Bound by Salvatore – The lobby bar at this gorgeous boutique hotel features cocktails by one of the cocktail greats, Salvatore Calabrese. This elegant bar is a great place to relax with a cocktail and enjoy live music (F-Sa 9pm-1am, Su-Th 9pm-11pm). Don’t miss his signature drink, the Breakfast Martini. (The name makes it OK to drink in the morning, right?) They also offer a late night happy hour (9pm-1am nightly) with select $10 drinks.
3595 South Las Vegas Boulevard (inside The Cromwell)
The Chandelier – This is a really beautiful bar (take all the pictures) and the drinks are better than mediocre.
3708 South Las Vegas Boulevard (inside The Cosmopolitan)
3535 – It’s the renovated hotel’s lobby bar featuring weird and cool infusions and imaginative cocktails. The menu is extensive
3535 South Las Vegas Boulevard (inside The LINQ)
Parasol Up/Parasol Down – This is a great dual lounge (Up is inside and Down is outside/patio). Up is decorated with lavishly ornate parasol-inspired lamps and has a whimsical feel. The patio (Down) is the perfect place to get away from the craziness of the Strip and enjoy a quiet drink with a view of a waterfall and enjoy the light show on the water every half hour from dusk to 12:30am. (Because, Vegas.)
3131 South Las Vegas Blvd (inside the Wynn)
The Golden Tiki – This tiki spot is kitschy AF. But, it’s open 24 hours, so it’s a must-visit … because, tiki. Did I mention the tiki business?
3939 Spring Mountain Road (Chinatown, off the Strip)
Squeeze – Grab a smoothie and take a walk on the strip, because we all need vitamins, right? (And if you get a boozy one, it helps with a hangover.)
3545 S Las Vegas Boulevard (on The LINQ Promenade)
Giada – While the restaurant was eagerly anticipated, I stick with the bar offerings. Stop in for a cocktail (like the Serpico, their version of a smoked Manhattan pictured below) and order a flatbread or a couple cheeses to snack on. (And the Limoncello Souffé is kind of everything.)
3595 S Las Vegas Blvd (inside The Crowmwell)
Hash House a Go Go (The LINQ) – There’s no better cure for a hangover than their brunch. It’s delicious, it’s often fried, and it’s hella boutiful. (Think piles of chicken and waffles bigger than your head.)
“Secret Pizza” (The Cosmopolitan) – Visit this spot on for late night pizza, but be ready to wait in line. It WAS a secret, but it wasn’t kept well.
Inside the Cosmopolitan
3rd floor across from STK
Morel’s – This French-style bistro offers some of the best people watching as it has one of the only find dining restaurants that offers a patio on the strip. Look for fresh oysters served on the half shell, bottomless mimosas during their amazing brunch, and a delightful selection of cheeses.
3325 S Las Vegas Boulevard (Inside the Palazzo)
OLiVES – This is Todd English’s spot in The Bellagio serving Mediterranean fare with a damn good view. Make sure to make reservations and request a fountain view.
3600 South Las Vegas Boulevard (inside The Bellagio)
Mon Ami Gabi – This casual French restaurant is a nice spot to grab a quick snack and a glass of rosé. Don’t miss their mushroom soup if it’s available!
3655 South Las Vegas Boulevard (inside Paris Las Vegas)
Bazaar Meat – This restaurant designed by Philippe Starck with food by José Andrés offers some seriously bizarre cuts of meat—some that you’ve had … and some you’d never dreamt of trying … and in ways you’ve never considered trying them. (Think foie gras cotton candy.)
2535 South Las Vegas Blvd (inside the SLS Las Vegas)
La Cave Wine and Food Hideaway – Relax at this quiet spot inside the Wynn with a glass of wine from their extensive wine list and a couple of small plates from their American-fare menu.
3131 South Las Vegas Blvd (inside The Wynn)
Drais (The Cromwell)
The High Roller – Take a 30 minute ride on Vegas’s 550-foot tall version of the London Eye. Get views of the city that you’ve never seen before, and time it to be at the top at sunset for a real stunning view. Upgrade to the Happy Half Hour and you’ll have access to an open bar during your trip! Visit their website to see other unique experiences they offer, including a chocolate pairing and even yoga classes.
3545 South Las Vegas Blvd (on LINQ Promenade)
LINQ Promenade – Get away from the craziness of The Strip on this clean, quiet walk. The Promenade between the Flamingo and the LINQ has restaurants, bars (include AmeriCANS and an Irish pub), a bowling alley married to a concert venue (Brooklyn Bowl), and plenty of shopping spots.
Dolphin Yoga – This is an incredible experience. I’m not a yoga fan unless it’s followed by booze or held in an incredibly cool place. The yoga class is beginner-friendly, which is great because you’ll be distracted by dolphins swimming around you. The class is $50 for an hour class, but you can stay and use their spa facilities after the class, and they give you a smoothie on the way out.
3400 South Las Vegas Boulevard (inside The Mirage at The Spa)
Classes offered Friday – Sunday
Spaces are limited, so call The Spa for a spot
Freemont Street – Take an evening to visit and walk around … it’s cheaper to gamble down there and the lights on the actual street are really cool. You can even zip line there.
Red Rocks – Get out of the hustle for an afternoon and make the 35-minute drive out to Red Rock Canyon. The canyon offers beautiful views from its hikes anywhere from 0.75 to 6 miles. Not into being IN nature? Take the scenic drive around the canyon. (Make sure to be prepared for a real hike. Some trails require climbing. Dress accordingly and take water, sunscreen, and layers!)
1000 Scenic Loop Drive
Salt Cave – Dry out (literally and figuratively) in The LINQ’s Himalayan salt therapy cave. You can bask in the glow of the cave for 45 minutes if you book any service at the spa.
3535 South Las Vegas Boulevard (in the spa at The LINQ)