Issue 9: Las Vegas

Discover a locally curated guide to the city's finest experiences

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      Aria’s curved glass tower is a centerpiece of the new CityCenter on the Strip, a gleaming complex that combines acres of high-end shopping with five star accommodations. Inside, guests encounter little luxuries everywhere, from the lobby’s multi-million dollar artworks, in-house Cirque du Soleil shows, and rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows and touch-screen command centers that operate everything from curtains to television. There’s also a world-class spa, which is one of the only facilities in the country to offer special Japanese stone sauna beds.

      Lobster knuckle over basmati rice with tandoori spices. Photographs by Melissa Valladares.
      A Joie de Vivre cocktail.
      The understated dining room.
      Foie gras with beets.
      Take your pick from a fleet of exotic racers. Photograph by Melissa Valladares.
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        A new addition to the posh shopping area, Tivoli Village, Echo and Rig’s chic, sun-drenched space contains an array of carnivorous delights, including an upscale butcher shop, a carefully curated market, and an elegant dining room. Start your meal with one of the delicous cocktails, and remember: because everything is butchered on site, this is a great place to try some tasty cuts–like ribeye cap, flat iron, or tri-tip–that you won’t find all over.

        One of many interactive exhibits. Photographs by Melissa Valladares.
        An impressive stack of bills.
      • Red rocks, blue skies, and miles of trails. Photograph by Melissa Valladares.

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        Should you need a change of pace from showgirls and slot machines, lace up your hiking shoes and head to the bluffs and valleys of Red Rock Canyon, Nevada’s first National Conservation Area. Leisure-seekers can pack a picnic lunch, grab a map and explore any number of scenic trails, or thrill-seekers can take a crack at climbing 7,068-foot Mount Wilson, a towering sandstone peak. Either way, though only 20 miles from Vegas’s Strip, you’ll feel worlds away in spirit.

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          Since opening in early 2013, this downtown Art District bar has become a favorite watering hole for Vegas’s discerning drinkers and growing gallery crowd, thanks to an impressive menu of craft cocktails from the golden age of mixology and playful neo-Victorian décor. (Think trompe l’oeil wallpaper and antique furniture.) You can’t go wrong with the God’s Gift, a bright, citrusy, sparkling cocktail, or one of the ever-rotating punch specials that are ladled from vintage bowls.

          A room with a view. Photographs by Melissa Valladares.
          The bright, modern lobby.
          A playful mobile above the bar.
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            ARTISAN HOTEL

            Creative types will get a kick out of the décor at this funky off-Strip boutique hotel, where each of the 63 rooms is named after and decorated with the work of a notable painter. Just make sure you arrive ready to get wild: with a designated “topless” pool and a popular after-hours bar and lounge that’s open 24/7, the Artisan is famous for its raucous late-night party scene.

            A vintage neon sign welcomes you. Photograph by Melissa Valladares.
            The twenty-vegetable fried rice. Photographs by Melissa Valladares.
            A salt-air margarita.
            Festive masks adorn the walls.
            Preparing dumplings.
            • A sleek and welcoming seating area. Photograph by Melissa Valladares.
            • Multistory windows fill the suites with natural light. Photograph by Melissa Valladares.
            • Butlers customize beds with the pillows of your choice. Photograph by Melissa Valladares.
            • The lobby's eye-popping fountain. Photograph by Melissa Valladares.
            • Whiskey Down, a new lounge on the gaming floor, specializes in American, Canadian, Irish and Scotch whiskies. Photograph by Melissa Valladares.

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              MGM SKYLOFTS

              Perched on the top two floors of the MGM Grand, the SkyLofts offer discriminating guests an ultra posh hotel-within-a hotel-experience, featuring 51 impeccably-appointed suites (think: stunning city views, sleek contemporary furnishings, infinity tubs, and high-tech entertainment systems) and over-the-top services like personal butlers and complimentary airport transfers in a fleet of Rolls Royces.

            • A trio of sauces, a peppercorn New York strip with red onion compote, and a scene from the dining room. Photograph by Melissa Valladares.

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              When celebrity chef Jean George Vongerichten opened Prime 15 years ago, he reinvented the Vegas steakhouse, combining the elegance of a 4-star Michelin French restaurant with a menu that would excite even the country’s staunchest carnivores. Today, he’s still going strong. Breathtaking views of the Bellagio fountains, plush velvet drapes and brilliant Baccarat crystal chandeliers add to the posh ambience. But it’s the food–like gratin Dauphinois with comte cheese and dry-aged bone in ribeyes–that remains the star.

            • Dancers pay homage to the King of Pop.

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              The latest spectacle from perennial hot ticket Cirque du Soleil pairs artful remixes of some of the King of Pop’s most popular songs with the company’s jawdropping acrobatics, in which performers seem to fly effortlessly through the air and moonwalk up walls.

              A view into the kitchen. Photograph by Melissa Valladares.
              An iwakaki oyster.
              Fresh fish.
              An assortment of skewers.
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                HAKKASAN NIGHTCLUB

                Hakkasan, the MGM Grand’s monumental new restaurant and nightclub, is more than just a party spot, it’s a 80,000 square foot “experience,” featuring 5 levels of dining and club floors, an indoor oriental garden complete with waterfall, and an arena-quality TurboSound audio system commanded by bold name DJs like Deadmau5 and Questlove.

                Kick back in an ultra king bed. Photographs by Melissa Valladares.
                An inviting corner.
                Enter via a private elevator.
                Sponge cake, strawberry mousse and white chocolate. Photograph by Melissa Valladares.
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                  HONEY SALT

                  In the swank Westside development of Summerlin, this upscale farm-to-table spot, launched by two of Vegas’s most admired food industry tastemakers, has a bright, rustic-chic vibe (think: whitewashed brick and antiqued mirrors) that defies all the Vegas stereotypes. Come for a leisurely lunch or a romantic dinner, and don’t miss the buttermilk fried chicken sandwich or grilled octopus Niçoise salad with fried egg.