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A Star-Studded Kickoff to 2016

Las Vegas isn't known as the Entertainment Capital of the World for nothing. You'll find more concerts, production shows, celebrity appearances and the world's top DJs in a month here than many cities see in an entire year. 

See our complete January listings here, and to book show tickets, rooms and everything you need for your next great Vegas adventure, check out LasVegas.com.

Here's a sampling of what Las Vegas has in store for you this month. 

 Celine Dion

Jan 2-17: Celine Dion at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.

John Fogerty

Jan 8-23: John Fogerty at The Venetian

Jan. 14-17: WFG Continental Cup of Curling at The Orleans.

Martin Lawrence

Jan 16: Martin Lawrence at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel.

Styx

Jan. 16: Styx at the Palms

Jennifer Lopez

Jan 20-Feb. 6: Jennifer Lopez - All I Have at Planet Hollywood

Santana

Jan. 27: Santana at House of Blues

Bo Burnham

Jan 30: Bo Burnham at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel.

 

Not to play Monday morning quarterback, Johnny Vegas …

It’s unfortunate to have a job that requires you to work Sundays. You miss out on all of the uninhibited fun Las Vegas has to offer, when you stay home playing fetch with your dog on a Saturday night.

He did not, for example, touch down in time to wear a jungle-themed costume and attend the Party Animal event at Ghostbar Dayclub at the Palms.

He did not call an audible and watch Britney Spears perform at Planet Hollywood.

He did not huddle up with friends when Morrisey rocked the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel.

He did not scramble to catch Raiding the Rock Vault at the Tropicana.

He did not ride the High Roller at the LINQ.

He did not avoid the rush and grab an early dinner at Charlie Palmer Steak in the Four Seasons.

He did not see Gordie Brown’s show at Golden Nugget. Sorry, no Brown’s for this guy tonight.

He did not enjoy the action at UFC 195 at the MGM Grand.

He did not feel like he was on Top of the World at the Stratosphere Tower.

He did not watch Skrillex spin at XS Nightclub inside Encore at Wynn Las Vegas.

He did not take some time out to shop around for something new at Crystals at ARIA.

He did not have a drive stall at Treasure Island just to see Mystere by Cirque du Soleil.

He did not witness The Chainsmokers at Hakkasan Nightclub.

He did not catch Whitney Cummings performing stand-up at The Venetian.

He did not give his signature Salute after dining at the newest restaurant inside Red Rock Resort.

He did not tackle all of the food stations at the French Market Buffet at The Orleans.

He did not check out Joe Rogan at The Mirage.

He did not get a relaxing treatment at Ciel Spa at SLS Las Vegas.

He did not hog the Marquee inside at the Cosmopolitan.

He did not have been trying to work his way through the D … to grab a bite at Andiamo Italian Steakhouse downtown at The D Las Vegas.

He did not lead a quick drive at Exotics Racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

He did not enjoy a cold-weather environment like the Minus-5 Ice Bar at Mandalay Bay.

He did not partake in a pregame meal at Benihana in the Westgate Las Vegas.

He did not try to generate much O at the Cirque du Soleil show at the Bellagio.

Yep, there’s definitely a lot Johnny Vegas didn’t do on Saturday night.

What Happens Here, Stays Here.

10 Places to Expense Dinner in Vegas

Another year has come and gone, and with that means CES is only a few days away. It’s a time when innovation and technology collide and a time for convention-goers to try some of the world’s best restaurants that can only be found in Las Vegas.

For those of you going on an “all-expenses-paid trip,” which you can thank your hard work for, we’ve gathered a list of the restaurants best suited for each budget. Whether your work prefers you to eat on the lighter side or allows you to live the high-roller lifestyle, this list offers the best for everyone.

Buddy V's Ristorante

$ − Entrees under $30

  1. Buddy V’s Ristorante at The Venetian

The Cake Boss, Buddy Valastro, opened his first restaurant only a few years ago at The Venetian. It encompasses a mix of Italian-American dishes that have been passed down within his family. If you’re looking for some good home cooking, this is the place to go. And, of course, Buddy V didn’t forget to include his specialty − a bakery. Included on the menu is an impressive selection of deserts that include cannolis, the XL lobster tail and warm Nutella cake.

Dish to try: Valastro Sunday Gravy

Cost: $26

  1. Siegel’s 1941 at El Cortez

This is a restaurant the makes you feel like you’ve stepped back in time to the early days of Las Vegas,; one where Bugsy Siegel was the big man in town. It’s a sophisticated restaurant with an old school twist that’s open 24/7 to satisfy all types of diners. And best of all, you’re always likely to find some type of daily special.

Dish to try: Steak Frites Steak Special

Cost: $19.41

$$ − Entrees under $50

  1. Katsuya at SLS Las Vegas

Katsuya not only features a dynamic pairing menu that encompasses Japanese flavor into an American dish from master sushi chef Katsuya Uechi, but it also hosts an award-winning mixology program. It’s a restaurant that has been voted “one of the 50 hottest restaurants” by Open Table and is sure to serve some of the best sushi in town.

Dish to try: Omakase Sushi

Cost: $45

Giada at The Cromwell

  1. Giada at The Cromwell

Celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis opened her first ever restaurant with the opening of the boutique hotel, The Cromwell. The menu focuses mostly on Italian-style food but offers a wide variety of both vegan and gluten-free options. What’s exciting about Giada is that customers can watch chefs make fresh breads, pastas and desserts while also enjoying a stunning view of the Las Vegas Strip.

Dish to try: Spaghetti (shrimp, lemon and basil)

Cost: $34

Top of the World

$$$ − Entrees under $100

  1. Top of the World at Stratosphere

Want to eat at a restaurant with one of the best views of Las Vegas? Then this is the place for you. Situated 844 feet in the air with a 360-degree view of the city that rotates every 80 minutes, it’s no surprise this restaurant is known as the one of the most romantic restaurants in Las Vegas. But don’t let that stop you from coming here on your business trip.

Dish to try: Tasting Menu       

Cost: $98

  1. Sinatra inside Encore at Wynn Las Vegas

Where else other than Las Vegas would you be able to find a restaurant dedicated to the music man himself, Frank Sinatra? Inside Encore at Wynn, guests can ravish themselves in dishes favored by Sinatra himself. A menu prepared by chef Theo Schoenegger includes classic Italian dishes with a modern twist.

Dish to try: Ossobuco “My Way”

Cost: $53

Robuchon

$$$$ Entrees over $100

  1. Joël Robuchon at MGM Grand

Joël Robuchon is the only three Michelin Star and AAA Five Diamond restaurant in Las Vegas and for good reason. His 16-course menu featuring French cuisine is an unparalleled experience for all food lovers.

Dish to try: Tasting Menu

Cost: N/A

Restaurant Guy Savoy

  1. Guy Savoy at Caesars Palace

Chef Guy Savoy brings his famous French cuisine to Las Vegas in his famous namesake restaurant. Attention to detail is a must in this two Michelin Star restaurant as chef Savoy does not even allow for fresh flowers or perfume to be worn by his employees for fear it will ruin the aroma of his dishes.

Dish to try: Innovation Inspired Menu

Cost: $375

Aureole

Only Vegas Finds

  1. Aureole at Mandalay Bay

Aureole was one of the city’s first fine-dining restaurants and continues to hold its position in this category. Brought to Las Vegas by Charlie Palmer in 1999, it features the only four-story wine tower in Las Vegas with flying wine angels. What’s a flying wine angel you ask? These are the girls who zip line around the four-story wine tower to bring you your requested wine. You’ll have to see this for yourself.

Dish to try: Tasting Menu (if available)

Cost: $145

  1. Rose. Rabbit. Lie. at The Cosmopolitan

Looking for a different kind of dining scene, maybe something that is a little more upbeat with an unusual setting? This is your place. It’s a unique social club that includes a mix of restaurant and bar with a lounge atmosphere and a twist on the typical live entertainment.

Dish to try: Beef Wellington

Cost: $275

 

Vegas Weekend: Catch Ron White, Alabama, The Nutcracker and more

It's beginning to look a lot like ... another incredible weekend in Las Vegas! Check out the array of concerts, production shows, comedy and of course, the nightlife featuring the world's biggest music producers. See who's where and when below, or view our full lineup of shows.

Alabama

Friday, Dec. 11

CONCERTS & EVENTS

NIGHTCLUBS

Gary Allan

Saturday, Dec. 12

CONCERTS & EVENTS

NIGHTCLUBS

Sunday, Dec. 13

CONCERTS & EVENTS

NIGHTCLUBS

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10 Extravagant Things To Do In Vegas

Everybody who comes to Las Vegas pretty much already knows that you can buy a bottle at a nightclub, a suite in a hotel, a dinner at a famous restaurant, a souvenir shot glass or front row tickets to a Cirque show. But with Vegas being the city it is, there has to be a whole slew of items that you didn’t even know existed for purchase. Which is why we’ve curated a list of 10 items you probably didn’t know you could buy in Las Vegas.

Bauman Rare Books

1. Mark Twain’s first edition of Huck Finn

     At Bauman Rare Books in the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian / The Palazzo customers can view all kinds of first-edition books and documents. Complete in its collection is a first edition of Mark Twain’s Huck Finn and Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. 3327 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109

2. Buy wine in an IV bag

At Heart Attack Grill on Fremont Street, customers who order wine will get it served to them in an IV bag (with a straw, not a needle). We should probably also mention that shots come in a pill bottle and when you walk in, staff offer you a hospital gown. 450 Fremont Street, Las Vegas, 89101

Bellagio Fountains

3. Make the Fountains of Bellagio sing

Yes, we’ll admit, this is a little pricy considering it will cost you $250,000, but it would make a pretty good story to say you turned on the Bellagio fountains. Once the fountains are turned off, a gold box will be delivered to you at Hyde Bellagio nightclub. Inside the box will be a selection of songs to choose from and a red button. Once you pick a song, you can press the button to turn on the fountains. 3600 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89109

High Roller

4. Get married on the High Roller

It seems that you can get married everywhere in Las Vegas, but to get married 550 feet in the air is a whole other experience. At the High Roller observation wheel at The LINQ, couples can tie the knot in their own private cabin. The ceremony, which consists of one complete rotation on the wheel, takes 30 minutes and couples are able to invite 40 of their closest friends and family. 3545 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109

5. Art ’O’ Mat at The Cosmopolitan

The Art ’O’ Mat is a vending machine and The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas offers six of within their hotel. The machine dispenses small pieces of art. Pieces will vary depending on the artist who created them and can be anything from a keychain to earrings, and even a mini-painting. 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109

6. Ostrich feathers at Rainbow Feather Co.

An entire store that only sells feathers! Who would have thought this existed, but it does and, of course, it’s in Vegas. At Rainbow Feather Co. located in the Las Vegas arts district, shoppers can buy seven different types of bird feathers and/or feathered boas. They even refurbish old feathered costumes. 1036 S. Main St., Las Vegas, NV 89101

Mount Charleston

7. Lift ticket at Mount Charleston

It snows in Las Vegas? Well, not quite. It snows in Mount Charleston, which is about a 30-minute drive from the Strip. But it’s here where skiers and snowboarders can go to get their winter fix in this desert. 2755 Kyle Canyon Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89124

Gold Spike

8. House at Gold Spike

At some bars, you can buy a table or a bottle. But at Gold Spike, you can buy a bottle and if you pay enough, you can rent the house it has in the back for a night. Not a bad option in the summer, considering it comes equipped with air-conditioning. 217 N. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89101

9. Dinosaur mannequin at Las Vegas Mannequin

Mannequins have to come from somewhere, right? Well, at Las Vegas Mannequin, you can buy your typical mannequin figure or you can buy a dinosaur mannequin. Guess it depends on what’s more appealing to your customers. 3900 W. Desert Inn Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89102

Lobster Zone

10. A lobster in The Lobster Zone

Did we mention that The Lobster Zone is a vending machine filled with lobsters? Yes, that’s right. And if you’re able to catch one, then Mickie Finnz Fish House & Bar will cook it for you. Neonopolis, 425 Fremont St., Las Vegas, NV 89101

 

Vegas Weekend: NFR gallops into town

Saddle up and get ready for an amazing weekend of cowboy culture in Las Vegas as the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo rides into town - and with it, top country acts. Of course, there's also the unrivaled club scene with the world's biggest music producers, more concerts, comedy, and everything else you'll only find in Las Vegas. Check out the list below or see our full lineup of shows.

Big & Rich

Friday, Dec. 4

CONCERTS & EVENTS

NIGHTCLUBS

Rob Thomas

Saturday, Dec. 5

CONCERTS & EVENTS

NIGHTCLUBS

 
An Irishman In Vegas Redo

We thought #IrishmanInVegas deserved a second chance to turn things around with his GoPro. Here’s the redo.

Posted by Visit Las Vegas on Friday, November 20, 2015

Sunday, Dec. 6

CONCERTS & EVENTS

NIGHTCLUBS

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Vegas Weekend: Stuffed with shows, nightlife and more

You're surely excited about a hearty holiday meal this week, but be sure to leave a little room left over ... for a Las Vegas weekend stuffed with concerts and club performances you won't find anywhere else. Check out the list below or see our full lineup of shows.

Dead and Company

Friday, Nov. 27

CONCERTS & EVENTS

NIGHTCLUBS

Whitney Cummings

Saturday, Nov. 28

CONCERTS & EVENTS

NIGHTCLUBS

 

Celebrate the Sinatra centennial by taking a walk in Frank's footsteps in our blog: http://spr.ly/6180BRwsw #Sinatra100Photo: Las Vegas News Bureau

Posted by Visit Las Vegas on Saturday, November 21, 2015

Sunday, Nov. 29

CONCERTS & EVENTS

NIGHTCLUBS

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Unconventional: SEMA

What do a 7-foot-tall tire, a trunk with a fish tank, etc., and an alien-themed motorcycle have in common?

They are all part of the eclectic and creative mix of modified vehicles you'll find only at the annual SEMA Show at Las Vegas Convention Center. A bumper car turned into a real working car? Yep, there was one of those, too. There were shocks that looked like a complete chemistry set, tire rims that would look at home in any fine art gallery, and about everything else you could imagine. While these things seem unusual to find in an everyday setting, here at SEMA, they are as commonplace as the Vegas showgirl.

Every year, millions of people visit Las Vegas. Last year, the destination welcomed over 40 million visitors to be exact. Each one of these visitors comes for his or her own reasons. Some need a vacation, an adventure and a break from their everyday life, others are hoping to beat the odds in an effort make a few bucks, while another large majority are here for business rather than pleasure. 

According to P.J. Burchett, a Tennessee local, it was a six pack of beer, the potential he saw in an old Metro Van and a shed that brought him here – well, figuratively speaking of course. While these three things didn’t actually get him here, they are where his Vegas story begins.

P.J. was just one of the 140,000 people who attended this year’s Specialty Equipment Market Association show, better known as SEMA. It’s a trade show built from the business of modifying all types of motor vehicles, which includes everything that runs on land, water, snow and dirt. The show draws in buyers, sellers and manufacturers from 130 different countries and features over 2,400 exhibitors. The international draw is so extensive that there are separate registration areas based on country and language spoken. This year marked the show’s 49th consecutive year and its 38th year in Las Vegas.

On the outside, SEMA may seem like a normal trade show but for those who attend, it’s the biggest thing to happen each year in the industry. If you’re not there, you’re considered an outsider − just like being in high school all over again. According to P.J., “This is the biggest thing on the planet in the automotive industry in my mind. If you’re not here, you’re not in the clique.”

This trade show is seen as the ultimate showroom. Just as many people view Las Vegas as the destination where you can wear whatever you want, be whoever you want and act however you want – a red carpet of sorts for all those that visit. To the attendees, SEMA is their red carpet, but instead it’s the cars that are the stars.

It’s here where no paint job is too glitzy, no design is too over the top and no accessory is too gaudy. It’s because these people see their vehicles as an extension of themselves and they put it all on display during this week in true Las Vegas fashion.

Step outside the main doors of SEMA and you would find yourself greeted by Kellie DeFries, a woman who calls herself the Crystal Ninja. Kellie is known for producing the most outrageous crystal designs using all Swarovski Crystals. She has crystalized everything from a lift elevator in London, to 30 pairs of UGG Boots and even the roof of a Mini Cooper.

But it is here on this Vegas-style red carpet where she decided to show off one of her biggest designs to date, expressing her true creative nature − in the destination known for its creative freedom. Finishing the crystallization of a 1956 Porsche 356 Speedster, a car that, once completed, would showcase both her passion and artistry profession in life. A car rightfully meant to be on display in Las Vegas for its imaginative nature and over-the-top design.

For SEMA first-timers, the event can be quite overwhelming. Just imagine stepping off the monorail on the south end of the Las Vegas Convention Center, only to look down from the platform and see a welcoming committee of crowds, cars and monster trucks that fill 2 million square feet of convention space. Not to mention the first thing seen by most attendees − the custom-built speedway in the Silver Parking lot of the convention center, meant for professional riding, including a few drifting performances.

Ride down the escalator from the monorail platform to the convention center and you’ll find yourself engulfed in a mix of cars that look like they are straight off the set of The Fast and The Furious, or teleported out of the 1950s. In fact, it was rumored that the designer of the cars for The Fast and The Furious was at the show but he remained elusive.

What I did track down was a 7-foot-tall tire, a bumper car turned into a real working car, and an SUV with a fish tank in the trunk complete with actual fish. There were also shocks that looked like a complete chemistry set, tire rims that would look at home in any fine art gallery, and a green motorcycle with a black spiked chair and alien-themed front. While these things seem unusual to find in an everyday setting, at SEMA, they are as commonplace as the Vegas showgirl.

In essence, that’s the draw of coming to Las Vegas as opposed to any other city – it’s unusual in the sense that it offers a little bit of everything for everyone. SEMA does the same, whether you’re an artist, a car fanatic, someone looking for an alien-themed bike or lack all knowledge when it comes to cars − even how to change a tire (like us) − there truly is something for everyone. When it comes to modifying your vehicle, there is no stop sign, no yield sign and no speed limit. It really is the ultimate version of creative freedom just like Vegas.

Gary Wales bought a 1915 La Bestioni fire engine that had been abandoned for 50 years and decided to rebuild the car. After 12 months of work, he completed “Rusty Two,” a replica of the previous 1917 La Bestioni he had remade, which he named “The Rusty One.” Upon seeing this car, you’ll realize instantly that there is nothing else out there quite like this. This car is one of a kind. It looked like a cross between an old fire engine, a farming tractor, a classic Jaguar and the Bat Mobile.

Yes, you heard that right.

This vehicle was stunning in design, but one of the most unique items on the car were the different types of badges adorning it.

According to Gary, “The badges are an extension of heraldry. I collect these badges. … It’s for clubs, it’s for countries (and) it’s for all sorts of things. (It) is to distinguish you from the other individuals, the mere mortals. I put them on the car because these are my ladies and this is their automotive jewelry.”

And what lady doesn’t want to show off her jewelry, especially in Las Vegas.

So you’re probably wondering, why did a six pack of beer, an old van and a shed bring P.J. here?

Put simply, to hand out ice cream out of his ice cream truck. Of course, that makes sense. It’s not like he came 1,500 miles or anything.

P.J. Burchett discovered an old, abandoned 1950 Metro Van in a field near his house. Unfortunately, for him, the yard belonged to a man who didn’t want to be bothered, owned a shotgun and had no desire to sell the old Metro Van. But P.J. heard a rumor that if he were to show up with a six pack of beer, then the man might listen to him and he might not chase him off his property with his shotgun. Knowing he needed that van, P.J. took the chance. After much hesitation and only a wave of the shotgun, it was agreed that if he built him a shed he could have the van.

P.J. showed up at SEMA to display his remodeled Metro Van that he decided to turn into a 1950’s-style ice cream truck, complete with a built-in working cooler with ice cream to serve.

Be it P.J., Kellie or Gary and the many others in attendance, it’s clear this event attracts people from all different parts of the world, each with a different background and reason for attending. It’s a trade show unlike any other trade show, where you can expect to find the strange and unusual. Where you can show off your creative nature in any fashion you want. We like to think there’s a reason SEMA never left Vegas after it moved here. Frankly, where else in the world can something like this be held?

Don't sit on the sidelines ... Vegas is the place to watch the big game!

Pro football's biggest game's is drawing near, and Las Vegas is your homefield to an amazing weekend, complete with parties galore, celebrity appearances and more. 

Catch every big play in Las Vegas' luxurious sports books and lounges and restaurants - and even lavish nightclubs - with arena-style seating. 

Hyde Bellagio

CLUBS: 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 lots of HD plasma and VIP big screen TVs and plenty of seating.

Chateau

You can also enjoy the game from high above the Strip as Chateau at Paris Las Vegas converts into big game headquarters, complete with a tailgate-style buffet. 

Blondie's

Reserve a table for the championship game at Blondies Sports Bar & Grill inside the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood. 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

SPORTS BOOKS: See every score at any of Las Vegas' luxurious sports books, including the theater-style atmosphere of Football Central at Westgate Las Vegas or the comfort of Red Rock Resort. It's 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.

RESTAURANTS: BAM! Kick it up a notch when you watch the big game at Lagasse's Stadium at The Palazzo. You can also indulge in football bites from the specialty tailgate menu at La Cave inside Wynn Las Vegas

Both Hard Rock Cafe locations are offering a variety of viewing packages for fans, each with food and drink specials of their own. 

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

Vegas Weekend: Rise Against, Heart, Jay Leno and more take the stage

The holidays are almost upon us, but Las Vegas is in the spirit of giving year-round, with concerts, comics and club performances you won't find anywhere else. Check out the list below or see our full lineup of shows.

Heart

Friday, Nov. 20

CONCERTS & EVENTS

NIGHTCLUBS

Rise Against

Saturday, Nov. 21

CONCERTS & EVENTS

NIGHTCLUBS

 

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Posted by Visit Las Vegas on Sunday, November 15, 2015

Sunday, Nov. 22

CONCERTS & EVENTS

NIGHTCLUBS

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