Las Vegas, Nevada. Otherwise known as the Gambling Captial of the World. But what do you do there if you’re not into gambling? You may be surprised to know that a lot of Las Vegas tourists don’t actually go there to gamble away their life savings. Las Vegas is also known as the Entertainment Capital of the World and you’ll soon see why. After all, they don’t also call it Sin City for nothing! See where you can drink the night away and maybe spot a celebrity or two…
Cool Off At A Bar Made Entirely Of Ice
One of the key components to enjoying an alcoholic beverage is maintaining its cool temperature, which is especially important in the scorching Las Vegas heat! Warm drinks are the least of anyone’s concern at Minus5° Ice Bar located inside the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino at the south end of the Las Vegas Strip. The bar itself remains at minus five degrees Celsius (23° Fahrenheit for you Westerners) since everything — from the seats to the glasses themselves — are completely made from 100 percent pure Canadian ice. Sounds like a very cool experience if you ask us.
Practice Yoga In The Sky
Yoga can offer an elevated experience both mentally and physically, but this has never been truer than in Las Vegas. The Linq Hotel is home to the world’s tallest observation wheel, the High Roller, which offers a yoga session like no other. As you make your way up to 550 feet in the air, yoga instructors guide your practice through a headset that tunes out the world around you. The one-hour session counts for two rotations on the High Roller, where you can stretch and center yourself amid the Las Vegas skyline.
Live Out Your Wildest Fantasies And Try Bulldozing
If you’ve ever wanted to operate a bulldozer, but a job in construction isn’t really your thing, then leave it up to Vegas to give you the experience of a lifetime! At Dig This Las Vegas, you have the opportunity to use all sorts of construction equipment without worrying about the damaging consequences. “The Aggression Session,” for example, lets you use a 30,000-pound Caterpillar excavator to crush and destroy an old car! There’s probably a lot of liabilities to consider with an activity like this, which is why you can expect to fork over hundreds of dollars for the experience.
Swim With The Sharks — Almost Literally
In Vegas, you will be swimming with the sharks, and we’re not talking about the mobster sense that ruled the area in the ’50s and ’60s. At the classic Golden Nugget casino, you can visit The Tank, which is home to an aquarium that boasts sharks, rays, and other aquatic life as well as a three-story water slide in the midst of it all. The pool area itself surrounds the aquarium, so visitors can swim right next to a shark if they’re brave enough. There’s even a 21-and-older pool area exclusive to hotel guests called the Hideout, which has its own two-story infinity pool!
Hang Out In A Three-Story Chandelier
If elegance is what you’re looking for, then look no further than The Chandelier bar at The Cosmopolitan. Located in the heart of the casino is a tri-level bar nestled within a chandelier that boasts two million beaded crystals, making for a drinking experience that is nothing short of extravagant. Each level of the bar offers a unique and opulent atmosphere. The first level on the casino floor is bustling with activity, while the third level is a more intimate setting. In Summer 2017, the second level was treated to a million-dollar makeover that included new floors, light fixtures, and furniture.
Like A Dance Club, In A Pool
Visit Las Vegas during the summer and you’ll probably hear a thing or two about Wet Republic. The Wet Republic Ultra Pool at MGM Grand is almost 60,000 square-feet of the ultimate pool party experience. Large saltwater pools and smaller dipping pools are surrounded by party cabanas and bungalows that offer bottle service and delicious food, but the main event is the open-air covered lounge where the hottest DJs are spinning for a crowd of half-naked partygoers. This is one of Vegas’s biggest ongoing events of the summer and has been hosted by the likes of Afrojack, Tiesto, and Hardwell.
Watch Your Favorite ’90s Artists Perform Live
Have you ever wanted to see your favorite pop artists when they were in town, but circumstances never allowed you to? Well, come to Vegas and your dreams might just come true. A lot of artists maintain concert residencies at hotels along the strip, the most successful of them all being Celine Dion’s “A New Day.” When an artist has a residency in Vegas, that usually means their career is in decline, but that doesn’t stop their numerous fans from coming to see them! Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez, and even The Backstreet Boys are all Vegas fixtures as of early 2018. Britney Spears may be out of the mix now, but she’s been replaced by Lady Gaga!
Have A Cocktail And Drink Like It’s 1922
Ask any Las Vegas bartender where they like to go for happy hour and they’ll probably direct you to Herbs & Rye. As a bar that understands and upholds the true craft behind a cocktail, it’s easy to see why this spot is popular with locals and tourists alike. They have an extensive cocktail menu organized by era. Want to taste something folks were drinking way back during the Prohibition? There’s a menu for that. They even have concoctions from the Gothic Age, labeled on their menu as “drinks with spirituous strength and little else.”
Eat As Much Small, Fancy Food As You Can Handle
You can’t expect to visit a casino without seeing a buffet and Vegas has plenty of them. A unique buffet experience is waiting for you at Wicked Spoon Buffet in The Cosmopolitan. Nestled in the back of the resort’s convention spaces, Wicked Spoon focuses on providing a calm, elegant dining experience that you can’t get with traditional buffets. While hordes of people are usually piling food onto their plates, at Wicked Spoon, chefs want you to appreciate your food, which is why most offerings come in small portions that are already individually plated. Expect high-brow options like roasted bone marrow, goat cheese ravioli, or even asiago gnocchi in lamb ragout.
Run Into A Celebrity At 1OAK
1OAK (One of A Kind, a misnomer considering the original location in New York) is arguably one of the most popular nightclubs in the world, let alone the Vegas strip. 1OAK brings the sophisticated and high-class nature of New York City nightlife to Vegas and club-mongers from all over the globe flock to 1OAK for a one-of-a-kind experience. Unannounced A-list celebrity appearances (this club is frequented by the Kardashian crew), impromptu performances from musical guests, and a dance floor in the center of the venue make for a truly exciting club experience. But at just 16,000 square feet, 1OAK is surely one of the more intimate clubs on the strip. If over-the-top is what you’re looking for at a club, then wait until you read about one of 1OAK’s sister establishments…
Pretend You’re At The Beach Instead Of The Desert
You may be in the middle of the desert, but at the Mandalay Bay Beach at the Mandalay Bay Resort will have you feeling like you’re at a seaside paradise. Trip Advisor voted it as one of the best pools in the U.S. and once you set foot on this aquatic playground, it’s easy to see why. Mandalay Bay Beach boasts a lazy-river and 2,700 tons of sand to complement a 1.6 million gallon wave pool, dotted with hundreds of lounge chairs and rentable cabanas. The faux beach offers fun and relaxation for everyone at this Vegas pool, which is why it is a popular spot for families.
Face Your Fear Of Heights At The Stratosphere
Las Vegas is where people come to feel like they’re on top of the world and they’re probably saying this when they’re visiting The Stratosphere. One of the most iconic hotel and casino in Vegas, The Stratosphere’s main attraction is the 1,149-foot Stratosphere Tower – the second tallest in the Western Hempishere. Visitors can take a trip all the way to the top and that’s where the real fun begins. If 1,149 feet isn’t enough altitude for you, Big Shot will shoot you up almost 200 more feet before freefalling back to launch. Insanity spins you 64 feet over the Tower edge as you dangle 900 feet above the street, while X-Scream catapults you headfirst 27 feet over the Tower edge. If you’re feeling completely reckless, you can even bungee jump off the edge.
Get Your Spa On In Complete And Utter Luxury
After all the partying from the night before, some people just want to wind down and detox, which is why Las Vegas resorts are not complete without star-quality spas. The Sahra Spa & Hammam in The Cosmopolitan offers a truly authentic Turkish-bath-style pampering. Book the “Moroccan Journey” and you’ll gain exclusive use of the 1,200-square-foot hammam, where you’ll get cleansed and exfoliated with volcanic black soap before being engulfed in a rhassoul clay masque, sealing the deal with pure honey. After a steam and a soak, your Moroccan Journey ends with the signature Sahra Massage. Now take a deep breath and say, “Ahhh, I just spent all my money in Vegas but it is soo worth it!”
Keep It Lowkey At Drai’s
If you’re looking to hit up the club, but don’t necessarily want to be overwhelmed with the raging party atmosphere of most places, then Drai’s and Drai’s After Hours might be more up your alley. Located at The Cromwell, Drai’s Nightclub offers an experience that will make you feel like a VIP. It’s still a club with your usual fare of drinks and all-night DJs, but most Vegas guides will say that Drai’s is for the too-cool-for-anything millennials who are just like everyone else at heart. You can top off the night at Drai’s After Hours, where you can party on until the break of dawn.
Be One Of The Millions Of People To Rave About Hakkasan
We can’t talk about Vegas nightclubs and not put this on the list! Hakkasan is probably the most popular nightclub around. This multi-level club boasts some of the world’s biggest DJs such as Tiesto, Calvin Harris, and Steve Aoki which is only appropriate since one of the things that Hakkasan is known for is how great the music sounds. Hakkasan is probably the crown jewel of all nightclubs and is owned by the Hakkasan group, who certainly know how to throw a party considering they own a number of other clubs on the Strip, including 1OAK, Omnia, and Jewel.
Get Exclusive Access To The Seafood Section At The World’s Longest Buffet
If variety is what you’re looking for in a buffet then you’ll definitely have to stop by the Rio Hotel and Casino to visit the Carnival World & Seafood Buffet. In 2015, Rio combined its Carnival World buffet and Village Seafood buffet into one mega-dining experience. The buffet features over 200 dishes spanning from Asian cuisine, to pizza, live-action cooking, and more. But for an addition $15, you can gain access to the seafood section of the buffet, which boasts 70 seafood dishes that are a definite upgrade from when the seafood buffet stood on its own. The dessert area alone houses over 70 varieties of all the sugary sweets your heart desires!
Swim Like A God At Caesar’s Palace
There is probably no pool experience in Vegas more opulent than at the Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis at Caesars Palace. Here, you’ll feel like a god or goddess in this ancient Roman paradise, where seven different spacious pools await your presence. Decorated with Roman-style architecture, the Garden of the Gods Pool is shrouded in elegance. Each pool has its own collection of cabanas, day beds, and lounge chairs and one of them even has a swim-up blackjack table! Of course, you’re not really living until you get poolside service to bring you your mojito, because what’s Vegas without drinks?!
Find Your Vibe At The Marquee
Marquee Nightclub in The Cosmopolitan has something for everyone. The 60,000 square-foot space is home to one of the hottest nightclubs on the strip and it’s easy to see why. Their main room hosts some of the biggest names in EDM music like Kaskade and Dash Berlin and it opens up to an extensive patio area that hosts their Dayclub during the summer. If EDM isn’t your style, you can head downstairs to their more discreet Boom Box room, also known as the hip-hop room, which includes a balcony that offers a view of the strip. As if you couldn’t get any more discreet (than why are you even at the club in the first place?), you can also check out The Library room.
Drink Like A Pirate At The Golden Tiki
If you’re in Vegas, looking for drinks and a fun time but not necessarily in Vegas, then you might want to check out the Golden Tiki. Located in the local Chinatown, the Golden Tiki is the bar for any swashbuckling enthusiast or someone just looking to have a great time. Highly recommended by tourists, this place is a great alternative to the prices and swarms of people on the Strip. There is also a tour with an extensive backstory to the bar that you should also take while you’re there, so long as you’ve had a couple drinks first.
The Pool Party You’ve Always Wanted An Invite To
Wet Republic can get pretty hectic, but the Encore Beach Club can give them a run for their money. Located at the Wynn, the Encore Beach Club was named the Las Vegas Day Club of the Year in 2017. Not only does the Encore Beach Club feature 26 cabanas with a flat-screen TV and a fully-stocked fridge, you can go the extra mile and rent out a bungalow that has a private bathroom and a private balcony with a view of the Strip! DJs who host this posh pool party include Diplo, Major Lazer, David Guetta, and The Chainsmokers.