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Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 81: Hell’s Kitchen, Orgy Recap and Baseless Rumors Galore

It’s the podcast that moves at the speed of Vegas.

We should totally copyright that.

Anyway, we’re back with another installment of the 11th best Las Vegas podcast!

In this week’s inexcusably feeble attempt at entertainment, we share our thoughts about a forgettable dining experience at one of the hottest restaurants in Las Vegas, Hell’s Kitchen.

Hell's Kitchen Las Vegas

In a town with amazing meatballs, the ones at Hell’s Kitchen we’re really those.

We’ve also got exclusive scoop about the world’s largest orgy attempt, the winner of a $1.4 million jackpot at Golden Gate, top secret restaurants and bars planned for the Linq hotel, chatter about investors moving to bring Major League Baseball to Las Vegas and more.

There’s also juicy news about the future of Hard Rock casino as it transitions into Virgin Hotel. Among other things, we hear Mr. Lucky’s and Pink Taco are out, and it’s the last hurrah for Rehab, the hotel’s decadent pool party.

Word is the Hard Rock’s pool will be made over taking inspiration from Richard Branson’s private island, Makepeace Island.

Makepeace Island

Richard Branson is bringing a bit of his private island to his Virgin Hotel Las Vegas.

Get the latest about “Jersey Shore: Family Vacation” taping in Las Vegas and Wynn Resorts rolling back paid parking, two things we honestly never imagined we be typing in the same sentence.

Sqeeze the most from your next Vegas visit by letting us give it to you in the earholes. Which isn’t nearly as fun as it sounds, sadly.

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Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 80: World’s Largest Orgy, Burlesque Hall of Fame and More

It’s the all-sex episode of the podcast you can definitely live without!

First up, we’ve got an exclusive interview with Kristy Auli of Menage Life, the organization hosting a record attempt for the world’s largest orgy. The event takes place June 2, 2018 at the Erotic Heritage Museum here in Las Vegas, and more than 1,000 people have already registered to take part.

We also chat with Dustin Wax, Executive Director of the Burlesque Hall of Fame, a popular attraction which recently expanded to a new location. Get the inside scoop on this organization devoted to “preserving burlesque as an artform and cultural phenomenon.”

Burlesque Hall of Fame

The Burlesque Hall of Fame’s address has changed, but the tease remains the same.

Of course, we couldn’t do an all-sex installment without sharing the latest about the upcoming Las Vegas march in honor of International Whores Day. Organizers say the event is a “day to assert collective power and make demands, such as advocating for sex work to be decriminalized. Read more.

Our “Listicle of the Week” is “10 Sexy Things in Las Vegas,” including the Green Door swingers club, dancing dealers at The D and Golden Gate, the Love Store, Sheri’s Ranch brothel, “Chippendales” at Rio and “Fantasy” at Luxor and more.

Hey, there’s a reason they call it Sin City. Take a listen and we promise a happy ending!

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Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 79: Tom Green, Palms Rebirth, News and More

It’s the podcast you can’t Vegas without!

In this week’s episode, we chat with comedian Tom Green. Yes, that Tom Green.

Tom Green is best known for his offbeat “The Tom Green Show” on MTV and movies like “Road Trip,” “Freddy Got Fingered” and “Charlie’s Angels.” Green currently has a residency at Harrah’s Las Vegas, and now he joins the pantheon of performers who have had to endure our annoying questions.

Also on this show, we share our thoughts about four new venues making their debut at Palms Las Vegas, Apex nightclub, Unknown casino bar, Scotch 80 Prime steakhouse and Camden Cocktail Lounge.

Unknown bar Palms

The new Unknown bar at Palms is hard to miss.

The off-Strip Palms is investing $620 million in a dramatic overhaul, with more venues on the way, including restaurants from celebrity chefs Marc Vetri, Michael Symon and Bobby Flay.

We’ve got our usual cavalcade of news, including Mandarin Oriental becoming Waldorf Astoria, the end of Monte Carlo, a big decision about legal sports gambling, restaurant openings and closings and more.

We’ve also got the latest on a proposed “gateway” officials hope will draw visitors to downtown Las Vegas. As if cheap hooch and slot machines with actual coins weren’t enough.

Downtown Las Vegas gateway

Downtown lost its last welcome sign in 2016 when some asshat crashed into it with his truck. He is so not invited to the unveiling of this one.

Naturally, we talk up the Vegas Golden Knights, because it’s the law.

The Vital Vegas Podcast. Helping Las Vegas visitors overcome insomnia since sometime in early 2016. Take a listen.

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Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 78: 18 Fremont Project Details, Cosmo and Mandarin Oriental Rumors and More

Step away from the puckball playoffs, it’s time to shove some Vegas in your ears.

In this week’s episode, we’ve got an exclusive interview with Derek Stevens, owner of The D and Golden Gate, about his new resort at 18 Fremont.

Stevens helps clear up lots of questions about the project, shares his thoughts about what the new casino will bring to Las Vegas and hints at some surprises to come.

18 Fremont resort rendering

We’re already antsy for the new casino at 18 Fremont, and it’s two years away. We’re looking into purchasing a cryosleep chamber.

The show is also teeming with unsubstantiated rumors and speculation, including some juicy ones about a potential sale of Cosmopolitan to Hard Rock International, plus who might be buying Mandarin Oriental.

You’ll also want to hear the latest about what’s next for the Flamingo’s Margaritaville Casino and 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar. Hint: We hope you’re not emotionally attached.

You know, all the stuff you’ve already read in this blog!

5 O'Clock Somewhere bar

The sun’s going down on the 5 O’Clock Somewhere bar at Flamingo.

There’s a boatload of Las Vegas news, of course, and a listicle slapped together at the last possible moment, as is our way. It’s something about what casinos to do keep you gambling, although the specifics are muddy because Captain Morgan spiced rum.

There might be better Las Vegas podcasts, but you’d be hard-pressed to find one with a more inflamed liver.

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Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 77: Neon Brilliance, Mob Museum Moonshine and More

It’s all the Las Vegas you can fit into your tympanic cavity!

In this week’s episode, we review the new show at Neon Museum, “Brilliant.”

“Brilliant” brings 40 defunct signs back to life through the miracle of projection mapping. Yes, it’s a miracle, and this 30-minute show will make you fall in love with Las Vegas all over again.

Neon Museum Brilliant show

Amazingly, not a single bulb on these signs actually works. “Brilliant” is right!

Next up, we dive headlong into a new offering at Mob Museum, The Underground.

The Underground is a Prohibition-inspired speakeasy and features a working distillery.

On the show, we chat up a master moonshiner about turning corn mash into hooch, then we make our way to a new exhibit at Mob Museum, the “Use of Force Training Experience.”

Mob Museum distillery

Yes, moonshine’s made from corn, which sounds healthy, but still.

The rest of the show is an inebriated blur of Las Vegas rumors, news, a list of our favorite neon signs and self-serving drivel. What’s not to love?

Take a listen and learn why our podcast was named the 11th best podcast in Las Vegas, and that was probably being generous.

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Vital Vegas Podcast Ep. 76: Ellis Island’s Birthday, Skill-Based Slot Machines and More

In this week’s installment of the Vital Vegas podcast, we share all the latest Las Vegas news and prove, once and for all, people have extraordinarily low standards for entertainment!

What we lack in podcasting talent, we make up for with great guests.

First, we chat up Christina Ellis, Director of Marketing at Ellis Island Casino. The diminutive casino celebrated its 50th birthday on April 13, 2018, and we dropped by for some scoop, including news about the new Front Yard.

Ellis Island Front Yard

Ellis Island will mark its 50th year with a new place to test your liver, the Front Yard.

We also interview Paul Steelman, a well-known casino architect whose company, Competition Interactive, is making a go of skill-based slot machines.

Steelman talks about his new game, Running Rich Racing. The new game is being field tested at Planet Hollywood, The D and the Venetian.

We played the game at The D and we were awesome. Again, don’t believe everything you read on the Internet.

Running Rich

Running Rich Racing is the only evidence we’ve seen skill-based slot machines don’t suck.

Also on the show, we share a “Listicle of the Week” featuring Las Vegas resorts that never happened. Some of the names you’ll know, like Alon and Echelon Place. You’ll also learn about the Caribbean Casino, Playboy Hotel and Casino, Montreaux Resort and (wait for it) Titanic Resort.

No, really.

Yes, podcasts might be boring, but they’re better than being alone with your thoughts! Take a listen.

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