CABO WABO CANTINA TO HOST KNOCKOUT UFC VIEWING PARTIES THROUGHOUT NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER‏

November 18, 2014 on 2:51 pm | In Gaming Resorts, Las Vegas, Night Clubs, Sports Travel | Comments Off



LAS VEGAS – Cabo Wabo Cantina inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood will host action-packed viewing parties for upcoming headliner Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fights.

The Strip-side party destination will serve as an ultimate fighting headquarters for UFC 181 on Saturday, Dec. 6, in Cabo Wabo’s exclusive new upstairs lounge, The Loft. The championship bout will be shown on a number of flat-panel big-screen TVs, including a 184-inch video grid, a 180-inch projection screen and two 80-inch high-definition TVs. For an admission fee of $25 per person, guests will take in the pay-per-view fights while enjoying panoramic views of the Strip, beer bucket specials, signature cocktails and a full list of menu items available for purchase.

UFC 181 – Welterweight Title Fight

Johny “Bigg Rigg” Hendricks vs. Robbie “Ruthless” Lawler

Time: Doors open at 6 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Dec. 6

Location: Las Vegas

Cabo Wabo will also feature complimentary admission and drink specials during every UFC Fight Night event shown on FOX. Fans will enjoy $21 Budweiser beer buckets along with an array of specialty cocktails made with Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum while watching the fight on 20 high-definition TVs throughout the cantina. Upcoming UFC Fight Night matches on FOX or FOX Sports 1 include:

Frankie “The Answer” Edgar vs. Cub Swanson

Time: Doors open at 6 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Nov. 22

Junior”Cigano” Dos Santos vs. Stipe Miocic

Time: Doors open at 6 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Dec. 13

Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida vs. CB “The Doberman” Dollaway

Time: Doors open at 6 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Dec. 20

About Cabo Wabo Cantina:

Sammy Hagar’s hard rockin’ dining and live music venue combines the laid-back beach-town vibe of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, with the excitement of the Las Vegas Strip. Blending coastal Mexican and Tex Mex cuisine, the menu offers a tantalizing mix of flavorful food, killer margaritas and an awesome venue where it is never uncommon to catch the Red Rocker himself jamming out with a live set on stage. Cabo Wabo Cantina opens daily at 8 a.m. More information about Cabo Wabo Cantina is available at www.cabowabocantina.com, by calling 702.385.2226, by following Cabo Wabo on Twitter and liking Cabo Wabo on Facebook. For more information about Hagar and his famous Cabo Wabo Tequila, guests may visit www.redrocker.com  and www.cabowabo.com .

About Miracle Mile Shops:

Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino is a 1.2 mile retail/entertainment complex at the heart of the famed Las Vegas Strip featuring 170 specialty stores, 15 restaurants and three live entertainment venues. The center is home to H&M; Sugar Factory, the sweet shop adored by Hollywood’s hottest celebrities; American clothing line and complete lifestyle brand Original Penguin; Chicago popcorn legend Garrett Popcorn Shops, opening in September 2012; GUESS; Urban Outfitters; True Religion Brand Jeans; 15,000-square-foot bar and restaurant Cabo Wabo® Cantina; Las Vegas’ very own Sin City Brewing Co.; Club Tattoo, featuring some of the best tattoo artists and body piercers in the nation; the first House of Hoops by Foot Locker in the city; as well as a multi-million dollar fountain show. Miracle Mile Shops is owned by David Edelstein and Aby Rosen, in conjunction with leasing and marketing consultant Robert K. Futterman & Associates LLC.

Miracle Mile Shops is open 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. Sunday – Thursday and 10 a.m. – midnight Friday – Saturday. For more information, call (888) 800-8284 or visit www.miraclemileshopslv.com . Keep up with the latest Miracle Mile Shops news via Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.


Scotland’s Pubs & Bars Commonwealth Games Champions

August 24, 2014 on 11:11 am | In Dine Drink, London, Night Clubs, Scotland, United Kingdom | Comments Off



As financial experts predict that this summer’s major sporting events will give the Scottish economy a boost, a major new digital initiative has revealed that pubs and bars throughout the country are making sure that anyone who visits them will have an extra special Commonwealth Games story to tell.

With the Commonwealth Games and Ryder Cup on home turf in Scotland this summer, financial giants PriceWaterhouse Coopers* and Barclays** have both predicted this will be a bumper year for the Scottish tourism sector and Scotland’s pubs and bars.

Showcasing the great ways pubs & bars are making sure that they are at the heart of the Glasgow 2014 community and giving visitors fantastic real value for money, Scotland’s Pubs & Bars: A Story to Tell (a not-for-profit digital initiative which is part funded by VisitScotland’s Growth Fund) will feature highlights on their website: www.scotlandspubsandbars.co.uk

Paul Waterson, Chief Executive of the Scottish Licensed Trade Association explains:

“From beer festivals and special Commonwealth themed menus; to cheering on local athletes and even turning their bar into a village to make sure visiting athletes have a home from home – Scotland’s pubs and bars are the ideal place for visitors to experience the authentic warmth of welcome for which the country is renowned.”

“Our phone app, which is free to download via iTunes and Google Play, will also help visitors to find some of the premises close to them and learn about the fantastic Scottish stories they have to tell.”

Highlights of some of the pubs selected for Scotland’s Pubs and Bars: A Story to Tell where you can get in the Glasgow 2014 spirit include:

A mecca for real ale and over 280 malt whiskies, the Bon Accord in Glasgow will be adding a fourth beer festival to their calendar of events for the duration of the Games. The festival will celebrate all things Scottish, from the beers themselves to the delicious food they serve.
The City Walls located in the historic heart of Stirling will be cheering on local Ross Murdoch, one of Team Scotland’s top swimming medal hopefuls and a regular visitor to the bar. Expect to see some of the great Scottish sporting passion when he’s competing. The City Walls is a big sports pub with 11 HD TVs.
They say music is the food of love, and you will certainly get that on some days in the Angels Hotel in Uddingston (near Glasgow). A renowned meeting spot for couples meeting and falling in love, food itself will play a key role during this Commonwealth Games, as they put on a menu showcasing foods of the Commonwealth.
The Cheers Bar in Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, one of the country’s most innovative pubs, frequently wins awards including Sky Sports’ Ultimate Venue for Scotland and the North of England. A family friendly pub welcoming children, their sheltered and heated beer garden is the perfect venue to watch the Commonwealth Games with its several outside televisions and bar. It also has a dedicated 3D lounge bar which offers VIP treatment. Famous for going all out for their celebrations, landlord Dennis Forsyth says: “We’ll be making a lot of effort for the Commonwealth Games – like the World Cup, but on a bigger scale. Our activities are top secret right now, but we will be revealing them soon.”
One of Glasgow’s finest music venues, Maggie Mays in the city’s Merchant City, will be turning their nightclub into a restaurant for the duration of the Commonwealth Games. And if the adrenalin of the Games keeps you awake, they will be offering a full menu until 2am.
To celebrate Glasgow 2014, Jinty McGinty’s in Glasgow’s West End will be serving different beers from around the Commonwealth. And to make sure there is still something to eat after their full menu finishes at 3pm, there will be an outside barbecue provided by the Smoak Food Truck Co, including burgers made with 100% Scottish beef. Aptly for the Commonwealth Games, Jinty’s father Vincent O’Kine, was a well-known boxer from the Maryhill area of Glasgow.

In addition to those featured in Scotland’s Pubs and Bars a Story to Tell, a number of licensed premises have strong ties to the Games in Glasgow, eg:

Glasgow’s 29 Private Members Club, in partnership with Barrhead Travel, will transform into ‘Jamaica House 2014′ for eleven jam-packed days (23 July – 3 August 2014). Their programme will include exclusive opening and closing parties that will attract the crème de la crème of the Jamaican sporting scene and bring a taste of the island’s world famous party atmosphere to Glasgow city-centre.
Elgin’s Cottar Hoose Pub is owned by President of Scottish Cycling Alasdair MacLennan. Alistair managed six-time Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy at two Commonwealth Games and spearheaded the project to build a Glasgow velodrome. Sir Chris said of his friend: “I’ve known Alasdair since he was Scotland team manager at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester in 2002, where I won my first Commonwealth gold medal…Alasdair led Team Scotland with high expectations, determined that we all reach our full potential.”

For the latest information on pubs and bars celebrating the Commonwealth Games in Scotland, visit www.scotlandspubsandbars.co.uk , like their Facebook page (www.facebook.com/scotlandspubsandbars ) or follow them on @ScotlandsPubs.


BIG BAR AT ALCOVE CAFÉ NEW COCKTAIL MENU

August 21, 2014 on 11:41 am | In California, Los Angeles, Night Clubs | Comments Off



Playful Libations Incorporate Citrus, Light Bubbles, Tea and other Summer Ingredients that Keep Diners Cool for the Season

LOS ANGELES, CA – Big Bar, of the Los Feliz dining destination Alcove Café, announces its plans to tackle the long days of summer with a new Summer Cocktail Menu that whimsically incorporates refreshing tastes and harvests of the season. Alongside the release of the new seasonal drink lineup is the announcement of Aaron Alvarez, Los Angeles-based craft cocktail engineer, as the new manager of Big Bar. Alvarez takes the reigns and will continue a longstanding tradition of clever mixology that Alcove Cafe | Big Bar is known for.

In-step with the season, Big Bar’s summer cocktail menu includes such sunshine-inspired concoctions as:

Don’s Treehouse – a secret blend of rums with lime, almond, vanilla, and grapefruit
Lambretta No. 2 – Campari, lillet rose, lemon, tonic and mint
Cockney Sparrow – Beefeater 24, rose tea, lemon, cucumber and champagne
Mo-Chi-Chi – real coconut infusion, pineapple, lime, amontillado and crushed ice

Drinks are $12 each, and are now available to order at Alcove Cafe | Big Bar.

View Big Bar’s new Summer Cocktail Menu and High-Res Gallery.

Also new at Big Bar – Pastis Service (view initial release)
Pastis Service is now available at Alcove Café | Big Bar for $9, and during Happy Hour for $7. A French apéritif refreshment enjoyed in afternoon daylight to dusk, the anise-flavored liqueur can be enjoyed four ways:

l’original (the original) – Ricard, chilled water
le perroquet (the parakeet) – Ricard, mint, chilled water
la tomate (the tomato) – Ricard, grenadine, chilled water
la mauresque (the Moorish) – Ricard, orgeat, chilled water

Carve out an hour or two and a corner in Alcove’s shaded brick patio. Pastis service arrives – a highball glass one-part Ricard pastis, a carafe of ice-cold water, and a yellow striped straw. The chilled water is poured, and the once translucent caramel-colored liqueur becomes a cloud of yellow pastel. Sip, dilute, relax, repeat.

A beloved Los Feliz institution, Alcove Café and Big Bar are housed in two historic bungalows, surrounded by garden patios. Alcove serves updated versions of American classics, hand-crafted cocktails, fine wines, craft beers, artisan baked goods, hand-roasted coffee, hand-crafted teas, and Alcove Chocolate.

Alcove Café is located at 1929 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 644-0100, www.alcovecafe.com
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Alcove Café hours:
Mon – Wed: 6am – Midnight
Thu – Sat: 6am – 1am
Sun: 7am – Midnight

Big Bar hours:
Mon – Wed: 11am – Midnight
Thu – Fri: 11am – 1am
Sat: 9:30am – 1am
Sun: 9:30am – Midnight

Happy Hour: Mon – Fri: 2pm – 7pm

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First ACME Bar Crawl on August 23 in Los Angeles

August 21, 2014 on 11:38 am | In Los Angeles, Night Clubs, USA | Comments Off



All Five DTLA Bars Activated: Beelman’s Pub, Spring St. Bar, Library Bar,
Sixth St. Tavern, and Culminating in a 90′s Dance Romp at King Eddy Saloon

Hard Spirits, Greasy Grub, and Raffled Prizes Included

LOS ANGELES  –  Saloons, bars, taverns, and pubs… how many bar groups can pull off a stunt like this? On August 23rd, the Historic Core and Financial District of Downtown LA can expect a spirited uptick in foot traffic with the first ever ACME Bar Crawl, hosted by ACME Hospitality Group. From 5:30pm – 2:00am, all five of ACME’s downtown establishments will engage the crawl: Beelman’s Pub, Spring St. Bar, Library Bar, Sixth St. Tavern, and King Eddy Saloon. Along with fine cocktails, the event is equal parts grub crawl, and everyone stands to get their fill of the greasy pub fare featured below with each stop.

The walkability of the crawl is unique to ACME, as all locations exist within a few square downtown blocks. Diverting from the usual playbook, bar crawlers can cut their own path, starting at any establishment and checking off the others as they please. However, all roads lead to King Eddy Saloon, where a dirty 90′s disco awaits, as well as raffled giveaways. It’s worth mentioning the prizes include a stash of King Eddy t-shirts bearing its eloquent mantra “Where No One Gives a S*** About Your Name.”

For tickets and more info on this celebratory crusade, please visit: www.AcmeBarCrawl.eventbrite.com

Event Time: 5:30pm – 2:00am
Presale Tickets: $35
At the Door: $45

ACME BAR CRAWL MENU
Each bar will sling a spirit and inspired snack:

Library Bar
Wisers Rye Whiskey / Carolina Style Pulled Pork Sliders
Sixth St Tavern
Absolut Vodka / Rockenwagner Pretzel with Beer Cheese
Spring St Bar
Altos Tequila / Cuban Sandwich
Beelman’s Pub
Beefeater Gin / Gravy Fries
King Eddy
Jameson Whiskey / Frito Chili Pie

Each spirit will be available in four options (spirit neat, spirit on the rocks, a refreshing cocktail, or an aromatic cocktail) and each bar will have a Pernod ambassador behind the bar to regale crawlers with stories and pour libations.

“We’re extremely excited to showcase the diversity of our five downtown bars located within walking distance of one another to both locals and those unfamiliar with the revitalization of the Downtown LA experience. It’s gonna be a really great night for all of DTLA!” said ACME Partner Jonny Valenti.

ACME HOSPITALITY GROUP
The multi-faceted, highly integrated hospitality company formed by partners William Shamlian, Michael Leko, and Jonny Valenti, who met over 20 years ago while working together at the now infamous Mezzaluna restaurant in Brentwood, California. With over 75 years of collective hospitality experience, the three partners developed their individual skill sets by working in every conceivable hospitality position, from dishwasher to general manager. The partners followed their individual paths until fate brought them back together to establish one of the premier hospitality groups in Los Angeles and New York. To date, ACME continues to reimagine the hospitality landscape, with a strong presence in Downtown L.A., ever mindful of the public’s unquenchable quest for something new. Their establishments include Beelman’s Pub, Sixth St. Tavern, Library Bar, Spring St. Bar, King Eddy Saloon, and Laurel Tavern in Los Angeles; Los Feliz and Spitzer’s Corner in New York City.

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Toast the Watering Holes of Aruba

August 18, 2014 on 11:12 am | In Aruba Bonaire Curacao, Beachbooker, Caribbean, Night Clubs | Comments Off



Goddess Swimwear from Today ShowFrom a refreshing local beer to satisfy the thirst as the temperature soars to an exotic cocktail to toast a spectacular sunset, Aruba offers a dazzling choice for those who love to raise a glass on holiday.

Watering holes range from chic bars to rustic rum shops on this Dutch Caribbean island, where familiar concoctions vie with local drinks, including home-grown wine and alcohol-free fruit-based mixtures, to offer visitors the ultimate refreshment.

For those seeking a classic venue to quench their curiosity, head for the island’s second city of San Nicolas and the renowned Charlie’s Bar. San Nicolas has until recently been eclipsed by capital Oranjestad but a rejuvenation programme has breathed new life into its historic streets. But there has always been Charlie’s Bar, now run by Charles Broun III, grandson of the original owner, and better-known as ‘Charlito’.

The bar was established in 1941 and was a focal point of the city when San Nicolas was home to a thriving oil refinery, which played a key role in fuelling the Allied effort during the Second World War.

Later, it adapted to cater for the invasion of tourists flocking to the island and who began a tradition of leaving behind odd souvenirs and mementoes. Today, every inch of Charlie’s Bar is crammed with an enormous variety of eclectic treasures from all over the globe – a living history of San Nicolas, echoing the footprints of all those who have enjoyed a visit there.

Says Charlito: ‘My sister and I are privileged to be able to continue this family tradition. Providing good food and drink, served with genuine care in a fun, friendly atmosphere is always our goal. Come and see us for fabulous fresh fish, jumbo shrimp and prime steaks and try our signature ‘Honeymoon’ hot sauce and our famous ‘Boozer Coladas’.

An even older tradition in Aruba is the rum shops, started a century ago and, fairly obviously, serving rum, just about the only alcohol then available. It was also a social centre for the local community, a role they still continue to fulfil today. But cheap, ice-cold beer is now the staple drink and some of the more modern establishments offer a barbecue or other hot food and they are a great place to soak up a true Aruban atmosphere.

Aruba’s multicultural heritage is also reflected in locally-produced drinks. Aruba Ariba is the island’s most popular tropical cocktail, created in a renowned hotel bar in the early 1960s and featuring coecoei, a local liquor made to a centuries-old recipe. Adding to the kick are vodka, rum, crème de banana, a splash of grenadine and topped off with Grand Marnier.

In addition to coecoei, which combines the sap of agave leaves, rum and can sugar, Aruba also produces its own signature version of ponche crema by combining egg yolks, cream, rum and a variety of spices. This rich and smooth eggnog-like drink is especially popular at Christmas.

Fresh coconut water, prepared to order and served right from the shell with a straw is a must. Under the mid-afternoon sun, it’s a refreshing and healthy treat. Fresh fruit shakes are another healthy option, blended with locally-grown fruits, such as mango, melon, papaya and tamarind.

Wine is, surprisingly, also produced in Aruba. Nestled in the island’s cunucu (countryside), Vincent Kock has cultivated 600 square metres of land for vines and produces 400 bottles a year.

The grapes are mainly Arab in origin, suited to hot climates, but they are also mixed with vines from America and France. In another twist, Vincent blends wine with island fruits like the cashew fruit and Aruban cherries to produce a markedly ‘fruity’ wine.

Beer is also brewed on the island. The Balashi National Brewery produces the crisp and refreshing Balashi beer, golden in colour and popular with locals and tourists alike.

A perfect island cocktail is infused with Palmera Rum, blended and bottled by hand at a factory in Oranjestad for the last 45 years. Offering 12 different rum blends, the most popular with visitors is coconut rum, while local remain loyal to the Palmer Rum original, known for its oaky sweetness, with hints of vanilla.

And if all else fails, opt for a Balashi Cocktail, the name affectionately given by Arubans for the island’s drinking water – produced by a state of the art desalination plant which purifies and filters Caribbean seawater!

For more information about Aruba, go to www.aruba.com

Note to editors: The Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba lies 15 miles north of the South American coastline, benefitting from year-round sunshine, an average temperature of 32 degrees and a cooling breeze. Located on the edge of the hurricane belt, with a nine mile stretch of award-winning pristine beach, turquoise seas, colonial Dutch architecture and a Latin vibe, Aruba is a delightful alternative Caribbean experience. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines operates to Aruba five times a week, with departures from 15 UK airports via its international hub at Amsterdam Schiphol. Thomson Airways operates weekly charter departures from London Gatwick from May to October. Leading tour operators offering packages to Aruba include Thomson Holidays, First Choice, Kuoni, Tropical Sky and Black Tomato.

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Rooms With a Story to Tell – Scotland Accommodation Offers and Late Deals

August 17, 2014 on 7:14 am | In Dine Drink, London, Night Clubs, Scotland, United Kingdom | Comments Off



Scotland’s Pubs & Bars: A Story to Tell, which is part funded by VisitScotland,showcases the wide range of intriguing and sometimes surprising stories that the country’s pubs, bars and inns have to tell.

Here are just some of the latest offers and fascinating public houses that visitors to Scotland can stay in to ensure they are at the heart of the local community.

The Galley of Lorne Inn, Adfern, Argyll *Late deals for July*

Their story: Dating back to 1680, The Galley of Lorne Inn was a Drovers Inn, the first stop to market for farmers from the Isle of Jura who swam their cattle at low tide to get to the mainland. However, the Inn’s most colourful history dates from the 1960s when the Laird of Lunga, Colin Lindsay-MacDougall resurrected its standing as a hostelry. Has connections to George Orwell and looks out onto Loch Craigish where scenes from the 1960s Bond film From Russia with Love were filmed.

Their accommodation: Aptly for the new initiative, the name of each of their rooms tells a story. Before coming to Ardfern to live, Scotland was only a holiday destination for the current owners, but it didn’t take long for them to fall in love with the country. As they were married on the Isle of Skye in May 2004, they named their largest suite after the island and naturally it is often used brides and grooms and honeymooners.

Their deal: Enjoy 2 nights from £69.50pp B&B for two nights in July. Only a few July dates remaining, so book in quickly to avoid disappointment.

For more information see www.scotlandspubsandbars.co.uk/accommodation/

The Drovers Inn, near Loch Lomond *3 nights for the price of 2*

Their story: Opened in 1705, The Drovers Inn is one of the oldest licensed premises in Scotland and located at the northern tip of Loch Lomond. It takes its name from the Highland drovers who used to drive their cattle down the side of Loch Lomond to the markets. One of the most famous drovers was Rob Roy. Not surprisingly, given its 300 year history there have been many ghost sightings in the inn. The Inn was also used as a location in the German film Cloud Atlas starring Tom Hanks and Halle Berry. And stars such as Gerard Butler and Game of Thrones’ Rory McCann have also been spotted there

Their accommodation. The Drovers’ accommodation is not based on your standard hotel bedroom. It reflects the tradition and history of the historic building but no two are in any other way similar. In one room you will find the Duke of Argyll’s original bed next to a Jacuzzi bath. There are a mix of standard rooms and en suite twin, double and family rooms.

The deal: Rooms from £35 per night B&B for a single room to £110 per night B&B for a Luxury Jacuzzi Room. They are currently offering 3 nights for the price of 2 (subject to availability, 3 consecutive nights only, lower rate is free night, not available with any other offer).

For more information see www.scotlandspubsandbars.co.uk/accommodation/

The Oak Tree Inn, Balmaha, Loch Lomond *July availability*

Their story: The beautiful Oak Tree Inn stands in the shade of a magnificent 500 year old oak tree and is located on the east side of Loch Lomond where the highland boundary fault line separates the Highlands and Lowlands. The Inn is built from local re-cycled materials from Buchanan Castle stables, wood panelling from a former shooting lodge at Rowardennan, now a youth hostel, as well as slate from Aberfoyle Slate Quarry.

Their accommodation: Rooms are located above the Inn, and in a series of beautiful cottages just a few minutes walk from the main building. The inn offers single rooms, twins, doubles, family rooms and a bunkhouse that can be shared by a party of up to four. Each room has its own individual character and all of the deluxe rooms in the cottages have views towards the loch. All rooms are en-suite and are well equipped to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable.

Their deal: July prices start at £127 B&B per room per night for a double standard room. They still had July availability at the time of writing.

For more information see www.scotlandspubsandbars.co.uk/accommodation/

To discover more pubs, bars and inns with fascinating stories to tell download the free Scotland’s Pubs & Bars: A Story to Tell app from iTunes or Google play. Or visit www.scotlandspubsandbars.co.uk


Oldest Bars in San Francisco by Neighborhood

August 12, 2014 on 11:55 am | In California, Dine Drink, Night Clubs, San Francisco | Comments Off



In a city that is steeped in new technology, San Franciscans are still traditionalists at heart. They love their bars with a sense of history. These spots preserve the city’s history, cultural identity and make some darn good drinks.

SF Heritage, which works preserve and enhance San Francisco’s unique architectural and cultural identity,has compiled a guide to more than 130 “heritage bars and restaurants” throughout San Francisco, available at www.sfheritage.org/legacy

Here are the oldest, most remarkable bars, each worth a visit.

Bernal Heights
Wild Side West
, Established: 1962
424 Cortland Ave., www.wildsidewest.com

This lesbian-friendly bar was named after the Barbara Stanwyck film, “Walk on the Wild Side.” In the 1970s, this bar was vandalized when broken toilets and sinks were thrown through the windows and landed in the backyard. Out of the destruction came one of the city’s best outdoor patios, which still exists today. A bar that welcomed Bob Dylan and Janis Joplin back in the day welcomes everyone who walks through their doors.

The Castro
Twin Peaks Tavern
, Established: 1935
401 Castro St., www.twinpeakstavern.com
An emblem of the gay community, Twin Peaks was designated an historical bar in 2013. The bar is the first known gay bar to feature full length plate glass windows, openly revealing the identities of their patrons. Sitting at the intersection of Castro and Market streets, Twin Peaks stands as a gateway to the neighborhood.

Cafe du Nord
, Established: 1908
2174 Market St., www.cafedunord.com
Sitting in an area where the Swedish community once thrived, Cafe du Nord occupies the basement of the San Francisco Swedish Society. The bar itself has one of the two music venues in the space (the other being the Swedish American Hall). For more than 100 years, Cafe Du Nord has maintained its intimate mood of a speakeasy with rich, dark colors of red and black. In 2013, the lease changed hands and the property has been undergoing renovations. Cafe du Nord plans to reopen in the Fall of 2014.
Chinatown

Red’s Place, 
Established: 1960
672 Jackson St., www.redsplacesf.com
Known as “Cheers” of Chinatown, Red’s Place was the site of the annual firecracker tradition when the Chinese New Year Parade would march by. Although the original owners have passed, the bar is still owned and operated by the family.

Civic Center
Great American Music Hall
, Established: 1907
859 O’Farrell St., www.slimspresents.com
Sitting on the border of Civic Center and Nob Hill sits Great American Music Hall. In 1907 it was a restaurant and bordello. Today it is a music venue that has hosted acts from Duke Ellington, Sarah Vaughan and Count Basie to Van Morrison, the Grateful Dead, Arcade Fire and Patti Smith.
Dogpatch

Dogpatch Saloon
, Established: 1912
2496 3rd St., www.dogpatchsaloon.com
Originally the site of a revival saloon, Dogpatch Saloon became a “soft” drink store when Prohibition was passed. After Prohibition, the bar was quickly started serving alcohol again. In the 90s, “Dogpatch” was added to the title, making it the first to include the name of the neighborhood into the business name.

The Embarcadero
Old Ship Saloon
, Established: 1851
298 Pacific Ave., www.oldshipsaloon.com
The oldest bar in San Francisco (Elixir will have something to say about that), Old Ship Saloon is a bar made out of a ship hull that ran aground during a storm off of Alcatraz. It was later towed to the current location at the beach. Since renovated, the bar still preserves the memory of the ship.
Fisherman’s Wharf

Alioto’s #8
, Established: 1925
Eight Fisherman’s Wharf, www.aliotos.com
A tourist hotspot and a classic San Francisco bar all rolled into one. The restaurant began as a fresh fish stall on San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf in 1925. Little has changed since then. Alioto’s restaurant is a culinary landmark that is still owned and operated by the descendants of Nonna Rose Alioto, showing the care and commitment of running a restaurant bearing their name.

Haight-Ashbury
Aub Zam Zam
, Established: 1942
1633 Haight St., www.zamzambar.com
Once referred to the “Holy Shrine of the Dry Martini” by Herb Caen, Aub Zam Zam holds a special piece of history with the city. The owner, Bruno Mooshei, was so historically ornery that it became a game among patrons to see who could stay in the bar the longest. Bruno would throw someone out for something as trivial as putting the wrong song on the jukebox or not ordering a drink he liked. Today they are certainly friendlier. Cash only.
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Sin City Opera 2014 – 2015 Season Announced‏

August 11, 2014 on 10:42 am | In Las Vegas, Night Clubs, Webbandstand | Comments Off



2014 – 2015 SEASON
SIN CITY OPERA PRESENTS

The Magic Flute On Fremont
Free Event – In English
By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
September 18th – 21st at Downtown Container Park

Trouble In Tahiti
In English, $15
By Leonard Bernstein
February 20th – 28th, at The Onyx Theatre

The Breasts of Tiresias
In English, $15
By Francis Poulenc
May 1st – 9th , The Onyx Theatre

August 7th, 2014 – Sin City Opera opens its 2014 – 2015 season presenting a modern day version of Mozart’s, The Magic Flute titled The Magic Flute On Fremont. With the characters and story inspired by historic Las Vegas, The Magic Flute On Fremont will be a family friendly introduction to this operatic classic. Sung in English by the top operatic talent of the Las Vegas Valley this free event is part of SCO’s dedication to educating the Las Vegas community in the operatic arts.
Dates: September 18th, 19th, 20th (8 PM), 21st (6 PM)

Trouble in Tahiti:
Sin City Opera will present Leonard Bernstein’s, Trouble in Tahiti at The Onyx Theatre February 20th – 28th. The writing of this one-act opera was begun on Mr Bernstein’s honeymoon in 1951 and shows a candid portrait of the troubled marriage of a suburban couple. SCO’s production echo’s the themes of the hit show “Mad Men” bringing the complexity of the times to the operatic stage. Directed by Lysander Abadia, of Poor Richard’s Players, this show will be an actors opera, highlighting the stylistic 1950′s english it was written in as it pulls the audience along an emotional and complex path.
Dates: February 20th, 21st, 27th & 28th (8 PM) with the 22nd at (4 PM)

The Breasts of Tiresias:
Also presented at at The Onyx Theatre, SCO brings this surrealist two-act opéra bouffe by Francis Poulenc to Las Vegas for its premiere performance. Based on the play of the same title by Guillaume Apollinaire, the opera is set in the imaginary town called Zanzibar near Monte Carlo on the French Riviera. With gender changes, issues with the press, population control and poverty all central themes to this spectacular comedy – yes comedy – SCO satirically touches on the world problems of yesterday, today and tomorrow through opera.
Dates: May 1st, 2nd, 8th & 9th at 8 PM with the 3rd at 4 PM

Sin City Opera – Yesterday’s Opera Today:
Sin City Opera is Las Vegas’ premier contemporary opera company dedicated to bringing affordable opera and classical music to the community in fresh and exciting new ways. “At the core of everything we do, is our mission to inspire, challenge and uplift our audiences by creating productions of high artistic quality that celebrate the beauty and breadth of opera, brought to you in an unconventional way,” Skip Galla, Artistic Director.

SCO will soon qualify as a nonprofit organization based in Las Vegas that serves the residents and visitors of the Las Vegas area. SCO envisions an interdisciplinary hub of creativity, learning, and professional development for local artists. SCO hopes to provide a nurturing environment in which performers can take chances and flourish in their performances, all the while sharing the excitement and vibrancy of contemporary opera with audiences of the Las Vegas valley, tirelessly working toward a future where our communities embrace and seek out the opera arts.

Tickets:
Magic Flute on Freemont – FREE
The Onyx Theatre – $15, located at 953 East Sahara Avenue #16, in Las Vegas, NV 89104. For information on purchasing tickets please call the Onyx Theatre at (702) 732-7225 or visit their website at www.onyxtheatre.com.

For further information please contact
www.sincityopera.com
gingerl@sincityopera.com
(646) 321-7949
Facebook: SIN CITY OPERA

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Dennis Miller Returns to The Orleans Showroom August 8-9‏

June 26, 2014 on 9:01 am | In comedy, Gaming Resorts, Las Vegas, Night Clubs, Webbandstand | Comments Off



Las Vegas—Five-time Emmy Award® winner and crowd favorite Dennis Miller returns to The Orleans Showroom August 8 and 9.

Celebrated as a witty comedian with an entertaining and intriguing stand-up routine, Miller keeps audiences laughing with his irreverent observations. A favorite of the public and critics alike, The New York Times said, “Mr. Miller is exquisitely attuned to contemporary foibles … his material can be scathing, his delivery low-key … Mr. Miller reaches a bit farther than most comedians for the scorching comment … this smart aleck has an uncommonly sharp eye.”

Called “one of the premiere comedy talents in America today,” Miller emerged on the national scene during the 1980s as the “Weekend Update” correspondent on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.” After leaving SNL in 1991, Miller moved to HBO, where he hosted the critically-acclaimed talk show “Dennis Miller Live” for nine seasons. Miller is a regular on Fox News Channel’s “Hannity” and “The O’Reilly Factor.” He was also host and executive producer of CNBC’s “Dennis Miller,” which featured conversation, opinion and humor.

In a career that has spanned far beyond showrooms and interview sets, Miller has also made a name for himself as a film actor and author. Notable motion picture credits include such mid-‘90s favorites as “Disclosure,” “The Net” and “Murder at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.” Miller’s “rant” books, including “I Rant Therefore I Am,” “Ranting Again” and “The Rants” have all been on The New York Times best-sellers list.

Miller garnered three Writer’s Guild of America Awards, as well as an additional WGA Award for his 1997 HBO special, “Dennis Miller: Citizen Arcane.” In addition, he wrote and starred in the Emmy-nominated cable comedy special “Raw Feed.”

Miller is host of the nationally syndicated radio show, “The Dennis Miller Show,” airing weekdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST at www.dennismillerradio.com

Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are available starting from $54.95, plus tax and convenience fees, and can be purchased at any Boyd Gaming Box Office, by calling 702.365.7075, or visiting www.orleanscasino.com

About The Orleans Hotel and Casino
Located at 4500 W. Tropicana Ave., The Orleans includes more than a dozen restaurants, an 18-screen movie theater, 70-lane bowling center, 827-seat showroom featuring theater-style seating, and a 9,500-seat Orleans Arena. The property has a 135,000-square foot casino with 60 table games including Blackjack-21, Roulette, Baccarat, Craps and Pai Gow. Guests will also find more than 2,800 slot and video poker machines. Additionally, The Orleans includes a keno lounge and race and sports book. More information on The Orleans Hotel and Casino can be found at www.orleanscasino.com. The Orleans Hotel and Casino is a property of Boyd Gaming. Headquartered in Las Vegas, Boyd Gaming is a leading diversified owner and operator of 16 gaming entertainment properties located in Nevada, Mississippi, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana and New Jersey. Additional news and information on Boyd Gaming can be found at www.boydgaming.com

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DISTILL – A Local Bar Announces Summer Events and Gaming Promotions‏

June 9, 2014 on 1:19 pm | In Dine Drink, Gaming Resorts, Las Vegas, Night Clubs | Comments Off



Baseball Season and Summer Specials in Full Swing at Summerlin’s Most Popular Hangout

LAS VEGAS – June 9, 2014 – Guests and VIP Gaming Club Members at Distill, Summerlin residents’ ‘Home Away From Home,’ are invited to beat the summer heat with gaming promotions and special events June – August 2014.

With baseball season in full swing, everyone is invited to slide into Distill for Distill’s Home Run Special. For $9.99, baseball fans can grab a cold pint of Miller Lite and their choice of cheeseburger sliders or chicken sliders with fries. With more 18 high-definition televisions throughout the location and Direct TV’s “MLB Extra Innings” package providing all televised games throughout the league, Distill is the best choice in Summerlin for all of the games and exciting baseball action.

One of Summerlin’s most popular hotspots, Distill features a modern, yet intimate atmosphere; friendly and knowledgeable staff members on hand 24 hours a day, seven days a week; comfortably priced artisan cocktails and delicious culinary twists on classic tavern fare. For more information on Distill, please visit www.distillbar.com, connect through Facebook or follow on Twitter. Distill is a 21 or older establishment. Guests must provide valid ID.

Poker Tuesday Nights

Dates: Every Tuesday June – August

Time: 6 – 9 p.m.

Info: All guests can participate in live poker to have a chance to win weekly cash prizes and obtain player points to qualify to win a $10,000 World Series of Poker main event seat or one of twelve cruises to Mexico.

Industry Nights

Date: Every Wednesday June – August

Time: 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.

Info: Industry members with valid employee ID receive 50 percent off all appetizers and $3 drink specials.

New Player Promotions

Date: Ongoing

Info: All new players to the Distill VIP Gaming Club will receive $20 match play upon enrollment. All VIP Gaming Club members receive the chance to win up to $10,000 free play through the hourly Lotto Bucks bonus game, scratch card free play bonuses, earned free play and access to Distill VIP parties.

June VIP Drawing

Date: Saturday, June 28

Time: 9 p.m.

Info: VIP Gaming Club members who receive drawing tickets throughout the month of June are eligible for the June VIP drawing for a $2,500 vacation voucher. VIP Club members receive one ticket per 300 points earned.

July VIP Drawing

Date: Sunday, July 27

Time: 6 p.m.

Info: VIP Gaming Club members who receive drawing tickets throughout the month of July are eligible for the July VIP drawing for a VIP Night on the Town package, including a gourmet dinner by Distill’s Chef Mike, two tickets to see Absinthe at Caesars Palace, party bus to and from the show and an after-party at Distill. VIP Club members receive one ticket per 300 points earned.

August VIP Drawing

Date: Saturday, August 23

Time: 9 p.m.

Info: VIP Gaming Club members who receive drawing tickets throughout the month of August are eligible for the August VIP Drawing for a 52-inch television just in time for the start of football season. VIP Club members receive one ticket per 300 points earned.

ABOUT DISTILL

From the creators of Remedy’s Tavern and Elixir, Distill is the newest neighborhood bar in Summerlin, conveniently located off I-215 and West Charleston Blvd. at 10820 West Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89135 – inside the Costco shopping complex, with comfortably priced, house-made cocktails and handcrafted food, a VIP Gaming Club to increase winning, a relaxed environment to hang with friends or make new ones, Happy Hour twice daily and more. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Distill is always ready to serve guests with a smile, whether it is a delicious selection from the food menu, signature cocktail or cold draught or bottled beer from the 24 varieties available. Home to 15 brand-new 20” LCD gaming machines carrying more than 55 poker, blackjack, slot and keno games, Distill is the perfect place to kick back and play. By joining the VIP Gaming Club, players will enjoy slot promotions, exclusive parties, scratch cards and $10,000 lotto bucks every hour. Some of the many amenities Distill features include pool tables, Golden Tee Golf Game, 18 High-Definition televisions featuring nonstop sports action and Distill’s “Backyard” outdoor patio. For more information on Distill, please visit www.distillbar.com , on Facebook at www.facebook.com/distilllocalbar  or on Twitter @distillbar. Distill is a 21 or older establishment. Guests must provide valid ID.

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