Thursday, July 14, 2011

Ladies Night is still Legal in Vegas

Good news for female (and single male) party-goers in Las Vegas - "Ladies Nights" are still legal based on new anti-discrimination legislation.

The Las Vegas Sun has a story about the new law that makes it illegal to discriminate based on gender, but allows establishments to "offer differential pricing, discounted pricing or special offers based on sex to promote or market the place of public accommodation."

This is key for Las Vegas nightclubs, which frequently offer free or reduced cover charges for female guests.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Mini Golf Piano Bar coming to Plaza

A bar featuring putt-putt golf and dueling pianos will be opening at the newly remodeled Plaza hotel on Fremont Street. Grand opening is scheduled for Labor Day weekend later this summer.

The nine hole mini golf course will be Vegas themed, and will feature glow-in-the-dark "disco golf" late at night.

The bar will be owned by Las Vegas celebrity hypnotist Anthony Cools. Here's what he had to say about the bar:

"Swingers Club will be unlike anything else in Las Vegas. This isn’t an ultra club with high priced bottle service. Our goal was to create an inviting atmosphere where people can relax and just have fun. They can enjoy the live music of dueling pianos or leading stage acts, socialize with friends over drinks, and maybe meet someone new over a few holes of mini golf. I’m confident that the unique concept of the Swingers Club will complement the fun vibe of downtown and make it a favorite destination for locals and tourists alike."

I definitely like the unique aspect of this bar and others downtown, notably Insert Coin(s). Fremont Street is turning into a pretty fun place to go bar hopping. Not that it wasn't fun before, but these new bars are helping to take downtown to a higher level.

Source: Press Release.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Vegas Strip on truTV

With recent violence on Las Vegas Boulevard, the new TV show Vegas Strip is somewhat timely. The COPS style show will follow police officers in Las Vegas.

Like other reality shows on truTV, some of the situations in the trailer look staged. It probably won't be great, but I'll likely catch a few episodes. There might be some good Vegas scenery if nothing else.

UPDATE: I watched the first two episodes of the show. It actually didn't look staged, although there were a couple of instances that could have been. The show is pretty much the same as COPS, just on the Vegas Strip.

8 News Now had a story about police on the Strip and they interviewed the main "star" of Vegas Strip, Sgt. Tom Jenkins.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Octavius Tower Open by Christmas 2011?

Caesars Palace president Gary Selesner participated in a Facebook chat recently. He mentioned that the Octavius Tower will likely be open by the end of the year, and updated the status of the new Nobu Hotel.

"Well, first of all, the Augustus Tower, Palace Tower and Forum Tower have all been recently remodeled and match the best rooms on the Strip. But I'm really excited to say that we're in the process of completing our all-new 650-room Octavius Tower, which we hope to have open by Christmas, and we are transforming the Centurion Tower, one of our older towers, into the world's first Nobu Hotel. So we'll have a hotel within a hotel at Caesars Palace. Guests will be able to enjoy all that Nobu is known for at a Nobu restaurant, and retire to a East-meets-West Nobu style room in the tower right above the restaurant. Our best guess is that we will have this open at some point next summer, but all of us can't wait!"

Source: Caesars Facebook Chat.

Las Vegas Hilton needs New Name

Las Vegas Hilton will be ending its partnership agreement with Hilton at the end of the year, so it looks like the hotel will need to find a new name.

When I first heard this news I immediately thought the property should switch back to its former name: The International.

Another possibility is the hotel partnering with an established brand. As boring as it may be, the property becoming a Sheraton, Hyatt or Marriott is probably likely scenario.