The audience is fixed on the stage from the opening line of the janitor (ERIC) as he sweeps up at The Neon Graveyard. He walks us through an entire lifetime of what was, to what is present day Sin City.
The tributes and impressions alone are enough to make most Vegas fanatics smile the entire show. But the actual production value of this show is absolutely amazing.
The bandleader put out a great sounding show from start to finish. Dancing was perfectly choreographed and stunts and acrobatics awed most viewers.
If your, in any way, a Vegas historian or enthusiast this is a must see show. I can’t believe I hadn’t made an effort to see this sooner.
I can’t remember a show with this many prop and costume changes, the entire stage changes over and over without missing a beat.
The singers couldn’t have asked for a better variety of Vegas brand music to sing. They all seemed to enjoy belting out the tunes. “Midnight train to Georgia” seemed to stick out as a crowd favorite, and it was definitely done well.
The Rat Pack stared in the lounge and Elvis did his shaking on stage and screen, as the show took us on a trek of what Las Vegas sounded like.
About twenty dancers, ten big time voices, and five unique specialty acts make this one of the best shows I’ve seen in quite some time.
I've used the restaurant.com website for over ten years now. Every trip to Vegas I try to find something new from their selection of restaurants. They range from taco stands to steak and seafood dinning. I would like to pass on some info on the site and suggest using it on your next trip. Certificates are offered for a starting price (usually $10 for a $25 certificate) the buyer has to purchase a set amount during the visit. On $25 certificate generally $37.50 is the required amount. Back to the prices; I have never (maybe once) purchased a certificate at full price. The site sends out emails with promo codes. The codes coincide with holidays or special events such as fathers day or July 4th etc. At times ranging anywhere from 30 to 80 plus percent off the $10 purchase price. I have bought certificates as low as $1.00 in the past.
Another thing to remember is the fine print. Some restaurants wont allow the purchase of alcohol, some are only available during lunch or dinner hours, others may not let you use the certificates with other special offers such as "DAILY SPECIALS" or already discounted items. Every certificate I've used have the automatic 18% gratuity added in the fine print but not every placed Iv'e been asked for that. Most wait staff understand if you leave it off customers will tip (pending your experience) more then the automatic 18%.
On to the fun stuff, the eateries.............
In the Las Vegas area there are more then 100 places one can try out. Off hand I think I can recall about 20 I've personally experienced. Not all worth mentioning at this time, because I plan a future segment on restaurant.com certificate use. I will mention that some certificates are harder to obtain then others mainly due to popularity. Casa Di Amore for example and Stripburger being 2 of the hardest.
I don't plan my trips or my dinning around restaurants.com certificates but they are always handy to have printed off and there as an option.
Atomic Liquors located at 917 Fremont St. is the oldest freestanding bar in town, and was the first bar in town to have an off sale and package liquor license.
The bar actually opened first as a cafe in 1945 called VIRGINIA'S. Which was rumored to be named after Bugsy Siegel's girlfriend. Siegel ran the EL CORTEZ down the street. He also ran the Flamingo and Bugsy's nick name for Virginia was Flamingo. It was believed Virginia Hill had something to do with financing the cafe.
The cafe changed its name to ATOMIC LIQUOR in 1952 when it was the place to go to watch Atomic testing blasts from their roof.
The original owners (Joe and Stella Stobchik) ran it until Joe died October of 2010. They closed in Jan. of 2011 and two weeks later Stella passed away.
A lot of movie scenes have been filmed in or around the Atomic. My favorite scene from Casino (pen stabbing scene) was filmed there as well as scenes in "The Gauntlet" in 1977, "The Hangover" in 2009 and Rod Serling shot there for an episode of Twilight Zone called "The Fever" back in 1960. Clebrities such as Barbra Streisand frequented the establishment along with The Rat Pack, Burt Reynolds, and even The Smothers Brothers.
The first time I spent an afternoon in the Atomic would have got the original owners in trouble (being only 18). The last time I stepped foot in The Atomic it was a bonafide "DIVE BAR" back in 2006 or 2007.
I am one who loves history and the background of all thing Vegas. There is so much history to this joint I cant imagine visiting the area without stopping in for a tall Busch Light can.
Check out our page dedicated to The Atomic HERE for more.
2012 comes to its end tonight and I am reflecting on what a wonderful year its been for me.
2 years ago I started NEONVACTION.COM as a hobby and tribute of sorts to the greatest city Ive ever lived in or visited. The goal of starting the website, all along, was to help others enjoy Vegas as much as I do.
2011 was my test year. I spent that first year confused and frustrated as to the ins and outs of maintaining this site.
During the 2nd year, I believe Ive got some of the constant maintenance and content issues down or at least under control.
I still have huge plans and great ideas for the site. I am still confused quite a bit but what I want to reflect on is the great year I’ve had because of the effort.
In this past year Ive met some of the most amazing people due to the similar passion for this city. I would try to name every interesting person during the past years travels but I will miss one or two names and that would make me feel terrible. Instead I will throw everyone in a large nutshell, you will know if I am speaking about you.
In no order of importance, I have had the pleasure of meeting other website owners and operators, my favorite podcast personalities, magazine and newspaper writers, radio celebrities, television personalities and television producers. On many trips I have had lunch, dinner or just drinks with some of my favorite hotel and casino workers including dealers, concierges, desk attendants, security guards, bartenders, and room service employees. Ive sat down with some of my favorite bar and restaurant owners, great store owners, museum operators, awesome art directors, and even those that run the “behind the scenes stuff” of Vegas shows, large and small. Ive had opportunities to talk with authors, actors, singers, comedians, dj’s, professional gamblers, strippers, hookers and even (ex) mobsters. I cant tell you how I got lucky enough to meet these people, just that every single story told was interesting.
I have met Vegas admirers in my hometown of Minnesota and visited them in theirs.
Ive made great friendships and all of this is due to the same thing; we all enjoy the city of Las Vegas and believe its great.
As I move forward with this passion of mine, I have twice as many trips planned for the upcoming year, hope to make this the best website I can and hope to meet even more interesting Vegas enthusiasts along the way.
Thank you, Las Vegas, for all the friendships.
Happy New Year everyone.
We both had no clue what these meant, but bought them anyway thinking they were funny. After wearing them to baseball practice we learned, from our coach, their meaning and origin of what is know as the Battle for the Fremont Cannon.
A 21 year old Elvis Presley, billed as "The Atomic Powered Singer", took the stage at The New Frontier's Venue Room. The year was 1956 and he already had the rest of the Country in awe not to mention holding the number one hit song "Heartbreak Hotel".
His name should have been shortened to just A BOMB because thats pretty much what happened. Apparently Las Vegas was not ready for Elvis...........yet.
For the next few years Elvis didnt do much, but make movie after movie, produce more number one hits, and become much more popular; Oh yeah and he served his Country for two years after being drafted into the United States Army. Presley's overseas service took place in Germany (October 1, 1958, until March 2, 1960) as a member of the 1st Medium Tank Battalion. He was a member of the Army reserves until discharged in 1964.
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A new TV series will be hitting the air waves this fall, and more importantly its Las Vegas related. I enjoy reruns of the original “Vega$” with Robert Urich and “Crime Story” when I can catch them, and the more recent “Las Vegas” as well, I try to catch the reality COPS style “Vegas Strip” on TruTV and never miss one of Travel Channel’s out dated, Vegas based shows (the kind they seem to have on every other week). If your anything like me; you like the wild history behind Las Vegas and the characters that made Vegas, Vegas. So I suspect I will like this new show as well. Its to be called “Vegas” (huh, that’s original). The show's theme will be the molding of Las Vegas while Sheriff Ralph Lamb was at the helm. Some say he was a controversial figure and others worshiped him. Hopefully the series sticks somewhat close to reality so we can judge for ourselves.
With 30% of Nevadans being of Mexican background, I suspect Cinco De Mayo is a larger festival in the Las Vegas Area then most other tourist destination.
Once again we would like to help the celebratory crowd enjoy their vacations and maximize the party experience (as we do).
Its not hard to find a Mexican, or a Mexican themed restaurant. So, It really shouldn't be hard to put together a Cinco De Mayo Pub-Crawl, but we like doing this so let us do it for you.
If its nostalgic Mexican restaurants your looking for, the first name on our list would be EL SOMBRERO. Located between the Strip and Downtown at 807 S Main, it's the oldest restaurant in Las Vegas.Not just Mexican restaurant, but oldest all around restaurant. If you've worked Downtown or just enjoy good Mexican you've been to El Sombrero. There isn't much of a party atmosphere here, but the food is excellent and the historic factor makes it a must visit, on Cinco De Mayo or not. Mayor Oscar Goodman was a regular at El Sombrero when in office. (His wife visits too, we're told).
Hot Dogs!, Get Yer Hot Dogs Here!
Growing up and being at the ballpark as often as possible I could have dined on hot dogs three times a day, covering each meal, and then one as a snack before bed.
Probably the reason I have such a fondness of the perfect snack today. I do love a great steak, or pasta from the kitchen at Casa Di Amore(shameless plug for my favorite Italian in Vegas), but give me a good hot dog and all's right with the world for those next few minutes.
Whats a “good” hot dog mean to me? It means 100% beef, well cooked and or steamed correctly, it means a bun the way you enjoy it, and it means quality toppings all at a reasonable price for the situation. Simple.
I will eat a 15-dollar hot dog at Serendipity 3 if I find myself hungry while spending outrageous money anyway in the Caesar shops. On the other hand, I will enjoy a one dollar hot dog, sipping a dollar and a half Budweiser at The Stage Door bar while watching the freak show pass by the windows at three in the morning, after a night of winning blackjack half a block up on the Strip.
On March 17th most people wont consider celebrating the efforts of one Saint named Patrick coming to this country, back in the 1700s, to turn all the wicked Pagans to Christianity. Most will just use the day as an excuse to try out their (bad) accent and impersonations and drink as much as they can. I’m as Irish as one gets and, unfortunately, I will be no exception.
There is an Irish saying that goes “St Patrick’s Day consists of the night of March the seventeenth flavored strongly with the morning of the eighteenth”. That being true, there’s no better place in my opinion to celebrate this day then Las Vegas.
I wish restaurants and bars would begin advertising their parties and St. Patrick's Day specials well in advance so visitors can plan ahead, but that’s just me. So as the day grows closer Ill add to this list of the events I can uncover. So read it two or three more times before the Holiday hits us.