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Incidental Tourist

Years from now, we might look back at 2014 as the year momentum on the Strip began to build again.

State of the Strip: A lot went down and came up in 2014. What mattered most?

December 23rd, 2014

Years from now, we might look back at 2014 as the year momentum on the Strip began to build again.

  • While some are working towards bringing MLS or NHL teams here, Vegas is a basketball city.

  • Annual checkup: The Downtown hotel and casino celebrated its one-year anniversary late last month.

  • Veteran chef Tsutomo Molde's just-off-Strip Japanese steakhouse draws a diverse, very Vegas crowd.

  • Why the property works, just the way it is.

  • “We’re not here to build a hotel and move on,” Sam Nazarian said at the pre-opening press conference. “This is who we are. And we’re ...

  • Somehow, among giants like the Linq, High Roller and Cromwell, this little slice of strange still belongs.

  • The hotel-within-a-hotel concept hasn’t exactly changed the game on the Strip. Could Delano change that?

  • "It’s all very pretty, embellished and ornate, but I can’t shake how Barbary Coast it still feels."

  • MGM Grand just finished refurbishing its 254-foot-tall, 94-foot-wide sign on Las Vegas Boulevard, retrofitting the big “MGM” letters with more than 13,000 custom-made LED pucks ...

  • In lieu of the tourist attractions of yesteryear (think: Sirens of Ti, the Bellagio Fountains), several properties are building shopping centers close to the Boulevard.

  • With its spiffy new look, the property's renovation is on par with those at the Tropicana and Downtown's Plaza and the D.

  • Much more than a renovation of the Sahara, SLS could have a larger impact on the Strip.

  • Robbed by the recession, we didn’t get to see what Las Vegas was supposed to be in 2013. The Incidental Tourist explores what the Strip ...

  • A&E

    Dinner at “Top Chef” contestant Shirley Chung’s new Restaurant 28 in Irvine, Calif., is worth every moment of the journey. The former Las Vegas chef ...

  • Music

    From brooding country to sunny psychedelia, dancey R&B to matte-black punk, local artists that will make you sit up and listen.

  • Food

    We didn’t know deep-fried scallops were a thing, but we're glad they are.

  • Art

    Catherine Borg's Scouted aims to present a more dimensional view of Las Vegas.

  • Food

    Uncommonly big flavors help Tom's Urban stand out in the crowd.

  • Music

    The crew hosts a disco-themed Funk Winter party this weekend. Get the deets here!

  • Food

    There’s something special about the food you grew up with.

  • Art

    Art and arugula and maybe a little Bloomberg money.

  • As We See It

    There’s no science here. Just silliness. But tell us we’re wrong about the mantis.

  • Nightlife

    The upcoming Caesars club released its roster today. Plus, underground sound party After celebrates its first anniversary early next month.

  • adult

    You know you’ve been dying for some homemade, organic sex butter, don’t be shy ...

  • Adult

    Don't forget to send a thank-you card! No, really ...

  • A&E

    Troy Heard, theater rebel: The man generates material at a ferocious rate, and seems fearless when it comes to experimenting with old and new. Right ...

  • Betting

    “I guess, because I was winning, they let a lot of it slide, and there haven’t been complaints so far, as far as I know.”

  • A&E

    From Super Summer Theatre to Las Vegas Little Theatre, and everything in between.

  • Nightlife

    The beat-slinger takes the booth at Marquee this weekend.

  • Nightlife

    Also, Sweater Beats at Beauty Bar.

  • Music

    Is Mariah on top, or did Elvis or Celine churn out more No. 1 hits?

  • As We See It

    Just to be sure, sleep with one eye open

  • As We See It

    Soccer moms in Summerlin? Too easy. Henderson residents watching the DIY Network and eating at Panera? Zip Code Lookup is kinda creepy ...