You don’t need an excuse to go to Sin City. You just need to know where to go when you get there. Here’s the list Vegas style: quick and easy.
Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare, Wynn
Outrageously impressive and delicious just-off-the-plane-from-Italy seafood. Don’t ask what that weird looking lobster is called. Just order it.
Cut, The Palazzo
Big stakes in the games deserve big steaks on the table. Wolfgang Puck’s bovine-centric outpost is best known for 35-day dry-aged steak.
Rub BBQ, Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino
Ease hangover ails at the pork paradise co-owned by Paul Kirk, the Kansas City Baron of Barbecue (now closed).
Joël Robuchon, MGM Grand
The mignardises trolley (read: petits four cart) brings tears to a sweet tooth’s eyes with dozens of bite-size treats. The rest of the meal is as epic as it gets this side of the Atlantic.
Shibuya, MGM Grand
A sake sommelier, sleek design, and celebrity fans keep the upscale Japanese spot hopping.
Mix, TheHotel at Mandalay Bay
The chic cocktail counterpart to Alain Ducasse’s top-floor restaurant has the bathroom you’ll most want to hook up in.
Lotus of Siam
A local Thai fave in a strip mall off the Strip. If nine kinds of German rieslings can’t win you over, BYOB.
Burger Bar, Mandalay Place
Have it your way with 24 beers on tap, more than 100 by the bottle, and customizable burgers.
Rooms at the newly reinvented Aladdin are cool and pricey. Book a suite for insane views.
The Signature at MGM Grand
You get space, service, and amenities a ten-minute walk from the Strip chaos.
Christian Audigier The Nightclub, Treasure Island
The latest p.m. hangout brings a touch of chic to the crawl toward dawn.
Playboy Club, Palms Casino Resort
Resident DJ Mark Stylz mixes audio and visual on 60 plasma screens.
Pure Nightclub, Caesar’s Palace
Fickle clubs come and go, but resident DJ AM and attitude-free table service keep this place packed.
Color, Caesar’s Palace
The huge, swanky salon is where the pretty people go for last-minute primping.
Drift Spa, Palms Place
Vegas’s first ever hammam is a coed sanctuary where ambient heat and steam get the body hot and bothered as the soul gets soothed.