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Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 93: Yeah, It’s This Thing Again

It’s that time again, and we’re so very sorry.

This week’s podcast covers all the Vegas news you need and a whole lot you don’t.

Let’s catch up on The Strat’s rebrand, the latest from SLS (Katsuya’s closing) and so much more.

We also give a saliva-drenched review of The Steakhouse at Circus Circus. Hint: It’s as good as you’ve heard, even if you’ve heard it’s one of the best steakhouses in the world.

Steakhouse Circus Circus

It’s like butter, including the butter.

Naturally, we round up the latest Vegas scoop, including Virgin joining Curio Collection by Hilton, where the triple zero roulette infection has spread (looking at you, Cosmo), restaurant changes at Venetian (adios, AquaKnox and Public House) and who’ll be guest hosting Chippendales at Rio.

Our listicle of the week is chock full of things to get excited about in Las Vegas, and surprisingly none of them involve a pole.

Don’t miss out on the podcast we’d pay good money to miss out on, but we’re sort of stuck because our name’s on it.

Enjoy!

Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 92: Circa Revelations and Beyond

It’s the podcast your mother would’ve warned you about had she not been spending so much time planning your intervention!

We’ve jammed a metric hell-ton of Vegas into this episode, so flair yourself a frosty cocktail, kick back and indulge in a buffet of Sin City scoop.

The announcement of Circa Las Vegas (formerly the 18 Fremont project) grabbed all the headlines this week, and we’ve got an in-depth interview with Circa’s owner, Derek Stevens.

Stevens shares details about how Circa Resort & Casino came to be, including a jigsaw puzzle of deals that made the improbable project possible.

Circa Las Vegas

This ain’t your grandpa’s downtown.

Despite the fascinating interview with Derek Stevens, we still manage to deliver yet another disappointing installment of the podcast, complete with puerile humor and reckless speculation.

We’ve got the latest about the sale of Bonnie Springs Ranch, drama surrounding the closure of “A Mob Story” at Plaza, the next chapter in the feud between Resorts World and Wynn Resorts, Raiders owner Mark Davis’ new home (with its nine bathrooms) and more.

Bonnie Springs Ranch

Bonnie Springs Ranch was fun while it lasted, and it lasted a long, long time. The place was originally built in 1843.

Naturally, we round up the latest casino and restaurant news, including items about Downtown Grand’s new hotel tower, the 60-foot sculpture coming to the pool at Palms, plus a cavalcade of updates about shows both new (“The Naked Magicians”) and making moves (“Magical Dream”).

Our “Listicle of the Week” reveals which slot machines have the lowest casino holds, giving you the illusion of control over your gambling destiny.

Listen and learn. Or probably just that first thing. You know how you are.

Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 91: So Inside Vegas, It May Require Forceps

Fair warning: This isn’t your average podcast. It’s below average. By a substantial amount. But that doesn’t mean it won’t help kill an hour, so there’s that.

In this episode, get exclusive scoop about the upcoming sale of Rio Las Vegas, big changes in store for Hard Rock and the latest in the Wynn Resorts lawsuit against Resorts World.

You’ll also get several earsful of opinions about the opening of the sprawling Eataly at Park MGM.

Eataly Las Vegas

You could call it a food court, but you’d be right.

Of course, you’ll get perfunctory news about Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, “Legends in Concert,” the sale of Therapy restaurant, a new location for Tacos El Gordo, upcoming restaurant changes at SLS and more, but you’ll also hear us winning lots of money at Wheel of Fortune, which sort of supersedes all the rest of that nonsense.

We also snuck into the Liberace mansion, which is a thing.

Liberace bathtub

If Liberace’s tub could talk. That would be weird. It’s an inanimate object.

Enjoy the final episode of the first season of the Vital Vegas podcast and, as always, we apologize in advance.

Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 90: Stuff Your Face With Vegas

It’s time for a new installment of the Las Vegas podcast that’s nearly as annoying as being issued a W2-G form.

We kick off the show with an irredeemable holiday poem, “A Very Pappy Christmas.”

There’s also an interview with chef James Trees, owner of Esther’s Kitchen. The downtown restaurant has gotten great buzz, and listening to the chef it’s fairly clear why.

Esther's Kitchen

The flatware at Esther’s Kitchen is from the Dunes. ‘Nuff said.

You won’t want to miss our “12 Days of Las Vegas Christmas,” or our perfunctory round-up of Las Vegas news.

Bond at Cosmo will be Barbershop Cuts & Cocktails in 2019, “Totally Twisted Brunch” is coming to SLS, investors are working to bring Major League Baseball to Las Vegas, Salt and Pepa are on hiatus at Paris, Palms is making moves in nightlife, target dates for Resorts World and The Drew are pushed back, same for Criss Angel’s new show at Planet Hollywood, “Fuerza Bruta” comes to Excalibur, Sadelle’s opens at Bellagio in December, 322 Pizza Bar opens on Fremont and Rob Lowe brings “Stories I Only Tell My Friends” to Planet Hollywood in April.

We pop into Bellagio’s Conservatory, too, because podcasts are the perfect vehicle to share something so visually stunning.

Bellagio Conservatory Christmas 2018

It’s not Christmas until the Bellagio Conservatory says it is.

Just for good measure, we also review Holsteins at Cosmopolitan, as well as the cookies in the casino’s completely awesome high limit lounge.

It’s all the Vegas you can stomach, so let out your belt a notch and take a listen.

Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 89: Reckless Speculation and “Winner Takes All”

It’s time for the podcast your mother would’ve warned you about were she not so busy trying to delete your browser history.

In this installment, we chat with someone who’s actually interesting: Christina Binkley, author of “Winner Takes All.”

“Winner Takes All” is a must-read, and Binkley indulges our inane questions about three titans of Las Vegas: Kirk Kerkorian, Gary Loveman and Steve Wynn. But mostly that last guy.

Winner Takes All

A book so good, we read it twice, and we haven’t read a book since 1992.

If you’re going to buy the book, get it on Amazon using this link so we get a piece of the action and you can legitimately say you’re supporting someone’s Wheel of Fortune habit.

Christina Binkley is an award-winning journalist who’s been at The Wall Street Journal for more than two decades. A hefty portion of that was spent covering Las Vegas and its larger-than-life personalities.

We chat about the current state of Las Vegas, some of the people who made it what it is and what may be next for disgraced visionary Steve Wynn.

Naturally, we balance our our fascinating interview with an award-winning journalist by rambling incoherently about Wynn Plaza, being kicked out of SLS Las Vegas and how some Vegas resorts are bailing on resort fees.

Wynn Plaza

Wynn Plaza, being all “Grammable” and whatnot.

Mix in some rumors, speculation and hastily-slapped-together news updates, and you’ve got a solid way to kill an hour you might otherwise foolishly spend feeding the poor or helping elderly people across busy streets.

Take a listen and prove you don’t always do the smart thing, as if your brood of illegitimate children wasn’t already proof enough.

Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 88: Luckiest Episode, Ever

It’s time for another episode of the podcast guaranteed to be more pleasant than an intestinal parasite infection, but just barely.

In this installment, we take full advantage of 88, a number considered one of the luckiest in Chinese culture. We also talk about other numbers that are considered lucky and unlucky, and sometimes both.

There’s a metric hell-ton of updates about the latest news in Las Vegas, from Britney Spears’ new residency at Park MGM to the renovations at SLS and so much exclusive scoop you’ll have trouble fitting it all into your earholes.

We also give the inside skinny on a new lobby lounge at Bally’s, mainly as an excuse to chastise overzealous security guards who have it in for people with big cameras. Don’t get us started.

Bally's lobby lounge

Due to strict rules against photography at Bally’s, we are unable to share this photo of the new lounge.

Man, alive, is there a lot of Vegas news to catch up on.

Red Plate restaurant and Ghost Donkey opened at Cosmo, “Legends” is moving from Flamingo to Tropicana, Celine Dion announced her final shows, Sphere at Venetian broke ground, “Friends The Musical Parody” opened at The D, Downtown Project rebranded to DTP Companies, Mob Museum welcomed its two millionth visitor, Rehab closed for good, Harrah’s is de-theming, “Bat Out of Hell The Musical” is coming to Venetian, “Marilyn” isn’t coming anywhere, Donny and Marie are done at Flamingo next year, Rio’s getting a new venue (DB172), Don’t Tell Mama is moving to Neonopolis, Catch opened at Aria, Zoe escape room opened at Bally’s, Plaza is building a permanent outdoor equestrian center and TI is about to open a new sports bar.

Donny Marie feud

Donny and Marie were supposed to be at Flamingo for six weeks. When they’re done, it’ll be 11 years.

Are you not entertained?

Don’t attempt to do Las Vegas without stuffing your gullet full of WTF. Take a listen.