Must dos this weekend in Vegas: April 16 – 19, 2015

Sober fun…now that’s no fun. Good thing the coming weekend in Vegas is all about drinking. Lots and lots of drinking. OK, we’ll allow you to add in some laughter, music, good food and sunbathing too – but that’s only if you have a cocktail in hand, of course.

A look inside Double Barrel Roadhouse, photo courtesy of Monte Carlo

A look inside Double Barrel Roadhouse, photo courtesy of Monte Carlo

Join the party for Double Barrel Roadhouse’s b-day

Double Barrel Roadhouse is marking its one-year anniversary on April 16. This means something very important: discounted alcohol. Beginning at 9 p.m. Double Barrel Roadhouse will offer drink specials including $4 draft beers, $5 well drinks, $10 wines by the glass and $12 handcrafted specialty cocktails. Throughout the day, every person who buys a premium cocktail will also get a free birthday shot. And that’s not all. As part of the celebration, you can try out new menu items (like the DB Wing Tower, a messy high-rise of 20 wings prepared in two different ways) and hear Adelitas Way, a hard rock band from Vegas, perform in a free concert. So here’s to Double Barrel Roadhouse…happy birthday to you, and many more (drinks, that is).

Champagne corks were flying at Bubble-Licious in 2013

Champagne corks were flying at Bubble-Licious in 2013, photo courtesy of UNLVino

Get your money’s worth of great tasting booze

They say you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink. This weekend we’ll lead you to a whole lot of wine…and if you don’t drink, well, you’re a horse’s a**. We’re kidding, but we are very excited about UNLVino. This annual wine and food festival that raises money for UNLV’s Hotel College is celebrating more than 40 years of “sipping for scholarship.” Thus, the three events that encompass UNLVino will be bigger and better than ever. The fun kicks off with Bubble-Licious on April 16 in Doge’s Palace Plaza at The Venetian. Sample a variety of champagnes and sparkling wines paired with small bites from many of Vegas’ most prestigious restaurants. Plus, chef Daniel Boulud of db Brasserie is being honored with the Dom Pérignon Award of Excellence. Head over to the pool at Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa for Sake Fever on April 17. As the name suggests, this event showcases loads of sakes along with Japanese-inspired cocktails created by master mixologists Francesco Lafranconi and J.R. Starkus. Last but not least is The Grand Tasting on April 18 in the Grand Ballroom at Paris Las Vegas. There will be more delicious wine and food to be sampled than you could possibly imagine. In addition, you’ll have a swinging good time listening to sexy crooner Frankie Moreno, and you’ll be on hand when chef Steve Martorano of Martorano’s at Rio and Paris Las Vegas is honored for his culinary accomplishments. All three UNLVino events run from 7 – 10 p.m. and cost $125 in advance or $150 at the door. For more information, go to

Clockwise from top: Jerry Seinfeld, Wayne Brady, Dennis Miller and Kathy Griffin

Clockwise from top: Jerry Seinfeld, Wayne Brady, Dennis Miller and Kathy Griffin

Be intoxicated by side-splitting humor

Up for a weekend of giggles? Five great comedians are performing at various showrooms in Vegas. They’re sure to give you the last laugh and the first laugh and many laughs in between. On April 17 at 10 p.m., see Wayne Brady, the “Let’s Make a Deal” host and esteemed improvisationalist, in the Terry Fator Theatre at The Mirage. Jerry Seinfeld will bring his humor about everyday stuff to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on April 17 – 18 at 7:30 p.m. nightly. A wry political commentator, Dennis Miller will share his clever insights and opinions in the Orleans Showroom at The Orleans on April 17 – 18 at 8 p.m. nightly. No-holds-barred comedienne Jennifer Coolidge, who you probably know from her role as Stifler’s mom in the “American Pie” films, is appearing in the Sands Showroom at The Venetian on April 18 at 8 p.m. as part of the Lipshtick Comedy Series. Having recently left E!’s “Fashion Police” roundtable, Kathy Griffin still plans to “give people crap” and you can hear her rant and rave in the Terry Fator Theatre at The Mirage on April 18 at 10 p.m.

From left: Kimbra and Alabama Shakes

From left: Kimbra and Alabama Shakes

Enjoy the sounds of Coachella in Vegas

When you’re in Vegas, the world is at your feet – and that includes Indio, California, where Coachella is underway. You see, you don’t have to be bummed out about missing the famous music festival because there’s some spillover from it here in Sin City. The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas launched a Valley to Vegas concert series at the Boulevard Pool. It wraps up on April 16 at 8 p.m. with Belgian artist Stromae, who is known for his hip-hop and electronic beats. Alabama Shakes, a relatively young band soon to release their sophomore album, will play their soulful songs filled with feelings of love, loss, heartache and healing at Brooklyn Bowl in The LINQ Promenade on April 18 at 9 p.m. Earlier that same night, at 8 p.m., Kimbra will appear at Hard Rock Live, the concert venue in the Hard Rock Café located at 3771 S. Las Vegas Blvd. Best known for her work on Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know,” the New Zealand-born musician has two albums of her own out – “Vows” and “The Golden Echo” – blending electropop with R&B, jazz and soul.

Clockwise from left: The exterior of Glutton, the rice arancini and a view of the dining room

Clockwise from left: The exterior of Glutton, rice pudding arancini and a view of the dining room

Stuff yourself silly at downtown Las Vegas’ newest restaurant

Last week, Glutton opened on Carson Avenue. With a name like this, you can expect to find food so good you’ll lose control…and ultimately have to undo the top button of your pants. Here are just a few of the menu items: Almond wood-fired flatbread topped with goat cheese, robiola, shishito, honey and pesto. Lamb neck sugo with smoked pappardelle. Rice pudding arancini. Homemade Parkerhouse rolls with cultured butter. Can you feel your waistband tightening just from reading those? Chef Bradley Manchester is the mastermind behind this eclectic American cuisine. And, don’t worry, there’ll be some incredible drinks to wash all this good food down with. We’ll be ordering the barrel-aged cocktail Glutton for Punishment, followed by the Deer in Headlights.

From left: Steve Aoki and Zowie Bowie

From left: Steve Aoki at Wet Republic and Zowie Bowie at 8 Pool

Attention: Everybody in the pool!

It doesn’t matter whether the sun is up or down. Vegas’ pool clubs are ready to welcome partiers like you at almost any time of day. Last weekend, Wet Republic at MGM Grand officially kicked off its season. This weekend is sure to be another splash hit with Steve Aoki behind the decks on April 18, followed by Hardwell and Kill the Buzz on April 19. In addition, the Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower is launching a summer poolside concert series on April 18 from 5 – 8 p.m. at the 8 Pool, which is located on the resort’s eighth floor. The band Zowie Bowie featuring Chris Phillips will perform a mix of dance, hip-hop, Top 40 and vintage Vegas music at the monthly event.


I’m a Las Vegas native. By profession, I write at Mostly about the city’s hotels, but on other topics – gaming and transportation – too. I really love staying at hotels. And the ones here are among the biggest and best in the world. Some key things I’ve learned: Resort fees are inescapable (frustrating but true), a friendly attitude at the front desk may score you a great view and over-the-top room amenities – bath butlers, Japanese tea service, menus with “intimate” items – do exist. What else should you know about me? Well, I’m comfortable at a blackjack table. And I like eating late-night pancakes in hotel coffee shops. A lot. Follow Renee on Google+.