Las Vegas: 6 beer-worthy stops to celebrate Oktoberfest (including Shacktoberfest!)

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Jay Jones

Las Vegas channels its inner Munich this week with a string of Oktoberfest events. Whether you crave German beer or food (or both), Vegas embraces the Bavarian harvest celebration more than ever.

First off, Germany’s Crown Prince Ludwig (later King Ludwig) hosted the first Oktoberfest in Munich in 1810. It’s now a festival that draws 6 million visitors to the Bavarian city each fall.

1. That history and tradition are well represented at Hofbrauhaus Las Vegas at 4510 Paradise Road, a re-creaton of the legendary Munich beer hall. There will be partying through Oct. 31. On upcoming Fridays and Saturdays, Vegas celebrities will drive a metal spigot into a wooden barrel to tap kegs of beer. Impersonator Rich Little does the honors on Friday followed by BMX pro Ricardo Laguna on Saturday.

2. Consider Beerhaus at the recently launched gathering spot the Park as a good place to begin beer-hopping. Friday through Sunday the bar will be filling commemorative half-liter and full-liter steins with seasonal beers from breweries, including Germany’s Ayinger, Hacker-Pschorr and Spaten. The beers make for perfect pairings for homemade bratwurst, German potato salad and fried apples with caramel dip.

3. Just a short stroll up the promenade, Shake Shack at New York-New York hotel-casino will be serving its Shacktoberfest beer through Sunday. Also, adults and kids can enjoy special Oktoberfest concoctions: the apfelstrudel and Black Forest shakes.

 

READ MORE: http://www.latimes.com/travel/deals/la-tr-las-vegas-oktoberfest-events-20160923-snap-story.html

 

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Las Vegas is bicycle-friendly?

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By Lennard Zinn Published Sep. 21, 2016

For a decade or so, I’ve been riding my bike from downtown Las Vegas to Boulder City for the Interbike Outdoor Demo (ODD) at Bootleg Canyon, and it just keeps getting better. Now, about 40km of the 44km distance is on paved bike paths. It’s a joy to ride such a long way through a busy city without any concerns about cars. Add yesterday’s overcast, cool weather, as opposed to the normal sunbaked, triple-digit temperatures, and it was even better.

I have something of an allergy to taking motorized transport when a riding option exists, and I feel particularly strongly about this at Interbike, given that it’s a bike show, after all. I prefer pedaling to taking an air-conditioned bus, particularly one that you have to wait in line for. Nonetheless, every year I seem to be part of a miniscule minority riding to and from ODD. That said, I am not a big fan of riding up a steep hill into a setting sun that renders me hard to see for drivers on busy, six-lane roads choked with cars and traffic lights, and most on-road routes back from Outdoor Demo involve some of that.

But this particular set of bike trails avoids those roads completely, allowing enjoyment of incredible Las Vegas sunsets without concern for my safety. The route goes from Warm Springs Dr. (one of the less-congested major Vegas arteries) in the north along I-215 and then the Union Pacific Railroad through Henderson. A short piece of quiet road under I-515 links to another trail over Railroad Pass directly to Boulder City’s Bootleg Canyon, which hosts the Outdoor Demo. The bike trails through Henderson alone are amazingly extensive, and they connect to a 35-mile paved loop trail circumnavigating the River Mountains containing Bootleg Canyon and following the western lakeshore in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

Except for underpasses, this trail’s road crossings are generally at grade, and some of them can be tedious and even a bit confusing at huge traffic arteries. But contrary to what you might expect, Las Vegas-area drivers tend to be exceedingly considerate at the crosswalks. Even when you don’t push the button for the yellow flashing pedestrian lights, which equip almost every minor road crossing in Henderson, almost all of the cars tend to stop when they see you on the edge or in the median, waiting to cross.
Read more: http://velonews.competitor.com/2016/09/news/las-vegas-bicycle-friendly_421120#Lvy0hDpkg3mggJaj.99

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FORMULA E CONFIRMS VIRTUAL RACE IN LAS VEGAS

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SCOTT DOUGLAS  SEPTEMBER 1, 2016

Las Vegas will host an eRace at the beginning of next year

Formula E has confirmed that a virtual race will be held in Las Vegas at the beginning of next year.

All twenty Formula E drivers will be involved in the eRace, which will be held at The Venetian Hotel to coincide with the Sports Business Innovation Summit between the 5th and 7th of January.

There will also be an opportunity for ten fans to join the race through a ‘Road to Vegas Challenge’, which will involve a series of online qualifying races with the top drivers being invited to fly out to Vegas to drive against the Formula E field.

Each racer will be competing for the chance to win a share of a $1 million prize fund.

Formula E will be using Playseat gaming rigs running rFactor 2 software for the race, with Cloud Sport providing technical support.

CEO of Formula E, Alejandro Agag, said that the initiative once again showed the commitment of the series to involving fans as much as possible.

“Formula E takes one more giant step in engaging with our fans. Gamers from all over the world will be able to participate in the ‘Road to Vegas Challenge’ and earn themselves the opportunity to race against the Formula E drivers in a unique eRace,” he said.

READ MORE: https://www.thecheckeredflag.co.uk/2016/09/formula-e-confirms-virtual-race-las-vegas/

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Las Vegas’ oldest steakhouse still charms

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The scene: As the oldest steakhouse in a city enamored with steakhouses, the Golden Steer is a true Las Vegas icon, and has served dinner to countless visiting icons, from Joe DiMaggioand Muhammad Ali to Bette Midler and the King himself, Elvis Presley. In recent years a new slate of celebrities has discovered the charms of the Steer, including Nicolas Cage and Mario Andretti, and the most famously loyal of all Steer customers over the years was the Rat Pack, quintessential Sin City diners. Both Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin had dedicated regular booths, round banquettes still marked as such today. (Sinatra’s table, No. 22, has a big picture of the Rat Pack over it, and this is one of very few still remaining Vegas eateries that he frequented).

Stepping into the Steer is like stepping into a museum. It has an odd location in a slightly seedy strip mall just off Las Vegas Boulevard, but back in 1958 when it opened, many top Vegas restaurants were standalone buildings outside of the hotels, a paradigm that has largely changed. For decades, eating here required more effort and a special trip, yet the Steer has not only survived, it has thrived, and the last few years have been record ones. The Las Vegas Journal Review has picked it as the city’s best steakhouse more than once recently, and suddenly this area — the northern end of the Strip, once a no man’s land between the main Strip and old Downtown — is heating up.

The recent SLS casino resort is across the street, within walking distance, and the soon to open (late 2016) Lucky Dragon is literally next door — its wall almost touches the Steer. The under construction Resorts World mega-resort, a $4 billion, 3,100-room project, is also nearby. As a result, the Steer’s unique location has gone from off the radar to red hot.

READ MORE: http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/columnist/greatamericanbites/2016/08/18/las-vegas-oldest-steakhouse-still-charms/88823166/

 

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Must-See: What’s New In Las Vegas

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Monte Carlo
In a $450 million transformation, MGM and Sydell Group have partnered to reimagine the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino. This will include two hotel experiences: the NoMad Hotel and the launch of the new property names Park MGM.

Wynn Plaza
The ever-expanding Wynn Las Vegas has increased again with the development of Wynn Plaza, a complex featuring 75,518 square feet of luxury retail space set to debut fall ’17. The design of Wynn Plaza, inspired by Avenue Matignon in Paris, will include two stories covered by atriums and a skylight rotunda that will extend to Las Vegas Boulevard.

NHL
The National Hockey League recently added Las Vegas as the site for its first expansion team since 1997. The new franchise will begin playing at the T-Mobile Arena on the Las Vegas Strip in the 2017-18 season.

Snapchat
Las Vegas celebrated the launch of its official Snapchat channel — @VisitLasVegas — in May by presenting DJ Khaled with a key to the Strip during a special ceremony at The Venetian.

READ MORE: http://footwearnews.com/2016/business/uncategorized/latest-new-must-see-spots-las-vegas-2016-249000/

Herbs & Rye Crowned the Best American High-Volume Cocktail Bar

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Las Vegas knows it, and now so does the rest of the world.

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By Xania Woodman

Stop me if you’ve heard this one: A guy opens a Las Vegas bar on a shoestring budget at the start of the Great Recession. Seven years later, he returns from the Academy Awards of bartending having been bestowed one of the greatest honors in the beverage industry. Of course, a lot happened at Herbs & Rye (3713 W. Sahara Ave., 702-982-8036, HerbsAndRye.combetween those two milestones. There were epic menu changes, multiple renovations, philosophical culture shifts, staff turnover and personal challenges. Progress came with a price, but not without a payoff, which came on July 23 when Herbs & Rye was named the Best American High-Volume Cocktail Bar at Tales of the Cocktail, America’s preeminent gathering of the spirits and bar industry.

“To be the first [Las Vegas bar] to ever make it to the Top 4 was enough for us. To actually win—it was surreal,” Herbs & Rye owner Nectaly Mendoza says. “I truly feel that it’s always been within our reach, we just had a tougher path than a lot of the other major cities. I always knew it was obtainable, I just didn’t know when or how we were going to get there, and now we’re here.”

“There are so many other things you can do [in Las Vegas] besides have cocktails. But, obviously, we’ve changed that now.” – Nectaly Mendoza, Herbs & Rye owner

In a sense, Mendoza just walked on Mars. In winning this Spirited Award, Herbs & Rye has put Las Vegas on a map that previously bore only such boozy hubs as New York, San Francisco and London, and paid little mind to what, if anything, was going on out here in the desert. And what’s been going on is that Herbs & Rye has hit its stride, consistently cranking out historically accurate classic cocktails (as many as 1,300 in a shift) alongside house-butchered steaks, and crisscrossing the world for popups and charitable efforts.

READ MORE: http://vegasseven.com/2016/08/03/herbs-and-rye-best-american-high-volume-cocktail-bar/

Las Vegas Strip Next Stop For Jason Bourne In New Thriller

The taught, intense, edgy movie series starring Matt Damon as author Robert Ludlum’s amnesia-affected spy Jason Bourne has, beginning with 2002’s “The Bourne Identity,” sped, slashed, slugged and shot its way across the expected locations of international espionage intrigue: Berlin, Paris, Prague, New York, Madrid and more, including twisting turns through Russia, Morocco, and Italy. The new thriller, titled “Jason Bourne,” drags the reluctant spy back into action and runs him into a smashing conclusion on the glittering Las Vegas Strip, proving motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel wasn’t the only one who could send vehicles soaring outside Caesar’s Palace!

Michael Grabner, Dave Bolland, Cam Ward could be leaving their teams for Las Vegas

George McPhee hasn’t been on the job long enough to hire a scouting staff. But the general manager for the NHL’s Las Vegas expansion franchise is already formulating his strategy for next year’s expansion draft.

“Teams will still do their best to not give us anything,” McPhee said. “We’ll have a better opportunity to build a foundation than in previous expansion drafts. But we’re going to have to work hard to find great players.”

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McPhee figures he will be lucky if he selects one or two players who stick with the franchise for the long term. But that doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll be staying away from players with long-term deals.

“I think we’ll have to evaluate every team on a case-by-case basis and see what they have,” McPhee said. “I’ll take a longer contract if it’s a good player.”

Before McPhee got the job, the other 30 general managers were already shuffling their rosters so as to have options entering the expansion draft. With teams allowed to protect one goaltender, that’s the main reason Frederik Andersen and Brian Elliott were dealt this summer and why the Pittsburgh PenguinsTampa Bay Lightning and Detroit Red Wings are expected to make similar moves with goalies.

Teams will be able to protect seven forwards, three defensemen and one goalie OR eight skaters and one goalie in the expansion draft. They must also protect players with no-movement clauses as well as first- or second-year pros.

In a busy summer of offseason transactions, here are some of players who were obtained with consideration for being dangled for next year’s expansion draft.

Jason Chimera, LW, New York Islanders: A summer of change up front for the Islanders included the signing of Chimera, a veteran providing speed and experience after the offseason exodus of Kyle Okposoand Frans Nielsen. But Chimera is signed through 2018 on a team cluttered with talented young forwards. With the Islanders likely to keep seven forwards and three defensemen, Chimera could be the odd man out and an appealing option for an expansion team.

READ MORE: http://espn.go.com/nhl/story/_/id/17148260/nhl-recently-obtained-players-likely-exposed-las-vegas-expansion-draft

Vegas embraces potential of virtual reality marketing

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By Sarah Feldberg
May 17, 2016

Imagine: You are high above the Fremont Street Experience, Downtown Las Vegas’ cavalcade of street performers, musicians and tourists toting frozen neon drinks in plastic containers. You can’t see the details from here, but you can feel the energy emanating from every side, the pulsing of the Viva Vision light show, the buzz of the crowd.

And then you’re off.

You’re soaring above the spectacular din. You’re not a bird; definitely not a plane. You’re a rider on SlotZilla, the  hulking slot-machine-shaped zipline that towers over the Fremont Street Experience.

At least, you feel like a rider on SlotZilla. In reality, you’re on your couch at home, sampling the zipline experience through Vegas VR, the virtual reality marketing app launched by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) this spring.

“Visitors get overwhelmed by what they should do, or could do, or might want to do,” said Cathy Tull, senior vice president of marketing for the LVCVA. Vegas VR and its 360-degree images, which can be viewed with or without a virtual reality viewer like Google Cardboard, allow visitors to take a digital step inside popular Vegas attractions and experiences and better judge whether to include them in their own itineraries.

“People are doing their research,” Tull added. “This is one more way for them to do their research.”

The LVCVA’s foray into virtual reality started about two years ago when it partnered with Google on GeoVegas, a site that featured steerable 360-degree photos and videos inside Vegas hotels and destinations. It functioned like a digital walk-through, enabling viewers to tour a hotel, nightclub or restaurant.

“What we found was that people wanted more, and they wanted more experiences,” Tull said.

The LVCVA, together with Vegas-based marketing agency R&R Partners, has rolled out 12 VR experiences, which include a gondola ride through the Venetian serenaded by a gondolier, a Strip flyover with Maverick Helicopters and the onstage view at the Life Is Beautiful festival’s electronic dance music stage.

READ MORE: http://www.travelweekly.com/North-America-Travel/Insights/Vegas-embraces-potential-of-virtual-reality-marketing

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This week’s 5 best bets for Vegas entertainment

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Whitey Morgan

Two things you can leave behind for a Whitey Morgan show: A Thomas Rhett (or any pop-country singer’s) T-shirt and your jokes about Flint, Michigan’s drinking water. Morgan is part of the new alt-country pack that’s a necessary counterpunch to Nashville pop. And the Flint native has probably heard all the jokes. Besides, you’ll drink the hard stuff when Morgan and his honky-tonkin’ 78s play Vinyl with Cody Jinks, inside the Hard Rock Hotel at 8 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $25 to $35; call 888-929-7849.

Brenda Lee

Help “Little Miss Dynamite” chalk up some bragging rights few can claim: A 60-year span of performing in Las Vegas (it helps that she started when she was turning 12). She sings at 8 p.m. Friday at the Golden Nugget. Tickets are $25.66 to $156.46; call 866-946-5336.

Night Ranger

Only in Vegas do we have two nights where two miles separate two renditions of “Sister Christian.” Night Ranger, the band behind the power ballad, on Saturday and Sunday visits The Orleans, a couple of miles southwest of the Rio and the song’s use in “Rock of Ages.” Tickets are $38.10 to $59.90 for Night Ranger’s 8 p.m. shows; call 702-365-7075.

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