Guide to Las Vegas

August 1, 2019

If you are heading to Las Vegas soon, here is the ultimate guide on where to eat, what pool parties to go to and what day trips are on offer. Las Vegas is a crazy place where anything goes, you’ll find yourself surrounded by casinos, clubs and cocktails. If you’re visiting Vegas, you are definitely in for a good time!

After a crazy weekend at Coachella, Max and I headed over to Vegas for another week of partying. The drive took us nearly 7 hours from Palm Springs to Vegas – the Coachella traffic was mental! We were so happy to see the Las Vegas strip over the horizon after the longest journey.

I have been to Vegas a few times before on family trips and a girls trip, but this was the first time Max and I went together. No matter who you go with, you will have the best time. This time we stayed in the Venetian resort, which was gorgeous, it really felt like we were strolling the streets of Venice.

In this blog post, I’ll be giving the low down on what to do during your time in Vegas.

Venetian hotel      Venetian hotel

Restaurants

Las Vegas is known for the incredible array of restaurants and abundance of cuisines on offer. You could stay in Vegas for a year and I doubt you’d get close to experiencing all of the wonderful places to eat. My favourite restaurants in Vegas:

LAGO

A beautiful restaurant located in the Bellagio hotel on the edge of the iconic fountains. This meal is definitely in my all time top 10! We went to Lago for dinner and we were beyond lucky that the staff gave us the best table in the house. We were one of the lucky few who had the phenomenal views of the fountains for the entire evening. Lago offers an amazing Italian tapas menu, we chose the shrimp ravioli, bruschetta, cannelloni and burrata risotto. We were totally blown away by the food and could have quite easily sampled the entire menu. I could not recommend this restaurant anymore highly, I didn’t want the night to end.

Lago     Lago

 

Lago

BEAUTY & ESSEX

This wonderful restaurant is located in the Cosmopolitan hotel (one of my faves). We have visited Beauty & Essex in NYC and loved the quirkiness of the menu, so we had to try out the Vegas restaurant. We had an amazing meal here consisting of: artichoke grilled flatbread, grilled cheese & smoked bacon and tomato soup dumplings, spaghettini and bao burgers. The service was amazing and the food was incredible – I would highly recommend!

B&E B&E

B&E

STK

This restaurant is a must when you’re in Vegas. You are guaranteed a fun dinner with plenty of cocktails, great music and the tastiest steaks! I’d recommend going to the Chandelier Bar in the Cosmo for some pre-dinner drinks too.

STK

 

TAO

If you love Asian food you have to go to Tao. We opted for gyoza’s, spicy tuna rolls and the most amazing noodle dishes. I was in heaven. This restaurant is in the Venetian and is also part of Tao club. If you are a hotel guest or you have eaten in the restaurant, you can get free entry.

Tao   

 

BLACK TAP

A favourite in New York and you have probably seen these outrageous burgers and milkshakes on Instagram. If you’re feeling hungry, this is the place to go! Black Tap is also situated in the Venetian, so it was a nice short walk from our hotel room.

IN N OUT

A classic! If you haven’t been to In n Out before, you must go whilst in Vegas. Only found on the West Coast of the US, you have to try the double burger and double fries before you leave.

MON AMI GABI

A beautiful restaurant on the strip located in the Paris hotel, with incredible views of the Bellagio fountains. This is one of my favourite restaurants in Vegas for a late breakfast or lunch. I’d recommend the smoked salmon bagel, it tasted just like New York bagels.

HAKKASAN

An incredible Cantonese restaurant at the MGM Grand Resort, also home to one of the biggest clubs in Vegas. I’d definitely recommend all of the dim sum and the noodle dishes, beyond tasty! If you eat in the restaurant, you can also gain free entry in to the night club straight after. I would recommend booking a late table.

Beach & Night Clubs

Las Vegas is synonymous with pool parties and night clubs. Most hotels run their own beach clubs so there’s probably lots going on without having to leave your resort.

Encore Beach Club

My all time favourite beach club is definitely Encore at the Wynn. I’ve been a couple of times and every time it has been crazy. Kygo was performing this time round and the atmosphere was unbelievable. Note: be prepared to pay crazy amounts for drinks.

Encore

Other clubs to go to:

TAO at the Venetian

Hyde at the Bellagio

Hakkasan Encore at the MGM Grand

Marquee at the Cosmopolitan

Omnia at Caesar’s Palace

Drai’s at The Cromwell

Casinos & Shows

If clubbing isn’t your thing, there’s tonnes of other things to do that will definitely keep you entertained. Everywhere you look there are slot machines and blackjack tables. The casinos are so much fun and a great way to get some free drinks (if you’re gambling the waiters will come over and get you any drink you want, tip $ if you want them to return).

There are also sooooo many shows on offer ranging from Cirque du Soleil, to Magic Mike Live and X-tina. This time we went to see The Beatles Cirque du Soleil, Love, at the Mirage hotel. Before you head to Vegas, check what’s on and try and bag yourselves some tickets to a show.

 

Day Trips

There are lots of day trips on offer from Vegas too.

⁃Grand Canyon; take a helicopter trip down to the Grand Canyon and have a picnic overlooking one of the seven wonders of the world. Or if copters aren’t your thing, take a coach journey to the Grand Canyon

⁃The Valley of Fire; one of Nevada’s most iconic natural wonders

⁃Hoover Dam

⁃Area 51; one of the most mysterious places in the world

⁃Lake Mead; a great place to hire a boat for the day

⁃Los Angeles; only a 4 hour drive from Vegas, you could spend the day in LA. But I would recommend going for a few nights to enjoy it to the max

Las Vegas is a great place to visit whether you are with family, friends or your boyfriend/girlfriend. There’s so much to do, it’s impossible to get bored there.

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Thanks for reading!

The Blonde Sunchaser x

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