I think we all understand the Las Vegas stereotype by now. You go to Vegas to escape, to party, to wake up in the morning with “what’s his/her name?” in your bed. But how long can we sustain the ride? I’ve often found myself struggling after the first night. So, welcome to my detox/retox plan: a very important guide that will help you to make the most of Sin City — while staying classy, of course.
After your 11 a.m. wake-up call, make your way to Jasmine, located in the heart of The Strip, in one of the finest resorts in Vegas: Bellagio. Jasmine not only has exquisite food, but occupies one of the best and most comfortable views you can get of the Bellagio Fountains, otherwise known as the “dancing waters.” If you were to come to Jasmine and not eat at all, you would still walk away with a spectacular experience. Of course, you should eat, and you will eat very well. Jasmine’s menu ranges from authentic American eats (eggs benedict, French toast, bacon, sausage) to quality Asian fare (sui mai, har gow shrimp dumplings, pork bun, noodle soup). These are just a few of the plethora of options available at this brunch destination. Detox with the sushi, noodle, or omelet stations; all are delicious.
Afterwards, take a walk around Bellagio and head towards “The Warhol Out West” exhibit, which is on view until October 27th. This small yet comprehensive show will give you a thorough lesson on Warhol’s impact on pop culture, as well as his breadth and depth as an artist. Tarissa Tiberti, the Bellagio gallery’s executive director, also notes, “We have the largest Cowboys and Indians series on view [as compared to] any other museum.” Wow -- and to find that in Vegas…
After you’ve showered and dressed to the nines, head to The Cosmopolitan for some happy hour drinks. Go to The Chandelier or Comme Ça, two spectacular cocktail bars to fill you with the glitz and glam that is Las Vegas. The Chandelier is wrapped in over two million crystals, which makes for a beautiful display that you don’t have to pay a dime to see or touch. And yes, you can touch the crystals. If The Chandelier is too much glitz for you, head to Comme Ça. Take your drink out to their patio, which overlooks The Strip’s Eiffel Tower (a great spot to watch the sun set). Retox at Comme Ça with one of the Rose Eight (whiskey), Clover Club (gin), or Comme Çi (white rum) cocktails.
Now that you’ve probably worked up an appetite again, take a cab to Andrea’s over at the Wynn. Make sure you have a reservation as this Asian fusion hot-spot fills up quickly. If you’re lucky you might even find yourself sitting next to Lil Wayne (just one of the many celebrities who frequent this space when in town). Not only do the sleek white interior, DJ spinning in the back, and overall retro ambience impress, but the food is an equal match. Did I mention that they bring out the cocktail menu on an iPad? Detox and retox simultaneously with the tuna tartare, soft shell crab, black cod, or NY strip steak and be sure to share one of the cocktail bowls. I recommend the Aphrodisiac.
Make sure to end your night at Surrender Nightclub, located adjacent to Andrea’s. This outdoor club not only includes a swimming pool, but it also houses its own casino and dance room with dancers performing on strip poles.