Friday, November 18, 2016

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas!















     Hard Rock Casino!
     The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino was built in the mid 1990's and it has been a Las Vegas landmark resort property ever since.  Just like the name suggests, this resort is designed with a rock & roll theme that appeals to rockers of all ages.  Everything and anything that has to do with rock music can be experienced in this casino resort.  The Hard Rock is where to "get your party animal on" when rockin' the night away!  
     The Hard Rock Hotel Casino is located just a few blocks off of the Las Vegas Strip at the intersection of Harmon and Paradise.  This location is close to McCarran International Airport and the University Of Nevada - Las Vegas.  The Las Vegas Convention Center is just a short taxi drive away and the Thomas Mack Center is within walking distance.  The Hard Rock certainly has one of the most convenient locations in the valley and this allows guests to maximize their total Vegas experience.
     If you are into rock, blues, rockabilly, metal or reggae, the entertainment venue at the Hard Rock Casino Resort will be to your liking.  The Joint is the name of the concert hall in this resort.  The list of rock & roll stars that have headlined at The Joint is a mile long.  Paul McCartney, Santana, The Killers and ZZ Top are just a few that have performed concerts here in recent years.  
     The Joint venue also caters events that are going on in Vegas.  Last year in December, the Twangbangers were blasting their style of rockabilly at The Joint during the Las Vegas National Finals Rodeo.  Rockabilly & Rodeo!  It simply does not get much better than this!  
    The Hard Rock Casino Resort has a Tahitian style sandy beach swimming pool that hosts some great parties.  "Sunday School" was the most famous party in recent years and as one can imagine, this party was not exactly like eating cookies and milk at a church function.  Wild is the word and the DJ parties at the pool and Vanity Nightclub are as wild as it gets.  
     The Hard Rock Hotel Casino hosts a few hip restaurants that are worth checking out.  A classic steakhouse, a Japanese restaurant and a modern gastro-pub are located on the casino floor.  There also is a cantina called Pink Taco, which is favorite dining destination of visitors and Las Vegas locals.  Pink Taco serves up some great cutting edge tacos in a fun seedy south of the border atmosphere.  The awesome Pork Belly Tacos at Pink Taco are hard to beat!
     There is a Hard Rock Café located on the Hard Rock Hotel Casino property, but the status of this landmark restaurant is now complicated.  The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino has done plenty of corporate restructuring over the years.  A few months ago, the parent company realigned the casino resort operation with the famous Hard Rock Café brand.  Most people did not realize that the two businesses were separate entities.  The realignment for the most part went unnoticed till this week, when it was announced that the Hard Rock Café location at the Hard Rock Hotel Resort will close its doors at the end of the year.  The company stated that the closure is due to the need to focus on the two Hard Rock Café business locations on the Las Vegas Strip.  Even though the Hard Rock Café at the corner of Harmon and Paradise will no longer exist, I am sure that the gigantic neon guitar sign will be retained, because this moniker is integral to the hotel resort brand.
     Honestly, closing a restaurant like the Hard Rock Café at the Las Vegas Hard Rock Casino Resort may not exactly a good idea at this time for one good reason.  The reason is legal weed!  The proposition for recreational marijuana legalization passed with a majority vote in Nevada during the recent 2016 election.  This means that as of January 1st, 2017, visitors and residents of Nevada can legally purchase, possess and consume marijuana without having to worry about getting busted.  This also means that there will be a dramatic increase of people that have the munchies and restaurants will be making money like never before!  Getting legally stoned and munching the night away at a restaurant that has a rock & roll theme truly is like a dream come true.  Fortunately, the rest of the restaurants in the Hard Rock Casino Resort have a rockin' atmosphere that will please stoners that have the munchies too.
     When vacationing or attending a convention in Las Vegas, visiting the landmark Hard Rock Hotel & Casino definitely is a must to do.  The sheer volume of famous rock memorabilia displayed in this hotel is reason enough to place this destination high on the rock & roll travel bucket list.  The Hard Rock Hotel Casino definitely is the best place to rock all night long in Vegas!         

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