Cindy, Our Las Vegas expert delivers her Can’t Miss Venues for a Killer trip.
What could be more fun than a Spring trip to Las Vegas.
A Thursday through Sunday filled with lounging in the sun, dining out, gaming in the Casino, shopping and relaxing in the clubs and bars.
Here are a few places you should try while you are there.
How many can you fit in?
Hyde at the Bellagio
The Hyde Bellagio is a restaurant and night club that opened in December 2011 and it’s my favorite place in Vegas. It opens at 5:00pm every day and on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday at 10:00pm it turns into a night club. Be there for when they turn it into a nightclub. Watching the changeover from the restaurant to a club is a cool experience.
Hyde does take reservations for dining so call ahead @ 702-693-8700. This space was formerly the Fontana Bar. It’s been completely overhauled and is amazing inside!
The Cosmopolitan Casino
This is in City Center. The Cosmopolitan Casino is the hip new place to be in Vegas. It’s filled with lobby bars that are fun to hang out in and there is a cool night club called the Marquee. I have a blast just hanging out in the Lobby bars at the Cosmopolitan. The Chandelier Bar and the Bond Bar are great. The Bond Bar is my favorite. There’s also a cool space right off the main casino floor that serves beer and is filled with televisions and game consoles, it’s a great place to go during the day if you need to kill some time and you like to play video games! Also at the Cosmopolitan Casino is a great breakfast place called “The Henry.” It’s across from the Bond Bar. It’s open 24 hours and has a good breakfast and awesome Bloody Mary’s.
I really like eating at Lavo in the Palazzo casino. Whenever I eat there I eat at the bar on the couches or outside on the patio. It’s not on the menu, but if you ask your server; they can take their signature Kobe meatballs and make a meatball pizza.
Also in the Palazzo is LaGasse’s Stadium. It’s the best sports bar/sports book on the Strip. It’s a must see if you like to watch sports. Make a reservation if there are big games going on so you can have a table or seating area. Or, get a seat in the “stadium” which is in front of a 9’x16’ TV screen. There’s over 100 HD TVs and you can see a screen from wherever you are. There are also sky boxes if you have a bigger group and want to entertain and watch sports. The food is good and from Emeril LaGasse. To make a reservation call 702-607-2665.
Mon Ami Gabi
This is a great place to eat brunch or lunch on the patio at the Paris Hotel. As you can see the outdoor seating is magnificent.
Hard Rock Casino
The Hard Rock Casino is not on the Strip but is easy to get to. The Hard Rock now has 2 main casinos jojned together. I really like the Hard Rock as a place to go and relax. I like the atmosphere of all the restaurants and lobby bars, especially the Center Bar. Also at the Hard Rock casino is a cafe called “Lucky s 24/7″ they have a special meal called the 777 meal. It’s $7.77 for a steak, salad, shrimp and mashed potatoes. It’s not on the menu and you have to ask for it by name, it’s a “locals” special.
Culinary Dropout and Pink Taco at the Hard Rock Casino
A fabulous new restaurant opened up very recently at the Hard Rock called Culinary Dropout that has an outdoor patio and it overlooks the Hard Rock pool area. It’s got some unique food and drink choices and I really like the restaurant. Also at the Hard Rock is the Pink Taco restaurant. They have great Mexican food and it’s a Vegas staple that’s been there a long time and is still a favorite.
Baacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace
This is the premier new buffet restaurant on the Strip. It’s an experience to have at least just once. The buffet has so much high quality food to choose from including unlimited crab legs and even though I’m not a buffet person, I really enjoy this one..
Caesars Forum Shops, Shops at Crystals and Fashion Show Mall
I like all the shopping in Vegas. You really can’t go wrong anywhere you go. I hit the Fashion Show Mall each time I go to Vegas.
Wynn and Encore
These are great casinos and still places I like to go each time I visit Vegas. There is a great restaurant at the Wynn that overlooks the golf course. When you sit out on the patio on a nice day you don’t feel like you’re in Vegas at all. It’s a beautiful view and a great place for lunch.
More affordable places to go, fun places to hang out:
Near the Flamingo is the Planet Hollywood Casino and Planet Hollywood Miracle Mile shops. It’s fun to walk through the Miracle Mile shops. Inside is a sports bar called Blondies I’ve never personally been to Blondies but my friends in Vegas say it’s a great place to go.
Gilley’s Country Bar at Treasure Island
We stopped at Gilley’s last Summer. They had $3 draft beer the night we were there and they are constantly having some sort of drink specials. The drinks are always affordable. They also have Bud Light Lime on draft. The waitresses wear chaps and bikinis. They have a mechanical bull which gets a lot of attention at the bar.
If you are looking for few more ideas try Mastro’s Ocean Club at City Center for dinner followed by a little dancing and rooftop viewing at The Foundation Room at Mandalay Bay!
Enjoy your trip!