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Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 87: The Bestish of Las Vegas

Gird your loins for another wildly disappointing installment of the podcast even less valuable than a roulette chip at a cashier cage.

In this episode, we take on the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s “Best of Las Vegas” awards. Some of the awards nail it, while others give our WTF muscles a strenuous workout.

Bestish of Las Vegas

This year’s Best of Las Vegas awards got 3.1 million votes, many of them not completely insane. We’re looking at you, whoever voted Rollin’ Smoke BBQ “Best Dessert” in Las Vegas.

We also dive into what makes Las Vegas so much better than everywhere else. Hint: It’s a very long list.

Examples of things that suck about other places: There’s nothing to do, everything closes early, humidity is awful, there are too many people and toll roads, and you’ll rarely find room values like you do in Las Vegas, even with those annoying resort fees.

There’s also a quick review of “A Mob Story” at Plaza, a show we fully expected to hate but didn’t, because great choreography. And stories told by a former “made man.” And butts.

A Mob Story

Oh, there will be whacking.

Learn more about A Mob Story at Plaza, and see it while you can.

Sure, you’re very busy, so shove a Las Vegas podcast into your earholes because it’s not like you’re eating with them. Or something.

Take a listen and get all the Vegas you’ve got coming to you.

Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 86: So Much Vegas You’ll Need Expandable Waist Pants

It’s time to gorge on a virtual buffet of Las Vegas news, insider scoop and reckless excogitation, whatever that might actually be.

In this episode, we share the latest about confirmation of our story about Chick-fil-A coming to Planet Hollywood, who bought Mandarin Oriental, a shake-up at Windows Theater inside Bally’s and what Planet Hollywood has in store when Criss Angel moves in.

Criss Angel casino chip

Criss Angel is on the move again!

We also talk Block 16 Food Hall at Cosmopolitan, Lucky Dragon’s upcoming closure, that time Blue Man Group sued “Opium” for using a black light and some significant WTF as Dick’s Last Resort at Excalibur institutes a charge for tap water.

Fill your plate with the latest about Life is Beautiful, Ballsfest, Bellagio’s fall display, Hussong’s Mexican Cantina and Golden Gate’s new high limit room.

Ballsfest

It’s all about branding. Learn more.

But wait, there’s more.

We’ll get you up to speed on all the Vegas action, including Mac King’s contract extension, the new Electra lounge at Palazzo, Linq’s new sports book, downtown’s new cannabis museum, Golden Steer’s 60th birthday, the Westin’s sale for an ungodly amount of money, Las Vegas Review-Journal’s paywall and a new world record for twerking.

This podcast is a free way to keep birth and death from slapping together, so take a listen.

Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 85: Rumors and Speculation Spectacular

You can get Las Vegas news just about anywhere, but we’ve got the scoop you won’t hear anywhere else.

We’re your source for Vegas WTF, and that goes for our wildly disappointing podcast, too.

In this episode, we talk about the demise of Fright Dome, a flaming tiki accident at Hell’s Kitchen, drone problems at Caesars Palace, Mat Franco’s third anniversary at Linq, struggles at Palms and the upcoming closures of AquaKnox and Public House at Venetian.

Vital Vegas Podcast

We spent upwards of $25 for this logo, so we’re damned well going to use it.

There’s a cavalcade of show and restaurant news, of course.

“Inferno” closed at Paris, “Baz” closed at Venetian and “Masters of Illusion” at Bally’s and “Imaginarium” at Tropicana will soon close as well.

Six new offerings are in the works at Cosmopolitan’s new food court, sorry, “food hall,” opening Aug. 31, 2018.

We also share scoop about W getting the boot at SLS, Aerosmith’s residency at Park MGM and the return of Diablo’s Cantina, once a fixture at Monte Carlo.

It’s the podcast your mother would warn you about if she knew what the hell a podcast was. Take a listen.

Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 84: Sex Worker Date, Barry Manilow, MGM Resorts PR Nightmare and More

It’s all the Vegas you can shove into your gaping gullet!

We’ve recklessly slapped together another episode of our humble podcast, so buckle up for exclusive rumors, perfunctory news and questionable behavior galore.

On this week’s show, we share details of our evening in the company of a sex worker. It’s rough work, but somebody’s got to do it.

You’ll also get a review of Barry Manilow’s new show at Westgate.

Plus, hear more exclusive scoop than is legally allowed by most federal agencies: Red nightclub changes hands (Wendoh Media is rumored to be taking the reins), Downtown Grand pulls the plug on its Quad project (but a new hotel tower begins construction in September), the owners of Stratosphere buy two Laughlin casinos and the Taxi Authority enforces a dress code sure to thwart those infernal rideshare services—collared shirts.

Red nightclub

Red nightclub on Fremont Street doesn’t look like much, and it’s exactly what it looks like.

We also share juicy rumors, including one about Jennifer Lopez jumping ship at Planet Hollywood for a residency at Park MGM.

And we dive headlong into MGM Resorts’ recent public relations nightmare. Bottom line: WTF were they thinking?

There’s news about Canter’s Tivoli Village closing, three Mario Batali restaurants in Las Vegas closing at once (July 22), a rumored soft opening for the new Wynn Plaza (Oct. 11) and more.

B&B Las Vegas

Las Vegas Sands Corp. made a clear statement about Mario Batali by showing his three restaurants the door. Eataly is still in the works at Park MGM, however.

The rousing climax to this week’s episode is a listicle of “10 Things You Should Do On Your Next Visit to Las Vegas.” Use our list to save time, but definitely not money, to make your Sin City experience utterly unforgettable.

Take a listen and Las Vegas is your oyster. Although, with slightly less salinity. Just listen, already.

Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 83: Gondolas, Joe’s Seafood, Exclusive News and Glorious Drama

It’s another action-packed episode of the Vital Vegas Podcast, and we can’t apologize enough.

In this episode, we take in one of the quintessential Las Vegas experiences, the gondolas at Venetian.

Venetian Las Vegas gondola

Behold, one of the best aphrodisiacs in Las Vegas.

We’ve got all the latest on some glorious drama, the demise and investigation of “Divas Las Vegas” at Linq. It’s juicy.

There’s also a slew of news you won’t find anywhere else, including a bungee jump coming to Stratosphere, the general counsel of Wynn Resorts getting the boot, a casino expansion at Golden Gate, plus lots of news and rumors about restaurants opening, closing and filling our gullet with untold delights.

Don’t miss our review of Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab at Forum Shops.

Joe's Seafood Las Vegas

It’s Joe’s. It’s time to eat some art.

The show is bursting with perfunctory stories about all the latest things going on in Sin City, of course, from the death of “The Voice, Neon Dreams” to the delay of “A Mob Story” at Plaza and “Menopause the Musical” celebrating its 5,000th hot flash at Harrah’s.

Get your fill of all the WTF you’ve come to expect from the 11th best Las Vegas podcast! Your results may vary.

Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 82: We Don’t Listen to This Podcast, Either

It’s time for another disappointing episode of the only Las Vegas “podcast” that deserves to be in quotation marks.

This week, we dive headlong into the best fine dining deal you’re going to find in Las Vegas, the prix fixe menu at Golden Nugget. You won’t actually find it on the menu, but here’s a .pdf that will come in handy.

Vic & Anthony's dessert

You won’t have room for the creme brulee, but that’s no reason not to have it. You’re in Las Vegas.

That’s just the beginning of the fun. Or possibly all of it. You’ll have to listen to find out.

You’ll also hear us entertain ourself with stories of a string of slot machine jackpots in recent weeks. We’ll tell you exactly where we got ours so you can grab one of your own.

We chat about Park MGM and the end of free drinks in Las Vegas. Sort of.

There’s a slew of exclusive news you won’t hear anywhere else. Which is basically the definition of “exclusive,” but whatever.

Learn more than you could ever want to know about the return of the Smith & Wollensky steakhouse, “Baz” closing at Palazzo, a $3.2 million jackpot at the Silverton and more.

Smith & Wollensky

Say adios to the former Smith & Wollensky.

We’ve got rumors up the wazoo (not an actual body part) about Marquee at Cosmopolitan, a possible suitor for Hooters, what’s going into the Grand Wok & Sushi space at MGM Grand and why the folks at the 18 Fremont casino project are calling their new parking structure the “Garage Majal.”

Of course, there’s a hastily slapped-together “Listicle of the Week” and an overview of the main causes of upset. Yeah, it’s as random as it sounds.

Join in the fun for our final episode of Season One of the Vital Vegas Podcast.