The Neon Museum Receives Conservation Grants For Sign Collection

 

Signage in the Neon Boneyard at The Neon Museum.
(Photo courtesy of The Neon Museum)

THE NEON MUSEUM RECEIVES CONSERVATION
GRANTS FOR SIGN COLLECTION

 

The Neon Museum has received grants for the upkeep and preservation of the sign collection in the Neon Boneyard. As an open-air museum, the Boneyard’s collection faces challenges traditional indoor museums do not encounter. To address this matter, The Neon Museum conducted a Collections Assessment Plan (CAP) in 2018, funded in part by the Institute of Museums and Library Services (IMLS). The CAP provided valuable direction toward creating a long-term conservation treatment plan reflecting best practices for collections management and upkeep of all objects in the Museum’s permanent collection.

The project is funded in part by a $5,000 grant from the Modernism and Recent Past Fund of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and in part by a $5,000 grant from the City of Las Vegas Historic Preservation Commission through the Commission for the Las Vegas Centennial. Together, these grants will help fund a conservator to study the collection and research the optimal methods to stabilize and preserve the Museum’s priceless artifacts. To spearhead this study, the Museum has contracted Architectural Resources Group (ARG), which has offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Portland and has provided expertise in historic preservation for 40 years.

“We are excited to receive these grants from the National Trust and The City Of Las Vegas,” said Rob McCoy, president and chief executive officer, The Neon Museum. “The preservation of the collection is crucial to the future of the museum.”

ABOUT THE NEON MUSEUM
Founded in 1996, the Neon Museum is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to collecting, preserving, studying and exhibiting iconic Las Vegas signs for educational, historic, arts and cultural enrichment. It has been named “Best Museum” by Las Vegas Weekly, one of “Sin City’s Best Retro Sites” by MSN, “No. 1 Las Vegas Museum Sure to Entertain and Educate” by USA Today’s 10best.com, “One of the Top 10 Coolest Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do” by Forbes.com, one of the “Top 10 Historic Spots in Las Vegas” by Vegas.com; one of “15 Most Fascinating Museums in the U.S.” by VacationIdea.com; and earns a consistent 4.5 out of 5 rating on TripAdvisor. On its 2.27-acre campus, the Neon Museum houses an outdoor exhibition space known as the Neon Boneyard; the North Gallery, home to the nighttime augmented-reality, audiovisual spectacle, “Brilliant!”; the Boulevard Gallery outdoor exhibit and event space; and its visitors’ center, housed inside the former La Concha Motel lobby. Both the Neon Boneyard and the La Concha Visitors’ Center are located at 770 Las Vegas Blvd. North in Las Vegas.

The Neon Museum Announces Portrait Hour For Personal Photo Sessions

Guest stands for a photo during Portrait Hour at The Neon Museum.
(Courtesy of The Neon Museum)

THE NEON MUSEUM ANNOUNCES PORTRAIT HOUR
FOR PERSONAL PHOTO SESSIONS

The Neon Museum announces Portrait Hour for guests seeking to book time in the museum’s North Gallery amidst hundreds of vintage Las Vegas signs for a personal photo shoot. Guests who book Portrait Hour tickets share the space with other guests while they have a portrait photo session taken by their own photographer. Portrait Hour dates and times are preselected and available to view here.

The North Gallery sits adjacent to the main collection in the Neon Boneyard and offers visitors an array of world-famous un-restored Las Vegas signs such as Lady Luck and the Golden Nugget. The space is ideal for guests looking for a colorful, one-of-a-kind backdrop for their photos.

“Portrait Hour was created to allow fans of the museum to take photos for special occasions or just for fun in front of their favorite Las Vegas signs,” said Dawn Merritt, vice president and chief marketing officer, The Neon Museum. “While we still offer private photography bookings at the museum, this option offers a more affordable way to shoot personal photos in the museum for those who don’t mind sharing the space with other guests.”

Photos taken during Portrait Hour are for personal use only. No commercial retail, fine art or editorial use is permitted without prior written consent from The Neon Museum. The total number of guests allowed during Portrait Hour is 15, which includes the guest’s photographer, assistants and other guests. Portrait Hour tickets are $50 per person for the one hour and reservations are required. Tickets for Nevada residents, students, active military, veterans and seniors with valid ID are just $35 per person.

To book Portrait Hour or receive more information from The Neon Museum, email photoshoots@neonmuseum.org,  call (702) 387-6366 or book here.

ABOUT THE NEON MUSEUM
Founded in 1996, the Neon Museum is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to collecting, preserving, studying and exhibiting iconic Las Vegas signs for educational, historic, arts and cultural enrichment. It has been named “Best Museum” by Las Vegas Weekly, one of “Sin City’s Best Retro Sites” by MSN, “No. 1 Las Vegas Museum Sure to Entertain and Educate” by USA Today’s 10best.com, “One of the Top 10 Coolest Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do” by Forbes.com, one of the “Top 10 Historic Spots in Las Vegas” by Vegas.com; one of “15 Most Fascinating Museums in the U.S.” by VacationIdea.com; and earns a consistent 4.5 out of 5 rating on TripAdvisor. On its 2.27-acre campus, the Neon Museum houses an outdoor exhibition space known as the Neon Boneyard (“boneyard” is traditionally the name for an area where items no longer in use are stored); the North Gallery, home to the nighttime augmented-reality, audiovisual spectacle, “Brilliant!”; the Boulevard Gallery outdoor exhibit and event space; and its visitors’ center, housed inside the former La Concha Motel lobby. The museum collection also includes nine restored signs installed as public art throughout downtown Las Vegas. Public education, outreach, research, archival preservation and a grant-funded neon sign survey represent a selection of the museum’s ongoing projects. Both the Neon Boneyard and the La Concha Visitors’ Center are located at 770 Las Vegas Blvd. North in Las Vegas. Click here for tour schedules and pricing information. Follow on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

8 East at Circa to Open October 28

 

CHEF DAN COUGHLIN’S 8 EAST TO OPEN OCTOBER 28 AT CIRCA RESORT & CASINO

New Downtown Las Vegas Pan-Asian Concept to Feature Creative Cuisine, Hip Energy and Rare Spirits

Chef Dan Coughlin will open his highly anticipated pan-Asian eatery 8 East at Circa Resort & Casino  two months ahead of schedule on October 28. Inspired by metropolitan Asian food markets, the dining destination will span Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Korean and Thai dishes in a hip, high-energy atmosphere punctuated by great music and rare spirits.

“We’ve been working on 8 East’s menu and concept for the past two years, and I couldn’t be more excited to finally introduce it to everyone,” said Coughlin. “When you come to 8 East, you’ll taste a collection of ideas and ingredients I gathered in my travels through Asia that I’ve been testing non-stop over the past several months. 8 East is going to be all about friends, family and fun and we can’t wait to welcome everyone next month.”

A key player in sparking the Downtown food movement with hotspot Le Thai, Coughlin will introduce new fusion dishes and techniques at 8 East that he’s been keeping in “the vault” – previously tested both at his Thai restaurant and at home for family and friends. His menu will be full of shareable dishes that radiate originality and personality such as Coughlin’s Salt & Szechuan Pepper Chicken Wings, Cumin Lamb Lollipops, Brisket Fried Rice and slow-roasted Crispy Pork Belly Bacon. Each will be served with signature Chinese, Szechuan, Chengdu and Thai sauces, amongst others, offering unique flavor combinations for guests to explore.

Boasting an urban contemporary vibe, 8 East’s design will be reminiscent of a modern metropolis, accented with organic and natural design elements. At its entrance, visitors will want to snap a photo of a whimsical wall art installation filled with traditional Maneki-neko waving cats, symbolizing good luck in the Japanese culture.

A Glimpse into 8 East’s Menu:

  • Sharable Small Plates – 8 East will primarily focus on sharable plates with offerings such as the indulgent Crispy Pork Belly Bacon, slow cooked 10 hours before it’s lightly fried and served with a side of tamarind sauce. After a successful test run at Le Thai, 8 East’s Beef Skewers and Chicken Skewers with green sauce will quickly become a guest favorite. The Tokyo Crepe will feature sauteed wild enoki, oyster and shitake mushrooms, fried tofu, cilantro chimichurri, kewpie mayo and soy glaze; while the Pork Belly Bao will include a rich, smoked porchetta paired with pickled cabbage slaw, fresh cucumber, topped with a sweet and sour marmalade.
  • Family Style Dishes – Continuing the theme of social dining, 8 East’s family style dishes will include an array of heartier options for groups. This will include a Five Spice Ribeye seasoned with star anise, cloves, Chinese cinnamon, Szechuan peppercorns and fennel seeds served with butterfall sauce; Brisket Fried Rice and Whole Lobster Fried Rice, both cooked with fresh ginger, garlic, fish sauce, crab paste, green onions and white pepper.
  • Diverse Entrées – Taking a page from Chinese Szechuan cuisine, 8 East’s authentic Dan Dan Noodles will be cooked with ground pork and tossed with Szechuan sesame sauce. The signature 8 East Ramen will combine Osso-Bucco wild mushrooms, a soft-boiled egg, shredded bok choy, Nori and a spicy kimchee mirepoix, topped with a slow-cooked broth.
  • Desserts – To round out the meal, 8 East will serve a selection of desserts ranging from classic creations to creative twists, including Thai Coffee Crème Brûlée, a refreshing Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream and an Asian Tiramisu.
  • Libations 8 East’s beverage selections will feature rare Japanese whiskies and sakes, as well as specialty cocktails. This includes staples such as the Singapore Sling and an Old Fashioned, and a curated wine list featuring natural, biodynamic selections. The drink menu also will highlight a Japanese Whisky tasting flight, offering some of the most impressive Japanese whiskies on the market.

The 1.25-million-square-foot Circa will include a stunning collection of rooms & suites, the world’s largest sportsbook, five original restaurant concepts, six unique beverage spots, Stadium Swim pool amphitheater operating 365 days a year, a high-tech parking garage dubbed “Garage Mahal, two-story casino and more.

For more information about 8 East and additional details on Circa, visit circalasvegas.com.

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About Circa Resort & Casino

Opening October 28, 2020, Circa Resort & Casino will deliver an all-new integrated resort concept to the heart of Downtown Las Vegas at the historic Fremont Street. The only 21+ resort in the city, Circa will combine the best of Las Vegas service in a modern, state-of-the-art setting. The 1.25-million-square-foot resort and casino will have the world’s largest sportsbook, innovative entertainment and gaming, and unparalleled personalized offerings inspired by old-school Las Vegas hospitality. Circa will present eclectic dining options including premium steaks and seafood at Barry’s Downtown Prime from Chef Barry S. Dakake, Pan-Asian fare at 8 East from Chef Dan Coughlin, classic delicatessen cuisine at Saginaw’s Delicatessen from restaurateur Paul Saginaw, authentic Carolina barbecue at Project BBQ, and all-star menus at Victory Burger & Wings Co. from the founding family of American Coney Island. The resort also will showcase a dynamic year-round pool amphitheater, Stadium Swim, that will boast a 14-million-megapixel LED screen as the backdrop. Visit circalasvegas.com or follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @circalasvegas to stay up to date with more developments.

The Neon Museum Announces Access Program For Low-Income Families

The Neon Museum Boneyard illuminates at dusk.
(Photo Courtesy of The Neon Museum)

THE NEON MUSEUM ANNOUNCES ACCESS PROGRAM FOR
LOW-INCOME FAMILIES

Museums for All to Increase Accessibility of High-Quality Museum Learning Resources

 The Neon Museum announces it has joined Museums for All, a signature access program of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), administered by the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM), to encourage people of all backgrounds to visit museums regularly and build lifelong museum-going habits. The program supports those receiving food assistance (SNAP) benefits to visit The Neon Museum for a minimal fee of $3 per person, up to four people per party, with the presentation of a SNAP Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card. Similar free and reduced admission is available to eligible members of the public at more than 500 museums across the country.

Museums for All is part of The Neon Museum’s broad commitment to seek, include, and welcome all audiences. Museums for All helps expand access to museums and also raise public awareness about how museums in the U.S. are reaching their entire communities. Las Vegas is a hub city for Museums For All, with four museums participating in the program. Las Vegas is also in the top 20 cities in terms of the number of participating museums.  More than 500 institutions participate in the initiative, including art museums, children’s museums, science centers, botanical gardens, zoos, history museums, and more. Participating museums are located nationwide, representing 49 states.

ABOUT THE INSTITUTE OF MUSEUM AND LIBRARY SERVICES (IMLS)
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

ABOUT ASSOCIATION OF CHILDREN’S MUSEUMS (ACM)
The Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) champions children’s museums worldwide. With more than 400 members in 49 states and 20 countries, ACM leverages the collective knowledge of children’s museums through convening, sharing, and dissemination. Learn more at www.childrensmuseums.org.

ABOUT THE NEON MUSEUM
Founded in 1996, the Neon Museum is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to collecting, preserving, studying and exhibiting iconic Las Vegas signs for educational, historic, arts and cultural enrichment. It has been named “Best Museum” by Las Vegas Weekly, one of “Sin City’s Best Retro Sites” by MSN, “No. 1 Las Vegas Museum Sure to Entertain and Educate” by USA Today’s 10best.com, “One of the Top 10 Coolest Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do” by Forbes.com, one of the “Top 10 Historic Spots in Las Vegas” by Vegas.com; one of “15 Most Fascinating Museums in the U.S.” by VacationIdea.com; and earns a consistent 4.5 out of 5 rating on TripAdvisor. On its 2.27-acre campus, the Neon Museum houses an outdoor exhibition space known as the Neon Boneyard (“boneyard” is traditionally the name for an area where items no longer in use are stored); the North Gallery, home to the nighttime augmented-reality, audiovisual spectacle, “Brilliant!”; the Boulevard Gallery outdoor exhibit and event space; and its visitors’ center, housed inside the former La Concha Motel lobby. The museum collection also includes nine restored signs installed as public art throughout downtown Las Vegas. Public education, outreach, research, archival preservation and a grant-funded neon sign survey represent a selection of the museum’s ongoing projects. Both the Neon Boneyard and the La Concha Visitors’ Center are located at 770 Las Vegas Blvd. North in Las Vegas. Follow on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Fremont Street Experience Appoints Andrew Simon as President and Chief Executive Officer

FREMONT STREET EXPERIENCE APPOINTS ANDREW SIMON AS PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Fremont Street Experience, the six-block entertainment district located in historic downtown Las Vegas, named hospitality, sports and entertainment industry veteran Andrew Simon as president and chief executive officer to replace Patrick Hughes who announced that he would be stepping down. Andrew Simon begins on Sept. 28, 2020.

 

“The Fremont Street Experience Board is pleased to introduce Andrew Simon for the leadership position for the core of downtown’s tourism corridor,” said Mark Brandenburg, Fremont Street Experience Board Chairman. “In the 25 years since its inception, Fremont Street Experience has worked to revitalize Downtown Las Vegas and we are confident that Andrew has the vision and depth of experience to lead our talented team into our next 25 years of growth and innovation.”

 

“I am honored to join Fremont Street Experience as the new president and chief executive officer,” said Andrew Simon. “There is an unprecedented level of excitement at Fremont Street Experience with the $32 million upgrade in Viva Vision, the upcoming opening of Circa Resort & Casino and the milestone celebration of our 25th anniversary this December. I look forward to working with my exceptional team and our partners.”

 

Drawing on 30 years of experience, Simon brings vibrant energy and a wealth of local and global expertise to Fremont Street Experience. Since 2007, Simon served as chief executive officer of sports for Mark Cuban’s AXS TV. Simon created the AXS TV Fights brand and professional sports strategy that grew network distribution by 700% during his tenure and made history with the first nationally broadcast live sporting event from Fremont Street Experience. Before joining AXS TV, Simon worked for COX Communications in Las Vegas as vice president of marketing and sales where he conceived the award-winning “Channel 1 Guy” campaign.

 

Prior to COX Communications, Simon held executive positions with COX Business Services | Hospitality Network, NXTV and Deloitte. Originally from New York, Simon’s history with Las Vegas began in 1992 while working as a blackjack dealer as part of the MAP program at The Mirage.  Simon holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University – School of Hotel Administration and a Master of Business Administration degree from UCLA – Anderson School of Management.

 

For more information about Fremont Street Experience, visit www.vegasexperience.com.

 

About Fremont Street Experience

Fremont Street Experience, a six-block entertainment district located in historic downtown Las Vegas, is an open-air promenade of gaming, dining, entertainment and shopping. Fremont Street Experience offers free live entertainment on three stages 365 days per year and features Viva Vision, the world’s largest single video screen – 1,500 feet long, 90 feet wide and suspended 90 feet above the urban pedestrian mall. In partnership with the City of Las Vegas and the Las Vegas Conventions and Visitors Authority, the $32 million renovation to the iconic Viva Vision screen illuminates downtown Las Vegas with 16,433,152 pixels and 5,000 Nits, making it seven-times brighter than the existing canopy with four-times the resolution allowing the screen to be seen 24 hours a day for the first time in its existence. The one-of-a-kind venue is also home to SlotZilla, a unique zipline attraction featuring an 850-foot Zipline and 1,750-foot Zoomline, taking riders from a 12-story slot-machine-themed platform to fly under the iconic Viva Vision canopy. With direct pedestrian access to eight of Fremont Street’s world-renowned casino hotels, more than 70 restaurants and specialty retail kiosks, Fremont Street Experience attracts more than 24 million annual visitors. For more information about Fremont Street Experience, please visit www.vegasexperience.com.

 

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The Neon Museum Board Of Trustees Now Matching Funds For Annual Fund

 

Signage in the Neon Boneyard at The Neon Museum.
(Photo courtesy of The Neon Museum)

THE NEON MUSEUM BOARD OF TRUSTEES NOW
MATCHING DONATIONS FOR ANNUAL FUND

–The Neon Museum has announced that its annual fund drive is now underway, with a special incentive to donate this month. Through September 30, The Neon Museum Board of Trustees will match every dollar contributed — up to a total of $30,000.

The Neon Museum Annual Fund provides ongoing, unrestricted operating support to the Museum. A donation to the Annual Fund enables the museum to stay open to the public and to continue to provide educational, historic, arts and cultural enrichment to visitors from around the world.

The collection of signs at The Neon Museum chronicles the rich history of Las Vegas, with the Neon Boneyard providing a transformative space where signs play the role of storyteller, reminding visitors of years past. Contributions help preserve the museum’s unique Las Vegas art form for future generations.

“Our annual fund is crucial for growth of the museum and we are grateful for the opportunity to double your donations with the help from our Board of Trustees,” said The Neon Museum’s president and chief executive officer, Rob McCoy.

Although the Trustees’ match will conclude at the end of September, the Annual Fund drive will continue into the fall, McCoy noted.

ABOUT THE NEON MUSEUM
Founded in 1996, the Neon Museum is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to collecting, preserving, studying and exhibiting iconic Las Vegas signs for educational, historic, arts and cultural enrichment. It has been named “Best Museum” by Las Vegas Weekly, one of “Sin City’s Best Retro Sites” by MSN, “No. 1 Las Vegas Museum Sure to Entertain and Educate” by USA Today’s 10best.com, “One of the Top 10 Coolest Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do” by Forbes.com, one of the “Top 10 Historic Spots in Las Vegas” by Vegas.com; one of “15 Most Fascinating Museums in the U.S.” by VacationIdea.com; and earns a consistent 4.5 out of 5 rating on TripAdvisor. On its 2.27-acre campus, the Neon Museum houses an outdoor exhibition space known as the Neon Boneyard; the North Gallery, home to the nighttime augmented-reality, audiovisual spectacle, “Brilliant!”; the Boulevard Gallery outdoor exhibit and event space; and its visitors’ center, housed inside the former La Concha Motel lobby. Both the Neon Boneyard and the La Concha Visitors’ Center are located at 770 Las Vegas Blvd. North in Las Vegas.

Circa to Host Auditions for Dancing Dealers, September 16

 

CIRCA TO HOST AUDITIONS FOR DANCING DEALERS, SEPTEMBER 16

 

Downtown Las Vegas’ famous Dancing Dealers are about to make their mark at Circa Resort & Casino, opening October 28. The new integrated casino-resort will host a reservations-only audition for high-energy Go-Go dancers, no dealing experience necessary, on Wednesday, September 16 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center.

 

Circa is looking to recruit Dancing Dealers for its highly anticipated two-story casino. Interested applicants are invited to complete a short interest form online by clicking “Apply” at www.circalasvegas.com/dancing-dealers. Once the form is completed, Circa will be in touch to schedule an audition time.

 

Go-Go dancing attire or a bikini should be worn for auditions, and masks are required. Applicants must be 21 or over to audition and social distancing will be enforced. Once hired, a four to six-week training program will be provided.

 

Circa Resort & Casino will be Downtown Las Vegas’ first ground-up casino resort since 1980. The 1.25 million square foot integrated property will feature the world’s largest sportsbook, a dynamic pool amphitheater, stylish rooms and suites, a collection of original restaurant and bar concepts and more.

 

For more information, visit www.circalasvegas.com/dancing-dealers.

 

National Cheeseburger Day at Oscar’s Steakhouse

 

OSCAR’S BLACK ANGUS BURGER served on toasted brioche with American cheese and the Plaza’s secret sauce– special price of $14 (regularly $21) and available only in the lounge of Oscar’s from 5 p.m. to close.

Oscar’s steakhouse at the Plaza Hotel & Casino

 

food photo shoot for Oscar’s Misfit Tacos The Plaza Las Vegas

 

About Oscar’s Steakhouse
Named after former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman, Oscar’s Steakhouse is a glamorous and uniquely Las Vegas steakhouse inside the iconic dome of the Plaza Hotel & Casino that overlooks the lights of Fremont Street and downtown Las Vegas. Led by the Plaza’s Executive Chef Ben Jenkins, Oscar’s offers an authentic steakhouse ambiance with diverse cuts of beef, classic seafood options and traditional sides while highlighting modern dining trends. With a menu that pays homage to Goodman’s beloved family and infamous alleged mob ‘friends,’ hand-crafted cocktails, including martinis, the former mayor’s signature drink, and personal service, Oscar’s offers an unforgettable vintage Vegas dining experience. For reservations call 702-38-OSCAR or 702-386-7227 or visit https://www.plazahotelcasino.com/oscars.

 

 

Circa’s Barry’s Downtown Prime Reveals Menu and Design Details Before October 28 Opening

CIRCA’S BARRY’S DOWNTOWN PRIME REVEALS MENU AND DESIGN DETAILS BEFORE OCTOBER 28 OPENING

Vintage glamour and hospitality meet modern American fare at new steakhouse concept from Chef Barry S. Dakake and Make It Happen Hospitality

When Circa Resort & Casino opens its doors October 28, it will include the debut of Vegas’ newest steakhouse, Barry’s Downtown Prime. Created by Las Vegas’ own Chef Barry S. Dakake, Yassine Lyoubi, Marco Cicione and Donnie Rihn, the original concept will be defined by vintage glamour, outstanding service and Chef Dakake’s signature cuisine.

“We wanted to create an experience where the beef is sacred, the charm is old-fashioned and the cocktails are held to the highest standards,” said Chef Dakake. “From the moment guests walk through our doors, they will feel the fun in the atmosphere and see the care we’ve put into each dish we create. This isn’t just any old steakhouse, this is Barry’s.”

Housed in Circa’s secluded bottom floor, Barry’s will evoke a throwback vibe worthy of Downtown’s legacy. Visitors will be brought back to the classic cool of vintage Vegas – where great music and sounds of clinking martini glasses filled the air, the chef greeted you at the table, the bartender knew your favorite cocktail and everyone felt like a VIP.

Inspired by the timeless appeal of Vegas steakhouses, the seductive space will welcome guests via an underground elevator entrance situated directly beneath the larger-than-life restored Vegas Vickie neon sign in Circa’s lobby. Barry’s will feature navy and oxblood tones, warm brown and white oak parquet floors, walnut millwork throughout, burnished brass furnishings and moody antique mirrors. Comfortable booths upholstered with deep velvet jewel tones and rich leathers will be placed throughout the restaurant. A captivating bar lounge will be highlighted by custom wall coverings, marble surfaces and a glitzy, gold ceiling, adding just the right amount of vintage bling.

Showstopping design elements include an illuminated three-dimensional, rose-inspired ceiling and several curated art pieces by local Las Vegas artists, including commissioned work by Jelaine Faunce.

A Glimpse into Barry’s Downtown Prime:

The Menu

Featuring photo-worthy tableside presentations, steakhouse staples, an elevated vegan menu and well-crafted cocktails, Barry’s Downtown Prime’s menu will include a range of offerings that showcase Chef Barry’s undeniable creativity.

  • Decadent Starters – Guests can kick off their meal with appetizers such as the Surf & Turf Sushi Roll made with Maine lobster, peppered beef tenderloin, toasted sesame seeds and fire tartar sauce. Other highlights include a bountiful Chilled Shellfish Platter, delivering Maine lobster, king crab legs, East and West Coast oysters, shrimp cocktail bites, and an octopus and calamari salad, complemented by a spicy cocktail sauce and an apple cider mignonette.

  • Signature Entrées – From steaks aged in-house to sumptuous seafood plates, guests will have a wealth of options. Barry’s Steak – the eatery’s signature cut – will present a 12-ounce Rib Cap meticulously roasted over fruitwood and 900-degree coals. Additional options will include a Tomahawk Ribeye and premium Japanese Wagyu Beef. The Organic Chicken “Mary’s Farm” plate offers a rustic meal topped with mushrooms sautéed in sage butter and a delicious prosciutto crisp. The indulgent Surf and Turf dinner features an 8-ounce filet mignon paired with Maine lobster and served with a homemade roasted garlic aioli and a red wine sauce. Seafood lovers can choose from several coastal creations, including the Sea Scallops sautéed with a Fresno chili-miso glaze and served with steamed bok choy, Napa cabbage and asparagus.
  • Tableside Bites – Diners will be dazzled by a number of tableside presentations including Lobster Flambé, featuring an entire Maine lobster sautéed with rigatoni noodles and a pink vodka sauce. Chef Dakake’s twist on a Steak Diane will see a center cut rib-eye topped with a Worcestershire-brandy mushroom sauce and sliced before patron’s eyes. Dessert options include Baked Alaska Flambé served with strawberry ice cream and Italian meringue; and the Campfire S’mores, which are roasted in front of guests and finished with homemade vanilla ice cream.
  • Vegan Delicacies – Barry’s will feature a top-notch vegan menu with some of the best plant-based dishes in town. The selection will include a Romanesco Broccoli Steak, prepared alongside grilled Moroccan olives, roasted peppers, toasted pine nuts and white raisins. The savory Vegetable Truffle Meatloaf will be cooked with roasted root vegetables and topped with a Rye whiskey mushroom gravy and fresh truffles, amongst other dishes.
  • Indulgent Desserts – Visitors can choose from a selection of sweet treats including the Classic Crème Brûlée, topped with fresh berries and an orange pistachio biscotti; Barry’s Flourless Chocolate Cake, served with blood-orange sorbet; a variety of seasonal, homemade ice creams and sorbets; and more.

  • Imaginative Cocktails Noteworthy cocktails include the BDTP Old Fashioned prepared with rye whiskey, ginger and cherry bitters, cinnamon spice chocolate syrup and garnished with shaved chocolate and brandied cherries. The Watermelon Bees Knees combines Arancia gin and Yuzu liqueur with a light watermelon syrup, honey and lemon juice to create a memorable libation. The Moroccan Lavender Fields Forever cocktail will feature a refreshing combination of gin, Parfait Amour, lavender syrup, lemon and sparkling water.

 

Private Dining Areas

Barry’s layout is designed for flexibility, providing options for groups from eight to 350 people, ranging from playful entertainment areas with live performances to intimate booth seating under a beautiful olive tree.

Boasting more than 3,200 square feet of private and semi-private spaces, groups can enjoy a collection of multi-functional dining rooms named after iconic eateries of Las Vegas’ past:

  • The Chef’s Table – Surrounded by a collection of luxurious marble and great wines, diners can live large with a VIP evening at the Chef’s Table. The intimate spot can seat up to 12 guests.
  • The Pioneer Club – The Pioneer Club will provide a private lounge that can be booked on its own as a cocktail and passed hors d’oeuvres area, or combined with adjacent dining rooms for a private lounge experience followed by a sit-down dinner.
  • The Sultan’s Table – Accentuated by deep reds, bronze bovine busts and an alluring display of aged meats, the Sultan’s Table can accommodate up to 12 seated guests.
  • The Garden Room – Centered around a lush olive tree with glimmering lights in an enclosed section of the main dining room, the semi-private Garden Room can host up to 24 seated guests.
  • The Sabre Room – Promising a secluded section to dine in style, the Sabre Room features rich, velvet seating in a space that can comfortably seat up to 16 guests.
  • The Fremont Room – From family style seating to plush chairs, the Fremont Room can host up to 16 seated guests.
  • The Mint Room – Comfortable booths and glowing, mint-colored lanterns set the mood in this dynamic dining area for up to 36 seated guests.
  • The Main St. Room – The largest dining space available at Barry’s, the semi-private Main St. Room adds a uniquely intimate element to large gatherings, accommodating between 36-52 seated guests. The space can be combined with The Fremont Room as well as The Mint Room to accommodate even larger groups.

Chef de Cuisine Chef Patrick Hodge III

Joining the Barry’s culinary crew as Chef de Cuisine, Chef Patrick Hodge III will assist in bringing the team’s vision to life. With a degree from the Pennsylvania Institute of Culinary Arts, Chef Hodge began his career cooking alongside renowned Chef Charlie Palmer. He started with Dakake in 2001, where the two were able to establish N9NE Steakhouse as one of the city’s most sought-after dining destinations. After working in Boston for four years, Patrick was called back to his second home to become the newest member of the Barry’s Downtown Prime team when the property opens this fall.

Barry’s Downtown Prime will be open to dinner guests of all ages from 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. daily. Barry’s will begin accepting dinner reservations at www.BarrysDowntownPrime.com or directly via the RESY app.

The 1.25-million-square-foot Circa will include a stunning collection of rooms & suites, the world’s largest sportsbook, five original restaurant concepts, six unique beverage spots, Stadium Swim pool amphitheater operating 365 days a year, a high-tech parking garage dubbed “Garage Mahal, two-story casino and more.

For more information about Barry’s and additional details on Circa, visit circalasvegas.com.

 

About Circa Resort & Casino

Opening October 28, 2020, Circa Resort & Casino will deliver an all-new integrated resort concept to the heart of Downtown Las Vegas at the historic Fremont Street. The only 21+ resort in the city, Circa will combine the best of Las Vegas service in a modern, state-of-the-art setting. The 1.25-million-square-foot resort and casino will have the world’s largest sportsbook, innovative entertainment and gaming, and unparalleled personalized offerings inspired by old-school Las Vegas hospitality. Circa will present eclectic dining options including premium steaks and seafood at Barry’s Downtown Prime from Chef Barry S. Dakake, Pan-Asian fare at 8 East from Chef Dan Coughlin, classic delicatessen cuisine at Saginaw’s Delicatessen from restaurateur Paul Saginaw, authentic Carolina barbecue at Project BBQ, and all-star menus at Victory Burger & Wings Co. from the founding family of American Coney Island. The resort also will showcase a dynamic year-round pool amphitheater, Stadium Swim, that will boast a 14-million-megapixel LED screen as the backdrop. Visit circalasvegas.com or follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @circalasvegas to stay up to date with more developments.

Plaza Hotel & Casino to host third annual Las Vegas Pickleball Open, Sept. 22-27

 

Plaza Hotel & Casino to host third annual Las Vegas Pickleball Open, Sept. 22-27

With more pickleball courts than any Las Vegas hotel/casino, the Plaza Hotel & Casino is again the official hotel and title sponsor of the Las Vegas Pickleball Open, set for Sept. 22-27. This year, the tournament is presented by pickleball equipment retailer HEAD and will again offer professional players a competitive prize package of $25,000 split between grand prize, silver and bronze medalists.

 

Despite the ongoing pandemic, the tournament already has 345 registered amateur and professional players from across the country. At a time when other tournaments are witnessing a decrease in registration of 50 percent or more, registration numbers for the Las Vegas Pickleball Open are more than half of last year’s total. The tournament will also welcome the return of No. 1 ranked men’s pro Ben Johns and No. 1 ranked women’s pro Simone Jardim to play in this year’s tournament.

“The Plaza has built a reputation as a premier pickleball destination. As a result, the Las Vegas Pickleball Open has welcomed hundreds of players from across the globe over the past two years” said Jonathan Jossel, CEO of the Plaza Hotel & Casino. “While we face unique challenges this year, I am excited to again welcome the tournament to our rooftop courts. I have no doubt that the players will enjoy a great competition as well as all that the Plaza has to offer, just steps away from the court.”

 

The tournament will offer men’s, women’s, and mixed amateur doubles matches as well as men’s, women’s, mixed and senior (50-plus) professional doubles matches. Due to COVID-19, spectators are not permitted, but medal matches will be live streamed on www.lasvegaspickleballopen.com.

 

Additional health and safety precautions will also be in place. Players can arrive to the courts no earlier than 15 minutes prior to their scheduled match, and social distancing will be enforced. Facemasks are required of all staff, referees and players entering/exiting the courts and are highly recommended for players during match play. Already located throughout the property, hand sanitizer stations will also be available on the courts, and new balls will be provided for each match.

 

Players can register for the tournament at www.lasvegaspickleballopen.com. Participants can also book exclusive hotel packages at the Plaza offering discounted room rates, complimentary room upgrades, a $25 daily food and beverage credit, free slot play and bingo match play. To book and for more details visit: https://www.plazahotelcasino.com/entertainment/pickleball-open/.

 

A cross between tennis, badminton, and ping pong, pickleball is the fastest growing racquet sport in the U.S., boasting more than three million players – a number that has been growing by more than 10 percent each year over the past decade.

 

About the Plaza Hotel & Casino

Located in the heart of downtown Las Vegas, the Plaza Hotel & Casino combines a vintage Rat Pack attitude with modern styling and personal customer service for the ultimate Vegas experience. First opened in 1971 and built on the site of the original Las Vegas railroad depot, the Plaza has nearly 1,000 modern rooms and suites, a classic Vegas showroom, downtown’s only bingo hall, and 30,000 sq. ft. of refurbished ballroom and meeting space. Larger outdoor events are hosted at the Plaza’s Core Arena, downtown’s only equestrian and multipurpose facility. Guests enjoy a variety of dining options led by the renowned Oscar’s Steakhouse in the hotel’s iconic glass dome overlooking the Fremont Street Experience. A new race & sports book along with hundreds of slot machines and nearly two dozen table games comprise an 80,000-square-foot casino floor. A fully renovated rooftop pool and recreation deck, complete with private cabanas, hot tub, food truck, tennis court and dedicated Pickleball courts, provide a variety of outdoor amenities. For more information on the multiple award-winning Plaza Hotel & Casino, visit www.plazahotelcasino.com. Get updates via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Popular casino and bingo promotions extended at the Plaza Hotel & Casino

 

Popular casino and bingo promotions extended at the Plaza Hotel & Casino

 

Home to more than 700 slot machines, including classic games and the latest high-definition and 3D machines as well as downtown Las Vegas’ only bingo room, the Plaza Hotel & Casino is extending three of its most popular casino and bingo promotions through October.

Guests who earn 100 points playing their favorite slot machines at the Plaza can enjoy complimentary food and drinks at the property’s popular quick serve restaurants. On Mondays, 100 slot points earn a slice of cheese or pepperoni pizza and a fountain drink at Pop Up Pizza. Tuesday is Taco Tuesday at the Plaza’s newest eatery, Fresh Mexican Grill where 100 slot points earn guests a Grande Taco and 1 medium drink. Finally, at the Plaza’s Coffee Bar, guests with 100 slot points can enjoy a grilled cheese sandwich on Wednesdays or a Cappuccino and pastry on Fridays.

Upstairs in downtown Las Vegas’ only bingo room, bingo players can earn up to $600 in free slot play daily with the Plaza’s new Bingo Burst program. A player who spends $50 in bingo receives $10 in free slot play with a maximum payout of $100 per bingo session. With six session a day at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., bingo players can earn $600 in free slot play, Sundays through Thursdays, now through October.

In addition, any player with a Plaza Rewards Players Club card will still be eligible for Sizzling Summer Bingo Match Play which offers $75 daily Bingo match play every day now through October (three $25 match plays per day and one $25 Bingo match play per session; more details available at the Plaza Bingo room).

 

For more details on these and all of the Plaza’s gaming promotions, visit: https://www.plazahotelcasino.com/casino/promotions/.

 

About the Plaza Hotel & Casino

Located in the heart of downtown Las Vegas, the Plaza Hotel & Casino combines a vintage Rat Pack attitude with modern styling and personal customer service for the ultimate Vegas experience. First opened in 1971 and built on the site of the original Las Vegas railroad depot, the Plaza has nearly 1,000 modern rooms and suites, a classic Vegas showroom, downtown’s only bingo hall, and 30,000 sq. ft. of refurbished ballroom and meeting space. Larger outdoor events are hosted at the Plaza’s Core Arena, downtown’s only equestrian and multipurpose facility. Guests enjoy a variety of dining options led by the renowned Oscar’s Steakhouse in the hotel’s iconic glass dome overlooking the Fremont Street Experience. A new race & sports book along with hundreds of slot machines and nearly two dozen table games comprise an 80,000-square-foot casino floor. A fully renovated rooftop pool and recreation deck, complete with private cabanas, hot tub, food truck, tennis court and dedicated Pickleball courts, provide a variety of outdoor amenities. For more information on the multiple award-winning Plaza Hotel & Casino, visit www.plazahotelcasino.com. Get updates via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

The Mob Museum Nominated For Best Las Vegas Attraction by USA TODAY

The Mob Museum, one of the USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice nominees for Best Las Vegas Attraction.
(Photo Courtesy of The Mob Museum)

 

THE MOB MUSEUM NOMINATED FOR USA TODAY 10BEST READERS’ CHOICE
AWARDS FOR BEST LAS VEGAS ATTRACTION

Selected by a panel of experts, The Mob Museum, The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, has been nominated for Best Las Vegas Attraction for the HE MOB MUSEUM2020 10Best Readers’ Choice travel awards.

10Best Readers’ Choice Awards highlight the best of the best in contests covering categories such as destinations, food and drink, hotels and things to do. Nominees for all categories are chosen editorially by a panel of relevant experts.

“With so much to see, do and experience in Las Vegas, it is an honor to be nominated alongside the city’s best attractions,” said Jonathan Ullman, president and chief executive officer, The Mob Museum.

Now through Monday, Sept. 7, readers can vote for the candidate of their choice once a day at 10best.com.

ABOUT 10BEST
The USA TODAY 10Best editors provide readers with original, unbiased and experiential travel coverage of top attractions, things to see and do and restaurants for top destinations in the U.S. and around the world.

ABOUT THE MOB MUSEUM
The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, provides a world-class journey through true stories—from the birth of the Mob to today’s headlines. The Mob Museum offers a provocative, contemporary look at these topics through hundreds of artifacts and immersive storylines. Numerous exhibits include a Crime Lab, Firearm Training Simulator and Organized Crime Today exhibit. The Museum is also home to The Underground, a Prohibition history exhibition featuring an award-winning speakeasy and distillery sponsored by Zappos. The Mob Museum has accumulated numerous accolades, including being named one of TripAdvisor’s “Top 25 U.S. Museums,” one of Las Vegas Weekly’s “Twenty Greatest Attractions in Las Vegas History,” one of National Geographic’s “Top 10 Things to Do in Las Vegas,” USA Today’s “Best Museum in Nevada” and one of its “12 Can’t Miss U.S. Museum Exhibits,” “A Must for Travelers” by The New York Times and one of “20 Places Every American Should See” by FOX News. The Museum is a two-time winner of the Mayor’s Urban Design Award for Historic Preservation and Adaptive Reuse and is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. The Museum is open daily; visit the website for admission rates and operating hours. For more information, call (702) 229-2734, visit themobmuseum.org, or download the Museum’s free mobile app.

Fremont Hotel and Casino Unveils All-New Interactive Selfie Wall

 

Fremont Hotel and Casino Unveils All-New Interactive Selfie Wall

The iconic Fremont Hotel and Casino has unveiled an interactive selfie wall under the Fremont Street Experience canopy, inviting visitors to capture their memorable moments in the heart of famous Downtown Las Vegas.

 

Fremont’s interactive selfie wall is the first of its kind under the new Fremont Street Experience canopy and features a large, static art piece showcasing a craps table and a pair of rolling dice. Guests are invited to pose with the interactive selfie wall and tag #FremontCasino on their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram posts for a chance to be featured on the destination’s social media channels.

 

The interactive selfie wall is located near the property’s doors by 3rd Street and across from the Fremont Street Experience Main Stage.

To learn more about Fremont’s gaming entertainment experiences, visit www.fremontcasino.com.

 

About Fremont Hotel and Casino

Located at the heart of Downtown Las Vegas and centrally positioned on the Fremont Street Experience, Fremont Hotel and Casino has been a Las Vegas fixture for more than 60 years. The iconic property features a 30,000-square-foot casino with 28 table games and more than 900 slot machines. Restaurant options include Pacific-Rim-influenced dining at Second Street Grill, tropical delights at Paradise Buffet and Café, and the only Tony Roma’s location in the state of Nevada. Additional information on the Fremont can be found at www.fremontcasino.com and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The Fremont is a property of Boyd Gaming. Founded in 1975, Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE: BYD) is a leading geographically diversified operator of 29 gaming entertainment properties in 10 states. With one of the most experienced leadership teams in the casino industry, Boyd Gaming prides itself on offering its guests an outstanding entertainment experience, delivered with unwavering attention to customer service. For additional Company information and press releases, visit www.boydgaming.com.

Fremont Street Experience Seeks New Hires for Select Positions

 

FREMONT STREET EXPERIENCE SEEKS NEW HIRES FOR SELECT POSITIONS

 

Fremont Street Experience located in historic downtown Las Vegas is looking to expand its team by hiring full-time employees for various positions. Applications are now being accepted and can be submitted online at vegasexperience.com.

 

Available positions include:

  • Security Officer
  • Security Dispatcher
  • Custodian
  • Engineering Assistant
  • SlotZilla Ride Operator
  • Retail Sales Associate
  • Maintenance Helper

 

For more information about Fremont Street Experience and complete job descriptions, visit www.vegasexperience.com.

 

About Fremont Street Experience

Fremont Street Experience, a six-block entertainment district located in historic downtown Las Vegas, is an open-air promenade of gaming, dining, entertainment and shopping. Fremont Street Experience offers free live entertainment on three stages 365 days per year and features Viva Vision, the world’s largest single video screen – 1,500 feet long, 90 feet wide and suspended 90 feet above the urban pedestrian mall. In partnership with the City of Las Vegas and the Las Vegas Conventions and Visitors Authority, the $32 million renovation to the iconic Viva Vision screen illuminates downtown Las Vegas with 16,433,152 pixels and 5,000 Nits, making it seven-times brighter than the existing canopy with four-times the resolution allowing the screen to be seen 24 hours a day for the first time in its existence. The one-of-a-kind venue is also home to SlotZilla, a unique zipline attraction featuring an 850-foot Zipline and 1,750-foot Zoomline, taking riders from a 12-story slot-machine-themed platform to fly under the iconic Viva Vision canopy. With direct pedestrian access to eight of Fremont Street’s world-renowned casino hotels, more than 70 restaurants and specialty retail kiosks, Fremont Street Experience attracts more than 24 million annual visitors. For more information about Fremont Street Experience, please visit www.vegasexperience.com.

 

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Circa Resort & Casino Reveals Eclectic Beverage Program

CIRCA RESORT & CASINO REVEALS ECLECTIC BEVERAGE PROGRAM AHEAD OF OCTOBER 28 OPENING

A Luxury Lounge with Unrivaled Views, High-Energy Sports Bar and the Return of Vegas Vickie Punctuate Offerings at New Downtown Las Vegas Integrated Casino-Resort

Opening on October 28, 2020, Circa Resort & Casino – Downtown Las Vegas’ first integrated resort built from the ground up in 40 years – will feature an eclectic beverage program including six original bar, lounge and coffee shop concepts that embody the essence of Downtown Vegas and honor the city’s most iconic eras:

  • Legacy Club, a luxe rooftop lounge celebrating Vegas’ founding fathers with incredible panoramic city views **Opening in December 2020
  • Vegas Vickie’s, an elevated cocktail lounge in Circa’s lobby starring the famed neon cowgirl, Vegas Vickie
  • MEGA BAR, a 165-foot-long bar on Circa’s first floor, claiming the title of Nevada’s longest indoor bar and home to Downtown’s famous flair bartenders
  • Overhang Bar, a sports bar overlooking the world’s largest sportsbook with prime views of its three-story, 78-million-pixel screen
  • Circa Bar, a high-energy drinking destination taking the reins as the longest outdoor bar on the world-famous Fremont Street Experience
  • Jack Pots, a coffee stand created by legendary Detroit restaurateur Paul Saginaw

“Circa was designed to bring our guests an atmosphere of unbridled energy, and you’ll see that heavily reflected in our beverage program,” said Derek Stevens, CEO and Founder of Circa. “No two concepts are alike, but the one thing that will tie every venue together is fun. The best sunset view in Las Vegas will be at Legacy Club’s fire pits overlooking the city, hands down.”

Overseen by Circa’s Director of Beverage, Sam Pulliam, Circa’s beverage program will be defined by excellent cocktails and even better hospitality. Below is a glimpse into what visitors can expect this fall:

Legacy Club

Inspired by Las Vegas’ founding fathers, Legacy Club will overlook the city on Circa’s 35th floor, delivering an elegant rooftop club lounge with a panoramic view of the Downtown skyline. Paying homage to the movers and shakers who helped build Las Vegas, metal busts will line its hall, while spirited black and white photography frames the entrance, leading patrons to the club’s show-stopping attraction: a 10-foot display of 1,000 ounces in gold.

Whether soaking in the intimate spaces inside or taking in the ultimate sunset from a fire pit on the lounge’s outdoor terrace, guests can explore a drink selection showcasing the mixology team’s takes on the classics. Menu highlights will include a build-your-own Old Fashioned and photo-worthy sharable sips.

Legacy Club will open with Circa’s hotel tower in December 2020.

Vegas Vickie’s

Greeting visitors from near and far with a true Las Vegas welcome, Circa’s elevated lobby cocktail lounge will surround the iconic neon Vegas Vickie sign. Making her grand return to Downtown Las Vegas, the celebrated kicking cowgirl first appeared on the dazzling Downtown landscape in 1980 and became a must-see landmark on the Fremont Street Experience. With the goal of uniting old and new Vegas in never-before-seen ways, Stevens acquired the sign in 2016 with the intent to give Vickie a new home at Circa. After a fresh makeover, Vegas Vickie will reside in Circa’s lobby at her namesake bar.

Vegas Vickie’s menu will have a seasonal selection of cocktails, featuring vintage libations inspired by the city. With a bar characterized by elegant mid-century design, warm walnut woods and retro-styled lighting, Vegas Vickie will feel right at home.

MEGA BAR

Located on the first floor of the property, this high-energy space will give guests a chance to watch talented bartenders – known for their dazzling behind-the-bar flair skills – as they send bottles and glasses flying through the air all night long. Nevada’s longest indoor bar spanning 165 feet, MEGA BAR will operate as a sister concept to Stevens’ record-breaking 100-foot LONGBAR at the D Las Vegas. Featuring a back wall lined with narrow, red glass tiles, the space will be outfitted with 53 spots for seated, bar-top gaming; 40 double-stacked TVs for sports fans to catch all the gameday action; and 120 beer taps with a rotating selection.

Overhang Bar

Positioned above Circa’s multi-level sportsbook, Overhang Bar will offer a front-row seat for the book’s massive high-definition screen, measuring 78-million pixels. Ideal for sports fans looking to grab a drink while wagering on their favorite team through Circa Sports, this space will include an overhang ledge lined with poker machines and give onlookers a bird’s eye view of the action. Deep walnut high-top tables will line the long edge of the bar while two wood columns with gold accents anchor the opposite side.

Circa Bar

Located along Fremont Street Experience, guests can get the party started at Circa Bar with one of 24 frozen cocktail flavors served by dancing bartenders, all while watching talented flair bartenders perform in front of a backlit blue-glass wall. Textured golds cover the surface of the back bar, highlighting a terrazzo bar top masterfully culled from recycled Skyy Vodka bottles and other upcycled materials. Guests can grab a frozen beverage from Circa Bar and authentic Carolina barbecue from Circa’s Project BBQ, all while enjoying Downtown Las Vegas’ endless entertainment, including performances on the Main Street stage and free Viva Vision light shows broadcast on the world’s largest video screen above Fremont Street.

Jack Pots

A modern coffee stand with Vegas flair, Jack Pots will keep Circa’s guests buzzing with Michigan’s own Zingerman’s coffee, served alongside a thoughtful selection of freshly made breakfast items, sandwiches and salads. Dreamed up by Detroit-native and renowned restaurateur, Paul Saginaw, and acclaimed Ann Arbor coffee roaster, Steve Mangigian, Jack Pots will give guests a warm and personalized service experience from start to finish. With the help of Mangigian’s expertise, Zingerman’s coffee sources beans from across the globe with a focus on estate-grown and micro-lot coffees. It is then roasted in small batches with techniques tailored to their terroir, geographic and climatic characteristics to develop the most unique and delicious flavors. To create an only-at-Circa experience, Mangigian traveled the world to develop a uniquely delicious custom coffee blend exclusive to the property, which guests can soon enjoy at the resort’s 24-hour café.

The 1.25-million-square-foot Circa will include a stunning collection of rooms & suites, the world’s largest sportsbook, five original restaurant concepts, Stadium Swim pool amphitheater operating 365 days a year, a high-tech parking garage dubbed “Garage Mahal, two-story casino and more.

For more information about Circa’s beverage program and for room reservations, visit circalasvegas.com.

 

About Circa Resort & Casino

Opening October 28, 2020, Circa Resort & Casino will deliver an all-new integrated resort concept to the heart of Downtown Las Vegas at the historic Fremont Street. The only 21+ resort in the city, Circa will combine the best of Las Vegas service in a modern, state-of-the-art setting. The 1.25-million-square-foot resort and casino will have the world’s largest sportsbook, innovative entertainment and gaming, and unparalleled personalized offerings inspired by old-school Las Vegas hospitality. Circa will present eclectic dining options including premium steaks and seafood at Barry’s Downtown Prime from Chef Barry S. Dakake, Pan-Asian fare at 8 East from Chef Dan Coughlin, classic delicatessen cuisine at Saginaw’s Delicatessen from restaurateur Paul Saginaw, authentic Carolina barbecue at Project BBQ, and all-star menus at Victory Burger & Wings Co. from the founding family of American Coney Island. The resort also will showcase a dynamic year-round pool amphitheater, Stadium Swim, that will boast a 14-million-megapixel LED screen as the backdrop. Visit circalasvegas.com or follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @circalasvegas to stay up to date with more developments.

Circa Resort & Casino Installs First Exterior Sign

 

CIRCA RESORT & CASINO COMPLETES INSTALLATION OF FIRST EXTERIOR SIGN

Fabricated by YESCO, “CIRCA” Sign for Downtown Las Vegas Casino-Resort Measures Three Stories High, 68 Feet Wide

 

This morning, Circa Resort & Casino – Downtown Las Vegas’ first ground-up casino-resort in 40 years – completed the installation of its first exterior sign. Manufactured by YESCO, the “CIRCA” neon sign spans 68 vertical feet and the first “C” measures to 34 feet high. Circa will officially open on the iconic Fremont Street Experience October 28.

 

“This is a truly momentous day for this project,” said Circa CEO Derek Stevens. “The sign raising is not only a big step for Circa, but a symbol of moving forward for Las Vegas. All things considered in 2020, it is great to have days like this that bring hope and excitement for the future. We are less than 100 days away from Circa’s opening and to see its name in this size and scale is incredible.”

Weighing nearly six tons and three stories high, the sign’s letters will illuminate with more than 3,000 fully programmable red-green-blue (RGB) light-emitting diode (LED) lights, which will be connected to the resort’s lighting-control system. It took YESCO approximately four weeks to fabricate the sign, with the installation taking place over a three-day period.

Circa will be the only 21+ casino resort in Las Vegas and will span 1.25-million square feet. The innovative property will celebrate the timeless spirit of the city while leading the charge for a bold new era with game-changing guest offerings. Amenity highlights will include 777 stunning rooms and suites, the world’s largest sportsbook, a pool amphitheater that will operate 365-days a year, an eclectic collection of original restaurant concepts, two-story casino and much more.

 

For more information, visit CircaLasVegas.com.

 

About Circa Resort & Casino

Opening October 28, 2020, Circa Resort & Casino will deliver an all-new integrated resort concept to the heart of Downtown Las Vegas at the historic 18 Fremont Street site. The only 21+ resort in the city, Circa will combine the best of Las Vegas service in a modern, state-of-the-art setting. The 1.25-million-square-foot resort and casino will have the world’s largest sportsbook, innovative entertainment and gaming, and unparalleled personalized offerings inspired by old-school Las Vegas hospitality. Circa will present eclectic dining options including premium steaks and seafood at Barry’s Downtown Prime from Chef Barry S. Dakake, Pan-Asian fare at 8 East from Chef Dan Coughlin, classic delicatessen cuisine at Saginaw’s Delicatessen from restaurateur Paul Saginaw, authentic Carolina barbecue at Project BBQ, and all-star menus at Victory Burger & Wings Co. from the founding family of American Coney Island. The resort also will showcase a dynamic year-round pool amphitheater, Stadium Swim, that will boast a 14-million-megapixel LED screen as the backdrop. Visit circalasvegas.com or follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @circalasvegas to stay up to date with more developments.

 

BJ Thomas’ “Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head” Celebrates 50 Years

BJ THOMAS’ “RAINDROPS KEEP FALLING ON MY HEAD” CELEBRATES 50 YEARS

No umbrella needed! It is all sunshine for American pop music icon BJ Thomas as he celebrates a golden milestone for his Oscar winning classic “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head.” “It’s hard to believe it’s been fifty years since “Raindrops” went #1,” Thomas reflects. “I’ve sold over 70 million records, but I have to say I am most appreciative of this song. It was a career changer for me when it came along. More than that, it was a life changer—a true blessing.”

The whimsical masterpiece was written by renowned dream team Burt Bacharach and Hal David for the December 1969 movie release “Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid” starring Robert Redford and Paul Newman. While studio execs thought “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head” was too unconventional and contemporary for what they knew would be a blockbuster western, they were proven wrong at the movie premiere when the audience exploded with delight at the famous scene featuring the song prominently played to the visual of happy-go-lucky Paul Newman riding a bicycle while he tried to impress his movie love Katherine Ross.

Propelled by the movie’s momentum, “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head” crossed into a new decade on January 3, 1970 as the first #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 where it remained for the next four weeks. It also took top spots internationally and for seven weeks sat in the pinnacle position on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart.

“It was the craziest thing,” said Thomas. “By mid-March that year, ‘Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head’ sold over two million copies. There was a time we were selling 200,000 to 300,000 copies a day. It happened so fast. And then I was asked to perform on the Academy Awards. It was such a big production that I had a hunch ‘Raindrops’ would win the Oscar for Best Original Song; however, when it did, I still went weak in the knees. What a thrill!”

Fifty years later and both the singer and the song continue to be part of today’s musical fabric. The BJ Thomas ode to care-free attitudes has displayed a five decade resiliency as younger generations embrace the evergreen classic through radio, film and television appearances that include “Monty Python’s Flying Circus,” “Gremlins 2,” “Forrest Gump,” “Spider Man 2,” “The Simpsons,” “Arrested Development,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Family Guy” and “Feud: Bette and Joan.”

In 2014, The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences inducted “Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head” into the 2014 Grammy Hall of Fame. “Over the past fifty years, I have performed this song thousands of times, and I never get tired of singing it,” Thomas confided. “We’re all going to experience a little rain in our lives, but if we remember we’re living a free life, then we really don’t have a thing to worry about. Besides, I have a lifetime of good memories attached to this song. You better believe when I begin touring again in 2021, I will be singing ‘Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head,’ and I’ll be loving it as we begin the next fifty years.”

About BJ Thomas:
Five-time Grammy award winner and Grammy Hall of Fame inductee, BJ Thomas has sold over 70 million albums worldwide with a total of 8 #1 hits and 26 Top 10 singles throughout his 50 years in the music industry. As one of Billboard’s Top 50 Most Played Artists Over The Past 50 Years, BJ Thomas’ hits include “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head,” “Hooked On A Feeling,” “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” “I Just Can’t Help Believing,” “(Hey Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song,” “Don’t Worry Baby,” “Whatever Happened To Old Fashioned Love” and “New Looks From An Old Lover.”

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The Mob Museum Accepting Bookings for Small, Private Events

Event set-up inside the Museum’s historic courtroom.
Wedding set-up in the Museum’s historic courtroom
The Underground speakeasy inside The Mob Museum

THE MOB MUSEUM ACCEPTING BOOKINGS FOR SMALL, PRIVATE EVENTS
UP TO 50 GUESTS

Reservations for Holiday Season Events Made before Sept. 30, 2020 to Receive Complimentary Upgrades

Bookings Also Available for Larger, Future Events

The Mob Museum, The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, offers safe, exclusive event spaces for private groups up to 50 in compliance with public health and safety guidelines. It is accepting bookings for small groups, as well as future bookings for larger events.

With the ability to accommodate private events for as few as two guests, the Museum can host intimate elopements, weddings, vow renewals, bachelor and bachelorette parties, receptions and corporate gatherings. Event planning, A/V and service options offered by the Museum events team ensure every event is stress-free and memorable. Best of all, the Museum provides a historic backdrop and distinctive ambience amidst hundreds of artifacts, far exceeding anything offered by a typical Las Vegas convention venue.

Special Offers:

  • Reservations made for the holiday season and booked before Sept. 30, 2020 will include a complimentary, interactive team-building activity such as Mob-themed bingo or a live trivia game.
  • To reflect reduced occupancy limits, the Museum is offering reduced pricing on spaces ideal for small weddings, private corporate events and other special occasions.
  • Bookings may also be made for future events with larger capacities, with no cancellation penalties through Dec. 31, 2020.

Private Event Venues:

  • The Underground: Encompassing 2,814 square feet, The Underground is appointed with luxurious, Art Deco design motifs making it the perfect setting for an intimate roaring twenties-themed cocktail party. Guests are encouraged to ponder the time when consuming alcohol was not only a criminal act, but also bred secret watering holes–some of which became the most glamorous places to be. The Speakeasy cocktail menu includes typical Prohibition cocktails such as Bee’s Knees, Underground Old Fashioned, Ginger Jake and Giggle Water. A variety of coffee cocktails, draft beer, bottled beer, wines by the glass and non-alcoholic cocktails are also available. Presentations may be arranged on a stage or on multiple, programmable flat-screen TVs. Maximum occupancy: 130 guests; reduced capacity to follow public health guidelines: 50 guests.
  • The Distillery: Situated right inside The Underground is The Distillery. Separated from the speakeasy by sliding barn doors, the centerpiece of this space is a 60-gallon, copper-pot moonshine still which can produce 250 750-mL jars of 100-percent corn mash moonshine each week. Available varieties include the Museum’s signature moonshine, Cinn-City and Ginger Jake. This room also has a 55-inch mounted display screen available with programmable A/V capabilities. Maximum occupancy: 30 guests; reduced capacity to follow public heath guidelines: 12 guests.
  • The Fitting Room: The Underground’s most private and exclusive space is the VIP room, a hideaway concealed by a secret entrance off the Speakeasy. Maximum capacity: 12 guests in a lounge atmosphere; reduced capacity to follow current public health guidelines: four guests.
  • The Historic Courtroom: Upon stepping inside the Museum’s historic courtroom, guests are instantly transported to mid-century Las Vegas. The most famous hearing ever held in the second-floor courtroom occurred on November 15, 1950, when a committee led by Tennessee Senator Estes Kefauver interviewed several witnesses about organized crime involvement in the Las Vegas casino industry. Painstakingly restored to its 1950 appearance, the courtroom offers multiple projection screens and full A/V support onsite.  Maximum occupancy: 180 guests reception-style; reduced capacity to follow current public health guidelines: 58 guests.

Full Museum Buyouts:

  • In addition to hosting small events in the near-term, the Museum continues to accept future bookings for full Museum buyouts. Having access to the entire Museum offers an unparalleled vintage experience, including top-level service options and 21, 000  square feet of space encompassing four floors. Guests will experience the Museum’s full scope of educational content, historical artifacts, detailed exhibits and The Underground—its basement-level speakeasy and distillery. Available programming features include onsite catering, logo placement, enhanced lighting, housekeeping, all event and operations staff. Maximum occupancy: 730 guests reception-style and 415 seated.

Elopement Packages:
Two unique wedding experiences designed for up to 10 guests offer attractive options, especially considering the current times:

  • Roaring 20s Elopement package for Two: Couples can enjoy an intimate speakeasy-inspired ceremony and celebration in the elegant, hidden VIP room. The VIP room is located adjacent to the speakeasy behind a secret door. This elopement package includes:
    • Wedding officiant.
    • A specialty cocktail toast.
    • Two hours of private use of the VIP room.
    • Guest access to the Museum.
    • One 1 ounce bottle of The Mob Museum house-made hand sanitizer.
    • Two Mob Museum branded souvenir masks.
    • One 50 mL bottle of souvenir house-made moonshine.
  • Roaring 20s Moonshine Wedding: Couples can celebrate with friends and family with a ceremony in The Distillery. This package allows the couple to celebrate with up to 10 guests.
    • Wedding officiant.
    • Complimentary samples of Moonshine for the wedding party after the ceremony.
    • Wedding bouquet and boutonnière.
    • Two-hour cocktail party in The Distillery.
    • Museum admission for the couple and all guests.
    • Wedding favors including individual bottles of hand sanitizer, a branded Mob Museum mask and 50 mL of house-made Moonshine.

For more information about private event options and pricing please visit https://themobmuseum.org/events/private-events/special-events/ or contact the Museum at (702) 724-8622 or sales@themobmuseum.org.

ABOUT THE UNDERGROUND
The Underground is an immersive Prohibition history exhibition, featuring a speakeasy, distillery and VIP room located in the basement of The Mob Museum and sponsored by Zappos. Informative and entertaining exhibits, videos and artifacts tell the stories of the Roaring Twenties, which saw the rise of flappers, jazz and the Mob, and stories of bootleggers, rum runners and the government agencies who tried to take them down. Artifacts from the 1920s and 1930s on display tell the intriguing story of the Prohibition era, which not only saw a proliferation of bootlegged booze and the meteoric growth of organized crime outfits, but also had a profound, lasting impact on society and culture.

The centerpiece of the distillery is a working copper pot still that produces award-winning moonshine, named Best Moonshine in the 2020 International Whiskey Competition. Complimentary access to The Underground is granted at the secret side entrance to visitors who know the password, published daily on Instagram Stories @MobMuseum_Underground.

ABOUT THE MOB MUSEUM
The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, provides a world-class journey through true stories—from the birth of the Mob to today’s headlines. The Mob Museum offers a provocative, contemporary look at these topics through hundreds of artifacts and immersive storylines. Numerous exhibits include a Crime Lab, Firearm Training Simulator and Organized Crime Today exhibit. The Museum is also home to The Underground, a Prohibition history exhibition featuring an award-winning speakeasy and distillery sponsored by Zappos. The Mob Museum has accumulated numerous accolades, including being named one of TripAdvisor’s “Top 25 U.S. Museums,” one of Las Vegas Weekly’s “Twenty Greatest Attractions in Las Vegas History,” one of National Geographic’s “Top 10 Things to Do in Las Vegas,” USA Today’s “Best Museum in Nevada” and one of its “12 Can’t Miss U.S. Museum Exhibits,” “A Must for Travelers” by The New York Times and one of “20 Places Every American Should See” by FOX News. The Museum is a two-time winner of the Mayor’s Urban Design Award for Historic Preservation and Adaptive Reuse and is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. The Museum is open daily; visit the website for admission rates and operating hours. For more information, call (702) 229-2734, visit themobmuseum.org, or download the Museum’s free mobile app.