresh air up from the floors, rather than down from the ceiling. This innovative system is very good at sucking cigarette smoke upward, and unless some dope with a cigar is right next to you, you’d think Circa is non-smoking. It’s a big plus for those of us who don’t love our hair and clothes smelling like smoke when we get home. Worth noting: Ladies, careful with those stiletto heels. They’re working on it.

What goes up (including cigarette smoke), must stay up, and we couldn’t be happier.

7. See Some Impressive Busts

Next up, Legacy Club. This rooftop lounge has incredible, must-see views, but we wanted to make a joke about busts, so here we are. If you’re into Vegas history, visit Circa’s Legacy Club and check out the busts! The wall of Vegas luminaries is the first thing you’ll see as you exit the elevator. If you don’t know these dudes, you don’t know Vegas.

Circa busts

The busts include 10 admired Las Vegas pioneers and also Steve Wynn.

8. Strike Gold at Legacy Club

Once you’re at Legacy Club, make sure to seek out the display containing 500 bars of gold. No, they’re not solid gold, but nevermind all that. It’s 1,000 ounces of free photo op right there!

Legacy Club gold bars

Insert innocuous photo caption that doesn’t piss off Steve Wynn apologists here.

9. Mingle with the Flair Bartenders

The lovable goofballs at Circa’s party bars make it look so easy, but it’s not, and this makes them some of our favorite people at Circa. Tip generously and you’ll see things you’ve never seen human beings do. They are the engine that drives the festivities at Circa, and many migrated from other well-known bars in town, so you may see some familiar faces. We typically hate anything that slows down the delivery of our beverages, but the flair bartenders at Circa are so talented and hilarious, we make an exception.

 

10. Do the Pool

Again, we don’t pool. We “misplaced” our Ab Roller in 2004. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t pool, especially when it’s the Circa pool. “Pool” doesn’t really do it justice. It’s part pool, party dayclub and part sports viewing amphitheater. It’s so cool, some guests stay in their rooms and watch games at the pool (tuning into the audio via the Tunity app). Ask about cabanas and whatnot. Circa’s six-pool complex is open 365 days a year.

There are a few blackjack tables on weekends, but it’s really about the sports.

11. Play Video Poker at Overhang or Megabar

Megabar is billed as the longest bar in Nevada, and Overhang is touted as the bar where we can usually be found. Either spot is a great place to not only play video poker (the pay tables aren’t the best in town, but not the worst, either) but also to people-watch. The drinks are poured from bottles (as Circa doesn’t have guns), a big deal for us. Also the bartenders “free pour,” which means no jiggers or short pours unless you’re a jerk.

Mega Bar

Bigass Bar was already taken.

12. Meet the Owner

One of the distinguishing characteristics of Circa is the owner, Derek Stevens, can often be found sitting at Megabar chatting it up with guests. It’s pretty evident the affable owner built this place around his passions, so it makes sense he’d hang out and enjoy the fruits of his labor. Our advice: Be polite, don’t close-talk or pitch anything, keep it brief and avoid shaking Derek’s hand too hard (he meets so many people, he has to ice his hand on the ride home). If you’re offered a cocktail, accept it. Derek Stevens is straight-up one of the coolest guys you’ll meet in Las Vegas, despite being a bajillionaire.

Derek Stevens

Derek Stevens doesn’t just love Vegas, he’s making more of it.

13. Grab a Hand Pay in High Limit

One of our guiding gambling stragies is to occasionally play an “uncomfortable denomination.” That’s because most of our hand pays (jackpots exceeding $1,200) have been on higher denomination machines. Circa has quite a few machines that have proven lucky for us, so stop by high limit during your Circa visit. We love the video poker machines and classic Top Dollar slots, and when drunk enough, even try the $100 Wheel of Fortune machine occasionally. Drink service is quick and friendly, and the attendants are a riot.

Yes, unpretentious and fancy can peacefully coexist.

14. Schmooze a Dancing Dealer

Circa has some of the best dealers in town, and many aren’t your typical casino dealers. Specifically, they sometimes step away from the table to dance. Dancing dealers have graced the casinos at The D and Golden Gate (also owned by Derek and Greg Stevens), and the formula continues to pay dividends at Circa. Why? Gamblers play longer when there are dancing dealers. It’s not rocket science.

Circa dancing dealers

Yeah, our whole list could’ve been the fried rice and the dancing dealers, but we go the extra mile for you.

15. Check Out Garage Mahal

Yes, it’s a parking garage, but it’s also sort of a thing. Rideshare drop-offs are a dream, as the building was designed around it. Parking is expensive at Garage Mahal, so join the loyalty club. Players who are in the top two tiers don’t pay a penny for parking.

Doing a parking garage across the street freed up space for more awesome at Circa.

16. Snag a Drink Cup at Circa Bar

There are some Fremont Street traditions that aren’t negotiable. You have to get a collectible slushy recepticle. The Vegas Vickie cup at Circa is an all-time favorite, if you exclude the dancing dealer cup at Golden Gate, of course.

Our “after” photo of this drink vessel was a lot blurrier, so enjoy the “before.”

17. Notice All the Kids There Aren’t

It’s so glorious, you might just miss it. Circa is a 21+ resort, so no ankle-biters! No kids under foot, no kids peeing in the pool, no unruly brats in the restaurants or even walking through the casino. The one exception is kids are allowed to visit Barry’s, but in our more than 190 visits, we’ve never seen a child at Circa. Talk about Nirvana.

Circa brat free

Probably not the official Circa logo.

18. Devour a 99-Cent Shrimp Cocktail

Yes, Circa made a big deal out of bringing back the 99-cent shrimp cocktail. Yes, a lot of people ordered it. Yes, they lost a lot of money. Yes, they added a lot of small print. Still, it’s the original cocktail sauce recipe from Golden Gate, and it’s still 99 cents, you just need to order an entree at Saginaw’s Deli. And you can only get this deal between 3:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. You can get it for $11 anytime without all the hoops to jump through.

Circa shrimp cocktail

Circa. A little bit throwback, a little bit throwforward, which should be a thing.

19. Snap a Pic of Our Plaque

Derek Stevens doesn’t just have money and vision, he has heart, a sense of humor and he’s also a great marketer. Next to Megabar, he put up a plaque thanking various online communities for their support of Circa and his other casinos, The D and Golden Gate. That was a smooth move, and it’s another example of how Derek and his team go the extra mile to win friends and influence people.

“Online leaders” is going on our LinkedIn profile.

20-69. Order Brisket Fried Rice at 8 East 50 More Times

You really thought we were going to list 69 things? We are a very busy person and while blogging is a hoot, we’d rather be at Circa doing the things on this list. That includes, of course, ordering the brisket fried rice and badgering others at the 8 East bar to do so as well. Why? Because they love it, and we like taking credit for their great dining experience.

Circa and Resorts World and Virgin Las Vegas have given visitors new places to explore as Vegas begins to hit its stride again.

Each has a character all its own, and while we love all these places, Circa is our go-to spot.

Circa is a bridge between the old-school, gritty places we love downtown and the sprawling, opulent resorts on The Strip. Prices at Circa are a little “elevated” compared to the typical downtown joint, but it’s also a better experience. There’s something for everyone in Vegas, after all.

Circa

You sort of can’t miss it.

Circa is an irresistible destination, whether or not one enjoys sports or pools. The energy is great, and Circa got to cherry-pick its team (it opened during the pandemic).

Give our must-do list a try and let us know what you think. Even if you’ve never considered visiting downtown, Circa’s a great reason to take the leap.