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As if we needed an excuse to talk about and taste more desserts, October is National Dessert Month. Las Vegas is known as a great food city, but most of that is due to the stunning amount of savory offerings. Don’t overlook our selection of sweets, which match up with any other food destination in the country. Here are some of our favorite ways to end a meal, perfect for those of you with a sweet tooth.
In a restaurant renowned for stunning presentations, perhaps none is more striking than this one, created by Restaurant Guy Savoy’s executive pastry chef Sebastien Polycarpe. It’s a clear fish bowl filled with different textures of white. This exploration of coconut takes the diner on a textural roller coaster while showcasing the ingredient’s unique flavor. Refreshing sorbet, a crunchy dehydrated coconut milk chip, squishy tapioca, a technically perfect julienne, a cool granita and whimsical toasted coconut crispies make up the components. The greatest of chefs are often recognized for maximizing ingredients. This is an excellent example of why Guy Savoy is considered one of the greatest chefs in the world.
One of the most famous chefs has taken one of the most famous desserts of his home country and brought it to a new level. It’s a perfectly warm sweet for a cold night. First, let’s be clear. This is a cake-based dessert. Spongy and light, the cake component features chopped dates, brown sugar, espresso, cocoa powder and then some. Salty, gooey toffee sauce is poured atop it, again redolent of brown sugar and butter. Served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, it creates hot and cold sensations. There’s a reason Gordon Ramsay does variations of this at all of his Las Vegas restaurants. It’s that darn good.
Originally from the New York outpost of the restaurant by the same name, this dessert has found fame on the Las Vegas Strip and beyond. Food Network once proclaimed it the best chocolate dessert in America. It’s 12 layers of cake made from coffee and cocoa powder. Each layer – save for the top – is topped with chocolate custard, 11 layers in all, creating 23 of the 24 layers. That last layer is an even more chocolatey chocolate ganache. A full cake weighs more than 20 pounds. A slice weighs in at two pounds and usually feeds up to six patrons. This is the most decadent chocolate dessert one can eat.
This is America on a plate. Take the beloved Hostess cake / sponge / snack invention, deep fry that thing, giving it a crunchy exterior, and serve with whipped cream and strawberry sauce. As country tunes play in the background, it’s like eating the 4th of July.
Sweet and salty are a natural duo for a delightful dessert. Guy Fieri takes this concept and gives it the over-the-top treatment he is known for on his television show “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.” Everything he explores as a television personality seems to reflect his own food point of view: Amplify good things with more good things and then put more good things on them. This trip to “Flavortown” utilizes a half a cheesecake and tops it with hot fudge. Attached to different parts of the cake are potato chips and pretzels. It’s the most decadent cheesecake one could imagine.
The star who has built her brand on California fresh cuisine with Italian accents proves that she is equally adept at taking her love of citrus and utilizing it in sweet components as well as she does in savory items. This soufflé arrives at the table as puffy and tall as one would expect. The Italian lemon liqueur permeates every bite. Crème anglaise adds necessary moistness to the whole thing. There’s a reason this is a signature dessert for the Food Network icon.
Throw a dart at the dessert menu at this eatery and end up with something scrumptious. They might be known for their chocolate, but what they do goes far beyond cocoa. Check out this refined dessert. Champagne shaved ice is both playful and mature, served with champagne jelly, strawberry pearls and mint giving the diner a number of tastes.
The classic French soufflé shines at this restaurant that sits 110 feet above the Las Vegas Strip. There are always at least six different flavors and the item is so popular that hundreds of them sell each night. The light and delicate eggy dessert offers different flavors combinations for each season. Summer featured lemon and blueberry. Raspberry was the flavor of choice in the spring. Fall brings out pumpkin. And winter showcases Mandarin orange. Year-round options include chocolate, Grand Marnier and pistachio. No matter the season, there is a light tower of rich goodness for everyone.
It’s not every day that you find an octogenarian partying on the Las Vegas Strip, in Reno and Lake Tahoe, NV and in Atlantic City, NJ. But Harrah’s isn’t your typical 80-year-old.
The iconic brand got it’s start when Bill Harrah opened Harrah’s Bingo Club on Oct. 30, 1937, in Reno and hasn’t stopped bringing fun and excitement to guests since. In honor of the brand’s 80th birthday this year, Harrah’s properties across the nation are holding events, including here in Las Vegas.
Celebrate all things ’80s (80th birthday, ’80’s party) at Carnaval Court at Harrah’s Las Vegas, featuring music from ’80s rockers Asia on Saturday, Oct. 21. You can get wrapped up in the “Heat of the Moment” and join the flair bartending competition to see if you’ve got the chops to measure up to the impressive Carnaval Court flair bartenders.
The party is free. To enter the flair bartending contest you need to be 21 or older. (Any 80-year-old flair bartenders out there? Show us your old school flair moves!) The contest starts at 3 p.m. Guests and pros are invited to show off their skills for a chance to score the $1,000 cash prize. Imagine how many shots you could buy with that! Register here if you’re feeling like you’ve got what it takes to win it all.
If you’re just looking to grab a drink, not make one yourself, take part in an epic shot pour. In honor of Harrah’s 80 years, the flair bartenders will be doing a celebratory shot pour of 80 shots in just 8 seconds. Can it be done? Be there and find out.
In honor of the anniversary, guest can enjoy ’80s-themed drink specials like the Headbanger made from Skyy vodka and Redbull and the Bombdigity, a Jameson sour. Score a free Harrah’s 80th anniversary koozie if you order a Miller Lite or Coors Light.
Harrah’s Las Vegas performers the Tenors of Rock will kick off the nightime entertainment with a performance at 6 p.m. followed by Silversage at 7 p.m. and Asia at 9 p.m. Percussia keeps the night going with more music at 10 p.m. Come dressed to impress in your most gnarly ’80s gear to take part in the ’80s costume contest which starts at 8:30 p.m. You know you still have those acid washed jeans.
We think 80 is a pretty significant birthday, but if you’re still not sure what all the hoopla is about, just take a gander at the highlights, and fun facts, of what Harrah’s and its founder Bill Harrah have accomplished in those 80 years.
On Oct. 30, 1937, Bill Harrah opened a bingo parlor in Reno, Nevada. That was the start of an empire that would encompass many more forms of gaming. Even if you don’t have your own bedazzaled bingo dauber, salute the bingo players whose passion for the game led to the creation of your favorite casinos.
In 1955, Bill Harrah helped to create the Nevada Gaming Control Board and in 1959 the Nevada Gaming Commission. Regulation paved the way for gaming industry we know today.
In 1956, Bill Harrah began the first busing program to bring gamblers to Reno and Lake Tahoe. Harrah aimed to make it easier for people in Northern California to reach the gaming destinations in Nevada.
Since many people have a fear of the number 13, it’s common for hotels to skip the number 13 when numbering the floors. Harrah’s Las Vegas does have a 13th floor because 13 just happened to be Bill Harrah’s favorite number.
On February 26, 1973, Harrah’s became the first gaming company to be traded on the New York Stock Exchange. The company is now traded under the name Caesars Entertainment Corporation, CZR.
Well, two out of the three apply here. In addition to adding many hotels and casinos to his collection, Bill Harrah was an avid car collector. His massive collection included 1,500 vehicles, including airplanes. In 1989, 175 cars from his collection were donated to the Reno National Automobile Museum’s collection. Several of his vehicles are still on display at The Auto Collection attraction at The LINQ Hotel & Casino.
Harrah’s is the largest casino brand in the United States with 17 properties nationwide. With everything from a casino in the center of the Las Vegas Strip to Harrah’s Atlantic City in the heart of the marina district, you can enjoy Harrah’s from coast to coast.
Harrah’s Las Vegas has a lot to celebrate: Not only is the Harrah’s brand turning 80 on Sunday, Oct. 30, but the well-loved Vegas hotel has a whole new look. The resort underwent plenty of changes, including room renovations earlier this year and throughout the property. See for yourself:
These photos may wow you now, but honestly, they don’t do give the rooms any justice. You just have to see them for yourself. Even the 300-square-foot Valley High Roller View room is worth the hype. Not only do you get a view of the tallest observation wheel in the world, the room comes with luxurious bedding, an HDTV, vanity area and a rain shower. Additionally, all of the white and cream colors give these rooms an airy, welcoming feel. You might find yourself rushing back to your room just to sprawl out and relax. We don’t blame you one bit.
Republican, Democrat or Independent, we can all agree that the 1,360-square-foot Vice Presidential suite offers plenty of room to celebrate while you are in Las Vegas. Designed by Marnell Architecture, the suite features cream coloring and dark wood furnishings against bright pops of purple and blue accent décor.
There’s plenty of room to relax or entertain between the bedroom, living and dining rooms. A wet bar and entertainment center make sure the party never stops unless you want to kick everyone out and relax in the large soaking tub.
And if you can’t secure bipartisan compromise, add a second room to the suite so each party has their own wing.
Frank Sinatra may have been the Chairman of the Board, but with these renovated suites at Harrah’s Las Vegas, you’ll be the executive of cool on your Vegas vacation. At 680 square feet and styling similar to the Vice-Presidential Suite, the Executive Suite offers the same bang at a slightly smaller buck. Add in amenities like a 55-inch HDTV and luxurious bathrooms with walk-in shower and whirlpool tub and you’ll wonder why you have never booked a suite before.
Not only does this Vegas bar offer free lounge entertainment, The Piano Bar expanded its bar space. It now has patio seating, as of last spring. So even if you’re sitting outside, you won’t miss a beat. The windows open from inside the bar so you can see everything. The umbrellas keep you shaded, making it an even more pleasant experience. Cocktails? Check. Listening to Big Elvis crooning all your favorite hits? Double check!
While we’re on the subject of bars, don’t stop with the Piano Bar. We encourage you to bar hop throughout Harrah’s while you’re here. In addition to the ever-bustling Carnaval Court outdoors, the new lobby bar is coming soon. Here’s where you’ll find us sipping on a fancy cocktail or two. For now, you can enjoy the new-and-improved Starbucks, which offers a section to charge all of your devices. This way, you can sip on your double-shot cold brew and people-watch at the same time.
The hotel’s race and sports book also expanded with additional seating, complete with another huge flat-screen TV (among the several other flat-screen TVs in the area). There are also USB chargers here for your convenience. There will also be new themed slot machines coming in the near future, so stay tuned for that.
We’re not sure how long it’s been since you’ve been to Harrah’s, but from our last walk through, it doesn’t even feel the same. But in a good way. Everything — from the décor to even the overhead lighting — is purple. The casino is also in the process of switching out everything from bronze to nickel, which will complement the overall feel a lot better.
With all of the past year’s (and upcoming) renovations, these alone should be a reason to celebrate. Since the brand celebrates its upcoming 80th anniversary, Carnaval Court hosts an all-out, ‘80s-themed party this Saturday, Oct. 21.
Here is the itinerary:
This event is free and open to the public. Since the event runs from 3 p.m. to midnight, there will be a live DJ between events.
There will also be drink specials: Buy one $8 Miller Lite or Coors Light and you’ll get a free koozie (limit one per person). Other drink specials include $12 Headbanger (Skyy & Red Bull) and $12 Bombdigity (Jameson Sour).
Celebrate with Harrah’s Las Vegas this weekend for a totally tubular time. And if we were you, we’d crash in one of the new rooms too.
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Giada De Laurentiis fans will soon be able to get a second helping of her signature Italian food in Vegas. She announced today that she’s opening her second restaurant, Pronto by Giada, at Caesars Palace in early 2018.
Pronto will serve similar cuisine but it will be a more casual place to stop in for a quick bite. Guests can choose from lounge seating or counter and bar seating. The quick service restaurant will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner.
For breakfast, think house-made pastries including Italian Cornetti, as well as breakfast sandwiches and made-to-order smoothies.
Lunch and dinner choices will include fresh-pressed paninis, salads, antipasti and formaggi and salumi platters. We’re especially looking forward to De Laurentiis’ twist on sandwiches with her lobster roll and grilled cheese.
De Laurentiis is a fan of desserts and the selection at Pronto won’t disappoint. You’ll find gelato and sorbetto in both familiar and Giada’s creative flavors. You won’t want to miss her famous lemon ricotta cookies as well as slices of cake.
Coffee fans are in for a treat with artisanal selections featuring traditional fresh brews and nitro options. There will also be a wine-on-tap program and a full -service bar with signature cocktails.
Pronto will be located in the Payard Patisserie & Bistro space, conveniently near the Caesars Palace convention center and Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis.
— The Cromwell (@CromwellVegas) October 11, 2017
The warm and inviting décor, designed by Starr Design, is inspired by De Laurentiis’ style with notes pulled from her own home including natural elements such as wood and marble quartz, coupled with pops of color in the Italian-inspired tile.
De Laurentiis brings an extensive culinary background to her new restaurant. She cultivated her staple Italian cuisine in the kitchen of her grandfather’s restaurant and began her career at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. De Laurentiis is one of the Food Network’s most recognizable faces, starring in shows like “Everyday Italian,” “Giada At Home,” “Giada’s Weekend Getaways,” “Giada in Paradise: Capri, Santorini, Monaco and Thailand,” and the series, “Food Network Star.” She is also a correspondent on NBC’s “Today” and is the author of eight cookbooks.
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In a town known as an adult playground, it’s no surprise Las Vegas is home to beautiful women who show off their dancing skills nightly up and down the Vegas Strip. Thirty years ago, Crazy Girls took the town by storm, changing the Las Vegas entertainment landscape for good. On October 3, the show officially celebrated 30 years of no ifs, ands or… well, it always celebrates a lot of butts actually!
The Mayor of Las Vegas officially proclaimed Oct. 3 to be Crazy Girls Day in Las Vegas so it’s only proper to pay homage to the women by booking your tickets to see them perform at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. In honor of the anniversary, we wanted to share a few fun facts about the gorgeous ladies who grace the stage every night.
Crazy Girls has been heating up the Strip for three decades. Though there have been many shows to follow in its footsteps, Crazy Girls is the longest running Las Vegas topless revue still in production. In the years since it hit the scene, it has grown and changed with the times to stay current. Luckily for your Instagram selfies, the iconic bronze butt statue has stood the test of time.
Crazy Girls artistic director and choreographer Jennifer Stowe filled us in on some fun details from the show’s opening. She used to dance in the show and has heard tales of the early days when advertising for Crazy Girls made quite the scene in Vegas. Stowe says, “We had a billboard on the highway in the late ‘80s or early ‘90s and a politician’s son saw it and he was evidently offended. They said something had to be put over the butts so the producer put cloth skirts over them but when the wind blew, people were trying to look up the skirts. They were causing accidents so that didn’t last long. The producer was one of the first to do all of the taxi cab ads back then so there were butts on all the taxi cabs too.”
Stowe says the show is routinely updated to stay fresh. “We switch out the dancers and the numbers a lot. We have a lot of repeat customers so when they come back, they’ll see new dancers and new numbers so it’s kind of like a brand new show for them. We have a cast of ten and seven perform a night so they rotate through.”
The performers work out frequently to keep themselves in excellent shape to perform the dance moves most are only flexible enough to do in their dreams. The dancers do Pilates and take dance classes to stay in shape. They also hit the gym regularly to lift weights.
There are no specific height requirements for the Crazy Girls cast but many of the current dancers used to be members of Jubilee, a show at Bally’s Las Vegas, which had a tall height requirement. The current lineup of ladies features dancers who are 5’8” to 5’10” so once they strap on those heels, they might be taller than their audience members.
The dancers have to get spray tanned twice a week to maintain the beautiful bronzed look that shows up best under the lights on stage. When they can’t make it to the tanning salon, they’ll use tanning lotion in between but their bi-weekly tanning ritual keeps them looking show-ready.
While less is definitely more in the clothing department at a show like Crazy Girls, it also applies to makeup. The producer of Crazy Girls is a fan of the girl next door look so the dancers don’t have the typical heavy makeup associated with showgirls.
Other topless revues are mostly group numbers with a few solos interspersed. Crazy Girls gives every dancer a solo act. Stowe says, “One thing with us is each girl gets featured. They each have a solo so you get to kind of know each girl.”
If you’re wondering how the girls in the famous statue all seem to have such uniform looking hair, it’s because they’re wigs. The dancers wear up to 10 wigs a night for the various acts. Insider secret: Stowe says, “Most of the girls wear wigs throughout the show then they show their own hair for their solos.”
The dancers go through 18 costume changes per show. Though many of the costumes are quite skimpy, the sheer volume of them requires a seamstress on staff. Luckily, Crazy Girls is fortunate to have a former dancer as their seamstress. She used to dance in the show in the ’90s so you could say she knows the costumes inside and out.
Crazy Girls got its start at a now shuttered casino, The Riviera. The show took place in two different venues there before moving to its new home at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Over the years, they’ve taken the show on the road. Crazy Girls has performed across the country and all over the world in its 30 year history.
The show has created a brand new program book in honor of the milestone anniversary. Pick one up and enjoy all new photos of the beautiful dancers and take it home to show off your Vegas vacation to all your friends. There’s also an opportunity after the show to take pictures with the dancers to really make your friends jealous.
First thing we have to say is… wow. Just… wow.
What do dancing pirates, roller skaters, aerialists and a world-class archer all have in common? You, my friend, can see them take the stage — all in one night.
Just when you thought you’ve seen it all in a Las Vegas show, think again. We’re certain you’ve seen shows with aerialists, acrobats and water elements but “WOW,” which stands for World of Wonder, goes beyond. This is not your typical Vegas variety show.
To date, 2.5 million viewers have already seen this unusual (yet captivating) 90-minute production. The show has more than 30 international performing artists, acrobats and dancers – you’ll even recognize finalists from “America’s Got Talent.” Fun fact: Since each cast member has eight costume changes per show, that’s a whopping 240 different costumes total. (That’ll give you another thing to wow about!)
And for the first time since its opening, “WOW” made its way to the States, premiering inside the Rio All-Suites Resort & Casino. And with a partial theater-in-the-round experience (the stage juts out into the audience), there’s not a bad seat in the house. Let’s get to the fun parts, shall we?
We’ll kick off the story with the crazy, depth-defying stunts seen throughout “WOW.” Every variety show has its share of outstanding aerialists. In “WOW,” we loved the set of the two women intertwining their bodies – all while holding on to a suspended hoop. (This kind of inspiration motivates us to buy that Pilates special we saw on Groupon!) We also enjoyed the roller-skating trio, who makes their figure skating-like moves even more fun with songs to “You Spin Me Round” and “I Need A Hero.”
While we love our aerialists and acrobats (heck, some of us can’t even keep our legs straight for a cartwheel), “WOW” offers much more. It’s not every day you see an archer who’s so talented and precise, she’ll make your head spin. We don’t want to give it away, but you’ll be floored how she’s able to shoot an arrow straight through an apple that sits on top of her head. How she does it? You’ll just have to find out. (Fun fact: The archer is Sylvia Sylvia, a semi-finalist from “America’s Got Talent.”)
For all your hopeless romantics you’ll love the one of the man and woman gracefully twirling around a rope, high above the stage. And for you utterly hopeless romantics, you’ll appreciate the “Titanic” scene, complete with ballroom dancing playing to Céline Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On.” But even just focusing on the backdrop’s stunning visuals throughout the show, like the shooting stars and butterflies, will make your heart flutter. Aww!
If there’s one thing “WOW” has, it’s a boat load of fun. The dancing pirate number is so elaborate, we thought Captain Jack Sparrow himself would make a cameo. And while the show’s host is super nerdy (think “Austin Powers” nerdy), the crowd loves him. Sit close enough to the stage and you might just be his “lucky” volunteer.
But wait: He’s not the only animated character of the show. There’s also Dickinson Oppong, a Guinness World record-holding human water fountain (who dances to upbeat Calypso-style music) and an Italian chef, who wows us with his ability to spin multiple plates at once. Get ready to sing “That’s Amore!” when he goes on stage.
Despite the numerous (not to mention, unique) acts you’ll see throughout the evening, we give mad props to the set design. The 3-D digital backdrop left us in awe the entire time. Aside from the aforementioned shooting stars and butterflies, we appreciated everything from the moving clouds, dolphins, sting rays and wildcats to the towering jukebox, boombox and neon green and pink during the roller skaters’ set. At one point, you’ll even take a peaceful gondola ride through Italy. Mamma mia!
The ever-changing digital screen is so mesmerizing, you’ll get lost in it — it’s a show in itself. Since most of the show revolves around water the perfect closing act involves a salute to Gene Kelly’s “Singing In The Rain,” complete with rain and lots of splashing.
We don’t want to spoil the show for you; it’s one of those productions you’ll have to experience on your own. Plus, so much goes on in 90 minutes that we can’t describe it all. We do guarantee this: “WOW” is unlike anything you’ve ever seen. And as soon as you exit the theater, you’ll be saying the same exact thing. Combining laughs, stunts and of course, the ongoing stunning visuals, it’s safe to say this is a wow-worthy production.
Rio Las Vegas offers a full slate of spectacular entertainment. Show times are Tuesday through Sunday at 7 p.m., with additional shows from Friday through Sunday at 9 p.m. Show tickets for “WOW” start at $49.
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“We’re going to Vegas!” These are famous words spoken by groups of people – bachelor and bachelorette parties, couples, fantasy football league members, girls’ trippers, and bros – as they prepare for what they expect to be the most epic weekend of their lives.
Cut to a few days later. Most of these groups will have lost some many, hit a couple of hot spots and maybe even touched Steve Aoki’s hair as he passed by on his way to the VIP section of the club. But was the weekend really epic? Did the group in question kick all the asses possible? Or did they do just enough to have one good story to tell when they got home? If the answer is the latter, that’s not good enough for us. We’re not saying we want you to end up jail, but you know if you do – anyway, here’s our completely legal guide to have an epic weekend Las Vegas style.
It doesn’t matter to whom! We love all kinds of love. Heck, you don’t even have to know the person. Change your tax bracket for two days. Learn each other’s last names. Then come to the realization of what a horrible mistake you’ve made.
Las Vegas is full of unique chapels for you to profess your love to your betrothed (who you just met in the club earlier in the night as Calvin Harris put you both in some type of romantic trance with his beats). Maybe you want to go upscale with your celebration. Check out the two chapels at Paris Las Vegas and enjoy your first kiss as a wedded couple on the observation deck on top of The Eiffel Tower. Or maybe you want your wedding to rock! Get your “Love Gun” out at the KISS Love It Loud Wedding Chapel at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino and have some Gene Simmons looking fellow run your ceremony. After your “I do’s” you can play mini golf. That’s what is meant by “rock ’n’ roll all night and party every day.”
It’s 2 a.m. and not even whatever you did earlier that night has filled that gaping hole in your heart. Sadly, there is no 24 hour therapist in town. But there is dance therapy till the break-a, break-a dawn y’all. Start during the daytime with Drai’s Beachclub, then it’s on to Drai’s Nightclub and finally finish it up with Drai’s After Hours. Drai’s at The Cromwell is legendary for its all day, all night and after party scene. We believe it closes as the sun rises, but really, who’s to say? This is the club scene that never sleeps in the city that never sleeps.
Let’s be honest. We’re all doomed to be enslaved by artificial intelligence sooner rather than later. Heck, at this point, we’d be lucky if aliens make us their servants before cyborgs end up ruling the masters who created them. But enough of our Philip K. Dick digression. While we still have our freedom, let’s make the robots serve us. At The Tipsy Robot in the Miracle Mile Shops, two robot bartenders make guests up to 18 different types of cocktails, delightfully distracting these humans from their impending doom courtesy of the robot bartenders. Anyway, learn how to say “Yes, sire” in Java and drink up!
Guy Savoy is a superstar in the culinary world. His restaurant in Paris was once named best restaurant in the world by La Liste. His Las Vegas eatery, Restaurant Guy Savoy at Caesars Palace, has won too many awards to name them all. Restaurant Guy Savoy offers so many high end dining options that burning a hole in your pocket has never been this delicious. Go all out with the Krug Chef’s Table which features a 10 course meal prepared a la minute. Diners get to watch the kitchen prepare their food all while enjoy the finest bubbly, Krug’s champagne.
Ever since the video for “Baby One More Time” came out nearly 20 years ago, Britney Spears has had a special place in our hearts. But what is she really like? Or at least, what is she like when she’s not onstage but still by the stage because it’s show night so she’s backstage? Every ticket bought for “Britney: Piece of Me” at Planet Hollywood offers the buyer the chance to go VIP and add a backstage pass plus meet and greet with Britney to it. Those who partake in this option receive the VIP treatment the entire night. Autographs from Britney, pictures with Britney, the backstage tour about Britney – it’s the most Britney thing any Britney fan could ever Britney ask for!
While there is no official “Hangover suite” (while inspired by the Forum Tower Emperor’s Suite, the Hangover suite only existed on the Warner Bros. Studios’ sound stage), there are plenty of palatial spots in the Caesars Suites collection for you and your homeys to nurse a hangover. We recommend stepping your game up at Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace. There’s the soothing Hakone Suite which is inspired by the Fuji-Hakone National Park. The Sake Suite design is based upon sake casks. Plum and dark wood create the color scheme and vibe. There’s a billiards table and a media room. It’s the perfect place to hide away from the world. The Penthouse Suite offers up to 4,350 square feet of luxury. It includes a 90-inch flat screen television and whatever else you may be able to dream up. Finally, there’s The Villa, the most opulent of options. Designed by David Rockwell, it is 10,300 square feet and features a sky deck, cuisine courtesy of Nobu chefs, a fire and water feature and a Zen garden with an Italian whirlpool.
One minute and ten seconds of sheer excitement, fear, insanity and whatever else you want to call it. The Voodoo Zipline sits 50 stories above the ground on top of the Masquerade tower at the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino and sends guests on the ride of their lives at up to 33 miles per hour more than 800 feet to the Ipanema Tower. The zipline is 400 feet in the air and riders can see the entire Las Vegas Strip during the jaunt, even if they are wetting their pants while doing it. Now that’s epic.
Swimming… in winter? Sounds crazy, right?
Well you don’t have to be in the tropics to do this. So don’t be bummed when your friends are posting all their island adventures on Instagram. At the end of the day, you’re in Vegas. And nothing can top that. Plus, we can all use an extended “summer” vacation.
Since we’re blessed with amazing weather, most pools in Vegas do stay open through mid-October. However, if you choose to take a dip the same weekend you’re doing your holiday shopping, there are a few that stay open. Winter may be coming, but these Vegas pools aren’t going anywhere.
Many states are likely to have single digit temperatures and snowstorms, so we encourage you to escape and warm up with a pool day in Vegas. That makes sunny 50-70 degree (Fahrenheit) weather sound more enticing, doesn’t it? (Cue “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” Carlton dance here.)
So don’t be shy. Go on and pack your swimsuit and enjoy these spots all winter long (baring that rare occurrence – snow in Vegas):
Heated to: A pleasant 83 degrees.
Perfect for: The entire family (Bring them all!).
Open to: Caesars Palace hotel guests (also open to non-hotel guests for a fee; entrance is not guaranteed and is subject to availability).
Hours: Open daily; 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Any other time of the year Venus European Pool Lounge is an adult-only, “top-tional” pool. Don’t worry – during the winter months, Venus European Pool Lounge transforms to Caesars Palace’s all ages, family-friendly pool. There’s also a limited selection of drinks at the bar, so you can still sip poolside in the middle of winter. Contact the pool for cabana rental availability.
Heated to: A blissful 82 degrees.
Perfect for: Fun in the sun – think Spring Break, but during winter.
Open to: 21-and-older crowd (All Caesars Entertainment hotel guests and locals)
Hours: Thursday through Sunday; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The 21-and-older POOL at The LINQ Hotel & Casino stays lit, even through the winter. What makes it fun is you can still splash around in an inflatable float, challenge your friends to giant Jenga, beer pong and bear pong (oversized beer pong). Also, Virgil’s Real BBQ connects to the pool and you can enjoy all your favorite barbecue dishes year round.
The pool’s party cabana, The REQ Room, has indoor fun like pool tables, shuffleboard, a foosball table and flat-screen TVs. If you want your own cabana, rentals include bottled water, a flat-screen TV, USB insert to charge your phone, surround sound speakers, lounge chairs and even a beer pong table upon request. If you’re renting a cabana, the food and beverage limit is $100 minimum. Daybeds are open seating during the winter months (Yay!).
Heated to: A fine 81 degrees
Perfect for: A romantic (or quiet) escape
Open to: Free for all guests staying at any Caesars Entertainment hotel
Hours: Daily, 10 a.m. – 4 a.m.
Ooh, la la! A Parisian-style two-acre pool open year round? Magnifique! Not only is the pool at Paris Las Vegas open during the winter months, it has a spiffy view of the Eiffel Tower replica. And since it’s a rooftop pool, you also have the best views on the Las Vegas Strip.
Want to enjoy the water, but not crazy about splashing around outdoors? We don’t exactly have indoor pools (who needs t \hem with 294 sunny days a year) but you can have a “pool-like” experience at Caesars Palace’s Qua Baths & Spa. The Roman bathing area comes complete with waterfalls in a serene atmosphere. The lounge chairs surrounding the Roman baths make it easy to stay here all day, too.
Yes, we’re approaching the season of pumpkin-flavored coffee, darling sweaters and outdoor ice skating, but you know – Vegas is always a game-changer. Here are a couple of tips before you head out for your winter swim:
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Break out the football jerseys and Pennywise costumes and get to Las Vegas. October in Vegas ushers in cooler weather, lots of football and the Halloween season. This year there are plenty of events to keep you busy and full of tasty treats from football food and drink specials to Halloween at The LINQ. Read on to find out where to find free Gordon Ramsay milkshakes and when kids can score free rides on the High Roller.
Grab a stein and celebrate Oktoberfest center Strip at Harrah’s Las Vegas. From Sept. 29 – Oct. 1, check out themed entertainment with German games and dancing while you much on treats from the bratwurst and pretzel cart. Feeling strong? Enter the Sam Adams Octoberfest Stein Hoisting Competition Saturday, Sept. 30 at 6 p.m.
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It’s time to don your finest pink outfit and stand on one leg for a good cause. The Flamingo Challenge runs through Oct. 31, raising money for the American Cancer Society. Post a picture of yourself on social media and challenge your friends to donate. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #FlamingoChallenge and donate here.
October is Pinktober in honor of breast cancer awareness and those who battle the disease. The LINQ Promenade kicks things off a tad early on Saturday, Sept. 30 with a special ceremony and lighting of the High Roller. As the world’s tallest observation wheel turns pink, Chippendales dancers will escort breast cancer survivors at this special ceremony.
On Sunday, Oct. 1, head to the Bras for the Cause Fashion Show at 4 p.m., also on The Promenade. Caesars Entertainment employees have created one-of-a-kind bras that will be auctioned off to the public to raise funds for the American Cancer Society.
If 5Ks are a little daunting, try a fun run down The LINQ Promenade. Strap on your running shoes on Friday, Oct. 6 at 8 a.m. for the 86 Breast Cancer Family Fun Run.
Not that we really need a reason to eat tacos but Oct. 4 is officially National Taco Day. Well, we don’t know how “official” it really is but again, any reason to eat tacos! Cabo Wabo Cantina inside the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino is celebrating with several delicious taco dishes. Enjoy the fall weather at this Strip-side cantina with short rib barbacoa tacos with salsa arbol, Baja-style grilled fish tacos and carne asada tacos.
If you’re looking to eat outside the box for National Taco Day, consider some of the more unique taco offerings on the Strip like the Nobu Style Tacos at Nobu in Caesars Palace including lobster, tuna, king crab and salmon options. Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen & Bar at The LINQ Hotel & Casino has its own spin on tacos with Sashimi Wonton Tacos.
The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino will heat up Oct. 4 – 7 when resident headliner Jennifer Lopez returns with her “ALL I HAVE” show. Hear all her classic hits in a state-of-the-art theater with the world’s largest indoor projection screen. She literally leaves all she has on the stage so come see this upbeat, dance-heavy production to experience Jennifer Lopez in all her glory.
It’s been a whole year full of delicious, crispy fried goodness at Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips on The LINQ Promenade. We still can’t decide between the Biscoff and the sticky toffee pudding milkshakes. They’re both amazing and you can score free mini versions of these sweet treats when the restaurant celebrates its anniversary on Oct. 7.
The LINQ Promenade is getting some new tenants. The hotly anticipated Canter’s Deli opens in November but this October you can enjoy Nectar Bath Treats and Kappa Toys. Don’t be fooled by the delicious looking bath and body treats at Nectar Bath Treats, they only look good enough to eat. They’re not actual desserts. This bakery-style shop features tasty looking handmade bath and body items with all natural ingredients. Family-owned toy store Kappa Toys is known for its vintage items so come take a walk down memory lane and get you young ones the toys that once brought you so much joy.
It’s time to whip out your lederhosen! Oktoberfest has returned to Wolfgang Puck’s Spago at The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. Celebrate with German-inspired menu items and beer specials beginning October 1. Enjoy treats like a German-style pretzel with Bavarian mustard, pork wiener schnitzel and goulash sauerbraten. Be sure to save room for German chocolate cake for dessert. The special beer list includes Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest, Left Hand Oktoberfest Märzen Lager, Dogfish Head Punkin’ Ale and JK’s Farmhouse Northern Neighbour Cider. Prost!
In addition to Oktoberfest specials, check out the new desserts added to the menu at Spago. The spiked lemon is a tart and sweet treat that combines lemon cake with yuzu cream and Kalamansi gel. It’s finished with white chocolate and lime mousse and a lime-infused crunchy meringue. The Cube is Wolfgang Puck’s ode to a candied walnut brownie, featuring dark chocolate sea salt mousse along with a chocolate liqueur sauce.
It’s time to catch her while you can. Pop princess Britney Spears is wrapping up her Planet Hollywood residency this year and her show at The AXIS is not to be missed. Hear classic hits like “Baby One More Time” and explosive dance numbers to songs from her newer albums. Britney performs Oct. 11-14, 18, 20, 21, 27 and 28.
Though his show is titled “Why Would You Do That,” there are many reasons why you should see Sebastian Maniscalco’s Vegas show at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace Oct. 8. The hilarious comedian was recognized as the “Just for Laughs’” Stand Up Comedian of the Year in 2016. He’s been performing for more than a decade and has multiple specials on Comedy Central and Showtime. The late night show regular is sure to bring the laughs.
Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band will be rocking out at Planet Hollywood this October. Catch the former Beatles drummer with his All Starr ensemble featuring Todd Rundgren, Gregg Rolie, Steve Lukather, Richard Page, Warren Harm and Gregg Bissonett. They take the stage at the PH Showroom Oct. 13, 14, 17, 20, 21, 24, 27 and 28.
Football season just got a whole lot tastier at Ringer Wings, Pizza & Sliders at Planet Hollywood. Dine on chicken and waffles with bacon infused maple syrup and bacon and sausage breakfast sliders, all served on Saturdays and Sundays starting at 9 a.m. Enjoy beer bucket and drink specials all season long plus Miller and Coors models and swag during Sunday games. Score a free draft beer with the purchase of any burger and waffle fry combo.
Attention foodies and fans of HELL’S KITCHEN. You’ve probably heard by now that the fiery one himself, Gordon Ramsay, is opening the world’s first HELL’S KITCHEN restaurant right on the Las Vegas Strip at Caesars Palace. How would you like to be there and hang with Chef Ramsay at the opening event? Enter to win the ultimate foodie vacation featuring round-trip airfare for two to Las Vegas, a two-night stay in a newly renovated Palace Tower room at Caesars Palace, two tickets to attend the grand opening of Gordon Ramsay’s HELL’S KITCHEN restaurant, plus a meet-and- greet with Gordon Ramsay for two. From Oct. 2 through Dec. 15, you can enter the sweepstakes on the HELL’S KITCHEN page.
While Oktoberfest in Germany is traditionally held in September, Caesars Palace celebrates Octoberfest during the actual month of its name. Head to the Roman Plaza just off the hotel lobby Oct. 20 – 22 for Octoberfest beer specials and samples, fun outdoor games and live music.
Are you a Penn & Teller fan? Catch the world-renowned magic duo at Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino then try your hand at their brand new slot machine. The new Penn & Teller slot game features some of their most iconic magic tricks. Penn hit a magical bonus with his inaugural commemorative bet so now it’s time to see what you can do. You can also find the new game at Harrah’s Las Vegas, Caesars Palace, Flamingo Las Vegas, Bally’s Las Vegas and Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.
On Oct. 22, The Colosseum gets the blues. Grammy-nominated blues-rock guitar icon Joe Bonamassa brings his tour to Caesars Palace, in support of his latest studio solo album, “Blues of Desperation.” This will be Bonamassa’s first time performing on the Las Vegas Strip so don’t miss his inaugural Colosseum show.
Qualifying events have been held all summer and now it’s time to see who’s the best putter of them all. If you ever watch golf and are in awe of the putting mastery on display, then the Major Series of Putting is your event. Watch participants from across the country compete for millions in prize money at the course set up behind Planet Hollywood. The high-stakes championship takes place on a 20,000-square-foot surface designed by world-leading Nicklaus Design. Events kick off Oct. 27.
Montecristo Cigar Bar hosts its next Social Club event Oct. 25. Guests can sign up for a lifetime membership to the Montecristo Social Club at Caesars Palace for $100. Members will receive 10 percent off all beverages all the time for up to four people, as well as early access and exclusive membership pricing on monthly cigar and spirit events. Each member will also receive an exclusive Club Member card with their name engraved on it. (Fancy!) This month’s event includes a featured cigar of the month plus four featured cocktails.
Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill has added a lineup of delicious new items to the menu. Check out the roasted beet tamale with goat cheese and tangerine yogurt dressing. Avocado lovers will devour the crusted avocado tostada with blue corn masa, panko-crusted avocado, black bean and piquillo relish with a cumin habanero crema drizzled on top. Take chips and salsa to the next level with new Mesa spreads. Masa chips are served with crushed avocado relish and cucumber jicama relish, topped with fresh ricotta cheese and red chile pipian salsa.
Celebrate the Halloween season at The LINQ Promendae where Halloween characters will be on display throughout the Promenade for your selfie-taking pleasure. The High Roller wheel house will also be decorated for the spooky season. From Halloweekend-Halloween night (Friday, Oct. 27 through Tuesday, Oct. 31) check out The Witching Hour, a spooky and fun show performing nightly from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. at the Promenade stage.
On Saturday, Oct. 28 at 2 p.m., bring the family for TRIQ or Treat for the kids. LINQ Promenade merchants will be handing out candy as guests stroll through the Promenade. Come in costume to catch the show plus an LED drum line starting at 6 p.m., followed by a costume contest at 9 p.m. There will be $15,000 up for grabs so dress to impress. Children 12 and under can ride The High Roller for free on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 27 – 29.
Steve Martin and Martin Short return to the Colosseum Oct. 29. Expect a night filled with laughs as two of Hollywood’s funniest performers team up on a retrospective of their solo work and the projects they’ve worked on as a team. Two of the “Three Amigos” take you through their most hilarious moments plus Steve Martin plays his banjo, making it a multi-faceted night of entertainment.
Beer Park at Paris Las Vegas celebrates the college football season with viewing parties and a Pigskin Pig Roast every Saturday through the end of the season. The event features a whole pig slow-roasted and served as barbecue selections with traditional sides. There are dozens of high-definition TVs throughout the rooftop bar and you can place live bets at Beer Park’s in-house sports book. There are more than 100 beers to choose from while cheering on your favorite team.
More than 40 million people visit Las Vegas each year and if you’ve never been one of them, it’s definitely time.
One of the reasons Vegas is such a popular destination is that there are countless fun things to do. As a first timer, the choices can be overwhelming. Everywhere you look there are attractions, shows, bars, clubs and restaurants competing for your attention.
The best thing you can do before your trip is make like a Boy Scout and be prepared, so we’ve put together a list of things you really shouldn’t miss if you’re a newbie.
Here are 10 things you must do if you’re a Vegas virgin.
One of Vegas’ most iconic symbols is the Welcome to Las Vegas Sign, located on the Strip, just south of Russell Road. Any first-time visitor should go and get a photo taken in front of the sign, which reads “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada” on the front and “Drive Carefully” and “Come Back Soon” on the back. The historic sign (It dates from 1959.) was designed by Betty Willis while she worked for Western Neon Company. In 2009 it was added to the National Register of Historic Places. To access the parking lot at the Welcome to Las Vegas sign you must be heading south on Las Vegas Boulevard.
Las Vegas is home to the world’s tallest observation wheel, the High Roller, located at The LINQ Promenade. Taking a spin on this 550-foot-tall wheel will give you an amazing view of Las Vegas and The Strip, so it should definitely be on your must-do list. Each of the 28 glass-enclosed, climate-controlled cabins on the wheel offers 360-degree views. Our suggestion: Hop on to a Happy Half Hour cabin for an open bar during your 30-minute ride.
It might seem obvious, but one thing you should really do on your first Vegas visit is take some time to just walk along the Strip. Take in all the sights and sounds, admire the neon and maybe take a photo with one of the costumed characters and street performers along the sidewalk. (Word of warning: If you do take a photo, they will expect a tip.) One of the great things about a party city like Vegas is that you can walk outside along the Strip with a drink. So grab a massive souvenir cup, fill it up with your beverage of choice and enjoy. Just make sure it’s a plastic container.
The buffet was introduced to Las Vegas in the 1940s and has been a staple in the city ever since. (Historic and delicious!) Thousands of Vegas visitors have indulged in the all-you-can-eat extravaganzas over the years and if you’re visiting for the first time, you should too.
USA Today ranked the Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace the No. 1 Las Vegas buffet, so we suggest you start there. Bacchanal Buffet serves hundreds of different items each day and many are served on small plates, which make it easy to sample a wide variety of food. Fill your plate with things like ribs, crab legs, lamb, tacos, pho, pasta and dozens of mouthwatering desserts.
If you really want to go all-out while you’re in Vegas, try the Buffet of Buffets pass, which allows you to access up to five buffets in 24 hours. Check out our tips on how to do it.
Las Vegas has become home to restaurants from many celebrity chefs over the years. If you enjoy watching chefs like Gordon Ramsay and Guy Fieri on TV and you’ve read every cookbook by Giada De Laurentiis, you’re in luck. You can taste their fabulous dishes at their restaurants in Vegas. Any newbie should definitely stop in to at least one restaurant from a world-famous chef.
Gordon Ramsay has four restaurants currently open in Vegas: Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars Palace, Gordon Ramsay Burger at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips at The LINQ Promenade and Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris Las Vegas. Later this winter he will open his fifth concept, Gordon Ramsay HELL’S KITCHEN at Caesars Palace.
Bobby Flay fans can stop in to Mesa Grill at Caesars Palace and enjoy the tastes of the Southwest. Sushi lovers should be sure to try chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s restaurant at Caesars Palace. Emmy Award-winning celeb chef Giada De Laurentiis serves Italian favorites with a California twist at The Cromwell. South Philly celeb chef Steve Martorano serves East Coast Italian family dishes at his restaurant, Martorano’s, at Paris Las Vegas. Guy Fieri fans can taste his over-the-top creations at his restaurants at The LINQ Hotel & Casino and Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. For a special splurge, Restaurant Guy Savoy serves fine French food from highly acclaimed chef Guy Savoy at Caesars Palace.
Spectacular shows are synonymous with Vegas. They don’t call us The Entertainment Capital of the World for nothing. If this is your first trip, you should make it a point to see a show. There’s really something for everyone from magic shows to comedy shows to world-famous headliners like Céline Dion, Elton John, Jennifer Lopez and the Backstreet Boys. We’ve also got plenty of adult shows. This is Sin City after all, so why not check out a sexy show like Chippendales, X Country or X Burlesque?
People come to Vegas to let loose and party and Vegas nightclubs are party central. You have to spend at least one night of your trip dancing the night away at a Vegas megaclub. OMNIA Nightclub at Caesars Palace is home to world-famous DJs like Calvin Harris and Kaskade. The 75,000-square-foot club features multiple levels, a rooftop balcony overlooking The Strip and a massive LED chandelier that ascends and descends over the dance floor.
Not only does Vegas have some of the hottest nightlife in the world, we’ve also got daytime partying down. Many pools around town turn into dayclubs, which means you can drink, dance and party with top DJs while the sun is still up. One of our must-do dayclubs is Drai’s Beach Club at The Cromwell. The pool is situated on a rooftop deck with a spectacular Strip view, palm trees, a hot tub, cabanas and poolside dining.
Las Vegas is the world’s most famous gambling destination so you’ve got to at least throw some quarters (or even pennies) into a slot machine, try your luck at a hand of blackjack or place a bet on your favorite sports team while you’re here. A great bet for gaming enthusiasts is The Cromwell with 100X odds on craps, 3|2 doubledeck blackjack, Single 0 roulette and EZ Bacarrat.
And don’t forget to take a spin at Megabucks. It’s a progressive slot jackpot that is worth millions of dollars when it hits.
The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace have been called “The Shopping Wonder of the World” for good reason. The luxury shopping center features stunning Roman-inspired architecture, a 50,000-gallon aquarium and the Fall of Atlantis animatronic show. There are 160 specialty stores and restaurants in The Forum Shops. These aren’t your run-of-the-mill stores either. We’re talking Tiffany & Co., Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Jimmy Choo and Burberry. If you win the aforementioned Megabucks you can do some serious damage here. And if not, walking through the shops is still a must-do even if you’re just window shopping.