Hootie and the Blowfish's Shady Grove Lounge and Mermaid Restaurant and Lounge reviewed as top nightlife and dining destinations

LAS VEGAS -Hootie and the Blowfish's Shady Grove Lounge and Mermaid Restaurant and Lounge, both located inside the Silverton Casino Lodge, have been honored as top nightlife and dining destinations in the 2007 Zagat Survey of Las Vegas Restaurants and Nightlife.

The 2007 Zagat Las Vegas guide was compiled from more than 4,000 diner and clubber surveys. Thanks to this comprehensive survey system, Hootie and the Blowfish's Shady Grove Lounge has been recognized as a top Las Vegas nightlife destination for its two-lane bowling alley, atmosphere, pool tables and 24 hour accessibility. Due to these unique features, it has won many locals' votes for "best improvement for a bar."

Mermaid Restaurant and Lounge is one of only seven locations in Las Vegas named "the best place to have a quiet conversation" in the 2007 Zagat survey. The review also notes the "sea-creature" lighting and unique ambiance guests experience while observing the 5,000 tropical fish swim in the 117,000 gallon aquarium next to Mermaid Restaurant and Lounge.

The first Zagat Survey was published in 1979 and provided a unique way of rating restaurants based on hundreds or even thousands of public opinion surveys and customer experiences. The survey soon became one of the most popular and respected guides in the country. Today, the pocket-sized trademark burgundy guides have become best sellers.

Nestled under the canopy of an aspen tree and containing a mini bowling alley set inside an old Airstream, Shady Grove Lounge is not a typical bar. Bringing the great outdoors, indoors, Shady Grove Lounge is the ideal spot to enjoy an icy cold beer, great finger food and shoot a few games of pool. Sports fans can kick back in over-stuffed, plush leather chairs and watch their favorite game on more than 12 plasma televisions. Shady Grove Lounge is open nightly, with the bar open 24 hours.

Mermaid Restaurant and Lounge is the coolest place for people to come together to eat, drink and watch fish. Located next to the Silverton's 117,000 gallon tropical aquarium, Mermaid provides a highly unique atmosphere to enjoy a few martinis, snacks and signature menu selections. Mermaid is open daily 10 a.m. - 3 a.m. and 24 hours Friday - Saturday.

The Silverton Casino Lodge is located three miles south of Mandalay Bay at I-15 and Blue Diamond Rd/Dean Martin Drive. The renovated property boasts a revamped interior and exterior, and offers all-inclusive amenities characteristic of an upscale, contemporary luxury lodge-themed property.

Silverton's attractions include the new, world-class Seasons buffet, Sundance Grill, a terrific 24-hour restaurant/grill, the delicious, Epicurean award-winning Twin Creeks Steakhouse, the 2007 Zagat Las Vegas Nightlife rated Hootie & the Blowfish's Shady Grove Lounge, and Mi Casa Grill Cantina as well as 300 newly renovated deluxe rooms and suites that offer luxurious amenities. In addition to the 165,000 square foot Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, Silverton offers 60,000 square feet of gaming with 1,400 slot machines and 30 table games, an intimate Poker Room and the Mermaid Restaurant & Lounge, featuring a 117,000 gallon saltwater aquarium with over 4,000 tropical fish. For more information, please call (702) 263-7777 or visit www.silvertoncasino.com.