Las Vegas Pool Season Begins





Anthony Curtis’ nationally syndicated weekly column.

March 10, 2010

Pool season? Already? It is if you’re in Las Vegas. Whereas most peg the start of the vibrant casino pool scene to Memorial Day weekend, it actually begins six to eight weeks earlier to capitalize on spring break and impending warm weather. Among the major complexes that… will open in March are MGM Grand, Palms, Mirage, a completely revamped multi-pool area at Caesars Palace, and the debut of the pool at Aria. Following in April will be Hard Rock, Venetian, Mandalay Bay, Rio, M Resort, and the hotly anticipated new pool and nightclub at Encore. Of course, how well the early start works out is highly dependent on the weather, which has been unseasonably cold over the past couple weeks (but it’s a safe bet that will change).

Madness: Who needs pools when the NCAA basketball tournament is playing on big screens indoors? March Madness begins this Thursday and every sports book in town will be rocking on game days. Look for food, drink, and wagering specials all over town.

Prime Time: “Prime Time” at the Palm restaurant in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace is currently the city’s best happy hour. Running weekdays from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and again from 9:30 till closing, Kobe sliders, veal parm sliders, filet mignon sandwiches, calamari, and the Palms’ vaunted crab cakes are among appetizers offered for just $3.50 per plate. Additionally, clams on the half shell are $1 apiece and giant shrimp are $2. This one is strong!

Question: What’s the play for St. Paddy’s Day?

Answer: The casino pubs include Jack’s (Palace Station), Brendan’s (Orleans), JC Wooloughan (Rampart), McFadden’s (Rio), Quinn’s (Green Valley Ranch), and Nine Fine Irishmen (NY-NY). Prominent non-casino pubs are Fado, McMullen’s, Three Angry Wives, and Hennessey’s. And the theme is casino-wide at Fitzgeralds downtown and at O’Shea’s on the Strip. This year’s party schedule also extends well beyond the obvious. See a comprehensive list in our Special Events section at

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