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Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 55: Tipsy Robot, Resorts World, Ellis Island and Pointless Rambling Galore

Rambling, it’s what we do.

In this week’s podcast, we chat up Rino Armeni, owner of Tipsy Robot. Tipsy Robot recently opened at Miracle Mile Shops, with two robotic bartenders.

Tipsy Robot Las Vegas

Don’t think of them as robot bartenders. Think of them as buzz delivery systems.

We’ve also got the latest scoop about all things Las Vegas, including activity at Resorts World, the pop-up casinos at Las Vegas Club and Mermaids, openings and closings and everything in between.

There’s a metric hell-ton of Sin City news, including stories about Smooth Eats and 7th & Carson opening downtown, Bally’s getting minigolf and a new convention center, the new Downtown Loop shuttle (route below), Level Up’s virtual reality attraction, a pipe leak at Planet Hollywood and the weed shortage in Las Vegas.

Downtown Loop Las Vegas

The free Downtown Loop shuttle travels in a route inspired by the Mob Museum’s faux electric chair. Probably.

You won’t want to miss our “Listicle of the Week,” featuring “10 Surprising Things About Las Vegas Strippers.”

Podcasts are the new reading books, so shove us in your earholes, already.

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Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 54.5: The Illustrious Norm Clarke

Norm Clarke is a legend in Las Vegas journalism circles, so it was only a matter of time before we sat him down for a nice, long chat.

Norm Clarke

We have proudly been stealing Norm’s scoops for years.

Clarke began his “Vegas Confidential” column for the Las Vegas Review-Journal in 1999, then departed in 2016 citing health concerns.

During his time as a “man about town” columnist at the Review-Journal, Clarke set the standard for shaking stories loose, building a network of inside sources and maintaining a singular reputation for accuracy and integrity.

Norm Clarke

It’s Norm’s town. We’re just drinking in it.

He’s back in the thick of the Las Vegas conversation with a column for the Vegas Stats & Information Network.

Norm Clarke is a class act and a friend, and it was great chatting about his life, career and iconic eye patch.

To put it another way, Norm’s such a badass, he gets his own episode.

Update (7/5/17): Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman declared July 8, 2017, Norm Clarke Day in Las Vegas.

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Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 54: Chumlee’s Candy, Front Yard Preview and Vegas Fun for Old Folks

Once more unto the podcast, dear friends, once more. It’s time for another disappointing episode of the Vital Vegas Podcast!

In this installment, we regurgitate all the Las Vegas news you’re too lazy to read in this blog.

First, we hit Chumlee’s new candy store, Chumlee’s Candy on the Boulevard, at Pawn Plaza. The modest enterprise serves up a variety of classic candy, and the “Pawn Stars” star himself was on-hand during our recent visit.

Chumlee candy shop

While the candy isn’t cheap at Chumlee’s Candy on the Boulevard, you might just bump into a bona fide reality TV star.

We’ve also got an interview with Roei Klein, one of the owners of Two Bald Brothers Mediterranean restaurant which recently opened in the former Zydeco Po-Boys space in downtown Las Vegas.

We share the latest about the new display at Bellagio’s Conservatory, land acquisitions by casino owner Derek Stevens downtown, Mercato Della Pescheria at Venetian, automated paid parking at Main Street Station and The Cal and more.

Listen for the latest about the Front Yard coming to Ellis Island.

Here’s a peek at a recently-unveiled model of this new addition to a value-seeker’s mecca just off The Strip.

Ellis Island Front Yard

The new Front Yard at Ellis Island will have food, drink, social games, entertainment and our security breaches all along the way. Sorry, Ellis Island.

There’s a metric ass-ton of Las Vegas news: Taxi trips are down, the Tipsy Robot automated bartender opens June 30 at Miracle Mile Shops, Amazing Johnathan returns to Las Vegas for two shows, “Absinthe” will get a spin-off at Bally’s, a new restaurant is coming to the former Glutton space (called 7th & Carson), Pronto by Giada is coming to Caesars Palace and other goodies.

The “Listicle of the Week” floats some fun things for old people to do in Las Vegas. Remember, that saying about “You’re only as old as you feel” is idiotic. But it’s entirely possible “You’re only as old as you feel when you’re in Las Vegas.”

Take a listen to our podcast or spend quality time with your annoying in-laws. It’s up to you.

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Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 53: Let’s Talk Vegas Vickie, SLS Restaurant Scoop and the “Dark Side” in Craps

It’s time for the Vital Vegas Podcast, a yard-long slushy for your earholes.

In this installment, we lay down some SLS Las Vegas restaurant scoop you won’t get anywhere else. As predicted, everything about the SLS dining scene is about to change, so best to just roll with it.

Cleo SLS Las Vegas

We’ll soon have to bid farewell to our favorite restaurants at SLS, including Cleo, we wept.

We’ve also got the inside skinny on Vegas Vickie, the vintage neon sign being removed from Glitter Gulch to make way for a new downtown resort.

We also get into the “dark side” in craps, and why you should never bet it unless you like icy stares and unpopularity.

Don't pass craps

Just pass on the “don’t pass.”

As always, we’ve got a perfunctory round-up of Las Vegas news, a listicle of the week and all the mindless rambling you’ve come to expect from the eighth most popular Las Vegas podcast!

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Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 52: Comp Drinks, New Sigma Derby, 18 Fremont Demolition, SLS Sale and More

How much Vegas can a single podcast episode hold? This much.

In this installment of the grossly overrated Vital Vegas Podcast, we interview Albert Tabola of Ardent Progressive Systems & Games, the company installing comp drink validation systems in casinos across Las Vegas.

Tabola shares that comp drinking monitoring, now on about 1,000 video poker machines in Las Vegas, will soon be coming to casino floors as well.

As an added bonus, Ardent’s developing a new game, Classic Derby, likely to give the beloved Sigma Derby a run for its money.

Ardent Classic Derby

Love Sigma Derby? This is what’s next.

Also in this episode, we catch up with Derek Stevens, owner of The D, Golden Gate and Downtown Las Vegas Events Center.

Stevens shares the latest news about the upcoming demolition of the Las Vegas Club, Glitter Gulch strip club and Mermaids on Fremont Street.

He also provides some insight into the potential fate of the iconic Vegas Vickie sign currently sitting atop the Glitter Gulch strip club.

18 Fremont demolition

A full block, including two Las Vegas Club hotel towers, are coming down. We’ve got all the details.

But wait, there’s more.

Listen in as we share a metric hell-ton of exclusive stories, including more scoop about the sale of SLS Las Vegas. We also clear up a rumor about the demise of the Bellagio fountains.

Our weekly news round-up includes stories about the theft of 30,000 condoms from a Las Vegas sex toy warehouse, new restaurants coming to the Forum Shops (Slanted Door) and Park MGM (Bavette’s Steakhouse) and the shark tank at Golden Nugget.

Our “Listicle of the Week” is inspired by a note from a Brit, Joe, from Birmingham, U.K. We dole out our best tips for people with foreign accents, including our picks of the best happy hour on The Strip, the best buffets and the best hotel for free things to see and do.

107 SkyLounge

You’ll never guess our pick for the best happy hour on The Strip.

Oh, and did we mention we also get to the bottom of how one should pronounce the best gelato flavor, ever?

It’s all this and much, much less in the latest installment of the Vital Vegas Podcast.

Take a listen and you’re pretty much sure to get a thank-you note from your cochlea.

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Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 51: Palm Restaurant, “X Burlesque” and, Yes, We Went to a Dayclub

We’re back and more rambly than ever!

In this week’s episode, we chat with Larry Close, General Manager of Palm Restaurant. Palm restaurant at the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace was recently renovated, and is not to be confused with Palms resort or Palm Mortuary. Don’t laugh, they get that a lot.

Palm restaurant chicken parm

Palm restaurant is home to one of the best chicken parms in Las Vegas and, thus, the world.

Also on the show, we share our enlightening experience at Drai’s Beachclub. No, you’re not being punked. We actually went to a dayclub. Voluntarily, for the most part.

Our further adventures include checking out the expanded footprint at the Neon Museum, celebrating the 15th anniversary of “X Burlesque” (see below) and a stay at Flamingo.

X Burlesque

What, we were going to show you a neon sign when we could share side boob?

In this week’s perfunctory Las Vegas news round-up, we’ve got the latest about the man suing Planet Hollywood for being startled by a mannequin, Resorts World, free downtown shuttles, restaurants opening and closing, Wynn Paradise Park, changes at the World Series of Poker and some thoughts about the guy who jumped into the safety net at the High Roller Ferris wheel.

Wynn Golf Club

We hope you’re not emotionally attached to the Wynn Golf Club, because it’s being swapped out for a water park.

You won’t want to miss our “Listicle of the Week,” as it features Las Vegas things we’d like to have in our house.

We’ve also got a ton of suggestions from Twitter about how to change up your luck in a Las Vegas casino.

It’s so much Las Vegas, you’ll need to loosen your belt a little. Take a listen.

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