Category Archives: Las Vegas Bars

Redneck Riviera Rumored to Be Closing at Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally’s

It’s been open for less than a year, but we hear Redneck Riviera is closing at Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally’s.

Redneck Riviera opened in Feb. 2017, backed by country star John Rich, whoever that might actually be.

Redneck Riviera

Every time a place with country music closes, an angel gets its wings.

The decision to pull the plug on the country-themed Redneck Riviera comes after months of struggling to connect with Las Vegas visitors.

Redneck Riviera featured live country music and a “Heroes Bar,” touted as being “staffed by veterans” and offering military members and veterans their first drink free.

The bar had some distinctive decorative elements, including an American flag fashioned from beer cans, a sequined saddle and creative bathroom fixtures.

Redneck Riviera bathroom

Dibs.

It’s unknown what will replace Redneck Riviera after it closes, expected to happen as soon as the end of the month.

Updated (2/20/18): Our story has been confirmed with the closure of Redneck Riviera at Grand Bazaar Shops. It appears the venue’s Facebook page hasn’t been informed of the closure, and the Grand Bazaar Shops Web site is also in denial.

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Mint Tavern Takes Inspiration from Classic Casino and It’s Glorious

A new tavern just off The Strip is turning heads with its signage, a throwback to earlier times in Las Vegas.

The venue’s sign was inspired by a classic casino, The Mint.

Mint Tavern Las Vegas

You sort of can’t miss it.

The Mint opened in downtown Las Vegas in 1957.

In 1988, the casino closed and became part of Binion’s. Guests visiting Binion’s will note a slope in the casino floor, an indication of where Binion’s ended and The Mint began.

Mint Tavern Las Vegas

Did we go back to get a photo during daylight hours, too? You betcha.

The Mint Tavern sits in an unassuming strip mall that features the Golden Steer steakhouse, just west of the ill-fated Lucky Dragon.

The venue was formerly called Red Label Bar & Lounge.

Here’s a look at the original Mint casino.

Mint casino

We want to lick you like a stripper pole. Which, upon reflection, might not be particularly wise, but urges are urges.

The Mint cocktail lounge on Sahara is still a work-in-progress, as evidenced by a sign outside.

Mint Tavern Las Vegas

Winning.

The bar has about a dozen video poker machines, and not much else at the moment. That includes (gasp!) no Captain Morgan.

Given the retro cool of the sign outside, though, we’re willing to overlook that transgression for now.

Mint Tavern Las Vegas

In 1971, Hunter S. Thompson stayed at The Mint hotel during his first visit to Vegas, the same trip depicted in his novel, “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.”

The Mint’s original, distinctive sign was created by someone with whom Las Vegas fans are very familiar: Betty Willis.

Willis is also the designer of the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign.

Mint Lounge

When The Mint was a thing, it boasted three miles of neon tubing. This sign has a tad less.

Perhaps the best-known story about The Mint involved Lee Marvin. Marvin stayed at the hotel in 1966 during the shooting of “The Professionals” (a Western). The actor got hammered and started shooting arrows at the nearby Vegas Vic sign, claiming his “Howdy Podner!” greeting was making too much noise.

Vegas Vic spoke again in the 1980s, but then was silenced for good.

Mint Lounge

The star atop the sign at the original Mint was 16 feet tall and could be seen 30 miles away.

Kudos to Mint Tavern for creating such a lovely homage to a beloved part of Las Vegas history.

We’re pretty sure Binion’s owns the Mint trademark, but hopefully the new sign won’t cause a legal kerfuffle.

The Mint Tavern’s sign is sure to become a must-see photo op for Las Vegas devotees.

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Survey Reveals Park MGM’s New Sports Bar Concept

A survey sent to MGM Resorts customers has provided a first look at Park MGM’s new sports bar.

Park MGM, of course, is the new name of the Monte Carlo, currently undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation and rebranding.

Park MGM sports bar

So pretty, you’ll be tempted to lick it. Feel free to use that in your advertising, Park MGM.

The survey describes the new bar: “The sports bar will be a social hotspot for guests seeking the best in sporting entertainment in a refined, casual environment. The space emanates a classic American sports bar aesthetic, complete with a brass and marble bar, vintage leather booths, and an eclectic array of seating that allows for great views from every angle.”

Here’s to bars that emanate a classic American sports bar aesthetic!

The description continues: “The kitchen will offer a variety of bar-style food and freshly prepared salads, as well as arguably the best burgers in town. The adjoining lounge area offers alternative entertainment options such as billiards and duckpin bowling, and sports betting is available throughout the day so you don’t need to travel far to double down on your favorite teams.”

While the “arguably the best burgers in town” is a tad aspirational, Park MGM’s new bar sounds like a comfy spot to enjoy various forms of sportsball.

Here’s another rendering included in the top secret survey.

Park MGM sports bar

“Find the pinball machine” is the new “Where’s Waldo?”

The survey also shares some possible names for the new bar. Options include: Park MGM Sports Bar, The Money Line, The Spread, The Line Sports Bar, Pony Up and The Dark Horse.

Park MGM tips its hand with the name, as survey recipients who don’t choose The Spread get the message: “We noticed that you did not select the name The Spread for this sports bar. What is you reaction to this name overall?”

“The Spread,” of course, can refer to food, but it’s also a gambling term we were recently forced to learn about.

In sports betting, see, it’s not always about just picking a winning team. That would make it “intuitive” and “popular.” Nope, sports books use something called the “point spread.” Think of it as spotting one of the teams (the underdog) points so there’s a relatively equal chance of either team winning. Sports books can lose a lot of money if too many people bet on one team.

The point spread, then, is a minimum margin of victory.

Say you place a bet on a team that’s a 10-point underdog (written as +10). That means even if the favorite wins the game, they have to win by more than 10 points for you to lose your bet. That’s right, your team can lose, but you can still win your bet with that 10-point buffer.

And, yes, sports nerds, we know you can sometimes just pick a winner in a game. It’s called a “moneyline” wager. We have access to the Internet, too, you know.

Back to something we’re actually interested in: Bars.

We like a few of the potential bar names, but Pony Up is our pick. It’s a reference to horse racing, but it also means “pay up,” which suits Park MGM because they’re going for a more upscale guest than the typical Monte Carlo customer.

Look forward to hearing more about the new sports bar at Park MGM.

Whatever the name ends up being, we love new things, so we might even endure a sport to check it out when it opens.

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Fizz Lounge to Close at Caesars Palace

It looks like a high-end lounge at Caesars Palace, Fizz, won’t live to see 2018.

The champagne lounge and bar will close Dec. 25, 2017.

It seems Fizz fizzled.

Fizz was created by Colosseum regular Elton John’s partner, David Furnish. The pair have been married since 2005.

The $3.2 million Fizz, billed as “the epicenter of chic,” featured lots of fine art (including photographs from Elton John’s personal collection, valued at a cool million bucks) and security personnel committed to not letting us take photos inside the swanky lounge. Thankfully, this blog DGAF.

Fizz lounge Caesars Palace

Never got to Fizz? Congrats on still having money in your bank account!

Big thanks to Twitter tipster @FYMYAWF for letting us know about Fizz’s demise.

Fizz was located just off the casino floor at Caesars, close to the entrance to the Forum Shops.

Fizz Las Vegas

At least they didn’t have to give out too many refunds.

It’s interesting to note that when Fizz opened, we wrote: “Our overriding impression of Fizz would have to be, ‘Who is this for?'”

Fizz

Yeah, that’s never a good sign.

There’s no word on what might replace Fizz at Caesars Palace, but Vegas has a way of always making more new.

Update (12/22/17): We’re hearing Fizz will be rebranded and Caesars Entertainment will continue operating the venue. Fizz will re-open on Dec. 30, 2017, and will get a new name in early 2018.

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Demolition is Underway on Diablo’s Cantina at Monte Carlo

It seems like ages since we first shared Diablo’s Cantina would close at Monte Carlo.

Nearly a year after our initial story, the popular restaurant and bar is being demolished. It closed Nov. 7, 2017.

Diablo's Cantina

Whenever a bar closes in Las Vegas, a showgirl loses her pasties. Which, upon reflection, may not be a bad thing.

Diablo’s Cantina is one of many venues closing at Monte Carlo as the Strip resort transitions into Park MGM.

We’ve got a look at all the changes at Monte Carlo. Sorry, Park MGM. That’s going to take some getting used to.

Here’s another look at the current state of Diablo’s Cantina.

Diablo's Cantina

Ah, if this rubble could talk.

For a decade (it officially opened in Oct. 2007), Diablo’s Cantina thrived with an innovative strategy: Have attractive women serve liquor.

Now, it’s thought the boisterous atmosphere of Diablo’s Cantina could clash with the more upscale Park MGM customer. That customer doesn’t exactly exist yet, but MGM Resorts hopes it will once the resort’s renovations are complete.

Why, look, Diablo’s Cantina has a new drive-through window.

Diablo's Cantina

You say “demolition fetish” like it’s a bad thing.

While we were checking out the Diablo’s Cantina demolition, we got a peek at other changes being made to the exterior of the resort.

Monte Carlo

Down with the Monte Carlo signs, up with the room rates.

The Monte Carlo sign is undergoing work, too.

Monte Carlo

Don’t get too sassy, you’re next.

In 2018, Monte Carlo is expected to be unrecognizable. Work continues on the hotel’s facade.

Monte Carlo

Today’s job we don’t want. That’s 32 floors up.

Thanks to Twitter follower Xhaust for letting us know work has begun on demolishing Diablo’s Cantina.

Diablo’s Cantina was a beloved party spot for many Vegas visitors, and many will miss the sexy devil statue that has kept watch over the venue for years.

At one time, we heard Diablo’s Cantina might move next door to The Park, but there’s been no such chatter for some time.

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Boomers Bar Set to Close After 16 Years

A beloved Las Vegas dive bar, Boomers Bar, has announced it will close.

Boomers Bar is set to close Dec. 29, 2017.

The bar billed itself as being “located smack dab in the middle of town.” The venue is located at 3200 Sirius Ave., or smack dab in the middle of an industrial neighborhood where you probably shouldn’t stroll alone at night.

Boomers Las Vegas

The end is near for Boomers.

Boomers, sometimes referred to with an apostrophe (Boomer’s), has hosted myriad quirky events over the years. Our visits have all involved seeing comedy open mic nights, some of it surprisingly good.

A comedian friend of ours, Matt Markman, is a Boomers alum and frequently opens for Strip headliner Anthony Cools, as well as performing at innumerable comedy clubs in Vegas and elsewhere.

Other recent events have included swing music and burlesque. Which, we might add, some enterprising Las Vegas business should try and combine sometime.

The venue also boasted “We have two pool tables, jukebox with Internet access and free Wi-Fi.” We should have looked for that jukebox with Internet access and Wi-Fi. Those are so rare these days.

Boomers announced it would close in a Facebook post you probably don’t have time to find, so we’ll just show it to you.

Boomers Las Vegas bar closed

Caveat on the furniture, it’s all really sticky.

We kid about Boomers, but it had a loyal following, and we wish the staff all the best in their future endeavors.

Boomers may never have made any best-of lists, but whenever a bar closes in Las Vegas, a burlesque dancer loses her tassels. Or something.

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