International Roofing Expo 2021

Shingle and Ready to Mingle IRE 2021

It’s that time of year again! From August 10-12, the International Roofing Expo (IRE) will be hosted at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center located at 393 Frank Sinatra Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89119. Partnerships with the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), National Women in Roofing (NWiR), and the Roofing Contractor Magazine, not to mention connections with industry leaders from all over the world, make the IRE a “can’t-miss” event. 

As a multi-day convention merging contractors from the residential and commercial worlds, alongside manufacturers, architects, remodelers, builders, distributors, and engineers, the IRE provides unparalleled face-to-face connections for over 17,000 professionals across the span of three days. In order to maximize your experience at IRE 2021, we compiled a list of resources to take advantage of and concurrent events to attend while in Las Vegas. 

Shingle and Ready to Mingle IRE 2021 logos
Shingle and Ready to Mingle IRE 2021 logos

What should I know before arriving?

Keep in mind your travel arrangements. In order to facilitate your visit, IRE has partnered with select airline and car rental companies. For more information on discounts for flights and rentals, check out https://www.theroofingexpo.com/en/travel/airlines.html. IRE Housing, in partnership with onPeak, offers discounted rates for a selection of hotels in Las Vegas, including the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, the Delano Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay, and Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas, among many other options. For more information on hotel pricing and availability, check out https://www.theroofingexpo.com/en/travel/housing.html

What should I do at the convention?

Glad you asked! The opportunity to learn from industry leaders is often a worn-out cliche in the business world. However, at IRE 2021, structured sessions are presented: with over 40 educational sessions in nine tracks, covering topics such as “General Business, Leadership, Legal/HR, Money Matters, Sales/Service, Sustainable Building, Technical, Windows & Siding, and Workplace Safety”, IRE makes a commitment to education. For more information on the session content and time, check out https://rof221.mapyourshow.com/8_0/explore/session-fulllist.cfm#/

Shingle and Ready to Mingle IRE 2021 convention
Shingle and Ready to Mingle IRE 2021 convention

Furthermore, the renown IRE Exhibit Hall grants unique access to manufacturers and suppliers, and showcases the latest products and services the industry has to offer. Ranging from spray equipment to marketing, a field of 330+ exhibitors is eager to establish professional connections and help you take the next step in your business growth. For more information on exhibitors, check out https://rof221.mapyourshow.com/8_0/explore/exhibitor-alphalist.cfm#/.

Creating and cementing long-lasting industry connections is a priority at IRE 2021. By providing a myriad of networking opportunities and social events, enjoying the professional and interpersonal aspects of the convention has never been easier! Welcome Party. First-time Attendee Reception. Outdoor events. The International Roofing Expo has it all. For more information on special events, check out https://www.theroofingexpo.com/en/events.html.

What casinos should I go to?

Depends on what you’re looking for. If you’re into sports betting, Caesar’s Palace is widely known for its acclaimed sports book, culminating with a 138-foot LED video wall composed of a constantly-updating betting lines board and plasma screen TVs broadcasting live games. If poker is more up your alley, the Bellagio is a popular choice for casual and committed players. However, you don’t even have to go far to have some fun. The Mandalay Bay boasts a 1.6-million-gallon pool and nearly 3,000 tons of actual sand. It should come as no surprise that visitors and staff alike call Mandalay Bay’s pool “the beach.” So whether you’re searching for the underdog to bet on or aiming for a royal flush to cap your day, the possibilities for fun and diversion are endless.

Caesar’s Palace
Caesar’s Palace

What restaurants are near me?

Great question. As exciting at the convention might be, and as great as casino food is, Las Vegas is a premier food destination for a reason. Based on your palate (and budget), here’s a helpful list to get you started. 

Honey Salt, located at 1031 S Rampart Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89145, is famous for its high quality comfort food, especially its Biloxi buttermilk fried chicken sandwich and Grandma Rosie’s turkey meatballs. Even for its relaxed atmosphere, conventional fine dining is also an option at Honey Salt; its roasted Scottish salmon and charred filet mignon are must-eats too. To check out Honey, visit https://www.honeysalt.com

For world-class Italian cuisine, Las Vegas features dine-in only Osteria Fiorella located at 11011 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89135. Heralding an expansive menu, dishes such as ricotta gnocchi with brown butter and crispy leeks, linguine with littleneck clams, and Fiorella sausage ragu are popular mainstays. To see if Osteria Fiorella peaks your interest, go to https://www.redrockresort.com/eat-and-drink/osteria-fiorella-menu/

Heading to an oyster bar is among the most iconic things to do in Vegas and therefore the “creatively” named Oyster Bar located at 2411 W Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89102 is a highly-recommended experience for visitors. Chow down on some, well, homemade chowder and sample their shucked oysters, not to mention their late night $1 oysters. For this remarkable dining experience, head over to https://www.palacestation.com/eat-and-drink/the-oyster-bar/.

Honey Salt
Honey Salt

What bars are near me?

Las Vegas is known as Sin City and it’s not because of the Raiders’ offensive line. With a robust nightlife scene, figuring out the best bars to hit up can be a fun challenge. Here’s our two cents. 

It always bodes well for an establishment when Vegas’ top bartenders flock there in their free time. In other words, Herbs & Rye is your favorite bartender’s favorite bar. Located at 3173 W Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89102, Herb & Rye is a cocktail bar known for its inspired menu, divided into drinks from different eras of American History. Anything from 1776 to today is fair game, so check them out to have a drink for the ages at http://www.herbsandrye.com.

If you’re interested in nukes and drinks, swing by Atomic Liquors located at 917 Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV 89101. Back in the 50’s when watching nuclear test explosions was just another Tuesday in Nevada, Atomic Liquors was the place for people to grab a drink, sit on the roof, and enjoy the radioactive show. Nowadays, as the oldest free-standing bar in Las Vegas, Atomic Liquors has become both a historical hotspot and a cocktail crowd-pleaser you don’t want to miss. Check them out at http://atomic.vegas

In a city full of  bars, it takes a lot to be considered iconic. The Sand Dollar Lounge has what it takes. Located at 3355 Spring Mountain Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89102, this establishment has a rocking reputation for having musical greats grace their stage. The likes of Muddy Waters, B.B. King. and even Mick Jagger have all swung by to sing some tunes since the bar’s opening in 1976. Coupled with its $5 locally-crafted “Beer Roulette” and best-selling drinks like The Lupita – a home-brewed orgeat and flash-infused basil tequila – and Thai Tea Trippin’ – rum, milk, sugar, and spiced tea – the Sand Dollar Lounge makes for an entertaining experience. Find out more at https://thesanddollarlv.com.

Atomic Liquors
Atomic Liquors

What strip clubs are near me?

Let’s face it. It’s Vegas.

So instead of ignoring the elephant in the room, let’s talk about the rhino. The Spearmint Rhino to be exact. Located at 3340 S Highland Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89109, the Spearmint Rhino has a reputation much better than its unusual name would suggest. Though a bit pricey, the newly renovated club has four massive stages, a kitchen cranking out quality meals around the clock, and of course, beautiful women to make your night one to remember. Be sure to check out the award-winning club at their website https://spearmintrhinolv.com.

To continue our pattern of animal names, Crazy Horse III is a popular strip club to swing by. Located at 3525 W Russell Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89118, Crazy Horse III is a 40,000 sq ft nightclub-esque strip club. Not only does the club have plenty of stages across several rooms, but because of its relative neatness, it’s a classy spot to watch the big game on one of many TVs and to enjoy some great late-night meals. Oh, and they offer free limos. Be sure to find out more at https://crazyhorse3.com.

Larry Flint’s Hustler Club, whose name alone should stir some interest, is often the place for big groups! As one of the most electrifying and lively strip clubs in town, the three-story venue is more than name-brand: they’ve made a name for themselves. Neon lights shower the stage as performers put on an absolute show. Located at 6007 Dean Martin Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89118, be sure to check them out at https://vegashustlerclub.com.

The Spearmint Rhino
The Spearmint Rhino
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