Las Vegas

  • Exploring Off-Strip Vegas Adventures for an Ultimate Guys Weekend

    The first few times you come to Vegas, all you can think of overwhelming majesty of the strip. It's a fantastic wonderland of lights, sounds, and sights that you simply can't find anywhere else on earth. After a few visits though, that starts to get more and more shallow and you begin to wonder what lies beyond. The fact is, Vegas is a huge city with more than just the strip to explore. Unfortunately for you and I though, from the moment you land in the airport - everything is designed to pull you and your wallet into one of the gigantic strip resorts.

  • California Pizza Kitchen Las Vegas at The Park: More Than Just Pizza

    My wife tells me that I'm weird since i don't love pizza. Unfortunately because of that, I've generally avoided California Pizza kitchen since I'd always seen it as a pizza joint. Since earlier this year though when I helped them kick off their new location at The Park in Vegas, it's become one of my favorite restaurants.

  • Tips For Planning a Dog Friendly Las Vegas Vacation

    At first glance, Las Vegas isn't the most dog friendly destination. It's a city teeming with people and mega resort hotels with seemingly endless hallways that let's face it... your dog might not make it down before they have an accident. Luckily for those of us who love to travel with our dogs, some Vegas hotels are starting to work to accommodate dogs and some even welcome them with open arms like we discovered while visiting Delano where we received a media rate and free concierge services for Niki Belle.

  • Southern Cooking, Vegas Style at Yardbird Las Vegas

    There's something special about southern cooking. It's a craft that has been honed by generations and has a unique sophistication that really isn't based on "price" but rather simply a love for flavors and textures that transcend economic divides. When I lived in North Carolina, food was a celebration and "Sunday Dinner" represented a time when friends, family, and neighbors would gather at my friend's grandmother's house for stories, drinks, and meals that I still remember today. That's the magic Southern Cooking and Yardbird Las Vegas has taken that experience and elevated it to a level that is sophisticated - but still approachable. 

  • Libertine Social Merges Near Perfect Cocktails, Food, and Creativity

    Las Vegas has some of the best bars and some of the best restaurants in the world but no matter how much talent and desire to be the best... most are good at one or the other, not both. During a visit last night to Libertine Social inside of Mandalay Bay, I was treated to an experience that frankly I wasn't expecting based on the relatively unassuming entrance.

  • Insider Tips from a Former Las Vegas Concierge

    Vegas can be a tricky place if you don't know what you are doing. I know my first few visits weren't nearly as fun as those that followed since I began to learn my way around but I'm in awe of Las Vegas Concierges. There is so much stuff going on in this city that is constantly changing and yet they seem to know everything about it as it happens.

  • Exploring the Smirnoff House and Electric Daisy Carnival 2016

    Thanks to Smirnoff I had an amazing opportunity earlier this month. I got to go to the Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) in Las Vegas, where I was exposed to a lot of new things and perhaps most importantly discovering a new side to the brand as well as people I had previously dismissed as "those silly club kids".

  • 50 Years and Still Going Strong at Caesars Palace Las Vegas!

    Vegas fascinates me. It is a city that is constantly transforming itself and one that is unabashedly driven by raw capitalism - driven by one goal: to bring people to town who are willing to spend their money. In 1966 when it first opened, the strip wasn't what it was today and this is the property that defined that growth and continues to define what it means to be "Vegas" today. However, for some reason I had never actually stayed there before. Luckily, I was able to check it out recently while I was in town with Smirnoff for the Electric Daisy Carnival. 

  • Five Southwest Road Trip Destinations to Cool Off This Summer

    It's getting hot and if you are in the Southwest United States, it's going to get a lot hotter over the next few months. I just drove back from Las Vegas and as we drove through Baker, CA the thermometer on the car hit 116 degrees! That got me thinking about ideas for places to go visit later this summer to avoid the heat and cool off for a few days. 

  • Farewell to The Riviera 1955 - 2015; Imploded June 2016

    I feel like everyone has memories of "The Riv", so it was a sad day when I heard last year that it was closing, but at 2 am on Tuesday morning they imploded the Monaco tower, signaling that Vegas has moved on. It's weird to think of being emotional about a place such as the Riviera but it's something special for me as it was the first Vegas hotel that I stayed in. Plus, over the past 20 years I visited it for other events ranging from conferences like Comdex and CES to pool tournaments and last year to see the amazing neon facade one last time.

  • Exploring The Park in Las Vegas

    The Park, a subsidiary of MGM Resorts International opened last week, bringing with it a more relaxed, tree-lined and sculpture shaded escape from the normal hustle and bustle of the Vegas Strip. The Park was designed with an open air patio environment allowing visitors to enjoy a more relaxed version of the classic Las Vegas.

  • Exploring The Park and T-Mobile Arena in Vegas with MGM Resorts

    This is the social feed from the launch of The Park and T-Mobile Arena in vegas as well as previous trips we've taken to Vegas.

  • Living Like a King In an Aria Sky Suite Penthouse

    Vegas has a lot of great hotel rooms and one of the finest hotels on the strip is Aria. It has everything needed for an awesome Vegas experience including great bars, fantastic food, wonderful staff and a center-strip location that is close to all the action. Things got a bit better this week though with the launch of the T-Mobile Arena and The Park entertainment district right next door. While I was expecting to have an awesome time, my mind was blown away when I received word that their PR Team had not just given me a room here but actually a Sky Suite Penthouse Room! 

  • Rivea At Delano - Dining at the Top of the World in Vegas

    One of the things I love about Vegas is all the amazing restaurants. It seems there is a never ending supply of creativity that is both pushing the culinary as well as architectural arts. What I didn't expect was to find an astonishingly awesome dinner at the top of Delano on the far south end of the strip. That's where Rivea sits and offers diners an unparalleled view of the entire strip. They say retail is location, location, location and this is absolutely true for Rivea. Luckily for us, the service and food was equally fantastic - making for one of the best dinners I've experienced in a long while.

  • Exploring the History and Origins of Roulette

    Up until a last year I wasn't a fan of roulette, I preferred blackjack and slots. The game of roulette was too complicated. Then a friend (who happened to own a casino) showed me how to play. Since then, it's become one of my favorite games as despite the complexity it is really pretty fun and easy to play. This is why roulette is one of the most popular table games at both land-based and online casinos today. Simply put, it has an elegant pace and the anticipation of watching the ball skip by your numbers is almost mesmerizing. I also love the fact that there are so many ways to bet... and despite the fact that everyone has their own methods... there's really no "right" or "wrong" way to play roulette.

  • VIP Shooting Experience at The Range 702 in Las Vegas

    When it comes to visiting Las Vegas, you can't help but be drawn into the glitz and uber luxury resorts of the strip or the quirky fun of downtown but there's a lot more to this city than gambling resorts. Luckily, I'm here to help you explore that "other side" of Las Vegas and we're kicked it off with a visit to The Range 702, Las Vegas's largest indoor shooting range!

  • Party Like an Egyptian at Luxor Las Vegas

    Having opened in 1993, Luxor is one of the icons of the Las Vegas strip and kicked off a decades long building boom of new mega resorts. While the strip offers a lot of unique opportunities - this is you only shot to sleep in a pyramid! While considerably smaller than the "Great Pyramid" of Giza (230 meters per side vs 183 meters), Kufu's designers didn't think to add a 120,000 sq ft casino, Carrot Top, Criss Angel Believe or "Fantsy" topless revue, so we're willing to accept that it's a bit smaller.

  • Golden Steer Steakhouse Las Vegas

    Old Vegas may have slipped behind the curtain over the past decade to make way for hipsters and people looking for upscale luxury experiences but below the surface there are still a few Vegas treasures that will transport you back to the golden age of Vegas when being a "celebrity" meant something more than just how many Instagram followers you have. 

  • Hangry in Sin City: Where to Eat Well in Las Vegas

    Las Vegas has some of the best food in the entire country and whether or not you are here for a convention, a bachelor party, or simply just to partake in the thrills of "Sin City", you are sure to work up a heck of an appetite. Don't let your hunger ruin the moment though! Fortunately, Las Vegas is filled to bursting with excellent eateries ready to satisfy whatever urges you might have.

  • Cherry Poppin' Daddies & Spin Doctors at Rock of Vegas

    Seeing great bands that bring back memories of highschool are always great, but when they are free and you can enjoy not-overpriced booze, well... that's even better! I love Fremont Street so much, that I'm going to call it the Fun Side of Vegas from here on out. It's taken some time for Fremont Street to gain traction but it is absolutely on a roll now with some great hotels like The D, Golden Gate, and Golden Nugget as well as great free entertainment virtually every night. To extend things even further, the Fremont Street Experience launched Rock of Vegas Summer Concert series. We were there last week to see the Spin Doctors and Cherry Poppin' Daddies and had a blast!

  • Three Suite Options for a Guys Weekend In Downtown Vegas

    Up until this year when it finally came true, I'd always dreamed about one day having a suite in Vegas and living like a high-roller. On the strip this can put you back thousands of dollars per night. Sure there are some incredible options but without an unlimited amount of money, I'd rather save my money for food, drinks, and entertainment. Downtown Las Vegas is a different story and I had the opportunity to check out three different suites that are all awesome options if you are planning a guys weekend or a bachelor party in Vegas.

  • Playing Vintage Vegas Slots in Downtown Las Vegas at the D

    If there's one thing that I miss from the first few times I visited Las Vegas many years ago it is the sound of coins plunking down out of the machine. Sure, today's modern slots have beeps and buzzers that signify that you won, but it's just not the same thing. Similarly, there's a sense of satisfaction walking around with a big heavy bucket full of quarters after a successful win that sadly has left this town. That's true except for a couple places that have clung to the past such as The D Hotel in Downtown Las Vegas.

  • Pools, Parties, and Cocktails at The Cromwell Vegas

    Each time I go to Vegas it's a different experience and that's an amazing testament to the diversity of entertainment options available in that city. This time, I had a chance to check out two of the newest resorts on the strip - The Cromwell, and The Linq. Over the past few years, these properties have both gone through some significant changes but it seems that Caesars has finally got a concept that works.

  • Feast Like a King at Excalibur's NEW Buffet

    When you think of a great Vegas buffet, chances are you think about the Bacchanal over at Caesar's Palace or Aria's awesome new buffet we plowed through earlier this year. What I WASN'T expecting was that Excalibur's buffet would be right up there, delivering a feast fit for a king. While the days of costumed knights and ladies is gone and so is the super kitschy medieval feast theme, what's replaced it is a super clean, light and airy dining room with an updated menu and easy navigation.

  • Groove Cruise LA and Drai's Beachclub Team Up For the Ultimate Party

    We're heading to Drai's Beachclub / Drai's Nightclub at The Cromwell next week, so we'll have more on this incredible club and one of the newer resorts on the strip. However, if you want to combine the high-energy EDM scene with an awesome cruise on one of my favorite ships (Carnival Inspiration) then you gotta check out The Groove Cruise. It's not for everyone, but this quote from the website about sums it up: "There’s no 2am curfew on this vessel! With nightly after-hours going into the early afternoon, there is no better way to leave the world behind."

  • The LINQ Hotel & Casino Has an Awesome Pool on the Las Vegas Strip

    The LINQ is one of the hottest new properties on the strip, so when we heard about their new pool opening, we got excited!

    The new LINQ Pool Deck is exclusive to LINQ Hotel & Casino guests 21 and over, The LINQ Pool provides a cooling escape with spectacular views of the High Roller observation wheel and the LINQ Promenade. This center-strip destination features two pools, a 32-seat center bar lined with four plasma televisions and full of signature cocktails, draught beer, frozen drinks and poolside dining options from Nook Express. The main pool boasts a wet deck with lily pad daybeds available for rent, while the second pool is accessed from a standalone elevated deck with tables available for rent as well.

  • The D Hotel - A Fremont Street Vegas Experience Imported from Detroit

    It's the tale of two cities in Vegas right now - while "The Strip" has gone full tilt towards high-end luxury and has literally stripped all the quirky stuff that used to be "Vegas", the downtown area has seen a resurgence. I've always been a fan of the Fremont Street area for it's cheap drinks an colorful people, but it has never EVER been a place that I would recommend staying. That seems to be changing now though with the opening of The D Hotel and the renovation of The Golden Gate by entrepreneurs Derek and Greg Stevens.

  • 10 Awesome On-Strip Vegas Ideas For Your Ultimate Guys Weekend

    Last month I was joined by a group of other male bloggers to explore the best that the strip has to offer. This was a heck of a weekend that was filled with amazing experiences that I can't wait to do again. While every Vegas guys weekend is going to be different but here are our top 10 things to do on the strip.

  • A VIP Las Vegas Guys Weekend At Aria

    I now know what it means to be a Vegas VIP - it is an experience unlike any other I've ever had the opportunity to experience and the best part was that I got to share it with 6 of my best friends and fellow bloggers!

    We did a LOT of stuff in just three days, but this is the city where excess is normal and you can always recover once you get home. Our home base for the weekend was Aria but we also explored Mandalay Bay, Mirage, and Bellagio. 

  • Burgers, Beers, and Basketball at MGM Grand Las Vegas Guys Weekend!

    The MGM Grand Las Vegas is the second largest hotel in the world by number of rooms and since it opened up in 1993, the hotel has transformed from the loose theme based on the Wizard of Oz into what I found last week - an AMAZINGLY COOL sports and entertainment themed experience that was about as awesome as you could possibly get for a Vegas guys weekend. It could have been that we happened to be there during the PAC 12 Championship basketball games and the contagious excitement from thousands of excited fans, alums, and players but I suspect that with their aggressive sports entertainment schedule including PBR, MMA, Boxing, and others that this vibe is not unique to the days we visited.

  • Six Ways To Celebrate #PiDay With MGM Resorts in Vegas

    Each year it seems like Pi Day gets more and more elaborate as marketing folks, social media geeks, and the media respond to this mathematical occurrence of 3/14 or 3.14. That's the number Pi for those of you who don't remember high school geometry!

    Anyhow, this year we are in Vegas for the #MenWhoBlogLVtrip with MGM Resorts and they have shared with us six ways that they are celebrating Pi Day across their various resorts. I'm looking forward to the Truffle Pizza Pie at FIVE50, what's your favorite?

  • Our Favorite Top 10 Hotel Pools Worth Planning a Trip to Visit

    Almost all hotels and resorts have pools, but in the ever competitive travel market, there are few resorts that take the concept of a resort pool a step further with extreme opulence or features you never even considered. The following are our top ten favorite ultimate hotel swimming pools.

  • Never Hungover - it's more than just a Wish, it's a mission! Drink Before Partying and Feel Better Tomorrow

    When I was younger I could party with the best of them but as I got older I had to start watching what I drank and I learned a few tricks from buddies - drink water before / after, eat a greasy late-night meal before heading home, white bread / crackers etc. There is no shortage of "hangover cures" but like the folk remedies of yesteryear while there may be some truth, they can also be improved and that's where Never Hungover comes in.

  • See the Red Bull Air Race!

    After a few years away, the Red Bull Air Raceis back and touring the globe! While we'll have to wait a bit longer for it to make it's way here to the United States, the race starts today at the Ascot Racecourse just outside London. If you are looking for a better excuse for a mancation or guys weekend, visiting one of the upcoming locations would be an awesome experience.

    In September, the race comes over to the United States with a stop in Fort Worth on September 6 and 7. Then it arrives in Las Vegas on October 11 and 12 before wrapping things up in Spielberg, Austria.

    For fans of auto-racing, this is taking things to the next level. Just imagine some of the most exceptional pilots in the world competing through a combination of high speed, low altitude, and extreme maneuverability tests as they compete for the honor of being the fastest around the course filled with inflatable pylons that form the "air gates".

  • Vegas – The Ultimate Mancation

    The dream life as lived by the fabled Rat Pack film stars – Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr. – can still be found in Las Vegas, the neon-lit fantasy land in the Nevada desert that hawks its 24/7 entertainment venues like a successful hustler on the Mississippi paddle steamers of old.

  • Golden Gate - Vegas' Original Casino Undergoes Re-Construction

    golden-gate-logo-250Founded in 1906 on poker chips, whiskey and wild women, the Golden Gate – Las Vegas’ original casino – is undergoing its first major expansion in 50 years. A hangout for Frank, Sammy and Dean during the Rat Pack era, the landmark property in downtown Las Vegas will keep its authentic Vegas vibe while adding a spectacular 35,000-square-foot, five-story luxury tower with 16 hotel suites, including two penthouses that will encompass the entire 5th floor.

  • The Palazzo Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas

    Vegas may be one of those places that is overwhelming when you try to figure out where to go for the ultimate mancation. We had the opportunity recently to explore a fantastic choice that we heartily recomend you consider as well, The Palazzo.

    In addition to being a great casino hotel, The Palazzo is also home to Lagassi Stadium, which may well be the pinacle of perfection when it comes to sports bars!

  • Las Vegas Harlem Shot Showcase 2010

    harlem-shotsManTripping was invited to Vegas for a reason that dates back to 1691. No joke. It's the HARLEM Kruiden Liqueur Shot Showcase at Rain Nightclub in The Palms.

    Allow me introduce you to HARLEM. HARLEM comes from a town just outside of Amsterdam called “Haarlem.” While similar to Jägermeister in that it is an herbal liqueur best served as a frozen shot, this one ranks far above anything like it that we've sampled.

  • Party at the Palms in Vegas with Macanudo Cigars

    macanudo-millionaireMacanudo, America's number-one-selling premium cigar brand is back with an awesome opportunity for the ultimate Vegas mancation with Playboy Playmates at the Palms.

    Oh yeah, there is a chance to win $1,000,000 too!

    Macanudo, has teamed up with Playboy to award one lucky guy and his three best friends, an all-expense paid, three-day, two night trip to the Palms Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.  While in Sin City, the winner and his or her guests will be treated to a VIP evening at the legendary Playboy Club, where they will be accompanied by two Playboy Playmates who will stand in for Lady Luck as the winner gets a chance to spin a roulette wheel for a chance to win the $1,000,000 prize.

  • Mega Buses - in Las Vegas

    You advertise these Mega Buses in Las Vegas to Los Angeles but when you call to book them, I am told they don't have them in the West. What's that about. [email protected]

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