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Ready to hit the Strip? Even if you’re in the center of the Las Vegas vacation action sporadically as a local or fly in every few months as a tourist, there are always new things to do. We’ve come up with a go-to checklist to hit all the coolest offerings, from checking out the High Roller’s view from the top to splashing around at LINQ Pool. Some just debuted, some are still as sizzling as ever, but all are Vegas musts.
1. Mariah Carey’s “#1 to Infinity”
Dazzling, divalicious songbird Mariah Carey finally hits The Colosseum on May 6 for her long-awaited residency, “#1 to Infinity.” Carey is heralded for her record-breaking 18 No. 1 hits (only The Beatles beat her), so she created an over-the-top spectacle to showcase all of them in one show for the first time. Known for her high-glamour ensembles, glitzy diamond jewelry and multi-octave voice, Carey is definitely a new high note at Caesars Palace.
2. OMNIA Nightclub
Talk to anyone in Las Vegas and they’ll tell you: OMNIA at Caesars Palace is the hottest nightclub to see and be seen. The hot spot opened in March with Justin Bieber’s blowout 21st birthday party and Calvin Harris at the turntables. (The British hottie is OMNIA’s headlining resident DJ.) Since then, everyone from Miley Cyrus to Scott Eastwood and Chris Evans has partied there. Since it’s tough to pick between booking a table in the center of the dance floor or out on the upper level terrace, we recommend going two nights in a row and experiencing both vibes.
3. High Roller
The most striking new addition to the Strip skyline is the High Roller observation wheel, which received several Best of Las Vegas awards and was recently named “the must see attraction of 2015 in Vegas” by Huffington Post. It’s located at the The LINQ Promenade, a fun, outdoor shopping and dining area at the center of the Strip. Eat amazing fried chicken at Brooklyn Bowl, take a ride on the wheel (rides are 25 minutes long,) shop at stores like Kitson and grab a famous Sprinkles cupcake. We love the Happy Half Hour special, where cabins are outfitted with bartenders and guests drink while they spin. Bonus: locals receive 50% off tickets on Tuesdays.
4. The Cromwell
The Cromwell is a new Las Vegas boutique hotel nestled on the scenic intersection of Flamingo Road and Las Vegas Boulevard. Grab a suite with a Bellagio fountain view and make sure to book reservations at Giada De Laurentiis’ first restaurant, Giada. (We suggest going back a few times, as it’s open for breakfast and lunch too.) Don’t leave without experiencing a mixology cocktail at The Cromwell’s swanky lobby bar Bound by Salvatore. Free champagne in the lobby every night is just one great perk.
5. LINQ Pool
The sprawling pool at The LINQ Hotel & Casino has drawn a hip crowd since opening at the re-designed resort in March. Amenities at the 21-and-over pool include daybeds, a shady Recover Zone and center bar. Our favorite feature? The Cabana Rooms—guest rooms that feature an adjoining cabana area directly on the pool deck. Like most Las Vegas pool cabanas, they come complete with your own television, seating and umbrellas.
6. Britney Spears
There’s no stopping the Queen of Pop. Spears’ show, “Britney: Piece of Me” at Planet Hollywood, has only gotten stronger since its premiere in December 2013. Spears commands the stage in the 90-minute production (fire, rain and snow included), showcasing her biggest smash hits from “…Baby One More Time” to “Work Bitch.” Just this morning, Spears announced 20 additional show dates through the end of 2015 due to explosive ticket demand. Her contribution to the Vegas entertainment scene earned her a key to the Strip and official proclamation crowning November 5 “Britney Day.”
Want to go all out in true Vegas party style? Try to keep up with Drai’s. With three sexy venues at The Cromwell, guests can arrive at the pool club, dance under the stars at the nightclub and head downstairs to the After Hours lounge for a late night scene. The three stylish venues pair perfectly well in the luxurious, contemporary boutique resort. Nab one of the private villas for your own pool party during the day, and book a table by the DJ booth for night. If you can hang until the sun comes up, an alluring underground scene beckons at Drai’s After Hours.
“Top Chef” alum Brian Malarkey opened his third Searsucker location next to OMNIA Nightclub, drawing a trendy crowd of both beautiful people and foodies. (There’s even a secret connecting door to OMNIA!) Sip Malarkey’s famous Peter Rabbit cocktail while checking out the rustic chic décor and scoping the menu. Order some of his signatures: the mushrooms and burrata, tuna albacore, Ribeye tomahawk and egg and bacon pork belly.
9. Brooklyn Bowl
Brooklyn Bowl came to Vegas by way of its original, hip Brooklyn, NY location, plus another in uber-cool London. So it’s no wonder that this stylish bowling alley-meets-concert hall-meets-restaurant at The LINQ Promenade has become a hub for fun day and night. Grab a game and lunch during the day, go for drinks before a concert or hang out late-night. It draws acts such as Jane’s Addiction and Chromeo, and food by famed Blue Ribbon Sushi chefs doesn’t hurt either.
10. The Anthology Collection
Luxury suites are no longer just for high rollers. The Anthology Las Vegas Suites & Villas, a collection of nearly 2,000 posh rooms kept for private reservations, are is now available for direct online booking. Bask in the zen vibe of Nobu Hotel’s suites, enjoy the center Strip views at a Bally’s penthouse or splurge on a 9,000-square-foot Laurel Collection Villa at Caesars Palace. Anthology guests receive VIP check-in and limo transportation, while some rooms come with butler service and waived resort fees.
Let’s face it – you’re here for just a few short days and you really want to experience the best Las Vegas attractions the city has to offer. With so much to do in such little time, we came up 11 must-see unique Vegas attractions both on and off the Strip.
Up, up and away! The High Roller takes your typical wheel experience up a notch. Or two. Or 550. Where else in the world can you ride a 550-foot-tall wheel, witness amazing aerial views of the Las Vegas Strip, and if you wanted to, host a private party in the sky? Another perk: once this half-hour ride is over, you’re only steps away from the most exciting spots on the Strip. Experience everything from live concerts at Brooklyn Bowl and jazz music at BLVD Cocktail.
Soar to new heights on a Sundance Helicopter ride over the Las Vegas Strip. The flight is about 12 minutes and you’ll get a real bird’s eye-view of the city. The friendly Sundance team picks you up in a limousine and drives you to their headquarters where you’re greeted with a flute of champagne. If you have more time during your trip, you can take advantage of Sundance’s enhanced journeys, including a helicopter trip to the world-famous Grand Canyon. On every ride, your pilot will point out all the major landmarks so you get the most out of your sky-high experience. Plus, the stunning Southwest sunset is like no other. (Photo and video courtesy of Sundance Helicopter.)
Zippity, do dah! Voodoo Zipline is popular with both locals and tourists alike. After all, it’s not every day you get to zoom 400-plus feet above the ground between two hotel towers. Unlike a traditional zip line, these seats are designed for two. So bring your bestie, date or someone you want to scare for fun. It’s all worth it in the end – you’ll catch a great view of the city while experiencing the thrill of your life.
Ride into the danger zone and test out your skills on Sky Combat Ace’s daring plane ride. Soar through the sky as you control the plane doing loops, rolls and jack hammers. This blogger had the amazing chance to do it a few years ago and loved every second. A trained fighter pilot accompanies you in the plane, which is a definite boost for your confidence. You’ll fly as high as 1,500 feet at speeds reaching 220 miles an hour. You can also bring a friend for the ultimate dog-fighting battle in the sky.
Ohh, la la! At the Eiffel Tower Experience, get a 360-degree view of the city and feel the spirit of France, right in the middle of the desert. You’ll get a phenomenal view of the city, from the gorgeous mountain ranges to the glittering lights of the Strip. The pink and orange sky will make you swoon as much as Paris itself. While you’re here, dine at the Eiffel Tower restaurant, named one of the most romantic views by OpenTable. France, right in the center of the Strip? We say oui, oui.
This isn’t your traditional skydiving, but when has Vegas ever been traditional about anything? Even though you’re in a padded room instead of a plane, Vegas Indoor Skydiving offers the same feel. You’ll jump over a netted wind tunnel with a DC-3 propeller, generating winds up to 120 miles per hour. This is what causes the floating simulation. And if you’re like a lot of folks who don’t plan on jumping out of a plane anytime soon, this Las Vegas attraction has the same free fall feeling.
Surf’s up, dude! Ride the wave at Planet Hollywood’s FlowRider, the first and only freestanding wave machine on the Strip. Even if you’re not a snowboarder, skateboarder or surfer, you’ll feel like a pro after trying this hot new Vegas attraction. And if you fall, no sweat – you’ll get back up and take the waves again in no time,thanks to its energy-absorbing padding. Head to Planet Hollywood’s pool, slip into your wetsuit and show everyone your Hang 10.
For one day, you can be the speed racer you’ve always dreamed to be. Head to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and check out Exotics Racing. Choose from a Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porche or Aston Martin and Mercedes and take it lightning speeds! One of the professional driving instructors will guide on your laps, so you’ll be safe and make the most of your drive. A professional coach will be with you so you can have the maximum experience. (Photo courtesy of Exotics Racing.)
Take a trip to Jubilee Backstage Pass Tour and go behind the feathers and sequins and check out what makes Las Vegas’ longest showgirl revue such a hit. These gals make everything look effortless on stage, but the real beauty is how they look graceful doing it. Imagine carrying a 30-plus pound headdress on your head. These are just one of the fascinating facts you’ll discover on this behind-the-scenes tour. When you see what really goes behind all the glamour and glitz, you’ll leave with a brand new appreciation for Jubilee.
Did you know the Instagram app logo is based from a retro Polaroid camera? Check this out and other old-school cameras at Polaroid Fotobar’s second floor museum. See fun models inspired by McDonald’s French fries, Taco Bell’s chihuahua (Yo quiero Taco Bell) and much more. If you want to have these photos made into a swanky art piece (bamboo, metal art or Lucite), you’ll get it in the mail in less than a week.
We all have our hoarding issues (darn you, spring cleaning!), but Downtown’s 2.5-acre Neon Boneyard has a great excuse. You’ll be glad someone held on to all this Vegas history. Take a stroll through the Neon Boneyard and you’ll stumble upon the most unique signage ever – vintage Vegas at its best. Some of these signs are as tall as a house! The boneyard has 150-plus restored signs and the tour is about 45 minutes long. Wear comfy shoes and make sure your camera phone is fully charged to get the most out of this famed outdoor museum.
Today at The LINQ, LEGO Certified Professional Adam Reed Tucker will unveil his six-foot tall, 50-pound replica of the iconic High Roller Las Vegas. The unveiling of the attraction takes place at 10:30am at The LINQ Fountain Stage near the middle of the Promenade.
Understand what a rare honor this is: Adam is one of only 14 certified LEGO professionals in the entire world. He only takes on five or six projects a year in order to maintain impeccable prestige and quality standards. His design portfolio includes worldwide brands like Disney, Westin, World Trade Center, Six Flags, Ford Field, the Museum of Science & Industry, etc.
Adam approaches his projects as an artist focused on capturing the essence of the structure. His LEGO version of the High Roller is built from scratch, designed entirely in his head without relying on computer software. Adam reviewed photographs and blueprints of the High Roller prior to building his replica, and built the wheel by trial and error using only hand sketches.
The LEGO High Roller wheel is constructed entirely of 10,000 standard LEGO pieces masterfully built on a steel frame with no gluing or piece cutting. All pieces utilized in the build are standard LEGO pieces that can be found amongst standard LEGO sets on store shelves. The High Roller wheel actually moves, and each cabin rotates as the wheel goes round—exactly like the real High Roller.
Following the unveiling, Adam’s LEGO High Roller replica will live in the Wheelhouse next to the attraction, so please view it as part of your pre-ride experience. Please stop by the Fountain Stage today for the unveiling at 10:30am, or pop into the Wheelhouse tomorrow and tag your posted photos with the hashtag #ReinventTheWheel so we can see them!
Follow along as we take you through this step-by-step guide to Grand Bazaar Shops Las Vegas. Shopping in Las Vegas has never been easier with our newest outdoor shopping center at Bally’s Las Vegas, featuring everything from world-renowned brands to local favorites to unique new discoveries.
A gorgeous, iconic starburst glows atop the new Swarovski boutique located at the front of the Grand Bazaar Shops. Every night at 9 p.m. and midnight, the 14-foot-diameter, custom-designed crystal-and-LED-light fixture puts on a three-minute light and sound show.
Walk along with us to get an idea of the stores lining the outdoor shopping mall. You might find the perfect gift to take home with you:
1. Upon entering Grand Bazaar Shops the first place you encounter is Sugar Factory–the candy sweet-land with duck-shaped goodies galore.
2. Located next door is LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics–the home of bubble bars, bath soaps sliced and sold by the pound, bath bombs and more. Everything here is made from organic ingredients, some even needing to be refrigerated to maintain freshness.
3. To the left of there, you’ll find Marash Turkish Ice Cream. The creamy, smooth Turkish ice cream, with its elastic and sticky texture makes for fun tricks and antics when it is served. The vendors here hold the ice cream out on a stick and pantomime delightful tricks to amuse the crowds. Also find here baklava, Turkish coffee, water and soft drinks.
4. JoJo’s Jerky makes their sumptuous product right here in Las Vegas. Find flavors such as sweet heat spicy Thai Chili, teriyaki beef jerky and prime rib jerky. Not in the mood for jerky? Instead try the nuts, rubs, hot sauces, and marinades also available.
5. TAGS Evolution brings forth trendy crystal jewelry and accessories as well as leather handbags and optical wear.
6. At the end of the first aisle is the aptly named joke shop I Got Married in Vegas…JK. Prank your friends and family by getting your photo taken while pretending you got married, knocked up–you name it. Maybe act like you won a ton of money gambling, or even that you got arrested; the humorous staff here is ready to take your picture, doing any crazy thing.
7. Choose from over 1,000 hot sauces and other spicy snacks including the world’s spiciest hot sauce at Light My Fire. Straight from L.A., “The Pepper Lady” opens her first Las Vegas location at Grand Bazaar Shops.
8. Wrap around to the second petite allee at Grand Bazaar Shops for LoLo, a cute little boutique with exotic home goods and accessories from around the world. Everything from luxury soaps to colorful lamps and handwoven rugs to textiles can add something fanciful to your home. Bonus: These finds come with two stories–the tale of the product and where you found it.
9. Disney Fine Art brings Minnie and Mickey to life. Winnie the Pooh and Cinderella giclees, Bambi in a winter wonderland and pop art versions of Donald Duck and the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland line the walls here. Don’t worry about getting these pieces home; they ship.
10. The world of Koa wood art comes at the hands of Martin & MacArthur, the Honolulu-based company that opened its first mainland location at Grand Bazaar Shops. Aside from watches and jewelry, find furniture and home accessories as well.
11. Experience the Spirit of Aloha at Honolulu Cookie Company. Enjoy their signature hand dipped chocolate or tropical flavored shortbread cookies. Have fun sampling the many flavors to find your favorite.
12. Treat yourself or someone special to a unique accessory from AG by Ana Gutierrez Wearable Art. This is the first and only store in the United States for the Costa Rican designer to the stars.
13. Swing over to the other side of this aisle for Hammitt, the Los Angeles-based handbag designer. Founder Stephenie Hammitt wanted a handbag for a big event and ended up creating her own company to satisfy her needs. Catchy pocketbooks are a specialty here. Note, this is the only stand-alone boutique Hammitt has.
14. Fuel up at Waffle Bar, the Belgian Liege waffle purveyor. Go for the original version or add Nutella, bananas, strawberries, or, what the heck, everything.
15. Swing around to the next allee for some leggings with pizazz at Crazy Legs. Snakeskin, leopard print, you name it. They can sass up your outfit.
16. Don’t forget a gift for Fido. CelebiPaws and The Dog House specializes in dog attire, toys and accessories for your canine friend.
17. Need a hat? Pro Image Sports has you covered. Licensed headgear and accessories from New Era, Mitchell & Ness and Adidas among others line the walls here.
18. At the front of that allee, find Lindbergh, the Danish store for men “interested in acquiring a wardrobe based on problem solving.” Look for contemporary masculine clothes celebrating aviator Charles Lindbergh’s heritage. Find black, white and blue labels — Black Label is the preppy and classic formal collection, White Label is fashion formal with shaped, tight and comfortable shirts, suits, jackets and knits and Blue Label features a more Americana look filled with vintage denim.
19. Go home with an artsy option for your nails at Tokyo Nail Art Bar. Pick out a design and then let the artists go to work. Ten to 15 minutes later you not only have color but art.
20. Stop by Fuel Bar for some cocktails with flair. The bartenders here can go Cocktail on you while they mix up a drink. It always seems tough to find a seat here.
21. Best bet for the nightclub crowd? A vending machine called Rollasole Emergency Footwear with its ballet flats on the go.
22. The award to the cutest store in Grand Bazaar Shops goes to Tokyo Lifestyle with its Japanese toys such as cats that double as handbags, cell phone accessories and other plush animals.
23. Be sure not to miss Del’s Lemonade & Lobster Rolls. This eatery featured on Food Network is sure to satisfy your appetite with its lobster rolls, pizza sliders, mac n’ cheese and famous lemonade.
24. You’re back at the front of the Grand Bazaar Shops now, sidled along Las Vegas Boulevard. Here you find the big guns — Alex and Ani, Swatch, Superdry and Swarovski. Swatch, the iconic watch company that leaped to the forefront in the 1980s, features Swiss timepieces that are affordable. Superdry mixes up American graphics and Japanese flair on clothing for him and her, all with a vintage finish. And Swarovski, the jewelry company, even has a window where shoppers can barter for goods within such as headphones, jewelry and accessories, all decked out in the famous Swarovski bling.
Not only is May 1-3 “fight weekend,” it’s the biggest one of all time. The long-awaited bout is set for May 2 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Top tier boxing events like these attract thousands of fans from around the world, and tickets can hit six digit prices. Sports enthusiasts get to watch history be made—through ringside seats, Pay-Per-View or live feeds in various casino sports books.
The LINQ Pool opens at 9 a.m. throughout May 1-3, with a live DJ poolside starting at noon. Friday’s party features bucket specials by Dos Equis, Tecate and Herradura Tequila, plus DJ Exodus. Sunday, May 3 will kick off “Champagne Sundays” at LINQ Pool, where guests can take advantage of a buy one, get one bottle of Veuve Clicquot or Moet champagne offer all summer long. Expect giveaways, prizes, beach balls, squirt guns, Super Soaker and games all weekend.
Gather around The LINQ Fountain Stage at 10:30 a.m. (tentative time) on April 30 as LEGO Certified Professional Adam Reed Tucker will unveil a model of the High Roller fully constructed out of LEGO bricks. The moving replica will be available for viewing in the High Roller Wheel House following the unveiling. Later in the evening, season five winner of “America’s Got Talent,” Michael Grimm, will perform a free concert on stage from 7-10 p.m.
The party continues the next day, May 1, with a grand opening including entertainment, events and special offers. At 4 p.m., a custom cake modeled after the High Roller by “Ace of Cakes” front man and celebrity baker Duff Goldman will be unveiled by his team from Charm City Cakes West.
(After the LEGO model and the cake, you get a chance to “reinvent the wheel.” Get in the action with your own High Roller remake. Follow @TheLINQ and @HighRollerVegas on Instagram and post your version of the High Roller with the hashtag #ReinventTheWheel for a chance to win great prizes including weekend getaways at The LINQ Hotel.)
At 7 p.m., the party turns up the heat with a performance by headliner Frankie Moreno on The LINQ Fountain Stage. Visitors to The LINQ Promenade will also be able to play free arcade games for chances to win great prizes. Enjoy outdoor bars and drink specials from Chayo Mexican Kitchen + Tequila Bar, Off The Strip, Brooklyn Bowl and special offers at Sprinkles Cupcakes and Chilli Beans.
Looking for a place to recover from all the action of fight weekend? Check out the complete list on our Things to do in Las Vegas page. Additionally, on May 3 enjoy the views of the Las Vegas Strip while drinking at an open bar Hangover Cabin featuring Bloody Mary’s and Mimosas. Tickets are available at the High Roller box offices at The LINQ Promenade.
There are also several special offers to take advantage of:
On May 2, enjoy The LINQ Promenade’s festive atmosphere and Derby Hat contest at 2 p.m. with a $1,000 grand prize. At noon, the Derby Party begins with live music by Chuck E. Bumps and broadcast of all races from Churchill Downs right in the heart of The LINQ. Enjoy signature Derby cocktails served at BLVD. Cocktail Company and Tilted Kilt. Outdoor bars courtesy of Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas and Chayo Mexican Kitchen + Tequila Bar will be located through The Promenade.
Expect a blazing performance by fierce female rapper Nicki Minaj, as she headlines Chateau Nightclub’s fight after-party. Beginning around 10 p.m. May 2, get your drink on while waiting for Minaj to take the stage. Jeremih, Sevyn Streeter and Funkmaster Flex will also be on hand for one of the most explosive post-fight bashes on the Strip. Book-ending the weekend are Nelly hosting May 1 and Wale performing May 3. Admission to the events requires a ticket to be purchased in advance. Tickets to the Main Room and The Deck are priced starting at $80 per person and tickets with rooftop access start at $160. Table reservations starting at $550 are also available for sale in advance.
Sexy rooftop pool-nightclub Drai’s has a whole rundown of entertainment and A-list celeb guests booked day and night. DJs take the stage during the pool-club hours, rapper 50 Cent performs May 1, and Chris Brown performs the following night on May 2. Busta Rhymes concludes the weekend with a concert on May 3. Purchase tickets in advance to guarantee your spot, or splurge and book an outdoor table with champagne bottle service.
Late night, post-fight comedy showcase Black and Brown Comedy Get Down at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace features some of the most talented comedians on the block. George Lopez, Cedric the Entertainer, Mike Epps, D.L. Hughley and Charlie Murphy will all perform sets at the 11 p.m. show. Funnyman Eddie Griffin, who has his own resident show at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, also joins.
Hunky model and actor Tyson Beckford is doing a guest host run in “Chippendales” at Rio on April 30-May 24. The limited engagement (Thursday through Sunday performances only) is in correlation with the release of his new film “Chocolate City”—an urban spin on “Magic Mike.” In his turn in “Chippendales,” he’ll undoubtedly show off the moves he learned as he performs a few of the numbers and interacts with audience members.
Indulge in dishes from multiple vendors (White Castle!) at The Great American Foodie Fest, running April 30-May 3 outside at Rio. You’ll try bites from more than 50 of the nation’s best food trucks and specialty vendors featured on Food Network. In between noshing, check out the carnival rides, beer garden or cooking demonstrations. The festival is open 4 p.m. to midnight Thursday through Friday, noon to midnight on Saturday and noon to 10 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door.
Glamorous songstress Mariah Carey finally begins her long-awaited Vegas resident show, “Mariah Carey’s #1’s” on May 6 at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. The splashy spectacular will be highlighted by performances of all 18 of her record-breaking No. 1 hit songs, from the original “Vision of Love” to “Fantasy” and “Hero.”
The singer/songwriter/actress has been in the spotlight for 25 years, her illustrious career dotted with plenty of high notes (31 Billboard Music Awards!), eight headlining tours and our favorite part: some killer music videos. Whether she’s slaying it with her body-baring wardrobe, throwing in campy acting bits or playfully exaggerating her diva reputation, the Mariah Carey videos–many of which are number one hits–are always fun to watch. Here are eight we love:
MC really gives us the most in the “Honey” video. As an awkward young tweener when it first came out in 1997, I was awestruck at my idol’s new look. All I knew was that I wanted to be her when I grew up (and have that body and those Gucci stilettos.) Carey was truly a butterfly flying high at this peak in her career. “Butterfly” was her first album after her split from husband and Columbia Records’ Tommy Mattola. She could finally dress sexy! She could frolic on the beach with a young stud! She could outrun the bad guys on a jetski! She was radiant, glowing and happy. All in all, Carey never looked better and the song—an instant No. 1—was a certified iconic hit.
Back in 2010 when no one had ever heard of Nicki Minaj, she guested on one of Carey’s best revenge tracks—a hip hop heavy “Up Out My Face.” (“Not even a nail technician with a whole lot of gel and acrylic can fix this,” she sings.) It’s a definite favorite because Carey and Minaj play real life Barbie doll versions of themselves in outrageous outfits. Going from sexy nurses to draped in diamonds and fur, they purposely layer on the cheesy—and it’s a blast to watch.
The “We Belong Together” masterpiece is one of Carey’s best videos with a storyline, and ended up as Yahoo’s most watched video of 2005 with 7.5 million streams. The song was the second single off “The Emancipation of Mimi,” and followed “It’s Like That.” The two music videos were shot back to back, with “It’s Like That” being a sort of part one to the story, and “We Belong Together” concluding the tale. This one follows our somber, angsty heroine about to marry an older guy whom she’s clearly just not that into while her younger, true love hottie stands by.At the 11th hour she pulls a runaway bride, ditches her guy at the altar and storms off with Young Hottie in a sleek black convertible.
Fun fact: Remember when Carey wed Tommy Mottola in an over-the-top 1993 affair modeled after Princess Diana’s wedding? Carey pulled that wedding dress out of storage and wore it in this video.
Who can forget “Heartbreaker” featuring Jay-Z? This 1999 Brett Ratner-directed video, the first from her “Rainbow” album, was talked about for so many reasons. She plays an evil alter-ego brunette version of herself? She acts? Jerry O’Connell makes an appearance? Yes to all of the above. It was also one of the most expensive music videos ever made, at $2.5 million. Oh, and it was also back when she forged the trend of jeans with the waistband cut off—which I admittedly did, because of this video.
After the pink and red color theme of the original “Heartbreaker” video, Carey stripped everything down for the song’s very different-sounding remix. Gold metallic bikini and rollerskates? Check. Washing Snoop Dogg’s car in cut off jean shorts and heels? Check. Missy Elliott and Da Brat? Check. The video—shot all in black and white—correlates perfectly with the remixed song’s sexy rap edge. The alter-ego factor shows up again, with the girls wrestling in a ring.
While never released as a full single, 1998’s “Breakdown” is a fan favorite song. The sultry vibe and collaboration with Bone Thugs-N-Harmony perfectly gelled with the R&B/hip hop slant of “Butterfly.” It’s also one of the two the most “Vegas” videos in her repertoire, the other being “I Stay In Love.” It has a distinctly cabaret feel, with MC playing a showgirl, laying on a bed of poker chips and sitting on a casino floor table. The fashion and beauty looks are as killer as the song.
This 2009 song from “Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel” was reportedly written about a brief encounter gone wrong with Eminem—and Carey makes her feelings about the rapper quite clear in the video. She never publicly confirmed what went down with him, but alludes to his freakish obsession with her. Like “secret lair with every inch covered in Mariah” obsessed. In another Ratner-directed masterpiece, she acts as both an exaggerated version of herself and the Eminem-esque stalker character.
And bonus facts: the opening line “And I was like, why are you so obsessed with me?” is a cheeky nod to Carey’s love for the film “Mean Girls,” which features the same line said by queen bee Regina George. The video also portrays Carey posing for photography Patrick Demarchelier, a reference to another of her favorite films, “The Devil Wears Prada.”
In 2001, MC showed off her playful side in this party of a video. With blonde locks, a golden tan and tiny outfits showing off her hot bod, she skipped around the racetrack setting singing the breathy, ‘80s inspired pop tune. The color and camp (think muscle cars and candy coated visuals) is undoubtedly influenced by the video’s director, the famed David LaChappelle. He helped Carey push the envelope while remaining dazzling as always. Appearances by Ludacris, Cameo and Da Brat add to the video’s flirtatious fun.
Planet Hollywood’s AXIS Theater literally set the stage for a new era of Las Vegas shows. We all know Britney Spears has filled the room night after night, and upcoming showstoppers like Ricky Martin, J.Cole, Chicago and Earth, Wind and Fire get us pretty excited to jump out of our seats.
For instance, this weekend’s performance by Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett was epic. Two icons – one stage. And they shared it rather well. Check out the photos.
Hot chef Brian Malarkey debuted his latest Searsucker location on March 27 at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas. The former “Top Chef” finalist, winning judge and mentor on ABC’s host of “The Taste” touts a “social dining” menu of shareable new American comfort foods. The mushrooms and burrata, triple brie, tuna albacore, pork butt and brussels sprouts are just a few must-try dishes. They’re perhaps only overshadowed by melt-in-your-mouth chocolate chip cookies.
Thomas Schoos designed the 7,500-square-foot restaurant, located next door to Omnia Nightclub. Schoos plays up design touches mixing cowboy culture with a mid-century roadside diner. He features several of his own whimsical food paintings, along with coarse rope chandeliers, neon “Eat” signs and rustic wood and marble tables.
Malarkey sat down with Las Vegas Blog about why he chose Las Vegas, what the Searsucker name means and more.
How long have you been thinking about expanding to Las Vegas and what made you decide on this particular spot?
I always focus on what’s currently going on. I am a partner with Hakkasan Group which makes this venture very special. Once we formed this relationship, Las Vegas piqued my interest. It’s so close to San Diego and so many people travel to Las Vegas.
Your designer Thomas Schoos created Tao, Tao Beach and LAX as well as Herringbone in Los Angeles and Searsucker in Austin and San Diego. How has his knowledge of Las Vegas affected the look of the place?
We really kind of stuck to what Searsucker is in San Diego. It’s very personal to me. I grew up on a ranch in Oregon. Thomas interviewed me and figured out who I was. That’s why it has this urban cowboy look. I used to ride high school rodeo.
With a name like Searsucker many think of the racetrack. Will you be integrating events with the sports book only a few steps away?
I grew up on a ranch riding horses. I always loved horse racing. My uncle is a photographer at Kentucky Derby. I go to Del Mar on opening day every year. I was complaining to my wife about not getting to wear my seersucker suit. She suggested the name Searsucker. That’s what we want Searsucker to be, tongue in cheek. Any time you’re wearing a seersucker suit you’re having a good time. It’s still comfortable and casual. Searsucker is not starch, not white tablecloths.
What Vegas-only dishes do you have?
We’ve always prided working with chefs. Once we sit around and cook together, we will allow personal touches from the given chef as long as it fits in with the Searsucker brand.
How important is the proximity of the new Omnia Nightclub?
It’s huge for us. We’re with the same group and have the same Hakkasan leadership. They can take VIP clients there before going to Omnia. As the lines form, people will come in for cocktails and small sharing plates. They complement each other.
Your most popular cocktail is The Peter Rabbit with Pimms, bruised Basil, pressed lemon, pickled carrot. Any other cocktail suggestions?
That drink makes me think of Indian summer. We’re having fun with the cocktails now with fresh-pressed juices and bourbon-based cocktails.
A unique late night menu is available selected nights of the week, featuring your take on “dinner-meets-brunch” cuisine. Can you talk about that?
I have one of our most popular dishes, egg and bacon brown butter Hollandaise on a brioche. It’s like breakfast for dinner. We’re not doing a brunch. It’s such a fantastic venue and the kitchen will have some fun with it. Bourbon and beer and fun.
Have you been given any advice by other celebrity chefs in the city?
You know, I have. Rick Moonen has always been a good friend of mine. He just said get involved. Treat it like a neighborhood restaurant. I’ve always done that with every restaurant we’ve opened. We treat everyone like a regular. Being in Vegas for three days, there’s no reason guests can’t eat with us for two. We’re taking that small town approach with something comforting and fun. A wise chef once said, “Guests should come for the food ambiance and return for the service.”
Searsucker is open nightly for dinner from 5 p.m. to late, with bar service beginning at 4:30 p.m. For reservations call 702-866-1800 or book an OpenTable reservation.
And the winner is… After intensely competitive voting that ended February 28, the “Las Vegas Review-Journal” announced the big winners of its annual Best of Las Vegas Awards—and plenty of Strip favorites cleaned up. The High Roller dominated its categories, as did “Britney: Piece of Me,” and Caesars Palace won in several areas.
Select winners ranging from Giada to “Jubilee” are offering promotional discounts in celebration of the victories. See who was crowned “the best” and get exclusive Las Vegas deals here:
High Roller at The LINQ
• Amusement Ride
• Editor’s pick, Amusement Ride
• Place To View The City
March 29–31: 50% off Standard and Happy Half Hour for Locals with Nevada ID
March 29–31: upgrade to a Happy Hour Cabin for $10 for day and $15 for night
April 1–2: Free gift when you ride with ticket purchase
Britney: Piece of Me at Planet Hollywood
• Overall Show
• Best Bachelorette Party
Discount: Orchestra Seating: $50 instead of $59 regular price, $75 instead of $99 regular price, $99 instead of $129 regular price. Prices valid for Wednesdays and Friday performances through September 9. Prices do not include service fees. Local ID required to redeem.
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Jubilee at Bally’s
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Donny & Marie at Flamingo
• Bargain Show
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Chippendales at Rio
• Male Strip Show
• Editor’s pick, Male Strip Show
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Colosseum at Caesars Palace
Best Big Concert Venue
Brooklyn Bowl at The LINQ Promenade
Best Bowling Alley
Best Small Concert Venue
Editor’s pick, Best Small Concert Venue
Jeff Civillico: Comedy in Action at The LINQ Hotel & Casino
Best Family Attraction
“Legends in Concert” at Flamingo Las Vegas
Best Tribute Show
Jersey Boys at Paris Las Vegas
Editor’s pick, Best Musical
Penn & Teller at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino
Editor’s pick, Best Magic Show
“Tony N’ Tina’s Wedding” at Bally’s Las Vegas
Editor’s pick, Best Dinner Show
Anthony Cools at Paris Las Vegas
Editor’s pick, Best Hypnotist
Sin City Comedy at Planet Hollywood
Editor’s pick, Best Bargain Show
Rio All-Suite Hotel
• Cocktail Waitresses
• Boutique Hotel
• Editor’s pick, Boutique Hotel
• Spa: Qua Baths & Spa
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• Strip Hotel
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Napoleon’s Piano Bar at Paris Las Vegas
Editor’s pick, Best Piano Bar
Casa Fuente at The Forum Shops at Caesars
Editor’s pick, Cigar Lounge
Giada at The Cromwell
• Power Lunch
• Restaurant With A View
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Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen & Bar at The LINQ Hotel & Casino
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Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars Palace
• Pub, British
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Gordon Ramsay BurGR at Planet Hollywood
Oyster Bar at Harrah’s
Beijing Noodle No. 9 at Caesars Palace
Reader’s pick, Best Noodles
Las Vegas Foodie Fest at The LINQ Promenade
Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop at The LINQ Promenade
Editor’s pick, Ice Cream/Frozen Yogurt
Hash House A Go Go
Editor’s pick, Best Brunch
Off The Strip at The LINQ Promenade
Editor’s pick, American Traditional
Harrah’s Las Vegas
Bacon, Caviar, Marbled Pork. Across the country, the creative chefs of Total Rewards are spinning their ingredients into some deliciously unique dishes at the best restaurants in the country. Here are eight to try.
Whole Grilled Fish
Chefs: John Besh & Aaron Sanchez
Johnny Sanchez | Horseshoe Baltimore
These celebrity chefs do things their own way. And they want you to do the same. Here, they take responsibly fished whole red snapper, roast it perfectly over a wood fire, and serve it with locally farmed seasonal pickles, corn tortillas, citrus and salsas. Then they turn artistic license over to you.
Chef: Giada De Laurentiis
GIADA | The Cromwell, Las Vegas
The whopping bone-in Tuscan ribeye at Giada De Laurentiis’ first restaurant shatters the mold for this reason: Besides using a prime cut of meat, Giada slings a fried egg on top. Cut the egg, and the robust yolk flavors the entire steak, making it the best thing you’ll eat all night.
The Hog Burger
Chef: Gordon Ramsay
Gordon Ramsay BurGR | Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas
Take Mangalista pork, a particular juicy, tender and marbled pork. Sauté it in apple butter. Then throw in some English sharp cheddar cheese and a dash of fresh peppery arugula. Now place it within a sesame-encrusted bun, and you’ve got one of the most innovative burgers on the Strip.
Colors of Caviar
Chef: Guy Savoy
Restaurant Guy Savoy | Caesars Palace, Las Vegas
It’s extravagant and it’s as easy on the eyes as it is on the taste buds. Meet “Colors of Caviar,” a game-changer, and Guy Savoy’s layered “dish” in a glass. Imagine: green bean puree on top of caviar cream topped with hot sabayon (an Italian custard) and a few balls of caviar hanging out on top.
Blue Corn Pancake
Chef: Bobby Flay
Mesa Grill | Caesars Palace, Las Vegas
At first, the thin tortilla-like blue corn pancake stuffed with duck and doused with a spicy habanero sauce looks like the classic Peking duck wrap. But this is one masterful dish filtered through the mind of chef Bobby Flay. The bold flavors here are cutting edge and create flavor strata like no other.
Chef: Steve Martorano
Martorano’s | Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino and Paris Las Vegas
What’s so special about a meatball salad? The Sunday gravy. Chef Steve Martorano adds all manner of the pig to the simmering sauce, giving it a deep porky flavor. Then he pours that over what have been called the best meatballs in the world. Mangia! Mangia!
Surf and Turf
Chef: Kelly English
Magnolia House | Harrah’s Gulf Coast, Biloxi, Miss.
Chef English’s “Surf and Turf” is as if land magically swallowed the sea. He takes a gigantic juicy New York strip steak and stuffs it with fried local oysters and potently delicious blue cheese. The over-the-top result is nothing like you’ve ever tasted.
Chef: Guy Fieri
Guy Fieri’s Chophouse | Bally’s Atlantic City
The Mayor of Flavortown’s beast of a burger pays supreme attention to flavor and texture. Dig, if you will, this jaw-droppingly delicious creation: an all-beef premium house blend patty topped with cheddar cheese, Applewood-smoked bacon, Guy’s famous Donkey Sauce and mac ‘n’ cheese. All in all, 22 ingredients go into this tasty monster.