Now is the time to start making plans for those summer trips. If you’re at a loss for where to go, a solid choice is always Las Vegas, where there is always something for everyone to do. If your ideal vacation includes catching some rays, the Vegas pool scene is second to none. Like good food? Dozens of the world’s greatest chefs have restaurants in Sin City. Of course, the nightlife, bars and clubs are among the hottest places to be seen. Forget 5th Avenue and Rodeo Drive, if you’re a shopaholic, Vegas has every and any kind of store there is. Let’s not forget about the entertainment, from Cirque du Soleil to comedians, Broadway musicals to legendary music icons and concerts. There is never a dull moment in this town.
If you’ve never been to Vegas, there are definitely some must-see spots that everyone will tell you to hit up. But if you’re looking to return and make some new memories, worry not. One of the best things about Las Vegas is that it is always changing. You could come every year and there would always be something new to do. 2013 featured some great new attractions and even more are slated to open in 2014. Check out this top 10 list of new Vegas hot spots and and be sure to add them to your to-do list the next time you visit the Entertainment Capital of the World!
10. Pin-Up Pizza
The great thing about Las Vegas is that you don’t have to be a high roller to have a great time. There are plenty of lower cost restaurants and venues that offer a unique experience that one can only find in Vegas. One of these is the new pizza place at Planet Hollywood. There are tons of places to grab a slice on the strip, but Pin-Up Pizza does it with a vintage flair. The servers are dressed up in uniforms inspired by the pin-up girls of ages past. Several Vegas restaurants are 50’s themed diners but Pin-Up Pizza is the only one offering Italian cuisine that features garlic knots, stromboli, cannolis and of course, New York style pizza with unique flavors. Sit at the counter for views of the open kitchen, or the glass-enclosed patio area until 2 a.m. on weekdays and 4 a.m. on weekends.
9. Grand Bazaar Shops
Opening in late 2014, the Grand Bazaar Shops promise to be the latest and greatest retail experience in Las Vegas. Set to be located in front of Bally’s, the Grand Bazaar looks to be a new take on the kind of Vegas shopping you’ve come to know and love. Modeled after the open air markets of the world, the shops will feature over 150 stores, as well as a number of bars and restaurants. The sketch ups for the Grand Bazaar Shops portray them as something to behold. They will be vibrantly colored, with waved mosaic glass ceilings and a special crystal star-burst that will give late night visitors a Times Square-esque experience each night.
8. SLS Hotel & Casino
With locations in Beverly Hills and South Beach, and hotels planned to open in New York, Philadelphia, Seattle and Shanghai over the next few years, SLS sure seems to have a bright future ahead of them. The Las Vegas location is set to open Labor Day weekend 2014, transforming the old Sahara hotel on the North Strip. SLS Las Vegas will feature three hotel towers and multiple dining options including Bazaar Meat by award-winning chef José Andrés, along with nightlife, shopping and of course, a casino. If you want to be one of the first to experience SLS Las Vegas, they are now taking reservations for their opening weekend.
Located on the third floor rooftop of the Downtown Grand Hotel and Casino, this outdoor bar and restaurant is yet another new addition to the Vegas pool scene. The Downtown Grand, opened in 2013, is in the heart of downtown Las Vegas and perfect for anyone looking for something a little different. PICNIC has the vibe of a vintage outdoor get together, blended with modern flair and entertainment. It features communal picnic tables, refreshing lunch and drink menus and live blackjack games. PICNIC is available to guests of the Downtown Grand free of charge and to non-guests for $15 on weekdays and $25 on the weekend.
6. Rehab Pool Party
If you haven’t been to a pool party since you were a teenager, this is the one to go to. Located right off the Strip at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Rehab is Vegas’ biggest pool party. Now open on Fridays and Saturdays, there is always something cool and fun going on at Rehab, from bikini contests to live performances from today’s top acts. With a capacity of around 7,000, this expansive area features a number of pools, beaches and cabanas to give you the ultimate Las Vegas pool experience.
5. Britney: Piece of Me
Arguably one of the all-time queens of pop, Britney Spears kicked off her Vegas residency in December of 2013. With shows scheduled through September 2014, you are guaranteed to hear your favorite Britney classic performed like you’ve never seen it before. The show has a very nightclub vibe, in the 7,000-seat Axis Powered by Monster theater at Planet Hollywood. This show is great for Britney fanatics and casual fans alike and has received great reviews.
4. Dinner In The Sky
Set to open to the public in 2014, Dinner In The Sky is a unique and unforgettable experience. Imagine eating gourmet cuisine, 180 feet above the Las Vegas skyline. This part restaurant, part attraction features two dinner tables that each accommodate 22 guests suspended in the air. Not only will you be treated to quality table service while in the air by chefs, mixologists and a Maître d’, you will experience breathtaking views of Vegas and the surrounding areas. If you’re concerned about the safety factor, fear not. Dinner In The Sky has been performed as temporary events in over 40 countries around the world and have included several different styles of high-flying events, such as Marriage in the Sky, Lounge in the Sky and Showbizz in the Sky.
3. The Cromwell
The latest hotel and casino property to join the Strip is also the newest member of Caesars Entertainment. The Cromwell is the Vegas version of a boutique hotel, boasting an intimate, Parisian-inspired hotel experience. Opening in May 2014, this will be celebrity chef, Giada De Laurentiis’ first restaurant, Giada. Perhaps the biggest must-hit spot at the Cromwell is their nightclub, Drai’s. Located on the roof of the hotel, Drai’s is an indoor-outdoor club, part nightclub, part beachclub. If you’re looking to do Vegas on a bit of a smaller scale, the Cromwell is definitely the way to go!
2. Brooklyn Bowling
Forget everything you thought you knew about bowling. Opened in 2009 in Brooklyn, NY, Brooklyn Bowl now has locations in both London and Las Vegas. This all inclusive venue was made for the Strip. Located at the LINQ, Brooklyn Bowl Vegas has a full menu that includes jumbo sandwiches, fried chicken platters, shakes and floats, all in a quality concert venue. The 32 lanes are furnished with comfortable leather sofas, HD projection screens and full food and drink service. Where your Nets gear and channel your inner Jay-Z for this unique and fun experience!
1. High Roller at the LINQ
Las Vegas is now home to the largest observation wheel in the world. This isn’t your average Ferris wheel. The High Roller features 28 air conditioned, glass-enclosed cabins, each able to hold up to 40 people. Perfect for any type of group. Whether it’s just you and a few friends visiting the Strip for the weekend, or an organized outing for work or special event, this attraction is great. Bring along drinks, or splurge for the in-cabin bartender for the 30-minute ride and enjoy the 360° views of Las Vegas, during the day or at night. General admission prices range from $24.95-$59.95.