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 and order a 30- or 60-oz “golfbag” party punch to share. On weekends, enjoy a mimosa-fueled brunch at Hideaway Pool on the third level.
Celebrate the recent wave of local dining...
Off the Strip
There's a reason that so many of our best new restaurants were nowhere near a casino resort -- the Vegas dining scene is far more interesting than just what you'll find on the Strip, and people are finally starting to recognize that. You can enjoy great neighborhood dining at spots like Black Sheep, District One, Esther's Kitchen, Flock & Fowl, Kitchen at Atomic, Other Mama, Ada’s, La Strega, Locale, and Sparrow + Wolf. And if you want super cheap food, there's a guide for that, too.
Go celebrity chef spotting
At this risk of making an inaccurate claim, there are most likely more celebrity chef restaurants per capita in Las Vegas than anywhere else in the world, and most of them have multiple properties. Emeril? Bam! Wolfgang? Ja. Nobu? Morimoto? Hai! Humm? Yum! Robuchon, both Kellers (Thomas and Hubert), the Michaels Mina and Symon, Savoy, Colicchio, Chang, Flay, Fieri -- all present and accounted for. With rare exception, every chef with a modicum of "celebrity" has a joint in Vegas, though admittedly, not all celebrity chef Vegas outposts are created equal. For the best all-around food and drink experience, hit up one of José Andrés' places, Jaleo inside the Cosmopolitan or Bazaar Meat at the SLS/soon to be Sahara (again). Giada inside the Cromwell has hands-down the best view of the Strip of any Vegas restaurant and is favored by the influencer set. For a truly dining-as-theatre ridiculous Vegas experience, head to Gordon Ramsay's Hell's Kitchen at Caesars. And to spot a WHOLE BUNCH of celebrity chefs rubbing elbows and taking selfies with fans in one place, do not miss Vegas Uncork'd from Bon Appétit in May. The USA TODAY Wine & Food Experience, held in October, is also a great food festival to peep some celeb chefs, including the Martha Stewart, one of the rare exceptions to the Vegas celebrity chef restaurant rule.