Las Vegas | New York

Las Vegas | New York

While in Las Vegas for the best man’s bachelor party, we frequented the New York-New York hotel and casino a few times — mainly because it was next to our own hotel, the MGM. Perusing the aisles of a hotel made to look like the city I once called home felt, nostalgic.

While anyone without an inclination to suspending their disbelief would recognize the American colonial architecture as nothing more than a facade, I simply could not help myself but to achieve a close aesthetic distance. I was instantly transported to the streets of another life.

I smiled at the exposed brick, the fire escape ladders, and the multitude of apartments above restaurants that extend their outdoor seating into the crowded sidewalks. It was nice to be back for an instant. Except that I wasn’t, of course, for there is only one New York — only one living, breathing, conniving, New York. Even then, the similarities were remarkable, so I took some pictures to compare them to those from my time back east.

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Tell me, what do you think? Do you see the similarities? Have you ever been to either of these places?

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Las Vegas | Eataly Coffee

Las Vegas | Eataly Coffee

An underground trip, a journey across the desert, the arrival in Las Vegas, a series of competitive events, a night of golf, a lazy river, some familiar coffee, and a night out that turned into morning, coffee. Strong, black, coffee.

Fortunately for me, Las Vegas has plenty of amazing cafes and restaurants including a personal favorite of mine, Eataly. Back in New York, I used to go to the Eataly by One World Trade Center at least once a month — for good reason too! The Italian food restaurant-bazaar hybrid (previously associated with Mario Batali) offers an incredible repertoire of delicious choices, including of course, coffee. Side note: Eataly also makes a fantastic (though somewhat overpriced) fruit tart — I surprised wife with one upon returning to Los Angeles.

Review: Just like the rest of Eataly, its cafe has an elegant yet welcoming factor that commands respect. At Eataly you will find Lavazza coffee, an Italian type coffee that has been quickly expanding across the U.S. in the last few years. Lavazza offers a decent cup of full-bodied aromatic coffee. Bitter yet flavorful, Lavazza was a great way to start the morning.

At $3.90 a large cup, it is still evident that you are paying the Las Vegas strip location premium — that, or they modeled their pricing after Italy. Price aside, this cup is good. It is delightful, but just short of memorable. Would I buy it again? I already have. The Ramdolfi Score: 5.9/10.

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Las Vegas | The Night Out

Las Vegas | The Night Out

An underground trip, a journey across the desert, the arrival in Las Vegas, a series of competitive events, a night of golf, a lazy river, and some familiar coffee later, it was time to go out. This, would be the classic bachelor party night. Our venue of choice? The Marquee.

If you attended a U.S. university with Greek life and “thirsty Thursdays,” then chances are that you are familiar with the scene. Men wearing button-downs that they would otherwise normally not wear, women wearing formfitting outfits that beckon pneumonia on any given night, and an overflow of overpriced beverages, including water — specially water. Add a secret ingredient, and it’s a recipe for legendary night. That ingredient of course, is friends.

In just about any other context, it would be an undesirable situation. A hot room filled with sweaty people, with barely any space to navigate your way through the masses, music so loud that you know you won’t be able to hear well upon leaving, and did I mention overpriced water? It’s worth mentioning again, the price of water at a club is criminal. So why then was this such a fun night? The same reason why a house party is fun, friends — and these were not just any friends. I cannot emphasize enough the quality and caliber of people that I was privileged to celebrate with during this weekend.

After a long, and I mean long, night of jubilant raging, we were depleted. More importantly, we were famished. How then, did we replenish our reservoir? With Italy’s greatest culinary gift to the world, pizza. To our delight, we found a (somewhat) hidden New York-style pizzeria just a floor below. Unfortunately, there was a long line, the length of which was only rivaled by our need for sustenance.

One eternity later, entered ‘za. Do you see that white slice on the top left section? That’s my slice. The same slice that would go on to keep me up at night at the disheartening thought of knowing that an additional slice would be unattainable in Los Angeles. It was an incredible slice — the likes of which I have only found in New York.

This night was indeed, legendary. It would go on to be the last hurrah with the best man, as a bachelor. In just days he would join me in the married men club. Married men society? Either way, it was an honor raging and munching with you, brother.

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Las Vegas | New York Coffee

Las Vegas | New York Coffee

An underground trip, a journey across the desert, the arrival in Las Vegas, a series of competitive events, a night of golf, and a lazy river later, it was time to refuel. Some of us went to the MGM buffet, the rest of the party went to Shake Shack. But more importantly, coffee was overdue.

If you have not been to Las Vegas, you may not know that the MGM hotel (where we stayed during this trip) is next to the New York-New York — a hotel and casino designed after New York City. Incidentally, this was my first time at the New York-New York since living in New York City for a few years. As such, I could not resist visiting for a cup of joe.

Review: The first thing to notice about this cafe, and hotel for that matter, is that it truly resembles New York — but more on that later. However, the coffee itself was not necessarily New York-like. In fact, it had an uncanny Seattle familiarity. That is because it tasted exactly like Starbucks’ Pike roast. So much so that, while I did not see a “we proudly serve Starbucks coffee” sign, a blind test would suggest this to be the case. That’s not a bad thing, it’s just not great.

At $4.75 a large cup, it is evident that you are paying the Las Vegas strip location premium — that, or they modeled their pricing after New York City. Price aside, this cup is acceptable. It is not dreadful, but it most certainly is not memorable. It’s just ok. Like I said, it’s effectively a cup of Starbucks’ Pike. The Ramdolfi Score: 5/10.

Upon acquiring this cup of coffee, I nostalgically gazed at the signature architecture around me before returning to the bachelor party that was still finishing their burgers. I found myself smiling. It was the stage from another life, but that’s a story for another blog.

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Las Vegas | Lazy River

Las Vegas | Lazy River

At last, rest. An underground trip, a journey across the desert, the arrival in Las Vegas, a series of competitive events, and a night of golf later, we got to relax. But how do you relax at a bachelor party in Vegas? With a lazy river, of course!

For those unfamiliar with lazy rivers, imagine a pool shaped as a river that loops around the venue and back to the beginning — all the while water jets gently rock you throughout the course. In other words, lazy rivers are awesome!

We spent hours enjoying the sun, libations, and good company. We also found a waterfall into which we pushed whoever was on the doughnut at the time. Needless to say, laughter ensued.

It was not long before we felt the need for sustenance. That’s when the man of the hour suddenly appeared with chicken tenders, and buffalo sauce — just when we thought this bachelor party could not get any better, we spiced things up.

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Tell me, have you ever been on a lazy river? Doughnut, or no doughnut? Chicken tenders, plain or with buffalo sauce?

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Las Vegas | Topgolf

Las Vegas | Topgolf

Still on the same Friday I arrived in Vegas for the Best Man’s Bachelor Party, and after a series of competitive sport events at MGM’s Level Up, we made our way to MGM’s Topgolf for even more athletic fun.

Topgolf is an indoor elevated platform from which players golf into targets below. Imagine a frat guy thinking: “What if we combine golf with a bowling alley and serve beer!?” That’s effectively Topgolf — and it’s awesome!

After ordering an overpriced pitcher and some nachos, we proceeded to spend the next couple of hours swinging clubs with all of our strength and virtually no skill. We may not have a career in professional golf ahead of us, but we sure had fun playing!

We swung and swung until the sun went down, and then we swung some more. In fact, we swung so much that — unbeknownst to me — my shoulder would be sore the following day.

Suddenly, the darkness of night had descended upon us and the bright lights made their debut. But this night we would rest for the following we might not. Exhausted and under the influence of a good time, we headed back to the room.

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Las Vegas | Level Up

Las Vegas | Level Up

After arriving in Las Vegas for the Best Man’s Bachelor Party, we dropped off our luggage at our room in the MGM hotel. Our first stop of the day was a next-level arcade within the MGM aptly named, Level Up.

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Before I proceed to describe the libation-filled events of the weekend, and for those readers under the age of 21 (in the United States), I would like to state clearly that I do not endorse underage drinking. In fact, I myself did not begin drinking until around 23 — needless to say, in moderation. Frankly, it took me a while to acquire the taste for it. That said, I do not think alcohol is inherently bad. If it was, I don’t think Jesus would have turned water into wine. The abusive consumption of alcohol on the other hand, well that can be problematic. In conclusion, drink responsibly. Now back to our story.

Level Up, a sports-themed arcade, could not have been a more appropriate way of inaugurating the Best Man’s bachelor party. He has always been among the most athletic of us, and to this day, remains the most fit. I like to think it’s genetics, and to an extent I’m sure it is, but credit where credit’s due. The man loves sports! For that reason, Level Up was perfect!

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Appropriately, the first priority was to acquire beverages and ensure that the man of the hour was never empty-handed. Upon securing some Blue Moon tallboys (that would be 24oz cans for those international readers), we began with a classic sport, beer pong.

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Our first competition was all about hand-eye coordination — reminiscent of our high school tennis days. A game designed to intoxicate you, and a classic at just about every fraternity in America, Beer Pong is generally guaranteed to yield a fun competitive time. In this case, there was an emphasis on competitive. Cup after cup, we competed fiercely, and after 2 rounds, we were tied leaving the 3rd game for another time.

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The second sport of the afternoon was actually the Best Man’s favorite sport, Basketball. This is where we deviate. While he is a talented player, and actually made the team back in the day, I could not play to save my life. I love it, I’m just not that good at it.

═════ 3. Billiards ═════

Moving on to sport No. 3, billiards! Fortunately, I am mildly skilled at billiards (or pool). However, after a few drinks, it is less about skill and more about luck. Either way, a fun time — that is, until your teammate makes the 8 Ball ahead of time. That’s ok though, the night was young and we would have plenty of opportunities to redeem ourselves.

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Lastly, Level Up has a version of foosball that I had never seen before, a Hockey foosball. This sport had somewhat of a steep learning curve, but once I got the hang of it, it became my personal favorite. At this point, competition had turned into camaraderie, and we now played for the fun of it.

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Pizza is not a sport — I think. But it is a fantastic way to restore some sobriety after an afternoon of endless libations. As such, we headed to a pizzeria for a slice of ‘za. The soon-to-be groom approved with a 2 Thumbs Up rating.

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MGM’s Level Up was a success! We were able to relive our competitive days without the stress of making it to finals. We competed, we consumed libations, and we had a fun time — and this was just the first stop. The day would resume with, you guessed it, more sports. Coming up next, Topgolf.

Tell me, are you a competitive person? Have you ever played beer pong? What do you think of drinking alcohol and what role does it play in your country’s culture?

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