Top 9 Things To Do in Las Vegas
I’ve been to Las Vegas more than a handful of times to work, to play, to bet, to see shows, and, of course, to eat! And while what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas may be girl (and bro) code, I’m spilling all my secrets here. So before you hit the roulette tables or break out your stretchy pants for the all-you-can-eat crab legs at the buffet, take a look at my list of the 9 best things to do in Vegas—it’s a great place to start!
Before digging in, if you’re looking for a place to stay, consider The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. With a sassy, swanky vibe that’s anything but pretentious, it’s hands down my favorite hotel in Sin City. The property is bursting with memorable dining and entertainment options, like The Chandelier Lounge, a-three story bar in the middle of the hotel surrounded by curtains of floor-to-ceiling crystals. Whether you’re a hotel guest or not, stop in for a photo opp and a glass of champs. The opulent setting will make you feel like you should throw on a sequin gown before hitting the Vegas Strip.
Where to Eat in Las Vegas
Eat Italian at Sinatra, The Encore Las Vegas
Walk inside Sinatra at The Encore Las Vegas and you’ll immediately be serenaded by music from the legend himself. And while I’m a fan of his smooth jazz, you won’t find me oohing and ahhing over his Grammy (there’s one on display inside the restaurant), but instead seated at the table drooling over the next course.
If you’re lucky enough to visit Vegas when it doesn’t feel like a sauna, grab a table outside—it’s a gorgeous, colorful garden setting. Start with the Polipo, Mediterranean octopus, red onion, fried capers, roasted red pepper emulsion (pictured). Then move onto one of their signature dishes, the Veal Parmigiana, it’s a lightly breaded and fried piece of veal the size of your head that’s covered and smothered in melty mozzarella and pomodoro sauce. Wait for the cheese pull and remember, sharing is caring!
Sinatra, The Encore Las Vegas
3131 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Try the Tasting Menu at L'Atelier De Joel Robuchon, MGM Grand Las Vegas
I’m a firm believer in treating yourself, so I splurged on the tasting menu and wine pairing at L'Atelier on my recent trip to Las Vegas. They offer a few different options, but I chose the three-course and dessert prix fixe menu. Because I was dining solo, I requested the bar, but I what I didn’t realize was that I was getting the best seat in the house—the service bar. Perched on the stool where I sat transfixed all night, I enjoyed an impressive view of the Chef and his staff as they danced around the kitchen dishing up course after spectacular course.
After a tasty amuse-bouche and bread basket filled with flaky French pastries, I slurped down a plate of expertly seasoned oysters while sipping on a glass of champagne. The second course was a tomato gazpacho topped with creamy burrata and crunchy croutons. The main, my favorite course, was an al dente pasta served with buttery lobster (pictured) and silky smooth mashed potatoes, aka Robucho’s signature pomme purée (divine!). And because I always have room for dessert no matter how stuffed I am, I finished with a decadent dessert that combined a ring of milk chocolate with a mousse that’ll leave you wanting more.
L'Atelier De Joel Robucho, MGM Grand
3799 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Get Dinner & a Show at Sake Rock Las Vegas
If you’re in Vegas looking for a quiet, intimate dinner, Sake Rock is not the place. It’s a dimly lit, loud and interactive dinner and show wrapped into one. With the host decked out in drag, servers dancing to choreographed songs, and rock music blasting from the speakers, you’d think you’d forget all about your empty stomach. But after seeing platters overflowing with sushi rolls and nigiri, you’ll snap back to reality and remember why you came here in the first place—the sushi.
Pro tip: if you’re celebrating something, be sure to let the hostess or server know. You’ll enjoy an epic sake bomb and chopstick challenge on the house. Just try not to get wet!
3786 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Where to Drink in Las Vegas
People Watch at The Lobby Bar, The Encore Las Vegas
The Encore, home to my favorite pool, The Encore Beach Club, is one of the most extravagant hotels in Vegas. It’s a prime spot for people watching and if you don’t want to lounge in a pricey cabana or spend money on slots, head inside to The Lobby Bar. To be honest, the food is average, but the cocktails are on point. Plus, you’ll have a front row seat to watch bikini-clad women strutting their stuff alongside unexpected couples and boring businessmen.
The Lobby Bar, The Encore Las Vegas
3131 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Sip Cocktails Street Side at the Nine Fine Irishman, New York, New York Hotel & casino
Whether you want a glass of whiskey or a speciality cocktail (more my speed!), Nine Fine Irishman is an ideal outdoor spot along the Vegas Strip. The small bar, lined with misters for hot, humid days, is like an oasis after spending hours in a dark and noisy casino. If you’re lucky, there may even be a live musician strumming a guitar in the courtyard, just under the Brooklyn Bridge.
The Nine Fine Irishman, New York, New York Hotel & Casino
3790 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Watch the Sunset at The Top of the World, Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower
Stratosphere is the tallest hotel in Vegas and just below the observation deck sits the rotating restaurant Top of the World. If you’re thinking spinning around while imbibing sounds like a terrible idea, don’t worry, it moves very, very slowly. The height, 844 feet, offers breath-taking views of the neon-clad Sin City landscape. While the scenery is spectacular no matter what time of day, I’d recommend making a reservation around sunset and staying to see the bright lights come aglow.
Top of the World, Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower
2000 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89104
Things to Do in Las Vegas
Create a Colorful Chocolatey Mix at M&M’s world
Ever since I can remember my Mom has always kept bags of M&M’s stashed away in kitchen drawers, cabinets, and in her purse, doling them out to my siblings and I as she saw fit. So I guess you could say I got my love for the candy-coated chocolate from my Momma. And that’s probably why I felt the need to traverse the four-floors, stand in awe of their colorful candy wall, and order a sweet treat from the counter on the first floor.
3785 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Sing-A-Long at Michael Jackson: ONE
Whatever you do in Vegas, one thing you can’t miss? Taking in a show! There are so many options to choose from, but if you’re like me, you’ll want to find one that really captivates your senses. Michael Jackson One by Cirque Du Soleil does exactly that. You’ll be mesmerized by the flying acrobatics that Cirque shows are known for and do a double take when you see MJ moonwalk and sing his way across the stage.
I know the words to nearly every Michael Jackson song by heart, so while I’ve seen several shows in Las Vegas, this one holds a special place in my heart.
Michael Jackson One by Cirque du Soleil, Mandalay Bay
3950 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Take a Ride on the High Roller
Add new meaning to the phrase “high roller” on your next trip to Vegas and climb aboard the city’s hard-to-miss ferris wheel. Because I never like to miss a happy hour, I’d recommend purchasing the drink option. You’ll have an open bar inside your cabin and as you make your way to the top with a drink in hand, you’ll see sprawling views of the Spring Mountains in the distance, the Strip, and surrounding areas. Rides are only a half hour so you’ll be able to see the sights and then make moves.
High Roller, The LINQ Hotel & Casino
3545 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109