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Upcoming events in Las Vegas this summer.

Your Guide to Summer 2018 in Vegas

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Summer officially arrived on June 21st and the season brings an abundance of visitors looking for the hottest upcoming events in Las Vegas. While it comes as no surprise that the Entertainment Capital of the World hosts endless activities to keep visitors and locals busy year round, summer in Las Vegas is unlike any other season. As the temperatures heat up, so do its events.

Whether you are looking for summer concerts, pool parties, or a sporting event, we’ll share the best events in Las Vegas this summer.

Upcoming Events in Las Vegas: July

Temperatures peak in July, with an average high of 106°. The good news is foot traffic tends to slow down, other than during the 4th of July weekend (if you’re coming to Vegas then, book your room now!). The bad news is that July is monsoon season and flash floods can occur, although The Strip and Downtown are usually unaffected.

Concerts:

-July 4: Billy Ray Cyrus
“Achy Breaky Heart” singer and country music icon Billy Ray Cyrus joins Fremont Street’s free concert series at 7:30 p.m. Did we mention that it’s free?

-July 14: The Cult
See the ‘80s British rock band perform for free at the Fremont Street free concert series at 9 p.m.

-July 21: Eddie Money and Jefferson Starship
Belt out your old favorites! These two concerts take place on two different stages: Jefferson Starship takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. on the 1st Street stage, Eddie Money starts at 9 p.m. on the 3rd Street stage.

-July 25, 27 & 28: Bruno Mars
R&B sensation Bruno Mars returns to MGM’s new Park Theater.

Comedy Shows:

-July 20: Jim Gaffigan
Stand up comedian Jim Gaffigan cracks jokes about fatherhood and food at Caesar’s Palace.

-July 28: Tim Allen
Sitcom legend Tim Allen is dealing out laughs at the Mirage’s Terry Fator Theater.

Nightclubs and Dayclubs:

With summer on everyone’s mind, all nightclubs and dayclubs fill up quick. Skip the line and get a VIP table or on a guest list for access to the summer’s best parties. Check out the Las Vegas club calendar and ticket prices to see what DJs are performing. Save time (and money) by purchasing ahead of time.

Poker players sitting around the table gambling during the World Series of Poker.Attribute: Las Vegas Review-Journal

Sporting Events:

-The World Series of Poker: If you’re a poker enthusiast or are interested in watching some of the best gamblers in the world test their luck, then head to​ Rio ​for ​The World Series of Poker. ​ The top players come to the WSOP in pursuit of winning a gold bracelet, so pack your bags and put your poker face on from July 2-14.

NBA Summer League: The brightest young talent in professional basketball heads to Las Vegas this summer from July 6-16 to compete in a championship tournament.  If you’re an​ NBA fan, head to the Thomas & Mack Center to get a closer look at the younger players you don’t usually get to watch during the regular season.

Upcoming Events in Las Vegas: August

While temperatures may only slightly cool down in August (with an average high of 104°), it’s a good time to head to Sin City before the Labor Day weekend crowds and cooler days begin. August can be a great time to score Las Vegas flight and hotel deals.

Concerts:

-August 4: Shania Twain
90s country music artist, Shania Twain sings for one night only at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

-August 15, 17, 18, 22, 24, 25: Reba and Brooks & Dunn
Country music legends Reba and Brooks & Dunn return to Vegas to perform for five nights at Caesar’s Palace.

-August 12: Charlie Puth & Hailee Steinfeld
Live at the Pearl Concert Theater, pop artists Charlie Puth and Hailee Steinfeld perform their favorite hits.

-August 15, 17, 18, 21, 24, 25, 28:  Lionel Richie
Lionel Richie performs “All Night Long” in Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood.

For more concert options in August, click here.

Comedy Shows:

-August 10,11:  Amy Schumer
Actress/comedian Amy Schumer performs at the The Chelsea in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

-August 10, 11: Jim Jefferies
Australian stand up comedian and host of The Jim Jefferies Show, Jim Jefferies, makes you laugh until you can’t breathe at Terry Fator Theatre at the Mirage.

Nightclubs and Dayclubs:

From Tiesto and Calvin Harris at Hakkasan to David Guetta and The Chainsmokers at XS, Las Vegas resident DJs continue their performances this summer. Take a peek at Las Vegas’ August club calendar to see who is spinning.

Attendees walking into the fashion convention, MAGIC, in Las Vegas.Attribute: The Modern Event

Conventions:

-MAGIC Convention: The world’s largest fashion marketplace, MAGIC, takes place August 13-15. 85,000 attendees are expected to be in town to see the latest trends in apparel, footwear, accessories, and manufacturing. Trendsetters from all over the country head to Las Vegas to fuel the business of fashion.

-Def Con 26: Calling all coders, techies, and hackers! One of the oldest continuously running and largest hacker conventions, Def Con 26​, takes place August 9-12. Geek out over the latest and greatest at Caesar’s Palace & Flamingo Las Vegas.

Upcoming Events in Las Vegas: September

Las Vegas starts to cool down in September but prices tend to go back up. We suggest booking early for travel to Las Vegas in September, especially if you’re coming over Labor Day weekend. Here are some event highlights for what’s going on in Vegas this September.

Concerts:

-September 1: Shakira
MGM Grand Garden Arena is the Colombian pop star’s Las Vegas stop on her El Dorado World Tour.

-September 8: Journey & Def Leppard
Rock out to some of your favorites at T-Mobile Arena at 7pm.

For more concerts in Las Vegas in September, click here.

Comedy Shows:

-September 28 & 29:  Daniel Tosh
The Tosh.0 host comes to the Terry Fator Theatre at the Mirage to make you laugh, cringe, and wonder how anyone comes up with this stuff. Don’t miss out on this evening of stand up comedy!

Aerial view of the Life is Beautiful Festival in Downtown Las Vegas.Attribute: Dancing Astronaut

Festivals:

-September 21-23: Life is Beautiful Festival
Life Is Beautiful is an annual music, culinary, and art festival held in Downtown Las Vegas. Year after year the festival features unforgettable headlining musicians, visual artists who add installations to Downtown Las Vegas’ collection of murals, and thought-provoking speakers. The 2018 lineup includes Arcade Fire, Florence and the Machine, The Weeknd, and many more!

-September 21-22: The iHeartRadio Music Festival
iHeartRadio Music Festival closes out the Las Vegas summer and hosts the biggest names in music across the globe. This two-day event features iconic performances from artists at the top of the pop, country, dance, rock and hip hop charts across two stages.

Sports Events:

-NASCAR Camping World Truck Series takes place September 14 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is a pickup truck racing series owned and operated by the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, and is the only series in all of NASCAR to race modified production pickup trucks.

-Las Vegas 51s Baseball: Let’s play ball September 1-3! The Las Vegas 51s is a minor league baseball team which holds its games at Cashman Field, located just minutes from Fremont Street in Downtown Las Vegas and only a few miles north of the Strip.

Pool Parties:

Don’t miss out on the summer’s last pool parties in Las Vegas. September is a busy time in Vegas so be sure to book ahead to keep prices low. For more information on who is performing where, looking at the September’s nightclub and pool party schedule.

With all of the upcoming events in Las Vegas this summer, you don’t want to miss a second. Book your room at The Golden Gate now for amazing hospitality and affordable rates.

Jackpot winner at Golden Gate Hotel & Casino.

Making a Millionaire! Our Most Recent Jackpot Winner

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It was an unassuming June morning just like any other at the Golden Gate Hotel & Casino. The sun was just beginning to shine its bright rays in the Nevada sky and heat up the asphalt of Fremont Street in Downtown Las Vegas. Many visitors who had traveled from far and wide slept soundly and dreamt of unforgettable nights on their Vegas vacation. Early risers were already up and ready for the hustle and bustle of the day ahead. Little did one of them know that she was about to make history and become the Jackpot winner at the Golden Gate Hotel & Casino. Maybe her sweatshirt from the D, our sister property, was a good luck charm!

It only takes one lucky player to change everything and become a millionaire. Stepping up to the Million Degrees game at Golden Gate Hotel & Casino, patron and Wisconsin-native Rhonda could not have predicted what was about to happen to her that early morning. On June 5th, 2018 at precisely 6:31 am, Rhonda’s life would be changed forever. In an attempt to win a car while playing the Million Degrees game, Rhonda was overcome with excitement when she realized she had won much more than a car- $1,453,640.47 to be exact.

An accomplished member of the Solo online community of Vegas aficionados, Rhonda has over 35,000 Solo points, and her new title of ‘Jackpot Winner’ may not come as a surprise to any of those who have already witnessed her posts announcing this historical Jackpot win.

Rhonda, or should we say the newest member of Golden Gate royalty, spent the rest of her stay in Downtown Las Vegas celebrating her big Jackpot win in the Penthouse suite of Golden Gate where she belonged. Our team sent Rhonda home, after what is safe to say a trip to Las Vegas she will never forget, with a framed photo of our celebration that followed her big win, as well as a photo of the nine spots on the Million Degrees machine that turned her into a millionaire.

Congrats on the big win! Will you be our next jackpot winner? Take a spin to find out.

Friends Checking Map on Drive to Vegas from Phoenix

Road Trip to Vegas: Phoenix to Las Vegas

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If you live in Arizona, you’re lucky enough to live driving distance to Las Vegas. Whether you want to save money on flights, enjoy driving through the desert, or just prefer road trips, traveling from Phoenix to Las Vegas by car is a fun way to get your trip started. Traveling from one desert city to another may seem like a barren, sandy drive, but the Phoenix to Las Vegas drive is filled with historic sites, natural desert views, and interesting towns.

Pack your bags, gather the group, and fill the tank, because we have all the recommendations to have the best Phoenix to Las Vegas road trip!

The Logistics: Route, Drive Time & Traffic

Depending on which route you’d like to take while driving to Vegas from Phoenix, expect to spend nearly five hours on the road. Without factoring in traffic, driving on the US-93 N is the shortest and more popular drive, with a drivetime of about 4 hours and 45 minutes over the course of 297 miles. On this route, scenery is mainly a desert landscape, with historic towns, natural springs, and trails along the way.

Alternatively, if you’re looking to experience more of the Arizona landscape, roadtrippers can add iconic spots such as the red rocks of Sedona and the natural wonder that is the Grand Canyon by taking the I-17 N. By adding a stop in Sedona, you can expect your drive time to increase to 6.5 hours, and adding a stop to the Grand Canyon will clock you in at nearly 10.5 hours. This road trip is a wonderful one to take if you are planning on stretching it over the course of a few days so you can enjoy every bit of nature.

As with most road trips, the weekends are the most popular, and therefore most heavily trafficked, days to drive. Bake in some extra drive time if you plan on traveling during the holidays or when there are big Las Vegas events, as you may see your hours on the road start to climb. If possible, try to leave on a less-popular day – Monday through Wednesday will probably be the quickest option if speed is what you’re aiming for.

 Phoenix to Las Vegas stops in a gif.

Phoenix to Las Vegas Road Trip Stops

Wickenburg Vulture Mine | 246 Miles to Vegas

Tucked away in the Sonoran Desert is the abandoned settlement of Vulture City. The Vulture Mine was once Arizona’s most successful gold mine from 1863 to 1942, and is now a popular spot to take tours and learn of Arizona’s history.

Desert Caballeros Western Museum | 233 Miles to Vegas

Experience life in the Old West at the Western Museum in Wickenburg. This museum gives you a look into Old Western culture, from contemporary Western art exhibits to musical features to Western portrait photography.

Nothing, AZ | 182 Miles to Vegas

A Nothing, AZ town sign reads, “The staunch citizens of Nothing are full of Hope, Faith, and Believe in the work ethic. Thru-the-years-these dedicated people had faith in Nothing, hoped for Nothing, worked at Nothing, for Nothing.”

Alpacas of the Southwest | 121 Miles to Vegas

One of the best places to stop and eat lunch is Alpacas of the Southwest, a fully-operating alpaca ranch in Kingman, Arizona. Whether you’re just stopping by to say hi or arrange for a tour, these friendly alpacas are a unique pit stop.

Santa Claus, AZ | 92 Miles to Vegas

Originally established in 1937 to be a Santa-themed town in the middle of the desert, Santa Claus, Arizona was a North Pole oasis in the Southwest. Now a ghost-of-Christmas-past town, this road trip stop is still a captivating and unique one.

Chloride Murals by Roy Purcell | 90 Miles to Vegas

In 1966, fine arts student Roy Purcell decided to take a break from school to become a miner. During this time, he painted 2000 square feet of murals called “The Journey”, a beautiful artistic break from the monotonous desert drive.

White Hills Ghost Town | 61 Miles to Vegas

Consisting of 27 miles of tunnels and 15 mines, the town of White Hills was a flourishing silver mining town from 1892 to 1898. Now a ghost town with few remaining structures, it is still an interesting look into Arizona’s past.

Gold Strike Hot Springs | 38 Miles to Vegas

Closed during the summer months due to heat, the Gold Strike Hot Springs are a wonderful stop for hiking roadtrippers. If you don’t mind working up a sweat on the last stretch of your Phoenix to Las Vegas drive, make a stop here.

Hoover Dam Lookout | 35 Miles to Vegas

The Hoover Dam is an iconic Nevada landmark, being one of the founding events in Las Vegas history. Take a stop at the Hoover Dam Lookout and see one of the most fascinating views of Lake Mead. Be prepared for some traffic, though!

Nevada State Railroad Museum | 25 Miles to Vegas

Another defining moment in Las Vegas history was the establishment of the railroad. Visit the Nevada State Railroad Museum, and explore the history of Nevada transportation or take a ride on the excursion train.

Some say life isn’t only about the destination, it’s about the journey. If you’re planning your next trip to Las Vegas, consider hitting the road and making an adventure out of it.

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The Best Downtown Las Vegas Restaurants for Foodies

Las Vegas is a hub for fine dining and brings cuisines and talented chefs from all over the world. Whether you’re visiting just to try the new cuisines or are looking for something to eat before going out, don’t miss some of these Downtown Las Vegas restaurants on your next trip out to Sin City.

If you love new twists on old classics…

Eat.

Enjoy a classically delicious brunch when you visit one of the original Downtown hotspots. At Chef Natalie Young’s Eat., you can recover from a night out on the town and start the day off on the right foot with breakfast and brunch options that will make your mouth water with just a glance at the menu. Some favorites are the Truffled Egg Sandwich and the Cinnamon Biscuits with powdered sugar and warm strawberry compote, just to name a few.

Platter of gourmet hot dogs

Cheffini’s Hot Dogs

Another casual spot serving anything but casual flavors is Cheffini’s Hot Dogs. Located in Downtown Container Park, in an open-air shopping center no more than a short walk away from Golden Gate Hotel & Casino, this local eatery takes one of the most classic foods, a hotdog, and puts a delightful gourmet spin on it. Take a break from your shopping spree and enjoy adventurous toppings like chorizo and crushed potato chips on a gourmet dog.

Eureka!

If you’re in search of the best Downtown Las Vegas restaurants, find this unique eatery on the one and only Fremont Street. Eureka! takes our old favorites like deviled eggs and macaroni and cheese, flips them on their head, and somehow makes them even better. Enjoy your cheesy childhood favorite turned into Mac N’ Cheese Balls, paired with beer cheese sauce and Fresno chiles. They also have tons of great burgers, salads, and beers to top it off.

If you’re feeling exotic…

Le Thai

Another one of the best restaurants in Downtown Las Vegas is Le Thai. Serving decadent curries, noodles, and their fresh signature “waterfall sauce,” there is a reason this authentic Thai spot has been a consistent favorite for Downtown Vegas locals and visitors alike. Visit their famous beer garden on the weekends and enjoy traditional Thai recipes inspired by Chef Dan Coughlin’s Thailand-born mother and grandmother.

Bocho Downtown Sushi

Opened by the same owner of Le Thai, Chef Dan Coughlin has done it again. Bocho Downtown Sushi is not just another sushi restaurant. They offer only the freshest Japanese cuisine and you won’t be disappointed if you stop into this hot sushi spot before going out.

If you’re ready to cleanse…  

Flock & Fowl

Flock & Fowl opened in 2015 and only features foods that are natural, pure, and fresh. Located at The Ogden, Flock & Fowl is even vegetarian-friendly. Meat or not, every dish is sure to be delicious.

VegeNation

As you can probably guess by the name, Vegenation serves 100% plant-based foods. Even their meats, cheeses and ice cream are made from plants. Hey, no one said tasty had to mean bad for you. If you’re searching for where to eat in Downtown Las Vegas, look no further than this healthy and delicious little joint that will leave you and your taste buds feeling great. VegeNation even features some of their very own signature cocktails made with local ingredients.

If fun is your middle name…

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Downtown Terrace Kitchen & Bar

Downtown Terrace Kitchen and Bar features a delicious brunch with bottomless mimosas, Bloody Marys and Bellinis on the weekends. But “bottomless” doesn’t just have to be on the weekends! On Sunday through Thursday, their idea of “Happy Hour” goes from 5pm until close and includes bottomless wine. It doesn’t get much better than that.

After checking out all of these amazing Downtown Vegas restaurants, you’ll be a certified Las Vegas foodie in no time. Book your stay at the Golden Gate Hotel & Casino in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas today to experience a taste bud journey like no other.

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8 of the Most Iconic Vegas Bars

Looking for Vegas bars with unique flair? While there’s certainly no shortage of fun bars in Las Vegas, there are plenty with especially distinctive atmospheres and unique concepts. Some Vegas bars flaunt their quirky and silly sides and others capture historical elements of Las Vegas culture.

Transport yourself to a different country. Drink your way through opposing climates. Whatever you do, be sure not to miss these eight iconic Vegas bars!

1. Commonwealth

525 E. Fremont St.
Las Vegas, NV 89101

Inside Commonwealth, a Pre-Prohibition era cocktail bar.Attribute: The Travel Joint

This swanky 6,000-square-foot cocktail bar features decor and libations inspired by the pre-Prohibition era. The dark wood interior walls are covered with exposed brick and the space is incandescently light with pendant lights and elegant chandeliers hanging from exposed rafters. A white peacock greets visitors at the bar of this bi-level Downtown hangout. The movie-inspired cocktail list and carefully curated selection of microbrews can be enjoyed while socializing at the 20-foot-long communal bar or with a little privacy in the alcove hidden booths.

Take a walk upstairs to experience a different cocktail menu and live music on the rooftop terrace overlooking Fremont Street. But what pre-Prohibition themed bar would be complete without a speakeasy and a secret entrance? The Laundry Room, the bar’s semi-secret back room, is accessible via a hidden door, but only by those with a reservation. Plus, Commonwealth is less than a 10-minute walk from Golden Gate Hotel and Casino, making it the perfect stop on your Las Vegas bar hop.

2. Atomic Liquors

917 Fremont St.
Las Vegas, NV 89101

Liquor and cocktails sign outside historic Atomic Liquors.Attribute: Atomic.Vegas

Built in 1945 and originally called Virginia’s Cafe, Atomic Liquors is Vegas’ oldest freestanding bar. The name of this Fremont Street bar was inspired by customers watching atomic bombs at a nearby test site from the roof. It was the go-to watering hole for The Rat Pack, the Smothers Brothers, and many more. Barbra Streisand and Clint Eastwood were also known to frequent this historical hotspot. The walls are adorned with newspaper clippings, signs, and artwork from the era of the mushroom cloud. There are 20 microbrews on tap, ranging from $3 to $7, and an assortment of bottled beers and house wines. Don’t leave without trying one of Atomic Liquors’ unique, signature concoctions!

3. Frankie’s Tiki Room

1712 W Charleston Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89102

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Frankie’s Tiki Room is one of the most iconic Downtown Las Vegas bars and is known for their cheap drinks, tropical island décor, tiki statues, wood carvings, and kitschy artwork. Bamboo Ben, the well known tiki bar designer and grandson of Eli Hedley, designed the interior.  Fun Fact: Eli is remembered as the original beachcomber and created Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room. Deeply rooted in tiki tradition, guests can escape to their wildest tropical fantasies at Frankie’s any hour of the day or night.  Choose from the menu of tropical rum drinks in the tiki lounge or enjoy traditional cocktails while gambling at the bar.

4. Hofbräuhaus

4510 Paradise Rd.
Las Vegas, NV 89169

Women dressed up in authentic Oktoberfest costumes in the bier hall at Hofbrauhaus in Las Vegas.Attribute: Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas

It’s Oktoberfest all year long at Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas. The building itself is a replica of Munich’s original Hofbräuhaus, which may be an everyday sight in Germany, but is quite the sight in the middle of the desert. With traditional German music and a lively atmosphere, Hofbräuhaus is a great place to feast on Bavarian sausages and pretzels and wash it all down with a giant stein of beer! The bar features long, communal tables for you to seat your whole party or meet a new drinking bud. If you want to combine fitness and beer, try out Hofbräuhaus’ monthly beer yoga class to get your zen on.

5. Minus 5 Ice Bar

The Shoppes at Mandalay Place
3950 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Interior of Minus 5 Ice Bar in Mandalay Bay made entirely of ice. Attribute: Mandalay Bay

Minus 5 Ice Bar is quite literally the coolest Vegas bar. If you need a drastic change from the triple-digit heat of Las Vegas, stop by Minus 5, where the whole bar is made entirely of ice. This includes the walls, chandeliers, seats and glassware! Once you decide on your package, you’ll be outfitted with gloves and a parka before you’re transported into a winter wonderland of interactive and ever-changing ice architecture. Enjoy the LED light show and fun tunes as you chill out (literally) in this unique bar.

6. Millennium Fandom

900 S Las Vegas Blvd, Ste 140
Las Vegas, NV 89101

Large R2-D2 figure in Las Vegas cosplay bar, Millennium Fandom.Attribute: Las Vegas Weekly

Millennium Fandom is a clever Downtown Las Vegas bar where your fandom fantasies come to life! Created specially for cosplay fanatics to grab a cocktail and discuss all things Star Wars and comic books, Millennium Fandom is a hub for all kinds of nerds (and we mean that in the best way possible). Have you been looking for a place to dress up as your favorite sci-fi and fantasy characters? Head to Millennium Fandom to indulge in all of your sci-fi guilty pleasures. The most popular nights feature trivia competitions and Game of Thrones viewing parties.

7. Pioneer Saloon Goodsprings

310 NV-161
Goodsprings, NV 89019

Historic saloon turned Hollywood set offering brews, cocktails & American bites with a Texas twist.Attribute: Daytrippen

This iconic Las Vegas bar is the oldest bar in Southern Nevada and has been open for 100 years. Pioneer Saloon was actually purchased through a Sears catalog and is where Clark Gable received word of the death of his wife, Carole Lombard, whose plane crashed into a nearby mountain in 1942. The Pioneer Saloon features decor and memorabilia dedicated to this tragedy. The cozy atmosphere at this Las Vegas landmark contains a rich history of the old mining towns, old world Hollywood, and the Wild West! Be sure to search the walls for bullet holes before you leave.

8. Mandarin Bar

3752 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89158

Sleek lounge offering creative cocktails, light bites & floor-to-ceiling windows with Strip views.Attribute: Mandarin Oriental

Mandarin Bar is where beauty meets sophistication. This iconic lounge keeps things classy with an impressive space and expansive views of the Las Vegas Strip. The bar’s floor-to-ceiling windows, live jazz music, and delectable cocktails transport you to Vegas heaven. Property mixologist William Perbellini has even created unique cocktails to fit the personality of each of the twelve signs of the Zodiac. Guests can enjoy a complimentary cocktail on their birthday, or at any time during the dates of their Zodiac sign.

Las Vegas knows bars and these iconic favorites can’t be missed. During your next trip to Vegas, visit both Downtown and the Strip to experience some of the country’s most unique bars and lounges!