Access Vegas Insider Vibe – October 30, 2002

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

Hello from Las Vegas! My apologies for the weather over the weekend. Last week I talked about the 85 (F) and sunny we had for most of October. Wouldn’t you know it — the very next day highs plummeted to the low 70’s and it rained overnight both weekend nights (although pleasant during the day). Today is a chilly 72 so I guess fall will be banging on the door in a few more weeks.

Someone wrote a recent letter to the editor of the Review-Journal (our morning paper) criticizing Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman’s endorsement of Bombay Sapphire gin. The $100,000 endorsement fee is going to charity.á The writer noted that he moved to Las Vegas from the east coast 10 years ago. I’m hoping he leaves soon. If you are thinking about moving to Las Vegas, move to Las Vegas. Accept Las Vegas. If the way we do things here isn’t your cup of tea, please move elsewhere!

Las Vegas News: Of Interest To Tourists

Floridian Nets $10,000 At Riviera – In town to attend the marriage of their niece at the Riviera Hotel and Casino’s wedding chapel, Mike and Elizabeth McGowen were dancing when their slot machine hit a $10,000 jackpot. The Clearwater couple was very, very happy to say the least. Mike, a retired policeman, stated, “we have no plans at the moment. Maybe a trip back to the Riviera to celebrate our niece’s marriage would be nice.”

Splash Welcomes Bronze Medallist – Splash at the Riviera Hotel & Casino welcomed back to the ice 1998 American Open Figure Skating Pro Championship Bronze Medallist Mikhail Panin with a new partner international skating champion Margarita Barber. With his new partner Barber, Panin now once again performing a breathtaking ice ballet with Barber – an enchanting ice dance of spirals and spins – as well as an acrobatic adagio routine that is leaving audiences sitting on the edge of their seats. Click here for full story.

New Year’s Eve – We have lots of new readers and everyone is curious about what the party capital of the world does for New Year’s Eve. I could tell you, but we have over 100 photos and streaming video from the last two years online for you at no charge. Go check out New Year’s Eve Las Vegas!

Coinless Slots – A major agreement has been reached for MGM/Mirage to convert to coinless ticket in-ticket out technology. Are you going to miss the “plunk, plunk, plunk” of coins hitting the tray, or do you like cashing out with a ticket you can use in another machine? We’ve posted the full story in our forums so you can read it and share your thoughts!

Jillian’s – has opened downtown at Neonopolis on the Fremont. St. Experience. A recent Friday visit showed a lively venue that is a lot of fun! Imagine a two story, upscale arcade, sports bar, lounge, and bowling ally and you have Jillian’s.

Construction Updates – Steve Wynn is scheduled to break ground Thursday October 31 on his new megaresort La Reve. Ground has been broken on the Hoover Dam bypass road and bridge. I can hear a big cheer for our friends who drive in from Arizona, New Mexico and points Southeast of Las Vegas. It won’t be done until 2007 but will cut serious time off of the trip when finished.

Phase 1 of the billion dollar Fashion Show Mall (just north of Treasure Island) is complete, introducing Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s Home to this area among the other well known department stores already part of the mall. We’ll keep you up on these projects as they progress.

Shopping – Speaking of shopping, we have just updated and expanded our Las Vegas Shopping Guide.

Calendar For Charity – Now is the time to get a 2003 Las Vegas calendar and help a good cause. These are the same high quality Las Vegas calendars you find in hotels and gift shops at or below the gift shop price with all proceeds going to charity. See the beautiful photos and purchase info atá 2003 Las Vegas Calendar.

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Restaurant Review: Alize

Top of the Palms Casino Resort
By Chef John Guinivere – ChefLive.Com

Well folksà I now have a new favorite restaurant here in Las Vegas and I can gladly recommend it. This new restaurant is a chefÆs dream! It sits on the top of a beautiful hotel and has one of the best views in the entire city. The dining room has very high ceilings, which lets in even more for the eyes to see. The interior, from tables, chairs and carpet are all wonderful together. They could serve burgers and beer and you would thoroughly enjoy your visit. But they donÆt server burgers; they serve some of the best food in town!

Click Here To Read The Rest Of This Review

Featured Tour: Hummer Desert Exploration

Hummer Desert Exploration Tour – The mysterious Desert…only minutes from the Strip… rough terrain and dry crushing heat destroys anything not especially equipped to be there. But you are in the most powerful, safest off road vehicle ever built … HUMMER! Keep cameras ready — we may encounter Big Horn sheep, wild Burros, mustangs and even the elusive Kit Fox. This is a three hour adventure, morning and afternoon departures available.

Additional Tours Including Hoover Dam, Grand Canyon, City, Scenic, National Parks, and Adventure

Featured Golf Course: Man O’ War

Man O’ War – The Man O’ War course was the first built at Stallion Mountain and was a host course in 1991 for the PGA Tour’s Las Vegas Invitational. Chip Beck shot a 59 that year, joining Al Geiberger (at the time) as the only men in history to shoot that score. Recently, Lee Schmidt and Brian Curley redesigned it, creating a distinctive layout with undulating greens guarded by bunkering.

Additional Las Vegas Golf Courses and Golf Vacations

For comments or questions regarding Las Vegas, our content, or this newsletter please post to our message boards so that others may read and help or write us a “letter to the editor” at We do certainly read them all and they help shape our content.

See you on the boards!

Live From Las Vegas,

Ted Newkirk

Senior Content Editor

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October 30, 2002 ISSN: 1529-2770

Access Vegas Insider Vibe – May 31, 2000

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This Issue: Las Vegas News

Curious about a restaurant, event, or other Las Vegas attraction that looks fun? Let us review it for you first! Suggestions are always welcome at:

Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Scenic Southwest Tours – by plane, bus, or even helicopter! You’ve seen the glossy ads in the tourist brochures. You’ve thought about it. You come all the way to Las Vegas — why not see one of the some of the most famous landmarks in the world! Don’t by tricked by web sites & magazines that offer discount tours. Taxes, park fees, permits can almost double the price. Our prices are inclusive – no hidden charges! Best Las Vegas Tours

LAS VEGAS NEWS – of interest to tourists:

YOU DID IT AGAIN – If you visited during March, you helped set an all time record for monthly visitors! You were one of 3.13 million to come to try your luck, eat too much, and get a neon tan. Full story at

GEN X – The success of the Hard Rock and to a lesser extent the Rio and Mandalay Bay has tuned in casino executives to how lucrative it is to market to the 21-34 year old age group. The MGM has announced preliminary plans to replace the Holiday Inn Boardwalk (which they acquired with surrounding land in the Mirage Resorts purchase) with a high tech, internet oriented casino. Full story at

In a related story, the Hard Rock is introducing a new theme (to Las Vegas) called “Giant” at it’s Baby’s nightclub on Sundays. Full story at Our poll this week asks what kind of casino atmosphere you like — let us know at!

SHOPPING – Forget losing your money at the machines — Las Vegas is building and expanding your shopping opportunities at an alarming rate! The Aladdin is opening in a couple of months and all reports are that their Desert Passage themed shopping area is a unique must see with exotic fragrances of manufactured breezes, artificial fog and claps of thunder. Full story and photos at

The Forum Shops are expanding yet AGAIN (like it’s already tough to get lost in the place). Story at The Fashion Show mall is going to double in size. They have already cut deals with new undisclosed anchor tenants from around the world, and are going to turn the entire Strip frontage into a plaza of restaurants and sidewalk cafes. Story at

STEVE WYNN’S ART – If you missed it, you’ll get another chance. Mr. Wynn is buying up most of the art that was owned by the company (some was his on lease to the company, some was his personal possession) and moving it over the the DI. Final plans for display have yet to be finalized, but we will keep you posted. Full story at

RESTAURANT REVIEWS – Cash may be kind in Las Vegas, but it’s no fun to play on an empty stomach. Here are some recent restaurant and bar reviews from the local media:

Mon Ami Gabi –
Tillerman –
Morton’s Steakhouse –
Red Square –

NATIONAL AIRLINES – Our hat is off to upstart National Airlines, headquartered in Las Vegas. No, they aren’t a sponsor, but any airline offering lower fares and more leg room to get you here more often is O.K. in our book! They are having a fare sale (act quick) — details at and there is a nice story about them at

PHOTOS – The following past stories are now archived online with photos:

Cook E. Jarr, Jimmy Hopper –
Elvis-A-Rama Museum –

WINNERS! – Sandra Flansburg of Voorheesville, NY and Tannie Meyer of Gabriola, BC won the Elvis-A-Rama T-shirts. Christopher of Worcester, MA won the Klondike free food coupons. Congratulations to all!

BTW, the contests in our contest section are just that: A random giveaway of the noted prizes. We are not responsible for those who don’t read the rules, think it’s a giveaway to everyone, and then scream at us 2 weeks later wondering where there free stuff is when they were not the winner.

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Quick Concert and Show Notes:

See which shows are playing during your stay and book reservations EVEN if the tickets aren’t on sale yet. Let ShowVegas takes care of all your needs directly online! Search by dates at


Rat Pack is Back – This show continues to pack them in at The Sahara and the Montreal Gazette just ran a nice review of the show at As usual, advance tickets to this often sold out show are available at

Footloose – is already getting great reviews and you can read Mike Weatherford’s take on it at and advance tickets available online at


Hard Rock – Ozzy Osbourne on June 15, Ringo Starr on June 17, Destiny’s Child July 2, Don Henley on July 10, Lenny Kravitz July 28, No Doubt with Black Eyed Peas on July 31, and Slaughter, Dokken, Cinderella, and Poison on Aug. 7. Tickets at (702) 474-4000 and Hard Rock discount rooms available at (Hard Rock link).

Las Vegas Hilton – Dwight Yoakam with special guest Keith Urban June 9-10, Sinbad on June 30 and July 1, Engelbert Humperdinck July 11-16, Reba McEntire Sept. 14-17, Kenny Rogers Sept. 22-23, Steven Wright Oct. 7-8, and Tim Conway and Harvey Korman in their “Together Again” tour Oct. 19-21. Tickets are available at (800) 222-5361 and Las Vegas Hilton discount rooms are available at (Las Vegas Hilton link).

Mandalay Bay – Pato Banton on Jun. 1, Cowboy Junkies on Jun. 3, Chaka Khan and The Village People on Jun 5, Megadeth on Jun. 23, Queensryche on June 16 and 17, Mickey Hart Band on June 30, Cheap Trick on July 3, Boz Scaggs on Jul 8, Dan Folgerberg on Jul. 14, Hall and Oats on July 21, LeAnn Rimes on Jul. 28, the BB King Blues Festival 2000 on Aug. 1 and Brian Setzer Orchestra on Aug. 8. Tickets available at (702) 474-4000 and Mandalay Bay discount rooms are available at (Mandalay Bay link).

MGM – Louie Anderson now through June 5, Carrot Top June 6-13, Penn and Teller June 15-21, Marc Anthony on June 16, Rodger Waters on June 17, Carrot Top June 22 – July 5, Blink-182 and Bad Religion on June 24, Nickelodeon;s All That Music & More Festival featuring LFO, Blaque, and B*Witched on July 1, Rodney Dangerfield on July 6-12 and again on Aug. 24-Sept. 6, Penn and Teller July 27 – Aug. 9, and Carrot Top Sept. 7 – 13. Tickets available at (800) 929-1111 and MGM discount rooms are available at (MGM link).

SJ2K – KLUC Summer Jam 2000 features SisQo, Nu Flavor, Kumbia Kings, Pink, Voice V, Angelina and more on June 10 at the Thomas and Mack Center. Tickets available at (888) 464-2468. The Hard Rock hotel is 2 blocks from the Thomas and Mack and Hard Rock discount rooms available at (Hard Rock link).

Station Casinos – Todd Rungren & The Motels June 16 at Sunset, Jean-Luc Ponty June 17 at Palace, Loverboy & Night Ranger June 30 at Sunset, and Joe Walsh plus a fireworks extravaganza July 1 at Sunset. Tickets at (888) 464-2468 and Station Casinos discount rooms available at (various Station Casinos links).

Thomas & Mack – Red Hot Chili Peppers with Stone Temple Pilots on Sept. 13. Tickets at (888) 464-2468. The Hard Rock hotel is within walking distance of the Thomas and Mack and Hard Rock discount rooms available at (Hard Rock link).

The Orleans – Average White Band June 2-3, and Doobie Brothers June 9-11. Tickets at (702) 365-7075 and Orleans discount rooms available at (The Orleans link).

Rental Cars – Don’t pay top dollar! Enter the dates of your visit and compare prices from virtually every major rental car agency (most US cities). Book the lowest price company or your regular agency. Save the hassle and some money – Car Rental Savings Search. Few regret renting a car. Free shuttles and city bus rides can be slow and smelly. Taxis can cost what a rental car costs. Your vacation time is valuable — make the most out of it!


No review this week because of so many news stories. However, hang tight! Starting next week we do three weeks of the steakhouse trifecta: Harrah’s Range, Binion’s Ranch, and Emeril’s Delmonico.

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You only got ripped off if he didn’t pull right on to the strip for the short ride. Bellagio has a side entrance off of Flamingo, but it’s not applicable in this case. I’m assuming that traffic was very, very, very heavy.

The walk from Mirage to the Flamingo / Strip entrance of Bellagio is a pretty short walk. Unless it’s 100+ degrees out or you have health issues, I would have walked it. I often park across from the Mirage at Casino Royale and walk to visit locations ranging from Treasure Island to Bellagio (when visiting multiple properties at one time). The Strip is probably one of the most fun streets to walk anywhere in the world, and if you have gone too far, you can always catch a bus or cab back if you have to.

It is unfortunate to realize that for a few more dollars than that one cab ride cost, you could have rented a car for the whole day. If you are coming on a weekend or during a busy convention season when there is heavy traffic, those cab meters can really run while you sit in traffic.

Keep in mind that there is no cost of obligation to punch in your dates at and compare the prices of every rental car company. From there, you can make the call!

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ONLINE POLL – “What kind of casino atmosphere do you like?”

Let’s hear your opinions at — results will be published in two weeks!

Results from last weeks poll “Have you ever considered moving to Las Vegas?”

People live there? 6%
Only as a passing fancy. 9%
Maybe to retire. 13%
I’ve looked into it. 48%
I’m planning on doing so! 22%


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May 31, 2000