Thursday, March 01, 2012

Vegas Baby

This month I'm turning the big 3-0. I'm not scared about it or freaking out, but I did want to celebrate BIG. So for the first time since I lived there in 1st through part of 3rd grades I'm heading to Vegas.

Since I haven't been there since I was just a little kid that had to hold my parents' hand and occasionally got to pull a slot machine lever on a nickel slot, I need to know what you're favorite things to do in Vegas are.

John wants to go to shows and I've agreed to do one. What's the best way to get a good deal?

My big goal is to eat some amazing food and get wasted. What are your favorite food and party places?

Anything else that we must see or do?

Any tips or tricks you want to share?


  1. I would DIE to eat the chef's tasting menu at Craftsteak (Tom Colicchio's restaurant). But, I'm pretty sure it's like $120 per PERSON.

  2. Here's several tips from my trip last May.

    Don't discount the buffets. I had some amazing food at them. MGM has a very nice brunch buffet, and Cesar's had by far the best of all of them. My brother and I went to the Rio seafood buffet and were really underwhelmed. For what we paid, I expected a lot better. Also, check in on Foursquare and you get a lot of BOGO buffets, so that makes things inexpensive.

    We saw Cirq (Whatever the Japanese one was) and I was blown away. MY brother said it wasn't nearly as good as the original Cirq, which he saw a few years ago. I'd recommend seeing one them if at all possible. There were discount ticket places everywhere, so tickets shouldn't be hard to come by. The more popular shows will be sold out most likely.

    Other stuff:
    Definitely do the tourist stuff. Go see old Vegas off Fremont Street. It's a totally different vibe than the strip. Go see the fountains at Bellagio. I had a ton of fun just walking around the casinos. There's a Coke store where you can taste Cokes from different parts of the world, that's totally a fun thing. There's also an M&M store on the Strip.

  3. *cracks knuckles*

    1) Food: The Wynn and Mirage have the best buffets on the strip (IMO) and if you go Downtown (which I highly recommend) the 4 Queens is your best bet for the buffet. Outside of buffets, the Eiffel Tower restaurant has amazing views and if you can get a table overlooking the bellagio fountains, even better. The Venetian hotel also has some very nice restaurants in a variety of price ranges.

    2) Shows- We really loved Cirque's Love show. Plus, they have these 32 oz souvenir cups that they fill with different alcoholic beverages named after Beatle's songs for like $8. The Legends show (celebrity impersonators) at Imperial Palace is also a must-see and on the cheaper side of entertainment. And of course the pirate show at Treasure Island, the Volcano show at the Mirage, and the Fountains at Bellagio are all great and free!

    Misc: Definitely hit up downtown for some cheaper gambling....some places still have $2-3 tables. And get your picture with a million dollars at Binions :o) Also, the Fremont Street Experience is a great show at night and again...FREE! All the hotels/casinos have players clubs with different perks so if you're up to it, sign up. Take a good pair of walking shoes because you will walk. A lot. If you like the show Pawn Stores, the shop is between the strip and downtown and is A LOT smaller than I would have thought.

    Hmmm...I think that covers the main stuff. I'm sad we can't make the trip with ya'll. You're gonna have a blast!

  4. The best meal I have ever had was at Prime in the Bellagio. And we got to look at the fountains the whole meal which was so cool, try and get a table overlooking the pond. The Bellagio also had a good buffett.
    We saw 'O' when we were there a few years ago, I am not sure if it is still running, but it was really good!
    Have fun! :)


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