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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.
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.
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.
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!
Las Vegas is no stranger when it comes to bull riding, hosting the National Finals Rodeo for upward of 30 years along with the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) event. But this year brough a new type of rodeo to Las Vegas - the World Gay Rodeo Finals, and it's unlike any other rodeo you've ever been to.
It’s an event created 29 years ago specifically for LGBT members of the rodeo community to be able to compete in a safe environment. It was built on a philosophy of nondiscrimination. Be it sexual preference, gender, race or nationality – they don’t care. Both men and women compete in all events from rough stock events to horse events to camp events.
It’s hard to believe that after 29 years, this is the first year they were able to host the event in Las Vegas, after eliminating the bidding system. “We knew we needed to move something and change some things and that’s when South Point and Las Vegas came up. It’s a destination rodeo now,” said Robert Thurtell, rodeo director of the International Gay Rodeo Association (IGRA). To the rodeo directors, having the event in Las Vegas and the chance to host at the South Point was the big time – a dream they were waiting for.
And who could blame them? It’s a destination with so much to offer, home to one of the largest rodeo circuits and built on being whoever it is you want to be.
Benny Binion would tell you: The World Gay Rodeo Finals in Vegas? That's pure gold!
Even if you want to be that someone who puts underwear on a goat. And these competitors know they’re free to do so without being judged by anyone – well, except for the actual judges of the event. After all, it is a competition.
The only person judging anybody at the World Gay Rodeo Finals was this guy.
The gay rodeo doesn’t stray too far from the events you might find within your typical rodeo. You can still witness bull riding, barrel racing, steer riding, team roping and so on. But what really makes this unique is its Camp Events, the IGRA Royalty Show, and the sense of community that exists between spectators and riders.
Well, all of that and the team drag costume contest.
We’re going to go out on a limb here, but there are probably not very many times you can say you saw Batman, Wonder Woman and Superman struggle to bring what is most likely a 400 lb. steer across a 70-foot line. Only to then watch Batman and Superman miserably attempt to lift Wonder Woman in her silver platform boots onto the back of the steer. All while battling to pull the steer and Wonder Woman back across the line. But as unreal as it sounds, it happened.
This is referred to as Wild Drag Racing and the objective is simple. (Although, moving 400 pounds of anything really can’t be considered simple – can it?) Essentially, a team of three; a man, a woman, and either a man or a woman dressed in “drag,” must move a steer 70 feet past a chalk-dusted line. Once over the line, the person in drag mounts the steer while the other team members attempt to get the steer back over the line that was just crossed. The person in drag must be fully on the steer as they cross the line for the time to count.
Getting these animals to cooperate can be quite a drag sometimes.
This is part of the unique Camp Events series. These events are meant for both rodeo riders and spectators. It’s seen as a way to give those who are interested in participating in the rodeo, but may not be actual rodeo competitors, a chance to join in the events.
As with any good rodeo, once the daytime events conclude, the nighttime events begin, complete with beer, dancing and country music – the rodeo trifecta. But first, the Royalty Show: a long-standing tradition where the 2016 Mr., Ms., MsTer and Miss Rodeo are crowned.
Contestants compete in the categories of Western wear, horsemanship, interviews, public presentation and entertainment. But what’s truly a sight to see is the Step Downs. This is where past winners and runners-up take the stage and put on their greatest musical performance.
All of the women are dressed to the nines in their best formal attire while all the men are dressed in their best Western wear. Past winners, whether on stage or in the audience, proudly wear their glamorously decorated sashes for all to see. The audience was even lucky enough to witness a winner from the early years of the competition take the stage: a Las Vegas native, Chili Pepper, who was Miss IGRA 1993.
Past years’ IGRA royalty.
To say their performances were powerful would be an understatement. Don’t ask us if we cried. We’ll lie. But with the lights dimmed, spotlight on the performer, music turned up and a huge audience, it really was breathtaking. Even more so, to watch rodeo members, past winners and spectators approach the stage in support and respect to donate money. All proceeds received from the Step Downs are used to support the IGRA and a number of LGBT focused charities.
But what was most shocking about the entire rodeo was the sheer sense of admiration felt by all. Yes, that’s right – love − at a rodeo, and not the kind of love one feels for their horse after winning a race or their beer after they lose a race. We’re talking genuine, heartfelt love.
Arena Crew Volunteers pose for a group shot.
Amanda wasn’t able to last six seconds on the bull in the last event on Saturday night. (In the Gay Rodeo, a rider must stay on for six seconds as opposed to eight in the professional rodeo circuit.) But what followed was truly unexpected for her. When she looked up after being thrown off the bull and into the dirt, there was her boyfriend, there to help her up, along with all of her friends, family and fellow riders gathered around.
After confessing his love to what he referred to as his “crazy bull-riding girlfriend,” her boyfriend got down on one knee ready to propose, and the audience cried, laughed and applauded in their joy as she said yes. “I think we’ve experienced marriage equality or something like that,” joked the announcer. Because, that’s right, in the Gay Rodeo, even straight riders are able to compete.
From gay proposals and straight proposals, drag queen performers and even goats wearing underwear, the entire weekend really was a sight to see, whether you’ve been to a rodeo before or not. If you haven’t, you should go. To some, Vegas is a dream. To others, Vegas is a place to be who you want to be. And for others, it’s a chance to do what you want free of judgment.
Get ready for 10 days where Las Vegas enbraces cowboy culture - not to mention the top competitiors in bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, barrel racing and bull riding - as the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo returns to the Thomas & Mack Center from Dec. 3-12.
Each year, the Wrangler NFR transforms the look and feel of the "Entertainment Capital of the World." Thousands of rodeo enthusiasts decked out in Wrangler jeans, Justin boots and cowboy hats fill hotels, casinos, restaurants, shopping malls and showrooms. In addition, hotel marquees are splashed with the names of the brightest stars in country music.
This year is no exception. The list of country icons performing in Las Vegas during the Wrangler NFR is a who's who of past and present industry greats:
Of course, the cowboy culture doesn't stop with the music. Check out the 2015 NFR Cowboy Christmas Gift Show throughout the Wrangler NFR, and be sure to enjoy some great down-home country cookin' at delicious Las Vegas restaurants.
And after each day of the NFR, be sure to attend the after-parties for buckle-award celebrations and a party that last deep into the night!
Saddle up and get ready for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo!
It's that time of year ... time for touchdowns, tackles and the gridiron action you've been waiting for months to see. And there's no better place to see it than Las Vegas. Here's a look at the some of the city's best venues to kick off your season:
1. SPORTS BOOKS: Huge TVs. Comfortable seats. And lots of fans cheering on their favorite team. Not to mention that Las Vegas' spacious and luxurious sports books offer you the chance to get it on the action.
2. TWIN PEAKS: With a spectacular view of the Las Vegas Strip, some awesome hearty man food, ice cold beer and all the sports you can handle, this is the perfect place to catch all of the action.
3. LAGASSE'S STADIUM: This Palazzo venue features Emeril Lagasse's signature cuisine, combined with more than 100 HD TVs including 9ft x 16ft main TV, luxury boxes, plush stadium-style seating, billiard tables, and an outdoor patio just steps from the Strip. Game on!
5. THE AINSWORTH: Head over to the Hard Rock Hotel and enjoy mouthwatering food and cocktail menu fit for both game-day champions and other enthusiasts who prefer the upscale bar and lounge atmosphere.
6. FOOTBALL CENTRAL at the Westgate Las Vegas: An entire theater devoted to football viewing every weekend, including concessions, giveaways and more. Need we say more?
7. TAP SPORTS BAR: Soak in all the sports action in real time inside the MGM Grand, while reminiscing on the greatest athletes in history with authentic sports memorabilia covering the walls of TAP. And when all that cheering makes you hungry we’ve got a great line-up of apps such as Little Phillys cheese steak sliders, sourdough pretzels with cheese, and a selection of craft burgers and sandwiches.
8. UMAMI BURGER, BEER GARDEN and SPORTS BOOK: The SLS Las Vegas is home to this unique restaurant, with a sports betting station inside. Enjoy Umami Burger’s signature patties with craft beer on an outdoor beer garden.
9. THE PUB at the Monte Carlo: An extensive selection of more than 50 distinctive beers on tap, including an international variety of ales, lagers and stouts, will give you plenty of options to last from kickoff through overtime.
10. BROOKLYN BOWL: Roll a few games, enjoy a great meal and then kick back and watch the games ... Brooklyn Bowl provides a great day for any sports fan.
Touch down at any of these awesome sports-viewing venues in Vegas all season long!
Here's your chance to step into the world of UFC, but without actually getting into The Octagon. You'll still get up close and personal with your favorite mixed martial arts stars when UFC International Fight Week returns to Las Vegas July 7-12!
It's a weeklong celebration filled with meet and greets, autograph signings, the UFC 189 weigh-in and much more! The gloves come off at the UFC Fan Expo at the Sands Convention Center at The Venetian/The Palazzo on July 10-11. It's the ultimate fan experience and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to rub elbows with the top names in the sport. Two-day tickets are available as well as individual day passes.
The Ulti-man 5k race returns July 11, starting on Fremont Street Experience in the heart of downtown Las Vegas. The event welcomes runners and walkers of all fitness levels and ages to help raise funds in support of Three Square Food Bank.
Other events that take place during UFC International Fight Week include the UFC Gym Fitness Challenge, pool parties hosted by the Octagon Girls, free concerts and tournaments.
Cap the weekend with UFC 189: McGregor vs. Aldo at MGM Grand. Ireland's Conor McGregor gets the opportunity to face the best featherweight of all-time, Jose Aldo, in a fight that fans have been clamoring to see. Plus, Robbie Lawler defends his UFC welterweight crown against Rory MacDonald.
Much like the fight itself, there's a huge buzz all around Las Vegas this weekend. You don't have to sit ringside, or even be in the arena, to be a part of the excitement when when Floyd Mayweather battles Manny Pacquiao.
Of course, there's plenty to do in Las Vegas before and after the main event. Check out this list of concerts, after parties, pre-parties and more, or scroll through our full weekend lineup.
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Don't surprise your dad with another dud this Father's Day. Chances are he still hasn't used all the socks you gave him last year. This Father's Day, get him something he really needs. A trip to Las Vegas! And hey, just to make sure he has a good time and all that, maybe you should join him ... you know, to make up for all those times he helped chaperon you. Great idea, isn't it?
Start with a relaxing round on the links. Las Vegas has more than 55 championship golf courses crafted by some of the game's greats, such as Jack Nicklaus, Raymond Floyd, Tom Weiskopf and Arnold Palmer.
Now he's ready to get his adrenaline pumping. How about giving him a brand-new race car for Father's Day? OK, so he can't keep it ... but he'll enjoy the thrill of getting behind the wheel at Exotics Racing or the Richard Petty Driving Experience.
Then, help Dad update his wardrobe with some stylish threads. You'll find everything you need to get Dad decked out in Las Vegas' amazing shopping centers, including the open-air Downtown Summerlin shops. Just please, skip the socks this time.
Once he's dressed to kill, it's time to fuel up. First, dinner -- most Dads love to eat, and Las Vegas has some of the most award-winning restaurants anywhere on the globe. Treat him to a memorable steak dinner at Charlie Palmer Steak at the Four Seasons, or Cut by Wolfgang Puck at The Palazzo. If he's a seafood lover, Rick Moonen's RM Seafood at Mandalay Bay has fine dining accommodations upstairs and a more casual setting on the ground floor to choose from, or treat Dad to fresh steamers, shrimp, lobster, crab, clam chowder and calamari at the Oyster Bar at Harrah's.
Finally, treat Dad to any of Las Vegas' unbeatable shows and you've got the perfect Father's Day gift -- a Las Vegas excursion that he'll think about fondly all year long.
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It’s not surprising that Las Vegas, a vacation destination known for its sunny weather and recreation, would boast more than 50 golf courses — some of them among America’s most praised. But visitors might be more surprised by how easy it can be to access these plush greens. Here’s a look at a few of the many courses to consider, and tips for how to get in on the golf action.
Where to go
Golf in Las Vegas isn’t about dropping greens into the middle of the desert. Courses tend to be carefully crafted to take advantage of their sites. With the top courses setting a high bar for quality, it would be hard to find one that wasn’t worth recommending. Many are open to the public and cater to golfers of varying abilities and goals, and all are open year-round.
Rio Secco Golf Club takes advantage of its location in the shadows of the Black Mountain Range southeast of town. Its varied terrain of desert, plateau, and canyon keeps the golf interesting and the views ever-changing. Although the Rees Jones design can be a tough course of up to 7,400 yards, it also offers flexibility with lots of teeing options.
Greens at Desert Pines Golf Club, northeast of the Strip and not far from Downtown Las Vegas, is modeled after Augusta, which means you might find yourself forgetting where you really are as you watch your ball soar above pine trees or land on bent grass. The course is also designed to mix fun and competition, with generous fairways, creative bunkers and challenging greens.
Royal Links gives visitors a taste of golf’s roots from the other side of the Atlantic. Its 18 holes are modeled after British Open courses, including Carnoustie and the Old Course at St. Andrews. A call box at the ninth tee lets golfers order a mid-round snack delivered to the course.
According to the folks at Rhodes Ranch, course designer Ted Robinson once said these were the best par-3s he ever designed. The course, nestled at the base of the Spring Mountains, plays off its location with lots of water features and rolling fairways. “No matter how good or bad you are, you’ll have fun there,” one local recently noted.
With its entrance next to the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign on the south end of Las Vegas Boulevard, Bali Hai Golf Club is the only course with frontage on the Las Vegas Strip. It has a South Pacific vibe with more than 100,000 tropical plants and volcanic rock incorporated into the par-72 design. The course was designed to grow more challenging the further players get into the round, making them comfortable and then offering up new surprises.
For a taste of “old Vegas,” head to the city’s oldest course, Las Vegas Golf Club, established way back in 1938. Right outside Downtown Las Vegas, it’s a forgiving blend of challenging bunkers, traditional greens, and wide fairways. The mature cottonwood and pine trees add to both the forest-like atmosphere and the relaxing vibe. You can imagine the city’s early movers and shakers talking business in this exact spot, which also made a memorable appearance in the movie “Casino.”
Summerlin, a golf-centric planned community west of Downtown and not far from the foothills of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, is home to some of the valley’s best courses.
TPC (Tournament Players Club) Las Vegas is widely known as one of the must-do courses in town. That’s partly because of the quality of the play on this par 72, 7,080-yard layout and partly because here, golfers can “play where the pros play.” Views of Red Rock Canyon’s soaring crimson cliffs on one side and the glittering Las Vegas skyline on the other are also hard to beat. Golfers will likely see birds among the trees as TPC is a recognized Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.
A 36-hole Arnold Palmer design, Angel Park Golf Club is divided into the tropical-themed par-70 Palm Course and the modern par-71 Mountain Course. Plus, Angel Park throws in the 12-hole Cloud Nine Short Course and a nine-hole putting course just for fun. It’s also got a 3,000-square-foot putting green, a practice chipping area and an event lawn, all lighted in the evening. At 3,000 feet, it sits above the valley with views all around.
The 18-hole Arnold Palmer-designed Arroyo Golf Club is part of Red Rock Country Club but open to the public. It’s known for challenging play and rugged scenery as well as great views of Vegas (especially at hole seven). It’s also easy to combine an outing at Siena with its sister course, the 18-hole Siena Golf Club, a serene oasis at the foot of the Spring Mountains. (Siena is also home to Las Vegas’s Foot Golf course — think soccer-golf mash-up.)
Golf Summerlin has three public courses: par-60 Eagle Crest, par-72 Highland Falls, and Palm Valley, each with its own challenges and views. The courses are home to family-friendly tournaments and events like the upcoming GlowBall Night Golf on Oct. 11 benefiting Three Square Food Bank.
One option for satisfying a golf fix: Attend a tournament. Some visitors come to Las Vegas just for tournaments, but it’s also possible to buy tickets at the last minute. TPC Las Vegas’s sister course, TPC Summerlin, will host the 2014 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, part of the FedEx Cup series. Tickets start at $26.50.
The Wendy’s 3-Tour Challenge comes to Rio Secco Nov. 11-12, pitting PGA, LPGA, and Champions Tour players against each other in a charity tournament raising money for adoption services. The Southern Nevada Golf Association has its own series of amateur tournaments.
Your hotel or resort can facilitate rounds on regional courses. Check the property’s website for golf packages, or call to ask about help with a tee time. Many of the city’s casinos, resorts, and hotels have connections with golf courses and concierges will often set up tee times for you. Some will also arrange transportation to and from a course.
For example, Caesars Entertainment owns Rio Secco and its high-end sister property, Cascata. While anyone can play the courses, Caesars properties offer golf concierge services and transportation for guests. The luxurious Shadow Creek is only for high rollers, the rich and famous and select MGM Resorts guests, who have their own limousines and caddies for the day’s outing.
JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort offers golf packages with TPC Las Vegas. The Venetian offers packages for Greens at Desert Pines Golf Club, and these are just two examples. Golf courses also often team up with other Vegas entities to offer special deals combining golf with, say, a helicopter tour or bachelor party package.
Most courses make it easy to reserve a tee time online. Consider golfing in the evening — some courses, including Angel Park Golf Club and the nine-hole Callaway Golf Center near the Strip — are lighted when the sun starts to go down. Final points: Be sure to stay hydrated, and, of course, always tip the drink attendant.
It's become a holiday weekend all its own -- centered on pro football's biggest game. But while the gridiron action is the main event, the entire week surrounding it has become a celebration, complete with parties galore, celebrity appearances and more. This year, make Las Vegas your homefield for all of the fun!
Catch every big play in Las Vegas' luxurious sports books and lounges and restaurants - and even lavish nightclubs - with arena-style seating. Here's a list of some of the places to see it all unfold:
Enjoy a slice of Las Vegas nightlife during the day and watch the title game at Hyde inside the Bellagio. The Big Game Viewing Party (21 and over) begins at 2 p.m. with a hosted bar until 5 p.m., a special game-time food menu, and of course, lots of HD plasma and VIP big screen TVs and plenty of seating.
Watch the game from high above the Strip as Chateau at Paris Las Vegas converts into big game headquarters, complete with a tailgate-style buffet and bottomless beer from 3-6 p.m. Across the street, you can party on the patio at RHUMBAR. The Mirage club is transforming into Caribbean patio into a gridiron paradise.
Reserve a table for the championship game at Blondies Sports Bar & Grill inside the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood and enjoy the premium buffet and open bar, including top shelf drink options, starting at 1:30 p.m. Watch the game on the big screens and you'll also be eligible for giveaways and other prizes. For a great view of the Las Vegas Strip, as well as a place to enjoy the game and some good food, check out Twin Peaks.
Also inside the Miracle Mile is Cabo Wabo Cantina, where you watch the game in comfort in The Loft, a luxurious new events space with a 184-inch video grid, and all-you-can-drink and all-you-can-eat specials. A similar package is available at Tacos y Tequila at Luxor. If you love chicken wings, quesadillas and taquitos with your football, T&T could be the perfect venue for your big game fun.
You can also choose from one of four viewing packages - and sample some amazing microbrews - at The Pub at Monte Carlo. Across the street at CRUSH inside the MGM Grand, nosh on the special gameday menu with butler-style service and tableside snacks all day long.
Sports books. Las Vegas' luxurious sports books, including the comfortable seating at The Mirage or theater-style atmosphere of Football Central at Westgate Las Vegas, are the next best thing to being at the game. At Caesars Palace, groups of eight can request a special "man cave" for a VIP feel.
Lagasse's Stadium at The Palazzo. BAM! Kick it up a notch when you watch the big game here. You can also indulge in football bites from the specialty tailgate menu at La Cave inside Wynn Las Vegas. The resort's more casual restaurants, including Allegro and Society Cafe, also have special menus and offers just for this football showcase.
Both Hard Rock Cafe locations are offering a variety of viewing packages for fans, each with food and drink specials of their own. And at the new Shake Shack inside New York-New York, go for the Two-Pint Conversion and get a free mini-Shack football.
Make Las Vegas your home for pro football's biggest weekend!