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Vegas Dining and Nightlife

August 15, 2008 By: Glenn Haussman Travel Agent

This cohesive mix makes for fun times

If there’s a maxim best describing what visitors like to do during their Las Vegas vacation, it’s this: People want to eat some great meals and party all night. But oddly, one of the things many vacationers fail to plan for is meshing these two activities together.

Less-savvy Vegas visitors often enjoy a meal in one casino resort, then wait in a long cab line before heading to another resort to visit a nightclub. Once at the nightclub, they’ll typically get stuck in another painfully long line. That’s no way to enjoy a night out on the town.

However, there is a little-known Sin City secret that makes this problem go away. By eating at certain restaurants, diners can get VIP access to some of the hottest clubs in town. That means while other agents’ clients are waiting in long lines to get into some of the city’s best nightclubs, your clients will be tearing it up on the floor. And take it from us: There is nothing that makes one feel more like a Las Vegas insider than getting that VIP treatment. As a bonus, they’ll most likely get into the club for free, which can save a couple $50 or more.

Suggest they make a dinner reservation in advance—no earlier than 9 p.m. After all, you don’t want your clients finishing dinner too early. If that happens, you run the risk of your clients arriving at the nightclub before the crowds swell and the energy picks up.

Here are some of our favorite combos that will give your clients not only a great dining experience, but an amazing night out.

Social House/ Christian Audigier The Nightclub
At Treasure Island, places like Social House have helped to redefine this resort. This Japanese restaurant specializes in sushi and sake, but also has a Pan Asian focus. Dishes include Citrus Peel Miso Marinated Cod and Snake River Farms’ Kobe Beef-Three Ways: Carpaccio, Tataki and Tartar.

After dinner, your clients will be escorted free of charge into the city’s newest nightclub: Christian Audigier The Nightclub. Here, fashion industry guru Audigier has taken lessons learned from creating such lines as Ed Hardy, Smet, Crystal Rock and his namesake, Christian Audigier, into a rock ’n’ roll, glam-inspired haven. With works of art designed by Audigier, customized staff uniforms and splashes of his signature elements, along with the acclaimed VIP service that Pure Management Group provides, The Nightclub will create the most over-the-top nightlife experience in the country.

There is also an ultra-cool outdoor patio that overlooks the Strip and features a variety of music, from rock to progressive house. To completely maximize this experience, suggest your clients time their arrival to shortly before the nightly Sirens of TI show. They’ll get a special viewing access so they won’t have to hang out with the huddled masses craning their necks to see the show.

Dinner is available nightly from 5 p.m. until midnight and until 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information, check out the website, or call toll free at 702-894-7223. Christian Audigier The Nightclub opens at 10 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. Get more information at 702-894-7580.

Company American Bistro/LAX Nightclub
Celebrity owners abound with this combo at the Luxor. For dinner, suggest your clients start out at Luxor’s Company American Bistro, which is in part owned by Nicky Hilton, Wilmer Valderrama and Nick Lachey. Then the party kicks off at LAX Nightclub, which is owned in part by Christina Aguilera and DJ AM, who is a regular guest DJ.

Company American Bistro recently redesigned its menu to highlight classic American dishes appealing to mainstream tastes. New items include Double Braised Pork Short Ribs and Smoked Sirloin Burgers with applewood bacon, with starters including Seared Tuna, Cold Chili Peanut Noodles, SoHo Kobe Sliders and Sweet Soy and Lime Chicken Wings.

Once dinner is done, or after a round of drinks at the restaurant’s intimate lounge, it’s time to enjoy free admission to LAX. Since opening this past year, this club has become a celebrity hotspot, with a new crop of Hollywood’s glitterati regularly partying until the early morning hours.

Company American Bistro is open for dinner Sunday though Thursday from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. The lounge is open Sunday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. For more information and reservations, visit the hotel’s website or call toll free at 800-288-1000. For more information on LAX, call the VIP services line at 702-280-3600.

Mesa Grill/ PURE
At Caesars Palace, Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill features the star chef’s patented Southwest flavors. But dishes are light enough to not weigh you down before heading out the back door and into PURE Nightclub.

Menu highlights include Tiger Shrimp and Roasted Garlic Corn Tamale with Corn-Cilantro Sauce; Blue Corn Pancake with Barbecued Duck and Habanero Chile Sauce; and the New Mexican Spice Rubbed Pork Tenderloin with Bourbon-Ancho Chile Sauce and Sweet Potato Tamale with Crushed Pecan Butter.

PURE Nightclub is known as a “must visit” club. Its Tuesday night parties are some of the best the city has to offer. The club features a rooftop lounge hovering over the Las Vegas Strip and also features three venues, which all have distinct personality. A pulsating dance floor, smooth and silky bar area and the outside Terrace all have separate DJs and sound systems to further enhance the varied vibes. If you book a table here, it even comes with private security to enhance the experience and keep unwanted visitors away. Resident DJs include DJ AM and DJ Hollywood. PURE has a team of experienced VIP hosts, so call 702-731-PURE or go to for more information.

Mesa Grill Caesars Palace offers lunch on Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dinner is served seven nights a week from 5 p.m. until 11 p.m. For reservations or additional information, visit the property’s website or call 702-731-7731.  

Nobu/Wasted Space
World-renowned Chef Nobu Matsuhisa has caused a stir in the foodie community with his commitment to both modern and authentic Japanese cuisine with Nobu at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. And for culinary critics and food fans alike, that’s a good thing. The specialty is, of course, fresh sushi, as well as signature dishes such as the Lobster Ceviche infused with citrus flavors; Shrimp and Maine Lobster drizzled with tangy lemon sauce; and the Scallops in Spicy Pepper. The house specialty is a Three-Day Marinated Cod seared and served with sweet miso sauce.

After Nobu, clients can head to Wasted Space, Hard Rock’s newest club offering. It’s part of an $800 million expansion of the rockin’ resort. Wasted Space is co-owned by extreme sports star Carey Hart, New York Yankee Jason Giambi and the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Rockers Benji and Joel Madden of the band Good Charlotte are also partners.

Dubbed the first anti-club of its kind, Wasted Space is meant to “meld the high-end rock ’n’ roll culture with fashion, art and design, creating a one-of-a-kind atmosphere and nightlife experience,” say its owners. The club is an intimate 5,000 square feet, holding just about 450 people. Wasted Space is open Tuesday through Sunday from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. with live music two nights a week and DJs the other four nights. Cover charges will vary based on talent from about $10 to $25. For more information, visit or call 702-693-4040.

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