Category Archives: Las Vegas Bars

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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Checking In On Ellis Island Casino’s Front Yard

It’s been a few months since Ellis Island broke ground on its new Front Yard, a two-story dining, bar and entertainment venue.

The project is a pretty big deal for the diminutive, family-owned casino, so we figured it was time to see how the $10 million project is going.

Ellis Island Front Yard

Things are definitely happening here, we’re just not sure what.

We should probably provide some context.

The Front Yard will run along Koval Lane (east of the Las Vegas Strip, at Flamingo), and the venue will have a capacity of 300 people. It will have a casual atmosphere, with bar games and activities, as well as live entertainment.

It will also have beer and lots of it. Ellis Island is known for its on-site brewery, making it a beer-lover’s paradise when it comes to coldness, freshness and sheer inexpensiveness. A typical glass of beer, or whatever they’re served in, will run you upwards of $1.50, and no, that’s not a typo.

Anyway, here’s a scale model of the Front Yard being built at Ellis Island.

Ellis Island Front Yard

Similar to many Las Vegas strippers, Ellis Island is about to expand its frontage through extensive construction.

The Front Yard will have a full cocktail and wine menu as well as food. If the BBQ served at Ellis Island is any indication, the food will be plentiful and cheap, just the way we like our eats. And boobs. But mostly that first thing.

While there doesn’t seem to have been much obvious progress made on the Front Yard, we assume there’s been some because the venue is supposed to debut in April 2018.

That’s according to one of our favorite casino people in Las Vegas, Christina Ellis, Director of Marketing at Ellis Island. She recently did a Q&A with the Las Vegas Sun, so check that out.

Ellis Island Front Yard

That thing in the middle is a brick wall. Or part of one. Three more and it’ll be a thing!

It’s only because we know Christina (we interviewed her on our podcast) that we can tease her about the fact their contractor is apparently Sloth & Sons Construction, LLC.

We kid!

Ellis Island is one of our favorite hangs on The Strip, an unpretentious good time that’s heavy on gambling, liquor and great values.

Ellis Island Front Yard

The missing “D” in “Island” is clear evidence things are, in fact, happening at the Front Yard.

We’re looking forward to seeing further progress at the Front Yard, and can’t wait to have our first Captain and diet in the new venue at Ellis Island.

Hey, just because they’re known for something doesn’t mean we have to try it. Ellis Island’s also known for karaoke. Hey, nobody’s perfect.

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Todd English is Out at Aria’s Todd English P.U.B.

What is Todd English P.U.B. without Todd English? We’re about to find out.

Rumors are celebrity chef Todd English is on his way out at Todd English P.U.B., although the venue will continue as a brew pub.

P.U.B. stands for “Public Urban Bar,” which is likely to remain the case even after Todd English’s name has been removed from the place.

Todd English P.U.B.

Ironically, the Todd English P.U.B. logo contains an hour glass, a way of measuring time running out.

From what we hear, the management team of Beerhaus could take over operation of whatever Todd English P.U.B. becomes, which is disappointing (if true) as Beerhaus is easily the weakest offering in The Park’s restaurant row.

Todd English is probably best known for his cooking show, “Food Trip with Todd English,” on PBS. His original restaurant was Olives in Boston.

It’s unknown if Todd English’s ouster from the establishment bearing his name at Aria has anything to do with recent sexual harassment allegations against him. A lawsuit was filed against the chef and members of his New York-based Todd English Food Hall restaurant staff, and six others have filed suits alleging “repeated instances of sexual harassment.” It’s possible Aria and MGM Resorts executives got wind of the New York lawsuits and decided to cut ties with English to steer clear of any controversy (or legal liability).

It’s worth noting Todd English’s Olives at Bellagio is set to close this winter. That venue will be replaced by Spago which will relocate from the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. There will be a quiz.

Celebrity chefs, of course, have little to do with the day-to-day operation of Las Vegas restaurants with their name on them.

The chefs are contractually obligated to make appearances at the restaurant for publicity purposes, then receive about five percent of the restaurant’s gross sales. (See also chef Gordon Ramsay.)

People seem to have a fondness for Todd English P.U.B., but business is business.

Casinos have been re-evaluating their partners to determine if it’s more profitable to manage venues in-house. That’s one of the reasons Flamingo’s Sin City Brewing isn’t called that anymore (it’s now Patio Bar, because naming things is hard), ditto Fat Tuesday at Linq (it was replaced with Purple Zebra).

If more news surfaces, you’ll hear it when we do!

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