Changes in Vegas – Margaritaville, Mob Experience, and New Restaurants

Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Casino

A lot of new things are coming to Vegas very soon, and we thought we’d take you through some of the most interesting changes that are coming soon or recently-arrived. For those of you heading to Vegas soon, check these out:

Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Casino Las Vegas

We reported on this one earlier, but it’s worth repeating due to popularity–The Flamingo will host the brand new Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville Casino starting October 1. It will be an addition to the Margaritaville Restaurant, and parrotheads can enjoy Buffett in Vegas October 15 and 22. The casino within a casino already has quite a bit of interest, and we’ll keep you posted when it opens.

Mob Experience Re-Opens Soon

The Tropicana’s Mob Experience saw some hard times recently and, though some artifacts and displays remain open, is scheduled for a January relaunch after an update.

Many New Restaurants – Central Michel Richard, Las Vegas Chocolate Shop, Lobster ME, 35 Steaks + Martinis, Public House at Venetian

As one door closes, several new ones to restaurants have or will open. In light of customers opting to spend a little less on dining out, the Vegas restaurant scene has shifted appropriately to include affordably-priced dining experiences. Famous Washington, DC chef Michel Richard recently made his Vegas debut Wednesday with 24-hour cafe Central Michel Richard, the first all-hours cafe created by a James Beard award-winner. Central Michel Richard is in the main lobby of Caesars Palace and serves Richard’s signature California-French food.

Planet Hollywood got two new places last month, with the Las Vegas Chocolate Shop and Lobster ME in the Miracle Mile Shops. Las Vegas Chocolate Shop offers chocolate bars, dipped strawberries and truffles, and even baked goods, sugar candies, and coffee. If you’re looking for a little bit more adventure in your eating experience, Lobster ME has you taken care of. They advertise the world’s best lobster rolls, lobster ice cream, lobster on a stick, and even lobster mac and cheese. Finally, a new gastro pub at the Venetian titled Public House will open by the end of the year.

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Planet Hollywood Vegas Offers Sweet Deal

Vegas Planet HollywoodThe technology age is rewarded once again! The buffet at Planet Hollywood Hotel & Casino has an offer if you check in on Foursquare–buy one, get one free. Just show the “coupon” on your phone to the Total Rewards desk, and they’ll give you a coupon to use downstairs.

In addition, PH has a front-of-line pass for $12, which can be worth it; just wait at the front and flash your card. $12 extra will get you all-you-can-drink beer and wine while at the buffet. This is our kind of deal! Check our page on Planet Hollywood for more information.

Las Vegas Deals on Hotels, Food, and Shows; Vegas Promo Codes

We recently ran across some interesting deals in Las Vegas, and now that it’s summer and vacation time for many, we had to share them. We have also included some Promo Codes to use and double down on your fun! Most of these are on the Strip:

-Lagasse’s Stadium at the Palazzo has happy hour with $3 beers and $5 appetizers from 3-7 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays.
-Mario Batali restaurants at the Palazzo and The Venetian give locals with ID 20 percent off their checks when they dine at Carnevino at the Palazzo or at B&B Ristorante in The Venetian, available through August.

-The Palazzo and The Venetian offer Bar Hop, where customers pay $75 for unlimited drinks at all hotel lounges, including Laguna Champagne Bar, Salute Lounge, La Scena Lounge, Fusion Latin Mixology Bar and Oculus (noon-midnight daily). Or pay $150 to drink for the whole weekend (noon Fridays-6 p.m. Sundays). With both passes, participants receive complimentary admission to V Bar and Azure luxury pool, available through August.

-MGM Grand is offering rates starting at $70. It comes with a 2-for-1 entry to the hotel’s buffet, 2-for-1 entrance to Wet Republic, or 2-for-1 admission to Studio 54.
-Mandalay Bay has packages that include $50 cabana credit for the Mandalay Bay Beach, 30 percent off Disney’s “The Lion King” and 2-for-1 breakfast at the House of Blues. Use the promo code FALLENOAK (Expires 12/26/11) to get the web site rate of $69.99 per night.
-Rooms at Luxor start at $36 and include admission for two to CatHouse Ultra Lounge, 2-for-1 Dos Equis at T&T, $15 off a custom airbrush tan at Nurture Spa & Salon, $10 off tickets to Carrot Top or “Fantasy,” and a free Jell-O Shot at Dick’s Last Resort. Use the promo code PALL1 (Expires 12/28/11) to get all you can eat every day at MORE, the Buffet, two tickets to CRISS ANGEL Believe™ (Tuesday through Saturday evenings-balcony level seats), two tickets to Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, two tickets to Bodies…The Exhibition, two Nurture Spa Day Passes, two VIP admissions to CatHouse (closed on Tuesday evenings), and room check-in at VIP Lounge.

Also, don’t forget to check out our great Hotel Guide, Entertainment Guide, Restaurant Guide and Nightclub Guide before you go and get the best value for your money everywhere you go!