Category Archives: Las Vegas Bars

M Resort Shares Raiders Bar & Grill Renderings

M Resort has shared some renderings of its upcoming, first-ever Raiders-themed restaurant.

The new restaurant was announced back in November 2019, but we’re pretty sure the renderings are new, so take a gander. If people still take ganders.

Raiders Bar & Grill

There’s simply nothing like a burger grilled on a wood-fired gridiron.

M Resort’s new Raiders restaurant is expected to be a 24/7 offering, with multiple bars, lots of team memorabilia and a gift shop.

The new restaurant is expected to open by the end of the first quarter of 2021. In human English, that means “probably before March or whatever.”

Raiders M Resort

We expect to win a Heisman for downing Captains and diet.

The new offering will take over the former Jayde Fuzion restaurant space.

M Resort is one of our favorite places to drink, gamble and dine (in that order) in Las Vegas, and
although we aren’t exactly a sports person, a Raiders theme will not keep us from being excited about this new restaurant and bar.

Did we fail to mention it will have a bar and possibly bars?

M Resort is about 10 minutes south of the Las Vegas Strip, and in close proximity to the
Raiders’ practice facility.

The practice facility’s official name is the “Raiders Performance Center,” which to us sounds more like a community theater space than an NFL practice venue, but we try not to judge.

Raiders restaurant M Resort

Dude, never tell a woman she’s like her mother. Consider yourself sidelined.

The Raiders restaurant is part of a larger partnership with M Resort which includes a number of things we care a good deal less about than eating and drinking.

M Resorts’ partnership with the Raiders is quite the coup, so we predict the resort will try and make the most of the exposure.

We also predict the Human Resources department at M Resorts is going to have an increased workload due to a much greater turnover of cocktail waitresses in the months and years to come. Because pro football players. And have you seen the cocktail waitresses at M Resort? Just saying.

Bugsy & Meyer’s Steakhouse Is Destined to Be a Hit at Flamingo

There’s a new steakhouse at Flamingo, and when the world returns to normal again, it’s going to be mobbed.

Bugsy & Meyer’s Steakhouse opened at the worst possible time, but that isn’t keeping it from winning over guests and generating buzz. Oh, wait, that last part is mostly us, but you get the idea.

Bugsy & Meyer's Flamingo

Bugsy & Meyer’s Steakhouse isn’t just a restaurant done right, it’s Vegas done right.

Bugsy & Meyer’s Steakhouse was tailor made for convention business, and that’s been non-existent for several months.

Nevertheless, this new dining offering is serving up delicious food and drinks in a beautifully designed space with ample nods to the colorful history of Flamingo and Las Vegas.

Bugsy & Meyer's Flamingo

Back in Bugsy’s days, people didn’t get “wasted,” they got “soused.” Let’s bring back “soused.” It’s just classier.

Bugsy & Meyer’s sits in the space formerly occupied by Center Cut Steakhouse. Center Cut was pretty good, but with this substantial investment, Caesars Entertainment (owner of Flamingo) has transformed good to truly great.

How substantial an investment? About $10 million. It shows.

Flamingo got our attention with some sweet renderings of Bugsy & Meyer’s back in Dec. 2019. The restaurant officially opened July 2, 2020.

Bugsy Flamingo

The bone-in filet is aces.

The restaurant’s name, of course, is a nod to mobsters Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel and Meyer Lansky (real name, Maier Suchowljansky).

Flamingo understandably glosses over the fact these two ran a murder-for-hire organization.

You didn’t miss the “hit” reference in the title of this story, did you? We are an award-winning blogger, and now you know why. The reason: The bar for blogging awards is very, very low.

Anyway, Bugsy & Meyer’s Steakhouse isn’t about a history lesson, it’s about stand-out food, cocktails and service in surroundings that will remind you why Las Vegas is Las Vegas.

The entrance of Bugsy & Meyer’s Steakhouse is cleverly disguised as a bakery, presumably to confound the “G.” (Mob shorthand for “government,” please try and keep up.)

Bugsy & Meyer's Flamingo

Tell the feds it’s not a bakery and the whacking shall commence.

Bugsy & Meyer’s is located across from the Flamingo’s Wildlife Habitat.

Within the restaurant, there are six distinct spaces, including a speakeasy, raw bar, patio and lounge, a center bar and private dining areas.

All these spaces have a warm, welcoming vibe. Nothing feels contrived or forced, it’s just a pleasant, relaxing, classy throwback to a time when steakhouses weren’t deafening (looking at you, STK) and customers were the highest priority.

Due to the pandemic, Bugsy & Meyer’s Steakhouse hasn’t been fully realized yet, but that just means we have another reason to visit when capacity limits are lifted.

The menu has everything you’re looking for in a Las Vegas steakhouse, and everything was prepared to perfection, including the destination bread.

It goes without saying we’re calling dibs on “Destination Bread” as a band name.

Bugsy Meyer's Vegas

You will try not to fill up on bread, but you will fail.

Check out the full Bugsy & Meyer’s menu (.pdf format) on the official Web site.

The head chef at Bugsy & Meyer’s, Lamar Moore, was the winner of a Food Network competition series, “Vegas Chef Prizefight.” The executive chef of the restaurant, Honorio Mecinas, has been a Strip staple for more than 15 years. His credits include stints at the stellar Old Homestead at Caesars, the less good Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars and well-reviewed VooDoo Steak at Rio.

Bugsy & Meyer’s has gone above and beyond with its cocktail menu, too.

The Mother Superior was one of our absolute favorite cocktails of 2020, and trust us, that’s saying something given the number of cocktails 2020 has required.

Bugsy Meyer's Vegas

Soon to be your favorite Vegas thing that’s not a handpay.

Bugsy & Meyer’s Steakhouse at Flamingo is an absolute must for your Las Vegas to-do list.

Once the restaurant hits its stride, and conventioneers return in droves (they’d better, or Vegas is scrod), Bugsy & Meyer’s Steakhouse is going to take its rightful place among the most popular and successful restaurants in Las Vegas.

Bugsy & Meyer’s is easily one of the best restaurants Caesars Entertainment has ever made.

Oh, like we were going to let you go without another mob pun. We’ll wait. In the meantime, enjoy more photos of Bugsy & Meyer’s Steakhouse at Flamingo.

Las Vegas Bars, Taverns, Breweries and Pubs to Reopen

Following an agonizing, 70-day closure due to COVID-19 concerns, Las Vegas bars, including those with bartop video poker, will reopen at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Sep. 20, 2020.

So, basically, video poker bars are back Monday, Sep. 21. Finally.

You go, Nevada COVID-19 Mitigation and Management Task Force. Try saying that five times, fast.

Prohibition Bar Golden Gate

Vegas is about to get unprohibitioned.

We got wind of bars reopening several days ago, and the rumors were confirmed on Sep. 17, 2020.

Bars that do not serve food have been closed since July 10, 2020.

Now, many of the things you love about Vegas are back. The bartender banter, the quads and royal flushes, the hook-ups with similarly negative-testing guests, the steady supply of comped drinks when you gamble, all back.

Bars are reopening with the standard safety protocols in place, naturally, including mandatory masks.

The guidelines include social distancing and a 50 percent capacity limit.

Whatever we need to do, we’re ready. Ditto, our liver.

Gustav's Paris

It’s time to get reacquainted with some old Vegas friends.

It’s been an extraordinarily tough time for a lot of bars, many of which rely on gambling revenue to survive. A legal challenge by more than 60 bar owners to the closure order failed.

We prefer to focus on the positive news rather than the cavalcade of WTF (great band name there), and we’re just thrilled to be betting video poker bars back.

In anticipation of the reopening, we compiled a list of 11 Places We’re Going When Las Vegas Gets Video Poker Bars Back.

We’ll see you at the bar.

You have no idea how good it feels to say that again.

Virgin Hotels Las Vegas Announces Restaurants and Bars

There are some questions about when Virgin Hotels Las Vegas might open following a major overhaul from its Hard Rock days, but when it does, the place will be teeming with food and hooch options.

Virgin’s eclectic mix of restaurants, some familiar to longtime Hard Rock fans, should satisfy a wide range of appetites. Let’s dive headlong into what’s coming up when Virgin Hotels Las Vegas opens its doors.

Night + Market

Night + Market features what’s described as “Thai drinking food.” Virgin already has our attention. Night + Market is an import from L.A., the brain child of chef and owner Kris Yenbamroong. The restaurant’s mission is “to make the most delicious and authentic Thai food to facilitate drinking and fun-having amongst friends.” (Or, in Thai, “Aharn glam lao.”) Learn more.

Virgin restaurants

Fun fact: The restaurant’s owner and chef has a film degree from New York University. Related: Las Vegas needs good Thai food more than it needs “Batman” remakes.

Nobu

Nobu’s back and will be getting an update, including fresh decor and an expanded bar area, which is never a bad thing. Pretty much everyone’s familiar with chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa, or “Nobu” for short, because he had a role in “Austin Powers in Goldmember.” Oh, and he’s also a bigtime restaurateur who pals around with Robert De Niro.

Nobu movie

Classic.

Kassi Beach Club

Kassi Beach Club comes from Nick Mathers, creator of Elephante in Santa Monica and L.A.’s Kassi Club. This “European-style restaurant and ultra-lounge will combine coastal Italian flavors with the spirit of the Mediterranean.” We can only hope “European-style” means topless, but that was sadly not confirmed in the news release.

Kassi Club

We’re already a huge fan of Kassi Club. You’ll never guess why.

Then again, you may have guessed.

Kassi Club

Good eye! Here’s to living like a 17th-century Welsh privateer.

Casa Calavera

Hakkasan Group created this new cantina concept for Virgin Hotel Las Vegas. Casa Calavera fills the gap left by Pink Taco.

Casa Calavera

“Calavera” means “skull” in Spanish, so the logo wasn’t a huge leap.

MB Steak

MB Steak is sticking around for the unveiling of Virgin Las Vegas, from David Morton and Michael Morton. The restaurant will sport a new look, including an expansion. This well-liked, old-school restaurant should benefit from renewed interest in this resort, and we look forward to trying it for the first time.

MB Steak

This never felt especially inviting, so we’ll say that’s the reason we never tried it out.

Money, Baby

Money, Baby will be the Virgin sportsbook, a spot for watching and betting on sports, along with interactive games, food and cocktails. Money, Baby will have indoor and outdoor patios, with easy access to the resort’s pool complex. No rendering, but you know what a sportsbook looks like.

Afters Ice Cream

This is the first location of Afters Ice Cream outside Southern California. We like ice cream a lot, and the venue’s signature Milky Bun doughnut ice cream sandwich (ice cream stuffed into doughnuts, of course) sounds right up our alley.

After Ice Cream

These give us feelings.

Pizza Forte

Another returning offering, Pizza Forte is one of Sin City’s longest-running family-owned and operated Italian restaurants.

Olives

Chef Todd English returns to Las Vegas with Olives, featuring Mediterranean cuisine.

Olives Virgin Vegas

Don’t get us started about Todd English.

Next up, a collection of venues Virgin refers to as its Commons Club.

The Shag Room

Best. Name. Ever. The Shag Room will serve as a lounge and private event space. It looks awesome, including some sweet-looking and possibly alien stools.

Shag Room Virgin

Props for calling a space Shag Room at a hotel named Virgin.

The Kitchen at Commons Club

This restaurant is described as “a contemporary American eatery laced with British Brasserie sensibility.” It’s the hotel’s 24/7 cafe.

Kitchen Commons Virgin

Maybe not too much British influence on the menu, all due respect.

The Bar at Commons Club

You can never have too many bars at a Las Vegas casino. The Bar at Common’s Club will have multiple gathering spaces and live entertainment, assuming we get to have that again someday.

Bar at Commons Club

We’re getting a little Mos Eisley cantina vibe, but that’s probably just us.

Funny Library Coffee Shop

The Funny Library Coffee Shop is a communal workspace, with coffee, pastry and other snacks. The coffee shop will serve Laughing Man, the coffee brand co-founded by actor Hugh Jackman, best known for his performance in “Real Steel.” Let’s fact it, most people are skimming right now and will never know that film credit we gave for Hugh Jackman.

Virgin coffee shop

This is not your grandpa’s Las Vegas.

Virgin’s got a something-for-everyone line-up of restaurants and bars in store, and we accept the challenge of trying every single one to let you know what to look for during your first visit to Virgin Hotels Las Vegas.

As mentioned, an opening date for Virgin Vegas hasn’t been finalized due to challenges posed by the pandemic. More details about a reopening timeline should be available in mid-September.

Hear more from the CEO of JC Hospitality (owners of Virgin Hotels Las Vegas), Richard Bosworth, on our podcast.

We can’t wait to eat, drink and carouse our way through all the offerings at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas. Vegas could really use some new and shiny and delicious and potentially topless right about now.

Reveal of Five Circa Resort Bars Creating a Buzz

Circa Las Vegas seems to keep topping itself.

First, the downtown resort had its construction topping off ceremony on June 19, 2020.

Now, the casino has shared plans for five bars and lounges, just what we needed to help get us through all the pandemic-related WTF currently trying to create a buzzkill in Las Vegas.

Mega Bar Circa

Behold, our future home away from home.

Circa Las Vegas will have two opening dates: The first five floors (including the casino) open Oct. 28, 2020. The hotel opens Dec. 28, 2020.

How much did Circa cost? While it’s never been officially announced or confirmed, our sources say Circa cost $1.156 billion. We have really good sources.

Here’s a look at the new bars planned for Circa, as well as what inspired them. In addition to hooch. That’s sort of a given.

Vegas Vickie’s

She’s back! Circa’s lobby cocktail lounge will be named after a vintage Vegas sign, Vegas Vickie. Vickie once sat atop the Glitter Gulch strip club, now part of the Circa footprint (along with the former Mermaid’s and the Las Vegas Club).

Vegas Vickie's bar Circa

How many homes away from home is someone allowed to have? Asking for a friend.

We’re so excited for Vegas Vickie to make her return to Fremont Street. We got a little weepy when she was taken down back in 2017.

Vegas Vickie

No, you grow up.

Vickie’s been fully renovated by YESCO Signs, and Vickie will be reunited with her “husband” (yes, they were married), Vegas Vic, when Circa opens in October 2020.

We’ve heard exclusively Vickie’s leg will kick again!

Vegas Vickie Circa

Another exclusive: Vegas Vickie’s boot will feature the signature of the sign’s designer, Charles Barnard.

Mega Bar

How do you top the longest bar in Las Vegas (Longbar at The D, same owners as Circa and Golden Gate)? You build a Mega Bar.

Mega Bar looks to be Longbar, amplified.

Mega Bar Circa

We suggested Leviathan Supersize Elephantine Bar, but apparently that was already being used.

The bar will set another record for its size (165 feet, Longbar is 100 feet-ish), and will have the only acceptable flair bartenders in Las Vegas. Flair slows down the drinks, but the Longbar guys make up for it with their charm and long pours.

Mega Bar will sport the requisite 40 double-stacked TVs and 120 beer taps.

Mega Bar

Remember, it’s not just the length, it’s the mirth. You can totally steal that for your advertising, Circa.

Overhang Bar

Overhang is pretty much going to be a sports lover’s dream, overlooking Circa’s sports book, complete with a 78 million pixel video screen.

The cleverly-named Overhang, pronounced “hangover” when intoxicated, will have video poker machines, which will almost make all the sports tolerable.

Overhang

We need sports back or everyone at Overhang will be watching “Love Connection” reruns.

Circa Bar

The outdoor bars at The D and Golden Gate are pretty much paying for Circa, so it’s no surprise there will be an epic outdoor bar at Circa itself.

Circa Bar will be in the thick of the circus that is Fremont Street Experience, with 24 frozen cocktail flavors and dancing bartenders. The bar top will be fashioned from recycled Skyy Vodka bottles.

Circa Bar is 118 feet long.

Circa Bar

The most popular slushy flavors on Fremont Street are strawberry, pina colada and margarita.

Legacy Club

While the previous four bars will open, Oct. 28, 2020, guests will have to wait until December 2020 for Legacy Club.

Legacy Circa

We long for a time when everyone can mingle again.

The bar is said to be inspired by Las Vegas’ founding fathers, and will have one of the best views in town from Circa’s 35th floor. Metal busts will line the hall of Legacy Club, so we’re thinking along the line of the Crazy Girls butts. We didn’t read the news release all that closely.

Legacy lounge Circa

Downtown’s about to get a metric shit-ton of fancy.

Legacy Club will boast a 10-foot display of 1,000 ounces of gold, pretty much guaranteed to be a must-see photo op after one hits up Vegas Vickie.

Legacy lounge Circa

Circa is the tallest structure downtown (if you don’t count Strat), so the view is guaranteed to be spectacular.

We’re thrilled about the promising collection of bars and lounges at Circa.

They even threw in a bonus beverage offering, Jack Pots, a coffee shop. This coffee stand comes from one of our favorite new Circa partners, the “sandwich legend” behind Michigan’s Zingerman’s Deli, Paul Saginaw.

Saginaw will also oversee Circa’s Saginaw’s Delicatessen, a 24-hour cafe. Expect the cafe to serve a shrimp cocktail using the same sauce recipe that made Golden Gate a thing.

Jack Pots coffee Circa

Sorry, Jack Pots, this blog has never had coffee. All due respect.

Read all about the Circa restaurants.

It’s an entirely surreal time to be opening a Las Vegas resort, but Circa’s line-up of bars has given us something to look forward to, and just three months away!

We can’t wait to test drive all these Circa bars on your behalf. We’re selfless like that.

Kamu Ultra Karaoke is the Fun Escape Las Vegas Needs Right Now

When we first heard about plans for a massive karaoke bar at Palazzo, Kamu Ultra Karaoke, we didn’t pay much attention.

For starters, we aren’t exactly a karaoke person, and it also felt like the wrong time to open an ambitious, sprawling new venue.

Well, we’re an idiot.

Kamu lounge

From the moment you walk in, Kamu is like a thrill ride for your eyes.

Kamu Ultra Karaoke isn’t just another karaoke bar, it’s precisely the kind of eye-popping, over-the-top, high-tech, let-it-all-go escape from reality Vegas and the world could use right now.

Kamu Ultra Karaoke does everything right. It brings people together (with 40 private rooms), but keeps them safely distanced. It offers high-end, nightclub-inspired VIP experiences, but also
caters to family-friendly fun (adults only after 8:00 p.m.).

The food and drink is far better than it has to be, and perhaps the best part: Karaoke is optional.

Hey, you don’t need to play golf to love Top Golf, and straight guys have fun at Chippendales.

Kamu

Kamu’s rooms are sound insulated so you only have to listen to the terrible singing you choose to listen to.

Let’s start at the beginning. Kamu is Korean in origin, a mixture of “ka,” meaning “song,” and “mu,” meaning “dance.”

Kamu Ultra Karaoke is the manifested dream of a dude you’ll want to party with, Jeff “Kemo” Kim. This isn’t Kim’s first karaoke rodeo (we should probably trademark that term), as he’s had a successful karaoke lounge in Korea Town in L.A. for more than a decade.

Kamu Jeff Kim

Jeff Kim says he’s been working on Kamu for more than two years. Nailed it.

We had a lot of preconceived notions about what karaoke is, but Kim’s Kamu Ultra Karaoke turned all that on its head.

Kamu isn’t a big room with an audience enduring strangers singing. It’s 40 rooms, each with a custom design, where groups of friends can eat and drink and party. And, yes, if they insist, sing.

The rooms start at $50 an hour, typically, but there are lots of upgrades and a number of rooms that look more like luxury suites at Vegas resorts. There’s also bottle service, because somebody needs to pay for this colossal, 17,000-square-foot space.

Each karaoke room is cushier than the last, and each has a distinctive theme. One is adorned with glorious neon signage. You’ll never guess which room we chose.

Kamu neon room

This was the precise moment we became a karaoke fan.

As this review is an unqualified rave, we reserve the right to poke fun at Kamu just once!

Kamu

Do not get us started on these dice pips! Let’s just call them Easter eggs for hardcore Vegas fans.

The singers will be happy to hear there’s a massive selection of songs. Guests also have the option to play the music from their iPhone (or YouTube) on the impressive sound system.

Each room is also equipped with sound-activated lighting. Guests can completely control their experience, from the volume of the music (thankfully) to the light displays and just about every other element of the space, including the room temperature.

There’s a call button for servers, too.

And speaking of servers. Boom. Behold our new favorite cocktail, the Lychee Love.

Kamu karaoke cocktails

Please don’t tell Captain Morgan. He’s sensitive.

The Lychee Love features Roku gin, Pomp & Whimsy gin liqueur, Nagomi lychee syrup, fresh lemon juice and San Pellegrino Limonata.

We adored the Lychee Love and the hits just kept on coming.

A close second was the Kamu Cooler, with 21 Seeds Cucumber Jalapeno tequila, Aperol aperitif, watermelon juice, lime/mint sour and Fever Tree ginger beer.

We don’t care for ginger beer, but Kamu has a way of making us love even the things we think we hate. Including singing. Unless it’s the Bee Gees. We’ll spare you the video.

Kamu Cooler cocktail

A dozen Kamu Coolers and you’ll think you’re Celine.

The drinks are just the beginning at Kamu.

That’s because the venue has a secret weapon, kick-ass executive chef Marty Lopez. Lopez and his team have put together a winning menu, many dishes intended for sharing, most with an Asian flair, familiar but new.

Lopez has an arm-long list of Vegas restaurant credentials, including 35 Steaks + Martinis at Hard Rock, Alize at Palms, Andre’s at Monte Carlo, Delmonico at Venetian, as well as stints at Bacchanal Buffet and Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars.

We dove headlong into the Caviar and Chips to start.

Kamu food

Chips, but fancy.

The top dish of the evening was the Korean Fried Chicken. These wings had a kick, and while we don’t tend to like spicy, Kamu once again made us a believer.

The dry-aged tomahawk was prepared to perfection, and the parmesan truffle fries were simple but irresistible.

A highlight was the Honey Toast, which we didn’t even realize was a thing until our visit to Kamu. We couldn’t put this dish (with buttered sugar toast, Dulce de Leche ice cream, and honey whipped cream) into our face fast enough.

You can see all the amazing food at Kamu’s official site.

Kamu ice cream

We quite enjoyed learning about Korean culture through the medium of ice cream.

Whether one enjoys karaoke or not, the food and drink, combined with private spaces, is an
undeniable draw. Kamu is ideal for office parties, bachelor and bachelorette parties, divorce parties, the list goes on and on.

While there are some temporary procedures and protocols in place, they aren’t intrusive.

Upon entry, guests get a temperature check and walk through a sanitizing unit.

Kamu

We don’t know if it does anything, but you feel disinfected.

Inside the karaoke rooms, the mics have disposable covers.

Kamu mic cover

Always a good idea in Vegas, if you know what we mean.

Here’s a free hack.

Put the mic cover over your camera lens.

Kamu free lens cover

Don’t laugh until you see the finished product!

It’s a great way to get a soft, dreamy effect. Are you not entertained?

Kamu filter

Kamu has no idea they’re giving away valuable camera lens filters!

The bottom line is we love Kamu Ultra Karaoke and can’t wait to go back.

On the way in, make sure to check out a sweet digital water curtain designed by Aqua Reign. The display has programmable patterns, the water droplets acting as pixels. We’d have captured some video, but we were busy learning about the nuances of lychee, if you get our drift.

We were pleased Kamu is easily accessible via Palazzo’s self-parking garage. Grand Canal Shoppes can be challenging to navigate, but Kamu is within a few feet of the elevator, near the popular Sushi Samba restaurant.

Free parking is a great perk.

Palazzo karaoke

Sorry, but you sort of can’t not sing this song. It’s the law.

Another perk is the front lounge at Kamu, one of the big draws in the early weeks of the venue’s debut. Many guests just do drinks after taking a tour of all the karaoke rooms.

Thanks to Kamu Ultra Karaoke for hosting our visit and for far surpassing all our misguided expectations.

Kamu Ultra Karaoke is a must-do Vegas experience. It’s the karaoke place for people who may not even like karoke. And for the people who do, it’s a wannabe pop star’s wet dream.

For the moment, Kamu Ultra Karaoke is open seven days a week from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. Adults only after 8:00 p.m.

Big props to the team at Kamu for opening during a surreal time in Las Vegas. If anything can succeed despite the obstacles, Kamu can.

Get more details from the official Kamu Ultra Karaoke site, and enjoy more pics from the first of what we expect will be many visits to this awesome new Vegas party destination.