Sunday, June 24, 2012

360 Vegas Reviews: Tender Steakhouse @Luxor Spring 2012

Tender Steakhouse is the perfect spot for a quiet glass of wine with friends. Step off the casino floor and into the bar and lounge, here you are able to sit at the bar or relax in one of the many comfy leather chairs, while still enjoying the action.

The restaurant, which is located through the lounge and hence away from the noise of the casino, offers an intimate and relaxing atmosphere. The lighting is dimmed down and the warm cherry and mahogany furniture play well against the leather and wood panelled walls.

Location – Inside the Luxor Hotel, adjacent to the walkway to Mandalay Bay, opposite LAX nightclub
  •       Operating Hours: 
    • Restaurant- Daily 5pm-11pm
    • Bar- Daily 4:30pm-12:00
Drinks – Tender does not feature a signature drink, but is renowned for its extensive wine list, winning the national Wine Spectator Award for the last 3 years.
The wine list has over 200 bottles to choose from, imported from all over the world, some available in half and full bottles.
  • Average Drink Price
    • Beer $7
    • Wine by the glass $12
    • Wine by the bottle $35-$500
    • Cocktails $12
Food/Nosh – Like its wine listing, Tender does not feature a speciality dish of sorts, but is well known for its steak range.
  • Average Cost
    • Appetizer $114
    • Soup and Salads $9
    • Entree $40
    • Side $9
    • Dessert $9 
Reservations – Recommended for dinner and available by phone or online

Happy Hour – Daily from 5pm-7pm. 
  • Two wine or cheese tastings $8
  • Four wine or cheese tastings $15

Vegas Mate Rating – 4/5

Mark & Keren Rate - 4/5

E-52: Too Drunk for a Title

Random VegasOct. 10th, 1922, the color red hits 23 times in a row on a roulette wheel in Monte Carlo.  If a player had a $1 bet and let it ride every time, the winnings would be $8,388.608. (Casino Player Magazine)

Vegas Mate Review of the WeekJ Hennessy’s June 17th review of BRAND Steakhouse @Monte Carlo - 5/5 chips

Twitpic of the Week

This week’s winner goes to friend of the show @VegasPartyStops for a sweet picture of one of the most beautiful things you can see in Vegas, the Chandelier Bar @Cosmopolitan.  This is another one of those places that has candidates every week but what’s amazing about the Chandelier Bar is also what makes it so hard to photograph, it’s absolutely massive.  @VegasPartyStops did a great job of capturing it as best as you could from the angle this picture was taken from. 


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Fiona Apple - 7/15   Tony Bennett - 9/1   Zarkana - 11/1
Morrissey - 11/23   Lost Prophets - 8/12
Oak Ridge Boys - 7/6th-7th & 12/11th-12th

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Sunday, June 17, 2012

360 Vegas Reviews: Bally's Hotel & Casino Spring 2012


Bally’s Hotel and Casino first opened in 1973 as the original MGM Grand, under the ownership of Kirk Kerkorian. It was the largest hotel in the world, costing a then staggering $106 million and would remain so until Steve Wynn opened the Mirage in the late 1980’s.

Much like the current MGM Grand, the property was then heavily themed with movie memorabilia as Kirk Kerkorian had a large financial interest in Metro Goldwyn Meyer. The hotel was the number one destination on the Las Vegas Strip and was a highly sought after property for celebrity headliners, such as the Carpenters, Barry Manilow and Joan Rivers, to name just a few.

In 1980, one of the restaurants in the property caught fire, which spread throughout the hotel killing 85 employees and guests. Much of the property was destroyed, Kirk Kerkorian quickly rebuilt in under 8 months. The fire was such a disaster that it caused massive fire safety reform across the globe.

In 1985, the property was sold to Bally Entertainment Corparaation for $594 million and then in 1995 Bally Entertainment was purchased by The Hilton chain. In a massive expansion, Hilton sub divided the company and its casino operations were managed by Caesars Entertainment. This was later sold to Harrah’s in 2005 and with a recent re branding, is now called Caesars 

Hotel Specifications:
  •  Size- Built on 43 acres, featuring 2814 rooms
  • Casino- 67,000 square feet of gaming space, including 1,500 slot machines, all major table games and a poker room.
  • Race & Sports Book- 256 seats, 150 televisions and 11 big screens
  •  Restaurants - Bally’s Steakhouse, Java Coast, Nosh, Sea-The Thai Experience, Sidewalk Café, Sterling Brunch, Blu Café and Tequila Bar & Grill. As well as several mall restaurants
  • Entertainment - Jubilee, The Price is Right and Tony & Tina’s Wedding
Room Overview:

At more than 450 sq. ft., Bally's Classic guest rooms are among the most spacious standard accommodations on the Las Vegas Strip. Choose from one king or two queen beds, and smoking or non-smoking rooms.

Vegas Mate Rating: 3/5

Mark & Keren Rate: 4/5

E-51: Waiting for you to say something witty

Happy Birthday Excalibur (6/19/90) & Monte Carlo (6/21/96)

Random VegasThe Excalibur Castle in Vegas is modeled after the Neuschwanstein Castle in sleeping beauty (Casino Player Magazine)

Vegas Mate Review of the WeekThis week’s review is Michele’s June 10th review of Carlos and Charlie’s @Flamingo -  3/5 chips

Twitpic of the Week

This week’s winner comes to us from @spalavra for a beautiful picture of Fremont St during the day, which previously I didn’t know was possible.  This appears to be taken just past Golden Gate and captures the Golden Goose, Vegas Vicky & Vic and everything east of them ending in sunlight.  I really like the way the light is dispersed in the picture with the Fremont St experience.  It’s a really unique and 
lovely picture and I’m glad to be proven wrong that Fremont St can look nice during the day


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Aisha Tyler - 7/5-7   Greg Proops - 7/26-28   Dom Irrera - 8/9-11
Ari Shaffir - 8/16-18   Temptations - 7/7-8   Kevin Nealon - 8/24-25

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Sunday, June 10, 2012

E-50: Jabbawockeez Koozie

Random VegasJune 14th, 1960 the first “black book” is issued by the Nevada Gaming Control Board to every casino in the state, listing individuals who are not permitted to enter their premises.  The original listed eleven men, all are known underworld figures. (Casino Player Magazine)

Vegas Mate Review of the Week  - This week’s review is Ute’s June 7th review of Holstein’s @Cosmopolitan - 4/5 chips

Twitpic of the Week

This week’s winner goes to @Amber_Naleen for her picture of Vegas Vicky down on Fremont St.  It’s a really great picture, high quality of a Vegas staple since 1980.  She was originally known as Sassy Sally but when that property became Mermaids in 2001, she was renamed Vegas Vicky.  She’s a Vegas icon and we are thrilled to add her to our collection.


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Slots - Bally's Grease

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Coming Attractions

Rock n Roll Fantasy Camp - 10/10-14   Kathy Griffin - 9/8   Eddie Vedder - 10/31-11/1
Matt Braunger - 7/12-14   Robert Kelly - 7/19-21   Joe Walsh - 9/22
Stone Temple Pilots - 9/20   Tim Allen - 8/3-4 & 9/28-29

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Sunday, June 3, 2012

E-49: Wangapalooza

Random VegasCasino was filmed entirely in the Las Vegas Valley. The casino and office scenes were filmed in the famed Riviera Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip and the driving scene in the beginning of the movie was filmed on Fremont Street in Downtown Las Vegas, which is no longer open to automobile traffic. (IMDB)

Vegas Mate Review of the WeekJK’s May 28th review of the Fountains of Bellagio – 5/5 chips

Twitpic of the Week

This week’s winner goes to friend of the show @neonvacation for a really cool picture of the Paris Balloon and all it’s faded glory.  This picture was taken during the day so you can’t miss what the sun has done to it.  I’m not sure how he got this picture because you can see the PH/Cosmopolitan walkway in the foreground and the Paris balloon looms large just behind it.  I assume some editing was done or a sweet zoom was used.  My favorite part is how this shot symbolically represents what Vegas does to you with it’s deceptive distances, larger than life attractions and how it washes the life out of you from the experience.


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Coming Attractions

Hank Williams Jr  - 6/29   Tenacious D - 7/28  Metric - 10/6
Justin Bieber - 9/30   Seth Meyers - 7/6   Margaret Cho  - 9/6
The Doobie Brothers - 11/9-10    UFC FanExpo 2012 - 7/6-7 

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