Nightlife in Las Vegas, NV
Bring out your inner competitor at one of the coolest bowling alleys in Las Vegas. Red Rock Lanes at Red Rock Resort takes up 77,000 square feet with 72 lanes. You’ll never lose track of the score on 40-inch color LCD scoring monitors. Make it a VIP night with suites featuring four-, eight- and 12-lane configurations. Go from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays and try out Cosmic Bowling with the lights down, fog machines, glow-in-the-dark bowling lanes, pins and balls. You’ll be dancing in the alleys.
Where else in Vegas can you see a Gazillionaire with gold shoes, roller skating couples spinning so close that they might knock your teeth out, tightrope walkers doing keg stands and baudy burlesque acts? “Absinthe,” of course. The show combines acrobatics with cabaret acts under a mirrored and brocade tent right out of early 1900 Europe. The carnival of acts bring feats of strength, balance, danger and some of the most flexible limbs you’ve seen. Before and after, you can hang out in the beer garden and quaff absinthe, naturally. This is one show that will have you recounting what happened for weeks on end.
Go old school Vegas with one of the stars who made Sin City the Entertainment Capital of the World. “Viva Elvis” from Cirque du Soleil combines the artistic acrobatics of the troupe with the songs of The King. Join the journey through Elvis Presley’s life showing his rise as an American icon with films from his past in the background and remastered mixes of his chart-topping hits. Afterward, head to Gold Lounge, inspired by Graceland, where you can find monkeys, Elvis’ favorite animal, a life-sized statue of a horse and opulent gold touches everywhere. Be sure to order the “Blue Suede Shoes” or one of Gold Lounge’s other clever themed cocktails.
When you crave a little wine and cheese before you head out for the night, go to Onda Ristorante at the Mirage for the complimentary tastings. Every Friday night from 5 to 7 p.m., slip into this Italian-inspired lounge off the casino to taste a flight of up to four wines paired with artisan cheeses and meats. This charming respite from the clanging of the slot machines will tempt you to stick around for the Italian cuisine on the menu. We recommend the gnocci or one of the grilled flatbreads.
No need to feel blue. Guys and gals can eat, drink and dance their blues away at B.B. King’s Blues Club. Try the Classic Soul Dinner and Show, a three-course meal backed by classic soul music performed live by the Memphis All-Star Band and The Grant Garland Band. Dig in to the “Famous Lip-Smacking Ribs” or a “Roasted Chicken Dinner” while listening to songs made famous by artists such as Otis Redding, Ray Charles and of course B.B. King. This is a night of music that’s good for the soul accompanied by some Southern-style cooking.