Category Archives: Las Vegas Bars

Despite Our Best Efforts, Karaoke is Back

One of the few upsides of the pandemic was the disappearance of karaoke in Las Vegas, but now it’s back, despite our best efforts.

Yes, yes, we know karaoke (a Japanese term meaning “ear stabbing”) has legions of fans. There are also people who enjoy having their testicles crushed between large rocks.

Anyhoo, Nevada officials have deemed karaoke and open mic gatherings cool again, as long as venues stick to a 50 percent capacity limit.

For additional protection, karaoke lounges must use microphone covers, replaced after every slaughtering of “Sweet Caroline” or “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

Kamu mic cover

So glad we had the foresight to invest in mic condom futures.

Venues must also keep singers 12 feet from audience members, which, in the case of most karaoke singers, isn’t nearly far enough.

Anyone not actively singing, eating or drinking must be masked. Our motto: Always be drinking.

There are a slew of karaoke options in Las Vegas.

A few of the most popular are Cat’s Meow at Neonopolis, Ellis Island, Dino’s Lounge and Kamu Karaoke at Palazzo.

Yes, there are many others, but we don’t want to encourage this behavior.

Kamu neon room

Kamu Karaoke wins everything with this neongasm, one of 40 themed rooms.

It’s best to not question why authorities considered karaoke a public health hazard before now. Beyond the obvious threat to eardrums, that is.

Let’s just focus on the fact Vegas is healing, with restrictions loosening and crowds returning (at least on weekends).

The surprisingly quick return of visitors in such great numbers has caused some service issues, and don’t get us started about rideshare wait times, but overall, Las Vegas is ready to Las Vegas again.

We even sort of welcome the off-key screeching of karaoke singers. We’re confident the feeling will pass.

Resorts World Unleashes Mind-Boggling List of Restaurants and Lounges

We’ve been sharing restaurant scoop out of Resorts World for awhile now, but that was just the tip of the culinary iceberg.

Insert your favorite “just the tip” joke here.

Seriously, though, holy crap, it’s a lot of restaurant newness, and we are champing at the bit to masticate our way through the expansive roster of eateries.

Resorts World restaurants

Lucky Cat is excited to welcome guests to Resorts World while also making them purchase lint brushes.

Resorts World’s line-up of restaurants is truly mind-boggling. We have no idea if this collection of offerings is even remotely sustainable, but at this juncture, skepticism is taking a back seat to exuberance.

Here’s the rundown, which we dutifully pretty much copied and pasted from the Resorts World news release, albeit with more snark, as is required by Nevada state law. Oh, and also with 40 percent less P.R. fluffery. You’re welcome.

Resorts World Signature Restaurants

Viva
Yes, it’s technically, “¡VIVA!,” but we don’t play by society’s rules. Viva is a Mexican restaurant from Chef Ray Garcia. Garcia is an L.A. import, best known for Broken Spanish.

“Viva,” in Spanish, means “take it easy on the beans.”

Genting Palace
This restaurant from Genting (owners of Resorts World) will offer authentic Cantonese cuisine, seafood and “exceptional dim sum.” We didn’t say we’d take out all the fluffery. Besides, Exceptional Dim Sum would make a decent band name.

Even with the mutant monkey, we like the feel of this place, already.

Kusa Nori
Here’s one for the sushi fans, this “Japanese bistro” will also feature yakitori and teppanyaki dishes, plus sake. Which we probably should’ve said up front, because saki. In Japanese, “kusa” means grass or herb. “Nori” is seaweed. So, “seaweed grass”? We’ll just stick with Kusa Nori.

Brezza
Our source said it would be “Brazza,” but close enough. Brezza (“gentle breeze” in Italian) comes from two culinary veterans, Nicole Brisson and Jason Rocheleau. We love Italian, so this tops our list of Resorts World restaurants we’re most moist about.

Bar Zazu
A second concept from Brisson and Rocheleau, this cafe will “bring alive the spirit and flavors of Europe” with tapas, cheese and charcuterie and pastries.

Yes, Zazu was a character in “The Lion King.” Zazu means “movement,” for what it’s worth.

Resorts World Casual Restaurants

Craig’s Vegan
This venue is the first-ever ice cream shop from the folks behind the L.A. hotspot, Craig’s. We were the first to share (wait for it) the scoop the brand was coming to Las Vegas, so it’s already on our good side. Vegans are sure to appreciate these guilt-free scoops, pints, sundaes and shakes.

“Cashew milk” doesn’t even sound that gross. See more.

Sun’s Out Buns Out
Our source gave us some solid scoop on this one! This egg-centric restaurant will offer egg dishes all day, every day. Which is sort of weird, but we love the name so much, they get a pass. Think Eggslut at Cosmopolitan, but good.

Not a fan of eggs, but love the chairs from “Men in Black.”

Tacos El Cabron
Tacos El Cabron, out of San Diego, will have Tijuana-inspired Mexican cuisine like street tacos, street corn, burritos and bowls. For the record, there’s a huge difference between street tacos and tacos. The biggest difference is marketing.

A name so great, how bad could the tacos be?

Marigold
This offering comes from Billy Richardson, whose other restaurant in town, Holstein’s at Cosmopolitan, makes us suspect Marigold will have a following from day one. Marigold will have burgers, lobster and house-made desserts.

Richie Palmer’s Mulberry Street Pizzeria of Beverly Hills
This place wins the award for longest restaurant name at Resorts World. It’s pizza!

The Kitchen at Resorts World
It sounds like this is the resort’s 24/7 cafe. The international menu will have burgers, pasta and wok-fried noodle dishes as well as a buffet option.

Hey, function over form makes sense for a casino cafe. Resorts World has set the bar very high for interior design.

The Market
This grab-and-go spot will have sandwiches, snacks, wine and small-batch sodas, 24/7.

Pool Dining and Bars
Resorts World Las Vegas will have four food and beverage options across its 5.5-acre pool complex. Venues include Agave Bar & Grill (Mediterranean), Bites (snack bar) and two full-service bars. One of the bars will have cornhole and life-sized Jenga, further proof we don’t have to be snarky about everything.

Bars & Lounges

Dawg House Saloon & Sportsbook
Another offering our sources nailed, thank you! The original Dawg House is in Nashville, and this classic Nashville sports bar will boast live music and dancing, beer, cocktails and American pub fare.

Remember when live entertainment was a thing? Let’s bring that back. We promise not to be annoyed.

Starlight on 66
Promising sweeping views of The Strip, Starlight on 66 will sit 66 floors up. The lounge will showcase fine and rare spirits, cocktails and small plates. With all the money Resorts World is investing in its lounges and restaurants, it’s surprising they couldn’t get bigger plates. We kid! Can’t wait to check out these views. And cocktails. Not necessarily in that order, of course.

Assuming Resorts World has no fourth floor, or 13th floor, or any floor in the 40s (it’s a superstition thing), this should lounge should technically be called Starlight on 55. Just saying.

Oh, like we’re going to let that weird-ass artwork just slide by. Do you know this blog at all?

We’re pretty sure this is a tiger eating another tiger that’s eating a chipmunk eating a crow. It’s the “Inception” of WTF.

Crystal Bar
Crystal Bar will be on the casino floor and serve handcrafted cocktails and curated spirits. We, for one, demand our spirits be “curated.”

Drop-dead gorgeous.

Casino & Lobby Bars
Guests won’t have to look too hard for hooch. Bars throughout the resort include Baccarat Bar, High Limit Bar, Conrad Lobby Bar and Crockfords Lobby Bar. Conrad and Crockfords refer to two of the hotel brands inside Resorts World.

What a collection of restaurants! Color us impressed.

This was just the latest batch of restaurants and bars at Resorts World.

Resorts World previously announced Famous Foods Street Eats (a massive, Asian hawker-inspired food hall), Fuhu (an Asian vibe food experience of some sort), RedTail (a “social gaming” bar with shared plates, beer pong, darts and pool), Gatsby’s Cocktail Lounge (a fancy lounge named after Leonardo “Gatsby” DiCaprio) and Wally’s Wine & Spirits (you know, wine and spirits).

Just in case you worried the other 46 sources of liquor at Resorts World were insufficient.

Resorts World is pulling no punches (and sparing no expense) in its commitment to deliver some serious OMFG moments when the resort opens this summer. Rumors are swirling about what the opening date might be, but it could be as early as mid-May.

Las Vegas is a dining mecca, and from the looks of it, Resorts World is ready to reinforce that status with a drool-conjuring list of temptations not only for the palate, but all the senses.

We already have a crush on you, Starlight on 66ish.

We’re all ready, Resorts World. We love your unwavering belief there’s pent-up demand for Las Vegas, and for places that tickle our “wow response” again. The skeptics can suck it, Las Vegas was built on big ideas and leaps of faith. And lap dances, but mostly big ideas and leaps of faith!

Let’s gormandize again. Let’s Resorts World.

You can totally steal that line for your advertising, Resorts World. No charge. Although, if Craig’s has vegan chocolate chip ice cream, we’ll take a pint of that. Not mint chocolate chip. We aren’t a weirdo.

A Look Inside World’s Only Official Raiders-Themed Restaurant at M Resort

The new Raiders Tavern & Grill opens its doors at M Resort on April 1, 2021, but we couldn’t wait, so we’ve got some exclusive photos sure to please your eyebulbs.

We are not a good waiter.

Raiders M Resort restaurant

The Raiders Tavern is approximately three feet off the casino floor. You can’t miss it.

Modesty precludes us from gloating about the fact we were the first to share photos from inside the new venue.

The new restaurant and bar sits in the former Jayde Fuzion space at M Resort. The fragrant (in a good way) M Resort sits about 10 minutes south of the Las Vegas sign.

The entrance to the restaurant is adorned with Raiders helmets, footballs and memorabilia.

Raiders tavern

We’d like a burger, fries and a side of testosterone.

Raiders Tavern & Grill will accommodate 200 guests, with outdoor dining available.

The menu will include “stadium favorites and sports bar fare” to soups and salads, sandwiches and build-your-own burgers.

Signature entrees will include seared salmon, barbecue, street tacos, seafood items and wood-fired pizza. Despite our best efforts, a portion of the menu will focus on healthier, lighter fare, including vegan and vegetarian dishes.

Raiders restaurant

Fun fact: If a restaurant just wants to turn tables, hard chairs. If they want you to stick around, soft chairs. Approved.

The venue will have more than 20 beer taps, a tequila and whiskey list, and two branded bars, the Modelo Bar and Remy Martin Bar.

Given the fact their names just appeared in this spectacularly popular blog, those sponsors have already earned back their investments.

Raiders bar M Resort

We may not know football, but we damn well know bars.

To ensure you get your sportsball fix, and to bug our fellow OCD sufferers, Raiders Tavern & Grill has 49 TVs.

Raiders Tavern & Grill is quite the coup for M Resort. The casino is near the Raiders practice facility, and M Resort is the official hotel of the Las Vegas Raiders.

Raiders restaurant Vegas

Good luck to whoever’s in charge of the remotes.

We still aren’t used to calling them the Las Vegas Raiders, but we’re also not entirely used to calling the Hard Rock “Virgin” or Fitzgerald’s “The D” or Imperial Palace “Linq.” Old Vegas habits die hard.

The Raiders Tavern will operate from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. on weekends.

Raiders Tavern Vegas

Due to popular demand, Raiders Tavern will have a “No Illegal Formation” section.

The new Raiders Tavern gives sports fans another option for expressing their passion for the team, and we’re betting there will be frequent sightings of players in the new spot. Even millionaires like to take advantage of “friends and family” discounts.

M Resort is one of our favorite casinos in town, with loose machines, comely cocktail servers, great food and even better values. Mostly the cocktail server thing.

Clique Announces Gatsby’s Cocktail Lounge at Resorts World

Clique Hospitality has confirmed our scoop the company will have a lounge at Resorts World.

The lounge has been dubbed Gatsby’s Cocktail Lounge.

Clique, of course, is the company behind the popular Clique Lounge at Cosmopolitan.

We can’t get our hands on a Gatsby’s Cocktail Lounge renderings, so this photo of a Clique Lounge cocktail will have to suffice.

Clique cocktails are, as the kids say, whimsical. There has to be a kid somewhere who uses that word.

According to the announcement, “Located in the heart of the resort, just off the buzzing casino floor, Gatsby’s will give guests a fizzing respite with a 360-degree bar and palpable energy thanks to an evolving soundtrack, including DJ sets, thoughtfully cultivated playlists and live music.

The announcement continues, “Conceptualized by the internationally acclaimed design firm Kudos, the 4,090-square-foot lounge boasts spacious couches, inviting high-top tables and a pristine bar. Overhead, a captivating congregation of illuminated orbs provides a nod to the bevy of bubbles available by the glass.”

Props to Resorts World for cranking out a metric hell-ton of great band names, including Fizzing Respite and Illuminated Orbs.

Clique waitress uniform

These are the server uniforms at Clique Lounge, so this photo is completely relevant to this story. Completely.

We trust Gatsby’s makes reference to “The Great Gatsby,” the 1925 novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald’s first name was Francis, but after being teased relentlessly about his name, the writer presumably said, “F that!” and went with the name we all know today. And by “we all,” of course, we mean people over 50 years of age.

Gatsby's

Gatsby’s first name was Jay. We got that from the Internet because no way we’re reading a novel. Who even does that?

While we couldn’t ahold of a rendering of Gatsby’s, we did get a sweet pic of a different, under-construction bar inside Resorts World.

This bar will be in the middle of the casino floor, and is being referred to as Crystal Bar.

Resorts World construction

You don’t need news releases when you have Vital Vegas. We should probably trademark that.

Suffice to say, there will be ample options for libations at Resorts World, and our fingers our crossed Clique will put its signature deep fried Oreos on the menu, too.

Clique deep fried Oreos

One cannot live by hooch alone.

Resorts World is expected to open this summer. We’ve heard May 14, 2021, but insiders say there’s some skepticism about whether that date is realistic, and put the opening closer to June 24, 2021.

First pic of Resorts World with all the external lights on, thanks to our friends at Maverick Helicopter.

No opening date for Resorts World has officially been confirmed, but whenever it arrives, you know we’ll be there to give Gatsby’s Cocktail Lounge a thorough evaluation, liverwise.

Linq Shrinks Strength of Drinks, .75 Ounce Pour Is New Normal

Here’s a fun game: Say “Linq shrinks strength of drinks” five times fast. Know what’s not fun? When casinos downsize their liquor pour size to save a few pennies.

Linq resort has done just that. The Strip casino has lowered its standard liquor pour to .75 ounces, according to a confidential internal communication.

Hey, this is Vital Vegas. Are there really any “confidential internal communications”?

Here’s today’s gut punch, or what the kids love to call “Another Vital Vegas Exclusive and Such.”

Linq smaller pour

Never fear, your libation watchdog is here.

You read that right. It’s weak. Just like your drinks at Linq from here on out.

Drinkers know the standard pour for cocktails in most establishments is 1.25 to 1.5 ounces.

In fact, there was a huge kerfuffle when we broke the news MGM Resorts had reduced its shot size from 1.5 ounces to 1.25 ounces back in 2016.

And by “reduced,” of course, we mean “improving the customer experience by offering a consistent product.” No, really, that was MGM Resorts’ response to our story back in the day. And they said it with a straight face.

Who would’ve imagined 1.5 ounces would be considered a “long pour” one day?

We anticipate a similar sentiment from Linq Hotel + Experience (the resort’s official name) and its owner Caesars Entertainment, but a .75-ounce pour seems much tougher to defend. It’s possible they’ll go the “this was communicated to staff in error” route (rogue beverage managers are everywhere in Las Vegas), but it’s possible Caesars won’t address this matter at all.

We reached out for comment from Caesars, but haven’t received a response. It’s worth noting we can’t recall ever having gotten a response to any Caesars Entertainment inquiry since about 2013, when we had the audacity to Tweet that then-Planet Hollywood headliner Britney Spears lip syncs.

Eldorado Resorts recently took the reins of Caesars Entertainment, so perhaps while they’re reviewing short-sighted policies like giving customers a thimble of liquor in their drinks, they can also take a closer at the company’s P.R. practices. Just saying.

Linq cocktail WTF

Situations like this are pretty much why “WTF” was invented.

The Linq’s new .75 ounce pour mandate is doubly concerning because this reduced pour applies not just to comped (free) drinks, according to the management memo, but also those
drinks customers pay for.

Casinos sometimes play a little fast and loose with comped drinks, including swapping the premium liquor a customer orders with a generic brand. But they tend to follow stricter guidelines with drinks people pay for.

Despite the downsizing of the standard pour at Linq, we trust the prices will remain unchanged.

The memo makes it clear if you want a “double,” or two .75-ounce portions, you’ll be dinged twice. For slightly more liquor than a traditional pour.

Our source said this puts the price of a double at Linq in the neighborhood of $32.

This move to reduce pour sizes would be baffling at any time, but seems especially misguided now.

We walked through Linq recently, and there were virtually no customers. Entire swaths of table games have been removed and replaced with slot machines. Such moves make some sense given low demand (table games involve much higher labor costs), but even if these changes are temporary, you’d think casinos would want to draw customers, not repel them with weak drinks.

Linq problems

Bonus points if you spot the carpet from the 10 minutes when Linq was The Quad.

The plot, like your cocktail, thins further as one wonders whether this new .75 ounce standard pour policy will be limited to Linq.

We’ve done this long enough to know big casino companies often test the waters before rolling out new procedures across all their locations.

Back in the day, Mirage tried drink ticket vouchers at one video poker bar. Today, drink monitoring is everywhere.

While Las Vegas has been distracted (understatement of the year) by the pandemic, it’s clear some of the town’s pre-COVID challenges persist.

Visitation in Las Vegas was already flat prior to the pandemic. This was mainly due to legalized gambling across the country, but it was also related to the increasingly widespread view Las Vegas has become a place where nickel-and-diming isn’t just an annoyance, it’s standard practice.

The perception problem has never been addressed, and policies like the one at Linq aren’t helping, they’re likely to make the issue worse just as people are thinking about travel to Las Vegas again.

To put this in layperson terms, “Have they lost their damn minds?”

Las Vegas visitors are looking for more value, not 40% less. Because that’s what it means to reduce a pour from 1.25 ounces to .75 ounces. Talk about a buzzkill.

Casinos that scrutinize their bottom lines at the expense of customer experiences had better get their act together. Otherwise, when visitors do flood back to Las Vegas, some casinos are going to find they’ve stepped over dollars to pick up dimes.

Caesars Palace Announces Stadia Bar, Dumps Slice Bar

How can you tell Las Vegas is poised for a comeback? Casinos are announcing new stuff again!

Caesars Palace has announced a new sports bar is in the works, Stadia Bar.

The new bar, moving into the former Slice Bar space—in the resort’s Forum Food Court—will debut in the spring of 2021. That means Stadia could open as soon as March 20 or as late as June 20, just to give construction crews a little wiggle room.

Stadia Bar Caesars Palace

Behold Stadia, the first Las Vegas bar that sounds like it was named after an erectile dysfunction medication.

Alternate snarky photo caption: “There will be numerous large HD televisions in the Ewok village-inspired Stadia Bar.”

Stadia Bar will accommodate 120 people (post-pandemic, of course), many of whom are certain to be high-fiving once that’s cool to do again.

It wouldn’t be a Caesars Entertainment announcement without some PR flair, of course: “Stadia’s cocktail menu will feature an array of unique curated selections and an impressive list of highly allocated supreme spirits.”

We are a strong believer spirits can’t be considered supreme unless they are highly allocated.

Hooch aficiandos are likely to agree, as Stadia will serve Kentucky Owl 10 Year Rye, Pappy Van Winkle 13 Year Rye and Elmer T. Lee 100 Year Tribute, whatever those might actually be.

Stadia Caesars Palace

Stadia is also the name of Google’s ill-fated cloud gaming service. We like the liquor-based Stadia better.

Stadia will also serve food via mobile ordering.

While we are obligated to make snarky comments about, well, everything, we’re actually happy to see Caesars Palace moving forward with new offerings like Stadia. Yes, despite the sports.

This is one of the first new lounges since the merger of Caesars Entertainment and Eldorado Resorts.

The announcement of Stadia is another positive sign casinos are starting to shake off the shock of the pandemic, exploring new ways to draw customers expected to flood back to Las Vegas once the COVID-19 shitshow is behind us.

You know, spring of 2021.

Hey, Las Vegas was built on optimism.

We’ll keep an eye on Stadia and can’t wait to check it out and pony up $300 for a shot of Elmer T. Lee 100 Year Tribute.

Seriously, we have no idea what that is, but in that price range, hopefully it will help us endure the sports.