Category Archives: Vital Signs

Failed Fontainebleau Las Vegas Project Partially Redeemed By Candid New Billboard

Yes, the failed, 68-floor Fontainebleau Las Vegas project is an ungodly eyesore.

Yes, Fontainebleau is a monument to the Great Recession and corporate hubris, whatever “hubris” might be.

And, yes, Fontainebleau is incredibly difficult to spell.

Fontainebleau is all those things, but there may be a bright side. Fontainebleau may actually have a sense of humor about itself.

Fontainebleau Las Vegas

Can a failure on the scale of Fontainebleau Las Vegas be redeemed by a simple act of truth-telling? Probably not, but we needed a caption for this photo.

The future of this sad chapter in Las Vegas history is unclear, but for the moment, Fontainebleau Las Vegas has made us smile, and that will tide us over until they tear this monstrosity down, already.

“Jubilee!” at Bally’s Las Vegas Responds to Harsh Reviews With New Mobile Billboards

“Jubilee!,” the classic showgirl show at Bally’s Las Vegas, has been getting some blistering reviews lately, with some suggesting it’s the “worst show they’ve ever seen, including in past lives.”

Abysmal ticket sales sparked a recent “re-imagining” of the show by alleged choreographer-to-the-stars, Frank Gatson Jr. The results, it seems, were not what the show’s producers had hoped.

It appears the folks at “Jubilee!” are tired of the public flogging by show-goers, so it’s launched a series of new mobile billboards in an attempt to fight back.


“Jubilee” comes from the Hebrew term” yobhel,” meaning “ram.” As in “Feel free to jubilee your lousy reviews up your tuchus.”

The ads are intended to address the public criticism of the show being “akin to a train wreck, except with train wrecks, at least you get some free hazardous waste.”

The impact of this bold ad campaign remains to be seen.

Downtown’s Las Vegas Club Tries New Advertising Strategy

Downtown’s Las Vegas Club Hotel & Casino is testing a new advertising strategy, as evidenced by the strikingly honest billboard, below.

Las Vegas Club billboard

In the casino business, fortune favors the bold.

The Las Vegas Club has taken some public relations hits in recent months, but the classic casino is fighting back with what appears to be a substantial investment in a new image campaign.

Casino officials declined comment, but a representative of the casino’s creative agency, under conditions of anonymity, stated, “We got nothin’.”

Today’s WTF: Spot the Gaffe on This Las Vegas Sign

If you’ve been in McCarran International Airport, it’s likely you’ve seen Lucky Streak at LAS, a lounge and restaurant in Terminal C.

Lucky Streak

This bar is advertised as “reminiscent of the lively atmosphere found throughout the Strip.” Yeah, not so much.

The marketing material for Lucky Streak at LAS says it’s “swanky, bold and lots of fun, it truly embraces the mystique of the Vegas experience.”

But here’s the thing. Notice anything funky about the sign for Lucky Streak at LAS? We’ll wait.

All right, we’ll even give you a close-up of the funky part.

Dice pips

The spots on dice are called “pips.”

Lucky Streak at LAS might be “swanky,” but it doesn’t seem to know much about Las Vegas!

The opposite sides of a die always add up to seven, so the one depicted on the sign at Lucky Streak is all kinds of WTF.

Eight Ridiculously Expensive Las Vegas Things We Sure As Hell Can’t Afford

Las Vegas is filled with great values. It also has its fair share of indulgences that will wrestle your wallet to the ground and make it cry for its mommy.

Here are eight expensive Las Vegas things we can’t afford. Even remotely. We’re a blog.

1. Sky Villas at Tropicana

The Tropicana recently unveiled its new Sky Villa Suites, an testament to luxury, elegance and the ability of Photoshop artists to buff hotel room photos to a high sheen. Prices for the suites haven’t been announced, but from the looks of them, if we tried to book one, we’re pretty sure the reservations agent would laugh so hard her hair extensions would fly off. See more.

Tropicana Sky Villas

Even when this room was being photographed it didn’t look like this, trust us.

2. $777 Burger at Paris Las Vegas

This delicious burger can be found at Burger Brasserie, between Paris and Bally’s. The $777 burger has Kobe beef and Maine lobster, and is topped with caramelized onions, Brie, prosciutto and 100-year aged balsamic vinegar. Oh, and they also include a bottle of Rose Dom Perignon champagne. You can get the burger alone for $77, but what fun would that be?

$777 burger

What’s a pickle, $32.50?

3. High Roller Wheel Wedding

The High Roller observation wheel, the world’s tallest, is nearing its debut. Recently, wedding packages were announced, some costing as much as $6,270. Granted, that reserves an entire passenger pod, with a capacity of 40 people, on the High Roller, and a room at the nearby Flamingo Las Vegas, but still. It’s a Ferris wheel.

High Roller weddings

With weddings, as with life, what goes around comes around.

4. Cognac at Restaurant Guy Savoy

This Las Vegas blog isn’t a cognac person, so we’re not sure what makes an ounce of Louis XIII de Rémy Martin cognac cost $650. However, that’s the price at Restaurant Guy Savoy at Caesars Palace. The good news is if you simply must have this cognac, you can visit Side Bar at Triple George Grill across from Downtown Grand and get an ounce for just $150. Yay, Capitalism.

Call ahead on this one, by the way. Triple George doesn’t always keep this in stock.


For something that doesn’t have teeth, this cognac sure does take a bite.

5. Four-Hand Relaxation Ritual at Encore Spa

Ever hear the expression “double up to catch up”? Well, it applies to massages, too. At the Encore’s spa, you can double up on the relaxation with a “Four Hands Relaxation Ritual,” performed by two “synchronized” therapists, plus “aromas and enhancements.” The cost? If you have to ask, you can’t afford it. It’s $800 for 105 minutes. We’ll take two. Or four. Whatever. Note: The Aromas and Enhancements wouldn’t be a bad band name.

6. Ono Champagne Cocktail

Are you a baller, or what? If so, you’ll want to get the Ono Champagne cocktail at XS in the Encore, for a mere $10,000. Oddly, even at that price, it does not cure cancer. It contains Louis XIII Black Pearl cognac, four ounces of Charles Heidsieck 1981 Champagne Charlie, fresh-squeezed orange juice, apricot puree and Sence rose nectar. Must be the orange juice that really cranks up the price!

This cognac goes for $2,000 a shot.

The cognac can go for as much as $2,500 a shot.

7. The Bellagio Fountains

We’re not talking about purchasing the Bellagio fountains, just “renting” them. See, at Hyde Bellagio, guests can pony up $250,000 to control the hotel’s fountain show. The club will also throw in a bottle of Ace of Spades, which amounts to about 40 bottles of champagne. Then, sit back at your VIP table and get ready to push a red button. The signal sets off the fountains.

Hyde Bellagio

The view? Priceless.

8. We’re Just Saying

Some things in Las Vegas are always going to be out of our price range.

Bikini girls

As we said, we’re just saying.

Let’s hear some of your crazy-expensive Las Vegas indulgences. You know the ones.