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Vegas!

It is a word that you can hear inside your head any way you like. However, when you hear it these days, it means something different than it did 20 years ago, 40 years ago, or even 60 years ago. Today, the majority of people are thinking, PARTY TIME! All you need are some good friends, good food and good nightclubs and you’ll have a good time. That’s what the people want these days. As you can see clearly, one thing is conveniently left out of that equation.

Good Gambling!

It just doesn’t fit so neatly into that equation any more. Yes, people still come to Las Vegas to gamble but clearly this city has so much more to offer pleasure seekers than visions of beds filled with cash being thrown up in the air. Vegas is the entertainment capital of the world and for good reason. The city doesn’t rely on just gambling anymore to draw people to Vegas. Vegas has expanded and created a phenomenal culture of mega restaurants, mega nightclubs, and mega shows. And it’s all for the taking!

Good Food!

With all the perks of living in Las Vegas, this is the one that takes the cake! Almost every major restaurant that has been proven successful around the country and even the world is now here residing on the strip in a major hotel on the strip, with major clientele. Food is a big business here in Las Vegas but only the strong will survive. Which is why having proven eateries, with loyal clients from around the globe is the new trend for success here in Vegas. So if you’re eating out and planning on paying a pretty penny purchasing plates of pabulum, here are some suggestions that you will have to visit.

STK – This steak “Hot Spot” is located on the 3rd floor of the Cosmopolitan. The One Group has many restaurants around the globe. STK, the most popular restaurant of theirs, has stores in New York, Milan, London, Los Angeles and most importantly Las Vegas. The atmosphere is high energy and lot’s of hip loud music, so come to have fun and if you see people dancing on the tables, you’ll know you’re in the right place. Plus the food and specialty drinks are lights out!

Nobu – This sushi “Hot Spot” is located in Caesars Palace on the first floor. Nobu is well known throughout the world with locations in Miami, Hong Kong, Dubai, Moscow, New York and Los Angeles. These are just a few of their 30 locations worldwide! The fish is fresh, the atmosphere is lively, the sauces are tasty and the sake is plentiful. If there is a better place to have sushi than Nobu in Las Vegas, let me know. That would be tough!

RAO’S – This Italian “Hot Spot” is located in Caesars Palace on the first floor. RAO’S has only 3 locations, New York, Las Vegas and Los Angeles. However, the New York restaurant is so famous you can’t get in unless you have a reservation more than a year in advance because it is so small. That is not the case here in the Las Vegas location. RAO’S in Sin City has plenty of room and still the flare of an old style, Italian food eatery. From the anti pasta to the veal, from the linguini to the ravioli, from the wine to the grappa, you can’t go wrong when the food and drinks are so right. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it.

Milos – This Mediterranean “Hot Spot” is located on the 3rd floor of the Cosmopolitan. Milos has stores in Montreal, New York, Athens, Miami, London and Las Vegas. The Las Vegas location is pleasant on the eyes and on the palate. Milos is a great spot for a nice lunch or an expansive dinner. There are plenty of items on the menu to order from but the whole fish cooked on large plates definitely drops jaws.

Good Nightclubs!

The day of the mega club is here. 20 years ago there were only two nightclubs in all the hotels in Las Vegas, Club Rio in the Rio Hotel and Rum Jungle in the Mandalay Bay. Now, every hotel on the strip touts their very own nightclub but only a few are home to the “Mega Nightclub”. These “Mega Nightclubs” are fierce. Grossing hundreds of millions of dollars a year and paying mega bucks to get celebrities and power house DJ’s to play their venues. The people are coming, the drinks are flowing and the party is exceptional. If partying is what you’re into in Las Vegas then these following “Mega Nightclubs” will be high on your list.

XS – Easily, the most successful nightclub in Vegas. It is situated inside the Wynn/Encore Hotel and has been around since New Years Eve 2008. The club offers two experiences to the 3000 people that can be at the club at one time. First, booths and bottle service inside the club is one way to get the party started or a cabana out by the pool during the warmer months is another way to go. The club is 40,000 square feet and attracts DJ’s such as Skrillex, Diplo, Zedd and more.

Hakkasan – Located inside the MGM Grand, Hakkasan, first opened its five-level, 80,000 square foot restaurant, nightclub and lounge only two years ago. Immediately, it attracted all the major DJ talent that club goers are demanding. Tiesto, Calvin Harris, Steve Aoki are just a few who signed with this “Mega Nightclub” to exclusively perform here. It didn’t take long before this club became regarded as the next level of partying in Vegas!

Marquee – This nightclub and dayclub offers party goers a chance to rampage during the day time at the pool and also at nighttime when this club turns itself inside out for an epic party lasting way into the morning hours. Located inside one of the newest hotels on the strip, The Cosmopolitan, Marquee boasts 60,000 square feet of top flight DJ’s such as, Cash Cash, Benny Benassi, Dash Berlin and many more. Also, Marquee is the only daytime, winter pool party in town, as the pool is housed inside a huge heated tent. What will they think of next!

Omnia – The Hakkasan Groups newest addition to the Las Vegas nightlife and DJ scene is Omnia, located inside Caesars Palace. This is the newest nightclub on the strip and is fast becoming the most sought after nightlife experiences this city has to offer. Omnia’s DJ’s include powerhouse acts such as, Armin Van Buren, Krewella, Calvin Harris and Afro Jack, to name a few. The most impressive aspect of the club is the 22,000-pound kinetic chandelier located above the main floor which features choreographed lighting and video qualities that take this party through the roof.

Where To Watch The Big Game in Vegas 2016

sappHands down the “BEST” place to watch the “Big Game” with your crew is at the world famous Sapphire, Las Vegas!

 

 

Sapphire is the largest gentlemen’s club in the world with over 100,000 sq. ft. of adult entertainment. This adult entertainment complex also includes the one and only gentlemen’s day club pool party during the summer months and caters to the DJ hungry, champagne sipping, beer swigging, party animals that Vegas caters to during the prime daylight summer hours.

It’s THIS winter day that we choose to distinguish from the rest of the days of the year. Super Bowl Sunday! One day a year, Sapphire will open the entire club to zero in on the most important game of the year, and what a party it is! Sapphire has seven huge 20 feet HD screens with HD projectors lining not only the Showroom, but the main floor as well. There isn’t a bad place to watch the game in the entire club. If you and your friends want to party in privacy then just choose one of the ten private skyboxes that the club has to offer. If you got a big party of let say 40 people then you might want to think about reserving the infamous “Karaoke Room” which comes all mic’d up and ready for your official play by play.

This party is extreme! The entire club will be filled with liquor sponsors and food sponsors lining the main floor for guests to roam around and pick and choose between. During halftime all the scantily clad girls will get topless for a one-of-a-kind topless, halftime, dollar dance spectacle. This is not for the weak at heart or the weak in the knees kind of football viewer. The only better place to watch the game is at the game itself. Even then, after being at the World Famous Sapphire Gentlemen’s Club, you still might feel like your missing something. Girls, booze, buffets, big screens, and lots of dollar bills is what you’ll find wafting through the air at this most extreme and righteous “Super Bowl Blowout”!

To reserve your right to party at the Sapphire this upcoming Super Bowl, fill out the form below and you will be contacted immediately. Don’t wait. This party sells out quick.




 

Super Sunday Viewing Party
$75 PER GUEST
• Complimentary transportation
• Front of line admission
• No cover charge
• 1 Super Sunday Entry
• Valid Sunday – Feb 7th, 2016
• VIP Main Room seating
• Huge HD screen viewing & digital audio
• Lavish tailgate buffet
• Upscale raffles & prizes

Exclusive VIP
$150 PER GUEST
• Pre-Event Pricing!!!
• Complimentary transportation
• Front of line admission
• No cover charge
• 1 VIP Super Sunday Entry
• Valid Sunday – Feb 7th, 2016
• Exclusive VIP Seating
• Showroom Access throughout the Game
• Huge HD screen viewing & digital audio
• Lavish Upscale Showroom tailgate buffet
• Upscale raffles & prizes

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Leap Into Wedded Bliss Vegas Style

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Every four years the number of marriage license applications and weddings in Las Vegas takes a big leap, especially in February.  Is it because there are 80 or so wedding chapels, many of which are open 24 hours? Is it because you can get a wedding license anytime day or night, any day of the week?  Actually, it’s because many couples want their wedding day to be the most unique day on the calendar…February 29th, Leap Day, which only occurs every four years.  As many as 115,000 couples are expected to get married in Las Vegas in 2015, more than 300 a day. In fact, better than 3 million couples have tied the knot here, including hundreds of celebrities like Britney Spears (click to see marriage license application), Dennis Rodman, Elvis, Michael Jordan, Frank Sinatra and many others.  But the bigger question is this…is Vegas a better wedding location or the place you go to have your blowout final fling? If statistics captured by VegasHotSpots.com since last summer are any indicator, Vegas is the #1 destination in the U.S. for bachelor and bachelorette parties and growing faster as a hot spot for parties than for weddings.  Of course, we’re happy to have everyone here anyway, so let’s take a look at what we think are the hottest spots in Vegas for “newlyweds” as well as “nearly-weds.”

Bachelor & Bachelorette Hot Spots

Here are our recommendations for what to do and where to go if you’re in Sin City to celebrate your “Bachelor’s Last Stand” or “Bride’s Last Fling”:

Bars – For guys and girls alike, start the process of getting trashed at The Beach, our choice for the “Best Place for Body Shots and Beer Pong” All night long the house combines rock-and-roll and hip hop with showers of napkins and toilet paper, liquor and whipped cream body shots off bikini-clad hotties and six-packing surfer boys, and crazy contests.

Entertainment – It’s good to be bad and here is where the boys and girls go to be bad. Guys must take in the Skyboxes at Sapphire Gentlemen’s Club, our choice for “Best Strip Club VIP Experience.” Think Staples Center meets Pleasure Palace. Ladies also just want to have buns, so head on over to the “Steamiest Male Review” at The Men of Sapphire. The only choreographed show in Vegas that offers lap dances!

Gaming – Before you’re paycheck becomes “her paycheck,” show your buds you can still call the shots. Try your hand in the “Best Poker Room” at the Bellagio.

Recreation – Marriage is often described as wonderful and risky adventure. Get your adrenaline pumping before you take the plunge…and we mean for guys and gals. Push it to the limit at the “Best Place to Speed (without getting a ticket)” at the Richard Petty Driving Experience at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Pound a 600-horsepower Nextel Cup race car up to 160 mph at least once before you end up in minivan hell. Or get one last chance to see your single life flash before your eyes on the XScream ride dangling over the edge of the Stratosphere Tower, 866 feet above the Strip, our choice for “Most Insane Thrill Ride.”

Shopping – It’s all about the accessories. You can’t cruise the Strip in anything less than the hottest Italian wheels, so make your first stop off the plane Rent-a-Vette, the “Best Place to Rent a Ferrari.” Then drive over to Don Pablo’s and pick up a handful of fine Cuban-made cigars to savor throughout your Bacchanalian weekend.

Restaurants – A non-stop weekend of partying requires fuel and you never know when that urge will hit (or when you’ll wake up). We like to chow down before we call it a night, so you might find us at the Grand Lux Café in the Venetian having the “Best Midnight Snack.” On the other hand, some people like to start their day with breakfast no matter when they wake up, so we recommend the Original Pancake House, our pick for the “Best Breakfast All Day.

Hotels – The average size bachelor or bachelorette party is 14.1 people, and let’s face it…none of you are expecting to sleep much. So don’t spend a lot on your room and save the money for nightlife and entertainment. No need to bunk at Motel 6, however, so check out our pick for “Best Beds for the Buck,” found at Luxor Hotel and Casino.

Wedding Hot Spots

Recreation – There is no better place to propose than nighttime at the top of the Eiffel Tower, 460 feet above the panoramic view of the Strip, with the Fountains of Bellagio splashing in the background. “Best Place to Propose.”

Entertainment – She wants to married on a cruise ship, you want it to happen in Vegas. There is a solution that will make you both happy…have the ceremony performed on the Sirens of TI pirate ship in the lagoon in front of the TI Casino (formerly Treasure Island). It’s our pick for “Best Themed Wedding Spot.”

Nightclubs, Bars & Lounges – You’ve done it. You’re married. Toast your union at the sultriest lounge with the most breathtaking view of the Strip, the Foundation Room atop Mandalay Bay Resort Casino, our favorite for “Best Private Club.”

Restaurants – Fifty-five stories above the City, with a view out three sides of the restaurant, and a celebrity chef. “Best Dinner with a View” is Andre Rochat’s Alize atop the Palms Casino.

Shopping – Lingerie…‘nuff said. “Best Sexy Lingerie” at Le Boudoir Boutique.

Hotels – You’re married. You’ve had your champagne and a romantic dinner, and you’ve got the lingerie. Now you desire 300-count sheets, high-end contoured mattresses, killer view…“Best Beds in Town” at the Palms Casino.

Gaming – Unusual numbers and events may be harbingers of a change of luck. Feb. 29 only comes around every four years, so why not take your chances at the tables. And why not make it an event and hang out with the stars. We suggest the Palms Casio as the “Best Blackjack Tables for Celebrity Spotting.”

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Hot & Sexy In Vegas

Rumor has it the Eskimos have more than 1,000 words for snow, but anyone who has ever partied in Vegas will tell you there are a million ways to say hot, sexy or cool here. Las Vegas has more Hotties per square foot than the Fox Network, with way more fun than mousetown in Orlando. We’ve got our eye out for the hotties and the players. We have our ear to the ground for the next outrageous story. We love this town, which is why you can discover some of the coolest facts about who and what made this town hot!

 

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If you want to get the lowdown on the Sins of Sin City, this is the place. Here you will find articles on the Las Vegas experience, photo galleries of the hottest happenings, and special monthly features highlighting the best and most unique places Las Vegas has to offer…[more]

 


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Get an eye full of this town’s hottest happenings. Every couple of weeks, we’ll add a new gallery featuring pics from the hottest clubs, bars and events in town. This is your window into the wild side of Vegas…[more]

 


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The Godfather

Here it is Baby, the real deal. The Godfather of Vegas gives you the 411 on what really goes down after the sun does. Everything from afterhours and dance clubs to exclusive concert reviews. When it comes to Vegas, Jack, this guy is money…[more]

 


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Hall of Fame

The whole Sin City saga unfolds here, right before your eyes. We’ll tell you who built this town, who built careers in this town, and where Frank, Elvis and other famous cats played their first Vegas gigs…[more]

 

Fetish & Fantasy Trick or Treating

halloween_1_imgA lot of people aren’t making it to work on Monday, Nov. 1 so why should you? Why? Because Halloween falls on a Sunday this year and if you don’t wake up hungover in Vegas dressed in latex, horns and a red cape with someone you don’t know, well you’re just not living! We may have some of the biggest Halloween parties in the country happening here, but we definitely have the most outrageous.

Virtually every club has a costume contest with prizes ranging up to $20,000. Forget dressing like a California Raisin. For women, all you’ll need all week is your sexiest lingerie and a great pair of shoes. Guys, make an effort because the ladies like to party with people who are completely in the spirit of the holiday. We’ve included a list of costume shops in town to help you find the perfect outfit.

We’re not even going to try to describe all the music and special performances in town. Every club is out to top the others and the quality of DJs is unbelievable. If you want us to set up your Halloween Party, click here to get started.

Sources In Vegas For Halloween Gear

Déjà vu Love Boutique
3275 Industrial Road (behind Fashion Show Mall)
702.731.5655
Great selection of costumes and clubwear for men and women.
Halloween Mart/Halloween Experience
2 Locations:
• Strip – 5800 Valley View, Suite 112 (just south of Russell Road…short cab ride from Strip hotels)
• Off-Strip: 601 Mall Ring Circle, Henderson (across from Sunset Station Casino)
702.740.4224 or www.halloweenmart.com
Wigs, hats, masks, makeup, costumes and props. Billed as “Nevada’s largest Halloween & Costume headquarters”
Bad Attitude Boutique
4011 W. Sahara Ave., Suite 6
702.646.9669
www.badattitude.com
Kind of a year-round place for kinky costumes that comes into fashion especially at this time of year. Website doesn’t help much so an in-person visit is needed.

America’s Secret Shopping Hot Spot

shop_1Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. Fifth Avenue in New York. Michigan Avenue in Chicago. When you think of world-class shopping, these are the places that usually come to mind. The Vegas Strip? Maybe not five or ten years ago, but today…absolutely! What used to be little more than a 12-block smorgasbord of kitschy souvenirs and t-shirts is now arguably the greatest concentration of “to-die-for” shopping in the world.

Shopping is a new measure of the transformation of Las Vegas into the world’s premier destination for grown-ups.

Vegas blew away the world’s perceptions of what hotels are by building them in the shape of pyramids, castles, canals, pirate coves, and replicas of famous cities. Big wasn’t good enough…we had to make the biggest. MGM Grand at 5,000 rooms is the world’s largest, but the Venetian is planning a new tower that will bring its total over 7,000 rooms. For years, Las Vegas was the home of the $1.99 all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet and the $3.99 prime rib dinner.

Today, virtually every five-star and celebrity chef is putting Vegas on the menu. Shopping choices were t-shirts or diamonds, depending on whether you were a fixture at the nickel slots or a high roller at baccarat. No more. You can leave all your money here now and never see the casino. Vegas boasts more upscale shopping than ever and we are still growing. Nieman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s Home, Nordstrom, Max & Co., Jimmy Choo, Prada, Tiffany & Co., Gucci, and Abercrombie & Fitch are only a few of the names the hip crowd can drop here.

Where There Are Shops, There Must Be Flair.

Vegas never does anything without a style you can’t find anywhere else, so clearly the standard mall layout simply won’t do. Shopping venues in Vegas feature one-of-a-kind amenities like a 480-foot-long silver oval called “The Cloud” Fashion Show – Cloud that hangs off two giant pillars 128 feet above the entrance to Fashion Show, the largest shopping destination in Vegas. Across the street in the Venetian, the Grand Canal Shops wind around a realistic canal with singing gondoliers driving authentic gondolas from Italy.

The Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace innovated the “outdoor-indoor” mall with a curved ceiling painted to resemble a cloud-filled sky and lighting that changed to mimic the rising and setting of the sun outside. Desert Passage took that one step further and shoppers there can experience a thundering rainstorm in the “docks” area of the mall.

VegasHotSpots.com Guide to Shopping In Vegas

We’ve been to them all, so here is a snapshot of where to go and what to look for in Retail Vegas:

Fashion Show

The Fashion Show (don’t call it the Fashion Show Mall!) is one of the largest shopping centers in the country at more than 1.9 million square feet. Located at the hottest corner in Vegas opposite the re-born TI, the Venetian, and the new Wynn Las Vegas, this stunning retail center houses 200 stores, scheduled to grow to 250 by the end of 2004. Seven anchor stores including flagships Nieman Marcus, Saks, a prototype Bloomies Home Store, and Nordstrom surround a huge central space called The Great Hall. An 80-foot long retractable runway and stage in the middle of The Great Hall Fashion Show – Runway complete with state-of-the-art video and sound systems provides a platform for high-energy fashion performances. The Cloud on the Strip side of the center is more than a gigantic sunshade…at night it’s a huge overhead image projection screen broadcasting video and events occurring inside. There’s more to tell about Fashion Show than we have space for here, so visit www.thefashionshow.com.

Mandalay Place

At the opposite end of the Strip from the Fashion Show is Vegas’ newest high-end retail center called Mandalay Place. This 100,000 square foot experience is actually a shopping bridge over Mandalay Bay Road connecting the Mandalay Bay and Luxor Resort Casinos. Vibrant colors in the carpets and on the ceilings, and spectacular light fixtures create a luxurious atmosphere more like a mansion than a mall. Most of the stores here are retailers you don’t find in many places, enhancing the uniqueness of the venue. A Robert Cromeans Salon is the ultimate spa experience for your hair. For your skin, the skinklinic by Kathy Dwyer is a one-stop skin mecca. For the home, MAX & Co. is the first US location of a new contemporary collection by the MaxMara luxury Italian design house. When all its stores are occupied, Mandalay Place will feature 41 boutiques and restaurants. The center will soon launch its website at www.mandalayplace.com, so check back in a week or so for more information.

The Grand Canal Shoppes

No contest here…the Grand Canal Shops inside the Venetian Resort Casino have captured the ambience and romance of this most famous spot for lovers. Go ahead…ride the gondolas, let them sing to you while you pass under arches and are photographed by dozens of fellow consumers. Grand Canal Shops Plan your visit here to include lunch or dinner at Postrio in St. Mark’s Square. Designed to resemble like an Italian piazza with three-story faux building fronts and a cloud-sprinkled ceiling, it is a great place for people-watching and a sumptuous meal. Operatic singers, human sculptures and other street performers keep it lively. The Grand Canal Shops are the only retail center in Vegas with a holiday festival. The celebration called Carnevale is billed as 11 days of food, fashion and festivities, and begins December 11th. Check out www.venetian.com/attractions/carnevale.cfm for details on Carnevale. For more information about the Grand Canal Shops in general, visit www.venetian.com/shoppe. Other Shopping Hot Spots

The Forum Shoppes

The grandfather of Vegas upscale malls, this remains a true shopping and celebrity-spotting hot spot. Michael Jackson, J Lo. and others dine and drop a dime here, sometimes closing down stores while they get their VIP treatment. Access is easy from Caesar’s Palace Casino or from the Strip via elaborate moving walkways. The Festival Fountain and Atlantis animatronics are a little corny, but worth a ten-minute break when you’re down at that end of the complex. A major addition and expanded parking in 2004 will reinvigorate this retail destination. For more information on shops, visit www.parkplace.com. The Shops in the Desert Passage at the Aladdin –- Patterned after a North African marketplaceDesert Passage, it takes 1.2 miles of walking to see all 140 specialty stores and the eight restaurants. The mall is actually a circle surrounding the Aladdin’s Theatre for the Performing Arts. Pedicabs can help get you from one end to the other when your dogs get tired. For more information, visit www.desertpassage.com. Via Bellagio — We’re talking Hermes, Gucci, Chanel, Prada, and Armani. You’ll look like a million bucks when you walk out of here. The mall is decked out like some foreign subtitled flick complete with beautiful Italian extras folding cashmere on the showroom floors. It is our choice for the “Best Shops for High Rollers” HotSpot. For more information, visit www.bellagio.com, then click on “Shopping,” then click on “Via Bellagio.”

Le Boulevard at Paris

This is as close as you’ll get to an intimate shopping experience in a fashionable arrondisement of Paris without actually hopping the pond. Clio Blue and La Vogue are must-see shops, and Lenôtre is the place to stop for your espresso and chocolate croissant and pretend you are sitting outside at a typical Parisian café. For more information, visit www.parkplace.com/Paris/. Tower Shops at Stratosphere –- You might not add a walk through these shops to your Vegas “must-see” list if it weren’t for the fact you’ll pass them on your way to the Tower, but there are treasures to be found if you look past the standard mall franchise fare. Hey, you’re here anyway, so why not walk a little slower, grab a Starbucks, and do a little exploring for something interesting. For more information, visit www.stratospherehotel.com/flash/. New in 2004. The Shops at Green Valley Ranch – One of the classiest off-Strip casinos is Green Valley Ranch in Henderson, just off the I-215. A favorite haunt of George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Cindy Crawford, the casino and hotel was just one part of a master plan and the rest is well on its way to completion. An intriguing pedestrian boulevard, actually it’s almost it’s own little district, is rising 3-4 stories high on the eastern side of the resort. It will feature great shopping and dining, with offices and luxury apartments on top of the shops. For more information, check back periodically at www.greenvalleyranchresort.com

Girls Just Want To Have Buns

It’s a common scene in Vegas: bare-chested dancers wrapped around poles, moving to last year’s hip-hop hits; a throng of patrons impatient to tuck dollar bills into the performer’s G-strings; drinks upon drinks filling small tables as members of the crowd search the stage for their favorite body, visions of lap dances in their head.   Now imagine that the dancer’s name is Officer Rick and the lady in the front row with a ten-spot between her teeth is your mother. Welcome to Ladies’ Night in Las Vegas, a place where pecs trump hooters, and the muscled posteriors glisten with baby oil.

It was only a matter of time before Vegas’ adult entertainment industry started paying attention to the fairer sex. Though couples might attend some of the tamer casino shows together, like Skintight at Harrah’s, Sin City didn’t build its reputation on taming impulses. So, while the guys have long enjoyed silicon earmuffs and VIP lounges, women have been forced to choose between nightclubs filled with organ grinders or thrill rides with the kids.

In Vegas’ quest to please all the people all the time, a new breed of all-male revue has sprung up to capture the ladies’ attention. Though somewhat more sedate than their feminine counterparts, these shows still pull in everything from bachelorette entourages to middle-aged bus groups, all looking for a night on the town with their girlfriends. As one recent show-goer attested: “You want to make sure your hormones are still intact.”

For those desiring an up-close-and-personal encounter with their hunks, Sapphire Gentlemen’s Club features an all-male revue. The Men of Sapphire performs each Friday and Saturday night from 9PM to 2 AM. In fact, this top-notch Vegas strip joint unleashes their hard gems to not only perform choreographed numbers on a massive stage in their 300 seat state-of-the-art Showroom but they also come around and give lap dances too. That is when things get a little up close and personal fast. The show features quality graphics, three HD projectors and a stage that has enough room for 10 Hunks at once plus a wild bachelorette or birthday party girl. All this can be arranged! Between the sound, the visuals and the Hunks coming out and to perform their routines onstage, don’t just expect the usual collection of firemen and construction workers, this place gets creative which makes it the VEGAS HOT SPOT MALE REVUE 2015. Lap dances are $20 a pop are readily available. Must be 21 or over to enter! Contact VHS and we’ll get you over there immediately in style!

With two casino-based all-male revues and a strip club featuring a whole floor of male dancers, the time to gather up the posse for a raucous night of bun-watching is now. Chippendales is the granddaddy of all-male revues, not that any of their dancers are showing their age. The dance troupe, currently in residence at the Rio, dates back to Los Angeles and the indulgent LA Law ’80s. Steve Banerjee and choreographer Nick Denoia created the first all-male revue, a concept that proved wildly popular. Then, in true ’80s fashion, the two argued over money, which ended with Banerjee putting a successful contract out on Denoia’s life.

None of which matters to the current cast of performers or their ravenous fans; ladies can expect the same rock-hard biceps, washboard abs and blue-collar fantasies that made the brand famous. The Chippendales dancers perform Wednesday through Monday at 10 PM (with an 8 PM showtime on Thursdays). . This is a 21-and-over-only show except on Sundays, Mondays and Wednesdays, when 18 + are admitted.

With more meat per square inch than the Outback Steakhouse, the Australian lads in Thunder from Down Under are primed for some serious jousting at the Excalibur. A show in the Chippendales tradition, Thunder features the blokes performing themed choreographed routines and charming the crowd with their Aussie accents. Expect nothing more than plenty of skimpy G-strings and limited audience interaction.

A recent 62-year-old attendee described the appeal of the Aussie blokes: “We were repressed. We didn’t think about naked men. But I don’t care how old you are, I still think it’s fun to look at a young male body, especially in a tasteful setting like this. You have some drinks with your friends, you get a little silly and crazy.”

Admission to Thunder from Down Under is pretty reasonable. Shows run every night but Thursday at 7:30 PM with an additional 11:30 PM performance on Fridays and Saturdays. Guests from 18-20 must be accompanied by someone 21 or older.

Though the popularity of male revues is growing, it’s still a small segment of the Vegas show scene, and one mostly patronized by the middle-aged visitor. But with tasteful, high-profile fantasy productions like Chippendales and Thunder from Down Under and the in-your-face eroticism of The Men of Sapphire, it won’t be long before the younger generation gets curious about what’s beneath those banana-hammocks.

 

The Coolest Pools in Vegas

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Vegas in the summer might be like a pot roast in the oven but during spring and fall (and even winter depending on where you’re visiting from), Vegas is an oasis in the desert. Lucky for you, you don’t have to sit there basting in your own juices in a vain attempt to be cool. There are plenty of oases awaiting your swan dive in Sin City. But like the casinos, the shows, and everything else in this town, some pools are cooler others. Sure, any of them will do the job of lowering your body temperature a degree or two. But you could do that in your own bathtub. If you’re going to take the plunge, do it in the best dives around – where you’ll find a little flair, a little style and maybe even a little skin. See you in the deep end.

Hard Rock Hotel
Everything at the Hard Rock has that “rock star” vibe. Including the pool. Like the backstage of a concert, you can’t get into this chlorinated hideaway without a pass. But once you’re there, you’ll see why they go through so much trouble of keeping the looky-loos out. There are undulating sand-bottom pools and beaches, swim-up Blackjack tables, private spots found throughout the staggered levels, underwater music, an alfresco bar, not to mention a babbling brook and a waterfall. Paradise found, indeed. If you are looking for a pool party, the one you’ll find here is called Rehab! You’ll need VegasHotSpots to get you in VIP.

Caesars Palace
Sure, the pool at Caesars is impressive with its soaring rotunda in the center and fountains shooting water 15-feet high and columns and sculptures that remind one of Rome and Roman indulgence. But that’s not why this pool is so cool. It’s the area called the Venus pool that’s so, well, shagadelic. Why? It’s the only pool on the Strip that allows European-style topless bathing. Can’t bring the kiddies to this tub. But really, why would you want to? The Venus Pool was made for sitting back, relaxing and enjoying the scenery. Literally.

Flamingo
One probably wouldn’t think of 10-foot flamingos spitting water onto swimmers as attractive. But against the backdrop of one of the oldest and wonderfully kitschy hotels in Vegas, it works. Whoever laid out the plan for Flamingo’s pool was some sort of aquatic engineering visionary. The network of waterslides is proof positive of that: waterslides are a standard at many hotel pools nowadays. Add to that a 14-foot waterfall, as well as live flamingos and penguins on display, and you’ve got one of the most fun and refreshing spots on the Strip.

Tropicana
You wouldn’t expect such a peaceful and picturesque water palace from a hotel that’s now all but ignored. And that’s reason enough to go. The pool at the Tropicana might be one of the best-kept secrets in Vegas. And once you’re there, you might be able to find a few more hiding places amongst the jungle landscaping, dark caverns and winding paths. There are also well-shaded dining areas and Jacuzzis that are all set back from the main pools. Don’t feel like being outside? No worries. There’s even an inside pool for all you solar-phobes. If it’s privacy in the pool you want, Tropicana’s the place to find it.

Mandalay Bay
Ocean? We don’t need no steenkin’ ocean. Here’s a pool that comes with something most of the other pools in Vegas don’t: Waves. Six-foot waves, to be exact. This makes Mandalay Bay’s pool not just a pool, but a literal water park. Covering 11 acres, the tropical park also features a lazy river, three exotic pools, water gardens and waterfalls with a sandy beach. And if you snack too much while sitting by the pool, there’s a jogging track surrounding the area. But really, who wants to exercise in Sin City when you can sit back and watch the eye candy sash-shay by?

Palms
OK, wave pools are very cool. But where do you go when you want to simply relax? Palms’ pool is the place. Featuring lounge chairs that are the size of double-beds, hammocks aplenty, as well as chairs and tables that are set up in the shallow end of the pool. Not only that, but there’s a glass pool with windows through which you can take underwater pictures. So you might want to wear some underwear underneath that bathing suit.

MGM Grand
For those people who believe in the phrase “Size Matters”, may we present the MGM Grand. There’s not one, but five huge pools with 27,000 combined square feet of space to swim in. Add to that 147,000 square feet of sunbathing space, as well as a 1,000-foot lazy river that takes 10 minutes to float around, and you’ve got a pool area that’s worthy of its own zip code. Tell your friends and family you’ll meet them at the lost and found.

Monte Carlo
Many people think Mandalay Bay was the first hotel on the Strip to bring a wave pool to the Strip, but it was actually the Monte Carlo that brought the waves first. Sure, the waves may only reach three feet in height, but they’re still an enjoyable diversion nonetheless. There’s also a kiddie pool for those with the family in tow. If those oases don’t float your boat, fear not. Monte Carlo has a total of five pools to choose from, as well as the Easy River Ride. Who said excess is a bad thing?

Bellagio
For those with time to waste – and money to blow – don’t miss the The Bellagio Pools. Stroll down the central walkway, and you’ll see pools surrounded by well-groomed pines and bonsais (a little larger than the ones in Karate Kid). Three of the pools have mushroom fountains that you can lay beneath while getting soaked like a sponge. For $100 a day, you can rent a Flamingo Kid-style cabana, each with a dressing area, sink, table, 6 lounge chairs, TV, phone, ceiling fan and a well-stocked fridge. With all that, who needs a pool?

Rio
Here’s another hotel surrounded by multiple pools, each one with its own distinct personality. One is clam-shaped with a large pearl fountain in the middle. Another is fish shaped with a black-tile bottom. The third has a sandy beach, and the fourth includes a jacuzzi tucked behind a beautiful waterfall. The Rio features Ipanema Beach, a lavish multi-level recreation complex featuring waterfalls, sand beaches and volleyball courts. Ah, so many pools, so little time.

 

Mobbed In Vegas

With capital borrowed from the Teamster Union Pension Fund, the American Mafia built many of the first hotels and casinos on “The Strip.” These new desert meccas were the perfect places for the Mob to make and launder cash. Much to the joy of the eastern crime bosses, the casinos flourished and the Mob was able to skim large sums of money while still showing significant profits.

To escape the attention of law enforcement, the Mafia did everything it could to not taint the image of Las Vegas. However, in the late 1960s, the Feds cracked down on the Mafia, and while they no longer had free rein, their influence and involvement in Sin City still continued to grow.

So who finally ran the Mob out of Las Vegas? Believe it or not, it wasn’t the Feds. It was Wall Street. The amounts of money investors were willing to put into Las Vegas far exceeded what the Mob was illegally pulling out. It was an offer even the biggest “don” couldn’t refuse. This was a perfect way for the aging Mob bosses to sell out and retire. Enter Wall Street, exit the Mob.

Here are a few of the Strip’s hotels with “wise guy” roots…
Desert Inn Casino
Opened in 1950, the Desert Inn was managed by Moe Dalitz and his Cleveland Mayfield Road Gang, which included notorious mobsters Morris Kleinman, Sam Tucker and Lou Rothkopf.

Dunes Casino.
Opened in 1955, the Dunes was owned by Major Riddle, of Chicago Mafia fame, and Mob attorney Morris Shenker. Shenker represented mobsters in St. Louis and Kansas City. Ray Patriarca, of the New England Mafia, also was a part owner.

Flamingo Hotel
Opened on December 26, 1946, the Flamingo was operated by the legendary mobster Bugsy Siegel until he was killed in a “hit” ordered by the New York Mob in June 1947. The Flamingo was purchased in 1971 by the Hilton Corporation, who quickly tore down the “Bugsy Bungalow,” a fortified cottage with three-inch thick walls. In 1997, Hilton celebrated the 50th anniversary of the hotel’s opening without a single mention of Bugsy.

The Sands
Opened in the 1960s, the casino was owned by Doc Stacher, a reputed New York mobster. This Vegas icon served as the home base for the legendary “Rat Pack.” In fact, Sinatra owned part of the Sands in the 1960s. In 1967, the hotel was purchased by billionaire Howard Hughes.