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This cor­ner­stone of The Linq com­bines a bowl­ing al­ley with a restau­rant and con­cert venue. One of the best freefor-all venues in Ve­gas, you can eat vir­tu­ally any­where in the cav­ernous space (Blue Rib­bon com­fort food is the or­der of the day), or­der from 17 beers —12 on tap—all while you bowl and lis­ten

to live mu­sic, all at the same time. The Linq, 702-862-2695; the­


Vic­tor Drai is cred­ited with be­ing the founder of the night­club scene in Las Ve­gas, and was renowned for his af­ter-hours base­ment club in Bill’s Gam­blin’ Saloon. Bill’s is now The Cromwell, and Drai has built a glow­ing party scene on the roof, which has 150 VIP ta­bles, night swim par­ties, eight pools, and in­cred­i­ble live mu­sic pro­gram­ming. The Cromwell, 702777-3800; the­


While other Hakkasan restau­rants the world over get club­bier as the night wears on, the Ve­gas lo­ca­tion com­bines the restau­rant with a 75,000-square-foot, five-floor night­club. In other words, come for din­ner, stay all night. The win­ning DJ lineup also in­cludes Zedd, Steve Aoki, Har­well, Tiesto, and new­est res­i­dent, Kaskade, among oth­ers. MGM Grand, 702-891-3838; mg­m­


Perched on the banks of Bel­la­gio’s fa­mous lake, this Philippe Star­ck­de­signed night­club is best known for its sprawl­ing pa­tio ter­race and foun­tain views. The table lo­cated front-and-cen­ter is the one to re­serve; var­i­ous pack­ages will give you the honor of press­ing the foun­tains’ red but­ton. Bel­la­gio, 702-693-8700; bel­la­


This Wynn nightspot comes com­plete with a wa­ter­fall, a glass-en­closed pa­tio, and a club-within-a-club, The Liv­ing Room, for VIP guests. IN­SIDER TIP: Want to es­cape pry­ing eyes? The Liv­ing Room has a strict no social me­dia pol­icy. Wynn Las Ve­gas, 702-770-7300; wynnlasve­


In its small (by Ve­gas stan­dards) Jewel, Hakkasan Group’s lat­est Las Ve­gas ven­ture is ac­cessed through tun­nel-like bronze arches. Inside, a richly toned room has a dra­matic stair­case that leads to five themed VIP boxes with a bird’s-eye view of the ac­tion be­low. Aria, 702-590-8000; jew­el­night­


The venue that rein­vig­o­rated Ve­gas’s night­club scene re­mains one of the city’s most pop­u­lar spots to catch EDM, rap, and hip-hop acts. Re­serve bot­tle ser­vice or es­cape to The Li­brary, with its fire­place, book-lined walls and sexy-li­brar­ian servers. Cos­mopoli­tan, 702-333-9000; cos­mopoli­tan­lasve­


Omnia is a mas­sive show­case for celebrity DJS (think Calvin Har­ris, Zedd, Afro­jack) that’s a four-story room mod­eled af­ter a Euro­pean opera house sur­rounded by mez­za­nine-level pri­vate booths. A sleek rooftop wel­comes those who seek a calmer en­vi­ron­ment. Cae­sars Palace, 702-785-6200; cae­


Out­side the Strip’s mas­sive, 20,000-seat arena, high-tech LED sur­fac­ing dou­bles as an evolv­ing bill­board for the many high-pro­file events that pack the new venue—a joint ven­ture between MGM Re­sorts and AEG Live. Inside, col­lege basketball, UFC, mas­sive con­certs, and even­tu­ally, NHL hockey fill that mas­sive space. 3780 Arena Dr., 844-582-7362; t-mo­


The Strip’s trans­for­ma­tion into a walk­a­ble, social zone with help from its first pub­lic park. Land­scaped with desert-na­tive green­ery, pub­lic art (in­clud­ing Marco Cochrane’s ex­u­ber­ant Bliss Dance sculp­ture), a con­cert space, and din­ing venues that spill out into the so­cia­ble new area. 3782 Las Ve­gas Blvd. S.; 702-693-7275; thep­arkve­


The 5,000-seat sta­dium inside Monte Carlo Re­sort & Casino opened with Ste­vie Nicks and the Pre­tenders, and will host res­i­den­cies by Cher, Bruno Mars, and Ricky Martin among oth­ers in 2017. Check out the 40-foot-high, 80-foot-wide LED back­drop be­hind the stage that’s wider than the Colos­seum’s. Monte Carlo, 844-600-7275; mon­te­


Alternative rock meets old-school jazz inside this laid-back lounge on the ground floor of SLS Las Ve­gas, which, at 4,700 square feet with room for only 250 peo­ple plus lim­ited VIPS, is one of the most in­ti­mate venues on the Strip. SLS Las Ve­gas, 702-761-7618; slslasve­


Af­ter more than 10 years in the game, Vene­tian’s Asian-in­spired night­club, Tao, con­tin­ues to ap­peal to the celebrity set. Kar­dashi­ans abound. IN­SIDER TIP: Since Tao has or­ches­trated so many bach­e­lor/ette par­ties, they have en­tire de­part­ments to plan them for you, ar­rang­ing din­ner at Tao Asian Bistro, then ac­com­pa­ny­ing your group up­stairs to the night­club. Just call ahead for party plan­ners. Vene­tian, 702-388-8588; vene­


The most ex­pen­sive club ever built when it opened in 2008, the aptly named club is also one of the top gross­ing clubs in the world. Look for a gold bas-re­lief en­try­way, gold-plated chan­de­liers, and gold-em­bossed croc­o­dile VIP booths. Alesso, Di­plo, Marsh­mello, The Chainsmok­ers, and more will be hold­ing court here in 2017. Encore Las Ve­gas, 702-7700097; wynnlasve­

into the vir­tual eye of a hur­ri­cane, and even earn a pay­check work­ing in the ecofriendly Green Vil­lage. The 28-year-old in­sti­tu­tion moved to its 58,000-square-foot digs in Sym­phony Park in 2012. 360 Prom­e­nade Place, Down­town; 702-382-3445; dis­cov­erykid­


The Mar­jorie Bar­rick Mu­seum, part of the Uni­ver­sity of Las Ve­gas’s Col­lege of Fine Arts, houses a fan­tas­tic col­lec­tion of pre-columbian art and cul­tural ob­jects from the Amer­i­can South­west and Me­soamer­ica, as well as con­tem­po­rary art from artists as­so­ci­ated with the Las Ve­gas val­ley. The mu­seum also hosts ro­tat­ing ex­hi­bi­tions of con­tem­po­rary works. 4505 S. Mary­land Pkwy, 702-8953381;­rick­mu­seum


Lo­cated in the for­mer fed­eral court­house and post of­fice that hosted such pro­ceed­ings as the 1950 Ke­fau­ver Hear­ings on Or­ga­nized Crime, this $42 mil­lion mu­seum opened on Fe­bru­ary 14, 2012—the 83rd an­niver­sary of Chicago’s in­fa­mous St. Valen­tine’s Day Mas­sacre in 1929. The team be­hind Washington, DC’S In­ter­na­tional Spy Mu­seum and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleve­land cre­ated this space, high­light­ing one-of-a-kind ar­ti­facts and weapons do­nated by old Las Ve­gas fam­i­lies, plus the ac­tual bul­let-rid­den wall from 1929. IN­SIDER TIP: Sign up for email no­ti­fi­ca­tions for the mu­seum’s lec­ture se­ries, in­clud­ing ap­pear­ances from real for­mer mob­sters, their family mem­bers, and the law en­force­ment agents who kept or­der in mobbed-up times. 300 Ste­wart Ave., 702-229-2734; the­mob­mu­


This sur­pris­ing and en­gag­ing in­sti­tu­tion—a Smith­so­nian af­fil­i­ate— tracks the de­vel­op­ment of the Unites States nu­clear pro­gram from the Man­hat­tan Project through to­day, par­tic­u­larly top­i­cal since much of its test­ing was done around Las Ve­gas. Don’t miss the sim­u­la­tor that al­lows you to ex­pe­ri­ence bomb test­ing as Ve­gas res­i­dents used to—from an “out­door” seat look­ing out onto the ac­tion. 755 E. Flamingo Road, 702-794-5151; na­tion­alatomictest­ing­mu­


The so-called neon bone­yard has housed more than 80 relics of Ve­gas’s neon sign his­tory since it first opened in 1996. Fronting it all is the beau­ti­fully re­stored La Con­cha, an iconic mid­cen­tury ho­tel moved here to serve as the quirky cul­tural site’s vis­i­tors cen­ter. IN­SIDER TIP: For ex­tra drama, re­serve a night tour, when the neon signs are all lit up from be­low for show. 770 Las Ve­gas Blvd. N., 702-3876366; neon­mu­


This 180-acre, $250 mil­lion Mo­jave Desert pre­serve, three miles west of the Strip, takes vis­i­tors through gal­leries, botan­i­cal gar­dens, and a liv­ing col­lec­tion full of Gila mon­sters, foxes, and that other kind of Ve­gas nightlife—noc­tur­nal crit­ters like recluse spi­ders, sidewinders, and black wi­d­ows. The best bi­o­log­i­cal re­source in south­ern Ne­vada, it’s also one of the state’s old­est ar­chae­o­log­i­cal trea­sures: No­madic Na­tive Amer­i­can tribes lived at the Springs 12,000 years ago. 333 S. Val­ley View Blvd., 702-8227700; springsp­re­

The blingy en­trance to the new Park Theater.

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