El Cortez Lounge Bar Renovations – Ongoing
Built in 1982, El Cortez’s Lounge Bar has long been a gathering place for great cocktails and classic tunes played by a live pianist. As the property evolves with the rapid growth of downtown Las Vegas, El Cortez management realized it was time to revitalize this casino floor centerpiece. The El Cortez Lounge Bar officially closed in mid-June as construction began on the PARLOUR. Scheduled for completion in September 2011 and designed by The Friedmutter Group, the PARLOUR will feature a classic lounge setting with warm rich tones, a baby grand piano and leather club chairs. The PARLOUR will provide an elegant, vintage aesthetic that is sure to make it downtown’s newest hotspot upon completion.
“Vintage Vegas Foods” Street Food Throwdown & Classic Cocktail Competition– July 29
El Cortez has quickly become downtown Las Vegas’ go-to spot for finding the city’s best food trucks and street vendors. Following the popularity of the monthly Vegas StrEATs festival, El Cortez will host a “Vintage Vegas Foods” Street Food Throwdown in honor of the property’s newly launched Vintage Dining Menu. All the action will take place on the East Fremont Street on Friday, July 29 at 8 p.m. Multiple food trucks will compete to create the best vintage food dish inspired by some of the all time great dining options featured on El Cortez’s Vintage Dining Menu. Bartenders from the El Cortez will also be on hand to stir up drinks from the property’s popular Vintage Cocktail Menu.
Gift Cards for Jackpot Winners in August
Throughout August, Club Cortez players winning a jackpot of $200 or more on a slot machine, a $200 or more jackpot on a video poker five-cent or lower denomination machine, a $300 or more jackpot on a video poker ten-cent or high denomination machine or a $200 or more jackpot on live keno will receive their choice of a free gift card from Walgreens, Smith’s, Walmart, Shell and Chevron. All jackpot winners will also receive an entry into the weekly Saturday night 40” LCD HDTV giveaway and $2,000 cash prize drawing. Please see Club Cortez for additional information and to redeem tickets.
El Cortez Vintage Dining & Cocktail Menus
El Cortez Hotel & Casino continues the celebration of its storied past by introducing vintage dining and cocktail menus in honor of its 70th anniversary. Throughout 70 years, El Cortez has gone through several menu overhauls at its dining establishments. To fuel guests’ excitement for the anniversary, the historic hotel-casino has decided to dust off some of Las Vegas’ old recipe books and reintroduce a few classic favorites. The dishes selected were some of the premier dining options featured at the town’s best restaurants in years past, including dishes from Sultan’s Table at the Dunes, Delmonico’s at the Riviera, The House of Lords at the Sahara, La Vie en Rose at the Desert Inn and Saver Room at the Aladdin. After spending weeks to once again perfect the iconic dishes, El Cortez’s chefs proudly present the vintage dining menu at The Flame Steakhouse (full menu listed in ongoing food and beverage promotions) throughout 2011.
The cocktail menu will be served at all casino bars throughout 2011. This menu will celebrate the history of mixology by educating guests on the origins of classic cocktails while offering a chance for them to enjoy their favorites. The menu will include cocktails such as the side car, which originated in the 1920s during World War I; the mint julep, which originated in the 1700s and is one of the country’s oldest cocktails; the blood and sand, a drink from the 1930 premiere of a Rudolph Valentino film; and the aviation, a drink created in the 1910s by the head bartender at the Hotel Wallick in New York.
El Cortez’s Facebook Photo Competition for No-Mas Commemorative T-Shirts
As part of the property’s 70th anniversary celebration, El Cortez released a vintage T-shirt line designed by New York City fashion firm, No Mas. El Cortez is now launching the T-shirt photo competition, asking customers to submit pictures wearing the vintage T-shirts in their favorite locations. To enter, individuals can post a picture on El Cortez’s Facebook page. The winner will be announced at the end of August and will receive a 2-night stay in one of El Cortez’s unique Design-A-Suite rooms. The shirts are available in the El Cortez gift shop, the No Mas website and a select group of retailers, including Colette in Paris.
Free Marie Callendar’s Strawberry Pie for Club Cortez Players – Aug. 6
El Cortez Hotel & Casino is serving free Marie Callendar’s strawberry pies on Saturday, Aug. 6. Club Cortez members can enjoy free Marie Callendar’s strawberry pies while they play slots and table games, and the complimentary pies will be served from noon to 6 p.m. Marie Callendar’s is famous for their tasty selection of homemade pies, and the fresh strawberry with sweet, ripe strawberries tossed in a light glaze inside a freshly baked crust is a seasonal favorite.
Free Klondike Bars for Club Cortez Players – Aug. 14
El Cortez Hotel & Casino is helping Club Cortez members beat the heat by serving free Klondike bars on Sunday, Aug. 14. Club Cortez members can enjoy free Klondike bars while they play slots and table games, and the complimentary bars will be served from noon to 6 p.m. Klondike bars have been a dessert favorite of Americans since the 1920s. Indeed, the simple treat of vanilla ice cream covered by a thin layer of milk chocolate is hard to beat.
Cash is King Earning Month – August
The El Cortez will hold its third Cash is King Drawing in 2011 on Saturday, Sept. 17. Club members will receive one entry ticket for September drawing for every 5,000 points they earn throughout July and August. Please see Club Cortez for additional information.
Food and Beverage Promotions
70th Anniversary Vintage Dining Menu
Appetizers: Oysters Rockefeller, fresh shucked Kusshi oysters baked with fresh spinach, hollandaise sauce and Pernod; or Escargot a’la bourguignon, petit-Gris Escargot with garlic butter
Salads: Hearts of palm, Tender hearts of palm with lemon vinaigrette; or Asparagus salad, chilled asparagus, caper pimento vinaigrette
Entrees: Tournedos of beef Rossini, twin Filet Mignonettes, pan fried in butter, topped with pate Foie Gras and Madeira demi-glace; or Chicken Kiev, herb butter filled boneless breast of chicken, panko crusted and deep-fried
Desserts: Strawberries Romanoff, fresh hulled strawberries macerated in Cointreau and orange juice, served with fresh whipped cream and ice cream; or Peach Melba, peach halves over vanilla ice cream topped with fresh raspberry puree
Trout Amandine & Walleye Pike Special
The Flame Steakhouse features Idaho trout and Minnesota walleye pike flown in fresh every week for nightly dinner specials. Each special is only $16.95 and trout is available each week while supplies last.
Café Cortez Dinner Specials
Visit Café Cortez for prime rib dinner for only $7.95. Meal includes choice of soup or salad. Café also offers a fajita dinner for just $8.95. Try the vegetarian offerings including a veggie burger, veggie fajita and veggie Chow Mein. Café Cortez also offers a full Chinese menu served from 4 to 10 p.m.
Café Cortez serves a limited graveyard menu Sunday through Thursday from 10:30 p.m. to 7 a.m.
• Two eggs with choice of bacon or sausage, breakfast potatoes and toast for $4.75 plus tax.
• Ham and two eggs, breakfast potatoes and toast for $7.25 plus tax.
Martini Madness – daily 2-for-1 happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m. – at all casino bars (martini menu only).
Receive Up To 75 Percent Off Using Club Cortez Points
Club Cortez members can receive up to 75 percent off when using Club Points for meals at The Flame Steakhouse, Café Cortez or Gambling Gourmet. The percentage off the price of the meal is based on membership level.
Gaming Promotion Ongoing
Personalized Website Feature for Club Cortez Members
Club Cortez has unveiled its newest feature for rated members – a personalized URL website for players to keep track of their various offers and promotions. This feature allows Club Cortez members a fast, simple and easy way to check on their earned benefits. El Cortez is offering this innovative new program through High Impact Direct, a leader in micro player marketing.
Don’t Miss Instant Action at the El Cortez
Instant Action allows players to turn their points into free play without ever having to leave their machines. Instant Action also allows players to activate promotional free play without having to visit the slot club.
Free Daily Slot Tournament – now automated 24 hours a day
Any Club Cortez member earning 500 Club Points in a single day is eligible to play in the daily slot tournament the following day. Available 24 hours a day, players insert their Club Cortez card in any tournament machine, play the session and check their standing beginning at 10 a.m. the following day. New Club Cortez members staying at the El Cortez also get a complimentary entry into the slot tournament. Highest daily tournament point winner receives $250, the second highest receives $150 and the third highest $100. The daily top ten players receive an entry into the weekly Saturday night 40” LCD HDTV giveaway and $2,000 cash prize drawing. See Club Cortez for additional details.
Weekly Saturday Night 42” LCD HDTV & $2,000 Cash Prize Drawing
Club Cortez players have an opportunity every week to win a 42” LCD HDTV or one of four $500 cash prizes every Saturday. During the week, players winning a jackpot of $200 or more on a slot machine, a $200 or more jackpot on a video poker five-cent or lower denomination machine, a $300 or more jackpot on video poker ten-cent or higher denomination machine, or a $200 or more jackpot on live keno are awarded one entry for the Saturday night drawing at 8 p.m. Winners have two minutes to claim their prizes at the Club Cortez Booth from the time each winning ticket is drawn. Please see Club Cortez for additional information.
Weekly High Noon “Wheel and Deal” Drawing
Club Cortez players have an opportunity every week to win $500, $300, $200 or $100 in promotional chips. There will two $100 prizes offered in total for fourth and fifth place. During the week, entry tickets in the drawing can be earned during blackjack, roulette and baccarat. During blackjack, tickets are distributed to players when the dealer receives a blackjack, during roulette, tickets are distributed to players when a 0 or 00 is hit, and during baccarat, players receive a ticket every time a “tie” hand is dealt. Double tickets will be given to players every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Players can only win one prize per drawing. There is no limit to the number of entries a player may submit. Winners are drawn every Saturday at 12 p.m. Winners have two minutes to redeem their prize. Promotional chips may be placed on any even money bet on blackjack, roulette or baccarat. Please see Club Cortez for additional details.
About El Cortez Hotel & Casino
Celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2011, El Cortez Hotel & Casino is the longest continuously operating hotel-casino in Las Vegas. The iconic property can be found in historic downtown Las Vegas at 600 East Fremont Street and is the only casino in the city’s burgeoning Fremont East Entertainment District. With 300 newly remodeled hotel rooms, including four uniquely themed suites that resulted from the 2010 Design A Suite Downtown Contest, El Cortez offers some of the best accommodations in downtown Las Vegas. In May 2009, the property opened the El Cortez Cabana Suites, a 64-room boutique hotel offering vintage South Beach style in the heart of downtown. The casino features full-pay 3-2 single deck blackjack, 10 times odds on craps, state-of-the-art roulette and more than 1,000 slot machines. El Cortez also offers a full range of sports betting options in the casino Sports Book. The Las Vegas Review-Journal voted El Cortez “Best Downtown Hotel” in 2009; “Best Blackjack in Las Vegas” in 2007 and from 2009-2011; “Best Video Poker” in 2008 and “Best Keno in Las Vegas” from 2005-2006 and 2008-2011. Dining options at El Cortez include: Café Cortez and The Flame Steakhouse, a vintage favorite among Las Vegas locals. The property’s other amenities include: Subway, Dreyer’s Ice Cream Shop, Seattle’s Best Coffee, El Cortez Gift Shop and a full-service beauty and barber shop. For more information, please call 1-800-634-6703 or 702-385-5200, or visit http://www.elcortezhotelcasino.com/.