Post # 31
The other ladies gave some really great suggestions! Just FYI the buffet at Caesar’s is really good but heavily seafood based (just in case that isn’t your thing) and has a REALLY long line like ALL the time. Also, PH will provide you with a coupon book for the other total rewards properties when you check in. It will have a coupon for a free frozen hot chocolate from Serendipity 3, a discount for the Linq high roller, and a bunch of other stuff that was mentioned as suggested places to go.
There is a travel zoo deal for several places along the strip (including the Spice Market buffet inside PH), Stripbuger in Fashion Show Mall, and Kahunaville. Speaking of Fashion Show Mall, that is a great place to grab a cheap meal. So is the Miracle Mile Mall that’s connected to PH. There is a food court there (and in a lot of the other hotels) with cheap-ish places to eat like Pink’s, Panda Express, Subway, McDonalds, etc.
I’m surprised no one has mentioned Hash House A Go Go yet. They are famous for their breakfast and have GIGANTIC portions. They have two on the strip — one in the Linq and another in Flamingo I think — and definitely worth a visit.
Places to go: I LOVE the Linq Promenade. Get a drink from the Purple Zebra (the one on the promenade is under rennovation so go inside the Linq) and just walk the area. It is really nice. The sprinkles has an ice cream section too that is to die for. Captain crunch ice cream with a red velvet cupcake top? Yes, please!
Post # 32
Oh, and for a nice meal, if you like Mexican I REALLY like Border Grill. It’s gourmet, market fresh, yada yada Mexican. There is one in Mandalay Bay and another in Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace. We did a tasting there and haven’t stopped talking about it since. So good!
Post # 33
Kacie209: If you like pizza, you HAVE to try 800 Degrees. Right on the strip, a great place to go for lunch. I’ve had pizza all over the world and this particular 800 Degrees is the second-best I’ve ever eaten (beats out Italy by a mile!). It’s around the corner from the Mandarian Oriental, before NYNY. They have another location, too, but it’s not as good.
If you like Mexican food, the best I’ve had in Vegas so far was JAVIER’S at the Aria. It’s a little upscale, a gold place to start for a fancy evening out, really cool vibe (check out the wall of skulls carved out of wood), and the best margarita I’ve ever had (cactus margarita. Amazing).
Gelato from the bakery in the Aria is better than anywhere else (I’ve tried Venetian, Palazzo, Bellagio, etc., although it’s more fun to walk around the Venetian with an ice cream cone than the Aria).
For shows I recommend La Reve. I’ve seen a ton of Cirque shows and personally think La Reve beats them all. The concierge at Mandarian Oriental said he’s seen all the shows in Vegas and La Reve is the best in his opinion, too (as of summer 2015 — they’ve changed up the show since it opened).
Post # 34
Oh and I second (or third or fourth?) the buffet at the Wynn. One of the only buffets worth trying.
Post # 35
WICKED SPOON BUFFET in the COSMOPOLITAN HOTEL!!!!!!!! Very upscale buffet… it was around $40 per person 4 years ago when we went for New Years Eve… Cosmopolitan was very new at the time and the most elegant hotel at the time, filled with crystals and chandeliers…. We stayed at Bellagio and the Venetian… both were very nice… different atmospheres… We were there for 8 days… we walked around and saw a couple of shows… didn’t gamble at all… drank wine and went out to eat. There’s lots to do in Vegas besides gamble, even within the hotels.
Post # 36
Hope you don’t mind this is in pieces. I wrote a response to someone else asking about Las Vegas and it could be helpful. I am biased LOVE is so good (we were engaged there so it is special to me), “O” is beautiful (used to work there, also biased), KA is my favorite though.
Peppermill- next to Rivera, although Rivera closed. It has a restaurant in the front, a lounge in the back. The front has pink and purple trees, very 1960’s kitch. The back is darker, has the trees, fire pits, mirrored walls and the waitresses wear black evening gowns. The prices are the lowest on the Strip and the portions are huge.
Capos- off Strip, on Sahara. It’s a mobster theme speakeasy. You have to figure out how to get in (wall on the right, the pay phone I think), there are video camera inside so you can watch the next people. The food is old school italian. Very good
Firefly- just off Strip, on Paradise. Not super themed, just very good Spanish tapas and pitcher sangria
Hoffbrauhaus- just off Strip on Paradise, across from Hard Rock Hotel. German food, large beer stiens, you sit at long tables with strangers. There is usually a band playing and people get up and dance while waiting for food. Waitresses in german costume go around with jäger shots and people wanting one get a smack on the bottom with a wood panel
Rx Boilerroom- in Mandalay Bay Place. Not cheesy, it’s higher end steampunk theme by Rick Moonen of Top Chef Masters. They have chicken pot pie balls, little balls of chicken lot pie deep fried.
Post # 37
Bars- so many!
Peppermill- as aforementioned
Frankie’s Tiki Lounge- off Strip on Charleston. Kitschy vintage Hawaiian theme, tropical drinks, local Hawaiian art (Vegas is called the 9th island, there is a large Hawaiian population here) and clips from vintage tropical movies play in the background
DCR (downtown cocktail room)- downtown on Las Vegas blvd just around the corner from Fremont Street. Right across the street from heart attack grill. It’s a modern speakeasy, the door is the gray metal panel on the left. It’s chill, very romantic and features seasonal mixology drinks
Griffin- on Fremont street across from the dome. Very harry potter style
Minus 5- Mandalay Bay Place. It’s completely frozen. They give you a parka and you can only be on for 20 minutes/ 2 drinks. The furniture and ”glassware” are hand carved out of ice.
Red Square- Mandalay Bay. Russian themed, has an ice bar and features Martinis
Dicks- Excaliber. If you like to be a smart ass. The waitstaff are rude and expect you to be as well. More of a casual restaurant, I just thought of it.
Parasol Up, Parasol Down- Wynn. Not really on your list but it’s tucked away. You get a lovely view of the waterfall and parasols going up and down. It’s very pretty and relaxing.
McMullans- off Strip on Tropicana, across from Orleans. Old school Irish bar
Foundation Room- Mandalay Bay. It’s on the 64th floor- best views of the city. Moroccan themed
Trying to think of the better bars on the strip. Every casino has center bars that give awesome people watching, especially in the early morning hours
Post # 38
Batista ‘ s Hole In the Wall-unlimited house wine with dinner 🙂
Post # 39
- 550 pizza in the sportsbook at Aria – BEST PIZZA I’VE EVER HAD. And you can get it by the slice or by the pie.
- For a nice dinner that won’t break the bank – Charcoal Room at Palace Station. It’s an old-school steakhouse with awesome food and probably half the price of the Strip steakhouses. It’s a short cab ride, but it’s also really fun to game there because it’s a locals place. We sat at the bar and played cheap-ass video poker and drank 25-cent frozen margaritas for like 2 hours!
- For the splurge-of-the-year kind of meal, Twist at the Mandarin Oriental. Even if you don’t eat there, go up to the bar (separate space) and get a cocktail. Swanky and fun, and a FANTASTIC view of the strip.
- The High Roller! It’s at the new LINQ shopping/dining complex next to the Flamingo. Not $$$, and a great view of the whole city and surrounding desert.
- I could go on and on – it’s my husband’s favorite place on earth and we go at least twice a year. Let me know if you have other specific questions!
OK I can’t stop – another couple things:
- Javier’s at Aria – absolutely amazing Mexican food and margaritas
- Bouchon at the Venetian for breakfast. Delicious and tucked away like a secret.
Post # 40
If you are into steak go to SW at the Wynn. It is one of the best steaks I have ever had and I like to consider myself a beef connoisseur.
Post # 41
- Wedding: September 2016 - Little Chapel of Flowers
If you are into thrill rides,the nyny coaster is awesome, and the theme park at Circus Circus is pretty cool too. We saw Diva’s when we were there and I loved it.
Post # 42
I was in Vegas last month, and it was so crowded! The buffet lines were SO long! I don’t know if that’s the norm or just that particular time of day and year. In addition to what others have said, I would suggest the Downtown Container Park at the end of that Fremont St. It’s a shopping center made from shipping containers. It’s such a cool concept.
Post # 43
Ah… so much appreciation for this! I am slowly reading through and writing it all down. 🙂