Las Vegas Nightlife
The last time I was in Las Vegas Nightlife, I stood in front of the Bellagio waiting for the fountains to come alive. My son, a Frank Sinatra fan, took a cross-legged seat on one of the posts. He waited, too. Not long after, the music started. My son’s face lit up. Old Blue Eyes’ voice came back, and the fountains danced in sync. As appropriate as it is to hear Sinatra singing again in Las Vegas, the Bellagio features other performers with its fountains, too. My personal favorite fountain music is sung by Luciano Pavarotti. I think the Bellagio is hard to beat.
Inside, the Bellagio’s lobby ceiling is a remarkable Chihuly work of art. Chihuly’s work is exhibited in many museums, but to see it larger than life (like so much in Vegas) is breathtaking. We were at the Bellagio to see a performance by Cirque du Soleil. “O” is fabulous. Cirque du Soleil is a mime/gymnast/theater group that originated in Canada. They perform all over the world. The Bellagio is a great venue for them, and you can bring the kids, too. They also have a terrific gift shop. Don’t leave without buying one of their fantastic, magical masks! Your honey will fulfill all your fantasies wearing one of those. At the moment, Cirque du Soleil is offering seven different shows in Las Vegas. I think I have to go back to see them all!
Of course, Vegas is known for its great performers, especially singers. When the real ones don’t show up (or have passed on), the mimics take their place. Garth Brooks just ended a three-year stint at the Wynn. Celine Dion appears regularly at The Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace. Elton John, Matt Goss, and Gerry Seinfeld are appearing there, too. David Copperfield is performing at the MGM Grand right now. Blue Man Group is at the Monte Carlo.
You can nightclub hop all night long in Vegas. I’d start with the Wynn. You have to dress up for this. Load up on the sparkle and fit right in! The most popular nightclub in Vegas, according to Bachelor Vegas, is Marquee. (Talk about a glitter ball! Be sure to check the limit on your credit card because you will be “double-digits for drinks.”) Bachelor says, “Speaking of gorgeous women, it’s also quite imperative to have one on your arm if you plan on actually getting inside the club.” Chateau (Nightclub and Gardens) is located at the Paris Hotel and Casino. This place spared no expense on the leather banquettes, fireplace, crystal chandeliers, and above, is a roof deck with a garden. Have a seat by the faux Eiffel Tower. At fifty stories up, the observation deck has incredible views. Seen enough of Paris? The Venetian is just down the Strip.
Michael Bolton is performing at the Venetian very soon. I know a judge who always called the Venetian her favorite Las Vegas hotel. It is luxurious. Its nightclub, Tao, shouldn’t be missed. You can take a gondola ride, too. Check out the Venetian’s list of upcoming shows. These are in addition to the regular shows.
Many Las Vegas Strip hotels offer attractions as well as shows and rooms. Think of Las Vegas as a playground for adults. The Mirage has a manmade volcano, which erupts every fifteen minutes “from dusk to midnight.” New York New York has a roller coaster that will turn you inside out and upside down.
Now, what are you doing in Vegas if you’re not going to try your luck? Casinos abound. No clue how to bet? You can get free poker lessons every day at 2 p.m. at the Luxor, but it’s not the only hotel that will teach you, for free, how to gamble. The Luxor also has daily poker tournaments. Do a little gambling online for free before you go.
The whole Las Vegas Strip (four miles long) is a spectacle, and you can be part of it by just taking a walk. Nighttime is the best time to go. And if you are on the Strip, you are close to strip clubs. You might have heard that prostitution is legal in Nevada. That’s true, but it’s illegal in Las Vegas. You are going to have to do a little traveling if you want to visit the licensed Nevada brothels.
Enjoy the shows, the attractions, and take a few lessons so you don’t lose your shirt gambling. At some point, you have to eat, so take a break and go to a restaurant. Las Vegas has great dining including Wolfgang Puck’s steakhouse at the Palazzo, Le Cirque at (where else?) the Bellagio, or the Estiatorio Milos Greek restaurant at The Cosmopolitan. Prefer a buffet? Vegas is known for some of the best buffets. You will feel like the god, himself, at the Bacchanal Buffet at Caesar’s Palace.
Now, you might argue that “nightlife” does not include going to sleep. If so, I’ll bet you haven’t seen the luxury hotel rooms Las Vegas has to offer. Check out the “Terrace Studio” at the Cosmopolitan. You won’t want to check out of it. Trump will put you up (way up with a view) in a studio or one to three-bedroom apartments with European-style kitchens.
Great travel packages to Las Vegas are offered by airlines, hotels and travel search engine sites. Explore them all. You can get upscale accommodations at budget prices. Whether you go with your girlfriends or your buddies or your wife, remember the famous quotation, “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas,” nicknamed “Sin City.” Still, there are some things you can’t do even in Las Vegas. Otherwise, if you’re in Vegas, it’s “party-hearty” time, day and night!