The event is called the “Ronnie Mund Block Party,” and it featured some comedians and a mix of crazy Stern show staffers. It was raunchy and offensive, but overall, exactly what people expected.
As I walked through the Hard Rock to get to the Joint, I realized what a cool place the casino itself was and that if travelers had the time it might be worth it to take a trip inside to see all the sights.
The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino was built in 1995 by Peter Morton, co-founder of the Hard Rock Cafe. At the Hard Rock there is always music pumping throughout every part of the casino and hot and sexy seems in great supply.
Some general information about the Hard Rock: Its tower has 11 stories with more than 640 rooms and an additional 64 suites, including some penthouse. The casino in the Hard Rock Hotel includes the normal gaming tables such as blackjack, roulette and poker. In the hotel’s pool, they have swim-up blackjack. Swim-up black jack is one of those amazing signs of hedonism that has made Las Vegas such a special place for tourists.
Restaurants in the Hard Rock Hotel are: 35 Steak and Martinis, a modern American Steakhouse; LTO – contemporary Italian and pizza; Mr. Lucky’s, a hip version of a coffee shop that never closes; Pink Taco, a Mexican restaurant which also allows seating to view the pool; and Nobu, Japanse cuisine.
Nobu, hails from Japanese restaurant owner and chef, Nobu Matsuhisa. It is well known as a premier dining spot in the Hard Rock and features some of the best sushi in Las Vegas. The house specialty is a Three-Day Marinated Cod seared and served with sweet miso sauce.
There are also various shops and boutiques throughout the hotel, as well as spas, and most importantly for the tons of hungover party-goers, a Starbucks.
The pools at the Hard Rock are the Nirvana, Breathe Pool and Paradise Beach.
The Joint, where I was witnessing the Stern crew do their thing, is in the newly-designed theater. It was remodeled in 2009 and seats more than 4,000. It offers hospitality suites to give an extra VIP feel to those that need it.
The Hard Rock stays true to its theme of edgy rock-and-roll and having an anti-establishment feel. Memorabilia of many iconic rock stars can be seen on the walls throughout the hotel. I have seen cocktail waitresses wearing torn fishnets, and tattoos seem to be given out for free, because the ink is in plentiful supply.
Overall, the Hard Rock Hotel is the place where hard rockers go to drink, party and gamble. It is a cornucopia of hot and sexy and sights to be seen for the people-watchers. Join the party or watch the party. The Hard Rock will keep you rocking.