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Jason Kennedy: My bachelor party weekend in Vegas

by Jason Kennedy

When you spend your life interviewing celebrities like I do, it's nice to feel like you're on the other side of the rope once in a while. That's how it was for my friends and me last month when I had my bachelor party in Las Vegas. The whole weekend was amazing, and Vegas has a way of making everyone feel like a star.

There are few things better to me than having all my best buds together. And this weekend we all happened to be together.. in one of the most exciting cities in the world! As you can imagine, I had been looking forward to this trip for a long time. You only get one bachelor party, after all. And from the get-go, I wasn't disappointed. You should have seen the room my group had a The Venetian, for starters. I'm pretty sure it was bigger than my house. I got lost twice. Hats off to the resort staff for their insane hospitality. I'm forever grateful for the way they treated us. 

 

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Jason Kennedy

The first night we hit the Brooklyn Bowl, checked out the High Roller observation wheel and took on the very relaxing Voodoo Zip Line at the Rio scooting across hotel towers at 500 feet. Here's my best man Rich Wilkerson in complete panic mode while I remain perfectly calm. 

 

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The next day I was determined to do something that didn't require signing a waiver. If you like golf, you have to play a round at Bali Hai Golf Course. It's one of my favorite courses and, no, I won't tell you what I shot. Let's say Rickie Fowler's job is safe.

 

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That night we had dinner at TAO. It's worth flying to Vegas just for their spicy tuna with crispy rice rolls and baked cod. Thank you to Mike Snedegar and the gang for always making me feel like family. After dinner, we continued the party upstairs to TAO Nightclub where all my friends surprised me with a cake. I don't know why they got me a cake. Is that what people do for bachelor parties? Either way, I was so grateful for all of them trekking from all over the country to meet me in this city that never disappoints. And I'm equally as grateful to all the wonderful people of Las Vegas who took away the worries (except for whoever planned the zip line trip), and let us enjoy one of the best weekends of my life. Thank you, Las Vegas!

~ Jason

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Vegas Weekend: Experience some country culture

The Wranglers National Finals Rodeo is in Las Vegas and with it, some of the top names in country music. Of course, you can always find celebrities, great comics and the world's top music producers here every weekend, too. See our rundown below or scroll through our full weekend lineup.

Lady Antebellum

Friday, Dec. 5

CONCERTS & EVENTS

NIGHTCLUBS

Big & Rich

Saturday, Dec. 6

CONCERTS & EVENTS

NIGHTCLUBS

 

Sunday, Dec. 7

CONCERTS & EVENTS

NIGHTCLUBS

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You'll love Las Vegas this Valentine's Day

Looking to spark up a little romance for Valentine's Day? A cozy and intimate Las Vegas getaway will keep your flame burning for that special someone all year long. And after you rekindle your flame, or if you're looking to find one - be sure to check out the fun Las Vegas has in store for you all holiday weekend long.

Ciel spa

Start with a little soothing of the senses. Las Vegas is home to the more than 45 unique and relaxing luxury spas. Most spas offer specials for couples. Ciel spa at SLS Las Vegas has a couples massage suite that's perfect for you and your valentine.

You'll find specialty spa services all over Las Vegas, such as sport, Shiatsu and Swedish massages; herbal baths; wraps; aromatherapy and reflexology; steam rooms, saunas, whirlpools; and more. You'll be in the lap of luxury and leave feeling invigorated and refreshed.

Gondola ride

Then you'll be ready for a night out just for two. Take a stroll through the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in the early evening or a romantic gondola ride at The Venetian. Then head into the Four Queens Hotel and look for Hugo's Cellar. As you might guess, it's in the basement of the hotel - a rustic, charming and vintage Vegas restaurant awaits you. The food and ambience are top-notch; both complemented by some of Vegas' finest servers. And tradition here is strong, as every lady receives a complimentary rose upon leaving. For the ultimate in intimacy, dine in the 50-seat gourmet room at Michael's inside the South Point.

Eiffel Tower Experience

If you don't want to dine in a cellar, you can have your head in the clouds instead, overlooking Las Vegas at the Stratosphere's Top of the World restaurant, or experience the ultimate in romantic getaways at Eiffel Tower Restaurant. Great food, piano entertainment and a view of the city - it's a Valentine's Day dinner your partner will never forget. Just across Las Vegas Boulevard, there is no better waterfront dining experience than Le Cirque. Exquisite French cuisine and an extensive wine list will tempt your taste buds as you enjoy the famous dancing Fountains of Bellagio.

Chandelier Bar

Afterward, get cozy and enjoy some of Las Vegas' unique nightlife, from the panoramic views at Drai's Nightclub atop The Cromwell to the retro-swagger of Matt Goss at Caesars Palace. Then enjoy late-night cocktails at The Chandlier at The Cosmopolitan, a unique three-level bar with different experience on each.

Las Vegas weddings

Of course, if you're looking to tie the knot, Las Vegas knows a thing or two about weddings. The Bellagio is one of several resorts with special wedding day packages just for Valentine's Day

Then, it's time to let loose. With the Presidents Day holiday included, you'll have an extra day to experience the concerts, comedy, celebrities and club performances that only Vegas can deliver. Check out who's in town this weekend below, or scroll through our full weekend lineup.

Friday, Feb. 13

CONCERTS & EVENTS

NIGHTCLUBS

Saturday, Feb. 14

CONCERTS & EVENTS

NIGHTCLUBS

Sunday, Feb. 15

CONCERTS & EVENTS

NIGHTCLUBS

Monday, Feb. 16

CONCERTS & EVENTS

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Must-see Vegas shows in 2015

A happy new year also means new shows to check out in the Entertainment Capital of the World! Here are a few must-see shows and events to put on your calendar in 2015:

ShowStoppers

1. ShowStoppers: The spotlight shines on Broadway's greatest musical hits from chorus numbers to duets in "Steve Wynn's ShowStoppers," at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas, featuring a talented cast of 34 singers and dancers backed by a 30-piece orchestra. "ShowStoppers" showcases more than 20 iconic Tony Award-winning songs from musicals by Cole Porter, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim, Marvin Hamlisch and more.

Reba, Brooks & Dunn

2.REBA, BROOKS & DUNN: Together in Vegas: For the first time ever, superstar entertainers Reba, Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn join forces for a one-of-a-kind country music residency - REBA, BROOKS & DUNN: Together in Vegas at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace. Catch them beginning in June, only in Las Vegas!

52 Sundays: Eddie Money

3. 52 Fridays: From Eddie Money (above), to Gary Puckett to Mel Tillis to Tommy James and the Shondells and more, every Friday night at the Golden Nugget in 2015 means another legendary performer takes the stage. 

USA Sevens

4. Great sports: From the international excitement of the USA Sevens Rugby Tournament in Feb. 13-15 to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in December, there's can't-miss live sports action year-round in Las Vegas.

Vegas Uncork'd

5. Special events: From the culinary showcase of the year, Vegas Uncork'd (April 23-26), to music events like the Insomniac Electric Daisy Carnival and the Life is Beautiful Festival, Las Vegas has can't-miss special events all year long.

No matter what you're looking for, it's waiting in Las Vegas in 2015!

Vegas Weekend: Usher, Jane's Addiction and more

The weekend means the world's top artists, comedians and music producers are heading to Las Vegas ... and so should you! See who's where below or click here to scroll through our full weekend lineup.

Jane's Addiction

Friday, Nov. 21

CONCERTS & EVENTS

NIGHTCLUBS

Usher

Saturday, Nov. 22

CONCERTS & EVENTS

NIGHTCLUBS

 

Sunday, Nov. 23

CONCERTS & EVENTS

NIGHTCLUBS

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Vegas Weekend: Everything from Kellie Pickler to Judas Priest

From country star Kellie Pickler to iconic hard rockers Judas Priest, there's something for every fan of every genre of music in Las Vegas this weekend, plus amazing comics, celebrity appearances and the most vibrant club scene anywhere on Earth. See who's where below or click here to scroll through our full weekend lineup.

Judas Priest

Friday, Nov. 14

CONCERTS & EVENTS

NIGHTCLUBS

Aaron Lewis

Saturday, Nov. 15

CONCERTS & EVENTS

NIGHTCLUBS

 

Sunday, Nov. 16

CONCERTS & EVENTS

NIGHTCLUBS

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The football party you've been waiting for all season is in Las Vegas

It's become a holiday weekend all its own -- centered on pro football's biggest game. But while the gridiron action is the main event, the entire week surrounding it has become a celebration, complete with parties galore, celebrity appearances and more. This year, make Las Vegas your homefield for all of the fun!

Catch every big play in Las Vegas' luxurious sports books and lounges and restaurants - and even lavish nightclubs - with arena-style seating. Here's a list of some of the places to see it all unfold:

Hyde Bellagio

Enjoy a slice of Las Vegas nightlife during the day and watch the title game at Hyde inside the Bellagio. The Big Game Viewing Party (21 and over) begins at 2 p.m. with a hosted bar until 5 p.m., a special game-time food menu, and of course, lots of HD plasma and VIP big screen TVs and plenty of seating.

The House of Blues at Mandalay Bay has gameday parties at both the Foundation Room and Crossroads Restaurant & Bar, each complete with raffles and giveaways and all the revelry you can handle. 

Chateau

Watch the game from high above the Strip as Chateau at Paris Las Vegas converts into big game headquarters, complete with a tailgate-style buffet and bottomless beer from 3-6 p.m. Across the street, you can party on the patio at RHUMBAR. The Mirage club is transforming into Caribbean patio into a gridiron paradise. 

Blondie's

Reserve a table for the championship game at Blondies Sports Bar & Grill inside the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood and enjoy the premium buffet and open bar, including top shelf drink options, starting at 1:30 p.m. Watch the game on the big screens and you'll also be eligible for giveaways and other prizes. For a great view of the Las Vegas Strip, as well as a place to enjoy the game and some good food, check out Twin Peaks

Also inside the Miracle Mile is Cabo Wabo Cantina, where you watch the game in comfort in The Loft, a luxurious new events space with a 184-inch video grid, and all-you-can-drink and all-you-can-eat specials. A similar package is available at Tacos y Tequila at Luxor. If you love chicken wings, quesadillas and taquitos with your football, T&T could be the perfect venue for your big game fun. 

The Pub at Monte Carlo

You can also choose from one of four viewing packages - and sample some amazing microbrews - at The Pub at Monte Carlo. Across the street at CRUSH inside the MGM Grand, nosh on the special gameday menu with butler-style service and tableside snacks all day long.

Sports books. Las Vegas' luxurious sports books, including the comfortable seating at The Mirage or theater-style atmosphere of Football Central at Westgate Las Vegas, are the next best thing to being at the game. At Caesars Palace, groups of eight can request a special "man cave" for a VIP feel.

Lagasse's Stadium at The Palazzo. BAM! Kick it up a notch when you watch the big game here. You can also indulge in football bites from the specialty tailgate menu at La Cave inside Wynn Las Vegas. The resort's more casual restaurants, including Allegro and Society Cafe, also have special menus and offers just for this football showcase.

Both Hard Rock Cafe locations are offering a variety of viewing packages for fans, each with food and drink specials of their own. And at the new Shake Shack inside New York-New York, go for the Two-Pint Conversion and get a free mini-Shack football. 

Make Las Vegas your home for pro football's biggest weekend!

Vegas Weekend: KISS, The Black Keys, Kid Cudi and more

From iconic rockers KISS beginning their three-week residency to today's hottest acts, you'll find concerts, comics and celebrities galore in Vegas this weekend. See who's where below or click here to scroll through our full weekend lineup.

KISS

Friday, Nov. 7

CONCERTS & EVENTS

NIGHTCLUBS

The Black Keys

Saturday, Nov. 8

CONCERTS & EVENTS

NIGHTCLUBS

 

Sunday, Nov. 9

CONCERTS & EVENTS

NIGHTCLUBS

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Ring in the New Year in the place that knows how to party -- Las Vegas!

You're ready to say goodbye to 2014, so how about doing it in a place that knows a little something about throwing a party?

Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga

New Year's Eve in Las Vegas is always a can't-miss experience, and this year is no exception. Start with the top entertainment you'll find anywhere on the planet, from Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga performing at The Cosmopolitan to Maroon 5 at Mandalay Bay to The Roots at Brooklyn Bowl.

Make sure you fuel up for the long night ahead. Kerry Simon's Carson Kitchen in downtown Las Vegas is celebrating the new year with a prix fixe menu from 5-10 p.m. The five-course meal includes an optional wine pairing. The restaurants at Wynn Las Vegas also have New Year's Eve specials throughout the day, including a dim sum brunch at Wing Lei and prix fixe five-course meals at The Country Club - A New American Steakhouse, Mizumi, Sinatra and more. Or head to Trevi inside the Forum Shops at Caesars and cap off your New Year's Eve meal with a festive champagne sorbetti. 

Starting at 5 p.m. at Mandalay Bay, you can "Paint the Town Gold” into a golden wonderland, complete with elaborate gold-themed accents, party favors, delicious culinary selections and more. It's complimentary for guests, and throughout the resort, themed models will enhance the masquerade-style atmosphere. 

When it's time for traditional New Year's revelry, count down to 2015 from 108 stories high at the Stratosphere's 108 Tower Party New Year's Eve Bash hosted by Pin Up headliner Claire Sinclair. 

New Year's Eve

You can also celebrate on the Las Vegas Strip with America's Party, capped by a spectacular fireworks show emanating from the rooftops of resorts up and down Las Vegas Boulevard. Or head downtown to the Fremont Street Experience for the Downtown Countdown New Year's Eve Tribute Palooza party under the Viva Vision canopy, where the party lasts well beyond the midnight toasts.

Virtually every nightclub in town has its own New Year's party planned, with champagne at midnight and the world's top musical artists and DJs keeping the party rocking all night long.

Iggy Azalea

Iggy Azalea performs live at Drai's Nightclub at The Cromwell, Bruno Mars and Jermaine Dupri host at Tryst inside Wynn Las Vegas, Drake takes the stage at Marquee at The Cosmopolitan and Miguel is live at Hyde inside Bellagio. Meanwhile, Snoop Dogg's "Snoopadelic Cabaret" is ushering in 2015 at TAO inside The Venetian.

Calvin Harris spins at Hakkasan inside MGM Grand, Steve Angello is ringing in the new year at LiFE, the new nightclub at SLS Las Vegas, Lil Jon performs at Surrender and Zedd is at the turntables at XS inside Encore at Wynn Las Vegas, and Pauly D is at the Hard Rock's Vanity

Ghostbar high atop the Palms, Lavo at Palazzo and Chateau at Paris Las Vegas also have special New Year's events planned. On the west side of town, you can enjoy live music and drink specials at Rocks Lounge inside Red Rock Resort.   

If you're just looking to chill, what better place than either Minus-5 Ice Bar location - there's one inside Mandalay Place and at the Monte Carlo. Get your New Year's revelry started early as both locations will offer champagne toasts on the hour beginning at 11 a.m. - to help welcome the New Year all around the globe. Nothing wrong with a little worldwide celebration, is there?

BLVD

The BLVD Cocktail Co. at The LINQ will feature live music, a midnight toast, and a special package including a ride on the High Roller after 12:30 a.m. with its unparalleled views of Las Vegas. You can also party on the patio at Cabo Wabo Cantina at Planet Hollywood's Miracle Mile Shops and enjoy a tantalizing view of the fireworks display on the Las Vegas Strip.

Whether it's just taking in the fireworks or dancing the night away, there's only one place to welcome 2015 - Las Vegas!  

Vegas Weekend: Life is Beautiful everywhere you look

Music stars from every genre converge on downtown Las Vegas this weekend for one of the year's most anticipated events. Make your way to Las Vegas and find out why Life Is Beautiful in the Entertainment Capital of the World.

The weekend-long festival will feature nearly 70 chart-topping acts such as Kanye West, Foo Fighters, Outkast and Arctic Monkeys performing on four stages in the heart of the newly revived Downtown Las Vegas, with several Culinary Villages offering food from dozens of culinary giants, including Giada De Laurentiis, Sean Conant, Hubert Keller, Shawn McClain and more.

Of course, there's always plenty of top entertainment throughout the city. Here's our weekend rundown of top shows, clubs and celebrity appearances. You can also check out our full weekend lineup here

Life Is Beautiful

Friday, Oct. 24

CONCERTS & EVENTS

POOLS/DAYCLUBS

NIGHTCLUBS

Dana Carvey

Saturday, Oct. 25

CONCERTS & EVENTS

POOLS/DAYCLUBS

NIGHTCLUBS

 

Sunday, Oct. 26

CONCERTS & EVENTS

POOLS/DAYCLUBS

NIGHTCLUBS

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