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Warm, dry air makes for perfect patio atmosphere, so it’s no wonder outdoor dining is increasingly a Las Vegas staple. This being Vegas, the alfresco possibilities range from inexpensive and family-friendly to memorably luxurious. Here are some of the many possibilities.
(Note that many outdoor seating spaces are first-come, first-serve; ask when you arrive, or make a reservation.)
On the Strip
Las Vegas Boulevard, also known as the Strip, has undergone a transformation in the last couple of years, unveiling a multitude of walkways and boulevards for pedestrians. Here you’ll find a growing number of sidewalk cafés, indoor-outdoor restaurants, and even fine dining in the open air.
This is immediately evident at Monte Carlo Resort & Casino, where a half dozen restaurants recently opened overlooking a broad open-air plaza — a setup ideal for people watching. Diners can enjoy the breezes as they focus on Diablo’s Cantina margaritas (if you can’t choose, let the Wheel of Sin decide for you) or comfort food and live music at the rowdy Double Barrel Roadhouse.
Next door to the Monte Carlo Resort & Casino, New York-New York Resort & Casino is revamping its entire front entrance. One of the redesign’s first missions was to enlarge Nine Fine Irishmen and add a true outdoor patio. The popular pub needed the extra room to hold all the patrons who flock to sing along with Irish ballads, sip pints, and fill up on Emerald Isle grub.
The LINQ Promenade, an airy space between Flamingo Las Vegas and The LINQ Hotel & Casino, guests can take a break from hitting the pins at Brooklyn Bowl and people watch from the elevated patio or wave at diners seated across the way at Chayo Mexican Cantina and Tequila Bar.
From Chayo’s two patios, watch the High Roller observation wheel go-round at the end of The LINQ’s wide pedestrian walkway. Or take it easy and munch on a pizza at Flour & Barley’s 1,200-square-foot patio. (Even easier: Grab a slice from the walkup window and take it wherever you’re headed.)
While THEHotel at Mandalay Bay just finished its transformation into The Delano Las Vegas, miX restaurant, with its panoramic views up and down the Strip, will remain through the fall. The expansive 64th-floor patio will still be there after Chef Alain Ducasse remakes miX into Rivera, with a new menu inspired by the French and Italian rivieras, in early 2015.
Guests seeking calm and serenity should make their way to the nearby Verandah at Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas, where they can relax and dine on casual Italian food on the tropical-feeling poolside patio and feel miles away from the bustle of the Strip.
The casual and colorful Serendipity 3 patio at Caesars Palace overlooks both the Caesars fountains and the sidewalk, making it great for people watching. An inventive, whimsical menu adds to the fun. Be sure to save room for dessert given the gigantic proportions of its sweet treats.
Maximizing the benefits of the outdoors is a priority at Wynn Las Vegas. Here the emphasis is not on celebrating the resort’s place on the Strip but on creating a serene atmosphere apart from the excitement of the outside world. A veritable forest of trees surrounds the sizable but cozy patio at La Cave Food & Wine Hideaway. Guests at Mizumi are as impressed by the tree-shaded waterfalls as they are by the sushi, and the open-air SW Steakhouse overlooks the Lake of Dreams.
Bellagio’s fountains are a beloved attraction, and surrounding restaurants take advantage of the crowds. Restaurants at the Bellagio range from upscale to casual, treating diners to some incredible views. Picasso takes its fine-dining inspiration from France and Italy, where the artist lived. (His works on display here are almost as eye-catching as the fountains below the 16-table patio.) The view from Todd English’s popular Mediterranean-inspired restaurant Olives, is also spectacular, and guests rave about the beef carpaccio.
Patio restaurants at the Paris Las Vegas, right across from the Bellagio, include the Sugar Factory American Brasserie, with delectable sweets as well as savory items, and Mon Ami Gabi, with a menu of — what else? — classic French cuisine.
On the second floor of The Cromwell, a new boutique hotel, is celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis's first restaurant, Giada. It gives diners a view of the Strip, including the Bellagio fountains, along with California-influenced Italian cuisine. And even if you’re not on the terrace, the retractable windows lining the dining room can make you feel as if you are.
Since the swanky retro-classic The Barrymore is a half block off the Strip in the Royal Resort, its comfy but chic outdoor patio, decorated with tufted sofas and rattan chairs, provides great views of Las Vegas glitz. The classy but unpretentious menu is full of dishes you could imagine old Las Vegas bigwigs ordering (short ribs and octopus, for instance).
Also not far from the Strip is Culinary Dropout, a gastro pub with an attitude (a playful attitude — think house-made pretzels with a side of whiskey) known for its big patio full of neatly arranged sofas, tables, fire pits, and umbrellas. Because it’s located inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, live music is a given.
Resorts aren’t the only entities with worthy patios: Even shopping centers get in on the alfresco action. The patio at BRIO Tuscan Grille, in Town Square Las Vegas at the far south end of the Strip, has an outdoor fire pit where guests can savor the flavors of northern Italian farmhouse cooking. Tommy Bahama’s Restaurant & Bar, also at Town Square Las Vegas, evokes a tropical resort. Like its counterpart at Paris Las Vegas, the Sugar Factory American Brasseriealso features outdoor dining.
Downtown’s ever-growing number of alluring restaurants is drawing diners, too. For starters, there’s Park on Fremont, a sprawling gastro pub with a big, gardenlike patio that feels more like a well-maintained backyard than an urban lounge. Check out design touches such as reclaimed barn wood and a hopscotch game made of mosaic tile while you sip your beer or cocktail and munch on pub fare with a Southern twist.
Also Downtown, Carson Kitchen’s urban-industrial-chic decor and chef Kerry Simon’s delectably quirky mindset (think Wellington empanadas or gyro tacos) combine for a vibe that brings Brooklyn or San Francisco to mind. Head to the upstairs deck for live music.
Nittaya’s Secret Kitchen, west of Downtown in Summerlin, might be a secret to Las Vegas neophytes, but locals know it well. They rave about Nittaya’s small-plate cooking, imported from her homeland, Thailand, and the outdoor plantings on her small but well-furnished patio.
And don’t forget that most outdoor of dining options: food trucks. This growing scene is offering startup restaurateurs an inexpensive way to innovate. One that’s earned loyal fans is the Japanese-burger goodness at Fukuburger. A more permanent version recently opened at FAME at The LINQ, making it easier for visitors to try the stylish burgers.
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The Las Vegas skyline is always changing, which means visitors are always guaranteed to find something fresh. But the number of new projects right now is extraordinary even for this town. Here's the scoop on what you need to be looking out for on your next visit.
SLS Las Vegas, which hospitality-entertainment veteran company SBE opened Aug. 23, is Las Vegas Boulevard's newest venture. On the site of the former Sahara Hotel & Casino at the north end of the Strip, it houses more than 1,600 rooms and suites in a variety of sizes. Each of its three towers has its own personality and modern rooms designed by the unique eye of Philippe Starck. Nighttime hot spots include "mega-club" LiFE, music venue the Sayers Club, and stylish Foxtail. Other amenities: Ciel Spa, a 10,000-square-foot Fred Segal store, and plenty of restaurants.
THEhotel at Mandalay Bay has undergone a major transformation to emerge as Delano Las Vegas as of Sept. 2. Along with refurbished suites, the Delano is opening a new spa, Bathhouse, with globally sourced treatments, and the farmhouse-inspired Della's Kitchen, a restaurant with an emphasis on freshness that includes produce from an on-site greenhouse.
The Cromwell Las Vegas is the first stand-alone boutique hotel on the Strip. It opened in May with Giada (the first restaurant from Giada de Laurentiis) and Drai's, a day-and-night lounge and poolside nightclub on the roof. The decor is modern glam with touches of old-school European elegance.
The Downtown Grand (formerly Lady Luck) opened last fall with a chic, streamlined look that fits right in with its ever-evolving surroundings in downtown Las Vegas. The vibe combines modern and retro, with a rooftop pool accompanied by picnic tables, fire pits and blackjack tables.
Big construction projects around Las Vegas are coming to fruition this fall. F.A.M.E. (Food·Art·Music·Entertainment) is now open at The LINQ. It combines a Chinatown-style food market — expect dim sum, stir-fry, and ramen — and Asian-influenced live entertainment in casual surroundings with a big patio for outdoor seating.
Monte Carlo Resort & Casino has unveiled a much-anticipated open-air plaza. Facing the Strip, it's surrounded by six new restaurants with patio seating that allows diners and passersby to watch live sidewalk entertainment.
Soon MGM Resorts' The Park will connect this new promenade and the refurbished New York-New York Resort & Casino with an eight-acre pedestrian-friendly plaza lined on the north and south side of the property with shops and dining. It's all part of a walkability emphasis that's taken hold in Las Vegas in recent years. MGM also broke ground this spring on a new arena, just beyond The Park and behind New York-New York Resort & Casino, scheduled to open in the spring of 2016.
On the north end of the Strip, MGM Resorts is transforming a 33-acre space into a neon-lit open-air music venue for America's first Rock in Rio festival, slated for May 2015. The weekend event will draw 300,000 people but the plan is to keep the "City of Rock" open year round with a zip line, a ferris wheel, concerts, and other events.
New venues are popping up all over Downtown Las Vegas as well. The El Cortez Hotel & Casino, the city’s oldest continuously open hotel and a downtown staple, will debut Siegel’s 1941, a new restaurant paying homage to old Vegas, by early 2015.
The Bunkhouse Saloon is the latest new thing at the Downtown Project, which has already brought us Downtown Container Park and the Downtown 3rd Farmers Market. The beloved music venue, in business since the 1950s, reopened in August with a new menu (featuring a variety of sloppy joes and other inexpensive bar food), updated digs and a fall lineup including the Breeders, Allen Stone, and Mike Doughty.
New Acts and Activities
Every season brings new artist residencies to Las Vegas, and this fall will see a fresh influx of talent. For starters, KISS will be rocking the town at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino through November. Ventriloquist-comedian Jeff Dunham will bring his fans' favorite puppet sidekicks to Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino starting Nov. 28.
Ray Charles may be gone, but his fans can remember the magic with "Georgia on My Mind: Celebrating the Music of Ray Charles," starring big names including the Take 6 vocal group, at The Venetian Theater starting Sept. 18.
Beyond performers, there are a slew of new attractions to entertain you, raise your heart rate or satisfy your sweet tooth. Don your Caped Crusader persona for the Batman Laser Challenge, the world’s first Batman-themed laser maze, at Circus Circus Las Vegas. Chocoholics can tour Hershey's Chocolate World, which opened this spring at New York-New York Resort & Casino.
Even the museums here are always reinventing themselves. The Mob Museum, created in conjunction with the Museum of Gaming History, is hosting two new exhibitions culled from Vegas's storied past. One display will include chips, photographs and other memorabilia from the 1946 opening of Bugsy Siegel's Flamingo Hotel. The second will house artifacts from some of America's most legendary illegal gambling halls. At the same time, the El Cortez Hotel & Casino is presenting casino chips and other objects from the many downtown casinos once operated by the late gambling legend Jackie Gaughan.
The Neon Museum has added to its collection of old signs and just opened a Neon Boneyard gallery. At more than 3,100 square feet, the space holds an outdoor wedding chapel and about 60 newly unveiled rescued signs. So far, the boneyard is open only for events, including some educational tours.
The biggest names in Latin entertainment descend on Las Vegas this weekend, along with special events such as the El Festival del Pueblo at Silverton, the El Grito Celebration at The LINQ, the Fiesta Las Vegas Latino Parade & Festival in downtown Las Vegas and Mariachi El Bronx at The Cosmopolitan, to name a few.
You'll also find great deals on delicious, authentic Latin cuisine this weekend. Tacos & Tequila at Luxor is offering a special dish from Sept. 12-16: Mexican Banderillas with marinated filet mignon, citrus achiote shrimp and grilled vegetables with a cactus chorizo salad and avocado salsa and a Chocolate Ice Cream Churro Tower served with Mexican chocolate ice cream, warm churros and whipped cream.
There's great entertainment everywhere you turn this weekend in Vegas, and here's a listing of top shows and club events. For a complete show rundown, see our full weekend lineup here.
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Let's talk turkey for a minute - spending your entire holiday slaving over a stove? That's for the birds.
For a memorable Thanksgiving feast - and a weekend stuffed with excitement - head to Las Vegas.
Many Las Vegas restaurants offer special menus just for Thanksgiving.
Twin Creeks Steakhouse at Silverton is offering a special three-course menu including Smoked Duck Breast Salad or Roasted Butternut Squash Soup; Free Range Roasted Turkey with a foie gras stuffing, sage giblet gravy, pureed Yukon gold potatoes, haricot verts, yams and cranberry pear relish; Pumpkin Cheesecake or a Linzer Torte for dessert.
The D Grill downtown inside the D Las Vegas features a full holiday spread with herb-roasted turkey and classic accompaniments including house-made garlic rolls, creamy buttermilk-whipped potatoes, flavorful sage bread dressing and green beans almandine. Pan gravy and fresh cranberry sauce complete the spread, and a dessert choice of pumpkin pie with pecan caramel glaze or apple pie topped with fresh whipped cream end the meal on a sweet note.
All three Hash House A Go Go locations -- the Quad, the Plaza and the Rio -- have special Thanksgiving offerings to choose from: Pumpkin Bisque with sea salt toasted almonds; HH Wedge Salad with hardwood smoked bacon and blue cheese; Roasted Turkey Breast with homemade mashed potatoes, rosemary gravy, old school dressing, carrots, baby green beans and cranberry sauce; Stuffed Turkey Meatloaf with griddled mozzarella, grilled onions, spinach, charred tomato and griddled mashed potatoes topped with BBQ cream; Linguini Pasta in Pumpkin Cream with Grilled Big O’ Shrimp, asparagus and roasted pumpkin seeds; and for dessert, Homemade Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Vanilla Ice Cream.
Don't want to sit in a restaurant? Take your group - and your feast - wherever you like with the Thanksgiving to Go menu available at Andre's at the Monte Carlo. The Thanksgiving To Go menu offers guests two selections to choose: four to six guests; or 10 to 12 guests. Orders will be ready for pick-up Wed., Nov. 26 or Thurs., Nov. 27 between noon and 2 p.m. with the option of hot and ready to eat or detailed instructions for reheating. Orders may be placed now through Nov. 23. Andres’s take on the traditional Thanksgiving dinner begins with a warm Kabocha Squash Soup, followed by the Traditional Stuffed Turkey Roulade with giblet gravy, cranberry relish, whipped mashed potatoes, roasted Brussels Sprouts, turnips and green beans. Guests also may select between a warm Walnut Raisin Bread or French Baguette. The meal is completed by Chef Tammy Alana’s homemade Pumpkin or Pecan Pie.
If you want to dine at Andre’s on Thanksgiving Day, the restaurant will be open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m with a special six-course menu.
So make your plans to spend Thanksgiving in Las Vegas and gobble up great meals and more all weekend long.
Get ready to go trick-or-treating, grown-up style, when Howl-O-Week comes to Las Vegas!
Great entertainment is always a treat in Las Vegas, and you can't have Halloween celebrations without witches. Fortunately, The Smith Center has them with the return of "Wicked," the Broadway blockbuster. See it beginning Oct. 8.
How about some tasty treats, too? Sink your fangs into some Halloween treats, like the Candy Corn Gelato offered exclusively Oct. 30-31 at Trevi inside the Forum Shops at Caesars. Here's the scoop on this holiday favorite: Enjoy some crushed candy corn swirled into a creamy vanilla-flavored gelato. From Oct. 6-31, Sprinkles Cupcakes at The LINQ will offer its BOO Box with an assortment of Vanilla Milk Chocolate, Red Velvet, Black and White and Caramel Apple cupcakes adorned with Sprinkles ghost and BOO sugar decorations. Sealed with a BOO Spooky Cupcakes sticker.
Now you're ready for a little eye candy. You'll find plenty of it with costume contests all weekend long offering prizes from cash to bar tabs to gift cards and more. Put on your scariest attire and head to the Fetish & Fantasy Halloween Ball at the Hard Rock and experience one of the premier Halloween parties on the planet.
For more Halloween revelry, Check out the "Rockin' Horror Picture Show" at 10 p.m. on Oct. 31 inside The Bourbon Room at The Venetian, with complimentary admission and where guests are encouraged to come dressed in costumes inspired by the Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Scary fun awaits at the Frightdome at Circus Circus, which opens Oct. 3, The Freakling Brothers Trilogy of Terror returns for its 22nd frightening year! Enjoy haunted attractions from Oct. 3-31 at Grand Canyon Shopping Center.
For some all-ages fun, head to Opportunity Village for "HallOVeen," weekends beginning Oct. 3 and enjoy games, events and entertainment for the entire family, or check out Cox Treat Streets at Tivoli Village on Oct. 26 for offer a variety of family-friendly activities including interactive game booths, costumed characters, and live music performances.
On Oct. 31, visit Town Square Las Vegas as it turns into Town Scary. Children of all ages are invited to trick-or-treat at participating stores and restaurants from 4-7 p.m. Several activities will take place throughout the night including a variety of holiday-themed children’s games. Town SCARY is free and open to the public.
There's frightful fun at every turn when you experience Howl-O-Week in Las Vegas!
Bring your appetite and make your reservation for Las Vegas Restaurant Week Aug. 22-28.
Some of Las Vegas' most popular dining hot spots are participating in the eighth annual benefit event, where you'll have the chance to check out their fabulous fare with special prix fixe menus. With every meal, you'll be donating to hunger-relief charities.
Since 2007, more than over 2.5 million meals have been provided for those in need through Restaurant Week. All proceeds from Restaurant Week help Three Square food bank in its fight to end hunger in Southern Nevada.
Grab your seat at the table! Full menus will be available Aug. 8. For more info, visit http://helpoutdineoutlv.org
It's time to celebrate your independence, and what better way than with a fabulous Fourth of July weekend in Las Vegas!
It wouldn't be the Fourth without fireworks, and Las Vegas has plenty of places to enjoy them. Caesars Palace will be launching fireworks at 9 p.m. for the entire center Strip to see. The Linq will also have a fireworks display just behind the High Roller at 9:30 p.m. You can also see the skies light up at Green Valley Ranch, Red Rock Resort and the Stratosphere. BOOM!
But that's just the beginning. Get up close and personal with the world's top mixed martial arts stars from July 1-6 during UFC International Fight Week! It's an entire week filled with meet and greets, autograph signings, pool parties, concerts and more, capped off by UFC 175 at Mandalay Bay.
There are plenty of explosive entertainment options, too, including Queen & Adam Lambert at the Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel, Sublime with Rome at Mandalay Bay, and fittingly, the band America at the Cannery.
Pool parties will be in full swing all weekend long, too, including performances by the world's top DJ's and artists, including Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Zedd and Steve Angello at Encore Beach Club, Afrojack and Calvin Harris at Wet Republic at MGM Grand, DJ Ikon at Rehab at the Hard Rock and DJ Pauly D's birthday set at ARIA's Liquid.
The club scene is the perfect place to enjoy your freedom, too, especially with spinmasters including Tiesto and Dada Life at MGM Grand's Hakkasan, Dillon Francis and Morgan Page at Surrender inside Encore at Wynn Las Vegas and special guest appearances like UFC Octagon Girls Arianny Celeste and Brittney Palmer at Haze inside ARIA.
If you're feeling patriotic, enjoy a meal at America inside New York-New York or the All-American Bar and Grill at the Rio All-Suite Hotel. Or show your true colors with a relaxing treatment at The Spa at Red Rock, followed by a trip to check out the White Lions and Royal White Tigers at Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at The Mirage, and then cap the night with a performance of the Blue Man Group at the Monte Carlo.
For more traditional Independence Day revelry, take a quick ride to Boulder City for the July 4th Damboree! You can enjoy everything from a pancake breakfast to a parade and midway booths, and of course, an evening fireworks show.
You'll have a fabulous Fourth no matter where you celebrate in Las Vegas!
Make the most of your Memorial Day Weekend with a getaway to Las Vegas. Enjoy lavish and outrageous pool parties, concerts, shows and more that you can only find in the Entertainment Capital of the World!
Start your fun at the pool! No place parties like Las Vegas, so soak up some Memorial Day sun and fun with the world's top producers spinning at ultrapools like Encore Beach Club, Liquid at ARIA or the Bouelvard Pool at The Cosmopolitan.
Then, catch all the hard-hitting action at UFC 173 at MGM Grand or check out incredible concerts all weekend long. Bruno Mars continues his residency wat The Cosmopolitan, legendary diva Cher brings her Dressed to Kill Tour to MGM Grand, '80s rock icons Guns N' Roses bring the jungle to the Hard Rock and Shania Twain is ready to show why she's Still the One at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace.
Looking for a few laughs? Comedy's biggest stars take the stage over the holiday weekend, including Bill Cosby at Treasure Island, Chris Tucker at the Palms, Rita Rudner at The Venetian, Kathy Griffin or Ron White at The Mirage, Ralphie May at South Point or Bruce Bruce at Suncoast.
Create some memories this Memorial Day that will last a lifetime. Take advantage of the holiday weekend with a getaway to Las Vegas!
Looking for a Cinco de Mayo fiesta? Las Vegas has plenty of places to celebrate. Fuel up all weekend on authentic food - and enjoy a delicious margarita - at any of Las Vegas' many Mexican restaurants and hot spots. Here are cinco fun places to check out:
Viva Las Vegas this Cinco de Mayo weekend!
When it comes to a fabulous Easter brunch Las Vegas style, you have plenty options, so hop around and check out some of the best brunches in Las Vegas:
Bally's Sterling Brunch is a great option for Easter in Vegas, with an exquisite experience served in the rarified setting of Bally's Steakhouse. Champagne, Sturgeon caviar, and lobster mingle with freshly prepared sushi, omelets, and beef tenderloin guarantees a diverse dining experience. Tempting desserts and time-appropriate drinks (mimosas, anyone?) round out the selections.
Texas de Brazil at Town Square Las Vegas offers a complete experience with traditional cuts of lamb, along with beef, pork, chicken and Brazilian sausage.
A bustling culinary food hall, the Wicked Spoon Buffet at The Cosmopolitan delivers well-crafted original selections for every appetite. With its mix of top quality, familiar staples in addition to imaginative and seasonal dishes, this buffet will satisfy every Easter craving.