Top Ten Las Vegas Buffets

 

#10: Garden Court Buffet at Main Street Station

“Mostly, the food is just above average, but there are some standouts.”

top10buffets_mainstreetstationEasy on the eyes, easy on the wallet. What makes Main Street’s buffet one-of-a-kind is the fabulous room it’s housed in. This food destination is part dining room, part light show, with ornate wrought-iron ceiling curly-cues and columns studded with more lamps than sense and budget might dictate.

In short, it’s eye candy that you wouldn’t expect to find in a buffet room – particularly not one serving dinner for as little as $10.99. Mostly, the food is just above average, but there are some standouts. The rotisserie chicken was so moist and flavorful we were tempted to stuff a few pieces in our pockets to be eaten later at the blackjack tables. And on the night we ventured there, the buffet had made-to-order steak. Not prime rib that a guy wearing a funny hat slices way too thin – though they had that, too. We repeat, steak.

Now, if the beyond-grand room and the chance of scoring steak on a buffet leave you unimpressed, consider this: Just outside the dining room there is a men’s bathroom with urinals mounted on a piece of the Berlin wall. Yes, a real piece of the famous symbol of communism. You can write your name on it. Literally.


#9: Green Valley Ranch

“This one is at the upper end of midrange buffets, so we’ll call it an upper-middle-class eatery.”

top10buffets_greenvalleyranchCall it “GVR” if you want to be on the vanguard of Henderson cool. Actually, the buffet’s name is “Feast”, just like most of the other buffets in the Station Casinos family. This one is at the upper end of midrange buffets, so we’ll call it an upper-middle-class eatery. (Perfect for SUV-driving, family-oriented Green Valley, right?) It won’t wow you with culinary flair and derring-do, but it consistently delivers in terms of quality and quantity.

A lot of people seem to like the live-action cooking station where you can toss all your favorite Asian ingredients into a bowl, tell the cook which meat you’d like, and watch him or her make it for you on the spot. We appreciate the novelty of making a buffet worker our slave for a couple of minutes, but we prefer to bypass the live-action line and head straight for the Chinese spread.

There, GVR always has at least one fried chicken dish that is every bit as good as what you’d get at Panda Express or any other takeout Chinese place. Also strongly recommended are the fried chicken and fried cod – I think we have a “fried” trend here. Although it’s true that nuanced dishes aren’t the strong suit of GVR’s considerable spread, this buffet isn’t all about batter. The salad bar is one of the best in the biz, with fresh fruit, chicken salad and more soups than you can shake a ladle at. The decor is rustic Italian with tile galore and big arches, and the price comes in under $20 for dinner.


#8: Las Vegas Hilton

“…the quintessential Vegas buffet, with plenty of solid, pseudo-upscale offerings…”

top10buffets_lasvegashiltonWe at VegasHotSpots.com can get behind a buffet with booze. The Hilton’s was the first to offer all the wine and draft beer you care to have with dinner, and it’s still one of the best places to get your drink on while you’re getting your nosh on. Polite society demands that you tip a dollar each time you visit the beer maid, but after the second or third round, who cares about polite society? Amazingly, the food gets tastier around the same time – not that it isn’t tasty to begin with.

This is, after all, the quintessential Vegas buffet, with plenty of solid, pseudo-upscale offerings such as a well-stocked carving station, daily chef’s specialties and grilled Pacific salmon. There’s also special attention paid to veggies and sugar-free desserts, which we appreciate because a trip to the Hilton buffet means one thing: We’re drinking our calories on this particular night. The scenery inside the buffet doesn’t add much to the experience, but outside there’s enough skin and sin to swivel the head of this Midwestern-bred buffet reviewer.

Let’s just say that where there are conventions, there are bound to be plenty of working women. And although we like to limit our indulgences to culinary and nightlife pursuits, the lookin’ is free.


#7: Golden Nugget Buffet

“…excels at dishes that are lighter, and healthier, than other buffets’ specialties.”

top10buffets_goldennuggetAt this buffet, you might just leave without the feeling that you’ve just eaten at a buffet. That’s because it excels at dishes that are lighter, and healthier, than other buffets’ specialties. The Nugget’s strong suits include salad, fruit, soup and seafood. We still managed to blow our caloric quota here, but not through any fault of the casino’s. The crab legs at the Nugget bear mentioning because they appeared unusually fresh and were presented in visually appealing mounds. This buffet has been voted the best in Las Vegas, and we can see why.


 

#6: Bellagio

“…this buffet is one of the priciest in Vegas, but also one of the best.”

top10buffets_bellagioThe reputation of the Bellagio buffet precedes it. Big flavors, big raves, big wait times. This one, a mainstay of the Vegas food scene for years, falls into the high-end, gourmet category of buffets. On the night we attended – granted it was a special holiday buffet – the offerings included foie gras, Kobe beef and quail. A popular regular feature is the cold seafood spread, which includes smoked salmon, crab claws, scallops and oysters.

At about $30 for dinner, this buffet is one of the priciest in Vegas, but also one of the best. Although the desserts could be better, the meats and veggies are top-notch. To avoid the aforementioned lines, we recommend offering to sit at the bar, which allows you to bypass the line, sneaky Vegas insider that you are. In the dining area, the enormous space is divided into smaller rooms, so you won’t feel like you’re eating in a barnyard. And that’s fortunate when you’re eating like a domesticated animal but don’t want to feel like it.


#5: Cravings at Mirage

“This is the buffet that pioneered the “world tour” concept with dishes from all the major ethic cuisines…”

top10buffets_mirageUpscale, but not too, too upscale. At about $25 per person for dinner, this buffet packs a culinary punch at a reasonable price. It obviously placed well in our buffet power rankings, but it would have fared well if we were ranking only value or only quality, rather than both. Like the Mirage itself, the first true mega-resort in Las Vegas, this buffet paved the way for a new breed of venue.

After it was remodeled earlier this decade, it opened with lavish interiors that created a new buffet “experience,” complete with live-action cooking stations and food presented in smaller quantities, refreshed more frequently. Since then, many other properties have emulated the Mirage model with varying degrees of success. Remember: This is the buffet that pioneered the “world tour” concept with dishes from all the major ethic cuisines, including Mexican, Japanese, Italian and on and on. Really, you can’t go wrong with this Strip stalwart.


#4: Seasons at Silverton

“…the Silverton is home to the area’s top mid-range buffet and perhaps the best food for the least money.”

top10buffets_silvertonOnly a mile or two below the big resort corridor – we’ll call it south-south Strip – the Silverton is home to the area’s top mid-range buffet and perhaps the best food for the least money. The spread is a heavenly mix of the exotic and the usual buffet suspects, including prime rib, mac and cheese, and mashed potatoes. In the “exotic” category we were fortunate to find pineapple-battered shrimp in the buffet’s Asian section, and it may well have been the single best dish we savored at any Vegas-area buffet, if second and third helpings are any measure. But then again, you’d expect a property that wraps itself in a Western, outdoorsy (East Coasters might say upscale redneck) exterior to have good eats.

The Silverton has what must be the world’s largest Bass Pro Shop on-site, though that does not translate into better-than-average seafood offerings on its buffet (aside from the salty-sweet shrimp dish). That would be our only knock for this eater’s paradise, and it’s also the reason the buffet at Paris Las Vegas appears nowhere on our list.

A buffet at a French-themed joint with no recognizably French food? A souffle of shame on your house! If you do venture to the Silverton, be sure to linger awhile at the SeaWorld-size aquarium near the front. If you’re lucky, you might even peer inside the tank and spot a mermaid … er, fish feeder with a microphone inside her scuba suit. Best of all, a dinner buffet will set you back as little as $13.99 on weekdays.


#3: The Buffet at Wynn Las Vegas

“The variety and quality of the food – especially the colorful and immaculate sushi – are spectacular.”

top10buffets_wynnresortHands down, the best buffet in Las Vegas if price is no object. You might ask: How can a buffet that weighs in at a hefty $35-plus per person receive such a prominent ranking on our value-minded list? It’s quite simple – this is still an amazing value. You will get a chance to taste food you’ve never seen on a menu and, even if you did, you wouldn’t take a chance on.

At the Wynn buffet, there’s no risk – it’s all reward. Expect dishes you know and love to be scaled up and done with a twist, making you wonder what the heck you had been eating before discovering The Buffet. For example, it won’t be merely T-bone they serve; it will be ginger lamb T-bone. It won’t be merely steak; it will be Beef Wellington. The variety and quality of the food – especially the colorful and immaculate sushi – are spectacular. That said, what speaks to Steve Wynn in terms of decor doesn’t necessarily speak to us. Think Victorian England meets rapper’s bachelor pad on “Cribs.”


#2: Spice Market at Planet Hollywood

“A veritable smorgasbord of world flavors, this buffet is a must-eat for the culinary adventurer.”

top10buffets_planethollywoodThe Planet Ho’s aptly named Spice Market holds a special place in the VegasHotSpots.com heart. A veritable smorgasbord of world flavors, this buffet is a must-eat for the culinary adventurer. Sure, it has shaved prime rib and peas and carrots and all those other traditional feed-your-face buffet dishes, but the Planet Ho chefs aren’t content to stop there.

In fact, this buffet rejects and shatters the Vegas buffet mold. Falafel, hummus, tabboulleh and kefta from the Middle East, and tandoori chicken, naan and chicken makhani from India are just a few of the ever-changing ethnic specialties you might find here. If that isn’t enough, desert crepes made to order complete the experience. The first time we rode the escalator down to the otherworldly Spice World, we weren’t prepared for the kaleidoscope flavor festival that ensued. Remember to pack the Rolaids, and consider yourself warned.


#1: M Resort: Studio B

“The quality alone is worth the trip to the valley’s southern edge…”

top10buffets_mresortThe new kid on the Vegas block commands the top spot on our list. This is a sprawling parade of well-executed dishes with too many highlights to mention. We’ll start with the layout: This isn’t the usual buffet spread shoved up against one wall of a cavernous room. It’s a cavernous room with undulating colors and textures, with more than 100 flat-screen TVs and a broadcast-ready TV cooking studio, with gourmet food arrayed in concentric circles that begin in the center and ripple out in delicious rings.

You’re sure to burn a few calories just browsing all the offerings – including unlimited wine and beer, a dedicated Thai station with a half-dozen curries to choose from, and the best carving station in town – but who’s counting calories. On the day of our visit, the carving station had more than a few of our favorite meats, plus a few surprises, such as plank-cooked salmon and hand-carved pork belly (gourmet bacon!).The quality alone is worth the trip to the valley’s southern edge, and the modest pricetag (about $20 for dinner) is just an added bonus.


The One To Avoid: Terrible’s Buffet

top10buffets_terriblesThe loser’s lineup of crap food on this modest buffet is, well, Terrible. Don’t be seduced by any two-for-one coupons or other special offers; it’s just not worth the risk. If we can say one nice thing about Terrible’s buffet, it’s that it did not land any of us in the hospital – although it did give us a good scare. One meat-adverse young woman in our party found nothing appetizing enough to put on her plate other than mashed potatoes. Instant mashed potatoes. Avoid, avoid, avoid.

Top 10 Versions of “Viva Las Vegas”

“Viva Las Vegas” has become the de facto theme song for all things Vegas- including our own Vegas Hot Heads Happy Hour, hosted by Brett Feinstein at 7:00 pm every Friday night on KLAV 1230 AM or klav1230am.com. And when I speak of “Viva Las Vegas,” of course, I’m referring to the original version, written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman and recorded by Elvis in 1964 for the movie of the same name.

The song went on to reach #29 on the Billboard Hot 100 that year, but suffice to say it has aged well. Cover versions are legion, ranging from legends like Bruce Springsteen (both studio and live renditions) to the lowliest of youtube amateurs. Mainstream rock acts like ZZ Topp and Vince Neil have recorded their own versions, as have the Dead Kennedys, whose fast-paced take was featured in the film Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

For this list, we’re moving beyond some of these better-known versions to consider some of the more obscure but sonically interesting takes on the song. Consider it a celebration of Vegas as a platform for self-expression. It’s a simple song, but there’s a million different ways to sing it. And some say Vegas is a simple town- but there’s a million different ways to do it. Because, when it comes right down to it, you don’t come to Vegas, you DO Vegas. So take a look at some of these unique interpretations and, as you do, ask yourself: How do you do Vegas? How can you put your own personal stamp on the Vegas experience? And, once you figure it out, give us a shout at Vegas Hot Spots. Not only would we like to know, but we’d like to help you make it happen. We’re looking forward to that as much as you are. Until then Viva Las Vegas!!!

 

Viva-Las-Vegas1010. “Viva Rock Vegas”- Ann Margrock (aka Ann Margaret)

What better place to start than with this version from Ann Margaret, otherwise known as Ann Margrock in Flintstones-speak. Of course, Ann Margaret was Elvis’s co-star in the 1964 film version of “Viva Las Vegas” and, as such, she is directly linked to the original version of the song. She was also one of the most beautiful and alluring women ever to grace the silver screen. Here, some thirty-six years later, she offers her own take on the song with slightly altered lyrics for the 2000 Flintstones movie “Viva Rock Vegas.” One thing to note here: Ann Margaret was 59 years old when this was recorded and, if you ask us, she’s still got it. This is one sexy, talented dame who knows Vegas backwards and forwards. She did it with The King when she was young, and here she does it an aging cougar. Ann Margaret rocks. Vegas rocks. What’s not to love?

This is the version for you if: You’re middle-aged and you still got it.

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Zk_bg7_nLg

 


 

Viva-Las-Vegas99. “Viva Las Vegas- Dan D-NOY Remix,” Tony Sylla and Yves Larock

Nightclubbing is as big a part of the Vegas experience as anything else these days, so it’s only fair that the club scene should put its own stamp on the Vegas classic. If Elvis really was alive today he’d be in a booth at XS right now with bottle service grooving out to this.

This is the version for you if: You like to dance until the sun comes up and/or you’ve ever taken ecstasy.

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-FhAP-cH4c

 


 

Viva-Las-Vegas88. “Viva Las Vegas”- Plastilina Mosh

Plastilina Mosh is an alt-rock outfit from Mexico City and they really do a nice, catchy version here. It’s got a rockabilly backbeat, complete with snare drum and standup base. Extra bonus points for prominent use of the xylophone. Really cool vocal delivery as well. All in all, a very distinctive take on the song that works really well.

This the version for you if: You’re a quirky, offbeat intellectual.

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EcAUzdM7l_U

 


 

Viva-Las-Vegas77. TIE- “Viva Las Vegas”- Johnny Ramone
TIE- “Viva Las Vegas”- Los Derrumbes

Two excellent guitar instrumental versions demonstrate that you don’t need to sing to do an excellent take on “Viva Las Vegas.” Johnny Ramone is, of course, a legend, and any time he decides to put his own spin on the Vegas experience you better believe it deserves a listen. Los Derrumbes, a Spanish band, is less well-known, but they do a great surf-rock version as well.

These are the versions for you if: You own a surfboard and use the word “dude” a lot.

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydFl3S5X4AI
Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trZGTUoyg4A

 


 

Viva-Las-Vegas66. “Viva Las Vegas”- Dolly Parton and the Grascals

Country music is a huge part of the American cultural landscape, so all due respect goes out to this version from Dolly Parton and her backing band The Grascals. Every year for at least one week country folk take over Las Vegas for the Rodeo National Finals and, if you’ve ever been here for that week you understand a couple of basic things. First of all, country people know how to party. Secondly, girls look good in cowboy hats.

This is the version for you if: You appreciate a good fiddle solo.

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knjulmpbZMM


 

Viva-Las-Vegas55. “Viva Las Vegas”- La Frontera

You don’t need to speak English to have a good time in Vegas. Props to La Frontera for this rocking Spanish language version- and for the cool harmonica solo at 1:50 on the video.

This is the version for you if: You’ve ever exceeded 100 mph while driving from Tijuana to Las Vegas.

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-IB8hO0p8w


 

Viva-Las-Vegas44. “Viva Las Vegas”- Dr. K

When it comes to self-expression there’s nothing more democratic than good old-fashioned karaoke. Anybody can do it, you just need a little personal style and a willingness to make an ass of yourself in public. And what’s more Vegas than that? This particular version is interesting because Dr. K is obviously a karaoke superstar with just the right combination of borderline singing talent and kitsch. Also, he looks curiously like an Asian version of Vegas Hot Spots’ own Brett Feinstein- himself a karaoke enthusiast.

This is the version for you if: You’ve ever wound up in the karaoke room at the legendary Sapphire Gentlemen’s Club in Las Vegas- or if you’d ever like to. You’d be surprised how the company of some nice strippers can put a whole new slant on the karaoke experience. We can arrange it.

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqZt_muPqec


 

Viva-Las-Vegas33. “Viva Las Vegas”- UNLV Marching Band

The way we see it, big bands are the musical equivalent of rolling in Vegas with a large crew. Whether you’re there for a bachelor party, a bachelorette party, or just on a little sin city adventure with you your best boys or gals, every group puts its own stamp on the Vegas experience. In this case, it’s not about individual solos as much as it’s about fitting in, harmonizing with the group, and belting it out in unison.

This is the version for you if: You go for the girl in the cheerleader outfit at Sapphire Gentlemen’s Club. >

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ldgm8y9cnM


 

Viva-Las-Vegas22. “Viva Las Vegas”- Shawn Colvin (from The Big Lebowski)

Most people go upbeat with “Viva Las Vegas,” but this version really stands out because it’s one of the few that slows things down a bit. You always think of Vegas as a lighthearted place full of fun and games, but here’s a take that goes a little deeper than usual. The result is one of the coolest and most soulful renditions of the song that we’ve yet heard.

This is the version for you if: You ever drank alone at a deserted casino bar in Las Vegas at 4:00 AM on a Tuesday- and liked it.

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g87Mu9SNqwk

 


 

Viva-Las-Vegas11. “Viva Las Vegas”- Engelbert Humperdinck

Engelbert Humperdinck gets a bit of a bad rap based on his name alone. Life on the playground must have been difficult for young Engelbert. But he got even in the long run because, as this version attests, he was super smooth and he knew how to put just enough swing into the proceedings. Humperdinck’s rendition moves at a perfect tempo and he doesn’t miss a beat- but what really takes it to the next level are the background vocals. Take a lesson from an old-timer like Engelbert: You can have fun in Vegas and still keep it classy.

This is the version for you if: You like to dress up for your flight to Vegas. Or you remember the 1970’s.

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dusbnk0h8F4

Top 10 Places to Beat the Heat in Las Vegas

It’s official. The summer of 2012 is the hottest summer ever in the USA! Scientists say July 2012 was the hottest month ever recorded in the lower 48 states, breaking a record set during the Dust Bowl of the 1930’s. In fact, the price of corn is at an all-time high. The unemployment rate is skyrocketing. The stock market, the Federal Reserve, the…the…the…!

Feeling the heat now! That’s the best thing about Vegas; the heat here beats the heat there.  So, if you’re in Vegas or planning on coming soon, Vegas Hot Spots has put together a list of the 10 best places in Las Vegas to “Beat the Heat”! These are the best places to stay cool in Las Vegas.

 

brenden10. Brenden Theaters

Yes, even in Vegas it’s ‘OK’ to catch a flick. Especially if you want to take advantage of the Brenden Theaters IMAX experience at the Palms to dodge the merciless sun’s rays. Don’t waste your money on those “movies” in your hotel room, hit the casino for a while and then check out your favorite summer blockbuster.

Nothing like a good ‘ol Matinee in Vegas to “Beat the Heat”. It’s not like you would rather be hanging out at a hot, sweaty pool, waiting for a cocktail waitress and towel. Would ya?


 

fashion9. Fashion Show Mall

Fashion Show Mall is the largest mall you will find on the Strip, located across the street from the Wynn Hotel. That should give you plenty of time to recover from the desert sun.

In true Las Vegas style, this mall offers a multitude of high end multi-media entertainment. On the Strip side of the mall, there are several enormous video screens covered by what appears to be an “alien ship” of some sort. This offers a great resource of shade for those visiting the outdoor portion of the mall.

On the inside, it’s as high tech the rest of Vegas. There is a fashion runway that literally elevates out of the floor 2 or 3 times a day and has beautiful models gracefully gliding along wearing the latest in fashions. Also, you’ll find flagship department stores such as Dillard’s, Macy’s, Nordstrom’s, Bloomingdale’s, and Saks Fifth Ave.

The dining is great here as well, with restaurants such as Maggiano’s, Capital Grill and for great pizza, Grimaldi’s always hits the spot. Don’t forget this mall has an Apple Store. How cool is that?


 

minus58. Minus 5 Ice Bar

This is a no-brainer! Picture this. It’s blazing hot outside, the air is dry, the wind is non-existent and you’re about to breath fire from last night! Why not get a cure with some “burr”. Yep, I’m talking about chillin’ out in a decked out ice bar? Actually you’ll be doing more than “chillin” considering it is kept below frozen temperatures, does 14 degrees down to negative 5 sound nICE. It is!

This place is decorated with ice sculptures, ice glasses, ice benches, ice tables and even an ice bar! Everything inside is frozen. The only thing not frozen is that earlier frown that has been turned upside down! Packages include drinks, fur coats, fur hats, fur boots and gloves. Minus 5 is located between Luxur Hotel and the Mandalay Bay in the Mandalay Place shopping corridor or at the Monte Carlo Hotel on the Strip. It’s about that time to “Frost Out” and get the ice in your veins needed to make it to sunset. Click here for bottle service.


 

vegas-pools-drais7. Drai’s Beachclub

 


 

vegas-pools-wetRepublic6. Wet Republic Pool

This is a tricky one because just about everything here is as “Hot” as it can get. You won’t feel the heat though, if you can keep your sandals on that is, but I promise you’ll see it. Wet Republic, located at the MGM Grand, has made a name for itself year after year as one of the hottest spots in the Vegas day club scene because of the beautiful and finely sculpted hot bodies lounging in the cool shade of the deluxe Bungalow’s found in the exclusive VIP area.

The minimums are high but the end reward is the coolest pool party experience in town.  Wet Republic always has the top notch DJ’s and also every Friday, the “Hot 100” competition is in full swing. Make sure you don’t miss the grand finale of this contest; it’s this Friday, Aug. 10th! You’re only hope to beat the heat here is to get in the pool, grab a cold drink and think happy thoughts of cool breezes and tight squeezes!

 


 

dome5. Adventure Dome

One drawback of the summer vacation to the amusement park has always been the sweltering heat. Not here! Located at the Circus Circus Resort, the Adventure Dome is a 5-Acre indoor Adventure/Amusement Park for adults and children.

There are rides and attractions of varying degrees of thrill but one thing you won’t have to be concerned with is the 115 degree heat outside this air conditioned safe haven called the Adventure Dome.

If you’re brave and overheated, catch an extra breeze on the only indoor double-loop, double-corkscrew roller coaster, called The Canyon Blaster! Other attractions include bumper cars, midway games, video arcade, rock climbing, FX movies, and clown shows. Super Cool!

Click here to have one of our VIP hosts purchases your tickets for you.


 

pole4. Pole Position Raceway

Test your skills behind the wheel of the fastest indoor carts in North America! Compare your times with previous visits by top NASCAR drivers. Fast, safe and fun for groups of all ages. PPR has become one of the most-respected brands of electric indoor go-kart tracks in North America.

In fact, Pole Position Raceway in Las Vegas has been called America’s Best Indoor Go Kart track by industry experts and world-class racers. The Pole Position Raceway brand of indoor go kart tracks offers a truly amazing entertainment experience that can be enjoyed by families and serious racers. There’s nothing like being in Vegas with the cool wind blowing through your hair at speeds that can reach up to 50 mph! Now that’s cool!

Click here for reservations and group discounts.


 

encore3. Encore Spa

Take cool down to its fullest and make an appointment at the Encore Spa. It is a Forbes Five Star award-winning spa, featuring 60,000-square-feet of luxurious designer treatment rooms, garden villas and couples’ rooms.

A day pass can be had for $40 or you can check in for your first class treatment with a Signature services like the Encore Escape, which combines the world’s best massage techniques to relax your mind and body.

There are plenty of areas to relax before and after your spa treatment to duck the heat a bit longer. The wet spa area features hot and cold plunge pools in a sophisticated but elegant atmosphere. Perfect for rinsing off after your dip, this area offers private waterfall showers, saunas, steam rooms and spas as well.

Click here for a VIP host to set you up.


 

fatbar2. Fat Burger Bar

How about a nice, cold, refreshing drink and a big, juicy burger on the Las Vegas Strip on a 115 degree day? It only sounds cool if you’re at the newest “Fat Bar” adjoined to the newly redecorated “Fat Burger” just North of the MGM Grand.

The Fat Bar is a passerby’s favorite. There is a great outdoor vibe, tons of extremely cool water misters and also a huge sunshield that blocks out the sun and gets you into some shade. If you’re still too hot, take it inside to the revamped cozy couches and nice, cold air conditioning of the Fat Burger restaurant.

Try my personal favorite cocktail while you’re there, an extra-large strawberry and blue raspberry mixed icee prepared in a great souvenir mug. This is definitely one of the quickest and most delicious ways to cool it down and take a load off on the strip. Beware of the dreaded “Brain Freeze”!

Click here for the VIP treatment and 2 for 1 drinks!


 

vegas-pools-sapphire1. Sapphire Pool & Dayclub

 

Top 10 Places You Can Find the Ocean in Las Vegas

Don’t be fooled, it IS a desert out there. However, when you come to Vegas that’s the last thing you’ll notice. What you will notice is the expansive skyline of top notch hotels that literally have rivers running through them, water falls dripping from them and in some cases, they have brought the oceans to them! Although this desert was once the bottom of a prehistoric sea, it IS no more, but of course Vegas is that kind of place that IS what it isn’t. Vegas Hot Spots has come up with a list of the top places to see the open seas and all the beauty that the oceans have to offer. Here is a list of the top 10 places in Las Vegas that you can find the ocean in the desert! You will want to sea all the best beaches, aquariums, and seafood in Las Vegas!

 

yellowtail10. Yellowtail

If you love fresh fish this is the place to be. Dive into the Yellowtail menu and swim around and see what you find.

Enjoy some of the best sushi in town while overlooking the Bellagio fountain. Bringing a sense of adventure to Japanese fine-dining, Yellowtail Japanese Restaurant & Lounge delivers imaginative twists on traditional and modern Japanese cuisine.

Yellowtail Japanese Restaurant & Lounge’s elegant wood and stone décor, as well as size, foster a vibrant atmosphere. The restaurant’s signature design element, a 25-by-13-foot, bronze wall-mounted installation of the dorsal side of the yellowtail fish greets you at the entrance.


 

moorea9. Moorea Beach Club

Also at Mandalay Bay you’ll find Moorea Beach club, Named for a Tahitian island. This tropical pool side club is appropriately decked out with tiki torches, cabanas and floating candles.

Guests can enjoy views of the “beach,” cushioned chaise lounges, high-energy music, pool side massage services and private cabanas. Pool attire is described as “Toptional” which is a lot more popular than you’d initially imagine.


 

mirage_tank8. Mirage Aquarium Reef

After a two-month transformation, The Mirage’s famed lobby aquarium – already one of the most elaborate and technically advanced in the world – now offers visitors a new sensory escape. Several of the top aquarium design experts collaborated to create the ultimate undersea environment.

Sharks, stingrays, and gobies can be seen swimming side by side with eels, sea bass and puffer fish behind four-inch thick acrylic window. The aquarium’s filtration and life support systems were also updated with technology that will improve visibility and support new artificial corals and nearly 1000 specimens.

This 20,000 gallon spectacular is home to new, brighter artificial corals that call to mind the exotic beauty of such tropical locales as Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. In order to protect the environment it celebrates, The Mirage donated the exhibit’s old reef system to the Las Vegas Natural History Museum. The Mirage Lobby Aquarium is located directly behind the front desk.


 

joes7. Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak, & Stone Crab

How bout a little taste of the ocean? Try Joe’s Stone Crab, the legendary seafood restaurant of Miami Beach. Joe’s features an extensive selection of seafood, flown in fresh daily, to complement the world’s finest Florida Stone Crab claws.

Matched with Joe’s famous side dishes, dinner only gets better when capped with a slice of key lime pie. Enjoy a generous cocktail in the bustling lounge or the tuxedo-clad service of the clubby dining room.


 

golden6. The Tank at Golden Nugget

The Tank is the newest development at the Golden Nugget in downtown Las Vegas. The $20 million dollar swimming pool includes a 200,000 gallon shark tank, waterfalls, a three-story water slide, a pool side bar and seven private cabanas, each with plasma TVs and refrigerators.

While you don’t actually swim with the sharks, you swim right next to them — five species of sharks plus game fish. Swimming in the shark tank, you’ll see sand tiger sharks, brown sharks, Pacific black tip sharks, nurse sharks and zebra sharks, along with southern stingrays. The Tank is open 10:00 am to 6:00 PM.


 

vegas-pools-encore5. Encore Beach Club

Fashioned after one of the most famous beach club’s in the world, Encore Beach club combines the luxury Wynn properties are famous for with the wet and wild fun of the Las Vegas dayclub.


 

silverton4. The Silverton Hotel Aquarium

If you grew up loving Ariel and Sebastian from Disney’s “The Little Mermaid,” then you’re in for a treat. There may not be a singing crab belting out Caribbean-sounding tunes, but the “mermaids” swimming in 117,000-gallon reef aquarium at the Silverton are a unique sight to see.

The mermaids join the 4,000-plus fish and do everything from blowing bubbles to interacting with kids watching from the outside. In addition to the mermaids, you can also catch divers feeding stingrays at 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. daily.


 

treasure_island3. Treasure Island

Get enchanted by the beautiful Sirens of Treasure Island as they lure a band of renegade pirates into their cove with powerful and captivating melodies. The clash between the mesmerizing temptresses and their rebel prey transforms this 17th century story into a 21st century revelry of song and dance, seduction and danger.

Experience the excitement four times each night (weather permitting) in Siren’s Cove at the front entrance of Treasure Island Hotel and Casino featuring canon fire, pyrotechnics (fireworks), and a live, sinking, full-scale pirate ship.


 

shark_tank_mandalay2. Shark Reef Aquarium

The World’s Ocean encompasses so much that we find it hard to truly appreciate all that it has to offer. Take a trip to Shark Reef at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and get a very un-Vegas adventure.

With 1.6 million gallons of seawater where you can see a variety of sharks and 2,000 other ocean dwellers, along with touch Tanks and underwater tunnels the Shark Reef is a must see!

If looking in from the outside isn’t quite enough for you, how about a scuba diving experience where you dive on a shipwreck and have a lifetime’s worth of encounters with rare sea creatures? That too is available at the Shark Reef Aquarium.


 

mirage_dolphins1. Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat

Surrounded by palm trees, lush foliage and 2.5 million gallons of water, the Dolphin Habitat at the Mirage is truly an oasis on the Las Vegas Strip. Whether the Atlantic bottlenose dolphins who call the habitat home are swimming, “tail walking” across the water, catching fish or bonding with each other, you’ll get an up-close and personal look at their fun, intriguing lifestyle.

This is not just a pool with a few dolphins in it. It is a pool with seven to nine dolphins in it, all being trained, and studied. If you want shows, and tricks every 30 minutes, go to Sea World! When I went in the day I was to be training the dolphins, first thing they told me was that this is not a ‘Sea World’ type place. Here we study how the dolphin adapts to different environments, how they eat, grow and communicate with each other.

Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat’s primary focus is scientific research and education. The program started in 1991 and is committed to providing education experiences to students, teachers, and guests. This is a truly unique experience.


Top 10 Places to Stand on Top of the World in Las Vegas

One of the greatest feelings in the world is standing on a sheer cliff on a single rock looking down to the ground around you and witnessing the beautiful world that lies there waiting for you. After clearing your mind and taking a deep, deep, deep breath the only thought that enters your consciousness is the only place I’d rather be is in Vegas! Well it’s not too late to make it happen and when it does, here’s a list, in no particular order, of the hottest spots in the best place on earth to feel like you’re on top of the world.

 

flightlinez10. Flight Line Fremont Street

OK, so it’s not really standing at the top of the world, except for when standing at the top of the scaffold while they hook you up but it is a unique view of Fremont street that can’t be found anywhere else on Fremont Street. Zipping down Fremont street on a zip line is certainly a unique experience.

If you are looking for something a bit more substantial then Flightlines also operates some zip lines in Bootleg Canyon near Boulder City. They have four zip line runs there and each has four parallel lines so that you can enjoy the ride with three other friends.


 

balloon9. Hot Air Balloon Rides

During the cooler parts of the year one of the best ways to see Las Vegas from the air is a hot air balloon. Balloon rides are typically in the early morning as the Sun is rising or in the evenings when the Sun is setting. This is mostly due to the calm weather conditions and visibility. There’s nothing like cruising over the Las Vegas valley looking down from a few thousand feet with nothing between your feet and the ground except a basket.


 

mt_charleston8. Mount Charleston

Mount Charleston is the highest mountain in the surrounding Las Vegas valley and is part of the Spring Mountain mountain range and tops out at 11,916 feet (3,632 m). During the summer it’s usually about 20 to 30 degrees cooler than in Las Vegas so for a retreat from the heat, it can’t be beat.

There are some incredible hikes such as the hike to Mary Jane falls, which is a fairly short hike but with some steep switchbacks, but it’s well worth the effort. In early spring you may even find snow and ice lingering around the falls.

During the winter months there is the Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort. Yes, that’s right, skiing just an hour away from Las Vegas. It’s not a really big resort with just four lifts but it’s only an hour away from Las Vegas and there is plenty of fun for the novice and advanced skiier and boarder.


 

eifel7. Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower in Las Vegas is part of the Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino complex and was built in 1999. It was first meant to be a full scale version of the original tower, however authorities soon requested its designers to go for a more modest version after it was found that the airport was too close and would thus endanger aircraft in the area. ride up the 50 story building in a special elevator to the observation deck. On the way up, the history of the original tower in Paris is recounted by the friendly and knowledgeable attendant, adding to the charm and infusing another dose of authenticity into the entire experience.

The observation deck–an impressive 460 feet from ground level–is one of the most fantastic spots to get a panoramic view of the city of Las Vegas. In whichever direction one turns, there is another beautiful city landmark just waiting to be discovered. Visitors can trace the whole of Las Vegas Boulevard as it winds its way through the city in the North, while in the east, they can see the gorgeous mountain range just outside Vegas.

There are openings and telescopes scattered all across the observation deck for visitors to take in unobstructed and breathtaking views of the city and photograph away to their hearts’ content. If you’re looking for a romantic dinner check out the famous 11th floor Eiffel Tower restaurant, although it is strongly recommended to book ahead.


 

stratosphere6. Stratosphere

While Las Vegas is the ultimate party destination, there are quite a few people who visit exclusively for the thrill rides. The Stratosphere offers three out-of-this world rides sure to get you screaming.

These rides include the Big Shot, the world’s highest thrill ride, at an astounding 112 stories high. Next is Insanity, which makes riders feel like they’re floating 900 feet above the ground. And for those who loved riding on the teeter totters during recess, the X Scream definitely gives this popular playground favorite a kick. And for the true thrill seekers – Sky Jump!

Stratosphere’s new SkyJump Las Vegas thrill ride will be the jump of your life — no matter what you might be yelling. For your inner adrenaline junkie wanting the ultimate Las Vegas free fall, sky dive or base jump, SkyJump is the attraction to choose. It provides the highest controlled free fall in the world, all from the Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower.


 

moon5. Moon

Being in Moon Nightclub at the Palms Casino Rooftop is a one of a kind experience. With a beautiful patio view overlooking the city and the retractable roof over the dance floor, Moon leaves nothing between you and the stars while you party the night away. Click here for bottle service.

 


 

foundation_room4. Foundation Room

The Foundation Room inside Mandalay Bay looks like a classic lounge where you might see a group of wise old men smoking cigars and sipping on cognac. But the resonating sounds of electronic and hip-hop music, combined with the sight of sexy go-go dancers clearly take Foundation Room beyond your average speakeasy.

The view, though, is what sets Foundation Room apart from many other Las Vegas nightclubs. Because Mandalay Bay sits at the southern tip of the Las Vegas Strip, the outdoor patio provides unmatched views of one of the most famous skylines in the world. From here you can literally see from one end of the Strip to the next without much obstruction.

 


 

ghostbar3. Ghostbar

High above the Las Vegas Strip, the 8,000sq. foot Ghostbar is a sultry and sophisticated indoor-outdoor lounge and sky deck on the 55th floor of the Palms Casino Resort. The sky deck provides almost a 360-degree view of Vegas at its most glittering, with a glass inset in the floor offering a jaw-dropping view straight down. Click here for bottle service.

 


 

voodoo2. Voodoo

Dine, dance and drink 51 stories above the excitement of Sin City at the wildest nightspot in Las Vegas, Voodoo Rooftop Nightclub. You’ll see Vegas from point of view from our indoor/outdoor, double-decker nightclub, complete with a striking steel staircase that offers possibly the single best view in all of Vegas. Click here for bottle service.

 


 

mix1. Mix

High atop the Delano @ Mandalay Bay, this fashionable hotspot is one of the most stylishly hip lounges around. Step out on the 64th-floor balcony and enjoy breathtaking views of the famed Las Vegas Strip and enjoy the great DJ’s that can always be found spinning the top tracks of yesterday and today. Click here for bottle service.

Top 10 Places To Watch Monday Night Football In Las Vegas

Face it, there is no place on earth that is more football friendly than Las Vegas and Monday Night Football is no exception to the rule. Obviously, being in a stadium while the game is being played out right in front of your eyes is an exhilarating experience but that is not always the way things work out. But make no mistake, you can still have the time of your life by making your way to Vegas and hitting up one of these superior venues for a Monday Night Football game, especially when it culminates with a huge Super Bowl blowout party at the end of the season. Here at Vegas Hot Spots, we have done all the ground work for you. Here is the list of the best places to watch football in Vegas!

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10. Sapphire Gentleman’s Club

What better way to get your blood flowing and heart pumping than catching The Monday Night Football Kickoff Party at the “World’s Largest Gentleman’s Club”, SAPPHIRE. Voted the number one Gentleman’s Club by the Las Vegas Review Journal for 2012, this is CLEARLY the way to go to start the season off right. With a $100,000 worth of upgrades since last season, now Sapphire has five huge 20’ HD screens all with HD projectors lining not only the Showroom, but on the main floor as well. This makes seeing a game at Sapphire a spectacular spectacle! Let’s not forget that the 100’s of “cheerleader” dancers really enhance your viewing pleasure too! The $1 Halftime dances for just ONE DOLLAR are a great savings. Not to mention the open bar and free food from 4 – 8pm! There will also be plenty of prizes, raffles and giveaways. So, definitely come let off some steam and kickoff your season at Sapphire on Sept.10, 2012. Can’t make this party, don’t worry Sapphire will be available the entire season for Monday Night Football and for MNF on Thursdays!


 

monday_football-99. PBR Rock Bar – Planet Hollywood

PBR Rock Bar is the wildest bar inside the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood. Are you ready for some Monday Night Football? (Crowd goes wild!) Now that football season is about in full swing, PBR has you covered with 105 high-definition TVs. This means that no matter where you look you’re going to have a handful of TVs within sight. Even if you’re outside of the Planet Hollywood, you don’t have to miss the games either, thanks to a ton of monitors surrounding the outside bar for onlookers. Not just a great place to watch a Monday Night Football game but how ‘bout some babes riding bareback on a mechanical bull. Nothing wrong about that! Even the food, it’s great too, especially if you’re in the mood for BBQ ribs and chicken.


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8. Las Vegas Race & Sports SUPERBOOK

The Las Vegas Hotel SUPERBOOK is the largest sportsbook in the Universe! With over 30,000 square feet of sports watching and betting action, you simply can’t go wrong being here for a Monday night football game or any other game for that matter. There are more than 350 seats, 28 giant screens, and one massive 15′ X 20′ screen for a grand total of over 60 viewing monitors. Check out the ULTIMATE FAN CAVE viewing area featuring 120-inch HD screens, a comfortable lounge and great cocktails. The numerous big-screens show all the days’ biggest games, every day of the year. A key attraction to the huge LVH SUPERBOOK is that it is all SMOKE-FREE. For all the non-smokers this is your refuge. Also, don’t miss out on the ultimate pro-football handicapping contest. It’s $1500 per entry and you can win your share of around $800,000 by picking 5 teams a week against the spread. Not bad for knowing a thing or two about football!


 

monday_football-77. Wynn Sports Book – The Wynn Hotel

The Wynn Sports Book is in a class of its own. Seat-for-seat, it’s easily the most comfortable place to catch a Monday Night Football game on the strip. It is definitely not the biggest sports book in town but the layout is designed to efficiently use the area and provide a great sporting atmosphere. The primary sports section has 23 of the most incredible swivel chairs you’ll ever sit in. There’s a lounge behind it with 75 more seats, but these seats are in an enclosed area with a partial view of the Sports Book. These leather chairs aren’t quite as nice as the swivel chairs in the sports section, but they’re better than the majority you’ll find on the rest of the strip. Since seats can be at a premium, get there a few hours hour early to ensure that you get a seat. The sports section has 9 top of the line televisions, along with 6 larger televisions on the opposite wall of the book and 9 other smaller televisions behind the betting windows. Chances are though, during MNF you’ll be glued to the 3 monster screens above the betting area. The Wynn Sports Book is one of the more reserved and sedate locations to watch football on the strip. Watching games here is like watching a game in your rich uncle’s living room with all his friends. If you’re looking for a place to see 10 games at once and air out profanities, this probably isn’t where you’re looking to go.


 

monday_football-66. The Sporting House – New York, New York Hotel

The Sporting House now fills the space formerly known as ESPN Zone inside New York-New York. Sure, the logo is different (even if it’s the same colors and a similar design) but not much else has changed and you won’t hear any complaints. Consider this; there are more than 130 TV’s that fans can count on to see every game, in every league, on any given day. The crowning point of the venue remains the Screening Room with its two 16’ high-definition screens with luxurious leather seating reminiscent of the most opulent stadium skyboxes, perfect for Monday Night Football in Vegas! Also, three private viewing rooms serve as the perfect headquarters for your next fantasy draft, complete with their own televisions for those who have graduated beyond old-school draft boards. The bar on the main level still features the digital scoreboard where fans can catch the scores of the day’s games. Also, make sure to go upstairs and check out the All-Star Arcade where 10,000 square feet of interactive and sports-themed attractions await along with additional seating, another bar and, of course, plenty of TVs.


 

monday_football-55. Lagasse’s Stadium – Palazzo

Emeril loves food, obvious right? What else does he love? FOOTBALL! Lagasse’s Stadium (As in Emeril Lagasse) at The Palazzo Cantor Race & Sports Book features luxurious seating with plenty of pillows to sink into and watch the Monday Night Football game. In fact, there’s not a bad seat in the house. Each of the more than 100 television screens are strategically placed so that everyone has a view of their favorite sporting event. A highlight of this sports-viewing mecca comes in the form of a large, 9’ by 16’ projection screen, complete with stadium-style seating. Their latest creation allows bettors to design their own fantasy team to match up against the house’s team. The computer will set the odds and give you a choice to bet either side. Look closely and you might see the famous chef catching a MNF game right next to you. The Stadium also has a full menu designed by Chef Emeril Lagasse and full bar as well. The celebrity chef and avid football fan makes sure the menu includes the ultimate tailgating and pub food. Lagasse’s Stadium also offers Cantor Gaming’s mobile sports wagering application, which allows guests to place bets on sports from anywhere in the state of Nevada.


 

monday_football-44. Caesars Sports Book – Caesars Palace

At Caesars Palace Hotel, in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, there’s a sports book that’s in a league far above the rest. Classy, great energy and fantastic service are but just a few of the highlights that bring this sports book into the forefront of Vegas Hot Spots’ list for great places to watch Monday Night Football. This “mega book” has 140 seats, all with individual, 12” flat screen TV monitors. Fans alike can also follow all the hard-hitting MNF action on six 12’ by 15’ oversized screens and twelve 50” HD screens located throughout the sports book. The book’s 20’ by 50’, easy-to-read, electronic sports betting LED board displays all the day’s action, along with other wagering options, and promptly updates scores of ongoing games. This is a great spot for the professional sports bettor! You can’t go wrong by choosing this state-of-the-art sports book as it was voted number one by the Las Vegas Review Journal four years in a row!


 

monday_football-33. Blondies Sports Bar & Grill –  Planet Hollywood

Located at Planet Hollywood in the Miracle Mile Shops, Blondies Sports Bar & Grill has actually been voted the best sports bar in the country by MSN and gayot.com. You can only imagine what Monday Night Football is like here, unless your one of their faithful, football fanatic fans that have been here many times before. College football is huge here too, especially The Badgers VS. The Buckeyes game, it can get a little rowdy in here and the buckeyes seem to have a claim on this place. If you’re a Badger fan try Big Dogs on Rancho, the entire place is rooting for Bucky with Badger memorabilia everywhere. Blondies has over 40 big screens ranging from 32″ to 12’! No matter where you are in here you won’t miss a play. If the competition on the screen isn’t enough, cup up and play some beer pong to get your adrenaline pumping. How did Blondies get its name? Take a guess. It’s not the hot waitresses! If you got the right moves you might even get lucky! Blondies is a great place to score.


 

monday_football-22. Fat Burger/Fat Bar South Las Vegas Strip

Nothing like a XXXL Burger and Fat Fries to go along with that shake of the “Pom Poms” that is. Cheerleaders on the Strip! Here they are serving up a rough and tumble, good time on Monday nights for football season starting NOW! With a spectacular view of the strip and misters surrounding the bar and patio area, this is definitely the coolest spot on the strip. If you’re walking on Las Vegas Blvd. between MGM and Planet Hollywood stop by this ‘FAT’ joint and get loaded up on some burgers, beer and broads. Fat Burger is of course a West Coast Classic starting in 1947 by a woman named Lovie Yancey in Los Angeles, CA. Now with over 95 stores across the world, the Fatburger/Fat Bar on the Las Vegas Strip is the busiest there is! With great drink specials, and over 12 large HD flat-screen TV’s to watch the big game on, it’s a lock that you’re going to have a blast!


 

monday_football-11. Sapphire Gentleman’s Club

OK, Sapphire is already on this list, however, we feel very strongly about including them one more time as this Monday Night Football experience is so far above the rest that it would be an injustice not to mention one more highlight that this venue has to offer. Sapphire has the hands down best Super Bowl PARTY in the country! This is not a joking matter! WE at VegasHotSpots.com take our football very seriously, almost as seriously as our partying and when you put those two factors in the same equation there is only one answer. Sapphire Gentleman’s Club Las Vegas! This party is like the kick-off party but on steroids. Don’t take our word for it, check it out for yourself, Sunday, Feb. 3rd 2013. Doors open at NOON but the party never stops! Get your super bowl tickets for the Sapphire end of the season blowout now, Click here!