Local Dining and Gaming Continues at Rae’s Restaurant and Lounge

If you enjoy Fish & Chips with all the trimmings there is one place you must visit.  In my opinion, Rae’s Restaurant and Lounge at 2531 Wigwam Pkway, Henderson is the place for you and your family.

Aquarium at Rae’s

The first thing you will notice as you enter Rae’s is the huge Aquariums filled with magical and beautiful fish of every description.  Kids and adults alike enjoy watching these beautiful fish. There are three of them spread between the slot-bar (15 machines), a suburb restaurant with a touch of nostalgia (red leather booths) etc, and a special room for weddings, and local gatherings called “The Hideaway.”


Rae’s Restaurant and Lounge

It’s one of my favorite local restaurants and the ambiance is just perfect.  It makes you feel like your right at home. It’s tucked away on the corner of Wigwam and South Pecos and is owned and operated by the neatest lady Joan Morris, who in November 1993 opened the bar and restaurant, naming it in honor of her Mother Rae Dey. At that time, it was sorta on the outskirts of the booming City of Henderson.  Believe me, I used to actually drive on a dirt road to get there. Today it’s one of the top-rated restaurants in the area.

And don’t get the idea that Fish & Chips is their only specialty. No sirree, Joan makes sure there is always one or two other specialties on the menu, and of course the No. One of Rae’s daily specials is the Prime Rib dinner, Wow!! Be prepared to ask for a doggie bag at the end of the dinner.

Gaming at Rae’s

A little bit of background on our good friend Joan. She was always sort-of-a-pioneer. When her mother became ill in Las Vegas, Joan quit her job as a Public Affairs Officer at the China Lake Naval Station in Ridgecrest California in 1974 and moved to Vegas.  She saw a future in real estate and became an agent. Joan eventually met her future husband, one of the early pioneers of a growing Las Vegas, Robert (Bobby) E. Morris, who owned the Las Vegas Tourist Bureau. In 1989 Joan opened the “Welcome Center,” which was located next door to the old Klondike Casino and directly across the street from the “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign.  And the rest is history.

Rae’s is also famous for having paid out the largest jackpot ever for a 15-slot bar–$250,000.

And, let me tell ya gang “The food is grade “AAA” all the way.” I can personally vouch for the service (top notch), and don’t be surprised if Joan herself is there to greet you.



The world-famous Laugh Factory will re-open its doors on Thursday, Nov. 5, at the Tropicana Las Vegas with Bob Zany headlining, along with Brian McKim and Traci Skene with two shows set for 8:30 and 10:30 p.m., Thursday through Sunday.  Andrew Dice Clay will perform Thanksgiving weekend.

Like all showrooms during the Covid-19 pandemic the Laugh Factory will follow all the safety measures required including the mandatory 25-foot distance from the stage to the audience, and six-feet of separation. This new seating arrangement will limit the number of seating’s, so advance reservations are heavily suggested

Bob Zany

Bob Zany is an American stand-up comedian. He is known for performing with his trademark cigar on stage. According to an article found on his web page, he “stuffs” a cigar into a plastic bag with a couple of Bob Zany original postcards and charges five bucks for the package. He calls it the Bob Zany Fun Kit. Zany’s stage persona has evolved over the years, but the dramatic weight loss in 1991 caused the need for a major overhaul…along with the 175-lbs, he lost 30 minutes of his act. Bob spent the following year doing late night spots at Hollywood clubs, trying to “reinvent” himself.  He has appeared on over 100 national television shows, and currently appears weekly on the nationally syndicated radio program The Bob and Tom Show, where he has his own segment called “The Zany Report.” Zany also had a small role in the film “Joe Dirt” as the guy at the radio station who pushes Joe down at the beginning of the movie. Zany also appeared on the Comedy Central special, “The Friends of the Bob and Tom Show,” as well as the Steven Soderbergh film, “The Informant.” With all this experience the result is the cigar-smoking, audience-interactive crowd favorite Bob Zany we know and love today.

Rich Little

Rich Little will re-open his popular early evening show soon after the re-opening of the Laugh Factory, with new show dates and time: Thursday through Sunday at 6:30 p.m., which allows ample time for cleaning and disinfecting the showroom. The family friendly comedy magic show, Murray the Magician, re-opening will follow in late November or early December.

Harry Basil, General Manager, and talent booker also has announced that Andrew Dice Clay will be back with his always snap-happy, side-splitting, and a bit of nasty humor for the Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 27-29. The Friday and Sunday shows will be at 10:30 p.m. Only, while Saturday will feature both 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. shows. Eleanor Kerrigan will be the opening act for the “Diceman.” She will headline the Thursday shows at 8:30 and 10:30 p.m.


MJ LIVE, the award-winning Michael Jackson tribute concert highlighting the talent of the legendary Michael Jackson, resumes performances in the MJ LIVE Theater at The STRAT Hotel, Casino & SkyPod starting Wednesday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m.

As the #1 Michael Jackson tribute show in the world, MJ LIVE recreates the electrifying stage show of one of the greatest performers of all time. From iconic dance moves like the moonwalk to timeless hits like “Bad,” “Billie Jean,” “Thriller” and “Beat It,” the spot-on show brings all the Gloved One’s staples to life. Dance and sing along during the special Jackson 5 segment featuring classics like “I’ll Be There,” “I Want You Back,” “ABC,” and more, inspired by Soul Train. Dazzling lighting and effects, plus the MJ LIVE dancers and a live band, make this show a true spectacular fitting of the King of Pop.

MJ Live
MJ Live

Starting Wednesday, Nov. 4, MJ LIVE performs at The STRAT Wednesday through Saturday at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.). Tickets go on sale Saturday, Oct. 24 and start at $57.50 (excluding tax and fees). Tickets can be purchased in person at The STRAT Box Office, or online at ticketmaster.com or ticketbat.com. 

Masks, face coverings, or face shields are required for all guests within public spaces. A Golden Entertainment, Inc. casino, The STRAT Hotel, Casino & SkyPod has implemented broad safety measures in accordance with the company’s “Golden Commitment” standards. These measures include sanitation protocols at every touch point, from the casino and restaurants to the elevators and rooms.


DTLV, a popular Instagram page celebrating Downtown Las Vegas, will host a cinema club night at Commonwealth, located at 525 E. Fremont St., on 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 27.  Commonwealth will reopen its doors for the showing of “The Addams Family” on Tuesday, Oct. 27. Tickets, available at no cost through DTLV’s Instagram page, include raffle prizes from Nightmare Toys and Hollowheels, specialty cocktails, pizza from Evil Pie and popcorn.


For the health and safety of guests and in accordance with county and state mandates, Commonwealth will limit occupancy and follow strict guidelines, including social distancing, cleaning, and disinfecting protocols.

Corner Bar was founded by Ryan Doherty, who brings compelling art, eye-catching design, edgy entertainment, progressive cocktails, and innovative cuisine together through each of his bars and restaurants. More information is available at www.CornerBarMgmt.com.

Named one of USA Today’s “10 Best Bars in Downtown Las Vegas” in 2018, Commonwealth offers a stylish social scene to the burgeoning bar district in Downtown Las Vegas. The 6,000-square-foot cocktail bar is a collision of art and modern industrial architecture inspired by pre-Prohibition era design and libations. Crystal chandeliers bring a touch of elegance to the overall design, which evokes a worn, antiquated ambiance. A rooftop bar offers a DJ booth and dance floor framed by tables for lounging, with 360-degree views of downtown Las Vegas.


Museum Fiasco

Corner Bar Management will unveil Museum Fiasco, a reimagined museum designed to cultivate an immersive sound and light experience, at AREA15 on Friday, Nov. 13.  Museum Fiasco will come to life with Cluster an award-winning installation by Playmodes Studio that will run through 2022. Located on the mezzanine of AREA15, the world’s first purpose-built experiential art and entertainment complex, the 5,000-square-foot gallery was conceptualized and designed by Corner Bar founder, Ryan Doherty. Museum Fiasco will highlight futuristic exhibits, audio-visual experiences, art, and hospitality in a space that will foster a sense of connectivity for visitors.

“Museum Fiasco is an assault on the senses,” said Doherty. “It is a blank canvas for exhibitions like Cluster, a multi-sensory masterpiece by the incredible group behind Playmodes, that immerses you into a story that is brought to life through technology.”

Cluster pushes boundaries in light, technology, and creativity in a large-scale audio-visual experience, presenting a dynamic, interactive show that engages the senses. The virtuosic play tells a story through a collection of lights that strobe in harmony with the extraordinary soundscape. The 360-degree experience explores the chaotic feeling of being inside the kernel of a glitchy computer processor.


Located in the heart of Las Vegas and minutes from the Strip, AREA15 offers immersive activations, monumental art installations, socially-distanced events, extraordinary design elements, unique retail, groundbreaking technology, bars, eateries and much more. The complex also offers nearly 40,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space with more than 800 free parking spaces.


AREA15 follows the latest recommendations of leading health experts and government authorities, including the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Museum Fiasco is one of four new imaginative concepts that have been revealed by Corner Bar this year, which include Oddwood at AREA15; Lucky Day and DISCOPUSSY, located in Fremont Street’s East Entertainment District. Corner Bar will unveil two new concepts, We All Scream and Cheapshot, in early 2021.

Museum Fiasco, located inside AREA15 at 3215 S. Rancho Dr., will be open 4 to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 4 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday. Cluster is likely to sell out throughout the coming months and reservations in advance are highly encouraged. Tickets are available on the AREA15 website.


Well, gang, that’s about it for this week.

I’m outa here!

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