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Are you ready for some football? Round up your buddies, root for your team and choose from countless food and drink specials at these Las Vegas sports bars. We’ll show you the best seats in the house to watch the Big Game – Vegas style.
And because it’s Vegas, we have everything under the sun. Whether you want an all-you-can-eat buffet and open bar or simply a guaranteed seat, we’ve got you covered. Don’t forget — the Big Game starts at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 5 and many of these Vegas viewing parties start at 2 p.m. (some as early as 1 p.m.) Please plan accordingly so you can score the best seats. Hut, hut, hike!
This glitzy Vegas hotel is home to Britney Spears, Lionel Richie, Jennifer Lopez and soon The Backstreet Boys. Besides singing your heart out to your favorite pop songs, sports fanatics can scream at the top of their lungs to the Big Game inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. It’s a win-win for everyone.
This is where the real players play… or where you and your troop can watch some football in a chill, relaxed atmosphere. If you’re not into the classroom-like set up like a typical sports book, The Playing Field is more up your alley. This Las Vegas sports bar feels more like a lounge, so feel free to to unwind and get cozy. The bar has draft beer yard longs, which may be fun for drinking games at your table. There’s also an Earl of Sandwich across the way if you get hungry.
Besides a slew of signature burgers, at Gordon Ramsay BURGR you can munch on corn flake-breaded chicken sliders, hand-cut french fries and everyone’s favorite, the sticky toffee pudding push-pops. Plus, there are several overhead flat-screen TVs, so you won’t miss a play.
Just next door, Extra Bar seating starts at $50 (beverage minimum) per person. This does go a long way: Specials include five for $25 beer buckets (Coors or Miller Lite), $8 Ketel One, Patrón or Crown Apple shots. Call (702) 523-4977 to reserve your seat.
Paris is all about romance, but if you have love for football you can embrace that passion here too. See what Paris Las Vegas has in store.
Burger Brasserie and Napoleon’s are both offering an all-you-can-eat buffet and unlimited drinks. These include Miller Lite, Coors Light, house wine and well cocktails. Plus, there will be prizes and giveaways. ($175 at Burger Brasserie; $100 at Napoleon’s.) Call (702) 946-4347 to reserve at Burger Brasserie or (702) 348-9033 at Napoleon’s.
Reserve your seat at Le Bar Du Sport for $75 and enjoy Miller Lite or Coors Light beer buckets (five bottles) for $25. Other specials include $8 Ketel One, Patrón or Crown cocktails and $8 Fireball or Crown Apple shots. Call (702) 348-9033 to reserve your seat.
Pair the year’s biggest football game with a Las Vegas Strip view — it’ll be tough to top that! If you’re thinking of skipping the halftime show (or for the very small percentage of you who skip the commercials), you can admire the view of the Strip from Beer Park. Plus, the picnic-style tables and good ol’ American food provide that backyard barbecue vibe with a Vegas twist. For $125, you’ll have guaranteed seating and access to the buffet. Packages are also available for two, four, six or eight people. Drinks and taxes aren’t included. Book your Beer Park seats now.
Take a few steps to Bally’s Race and Sports Book and the drink minimum is only $20. You’ll get the same drink specials as Le Bar Du Sport (mentioned previously). Call (702) 523-7430 to hold your spot.
The question shouldn’t be what is there to do at The LINQ – it’s what isn’t there to do! Besides the world’s tallest observation wheel, The High Roller, you’ve got cupcakes at Sprinkles Cupcakes, the freshest kicks at 12AM Run, bowler hats at Goorin Bros. and strange (but adorable) Hello Kitty novelty items at Welcome to Las Vegas gift shop. We haven’t even touched on the bars or restaurants yet. If you’re coming with your family, there’s plenty to do if they want to explore while you watch the Big Game. Check it out:
Besides being one of the best concert venues in town (we’ve seen Disclosure, Erykah Badu, The Roots and Chromeo here, to name a few), Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas is a fun spot to catch the Big Game. For $75, you’ll get a spot in the bar viewing area. It includes an all-you-can-eat buffet and all-you-can-drink Bud Light and well drinks. Splurge for the day and bowl while you cheer for your team: Spend a $400 food and drink minimum and you’ll get a bowling lane that accommodates eight people. Splitting $400 among eight friends puts you at $50 a person. Sweet!
If you’re coming with a big party (20 maximum guests), the Ultimate Big Game Experience gets you a private room with your own 60-inch TV and a dedicated server. It also includes the all-you-can-eat buffet and all-you-can-drink Bud Light draft and well drinks special. This package is $2,000 (or $100 a person if there are 20 total).
Virgil’s Real BBQ hosts a barbecue buffet with all your favorites like ribs, pulled pork, mac and cheese, brisket sandwiches and more. Talk about some finger lickin’ goodness. Wash down your food with the restaurant’s open bar. This includes beer, wine and Virgil’s classic cocktails. Reserve your spot for $150 and call (702) 389-4700.
Titled Kilt’s Celtic-themed sports bar is a lot of fun. The first thing you’ll notice (besides the Tilted Kilt girls, of course) is all the overhead TVs. The beer selection and food menu aren’t too shabby, either. Favorites include Scotch eggs and the BBQ bacon burger.
At TAG Bar, there are 40 high-definition TVs and get this — personal beer sprouts at the high-top tables. How convenient is that? You won’t have to keep getting up and waving for the bartender’s attention. TAG Bar serves more than 300 bottled beers and there’s also a sports betting location here.$69.00
Flamingo is just a quick walk from The LINQ. Carlo’s ‘n Charlie’s hosts a Big Game buffet for $75 and a buffet and open bar for $165. Each package includes a guaranteed seat (tax and gratuity included). Open bar options are Bud Light and Budweiser on draft and Draft Busch Light. There will also be well cocktails and frozen margaritas. Call (702) 522-9254 to get your tickets.
This off-Strip Vegas hotel brings plenty of Big Game specials to the 50 yard line. Check it out:
For $100 per person at iBar, you’ll be guaranteed a seat, three drink tickets (import or domestic beer and wine) and a game day stadium-style buffet. Kick back and watch a dozen TVs, as well as two 80-inch screens. Plus, you’ll be seated close to the hotel’s massive sports book. Call (702)777-2451 to reserve your spot.
This swanky Vegas bar offers more than fancy dry ice cocktails and a rooftop patio. You can catch the game here too. For $200 a person at VooDoo Rooftop Nightclub & Lounge, you’ll have access to a five-hour premium open bar, a luxury box buffet prepared by VooDoo Steak chefs and seating to watch the game. Catch the game here and you’ll see it from the largest screen at the hotel. And if you want a breather in between, you can gaze at the city from this gorgeous rooftop view. Reserve your spot by calling (702) 406-5359.
Our guide would not be complete without Caesars Palace. Not only is it one of the most renowned hotels on the Strip, there’s plenty to do such as dining, shopping and relaxing at the spa. So for the biggest sports event of the year, you better believe this iconic resort is going big. Pick your perfect spot to watch the Big Game:
Caesars Palace’s Race and Sports Book is, by far, one of our favorite places to watch sports on the Strip. Even those who don’t follow sports can appreciate the comfortable seating. There’s a 12-by-15-foot screen too.
Big Game specials: Get the ultimate football VIP package. For $500, you’ll have exclusive upper level seating with select complimentary beverages and VIP access to the betting line. For football VIP all-day flooring seating, you’ll get three sports book drink tickets, one reserved chair and a full view of all the TVs ($200).
Alto Bar is only steps away from the race and sports book and another great spot to watch the Big Game. The drink menu has premium cocktails, bottle and draft beers and wines by the glass. Alto Bar is the largest bar inside Caesars Palace and has several private booths, each with its own personal TVs with audio. The bar has more than 15 televisions and also 18 video poker machines. All you’ll need here is your drink and team spirit.
Big Game specials: Have your own personal living room, where you’ll have your own private TV for your party. Besides a TV in your own space, there are 10 additional large format flat-screen TVs throughout the bar. You’ll also have your own cocktail server. Living room seating includes a combination of couches and chairs, which comfortably seats four to five guests. This Big Game special comes with two buckets of ice cold beer. Buckets include five 16-ounce Coors Light bottles ($40), five 12-ounce Stella bottles ($40) or five Heineken 12-ounce bottles ($40).
Seating starts at 1 p.m. Reserve your spot by calling (702) 731-7788.
Pair the Big Game with a fine cigar: Starting at 1 p.m., Montecristo Cigar Bar has several specials on game day. Check it out:
We may not be anywhere close to England, but you’ll get the feel of it at Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill. The 290-seat pub offers flat-screen TVs in every corner. For the Big Game party, $200 will get you unlimited draft beer, wine and a tailgate food buffet. You’ll also enjoy an assorted chef snack basket, a bucket of beer (Miller Lite or Coors Light) and free swag at your table. For $250 a person, you’ll get the same perks plus unlimited Ketel One, Patrón and Crown Royal cocktails. Call (702) 238-8539 to reserve your spot.
If you’re shopping at The Forum Shops anyway, you might as well take a breather and enjoy the game. For $150 a person, you can enjoy an Italian buffet. This includes sliced Italian meats and cheese, caprese salad, fried ravioli, penne alla vodka, baked ziti, chicken parmigiana, Carmine’s Famous Meatballs, tiramisu, chocolate cannoli and more. Open bar includes beer, wine and Carmine’s classic cocktails. Call (702) 473-9700 to reserve.
Caesars Palace’s lobby and Slice (at Forum Food Court) both offer open seating with five beer bottle buckets (Coors Light, Stella or Heineken) for $40.
See? We’ve got you covered for the Big Game on the Las Vegas Strip. Check out more things to do in Vegas while you’re here.
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Las Vegas is known for all things wedding related.
It starts with the wild pre-wedding bachelor or bachelorette party. Then there’s the actual wedding ceremony at one of our many fabulous chapels. It’s also the perfect city to honeymoon in after you tie the knot.
Whether you get married in Las Vegas and stay for a honeymoon afterwards or you just want to make Las Vegas your honeymoon destination, there are many ways to celebrate your newly-hitched status.
From sexy shows to romantic restaurants, here’s why we suggest planning a Las Vegas honeymoon.
If you’re in Las Vegas for your honeymoon, you’ll want to check out all the entertainment the city has to offer.
In the mood for romantic music? Céline Dion’s ballads always do the trick. Catch her show at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace and hear all her popular love songs like “Because You Loved Me,” “My Heart Will Go On” and “Love Can Move Mountains.”
Guys, score some major points with your new wife by bringing her to see Backstreet Boys: Larger Than Life beginning in March at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. She’ll be swooning after hearing them sing “As Long As You Love Me” and “All I Have to Give.”
Speaking of swooning, check out Keith Sweat at Flamingo Las Vegas for some sultry R&B tunes through Feb. 4.
Maybe instead of music you’re looking for something a little naughty when it comes to a show. Try ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace. The show mixes a little bit of everything from sexy burlesque to death-defying stunts to raunchy comedy.
“Fifty Shades of Grey” fans will get a kick out of “50 Shades! The Parody” at Bally’s Las Vegas. The sexy show explores the steamy relationship between Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, as seen through the eyes of girlfriends at a book club.
There’s nothing more romantic than enjoying a beautiful view at an elegant restaurant. Honeymooners have lots of spots to choose from in Las Vegas.
We all know Paris is the City of Love, and while you may not be in France, you can enjoy a dinner in a half-scale replica of the Eiffel Tower in Vegas. The Eiffel Tower Restaurant at Paris Las Vegas serves gourmet French food 100 feet above the Strip. Be sure to ask for one of the tables near the floor-to-ceiling windows, and you can watch the fountain show across the street.
VooDoo Steak, located on the 50th floor of the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, is another romantic restaurant that offers a candlelit atmosphere, breathtaking views of the Strip and prime steaks for dinner.
GIADA, from celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis, is a great date-night destination. The restaurant features Italian cuisine with Californian influences. There are a variety of small plates the two of you lovebirds can share. Sit near the retractable windows for a beautiful Strip view, and don’t forget to stop in the photo booth on your way out for a souvenir snap.
Your honeymoon is great reason to splurge on a gourmet dinner. Head to the award-winning Restaurant Guy Savoy at Caesars Palace for an unforgettable French meal. Toast to your wedding with a glass of Krug Champagne. We recommend the secluded outdoor patio for a really romantic setting.
Breakfast in bed and 24-hour room service are the ultimate splurges, and our favorite place to indulge is Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace. This boutique hotel within a hotel offers some of the best in-room dining you’ll find anywhere. You can order unique items like green tea waffles for breakfast, as well as favorites from the acclaimed Nobu Restaurant. Try a Nobu bento box, ramen, sushi or the signature black cod miso.
A spa treatment is a wonderful way to relax and spend some quality time getting pampered with your new spouse. Many Las Vegas spas offer treatments you can enjoy together.
Qua Baths & Spa at Caesars Palace offers the Kama Sutra with Shirodhara, a treatment that sounds like it was just made for honeymooners. Warm botanical oils are slowly poured onto the third eye chakra before an exfoliation with Champagne grape seeds. Indulge in a private shower for two, followed by a hydrating massage using pure aphrodisiac oils.
Another romantic option is the Twin Souls treatment. You begin by creating a special gift for each other, followed by a body scrub and massage using oils that you and your partner choose. This treatment includes breath work and a use of the “goddess of Willendorf” who brings fertility and abundance into your relationship.
The Paris Spa By Mandara also offers fun couples treatments like the Paris Pour Les Amoureux (Paris For Lovers), a romantic treatment package that features a private whirlpool bath for two, a double-headed shower, a lounge area and your own attendants.
Las Vegas has hundreds of wedding packages for you to choose from. We also offer honeymoon packages that typically include hotel stays and many other fun, romantic activities all bundled into one.
The Honeymoon in Vegas package at Planet Hollywood features a three-night stay in a Strip Suite with an over-sized soaking tub and views of the Strip. You’ll also get flowers and rose petals in your room, a honeymoon gift bag, breakfast in bed, chocolate-covered strawberries, a spa gift certificate, a bottle of Champagne and more. You’ll even take a limo trip to the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign for a photo shoot.
Paris Las Vegas also offers a package for honeymooners. You’ll enjoy a three-night stay in a LeMans Suite, a honeymoon gift, champagne continental breakfast, in-suite wine and cheese, chocolate covered strawberries, a spa gift card, a two-hour limo trip, two Eiffel Tower Experience tickets, a bottle of champagne and more.
It’s Friday the 13th and you’re in Las Vegas. Will you hide under the covers watching horror flicks or brush aside superstition and hit the tables? Superstitions are part of the Vegas experience for many visitors but we say use this notorious day to find your new lucky spot.
When it comes to Vegas superstitions, gamblers often lead the way. Whether it’s being loyal to their favorite number slot machine, sporting the same jacket or carrying a good luck charm, Las Vegas casino players stick to their lucky traditions.
Triskaidekaphobia, or fear of the number 13, may even strike non-superstitious folks on Friday the 13th. Relax; many Vegas casinos don’t even have a 13th floor. Some also avoid a 4th floor, believed to be unlucky in Chinese culture. This Friday the 13th, turn the tables on superstition and make it your lucky day with these tips.
At Caesars Palace, lucky spots in Las Vegas are around every corner. Be sure to charge your phone because not only are these locations believed to bring luck, but they make awesome photo opps.
Those who say beer pong is solely a game of skill probably just downed a few beers on the losing end of a match. Head to the Irish-themed O’Sheas at The LINQ Promenade to test your beer pong “skills” and get a little luck on your side with the four leaf clover-heavy decor. Make your way from the beer pong tables to the gaming tables also inside the venue to ride your lucky streak.
Good luck finding time for yourself on a regular basis! While in town, take the opportunity to enjoy a little “me time” while indulging in some peace and quiet at your Las Vegas hotel’s spa. Ignore superstition and instead share the luck this Friday the 13th with a BOGO deal at the Rio Salon & Spa. Purchase one spa service and receive another for $13. Bring a friend or give yourself double the pampering. You can unwind with a Signature Massage then add on a Platinum Power Facial, or any combination that makes you feel lucky.
Rao’s restaurant originally opened its doors in New York City in 1896. While it hasn’t been around in Las Vegas quite that long, it is celebrating 10 years of success at Caesars Palace this week.
The iconic New York restaurant is one of the oldest family-operated restaurants in the country that’s still in its original location. Frank Pellegrino, Jr., fourth generation co-owner of the original Rao’s, Rao’s Las Vegas Italian restaurant at Caesars Palace and Rao’s in Hollywood, grew up helping his father and family at the restaurant in New York.
His family’s legendary Southern Italian restaurant is marking its 10-year milestone at Caesars Palace with a special anniversary dinner Jan. 12 at 6:30 p.m. Guests will enjoy a cocktail reception and a meal based on Pellegrino’s new “Rao’s Classics” cookbook. The dinner is priced at $150 per person.
The anniversary dinner is a great reason to visit Rao’s, but we never need an excuse. We like to grab meals there on a regular basis. Here are five reasons we love to eat at this classic dining spot.
This simple yet flavorful dish is one of the signatures on the menu at Rao’s and it’s a must-try. The tender bone-in chicken is charcoal-broiled, perfectly seasoned and topped with Uncle Vincent’s famous lemon sauce. The sauce is light and savory and is made using olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, red wine vinegar and oregano.
Every good Italian restaurant has to serve a good meatball and Rao’s doesn’t disappoint. Their famous meatballs are always a big hit with customers. They’re made with ground veal, ground pork and ground beef, Italian breadcrumbs, garlic and Pecorino Romano cheese. The meatballs are, of course, served in a delicious marinara sauce made with imported Italian crushed tomatoes.
The original Rao’s in New York City is extremely difficult to get into. It only has 12 tables, which are highly coveted and usually reserved for VIPs. The Las Vegas outpost of the restaurant at Caesars Palace has a replica of the iconic 12-table room, but the good news is that the Las Vegas restaurant has plenty of other space including a center bar, private dining room, patio and more.
Nothing beats having a great meal outside and in Las Vegas that’s possible during most of the year. We love the outdoor patio at Rao’s with its poolside views.
We never say no to dessert and the desserts at Rao’s are all so heavenly we couldn’t pick just one mention here. Traditional cannolis or tiramisu are always a good bet. The classic New York-style cheesecake is also a winner. Other options include gelato, profiteroles, German chocolate cake, seasonal shortcake and more. You really can’t go wrong.
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Some of the spots opened near the end of 2016 and some are set to open soon. Here’s a look at what’s new at the popular open-air shopping, dining and entertainment district.
The Las Vegas Strip welcomed its newest barbecue joint, Virgil’s Real Barbecue, in early December. Carnivores can take their pick of flavors from Tennessee, Kentucky, Texas, the Carolinas and Missouri. Dig into pork ribs, chicken, beef brisket and sides including barbecue baked beans, mashed potatoes, collard greens, coleslaw and cheese grits.
You can satisfy your sweet tooth with this popular Hawaiian cookie company, which opened in December. They’re famous for their delicious pineapple-shaped shortbread cookies.
Flavors include butter macadamia, chocolate dipped macadamia, dark chocolate coconut, white chocolate Kona Coffee, chocolate chip macadamia and more.
Celeb chef Gordon Ramsay’s opened his fourth Las Vegas restaurant, Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips at The LINQ Promenade in October. The authentic takeaway-style British restaurant serves Ramsay’s famous fish and chips as well as chicken, shrimp and sausages. You’ll also want to try the hand-crafted shakes (trust us, get the Biscoff flavor), lemonades or ice-cold beer.
One of Europe’s top gelato brands, Amorino offers 24 delectable options as well as seasonal flavors in their famous flower-shaped cone. The shop opened late last summer and has been delighting customers with gelato as well as breakfast pastries, gelato-filled macarons and artisanal chocolates.
Indian food fans can grab fresh favorites to go from Urban Turban Express. Urban Turban has a full service restaurant in Las Vegas and opened this kiosk at the LINQ Promenade last fall. The menu features chicken tikka masala, a variety of vegetarian dishes, naanwiches (freshly grilled chicken wrapped in naan bread) and Indian drinks like mango lassi.
Virtual reality geeks have a fun new place to get their game on at VR Adventures. Guests put on high-tech goggles and are transported to a virtual reality. Unlike other video games, VR Adventures requires gamers to use hand movement, walk, sidestep or jump to explore or fly through the virtual world.
VR Adventures offers gamers up to four unique experiences. Zipline and parachute high above the Las Vegas Strip, soar like a superhero, fly over the Alps while shooting down enemy drones, and find your way out of a haunted house.
The High Roller Wheelhouse recently finished renovations, making way for more hospitality event space like the Pre-Roll Room. This room at the world’s tallest observation wheel is perfect for hosting parties, receptions and business meetings.
In-N-Out fans can get their Double-Double burgers and Animal-Style fries from the chain’s first Las Vegas Strip location at The LINQ Promenade. In addition to the famous food, guests can enjoy an outdoor patio and a retail store with T-shirts, mugs and other branded items.
Sushi burritos are all the rage these days and you’ll be able to get your fix at Jaburritos this month. Known for handcrafted, fresh burrito-style sushi, the restaurant also offers hungry patrons an array of tempting salads, rice bowls, nachos and juices, all made to order.
The iconic Canter’s Deli is set for a spring opening at The LINQ Promenade. The restaurant will feature an outdoor patio just in time for perfect weather. The deli is famous for its fresh baked rye bread, one of the secrets to their mouthwatering sandwiches stacked high with a half-pound of corned beef or pastrami. You can also get deli favorites like lox, potato cakes, tuna melts and New York-style cheesecake.
You’ve got a vacation to Vegas all booked and you’re ready to go…then a little bit of pre-trip anxiety sets in. What are you supposed to pack? What’s the weather going to be like? What wear in Las Vegas?
Don’t worry. We’ve put together a handy guide for you so you know exactly what to expect from spring, summer, fall and winter in Las Vegas. Here’s what to pack, what to do and what to wear while you’re in Las Vegas, broken down by the season.
Weather: Spring is absolutely gorgeous in Las Vegas. The sun’s out and the temperatures are moderate, ranging from the 60s and 70s in early spring up to the 80s and 90s in May.
What to pack: Don’t forget your sunscreen. It might not be summer yet, but Las Vegas has 320 days of sunshine a year. You might also want to pack your hairspray or a hat. It can get windy in the spring.
What to wear in Las Vegas: You might need a light jacket or sweatshirt early in the day but as it warms up, you’ll want a short-sleeved shirt. In early spring the nights can still be chilly so be sure to have a jacket and long pants for the evenings. In late April and May when it gets hotter you might want to wear shorts or a sundress. And comfortable shoes for walking are always a must.
What to do: Spring is one of the best times of the year to get outside in Vegas. It might still be snowing where you live, but you can take full advantage of the great weather here. Head out to Red Rock Canyon for some hiking and sightseeing. Hit the links for a round of golf or indulge in one of our favorite spring activities: outdoor patio dining.
If you’re a sports fan, spring is the perfect time to visit. Be sure to come in March for all of the college basketball action. We’ve got parties, drink specials and awesome sports books for prime viewing of all the games.
Weather: Vegas summers are hot. We’re talking really hot. In early summer, the temperatures are in the 80s and 90s and they regularly top 100 degrees from June through August. It really doesn’t cool down much at night either. July and August are considered monsoon season and brief heavy rain is possible.
What to pack: Again, do not forget the sunscreen. You don’t want to be that guy who looks like a lobster at the end of the day. It’s not a good look. Sunglasses and a sun hat are also a must. Be sure to bring your swimsuit and cover-up for the pool.
What to wear: If you’re planning to hang out at the pool you’ll need your favorite swimsuit during the day. If you’re out walking around the Strip, wear shorts, tank tops, sundresses or whatever the lightest, coolest clothing you have is. We recommend comfortable sandals and flip flops during the day but remember that you won’t get away with them in the nightclubs at night.
If nightclubs are your thing, leave the athletic apparel, T-shirts and shorts in your room. Ladies can wear nice sandals but men will need to wear dress shoes and collared shirts.
What to do: Pool parties and dayclubs rule the summers in Vegas. You’ll want to check out Drai’s BeachClub at The Cromwell for a crazy rooftop party with a Strip view. For something a little more mellow, try the Venus Pool at Caesars Palace. It’s 21 and older only and you can indulge in European-style sunbathing. If you’re adventurous, head to Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino’s pool and check out the FlowRider where you can surf or boogie board.
If you’d rather stay indoors and avoid the heat at all costs, there’s plenty you can do. Take a spin in an air-conditioned cabin on the High Roller or cool off in the Qua Baths & Spa’s Arctic Ice Room. Here are a few more ideas.
Weather: The beginning of fall in September and early October can still be quite hot with temperatures in the 90s and a few days can hit 100. Luckily, the rest of the fall is perfect with temps in the 70s and 80s along with cooler nights.
What to pack: Layers are key. It’s that weird time of the year when you never know if it’s going to be hot or cool. Bring shorts, a swimsuit (most pools stay open to early October and a select few are open year round), a light jacket and long pants. And did we mention sunscreen?
What to wear: You can still get away with shorts and dresses during the day in early fall. At night you might want to switch to long sleeves and pants. In later fall you’ll definitely need a light jacket or sweater at night.
What to do: Again, just like in the spring, you’ll want to be outside as much as possible in the fall. Many of the pools and pool clubs are still open until late September or early October. During the day, get out and do some outdoor shopping at The LINQ Promenade or the Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally’s.
At night, head to a nightclub with an outdoor space so you can enjoy the beautiful evenings. Chateau Nightclub & Rooftop, Drai’s Nightclub and OMNIA Nightclub all have outdoor areas with amazing Strip views.
Weather: Las Vegas is blessed to have mild winters with daytime temperatures averaging in the 50s and 60s during day but it can get quite cold at night with temps in the 30s and 40s and even below freezing on occasion.
What to pack: A warm jacket. You might want to consider a small travel umbrella since we do get some rainstorms in the winter in Vegas. Check the forecast before you come.
What to wear in Las Vegas: During the day you’ll want long pants and long-sleeve shirts or sweaters. You won’t need your parka or anything, but you do need to have a warm jacket and maybe even some gloves for nighttime.
What to do: Winter is a busy season in Las Vegas. We’ve got big conventions like the Consumer Electronics Show and big celebrations like New Year’s Eve and Chinese New Year. We’ve also got the Big Game in February. Pro tip: Book your travel far in advance if you’re coming during any of these events.
Woo hoo! You’re headed to Vegas, baby. You got your vacation time approved, booked your hotel room and your day-to-night itinerary is already brimming with activities. But now it’s time to pack and suddenly… you’re stuck. You either 1) want to shove everything in your suitcase “just in case” or 2) ditch packing altogether and just have a wild Las Vegas shopping spree when you get here.
Before you exceed your suitcase weight limit at the airport (We’re guilty of it!) or spend hours stressing about the perfect outfit, let us help. We’re here to guide you in planning what to wear in Las Vegas. But more importantly, we’ll show you how to avoid any of these typical Sin City fashion faux pas. Happy packing!
Sorry, fellas. We have to call this out first. Why? Because we’ve seen it happen one too many times, even to our own friends. Imagine waiting in a crazy long line, only to be turned away because of your Jordans, Adidas or Pumas. You’ll get a lot of love for these on the streets, but the clubs are a whole different ball game. The doorman considers these as a huge fashion no-no. Unless you’re the artist who’s headlining at the club, you won’t even make it inside. Neutral colored shoes, with no visible athletic logos, are acceptable. While we’re on the subject of street wear, baseball hats and snapbacks aren’t permitted either. If you want to look fresh with a hat, check out Goorin Brothers Hat Shop at The LINQ Promenade. You’ll stand out from the crowd and who knows? The doorman might even ask where you got it from. Check out more of our tips on how to get into a Vegas nightclub to avoid any other blunders.
We’ve all witnessed it. It’s mortifying. And hey, you could have seen it in your own circle: Girls trotting around the casino or along the Strip, heels in hand. (Side note: We suggest you watch some of the fashion victims seen on “Vegas Girl Walk.” It’ll change your life.) OK, back to our guide: If you’re leaving your hotel room in five-inch stilettos, then you better bring it.
Looking fabulous has its sacrifices, and comfort is one of them. Despite having the cutest dress in your group, walking barefoot kills your entire outfit. Casino floors and the ground outside are downright filthy. If you absolutely cannot stand your heels any longer, carry a pair of roll-up flats in your purse. It will save your life. Also, ditch the heels if you’re sightseeing along the Las Vegas Strip. It spans 4.2 miles and your puppies will be barking — scratch that, howling — to go back to your hotel room. Wear flats or snag some cute flip flops from Havaiana’s at Bally’s Grand Bazaar Shops.
If you’re planning your Vegas trip, please check the forecast and dress for the weather. Sure, Vegas is notorious for its blazing summer temperatures — we’re talking 100-plus degrees in the middle of summer. So that means winter time is fine and dandy, right? Wrong! We may not be as cold as the East Coast or Midwest, but we have our fair share of brisk temperatures. It can get as cold as the high 20s, not to mention extremely windy. All the alcohol and hot toddies in the world won’t be enough to warm you up.
Avoid this fashion blunder and pack your favorite dress coat, especially if you’re going from one hotel to another. Otherwise, you’ll look silly standing outside in your tiny dress and catch a really bad cold. Tip: Instead of babysitting your coat all night while dancing (or kicking yourself for forgetting it somewhere), check it into the bell desk. It’s conveniently located inside the hotel entrance and you can drop off and pick up with no problem. It’s complimentary, but we always leave a tip for the awesome service.
Take it from Wendy Albert, fashion expert and senior marketing director at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino’s Miracle Mile Shops: “Just because it’s in, doesn’t mean it’s in for you and your body type.”
It makes no sense to jump on the bandwagon if a certain look doesn’t flatter your figure. Those ’90s-inspired slip dresses or wide-leg jumpsuits? Hmm… definitely not for everyone. Vintage fit jeans or a dazzling pair of earrings or bracelet? A win-win for all!
You’d figure this is common sense, but you’d be surprised. Outrageous looks may work on the runway, but they’re a bit too loud for Vegas. Yes, even Vegas.
“Wear one patterned or flashy item at a time,” Albert says. “The item will stand out more if it’s not competing with other elements of your outfit.”
So we’re not shunning prints all together. Go ahead and don those leopard prints, flamingo patterns or crazy geometric designs — just not from head to toe. Pair it with something neutral. The same goes with neon: A pop of this bright hue goes a long way. Any more than that, you’re competing with the Strip. And sorry, but the Strip will always win this one!
Leave a little mystery, ladies and gents. Let people wonder where you got that designer bag, hat, shirt, belt or coat without the label plastered everywhere. You want to leave others curious, not blind them. It’s distracting and obnoxious. Plus, no one says you have to stick to name brands, anyway. It’s all about wearing something unique, whether it’s from a high-end retailer or vintage boutique.
On top of ditching trends that don’t flatter your look, you don’t want to play it too safe either. When striped collared shirts were all the rage, everybody knew it. We once walked past a nightclub line and saw hundreds of men in this print. It looked like one long barcode! While that go-to look diminished over the years (thank goodness), you still don’t want to be a clone.
Be creative. We love our sparkling dresses, but so does everyone else. Stand out with statement earrings, a gorgeous bracelet and an antique-style clutch. Also, keep in mind that looking different doesn’t mean you have to reveal way too much skin.
“Pick one asset to focus on at a time,” says Albert. “If you feel good in what you are wearing, you will look good too.”
One last thing before you head out the door: Be comfortable in your skin. After all, you know your personal style better than anyone. We’ll leave you with these wise words from Albert: “Wear what you like. Confidence will always make you look beautiful.”
It’s a new year and we’re ready for some new adventures in Las Vegas. This being the Entertainment Capital of the World, you can bet we’ve got plenty of fresh shows we’re eager to see. But headline acts aren’t the only new thing shaking up the city. We’ve got tasty new dining spots, renovated rooms and exciting nightlife to try out. Take a gander at our list of new things to do Las Vegas to experience in 2017.
You could hear our fan girl screaming from the next state when the Backstreet Boys announced that they would be doing a residency at The Axis in Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. We’re eagerly waiting to see which hit songs they include in their show, but hope that our fan faves of “Everybody,” “I Want It That Way” and “Show Me The Meaning of Being Lonely” make the cut. Whatever they choose, this show will be “Larger Than Life.”
Howie Dorough told Vegas Player that the group was excited to be coming to Las Vegas and are busy creating an unbelievable show. “We’re going to make something spectacular that our fans have never seen before.”
March 1 can’t get here fast enough.
Time to pull out that sexy black dress you’ve been saving for a special night, because Keith Sweat’s coming to the Flamingo Las Vegas and he’s bringing the sultry. With R&B hits like “Make It Last Forever” and “Nobody,” you’ll be remembering those hot nights with someone you loved. Or maybe you just want to groove to jams like “Twisted” and “Don’t Stop Your Love” as you dance with your sweetheart. Either way, you’ll find us front row as Sweat celebrates the 30th anniversary of his triple-platinum album “Make It Last Forever” accompanied by MADtv cast member, Aries Spears as the opening act January 17 through February 4.
This is Vegas, so when five burly British tenors harmonize together, they don’t just sing, they rock! The Tenors of Rock shot to fame as finalists on The X Factor UK and we’ve been itching to hear their versions of Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses, to power ballads like The Eagles’ “Desperado,” to “Livin’ On A Prayer” from Bon Jovi ever since. Come Jan. 11 we’ll pack the Harrah’s Showroom ready to raise our cellphone lighter apps high as we headbang to the harmonies of Gareth Richards, Dai Richards, Jimmy Denning, Jonathan Williams and Tommy Sherlock.
Stop making apologies and just get to Vegas and see Ralphie May at Harrah’s Las Vegas. May promises a night of dirty, irreverent and loveable comedy as he takes comedic shots at everything from race to politics to his family life in his show, aptly titled “No Apologies.”
This year we can’t wait to lie back and relax in the new modern rooms at Harrah’s Las Vegas. The resort has already rolled out renovations on 600 standard rooms and 72 suites with even more being renovated in 2017. The rooms feature cool lines accented by purple and gray with a 49-inch HD TV, rain shower and more.
Sleek and sexy, get ready to be seduced in 2017 by Paris Las Vegas’ remodeled rooms and suites. From the sultry Burgundy rooms with leather headboard, velvet chair and modern art to elegant new suites, you’ll feel like you’re retiring to a room in the City of Lights when you’re really in the City of Neon.
We’ve already been indulging our inner rock star in the Ultra Hip rooms at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. But this year we’re excited to see that the resort’s hip rooms will be renovated to Ultra Hip levels. It’s like scoring tickets to your favorite concert only to be surprised with a VIP upgrade as well.
2017 is the year of The LINQ as The Promenade keeps rolling out great new restaurants and new experiences. Before 2016 ended, we were treated to our new fave fried food in Vegas with Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips. Then we enjoyed the one-two culinary punch of Virgil’s BBQ and In-N-Out Burger. 2017 won’t be a slouch either when Jaburritos and Canter’s Deli both open.
It’s not just dining delights that LINQ Promenade visitors can indulge in. In addition to the High Roller observation wheel and its unique packages (Happy Half Hour, chocolate and yoga!) and Brooklyn Bowl’s amazing concerts, you can now fly like a superhero, skydive, shoot zombies and more with Adventure VR.
Sshhhhh… there’s a new sushi spot at Paris Las Vegas that quietly opened in December and is becoming our new fave spot for a quick bite – Sekushi. Try the foie gras sushi, oysters, otoro, creamy seafood udon and more. Don’t worry if not all of your party wants sushi as there are other options to please the seafood haters like a chicken teriyaki bento box, gyoza, pork katsu and more.
Get ready to party big in 2017 at the new Alto Bar. The bar opened in October and is already creating a dynamic new nightlife spot to start or end the evening at Caesars Palace. It ratcheted up the energy in December rolling out the Oculus Virtual Reality Lounge. Guests can use four Oculus Rifts with Touch to enjoy an immersive 360-degree gaming experience through March 28.
Alto is located next to OMNIA Nightclub and the Race and Sports Book, it is the resorts largest bar with 15 televisions, 18 video poker machines and a private dining area where up to 30 people can throw a custom party.
OMNIA nightclub has had us mesmerized since it first opened. The DJs, the chandelier that looks like a UFO, the music… it just couldn’t get any better. Oh wait, it did. Hakkasan Group has just signed DJs Kaskade and Zedd to join its stellar lineup. Kaskade kicked off the New Year’s Eve weekend celebrations at OMNIA and is scheduled to perform select dates throughout the year. He’s next up at OMNIA on Jan. 27 and Feb. 17. Zedd starts his run at OMNIA on Jan. 7 with additional OMNIA performances scheduled for Jan. 21 and March 14.
In 2017 we’re going country when music star John Rich brings his Redneck Riviera Bar to the Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally’s Las Vegas. More than just a country-inspired watering hole, Redneck Riviera will feature live musical acts. Rich is committed to creating a vibe that you find in Nashville with country acts musicians performing throughout the day and night. We’re also eager to try out some of the bar’s specialty drinks including the Dr. Comfort – Dr. Pepper and Southern Comfort.
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The buffet. It’s a big part of Vegas culture. We’ve been helping people stuff themselves with all-you-can-eat goodness since the ’40s. It’s practically an unwritten rule that you should visit a buffet at least once while you’re here.
Apparently Vegas isn’t the only place that loves buffets since Jan. 2 has been designated National Buffet Day, but we think it’s the best.
In honor of the holiday we’d like to point out some of the reasons why Las Vegas buffets rule:
Bacchanal Buffet is the granddaddy of Vegas buffets and was named the best buffet in America by Time Out Magazine. There are more than 500 items to choose from and nine distinct stations including Mexican, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, American, seafood, pizza, deli and dessert.
So loosen your belt and put on those stretchy pants. Here are some of the Bacchanal Buffet’s staggering yearly stats about what’s served to hungry diners:
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More than 320,000 visitors rang in the new year in Las Vegas celebrating with epic entertainment, celebrity-studded parties, dynamic DJ performances and a massive $500,000 fireworks show that transformed the Las Vegas Strip into a giant mile-long party.
The celebration got an early start on Friday Dec. 30 when DJ Kaskade kicked off the weekend with an only-in-Vegas moment, arriving via Maverick Helicopter. After circling the Strip, Caesars Palace and OMNIA Las Vegas Nightclub, The helicopter landed in front of Caesars Palace and Kaskade slipped into the club to make a dramatic entrance in the DJ booth, kicking off his 2017 residency.
This was just the first of several celebrity appearances this New Year’s Eve.
Grammy Award-winning rap genius Kendrick Lamar made sure we gon’ be alright in 2017 with a live performance at Drai’s Las Vegas Nightclub in The Cromwell on New Year’s Eve. Lamar was the Champagne toast on a weekend of great performances as G-Eazy and Kid Cudi started out the holiday weekend at Drai’s performing Thursday and Friday, respectively.
The party at OMNIA continued on New Year’s Eve when Calvin Harris took over the DJ booth shortly after the midnight countdown. As he played an unstoppable set, members of the Backstreet Boys joined the party. Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson and Howie Dorough were all spotted in the crowd dancing and joined Harris in the DJ booth to help party in 2017.
Earlier in the evening, Harris and the Backstreet Boys were surprise performers at a VIP New Year’s Eve party at Caesars Palace. The Backstreet Boys proved why they are our fave boy band pulling out all the energy, music and dance moves that have made them the best-selling boy band of all time.
Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell, AJ McLean and Kevin Richardson performed their hits “Everybody,” “We’ve Got It Going On,” “Show Me The Meaning Of Being Lonely” and more. Finally leading the crowd in “Auld Lang Syne.”
The Backstreet Boys were not the only special guest performers at Vegas New Year’s Eve parties. The Righteous Brothers entertained crowds at Paris Las Vegas for a special VIP party.
VIP parties and nightclubs weren’t the only spots for iconic New Year’s Eve music performances.
At Caesars Palace, Elton John returned to The Colosseum with his critically-acclaimed show “The Million Dollar Piano.” Elton treated the audience to many of his greatest hits and included a special performance of “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down on Me” in tribute to George Michael. Elton wasn’t the only music icon ringing in the new year at The Colosseum. Lady Gaga celebrated New Year’s Eve with friends by attending Elton’s show.
Just across the street at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, legendary rappers Wu-Tang Clan rang in 2017. The group brought the crowd to their feet performing their hits including “C.R.E.A.M,” “Protect Ya Neck” and “Method Man.” The show was part of HOT 97.5’s Wu Year’s Eve and also featured RZA, GZA, Method Man, Inspectah Deck, Raekwon, U-God, Masta Killa, Ghostface Killah and Cappadonna.
No New Year’s Eve celebration would be complete without fireworks and in Las Vegas the fireworks are big. The $500,000 Fireworks by Grucci show set off 80,000 pyrotechnic rounds from seven Strip hotels including Caesars Palace and Planet Hollywood. The show featured music by David Bowie and Prince and provided an amazing end to 2016 and beginning to 2017.
For those who couldn’t get to Las Vegas for New Year’s Eve, several Caesars Entertainment headliners participated in New Year’s Eve television broadcasts that reached fans around the world. Music superstar JLo performed a medley of songs from her record-breaking Planet Hollywood residency, “JENNIFER LOPEZ: ALL I HAVE” on NBC’s “New Year’s with Carson Daly.”
Lionel Richie, currently headlining at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, performed “All Night Long” on ABC’s “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest.”