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Las Vegas is a city that was built on adult freedom, fulfilling fantasies if you will, and providing low-cost luxury to all − a concept well ahead of its time. Within only a five-mile stretch on Las Vegas Boulevard, from The Four Seasons to The STRAT, you’ll find well over 500 restaurants, 50 nightclubs and bars, 25 spas, 30 shows and attractions, and of course, a 550-foot observation wheel. Not to mention replicas of the Eiffel Tower, a Roman Colosseum, and Egyptian pyramids – typical in all cities, right? Las Vegas’ hotels and attractions appeal to people of all ages, interests, and budgets.
The average annual temperature is 69° F but from June to September, the average high is 100° F and from October to May, the average high is 70° F.
Sometimes, the hidden gems of the Vegas food scene are literally hidden. We’ve found the secret passages and removed the disguises of restaurants you need to try.
Secret Pizza at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
You know a place is hidden when the internet shows threads of people asking, “Where is Secret Pizza?”
Once you get off the elevators to the third floor, you’ll see Jaleo. And to the left, you’ll see a narrow hallway, decked out with records. Follow the hallway (and intoxicating pizza aroma) to the secret spot. And then celebrate with pizza and beer.
Park on Fremont
The gastropub is on the corner of Fremont Street and Las Vegas Boulevard. And, from the front, you wouldn’t expect to find a back patio covered in bright tables and chairs, and a seesaw made for adults that’s meant to ride before you dive into its amazing garbage nachos.
Downtown Cocktail Lounge
Aside from the small sign, the dark speakeasy lounge is tricky to find and as frequent goers admit − even finding the door to get into the place the first time is a bit of a game.
Jake & Eli
If you are into whisky and steak, and being away from the hustle and bustle of the city, this place is for you. Inside the Westin on Flamingo, Jake & Eli is perfect for a classic steak dinner before heading to the Strip.
Located off Sahara Avenue and 6th Street, this unassuming restaurant blends classic ’60s diner food with traditional Chinese cuisine. Sound like a familiar spot? It’s been featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, where dishes like Pork Belly Bao, Short Rib Grilled Cheese, and the Peanut Butter Mousse were raved about.
This quaint Thai restaurant came to Vegas in the ’80s, and prides itself on being a hidden gem with traditional Thai dishes and cooking methods. Order from its famous wooden menus, handcrafted in Thailand, and bring your vegan friends. This spot has an entire menu just for them.
Herbs & Rye
West of the Strip, between a hair salon and a gas station, you’ll find what looks like any brick and mortar bar; but it’s not. Off of Sahara Avenue and Valley Boulevard, the classic restaurant specializes in cocktails and steaks.
Maybe you wouldn’t notice this place within the Chinatown strip mall, but the food speaks for itself. If you’re into the heat, the traditional Sichuan dishes are sure to be right up your alley.
The José Andrés restaurant is more of a hideaway than a place to dine, with a private room for eating that fits no more than 10 and a thick, red-velvet curtain, making the food and presentation feel like a performance in itself.
The famous NYC food truck is hidden in The Forum Shops at Caesars’ food court. Just a short walk from OMNIA nightclub, and perfect for a late-night bite
Vegas Bucket List Experiences
In addition to being a top destination for great food and luxurious resorts, Vegas offers an array of expertly produced shows designed to complete your visit with performances you will never forget. Whether you crave heart-thumping music to get your dance on, a mind-bending spectacle on stage, or the world’s largest LED video wall to watch the game, there’s a Vegas experience to transform your trip.
You Need: The Ultimate Girls’ Night
Vegas is the best place to grab your girlfriends for a one-of-a-kind night out on the town. Participate in the excitement and energy of Chippendales.
You Need: Sports on the Big Screen
When you’re hanging with the guys, you need a big-screen event to get the party going, and there’s no better place to catch a game than Vegas. Enjoy cheering for your team at Superbook at Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, or if you’ve got a big group, then rent the Man Cave party space at the The D Las Vegas, which offers leather couches and big-screen TVs so you can watch the game in high style.
You Need: A Night Dancing Your Heart out
There’s no question that Las Vegas has a happening nightclub scene. If you’d rather dance to the music than just listen to it, head to one of the top dance clubs where you’ll get a chance to experience live music from some of the country’s foremost DJs and performers. Dance your way through the three distinct rooms at Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub; or experience the astounding combination of acrobatics, production and music at The LIGHT Vegas. Get your groove on surrounded by the opulence at XS Nightclub. Las Vegas is definitely the place to be when the dance floor beckons.
You Need: A Unique Discovery
If you’re looking for something a little different, then Vegas has plenty of shows that fit the bill. See the comedy/magic duo Penn & Teller and find yourself laughing along at the hilarity and gasping in amazement at their stunning tricks. If you want something mesmerizing, then discover Mystère by Cirque du Soleil at Treasure Island. This iconic troop has been performing for decades, but they never cease to amaze audiences with their uncanny blend of art, music and technology.
You Need: A Cozy, Romantic Evening
If you’d like to catch some entertainment with your significant other, but want a quieter and cozier atmosphere, there are plenty of choices when romance is on the menu. Head to a cozy music setting offered at Le Cabaret Bar at Paris where you’ll hear live music. Make your way to the Indigo Lounge, which creates an intimate setting with its sophisticated layout, boasting regular live music and entertainment. To experience something a little different, try the Bellagio’s Petrossian Bar, where you can enjoy caviar and champagne while you listen to a live piano performance.
No matter what your preference, Las Vegas is the entertainment mecca that always delivers.