Thanksgiving in Las Vegas
Get your fill of restaurants open on Thanksgiving, plus a heaping helping of Turkey Day tunes and films, to properly celebrate Thanksgiving in Las Vegas
20 essential things to do in Las Vegas
Plan your perfect day out with Time Out’s guide to the best things to do in Las Vegas, from the definitive stroll down the Strip to a night spent in glamorous bars.
The 20 best Las Vegas restaurants
Find the biggest and best flavors in town with our ultimate Vegas restaurant guide
The Las Vegas shopping guide
From blow-out to budget, there’s a shop to suit every bank balance in Las Vegas
Where to eat and drink in Vegas
Las Vegas's best buffet restaurants
Eat all you can and more with our guide to Las Vegas buffet restaurants
The best coffee shops and cafés in Las Vegas
Looking for a caffeine fix? Take a break at one of these coffee joints
Las Vegas’s best Italian and pizza restaurants
Source some scrumptious pizza—and much more—with our guide to Italian restaurants in Vegas
Las Vegas's best Mexican restaurants
Turn up the heat with our guide to Las Vegas Mexican restaurants
Las Vegas’s best Chinese restaurants
Grab some chopsticks and get stuck in with our guide to Las Vegas Chinese restaurants
Las Vegas area guides
North Las Vegas
East Las Vegas
West Las Vegas
Purchase your tickets at St Mark's Square, then take a ride along canals that weave through replica Venetian architecture. The wooden boats are authentic and the singing gondoliers are tuneful. However, despite the number of newly married couples that take the ride, the backdrop of gawking tourists will dampen any hopes of a romantic moment.
Big Shot, X Scream & Insanity: the Ride
If you're afraid of heights, stay away from the 1,150ft (350m) Stratosphere Tower. And even if you don't suffer from vertigo, you might want to steer clear of the resort's thrill rides. The Big Shot will rocket you 160ft (49m) up the tower's spindle under a force of four Gs; at the top, you'll experience a moment of weightlessness before free-falling back to the launch pad. X Scream will propel you headfirst 27ft over the edge of the Tower and then leave you there to dangle. And during Insanity, an arm will extend 64ft (20m) over the edge of the tower and spin you around at a terrifying rate. Best save dinner for later.
Gambling on the Strip
Wynn Las Vegas & Encore casino
As you might expect, the action at Wynn is both sophisticated and decidedly pricey. Blackjack minimums start at $15, with a few single-deck games that pay the reduced 6:5 for naturals; hotel guests can also play 21 poolside at the Cabana Bar. Craps minimums are similar to blackjack. A single-zero roulette wheel is usually open in the high-limit room, though the minimums are high. The slots run the gamut from pennies to a $5,000 machine. Amazingly, Wynn has tried to attract local video-poker players with full-pay machines at higher denominations (very rare), though the schedules change unexpectedly; check the Las Vegas Advisor for their comings and goings. The keno lounge is one of the most comfortable in town. Games: Baccarat ($100–$15,000); Big Six; blackjack ($15–$10,000); craps (3x, 4x, 5x; from $10); Let it Ride; mini baccarat ($50–$10,000); pai gow poker; pai gow tiles; poker (26 tables); roulette (single & double zero); three-card poker.
The Bellagio’s casino draws celebs such as Ben Affleck and Drew Barrymore, but its ostentatious luxury verges on vulgar: the upholstery, carpets and striped canopies are a clash of colors and patterns. As you might expect, table limits are higher than at most Strip properties: minimums are often $25-$50 and it’s difficult to find even $10 blackjack. Still, the race and sports book is one of the most comfortable in town, and the poker room has replaced Binion’s as the mecca for pros, sharks and big-time players. Games: Baccarat ($100–$15,000); Big Six; blackjack ($10–$10,000); Caribbean stud; craps (3x, 4x, 5x; from $5); casino war; Let it Ride; mini baccarat ($25–$15,000); pai gow poker; pai gow tiles; poker (40 tables); roulette (single & double zero); three-card poker; slots.
Planet Hollywood casino
In previous years Planet Hollywood’s casino underwent a number of renovations. It seems to have finally hit a groove, and its race and sports book is one of the most comfortable around, with 33 plasma TVs and a VIP lounge. Games: Baccarat ($100–$15,000); blackjack ($5–$3,000); craps (3x, 4x, 5x; from $5); keno; Let it Ride; mini baccarat ($25–$5,000); pai gow poker; poker (11 tables); roulette (double zero).
Mandalay Bay casino
The 135,000sq ft casino is airier than many, with 2,400 machines (including nickel video slots that take up to 45 or 90 coins), but you have to hunt for good video-poker machines. Table games—122 of them—include blackjack, roulette, craps, Let it Ride, Caribbean stud, pai gow poker and mini baccarat. You’ll also find a poker room where you can get your fix of seven-card stud and Texas or Omaha hold ’em. The race and sports book has 17 large screens, enough seating for some 300 sports fans, a bar and a good deli. Games: Baccarat ($100–$15,000); blackjack ($10—$15,000); craps (3x, 4x, 5x; from $10); keno; Let it Ride; mini baccarat ($25–$15,000); pai gow poker; pai gow tiles; poker (10 tables); roulette (single & double zero); three-card poker.