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Paris Las Vegas Confirms Vanderpump Lounge to Replace Laurel Lounge

It took a minute for Caesars Entertainment to confirm our scoop, but a new Vanderpump lounge will replace the closed Laurel Lounge at Paris Las Vegas.

The reason is fairly obvious: The Vanderpump Cocktail Garden at Caesars Palace is absolutely crushing it, so Caesars wants to make the most of that surprising success.

Vanderpump Paris lounge

This seems a great fit for Paris, what with all the fancy.

We say “surprising” because the lounge that preceded the Vanderpump lounge at Caesars was Fizz. Despite having the seal of approval from Elton John (his husband David Furnish operated
the venue), the place (wait for it) fizzled out in 2017.

Fizz lounge Caesars Palace

Fizz was gorgeous but never caught on. Try, try again.

After Fizz, the space was dubbed Cocktail Lounge. We are not making this up.

The Vanderpump Cocktail Garden, however, has taken off, and we hear it’s become one of the most financially successful, if not the most successful, lounge at any Caesars Entertainment resort in Las Vegas. No small feat.

As for the new lounge, it’s called Vanderpump à Paris. In French, an “a” with a thingy over it means “at.” Think of all the cost-savings resulting from simply eliminating an entire letter from the name! We aren’t going to use the accent mark because it’s an annoying affectation, but you do you.

We’re just happy they didn’t put “Le” in front of the name. They do that with everything at Paris. It’s wasn’t just the Village Buffet, it was Le Village Buffet. Which is closed and not coming back, by the way. “Au revoir,” Le Slightly Better Than Average Village Buffet.

Le Village Buffet closed

Lots of changes the works at Paris. Say goodbye.

From the news release, “Vanderpump a Paris will feature delectable dishes, whimsical and unique cocktails, and a lush, elaborate atmosphere with eclectic, Parisian-inspired design details.”

Fun fact: Whimsical Cocktails was the name of our band in high school.

Lisa Vanderpump says in the news release, “After living in France for many years, it has been such an incredible journey to make our ideas a reality and, working with our extraordinary design partner Nick Alain, we have created a design unlike anything we’ve ever seen, with epic visual statements—it is our hope to bring the stunning visuals of Paris into the heart of Las Vegas. The food will be sexy and delicious, the cocktails exquisite and unique, and the overall experience will be one that is unforgettable! It’s really been a labor of love and we can’t wait to share it with you.”

On the Nick Alain front, the designer and longtime Vanderpump collaborator sort of tipped everyone off about the new lounge by sharing a photo from inside the former Laurel Lounge on Instagram. Oddly, Caesars is more upset about us spoiling their surprises than this guy. Go figure. We do that a lot. We actually shared Lisa Vanderpump was coming to Las Vegas long before (Feb. 2018) her Caesars lounge was announced (Nov. 2018). Not that everything has to be about us, probably.

We probably should’ve covered this ground sooner, but in case you don’t know who Lisa Vanderpump is, we’re right there with you. She’s a restaurateur and TV personality, mainly known for her appearances on “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” and “Vanderpump Rules.”

Vanderpump Rules

You’d be surprised how many opinions we have about things we know nothing about.

She and her husband have owned 36 restaurants, bars and clubs in L.A. and London.

The Vanderpump at Paris lounge will have about 200 seats, featuring ornate awnings, signature light fixtures and an entrance flanked with statues.

The news release says this about the cocktails, “Like Vanderpump’s other locations, the cocktail menu will feature the unique and never-before-seen.” Which we’re pretty sure means the same thing, but let’s just say we’ve tried a few of the drinks at the Caesars location and they were tasty AF.

We’re pretty sure a publicly traded can’t put “tasty AF” in its news releases.

Vanderpump at Paris will also have “light bites.”

While we were skeptical about the Vanderpump experience, the team at Caesars Palace proved us wrong, and we’ve enjoyed our visits a lot.

Before wrapping this up, we should bid a farewell to the Laurel Lounge at Paris. Cost-cutting measures at Caesars Entertainment have led to the demise of these popular VIP lounges. The free “light bites” and unlimited hooch were fun while they lasted.

There’s a lot going on at Paris, and look forward to a Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart restaurant concept to be announced soon.

The new Vanderpump lounge at Paris Las Vegas casino opens in winter 2021.

69 Things You Have to Do at Circa Las Vegas

The shiny new Resorts World on The Strip has hogged the spotlight recently, but there’s another downtown gem that’s brand new, too: Circa Las Vegas.

While we Tweet about Circa a lot, as it’s basically our home away from home, we haven’t blogged about it much. It’s time to fix that.

Circa opened in Oct. 2020, so it’s about time we give you the must-do list at this new downtown casino, starting with a particular dish at a particular restaurant we may or may not consume upwards of four times a week. (We’ve talked about the dish so much, some have even suggested we secretly work for 8 East or Circa. These people are boneheads. We have no business relationship with Circa or any other Las Vegas casino.)

Here are 69 things to do at Circa Las Vegas, the first new downtown casino in, oh, ages.

1. Get Brisket Fried Rice at 8 East

What we love, we love, and this dish has become our obsession. 8 East restaurant is from the owner of Le Thai, another great restaurant on Fremont East, Dan Coughlin. The brisket fried rice at 8 East isn’t just great, we think it’s the best dish in Las Vegas, ever. We recommend it “Vital Vegas-style,” with chicken skewers mixed in, hold the sticks.

8 East fried rice

There are reportedly other things on the menu at 8 East. You do you.

2. Take a Selfie With Vegas Vickie

Vegas Vickie nearly met her demise when the Glitter Gulch strip club was demolished to make way for Circa, but Circa’s owners, Derek and Greg Stevens, rescued her and ponied up for the good folks at YESCO signs to give her a complete overhaul. The 20-foot-tall Vegas Vickie is now the centerpiece of Circa, and a selfie with this Vegas icon is an absolute must.

If Vegas Vickie’s not on your phone somewhere, you may not be Vegas enough.

3. Hit the Vegas Vickie’s Cocktail Lounge

Circa has made the most of Vegas Vickie with its modest but classy Vegas Vickie’s Cocktail Lounge. The other bars at Circa are more about fun, but this is where the mixology happens. The vibe is lively, but more subdued than the party bars elsewhere at Circa, and the backdrop of Vegas Vickie is a jaw-dropper.

We love the fact we were barely judged for ordering a Captain and diet. Barely.

4. Dine at Barry’s Downtown Prime

Barry’s got off to a rocky start with us, as our first visit was marred by “flame control issues” (our steak was burned), but the crew apparently worked out the kinks as our most recent visit was stellar. Barry’s has elements of a classic Vegas steakhouse, with a mix of modern flourishes. For a relatively small resort, Barry’s takes up a lot of space, so check out all the various rooms, perfect for private events like bachelor parties and divorce celebrations. They should totally combine those events, come to think of it.

Dear steak, please get into our face immediately.

5. Behold the Sportsbook

It’s a little-known fact we don’t sports. Despite that, we strongly encourage you to visit the sportsbook at Circa. First, our Twitter account is featured on the sportsbook Twitter wall. Second, we have never seen more grown men openly weep tears of joy than upon seeing Circa’s sportsbook for the first time. It’s a place for sports lovers designed by sports lovers, and it’s mind-blowing. Beyond the massive screen, the energy here during a sportball event is like nothing we’ve ever seen, except maybe at Chippendales. Sort of a different energy, but you get what we mean. To a person, we hear from sports fanatics this is their Nirvana, so we’ll take their word for it.

Circa sportsbook

Deep breaths, sports fans, deep breaths.

6. Notice the Floor Vents

Unlike most buildings, the HVAC system at Circa blows fresh air up from the floors, rather than down from the ceiling. This innovative system is very good at sucking cigarette smoke upward, and unless some dope with a cigar is right next to you, you’d think Circa is non-smoking. It’s a big plus for those of us who don’t love our hair and clothes smelling like smoke when we get home. Worth noting: Ladies, careful with those stiletto heels. They’re working on it.

What goes up (including cigarette smoke), must stay up, and we couldn’t be happier.

7. See Some Impressive Busts

Next up, Legacy Club. This rooftop lounge has incredible, must-see views, but we wanted to make a joke about busts, so here we are. If you’re into Vegas history, visit Circa’s Legacy Club and check out the busts! The wall of Vegas luminaries is the first thing you’ll see as you exit the elevator. If you don’t know these dudes, you don’t know Vegas.

Circa busts

The busts include 10 admired Las Vegas pioneers and also Steve Wynn.

8. Strike Gold at Legacy Club

Once you’re at Legacy Club, make sure to seek out the display containing 500 bars of gold. No, they’re not solid gold, but nevermind all that. It’s 1,000 ounces of free photo op right there!

Legacy Club gold bars

Insert innocuous photo caption that doesn’t piss off Steve Wynn apologists here.

9. Mingle with the Flair Bartenders

The lovable goofballs at Circa’s party bars make it look so easy, but it’s not, and this makes them some of our favorite people at Circa. Tip generously and you’ll see things you’ve never seen human beings do. They are the engine that drives the festivities at Circa, and many migrated from other well-known bars in town, so you may see some familiar faces. We typically hate anything that slows down the delivery of our beverages, but the flair bartenders at Circa are so talented and hilarious, we make an exception.

 

10. Do the Pool

Again, we don’t pool. We “misplaced” our Ab Roller in 2004. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t pool, especially when it’s the Circa pool. “Pool” doesn’t really do it justice. It’s part pool, party dayclub and part sports viewing amphitheater. It’s so cool, some guests stay in their rooms and watch games at the pool (tuning into the audio via the Tunity app). Ask about cabanas and whatnot. Circa’s six-pool complex is open 365 days a year.

There are a few blackjack tables on weekends, but it’s really about the sports.

11. Play Video Poker at Overhang or Megabar

Megabar is billed as the longest bar in Nevada, and Overhang is touted as the bar where we can usually be found. Either spot is a great place to not only play video poker (the pay tables aren’t the best in town, but not the worst, either) but also to people-watch. The drinks are poured from bottles (as Circa doesn’t have guns), a big deal for us. Also the bartenders “free pour,” which means no jiggers or short pours unless you’re a jerk.

Mega Bar

Bigass Bar was already taken.

12. Meet the Owner

One of the distinguishing characteristics of Circa is the owner, Derek Stevens, can often be found sitting at Megabar chatting it up with guests. It’s pretty evident the affable owner built this place around his passions, so it makes sense he’d hang out and enjoy the fruits of his labor. Our advice: Be polite, don’t close-talk or pitch anything, keep it brief and avoid shaking Derek’s hand too hard (he meets so many people, he has to ice his hand on the ride home). If you’re offered a cocktail, accept it. Derek Stevens is straight-up one of the coolest guys you’ll meet in Las Vegas, despite being a bajillionaire.

Derek Stevens

Derek Stevens doesn’t just love Vegas, he’s making more of it.

13. Grab a Hand Pay in High Limit

One of our guiding gambling stragies is to occasionally play an “uncomfortable denomination.” That’s because most of our hand pays (jackpots exceeding $1,200) have been on higher denomination machines. Circa has quite a few machines that have proven lucky for us, so stop by high limit during your Circa visit. We love the video poker machines and classic Top Dollar slots, and when drunk enough, even try the $100 Wheel of Fortune machine occasionally. Drink service is quick and friendly, and the attendants are a riot.

Yes, unpretentious and fancy can peacefully coexist.

14. Schmooze a Dancing Dealer

Circa has some of the best dealers in town, and many aren’t your typical casino dealers. Specifically, they sometimes step away from the table to dance. Dancing dealers have graced the casinos at The D and Golden Gate (also owned by Derek and Greg Stevens), and the formula continues to pay dividends at Circa. Why? Gamblers play longer when there are dancing dealers. It’s not rocket science.

Circa dancing dealers

Yeah, our whole list could’ve been the fried rice and the dancing dealers, but we go the extra mile for you.

15. Check Out Garage Mahal

Yes, it’s a parking garage, but it’s also sort of a thing. Rideshare drop-offs are a dream, as the building was designed around it. Parking is expensive at Garage Mahal, so join the loyalty club. Players who are in the top two tiers don’t pay a penny for parking.

Doing a parking garage across the street freed up space for more awesome at Circa.

16. Snag a Drink Cup at Circa Bar

There are some Fremont Street traditions that aren’t negotiable. You have to get a collectible slushy recepticle. The Vegas Vickie cup at Circa is an all-time favorite, if you exclude the dancing dealer cup at Golden Gate, of course.

Our “after” photo of this drink vessel was a lot blurrier, so enjoy the “before.”

17. Notice All the Kids There Aren’t

It’s so glorious, you might just miss it. Circa is a 21+ resort, so no ankle-biters! No kids under foot, no kids peeing in the pool, no unruly brats in the restaurants or even walking through the casino. The one exception is kids are allowed to visit Barry’s, but in our more than 190 visits, we’ve never seen a child at Circa. Talk about Nirvana.

Circa brat free

Probably not the official Circa logo.

18. Devour a 99-Cent Shrimp Cocktail

Yes, Circa made a big deal out of bringing back the 99-cent shrimp cocktail. Yes, a lot of people ordered it. Yes, they lost a lot of money. Yes, they added a lot of small print. Still, it’s the original cocktail sauce recipe from Golden Gate, and it’s still 99 cents, you just need to order an entree at Saginaw’s Deli. And you can only get this deal between 3:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. You can get it for $11 anytime without all the hoops to jump through.

Circa shrimp cocktail

Circa. A little bit throwback, a little bit throwforward, which should be a thing.

19. Snap a Pic of Our Plaque

Derek Stevens doesn’t just have money and vision, he has heart, a sense of humor and he’s also a great marketer. Next to Megabar, he put up a plaque thanking various online communities for their support of Circa and his other casinos, The D and Golden Gate. That was a smooth move, and it’s another example of how Derek and his team go the extra mile to win friends and influence people.

“Online leaders” is going on our LinkedIn profile.

20-69. Order Brisket Fried Rice at 8 East 50 More Times

You really thought we were going to list 69 things? We are a very busy person and while blogging is a hoot, we’d rather be at Circa doing the things on this list. That includes, of course, ordering the brisket fried rice and badgering others at the 8 East bar to do so as well. Why? Because they love it, and we like taking credit for their great dining experience.

Circa and Resorts World and Virgin Las Vegas have given visitors new places to explore as Vegas begins to hit its stride again.

Each has a character all its own, and while we love all these places, Circa is our go-to spot.

Circa is a bridge between the old-school, gritty places we love downtown and the sprawling, opulent resorts on The Strip. Prices at Circa are a little “elevated” compared to the typical downtown joint, but it’s also a better experience. There’s something for everyone in Vegas, after all.

Circa

You sort of can’t miss it.

Circa is an irresistible destination, whether or not one enjoys sports or pools. The energy is great, and Circa got to cherry-pick its team (it opened during the pandemic).

Give our must-do list a try and let us know what you think. Even if you’ve never considered visiting downtown, Circa’s a great reason to take the leap.

Peyote Restaurant to Debut Downtown

The restaurant and bar visionary responsible for some of the coolest spots in Las Vegas, Ryan Doherty, has another project in the works: Peyote at Fergusons Downtown Motel on Fremont Street.

Doherty’s newest restaurant and bar concept debuts in Sep. 2021.

Peyote Las Vegas restaurant

Peyote, of course, is a cactus plant with hallucinogenic properties made famous in the Oscar-worthy film, “Young Guns.”

Ryan Doherty is the creative powerhouse behind Commonwealth, Park on Fremont, Discopussy, Lucky Day (all part of the Fremont East district), as well as Oddwood lounge and Museum Fiasco at Area 15.

Fergusons Downtown Motel is in a funky spot downtown, sitting in a sort of a seedy no-man’s land that used to be far seedier. It’s near Bunkhouse Saloon and PublicUs, two places you also
probably haven’t been. Fergusons is about 2,206 feet from Neonopolis and Hennesey’s.

However, Fergusons is well worth a spot because it’s home to Big Rig Jig, easily one of the best pieces of art in Las Vegas.

Big Rig Jig downtown Vegas

Anybody know a good chiropractor?

But we are straying from the point of this story. Thanks a lot, Captain Morgan.

The point is Peyote opens soon, and it is partnering with “a collection of local culinary, cocktail and design architects,” per the news release.

They include Kim Owens and chef Justin Kingsley Hall, the folks behind Main St. Provisions in the Arts District; Jolene Mannina, founder of Secret Burger and Vegas Test Kitchen; and Max Solano, formerly head of whisky education for Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits who will act as the restaurant’s cocktail program consultant.

They were going to name the restaurant after Peyote’s scientific name, Lophophora williamsii, but neon ain’t cheap.

We’re especially looking forward to the decor as it’s being done by the artist behind must-see Discopussy and Lucky Day, Keegan Arthur Olton (the most artisty name in the history of art).

Peyote’s patio will have a custom 3D-mapped LED bistro light canvas. According to the release, “more than 1,500 individually addressable lights include full color RGB pixels to work together, creating a glimmering mirage from above that responds to music controlled by custom lighting control software.”

Trust us on this one, it’s going to be badass, they just can’t use the word “badass” in a news release.

Peyote downtown

You are welcome to chill here, but not the way the kids mean it, because even downtown has public indecency laws.

Peyote has already firmed up its menu.

We’re going to rattle off some of the words in the news release as if we understand them.

“Peyote’s upscale dinner menu will offer a decadent arrangement of appetizers, such as an heirloom tomato summer squash tart; mini shrimp toast topped with wild smoked salmon roe; American country ham on toast served with tangy pickled mustard seed, carrot aioli and wild arugula topped with red eye gravy; and more.”

We’re sort of hungry, you?

“Savory main dishes include Carolina Gold rice risotto with grilled corn, sunflower seeds, leeks and almond milk; heritage pig sandwich with grilled pork belly, grass-fed butter, radish, plum mustard, rouge creamery cheese and red pepper pickles; Santa Maria vintage tri-tip grilled on oak served with grilled baby gem, corn salad, pickles, chili preserved radish, butter ball potatoes and fry bread designed to feed three to six guests and more.”

Who doesn’t love a “heritage pig sandwich”? Other than pigs, obviously.

There was more, but we are getting carpal tunnel, so we’ll skip to the hours of operation.

Peyote will be open from 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays; noon to 2:00 a.m. Fridays through Sundays.

Ryan Doherty and his team keep knocking it out of the park, so we can’t wait to try his new place when it opens. Props to Doherty for his ongoing faith and investment in downtown Las Vegas.

Resorts World Is Spectacular Despite Hiccups

Resorts World, the first (mostly) ground-up casino megaresort in a decade on the Las Vegas Strip, opened June 24, 2021.

We say “mostly” because Resorts World was built on the bones of the abandoned Echelon Place project, and even more significantly, on the site of the former Stardust.

The opening of Resorts World, first announced March 2013, isn’t a time for history lessons, though. It’s a time for jubilation and possibly involuntary protein seepage because Resorts World is downright mind-blowing.

Resorts World casino

There’s simply nothing like that new casino smell.

Resorts world cost $4.3 billion, making it the most expensive casino resort ever build in Las Vegas.

It shows.

The Las Vegas Strip is currently 64% more bling. Bonus: Googie stars!

Here’s some video to wet your bamboo flute.

Ever since the resort opened, we’ve sat down daily to try and share our thoughts about the soft opening (June 24, 2021) and the grand opening (July 4 weekend), and have been overwhelmed by the task.

That’s because Resorts World is so much everything.

For starters, the physical space is glorious. The entrances. The casino. The restaurants and lounges. Even the “mall.”

Sorry, Flamingo. There’s a new bird in town.

A phrase we’ve used a lot in the build-up to Resorts World is “spared no expense.”

The owner of Resorts World, Genting Group, has very deep pockets, and it’s clear there was a decision not to cut corners on this endeavor.

Resorts World is over-the-top, and its extravagance is a throwback to the days when Mirage and Bellagio and Wynn inspired wonder around the world.

The resort’s high limit lounge is so beautiful, we’ve visited several times and we aren’t really a high limit person.

This will be our den if we ever become a sultan.

Being in this space just makes you feel special. And that’s what Las Vegas is all about. It’s how places and experiences make you feel.

Resorts World has a way of making everyone feel like a high roller, whether or not one’s bankroll warrants that designation.

You may just want to skip our words and go straight to the photo gallery, our biggest ever.

There’s just so much to see and do at Resorts World, we’d need a bigger Internet to describe everything.

Insert gratuitous cocktail server uniform photo here.

Fun fact: The cocktail servers at Resorts World wear necklaces with their names.

Thanks for putting up with our nonsense, Selena.

We haven’t even talked about the restaurants yet!

There are a staggering 40 restaurants and bars at Resorts World, although not all are open yet.

The food court alone is worth a visit to Resorts World, as the sheer variety of the fare is simultaneously mind-boggling and utterly daunting.

It would be difficult for us to love this more. Shout-out to “Blade Runner.”

There’s a bit of a learning curve at the food court, but the prices are reasonable, everything we’ve tried has been great and if you’re into EDM (electronic dance music), you’ll love it even more. (There’s a DJ blasting music throughout.)

The food court ordering system falls neatly into the “room for improvement” category. There are no prices posted at the individual food stalls, and once you order via touchscreen, it’s challenging to figure out which of the 16 restaurants you ordered from and collecting your food can be an adventure all its own.

We should also mention the food court needs ice. Everyone’s drinking warm $5 sodas and it’s sub-optimal, as the kids say. Look, some kid said that once. Ironically, but they said it.

Order food from any of the one trillion food court restaurants via these touchscreens.

Check out all the Resorts World restaurants and bars here.

One of our favorite surprises at Resorts World is the hidden speakeasy in the food court. The storefront looks like a gift shop, but one of the shelves is a doorway to a cozy little lounge called the Here Kitty Kitty Vice Den.

It’s like Omega Mart, but without the subtext.

Here’s a quick video to help find the hidden lounge. It’s magical.

Where do we go next?

The lounges, of course. That’s where the liquor is.

The Crystal Bar (in the center of the casino) at Resorts World is a jaw-dropper. So, just like every other part of Resorts World.

All those lights and your eye went to the red dress. Human beings are fascinating.

Another lounge, Gatsby’s, has been packed during each of our visits.

The colors change, so it’s like 50 lounges in one.

There’s something for everyone at Resorts World, including at country bar, Dawg House, with live entertainment and some food. Skip the disappointing $15 grilled cheese sandwich and hit the food court. That said, the tater tots are great drunchies food.

Dawg House and the casino’s Crystal Bar are about the only places we’ve found with bartop video poker, if you’re into that. The pay tables aren’t going to win any awards, but you’re on The Strip.

Dawg House has a red light, green light system on its machines, so don’t expect to get something for nothing.

Overall, slot machines aren’t really an emphasis at Resorts World.

Resorts World is a table games casino, and the resort is going for whales. We’ve already heard tales of one high roller dropping $8 million at Resorts World in the first couple of weeks. When we went to the cage, the cashier said the player in front of us had just deposited $500,000 cash in “front money.”

Insert gratuitous photo of Resorts World chips here.

That means baccarat over Buffalo, although there are plenty of options for most recreational gamblers.

Stadium gaming is a thing.

Speaking of gambling, this is probably a good time to mention Resorts World has the option of cashless gambling.

The cashless system at Resorts World has been touted as easy and seamless. It is neither of those, and we’ll probably devote a future story to how it all works.

This video isn’t particularly helpful, but we’re sharing it, anyway.

In the simplest terms, guests can pay for gambling, or presumably anything at Resorts World, via mobile device.

You install the Resorts World app, load up the app with money (cash at the cage or directly from your bank account), then at a slot machine or table, you can transfer the funds to the game. Your winnings go back onto the app, or you can turn your digital dollars into hard currency at the cage. (Tip: If there’s a line at the main casino cage, look for a smaller cage in high limit.)

There’s a small fee (2.95%) for loading up your app (about the same as using an ATM), but just about everything else is free. Moving money from the app back into your bank account also incurs a small fee.

You can do a lot with the Resorts World app, but you have to “verify” your account in person.

Once you get past the hurdles of signing up, it’s actually very convenient to go cashless in a casino.

It’s important to note the cashless system is optional. There’s a surprising amount of confusion about this, actually. Cash is still king in Las Vegas, and no Las Vegas resort is turning down money.

Let’s just say demand for joining the Genting Rewards loyalty club program on opening weekend was strong.

In the realm of loyalty club cards, it’s worth mentioning Resorts World has a cool feature for slot players using their cards (or who are connected to their account using the app). Players have the option to reserve their slot machine if they need to step away. The higher your loyalty club tier, the more time you can reserve the machine. No more “savsies”! This function locks up the machine until you return.

The end of leaning chairs to save machines is near, finally.

There are amazing discoveries around every turn at Resorts World, and a number of venues have yet to come online.

Just when you think you’ve seen everything, you find yourself in The District, the shopping promenade. Here, you’ll be hit with another tsunami of great places not only to shop, but to dine and hang out.

In The District, you’ll also find a new addition to the list of best photo ops in Las Vegas: A gigantic video globe.

It’s like the MSG Sphere had a baby.

Resorts World is vast, so set aside some time to explore. Like August through October.

Resorts World is so big, it’s not just one hotel, but three. Resorts World has a Hilton, Conrad and Crockfords. Each has its own entrance and amenities, it’s three experiences in one.

During your visit, make sure to check out all the art. Resorts World has assembled a seemingly endless variety of art, and one of our favorite pieces is a Volkwagon bug smushed into a ball.

The MSG Sphere really gets around.

While our enthusiasm for Resorts World should be evident, we would be remiss if we didn’t mention there were a number of glitches during the resort opening, and some persist.

Many of the problems were technical. Many were caused by the sheer crush of visitors. Parts of the resort weren’t finished in time for the opening, and some are months away from being completed.

But Resorts World is a massive undertaking. No Las Vegas megaresort has ever opened flawlessly, and it’s taken some time to work out the kinks.

Parking is currently free at Resorts World, but hotels don’t put up these gates for no reason, so give it a minute.

It was beyond baffling that during the first week of operation, some venues couldn’t accept cash, while others could only accept cash.

Hotel guests had their own litany of problems.

Speaking of parking, here’s a tip that will spare you a trek.

You never get a second chance to make a first impression, but we suggest if you were one of the people disappointed by Resorts World, give it a second chance.

We are a glass-half-full person, so we’re not going to let some minor inconveniences ruin our enjoyment of a shiny new casino resort.

Ultimately, Resorts World is a remarkable accomplishment in the realms of technology, design and construction. It fully warrants the hoopla.

Beyond those things, Resorts World is a symbol. It’s a symbol of a return to what Las Vegas does best. It makes wows.

Resorts World’s front yard still has a lot of work to be done.

Resorts World is also a symbol of what many expect will be a Las Vegas rebound following the pandemic.

It’s amazing Resorts World exists at all, and we’re going to support the endeavor in any way we can. Because we love when Las Vegas makes new places for us to eat, drink and gamble.

We look forward to probing all of Resorts Worlds’ many openings.

We feel like we’ve only begun to experience Resorts World.

We didn’t make it to the pool, or the nightclub or dayclub. The theater is still under construction. The steakhouse, Carversteak, doesn’t open until December.

While there may have been some rough patches for Resorts World when it opened, our town now boasts another world-class megaresort.

Dive into our exclusive photo gallery, and bask in the OMFG that is Resorts World Las Vegas.

Caesars Palace to Renovate Main Entrance

Caesars Palace announced it will do a multimillion-dollar renovation of its main entrance and iconic porte cochere.

Perhaps most importantly, the renovation will include a new lobby bar. Priorities.

Construction begins this month (July 2021), and here’s what the overhauled entrance will look like when it’s done.

“Ave,” boring entrance. As everyone knows, “Ave” means “goodbye” in Latin. Which Romans spoke. Please keep up.

The entrance renovation project is expected to be completed by New Year’s Eve.

The main entrance will be entirely rebuilt from the ground up.

According to the news release, “Once completed, guests will be welcomed by a dramatic and soaring dome and barreled ceiling over a stunning 15-foot tall statue of Augustus Caesar.”

News releases gonna news release.

When we first heard this news, we thought Caesars Palace was referring to the area near hotel registration, one of our favorite hotel lobbies in Las Vegas.

That’s not the one. This is the one.

Caesars Palace main entrance

While lots of visitors take selfies with Caesar, this entrance doesn’t really scream “Welcome to an iconic casino resort!”

This is the entrance used by guests dropped off at the hotel’s eye-popping porte cochere, and it really doesn’t have much visual impact.

Here’s the entrance in question.

It’s all fun and games until somebody puts an eye out.

If the Caesars Palace porte cochere looks familiar, it’s probably because you saw it in the acclaimed documentary, “Ocean’s 11.”

The renovation will also include the debut of two new table games pits flanking the entrance.

It sounds like the renovation will also extend to a revamp of the casino’s stunning (our word this time, not theirs) domed table games floor.

If you don’t know the domed table games floor we’re talking about, you’re not Vegas enough!

It’s glorious, but could use a little work.

There’s some housekeeping related to the renovation, of course.

From July to December, 2021, take note:

googie Main valet off Las Vegas Blvd. will accommodate Caesars Rewards Diamond and Seven Star members only.
googie The Colosseum valet (ground floor of the Caesars Palace self-parking garage off Frank Sinatra Drive) will accommodate all valet guests.
googie Rideshare pick-up and drop-off will be relocated to the exit doors next to Vanderpump Cocktail Garden.
googie Express hotel check-in/check-out kiosks will be placed at all available entrances.

Just self-park, already.

As we were confused by the renovation announcement, we suspect others may be as well. So, we went to Caesars and took a little video to help get your bearings.

We were quite relieved to learn Caesars Palace won’t be mucking with the nearby hotel registration lobby, as it’s gorgeous. You know the one!

Caesars Palace lobby

The women atop this Caesars Palace fountain are the Three Graces. What are the odds all three women would be named Grace?

The renovation announcement was refreshing given recent decisions by Caesars Entertainment following its merger with Eldorado Resorts. The merger has resulted in lots of cost-cutting measures, and this definitely isn’t that.

Does an entrance renovation move the needle on revenue? Probably not, but moving table games front and center certainly fits with Eldorado’s “gambling first” strategy.

Caesars is also making moves to update its restaurant line-up. We recently shared Caesars Palace is rumored to be getting a Bazaar Meat and Peter Luger Steak, with Old Homestead looking like it’s on the way out.

From the rendering of the upcoming entrance renovation, we give it the thumbs up.

This is the part where we have to draw attention to our incredible Roman emperor reference because we know damn well you skim.

Rhumbar to Close at Mirage, We May Know What’s Next

Mirage has announced its Rhumbar lounge will close permanently July 25, 2021, according to a statement from the resort’s owner, MGM Resorts.

The company says Rhumbar will be converted into an “ultra lounge” in winter 2021, but didn’t give any further specifics.

That’s why you have us.

Rhumbar Mirage

Rhumbar opened at Mirage in March 2009. See, not all our photo captions are completely useless.

See, way, way back (Aug. 2020) we shared some industry chatter about a potential retooling of Rhumbar.

The rumor is Rhumbar will become a concept around pop juggernaut Bruno Mars.

Mars is already in the MGM Resorts family, with a string of shows coming to Park Theater at Park MGM (formerly Monte Carlo) this summer.

We’re thinking the deal do a Bruno Mars-centric lounge at Mirage may have been pushed back due to the pandemic, but that doesn’t mean it was nixed altogether.

Rhumbar closing

Thank you, source, who’s name we forgot because this was almost a year ago, so send us a DM and we owe you one.

Srsly, what would you do without us?

Given the number of Bruno Mars hits, rebranding Rhumbar wouldn’t be tough.

Our vote for the new Mirage ultra lounge would be: 24K Magic Ultralounge.

Mainly because Grenade Lounge might be sending the wrong message.

Rhumbar was mainly known for its nine freaky-ass whatever the hell these are.

Other options: Locked Into Heaven Ultralounge, Anyone Notice That Uptown Funk Ultralounge, Just the Way You Are But With Better Lighting Ultralounge.

If there are metal detectors at the doors, maybe Nothin’ On You Ultralounge would be a good fit.

Or perhaps the new lounge will be completely unrelated to the Bruno Mars catalog.

Naturally, Twitter chimed in with Mars Bar.

Squint until you see it. You’re welcome. Now, please grow up.

If the Bruno Mars lounge comes to pass at Mirage, remember where you heard it first. A year ago. Which is one of the reasons we are a treasure.

Oh, like we weren’t going to slip in another reference to a Bruno Mars song.