Access Vegas Insider Vibe – October 11, 2006

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Newkirk’s Notes – comments on Las Vegas from AccessVegas.Com publisher Ted Newkirk:

Hello From Las Vegas! With the exception of a day of drizzle last week, the weather has been incredible. Highs in the 80’s, warm evenings, and construction along the strip booming.

Weekend construction on the freeway linking Las Vegas to Southern California may be keeping tens of thousands away over the next few weekends. The bulk of the construction is scheduled over the weekends.

Moral of the story? If you fly in from other parts of the country and usually avoid weekend trips here due to higher weekend rates, poke around at some of the weekend rates our friends Las Vegas Hotel Deals are offering the next few weeks. Enter your dates and get yourself to Vegas!

Our readers are among the best informed Las Vegas Visitors! Just by reading this newsletter, you know more than most cabbies and dealers (many who simply spew crazy rumors or just plain make things up to try to impress you or get a tip). If you are new, don’t forget to go back and check out our seven-plus years worth of newsletter archives. This issue is jammed, so I’ll get out of the way and let you get your fix of Las Vegas.

Enjoy This Issue!

Review: Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill

by Karen Plowden

Love great food? How about Toby Keith? Now located on the second floor of the Harrah’s restaurant is the all famous Toby Keith’s “I Love This Bar and Grill”. This restaurant has it all: from great atmosphere, to great food, and incredible entertainment!

As soon as you walk up to the restaurant, you’ll notice that this isn’t your regular bar and grill. You can either go to the restaurant area, or the guitar shaped bar area; where free shots are served to you by one of the bartenders. The only thing you have to do is get up and dance your way to the bar when you hear Toby Keith’s multi-platinum hit selling “I love this bar”. Click to Read Complete Review

Poker Radio – The Las Vegas Hilton launches “Poker-Straight From The Hilton” featuring host Rodd William Stowell and appearances by poker experts and Hilton Poker Room Manager Marc Nelson. The show airs every Monday, 3 p.m.-4 p.m. Pacific Time on KLAV, the talk of Las Vegas, 1230 on the AM dial. Streaming worldwide is available at Stowell brings a wealth of poker knowledge and broadcast experience to the new show, which will feature news about the world of poker.

Riviera’s Splash Has Final Curtain – The Riviera Hotel and Casino announced the closing of longtime Las Vegas extravaganza “Splash”á with the final show on Saturday evening, September 30. Since its debut at the Riviera on June 21, 1985, “Splash” has been wowing audiences with an amazing union of the grand showgirl performance with intense rapid-fire variety acts.

We have special Splash promo photos Las Vegas computer wallpaper to commemorate the closing of this historical, long-running Las Vegas show just for you. Simply click on the photo of your choice above and follow the simple instructions to bring Las Vegas to your computer!

Yes, We Have Baseball Playoff Tickets – Can’t make it to Las Vegas to bet the game and watch it on a big screen? Go one step further and check out our great prices on Prime Baseball Playoff and World Series Tickets! (Click on the home team’s name to find ticket availability). We have college football and pro football tickets as well!

Hip, Hip Hooray For Barry – Who else but Barry Manilow could salute Dick Clark with a musical number, win an Emmy for “Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program,” and then head into arthroscopic surgery on both of his hips? Barry’s recovering nicely and will be back headlining at the Las Vegas Hilton on November 8. Tickets for the first four months of Barry’s 2007 schedule at the Las Vegas Hilton are on sale now. Click for Barry Manilow Tickets

Big Winner at the Cal!

Zeny Agas of Honolulu, Hawaii, won $77,217 while playing Pai Gow Poker at “The Cal” (California Hotel) in Downtown Las Vegas. Zeny celebrates her exciting win with a smile on her face, proudly displaying her winning check.

Evening Entertainment Redefined at WET – The Spa at TI – WET — The Spa at TI (Treasure Island) is the only spa on the Las Vegas Strip to offer specialized evening treatments. The unique WET PM menu is designed to rejuvenate guests for an exhilarating night out or pamper and prepare them for a relaxing night in; from the heiress, a 24-karat sexy treatment that wraps guests all in gold for a night on the town (including a final sprinkling of real gold dust!) to the sleepy town massage, guaranteed to help anyone drift off to dreamland. Late-night hours allow spa-goers the flexibility to enjoy numerous spa offerings on their schedule. Open to the general public as well as hotel guests seven days a week, WET’s hours of operation are Sunday through Wednesday, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Thursday through Saturday, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Tempt Your Taste Buds with Wine and Cheese at Onda Wine Lounge – Located at the entrance to Onda Restaurant, the new Onda Wine Lounge at The Mirage provides a perfect casual spot for a pre- or post-theater cocktail. The Italian-inspired lounge features a large selection of wines available by the glass, bottle or individual flights. Providing the perfect accompaniment to a classic Chianti or crisp Chardonnay, guests also may choose from an assortment of artisan cheeses and meats to round out their experience. The 58-seat lounge features family-style seating in a classic Italian-kitchen dÚcor.

Lance Burton Taps Keg – Lance Burton became mayor for a day in a tradition that goes back over 500 years in Germany. On October 1st the first keg is tapped by an official. Lance was joined by magicians Fielding West, Nathan Burton, Mac King, Bob Massey, Bill Smith, Norm Nielsen and Peter Reveen at the Hofbrauhaus. Click to Buy Lance Burton Tickets

Did You Know – Pho, (pronounced “fuh”) newly opened inside The Coffee Shop at Treasure Island, is the only Vietnamese restaurant on the Las Vegas Strip. The restaurant is named for a signature Vietnamese dish, Pho, a rich beef broth with vermicelli noodles infused with spices and fresh herbs. The 30-seat restaurant specializes in noodle soups and traditional Vietnamese dishes and is open Sunday — Thursday, 11 a.m. — midnight and Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. — 3 a.m.

Gambling Talk: Video Slots – I Love Lucy – with Victor H. Royer. In keeping with the other great IGT games based on popular themes and television shows, this is a five reel 12-line video slot machine which is also a bonus game as well as a progressive. All the popular characters from the TV show are represented in this game, but the most fun you will have is when you land on the Chocolate Factory Bonus. If you remember the TV episode on which this bonus is based, then you already know what I mean and what fun this is. Click to Read Complete Article

Vegas Photo Set Of The Week: PT’s Pubs and PT’s Gold Las Vegas – Want to see how the locals live? Check out the hotties that serve us locals at the various PT’s Pubs and PT’s Gold (bars and lounges) around the Las Vegas Valley. (The “Vegas Valley” is the area you see when you fly in here over all those miles of houses, streets, malls, and grocery stores … going “how could anyone every live here”).

Vegas Streaming Video Of The Week – New Years Eve Fireworks 2003-2004. Missed being in Las Vegas this past New Year’s Eve? Every year, Las Vegas puts on a fireworks show like no other, all up and down every mile of the Las Vegas Strip! New Years Eve rooms are filling up fast, and the price rises day after day even with months to go. Visit our discount room partner Las Vegas Hotel Dealsand book now for this year!

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Members Mania – We Love Our Readers!

Readers Write:

Dear Sir;

We have visited Vegas 8 times now and still never get enough of it. Love the place, and love getting the insider news too. I heard that the Excalibur is being demolished. If so, why. It’s such a beautiful hotel/casino. I feel very sad that the Stardust is being demolished. Stayed there twice and found it very pleasant.

I read your article about taking cabs from the airport to the hotel via the tunnel. Unfortunately I was one of those people who had experienced that and I couldn’t believe the fare they had charged. But after reading your inside report about that I’ll know better when I visit Vegas again in June.Thanks for the tip.

You people are doing a wonderful job out there. Keep up the good work.


Elizabeth McAllister


Ted Responds


Glad that we are helping you have great visits to Las Vegas. That is our goal!

Per the Excalibur, I keep hearing this floating around, and I’m either really missing the boat, or this is one of the most insane rumors I’ve heard in a long time. If nothing else, it seems official that Dick’s Last Resort (a popular tourist area bar and grill where the staff insults you and being messy is encouraged) will be finding a home at Excalibur in 2007, and they aren’t going to build a huge new restaurant attraction right before they demolish the place.

Long term prospects for Excalibur? Owners MGM Mirage Corp. will probably kick back and until they see what The Tropicana’s new owners are going to do. MGM Mirage is busy enough with their Project CityCenter and the new tower going up (soon) between Mandalay Bay and Luxor.

I’m just not seeing it, but if I have completely missed some pretty firm news of Excalibur implosion, drop me a line at If nothing else, this rumor is so strong, I’d like to see where it is coming from!

Hope this helps!

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