I put this list together for a good friend of mine who has an upcoming trip to Las Vegas. He asked me for some ideas on what to do and where to go. Karen (my wife) and I put this together this morning over a pot of coffee.
- Use opentable.com to get dinner rez–even last minute.
- Stripburger-casual good for lunch and a drink. Burgers and appetizers are great. It’s located on the strip on the corner of the Fashion Show Mall. You can eat outside and people watch.
- Olives-casual but cool. Located in the Bellagio. Can do either dinner or drinks. They have these vodka fruit infused martinis that are incredible. I’m not a big fruity drink guy but this is really good. When you go, make a reservation or if you are popping in, ask if you can sit on the deck or at the bar. The deck overlooks the Bellagio Fountains.
- Koi-sushi place inside Planet Hollywood. Make a reservation and specify one of the sofa tables with the view. Karen gives her personal endorsement to their Asian Pear Martini. Great late night as well as dinner.
- Hugo’s-if you do “old Vegas” Fremont St area. Lower level of The Four Queens casino. It is sort of hidden, and you will have to ask someone to point it out to find it. Great old-school steak house with GREAT service. Tom a good friend of mine gave me this as a suggestion, and it’s a must do on every trip now.
- Tao-inside Venetian. Dinner and/or club. For dinner, have to have the Peking duck. Make reservations. Hotspot.
- Alize-top of the Palms. French, romantic, great view of the entire strip. Incredible wine list and crazy antique bourbon/scotch? We are not versed in these, but they had some that pre-dated the civil war. $$$ Jacket required. Excellent service. If choosing between Mixe and Alize, pick Alize.
- *Speaking of the Palms–well worth the cab fare just to hang out. They have the Playboy club, and their two lounges are indoor/outdoor, not crazy busy, but have amazing views of the entire strip. Relaxed vibe. Their Club, “Moon” is just ok though.
- Border Grille–Mandalay Bay. Good organic Mexican. Chef is one of the top chefs. Patio for lunch. Say hi to Jill the manager for me!
- If you’re going to see one show, see O in the Bellagio. Theatre is cold (note from Karen). Bellagio also has a seasonal huge floral display that you have to take a few minutes to walk through and also has the famous art glass ceiling in the lobby. Cool piano lounge. Fixe is fun trendy/casual (think mini donuts) for pre/post-show in Bellagio. Bellagio restaurants are not on Opentable.com but you can make rez through their website. Not as easy to get last minute. Many other Bellagio options…depends on how dressy of a night you’re having.
- Zumanity in NYNY. Um…risque, but good.
- Comedy Club at Harrah’s
- Rio has a neat wine cellar as a after dinner option. Closes 10-11ish.
Any other ideas?