When is the best time to visit Las Vegas?

The best time to visit Las Vegas depends on how well you can handle the heat. From May to October, the Las Vegas weather can be summed up in one word: hot. Or maybe to add an adjective: very hot. Temperatures average in the 100 F range and can get as high as 117 F in late July and August. The rest of the year is mild, with temperatures rarely getting below the 40 F-to-60 F range in the winter and hovering at a comfortable 70 F to 85 F in the spring. The city boasts more than 300 sunny days a year and very little precipitation. Since the casinos, hotels, malls, meeting venues, restaurants, nightclubs and entertainment venues are heavily air conditioned, you’ll easily forget the scorching desert heat outside. Just be sure to have another layer ready for those rooms where they’re keeping their temps in the 60s.

  • On May 31, 2013
    Grace Bascos answered the question: Grace Bascos

    What are the best restaurants in Las Vegas?

    Referring to something as the "best" is a tricky when it comes to restaurants. Dining out is one of the most subjective activities to participate in. Most everyone does it, yet everyone's opinion is different. So rather than pick the "best" in Las Vegas in terms of critics darlings or most popular, there's room to call out those restaurants that do good work every day and consistently.

    Every hardcore foodie knows that a meal at Joel Robuchon at MGM Grand is life changing, the artichoke and black truffle soup at Restaurant Guy Savoy at Caesars Palace is transcendent and that Alain Ducasse's MIX atop Mandalay Bay sports both a beautiful room and a breakthtaking view.

    But not every knows that Jean Georges Steakhouse at Aria Las Vegas has one of the best beef programs on the Strip. They specialize in sourcing some of the finest, humanely raised beef available from the US and Austraila. It was one of the first restaurants to bring in true Wagyu once the embargo on Japanese beef was lifted.

    And not everyone knows that Kabuto, located off of Spring Mountain in Chinatown is hands down the best Japanese omakase experience in town. The chefs prepare each piece of sushi, made from fish that comes weekly straight from Tsukiji market in Japan, at the counter, and place it in front of you to eat.

    Or that there are chefs who go above and beyond what Las Vegas visitors and diners expect, such as Brian Howard of David Myers' Comme Ca at The Cosmopolitan. While executing Chef Myers' already well-thought brasserie menu at Comme Ca, Howard branches out to with a nightly specials program that runs the gamut from wild game menus to offal nights to a good old fashioned fried chicken platter.
  • On May 31, 2013
    Susan Stapleton answered the question: Susan Stapleton

    Where is the best nightlife in Las Vegas?

    Light Nightclub. Photo: The Light Group Most of the major casinos have nightclubs in Las Vegas. Depending on the environment you want to find, you can discover the right place to party for the night. For the hottest deejays, head to Hakkasan at the MGM Grand. The nightclub opened in April with residencies with Tiesto, Calvin Harris, Steve Aoki and Deadmau5. The Ling Ling Club on the third level has its own deejays and a more relaxed setting. Light Nightclub, a partnership with Cirque du Soleil, opened Memorial Day weekend at Mandalay Bay with entertainment from the Canadian acrobatics troupe and resident deejays such as Skrillex, Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso and Baauer. Head to Marquee Nightclub at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas for the top-grossing nightclub in the United States. XS Nightclub at Encore Las Vegas follows, offering an indoor and outdoor scene around a pool along with gaming. Surrender Nightclub at Encore Las Vegas also takes advantage of the Encore Beach Club pool area.
  • On May 31, 2013
    Susan Stapleton answered the question: Susan Stapleton

    Where is the best nightlife in Las Vegas?

    Light Nightclub. Photo: The Light Group Most of the major casinos have nightclubs in Las Vegas. Depending on the environment you want to find, you can discover the right place to party for the night. For the hottest deejays, head to Hakkasan at the MGM Grand. The nightclub opened in April with residencies with Tiesto, Calvin Harris, Steve Aoki and Deadmau5. The Ling Ling Club on the third level has its own deejays and a more relaxed setting. Light Nightclub, a partnership with Cirque du Soleil, opened Memorial Day weekend at Mandalay Bay with entertainment from the Canadian acrobatics troupe and resident deejays such as Skrillex, Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso and Baauer. Head to Marquee Nightclub at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas for the top-grossing nightclub in the United States. XS Nightclub at Encore Las Vegas follows, offering an indoor and outdoor scene around a pool along with gaming. Surrender Nightclub at Encore Las Vegas also takes advantage of the Encore Beach Club pool area.
  • On May 31, 2013
    Xania Woodman answered the question: Xania Woodman

    What are the best activities to do in Las Vegas?

    Drinking beer is an activity, right? If you’re looking for the ultimate beer-geek experience in Las Vegas, you might already have found your way to the Freakin’ Frog, a deceivingly well-stocked college bar with the largest beer menu in the U.S. If it's not too busy, just ask for a peek inside the beer fridge.

    But, wait—where are all those people going?

    Once a month, a group of dedicated beer geeks gathers at the Frog. At a pre-prescribed time, and possibly after one or more warm-up brews, they follow proprietor Adam Carmer upstairs to his reservations-only Whisky Attic (also home to the largest whiskey collection in the U.S.). When they descend two hours later, they do so bearing the serene smile of one who has reached enlightenment. So, is Carmer handing out enlightenment up there? (He is a beverage professor at the University of Nevada Las Vegas ...) No, but he is doling out some of the rarest beers in the world.

    At the monthly Freakin’ Cask Tasting, Carmer taps a firkin (quarter keg) or cask of scarcely imported beer from Italy, France, Germany, Belgium or beyond, sometimes even gems from the Zymatore Project (wherein a sort of mad beer scientist ages rare beers in former spirit casks for utterly unique results). Past beers have included Apostelbraeu Dinkel Bock, Le Brasserie a Vapeur Saison de Pipaix and Square Root 225th Anniversary Sour Historical Saison. The cost is anywhere from $35-$45, and you have to be invited to attend. To be added to the invite list, email Carmer your request at cask@freakinfrog.com, and to increase your chance, make it interesting!
  • On May 31, 2013
    Xania Woodman answered the question: Xania Woodman

    What are the best activities to do in Las Vegas?

    Drinking beer is an activity, right? If you’re looking for the ultimate beer-geek experience in Las Vegas, you might already have found your way to the Freakin’ Frog, a deceivingly well-stocked college bar with the largest beer menu in the U.S. If it's not too busy, just ask for a peek inside the beer fridge.

    But, wait—where are all those people going?

    Once a month, a group of dedicated beer geeks gathers at the Frog. At a pre-prescribed time, and possibly after one or more warm-up brews, they follow proprietor Adam Carmer upstairs to his reservations-only Whisky Attic (also home to the largest whiskey collection in the U.S.). When they descend two hours later, they do so bearing the serene smile of one who has reached enlightenment. So, is Carmer handing out enlightenment up there? He is a beverage professor at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. No, but he is doling out some of the rarest beers in the world.

    At the monthly Freakin’ Cask Tasting, Carmer taps a firkin (quarter keg) or cask of scarcely imported beer from Italy, France, Germany, Belgium or beyond, sometimes even gems from the Zymatore Project (wherein a sort of mad beer scientist ages rare beers in former spirit casks for utterly unique results). Past beers have included Apostelbraeu Dinkel Bock, Le Brasserie a Vapeur Saison de Pipaix and Square Root 225th Anniversary Sour Historical Saison. The cost is anywhere from $35-$45, and you have to be invited to attend. To be added to the invite list, email Carmer your request at cask@freakinfrog.com, and to increase your chance, make it interesting!
  • On May 31, 2013
    Xania Woodman answered the question: Xania Woodman

    What are the best activities to do in Las Vegas?

    Drinking beer is an activity, right? If you’re looking for the ultimate beer-geek experience in Las Vegas, you might already have found your way to the Freakin’ Frog, a deceivingly well-stocked college bar with the largest beer menu in the U.S. If it's not too busy, just ask for a peek inside the beer fridge.

    But, wait—where are all those people going?

    Once a month, a group of dedicated beer geeks gathers at the Frog. At a pre-prescribed time, and possibly after one or more warm-up brews, they follow proprietor Adam Carmer upstairs to his reservations-only Whisky Attic (also home to the largest whiskey collection in the U.S.). When they descend two hours later, they do so bearing the serene smile of one who has reached enlightenment. So, is Carmer handing out enlightenment up there? He is a beverage professor at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. No, but he is doling out some of the rarest beers in the world.

    At the monthly Freakin’ Cask Tasting, Carmer taps a firkin (quarter keg) or cask of scarcely imported beer from Italy, France, Germany, Belgium or beyond, sometimes even gems from the Zymatore Project (wherein a sort of mad beer scientist ages rare beers in former spirit casks for utterly unique results). The cost is anywhere from $35-$45, and you have to be invited to attend. To be added to the invite list, email Carmer your request at cask@freakinfrog.com, and to increase your chance, make it interesting!
  • On May 31, 2013
    Xania Woodman answered the question: Xania Woodman

    What are the best activities to do in Las Vegas?

    Drinking beer is an activity, right? If you’re looking for the ultimate beer-geek experience in Las Vegas, you might already have found your way to the Freakin’ Frog, a deceivingly well-stocked college bar with the largest beer menu in the U.S. If it's not too busy, just ask for a peek inside the beer fridge.

    But, wait—where are all those people going?

    Once a month, a group of dedicated beer geeks gathers at the Frog. At a pre-prescribed time, and possibly after one or more warm-up brews, they follow proprietor Adam Carmer upstairs to his reservations-only Whisky Attic (also home to the largest whiskey collection in the U.S.). When they descend two hours later, they do so bearing the serene smile of one who has reached enlightenment. So, is Carmer handing out enlightenment up there? He is a beverage professor at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. No, but he is doling out some of the rarest beers in the world.

    At the monthly Freakin’ Cask Tasting, Carmer taps a firkin (quarter keg) or cask of scarcely imported beer from Italy, France, Germany, Belgium or beyond, sometimes even gems from the Zymatore Project (wherein a sort of mad beer scientist ages rare beers in former spirit casks for utterly unique results). The cost is anywhere from $35-$45, and you have to be invited to attend. To be added to the invite list, email Carmer your request at cask@freakinfrog.com, and to increase your chance, make it interesting!
  • On May 31, 2013
    Xania Woodman answered the question: Xania Woodman

    What are the best bars in Las Vegas?

    Las Vegas’ hotel bars will never rival the city’s ultralounges and megaclubs for entertainment and amenities, but they can try. A few recent upgrades are worth noting.

    Press
    Not having its own casino or even its own hotel tower, the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Four Seasons Las Vegas is something of a best-kept secret and home to Verandah restaurant, which offers one of the most popular and well-attended brunches in town. It is also here that the new Press lobby bar opened on May 3, a sleek multipurpose, indoor/outdoor venue. By day, Press offers gourmet coffee and espresso drinks, fresh pastry and free newspapers amid comfortable lounge tables and a coffee bar. Four workstations come equipped with phone charges and oodles of power outlets. But coffee gives way to something a little stronger at 3 p.m. when the bar opens with a menu that includes original cocktails, reinterpreted classics, house juleps, wine and nightcaps as well as small plates and whimsical desserts.

    Lucky Bar
    Red Rock Resort has done a phenomenal job with the renovation of its center bar. The perfect meeting spot for cocktails before dinner, after a concert or as a destination unto itself, Lucky Bar has been transformed from a somewhat closed-off cave into a social hub with 360 views of the lively casino floor. Cocktails are simple, modern interpretations of the classics, but be sure to check out the martini cart.

    Lobby Bar
    Fans of Kokomo’s in The Mirage, may still be mourning the loss of their surf 'n turf staple to make room for Tom Colicchio's Heritage Steak, arriving in July. But the Kokomos’s Lounge that offered such a great vantage over the masses has been separated from Colicchio's new venue, and remains virtually unchanged despite its having been re-christened as the Lobby Bar. And the Side Car is a still a winner.
  • On May 31, 2013
    Xania Woodman answered the question: Xania Woodman

    What are the best bars in Las Vegas?

    Las Vegas’ lobby bars will never rival the city’s ultralounges and megaclubs for entertainment and amenities, but they can try. A few recent upgrades are worth noting.

    Press
    Not having its own casino or even its own hotel tower, the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Four Seasons Las Vegas is something of a best-kept secret and home to Verandah restaurant, which offers one of the most popular and well-attended brunches in town. It is also here that the new Press lobby bar opened on May 3, a sleek multipurpose, indoor/outdoor venue. By day, Press offers gourmet coffee and espresso drinks, fresh pastry and free newspapers amid comfortable lounge tables and a coffee bar. Four workstations come equipped with phone charges and oodles of power outlets. But coffee gives way to something a little stronger at 3 p.m. when the bar opens with a menu that includes original cocktails, reinterpreted classics, house juleps, wine and nightcaps as well as small plates and whimsical desserts.

    Lucky Bar
    Red Rock Resort has done a phenomenal job with the renovation of its center bar. The perfect meeting spot for cocktails before dinner, after a concert or as a destination unto itself, Lucky Bar has been transformed from a somewhat closed-off cave into a social hub with 360 views of the lively casino floor. Cocktails are simple, modern interpretations of the classics, but be sure to check out the martini cart.

    Lobby Bar
    Fans of Kokomo’s in The Mirage, may still be mourning the loss of their surf 'n turf staple to make room for Tom Colicchio's Heritage Steak, arriving in July. But the Kokomos’s Lounge that offered such a great vantage over the masses has been separated from Colicchio's new venue, and remains virtually unchanged despite its having been re-christened as the Lobby Bar. And the Side Car is a still a winner.
  • On May 31, 2013
    Xania Woodman answered the question: Xania Woodman

    What are the best Las Vegas food experiences?

    And now for something completely different. If you're ready for a little off-Strip adventure, head to locals favorite Gaetanto's Ristorante in Henderson for a bourbon-tasting dinner you will certainly remember. Wait—bourbon paired with Italian food? Yes. Long story short, this is a family-owned-and-operated neighborhood Italian restaurant, the kind of haunt where couples have a standing reservation and their favorite drink hits the bar the moment they appear in the doorway. One of the owners' sons is a bourbon aficionado of the highest degree (his personal collection is very impressive). So in late 2012, he started holding bourbon dinners at the restaurant, roughly quarterly, and tickets to both dinners—so far, the Wild Turkey family of whiskies and Beam's Small Batch Bourbon Collection—have sold out fast. "But," you might be thinking, "this isn't a fancy celebrity restaurant in a casino on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip!" Exactly. At Nick Palmeri's bourbon dinners, you get to meet and dine with distillers or top brand reps, who happily move from table to table explaining the spirit or cocktail presented with each course. And then there's the food itself. Gaetano's has a distinct old-world charm. That extends to the evening's special pairing menus, where the whiskey is actually often incorporated into the dish, say, in a sauce, dressing or crouton. So don't worry about whether Italian food makes sense with bourbon. If only sensible things were delicious, there would be no room in this world for the Twinkie. And we all know how people feel about that. Gaetano's Ristorante, 10271 S. Eastern Ave., Suite 111, Henderson, call 702-361-1661 to inquire about the next scheduled dinner, GaetanosLasVegas.com.
  • On May 31, 2013
    Grace Bascos answered the question: Grace Bascos

    What are the best activities to do in Las Vegas?

    Sometimes the best things to do in Vegas are the things that let you forget you're in Vegas.

    The easiest thing to do if you're tired of spending (read: losing) money is to head down to the pool. It's practically free, every property has one, and the people watching is priceless. If you're lucky enough to be staying at the non-gaming Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas, you've got a nice, quiet oasis located on the 8th floor of the hotel. Grab one of the well-appointed cabanas or a lounge chair and recline next to one of two pools or the jacuzzi, and you feel like you're miles away from the hullaballoo of the Strip.

    Or you could literally go miles away from the hullaballo of the Strip and check out the Grand Canyon. Except the Grand Canyon is so... far. Helicopter tour companies like Papillon can fly you out for a bird's eye-view of the North or South Rims in a matter of hours, and even offer packages where you can go on a guided Harley-Davidson motorcycle tour on the ground.
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