Watch: Implosion of last tower of famed Vegas hotel and casino

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LAS VEGAS — The last tower of the iconic Riviera Hotel and Casino was reduced to rubble during an overnight implosion on the Las Vegas Strip.

The demolition of the Monte Carlo tower brought an end to the Strip’s first high-rise and one of Vegas’ most famous casinos.

A series of explosions took down the taller, 24-story Monaco tower in June, which was celebrated as an organized spectacle. That event was carried out with flair, complete with a viewing area, local dignitaries and fireworks.

This time, there was no designated viewing area.

Due to the dust, people in nearby businesses and residences were told to either leave the area or stay indoors during the implosion and for a half-hour afterwards, similar to what occurred during the implosion of the taller Monaco tower, reports CBS Las Vegas affiliate KLAS-TV.

The 2,075-room property closed in May 2015 after 60 years hosting headliners from Liberace to Dean Martin on the northern end of the Strip.



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Implosion Levels Tower of Vegas’ Riviera Casino

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LAS VEGAS — Jun 14, 2016, 6:02 AM ET

The Latest on the demolition of the tower of the Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas Tuesday morning (all times local):

3 a.m.

The tallest tower of the Riviera Hotel and Casino has crumbled in a controlled demolition that brought an end to one of the last relics of Las Vegas’ mobster past.

The implosion early Tuesday of the 24-story Monaco Tower comes 61 years after it opened on the Las Vegas Strip.

“The Riv” joins other storied properties like the Dunes, Sands, Desert Inn and Stardust as only a memory.

It opened in 1955, and closed last year.

Liberace was the first headliner. Dean Martin was once part-owner.

It was a backdrop for the Rat Pack original “Ocean’s 11” in 1960; the James Bond film “Diamonds Are Forever;” and the 1995 movie “Casino.”

It was also featured in “The Hangover” in 2009.

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority is clearing the 26 acres to make room to expand the Las Vegas Convention Center.

The Monte Carlo Tower is scheduled to be imploded in August.


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Spearmint Rhino Las Vegas Gentleman’s Club is Expanding – UPDATE MAY 12


The world famous Spearmint Rhino Las Vegas gentleman’s club is proud to announce the  expansion of the club at 3340 S. Highland Drive in Las Vegas, NV. The extension will add an additional 17,000 square feet to the existing club, which will provide an additional main stage and wider entertainment areas.

Voted The Best Gentlemen’s Club in the World, Spearmint Rhino Las Vegas continues to set the standard for strip club entertainment in Sin City. Featuring the hottest entertainers in Las Vegas, the Rhino offers a wide variety of services and packages for all occasions from bachelor parties to VIP events.  Complimentary limousine service is standard, which sets the tone for the ultimate Vegas VIP experience.

“Spearmint Rhino is getting bigger and we couldn’t be more excited!” says, Kevin Kelly, owner of the club. “The Rhino offers guests select and personalized experience with the very best in local food and drink choices, and unmatched entertainment. And the best part is that we are open seven days a week – every day of the year!”




Expansion underway at Spearmint Rhino strip club


One of Las Vegas’ most famous strip clubs is “getting a little work done.” It has decided to go bigger, a little boost to freshen things up.

How does an additional 17,000 square feet sound? That’s the plan for the Spearmint Rhino, the veteran (and venerated) strip club known for its attractive dancers and, oddly enough, its chicken fingers. The expansion, construction on which broke ground last month, will add an extra stage and more entertainment space to the venue, which currently measures more than 20,000 square feet.

Open 24/7, Spearmint Rhino has all the trappings of a high-end gentlemen’s club: free limo service for guests, full bar, bottle service and VIP rooms. With the new addition, there will be a lot more space for dancers and their fans. And for chicken fingers, of course.

Spearmint Rhino will be open normal business hours (in other words, all the time) during the construction.




Strip’s newest attraction has typical Vegas flair

With typical Vegas flair, MGM Resorts and AEG unveiled the Strip’s newest attraction this week, but it’s not a Cirque du Soleil show or a new casino hotel. It’s a $345 million arena and pedestrian park located between New York New York and Monte Carlo resorts.

The 20,000-seat T-Mobile Arena (, designed to host concerts and sporting events, is styled out with typical Vegas flair. An 18,000-square-foot nightclub called Hyde Lounge offers VIP excesses like bottle service, DJs and catbird views of both the arena action and the Strip.

The arena is linked to the Strip by the Park (, a pedestrian plaza that features 10-foot water walls, shade trees and 50-foot sculptures with LED lighting at night. Bars and restaurants such as Shake Shack, Sake Rok (a Japanese restaurant and club), SoCal’s Bruxie (waffle sandwiches) and a beer garden overlook the pathways.

The complex is a joint project of MGM Resorts and AEG, the Los Angeles-based sports-and-entertainment conglomerate that also owns the L.A. Kings, the L.A. Galaxy MLS soccer team and ticket broker StubHub.

A reunited Guns N’ Roses performed at the arena Friday, marking the first concert the group has played together in 23 years.




2016 Nightclub & Bar Show Award Winners Announced

Giving a special shout out to our friends
over at Herbs and Rye!

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Nightclub & Bar Media Group has selected the winners of the 2016 Nightclub & Bar Awards.

The annual awards recognize both individuals and establishments from across the country who have demonstrated expertise in the industry, professionalism and sales success.

“We are excited to welcome the winners of the 2016 Nightclub & Bar Awards into an elite class of industry leaders,” said Kristen Santoro, Nightclub & Bar Media Group conference and content director. “As one of the most prestigious awards programs in nightlife, we look for innovative professionals and venues who are creating outstanding hospitality experiences as well as setting the industry standard for excellence.”

Every year, the Nightclub & Bar Awards are dedicated to honoring excellence in bar, nightclub and lounge concept development, operations, innovations and success. In addition to being featured on, individual winners and venues will be celebrated during an awards ceremony at the upcoming Nightclub & Convention and Trade Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center, March 7-9.

2016 Nightclub & Bar Award Winners:

Bartender of the Year

Nectaly Mendoza – Herbs & Rye (Las Vegas, NV)

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Las Vegas betting big on Carolina Panthers


“This year is really rare in that nobody is betting on the Broncos. For whatever reason, we just don’t seem to see any money coming in on Denver…” says one wagering expert.

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Tuesday, 2 Feb 2016 | 1:43 PM ET


If Las Vegas betting is any indication of the Super Bowl outcome, the Carolina Panthers should be perfecting their end zone dance. As Super Bowl week kicks off, Las Vegas wagering experts say the money is overwhelmingly coming in on the Panthers, who are currently six point favorites to win Super Bowl 50.

“This year is really rare in that nobody is betting on the Broncos. For whatever reason, we just don’t seem to see any money coming in on Denver, and floods of money coming in on the Carolina Panthers,” said Matt Holt, sports wagering expert with the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Race and Sports Book and CG Technology.

So, how accurate is Las Vegas in predicting a winner? Through the first 49 Super Bowls, the favorites have won the big game 33 of 49 times, or 67 percent. Not a sure thing, but not bad odds either.

Prior to the season’s start, Denver had a high probability of being in the Super Bowl. The Panthers, on the other hand, were considered a long shot, with 60 to 1 odds of playing in football’s biggest game of the year.

The Super Bowl is a familiar road in Denver (it’s the team’s 8th appearance), but the Panthers have played in only one other Super Bowl, losing in 2004 in the final seconds to the New England Patriots.

“Even as the season progressed and the Panthers were 5-, 6-, 7-and-0, it took longer than expected for bettors to get on board and start believing in this Panthers team,” said Holt.

Today, the Panthers aren’t only the favorites, but Panthers Quarterback Cam Newton is also topping bets to be the Super Bowl’s Most Valuable Player.

The Super Bowl is the most gambled upon sporting event of the year. Experts predict the state of Nevada will take in between $115 million and $130 million worth of wagers. The American Gaming Association says Americans in total will bet $4.2 billion on the Super Bowl, an 8 percent increase over last year.

“Just like football, sports betting has never been more popular than it is today,” Jeff Freeman, president and CEO of the American Gaming Association.





MGM Parking Fees on Vegas Strip Buck Tradition

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LAS VEGAS — Jan 15, 2016, 1:19 PM ET

In a city built on luring tourists with cheap thrills and free cocktails, a big part of the Las Vegas Strip will soon slash away its most basic freebie: parking.

MGM Resorts International will announce Friday that it will become the first major casino company to start charging visitors for parking this year, a move that could bring in millions of dollars of revenue annually and change the landscape of the tourism hotspot that is increasingly catering to visitors who come for other pricey attractions besides gambling.

The move is a dramatic departure for both local residents and drive-in visitors who have grown accustomed to enjoying the perk of free parking when most big city venues attach a fee.

The largest hotel-casino operator in Sin City told The Associated Press that it will charge $10 or less for overnight self-parking at most of its Strip properties starting this spring, coinciding with the April opening of the company’s T-Mobile Arena.

The Las Vegas-based company has 35,310 rooms and 37,000 parking spots on the Strip, which come at a premium during major events. The parking fees will come at Mandalay Bay, Delano, Luxor, Excalibur, Monte Carlo, New York-New York, Vdara, Aria, Bellagio, The Mirage and MGM Grand.

Valet parking will cost more, but some parking at the Circus Circus hotel and the Crystals and Mandalay Bay Place shopping centers will still be free.

The company did not provide details on short-term parking fees and said its other properties, in Mississippi, Michigan and China, won’t be affected. Parking at some hotels will be cheaper than others, and Clark County residents will get a grace period.



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The Vegas Strip is a living, breathing creature that is eternally in a state of flux. And in 2016, it looks to be on the upswing. From new nightclubs to hotel renovations — and yet another good ol’ fashioned casino demolition — here are a few ways the most famous stretch of Las Vegas Blvd promises to mix things up over the next 12 months.

Another Las Vegas arena is being constructed

Las Vegas has three major arenas and zero pro sports teams, but hey, let’s go ahead and build another one anyway. The new Las Vegas Arena (which could be given another name when a big money sponsor comes along) has been under construction for the past year or so and is set to open in April (behind the Monte Carlo and New York-New York resorts). Among the first scheduled events is the kickoff bash featuring The Killers (and Wayne Newton!), a string of six shows by Garth Brooks, and the milestone UFC 200 Ultimate Fighting showdown. The venue will hold 20,000 people making it by far the largest indoor arena in Vegas with 50 luxury suites and every other hospitality and technology perk you can think of. The only downside… no parking. MGM Resorts International (one of the main partners behind the project along with AEG) says there are plenty of spaces at its neighboring resorts but haven’t yet ruled out charging for parking, which would truly be the biggest change to happen on the Strip in the New Year.

The Monte Carlo Theater & Park (sans Blue Man Group)

In addition to the new arena, MGM Resorts also has a new mid-sized concert venue in the works. It’s being constructed at the Monte Carlo in the spot that was recently home to the Blue Man Group (who’ve since moved across the street to The Luxor), and is designed to compete with the Colosseum at Caesars Palace. No acts (nor an official name) have been announced just yet, but the theater is expected to open near the end of the year. There will also be an outdoor park offering shops and restaurants between the new theater and arena, and somewhere in the middle of all this, the Monte Carlo is expected to be rebranded with a new name (but shhh… you didn’t hear that from us).

Say goodbye to the Riviera and watch it implode

The Riviera — one of the last classic resorts still on the Strip — officially closed its doors in May. It was bought by the LVCVA (Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority) who plan to tear it down so the Convention Center can expand and reach all the way to Las Vegas Blvd. In recent weeks, it’s been confirmed that the Riviera will crumble to the ground in a classic Las Vegas implosion. So grab your binoculars and start scoping out the perfect spot to watch the show.


Spearmint Rhino Las Vegas Gentlemen’s Club
3340 South Highland Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Open 24 Hours