BRETT’S VEGAS VIEW
Contributed by Jackie Brett
CAESARS PALACE WILL OPEN STADIA BAR: Caesars Palace plans to debut the all-new Stadia Bar this spring and offer an elevated sports viewing mecca with lavish amenities, numerous large HD TVs, a menu overflowing with high-end and unique cocktail selections and more. Guests will be able to casually hang out or catch the big game in style with Stadia’s rentable spaces to create an intimate viewing experience for small groups. Stadia Bar replaces Slice Bar and will be located adjacent to the Forum Food Court and across from Vanderpump Cocktail Garden. The 120-seat bar and lounge will be a destination beyond game days, with its modern seating and craft cocktail menu. Designed by architecture and design firm Rockwell Group, the all-new 2,186-square-foot sports hub will feature the excitement, drama and grandeur of being seated in a live sports arena. Guests will be able to rise above the frenzy and sit at the elevated bar or reserve one of the five exclusively designed VIP leather-wrapped domes. Each dome will present the feeling of sitting within a vintage leather football helmet and give guests an intimate viewing area with their own LED screen. The domes will be lined with a metal mesh and artwork by San Francisco-based public artist and mural painter, Apexer. Guests will also notice sports-inspired design details such as net-like chandeliers, sconces that look like deconstructed baseballs and glove-like leather banquettes.
BELLAGIO’S GUEST ROOM REMODEL SLATED FOR SUMMER COMPLETION: Bellagio is unveiling new refreshing guest room designs and upgraded in-room amenities that address trends in sophisticated contemporary travel, which will encompass all 2,568 guest rooms in the resort’s main tower. The new designs are taking inspiration from the movement of water inspired by the resort’s famed fountains, beauty of nature and vibrant reflections of light seen at sunrise and sunset. The Premier King Room features a blue palette reflective of the sky just before sunrise, and the Premier Two Queen Room is designed around yellow tones inspired by the sky at sunset. Incorporating architectural elements, the new designs include features on either side of the bed and around the TV media center. A spacious built-in closet and two comfortable, multipurpose seating nooks and activity table encourage full use of the room. Rounding out the elevated guestroom experience is a redesigned bathroom outfitted with an array of natural stones including granite and a variety of marbles. Taking the place of the traditional bathtub is an oversized shower featuring an open doorless entry and breathtaking marble throughout. The dual-sink granite vanity is illuminated by backlit interlocking mirrors encircled by mother of pearl.
AREA15 CONTINUES OPENING NEW IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCES: AREA15, the new immersive art and entertainment district located minutes from the Las Vegas Strip, has opened several new experiential attractions including Five Iron Golf written about last week, Emporium Arcade Bar, and The Beast by Todd English. One way to explain AREA15 is it’s a conglomerate of outlets under one huge roof. It’s been interesting to observe different attractions open and bring the environment alive since it opened its doors in September with a few venues. As it fills up the massive 200,000-square-foot space, you can feel the energy and see a bright future post pandemic. The 10,000-square-foot Emporium Arcade Bar spans two floors, covering 3,500 square feet downstairs and 6,500 upstairs with room for 450 people when capacity levels are normal. Thirteen artists decorated the space with impressive murals. The space is filled with classic arcade game favorites, pool tables, pinball, foosball, basketball, picnic tables and more. The bar features local beers and cocktails, while live shows, DJs, and game tournaments are on the docket for those ages 21 and older. There is no charge to enter Emporium Arcade Bar. You exchange cash for tokens to play the arcade games. Celebrity Chef Todd English debuted his 6,500-square-foot food hall. After evolving from what was once a pop-up concept, the chef-driven food hall termed “The Beast” is now a permanent fixture on the main floor. The black and white communal dining area is complete with two bars in the middle area surrounding open cooking stations and features a competitive mixology program. Standout fare on the varied menu includes tuna tartare wonton tacos, chile-lime watermelon salad, chilled shrimp, loaded fries with short rib ragu, buffalo wings, Korean chicken wings and so much more. English has been well established in Las Vegas. He at one time had Olives at Bellagio, which closed in January 2018, and Todd English P.U.B. at the Shops at Crystals, which ended in December 2017. When Virgin Hotels, formerly the Hard Rock, opens English’s Olives will be revived at the resort.
LANDINI’S PIZZERIA FROM SAN DIEGO OPENS IN LAS VEGAS: Founded in the heart of San Diego’s Little Italy, Landini’s Pizzeria brought its signature New York-style pizza and flavorful pasta dishes to Las Vegas at 9440 W. Russell Rd., just west of I-215. Landini’s celebrated its grand opening this week on National Pizza Day, Feb. 9. Accommodating up to 30 patrons, the new Landini’s Pizzeria is the largest to date at 1,386 square feet offering indoor and outdoor dining. The original Landini’s was founded in 2009 in San Diego’s Little Italy, and a second Landini’s opened in 2018 in San Diego’s Point Loma. Landini’s sells its New York pizza whole and by the slice and has an expansive Italian menu featuring panini sandwiches, salads, hot wings, calzones, and an assortment of pasta dishes, including carbonara, ravioli and lasagna. In addition, Landini’s serves vegan and vegetarian pizzas along with beer, wine, house-made sangria, and mimosas. Traditional Italian desserts include homemade tiramisu and cheesecake. Landini’s is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, with indoor and outdoor seating for on-site dining, in addition to takeout and third-party delivery through Grubhub and Postmates.
RED ROCK’S INDOOR-OUTDOOR POP-UP LOUNGE CONTINUES: Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa’s Crimson in Bloom, a garden-inspired indoor and outdoor terrace lounge full of hand-crafted cocktails and extravagant floral décor, sprouts this week on Friday, Feb. 12 at 5 p.m. It will be open to spring enthusiasts every Friday–Sunday night for cocktails straight from the garden, floral candy made by the pastry team at The Bake Shop at Red Rock, live DJ-spun music and photo moments fit for the influencer within. Guests can awaken their taste buds with an Instagram-able cocktail menu divided by The Herb Garden, The Botanical Garden and The Produce Garden. The menu will feature a refreshing mix of inventive drinks with creative garnishes consisting of floral ice cubes, edible flowers, and flavorful dustings. A fully stocked Flower Cart will offer custom rose cocktails prepared tableside. Crimson in Bloom’s hours will be Friday–Saturday 5 p.m.–1 a.m. and Sundays 5– 11 p.m. Feb. 12 through Sunday, May 16. Admission is complimentary and reservations are recommended; call 702-797-7873 or go online. Guests must be 21 or older to enter.
BELLAGIO’S CONSERVATORY IS WELCOMING THE YEAR OF THE OX: The Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens is currently featuring the “A Season of Love” Lunar New Year display through Saturday, March 6. Each element, designed to represent prosperity, strength and tenacity in the new year, honors the Year of the Ox taking inspiration from Asian art, architecture and culture. The intricate display features four scenes layered with meaningful floral creations conveying messages of love for nature, commitment, tradition, children and travel. The horticulture team carefully detailed and designed “A Season of Love” with Feng Shui, the art of using surroundings to attract harmony, balance and positive life energy. Guests are greeted at the South Bed by two large Chinese Foo Dog water fountains designed to ward off negative energy and welcome a positive new year. Within the garden is a colorful bird perched on top of a new peony sculpture sitting next to a wooden gazebo. Large jade medallions are suspended over the bed symbolizing prosperity, good luck and success. The centerpiece is the West Bed’s majestic Jade Pavilion, flanked by a Bonsai tree and a graceful willow tree. Two magpie birds soar over the bed’s floral arrangements which is illuminated by the Ox symbol in the moon. The East Bed highlights two golden Oxen powerfully standing atop an expansive red and gold bridge with Bamboo trees at each end. Traditionally, the Ox is known to be diligent, trustworthy and strong. Flying above are oversized gold cherry blossom branches and a pond with beautiful, oversized Lotus flowers completing the scene. The North Bed pays tribute to children and travel. A tall flower Pagoda, a temple iconic to east and southeast Asian cultures, sits at the center of the bed surrounded by Banyan trees and flowing water. Stunning red lanterns hang from the ceiling while children created from fresh-cut flowers celebrate. An oversized Koi fish leaps from the water, representing the promise of good fortune in the coming year. The dramatic display features 150 Kumquat trees, a moon illuminated with the Ox symbol, and 62,956 plants and flowers. Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens is complimentary to the public and open 24 hours a day daily.
EXTENDED CHINESE NEW YEAR OFFERINGS: The Sahara is coming into 2021 Chinese “Year of the Ox” with a special menu at Northside Café & Chinese Kitchen, created by renowned Chef Guoming “Sam” Xin. The menu is available through Sunday, Feb. 28 featuring authentic Chinese flavors such as scallops with XO sauce, Yangzhou fried rice and oxtail soup. Lunar libations at The Cocktail Collective bars at The Venetian are each offering one Chinese New Year cocktail exclusive to its location: The Dorsey – The Yang; Rosina – Good Fortune; and the Electra Cocktail Club – The Spring Festival. These libations are available Feb. 12-28. In honor of the new year, The Venetian and The Palazzo’s floral and horticulture team created a custom display at the Waterfall Atrium with a 13-foot ox as the focal point. The ox is surrounded by I Ching coins displaying the symbols for prosperity, good health, happiness and luck. The massive ox is female and named Alessandra Heng. The name pays tribute to her Italian home and means “defender of mankind.” Her surname means “steady and persistent.” The element for the Year of the Ox is metal, which is represented by her metallic gold horns, tail, nose and hooves, and the gold armor on her legs. In the Chinese Zodiac, the ox is known as intelligent, honest, and reliable. Smaller versions of the ox are hidden throughout the resort.
LEGENDARY BAND CHICAGO PLANS RETURN TO VENETIAN IN SEPTEMBER: Rock band Chicago has announced it plans to return to The Venetian Theatre inside The Venetian® for the fourth year in a row for a three-show limited engagement. Shows will be held on Sept. 15, 17 and 18 at 8 p.m. The legendary rock and roll band with horns came in as the highest charting American band in Billboard Magazine’s Top 125 Artists Of All Time. And Chicago is the first American rock band to chart Top 40 albums in six consecutive decades.
HENDERSON SILVER KNIGHTS STARTED THEIR INAUGURAL SEASON: The Henderson Silver Knights, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Vegas Golden Knights and operated by Black Knight Sports and Entertainment LLC dropped the puck on their inaugural. The Silver Knights are the first pro sports team to call Henderson home. They are playing the 2020-21 season at the Orleans Arena while the Silver Knights and the City of Henderson construct the Henderson Event Center, an enclosed multi-purpose venue with a capacity for approximately 6,000 fans where the Silver Knights will play their home games.
DINING OUT FOR LIFE HELPS GOLDEN RAINBOW: The nonprofit Golden Rainbow is partnering with Monzú Italian Oven + Bar for the next edition of the “Dining Out For Life” series on Tuesday, Feb. 23. A generous percentage of that day’s sales will benefit Golden Rainbow to provide critically needed services and assistance to men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS. Chef/owner Giovanni Mauro, who is dedicated to a “respect for ingredients,” will delight guests with authentic Sicilian-inspired pizza, pastas, and other dishes, including the acclaimed artisanal bread made in-house daily. Red Penny Arcade with powerhouse vocalist Anne Martinez, bassist Peter Fand and guitarist John Wedemeyer will perform ambient music. Monzú is located at 6020 West Flamingo Road, Suite 10 and open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. To make reservations, visit monzulv.com and note “Golden Rainbow benefit” in the request section. To-go is also available by calling 702-479-5959 and mentioning the Golden Rainbow benefit when placing an order.
SMITH CENTER HOSTS MOVIE SCREENING OF ‘ANTEBELLUM’: The Las Vegas My Brother’s Keeper Alliance and Batteries will host a movie screening of the social justice movie “Antebellum” on Thursday, Feb. 18 from 5:30–7:30 p.m. in The Smith Center parking lot with a panel discussion following 7:45–8:30 p.m. Movie is rated R: Restricted. Under 17 requires an accompanying parent or guardian. RSVPs required; call 702-229-4075.
ELLIS ISLAND PLAYER WINS OVER $900K JACKPOT AT ELLIS ISLAND: One player at Ellis Island located a block east of the Strip on Koval Lane behind Bally’s started February off with a bang by winning a whopping $905,754.63 playing the Buffalo Grand slot machine. Longtime Ellis Island player, David Frys hit the massive jackpot. The last time Ellis Island saw a win this large was in 2017, when a player hit the $747k jackpot on another Buffalo Grand machine.