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Narrator: “You are about to enter another dimension –”
Me: “A dimension of mini golf!”
Narrator: ” — a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind –”
Me: “All keys to being a great mini-golfer. Maybe not sound –”
Narrator: “A journey into a wondrous land of imagination. Next stop, the Twilight Zone!”
Me: “Mini golf edition!”
At first, it seems an odd fit, the seminal mind-bender of television shows and one of America’s favorite family past times. But the juxtaposition of “The Twilight Zone” and miniature golf proves to be a delightful experience as you play 18 warped holes at Bally’s Las Vegas.
As with all mini golf courses, what you’re looking for is the combination of adhering to the promised theme, the level of intrigue / difficulty of the course and the overall fun factor.
The Twilight Zone by Monster Mini Golf goes big on trying to set the correct mood. This course is, after all, designed by the same company that lets players use their “Love Guns” aka putters to try and sink holes-in-one at KISS by Monster Mini Golf over at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.
Here, they bring the theme of “The Twilight Zone” television show, which aired from 1959 – 1964, produced 156 episodes and is currently being rebooted for CBS All Access, to life. Awesome artwork, including almost life-like comic murals along the black walls, really completes the experience. There are also an impressive number of creatures from the series and a hole dedicated just to “Time Enough at Last” – one of the most famous episodes – featuring an entire landscape of a post-apocalyptic world after the detonation of a nuclear bomb, mimicking that classic episode.
Where the course strays greatly from the show is in the soundtrack. As opposed to the ominous, mood-inducing music the sci-fi series is known for, the mini-golf course is full of fun tracks from the 1950s and 60s. That’s not a bad thing as it lends itself to the overall vibe of the joint. While playing through, one of my course mates said to me, “We need to rent this place out and have a midnight party.” In a way, with the low lights, glowing creatures and shindig-style music, it feels like it could be some weird rave in a dimension we have yet to visit.
As for the level of difficulty, it’s got all the classic holes. The loop-de-loop, the hit-the-ball-at-the-exact-angle-or-get-a-five, the if-it-goes-in-the-middle-tube-you-are-good-but-if-not-you-are-screwed – they’re all there decked out “Twilight Zone”-style.
Overall, The Twilight Zone mini golf is a great family activity and a fun way to kill a few hours. The location, tucked away in the downstairs of Bally’s Las Vegas past the REAL BODIES exhibit, lends itself to the isolation of the show. Once you’re in it, there is no getting out – not before the 18th hole anyway.
Stay hot in Vegas and wipe those winter blues away. It may not be summer, but we have fun ways to keep you toasty during these brisk months. We’ve got the lowdown on shows, food and everything else under the Vegas sun. Find out all the hot things to do this winter in Vegas:
This is one show where you’ll need to leave your beanies and gloves back home — and we mean home-home. Starting Wednesday, Jan. 24, Paris Las Vegas will present INFERNO, a spectacular that includes pyrotechnics, fire stunts and illusions. Led by European illusionist Joe Labero and The Fuel Girls, this is one hot show you won’t want to miss.
¡Dale! Miami rap artist Pitbull keeps things muy caliente at The AXIS inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. He’ll perform all your favorite hits like “I Know You Want Me (Celle Ocho),” “Don’t Stop The Party” and “Time Of Our Lives.” And while we’re on the subject of hot, he might even perform “Fireball” too. To get you in the mood, check out our favorite Pitbull music videos that are sure to get you movin’.
Back-street’s back, al-right! If anyone can heat up the chilly winter weather, it’s these guys. Especially when they start singing, You are my fire… from their smash hit, “I Want It That Way.” See the most successful boy band of all time, the Backstreet Boys, take the stage at The AXIS inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Sing along to their biggest hits like “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back),” “Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)” and “All I Have To Give,” among many others. And what’s a Backstreet Boys show without all the fun choreographed moves? They still got it goin’ on.
Stage fright? You better believe Chippendales at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino will melt all of those fears away. Plus, these handsome fellas can dance. Each scene gives us vibes of a steamy music video and if you’re lucky, you might just get pulled up on stage. Don’t worry — the boys may be playful, but they keep it proper for sure. And if you’re wondering what Chippendales has to do with this fire theme we have going, just look at their abs honey.
If you’re attending any of these hot shows, you gotta show them what a hot mama you are. Head to COLOR Salon by Michael Boychuck inside Caesars Palace. Need inspiration? The “shadow root” or “rooty blonde” are huge celebrity looks right now, as seen on Selena Gomez and Kim Kardashian. In this process, colorists highlight, hand paint and add dimension throughout the entire head and overlay a “shadow” on the roots. You’ll leave with gorgeous, lived-in color that blends effortlessly. Another plus? It’s easy to maintain and you’ll only need minimal touch-ups (which makes it easier when you’re back home).
Top you look with either a matte to glitter trans-formative lip sticks or glosses, which are other huge trends for 2018.
Things heat up at Gordon Ramsay’s fifth Vegas restaurant location. HELL’S KITCHEN at Caesars Palace is a delight for fans of the show and foodies alike. Modeled just like the reality TV show, HELL’S KITCHEN comes complete with the Red and Blue kitchens, two chef tables and seating for 300 guests.
You’ll enjoy everything like Wagyu meatballs, lobster risotto, roasted cauliflower and much more. Prix-fixe menus are also available if you want a bit of everything. And from what we read, HELL’S KITCHEN already has thousands of reservations in the short time that it’s been open. So you better get your seat.
Bonus: While you’re here, order Smoke on the Blvd., made with Woodford Rye, Aperol, Amoro Averna, sweet Vermouth and smoked with cherry wood. (Smoky counts as fire, right?)
Nothing heats up the night like a red-hot chili pepper in your drink. Head to The Cromwell’s Bound bar and order the Spicy Fifty, made with Stoli Vanil vodka, elderflower syrup, fresh lime juice, honey syrup and chili pepper.
We’ve been talking about all these fire-related topics, so we’re going to wrap it up with a cool down session. Swimming in winter? Really? Believe it or not, this is a real thing in Vegas. It may be winter but if you’re from the colder parts of the country, 50 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit is a walk in the park. Venus Pool at Caesars Palace, The Pool at The LINQ, and Paris Las Vegas’ Soleil Pool are all open year round. Plus, it’s great bragging rights on social media for all your friends who are freezing back home.
The Big Game in Las Vegas might be about the teams on the screen but let’s be real, it’s at least 75 percent about the food and beverage situation. Whether your team has made it to the final showdown or not, chances are you’re looking for the ideal viewing scenario so you can eat, drink and cheer your way through the game.
Las Vegas is the perfect place to overindulge while you root for your team, or the best commercials. You really do need an unlimited chicken wing buffet in your life. Whatever your ideal game day situation is, Las Vegas restaurants, bars and sports books have you set with a plethora of options to choose from. They won’t have sway over the score but a belly full of Big Game munchies takes the sting out of a loss and will make your team’s victory that much sweeter.
We’ll begin with the mother ship – Caesars Palace – which is known for its wide array of dining options and its massive sports book, perfect for this holiest day of football. See what strikes your fancy.
The Caesars Palace Race & Sports Book has several reserved seating options. The Football Main Floor Seating Package ($200) includes three sports book drink tickets and one reserved chair with a full view of all TV screens so you don’t miss a minute of the action. You’ll also be in the most convenient venue for sports betting so you can get in all your last-minute wagers. The Football VIP Seating package ($500) includes exclusive upper-level seating in the Race & Sports Book with select unlimited beverages, as well as access to the VIP betting line so you can place those bets even more quickly. Book your package here.
Cigar, cocktail and football lovers don’t have to choose between their passions at Montecristo Cigar Bar. This sophisticated lounge offers a wide variety of viewing options with reserved seating and drink specials starting at $200. Drink specials venue-wide include buckets of 5 Coors Light 16-ounce aluminum bottles or 5 Miller Lite 12-ounce bottles for $40, 5 bottles of import beer for $45 and 5 bottles of craft beer for $50. Reserve the following packages here.
A British pub might not be your first thought for American football viewing but hey, there were a few games played in England this year! There are flat screen TVs all over the 290-seat venue so you can catch every play while noshing on unlimited draft beer, wine and tailgate food, served buffet-style. There’s also an assorted Chef Snack Basket and bucket of beer right on your table. This Big Game Package is $200 or you can upgrade your package to include cocktails for an additional $50. Call (702) 238-8539 to reserve your seat.
Enjoy reserved seating at Alto Bar with bottle service, so you can focus on just watching the game, plus a tasty buffet ($149). Drink specials will also be offered for cocktail fans. Reserve your seat here.
Viewing party seats at Vista Cocktail Lounge will give you a great vista of the game. Individual seats start at $50 and tables start at $250. Drink specials will also be offered so you can enjoy all your favorite cocktails. Book your reservation here.
It’s always pool season in Las Vegas. Party by the pool as you take in the football action at a viewing party at The POOL at The LINQ. This package offers a stadium-style buffet featuring Guy Fieri’s wings from Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen & Bar while you watch the game on a projector screen and multiple TVs throughout the venue ($99). Promotion models and swag will make the game even more fun. Cabanas are available for an additional fee. Book your package here or by calling (702) 835-5713.
Score a stadium-style buffet featuring Guy Fieri’s wings from Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen & Bar, access to a satellite betting station, swag and giveaways from promotion models at TAG Sports Bar at The LINQ Hotel & Casino. General seating includes two drink tickets or a bucket of five beers for $99 or you can upgrade to the “best seats in the house” aka comfy recliners with personal TVs above each seat for $150. Reserve your seat here.
Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen & Bar at The LINQ Hotel & Casino opens up at 1 p.m., so you can make the most of the $150 food and drink package with open bar during the game. Score flags or T-shirts in your team’s colors to cheer your team on in style. Make your friends at home jealous by posting selfies from the fun football backdrop at the step and repeat. The Big Game Menu features an appetizer course served family-style with jalapeno bacon popcorn, assorted wings and Fieri’s signature trashcan brisket nachos. That’s just the first course! Next, choose an entrée including The Mayor of Flavortown Burger, the pulled pork Motley ‘Que Sandwich and the Big Bite Caesar Salad, just to name a few. Dessert is Guy’s Cheesecake Challenge, which is crazier than a trick play and so much sweeter. Book your tasty package by calling (702) 794-3139 or online.
If you want your football with a side of beer pong, O’Sheas at The LINQ is the place for you. General seating is $59 and includes swag and giveaways plus a bucket of five Miller or Coors Light beers. There’s a large projector plus multiple TVs throughout the venue and you can order food from Nook Café through handy dandy mobile ordering so you don’t miss any commercials, um, uh, plays.
Get your grub on in a big way with the BBQ Smokin’ Big Game Feast Package at Virgil’s Real BBQ at The LINQ Promenade. The menu includes, barbecued wings, Caesar salad, Trainwreck Fries, the award-winning Virgil’s BBQ Pig Out combo platter with a variety of meats and sides plus a classic banana pudding for dessert ($40).
Add a premium open bar package featuring Skyy vodka, Bayou rum, Beefeater Gin, Old Forester and Wild Turkey bourbons, Sauza tequila and house cocktails including Kicked up Lemonade, Virgil’s Margarita and frozen margaritas plus Bayou Punch. All draft beer, and house pinot grigio and pinot noir plus soft drinks are also included ($75).
ameriCAN offers two options, including one on the patio overlooking The LINQ Promenade. Reserve a seat inside with premium open bar ($100) or outside on the patio, also with a premium open bar ($75). Both are available for purchase at events.americanbeerbar.com.
Tilted Kilt at The LINQ Promenade features two levels of football-viewing space with all-you-care-to-drink starting one hour before the game, plus an appetizer per person ($195).
One of the newest additions to The LINQ Promenade, Canter’s Deli, is getting TVs installed just in time for the Big Game. Grab one of their famous sandwiches and a beer including the hand-carved corned beef sandwich and a bottle of Bud for $16 or the hand-carved pastrami sandwich and a bottle of Bud for $17.
Not to be left out, this delicious eatery by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay at The LINQ Promenade gets in the football spirit with a special version of their dirty chips. Devour the chili cheese dirty chips because every football game needs to be celebrated with fried food drenched in chili and cheese.
This center-Strip property is in the middle of the football action as the bars and restaurants bring in extra TVs for this most important of days on the sports calendar.
You can enjoy the game with an unlimited supply of draft beer. Red Solo cup, anyone? Enjoy a Big Game menu featuring an appetizer, entrée and dessert to go with your all-you-care-to-drink beer. Menu highlights include tailgate staples like jumbo hot & barbecued wings, jalapeno poppers, beer-battered onion rings, breaded chicken strips and burgers. Save room for a deep fried Twinkie for dessert. Just trust us. There will be a popcorn machine for that stadium atmosphere plus giveaways from promo models including shirts and flags in your team’s colors. The game will stream on 28 TVs plus the big screen on stage ($99). Book your package here.
Grab a seat where you place your bets and enjoy a snack basket, bucket of beers plus prize giveaways for jerseys included with your entry ($99). Upgrade to the “best seats in the house” for $149. Reserve your seats here.
Savor all-you-care-to-drink draft beer plus a $20 food voucher, good for whatever you fancy from this food hall’s diverse offerings, which include football fan favorites like pizza and burgers ($69). Promotion models will be doling out swag and everybody gets a T-shirt or flag to cheer on their favorite team. Make your reservation here.
This outdoor flair bar is known for bartenders with fancy tricks but now it will be home to fancy footwork from your favorite football players when the venue brings in additional TVs and projectors for the Big Game. Grab a T-shirt or flag to show your spirit. Seats will include a bucket of beer and $20 food credit for Fulton Street Food Hall so everyone can get just what they want to eat. Book your seats here.
Usually home to fun lounge entertainment, this popular venue will be all ball during the Big Game with extra TVs. Enjoy a bucket of beer and $20 Fulton Street Food Hall food credit plus giveaways in your team’s colors.
The Cromwell is calling your name, with its brand new sports book plus bar and lounge in the middle of the casino floor action. Step right up, place a bet then sit back and relax while you cheer on your team.
Watch the game on two projectors and five TVs in the heart of the casino floor at Interlude. Seating includes a choice of your bucket of beer (five Miller or Coors Lights) or three drink tickets plus an all-you-can-eat buffet from eatwell featuring the amazingly delicious Barbary Dogs, tacos, wings, pizzas, sliders, nachos and fries ($100).
This posh lounge is located just across from the all new sports book, for all your Big Game betting needs. Opt for a seating package that includes a bucket of Miller or Coors Light or three drink tickets, if cocktails are more your speed, the same delicious tailgate fare from eatwell that you’ll find at Interlude (above), all in an intimate lounge setting ($125). To book Interlude or Bound packages, please call (702) 777-3790.
The beautiful new Cromwell Sports Book offers various tiered seating packages: Seating in the first row of the sports book for $150, seating in the second row for $250, seating in the third row for $350 and a table of four seats on sides of the venue for $600. Guests will have access to the scrumptious eatwell buffet just across the hall at adjacent Bound as well as a snack basket and their choice of a bucket of Miller or Coors Light or three drink tickets. Reserve your seat online here.
Paris, France might not be known for its football, but Paris Las Vegas is. It’s all about food at these Paris venues that put tailgate fare in the spotlight.
Take it to the roof with Beer Park’s rooftop tailgate party, perfect for groups. The food packages start at $125 per person and accommodate up to 10 people. Packages include guaranteed seating plus a delicious buffet-style spread of your stadium favorites including nachos, hot dogs, bratwursts, soft pretzels, chips and salsa, onion dip, guacamole, pork rinds and more. You can also place your bets right there on the roof, in one of the few in-house sports betting kiosks outside of casino sports books. Those wishing to purchase beers can choose from more than 100 beers, including 36 drafts on tap. Challenge your friends to adult-sized yard games during downtime including Jenga and Connect Four.
The food is the star at this Paris Las Vegas restaurant and bar, known for its gigantic 15-foot by 15-foot television plus additional plasmas. Menu highlights include barbecue chicken cavatappi pasta salad, fingerling loaded potato salad, Buffalo and Parmesan garlic wings, sliders and hot dogs, waffle fries and various desserts including Rice Krispies Treats, brownies and assorted gourmet dessert popcorn. Additionally, guests can enjoy all-you-care-to-drink beer, wine and well cocktails. ($125). Please call (702) 946-4347 to book your reservation.
Usually home to dueling pianos, this bar will be set for a showdown between dueling football teams during the Big Game. Chow down on the delicious food spread including cilantro lime Brussels sprouts slaw, a carving station with spice-rubbed tri tip and smoked pork shoulder, wings four ways, French onion beef sliders, hot dogs and an assortment of tempting desserts ($125). Get your share of prizes and giveaways while you watch. Please call (702) 348-9033 for reservations.
This sports bar offers several seating options to accommodate crews of any size. Choose a four-top table with four drink tickets ($125), a couch with four drink tickets ($200) or single seating ($250 plus prizes, giveaways and drink specials.
Known for its amazing entertainment options, the stars of the stages at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino take a back seat for the day to make way for football.
The name of this Las Vegas sports book hits all the right notes for a Big Game viewing party. Packages start at $100 for all-you-care-to-drink beer, wine and well cocktails plus a $30 food credit. Get your share of prizes and giveaways while you watch. Please call (702) 523-7430 to make a reservation.
Be in the center of the action at this hip casino bar where tables for four people can be reserved for a $400 beverage minimum. Enjoy drink specials and prize drawings plus giveaways while you cheer on your team. Please call (702) 523-7430 to book your table.
If you’re looking for a little something extra for the Big Game, head to Extra Lounge where you’ll get giveaways and be in the running for fun prizes. Tables accommodate four and can be reserved for a $300 beverage minimum. Please call (702) 523-7430 to reserve your seats.
Elevate your tailgate food experience with gourmet burgers by celebrated chef Gordon Ramsay during the Big Game. Enjoy all-you-care-to-drink beer, wine and well cocktails plus a $50 food credit for $150 per person. Don’t forget the amazing milkshakes. Please call (702) 274-0057 to book your table.
Are you picturing a flamingo in a football jersey? Well, you probably are now. Though the wildlife won’t be dressed for the occasion, the energy will be high while you cheer your team to victory at Flamingo Las Vegas.
Get guaranteed seating with views of three big screen HD TVs plus a bucket of four beers starting at $75 per person. Enjoy prizes giveaways throughout the game with a halftime raffle. Enjoy tailgate favorites from Café To Go Express like pizza and nachos. Book online or call (702) 604-8801.
Catch the game on a large projector screen from stadium-style seating. Each seat includes a bucket of four beers, light snacks plus beer pong available at half time. Seating options are $75 or $100, including a $25 food voucher. Book online or call (702) 604-8801.
Place your bets right where you’re watching the game at this classic casino sports book in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip.
Bet on or just watch all the action at Bally’s with several seating options. Choose a four-top table ($125) or individual seats that include one drink ticket ($25 for standard seats or $50 for best viewing angles). Please call (702) 523-7430 to reserve your seat.
Choose from the heart of the casino floor or be on top of it all at the Rio’s rooftop bar and lounge. If you’re looking to lighten the cooking load, you can even order a food package to go. Score!
If you want to take some all-American football grub home with you to cut the hassle of preparing it yourself, call (702) 777-7767 to place your order for The Big Game Feast, delivered curbside on Feb. 4 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. ($70). It includes hot wings, ribs, a deli grinder, hot dogs, house salad, pretzels, chips and salsa and pineapple upside down cake.
If the game doesn’t turn out how you wanted, the view at VooDoo Rooftop Nightclub & Lounge certainly will make up for it. Enjoy a three-hour open bar including well cocktails and domestic and import beers plus a tailgate buffet ($200).
This popular casino bar offers an open bar package featuring a buffet as well for $100, or you can opt for just the food portion for $25.
“Women need a reason to have sex. Men just need a place!”
When a show kicks off like that, you know you’re in for a wild ride. The title of “Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man,” the wildly interactive show at Paris Las Vegas, is quite a mouthful and might leave you wondering what exactly it is. Is it a self-help seminar? Is it your awkward grade school sex ed class, just on stage? Is it a raunchy male revue? After checking it out, I can honestly say, it’s some of the most fun you can have on the Vegas Strip with your clothes on.
This is a show where nothing’s inappropriate and nothing’s off the table. Heck, they’ll even give you tips for on the table, if that’s what you’re into. “Sex Tips” started out as a Broadway surprise smash hit before heading to its insanely appropriate destination in the center of the Las Vegas Strip, known for its risqué, uninhibited fun. On the eve of their first performance together, we sat down with the new cast to get their take on the show that’s over the top in all the best ways.
Lucky for “Sex Tips” audiences, new cast members “Vanderpump Rules” star Scheana Shay and recording artist and MTV star Chester Lockhart aren’t intimidated by much of anything, even sharing the lowdown on gettin’ down.
This show is bananas. Literally. It shouldn’t take your mind long to wander to just how that fruit might appear as a prop in a show like this. What you may not be able to deduce is the overall premise of the show, so here’s the 411: Shay plays a stuffy teaching fellow. Lockhart’s character is her complete opposite, a flamboyant book author with zero filter. He doles out advice to unleash her inner passions for the hunky stage assistant/sound guy, Stefan, while she moderates a book forum about his sexual manifesto.
Shay inherited her role from Playboy Playmate and “Girls Next Door” star Kendra Wilkinson. Shay said of her unique take on the role, “There will be a little bit of Scheana sass in it, in a professional way, because I am playing a senior teaching fellow so I’m not Scheana from West Hollywood.” The “Sex Tips” star also added, “My character is very nerdy, professional, quite frazzled, nervous, so it’s totally different from anything you’ve ever seen me do.”
Lockhart’s character, Dan Anderson, is the perfect playful foil to her uptight professor. Lockhart took over the role from “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” actor Jai Rodriguez. He quipped, “Jai is like everyone’s best friend and I am like everyone’s sassy best friend.” He noted, “I’m always supporting you and encouraging you to be your best self but maybe throwing a hint of shade along the way. So you’ve got to stay on your toes. And I think that’s why we have such a good relationship. We kind of egg each other on, which is great to see on stage.”
He’s right. Their blunt dynamic leads to more laugh-out-loud moments than you could even imagine, especially when it comes to audience participation. Shay noted, “We’re having a good time with it.” Audiences will too and lucky guests can even end up on stage and be in the show. Shay added you never know what you’re going to get because, “It’s very audience interactive, so based off of who is up on stage with him determines what comes out of Chester’s mouth.”
Shay, who rose to fame as a sultry server on the “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” spin-off, “Vanderpump Rules,” went on to marry and divorce a costar from that show.
“I’ve had a lot of negative comments saying things like ‘you can’t even keep a man, why would we take tips from you?’” Shay said. “And I’m like, ‘I’m not the one giving them. I’m the one getting them so maybe I CAN keep one!’”
I literally watched people cry from laughter while seeing their spouses participate up on stage. Helping Lockhart’s character bring his book’s concepts to life will get you over any insecurities or performance anxieties. You’d be surprised how liberating it can be to snort over sexual subtext with a group of your new best friends in a Vegas theater.
Lockhart noted how this show really does have something or everyone. “Sex Tips” takes a tongue-in-cheek (and other places!) look at topics most people are eager to explore, whether they want to admit it or not. He said, “It appeals to so many different types of people. You look at the audience and you see older people, younger people, gay, straight, people from all over the world. It’s something that everyone can universally enjoy in an unexpected way. It’s something everyone is going to relate to at the end of the day. It’s super interactive and makes you feel like you are part of this experience together. You’re part of the show.”
Shay said audiences can expect to be, “laughing a lot,” just like she did when she first saw it and her abs hurt from cracking up. Shay let us in on a little secret from rehearsals. She said, “There’s a part where we bring up three people from the audience and I’m not going to be able to look at them because in rehearsals I’m just dying laughing but my character shouldn’t be laughing at anything so I’m just going to pick a person in the audience and stare at them because if not, I’ll break character and I can’t.”
Lockhart’s not afraid of some snappy back-and-forth with the crowd. He said, “It’s all part of the fun. Everyone came to have their own version of fun, so we’ll just laugh it off and make it part of the show.”
In a town like Las Vegas where what happens here is supposed to stay here, “Sex Tips” breaks all the rules and lets you have the best possible souvenir with its titular take-home message nestled in a night of laughs.
I admit it. I’ve been a professional wrestling fan since I was just a kid. It feels good to say that. Yes, since I was just a little boy, the rush of two titans in the squared circle grappling for supremacy (albeit predetermined supremacy) has had me wrapped around its athletically taped, broken finger. That guilty pleasure could only be matched by another – fried foods.
No matter what other taboo pleasures you might have – YouTubing full episodes of the original “American Gladiators,” matchmaking on your friends’ Plenty of Fish accounts, karaoke singing to Avril Lavigne songs, or in my case, “WHOOOOING” along with “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair as he applies a figure four leg lock – fried foods are universal. We love them. We know they aren’t good for us. We might even regret them after eating. But the deliciousness always outweighs the guilt.
There is something so comforting about getting your favorite deep-fried treat. Or, the reverse, there is nothing more disappointing than eating a soggy, oily, amateurishly fried gut bomb. Frying takes skill. When done right, masterpieces of both taste and texture are created. Here are our some of favorite deep-fried dishes – Vegas style.
Favorite Fried Food: Teppan Dinner
Teppanyaki is a Japanese style of food that uses a beautiful, often large, iron griddle to cook cuisine. The items can be grilled, broiled or pan-fried. At Nobu Restaurant, the man who made Japanese cuisine essential in the Western Hemisphere, Nobu Matsuhisa, offers a wide arrange of teppan dishes for a variety of prices. Items include squid with jalapeno dressing, Japanese A5 Wagyu, Tasmanian Ocean Trout and Japanese Scallop with Uni. The only thing better than watching the chefs prepare the food up-close-and-personal is eating it right after they are done.
Favorite Fried Food: Fish & Chips
While there are other deep-fried options at this LINQ Promenade takeaway joint that are mighty tasty, you gotta go with the classic fish and chips platter. The batter on the mild, white fish is rightly crunchy and matches nicely with the sauce options such as curry and mango or southwestern ranch. The fish is properly flaky and easy to pull apart. As for the chips, these French fries are thick, so they can hold their own against both the fish and sauces.
Favorite Fried Food: Kettle Chip Nachos
There is something delightfully decadent about this British – Mexican fusion take on nachos. The tortilla chips have been replaced by crispy, fried kettle chips. Corned beef, short rib and English cheddar cheese sauce all add to the bodacious appetizer. So where is the traditional nacho component? Well, it does have sour cream.
Favorite Fried Food: Trash Can Nachos
Sticking with the loaded chips theme, this dish is as over-the-top as the Food Network personality who created it. Guy Fieri’s nachos are literally presented in a mini trash can and go big on that California-Mexican mashup. Tortilla chips, black beans, melty queso casero (queso fresco a la Fieri), pickled red onions, pico de gallo, crema, crumbled Cotjia cheese, cilantro, jalapeño, plus whatever protein you want on top of it. That’s a fried splurge done right.
Favorite Fried Food: Fried Chicken Dinner
There are loyalists that swear that this is the best fried chicken in the country. Yes, they believe that this is the Ric Flair of fried chicken! While that’s up for debate, one thing that isn’t is that this chicken is awesome. Created by the Bromberg Brothers, Bruce and Eric, this is the same bird found at their Blue Ribbon outposts. The coating of egg whites, matzo meal and seasonings make this a unique take on an American classic and one that is worthy of being in the “best of” debate.
Favorite Fried Food: Nashville hot chicken
This famous fried fowl, courtesy of Music City, is getting to be as popular as the songs made in Nashville. Redolent of cayenne pepper, it’s got all the goodness of traditional fried chicken, plus that heat. It’s like a combination of instruments all hitting the perfect note at the same time, but spicier.
Favorite Fried Food: Stir Fry Station
Most Americans don’t think of stir fry right away when considering fried foods, but, it is right there in the name. In defense of U.S. citizens, stir fry as a technique wasn’t introduced to this country until 1945. In a way, stir fry is the perfect way to eat fried foods because the method, which involves getting oil extremely hot in a wok then quickly frying proteins and vegetables with lighter sauces, is a much healthier version of fried food. But don’t worry, that doesn’t make it any less delicious.
Favorite Fried Food: Warm Ricotta Fritters
Just the name alone of these dessert staples found at the Caesars Palace outpost is enough to make your mouth water. These doughy orbs are light and golden. They have that crunchy exterior yet remain airy on the inside. It’s an awesome way to showcase the Italian whey cheese. The fritters go perfectly with the accompanying berries and chocolate sauces.
Favorite Fried Food: Southern Fried Twinkies
There are those that said the Twinkie couldn’t be improved upon. It was already a spongy, doughy, creamy tube of processed perfection. Well, friends, head over to this honky-tonk at Harrah’s Las Vegas where they deep-fry that son of a gun. Then they add strawberry sauce and whipped cream. Try that. Then, let’s talk.
Favorite Fried Food: Deep-fried Oreos
The goodness that is a fried Oreo makes me question my parents – all of our parents. Were they hiding this pleasure from us? Did they think a traditional Oreo with its chocolate cookie exterior and sweet, creamy middle was enough for us? Or did they just not know how much better an Oreo is when deep-fried in a vat of oil? Parents everywhere, take note. Take your kids to this bodega outside of Ballys Las Vegas and hit that next level Oreo madness with your children.
If you’re one of those people who has been to Las Vegas dozens of times, it might seem like you’ve done all of the cool things there are to do in town. But we’ve got some new ideas for you Vegas veterans.
You’ve been there and done that (Twice!) in Vegas, but have you done this? Check out these hidden gems and unique experiences.
If you’ve been to Vegas a lot you’ve probably enjoyed a glass of wine in many fine restaurants and bars around town. But have you been to Rio’s Wine Cellar and Tasting Room? This hidden gem is located at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. You have to descend a staircase to get down to it – kind of like going into an actual cellar.
Rio’s Wine Cellar and Tasting Room is home to one of the most impressive public wine collections in the United States with around 10,000 bottles, valued at more than $10 million. They even have a bottle of 1800 Madeira from Thomas Jefferson’s cellar. You can’t drink that, but the good news is they also have many wines that you will want to drink. There are more than 100 wines by the glass. Don’t know wine? A professional wine steward at the bar will help you. Pair your wines with a menu of delectable bites like bread and cheese.
The Wine Cellar specializes in private wine tasting seminars, wine tasting parties and dinners.
Vegas veterans have undoubtedly taken a spin on the 550-foot-tall High Roller observation wheel to take in the stunning views of Vegas. Upgrade your next experience on the High Roller by booking an open bar in the sky.
A Happy Half Hour ticket includes an in-cabin open bar and bartender to serve you drinks while you enjoy the 30-minute ride on the world’s tallest observation wheel. Sip your cocktails while you enjoy 360-degree views of the Strip and the Las Vegas Valley.
Happy Half Hour tickets are available daily from noon – 1 a.m.
Brunch is definitely a thing in Vegas and if you’ve been here many times you’ve probably indulged in bottomless mimosas and breakfast goodies. If you want to take your brunch game up a notch the next time you’re here, try the Sterling Brunch at Bally’s Las Vegas.
For more than 30 years, the renowned Sterling Brunch at Bally’s has been a go-to for people who want to splurge. You’ll get endless pours of Perrier-Jouët Champagne and unlimited American sturgeon caviar. The buffet also offers Alaskan king crab legs, lamb, lobster tails, prime rib, sushi, fresh-shucked oysters, truffle mashed potatoes and so much more. You can also order items off the menu including eggs Benedict and Belgian waffles.
You may have seen racy adult shows in Vegas before but we bet you’ve never learned how to become one of the bombshell dancers in the shows. The ladies from “X Burlesque” at Flamingo Las Vegas will teach you everything from how to apply false lashes to skillfully strutting in high heels in X Burlesque University. You’ll learn the art of being seductive, as well as other tips for the art of burlesque — all on the same stage where the pros perform.
After you’ve achieved your showgirl look and perfected your striptease, you’ll get a photo on stage, a tube of lipstick, a set of eyelashes and an official XBU diploma upon completion of the class.
A day at the spa is something many Vegas pros have indulged in, but if you’re looking for something more than a pedicure or a Swedish massage on your next trip, visit the Arctic Ice Room at Qua Baths & Spa at Caesars Palace. It’s the only one in the world, and it’s about the only place in Vegas you’ll ever see it snow.
You’ll sit on a heated bench as you breathe in mint-infused, 55-degree air. Snowflakes (okay, they’re not real snowflakes, they’re crystals made of soap and water) gently float down from a faux starry sky. Spa experts say the chilly treatment can help tighten pores and seal in products on the skin.
Frequent Vegas visitors have eaten at many gourmet rooms and celebrity chef restaurants, but if you’re looking for a special dining experience you’ve never had before, we suggest the Caviar Room at Restaurant Guy Savoy at Caesars Palace.
Located in the restaurant’s elegant lounge, the Caviar Room offers an exclusive menu of caviar dishes as well as some of the Michelin-starred chef’s signature favorites.
Dishes on the Caviar Room menu include Colors of Caviar, salmon mi cuit, octopus pot au feu with Golden Osetra Caviar and Kushi oysters on the half shell. You’ll also find Golden Osetra or Siberian Baerii Caviar by the ounce, accompanied by traditional condiments. Pair your caviar with a glass of Krug Champagne or a Belvedere martini.
If you’re a regular in the Entertainment Capital of the World you’ve undoubtedly seen a show or two. To experience a show in a whole new way, try adding a meet and greet package on to your ticket.
You can get the VIP treatment, meet and take photos with some of your favorite Vegas stars like Donny and Marie, Bill Medley from the Righteous Brothers, the Backstreet Boys, Jennifer Lopez and Lionel Richie.
For more things to do in Las Vegas check out our Things To Do page.
It’s a new year and that means there’s lots of new things in store for Las Vegas. The city is always changing and 2018 will be no exception. It can be hard to keep up with all of the comings and goings in Vegas so we put together a handy guide for you. Here’s what’s new in Vegas now and what we are looking forward to in the coming year.
Café Hollywood opened at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in late 2017. The 24-hour restaurant pays homage to Hollywood with photos and videos of iconic Planet Hollywood moments and celebrities.
The menu appeals to all tastes and includes salads, burgers, steaks, Asian favorites, pasta and more. Be sure to save room for desserts. We highly recommend Café Hollywood’s signature over-the-top milkshakes.
There’s also a sleek wine bar and lounge with more than 40 different wine varietals, 24 of them by the glass. At the center of the restaurant is The Counter, which offers a full array of breakfast goodies, coffee drinks, gelato and desserts for carry out.
The legendary Canter’s Deli opened in fall 2017 at The LINQ Promenade. The authentic Jewish deli has been an icon in Los Angeles since 1931.
Canter’s serves deli favorites like hot pastrami, corned beef, rye bread, lox, potato cakes, tuna melts and authentic matzah ball soup. The dessert menu offers delectable black & white cookies, creamy New York cheesecake, Canter’s coffee cake, carrot cake and more.
The restaurant is inspired by the popular TV show of the same name. Guests will be welcomed by the iconic bronze HK sign and the restaurant will feature red and blue design details. Chefs and cooks in the kitchen will be in the exact uniforms from the show – red and blue jackets with coordinating bandanas. Guests will enjoy beautiful views of the Strip from floor-to-ceiling windows.
HELL’S KITCHEN will serve several of the most successful signature menu items and recipes featured on the show like pan-seared scallops, lobster butternut squash risotto, truffle carbonara and crispy skin salmon. Special menu items from the show will also be added as new episodes air.
The winner of Season 17 of HELL’S KITCHEN All-Stars will be named head chef at the restaurant.
Chef, author and television personality Giada De Laurentiis will open her second restaurant, Pronto by Giada, at Caesars Palace in early 2018. Pronto will offer guests De Laurentiis’ signature Italian fare with California influences but in a fast, casual format.
Pronto will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner options. Breakfast will include house-made pastries as well as breakfast sandwiches and made-to-order smoothies. For lunch and dinner there will be fresh-pressed Paninis, salads, De Laurentiis’ lobster roll and grilled cheese and antipasti, formaggi and salumi platters.
Dessert lovers are in for a treat with gelato and sorbetto, Giada’s famous lemon ricotta cookies and a selection of cakes sold by the slice. Beverage offerings will include a coffee program, wine on tap and a full-service bar with signature cocktails.
Alexxa’s Bar is set to open in early January adjacent to HEXX Kitchen + Bar. Alexxa’s will serve specialty cocktails and will feature a full bar, but sangria will be the main focus. The menu will have nine different sangrias.
There will also be a menu of small plates with items like tacos, empanadas, mussels, flatbreads and chicken skewers.
The indoor/outdoor space will connect to HEXX and will feature live music several nights a week.
Fans of the “Twilight Zone” TV show will enjoy the out-of-this-world mini golf course that opened at Bally’s Las Vegas in December.
The 10,000-square-foot attraction features mini bowling lanes, arcade games and an 18-hole, glow-in-the-dark miniature golf course. The golf course features “Twilight Zone_-themed props as well as posters and photos from the show. There’s also a live on-course DJ.
The Las Vegas Strip’s first zipline is set to open in late 2018 at The LINQ Promenade. Fly LINQ will be a 12-story-high zipline that starts just off Las Vegas Boulevard (at the start of LINQ Promenade). Ten riders will zip toward the 550-foot-tall High Roller observation wheel at 35 mph. You’ll fly 1,080 feet above the open-air shopping and dining district either seated or Superman-style.
The $20 million project, being developed in conjunction with Xventure LV, LLC, starts construction in the spring of 2018.
“Masters of Illusion,” the hit CW television series and America’s largest touring magic show, debuted at the Jubilee Theater at Bally’s Las Vegas in December.
The show features a mixture of close-up sleight of hand and larger grand-scale illusions, many never seen before. Tommy Wind has a reputation of being the young and hip rock ’n’ roll magician. He’s the youngest magician to headline in Las Vegas and joins a cast of five superstar magicians, including Jason Bird, Farrell Dillon, Greg Gleason and Chris Randall, who have all been seen on the CW show.
Comedian Tom Green, best known for his MTV show, “The Tom Green Show,” opened his live stand-up comedy show at Bally’s Las Vegas in late October.
Green’s man-on-the-street pranks changed television forever. He’s graced the cover of “Rolling Stone,” hosted David Letterman and “Saturday Night Live” and appeared on many late-night talk shows. See his hilarious stand-up in The Back Room at Bally’s Las Vegas.
“The Cocktail Cabaret” is an upbeat, stylish, intimate musical cabaret-style revue reminiscent of vintage Vegas. The show opened in December at Cleopatra’s Barge. The 5 p.m. show is designed to enhance the cocktail hour experience as a prelude to dinner or a night on the town. The Cocktail Cabaret features a combination of live original music and well-known stylized and re-imagined modern standards.
You’ll hear songs like “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” “Viva Las Vegas,” “Diamonds Are Forever,” “That’s Life,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” a cocktail medley, a tribute to the blues and more.
Cocktail Cabaret features a cast of Vegas entertainment greats. Host Eric Jordan Young takes you on a journey from the Rat Pack to pop legends along with vocalists Maren Wade, Niki Scalera and Daniel Emmet. The singers are joined by a four-piece band led by acclaimed pianist Philip Fortenberry.
“INFERNO,” the fire spectacular lands at Paris Las Vegas in late January. A dazzling display of pyrotechnics, fire stunts and spectacular illusions, INFERNO is led by critically acclaimed European illusionist Joe Labero and an exciting fire, pyro and aerial group, The Fuel Girls.
INFERNO blends death-defying stunts and jaw-dropping illusions. The Fuel Girls will dazzle with huge fire props including flaming swords and whips, crowns of fire, arena-scale pyro rings, dragon canes, pyro staffs and spinning fire cubes, performing in and around while manipulating the fire itself in death-defying floor and aerial acts.
Tickets for INFERNO are on sale now and prices start from $49.
The rebels of sports are taking over the Las Vegas Strip with “Renegades,” a new interactive show opening Jan. 25 inside Cleopatra’s Barge. Renegades gives sports fans an up-close and personal experience with three of their favorite sports stars. No subject is off-limits as legends recount stories from their playing days to tabloid-making headlines. The audience gets their chance to play the role of sports reporter lobbing questions at the athletes during the show’s panel roundtable finale.
The starting line-up features two-time Super Bowl champion Jim McMahon. The Fab Five’s Jimmy King will appear during the first eight shows, with six-time NFL Pro Bowler Terrell Owens taking over starting Feb. 8. The shows will be hosted by comedian Martin Montana, with Eric Jordan Young serving as writer, director and creative director. The Renegades roster will rotate every three months.
Ilusión Mental is a new show at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino that is performed all in Spanish. Mentalist Santiago Michel is your guide through the secret doorways and hidden passages of the human mind. Fresh from a slate of performances in Mexico and Russia, 24-year-old Santiago reinvigorates the modern Las Vegas stage show with his elegant showmanship and uncanny charm.
From accurately determining if the audience is telling a truth or a lie to guessing exactly which celebrity they have in their heads to hypnotizing the most stubborn deniers of magic, Michel offers a rare and compelling glimpse into the supernatural.
The new year brings hundreds of newly remodeled hotel rooms to Las Vegas. In September, Caesars Palace unveiled a $100 million renovation of its Palace Tower with 1,181 stylish rooms and suites. The Palace Tower’s elegantly designed new guest rooms and suites feature cool grey tones accented by royal blue and champagne gold. Design highlights include pillow-top king and queen beds, stone bathrooms and LED flat-screen televisions. There are also 10 luxurious new villas featuring exquisite finishes, bespoke furnishings and a curated art program.
Flamingo Las Vegas debuted the first set of its revamped rooms in November. More new rooms will be coming this spring. The resort is spending $90 million to renovate 1,280 of its rooms. The updated rooms have a contemporary, chic look and bright accents in the Flamingo’s signature pink color. The bathrooms feature a clean, modern white decor with tiled showers and rain shower heads.
Harrah’s Las Vegas underwent several changes this year as well. The hotel unveiled new rooms in its Valley Tower as well as some fancy new suites. Harrah’s Las Vegas also upgraded its Piano Bar, race and sports book and more.
Stay tuned…Bally’s Las Vegas is also scheduled to reveal newly remodeled rooms this winter.
What would you do if you hit a jackpot worth millions of dollars? Most people would want to take at least part of it and splurge on something extravagant for themselves. We’re all about extravagance in Vegas so it’s the perfect place to spend your jackpot cash. Go ahead and treat yourself. We’ve got a few suggestions on how to spend your jackpot money in Vegas.
A shopping spree is the first thing many people think of when they hit a jackpot. There’s no better place to do it than The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. Known as “The Shopping Wonder of the World,” The Forum Shops offers 160 specialty stores amidst stunning Roman architecture.
You can fill your bags with high-end goodies from Louis Vuitton, Versace, Giorgio Armani, Valentino and more. You’ll also want to deck yourself out with some new bling from places like Cartier, Tiffany & Co. and Van Cleef & Arpels.
Wake up a winner in Vegas? Celebrate by having a posh brunch at Bally’s Las Vegas. The Sterling Brunch has been a Vegas tradition for more than 30 years. It’s the go-to spot when you want to splurge. We’re talking waiters in tuxes bringing you bottomless pours of Perrier-Jouet Champagne.
The buffet includes caviar, lobster, crab, sushi, caviar, prime rib, rack of lamb, filet mignon and more. You can also order things like Belgian waffles and lobster eggs Benedict off the menu. Don’t miss the dessert bar with fruit tarts, truffles, chocolate-covered strawberries and more.
If you want to be treated like royalty now that you’re a millionaire, head to Qua Baths & Spa at Caesars Palace for the Cleopatra’s Gold Collection Facial where you’ll literally be painted in gold. The facial includes a 24-karat gold face mask to lock in moisture and nutrient-filled serums for maximum hydration. This treatment also includes a 24-karat application to the hands and décolletage.
You’ll want to party like a VIP if you have money to burn, so head to a Vegas nightclub and reserve a table and bottle service for you and your friends. Your VIP treatment begins when you get to bypass the huge lines outside. You’ll be escorted to a table that has the best views of the stage or dance floor and you’ll have security nearby making sure only you and your group have access to your table. You’ll also have a waitress mixing drinks right at your table for you all night.
We suggest OMNIA Nightclub at Caesars Palace where you can either get a table on the rooftop terrace overlooking the Strip, on the balcony overlooking the whole club scene or near the main room’s dance floor or DJ booth. You’ll get to see superstar DJs like Calvin Harris, Zedd and Steve Aoki up close and personal.
For an extra special touch, talk to your host about a special bottle presentation. You could have your bottles delivered from performers dropping down from the ceiling.
A meal is a great way to celebrate a big win in Vegas. For an extravagant dinner, we suggest heading to Restaurant Guy Savoy at Caesars Palace. The regular menu at this French restaurant from the famed Michelin-starred chef is spectacular, but for an over-the-top experience you’ll want to reserve the Krug Chef’s Table.
The Krug Chef’s Table dinner is $500 per person for two to six people. The six-seat table offers a view of the kitchen and a 10-course tasting menu paired with two glasses of Krug Champagne. The menu varies but you may taste things like Savoy’s famed artichoke and black truffle soup, seared foie gras, caviar, oysters and more.
Of course you’ll want to stay in the finest hotel room in Vegas if you hit it big. It doesn’t get much finer than one of the luxurious Palace Tower Villas at Caesars Palace. We like the Chateau Villa, a formal, elegant European-style suite with hand-painted finishes. The villas include imported stone and hardwood flooring, hand-painted wall murals and art pieces, hand-tufted rugs, 24K gold-plated plumbing fixtures in the bathrooms, steam showers, specialty 85-inch or 75-inch televisions with surround sound in living areas and more.
Villa guests also have access to a butler, a private elevator entry to the 29th floor of the Palace Tower and limo transportation to and from McCarran International Airport.
Taking a ride on the High Roller – the world’s tallest observation wheel – when you come to Vegas is a must. If you’ve just hit the jackpot, rent out a private cabin for you and your friends and throw yourself a party. The 550-foot-tall High Roller offers sweeping, 360-degree views of the Las Vegas Valley and the Strip and takes 30 minutes to complete one revolution. The cabins can be reserved for private groups, and you can arrange for an open bar, appetizers, music and more for your experience.
Now that the holidays are behind us, the only thing left behind is the freezing cold temperatures.
Ha! Who are we kidding? We’re in Vegas. Cold to us is “light jacket weather” to most people around the country. In any case, the festivities are done with and you’re ready to conquer 2018. What better way to start with a trip to Vegas? Here you won’t have to worry about slipping on ice, spending 15 minutes layering your entire winter wardrobe and dreading that first step outside. Starting your new year in Vegas sounds like a fab idea to us. Plus, plenty of vacationers visit during Martin Luther King weekend (Jan. 13 – 15 this year) since many get an extra day off.
Here’s the latest and greatest in shows and January must do events in Vegas.
You know you want him: Pitbull returns with his resident show, “Time Of Our Lives” at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Get ready to dance all night to your favorite songs like “Time Of Your Lives,” “I Know You Want Me” and much more. Pitball’s back Wednesday, Jan. 17, with other January performances on the 20th, 24th and 27th. He’ll also be back on select dates during April and May. Show begins at 9 p.m. Dale!
Near… far.. wherever you are… we believe your heart won’t go on if you don’t see Céline Dion at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. We’re floored that “My Heart Will Go On” turns 21 this year and we still sing along to it like it’s brand new. You’ll hear your other Céline favorites like “Because You Loved Me,” “Power Of Love,” “It’s All Coming Back To Me” and many more hits. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
It’s about to get lit at this show: “INFERNO” lights up the stage at Paris Las Vegas, starting Wednesday Jan. 24. On top of a fiery spectacular, “INFERNO” includes death-defying stunts, jaw-dropping illusions and so much more. Showtimes are Wednesday through Sunday at 9:30 p.m.
Speaking of “Inferno,” Gordon Ramsay’s famous restaurant, Hell’s Kitchen at Caesars Palace opens in Vegas this January, with the first reservations set for Tuesday, Jan. 16. If you’re a fan of the show, you’ve got to come experience this. Several of the most successful signature menu items and recipes featured on the television show can be experienced at the finest quality during lunch and dinner including; pan-seared scallops, lobster butternut squash risotto, truffle carbonara and crispy skin salmon. You’ll be saying, “Yes, chef!” in no time.
This will be the celebrity chef’s fifth restaurant in Vegas, joining Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris Las Vegas, Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars Palace, Gordon Ramsay Burger at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino and Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips at The LINQ Promenade.
Sports fans can take a trip down memory lanes and learn about legendary athletes. This interactive show at Cleopatra’s Barge at Caesars Palace allows you to get up-close and personal with sports stars like Jim McMahon, Terrell Owens and Jimmy King. You get to play a sports reporter and ask them the questions you’ve always wanted. These legends will share their stories from their playing days to news exposure and so much more. Tickets start at $75.
See the “Brown Eyed Girl” hit maker Van Morrison on Wednesday, Jan. 31, as well as Feb. 2 and 3 at Caesars Palace’s The Colosseum. Before working as a traveling musician, he grew up listening to blues, country and gospel music. To date, he’s released more than 30 albums. His popular hits include “Days Like This,” “Moondance” and Have I Told You Lately.” See his show at 8 p.m., all three nights.
All you people, can’t you see – can’t you see: Backstreet Boys are here the end of Jan-u-ary! The best-selling boy band is back at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, starting Jan. 31. Show starts at 9 p.m. Backstreet Boys will also be here on several days through the month of February. Hear all your favorite pop songs like “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back),” “Quit Playing Games With My Heart,” “I’ll Never Break Your Heart,” “Love Is All I Have To Give” and “I Want It That Way,” to name a few.
We’re super sad the most adorable life-size puppets, Queenie and her baby elephant Peanut of “Circus 1903,” are saying farewell to Vegas. We’re also going to miss all the depth-defying acrobatic stunts, as well as the charismatic circus host. Come see Circus 1903 at Paris Las Vegas for its last week. Starting Tuesday, Jan. 2 the show is open all week through its final curtain call on Sunday, Jan. 7. Show times are 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. (We’ll miss you, Queenie and Peanut!)
Dance ’til the sun comes up? I don’t care! I love it! You’ll be singing this at OMNIA Nightclub at Caesars Palace when sister duo Nervo takes the stage on Friday. Jan. 5.
New Year’s Eve may be long gone, but in Vegas we party like there’s a reason to celebrate. We know the perfect “remedy” — see EDM superstar Zedd shake the house at OMNIA Nightclub on Saturday, Jan. 6. He returns to OMNIA later this month on the 26th and returns in February.
Based off the hit CW series, “Masters Of Illusion” brings its thrilling live magic show to Bally’s Las Vegas. “Masters Of Illusion” is America’s largest touring magic show and includes modern illusions that’ll make you scratch your head and think, how’d they do that? Show times 7 p.m. nightly (with no shows on Tuesday).
The world-famous dance DJ Steve Aoki heads to OMNIA Nightclub on Tuesday, Jan. 9. Make sure you take a power nap before you go – his energy is wild.
Calling all techies: The International Consumer Electronics Show (better known as CES) is back in Vegas from Tuesday, Jan. 9 through Friday, Jan. 12. Get ready to see the leading tech companies (as well as newer ones) unveil the latest and craziest inventions and concepts. What will it be this year? We’re still waiting for flying cars to hit the mainstream market. Also talking robots named Rosie. Wait… we’re just talking about “The Jetsons” now.
Whether you’re here for business or pleasure, you can find tons of event spaces at The LINQ Promenade. Here, you can buy out an entire High Roller cabin, host a bowling party at Brooklyn Bowl or enjoy plenty of restaurants that accompany large parties.
While you’re at The LINQ Promenade, there will be a giant gumball machine near the fountain stage. The gumball machine will dispense Google goodies from noon to 10 p.m. (Jan. 8-12). CES attendees can also purchase a $20 anytime ticket from Jan. 6-12.
Few things to keep in mind: Plan your itinerary in advance so you’re not rushing from one thing to another, make sure you get a lot of rest, dress comfy and pack light – you don’t want to lug all your belongings around all day! And keep in mind you’ll be in good company — this convention expects to draw in 175,000 attendees.
Las Vegas is a town full of everything from large arenas to intimate lounge shows. While some seek the spectacle of massive production shows, others long for the intimacy offered in the smaller and mid-size venues, which present an up-close-and-personal chance to truly see the performers. Several even give you the opportunity to get in on the action and become a part of the show. Choose one of these intimate shows and you’ll take home unrivaled memories of your Vegas entertainment experience.
“World of Wonder,” aka WOW, literally wows the crowd at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino with up-close-and-personal views of impressive performers like a roller skating act that defies the laws of physics, amazing aerialists and an archer from “America’s Got Talent” you just have to see to believe. The magic unfolds on stage in a 180-degree setting, meaning the theater practically becomes its own character. With 3D multi-media projections, water walls, crowd participation and holograms, you’ll feel fully immersed in this show from start to finish. If you want the full experience, book splash zone tickets in the front row.
What’s better than an up-close view of a Las Vegas headliner? An up-close view of his adorable furry companion of course! Sorry, Piff, we all know the real star of “Piff the Magic Dragon” at Flamingo Las Vegas is the World’s First Magic Performing Chihuahua, Mr. Piffles. The canine star is featured in the show and hangs out after, happily letting eager fans shake his paw and give his little head a pet. Piff performs at the intimate Bugsy’s Cabaret at Flamingo Las Vegas, making it the perfect venue for a magic show. Though you can get a great view of the stage from anywhere in the theater, we bet you still won’t know how Piff and Mr. Piffles pull off their magic tricks.
“X Burlesque” also takes place in Bugsy’s Cabaret at Flamingo Las Vegas. The intimate venue is perfect for this sultry type of performance, showcasing the incredible dance moves of the gorgeous performers. Dancers utilize all parts of the theater, including poles positioned in the crowd. You never know when the lovely ladies will end up right next to you. Stick around after the show for a photo op with the dancers that is sure to make all your friends jealous.
It really doesn’t get more hands on than lessons from the stars themselves. After seeing X Burlesque, you might find yourself wanting to take the dancers’ tips and tricks home with you. The ultimate Vegas souvenir is being able to recreate a little of the magic once you get home. It’s time to go to school. Don’t worry, X Burlesque University, aka XBU, is the most fun you’ll ever have in a class. Learn the art of seduction from the professionals who show you what it’s like for a modern-day showgirl with everything from makeup application to how to make your strut in heels look effortless. Participants will score a complimentary photo on stage to wow all your friends, a tube of lipstick, a set of eyelashes to complete your showgirl look plus all XBU students receive an official XBU diploma, as if your perfected sashay isn’t proof enough that you’re a graduate.
In the mood for beautiful ladies dancing to your favorite country tunes? How would you like to perform with them on stage? “X Country” at Harrah’s Las Vegas can make both of those dreams a reality. Buy a Country Star Ticket to become part of the action. Only one is sold each show so book early for an extra memorable experience. The dancers get down to not much more than their boots as they shake it to country’s most popular songs from artists like Miranda Lambert, Taylor Swift, Sam Hunt and Rascal Flats. You’ll go “Crazy” like Patsy Cline for the great views of these sultry cowgirls. The theater has an intimate setup, offering a great view of every sparkling rhinestone, and what’s underneath.
“X Rocks” takes place in The Back Room at Bally’s Las Vegas, a venue that literally sounds like a secret members-only club. The real secret is, this intimate theater is only five rows deep so every seat in the house feels like VIP. It makes the perfect place to see beautiful dancers bring your favorite rock tunes to life. You’ll feel like you’re on the set of your very own ’80s rock music video shoot. Look forward to hits from Whitesnake, Metallica, Aerosmith and Steve Miller Band plus more modern rock like Awolnation. You never know who will dance up right beside you in this sexy striptease.
The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino features one of the largest indoor video and projection installations in the world. Even if you don’t have front row seats, the immersive, wrap-around screens project the energy throughout the venue. When you’re booking tickets to see AXIS headliners like Backstreet Boys, J Lo and Pitbull, opt for the Front and Center VIP Table Package, which includes the best seats in the house, dedicated beverage service throughout the performance, a complimentary bottle of Moet & Chandon Imperial for the table, access to the dedicated VIP Check-In and direct phone line for any night-of-show questions, a commemorative VIP laminate plus a personal escort into the venue using a dedicated VIP entrance to bypass the often lengthy general public line.
Pick the Front Row Gold Circle Package at Lionel Richie’s show to score a special edition Lionel Richie poster plus access to the dedicated VIP Check-In and direct phone line, personal escort and dedicated VIP entrance to go along with the commemorative VIP laminate. With these sweet seats, you’ll feel like the performers are singing just to your crew.
Las Vegas icon Wayne Newton has a show at Bally’s Las Vegas that’s literally called “Wayne Newton: Up Close & Personal.” The show delivers on that name, offering a chance to hear the performer’s stories and songs in an intimate theater. The “Danke Schoen” singer peppers personal stories throughout his performance, giving it the feel of a one-on-one chat with an old friend. After the show, Newton poses for pictures with fans who often share their own stories of seeing Newton at other times during his storied career. “Viva Las Vegas” indeed!
Magicians Penn & Teller manage to pull off some pretty astounding illusions during their show at Rio All Suite Hotel & Casino but perhaps their coolest act takes place after the show. The magical duo offers a free meet-and-greet following every show and they take the time to say hello and take pictures with anybody who wants to meet them. During the show, guests in all parts of the theater can get a good look at the close-up magic segments via screens. It also doesn’t hurt that magician Penn Jillette at 6’6’’ is hard to miss.
The irreverent and impressively acrobatic romp, “Absinthe,” takes place in a theater-in-the-round style of tent, which hearkens back to the old days of a traveling circus and ensures you can see the action from all angles. The tent, outside of Caesars Palace, isn’t very deep so even the back row has a great view of the performers, some of whom you’ll see overhead. When we say the show occupies all portions of the tent, we’re not kidding. Performers may just show up in the seat next to you… or they may even get extra cozy with you in your own seat.
The show name “Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man” kind of says it all. It’s pretty clear from the title that the subject matter of this show will definitely take you up-close and super personal. This Paris Las Vegas show is a highly interactive one, involving lots of audience participation. Guests will be part of the, ahem, how do you say… demonstrations? In addition to becoming a part of the show, which was a big hit on Broadway, guests can opt for the meet-and-greet with the stars. Beginning Jan. 4, 2018, reality show darling Scheana Shay of “Vanderpump Rules” and MTV star and recording artist Chester Lockhart will take over the starring roles in the production. Choose the meet-and-greet package and you’ll score a photo with the stars and have an opportunity to chat with them. It could be your chance to ask them about their own “tips.”
Las Vegas lounge entertainment is part of what makes this city so magical. You can grab a drink and listen to some of the most fun entertainers, without even going to a showroom. The seats are never very far from the stage so the view and sound are great.
This Caesars Palace icon is still the home of great live entertainment. Enjoy a modern spin on vintage Vegas vibes at Cocktail Cabaret, rockin’ the barge Wednesday-Saturday nights at 5 p.m. It’s the perfect place to kick off your evening with a cocktail and an intimate performance. Cleopatra’s Barge also hosts other fun one-off concerts and late-night weekend entertainment from the Dave Perrico Pop Strings Orchestra. Check here to see the current lineup.
Napoleon’s at Paris Las Vegas is where you’ll find all your favorite hits, played live in an upbeat lounge atmosphere. Imagine singing along to Billy Joel’s “Piano Man” along with dueling pianists and 100 of your brand new closest friends. The performers take requests so come ready to hear your favorites.
Paris Las Vegas is also home to Le Cabaret Bar, where you’ll feel like you’re at an intimate Parisian bistro, only with live music and DJ tunes in the middle of a casino floor. Grab a table by the stage or dance floor and you’ll feel like a VIP with the best seats in the house. The garden-like setting with trees draped in lights plays off the high-energy excitement of the music for a memorable evening.