Two important facts you probably weren't aware of: 1) you can't spend all your time in Vegas at topless pools, and 2) the very best times in Sin City start at restaurants where you can score great eats AND get the party going at the same time. Here are the 13 best...
This fashionable steakhouse is designed to be a one-stop-shop for those looking for a fun night on the Strip, thanks to gorgeous girls, DJs cranking out dance music, and of course, some fantastic cuisine. If all that isn't enough, Marquee Nightclub is just steps away.
Once a private club for high rollers, the Foundation Room is no longer “members only” and is just an elevator ride away at the top of the Mandalay Bay resort. Soak in the view -- and some booze -- on the patio, and then move indoors to one of the intimate dining areas for duck confit, fresh fish, and truffle macaroni 'n cheese.
Head a few blocks East of the Strip for a wild and rowdy evening inside an exact replica of the original 425-year-old Hofbräuhaus in Munich. The authentic German beer hall offers plenty of Bavarian pork dishes, pretzels, and live entertainment during its keg tapping celebrations, plus you can head outside for some fresh air and enjoy more booze in the tree-lined beer garden.
The upstairs nightclub was recently renovated into a lounge, but the restaurant on the ground floor remains the perfect place to bring a large group of friends for a night of Italian food. You’ll find corporate dinners, bachelorette parties, and a brunch geared towards the rowdy club crowd that never quite made it home the night before.
Begin with mac & cheese balls and wrap-up your meal with deep-fried Oreo cookies. Then head to the patio where the drinks continue under the sky... and spill onto East Fremont. It’s one of the busiest spots to party in the city with plenty of bars within walking distance.
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Sammy Hagar’s South-of-the-border-inspired spot was designed to be loud and rowdy with lots of outdoor seating, and of course, the rock star’s signature tequila, which you should totally enjoy alongside some fish tacos or a hunk of cilantro jalapeño chicken.
This multi-level party destination is big, loud, and always busy. The nightclub upstairs features a number of different rooms playing everything from old-school R&B to EDM. Plus, you’ve got Buddha statues alongside girls swimming in bathtubs -- barely covered by flower petals -- that're sure to work up your appetite for... the Asian cuisine served in the downstairs dining room. Why... what'd you think we were gonna say?
After a NASA programmer got finished with the Space Shuttle program, he decided to open up this bar and restaurant with a menu heavy on craft beer and food made with fresh ingredients. Oh, and the same dude also invented the insanely popular Golden Tee video game, which you can play for free (yes, free), along with some other arcade favorites.
On the Strip
The Vegas Nocturne variety show was recently dropped, but this restaurant is still busy thanks to a diverse menu and in-house entertainment that includes a live band and dancers on the dining room tables. Order up a Moscow mule on draft to go with the lively atmosphere and Russian caviar tacos.
This Mexican restaurant has an exotic menu, a vast tequila selection, and additional rooms for large parties. It also has a courtyard, so you can take the fun outside and mingle with the guests spilling out of the Poppy Den next door.
On the Strip
One of the busiest nightclubs on the planet also has a restaurant next door that's serving high-end Cantonese food like steamed dim sum and the popular Crispy Duck Salad. Think of it as a place to pregame -- with a Plum Sour or a Mango Bellini -- before heading over to the dance floor for a night of questionable behavior, and to painfully extend a metaphor, hopefully scoring.
The sports bar at The Palazzo has tons of HD televisions, stadium seating so you can watch a larger-than-life big screen, and a menu put together by celebrity Chef Emeril Lagasse. So if you’re going to get a group together to enjoy a football game or UFC fight, this is the place to pound alcohol and scream at the screen.
MGM Grand Hotel
Just off the floor of the MGM Grand Casino, this spot specializes in wine, beer, and creative dishes designed for sharing… by known party animals like Miley Cyrus, Luke Bryan, and the LA Kings (who took over the place to celebrate their Stanley Cup victory). The garden room and wine cellar can be booked for private events and presumbably a bit of naughty behavior if the satyr -- a mythological creature that’s half-goat and fond of drunken debauchery -- found in the restaurant’s logo is any indication.
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1. STK Las Vegas3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S, Las Vegas
2. Foundation Room3950 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas
3. Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas4510 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas
4. LAVO3325 Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas
5. Park on Fremont506 East Fremont, Las Vegas
6. Cabo Wabo Cantina3663 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas
7. TAO Nightclub3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas
8. Hi Scores Bar-Arcade65 S. Stephanie St., Henderson
9. Rose. Rabbit. Lie.3708 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas
10. Cantina Laredo Las Vegas430 South Rampart Blvd, Suite #110, Las Vegas
11. Hakkasan Las Vegas Restaurant and Nightclub3799 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas
12. Lagasse's Stadium3325 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas
13. CRUSH3799 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas
The Cosmopolitan’s fashionable steakhouse is designed to be a one-stop-shop for those looking for a fun night on the Strip with DJs, and of course, delicious meat-based dining.
The Foundation Room, nestled inside Mandalay Bay, gets you plush sofas, dark hallways, and an epic view from the North end of The Strip. This shadow-y spot screams decadence in the form of seafood towers, bottle service, and members-only secret perks. Expect to see high rollers, socialites and trendsetters and maybe (or maybe not) feel woefully out of place.
A precise replica of Munich's own Hofbräuhaus brewery, Vegas's version features authentic German food like schnitzels and steaks from its own restaurant, which you can feast on among tasters in the beer hall or in the indoor beer garden (tip: the beer garden is better for eating, the beer hall is better for strictly drinking). On tap you'll find Hofbräuhaus' three year-round mainstays on tap plus dozens of other seasonal offerings all for the taking (er, drinking).
Lavo is a bi-level restaurant & casino/nightclub that balances Mediterranean dining against Vegas-style performance art and grandeur — see: the $5000 copper tub in the dining room.. The restaurant's floor boasts high ceilings, aged and carved wood ceiling and low-hanging chandeliers for a top-notch night of romance and opulence. Ingredients come straight from Italy every week and are used to create gourmet pastas, pizzas and other classic Italian dishes.
This hip little eatery on Fremont boats great cocktails, sharable plates, and eclectic decor, all meant to convey a vibe of friendly unpretentiousness. To that end, the food is made of bar favorites like wings and corn dogs, or signature dishes like the chicken and waffle sandwich or the Philly mac and cheese—messy comfort foods meant to bring people together. The back patio of this place is where the action is, with 2,5000sqft of space, a seesaw, and salvaged metal art galore. Cocktails like the Stranger Danger and the Trophy Wife display their sense of humor, while packing a serious wallop at the same time. This place is pretty popular, but easy enough to walk in and find a seat.
This combination booze-shack and live music venue is the 2nd stateside outpost of the franchise that somehow combined Cabo San Lucas sleepy-town laid-back attitude with Vegas' live-fast-die-young one. The result: a mid-Strip joint with grass awnings, full Mexican lunch and dinner menus and a whole lot of tequila. Any spot on the Strip is sure to be crowded at any time, but the wait to get on the patio is worth it to chow down on damn-near-perfect guacamole, idly drink a massive margarita and watch as drunken tourists and Vegas' eccentric crowd stumble past below.
Located in the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian, this Asian bistro meets nightlife hotspot is a staple on the Strip, offering -- perhaps unexpectedly -- excellent Chinese, Japanese, and Thai small plates in its extravagant restaurant downstairs (and we mean "extravagant" -- bathtubs full of rose petals line the entranceway and a giant Buddha statue supervises your dinner) and a rotating lineup of DJs in its multi-room nightclub upstairs. You'll feel like a celebrity (and possibly bump into some) as you bounce from one swanky room to the next, getting down to top-40 hits and, on certain nights, special acts that have included Snoop Dogg.
This bar and restaurant has a ton of craft bee, plus food made with fresh ingredients and video/arcade games you can play for free.
Not your typical restaurant, Rose. Rabbit. Lie. features a waaaay more than just the extra punctuation. This social club experience combines fine dining with next-level performances featuring contortionists, dancers, actors, and more, all in the heart of The Cosmopolitan.
This "modern Mexican" eatery in Tivoli Village serves up tasty South of the Border eats like the crab cakes benedict topped with poached eggs and a chipotle-wine hollandaise sauce, plus a killer Bloody Maria.
This nightclub and resto is located inside the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, and combines modern Cantonese cuisine with musical performances from many of today's hottest performing artists.
It’s appropriate that this spot is called a “stadium,” because the space is so massive that it exceeds a typical sports bar: the 24,000 square ft., bi-level dome boasts over 100 flat screen TVs and a sleek, modern interior. And these aren’t your average bar bites either, considering it’s Emeril Lagasse behind the menu. Expect elevated takes on pub staples, from small fare like chili cheese fries with homemade beef and bean chili, as well as heavy-hitting standouts like the Creole Burger, a nod to the chef’s Louisiana roots with Andouille sausage, garlic mayo, three chili pepper gouda, and caramelized onions.
The MGM Grand plays host to this inviting and charming restaurant that focuses on creating intimate moments with shared food. Small plates and sharable portions are the hallmark of this relaxed space, which prides itself on having local ingredients and plenty of options for vegetarians, vegans, and the gluten free among us. A lengthy list of beers, wines, and craft cocktails is available to choose from, including the signature Punch, Drunk, Love which is served—you guessed it—family style. Two seating areas mean the space can hold many diners at once while still feeling intimate, and the relaxed furnishings are sure to put you at ease.