The shows at all Caesars Entertainment properties in Las Vegas have been on the move all year. We’ve tried to cover the Caesars show shuffle but it’s almost impossible to keep up. It looks like things might be under control for one Caesars property in Las Vegas.
Caesars Entertainment recently announced upgrades for The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. While the mainstream media covered the enhancements to the venue they brushed off a major part of the announcement. Caesars signed a deal to bring performers to their venues all over the country.
In addition to breathing new life into The Colosseum, Caesars Entertainment signed a co-promotion deal with Live Nation. While the deal should help all Caesars Entertainment venues, we’re already seeing the impact in Las Vegas. A couple of recent residency announcements will help fill the void left from Celine Dion and Elton John leaving Caesars Palace this year.
Upgrades At The Colosseum
Las Vegas has seen an explosion of music and entertainment venues since The Colosseum first opened in 2003. The Caesars Palace concert hall was originally designed for Celine Dion. Now that she’s leaving they’ll upgrade the experience both on the stage and in the seats. Literally – in the seats.
Caesars Palace will be upgrading all of the seats at The Colosseum. None of the refurbished luxury seats will be more than 145 feet away from the stage. There will also be VIP booths and bottle service similar to the Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood.
The seats in front of the venue will be removable. This will allow the venue to offer a general admission area for concerts where not everyone wants to sit around. The increased capacity could even lower ticket prices for some shows.
The performers will play on a stage with new lighting and a new 4k video wall to enhance their performance. Additionally, there will be a new state of the art sound system to the shows sound better than ever.
The Colosseum at Caesars Palace getting a makeover - YouTube
Journey Residency in 2019
Journey returns to Las Vegas with a new residency later this year. The limited engagement this year will have shows throughout October. Shows will take place on October 9, 11, 12, 16, 18, 19, 23, 25 and 26.
This is the same touring lineup that once had a residency at The Joint Inside the Hard Rock. Steve Perry no longer sings with Journey. Arnel Pineda has been bringing the heat for Journey for more than a decade now and will do so again at Caesars Palace.
Sting Residency in 2020
Sting will have his first Las Vegas residency at The Colosseum in 2020. His show called “My Songs” will take advantage of the new general admission seat configuration. The new standing room tickets are making this a more affordable Las Vegas show ticket starting at $59.
Unlike Journey, Sting has more than a handful of shows in a single month. The Sting residency will be at Caesars Palace on the following dates next year:
Drew Las Vegas is scheduled to open in 2022. There have been promises of a new north Vegas Strip for years. Unfortunately not much has changed since Sahara reopened as SLS Las Vegas in 2014. Progress on the area between Wynn and the Stratosphere has been off and on but mostly off.
Things could be changing on the north end of the Vegas Strip. There’s visible progress at Resorts World. Plans have evolved on the casino resort being built across the street from Wynn Las Vegas but construction continues on the hotel towers.
Resorts World is still scheduled to open in 2020 but there’s a lot of work to be done. It wouldn’t be a surprise if the opening is pushed back. The construction is moving at a snail’s pace. Additionally, Virgin Hotels Las Vegas and Circa are expected to have their grand openings in November and December of 2020, respectively.
Now there’s news on another casino resort that has been dormant for far too long.
The Drew and Drew Las Vegas
The big blue monstrosity of a building on the north end of the Vegas Strip was originally built to be Fontainebleau Las Vegas. Construction was about 90 percent complete when the owners ran out of money at the end of 2008. The company filed for bankruptcy in 2009 and the nearly complete property has stood vacant without any work for 10 years.
The building was purchased in late 2017 and renamed The Drew. Plans were in place for the property to open in 2020. Well, the opening date has been pushed back. In addition to a new name “Drew Las Vegas,” there’s now a plan for the property to open in the second quarter of 2022. The exact date hasn’t been revealed but if the plans go as scheduled The Drew will open in April, May, or June 2022.
Unlike previous plans, there’s now a company in charge of finishing Drew Las Vegas. Diller Scofidio + Renfro will the design architect for the integrated casino resort. A quick look at the DS+R website shows quite a beautiful design portfolio.
The New York company should bring a new vibe to Las Vegas. Plans for Drew Las Vegas initially included for a viaduct connecting Drew Las Vegas directly to the expanded Las Vegas Convention Center. Plans for both projects have changed since being introduced. It will be interesting to how DS+R will connect the two properties if that’s still happening.
“We believe Drew Las Vegas is set to usher in the next generation of Las Vegas resorts. It will be unlike anything on the Strip today – a truly integrated resort that brings together a unique take on Las Vegas and curated set of experiences from around the world,” says Steven Witkoff, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for Witkoff.
He continued, “We are thrilled to be working with such a prestigious and visionary firm as Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Our organizations share a commitment to challenging convention by seeking out original, transformative outcomes.”
Drew Las Vegas + Marriott
Drew Las Vegas has a hotel partner set already. Marriott has contributed 10 percent toward the construction costs. Not only will this be a Marriott hotel when opening but it will also be home to the only J.W. Marriott on the Vegas Strip.
“The Drew Las Vegas will become a landmark property for Marriott International,” said Tony Capuano, EVP, and Global Chief Development Officer, Marriott International. “The resort will give our more than 100 million loyalty members the chance to enjoy our brand of hospitality in one of the most exciting and popular cities in the world, whether the visit is for a convention or a leisure trip.”
You can read more about the partnership with Marriott and Drew Las Vegas here.
The report from Rent.com starts off with “(w)ith one “meatery” for every 3,937 residents, there’s no better city in America for meat lovers than Las Vegas.” When you put it that way, there’s no better place in America for meat lovers than Las Vegas.
The report ranked cities based on the number of BBQ restaurants, hamburger joints, steakhouses, meat retailers, butcher shops and any restaurant where beef is served per resident. Las Vegas ranks third in the US for the number of meat retailers, 48th in BBQ restaurants, and 112th in steakhouses and burger joints.
While In N Out Burger is so popular for tourists visiting Las Vegas there are a total of 132 Burger Kings, McDonald’s and Wendy’s in Las Vegas.
Let’s stick to the premise that this report is true and Las Vegas is the best city in the country for meat lovers. There are plenty of great meat restaurants in Las Vegas. I don’t believe in absolute best or worsts because a lot of things can affect every experience. Having said that, here are some great places to eat meat in Las Vegas.
The great steakhouse boom earlier in the 2000s brought steakhouses to just about every casino in Las Vegas. Only the strong survived and Las Vegas is left with some great steakhouses that are on par with any city in America.
Steak is a passion for me so it’s difficult to narrow this down. Here are a few different steakhouses you can find in casinos:
SW (Wynn), Heritage (The Mirage), StripSteak (Mandalay Bay), CraftSteak (MGM Grand), Andiamo (The D), and Oscar’s (Plaza).
There are plenty more great steakhouses but this should get you started down the road of delicious steaks. There are two steakhouses that take a slightly different approach to meat.
Jean George’s (Aria) and Bazaar Meats (SLS): Jean George’s is a traditional steakhouse but the short rib is phenomenal. Everything I’ve tried here is phenomenal. This a great restaurant for anyone but especially for meat lovers. Bazaar Meats is more just than a steakhouse. The huge menu is chock full of meat. Dining here is an experience unlike any other restaurant in Las Vegas.
There was a burger joint boom after the steakhouse boom ended in Las Vegas. Fancy craft burgers took a $2-$5 fast food experience and increased the price to $15-$20. While high-end steakhouses demanded $100 meals, the lower priced burger joints offered a moderately priced meal.
Here are a couple of great burgers in Las Vegas:
There’s only one burger on this menu on the menu for me. The “Gold Standard” has everything from a great burger to delicious toppings. The smoked bacon, aged goat cheddar cheese, baby arugula, and garlic-chive aioli make for a taste explosion unlike most burgers in Las Vegas. Beer drinkers will appreciate the huge list of beer.
BBD’s (Palace Station)
This is one of the newer burger joints in Las Vegas. The vibe here is hard rock and beef. The burgers are on the pricey side ($19+) but delicious. The music ranges from Metallica to AC/DC. While the jams sound loud on a computer screen, they’re low enough to where you barely notice them if you don’t want to. This burger is a great excuse to check out the recently remodeled and expanded Palace Station.
BBQ restaurants have been opening left and right over the past couple of years. This is another lower priced cuisine that’s usually affordable for most bankrolls. The number of BBQ restaurants in Las Vegas is still growing and the best are rising to the top. The worst will close over the next couple of years.
Here are a couple of standout BBQ restaurants in Las Vegas:
Mabel’s BBQ (Palms)
Mabel’s is one of the newest BBQ restaurants in Las Vegas. Chef Michael Symon brings Cleveland BBQ to Las Vegas. You’re not alone if you didn’t know Cleveland BBQ was a thing. The moist brisket is one of the best BBQ dishes you’ll find anywhere in Las Vegas.
Rollin’ Smoke (multiple locations)
Rollin’ Smoke has multiple locations around Las Vegas. My first experience was at the original location just off the Vegas Strip on South Highland. They now have locations near Summerlin and at Pawn Plaza in downtown Las Vegas. The meats here are among the best in Las Vegas. Skip the sides, the meat is all you need.
Las Vegas has become one of the best cities for foodies in the US. Unfortunately, there’s one meal that’s often forgotten when chefs are creating delicious and decadent menus. A great breakfast is often omitted in a town that cherishes great dinners at night and brunch during the day.
Some will say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. A cup of coffee and muffin might be enough to get the day started but that will only last so long. Sometimes a vacation needs a nice, slow, and relaxing breakfast. This full meal can power some people through an entire day of Vegas.
Every casino has a place to grab some eggs or pancakes but not every property offers a great first meal experience. We’ll look at some of the best affordable breakfasts at casinos and the best hangover breakfast that’s a bit of a ride but well worth the trip.
Mon Ami Gabi (Paris Las Vegas)
This is one of the best restaurants for breakfast anywhere in Las Vegas. It has a fantastic combination of atmosphere, coffee, and food. The patio at Mon Ami Gabi is a couple of feet above the Vegas Strip. This offers a great view of the action without people being too close. The patio is great in the morning because the fresh air is well…refreshing.
The coffee at this French bistro is delicious and comes in small cups. The small beverages mean the servers come by often to make sure the cups are full and that everyone is having a good time. The service at Mon Ami Gabi is great – even when the restaurant is packed.
The best part of breakfast at Mon Ami Gabi might be the bacon. The crispy date-glazed bacon is phenomenal. It compliments a traditional breakfast perfectly. You might not need an extra side order of bacon but you can have it for another $5.95.
The food is very good but the real selling point for breakfast at Mon Ami Gabi is the fresh air and view of the Vegas Strip.
Della’s Kitchen (Delano)
Delano is often not on the radar for guests visiting Las Vegas. It’s a relatively small boutique hotel is attached to Mandalay Bay. We recently featured Delano because it seems to be overlooked way too frequently.
Della’s Kitchen is the breakfast and lunch restaurant at Delano. A big breakfast can be a long meal and it’s nice not to feel rushed. Since the hotel is on the small side and the restaurant is somewhat hidden it’s not always too busy.
The service is always great and the food is delicious. The French Toast is my favorite breakfast item here and the coffee is always good.
Tom’s Urban (New York-New York)
This is typically seen as a restaurant for lunch and happy hour. Breakfast isn’t cool enough to appear on the menu. They offer a “brunch” menu from open until 2 pm.
The breakfast at Tom’s Urban is very good but is affordable for the Vegas Strip. The food is slightly above average but the service, atmosphere, and coffee are fantastic. The patio seating on the Brooklyn Bridge outside of New York-New York is a great way to start the day.
The fancy Salted Caramel French Toast is my favorite item on the menu. Coffee drinkers will appreciate that they serve Peet’s coffee. There aren’t too many locations in Las Vegas that serve this delicious morning beverage so enjoy it!
Rise & Shine (Off-Strip)
Desperate times call for desperate measures. A little hangover can be cured pretty easily. A serious pounding hangover is not something to mess around with. Heading away from the action to the Vegas burbs is worth it.
Rise & Shine is the best breakfast to replenish the system after a night of too much Vegas.
The main focus of the Rise & Shine menu is steak and eggs. They have a bunch of different types of steak & egg meals to fit every mood. The steak might be the best quality you’ll find at an affordable breakfast so every meal is good.
The spice-rubbed ribeye steak chilaquiles is AH-MAY-ZINGGG. All of the portions are huge and finishing the plate isn’t always in the cards. It’s never been in the cards for me.
Rise & Shine has two locations off the Vegas Strip. Both are worth the trip if you have a car or just need an amazing breakfast to reset your trip to Las Vegas.
Every year the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority releases a Visitor Profile of tourists traveling to Las Vegas for business and pleasure. There’s a lot of information in the report and it can be quite overwhelming. I like to remove certain sections to make it easier to digest. Today, we’ll look at shows and entertainment.
The Visitor Profile uses a small sample of people visiting Las Vegas. Not everyone visiting Sin City has the time or desire to spend time answering survey questions. That said, the profile provides a snapshot of how people visiting Las Vegas spend their time when in Sin City. The survey isn’t 100% accurate but offers good insight.
Planning To See Las Vegas Shows
People visiting Las Vegas are still going to see shows. The majority of visitors last year decided on what show to see after arriving in Las Vegas. Three quarters (75%) of visitors decided which shows to see after their arrival. Only 25% knew what show they would see before visiting Las Vegas.
The last time this question was asked in 2016, 37% of visitors knew which show they wanted to see before landing in Las Vegas. It’s so much easier to purchase show tickets on a mobile phone today then it was back in 2016. Visitors can now book tickets whenever they hear someone speaking positively about an experience. Websites with discount tickets, like TravelVegas, always have access to the best shows 24/7.
Expect this trend to continue unless every single show in Las Vegas ends up selling out well in advance. It should be noted that most shows in Las Vegas don’t sell out far in advance. Shows like Lady Gaga are the exception.
Las Vegas Show and Entertainment Expenditure
People who spent money on shows and entertainment last year didn’t spend as much as in previous years. In 2018, visitors who spent money on shows in Las Vegas paid $124.01. That’s a decrease from $139.77 in 2017. In fact, this is less money than visitors have spent on shows in the past five years.
Casinos are not only offering some less expensive entertainment and they’re also offering “free” entertainment in bars and lounges. Some visitors may end up spending money on drinks while watching free entertainment. That’s not entirely a free experience.
Concert venues are also helping lower show prices. Between Brooklyn Bowl, House of Blues, and The Foundry there are plenty of entertainment options under $100. Ticket prices at these venues are often under $50. That’s quite a value compared to spending a couple hundred dollars on a residency show.
Future Of Shows and Entertainment In Las Vegas
It’s almost impossible to keep track of shows in Las Vegas. It doesn’t seem like a week goes by that a show isn’t announced, extended, or canceled. With more music venues and comedy clubs opening there will be more national touring entertainers stopping in Las Vegas while they’re on the road. These ticket prices tend to be in line with other cities.
Residencies continue to shift from years-long ventures to limited engagements. There will be more unique entertainment options that can only be experienced in Las Vegas. Production shows are also changing. The large scale shows are moving from venues that seat thousands to intimate locations that seat hundreds. My favorite show, Absinthe, takes place in a tent outside of Caesars Palace.
Sports is also continuing to grow in popularity. The Vegas Golden Knights are taking some entertainment dollars away from traditional shows and residencies. When the Oakland Raiders move to Las Vegas next year, the same will happen for at least ten weeks every year.
There are more show and entertainment options than ever before in Las Vegas. Viva Las Vegas!
You have about a year to pay your respects to the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The property will become Virgin Hotels Las Vegas in 2020.
This purchase isn’t exactly news. Virgin Hotels announced that they were looking to get into Las Vegas back in 2017. Speculation immediately circled around the Hard Rock being the target landing spot. That rumor became fact when Hard Rock was purchased in 2018 by Sir Richard Branson and a group of investors.
The initial announcement of Virgin Hotels Las Vegas projected the rebranded casino-hotel would be open this year. Delays have pushed the opening to 2020. The Hard Rock will remain operational through 2019 and into early 2020. However, they plan to close during the second quarter of 2020. The property will reopen as Virgin Hotels Las Vegas later in the year.
“The property’s project deadlines were fluid and the scope of the project continued to expand,” said President and CEO of JC Hospitality LLC and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Richard “Boz” Bosworth. “Based on the additional improvements that we have identified, the deadline to begin work has shifted to early 2020. Significant construction activities remain ten months away and the property will remain open for business without any disruptions to our guests and team members through Super Bowl of 2020.”
Similar tothe transformation of Monte Carlo into Park MGM, the Hard Rock will be open during most of the renovations. There will be some interruptions and a temporary closure but much of the conversion will be done behind closed doors (and walls).
A new restaurant is already open at the Hard Rock. CRAFT + KITCHEN has taken over the restaurant formerly known as Culinary Dropout. The new restaurant keeps a similar gastropub theme. Unfortunately, there is a new menu and the adorable mini grilled cheese is no longer available.
There’s also a new pool area. The Breathe Pool Lounge is located on the second level between Vanity Nightclub and Reliquary Spa. This new 21+ dayclub has two secluded pool area. The club looks down onto the other pools and has views of the Vegas Strip.
Virgin Hotels Las Vegas hasn’t revealed all of the plans for the new property. This will be a relatively modest renovation with a budget of around $200 million. For reference, MGM Resorts spent more than $500 million creating Park MGM. Station Casinos is spending more than $600 million renovating Palms.
We do know that all of the hotel rooms and the 5-acre lagoon pool complex at the Hard Rock will be renovated. Vinyl will be expanded and become a new nightclub.
One venue that will remain when Virgin Hotels opens in 2020 is The Joint. The Las Vegas Review-Journal expects a booking partner with new residencies to be announced in the future.
Virgin Hotels Loyalty Programs
You can do a little planning in advance if you’re looking for discounted rooms when Virgin Hotels Las Vegas opens. The casino-hotel will have multiple loyalty clubs.
Virgin Hotels has its own loyalty program called “The Know” that connects all of their properties. The newest Virgin property will also be part of the Hilton loyalty program with its inclusion in the Curio Collection. The casino will likely have a separate gaming loyalty club when the property opens.
Las Vegas production shows are in chaos right now. Customer preferences are changing and shows of all sizes in Las Vegas are trying to keep up. Shows open and close with regularity so it isn’t much of a surprise that we haven’t seen a big new show lately. Well, that’s about to change.
One of the largest show producers in the world (and Las Vegas), Cirque du Soleil, is stepping back into the ring with a big, new show at Luxor. R.U.N will begin performances on October 24, 2019 and play in the R.U.N Theater at Luxor Hotel and Casino Wednesday through Sunday at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
R.U.N | The FIRST LIVE Action Thriller by Cirque du Soleil at LUXOR | Are you in? - YouTube
R.U.N is a unique production show for Las Vegas. The show will use live action performance, cutting-edge technology and multimedia to explore the world of stunts. The premise for the show is unique.
Desert at dawn. A chapel.
A gangland wedding is abruptly interrupted.
A guy is running for his life.
What has he done? What is it worth risking his life for?
Follow two clans in this never-ending chase, where a striking bride
leads a series of fast-paced, thrill-a-minute events through the
fictional, dark undergrounds of Las Vegas.
Prepare to clench your teeth and grip your armrest. 75 minutes of pure live action.
Are you in?
The words from the Cirque du Soleil website sound like a movie promo for a reason. The show was written by Robert Rodriguez (“Alita: Battle Angel,” “Sin City,” and more). R.U.N is directed by “The Masked Singer’s” creative director Michael Schwandt and the overall creative direction is by former Cirque employee Stefan Miljevic. Composer Tyler Bates (Dawn of the Dead and 300) provides music for the action-packed show.show.
Daniel Lamarre, President, and CEO of Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group said, “R.U.N is very different from the other shows within the Cirque du Soleil portfolio. With R.U.N, we will reinvent the concept of a thriller, drawing inspiration from action movies and graphic novels. This action-packed live performance happening in front of and around the audience will offer a new form of entertainment to a more diversified Las Vegas guest. We are really excited to bring this unique and edgy concept to Luxor.”
Cirque du Soleil shows in Las Vegas
R.U.N is the 10th Cirque du Soleil show in Las Vegas. “Throughout MGM Resorts’ more than 25-year relationship with the creative geniuses at Cirque du Soleil, we have watched them deliver spectacle after spectacle, wowing guests from around the world and giving them new reasons to visit,” said George Kliavkoff, MGM Resorts’ President of Entertainment & Sports. “This fall, the launch of R.U.N at Luxor, a show that represents a complete departure from anything Cirque du Soleil has created before, will mark a new and exciting phase of this very successful partnership.”
Other Cirque du Soleil shows running in Las Vegas include:
Las Vegas pools are an attraction of their own. Mandalay Bay has a beach, MGM Grand has a lazy river, Caesars Palace has multiple pools for every occasion – including swim-up blackjack. The newest pool scene in Las Vegas is at Palms. This pool complex has a performance stage, DJ stage, 65-foot tall statue, and 39 cabanas – most with their own pool.
The variety of pools in Las Vegas is huge. However, there aren’t many pools that offer a view of the beautiful Las Vegas Strip. Today we’ll look at casinos that offer a great rooftop pool experience with those great views.
The Cosmopolitan pool district offers three different experiences. One of those pools offers great views off the Vegas Strip. The Boulevard Pool offers great scenery and different vibes during the day and night.
This multi-level pool offers unobstructed views of the Las Vegas skyline but it offers more than just a place to wet your toes and look at the gorgeous Vegas Strip. The Overlook Grill is a casual restaurant at the Boulevard Pool that offers indoor and outdoor dining from 9 am – 3 pm daily. You can grab brunch here on the weekends.
Dive In Movies is heading into its ninth year at the Boulevard Pool. Instead of taking a dip in the pool at night guests can watch movies on the 65-foot digital marquee. Hotel guests receive complimentary admission. There’s a $7 admission for everyone else. Here’s the schedule for Dive In Movies:
13 Mission: Impossible – Fallout
20 Dirty Dancing
27 Solo: A Star Wars Story
3 Crazy Rich Asians
17 The Fate of the Furious
24 Black Panther
1 Top Gun
8 A Star is Born
15 The Breakfast Club
5 Avengers: Infinity Wars
12 The Notebook
19 Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
26 Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
2 Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
The Boulevard Pool at the Cosmopolitan offers a lot that pools on the Vegas Strip don’t. The pool area has even been home to concerts in previous years. There isn’t a much better setting than watching a great band with the lights of Vegas Strip everywhere you turn.
The Cromwell is a 188 room boutique casino-hotel on the Vegas Strip. The casino is always rocking and the hotel rooms are among the nicest you’ll find at a Caesars Entertainment property.
The rooftop pool deck is an underrated feature for guests staying at the Cromwell. Like the rest of the property, it’s small in stature and big on looks…and views. The view of the Vegas Strip is unmatched by any other pool in the area.
Similar to the Boulevard Pool at the Cosmopolitan, this pool has a different kind of fun during different times of the day. During weekdays this rooftop pool deck is open to all guests at the hotel. The pool area also doubles as Drai’s Beach Club at night and on the weekend (some holidays too).
During the week the pool environment as relaxing as the views are beautiful. You can see as far south as the Cosmopolitan without obstruction. To the north, you’ll find a sweet view of Caesars Palace.
Here’s one note about The Cromwell that’s unrelated to the pool. A couple of years ago The Cromwell added a new quick-serve restaurant, sportsbook and (most importantly) improved their gaming odds for players.
The Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden is a Vegas classic that is always changing and always beautiful. The floral display changes five times a year. The 14,000-square-foot floral exhibit recently changed over from a celebration of Chinese New Year to a welcoming of Spring.
Here are the dates each of the remaining theme for the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden.
Spring: March 16, 2019 – June 15, 2019
Summer: June 22, 2019 – September 7, 2019
Harvest: September 14, 2019 – November 30, 2019
Holiday: December 7, 2019 – January 4, 2020
Spring Exhibit At Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden
The Spring display at the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden is a little different from previous years. MGM Resorts is trying to obtain a casino license in Japan and they’re pulling out all the stops. The company was named the official sponsor of Major League Baseball’s Opening Series in Tokyo. Now they’re celebrating the beauty and tradition of Japan at the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden.
Sometimes corporations using one part of their business to help another part can appear to be tacky. That’s definitely not the case here. As you might imagine the spring display at Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden is as beautiful as ever.
Japanese Spring At Bellagio
The new Japanese Spring display at the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden takes guests on a cultural journey through many of the most vibrant elements associated with Japan, AKA the Land of the Rising Sun. The spring display features 65,000 fresh flowers, including cherry blossoms, thousands of fresh tulips, calla lilies, and chrysanthemums.
Upon entering the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, guests will notice the stunning 30-foot-high Osaka Castle replica that stands in the center of the West Bed. Just below the castle, a waterfall flows into a wide pond that is accented by three fountains. Those fountains, of course, are a nod to the great fountains outside of the casino.
The display also includes Butterflies…lots of butterflies. They’re a sign of good luck in love in Japanese culture. They can be found throughout the display. There are about 2,000 butterflies around the Osaka Castle. The traditional tea house honors the grace, etiquette, and hospitality of the age-old Japanese tea ceremony.
In addition to the potential new casino, the new theme for the Conservatory is also about the guests that visit the Bellagio. “Incorporating a replica of the stunning Osaka Castle into our Conservatory allows us the unique opportunity to share a piece of Japanese culture with tens of thousands of visitors each day,” said Jim Murren, Chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International. “We aim to spark conversation and curiosity about this remarkable country and this storied castle.”
Learn more about the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden here.
Wynn Las Vegas has a new website and has taken to booking new types of entertainment. Wynn has been dabbling in limited engagement concerts for a few years now. They have more than ever this year. Now they’re tackling the world of standup comedy with a slew of shows added recently.
Aces of Comedy at The Mirage has been the home to big-name mainstream standup comedy for years. Wynn doesn’t have the same quantity of comedians appearing at the Encore Theater but they have plenty of popular comedians appearing this spring and summer.
Comedy at Wynn Las Vegas
Not only is Wynn playing host to many comedy shows but they have a wide variety of entertainers that offer something for different crowds.
Chris Tucker: One Night at Wynn – April 6 (2 shows)
Seth Meyers – May 4 (2 shows)
Jim Gaffigan: One Night Only – May 18 (2 shows)
Sebastian Maniscalco: Stay Hungry Tour – May 25 (4 shows)
Jo Koy: A Comedian Breaking the Mold – May 31 – June 2 (3 shows)
Ali Wong – Aug. 31- Sept. 1 (2 shows)
Seth Myers isn’t a nationally touring comedian like the others performing at Wynn. In fact, these performances will make the first time he’s performed at Wynn Las Vegas.
The other comedians are no strangers to Las Vegas. Both Jim Gaffigan and Sebastian Maniscalco have previously performed at Caesars Palace. Jo Koy has been an unofficial resident comedian at Treasure Island. He was my first interview when I moved to Las Vegas. Ali Wong previously made her tour stops at MGM Grand.
XS at Wynn (it’s actually closer to Encore) is also now the Las Vegas home for Drake. You can find more information on the comedy shows, limited engagement concerts, and other entertainment at the new Wynn Las Vegas website.
Standup Comedy In Las Vegas
Standup comedy in Las Vegas has its ups and downs. Sometimes it seems like good standup is hard to find in Las Vegas. There are other times when it almost feels like there’s too much standup comedy around town.
Last year, New York’s Comedy Cellar opened its first Las Vegas club at the Rio. The comedy club hosts multiple shows each week with local and nationally touring comedians. Much like the New York location, the Las Vegas club has even had a few big names drop in for surprise sets.
There are plenty of other places in Las Vegas to catch standup comedy:
Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club (MGM Grand)
Jokesters (The D)
LA Comedy Club (Stratosphere)
Las Vegas Live Comedy Club (Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood)
Laugh Factory (Tropicana)
National comedy tours still visit Las Vegas. You can find those shows at the general event listings for your favorite venue.
There are some traditional Las Vegas shows that are funny but not standup comedy. Absinthe at Caesars Palace and Piff the Magic Dragon at Flamingo are just a couple of the most popular shows that are very funny.
You can find afternoon fun for the whole family at Paris Las Vegas where Jeff Civillico just extended his show.