Explore the food and drinks of Chinatown
Las Vegas has an awesome under-hyped Chinatown that's just a few blocks west of the Strip on Spring Mountain Road -- making it an easy Uber ride for anyone at a big hotel. This hub of culture and cuisine has even more variety than you might expect. The restaurants include the spicy Szechuan flavors of Chengdu Taste, the robata-grilled cuisine of Raku, the masterful Japanese dining at Yui Edomae Sushi, and even the experimental fusion of Sparrow + Wolf. Along the way, grab a cocktail at Golden Tiki, Sand Dollar Lounge, or the Leatherneck Club -- which honestly have little to do with Asian culture, but are still awesome places to hang out.
Hit golf balls (and try the pretzel board) at Topgolf
Off the Strip
While there are a few Topgolf locations around the country, the one in Vegas smokes 'em all. You've got three levels to drive golf balls while staring straight at the Strip skyline -- which looks great day or night. Meanwhile, hang out in your own private bay while ordering drinks and food like a ridiculous Pretzel Board, which is kinda like a charcuterie and fruit plate served inside a giant soft pretzel.
Celebrate the latest wave of local dining...
Off the Strip
There's a reason that seven of our 11 best new restaurants of 2017 were nowhere near a casino resort. A new wave of neighborhood dining is proving that inventive menus and expertly prepared cuisine can thrive in an environment that isn't designed by a committee of hotel executives. So what do Black Sheep, District One, Esther's Kitchen, Flock & Fowl, Kitchen at Atomic, Metro Pizza, Other Mama, Paid in Full, and Sparrow + Wolf have in common -- aside from great food? Their chefs will all be taking part in Vegas Unstripped by Locals, a tasting and drink event on May 12 at a super secret location to be revealed with a $55 ticket purchase. Many of these places stand toe-to-toe with the mainstay top restaurants in Vegas, so trust us when we say the event or meals at any of them individually will prove worth it. And if you want super cheap food, there's a guide for that, too.
... Or go even bigger in search of food and fame at Vegas Uncork'd...
On the Strip
If you or your guests have the cash to splurge, spring has a full slate of other food, wine, and beer festivals, but the biggest culinary event of the season is Vegas Uncork'd, also held in mid-May. Over four days, guests can enjoy private dinners presented by the likes of Gordon Ramsay, Giada de Laurentiis, and Nobu Matsuhisa. Or -- just show up for the main event: The Grand Tasting poolside at Caesars Palace, where you can mix with celebrity chefs while sampling bites from their Vegas restaurants. If you're dying for a selfie with Guy Savoy, now's your chance.
... Or skip the food events and snag the deals at Estiatorio Milos
It's easy to narrow Estiatorio Milos down as one of the best restaurants in Vegas based on its fresh seafood and Mediterranean-inspired menu. But it also scores points for tossing out a great bargain here and there. On the first Thursday of every month, the Winemakers Table Dinner serves up six courses for $79 -- wine pairings included! There's also a $49 four-course pre-theater dinner menu and the famous $29 three-course lunch. For one of our best restaurants in town, that's killer.