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At Libertine Social, the new gastropubat Mandalay, they have a $175 beef short rib pastrami for the table. They slice it and give you some accoutrements like lettuce wraps and horseradish. Then they take about half of it back and make reubens out of it. It’s ridiculously good and feeds probably six people.

I didn’t get a before shot.

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Libertine Social is great. And the chef is from Dallas.

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On 1/13/2020 at 11:38 AM, Zepol87 said:

Any rankings you guys can give on the shows? I heard the Cirque Beatles show is pretty badass. Never seen one live and want to change that.

When we went last year we wanted a low down and dirty type of show to try and we chose Zombie Burlesque at the Planet Hollywood. We at a dinner at Mr Chow in Cesar's, got liquored up at the Davidoff of Geneva cigar bar, and really enjoyed that show. 

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29 minutes ago, bigup2dahorns said:

 

Was just there getting new ink at H&H and enjoying the insanity of AVN. Tried like hell to blow money, party, and give it a proper goodbye. 

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On 1/13/2020 at 11:38 AM, Zepol87 said:

Any rankings you guys can give on the shows? I heard the Cirque Beatles show is pretty badass. Never seen one live and want to change that.

That is a brilliant show,

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On 1/24/2020 at 12:13 PM, bigup2dahorns said:

 


Still in the planning (re-planning) phase. Nothing concrete announced yet but likely they will go forward to develop that land.

 

Kinda miss the Frontier. It was one of the oldest on the Strip, dating from the 1940s. Last stayed there in 1996.

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On my way to Vegas.  Tell me where I need to gamble, eat, and party.  Haven’t been on 11 years 


I’m at the airport on my way to Vegas too. I haven’t been in 11 weeks.

Where are you staying?


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On 1/14/2020 at 9:56 AM, bigup2dahorns said:

Wynn related (CNBC):


At Clean Market in Midtown, New Yorkers have a wide menu of healthy offerings to choose from, such as "superfood smoothies" and bowls with a side of a "moon dust of choice."

But if clean food isn't enough, customers can also get a boost from vitamins delivered intravenously at the NutriDrip bar. The service is growing in popularity and attracting customers from fitness and lifestyle companies like Equinox to some major hotel chains.

NutriDrip sells 15 vitamin infusions administered by medical professionals via an IV drip that takes about 30 minutes. The Nutribody drip aims to support fat loss with a combination of l-carnitine, taurine, vitamin C, B complex, among others. There are also the popular hangover remedies — Basic Recover, Super Recovery and Mega Recovery — which range in price from $119 to $199 depending on how much you're hurting from the night before. The Nutriyouth drip claims the ability to "help stop cellular aging in its tracks" with a mixture of anti-aging enzymes, molecules and vitamins for $599.


Founded five years ago, NutriDrip is looking to expand in 2020 with a Series A funding round in the first half of this year. Executives declined to say how much money they're looking to raise.
"Over the last three years, IV nutrient therapy, specifically NutriDrip, has grown, at like a 60 to 80% year-over-year growth rate, even while opening new stores," said co-founder Asa Kitfield. "So we're really excited to see what sort of saturation the market can see on like a local and national basis."

One of its new corporate clients is Wynn Hotel will be offering NutriDrip IV drips to its guests in Las Vegas in early 2020.


"As many of our guests now expect a more holistic set of wellness options, we have evolved to include broader wellness themes related to functional wellness, physical fitness, and healthy cuisine," said a Wynn spokeswoman, adding "providing IV therapy is one more way to help our guests maintain personal wellness routines while they are traveling."
The Equinox Hotel in Hudson Yards also has been offering the service to guests when it opened last summer. Kitfield also told CNBC, NutriDrip is slowly rolling out the service to other Equinox gym locations in early 2020 as well.

Equinox executives Jeffrey Weinhaus and Harvey Spevak were early investors in NutriDrip parent company Clean Market, along with real estate investor Jack Terzi, Seritage Growth Properties CEO Ben Schall, fashion designer Andrew Rosen and venture capital firm Able Partners.

Celebrities, including Madonna, Rihanna and Simon Cowell, are reportedly fans of IV vitamin treatments, but it's drawn some controversy.

"Anytime you poke a hole in somebody's vein, there is some risk that they'll bleed excessively. There's also some risk that they will clot excessively," said Dr. David Katz, founding director of Yale University's Prevention Research Center. "So the risks are not great. And the risks are not very common, but there are risks, and the only way to justify any risk in medicine is by a greater likely benefit."
He said there is "minimal evidence that there is any meaningful benefit for most people."

Kitfield said NutriDrip doesn't make grand promises about its treatments but said the company and customers clearly believe in its benefits.
"When you look at our business where 50 to 60% of our revenue comes from regulars, and that's why we continue to grow, the proof is kind of in the pudding, Kitfield said.

According to the Global Wellness Institute, a nonprofit that tracks the industry, the global wellness market is a $4.5 trillion industry. While IV therapy and alternative medicine is a small portion of the overall spending, GWI says it's among the fastest-growing sectors

 

On 1/14/2020 at 8:45 PM, Incredulity said:

I’m going to have to go ahead and disagree with you there.

I would have sold my soul to the devil to fix some of my Vegas hangovers.

I put one of these together in Houston a few years and control it silently. The mobile version. It’s a great and growing business for us. A huge huge huge side benefit that I didn’t think about when writing the business plan and getting it going? The free IVs whenever the fuck I want at my house. The only actual hangover cure I’ve ever found is one of these. Our guy adds Toradol and a boatload of other items and vitamins. Before the drip is finished, you feel normal. If you do this in Vegas, make sure you go with one in which they do prescription level work and use only RNs. Find that, and it will blow your mind after a hangover. 

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Took a 10 mg edible At this insanely huge dispensary at planet 13.  I legit cannot feel my body and I’m at this buffet waiting for king crab legs and feel like I’m gonna need to crawl.  Lost $400 last night and got shit faced.  I forgot how fun Vegas was.  

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Wife is going to some construction show in March for work. I’m flying out that Friday afternoon. I was thinking for Saturday to go and shoot guns. Which place has the best deal / coolest shit? Wife wants to shoot a .50.

Thanks!

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We are out here now and are scheduled to fly home today.  We had reservations Friday at STK, we thought it was very average. Apps were great and a fantastic bar and drink menu but our filets were just meh! 

 

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We are out here now and are scheduled to fly home today.  We had reservations Friday at STK, we thought it was very average. Apps were great and a fantastic bar and drink menu but our filets were just meh! 
 


Yeah that isn’t the draw for STK. Food is average. You go for the atmosphere and the party.

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that platter of reubens looks pretty fuckin tasty. Would hate to see the spectacle I would put on with the stoned munchies. 

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Standing in the forum shops waiting for the ball&chain to finish shopping.

Staying at Vdara, it’s the only place I stay anymore. Love the laid back feel and non-smoking. When I want to gamble I walk over to Aria or through the Bellagio to the Cromwell.

Going to check out the hooter’s casino later today, I haven’t been in there and I’m interested to see what breastaurant turned casino looks like.

Ate at Catch in Aria for dinner last night and was unimpressed. Saw George Strait after. At 67, the dude still has it. Eating at Kabuto tonight. It’s supposed to be some of the best sushi available.

Lost my ass in craps last night. Hoping to claw my way back this afternoon. Leaving I’m the AM before the SB madness.

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3rd day in Vegas and I’m done.  I need the hangover IV.  Haven’t slept since Wednesday night.

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3 hours ago, BTW said:


Going to check out the hooter’s casino later today, I haven’t been in there and I’m interested to see what breastaurant turned casino looks like.



Lost my ass in craps last night. Hoping to claw my way back this afternoon. Leaving I’m the AM before the SB madness.

 

Hooter's isn't worth the trip.

I was in Vegas during Super Bowl Sunday in 2015.  The Thurs-Fri-Sat leading up the game was energetic, but gameday was a completely different animal.  If you could swing it, you should stick around close to a sports book just to see emotions play out depending on how the game goes.  

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We went to George last night as well, dude’s still as good as ever,  glad he’s one of us.

Got out just ahead of the SB crowd that’s descending in droves.

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Update, hooters no longer owns hooters casino, so we didn’t make it. Played Craps at Aria the last few hours. Won back approximately half what I’ve lost so far. Now getting snax at Cosmo.

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Update 2. Wings were legit. Gonna head back to tables for a bit before dinner 81a751d81be31160d472b2e2a2bc01c7.jpg

 

PS sorry if Tapatalk double posts again.

PPS, yes, I know I have a 5 head

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Ate dinner Saturday night at one of the best sushi restaurants in the USofA. 

It's called Kabuto-edomae in a random shopping center a few miles off the strip. They have two seatings per night and it's fixed menu (with just a couple of single items that can be ordered to "fill up" after the chef's course is complete).

Otherwise, glad to be back in Texas with both kidneys and most of my cash intact.

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Headed out next week... current schedule for grub:

Monday: Ghost Donkey / Libertine
Tuesday: Zuma
Wednesday: Carbone
Thursday: Beauty & Essex
Friday: Twist
Saturday: Bavette
Sunday: Colon Cleanse

May the tables be generous and the strippers be hungry!

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On 1/31/2020 at 8:22 PM, Goofyboy said:

Wife is going to some construction show in March for work. I’m flying out that Friday afternoon. I was thinking for Saturday to go and shoot guns. Which place has the best deal / coolest shit? Wife wants to shoot a .50.

Thanks!

Back in November, son and I went to Battlefield Vegas while wife ran in the Rock & Roll Marathon deal. They had any gun you could imagine. They are not necessarily the cheapest, but it is a well run operation. They pick you up from your hotel in a Humvee at no cost. Highlight was getting to shoot an authentic MG42. We didn't shoot the .50, but several people did while we were there. Holy Christ I felt it in my heart when they shot that thing off. They also have several military vehicles (tanks, etc.) on the lot.

https://www.battlefieldvegas.com/

 

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Anyone one have hidden gem cocktail spots they’re willing to share? Want to try something new... I’m at Aria so something on the strip preferred, but willing to travel for the right spot!

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52 minutes ago, Party_Taco said:

Anyone one have hidden gem cocktail spots they’re willing to share? Want to try something new... I’m at Aria so something on the strip preferred, but willing to travel for the right spot!

Juniper cocktail lounge has the best drinks on the strip at the moment. There isnt even a close 2nd

 

Ghost Donkey is just down the street if u want a tiny/speakeasy feel. Mama Rabbit has good drinks and the best mezcal selection in Nevada. The two cocktail bars in the Palazzo and the Venetian are pretty good too (forgot the names). Thats about it for Strip cocktail bars. Most kinda suck.

 

downtown, the Laundry room is a fun speakeasy with 8 seats and downstairs at the mob museum is worth going at least once. People also like velveteen rabbit, but i didnt care for the cocktails when i went. As far as tiki bars, Frankies cocktail room > golden tiki... even if it is a little smokier in there

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8 hours ago, Party_Taco said:

Anyone one have hidden gem cocktail spots they’re willing to share? Want to try something new... I’m at Aria so something on the strip preferred, but willing to travel for the right spot!

Mr CoCo at the Palms.  Thank me later.

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19 minutes ago, Landomatic said:

Mr CoCo at the Palms.  Thank me later.

Legit recommendation.  


Debated LV this weekend...Was w the wife so ended up in LA vs LV but I’ve got the shakes thinking of all those damn Vegas memories...

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7 minutes ago, ChiTownDoc said:

Legit recommendation.  


Debated LV this weekend...Was w the wife so ended up in LA vs LV but I’ve got the shakes thinking of all those damn Vegas memories...

Hahaha dude we gotta hook up soon.  Maybe not in LA or LV or Chi or Dal...but soon.

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4 minutes ago, Landomatic said:

Hahaha dude we gotta hook up soon.  Maybe not in LA or LV or Chi or Dal...but soon.

Absolutely.  Summer is coming.  Until then traveling most weekends but lmk.  It was funny bc I realized who posted the MrCoCo rec after I had replied.  I was like that’s Lando...Should’ve  known!

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11 hours ago, bigup2dahorns said:

New flat fee setup for cabs to the Strip from the airport

 

 

Vegas message board folks are saying the fixed rate cab rides are still more expensive than Uber/Lyft.

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Vegas message board folks are saying the fixed rate cab rides are still more expensive than Uber/Lyft.

 

Yep. For Uber/Lyft you have to walk across the street, take elevator to second floor and wait in a big parking garage area for your ride. It’s not too bad. But if there is no cab line that is a lot easier (right outside the door from baggage), so cabs do have that advantage. But now at least they are trying this flat fee versus the crapshoot previously of $15 or $30 if they long-hauled you thru the tunnel/highway.

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On 2/7/2020 at 11:26 PM, Landomatic said:

Mr CoCo at the Palms.  Thank me later.

Speaking of the Palms, has anyone been to the steakhouse there (Scotch 80 Prime)?  Looking for a place for 12-15 business dinner at a conference and thought I might try something new.  Of course the beating at a lot of these places is getting to a manager vs the "special event" folks that try to mandate their set menu nonsense for a large party but thought I might call this place up today.  That policy makes sense for a weekend but not a Monday night when a lot of places are slow.  

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I think Uber/Lyft has its own area now similar to the taxis, so you don't have to go to the garage and it's easier to find your paired vehicle. But I can't wait to hear people brag how they cabbed to MGM for $19 and walked across to NYNY to save $4.

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3 hours ago, Skipper said:

Speaking of the Palms, has anyone been to the steakhouse there (Scotch 80 Prime)?  Looking for a place for 12-15 business dinner at a conference and thought I might try something new.  Of course the beating at a lot of these places is getting to a manager vs the "special event" folks that try to mandate their set menu nonsense for a large party but thought I might call this place up today.  That policy makes sense for a weekend but not a Monday night when a lot of places are slow.  

Did not eat there when we were at the Palms but did check it out via quick walk through.  Pretty cool from what I remember, but also a little slow.  I’d think you can get around the event planner thing there on a Monday pretty easily.  I’ve gotten around it at STK on a Friday night so I can’t imagine you won’t be able to do it there.  Found the new Palms to be, top to bottom, the coolest thing in Vegas in a while, so I’d think it would be a great choice, if for nothing else than something new.

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Report Card from last weekend:


Ghost Donkey - Outstanding! Got the truffle nachos, mescal old fashioned and even went after the mushroom margarita with all being delicious.

Libertine - Solid. Really enjoyed the Asian wings, spare ribs and Mac&Cheese.

Carbone - 1000 times yes. All of the pastas were terrific, the fish was solid and had the best Caesar in many years. Scenery was also

Beauty & Essex - On the contrary, the scenery here was mighty douchey, cocktails were just OK, but the food certainly stood out.

Twist - Easily our best meal of the year. Each course was an explosion of flavor, and all of them impressed. Can’t beat the view either, and the wine list was exhaustive

Bavette - Always great... I can never get over the brilliance of the mashed potatoes. Sat next to Gruden which was pretty cool and capped it with some Birthday Bourbon, so all-in-all a great night.

Side Note: On The Record is a fantastic venue, the dancers are smoking hot and the karaoke rooms are worth sneaking into if you can’t get a reservation.

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On 2/14/2020 at 9:32 AM, Bartles said:

I think Uber/Lyft has its own area now similar to the taxis, so you don't have to go to the garage and it's easier to find your paired vehicle. But I can't wait to hear people brag how they cabbed to MGM for $19 and walked across to NYNY to save $4.

That actually caught my eye. Not that I would do that, there has to be a line somewhere. Just jumps out because its one block.

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On 2/14/2020 at 9:01 AM, bigup2dahorns said:

 

Yep. For Uber/Lyft you have to walk across the street, take elevator to second floor and wait in a big parking garage area for your ride. It’s not too bad. But if there is no cab line that is a lot easier (right outside the door from baggage), so cabs do have that advantage. But now at least they are trying this flat fee versus the crapshoot previously of $15 or $30 if they long-hauled you thru the tunnel/highway.

 

1 hour ago, Incredulity said:

That actually caught my eye. Not that I would do that, there has to be a line somewhere. Just jumps out because its one block.

What are we, hobos? Who isn’t taking a reserved limo from the airport immediately to their destination? Let’s go, folks. 

In all seriousness, got one of those “up to four complimentary nights” offers from Aria. I sent it to my wife with the “when do you want to go?” and she responds that she wants to do all 4 nights. Normally we do 2 or 3. Never 4. I’ve done 4+ while at conferences. I’m not sure I can afford 4 with the female. That said, yep, I am now excited. Will regret it immediately afterwards, as always. 

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