Best Las Vegas date ideas
From Memorial Day to Labor Day, Cosmopolitan’s Boulevard Pool transforms into an outdoor movie theater on Monday nights. Hollywood classics and blockbusters play on the marquee while the audience lounges on pool chairs or cools off in the water with a cocktail in hand. Complimentary for hotel guests, it’s only $5 for everyone else. It’s basically like a drive-in—with beach towels.
Flushed cheeks, heart racing, butterflies in your stomach, either you’re falling in love or you’re about to step off the summit of Red Mountain on a zipline that reaches speeds of up to 60 miles per hour. Fly over Boulder City’s Bootleg Canyon on a series of four lines that stretch a cumulative 1.5 miles. If the adrenaline pumping through your veins doesn’t ignite some romance, maybe the panoramic views will.
You and a hot date walk into the private therapy pool at the Bellagio. That’s not the start of a bad joke, it’s the beginning of a seriously steamy date at the resort’s spa. The two-hour couples aqua massage is less about separate treatments in the same room and more of a primer on how to support and soothe your partner using aqua massage. After the lesson wraps, you get an extra 30 minutes to practice your technique in private.
Want to take your date’s breath away? It doesn’t get much better than the Grand Canyon, where the Colorado River has carved a mighty chasm in the earth’s crust. From Las Vegas, it’s a 45-minute trip by air and getting there is half the fun as you soar over the Hoover Dam, Lake Mead and the Arizona desert. Land beneath the rim, raise a glass of champagne, then return to the city just as the lights are coming up on the Strip.
This Wynn restaurant has a prime spot on the Lake of Dreams, a romantic setting for a relaxed Sunday Jazz Brunch. Enjoy Dixieland-style jazz and blues from a live ensemble while sipping pineapple Bellinis. Start with a visit to the SS Lakeside: a large boat filled with Alaskan king crab legs, jumbo shrimp, tuna poke, and oysters on the half shell. Made-to-order dishes include indulgent pastries, lemon-ricotta pancakes, crab cake eggs Benedict with miso hollandaise, and more.
A popular Southern Nevada hike, this rough desert route leads travelers scrambling over boulders and obstacles with an assist from some well-placed ropes. The reward for your efforts is a series of natural hot springs where you can sit and soak on your way to a picnic-perfect meeting point along the Colorado River. One word of caution: The canyon is closed from May to September when temps get dangerously high.
This off-Strip sushi restaurant isn’t your average miso soup and spicy tuna spot. It is a shrine to Japanese cuisine where pristine ingredients are treated with the utmost respect. With its hushed atmosphere, Yui’s probably not the place for awkward first date conversation, but for sushi snobs this is as good as it gets in the U.S. Expect gorgeous fish carved and caressed by a master’s hand. Reserve seats at the bar to see the drama unfold and savor every last bite.
For years, Las Vegas has pined for a pro sports team. Now it’s getting two. The Raiders likely won’t arrive till 2020, but the Las Vegas Golden Knights have already taken the ice inside the T-Mobile Arena as the NHL’s latest expansion squad. Grab dinner at the Park, then walk to a hockey match right on the Strip. Beers optional, heckling mandatory.
It doesn’t look like much from the outside, but behind the facade of this local landmark you’ll find an arcade wonderland stocked wall to wall with pinball machines. From vintage games to tricked out new releases, this gamer heaven makes for a fantastic—and cheap—date. Don’t forget your quarters.
If the way to one’s heart is through their stomach, the private cooking class at Guy Savoy is like taking a shortcut. Step inside the Michelin-starred kitchen where executive chef Julien Asseo will walk you through the process of preparing one of the restaurant’s signature appetizers and entrees. Best of all, when the lesson is complete, you and your date can sit down and devour all of your hard work.
Seafood is always on the menu at Mandalay Bay’s aquatic attraction—only you’ll be serving lunch, not eating it. Book the aquarium’s one-hour shark feed and you can go behind the scenes to help deliver a meal to the resort’s toothier residents. Watch as the staff feeds some of the larger species, then take the tongs and serve up snack time for the zebra sharks.
If Cirque du Soleil is the grand dame of Strip production shows, Absinthe is the hot little sister who sneaks whiskey from dad’s liquor cabinet. This circus under the Spiegeltent outside Caesars Palace is bawdier, ballsier and brasher with plenty of talent and spectacle to go with the in-your-face humor and ample cleavage.
Foie gras cotton candy. Steak tartare mixed table side. Liquid nitrogen cocktails and suckling pigs imported straight from Spain. If bold flavors light up your cerebral pleasure center, then José Andrés’s SLS “meathouse” is like Fourth of July fireworks. Take a seat in the fun, sexy dining room and settle in for a meal that’s downright sensual.
If James Bond hung out in Las Vegas, he’d be a regular at this stunning bar, set on the 23rd floor of the Mandarin Oriental. Floor-to-ceiling windows are all the decor required and those remarkable views are best paired with something boozy—a flight of fine cognac, a tea-infused cocktail or a simple flute of champagne.
You bring the blanket, the wine, some cheese and other nibbles; Super Summer Theatre provides the entertainment. Set on a meadow backed by rugged rock walls inside Spring Mountain Ranch State Park, this outdoor community theater is a delight, from the brays of nearby burrows to the sunset over the desert to the performances themselves—musicals like Beauty and the Beast and Bring It On The Musical that are invariably well produced.