Day 2: OK, do the Strip and make it count
Today is going to be all about the Strip, so just embrace it and get weird, starting with Yoga with the Dolphins at The Mirage, in which you do yoga in front of "an underwater dolphin viewing area." Seriously, IT'S SO RELAXING, THEY'RE DOLPHINS! The natural next step from there is a little morning gambling. Though it seems counterintuitive, hitting the casinos in the morning means smaller crowds and cheaper minimums at tables, and also feels weirdly dangerous in a positive way. For lunch, check out Block 16 Urban Food Hall, a newish spot in the Cosmopolitan where you can quickly sample an all-star lineup of joints from around the country. Play your cards right and split a mix of Hattie B's hot chicken (Nashville), sandwiches from Lardo (Portland), and some wings from Pok Pok (Portland again).
In the afternoon, let’s do a different kind of pool party -- mostly, Las Vegas pool scenes are extremely gross and disconcerting. But the pool at the NoMad -- "inspired by the Majorelle Gardens of Morocco" -- offers a much more refined version of that, with excellent, NoMad-level frozen cocktails. Even the summer pool parties there (called JEMAA) tend to be more-chill, less-crowded affairs that are more heavy on locals.
Kick off the evening at the new Park MGM restaurant from Roy Choi, Best Friend, where you can get his famous Kogi short rib tacos, dumplings, spicy pork BBQ, and very solid cocktails. If the Golden Knights are playing, you should absolutely go. Live hockey is an incredible experience, but live hockey in Las Vegas is its own very special thing. Grab dinner postgame at Majordōmo, new sibling of David Chang's LA hot spot, only this version has tableside smoked prime rib, dim sum, and most importantly, an entire separate slider restaurant, which Chang claims is modeled on Jersey's legendary White Manna.
You're only doing the Strip for one night, so you might as well make it count at the cool, reservations-only Mr. COCO in the Palms. The speakeasy-ish cocktail spot from Francesco Lafranconi is upscale and over the top, but the drinks are excellent and the nightly entertainment is fantastic.
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