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Enjoy the view from the two-story outdoor rooftop deck at VooDoo Lounge at the Rio (51 stories above the action of the Strip), or experience one of three open-air clubs at Wynn/Encore Las Vegas; Surrender at Encore offers plush banquettes and go-go dancers, while XS turns up the heat poolside! Whether you're hanging out on the North or South Patio, or dancing on the outdoor dance floor, at Tryst you'll be just feet from your own private waterfall - exclusively for nightclub patrons!
Join A-list celebs at the Palms' Ghostbar and have a drink on the outdoor sky deck offering a 360-degree view of the city and a see-thru floor (not for the faint of heart)! Palms' Moon Nightclub has color-changing glass tiles and eye-catching imagery and a retractable roof designed specifically for our clear summer nights! Step outside TAO Nightclub at The Venetian's 40-foot-long, European-style terrace for outstanding views of the Strip.
Downtown's Gold Diggers Nightclub at the Golden Nugget has an outdoor terrace perched high above the Fremont Street Experience and its million lights of Viva Vision - the most spectacular light show in the world! And under the Eiffel Tower and the lights of Paris, check out the exclusive Butterfly hidden high above Chateau Nightclub.
If someone tells you to meet them at the Foundation Room - don't think twice! Join them high atop Mandalay Bay for a private club experience with an unprecedented view of the city! With so many options, it's hard to choose just one. Just make sure to include celebrity-owned PURE Nightclub at Caesars Palace. With an outdoor patio overlooking the center of the city, and celebrity hosted birthdays almost nightly, it's a hot spot that always draws the A crowd!
See you on the dance floor - in Vegas!
Fitzgeralds Casino and Hotel is now known as the D Las Vegas.
The mobsters have made their way back to Vegas, but this time it's in an even more organized fashion with the opening of the Mob Museum in downtown Las Vegas. "Scarface" (Al Capone), "Bugsy" (Benjamin Siegel), "The Teflon Don" (John Gotti) and "Whitey" (James Joseph Bulger, Jr.) are just a few notable names that left their fingerprints in the crime hall of infamy and now their stories are being revealed. The Mob Museum, officially known as the National Museum of Organized Crime & Law enforcement, takes you inside the notorious battle between organized crime and law enforcement with high-tech theater presentations, iconic one-of-a-kind artifacts and interactive exhibits.
The museum's 41,000 square-foot building has as much history as the exhibitions inside. Standing three stories tall, the building was formerly the historic federal courthouse and U.S. Post Office building where one of the 14 Kefauver Hearings on organized crime was held in 1950. The museum is more than just a collection of historic photos and stories, but an interactive exhibition featuring weapons, wiretapping tools and crime scene artifacts. Visitors can even "shoot" a simulated tommy gun, listen to real FBI surveillance tapes, and partake in FBI weapons training. Join the family - the mob family - and leave Vegas with a story you can tell your family.
Once you've learned the truth and nothing but the truth at The Mob Museum, explore Downtown Vegas by strolling along the Fremont Street Experience under 12.5 million lights and 550,000 watts of sound during the Viva Vision light show. Enjoy a drink, a song, or a game at the Fremont East Entertainment District. This urban neighborhood has a happening nightlife, diverse culture and a unique vibe with hot spots including The Griffin, The Downtown Cocktail Lounge, Don't Tell Mama Piano Bar, and Insert Coin Videolounge.
Some say downtown is the "real" Las Vegas; others are loyal to the Strip. Two sides of the story - but the truth is, you can score some great deals on rooms in vintage downtown hotels including the Golden Gate Hotel, Golden Nugget, El Cortez, Plaza Hotel, California Hotel, Vegas Club, the D Las Vegas, and Main Street Station. The history, thrill and adventure of Downtown Las Vegas allows you to experience a whole new side of the city.
Beach clubs, concerts -- Vegas redefines the pool scene
From party cabanas to concerts to the world's best DJs, Las Vegas has redefined and reinvented the pool experience (again). And, since summer in Vegas starts and ends longer than the rest of the country, you've got that much longer to enjoy the most lavish pools you'll find anywhere.
The newest addition to the ultra-pool experience in Las Vegas is the Boulevard Pool at Cosmopolitan Resort. Overlooking the Strip, the multilevel, open-air environment provides unobstructed sightlines in all directions, upbeat music, intimately spaced lounge chairs and daybeds, and a vibrant social scene with live musical performances to movies playing on the marquee. For a quieter, more relaxing day, enjoy the Bamboo Pool -- it's a soothing canyon-like environment with spa services, yoga and Pilates sessions.
You'll be swimming in luxury at Wet Republic, a 53,000-square-foot ultra-pool at MGM Grand, which features the only two saltwater pools on the Strip. Celebrity DJs keep the beat going on a daily basis! Enjoy European-style sunbathing at Moorea Beach Club at Mandalay Bay and get rid of those pesky tan lines, or enjoy access to the private pavilion for guests 21 and older.
Encore Beach Club at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas opened for the season on April 16! This 60,000-square-foot paradise includes 26 cabanas outfitted with refrigerators and flat-screen televisions along with the exclusivity and opulence of eight bungalows, all with amazing views of Las Vegas. Guests at Encore or Wynn can also have the option of enjoy the sophisticated and alluring elegance of the hotel pools nestled deeper in the property far from the commotion of daylife' parties.
Other great pool parties can be found at TAO Beach, on the roof of TAO Nightclub at The Venetian, and at the Palms Pool & Bungalows. This year, the Palms Resort hosted MTV's Spring Break -- and even after the cameras leave, guests can still experience the latest and greatest Palms excitement! For a unique pool experience, try the Golden Nugget Downtown, where you can whisk down a three-story waterslide, straight through a 200,000-gallon shark tank!
It's not always about the daytime party though. Relax in a serene atmosphere by the lake at a hidden lagoon with white sand beaches. The brand-new Ravella at Lake Las Vegas features an outdoor whirlpool and private cabanas with spectacular views of the lake. Book a private patio spa treatment room for the ultimate in lakeside luxury! The GO pool at Flamingo Las Vegas has acres of hidden paths and lounge areas, where privacy and tranquility await.
It's a summer-long pool party like none you've ever seen before, so grab your hottest swimwear, get to Vegas before summer ends, and spend a day at one of Las Vegas' ultimate pools! Life is short, summer is shorter!
It's Friday afternoon -- the perfect time to think about Happy Hour, and downing a cold one.
In Vegas, there are plenty of places to enjoy a variety of beers, including some where it's brewed on site. We'll tap into a few of them, but be sure to check out LasVegas.com for a lengthy list of places where you can find your favorites.
The Triple 7 Restaurant and Brewery at Main Street Station in downtown Las Vegas is a great place to start. This microbrewery offers five varieties to choose from (and you can get a sampler of all of them, too): High Roller Gold, Royal Red Lager, Market Pale Ale, Blackchip Porter and Triple 7's featured brew of the month.
Also downtown, the Chicago Brewery and Cigar Lounge at the Four Queens offers handcrafted brews along with a unique selection of appetizers, pizzas and entrees, and of course a fine selection of cigars.
The Pub at Monte Carlo recently introduced new beer selections and a new menu to enhance your experience and Todd English P.U.B. at Crystals inside City Center has creative delicacies and a full raw bar showcasing the best of the sea and a selection of 30 premium beers.
The new Ri Ra Las Vegas inside Mandalay Bay features live music, a comprehensive drink list and Irish fare that defies pub standards, and while you are there, be sure to pop by the first official Guinness store in the United States next door at Mandalay Place.
For a cozy atmosphere, you can also check out the Tenaya Creek Brewery at La Quinta Inn and Suites Northwest Tech Center in Summerlin and off the strip, Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant has plenty to quench any thirst.
Ah, now we're ready for the weekend! Bottoms up!
If you like to relax with a glass of wine and the smooth sounds of jazz, make your way to the Golden Nugget in downtown Las Vegas from March 25-27 for the 3rd Annual Jazz & Wine Fest! Kick things off March 25 with a Champagne & Wine Reception at The Tank, It's a chance to mingle with top winemakers, owners and other wine aficionados and enthusiasts while listening to the soothing sounds of smooth jazz all underneath the stars.
Then, get ready to tantalize your taste buds, because on March 26 the festival continues inside The Grand Events Center, where you can sample more than 200 selections from more than 50 of the most prestigious wineries throughout California, Oregon and Washington. You'll sample library selections, vintage releases and use Riedel stemware while listening to more live jazz, all supplemented by exquisite food from the Golden Nugget's award-winning chefs.
Las Vegas has more wine Sommeliers than any other city in the country, and there's no shortage of great places to check out the latest wines and hard-to-find gems. With a spectacular view of the city and airplanes taking off, check out the extensive wine collection and dramatic display at Panevino. Settle into a cozy tapas experience at the new La Cave wine cave at Wynn Las Vegas, where you can also enjoy hand-crafted beers along with sumptuous food by Chef Bill DeMarco. Or check out the wine angels at Mandalay Bay's Aureole, where servers scale up and down the wine tower in search of the perfect bottle for you and your guests! Add some chocolate tasting to your wine experience at the Wine Cellar inside the Rio All-Suite Hotel.
Whether you are a sommelier or just a casual fan of wines, it's a weekend you won't want to miss! Plan ahead and book your trip in May for the fifth anniversary of Vegas Uncork'd! The ultimate epicurean experience, this delicious and inspiring star-studded weekend is guaranteed to satisfy every craving when it comes to providing access to world-class chefs, sommeliers, great restaurant design, and Bon AppÃ©tit editors and contributors. The event takes place at various hotels including Bellagio, Caesars Palace, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, and Wynn Las Vegas.
Need some coin? Next time you go to an ATM machine to take out cash, consider your options. Standard dirty green paper, with old presidents' photos, or shiny new gold! Real gold!
The Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino unveiled the first "Gold to Go" ATM machine in Las Vegas. Only one other exists in the United States, and the Golden Nugget now offers it exclusively to tourists downtown. Simply drop in some dirty old cash, and out comes some shiny new GOLD! Cash is king, so don't expect to pay by debit card. The gold is valued almost instantly and the price fluctuates depending on the exchange rate.
The machine will dispense 24-karat gold bars of various weights ranging between one and 250 grams. Today, one gram sells for approximately $56.00. The vending machine will also sell traditional gold coins and signature gold bars featuring the Golden Nugget logo.
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Take a trip down to the Golden Nugget and check it out. While you're there, turn around, and experience the "Hand of Faith". The world's largest golden nugget (behind thick glass, and well protected) is home here too!