Wrangler National Finals Rodeo & Boyd Gaming Events Plus This And That

Continuing its nearly 40-year tradition of sponsoring the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (Wrangler NFR), Boyd Gaming properties, including The Orleans Hotel and Casino, Orleans Arena, Sam’s Town Hotel and Gambling Hall and Gold Coast Hotel and Casino, will be home to all things rodeo, December 1-10. This year will see the debut of the JCCF Bowling Tournament, in addition to the return of fan-favorites like the Buckin’ Bash After Party and Boyd’s Rodeo Viewing Party.

Boyd’s Rodeo Viewing Party


Boyd’s Rodeo Party returns and will take place nightly at 5:45 p.m. December 1-10 inside the Bourbon Street Lounge. Hosted by Boyd Gaming Rodeo Ambassador, six-time National Finals Steer Roping and two-time Ram National Circuit Finals announcer Jody Carper, the free viewing event invites guests to experience the excitement and watch the live feed of the competitions while enjoying drink specials for attendees 21 years of age and older. Nightly giveaways will also take place and includes tickets to the Wrangler NFR.


Buckin’ Bash After Party


Each night during Wrangler NFR and following Boyd’s Rodeo Party, Jody Carper will remain in The Orleans’ Bourbon Street Lounge for the Buckin’ Bash. Known as Las Vegas’ best rodeo party after dark, the fun kicks-off at 9 p.m. every evening. Free to you, your friends, and your family, Buckin’ Bash will be complete with live country music, two-step dancing and drink specials. Guests must be 21 years or older.


Watch some of the top barrel racing competitors in the country during the largest divisional barrel race in North America at the action-packed ALL IN-BARREL RACE presented by Stetson at Orleans Arena, December 1-4 (Race 1) and December 7-11 (Race 2). Contestants will compete for a guaranteed cash payout of more than $750,000. The event is free and open to the public. Start times for each competition vary and are subject to change. More information is available at  www.orleansarena.com.


JCCF Bowling Tournament


The JCCF Charity Bowling Tournament, sponsored by Boyd Gaming and benefiting the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund (JCCF), is coming to the Gold Coast Hotel and Casino Bowling Center on Saturday, December 3. Check-in begins at 10:30 a.m. and the tournament runs from noon to 2 p.m. JCCF provides need-based financial assistance to athletes injured through their participation in professional rodeo.


The tournament will be hosted by Boyd Gaming Rodeo Ambassador and legendary announcer Jody Carper, and will feature an afternoon of music, courtesy of Definitive Talent and featuring DJ Miguel, light bites and fun for all with 100 percent of proceeds to benefit JCCF and eligible rodeo athletes. Four engraved Montana Silver Smiths Champion Buckles will be awarded to the team that places first. Prizes will also be awarded to teams placing second and third. Attendees can enter a raffle for chances to win an array of prizes, including two tickets to the Wrangler NFR.

Registration is open through Thursday, December 1. Teams of four may sign up for $145 or $40 per individual, and includes two games of bowling, shoe rental, pizza, and drinks for each team member courtesy of Coors and Pepsi. Registration can be completed online at https://justin-cowboy-crisis-fund.square.site, by calling 719-528-4726 or emailing [email protected].





UnCommons, the new 40-acre urban community in Southwest Las Vegas, will officially welcome Mercadito, a Cuban bodega, with its grand opening on Thursday, Dec. 1. Located at 6815 Tom Rodriguez St. Suite 110, Mercadito will kick off its opening celebrations with free sandwiches, a drawing to win Vegas Golden Knights game tickets and more special offerings.


“We’re thrilled to welcome Mercadito to UnCommons and celebrate their opening with them next month,” said Matter Real Estate Group Partner Jim Stuart. “Mercadito will bring unmatched Cuban flair and cuisine not only to our neighborhood, but to the Greater Las Vegas community.”

The 1,000-square-foot market will serve as a destination for the community, offering everything from everyday personal items to unique novelties. The bodega will offer Cuban staples such as cold and hot-pressed sandwiches, empanadas and pastries crafted by Chef Dennis Martinez Miranda, a Las Vegas resident who was born and raised in Cuba.

“Growing up in Cuba, a mercadito or bodega was our corner store, a market where we could enjoy a great sandwich, pastries, coffee and buy some home necessities,” said Martinez Miranda. “Our most famous in Cuba was the Bodequita del Medio, or a little market in the middle of the block, and this is where the inspiration came from. I am very excited to bring this nostalgic concept from my childhood to UnCommons and provide the community with the convenience and tasty snacks that I enjoyed growing up.”


Beginning at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1, Mercadito will offer a complimentary 305 Sandwich, the bodega’s signature Cuban sandwich, for the first 100 customers. On Tuesday, Dec. 2, Mercadito will offer buy-one-get-one free for all sandwiches. Additionally, all patrons who make a purchase at the bodega during its first two days of opening will be entered into a drawing for the chance to win two Club Seat tickets to the Vegas Golden Knights game against the Arizona Coyotes on Wednesday, Dec. 21. On Monday, Dec. 5, Mercadito will host a pop-up featuring surprise giveaways with Resid3ncy, a lifestyle hat brand dedicated to celebrating the cities in which people live.

Mercadito will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Sunday. For the latest news and updates, follow Mercadito on Instagram. Mercadito is among the first of many remarkable food and beverage tenants to open at UnCommons, joining the beloved boba tea shop, Teaspoon; heirloom coffee roaster and pioneer, Urth Caffé; plus, many more to open soon.

NFR at Plaza Hotel & Casino’s CORE Arena


Proud to continue the western legacy in downtown Las Vegas, the Plaza Hotel & Casino will again serve as a hotel sponsor of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR) and host numerous professional rodeo events throughout the property, including at its outdoor equestrian facility, the CORE Arena, Dec. 1-11.


The professional rodeo events at the CORE Arena, which are free to attend, include: • Las Vegas Stars Tie-Down and Breakaway, Dec. 4-9 • U.S. Shootout Finals, Dec. 8-11 • Big Time Barrel Racing Championships, Dec. 4-6 • Rope for the Crown – Dec. 2-3 The CORE Arena offers more than 250 equine stalls, including the largest stalls anywhere. Coupled with 24-hour onsite security and veterinarian services, the Plaza makes it easy for rodeo participants and enthusiasts to “kiss their horses goodnight,” knowing their animals will be safe while they enjoy their evening just steps away playing on the casino floor or eating a delicious steak dinner at Oscar’s steakhouse.


Downtown Christmas Expo

The Downtown Christmas Expo takes over the Plaza’s third floor convention space from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Dec. 1-10. The carefully curated shopping event features a diverse array of apparel and accessory designers, artisans, jewelers, and Western couture. With dozens of Western industry vendors, including its top makers and trend setters, the expo showcases exclusive looks and products. The Downtown Christmas Expo is a marquee part of the memorable Western experience that takes place in Las Vegas every December. Admission to the expo is free and parking is validated with a purchase. Also free to attend, Ropesmart Ropes For The World Dummy Roping will be held in the entry hall of the Plaza’s convention space, Dec. 8-10. The Plaza will also again host the Diamonds in the Desert Premier Horse Sale in its showroom Dec. 3. The public as well as horse brokers and buyers from across the country are invited to attend the sale that will feature live and online bidding on 75 performance horses of all disciplines. Previews and meet & greets with the horses will occur Dec. 1 – 2 in the CORE Arena. Each night inside the Plaza’s showroom, NFR enthusiasts can attend a free rodeo watch party sponsored by American Hat Co., Dec. 1-10 starting at 5:30 p.m. The family-friendly watch party will offer nightly prizes and giveaways as well as special guest appearances.


The Plaza will also offer free shuttle service to and from the NFR’s evening events at Thomas & Mack Center. After the evening’s rodeo events conclude, guests can enjoy craft cocktails and live Western-themed entertainment at The Sand Dollar Downtown, including headliners like Sam Riddle, Lennon Roach, Davey & The Midnights, Thrillbilly Deluxe, and Outlaws & Angels. The full lineup of country music acts performing nightly at 10 p.m., Dec. 1-10 is online at https://thesanddollarlv.com/downtown/#events. There is no cover for the shows, and guests must be 21 years or older. With multiple rodeo events at the CORE Arena as well as free viewing parties, live entertainment, the Downtown Christmas Expo, complimentary shuttle service, and numerous food and drink specials, the Plaza is an unparalleled destination for NFR. To learn more, visit: https://www.plazahotelcasino.com/entertainment/nfr/.


Table 34


Batch Hospitality, a hospitality group backed by decades of fine dining expertise, has acquired Table 34, a beloved local restaurant located at 600 E. Warm Springs Rd., #180. With renovations currently underway, the restaurant will be temporarily closed now through Saturday, Nov. 26. Batch will unveil a reimagined design of both the interior and exterior when Table 34 reopens on Monday, Dec. 5.


“Like so many Las Vegans, Table 34 has long been one of my favorite local restaurants,” said Batch Hospitality partner, Evan Glusman. “Our intention is not to reinvent, but to reinvigorate and we look forward to not only enhancing the experience for the restaurant’s loyal guests, but also welcoming first-time guests to Table 34.”

Table 34 first opened its doors in 2004 and quickly became a local favorite for lunch and dinner, serving gourmet American comfort food within a contemporary setting. Renovations will reveal a space awash in modern rustic charm, showcasing natural materials and dark, natural wood flooring juxtaposed by vibrant pop art along its walls. Guests will also be able to experience Table 34’s expanded bar, featuring new white granite countertops and 12 total bar seats, plus three adjacent cocktail tables.

“Our goal is to remain true to the ethos that has made Table 34 a local sensation for almost two decades, while introducing new dishes and design to elevate the guest experience,” said Batch Hospitality partner, Constantin Alexander. “Our team and the incredible team that have been with the restaurant for years will continue to focus on making every guest’s visit an unforgettable one.”


In addition to its updated design, Table 34 will introduce a refreshed menu built on the restaurant’s roots in farm-to-table cuisine, plus a new wine list and contemporary bar program. A full reveal of the Table 34 menu is set to be announced soon, promising an array of new dishes alongside signature Table 34 favorites. The team will also debut a new, sure-to-impress cocktail and wine menu featuring exceptional new libations and rare wines. Additional details on the cocktails, wine and beverage program are forthcoming.

Batch Hospitality was founded by Glusman and Alexander with an emphasis on creating and operating innovative and differentiated concepts in the hospitality industry. Glusman brings over 17 years of experience in hospitality and currently serves as the operating manager of Las Vegas’ iconic Piero’s Italian Cuisine. Alexander boasts 15 years of experience managing businesses in the food and hospitality industry, having worked with discerning brands such as the Bellagio, Four Seasons, The Palazzo at The Venetian Resort, and the Hakkasan Group. 


Well gang, that’s about it for now.

I’m outa here!

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