If there's one thing you can always count on in Vegas, it's unparalleled entertainment... and the world's best strip clubs, and topless pools, and great steakhouses, and then even more great steakhouses, and epic margaritas, and desserts. Ok, but besides all that, the one thing you can count on in Vegas is a slew of sweet spots opening up, so we picked the 10 new bars/restaurants you need to try right now.
On the Strip
Chef Daniel Boulud returns to the Strip with what could be the best French restaurant in Las Vegas: you might get thrown off by the sight of three burgers on the menu... but they’re worth checking out if you’re not up for paying more than $90 for a ribeye. Just skip the freedom fries and go for the escargot on the side instead.
Back Room Burger
Off the Strip
The concept is simple -- quality burgers done right and on the fly while you spend some time by the pool at the Palms. If white meat is more your thing, check out the trio of fried chicken sliders while checking out the eye candy walking by in bikinis.
On the Strip
The Mirage’s Italian restaurant brought in a new chef a few months ago, and he made so many changes to the menu, they decided to revamp the whole place and give it a new name altogether. Now, ingredients straight from Italy and modern twists on traditional dishes are the norm… so make sure to try the chicken Parmesan featuring a sausage made in-house from leg and thigh meat.
Double Barrel Roadhouse
On the Strip
This spot in front of the Monte Carlo doesn’t really have a front door. Just plenty of wide open space that would be perfect on a beach somewhere, but since it's on the busy Las Vegas Strip, you’ll have to settle for a view of that instead, which isn't so bad when you consider that you're chowing down on wood-grilled porkchops, mini corn dogs, and something called “Pie in a Jar”.
When the old Lady Luck Casino got renovated and transformed into the stylish Downtown Grand, somebody in charge decided to actually do something with the roof: there’s a pool, a vast lounging area, and in PICNIC, some of the most Summertime-appropriate eats in Las Vegas, including their OMG Burger and fried chicken, or lighter fare like Garlic Edamame and Edamame Dip made from (you guessed it!) edamame.
Yusho Grill & Noodle House
On the Strip
Ramen isn't just for broke college students in dorm rooms, and even if said noodles don't win you over (although they should), you’ve got sake in to-go cans and a selection of cocktails on tap, including what might be the best gin and tonic in Las Vegas. Repeat: the gin and tonic is on tap. And it’s awesome.
BLVD. Cocktail Company
On the Strip
You’re just steps away from the big wheel in the sky known as the High Roller, and you need a drink, so hit this brand-new cocktail lounge at The LINQ, where the in-house piano players offer a nice break from the EDM currently spinning elsewhere on the Strip. And, yes, by “elsewhere” we pretty much mean “everywhere”.
At the West end of Fremont St, you’ll find the Plaza -- home to Bier Garten and plenty of craft beer, a yard with real grass, and a preference for German spelling. There’re also baked pretzels large enough for four people, aka just one average Thrilllist reader.
On the Strip
This mainstay coffee lounge and espresso bar finally has a location on the Strip, where sure, there aren't any clocks, but it's cool, 'cause it's always time for carefully selected coffee beans from places you would never be able to point out on a globe.
1. db Brasserie3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas
2. Back Room Burger4321 W Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas
3. Portofino3400 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas
4. Double Barrel Roadhouse3770 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas
5. PICNIC206 N 3rd St, Las Vegas
6. Yusho3770 S Las Vegas BLVD, Paradise
7. BLVD. Cocktail Company3535 Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas
8. Bier Garten1 South Main St, Las Vegas
9. Flour & Barley3545 Las Vegas Blvd. South #L-25 The Linq, Las Vegas
10. Sambalatte Torrefazione750 S Rampart Blvd, #9, Las Vegas
Internationally acclaimed chef Daniel Boulud is the mastermind behind this sleek, luxurious French eatery tucked away inside the Venetian. He's serving up modern takes on French eats, with classics like Pâté de Campagne bourguignon and Parisian steak tartare, but he's also shaking things up with American takes like California white sea bass and the Frenchie Burger (an angus beef patty with morbier cheese, confit pork belly and arugula on a black pepper bun).
This burger joint is poolside by the Palms, and while they might be known for their casual lunches/dinners/late-night snacks of delicious burger options, they're also rocking homemade custard shakes that come in chocolate, vanilla, or espresso.
An alum of other Strip spots like Bouchon and Alex, Chef Michael LaPlaca brings his coastal Italian cuisine to the Mirage Resort & Casino with romantic Portofino, where he uses ingredients imported from Italy to create modern takes on traditional dishes, such as crab cake arancini and meatballs topped with cheese-stuffed squash blossoms. The Tuscan-influenced restaurant hand-crafts its pasta, too, which you can try in plates like pork-cheek ravioli and ripatelli with wild-boar bolognese. LaPlaca even keeps his gluten-free customers in mind with a separate menu of pasta made from arborio rice flour.
Keep it casual at this eatery in front of the Monte Carlo, where they're serving up down-home, Southern-inspired bites like chicken fried steak, cheddar cheese grits, and chicken pot pie.
Located on the third floor rooftop of the Downtown Grand, this outdoor, tent-covered communal dining/entertainment area boasts a pool, blackjack games, live entertainment, and bites perfect for Summer, like fried chicken and burgers.
Chef Matthias Merges brings Yusho to the Monte Carlo, where you can score Japanese bites inspired by street food, like steamed buns, various types of noodles, and assorted kimchi.
This cocktail lounge on the LINQ has a swanky 2,700sqt space with plush booths, outdoor seating, hand-crafted cocktails, and even live piano music.
This Downtown Bier Garten with a penchant for German spelling slings serious craft brews and German eats, like a pretzel they say serves four, but who are you kidding.
Located in close proximity to the LINQ, Flour and Barley is serving up brick oven-fired pizza. The pizzas are hot and fresh, with wood-fired crusts, and are complimented well with an impressive wine list, and more than 150 beers, including a deep selection of craft brews from around the country.
This Brazilian-influenced coffeeshop is renowned for the quality of their coffee, sourced from around the globe and roasted locally, and for the unique latte art that graces the top of every espresso drink. The mini-chain has several locations around Vegas, but each one is devoted to serving the best espresso possible. With warm, coffee-inspired tones, comfy couches, and free wifi, this is a cozy place that encourages patrons to linger, make friends with other locals, and learn more about the coffeemaking process. The cafes are also active in the community, regularly hosting live music, poetry readings, and other events.