LAS VEGAS: Artsy Inspire Theater to Open Downtown


The revitalization of downtown continues with the opening of the Inspire Theater scheduled for the month of January. The new year will bring this hip event center in the fray with a variety of art events, as well as the opening of a newsstand café, bar, and rooftop lounge. The 150-seat theater will be host to book readings, spoken word presentations, lectures, as well as musical events.

In addition to the theater, the ground floor will be occupied by the Inspire News Café, which will operate both an international news stand and a café. The news stand will carry 300+ newspapers and magazines from around the world, a boon for international travelers and those wanting something more global than the latest issue of Newsweek or the Wall Street Journal. Rumor has it there will also be a print-on-demand press for patrons to order and have a book printed and bound while they wait. Way cool.  The café portion will serve the regular arsenal of coffee and tea beverages, as well as simple and fresh food items. The bohemian atmosphere will offer a variety of seating options, wi-fi, and even an outdoor patio.

The second floor will be home to the mid-mod Wayfarer Bar overlooking the theater that will serve up craft cocktails with a retro feel. The bar scene continues to the roof, where the aptly named “The Roof” lounge will operate. This climate-controlled outdoor lounge will allow patrons to watch the activities along Fremont Street while indulging in “communal” service, meaning large pitchers of alcoholic beverages to share table-side.


LAS VEGAS: Top 5 New Year’s Eve Parties


December is now upon us and it’s time to get serious about where you will be celebrating New Year’s Eve. Las Vegas is always rockin’ with a party on every corner and rooms fill up fast, so do not delay. The choices abound, but we’ve whittled down the list to a more manageable 5, to make travel planning even easier.

Here are some of our favorite choices to ring in the New Year:

The Cosmopolitan has several events going on but the celebration at The Ice Rink is where I’d want to be. You’ll be high above the Strip in a winter wonderland, skating your cares away and listening to Bruno Mars in concert on a marquee made of 65 digital panels. (He’s performing live downstairs at The Chelsea.) Tickets include cocktails.
Where: The Ice Rink, Cosmopolitan
When: 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Cost: $99 – $150 (Must be 21 to attend)

The Fremont Street Experience hosts one of Sin City’s biggest NYE parties, spanning several blocks, under the light canopy (which will be displaying a special light show that evening). This year’s party theme is “Rock in the New Year” and will feature 9 hours of live music on 3 stages, including Vince Neil (of Motley Crue) and Loverboy. The midnight countdown includes a dazzling fireworks display and revelers can duck into any number of casinos to warm up, try their hand at a game of poker, or freshen up their drinks.
Where: Fremont Street
When: Gates open at 6 p.m.
Cost: $40 (Must be 21 to attend)

The Gold Boutique Nightclub and Lounge inside the Aria hotel is throwing a NYE Countdown hosted by JabbaWockeeZ, winners of America’s Best Dance Crew (and currently entertaining guests at their new customized theater at the Luxor). In addition to the drama and dance of this high-energy group, The Bangerz will deejay the event. First two hours feature an open bar, people, so don’t be late!
Where: The Ice Rink, Aria
When: Starts at 9 p.m.
Cost: $50 for the ladies; $75 for gents; table reservations start at $1,200 (Must be 21 to attend)

Pure Nightclub at Caesers recently won the Lifetime Achievement Award in the annual Vegas Seven Nightclub Awards and on New Year’s this plush venue with gorgeous Strip views will make you a believer. This is the cream of the crop and always deserves a visit no matter what time of year you visit Las Vegas. Known for hosting celebrities on a regular basis, you can hobnob with the best at this venue. Open bar from 9 p.m. to midnight.
Where: Pure Nightclub, Caesers Palace
When: 8 p.m. to 4 a.m..
Cost: $50 for the ladies; $100 for gents; Tickets here

How about a “Bottomless New Year’s Eve” at Koi Ultra Lounge? Planet Hollywood is set dead center in the middle of the Strip, giving you a bird’s eye view of all the revelry and fireworks along Las Vegas Boulevard. Tickets include an open bar and party favors.
Where: Koi Ultra Lounge, Planet Hollywood
When: 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Cost: $40 for the ladies; $60 for gents;  bottle service $150 – $200 Tickets here

NOTE: The Las Vegas Strip will be closed to ALL auto traffic after 6 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, so plan appropriately.


SAN DIEGO: The Declan Suites Bringing Avant Garde to Downtown


There’s a new hotel in town with some big plans for a multi-million dollar renovation. The Declan Suites has taken over the downtown Sheraton Suites, located adjacent to the San Diego Symphony Hall. While it is currently open for business, the big changes will begin in the Spring, when the new owners embark on a complete overhaul of guest rooms, conference/meeting space, restaurant and lounge.

The intent is to bring an avant garde vibe to the hotel, intertwining technology, music and the arts. The transformation will yield 264 two-room suites that will offer either a city or bay view, a signature restaurant, live feed video wall, and communal technology area. Local art will be featured throughout the property. In addition to the fully-equipped fitness center, bikes will be available for guests to use, for not only a healthy alternative (for guests and the environment) but a great way to see the city and nearby Balboa Park.

The rooms, among the largest in the city, will each have a separate sitting room. Guests will enjoy complimentary wi-fi, a full-service business center, and a skilled concierge team ready to make your San Diego visit the best it can be, from restaurant reservations to sporting events, as well as tickets to the area’s many cultural activities and family-oriented theme parks.

Declan Suites San Diego
: 701 A Street, San Diego
Cost: $109.00 and up

LAS VEGAS: Downtown Container Park Debut

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The face of downtown Las Vegas will be forever changed in the next few weeks when the new Downtown Container Park makes its debut. What began as an empty plot of land has been transformed into a vibrant, walkable retail and entertainment district composed of recycled shipping containers, a train caboose, and Xtreme Cubes which will house cafes & bars, boutiques & galleries, and so much more.

This urban revitalization is the brainchild of the Downtown Project, “a group of passionate people committed to helping to transform Downtown Las Vegas into the most community-focused large city in the world.”  This is just one of their many projects which is slowly changing the face of downtown Las Vegas, year by year.

The Downtown Container Park will be host to more than 40 tenants, including Big Ern’s BBQ, The Beatnik coffee shop, Pork & Beans, Pinches Tacos, Sasa Sweets dessert shop, Bin 702 wine bar, The Boozery, and museum stores for the Mob Museum and the Neon Museum. The space with the most flair, though, just might be Bolt Barbers, which will be housed in a vintage train caboose. There is also a children’s playground, outdoor theater, and large public art pieces (including a 40-foot preying mantis that shoots flames).

Downtown Container Park
: Between 7th & 8th streets x Fremont
When: Early November

DTLV: New Brew Pub Set to Open in Downtown Las Vegas

Banger Brewing

Almost a year after Banger Brewing announced its intent to open in Downtown’s Neonopolis, construction is hot and heavy with a tentative opening date of October. From humble roots, the five owners have labored to make this dream come true and bring quality craft beer to Fremont Street. The 6,000+ square-foot space will accommodate both brewery operations and pub serving rotating beer options.

Currently being crafted are: Simply Stout, Session Ale (Blonde), Hoppy Ale (IPA), Sandia (Watermelon Wheat), and Perfect 10 (American Pale Ale). There will also be specialty brews available based on the season.

Banger Brewing

450 Fremont St Suite 135
Las Vegas, NV 89101
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