The votes are in, and thanks to all of you Ellis Island Casino & Brewery has been named Best of Las Vegas in 2017 for Best Karaoke, Best Microbrewery and Best Cheap Eats. This is a repeat win for Karaoke (our most awarded category since 1997), and Microbrewery (2015, 2016), but a first time win for our Cheap Eats.
If you have ever played blackjack at Ellis Island Casino, Hotel and Brewery or arrived to Ellis Island Karaoke a bit early on a Friday or Saturday night you may have caught a glimpse of Elvis. Gary Benson as the Ellis Island Elvis impersonator, that is. He was able to take a few moments to answer some questions about his popular gig and give a little more information about the man behind the jumpsuits. Gary expresses a clear love of his craft that also exudes in his weekly show. You can catch him performing as Elvis every Friday and Saturday night at 5pm or dealing blackjack after the show as well as Tuesday-Thursday at 6pm.
On October 17, 2017, we held a karaoke fundraiser to raise money for those effected by the October 1st Shootings that took place in Las Vegas. We called every local celebrity we could reach down to our karaoke stage to sing a song. For every entertainer who sang on our stage, we donated $1,000 to the Las Vegas Victims Fund. This was a ticketed event where we asked for a donation to come in and see the show. By the end of the night, we had raised $100,000.
Forget pumpkin spice, this fall season it's all about a different kind of flavor. Enter, Ellis Island Oktoberfest! Our seasonal Märzen beer is now pouring.
Many say that karaoke is an artform. Ok, maybe not "many". But it is a wonderful form of interactive entertainment that allows people to let the hidden performer within themselves shine. And having won the title for Best Karaoke in Las Vegas, Ellis Island Casino, Hotel, and Brewery certainly knows a thing or two about this popular pastime. A seasoned karaoke singer usually has a repertoire of songs they know will make the crowd go wild, and below we have listed 10 songs (in no particular order) that are certain to please any karaoke crowd. Sticking to just 10 great karaoke songs was a bit of a challenge, but we trust that whether you're a beginner or a seasoned karaoke performer, these songs will have the crowd shouting for an encore.
An Ellis Island regular got lucky this weekend on one of our very own Buffalo Grand slot machines. Our local player hit a $747,243.68 jackpot on Saturday night (that’s a lot of steak specials.) Our winner asked to remain anonymous, but you might be able to spot her from the coins jangling around in her pocket!
Ellis Island Casino, Hotel and Brewery has redesigned its Casino Cage, and its artistic new design is so stunning it could make any bird sing. The vertical gold bars have been traded in for a more modern, fresh, fluid look that proves its modernity not only in design but in functionality as well. To meet modern demands, designer Lisa Pierce of Commercial Design Group had to re-evaluate the traditional "back-of-the-house" areas for space requirements due to new technology. Traditional coin-counting machines are becoming obsolete while new, more efficient technology free up space behind the counter allowing for a smaller cage area without compromising window space and continuing to provide quick and excellent service to all guests. Directer of Cage Operations Kelly Ryan explains how she ensures efficiency in the new cage saying, "When I was told that we would be occupying a much "cozier" space than before I had to try to come up with an idea to be efficient and still have room for growth. I worked with a great team at Reldom Corporation as well as Damion and Marcus to get functional and well-crafted cabinets to support this idea". The new casino cage is the first step in remodeling the whole east wall of the property near the Ellis Island BBQ. With the debut of the new cage the old cage will be "knocked back" to make room for the new William Hill walk-up window as well as provide more space on the casino floor for machines. Kelly says she has recieved nothing but positive feedback so far from guests as well as team members. She states of the new design, "I know that once the construction is complete and the signage is in place guests will forget we were ever anywhere else in the building".
As with the many changes Ellis Island is currently undergoing, marrying visual appeal with performance is key. Lisa is also the creative mind behind Ellis Island's newly announced entertainment venue, The Front Yard, and the casino is just a small taste of what we can expect from the upcoming renovations to the iconic property. When asked what the driving force was in the redesigning of the casino cage she states,"This is the beginning of the transformation for the Ellis Island Casino. As the backbone of the casino , the cage needed to be centrally located and as visible as possible." The casino cage is indeed central and visible, and it is the arrow pointing toward the direction Ellis Island is headed: modern in aesthetics, sustainability, technology, and performance. It provides a smooth transition between the existing casino and what we will be seeing in new additions like The Front Yard. Lisa Pierce says of the new casino cage, "We hope this renovation, along with The Front Yard scale model on display in the casino, will get patrons excited for all of the new changes to Ellis Island Casino." We are all undoubtedly looking forward to the updates taking place at our favorite local hotspot. Adjoining classic favorites with the new modern designs will prove to be a step toward ensuring Ellis Island has a little something for everyone.
Why limit Funday to Sunday? We are in the city that never sleeps, and a place to frequent for a little weekday pick-me-up for your weekend hangover is a must. Ellis Island Casino, Hotel and Brewery has launched their Monday Lounge Brunch in its famed karaoke lounge weekly from 10am-2pm. The words "karaoke lounge," with its undoubted tendency to resurface memories of who-knows-how-many-shots-of-whiskey and maybe a few too many Journey songs, may not come to mind as first on your list to revisit for a relaxing weekend...end or rejuvinating week...beginning, but Ellis Island has found the perfect balance for that weekend to weekday transition.