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Fall is in the air, and Las Vegas no longer feels like it’s located on the surface of the sun. Heck, you might even need to break out a jacket at night. Yes, summer is ending, the pool clubs are closing and you are no longer supposed to wear white, but we’re not complaining. We love the changes that come with autumn. It’s a whole new season full of new things to do in Las Vegas.
Here’s what we’re looking forward to this fall:
GIADA Wine Series Dinners at The Cromwell
Eating at GIADA is pretty great, but throw wine into the mix and it’s even better. The restaurant regularly hosts wine dinners with GIADA’s team of talented sommeliers who guide guests through a wine pairing hosted by a different winemaker. The tasting menu includes GIADA favorites and some unique additions to complement the wine. Guests also get to take home a signed picture and a selection of Giada De Laurentiis’ favorite recipes, including her ah-mazing lemon ricotta cookies.
The wine dinners are $200 per person and run from 6 – 9 p.m. Dinners coming up this fall include:
The Chainsmokers at OMNIA in Caesars Palace
Hot DJ duo The Chainsmokers take over OMNIA nightclub on Oct. 4. Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall hit it big in 2014 with their single, “#Selfie.” You’ve probably also heard their songs “Roses,” “Don’t Let Me Down” and “Closer” featuring Halsey, which is their No. 1 hit that was everywhere this summer.
Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips Opening at The LINQ Promenade
Celeb chef Gordon Ramsay will open his fourth Vegas restaurant on Oct. 7 at The LINQ Promenade. If you’ve ever had Ramsay’s fish & chips, you already know that they are to die for. We can’t wait for this new casual concept.
You’ll also find traditional British fare like bangers and mash, as well as drinks, brews, cocktails and adult milkshakes at the new restaurant.
Beer Park Beer & Food Festival at Paris Las Vegas
Fall means it’s time for Oktoberfest, and that means it’s time to drink some beer. Beer Park will help you do just that on Oct. 8 with its beer and food festival. There’ll be more than 30 craft beer vendors, 10 food stations, DJs and live music from Spazmatics and The Dirty with Frankie Perez.
Tickets start at $61.79.
Mylan World TeamTennis Smash Hits at Caesars Palace
Elton John is usually playing the piano, but who knew he also knows how to swing a tennis racket? He and Billie Jean King are hosting this special charity event Oct. 10 at 6:30 p.m.
Four former top tennis players – John McEnroe, Andy Roddick, Martina Navratilova and Lindsay Davenport – will play singles, doubles and mixed doubles. You get to watch world-class tennis players doing their thing, and as a bonus the proceeds benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation. Elton John is expected to participate in a celebrity doubles match to open the event. Tickets are $59.95 and up.
America’s Got Talent Winner Grace VanderWaal at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino
Singing sensation Grace VanderWaal wowed the judges on “America’s Got Talent” and now she’ll be wowing crowds in Las Vegas. The winner of Season 11 will headline at Planet Hollywood Oct. 27 – 30.
VanderWaal is a 12-year-old singer-songwriter from New York. She started making up songs at the age of three and started piano lessons when she was four. VanderWaal picked up the saxophone at 10 years old and for her 11th birthday, she bought a ukulele and learned to play the instrument from watching YouTube videos.
Show time is 7:30 p.m., and tickets start at $55.
The Bronx Wanderers at Bally’s Las Vegas
If you like music, The Bronx Wanderers cover it all. This father-and-son trio and their band have been playing pop and rock classics around the country for more than 12 years.
They’ve recently opened their new show at Bally’s, which runs nightly at 5:30 p.m. You can expect to hear hits by everyone from Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons to The Beach Boys, Bruno Mars and Queen.
Charismatic front man Vinny is a former chart-topping record producer. He is joined on stage by his two sons – Vinny “The Kid” and drummer Nicky “Stix” – as well as a killer hand-picked backup band.
Tickets are $49.99 and up.
Chocolate Tasting on the High Roller at The LINQ Promenade
You can get married on The High Roller or do yoga on The High Roller. Now, the latest fun way to experience the world’s tallest observation wheel is an in-cabin Chocolate Tasting Experience with Ethel M Chocolates.
As you enjoy the view from 550 feet in the air, you’ll learn about chocolate and how the pieces were created, while focusing your attention on the aroma, taste and texture. The 30-minute (one rotation) adventure includes a chocolatier ambassador showcasing five different types and the story behind them. Tastings are available every Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., with the final experience beginning at 8 p.m. Standard admission pricing is $52 per person. A private cabin can be purchased for $1,500. Each chocolate tasting cabin can accommodate up to 15 guests.
Fall specials at Harrah’s Spa
If you’re like the rest of us, you probably overdid the sun and the chlorine this summer. The good news is you can use that as an excuse to hit the spa to undo the damage.
The Harrah’s Spa is offering a 50-minute Fall Fresh Beauty Facial for $100. Technicians will perform the service by using the NuFace Trinity PRO. A microcurrent is used to tone facial muscles while improving contour, skin tone and reduction of fine lines and wrinkles.
You can also get a Fall Pedicure for $65. This treatment begins with an aromatic soak followed by a brown sugar, bourbon and rice exfoliation. Next, a bionutrient peat mud infuses the skin with mineral and organic plant compounds that cool and moisten skin. Finish with a botanical oil massage.
JaBurritos and Virgil’s Real BBQ opening at The LINQ Promenade
Sushi burritos are all the rage in the foodie world these days so we’re pretty happy that JaBurritos will be opening in November at The LINQ Promenade.
A sushi burrito is a combination of the best of the two foods. You’ll be able to choose different sauces, vegetables and proteins (think spicy tuna, salmon or soft shell crab) and wrap them in seaweed paper or a tortilla.
Jaburritos will have also have salads, cooked fish and rice bowls for those who aren’t sushi fans.
We’re also looking forward to the fall opening of Virgil’s Real Barbecue, which will bring the flavors of Tennessee, Kentucky, Texas, the Carolinas and Missouri to The LINQ Promenade.
The menu will feature everything from Memphis pork ribs and chicken to Texas beef brisket, as well as all the sides you love like barbecue beans, coleslaw and cheese grits. Save room for Southern-style desserts, including banana pudding and Key Lime and sweet potato pies.
If binge-watching “The Walking Dead” is your favorite pastime, put down the remote, get off your couch and head to The LINQ Promenade this Halloween in Las Vegas to test your own zombie-fighting skills.
The parking lot behind the High Roller observation wheel will house the Hollywood studio-designed Zombie Escape Haunted House, filled with terrifying sights and sounds…and of course, hordes of zombies.
Battle your way through the horror unscathed and you’ll be a humanity-saving hero. Get caught and you’ll become one of the infected undead.
The haunted house opens Oct. 8 and runs Wednesdays – Sundays and Halloween night from 7 p.m. – midnight. The cost starts at $20 per person.
The living dead theme continues on Oct. 29 when zombies take over the High Roller. Watch out — the staff will be dressed in their finest undead attire, making it their mission to scare you.
If you’re looking for something a little more family-friendly that doesn’t involve the threat of a zombie apocalypse, there will be a “TRIQ or Treat” experience for the kiddos on Oct. 27 and Oct. 28 from 6 – 10 p.m. The LINQ Promenade will be decked out in creepy Halloween décor, and tenants will pass out candy. The entertainment will include stilt walkers, DJs, face painters, an LED drum line and more.
Creative types (21 and older), start plotting out your Halloween costume now. You can compete for $10,000 worth of prizes at The LINQ Promenade’s annual costume contest on Oct. 29. Be sure to bring your A game! And enjoy the live band and drink specials as the crowds wait for the winners to be announced.
It’s officially pumpkin spice season and coffee shops aren’t the only ones celebrating. The LINQ Hotel & Casino embraces Fall with spa treatments, tasty cocktails and fun new football offerings.
The Spa at The LINQ celebrates the season with pumpkin and vanilla treatments and 3535 bar reminds you there are more Fall flavors than those found in #PSLs. While you’re relaxing and grabbing a drink at The LINQ, be sure to catch the football action at TAG Sports Bar. Now who’s excited for Fall in Las Vegas on the Strip?
TAG, you’re it! When it’s your turn to pick the football venue, choose The LINQ’s sports bar that boasts more than 200 beers from around the world. Get beer on demand at TAG’s tap tables, which feature beer taps in the center for instant refills. Blackjack, craps and roulette fans can make use of more than 60 electronic gaming stations while keeping an eye on the score of the game. In addition to beer au naturel, TAG offers hop’tails featuring beer as the star of creative cocktails mixed with other fresh ingredients. Watch all the pro and college games in TAG’s Red Zone, a sports lover’s annex adjacent to the main bar, that’s brand new for this football season. The Red Zone serves stadium-style food right on site and if you’re craving a Bacon Mac-N-Cheese Burger from Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen & Bar, no problem. Have your order from Guy’s delivered right to your seat, without missing a single play.
Football fans needing to relax after an intense game should check out the Spa at The LINQ. Beginning October 1, indulge in a Pumpkin Spice and Vanilla Face and Body Package. Start with a 50-minute Vanilla Desert Stone Massage with Tahitian vanilla body butter paired with warm desert stone to relieve muscle tension. Next up is a 50-minute Pumpkin Spice Facial to exfoliate the skin with a natural pumpkin enzyme polish. During treatments, guests choose the scents and sounds they want to enjoy while tuning everything else out. Combine the sounds of a crackling campfire with waves gently crashing on the shore or whatever else takes you to your happy place. Participants in November’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon will speed down the Strip and should head straight to the Spa at The LINQ on November 13 and 14 for a special Runners Relief Pedicure and Massage featuring an arnica bath soak to ease post-race pains. Spa guests can utilize the Himalayan salt therapy cave for no additional charge with the purchase of a treatment. The salt cave is great for the detox your body craves after a day drinking and cheering on your favorite football team.
3535, the bar just off The LINQ’s lobby, embraces the season with delicious apple cinnamon cocktails. Order a shot of apple cinnamon-infused Bulleit Bourbon or enjoy it in an Apple Cinnamon Old Fashioned with a 151 rum-soaked cherry and torched orange garnish. 3535 amps up the energy this Fall with a party pit featuring go-go dancers Friday and Saturday nights. Grab an infused cocktail and hit the blackjack and roulette tables right in the bar with an awesome view of the dancers and the colorful swirling vortex light feature behind the bar. The leaves may be dropping but at The LINQ, the fun level isn’t, so come savor the season in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip.
Check back next week on the Total Vegas Blog for information about exciting new changes at The LINQ Promenade.
By Ashley Friedman
You don’t get a second chance at a lot of things in life — first kisses, job interviews, NBA free-throw contests sponsored by local radio stations, to name a few — but the chance to see your earliest celebrity crush in the flesh wearing a bow tie and no shirt like you always wanted in middle school? That, my friend, we can do right here on the Strip at the Chippendales’ Las Vegas show at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.
Chippendales Las Vegas sounds like something you made up in a dream — a live revue of singing, dancing, ridiculously hot men — but since 1979, it’s been the real deal. The first all-male stripping troupe, Chippendales has played host to many a celebrity cameo, featuring only the most smoldering male celebs, harnessing both their intangible personal heat and their exceptional skills on the dance floor.
The result is a hip-gyrating, hormone-igniting, visual aphrodisiac more lust-inducing than a thermos full of Brass Monkey and 10,000 oysters. Known for their iconic neckwear and bare chests that appear carved from stone, a Chippendales dancer is a rare breed. Let’s take a look at some of the famous fellas who have worn the sacred bow tie at one time or another.
The late ’90s was one of the most important eras in guy-hotness in American history, and this phenomenon owes a debt of gratitude to boy bands. One boy band specifically: 98 Degrees. The band name also describes the temperature when Jeff Timmons takes off his shirt to reveal that in the ’90s, he was just getting warmed up! His tenure at Chippendales Las Vegas is a testament to both his talent and the timelessness of men dancing in formation.
Back in the ’90s, there was “nothin” Joey Lawrence’s love couldn’t fix, and believe it or not, that is still true today. Lawrence has come a long way since portraying dull-witted he-fox Joey Russo on the beloved sitcom “Blossom,” but what’s important hasn’t changed. Lawrence’s physique continues to impress, his hair looks great and those puppy dog eyes of his don’t hurt either.
Antonio Sabato Jr.
I still carry suspicions that Antonio Sabato Jr. is not human, but a hyper-attractive cyborg who was designed by an all-female focus group in some kind of “Weird Science” wish-fulfillment fantasy. Like his Chippendales counterparts, this former poster boy for Calvin Klein and soap star has somehow gotten hotter with age. This lends further credence to my cyborg theory, and is reason enough to attend the show: to perform a close-up investigation of his abdomen, just to check for wires.
Not to be outdone by Sabato Jr., another one of Chippendales most desirable gentlemen also had his own music video fame. Yes, Tyson Beckford appeared in Janet Jackson and Toni Braxton music videos. Remember when he got out of the pool and when she shaved his face? This model-turned-actor’s nearly preposterous physical beauty is matched only by the intensity of his gaze, which means watching him gyrate in a bow tie mere feet away counts as a religious experience.
No erotically-charged troupe of topless male dancers would be complete if it didn’t include some of the hunks who have captivated us, not by acting, singing, but simply by being themselves… sort of. Yes, ladies, I’m talking about the heroes of reality television. Do you recall the achingly hot “Bachelor” contestant Jake Pavelka?
He of the golden-boy smile and all-American build? This is a man of many talents and star of six reality shows (yes, you read that right). The former pilot can now add shirtless dancer to the resume with his run on the Chippendale’s stage. Proving his “Dancing With the Stars” stint was just a warm-up act.
If enormous muscles and an adorable baby face are more your thing, allow me to point out the tremendously sexy contributions to Chippendales Las Vegas made by the one known as Ronnie Ortiz-Margo, of “Jersey Shore” fame. He’s come a long way from Seaside Heights to Las Vegas, but he’s clearly retained the “Gym” part of the famed “Gym, Tan, Laundry” mantra. Some things never change.
Last but certainly not least, Chippendales Las Vegas dancer Ian Ziering proves that the best things come to those who wait. As spoiled jock Steve Sanders on “Beverly Hills 90210,“ Ziering was regularly outshone by costars Luke Perry and Jason Priestley, but all that’s changed. The years have been kind to Ziering — very, very kind — and after about 15 seconds of staring at that tan chest, you’ll be all, “Dylan Who?”
Keep an eye out for the next celebrity guest host, Nyle DiMarco, who will strut his stuff with the Chippendales Sept. 22 – Oct. 16. DiMarco was the winner of both “Dancing with the Stars” and “America’s Next Top Model.” Make it a wild girls night out and visit the Flirt Lounge or Wine Cellar before the show.
Ashley Friedman is a comedy writer living in LA and loves the Bachelor, rosé, weekends in Vegas and cataloging pop culture.
Sure, Las Vegas can arguably boast that it has the world’s best nightlife. Honestly we think we are selling ourselves short – we’ve also got daytime on lock. Head to an afternoon Las Vegas show sometime – especially since winter is slightly looming. These matinee and early evening shows offer something for every taste, from magic to comedy to music.
Here are some of our favorites:
Mac King Comedy Magic Show at Harrah’s Las Vegas
1 and 3 p.m.
Prices from $35.15
There’s a reason Mac King has been headlining in Vegas for more than 15 years. The popular entertainer’s quirky humor and incredible sleight-of-hand magic make for some good, clean afternoon fun.
Kids will get a kick out of things like King’s hand shadow puppets and crazy tricks with live goldfish. Adults will be wowed by his magic and they’ll get a laugh from his PG-rated jokes and hilarious audience participation.
King has had a long and successful career in magic. He got into the art as a kid because both of his grandfathers were amateur magicians. He has been named “Magician of the Year” by Magic Castle, has appeared on many of “The World’s Greatest Magic” TV specials and performed on “The Late Show with David Letterman.”
Menopause The Musical at Harrah’s Las Vegas
Matinee performance at 4 p.m.
Prices from $54.66
Hot flashes and mood swings are no joke. The only time we can really agree that they’re laughable is when the talented ladies of Menopause the Musical are singing hilarious songs about them.
The songs, like “Stayin’ Awake,” “My Husband Sleeps Tonight” and “Night Sweating,” are sung to the tune of popular ’60s, ’70s and ’80s songs. Throughout the show, the women take turns doing both solo and chorus numbers about the woeful topics of wrinkles, forgetfulness and chocolate binges.
Anyone who sees the show from now through Oct. 1 will get some bonus laughs with a special appearance by celebrity guest host Cindy Williams from the classic TV show “Laverne & Shirley.”
Mat Franco – Magic Reinvented Nightly at The LINQ Hotel & Casino
Matinee performance at 4 p.m.
Prices from $40.45
“America’s Got Talent” fans already know Season 9 winner Mat Franco, the first magician to win the show’s top prize. Franco now headlines his own Las Vegas show, which showcases his signature close-up, sleight-of-hand magic. Expect to see classic card tricks, objects mysteriously disappearing and reappearing around the showroom and some of the illusions Franco performed on the TV show.
In addition to his magic, Franco narrates his personal journey. Almost entirely self-taught, the Rhode Island native began developing his own shows before the age of 10. When he was 15, Franco worked in a show at the (now a memory) Riviera hotel.
Jeff Civillico: Comedy in Action at Flamingo Las Vegas
Prices from $44.20
Jeff Civillico is a man of many talents – and a lot of energy. His popular early evening show combines physical comedy, stunts and mind-boggling juggling with some rather unusual objects. We’re talking a 9-pound bowling ball, a knife and an apple – all at once.
You’ll also see him doing crazy things like balancing a 12-foot ladder while riding a unicycle, balancing a bicycle on his chin and spinning plates on his fingers. You’d better make sure your own plate spinning skills are up to par because you never know when he might call you up on stage to assist.
Between tricks, Civillico fills the show with his family-friendly witty banter and comedic personality. Civillico has spent most of his life performing. When he was 7 years old he saw a street juggler and knew that he wanted to be an entertainer. He’s been doing it ever since.
Legends in Concert at Flamingo Las Vegas
Matinee performance at 4 p.m.
Prices from $57.23
Never got a chance to see Elvis, Michael Jackson or Whitney Houston in concert? You can experience the next best thing – the uncanny tribute show, Legends in Concert. The show, which is the longest-running production in Vegas, features incredible tribute artists that not only look and dress like the real thing, they sound like them too. These artists don’t just lip-sync to the stars’ hits, they actually sing them live.
The award-winning production also features theatrical sets, beautiful costumes, special effects, a talented ensemble of singers and dancers, and a live orchestra.
The lineup for Legends in Concert rotates regularly so you could see a different show each time you come to Vegas. Catch tributes to artists like Prince, Lady Gaga, Tina Turner, Garth Brooks, Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley and more.
PARANORMAL – The Mind Reading Magic Show at Bally’s Las Vegas
Prices from $59.99
Prepare to have your mind blown by mentalist Frederic Da Silva in his show PARANORMAL. Not sure what a mentalist is? He’ll do things like predict what you have in your pocket, stop a watch at the time that you visualized, or figure out the name of the person you’re thinking about.
See this show and you’ll experience an afternoon of mystery, magic, hypnosis and mind-reading that will leave you wondering how the heck Da Silva does it.
Million Dollar Quartet at Harrah’s Las Vegas
Matinee performance at 5:30 p.m. Sundays and Mondays
Prices from $62.70
It doesn’t get much better than Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins together in one room. Believe it or not, that actually happened in 1956 when the legends ended up together at Sun Records in Memphis for one of the greatest impromptu rock ‘n’ roll jam sessions in history.
The Tony Award-winning Million Dollar Quartet tells the story of that unbelievable night and features talented artists who look and sound like the music icons. The show has a captivating plotline and a score full of familiar hit songs like “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Walk the Line,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Hound Dog” and more that will have you dancing and singing along.
The doors just reopened on Sept. 7 after a summer-long remodel that includes some cool new hand-painted art installations on the walls. Artist Zack Bird created a custom 512-square-foot mural of The Las Vegas Strip as well as more than 50 caricatures of celebs like Caesars Palace entertainers Céline Dion, Rod Stewart and Reba McEntire.
You can also check out some new dishes on the menu of Italian entrees and steakhouse favorites. We recommend the Four-Cheese Nova Scotia Lobster Mac ‘n’ Cheese (complete with a bacon crust), Coconut Crusted Sea Scallops, Bone-In Colorado Veal Rib Chop Malfata and a 12-ounce Australian Wagyu Rib-Eye steak.
Happy hours are great but take your ladies night to the next level with an unforgettable evening at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. Start the night at Rio’s best kept secret, The Wine Cellar and Tasting Room, and end it in the lap of a Chippendales dancer! Did we mention the show’s newest guest star, the sexy Nyle DiMarco, begins his run September 22? Catch him and all the other hotties dance their pants off then stick around for a group photo to commemorate your night. Yes, you really do get to sit on their laps. It’s the adult version of visiting Santa Claus, though they already know what you want.
An epic night begins with tasty food and drinks. Descend the winding staircase to The Wine Cellar, nestled below the casino floor, to find your new favorite hangout. Grab a seat at the bar or retreat with your crew to one of the more intimate nooks with comfortable leather couches and cushy chairs. It’s the perfect locale to dish about your trip and pick which girlfriend you’re going to try to get on stage later with the Chippendales dancers, all while savoring delicious wines.
Choose a wine flight from the extensive menu or create your own if you want a more customized experience. The sommeliers and servers create perfect flights of wines and cheeses even the pickiest palates will enjoy. There’s always that one friend who thinks he or she will never find the perfect wine, but The Wine Cellar staff is up to the challenge. Let’s just say I may be this picky friend and I’ve thoroughly tested this hypothesis.
Lovers of Italian wines can opt for the “How You Doin’” flight which includes the 2010 Masi Amarone Costasera Classico with flavors of dried plums, cherry, chocolate and baking spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. I love the “Drink to be Hung” flight, named after The Wine Cellar’s manager, Hung Nguyen. It features three Napa Valley wines and one from Paso Robles, the full-bodied and fruit-forward 2012 Justin “Isosceles.” A wine selection this extensive would be remiss not to include a reference to the movie “Sideways,” so naturally the menu features a flight called “I Am Not Drinking Any Effen Merlot!” From flights of red and white wines du jour to these more highly curated flights, your group will be impressed and satisfied with this elevated beverage experience.
Ready for a snack now? Pair a wine flight with shared bites like artisan cheeses, sun-dried tomatoes and mixed nuts. We know ladies love tapas. Pro tip: if you’re going with red wine, you have to try the outstanding Stilton blue cheese. It’s heavenly on its own but really opens up with a bold red.
After you’ve had your fill of wine and cheese, head upstairs to Chippendales and release your inner flirt. Grab a cocktail in Flirt Lounge before the show. Opt for a souvenir glass featuring one of the dancers so you can relive this night again and again. When the show begins, you’ll be on your feet dancing, singing along and cheering on your favorite dancers as they show off their chiseled bodies.
Your favorite songs are always better when hard-bodied performers lose their clothes. Whether you want to get down to a little “Uptown Funk” or stomp your boots to “Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy),” your beloved hits will inspire new meaning once these dancers strut their stuff to the tunes. Firefighters- check. Police officers- you know it. Name your fantasy and the men of Chippendales bring it to life right before your eyes. The hottest male revue is full of crowd interaction as the dancers offer a chance to get a better look… and a feel! Cheer loudly to attract the guys’ attention and send your girlfriends onstage for some one-on-one interaction.
Bachelorettes and birthday girls and boys aren’t the only ones who deserve a chance to misbehave. Ladies night needs no reason, only the party people to make it memorable. You’re going to want to remember this night so be sure to stick around after the show for a group photo with the sexy cast. They’re always up for post-show hugs and they even hang out in the Flirt Lounge after the show if you haven’t gotten your fill of eye candy yet. You know you haven’t so grab another drink and keep the party going.
By Heather Vale
If it seems like everybody in Las Vegas has their hand out for a tip — well, that’s because they do. Vegas is fueled by gratuities. Some are expected … but others are less obvious. So let the good times roll — for both you and the locals — with a stack of singles (or even fives) in your pocket. Prepare to make it rain when you’re tipping in Las Vegas.
Let the tipping begin! Have your dollars ready before you even step foot in your room.
Test your fate with lady luck, but don’t forget the people who help keep the tables hot.
When you hit the town, don’t forget to hit up your wallet, too. A good tip goes a long way.
Having fun? Then show your appreciation.
Tying the knot in the unofficial Wedding Capital of the World? Get ready to celebrate with nearly everyone involved in your special day.
Guidelines are great, but sometimes you just have to follow your gut. Nobody comes to Vegas to be cheap — so throw that budget out the window and show your appreciation in dolla bills. Everyone who works in Sin City has a tipping horror story, so don’t be that guy. Forget about candy, food, drinks, souvenirs, clothing or anything that can’t be turned into cold, hard cash.
Tip early and tip often.
Heather Vale is a journalist, videographer and photographer. Originally from Toronto, she has been living, working and playing in Las Vegas for over 5 years. Shooting video and photos for weddings, trade shows and business events has taken her all over the Vegas Valley and given her a taste of the city behind the scenes. Her writing has been featured in the Las Vegas Informer, The Houston Chronicle and more.
Haven’t taken a ride on the world’s newest wonder yet? The High Roller and its shiny new shopping and entertainment district, The LINQ, are calling—and there are plenty of new Las Vegas deals to take advantage of. The wheel runs 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily, but we recommend trying to score a sunset ride for a glimpse of both day and night lights. Have more questions? Check out everything you need to know before going for a spin on the world’s tallest observation wheel.
During the month of September, the High Roller is honoring all educators and first responders by offering FREE admission. Teachers and first responders must show their work credential to receive the free ticket.
Children 12 and under always ride FREE!
The High Roller, the world’s tallest observation wheel, now offers an in-cabin Chocolate Tasting Experience with Ethel M Chocolates. At 550 feet in the air, this is the first tasting experience of its kind in North America where guests learn about the origins of chocolate and how the pieces were created, all while focusing their attention on the aroma, taste and texture.
The 30-minute (one rotation) adventure includes a chocolatier ambassador showcasing five different types of pieces and the story behind them. Tastings are available every Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., with the final experience of the night taking place at 8 p.m. Standard admission pricing is $52 per person. A private cabin can be purchased for $1,500. Each chocolate tasting cabin can accommodate up to 15 guests. To make a reservation or for more information, call 702-322-0593 or visit HighRollerLV.com.
-Adult daytime ticket: $23 (Total Rewards member price: $18)
-Adult nighttime ticket: $37 (Total Rewards member adult anytime price: $32)
Updated youth pricing:
Youth Daytime Pricing: $17 (children 13 – 17)
Youth Nighttime Pricing: $27 (children 13 – 17)
Children 12 & under: FREE
Get up to $5 off tickets for the High Roller when you book online.
*Nighttime pricing kicks in at 6 p.m. nightly.
Clark County residents who show a valid ID can purchase one discounted ticket for more than 50% off the original price. Adult tickets are $11.50 during the day and $18.00 for anytime tickets. Youth between the ages of 13-17 cost $7.00 during the day and $12.00 for anytime tickets. Kids 12 and under always ride for free.
In addition to the permanent price change, locals 21 and over can also upgrade to a Happy Half Hour ticket with an in-cabin open bar for an additional $10.00 during the day and $15.00 for anytime tickets.
The cost for a High Roller Annual Pass is $79.00 for adults and $49.00 for youths ages 13-17. The pass includes unlimited standard ride access on the observation wheel for one calendar year from date of purchase. Additional pass benefits include:
Seven days a week from noon to 1 a.m., all happy hour pricing tickets include an open bar inside the cabin during your ride. Must be 21 to participate:
Happy half hour daytime ticket: $38
Happy half hour nighttime ticket: $52
*Daytime and nighttime ticket booking windows may depend on season.
Present a retired or active Military ID and receive $5 off a High Roller Night ticket.
Flamingo and The LINQ hotel guests receive $5 off a High Roller Night ticket.
*Discount offer not valid on Happy Half Hour Cabins.
Priced at $75 plus fees, this package includes a ticket to Mat Franco’s new show, Mat Franco – Magic Reinvented Nightly, and an anytime ticket to ride the High Roller. Package can be purchased at The LINQ Hotel Box Office (702-777-2782).
Drai’s Beachclub at The Cromwell is a party paradise on the weekends but we bet you didn’t know you can also grab a delicious lunch there too. Poolside snacks often revolve around the same basic staples that may do the trick for curing a hangover but at Drai’s, you can dine on gourmet cuisine with a gorgeous view of the pool and the Las Vegas Strip. Choose from the air conditioned covered patio by the bar or soak up the sun on one of two pool deck dining areas.
A refreshing meal by the pool begins with delicious fresh fruit. Get enough for everybody and order a whole watermelon sliced in half and cubed, served right in its shell. If you like to mix your sweet and savory, try the watermelon salad with Asian pear, papaya, arugula, pine nuts, queso fresco and vinaigrette dressing. The combination of sweet fruit with salty cheese and pine nuts hits all the right notes to properly whet your appetite. Keep it light with additional salads like the tangy Greek salad with cucumber, feta, Kalamata olives, tomato and red onion or move on to the main course.
Sometimes a meaty burger is all you’re craving and Drai’s offers a unique take with its half pound Angus burger topped with lettuce, tomato, crispy shallots, wasabi and furikake aioli served on a French baguette bun with skinny fries. Skinny means calorie free, right?
Drai’s tacos are a must, whether it be Taco Tuesday or not. Seafood lovers will devour the Baja shrimp tacos with crunchy tempura shrimp, black beans, guacamole, green and red cabbage slaw and a sweet chili lime vinaigrette. The touch of Mexico continues with adobo beef tacos stuffed with ridiculously tender slow-cooked pulled beef short rib, pinto beans and queso fresco. Pair your tacos with a Tequila Peach featuring Don Julio Reposado, Nagomi peach juice and fresh lemon and lime. Fans of a little heat can sip on the Spicy Mango Margarita with Casa Noble Silver, mango infused syrup, Torani Sweet Heat and lemon lime soda.
Sushi lovers will rejoice because the pool café’s menu includes several delicious rolls. The Drai’s House Crunch Roll with fresh salmon, avocado, asparagus and cream cheese is deep fried in a panko and furikake crust then topped with spicy mayo, house made eel sauce and masago. If you’re looking for something fried to satisfy your craving, this is the treat for you. Talk about elevated hangover food! The Drai’s California Roll makes Dungeness crab the star, coupled with avocado and cucumber. The Hamachi Poke is a refreshingly light yet flavor-packed meal with taro chips, avocado, grapefruit, mustard aioli, tomato relish, sunflower seeds and masago. Scoop a bite of tuna while you scope out the scenery around the pool.
Cheesy goodness is the name of the game with Drai’s pizzas. The classic margherita starts with a hand-tossed crust topped with mozzarella more ooey-gooey and creamy than you can imagine, tomato sauce and fresh torn basil for an herbaceous kick. The grilled BBQ chicken pizza is also a winner with tangy house-made BBQ sauce, mozzarella cheese, sliced red onions and microcilantro. If you’re like me and can’t choose between breakfast and lunch food, satisfy both your cravings with the Mexican breakfast pizza. The Drai’s chefs will whip up some fluffy scrambled eggs and add crispy bacon, onions and cheese as the toppers to your perfect pizza.
Food is served on the pool deck from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. and entry is always free for hotel guests from The Cromwell and free for those coming to dine during the week. A cover charge may apply during weekends and special events but hey, your sushi and adobo tacos then come with a side of tunes from DJs and performers like Fabian Arche, Deux and F3R.
Just to get you excited about next year’s menu, the chefs are testing new items regularly and two that have tentatively made the cut for 2017 are a new veggie sushi roll and a steak-wrapped roll. The veggie sushi roll is filled with cucumber, asparagus, avocado and spring onions and is topped with a sprinkling of finely-chopped tomatoes and fruit for a delightfully unexpected twist. Though it’s cooked and not your traditional sushi roll, the steak-wrapped roll is so full of flavor you may just forget about salmon and yellowtail. The bottom line is you should definitely grab lunch at Drai’s before the pool closes for the season, likely at the end of October, and make plans to return next year for even more deliciousness.