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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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7 Places In Vegas To Walk In Sinatra's Footsteps

Just picture it: Frank Sinatra in his prime, as one of the most celebrated and iconic entertainers of all time, christening the brand-new Theatre Ballroom (now the Gordie Brown Showroom) inside the Golden Nugget in 1984. What’s more, it’s right in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas, a town he had become synonymous with for decades.

 Las Vegas News Bureau

Photo: Las Vegas News Bureau

The pomp. The pageantry. The electricity of opening night.

And Sinatra prepared for this momentous show - in the freight elevator.

The room where Ol’ Blue Eyes headlined from 1984 - 1989 was originally never intended to be a showroom, and once the resort inked Sinatra to the deal, it scrambled to convert the room into a theater. But one thing wasn’t ready in time - Sinatra’s dressing room.

Eventually the dressing room was completed, and part of it remains the same as it was more than a quarter of a century ago. But despite the temporary inconvenience, the late Sinatra – who would have been 100 years old on Dec. 12 – would look fondly on those days.

Sinatra headlined at the Golden Nugget from 1984-1989. Some of his dressing room, which wasn't built until after the show opened, remains intact from when he performed there.

His distinctive voice still resonates today, whether it’s listening to “Luck Be a Lady” while watching the Fountains of Bellagio, or reliving it through tribute shows such as The Rat Pack Is Back.

Sinatra and his legacy will also be honored at a huge made-for-TV gala at Wynn Las Vegas Dec. 2 (airing Dec. 6) in celebration of the 100th anniversary of his birth.

Las Vegas was Sinatra’s playground, and he loved to play here. The trail that Sinatra blazed through the city covers a variety of dining hot spots, showrooms, lounges and more all over the valley. Here’s a guided tour down some of that path:

GOLDEN GATE HOTEL AND CASINO

It’s no coincidence you’ll find vintage pictures of Sinatra and his closest friends adorning the walls of the historic Golden Gate at the end of Fremont Street.

A quick stop for a drink at Bar Prohibition will definitely give you that vintage Vegas feeling. After all, it's where Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. and the rest of the Rat Pack were said to have had drinks together. 

Sinatra and friends are said to have shared a few cocktails at Golden Gate where Bar Prohibition is today.

GOLDEN STEER STEAK HOUSE

Heading south from downtown on Las Vegas Boulevard and making a quick right at Sahara Avenue will take you to the Golden Steer Steak House. This iconic Las Vegas dining destination for celebrities has been around for a half century, and music icons from Ol’ Blue Eyes to Elvis to to B.B. King were consistent patrons of the cozy and intimate steakhouse and lounge.

 

 

Sinatra often dined at the Golden Steer Steak House - so often that he had
a private booth where people can still make reservations to eat today.

In fact, Sinatra was such a frequent visitor, that he had a booth named after him – even while he was still coming to dine there. That was his spot, and you can still make reservations to eat in the Sinatra booth to this day.

CHAMPAGNES CAFE



East a few blocks on Sahara, south on Maryland Parkway and you’re not far from Champagnes Café. This otherwise unassuming dive bar is rich with Las Vegas history, as both a popular hangout for the Rat Pack back in the day, but also Tony Spilotro’s infamous Hole in the Wall Gang.

Champagnes Cafe was a favorite hangout of the Rat Pack. 

Check out the red velvet and pictures of Sinatra and Co. The nostalgia alone makes it worth a visit.

THE VENETIAN

Photo: Michael Groth

If you hop back on Maryland Parkway southbound and hang a quick right on Twain Avenue, you'll be heading toward the fabulous Strip. Twain Avenue eventually becomes Sands Drive and when it reaches Las Vegas Boulevard, you’re at The Venetian/Palazzo. This is the former site of the Sands, where Sinatra and the Rat Pack headlined at the Copa Room in the 1960s.

Sinatra backstage at the Sands' Copa Room, circa 1965.

Sinatra backstage at the Sands' Copa Room, circa 1965.

CAESARS PALACE

If you’re looking for an existing venue where Sinatra played on the Strip, keep heading south to Flamingo Road and pay tribute at Caesars Palace, Sinatra’s home in the latter part of the decade.

Sinatra began headlining at Caesars Palace after Howard Hughes' 1967 purchase of the Sands led to a heated dispute with Sands management over Sinatra's credit at the casino.

THE FLAMINGO

Just across the street is the Flamingo hotel. Sinatra never headlined there, but if you’re a fan of the original Ocean’s Eleven, here’s a neat piece of nostalgia: The Flamingo is the only remaining hotel from that classic film.

VINTAGE STYLE

The places Sinatra hung out were classic, but Sinatra’s resonance extends far beyond these locations. He represents a vintage style, a culture that is still embraced by fans today.

Vintage music isn't the only sign of the times at the Las Vegas Church of Sinatra meetings.

A visit to any monthly meeting of the Las Vegas of the Church of Sinatra will confirm that the culture of the Rat Pack days is alive and well, even in 2015.

“That’s really the foundation for it – the vintage culture,” says Donny Jacobs, the bishop of the Vegas chapter. Jacobs first attended a Church of Sinatra meeting in 1998 in San Francisco and is responsible for creating a branch in Las Vegas.

“It started as an excuse for friends to dress up, listen to old music, have some fancy cocktails and enjoy a piece of that lifestyle, and it just grew from there,” Jacobs explains. “They are all over now and when I came here from Houston, I was encouraged to start one here in Las Vegas.”

“This used to be a town where, after 6 p.m., if you went to Caesars Palace (another venue where Sinatra regularly performed in his heyday), it was always black tie. Nobody wore shorts and sandals and T-shirts. There’s such a decline in style over the years and I think that’s what people enjoy the most here – getting dressed up,” he said.

Attendees at Church of Sinatra meetings love to dress in that vintage Sinatra style.

Las Vegan Eric Foemmel opens his home up to meetings, which range in attendance from seven to 75, as frequently as possible.

“I turn the pool into a ‘dive-in’ theater and we project old movies on the wall in the back yard .… We have the best time enjoying music and a few drinks with friends. That’s what this party is really all about.”

In many ways, Sinatra’s life was all about the same things. We may be celebrating a century since his birth, but the memories he created in Las Vegas will live forever.

Happy 100th, Chairman.

Photo: Las Vegas News Bureau

Photo: Las Vegas News Bureau 

Get into the holiday spirit in Las Vegas!

'Tis the season to get into the holiday spirit in Las Vegas! 

Start with a little holiday shopping. With everything from extravagant malls to specialty shops, you're sure to find something for everyone on your list. Bring along our shopping passport for even bigger savings!

Las Vegas is a shopper's paradise, and great buys are in store throughout the holiday season. Navigate the cobblestone streets of The Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian | The Palazzo or visit The Forum Shops at Caesars with its roster of more than 160 specialty shops and restaurants. Enjoy the cooler and browse Town Square Las Vegas, an open-air center less than 2 miles south of Mandalay Bay on Las Vegas Boulevard. You'll find an eclectic collection of shops including A|X Armani Exchange, Sephora, Swarovski and many more!

Crystals

You can also indulge in shopping elegance at The Shops at Crystals ARIA Las Vegas, which houses more than 500,000 square feet of sophisticated retail and dining, and the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood that includes 170 specialty stores and 15 restaurants within its 1.2-mile corridor. For more unparalleled shopping, check out  the Fashion Show Mall on the Strip, and Las Vegas North Premium Outlets downtown and Las Vegas South Premium Outlets south of the Strip.

For a unique collection of boutique shops, dining and more, head over to the Downtown Container Park, made completely of stacked shipping containers, For more retail therapy, Downtown Summerlin is about a 20-minute drive from the Strip or Fremont Street. You're sure to find something for everyone on your list!

Then enjoy a little gift for yourself - experiencing the festive displays you'll only find in Las Vegas, including the Ethel M Chocolates and Cactus Garden, the Conservatory at the Bellagio and the Waterfall, Atrium & Gardens at The Palazzo, which feature hand-designed snowflakes suspended midair in the three-floor-high atrium. 

Hungry? You'll find special holiday menus at many Las Vegas restaurants, including the spiked egg nog bread pudding as part of a three-course holiday prix fixe meal inside TAP at MGM Grand, and the delicious holiday brunch at Border Grill inside the Forum Shops at Caesars.

Looking for some activities in which you can participate? Lace up your skates and prepare for the return of The Ice Rink at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. This year, the winter wonderland overlooking the heart of The Strip will be bigger and better than ever with 4,200 square feet of real ice, snow showers every half hour between 6 PM – 10 PM Wednesday through Sunday, holiday movie screenings and festive culinary offerings including curated cocktails and roasted s’mores over a fire pit.  

If you prefer something in more traditional footwear, how about dressing up in a red and black suit and white beard and joining a few thousand other Kris Kringles on Dec. 5 in the Las Vegas Great Santa Run at the Fremont Street Experience in downtown Las Vegas. 

Of course, there are plenty of holiday-themed shows to see in the Entertainment Capital of the World. This season marks the debut of  “ ‘Twas the Knight!” - the Tournament of Kings holiday show at Excalibur. The area will be transformed Nov. 25–Dec. 28 into a winter wonderland as guests are greeted by carolers singing seasonal tunes. Prior to the performance, Royal Heralds will play games and inspire guests with renditions of their King’s adventures. While experiencing the merry show, guests will enjoy a three-course holiday-inspired meal, sans utensils, complete with a festive dessert and egg nog as they cheer on their king! 

Another must-see classic performance is The Nutcracker, performed by Nevada Ballet Theatre Dec. 12-20 at The Smith Center. Accompanied by a live orchestra, this beautiful production is guaranteed to get you into the holiday spirit.

Looking for more holiday enjoyment? A trip to Opportunity Village's Magical Forest will certainly instill the holiday spirit. Wind through the holiday tree forest adorned with whimsical decorations featuring nearly three million lights, or hop on the Forest Express passenger train and Enchanted Carousel.

If you're a sports fan, you can catch two of college football's top teams at the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl on Dec. 19 or some spirited college hoops action at the Holiday Hoops College Basketball event on Dec. 18-23 at the South Point.

This holiday season, Las Vegas is the place to be jolly!

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