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RBailss
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Planning on going to Las Vegas next year for my 30th (I know, OAP)... Looking to go for approx 7-10 nights, undecided yet tbh but that should give me enough time to experience everything surely?

I only hear good things about the place but was wondering if anyone from here could share their experiences... Things to do, places to eat, recommendations on where to stay etc... I do like a bit of a gamble but my trip won't revolve around casino's that's for sure!

Thanks lads.

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  • Hoopsterz
    1680 posts Play-Off Hero
    Spent 3 days and 2 nights there when driving through.. I don't remember much outside of the first day, which was spent doing a bit of gambling, after i found out you could get free drinks as long as your at the tables.

    Incredible place and met a lot of good people at the tables..
  • RBailss
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    I'll be going with the missus, she wants to see a show etc. I'm already excited & I haven't even booked yet!
  • CeeQue
    10799 posts Has That Special Something
    Did a solo trip in 09. Stayed at The Palace and did a few gambling not much though. Some shows are pretty expensive at the time saw David Copperfield. Idk about now but off the strip I had some solid $2 steak and eggs.

    Since your going with your missus you won't be able to sample the loose women in the area.
  • Couchy
    9505 posts League Winner
    If you go there for 7-10 days you will not only be bankrupt, you’ll be a broken man :joy: 3-4 max and use the next 3-5 to recover!
  • RBailss
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    CeeQue wrote: »
    Did a solo trip in 09. Stayed at The Palace and did a few gambling not much though. Some shows are pretty expensive at the time saw David Copperfield. Idk about now but off the strip I had some solid $2 steak and eggs.

    Since your going with your missus you won't be able to sample the loose women in the area.

    I'll wait until she's asleep o:)
  • Hoopsterz
    1680 posts Play-Off Hero
    There is a lot to do outside of the main vegas strip to be fair. You could easily spend a day doing a drive to the grand canyon or hoover dam - both are incredible.

    I did see Cirque du Soleil when i was there (had something to make it errrrrr more interesting that it already is) and that was pretty incredible.
  • Ugri
    6489 posts Big Money Move
    RBailss wrote: »
    I'll be going with the missus, she wants to see a show etc. I'm already excited & I haven't even booked yet!

    Terry Fator at the Mirage is great show if still on. Seen it a few years ago. Do you play texas holdem? If so i have some.extra tips :wink:
  • RBailss
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    Ugri wrote: »
    RBailss wrote: »
    I'll be going with the missus, she wants to see a show etc. I'm already excited & I haven't even booked yet!

    Terry Fator at the Mirage is great show if still on. Seen it a few years ago. Do you play texas holdem? If so i have some.extra tips :wink:

    Yeah, I play poker but wouldn't want to consume myself with that while i'm away! Feel free to share your tips though!
  • SupaNoodle1990
    26031 posts Player of the Year
    You’ve spelt Benidorm wrong grandpa.
  • coatsy
    32197 posts National Team Captain
    It’s bad I open American threads like this expecting some form of tragedy.
  • RBailss
    11825 posts Has That Special Something
    You’ve spelt Benidorm wrong grandpa.

    *Butlins
  • krakos000
    17450 posts World Class
    Watch the thrilling documentary Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas for some ideas.
  • Professor
    1368 posts Professional
    Tacos el Gordo. Some of the best tacos you'll find. I go to LV at least 3 times a year. Check out the Hoover dam, Colorado River and Laughlin near by. Lake havasu and Havasu supai are near by are fantastic but require a reservation as it is an Indian reserve land.
  • Ugri
    6489 posts Big Money Move
    RBailss wrote: »
    Ugri wrote: »
    RBailss wrote: »
    I'll be going with the missus, she wants to see a show etc. I'm already excited & I haven't even booked yet!

    Terry Fator at the Mirage is great show if still on. Seen it a few years ago. Do you play texas holdem? If so i have some.extra tips :wink:

    Yeah, I play poker but wouldn't want to consume myself with that while i'm away! Feel free to share your tips though!

    Most of the hotels hold daily tournaments, some from around 75usd entry fee. For me it was loads of fun and played at eg. Ceasers Palace and also the Rio. By playing a tourny you limit yourself to the entry fee and can stand up when done. Its at least how i did it. I did win the Rio daily tourny so for me it was extra fun :blush:
  • MisterJV
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    Alright pal , I have been to Vegas a bunch of times . I am originally from northern California & LV is a short 1 hour plane ride & $80-100 RT . I am familiar with the town .. but it's not a place I would want to go with my lady friend , I will get to that later on .

    -Weather .. hot asf from April-September Will be 100 * F @ 9 am , 120 @ 3 pm , 110 @ 11 pm :joy: , cold in winters .. 45-55 * F , 10 * cels . I loved going in the winters .. less people , more walking & cheaper site seeing with Vegas being dead . ( good skiing near by )

    - Expensive . Budgeting can go out the window when you go with significant other . Clubs are insane but pricey ... $100 to get in or min spending for a table on overpriced bottles . Have to mingle at the desk for hookups into the hotel club . Summer time alot of the hotels have day clubs .. pool parties with great dj's . Free to get in with hotel pass but.. everything else cost . $1000 for a day bed , 2k for cabana ... eating out everyday can get expensive as well . They have pharmacy stores such similar to Tesco's.. everything is overpriced as well .

    - Alot of outdoor /recreation activities , Amazing rock formations & water-filled canyons . One of my favorite things about Nevada . Also Grand canyon is somewhat close .. look into Helicopter tours . I did that only once. Alot of adventure tours with groups , inexpensive as well .

    - Gambling.. yes . The reason why we go... Legal gambling with no rake . Gambling is illegal in most states.. so we would go to bet on games , play poker for 12 hour straight & drink free top shelf booze.

    - Shows , yes amazing & worth every penny . Run around $65 & the high end ones are $100-120 a ticket . Ladies love them so look into these when you arrive .

    - Hotels .. expensive with high tax . Even higher during a boxing event or US holiday . Stay on the strip , RIP if you don't .

    I went once with this girl I was dating & she brought her cousin and her boyfriend ... the 4 of us stayed in a suite. I only wanted to gamble which caused some problems but we went out afterwards & all was forgiven. Another time I went for the 2014 World cup with my current partner . She did studying while I went out to play poker , We would bet on games together & watch ...then go out dancing at night. We did a bit of budgeting on food but we did okay . We just bought a house so we stayed within budget by buying snacks @ stores and bringing them up to the room .


    Personally Las Vegas is a place you go with mates ,Lads trip only .Las Vegas isn't for everyone.. dirty asf . Alot of walking which is cool but a 15 minute walk is brutal in the heat... especially when you been pounding the booze .


    30th birthday is special.. Would suggest other places such as Mexico . Money goes much further .. a trip to Las vegas from the UK for a week would set you back an EASY 3.5-4 grand . Alot of folks from UK & Europe come to vegas for holidays.. money goes further and it's a trip for sure . Those 15 hr plane rides will suck if you go home damn near broke .. I know how those feel & it was just a short flight back to my home .

    Check out Mexico .. that's what we got going this winter .


    hmu , @RBailss
  • MisterJV
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    Professor wrote: »
    Tacos el Gordo. Some of the best tacos you'll find. I go to LV at least 3 times a year. Check out the Hoover dam, Colorado River and Laughlin near by. Lake havasu and Havasu supai are near by are fantastic but require a reservation as it is an Indian reserve land.

    Alot of cook kayaking in that area , I did some hoover dam tour on boat once . Def worth it
  • RBailss
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    Thanks for the advice @MisterJV... I already have most of the money saved so £ isn't that much of a problem plus my missus is paying towards my trip for my 30th.

    My brother & his gf are going too so the lads can always sneak off to do a bit opf gambling etc haha.

    Recommendations on hotels?
  • Krisp77
    347 posts Sunday League Hero
    I’ve been 3 times. Stop towards the south of the strip. MGM/Luxor way. Make the most of playing bar games to get $1 drinks whilst you’re there. Too many restaurants to choose from on the strip. Don’t think I’ve had a bad meal there
  • MisterJV
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    @RBailss book the cheapest room .. when you check in show ID . Then reach for the credit card with $20 or 40 wrapped around it . Tell them you appreciate the hard work & would love an upgrade . Tell them it's ya 30th.. will get upgraded to one of the nicest rooms for price of cheapest room . I have done this countless times in Las Vegas.. look for young guys who are working check ins . http://www.frontdesktip.com/faq/ . I would even go with a $50.. ask for a 2 room suite for the brother to chip in on .

    Def The Cosmopolitan . Smack dab in the middle of the strip with ALOT of amenities . The fountain view rooms are insane .. Aria , Vdara , Bellagio ( fountain shows for days ) , MGM . signature mgm ( has balcony same with cosmo )

    All rooms have a stupid $37 a night resort fee.. illegal asf. check out m life rewards

    Def look into outdoor actives.. hikes & 12 hour grand canyon trips .
  • MisterJV
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    I also can tell you which hotel to avoid ... had some **** experiences . A few hotels claim to be close to the strip.. but far . No uber in las vegas.. only cabs . Learned the hard way .

    My last trip I booked on airbnb. Was much cheaper & no resort fees.. they have alot .
  • VICTAAAA
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    edited September 2018
    @RBailss

    IMO 6-7 days is a long time in Vegas if you're only planning on being on the strip, and it can add up pretty quickly. Living in SF, I'm only a 60-90 minute flight away and I rarely ever do more than 3 nights on the strip.

    if you do spend an entire week there, consider looking into the helicopter tour/driving to the Grand Canyon and have some shows lined up (magic/illusions/cirque du le, etc), visiting the race track, and maybe the shooting range; unless you really intend to spend all your time at the tables. personally, i'm a bad Asian, i really don't care to gamble, so my Vegas trips are filled with the likes of: Spearmint Rhino, eating at the likes of Bouchon, and seeing and Tao.

    a word about hotels, the strip's large hotels essentially start with Mandalay Bay and ends with the Wynn/Encore but where I always stay between the MGM Grand (but not at MGM) and Treasure Island.

    place i stay at: Aria, Cesars, Bellagio, The Mirage, and The Venetian (Wynn/Encore are great but too far IMO).
    restaurants i eat at: Momfuku, Bouchon, Bazaar Meat, Wing Lei, and always Secret Pizza
    clubs i tend to visit: 1OAK, Hakkasan, Marquee, Tao and XS
    adult clubs: there are plenty but Spearmint and Sapphire are the notables (they'll pick you up for free).
  • MisterJV
    10773 posts Has That Special Something
    edited September 2018
    Yeah .. @VICTAAAA @RBailss def 3 days max for me as well . I have zero self control & I just want to get down to business & go back home . The quick/cheap flights to Vegas was common for me . $100 RT with carry on .. leave my house @ 1 pm for a 2:30 flight , check in @ the hotel by 5. the cab from the Vegas airport to the strip is somewhat $50-60 one way.. take the hotel shuttle 4 Free .

    Summer time days are great .. breakfast , little slot machines , pool , lunch , nap then dinner & a show , tables /slots or even going out to the club or stroll around the strip. I recommend M life card .. I think they put shows for cheaper than retail when they do not sell out . Zumanity & O are a must



    anywhere from the Palazzo to NYNY hotel is fine .. wouldn't recommend anything outside of that area

    Lobster me is good but $25 .. no love for Earl's ? @VICTAAAA :joy:
  • VICTAAAA
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    MisterJV wrote: »
    Yeah .. @VICTAAAA @RBailss def 3 days max for me as well . I have zero self control & I just want to get down to business & go back home . The quick/cheap flights to Vegas was common for me . $100 RT with carry on .. leave my house @ 1 pm for a 2:30 flight , check in @ the hotel by 5. the cab from the Vegas airport to the strip is somewhat $50-60 one way.. take the hotel shuttle 4 Free .

    Summer time days are great .. breakfast , little slot machines , pool , lunch , nap then dinner & a show , tables /slots or even going out to the club or stroll around the strip. I recommend M life card .. I think they put shows for cheaper than retail when they do not sell out . Zumanity & O are a must



    anywhere from the Palazzo to NYNY hotel is fine .. wouldn't recommend anything outside of that area

    Lobster me is good but $25 .. no love for Earl's ? @VICTAAAA :joy:

    the pick up and go ability we have by living in CA is amazing, I haven't been in a little while and unfortunately won't have the chance before my big move. maybe a trip next summer @ORANGEeffect05 @Carswell ???

    Earl's for sandwiches? not to shabby but i tend to splurge on dining when i'm there as i don't really bother with the tables. @RBailss if you need a hangover cure i suggest stopping by Chinatown for some pho or stop by the Peppermill for a massive breafast and a nap before the day parties. consider In n Out but i assume there's always a massive line at that place as it's one of the few outside of CA. :smiley:
  • RBailss
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    With you guys being from US it may be different for you's but I feel 7 nights will give me enough time to experience everything I want to.. I've always loved the look of the Bellagio so think we're booking there! 100% doing the Grand Canyon helicopter trip, my parents did it last year & loved it.

    Any recommendations on shows to see? I want to go to at least one big club but clubbing/drinking until the early hours isn't the purpose of my trip. I'm hoping a big fight or event might be announced the time I am there, that would be sick!

    I've also always wanted to see an NFL game live but don't think the Raiders move to LV until 2020, is that right? @MisterJV @VICTAAAA
  • VICTAAAA
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    edited September 2018
    RBailss wrote: »
    With you guys being from US it may be different for you's but I feel 7 nights will give me enough time to experience everything I want to.. I've always loved the look of the Bellagio so think we're booking there! 100% doing the Grand Canyon helicopter trip, my parents did it last year & loved it.

    Any recommendations on shows to see? I want to go to at least one big club but clubbing/drinking until the early hours isn't the purpose of my trip. I'm hoping a big fight or event might be announced the time I am there, that would be sick!

    I've also always wanted to see an NFL game live but don't think the Raiders move to LV until 2020, is that right? @MisterJV @VICTAAAA

    Yea, the Raiders are still in Oakland, just across the bay from @MisterJV and I.

    Edit: if you really must see an NFL team consider LA, they have two teams now. It’s roughly a 3 hour drive from Vegas or a 30 min. flight (but flying in the states can be a pain). Also, if you’re here in the summer there won’t be any American football; the season is Sep. - Feb.

    If you enjoy EDM/house music, check out if any DJs are visiting any nightclubs but like you said, if you’re not looking to stay out until breakfast time then maybe just one or two clubs/seeing a DJ you like should suffice. Again, I like the places I mentioned before and like Tao, always a fun time.

    Shows wise, the Crique Du Le shows are suppose to be amazing and some of the illusionist such as Chris Angel have their own shoes (I would personally really want to see Penn and Teller).

    I’m very much into the high end/contemporary culinary world and some of these places are really excellent. They might not have their world reknown head Chefs in the kitchen but there is a ton of talent in Vegas. If your budget allows, consider splurging on at least one meal. I mean... you’re old AF now; live a little (I kid, I’ll be 30 next Feb)!
  • RBailss
    11825 posts Has That Special Something
    VICTAAAA wrote: »
    RBailss wrote: »
    With you guys being from US it may be different for you's but I feel 7 nights will give me enough time to experience everything I want to.. I've always loved the look of the Bellagio so think we're booking there! 100% doing the Grand Canyon helicopter trip, my parents did it last year & loved it.

    Any recommendations on shows to see? I want to go to at least one big club but clubbing/drinking until the early hours isn't the purpose of my trip. I'm hoping a big fight or event might be announced the time I am there, that would be sick!

    I've also always wanted to see an NFL game live but don't think the Raiders move to LV until 2020, is that right? @MisterJV @VICTAAAA

    Yea, the Raiders are still in Oakland, just across the bay from @MisterJV and I.

    Edit: if you really must see an NFL team consider LA, they have two teams now. It’s roughly a 3 hour drive from Vegas or a 30 min. flight (but flying in the states can be a pain). Also, if you’re here in the summer there won’t be any American football; the season is Sep. - Feb.

    If you enjoy EDM/house music, check out if any DJs are visiting any nightclubs but like you said, if you’re not looking to stay out until breakfast time then maybe just one or two clubs/seeing a DJ you like should suffice. Again, I like the places I mentioned before and like Tao, always a fun time.

    Shows wise, the Crique Du Le shows are suppose to be amazing and some of the illusionist such as Chris Angel have their own shoes (I would personally really want to see Penn and Teller).

    I’m very much into the high end/contemporary culinary world and some of these places are really excellent. They might not have their world reknown head Chefs in the kitchen but there is a ton of talent in Vegas. If your budget allows, consider splurging on at least one meal. I mean... you’re old AF now; live a little (I kid, I’ll be 30 next Feb)!

    Yeah for sure, I'm a complete foodie so have no problem spending as little extra to experience some top end food. I want to go all out for my 30th so any restaurant recommendations are welcomed!
  • VICTAAAA
    10759 posts Has That Special Something
    RBailss wrote: »
    VICTAAAA wrote: »
    RBailss wrote: »
    With you guys being from US it may be different for you's but I feel 7 nights will give me enough time to experience everything I want to.. I've always loved the look of the Bellagio so think we're booking there! 100% doing the Grand Canyon helicopter trip, my parents did it last year & loved it.

    Any recommendations on shows to see? I want to go to at least one big club but clubbing/drinking until the early hours isn't the purpose of my trip. I'm hoping a big fight or event might be announced the time I am there, that would be sick!

    I've also always wanted to see an NFL game live but don't think the Raiders move to LV until 2020, is that right? @MisterJV @VICTAAAA

    Yea, the Raiders are still in Oakland, just across the bay from @MisterJV and I.

    Edit: if you really must see an NFL team consider LA, they have two teams now. It’s roughly a 3 hour drive from Vegas or a 30 min. flight (but flying in the states can be a pain). Also, if you’re here in the summer there won’t be any American football; the season is Sep. - Feb.

    If you enjoy EDM/house music, check out if any DJs are visiting any nightclubs but like you said, if you’re not looking to stay out until breakfast time then maybe just one or two clubs/seeing a DJ you like should suffice. Again, I like the places I mentioned before and like Tao, always a fun time.

    Shows wise, the Crique Du Le shows are suppose to be amazing and some of the illusionist such as Chris Angel have their own shoes (I would personally really want to see Penn and Teller).

    I’m very much into the high end/contemporary culinary world and some of these places are really excellent. They might not have their world reknown head Chefs in the kitchen but there is a ton of talent in Vegas. If your budget allows, consider splurging on at least one meal. I mean... you’re old AF now; live a little (I kid, I’ll be 30 next Feb)!

    Yeah for sure, I'm a complete foodie so have no problem spending as little extra to experience some top end food. I want to go all out for my 30th so any restaurant recommendations are welcomed!

    Momofuku - David Chang’s first venture west (has since opened in LA) and has supposedly kept the NYC brand. Momofuku isn’t asian food, it’s delicious food that happens to use any and every technique to push boundaries. I’ve persoanlly been to their flagship Ko restaurant in NY and it was delicious menu. I’ve been told that this Vegas iteration of Momofuku to provide some of the finer things in life in addition to their original philosophy on free form cuisine.

    é - Jose Andres’ high end, over the top, molecular gastronomy dining room. Extremely limited seats, pricey but extraordinary. I don’t know how else to discribe the place, it’s awesome.

    Brazaar Meat - Jose Andres’ new steak house. It is an insanely large and ambitious steakhouse and by all accounts it delivers.

    Bouchon - Thomas Keller’s place in Vegas; yes, that Thomas Keller of the French Luandry. This is a rather unassuming French/California bistro fare but done in Keller’s way, simply and with intent. Not the most astonishing restaurant you’ll experience in Vegas but it is still my favorite.

    Wing Lei - I haven’t been here but I’ll surely stop by on my next trip. As an Cantonese man who loves his culture’s culinary history but hates how little progress has been made to his food, Wing Lei is a food option. I think I can count how many notable contemporary Chinese restaurants there are in the US (Mission Chinese, RedFarm, Mister Jui) and Wing Lei adds to the list. If one is unfamiliar to Chinese cusine it might be a bit confusing but gravitate towards ingredients you enjoy and one might find themselves expeicing Chinese food in a whole different light.

    Michael Mina - I couldn’t do a review without mentioning San Francisco’s very own Michael Mina. I haven’t been to his place in Vegas but the man is talented and leads a wonderful team. I actually know some of his past cooks/sous chefs and they are indeed extremely talented. If this location in the Bellagio is anything like his namesake in SF, you’ll get excellently prepared seafood; old techniques but modern takes.

    Secret Pizza - it’s pizza, I think it’s delicious and it’s tucked away in the Cosmo. I feel like I had to at least provide one non-snooty eatery for you and Secret Pizza is the place. :tongue:

    p.s. the Bellagio is awesome; you won’t regret staying there.
  • Realist
    3001 posts National Call-Up
    @RBailss I went with the missus for 1 year anniversary and it was great. We went for 5 nights and was good but wish we’d stayed a couple more. Don’t Think you need 10 but 7/8 should be enough. We stayed at the encore and got bumped up. Top hotel but at the other end of the strip so bit of a walk to get to where most of the action is but we didn’t really mind cos it’s quite fun walking down and seeing the other casinos. Food wise there’s a nice steak place in the aria but can’t remember the name. Plus some
    Of the all you can eat buffets are top notch. Expensive but so much choice. If you want to catch a show the cirque one at the Wynn/encore is really good. We went October and it was nice weather but bearable as well. Not too hot.
  • RBailss
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    @VICTAAAA appreciate the post mate, I'll be sure to look into those!

    Thanks @Realist, our flights looks pretty decent too so we get the full day we get there & full day we leave.. If you don't mind me asking, how much did you spend as a pair?
  • mjs4p
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    +1 on all of Vic’s restaurant commentary. I would also add that if you want to experience a high end chef for cheaper, China Poblano (also Jose Andres) in the Cosmopolitan is good. It’s not fancy and you can just walk in, but it’s very modern, creative cuisine. I know Chinese/Mexican fusion sounds strange, but it works! :D
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