25 Things You Need to Know About Las Vegas Right Now

Las Vegas news is coming so fast and furious, even we can barely keep up and we claim to know everything.

So, we’ve slapped together a list of buzzworthy Las Vegas news you need to know.

There will be a quiz.

1. Slanted Door Given the Boot at Forum Shops

Slanted Door was much-anticipated and opened briefly in March 2020, but in an all-too-common scenario, couldn’t navigate the pandemic, apparently.

Slanted Door closed

What might have been.

Here’s a look at the eviction notice.

Figured we’d get the suck out of the way right up front.

2. Flight Club at Grand Canal Shoppes

There’s a dart club coming to Grand Canal Shoppes in spring 2022. Read more.

3. Soulbelly BBQ Opens Downtown

Chef Bruce Kalman has opened Soulbelly BBQ in the Arts District in downtown Las Vegas. Learn more.

4. Lotus of Siam Closes Due to Lack of Staffing

Many Las Vegas restaurants are having difficulty finding staff right now, and one of the best in town, Lotus of Siam, closed one of its locations due to the challenges.

Thai food in Vegas is currently 50% less awesome.

5. Illuminarium Is Coming to Area 15

It’s a mouthful, but Illuminarium is a “breakthrough global experiential entertainment company created by worldwide leaders in cinematic and interactive content, architectural and theatrical design, and venue operations.” It’s VR without the glasses. Arrives in January 2022.

We can finally afford that African safari.

6. Shin Lim Signs Multi-Year Residency at Mirage

Magician Shin Lim is back and has extended his contract with Mirage for an indeterminate period of time.

7. Mermaid Swims Return to Silverton

The mermaids at Silverton are in the swim again, a phrase you are likely to never have heard if you are younger than 30 years old.

8. Kassi Beach House Opens at Virgin

Kassi Beach House is a new Italian restaurant at Virgin Las Vegas.

Please make the food as tasty as this entrance.

9. Bellagio Gallery of Fine Arts Exhibit Explores Boxing History

“Leather Throwers” features works of art featuring the world of boxing. Read more.

10. Siegel’s Bagelmania Debuts

The 10,000-Square-Foot bagel shop, Bagelmania, opened near the Las Vegas Convention Center and people won’t stop talking about it despite the fact bagels are just less delicious doughnuts.

11. EDC Line-Up Announced

After some drama surrounding when EDC would be held, the music festival’s organizers landed on Oct 22-24, 2021. The line-up has been announced. It’s pretty much everyone. Get details.

Don’t hurt yourself.

12. Buffets Are Self-Serve Again

Several buffets have reopened, to the surprise of many, and they’re all self-serve again. It’s been announced the Bellagio buffet will return. The buffets currently open are:

googie Bacchanal at Caesars Palace
googie The Buffet at Wynn Las Vegas
googie Garden Buffet at South Point
googie MGM Grand Buffet at MGM Grand
googie Wicked Spoon at Cosmopolitan
googie Circus Buffet at Circus Circus

13. Stadia is Open at Caesars Palace

The new sports bar, Stadia, has opened at Caesars Palace.

14. Guns ‘N’ Roses at Allegiant Stadium

Guns ‘N’ Roses are slated to play at Allegiant Stadium on Aug. 27, 2021. What could possibly go wrong?

15. Earth, Wind & Fire to Return to Venetian

Earth, Wind & Fire play the Venetian for six shows in November 2021.

16. Gwen Stefani’s Back at Zappos Theater

Gwen Stefani will play Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood from Oct. 22 to Nov. 6, 2021.

17. Sting at Caesars Palace

Sting plays the Colosseum Oct. 29 to Nov. 13, 2021 and June 3-18, 2022.

18. Shania Twain Announces 14 New Show Dates

We love us some Shania Twain and she’s announced 14 dates at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood. Check her out December 2–21, 2021 and Feb. 11–26, 2022.

19. Bryan Adams at Encore

The hits just keep on coming. Bryan Adams takes the stage at Encore Theater in Nov. 2021. He has a bunch of hits, but we’re partial to “Summer of ’69.”

20. Summer Slam

It’s some sort of sport, and it’s happening Aug. 21, 2021 at Allegiant Stadium.

Add this to the long, long list of things we don’t get.

21. Bellagio Conservatory’s New Display is Live

The always eye-pleasing Conservatory delivers another winner with its new summer display, “Eco: A Season of Earthly Awareness.”

22. Blair Witch Project Escape Room

If a blockbuster thriller and an escape room had a baby, it would be this. The Escape Blair Witch attraction opens in July 2021 and is from the same folks behind “Official Saw Escape: Las Vegas.”

Puzzle freaks have a new place to play.

23. Boyd’s Offering Free Coin Exchange

While the coin shortage has passed, Boyd’s customers apparently appreciated their free coin exchange service, so they’re offering it again.

Currency marketing, to coin a phrase.

24. Nevada Approves Cannabis Lounges

A bill has passed that allows cannabis lounges in Vegas, and about time. This is great news for weed enthusiasts, especially Las Vegas visitors who have been able to purchase cannabis but then have nowhere to legally consume it. There won’t be lounges in casinos, but expect marijuana lounges to be a growing concern in Las Vegas.

25. Tribe Buys SkyVue Site

Somebody bought the former SkyVue observation wheel site, and it could end up a hotel or a parking lot. Here’s more.

Skyvue site sale

Doing anything is infinitely better than doing nothing.

The Internet barely has enough bandwidth to hold all the Las Vegas news right now, which we love, because it means we have the perfect excuse to recommend you visit our site often for the latest updates.

12 thoughts on “25 Things You Need to Know About Las Vegas Right Now

  1. Mightyhef

    And the cheapest craps downtown is 15 dollars… on a Tuesday afternoon in June…this is overhealed.

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    1. Michael Alexakis

      Thank you for that update, the madness continues, it’s just astounding that the return of gamblers has not brought down the table minimums to a sane level. $15 for craps during a weekday afternoon is a poke in the eye, I would refuse to play, I am not the vehicle to casino corporate prosperity, if they want to dent my bankroll, they have to offer a reasonable game, to me ten dollar minimums are usurious when you consider that I play five times my pass line bet behind the line… My brother weaseled out of going to Las Vegas with me this summer, ruined my dreams, devastated me. He said lets go to Pebble Beach instead and play golf in the most beautiful land in the world, he has connections onto very private courses. Just got hotel reservations, it’s wide open and rooms are under a hundred a night, they are not colluding to soak you in Monterey, they simply want you to come… It’s 110 outside in Las Vegas, but the heat is not what is preventing me from visiting, it’s the greed. This shall pass or people will stay home and play locally, either we speak out against this disgusting strategy with our feet or it will overwhelm us…

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  2. Doug

    Thanks for the heads up on Bagelmania. I’ve been there almost every visit since the early 00s at the old sketchy location on Twain. If you have ever had a sable sandwich, you will know that bagels are not inferior to doughnuts. But for those mistaken in that regard, Bagelmania has your back because they also own Pink Box.

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  3. Foreign Correspondent

    Just need international visitors to be allowed in to the USA now! We are ready and waiting to return. Even if you could just let the UK in, that’ll work for us.

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    1. Michael Alexakis

      Unfortunately it’s going to be a political hot potato to open up international tourism again, the United States has been way too slow to share our vaccines with other countries, we need to ramp up production and get it out everywhere… The UK should indeed be the first approved country, we will have to see this play out over time, we badly need your business in order to get back to a semblance of normal. In the fall and winter the virus will likely spike in non-vaccinated areas, both inside and outside of the USA…

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  4. MARK SMITH

    Great work…!! Thing’s are starting to boil over again…!! Let’s pack it full and make some revenue…!!

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