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WE BE CLUBBIN’
It’s club galore in Las Vegas and as soon as the sun goes down it’s time to make your way to crowded clubs filled with sex-crazed revelers desperate to make their own Hangover adventure…you know, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. Here’s where to make it happen…

 

tao vegas

TAO NIGHTCLUB

A legendary staple of club life in Las Vegas since its opening in 2005, Tao is located near the Strip-side entrance of The Grand Canal Shoppes in the Venetian. Always one of the city’s “it” spots for seeing and being seen, inhibitions are definitely left behind at the entrance.

Swank and posh, Tao is dripping with sex appeal as beautiful girls lay in rose petal filled tubs. The music may not be everyone’s personal choice but it gets so packed, they can fit nearly 3,000 club-goers, that there’s always eye candy to look at. This is the perfect club for Vegas, excess to success!

Unless you have dinner reservations or are willing to shell out big bucks for VIP access, or VIP Table Service ($1200 includes admission for 8, a table and two bottles of Grey Goose or equivalently priced alcohol), get in line early and make sure to follow the club’s dress code policy.

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Tao Nightclub is open Thursday & Friday 10PM to close, and Saturday 9:30PM to close.

 

 

tryst

TRYST

Tryst Nightclub is housed in the Wynn and is another hot spot about town. Not as huge as some of the other mega clubs be prepared to enter a packed, sweaty club with a barely-room-to-breathe dance floor. But isn’t that exactly what you want from the dance club?

The beauty of Tryst is the outdoor section with its spectacular 90-foot waterfall. There’s nothing like taking the party out underneath the stars, surrounded by trees and water. Unlike Tao’s seasonal beach, only open certain times of the year, this stunning forest area is always available to escape the hot confines inside the Tryst club.

It is definitely intimate inside the chic venue if not almost downright claustrophobic, which means women tend to wear less here. This is a no hang-ups club for people out for a damn good time.

Tryst is open Thursday – Sunday from 10PM to close.

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LEAVING L.A. WITHOUT REALLY LEAVING L.A.

 

steel panther

If for some reason you find yourself homesick in Las Vegas you can always make believe that you’re back in LaLa Land and take in the amazing Steel Panther show at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay.

The same guys that deliver the goods every Monday night at the HOB Sunset Strip also reside in Vegas every Saturday night. Metal lives, and sex and sleaze abound at a Steel Panther show.

And if you’re jonesing for just a taste of Los Angeles, head over to Pink’s at Planet Hollywood. If you don’t want gourmet and you’d rather have a quick fix of a hotdog and some chili then you already know damn well that it doesn’t get better than Pink’s. You’ll swear you never left town.

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ATTRACTIONS

With so much to see and do your options are really limitless in Las Vegas. You can go the free route and simply walk The Strip and check out the free shows outside in front of the casinos, but once you’ve done that a time or two the novelty does wear off, even though I have to admit the water show at The Bellagio is always impressive. But you can amuse yourself by shopping (even if it’s only window shopping) or checking out some of the following cool attractions.

 

cloud nine 

BEST VIEW IN TOWN

Up, up and away…let your spirit soar high above the city when you check out the Cloud Nine balloon ride.

Located on the Strip across the street from Mandalay Bay, Cloud Nine Balloon is the world’s largest land tethered helium balloon ride. Its circular gondola holds 30 passengers and safely soars you 500 feet about the city (standing as tall as the top floor of Mandalay Bay) offering a spectacular 360º uninhibited view. Its breathtaking view is truly a magical moment that is perfect any time of the day. In the morning and afternoon you’ll marvel at the panoramic view, sunset is a special moment and obviously at night you get a spectacular vantage point of Vegas completely lit up.

Another one-of-a-kind experience that has just opened is the Exotic Animal Encounter at the balloon park. This new attraction is home to a variety of baby animals including zebras, giraffes and a young rhinoceros.

The Exotic Animal Encountergives families the opportunity to see these magnificent creatures in a safe, nurturing environment while the youngsters thrive under the direct care of expert animal handlers.

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Voted Top 10 Things To Do in Vegas, Cloud Nine Balloon operates Sunday – Thursday 10AM – 10PM, and Friday & Saturday 10AM to midnight. — photo above by: Jose Martinez

 

 

Bodies the exhibition 

EXHIBITIONS AT LUXOR

Through 2018 The Luxor is home to two stellar exhibits that really do offer more than your typical tourist attraction.

The current BODIES…The Exhibition display offers a unique opportunity to see first-hand the inner workings of our very own bodies via authentic, preserved human body specimens. Housed in a 20,000-square-foot hall that features more than 275 body specimens, you will get an up-close-and-personal look at the skeletal, muscular, respiratory and other systems that make up the human body encouraging healthy lifestyle choices. Authentic human specimens illustrate the damage cause to organs by smoking, over-eating and lack of exercise.

Did you know that human bones are five times stronger than mild steel?

Did you know that to lose 1lb. you must burn 3,500 calories more than your body needs?

BODIES…The Exhibition is truly a fascinating attraction worth seeing if you haven’t already. Poignant, fascinating and educational, it’s a good diversion from all the other distractions Las Vegas provides.

BODIES…The Exhibition is open 7 days a week from 10AM – 10PM

 

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TITANIC: THE ARTIFACT EXHIBITION

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Re-designed for Luxor, Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition brings to life the story of the ill-fated Ship through authentic artifacts, dramatic room recreations and hand-on interactive experiences. You’ll see the artifacts, hear the stories, walk the deck and even feel the iceberg.

Also on exhibit for the next 10 years, Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition practically allows you the opportunity to become a passenger and experience the tragic events of April 15, 1912…Tax Day no less.

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The Ship’s historical journey is laid out in chronological order: from the construction yards, to her maiden voyage, first and third class room re-creations, the Promenade Deck, the Grand Staircase, the fated sinking to modern day recovery efforts.

Unique to the Exhibition at Luxor are more than 20 never before seen artifacts including gaming chips, passenger personal papers and decorative sections from Titanic’s famed Grand Staircase. The Exhibition also showcases the largest piece of the Titanic ever recovered – the ‘Big Piece.’ This 15-ton piece of the Titanic’s starboard hull was raised 12,500 feet from the ocean floor and took more than 80 years, and two attempts, to surface.

I must admit I didn’t have the biggest expectations for this exhibit but I found it completely captivating. Reading the ill-fated stories of the passengers, some who made it on board by sheer coincidence, was really moving. This is a powerful display whether or not you’re a fan of the Titanic sage.

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition is open 7 days a week from 10AM – 10PM

 

 

venetian shopping

SHOP TIL YOU DROP

Feel like indulging, people watching or just window-shopping, these are the places to go to.

 

city center las vegas

CITY CENTER

CityCenter Las Vegas is the newest attraction in town. Built around the new Aria Resort & Casino, Crystals Retail & Entertainment is home to an astonishing collection of the world’s most famous elite retailers. With more than 500,000-square-feet of sophisticated retail, dining and entertainment this is the place for epic shopping.

 

fashion show

FASHION SHOW LAS VEGAS

The largest shopping destination on the Strip, Fashion Show Las Vegas is nearly 2 million square feet of shopping featuring Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s Home, Macy’s, and Dillard’s, as well as 200 specialty retail stores. The center’s impressive retractable runway springs to life every weekend with hourly fashion shows.

Open Monday – Saturday 10AM to 9PM; Sunday 11AM to 7PM.

 

gondola

THE GRAND CANAL SHOPPES AT THE VENETIAN

Located within The Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino, the Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian combines Old World charm with modern day fashion, retail and world-class dining. Names like Kenneth Cole, Movado, Paige Premium Denim, Mikimoto, Dooney & Burke, and Peter Lik Gallery create an unparalleled luxury retail environment. Many of The Grand Canal Shoppes’ restaurants are headed by some of the world’s most famous celebrity chefs, including Wolfgang Puck (Postrio), Emeril Lagasse (Delmonico Steakhouse), Joachim Splichal (Pinot Brasserie), and David Burke (David Burke Modern American Cuisine).

Open Sunday – Thursday 10AM to 11PM; Friday & Saturday 10AM to midnight; common areas open 7AM daily, 365 days a year.

 

 

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