Friday, December 28, 2012

Paris Summer 2012

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Bally’s Entertainment broke ground on the Paris Hotel & Casino in April 1997. Costing $785 million and set on 24 acres of land, Paris took 2 and half years to build and opened on September 1st 1999.

The property was designed by Bergman Walls Associates and the façade is based on a mix of the Paris Opera House and the Louvre. The hotel features a near half scale, (541ft) replica of the Eiffel Tower, a two thirds replica of the Arc de Triomphe and the infamous faded marquee is based on the Montgolfier balloon. Paris did feature a beautiful replica of the Fountaine des Mers, but has recently been removed to make way for the recent additions.

After a severe downturn in patronage, due to the Global Finacial Crisis, Caesars Entertainment began a series of renovations to the property, beginning with a scaling down of the overall Parisian theme. In early 2011 the Chateau nightclub and Sugar Factory restaurant opened on the Strip front side and the target market is being re aimed at a younger demographic.

Hotels Specifications

Size- 2,916 rooms 

Room Overview:

Custom European furniture, rich fabrics and warm decorations give these rooms distinctive French feel. The immaculate, marble bathroom features both a bathtub and a stand-alone shower. Available with one king-size bed or two queens.

·       Casino - 85,000 square feet of gaming space, including 2,200 slot machines, over 100 table games and separate high limit slot/table game pit

·       Race & Sports Book - 256 seats, 220 televisions and 11 big screens.

·     Restaurants - Café Belle Madeleine, The Eiffel Tower Restaurant, Le Village Buffet, Du Parcs, Mon Ami Gabi, Le Burger Brasserie, Sugar Factory and the newly opened Gordon Ramsey Steakhouse.  

·       Entertainment - Anthony Cools Hypnotist

·       Nightlife - Chateau Nightclub and Terrace, Napoleon’s Piano Lounge, Le Cabaret Lounge and La Central.

Vegas Mate Rating: 4/5
Mark & Keren Rate: 3/5

Friday, December 21, 2012

Ambhar Lounge @Tropicana Spring 2012

Ambhar Lounge is a collaboration between the Tropicana and Ambhar Tequila. The 4,000 square foot live music venue and bar was opened on December 1st 2011 and is aimed at attracting the young hip crowd back to the Trop.  The bar features an extensive list of tequila cocktails, many designed by legendary mixologist Bobby Gleason, as well as a large beer menu.  Ambhar is also a great place to watch sporting events as it's fitted with several large LCD TV’s and features comfortable tub chair seating throughout. 

Location – Tropicana Hotel (in the old Celebration Lounge location)
  • Details:
    • Open 24 hours
    • Capacity 150
    • Admission always free
  • Happy Hour
    • 4pm - 6pm, 2 for 1 domestic drafts and wells
  • Average Drink Price is $8

Mark & Keren Review – 4/5 chips

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Octane @Excalibur Spring 2012

Octane Lounge is a small, but high energy night spot. Styled after a mechanics motorcycle garage with a twist of Las Vegas flair, the bar is decorated with modern metal inspired artwork and motorcycle paintings lining the walls. The center piece of the bar features 3 bad ass phantom motorcycles. 
Equipped with a full bar, this is a lounge where you can feel comfortable in jeans and a leather jacket. This is further enhanced by the leather clad waitresses who are often found dancing on the bar and performing sexy dance routines to get the party started.

Bar Details:
Location – Inside the Castle Walk Mall, opposite the Thunder From Down Under Theatre in the Excalibur Hotel
  • Capacity: 100
  • Operating Hours:         
    • Monday to Friday 5pm-2am
    • Saturday and Sunday 9am-2am
Music/Theme – Rock/Biker Bar
Drinks – Signature Drink: Beam Me Up Scotty (Bacardi Light

Rum, Bacardi 151 Rum, Peach Schnapps, Pineapple Juice, Cranberry Juice and a

splash of pomegranate juice)
  • Average Drink Price:
    • Local Beer $5
    • Imported Beer $6
    • Wine $8
    • Cocktails $9
Keren and Mark Rate: 4/5

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Rhumbar at the Mirage

Rhumbar is a 2000 square foot outdoor/outdoor bar that opened in early 2009 and is themed as a modern Caribbean oasis right on Las Vegas Boulevard. Inside the design is bright and modern which contrasts sharply against the lush outdoor patio.

The patio has excellent views of the infamous Mirage volcano and lake and provides a great spot to watch the show at night. With comfortable patio seating and cool misters for the hot summer days and carefully placed heat lamps for the brisk nights, it’s the perfect spot to enjoy a cocktail.

Rhumbar features an extensive cocktail menu and over 40 different rums. Further enhancing the Cuban feel, Rhumbar is fitted with a large humidor complete with local and imported cigars. For something different, patrons can partake in unlimited hookah pipes for $65, in a wide array of flavors. 

Location - Strip facing in front of the Mirage
  • Capacity 100
  • Operating Hours
    • Sunday to Thursday 12pm - 1am
    • Friday & Saturday 12pm - 2am
Theme - Upbeat Caribbean/Latin styled music

Drinks - Signature Drink is the Spice Lover - Cuervo Platino Tequila, English cucumber, Mexican cilantro. Lime juice, sweet agave nectar and a dash of tabasco.
  • Average Drink Prices:
    • Beer - $7
    • Wine - $10
    • Cocktails - $12
    • Cigars - $10
  • Happy Hours - Daily from 2pm - 6pm
    • $5 select cocktails 
    • $5 beers 
    • $8 house selection cigars
Vegas Mate Rating – 3/5
Mark & Matt Rating - 4/5
Keren Rating - 3/5

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Diablos Cantina @Monte Carlo Spring 2012

At the top of restaurant resides a 20 foot she Devil that creates an unmistakable marquee in a city full of unique visions.

Bought to you by the Light Group, this 13,000 square foot, bar and restaurant is an alluring destination combining the charm of a Mexican coastal cantina with the excitement of a Las Vegas hot spot. Diablo’s mixes old world style with modern energy, as its one of a kind hand painted murals are balanced against multiple plasma screens and a state of the art sound and lighting system.

The waiters and waitresses keep the edgy and sexy feel alive with their high energy and often heavily tattooed bodies.

The two story layout houses a dining area and frozen/specialty drink bar on the main level. Diablo’s second floor features outdoor dining, a centrally located open air bar and stage for live entertainment. With prime views of the Las Vegas Strip, Diablo’s high energy feel mixed with south of the border charm make it a fun and versatile dining experience.

Location – In front of Monte Carlo Hotel, right on the strip.
  • Operating Hours:
    • Dining available Monday-Sunday 11am to 10pm
    • Late night (drinks only) 10pm to 4am

Drinks – Average Drink Price: $7-$12

Food/Nosh – The nachos are touted as the best in the city and the biggest

  • Average starter cost: $8-$12
  • Average salad: $14
  • Average nachos/quesadillas/tacos:  $16
Reservations – Available and recommended for dining 

Happy Hours & Special Events
  • Wednesday: Island Nights:
    • Heineken, Bud Light and Corona buckets specials and $5 Purple Hooters shots.
  • Thursdays: Rock the Roof, Battle of the Bands:
    • Four bands a week battle it out. A total of 64 bands will compete over 31 weeks to determine the winner.
  • Friday & Saturday: Weekend Live:
    • The Street performs your favourite covers live. Free admission until midnight and a hot wing eating contest on Friday at 9 p.m.

Vegas Mate Rating: 3/5

Mark Rates: 4/5    Keren Rates: 3/5   Matt Rates: 4/5