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The Vegas Thread!

PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2010 10:13 pm
by Jew
Hey everyone:

I figured there is enough of us Vegas junkies on here that we should have our own thread for posting news, construction updates, reviews, questions, etc.

I just got back from another crazy trip to Vegas. Long story short: Rok Vegas is still my favorite club in vegas (and Tao is still incredibly overcrowded), Brand steakhouse @ Monte Carlo has the best Potato Gratin I've ever had, Tacos & Tequila @ Luxor is a bad rip off of Pink Taco, and Hotel 32 is incredible.

I'll post more pictures from City Center and a Loft Suite @ Hotel 32 in the next few days.

In the mean time check out Twister II's
THREAD on City Center Or Renee's Las Vegas Marathon TR.

PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2010 4:42 pm
by chemical_echo
I'm going for two days next month after visiting my Dad in San Fransisco.
I got a great deal at Excalibur from following them on twitter ($65 for Saturday night, $33 for Sunday night). It'll be my third time going in the past two years.

I was really hoping I'd have an extra $180 to spend by cashing in my Superbowl bet, but looks like I'll just have to spend my own money.

I'm not a huge club person, but last time I was there (end of August - beginning of September) my cousin and I went to Coyote Ugly. Incredibly, because he's in a wheelchair, we got front of the line and no cover. Next time we're going to see if it works at Pure.

PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2010 4:47 pm
by Meteornotes
Cool idea for a thread. I love Vegas.

And don't forget Dave Goes To Las Vegas. With plenty of Ice Bat.


PostPosted: Mon Jan 25, 2010 10:51 pm
by larrygator
How dare any place try to emulate the Pink Taco!

PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2010 4:39 pm
by Jew
chemical_echo wrote:I'm not a huge club person, but last time I was there (end of August - beginning of September) my cousin and I went to Coyote Ugly. Incredibly, because he's in a wheelchair, we got front of the line and no cover. Next time we're going to see if it works at Pure.

Good luck finding enough space for a wheelchair. All of the more "famous" clubs are set up in a way where you really have to get a table in order to enjoy them. The dance floor/bar areas are always packed to capacity. It's more like a mosh pit than a dance floor.

My personal favorites are LAVO @ Venetian (like a smaller, way less packed version of TAO) and Rok Vegas @ NYNY. Coyote Ugly and the club at Imperial Place (Rockhouse I think the name is) are good "value" cover, a good vibe, and nice enough for you to still have a good time.

PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2010 5:18 pm
by Sir Clinksalot
God, I haven't had an actual "Vegas Trip" (for something other than work or a wedding) in WAY too long.

We are totally due for one soon. I'm looking forward to seeing everybody's reviews for our next trip.

Re: The Vegas Thread!

PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2010 5:25 pm
by nay
I love Vegas!

Jew wrote:Tacos & Tequila @ Luxor is a bad rip off of Pink Taco.

I almost went there last month but never got around to it. Glad to hear that I wasn't missing anything special.

I also like to try and see a show or two when I visit Vegas. I've seen Phantom twice, even though it's still playing here in NY, too. I prefer the shortened version that they have, and the scenery and special effects are terrific.

I have to see more Cirque du Soleil shows. I've only seen O and Mystere, which were both enjoyable.

PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2010 6:19 pm
by nursemelis374
Cool thread idea. I was also here this past weekend and here are my thoughts.

Retro Bakery = It is about 15 minutes off the strip but was totally worth the drive. I have been to quite a few cupcake places and this was my favorite. Only $2.50 each, delicious and a ton of variety. I will be going back there on my next trip in May. Favorites: Butterscotch and Brownie.

Jet = Nightclub in Mirage. It was totally chaotic trying to get it. We got in for free since we are women but guys were having a hard time getting in. Good music inside but super crowded. The guys from Jersey Shore were there that night so a lot of people showed up. There was a platform in the middle of the dancefloor with poles so every wannabe-stripper was up there in her mega-short skirt flashing her crotch. There were guys everywhere taking pictures of this so I am sure those pics are now all over the internet. We lasted about an hour. Should have listened to Joey! :)

BLT = Restuarant in Mirage that was really good. They are kind of a gourmet diner type place. We shared a yummy burger, these delicious cheese-bacon-waffle fries and deep fried pickles that reminded me of eating in Pigeon Forge. I would go back.

VooDoo Lounge = Inside of Rio (where we were staying) and up about 50 floors. This place was much more our scene and we had a blast there. Strong, reasonably priced drinks; beautiful view; good music and good vibe. We met some fun people there and stayed until around 3:30. Cover was free for ladies also. I would go back.

Serendipity 3 = I have tried to go to the one in NYC twice, but it was always packed. This one was pretty crowded but they had a take-out window serving their famous frozen hot chocolate. We split a small one and it was pretty good. The food looked good and I would like to go back and eat at the actual restaurant.

That's all! I will be back in May!

PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2010 8:58 pm
by Jew
So for my first hotel review, I'll do my latest trip. After 1 night in a Monaco Suite+regular room @ Monte Carlo (both very adequate rooms, but nothing worth taking pictures of. In fact, Monte Carlo is one of my favorite hotels for being cheap, clean, and in a good location), I paid to upgrade to a Loft Suite @ Hotel 32.

For those of you who weren't aware, Hotel 32 is the renovated 32nd floor of Monte Carlo. If you recall, that was the floor destroyed by the fire. So insurance money paid for MGM to build themselves a brand new boutique hotel.

All I can say is WOW. The rack rate is only $300ish right now, which is a hell of a deal. The hotel lists the room at 1200 sqft, and even though there is only one easily slept all 6 of us between the bed and all the couches. There's also a private concierge lounge with some snacks, soda, bottled water, etc. included. The best part though is the "suite assistant" who basically gets you whatever you want at any MGM property. We used them for all our dinner reservations and the best table @ Rok Vegas. And we got a limo ride to the airport included.

Here's the best photo tour I could put together between pictures from my friends and my cell phone...

I also did a very crude video tour using my phone that you can check out HERE.

Oh, and to add on to Melissa's comments:

Burger Bar @ Mandalay Bay is another great burger place. Decent beer selection too! And while at Mandalay Bay, another lounge with incredible views is MIX. But there is also only a very tiny dancing area there.

PostPosted: Wed Jan 27, 2010 12:06 am
by Meteornotes
^That looks amazing. Might be a fun place to stay on a Vegas trip.

And if we're talking about Vegas restaurants, I have one word: Nobu. Easily one of the best meals I've had in my life. Cannot wait to eat there again some time.