Daylight in Vegas is for spa recovery sessions and disco naps. Here it’s all about what you can do when the sun goes down.
James Turrell’s installation Akhob is the best-kept secret in the Louis Vuitton store at The Shops at Crystals.
Meet the Midnight Idol
Take in the Vegas sunset at Casa de Shenandoah (702-547-4811), Wayne Newton’s 52-acre ranch. It has barns for his Arabian horses, a mansion with secret passageways, an exotic-animal farm, Rolls-Royces formerly owned by Steve McQueen and Liberace, and Franklin Roosevelt’s own desk. You can even take a tour with Newton himself (for a reservation, e-mail MrLV@ casadeshenandoah.com).
Dine on the Lake
Bellagio, the Lake Como–themed Italianate hotel, has been newly invigorated by chef Julian Serrano’s modern restaurant Lago (702-693-7111), where diners can enjoy tapas-style Mediterranean-inflected dishes, such as pristine crudo and an exceptional red-wine risotto. Design by Munge Leung celebrates early-20th-century Italian futurism, and the new outdoor patio offers dining next to the famous fountains.
Journey to Paris
Michael Mina’s beautiful new Bardot Brasserie at the Aria Resort & Casino (877-230-2742) elevates French fare— for instance, onion soup studded with braised oxtail and bubbling with aged Gruyère is covered in Perigord truffles. The gold lettering stenciled on the windows, the Laguiole cutlery, and the zinc bar make this one of the most transporting restaurants in Vegas.
A Bit of Everything
Once a restaurant/nightclub, Lavo (702-791-1800) is taking on a new identity. Now a hybrid private gaming room and lounge with private bottle service, Lavo is still serving elevated Italian comfort food (wagyu meatballs!), but now it will bring dinner right to your gaming table.
Club of the Moment
Omnia (702-785-6200) takes the place of the old Pure in Caesars Palace, offering a massive showcase for celebrity DJs like Afrojack, Calvin Harris, and Armin van Buuren. Modeled after a European opera house, the four-story room is surrounded by mezzanine-level private booths.
Swept Away by Celine
Celine Dion has performed nearly 1,000 times in the Colosseum (866-320-9763), and she puts on one of the most spectacular shows on the Strip. In August she started a performance run that continues through June 2016. Yes, your heart will go on.
The Louis Vuitton store in The Shops at Crystals is filled with every Vuitton item you can imagine, but its best-kept secret is a permanent installation by light artist James Turrell called Akhob (702-730-3150). Visitors stand in a light-filled room whose colors continuously change, creating a meditative sanctuary on the Strip.
Romance a Date With Late Night Jewels
Some high-carat pieces will never make it to the front counter at Van Cleef & Arpels (702-560- 6556) in The Shops at Crystals, where spendy shoppers are invited to a luxurious back room to sip Champagne and see some of the house’s rarest items. The store is open until midnight on weekends.