Las Vegas

If there is one thing I am familiar with, it is the city of Las Vegas. It can be a very overwhelming process coming here as a tourist or a new local. There is always something to do, which is exciting but can be very intimidating as well. 
Of course I cannot list all of my favorites here. It was hard enough for me to narrow them down this much. 

Anyways, from your average 23 year old, here is my attempt at a guide to my hometown. My top picks are broken down by category for you. 

Downtown Main Street. Victorian styled bar with craft cocktails, high energy, and cool music. It is a comfortable place to ignite a conversation. $$

Parkway Tavern
Summerlin. Games and beer. What more could you ask for? They keep score of how many beers you consume. It's a real neighborhood bar but can get pretty crowded. $$-$$$
Downtown/Fremont. A small bar lounge area with a dance floor that can be great for people-watching or joining in. The DJ booth is always blasting late night music. Drink and be merry here all year long. $

Downtown Main Street. They have bottomless Mimosas all day long for $20. It's more like a happy day instead of a happy hour depending on how long you're willing to make your $20 last. $$

PTs Pub
All around Las Vegas. After midnight, drinks are half off and they make a mean ciabatta bread pizza. 'Nuff said. $

Other Mama
Southwest. The best seafood appetizers you will ever eat. Appetizers are half off, wine is discounted, and select beers are $3. I highly recommend the octopus ceviche because it comes with sweet potato chips and the tuna tartar.  $-$$

Photo credit: Ryan Phung

Downtown/Fremont. Dance club for people who don't like dance clubs. No cover charge and there are music videos galore and Ouija Boards if that fits your fancy.$
Las Vegas Strip. Food, bowling, and Rock & Roll. Right in the heart of Vegas you can get a taste of what Brooklyn really feels like.  $$$
China Town. This is especially exciting if you have a group of people because you can rent a room of your own and just belt out any Adele lyric you want, at least, that would be my choice. $$

Las Vegas Blvd. Did you really go to Vegas if you didn't get a quick marriage? They can be pretty fun to attend too. Oh and sometimes celebrities pop up here too. $-$$$ 

Donut Bar
Downtown. This is definitely a morning trip. You have to get their early because as soon as they're sold out of their product they close their doors. Also, keep and mind their donuts are the size of cakes, but worth every calorie. $$

Las Vegas Overlook Hike
Red Rock Canyon. It's a 4.5 mile trail (round trip) but you can overlook the entire city once you're at the top. Bring water and real sneakers. $$ (Per car)


This covers all spectrums of shopping. From high end Luis Vuitton to basic and cheap H&M. If you are looking for familiarity, this mall has similar stores to what you you find back home.

 This shopping area has mid range shops but more middle class pricing. There are not too many high end stores here. They offer a few specialty stores that might not be found in typical malls.

These shops are mainly high end. There is a river running through it. I would expect nothing less. They also have some decent restaurants throughout this route. Be sure to stop and get a snack.

Spring Valley. Home of the best red velvet pancakes you have ever tasted. They also have pretty much any kind of breakfast item you can think of. Perfect for brunch. $$
Las Vegas Strip. Gran Lux presents anything from a salmon bagel to a waffle and strawberries. Conveniently located for your hangover $$$
Multiple Locations. The menu is a newspaper and they serve all the breakfast favorites. Order anything with "The works" in the title and you wont be disappointed. $$

Makers and Finders
Downtown Main Street. This is a best friend favorite. It is an urban coffee bar with Latin comfort food. They display local artists work and offer a chill atmosphere to study or converse. $$

Secret Pizza
The Strip. I cannot tell you where it is, but I will tell you it is inside the Cosmopolitan. If you're in the mood for a slice of pizza in the midst of the top chef restaurants, it'll be worth the hunt. Get the white pizza. $
Just off the Strip. Indoor patio feels with a modern twist. This fine Thai cuisine will provide a memorable experience in an intimate setting. It is typically not very busy either. $$
Summerlin. Home cooked meals in a restaurant setting, although presentation is still very important here.  Local ingredients are used here. $$$

Downtown. American grill with a Mexican flair. They have a killer scorpion shot and their enchilada nachos are to die for. If your vegan, I suggest you look into other options. $$
Las Vegas Strip. They have the perfect glass of Guinness along side of authentic Irish food options like Moms Meatloaf Burger and Jameson Honey Glazed Salmon. Oh and there is live music every night. $$$
Las Vegas Strip. Teppanyaki theatrics can be found here. Beautiful atmosphere and the staff is the sweet side of sweet and sour sauce. $$$$

Monday: Jewel at the Aria. Dress to impress. They revamped an old theater into a nightclub and it looks pretty flashy.

Tuesday: Omnia at Caesars Palace. They have a hip hop room that plays mainly trap music and R&B. Otherwise the main room is more EDM. The moving chandieliere is worth the sight.

Wednesday: Surrrender at Wynn. Surrender your Wednesdays by the pool under the city lights. The dance floor is kind of small but there is plenty of room to move about the venue. 

Thursday: Light @ Mandalay Bay. This is one of my personal favorites. I always feel like there is going to be an underground hip hop battle that takes place here. More of a grungy feel with electric pop dancers. 

Friday&Saturday: Pick your poison. All clubs bring their A-Game on the weekends. Look up what DJs will be at hat nightclubs to narrow your search. 


  1. Heading to Vegas in the winter! Love this.

  2. Loved Vegas we have visited three times from Australia. A city that is always alive. Thanks for some local tips though which are sometimes missed by the 'tour operators'.

  3. Well now I need to make another Vegas trip! I've been quite a few times but not recently. The donut bar sounds fun and it's definitely going on my list of things to do the next time I go.

  4. This place has the most perfect environment, great food, tasty wings, lots of good beer, but best of all - probably the best wait staff in all of country. Visited the LA venue last month again, had another great time.


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