Food & Drink

Las Vegas' 13 best places to party... while having dinner

Published On 08/12/2014 Published On 08/12/2014
Erik Kabik/Rose.Rabbit.Lie.
STK
MGM Resorts International
HofbrÀuhaus
LAVO
Park on Fremont
Cabo Wabo
Tao Las Vegas
Hi Scores
Erik Kabik
Cantina Laredo
Hakkasan
Lagasse’s Stadium
Brian Brown
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1. STK Las Vegas 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

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.

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2. Foundation Room 3950 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89119 (Strip)

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.

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3. HofbrÀuhaus Las Vegas 4510 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89169 (Off Strip)

A precise replica of Munich's own HofbrÀuhaus 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 HofbrÀuhaus' three year-round mainstays on tap plus dozens of other seasonal offerings all for the taking (er, drinking).

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4. LAVO 3325 Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89101 (Strip)

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.

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5. Park on Fremont 506 East Fremont, Las Vegas, NV 89101

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.

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6. Cabo Wabo Cantina 3663 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

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.

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7. TAO Nightclub 3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

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.

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8. Hi Scores Bar-Arcade 65 S. Stephanie St., Henderson, NV 89012

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.

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9. Rose. Rabbit. Lie. 3708 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

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.

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10. Cantina Laredo Las Vegas 430 South Rampart Blvd, Suite #110, Las Vegas, NV 89145 (Off Strip)

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.

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11. Hakkasan Las Vegas Restaurant and Nightclub 3799 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

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.

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12. Lagasse's Stadium 3325 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

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.

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13. CRUSH 3799 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

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.