Las Vegas is sizzling. And we don’t just mean the summer heat that bakes the city to golden crisp.
A burst of new restaurants, bars and resort rooms has lent some serious sparkle to the city of lights and magic. What follows are some of the new hot spots, not limited to the famed Strip.
Palms Casino Resort is sinking $620 million into a major makeover of the property just off the strip. Art — think Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Dustin Yellin — plays a major part of the upgrade, including at the new Unknown bar, where Damien Hirst’s celebrated “The Unknown (Explored, Explained, Exploded)” — a 13-foot-long tiger shark divided into three parts — is the focal point. There’s also a chic new steakhouse, Scotch 80 Prime; a new lounge, Camden Cocktail Lounge; and a new nightclub, APEX Social Club (in the former Ghostbar space with unrivaled views of the Strip). More to come: new guest-room design; restaurants from celebrity chefs Michael Symon and Marc Vetri; the new Vandal restaurant from the Tao Group; and a mammoth nightclub and pool club. And Blink-182 has its first residency at the remodeled The Pearl Theatre.
Palms Casino Resort, 4321 W. Flamingo; palms.com. Rates from $99
WALK IN THE PARK
Goodbye, Monte Carlo; hello, Park MGM. Thanks to a $550 million upgrade, the stodgy Monte Carlo has been replaced by the panache of Park MGM, with 2,600 redesigned guest rooms; a new steakhouse, Bavette’s Steakhouse & Bar; and the new Juniper Cocktail Lounge with the city’s largest gin collection and a menu of classic cocktails. The top-to-bottom renovation’s firepower is yet to come: Later this year expect a new Korean-inspired restaurant from Los Angeles culinary legend Roy Choi of Kogi BBQ fame; a huge new Eataly emporium of Italian culinary riches; the urban glam of NoMad Hotel Las Vegas, which will occupy 292 rooms on the hotel’s top four floors (yes, a hotel within a hotel); and the Vegas debut of chef Daniel Humm and restaurateur Will Guidara, who made Eleven Madison Park in New York the world’s No. 1 restaurant in 2017. All that and a Lady Gaga residency at the hotel’s Park Theater that may just out-diva Celine Dion. Watch this space.