SCENE: THE GUIDE
The best of Las Vegas dining, drinking, culture, and clubs.

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DINING

SPOTLIGHT: RIVEA

TheHotel at Mandalay Bay got a much-needed update as Delano Las Vegas in 2014, but luckily, super chef Alain Ducasse remained (as did the effervescent glass bubble chandelier). Now the transformation is complete, with sparkling, French Riviera-inspired Rivea replacing Mix on the 64th foor of the gold ingot-shaped hotel. Start in Skyfall Lounge with an aperitif, while taking in the sights of the Strip to the east or a faming sunset over Red Rock Conservation Area through the opposite wall of windows. Not-to-miss items at Rivea include crispy socca (the fried chickpea crisp street food snack of the Riviera), tangy Provencal caponata, and a lobster and purple artichoke salad whose vibrancy only rivals the view to the west. Delano Las Vegas, 702-632-7888

ANDIRON STEAK & SEA
Summerlin’s spot for steaks and refined comfort foods from culinary power couple Elizabeth Blau and Kim Canteenwalla. 1720 Festival Plaza Dr., Summerlin, 702-685-8002

ANDRE’S
A Vegas mainstay featuring traditional French cuisine, as well as an on-site cigar lounge and a library of rare cookbooks. Monte Carlo Resort & Casino, 702-798-7151

BARDOT BRASSERIE
Be sure to sample the decadent French onion soup and perfectly roasted chicken at Michael Mina’s take on the Parisian brasserie. Aria, 877-230-2742

BAZAAR MEAT
José Andrés’ elegant nod to carnivores is, as you might expect, all about the meat, with dishes like wild boar sausage and even an entire 10-pound suckling pig on the menu. SLS Las Vegas, 702-761-7610

BORDER GRILL
Top Chef stars Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken offer a creative, sustainable spin on Mexican food (nab a seat on the lush patio for the best views). Mandalay Bay, 702-632-7403

CARBONE
Ambiance reigns supreme at this gorgeously designed ode to Italian-American culture, but standouts like the rib eye Diana and table-side bananas flambé are the real stars. Aria, 702-590-2663

SPOTLIGHT: SPRINKLES CUPCAKES

Sprinkles Cupcakes at The Linq is Vegas’ go-to cupcake bakery, offering more than 50 favors handcrafted using only the finest ingredients. Sprinkles fans can now enjoy sweet rewards with the Sprinkles Perks program, including complimentary cupcakes for members’ birthdays, access to exclusive Sprinkles events, and rewards with each purchase. From slow-churned ice cream to the world’s first 24-hour Cupcake ATM, Sprinkles is sweetening up the Strip one cupcake, cookie, and ice cream cone at a time. 3535 S. Las Vegas Blvd., 702-733-0522

CARSON KITCHEN
Communal tables, shareable small plates, and bacon jam make Carson Kitchen downtown’s buzziest social spot. 124 S. Sixth St., 702-473-9523

CLEO
A blend of Mediterranean, Spanish, and Middle eastern cuisines comes alive inside this opulent eatery. SLS Las Vegas, 702-761-7612

COSTA DI MARE
Big on freshness? chef Mark Lorusso flies in exquisite seafood and exotic shellfish from Italy daily at this Wynn favorite. Wynn Las Vegas, 702-770-3305

DB BRASSERIE
Daniel Boulud’s sole Las Vegas outpost spotlights uncomplicated French-American fare. Grand Canal Shoppes at Venetian and Palazzo, 702-430-1235

DELMONICO STEAKHOUSE
Star chef Emeril Lagasse puts a southern spin on the steakhouse at Delmonico, which also features an impressive wine list. Grand Canal Shoppes at Venetian and Palazzo, 702-414-3737

ECHO & RIG
Part restaurant, part butcher shop, this one-stop shop for fine meats and seafood is more than worth the trek to Summerlin’s Tivoli village. 440 S. Rampart Blvd., Summerlin, 702-489-3525

EIFFEL TOWER RESTAURANT
Directly facing the Bellagio’s fountains, the intimate Eiffel Tower offers one of the most romantic views in Vegas. Paris Las Vegas, 702-948-6937

EL DORADO CANTINA
Sustainability meets Mexican tradition at this luxe eatery just off the strip, known for its top-quality street tacos, burritos, and fajitas. 3025 Sammy Davis Jr. Dr., 702-722-2289

ESTIATORIO MILOS
This light-filled Greek eatery specializes in fresh seafood and crave-worthy dishes like the Milos special (fried zucchini and eggplant with tzatziki and graviera cheese). Cosmopolitan, 702-698-7930

FERRARO’S
This family-owned Italian restaurant’s lunch, dinner, and late-night menus are just as robust as its award-winning wine cellar. 4480 Paradise Road, 702-364-5300

HERRINGBONE
This relaxed ocean-to-table concept takes the coastal theme to a new level with beachy décor and live music. Aria, 702-590-9898

JOËL ROBUCHON
Home to perhaps the most acclaimed tasting menu on the strip, this Michelin-starred restaurant is a must-add item to any Vegas devotee’s bucket list. MGM Grand, 702-891-7925

LAGO
Grab a patio seat at Julian serrano’s contemporary Italian eatery for a front-row view of bellagio’s fountains. Bellagio, 702-693-8865

LAVO
Find unpretentious Italian standards at Lavo, famous for its bottomless brunch and dishes like lobster eggs benedict. Grand Canal Shoppes at Venetian and Palazzo, 702-791-1800

LE CIRQUE
The quintessential French restaurant stuns just as much today as it did when it first opened inside Bellagio more than 15 years ago. Bellagio, 702-693-8100

NOBU
Designed by David Rockwell, this celebrity favorite from Nobu Matsuhisa more than earns its rep as the ultimate purveyor of teppanyaki and sushi. Caesars Palace, 702-785-6628

OTHER MAMA
Oysters, ceviche, and craft cocktails are the order of the day at this intimate eatery off Spring Mountain Road west of the Strip. 3655 S. Durango Dr., 702-463-8382

PIZZA ROCK
Pizza-making champion Tony Gemignani tempts diners with more than 10 types of crust alone at this Downtown institution. 201 N. Third St., 702-385-0838

RAKU
Be sure to make a reservation for this low-key Japanese izakaya, an off-Strip favorite of local chefs and visiting foodies alike. 5030 W. Spring Mountain Road, 702-367-3511

RESTAURANT GUY SAVOY
This Michelin-starred Vegas temple is an icon in its own right, offering multiple tasting menus and a cognac lounge for after-dinner drinks. Caesars Palace, 702-731-7286

RM SEAFOOd
Sustainably sourced seafood and steaks, sushi, and a coast-to-coast raw bar by chef Rick Moonen. Mandalay Bay, 702-632-9300

SALUTE TRATTORIA ITALIANA
Inspired by the cuisine of Italy, the offerings at Red Rock’s newest eatery run the gamut from pastas prepared table-side to Nutella-stuffed bomboloni. Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa, 702-797-7311

SPAGO
Gourmet dishes like smoked salmon pizza make Wolfgang Puck’s original Vegas outpost one of the Strip’s best options for a power lunch. The Forum Shops at Caesars, 702-369-6300

SW STEAKHOUSE
Overlooking Wynn’s Lake of Dreams, SW Steakhouse is one of a handful of restaurants in the country to serve certified-authentic Kobe beef. Wynn Las Vegas, 702-770-3325

THERAPY
Still relatively new to the Downtown scene, this ramped-up neighborhood bar serves gourmet comfort foods in an open-concept space. 518 E. Fremont St., 702-912-1622

TWIST
Pierre Gagnaire’s Mandarin Oriental restaurant—his only presence in the States—offers creative takes on French fare (broccoli ice cream, anyone?). Mandarin Oriental, 888-881-9367

VERANdA
Vegas' ultimate brunch hot spot also boasts an afternoon tea, an intimate lounge, and a lush pool-facing patio. Four Seasons, 702-632-5121

Via BRasil sTeaKHOUse
A family-owned Brazilian steakhouse featuring multiple all-you-can-eat rodizio menus, as well as bottomless brunch on Sunday mornings. 1225 S. Fort Apache Road, 702-804-1400

YaRDBiRD
This Miami transplant is known for its experimental cocktails, Southern-style finger foods, and delightfully addictive fried chicken. Grand Canal Shoppes at Venetian and Palazzo, 702-297-6541


DRINKS

SPOTLIGHT: MANDARIN BAR

With floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the spectacular Strip skyline, the glass-encased Mandarin Bar redefines Las Vegas nightlife. Located on the 23rd floor of Mandarin Oriental, the low-lit space provides an elegant respite accented by plush jewel-toned furnishings, live weekend entertainment, and a menu of inventive tapas dishes and custom cocktails, including the bar’s signature Golden Leaf martini, a tantalizing blend of Hendrick’s Gin, Aperol, muddled Mandarin oranges, and fresh lime and pineapple juices. Mandarin Oriental, 702-590-8888

aTOMiC liQUORs
Originally opened in 1952, the oldest freestanding bar in Las Vegas offers locally brewed beers and a range of atomic-themed cocktails. 917 Fremont St., 702-982-3000

BOUND
Mixology pro Salvatore Calabrese pays his respects to iconic cocktails of the past inside this ultra-posh lounge. The Cromwell, 702-777-3777

CeNTeR BaR
A legend in its own right for 20 years and counting, Hard Rock’s celeb-favorite Center Bar is back and better than ever after undergoing a full-scale renovation. Party on. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 702-693-5000

THe CHaNDelieR
At this unforgettable tri-level hot spot shrouded in crystals, each floor maintains its own distinctly cool theme. Cosmopolitan, 702-698-7979

ClassiC Jewel
This sophisticated cocktail lounge on the ground floor of Downtown’s Juhl building celebrates the glamour of mid-century Vegas. 353 E. Bonneville Ave., 702-722-6750

CliQUe
Cosmopolitan’s newest avant-garde lounge concept raises the stakes with artisanal cocktails and an intimate table-side mixology program. Cosmopolitan, 702-698-7939

COMMONwealTH
This multi-level cocktail bar—don’t miss the rooftop patio—offers a stellar menu of speakeasy-style libations. 525 E. Fremont St., 702-445-6400

DOwNTOwN COCKTail ROOM
Widely regarded as the city’s hub of creative mixology, this swank lounge releases a brand-new menu with the change of season. 111 S. Las Vegas Blvd., 702-880-3696

FiZZ
David Furnish and Elton John’s two-story Champagne bar is an exquisite blend of ’70s-style bronze accents and faux-fur prints. Caesars Palace, 702-776-3200

FRaNKie’s TiKi ROOM
Authentic tiki drinks in a retro-style space accented by hand-carved furnishings, vintage posters, and an exotica soundtrack. 1712 W. Charleston Blvd., 702-385-3110

FRaNKliN
Rich dark woods and black leather lend an air of mystique to Delano’s stylish craft-cocktail lounge. Delano Las Vegas, 702-632-7888

THe GOlDeN TiKi
Located in Chinatown, the newer of Vegas’s two tiki bars features tropical drinks, talking tiki statues, and a giant conch shell. 3939 Spring Mountain Road, 702-222-3196

HeRBs & RYe
Head off the Strip for this romantic bar whose drinks reflect a timeline that begins in the 1700s and ends with the present-day cocktail revival. 3713 W. Sahara Ave., 702-982-8036

OaK & iVY
A highlight of Downtown’s Container Park, this bar is dedicated to craft whiskey. 707 Fremont St., 702-945-6717

PaRasOl UP/PaRasOl DOwN
With colorful fabrics and hanging lanterns, this two-level lounge overlooks Wynn’s picturesque Lake of Dreams. Wynn Las Vegas, 702-770-3392

PeTROssiaN BaR
Bellagio’s ground-floor piano bar is known as much for its afternoon tea service as it is for its fine vodkas and caviars. Bellagio, 702-693-6163

ROse. RaBBiT. lie.
This decadent, theatrical social club blends aspects of a restaurant, lounge, and live-entertainment venue. Cosmopolitan, 702-698-7440

skYfaLL LOUNGE
Adjacent to Alain Ducassse’s Rivea, this Strip-facing lounge appears straight out of a James Bond film. Delano Las Vegas, 702-632-7575

VELVETEEN RaBBiT
This craft-cocktail hot spot offers an ever-evolving selection of inventive elixirs. 1218 S. Main St., 702-685-9645

VERsa PaTiO & LOUNGE
Vdara’s fireside patio bar is a perfect place for cocktails and light bites before a night on the town. Vdara, 702-590-2312

VisTa COCkTaiL LOUNGE
Caesars’ newest glittery cocktail lounge showcases a rotating display of cityscapes from around the world. Caesars Palace, 702-731-7852


CULTURE/CLUBS

SPOTLIGHT: MUSIC MAN

Want to know what it takes to make it as a DJ in Vegas? This spring, Blackout Artist and Vegas resident DJ Ikon kicks off his official 2016 Ikontact tour, a threemonth extravaganza that’ll be filmed for the upcoming documentary On the Road. Sponsored by Club Killers, On the Road offers an inside look at the life of a traveling DJ, from moments under the brightest lights to the darkest hours on the road (and up in the air). Don’t miss your chance to get in on the action when the Ikontact tour launches April 23 in Honolulu and wraps in Vegas this July, hitting 16 North American cities in between.

BELLaGiO GaLLERY Of fiNE aRT
Exhibitions at Bellagio’s on-site gallery have focused on everything from the decorative art of Fabergé to Pablo Picasso’s early lithographs. Bellagio, 702-693-7871

BROOkLYN BOWL
This cornerstone of The Linq combines a bowling alley with a concert venue and restaurant. The Linq, 702-862-2695

DRai’s NiGHTCLUB
The cherry on top of the Cromwell, Drai’s attracts top-tier hip-hop talent and boasts the Strip’s only rooftop pool deck. The Cromwell, 702-777-3800

HakkasaN NiGHTCLUB
A playground for EDM heavyweights from Steve Aoki to Tiësto, Hakkasan features both an Asian-inspired restaurant and lounge in addition to a nightclub. MGM Grand, 702-891-3838

HYDE BELLaGiO
Perched on the banks of Bellagio’s famous lake, this Philippe Starck-designed nightclub is best known for its sprawling patio terrace. Bellagio, 702-693-8700

MaRJORiE BaRRiCk MUsEUM
This jewel of a gallery hosts both retrospectives and showings of Las Vegas-based artists’ work. 4505 S. Maryland Pkwy., 702-895-3381

SPOTLIGHT: M RESORT SPA CASINO

Personalized service, progressive architecture, and luxury offerings are the cornerstones of M Resort Spa Casino. From its accessible design—which includes a substantial casino floor and sun-drenched pool deck—to unique culinary offerings ranging from a traditional steakhouse to artisanal bakery fare, M Resort’s vibrant amenities consistently exceed guests’ expectations. Best of all, the resort is situated 400 feet higher in elevation than other resort-casinos on the world famous Strip, providing optimal views of the Vegas skyline. 12300 Las Vegas Blvd., Henderson, 702-797-1000

MaRQUEE NiGHTCLUB
The venue that kick-started Vegas’s nightclub boom remains one of the most popular spots to catch EDM, rap, and hip-hop acts. Cosmopolitan, 702-333-9000

THE MOB MUsEUM
Housed in a historic Downtown building, The Mob Museum explores the impact of organized crime on Las Vegas’s history. 300 Stewart Ave., 702-229-2734

NaTiONaL aTOMiC TEsTiNG MUsEUM
This Smithsonian-affiliated museum provides a compelling account of Nevada’s relationship with nuclear testing. 755 E. Flamingo Road, 702-794-5151

THE NEON MUsEUM
The restored La Concha Motel now serves as the entry point to this must-see collection of some of Vegas’s most iconic neon signs. 770 N. Las Vegas Blvd., 702-387-6366

OMNia NiGHTCLUB
The Strip’s newest mega-club brings with it a talent roster topped by Calvin Harris and 75,000 square feet of dance floor. Caesars Palace, 702-785-6200

THE saYERs CLUB
Alternative rock meets old-school jazz inside this laid-back lounge on the ground floor of SLS Las Vegas. SLS Las Vegas, 702-761-7618

THE sMiTH CENTER
Downtown’s performing arts center is home to the Las Vegas Philharmonic, Nevada Ballet Theatre, and dedicated Broadway and Cabaret Jazz programs. 361 Symphony Park Ave., 702-749-2000

sPRiNGs PREsERVE
A 180-acre nature preserve complete with botanical gardens, a seasonal butterfly habitat, and the Nevada State Museum. 333 S. Valley View Blvd., 702-822-7700

TaO NiGHTCLUB
After more than 10 years in the game, Venetian’s Asian-inspired nightclub Tao continues to appeal to the celebrity set. Venetian, 702-388-8588

Xs NiGHTCLUB
Top-ranked DJs (Alesso, Zedd) headline the festivities at this gold-drenched club with a spectacular poolside patio. Encore Las Vegas, 702-770-0097


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