Vegas Seven


  • Dishing With Grace

    Urban Eating, Excalibur’s New Buffet and Lutefisk: Not for the Weak

    By Grace Bascos

    The push of restaurants top open directly on the Las Vegas Strip continues apace with Denver import Tom’s Urban.

  • Excalibur Layoffs Could Reveal Deeper Truth About Changes in Tourism

    By David G. Schwartz

    Recent news that the Excalibur has trimmed its bell desk and valet workforce is food for thought. On first read, it’s another sign that the economic recovery hasn’t taken root on the Strip, and that it’s not time to unfasten our seatbelts just yet. But looking more deeply yields, perhaps, an insight about the changing face of Las Vegas.

  • Cocktail Culture

    Nuthin’ Fancy

    By Xania V. Woodman

    “We take our drinks seriously,” says BarMagic of Las Vegas’ Tobin Ellis, “but never drinking. It should be fun.” The beverage consultant had to strike a very fine balance when creating the cocktail menu for Drive This! Entertainment’s newest bar and restaurant concept. The company’s partnership with classic rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd required a sort of finesse at which Ellis excels: “Bring the concept to life, make the owners money and put smiles on people’s faces.”

  • Saturday Night Special

    By Max Jacobson

    Vegas isn’t a great town for ’cue, but it’s not for lack of trying. Mike Mills of Memphis Championship Barbecue is a hit in New York City at Blue Smoke, but his Las Vegas restaurants are erratic. The Salt Lick from Austin enjoyed a mercurial run at Red Rock Resort. The Rub BBQ from New York was often terrific during a brief stint at the Rio. Now we’ve got Lynyrd Skynyrd BBQ & Beer, named for the iconic rock group so worshiped in the American South.

  • Scene Stirs

    Seven reasons to lift up a glass … to the New Year!

    By Xania V. Woodman

    1. A new year calls for some new haunts. Now open for your imbibing enjoyment: Mob Bar on Third Street and Ogden Avenue, Public House in the Venetian, Old Homestead in Caesars Palace, Hyde Bellagio, 1 Oak in The Mirage, Lynyrd Skynyrd in Excalibur, Bottles & Burgers in Tivoli Village and Oscar's in the Plaza. Now, who's buying?

  • On-Strip Party Dinners

    Chef André Rochat crafts a five-course meal, including sea scallops, veal and lobster done to its finest at Andrés at Monte Carlo. 5:30 p.m., $175 per person, 798-7151. Obey the restaurant rules of “Sushi, Sake, Socialize” at the glamorous, pan-Asian Social House with a seven-course meal and unlimited champagne and sake for $125 per person. In Crystals, 6 p.m., 736-1122.

  • Scene

    We’ll have what the 99 percent is having

    By Xania V. Woodman

    Have your lighters at the ready and brush up on your loudest “Freebird”! Lynyrd Skynyrd BBQ & Beer will unite meat, liquor, women and rock ’n’ roll (the cardinal directions, in fact, for many an American man) when the iconic band’s raucous new barbecue joint and bar grand-opens Dec. 7 and 8 in Excalibur. But there’s much more going on in this 8,000-square-foot, 275-seat space than just the booze, brews and ‘cue.

  • The Strip

    Sweet Home Excalibur

    By Jarret Keene

    Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Barbecue and Beers, which is set to open at Excalibur in August, resolves two debates. First, the forthcoming Excalibur eatery ends the Southern hard rock band’s simmering argument with Neil Young (revisit the lyrics to “Southern Man” and “Sweet Home Alabama”) by showing that, in fact, there’s always demand for Southern men(us), even in Vegas. Second, the felicitous union of second-gen classic rockers and the ever-vibrant Excalibur proves that it’s possible to double-jump a shark.