The Dallas Food Nerds hit up Las Vegas!
While it’s not my first visit to the city, there are a plethora of attractions and dining options that keep Vegas exciting each time I come back. Take a look at my trip highlights below!
Spago by Wolfgang Puck
We kicked off our first dinner in Vegas by visiting Wolfgang Puck’s flagship fine dining restaurant Spago. The restaurant has a prime location by the Bellagio Fountains, so we had an incredible view! Be sure to make your reservation a few weeks in advance if you can because these seats get booked quickly.
1923 Prohibition Bar
Inside Mandalay Bay Hotel sits 1923 Prohibition Bar, a classy New Orleans-inspired speakeasy. We enjoyed drinks, live music by pianist Troy Romzek and a burlesque performance from Alexandra Beauregard. If speakeasies are your thing, this is the one to be at in Vegas. You can’t go wrong with all the entertainment and great cocktails.
Thanks to the manager and PR staff for hosting this special part of our trip!
I absolutely adore celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis, so I made plans for brunch at her delicious Italian restaurant, Giada, at the Cromwell Hotel Las Vegas.
The brunch menu includes classic breakfast items with a fun twist (like the benedict with salmon), plus featured wholesome salads and pasta dishes.
Tip: Remember to bring your Caesars Casino card so you can earn points from your visit!
Minus 5 Ice Bar
Take a break from the Vegas heat at the Minus5 Ice Bar – located inside the Venetian and the LINQ. I can’t tell you how much fun we had visiting the Ice Bar. We were first greeted by the staff and provided with coats, hats, gloves and socks so we can bundle up inside. Once we headed in, we were impressed to see many Vegas-themed ice sculptures — made from a total of 80 tons of ice!
Of course you can’t miss the experience of getting a drink inside the ice bar. We opted for the shotski and a couple of cocktails. The VIP and “Coolest Experience” passes each come with two drinks, and you can choose from a variety of winter-themed cocktails.
A photographer is around to snap your photos if you have a VIP pass. You’ll get photos emailed to you, plus one printed out in a branded frame.
In total, we spent around 45 minutes inside the bar until I was ready for warmer temps again. The staff even made us boozy hot cocoa on our way and as we reviewed our photos!
The bar is open to all ages during the day, and after 9pm, guests must be over eight years old. Check out the website for ticket options and business hours.
This part of our trip was hosted by Minus5 Ice Bar and all opinions are my own.
I Love Sugar
Our Vegas vacation continued with another popular spot in town, I Love Sugar, located near LINQ. Shop from a wide assortment of candies and chocolates downstairs, and then head up to the martini bar. Reservations can be easily made on Open Table. Everything in Vegas seems next level, and these cocktails were a great example. We split a huge watermelon martini which was mixed with vodka and dry ice, plus topped with sour watermelon candies. It was a quick in and out at the bar (doing it for the ‘gram), and I think I spent more time candy shopping downstairs!
I’ve been to several Eataly locations across the U.S. and finally made it to the Vegas location. The restaurant and food hall sits on Level 1 of Park MGM hotel and is easy to browse through. If you’re familiar with Eataly, you’ll find the typical stations, such as gelato, coffee and wine, plus the marketplace and La Pizza La Pasta (where we snagged a delicious margherita pie and wine). Eat, drink, shop and enjoy everything Eataly has to offer!
Back at Caesars, we stopped by Vanderpump Vegas for a nightcap. My favorite evening cocktail is the trendy espresso martini. The menu features other hand-crafted cocktails and small bites (and the risotto balls came highly recommended), plus Lisa’s own wine brand. Usually I see a long wait, even for bar seating, and there are no reservation options. So, if you’re eager to get in, be patient, as you might be waiting 30-60 minutes depending on the time of day. The bar is beautiful with its fancy garden oasis and over-the-top decorations.
Until next time, Sin City!