Access Vegas Insider Vibe – December 29, 2004

In This Issue: Newkirk’s Notes, Las Vegas Year In Review, Monorail Now Open, Top Notch Cheap and Free Entertainment, Caesars Forum Shops Expansion Photos, Trip Report Giveaway, more …
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Newkirk’s Notes – comments on Las Vegas from AccessVegas.Com publisher Ted Newkirk:Hello from Las Vegas! This is our big year-end issue and we want to wish everyone a Happy New Year and the best for 2005. We’ve added tons of hot concerts and headliners, extra stories, and a look back at what a huge year Las Vegas had.

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2004 Year In Review

The Las Vegas Review-Journal writers picked Las Vegas’ Top 10’s in a number of categories. We bring you the lists with links to the complete stories:

Norm: Vegas highlights, lowlights of ’04 – Note: Las Vegas Columnist and “Ace Insider” Norm Clarke is a fellow regular on Vegas Talk and his book Vegas Confidential: 1000 N@ked Truths is a must read for Vegas visitors. The only true insiders guide.

Top 10 Vegas Shows of 2004: Elton John reinterprets classic songs in artistic show at Caesars Palace

1. Elton John
2. O by Cirque du Soleil
3. Mamma Mia!
4. Mystere by Cirque du Soleil
5. Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme
6. Clint Holmes
7. The Second City
8. The Fashionistas
9. Mac King
10. Celine Dion

Top 10 Restaurants of 2004: Alize doesn’t rely on great view to win over diners

1. Alize
2. Bradley Ogden
3. Picasso
4. Le Cirque
5. Craftsteak
6. Bouchon
7. Pamplemousse
8. Quinta Belina
9. Enrico’s
10. Sterling Brunch

Business 2004 In Review: Merging and Converging – A pair of Strip megadeals lead the year in local business

1. MGM Mirage and Mandalay Resorts to merge
2. Harrah’s Entertainment buying Caesars Entertainment
3. Horseshoe closes, sold, reopened, sold again
4. Las Vegas home prices soar
5. Project CityCenter unveiled
6. Las Vegas heads to Macau
7. Neonopolis up for sale
8. Resurgence of downtown Las Vegas
9. Tourism rebounds
10. FBI obtains customer information

Monorail: Sanitized For Your Protection – Last week, we told you it the opening was close, and the Las Vegas Monorail opened back up on Christmas Eve. As a present to Las Vegas visitors, the ride was free the first five days, and carried record traffic. Of course, we were down risking life and limb (just kidding) Christmas Eve to take a ride, and everything was great. Related news stories:

Gambling Talk: Caribbean Draw and Super 9’s – with Victor H. Royer. Be informed about these two fun, new games/variations you’ll be seeing on your next visit! This week, click to learn all about Caribbean Draw and Super 9’s.

Top Notch Cheap and Free Entertainment – Here are our picks for great Las Vegas entertainment without breaking your budget:

  • David Van Such is a nationally known smooth jazz artist who makes Las Vegas his home. You can catch him and his band live at Sinbad Lounge in The Aladdin this coming week (Jan. 4-8) from 4:30 – 9:00 PM, one drink minimum. Take a listen: Dial-Up or Broadband audio and make sure to tell him that sent you!
  • Larry G. Jones keeps knocking them dead downtown at The Plaza. He’s a first-rate impressionist. Danny Gans without the $100 price tag. In fact, the show’s $7.95 ticket includes a drink! Watch Larry in action: Dial-Up or Broadband video. Even if you stay on The Strip, you have to get downtown for one night. Our suggestion? See Larry’s show (6:00 PM nightly except Friday) while everyone else is standing in line for restaurants. Then enjoy a meal and catch a couple of the spectacular light shows. Fremont Street Light Show video: Dial-Up or Broadband (also free)!

New Forum Shop Expansion – is beautiful. Stunning. Amazing. Located right on The Strip, this huge three-level wing features curved escalators, statues, marble, classically painted ceilings, and more. We’ve added stunning new photos to our Caesars Forum Shops Photo Gallery. Related news stories:

Las Vegas Trip Report Giveaway – We’ll start listing and voting on trip reports next issue (finally). Sorry for the delays. We should have waited until after New Year’s Eve to crank this up. All prizes will be awarded!

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Ted Newkirk

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