But some bars and restaurants have figured out a way to make it happen, and make a ton of money doing it. Whether they happen to be in the right place at the right time, or whether they’re a destination unto themselves, these TOP RESTAURANTS IN THE COUNTRY have proven that where there’s a will, there’s a way to make some dough in the food business.
The other day, Web Watch was chatting with friends who were about to embark on their very first weekend trip to Las Vegas.
Being recently out of college, they were concerned that they wouldn’t have enough money to have a decent hotel room, food other than a $0.99 foot-long hot dog, some gambling, some clubbing, taxis… well, you get the drift.
One of the questions they asked us was for recommendations on saving a little bit of money – but not to go all crazy. After all, this is VEGAS we’re talking about, and they really wanted to live it up BIG on whatever money they could afford to spend.
Nobody likes to go to a bar or nightclub that’s empty. Chances are, it’s empty for a reason.
And it’s likely to close soon.
There’s a reason that most nightclubs and bars operate on a cash-only basis – they may not be around long enough to warrant opening a credit card processing account with their bank. If they even have a bank at all.
Who doesn’t love a good escapist vacation to Las Vegas?
Granted, it all depends on whether you can appreciate everything that Las Vegas has to offer, whether it be the gambling, the sun, the food, the celebrity sightings, the nightclubs, or the random hook-ups with complete strangers resulting in waking up in a bathtub with a note about how your kidney was stolen and sold on Craigslist.
Some people enjoy heading out to Las Vegas or their local casino area, partaking in some fine dining, a show or two, and maybe take a chance at the tables or slot machines. For some, that gambling portion of their trip can be an exciting time (check out any craps table around 11pm) or something a bit more depressing (any keno lounge at 3am).
The reasons that people enjoy gambling run almost hand in hand with the reasons that others absolutely despise gambling. To the latter group, the issue is often “why bother throwing money away? Nobody ever wins.”
And for the most part, they’re right. Casinos exist solely because the “house always wins”. If they didn’t, then casinos wouldn’t exist at all. Gambling is a business, and if a business can’t make a profit somewhere along the line, it would cease to exist.
They say that you can tell a lot about a place of business (whether it be a fancy hotel, a fast-food restaurant, or your neighbor’s house — assuming your neighbor’s place would be considered a place of business) just by looking at their bathroom.
If the bathroom is dirty, then it’s likely the rest of the establishment isn’t being kept up-to-par.
If it’s a sparkly-clean restroom, then you can tell that the business cares about their customers.
Web Watch was in Las Vegas recently, where we had the pleasure of dining at GORDON RAMSAY STEAK at the Paris Las Vegas casino.
Needless to say, famed celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay wasn’t there that night, but we’ll just offer a quick review of the place: in one word, “fantastic”.
Of course, it didn’t help that having Chef Ramsay’s name on the marquee led to a constant parade of tacky tourists with their camera phones, t-shirts, and flip-flops barging into the main dining area to take a photo or two of a place that they’re not spending a nickle in. It was a bit disruptive to those of us with our own camera phones who were diving in to our own 2-hour dining spectactular.
But regardless of the lack of control the hosting staff had in preventing the riff-raff from interfering with our fine dining, Web Watch highly recommends Gordon Ramsay Steak for your next Las Vegas dining experience.
What? You’re not planning on heading out to Vegas anytime soon? Well – let Web Watch bring you a little bit of Gordon Ramsay to your kitchen…
A few years ago, Web Watch was visiting Las Vegas with some friends. As is the case when traveling with a large group of people – especially in Vegas – we all found ourselves staying in different hotels.
And as is the case with different Las Vegas hotels, cleanliness standards can be a bit different from hotel to hotel, company to company.
So while Web Watch was enjoying our crisp, clean sheets, one member of our brigade found herself being transferred from one dirty hotel room to another until she ultimately asked to be checked into a different hotel across the way.
Apparently, maid service doesn’t always check to clear the room of used.. (ahem) … from underneath the bed.
Well, to run a successful nightclub – you can’t make a habit from giving your drinks away to just anybody. Handing them out for free to Web Watch? Sure – that’s to be expected – but not everyone can get away with that like we can.
Still, when you’re making millions upon millions of dollars a year on $500 bottle service, it’s okay to throw out a free drink on occasion. Grease the celebrity wheels, if you will.
Then again, we also agree with our friends who say that “a little Las Vegas goes a long way”. In other words, these people don’t necessarily enjoy the entire gambling, casino, nightlife, gambling aspect of Sin City.
Web Watch knows people that took a vacation out to Nevada and other points west, and their Las Vegas experience consisted solely of driving down the Las Vegas Strip. They didn’t stop, they didn’t browse. They had lunch as a nearby McDonald’s (not even at the In-n-Out!) before continuing on their merry way.
We don’t blame them. There are aspects of Las Vegas that we don’t appreciate either. But to each their own.
It’s a long weekend, so what better reason to ring in the New Year by getting together with your buddies for a late night of cigar smoking and poker playing?
But before you do, you might want to read up a little bit on how to recognize a “poker tell” – that is, those silent signs that your poker opponents aroung the table give off when they have a good or bad hand.
Some of these little ticks are done on purpose – players think that they can indicate whether they have a worse hand than they actually do by doing or saying something to throw you off the scent. Other tells are things your body does whether you realize it or not. Continue reading COMMON POKER TELLS, FROM POKER EXPERT MIKE CARO→
At last count, Web Watch has seen 14 different Cirque du Soleil shows –which, at an average ticket price of $100 apiece, plus concessions and otherwise, means that we’ve spent a hell of a lot of money on Guy Laliberte’s entertainment empire.
And every cent so far we consider money well spent. Each production has been thoroughly entertaining and exciting.
One question we’re oft wondered is what it takes to be a Cirque du Soleil performer. And while a lot of this was answered in the phenomenal reality series FIRE WITHIN on Bravo (seriously, it was awesome!), the question still remains about the physicality of what those performers do and how they do it.