The Las Vegas Connection

Las Vegas Connection

By Bart Torres

March 12, 2012 - March 18, 2012

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day Vegas Style

Among the many things Vegas does right is how they celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and this year is no exception. Plenty of green beer, authentic Irish fare, Celtic entertainment and even gaming promotions will fill casinos and clubs throughout town. The Cannery Casino is offering a pub crawl, free concert and other surprises on March 17. All drinks at selected bars are just a buck during certain hours and Irish favorites will dominate the Cannery Row Buffet. Show your Can Can Club card and pay just $7 and enjoy $2 green beer. Gorgeous model and actress, Carmen Electra will host St. Patrick’s Day festivities at Chateau Nightclub & Gardens at Paris Las Vegas. As early as 9 a.m., Paris’ outdoor   Chateau Terrace will be serving food, green beer and providing Irish entertainment. Downtown’s Fremont Street Experience begins its celebration March 15 to March 18 with free tribute band concerts. One of the best parties on the Strip will be held throughout the weekend inside New York-New York’s Nine Fine Irishmen and on the replica of the Brooklyn Bridge with Celtic Feis kicking off at noon. This is a traditional Gaelic arts and cultural festival with food and drinks. Admission to Celtic Feis on Friday and Sunday is free before 11 p.m. Tickets to attend on St, Patrick’s Day, including one free drink is $25. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Zumanity Box Office. On March 17, purchase them from Nine Fine Irishmen. Guests wearing a kilt to the festival on March 17 as well as all law enforcement officials, firefighters, military personnel, veterans and EMT’s will receive free admission. A group of bag pipers and firefighters from around the world will parade throughout the resort. Over at Cabo Wabo Cantina inside Planet Hollywood’s Miracle Mile Shops, celebrate St. Patty’s Day Mexican-style by ordering green margaritas and beer. A 100 ounce green beer tower to share (I would hope so!) is available for $55. Another drinker’s paradise is at PBR Rock Bar and Grill inside the Miracle Mile Shops. Green beer, green margaritas and green daiquiris will be flowing. More drinks to share are 80-ounce Green Guitars and 100-ounce Super Yards for $38 each. All Station Casinos will be offering inexpensive Irish dishes from March 12-17. Jack’s Irish Pub at Palace Station will even prepare green eggs & ham with hash browns for just $5.99. Ri Ra, a true authentic Irish pub inside The Shoppes at Mandalay Bay will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day all month long with drink specials. On March 17 there will be live music starting at noon and two parades (11 a.m. and 4 p.m.) running through the casino and ending at the pub. Las Vegas-based Irish rock band Wild Celts will be on hand at Suncoast March 17 beginning at 9 p.m. with a free show and “Rock Your Kilt Contest” and the “Leprechaun Star Search” awarding cash prizes. Both are open to men and women 21 and older. A beer drinker’s holiday is part of the fun at Public House, a contemporary tavern located in The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian. Along with “Shepherd’s Pie,” Irish coffee and other Irish fare, wash it down with $5 pints of green beer and other spirits. The green carpet will be rolled out at the Thomas and Mack Center on Friday, March 16 where they will hold the first ever Dublin Downs Festival beginning at 4 p.m. featuring Celtic punk band Flogging Molly performing at 8 p.m. General admission tickets are $24.50. Call, (702) 739-FANS.


Tropicana’s Mob Attraction off to a Good Start

A revamp of the Trop’s former Las Vegas Mob Experience, which closed for five months, seems to be the right move. Now called the Mob Attraction Las Vegas, many improvements are evident with authentic technology, an upgrade to the audio visual equipment and special effects mixing an entertainment venue with museum. The world of organized crime comes together with live character actors taking guests on a tour of the interesting attraction that features an extensive collection of mob artifacts, memorabilia, photos and videos. Mob Attraction Las Vegas is open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. with general admission priced at $25 for adults; locals/seniors and military are $22 and kids 6-11 are $15. Children 5 and under are free. As far as a room deal it doesn’t get much better than this. Word is out that they have you covered for the holidays. How about paying just $99 for a three-night, four day stay at the Trop over Thanksgiving and Christmas? Included are priority check-in and a few other perks. A $14.99 daily resort will be added, but this is still about the best price out there for the holidays. The package deal, valid November 4-8, November 18-29 and December 10-24 must be booked by March 31, but there are no booking fees and 24-hour cancellations are accepted if your plans change. To check out this unbelievable offer call (888) 381-8767 or log on


Station Casinos Offering March Drinking and Dining Deals

During March Madness, all Station Casinos and Fiesta Sports books bring back their $1 Buds and Bud Light and $1 hot dogs for fans watching the college tournament games March 13-April 12. All casino bars will serve a variety of drink specials during the games for an affordable $2-$4.  Select restaurants in the properties will dish up a full stuffed lobster for a reasonable $19.99; a filet and half stuffed lobster is $24.99 or go for broke and fill up on a filet and full stuffed lobster for $29.99. The limited lobster deal is available at The Broiler in Palace and Boulder Station, Sonoma Celler at Sunset Station, Austin Steakhouse at Texas Station, Fuego at Fiesta Henderson, The Charcoal Room at Santa Fe Station and MRKY at Aliante Station.


KISS By Monster Mini Golf Opens this Week

KISS By Monster Mini Golf, the newest family attraction in town opens this Friday, March 16. This one of-a-kind venue, perfect for parties, includes an indoor glow-in-the-dark custom-designed 18-hole miniature course, a state-of-the-art arcade, the largest KISS gift shop in the world, A KISS Gallery, “Hotter Than Hell” Wedding Chapel, a private VIP Room, FANtastic KISS themed event rooms and the “Rock ‘n Roll All Nite” Café. A round of golf is $11.95 and all Vegas locals, military, and students will get a reduced rate of $9.95. Group discounts for parties of 20 or more are also offered. KISS is located at 4503 Paradise Rd. in the Shoppes at Harmon Square across from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.


Katy Perry Female Impersonator Joins Cast of Frank Marino’s “Divas Las Vegas” at Imperial Palace

Female impersonator, Andrew Ryan has signed on to recreate the role of Katy Perry in Frank Marino’s “Divas Las Vegas” playing at Imperial Palace. The energetic production show plays six nights a week (dark Fridays) at 10 p.m. Tickets are priced at $39, $69 and $79 plus tax and fees. For reservations, call (888) 777-7664. More entertainment news from the IP is the abrupt closing of “Name That Tune Live!” After a 7 month run, it was pulled from the entertainment line up with no prior warning. If you happen to be holding tickets for a future show, call the box office at (888) 777-7664 for a full refund. Producer Adam Steck hopes to bring the popular show back to television possibly sometime this summer. Another closure on the Strip involves not a show, but a club. ROK Vegas Nightclub at New York-New York will shut their doors April 1 and taking over will be a live performance venue expecting to open this spring.


O’Shea’s Gets the Pink Slip

A lot of work is in store for the Strip with preparations underway for the massive Project Linq construction. Right in the center of it is O’Shea’s Casino which will be shutting its doors April 30, 2012 as part of the $550 million development. The small casino is expected to be somehow part of the revamped Imperial Palace which will have a new name and theme. Project Linq will be built along two private streets that separate the Flamingo and IP, incorporating an outdoor retail, dining and entertainment district with the main attraction a 550-foot-tall observation wheel.


Monthly “Art & Wine: A Perfect Pairing” at Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art

On the second Wednesday of each month, Bellagio Gallery of Fine Arts hosts “Art & Wine: A Perfect Pairing” featuring the gallery’s new exhibition “Claude Monet: Impressions of Light.” Highlighting the program is the interactive conversation about wine and art blending with Jason Smith, Bellagio’s Director of Wine and Master Sommelier with Tarissa Tiberti, BGFA Director. The monthly event is from 5-7 p.m. with tickets listed at $30 for BGFA members and $38 for non-members. Guests must be at least 21 to attend. The next art/pairing is scheduled for Wednesday, March 14. To browse through the gallery, tickets are $15 for general admission, $12 for local residents and seniors 65 and older; $10 for students, teachers and military with ID. Children 12 and younger are free. For tickets, call (877) 957-9777. Audio tours are included and a complimentary docent tour is offered daily at 2 p.m.


Circus Circus Completes Guest Room Remodel and Welcomes New Attraction

Circus Circus has unveiled 1,900 newly remodeled guest rooms in the Casino and Skyrise Towers. Upgrades include 40-inch flat-screen TVs, pillow-top mattresses, Wi-Fi Internet access and new wallpaper and carpet throughout the property. In addition to the expansive upgrades, Circus Circus now offers The Chuck Jones Experience allowing guests to see interactive exhibits, displays and travel through the art, life and mind of the noted animator best known for creating “Loony Tunes” and “Merrie Melodies” shorts, “Tom & Jerry” cartoons and the TV version of Dr. Suess’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”, along with many other classics. For reservations, call (800) 634-3450.


Check with resorts for all current offers published. Hotels have all rights and may cancel or modify at anytime. On your drive up to Vegas tune your radio to The Highway FM 98 & 99 for my up-to-date Las Vegas reports. GOOD LUCK!


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