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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.
Start with a specialty cocktail that's a feast all its own. Visit BLVD Cocktail Company at The LINQ and sip on The Due South, featuring Siete Leguas Blaco Tequila and Fidencio Classico Mezcal mixed with lime juice, hibiscus tea syrup, ground clove and topped off with crisp soda or savor the flavor of The Kentucky Dram (shown above), made with Woodford Reserve Bourbon combined with Averna, black tea spiced syrup and garnished with Star Anise. For more holiday cheer, try The Winter Soldier, made with Famous Grouse Scotch and Berentzen Apple Scotch combined with rich maple syrup, house made tobacco vanilla bitters and garnished with a dehydrated apple slice; and The Nutcracker, a blend of Woodford Reserve and Auchentoshen Three Wood combined with Nocello, honey, chocolate bitters and garnished with a chocolate straw. All cocktails are priced at $14 each.
Now you're ready for a Thanksgiving feast. On the Strip, At Buddy V's inside The Venetian, the holiday menu includes: Roasted Butternut Squash Soup - spiced apples, pepitas, panna dolce $9; Thanksgiving Dinner slow roasted turkey breast, Italian "dark meat" turkey sausage, pancetta-herb stuffing, roasted vegetables, whipped potatoes, cranberry relish and classic gravy for $28 per person (parties of four or more will be served family-style), $14.95 kids under 10. For dessert, Pumpkin Bundt Cake (maple cream cheese center & roasted pumpkin pecan compote) $9.
Trevi inside the Forum Shops at Caesars is offering a special Thanksgiving plate for $25.95 with roasted turkey, stuffing, yams, green beans and cranberry sauce. A specialty cranberry gelato will also be available for $4.50 per scoop. On Black Friday, shoppers can enjoy an all-day TREVI Time happy hour special featuring $4 frozen bellinis and $6 TREVI Bites and each diner who presents a receipt from a purchase made Nov. 28 at The Forum Shops will receive a 10 percent discount on their total food order.
La Cave at Wynn Las Vegas is also featuring a special holiday feast. Priced at $65 per person, the restaurant will offer a four-course dinner with optional wine pairings for an additional $35. The menu will begin with butternut squash soup (show above) made with spiced brandy zabaglione and toasted pumpkin seeds, paired with a Center of Effort, Chardonnay from Edna Valley, Calif. The second course will include dried berry salad with candied walnuts, pomegranates, shaved goat cheese and topped with apple cider vinegar and will go well with the Bouchard, Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France. The main course will feature a carved roasted turkey accompanied with dried fruit cornbread stuffing and sweet potato puree, paired with a Renacer, Punto Final, Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina. To conclude the meal, the restaurant will offer the traditional pumpkin pie complemented by the Chambers, Rosewood Vineyards, Muscat, Rutherglen from Victoria, Australia.
For a non-traditional Thanksgiving meal, N9NE Steakhouse at Palms has seafood choices such as Dover Sole with grilled Gulf Shrimp or Florida Stone Crab paired with a tangy mustard dipping sauce. Next door at Simon inside Palms Place, you can indulge in a family-style prix fixe menu that includes a three-course meal complete with farro salad, butternut squash soup, roasted turkey, cornbread stuffing, cranberry compote and pumpkin bread pudding among other divine dishes ($55, $20 for children).
You can also have a Mexican-inspired fiesta at Tacos y Tequila at the Luxor from Nov. 26-30. For lunch, try the Turkey Torta, made with white and dark turkey breast, pinto bean puree, chipotle aioli, lettuce, tomato and pickled onion served on a fresh bolillo bun, priced at $13. For dinner, enjoy the Traditional Mole including a turkey breast topped with mole poblano and served with Cotija poblano mashed potatoes and grilled zucchini, yellow squash and mushrooms, priced at $16. For Thanksgiving dessert, T&T will serve its specialty Pumpkin Flan, made with dark caramel, egg custard, and cinnamon drizzled with tequila cajeta sauce, priced at $7.
You'll find plenty of fantastic feasts in downtown Las Vegas as well. Andiamo Italian Steakhouse at The D Las Vegas is serving up several holiday options: Butternut Squash Ravioli ($29), a handmade butternut squash ravioli served with a prosciutto, fresh sage and butter sauce and topped with shaved parmigiano; Roasted Turkey ($29) accompanied by mixed wild rice, sultan raisins, hazelnuts, pears and sweet glazed yam; Prime Rib ($49), a mouthwatering 18-ounce cut of prime rib complemented by truffled mashed potatoes, au jus and creamed horseradish. For dessert, Pumpkin Cheesecake ($8.99), a creamy twist on the classic Thanksgiving dessert. Meanwhile, contemporary American eatery D Grill is offering a classic turkey dinner including all the fixings for $19.99, including tender turkey breast served with rich gravy and cranberry sauce along with enticing sides including green beans, yams, mashed potatoes, homemade dressing and freshly baked dinner rolls. For dessert, a choice of pumpkin pie or apple pie rounds out the meal.
Also downtown, Du-Par's at the Golden Gate is featuring a three-course home-cooked meal for $19.95 per person ($11.95 for children under 12) with Thanksgiving favorites: a cup of savory butternut squash soup, juicy oven-roasted turkey with a pomegranate glaze and classic fixings such as green beans amandine, homemade stuffing, rich turkey gravy, cranberry sauce, glazed carrots, sweet potatoes with marshmallows, creamy mashed potatoes and freshly baked dinner rolls, with a slice of one of Du-par’s delicious homemade fruit pies for dessert.
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!
More weekend shows and club events (see our full weekend lineup here.
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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.
Get ready for a weekend of top artists, parties and cowboy culture April 4-7 when Vegas Goes Country!
The biggest names in country music gather April 6 for the Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand. The ACM Fan Jam at Mandalay Bay will be a live remote party as part of the ACM Awards, and will include a concert by Florida Georgia Line.
On April 4–5, check out the Party for a Cause festival at The Linq between The Quad and Flamingo resorts. This outdoor music festival will feature multiple stages for ongoing live country music performances, interactive games, a country marketplace and more – headlined by Rascal Flatts and Keith Urban!
While you're here, saddle up for some downhome country cookin'. Try The Flame Steakhouse at El Cortez and experience vintage downtown Vegas. Or stick to the Strip and belly up to the bar at the Old Homestead Steakhouse at Caesars Palace.
Quick bites and beer more your thing? Grab a burger at Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill, named after the country singer’s hit single. This joint at Harrah’s features more than 100 pieces of the singer’s memorabilia, including signed guitars, platinum records and clothing worn by the man himself. Or head over to PBR Rock Bar & Grill in the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood for some traditional American comfort food.
Las Vegas is home to several country-themed bars, where the standard dress code includes jeans, boots, hats … and a personalized belt buckle. Order up some whiskey and scoot your boots around the dance floor at Coyote Ugly at New York-New York Hotel & Casino, or take some western dance classes at Revolver Bar & Saloon at Santa Fe Station.
Then throw on your sexiest western wear and head over to Gilley's Saloon, Dance Hall & Bar-B-Que at Treasure Island for a boot-stompin’ good time with bikini bull riding and some of the sexiest cowgirls this side of Texas. Of course, there’s the famous Stoney’s Rockin’ Country at Town Square, where you can polish up your line dancin’ moves, too.
Country's biggest weekend is almost here - make your plans to be a part of the fun when Vegas Goes Country!