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I'm a pop music writer for the San Jose Mercury News. I cover pop, hip hop, punk, rock, dance, and ethnic - well, basically everything you can dance to.

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  • Tuesday, April 26, 2005

    Clubbing in Vegas and spotting Sinbad there

    I'm back to the Bay.

    Las Vegas was decadent. With the exception of a roulette spin, we didn't gamble. Actually we didn't even splurge on buffets. We left the money to spas and clubs.

    Here's a breakdown of what we did:(Here's a link to a review of my last Vegas trip. Last time we saw Jay-Z, this time we took a picture with Sinbad.)

    PALMS, Skin
  • We hung out poolside and had lunch. The pool wasn't different than any other hotel pool, but it was an area to see and be seen. We caught a lot of body enhancement that day.

  • We also took a peek during the day into the infamous Rain. It was actually a pretty large club, bigger than Luxor's Ra or Paris' Risque. It had a black, maroon color scheme with several stages.


  • LUXOR, Ra

  • This was only a notch above Paris' Risque.

  • The music was bad - the newest thing they played was Maroon 5 and that was only a couple of minutes. The DJ also mismatched the beats when transitioning, creating a train wreck of notes.

  • I don't know if it was the timing (we got there before 10 p.m.), but the crowd was mostly seniors (as in over 65!).

  • I didn't know whether to be impressed that at that age they could still get low, or to run to a hipper crowd.


  • HARD ROCK, Rock Spa
  • A masseuse said Motley Crue had just passed through for an in-room massage.

  • Compared to Paris' spa (we went there last time), it was significantly smaller, but had a clean minimalist look. The prices are also a little better - a one-hour massage there cost $105 versus other areas where they cost around $120.

  • Their pool, on the other hand, looked really dingy. The water, they assured us was chlorinated, but it was a pukey shade of green.


  • BELLAGIO, Light
  • Again, this club was the winner.

  • The crowd was more typical of what you'd expect at a hot Vegas nightclub -- hip and beautiful.

  • The DJ also spun seamlessly from hip-hop to rock.


  • MANDALAY BAY

    Rum Jungle
  • We tried this spot again. The food is good and prices are not too bad (appetizers run around $15, main courses $20-$40), but for that price, their service was not so good.

  • We wanted to get a stamp to come back for the clubbing later that night, but they were rude and only after confronting a manager did they put our name on the list. They usually wait until 10:30 p.m. for such stamping services.

  • Forty Deuce
  • This is the set of the new Bravo show about burlesque dancers.

  • It's a $40 cover, but as an all-girl group, we got in free.


  • Later this week, I'll go over some tricks of how we got in. You see - the highest cover we paid was $5. We mostly got in free - and as regular patrons, not reporters.

    4 Comments:

    Anonymous aimee said...

    i had a great time! we should do it again next year and this time, we'll stay at the mandalay bay. as hotel guests, they have to comp us, right?

    5:47 PM  
    Blogger Marian said...

    Yes on Mandalay! Aimee, you're one of the 30 Vietnamese Americans to watch! What an honor http://www.ocregister.com/life/30towatch/

    5:03 PM  
    Anonymous Ellen said...

    We should make this a tradition! At least once a year. :)

    11:43 AM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    http://www.ocregister.com/newsimages/show/2005/05/3adopt_dog.jpg

    awwwwww.... =)

    1:28 PM  

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