When you hear the words Las Vegas, you probably picture bright neon lights, casinos spanning entire city blocks, luxury hotels, and bars that are open until dawn. If you’re thinking of travelling to the city for those very things, you won’t be disappointed. But there’s a whole world surrounding that one famous street, and some of the most dazzling gems of the city can be found off of the 4.2 sparkling miles of the Strip.
We’ve compiled a list of must-visit places in Vegas (on the main drag and beyond) to satisfy every traveller — from the honeymooners to the high rollers — covering everything from the finest restaurants in the city to the coolest dive bars downtown.
Shopping at boutiques – Date night in this city calls for a kind of outfit that regular life doesn’t often require (sequins, glitter, something daring for “whatever happens”). Feel like a Parisian as you nip into shops at Le Boulevard or visit luxury retailers at the Wynn Esplanade shops. Searching for the perfect LBD? Make sure to stop along the Street of Shops outside the Mirage.
The Mandarin Oriental Spa – Featuring specialty couples’ suites, the spa at The Mandarin Oriental is a must-visit for romantics. A couples’ massage at the most luxurious spa in the city is the ultimate way for you and your partner to relax after a big night on the town… and to gear up for your date tonight.
Hugo’s Cellar – If you’re up for old-style class and a damn fine steak, visit Hugo’s Cellar at The Four Queens Hotel for some traditional Las Vegas glamour. Brick-lined walls, cozy leather booths, and table-side salad carts will transport you back to the Rat Pack era. Plus, every lady is greeted at the door with a rose.
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Celebrity restaurants – Gordon Ramsey, Guy Fieri, Giada De Laurentiis — foodies likely recognize these names from TV, but you’ll also see them on signs dotting the Las Vegas strip. Dish out compliments at Buddy V’s Ristorante at the Venetian, chew the fat with Wolfgang Puck at CUT in the Palazzo, or talk Top Chef at Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak at the MGM Grand.
The Petrossian – Cocktail aficionados need look no further than the Petrossian Bar, located in the lounge at the Bellagio. The bar has been open since 1998, and many of the staff members have worked there since opening night. Try one of the cocktails on their regularly updated menu (we recommend something with their award-winning infused vodka) as you enjoy live piano music all day long.
Momofuku Noodle Bar – If you aren’t planning your visit until later in the year, you’re in luck. Any foodie worth their salt has heard of New Yorker David Chang’s chain of Momofuku noodle bars, and the newest location opens this fall at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
The Budget-Conscious Traveller
Lotus of Siam – Award winning and authentic northern Thai food can be found in a strip mall far off the main Strip, and at a price that budget travellers can’t ignore. Make a reservation though — this gem is no longer hidden, since it was recently featured on the Food Network.
Downtown Container Park – Container Park is a unique outdoor mall, made entirely of shipping containers, that hosts food carts, free live music, and activities on the weekend. This local shopping experience on Fremont Street is the perfect place to pick up a cool souvenir and is a fun, low-key alternative to the stores and malls on the Strip.
The Griffin – Unlike many of the kitschy bars in old-school Fremont area, The Griffin doesn’t have a theme. It also doesn’t have a cover charge. What it does have are $1 Hamm tallboys. Still not sold? Maybe the cozy brick ceilings, retro indoor firepits, plush red booths, and what one Yelper described as “the best old fashioned I’ve ever had” will convince you.
The High Roller
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Anthology Suites at Caesars Palace – A true high roller won’t stay in just any hotel. Even in Las Vegas where luxury is the name of the game, there’s always a step above the rest: VIP “hotels-within-hotels”. Some of the Anthology Suites at Caesars Palace have been featured in Hollywood blockbusters, which you’ll understand as soon as you see their lavish finishings and incredible views. Reward yourself with the VIP treatment you know you deserve.
Bazaar Meat at SLS Las Vegas – For a dining experience like nothing you’ve experienced before, visit Bazaar Meat at SLS Las Vegas. Run by James Beard Award-winning chef José Andrés, Bazaar Meat has been named one of Las Vegas’ best steakhouses by the Daily Mail and offers a social, shared plated dining experience.
Ghostbar – If it’s over-the-top glamour and high society entertainment that you’re looking for, a party at the Palms is just the ticket. Head up to the Ghostbar, located 55 stories up, for an unmatched view of Las Vegas through 14-foot floor-to-ceiling windows. Relax in the elegant space in one of its intimate booths – just don’t miss their 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. happy hour!
Whether you’re looking to experience Las Vegas on a shoestring or from the bed of a Rolls Royce, there’s something for everyone in the City of Lights.
No matter what type of adventure you’re looking for, make sure to visit the city’s treasures located both on and off the Strip. We guarantee you’ll never find anything quite like it.