The Regular Guy’s (And Gal’s) Guide to the Unique Side of Vegas Nightlife.

A recent, very informal poll was recently taken of Las Vegas enthusiasts asking what they like to do in their downtime from gambling.  Particularly at night! The answers were surprisingly specific, as certain places stood out in their minds as over the top entertainment, even for sin city. Who knew that there was more to the famous strip than Black Jack and hookers?  (Poll takers were asked to keep their answers clean)  Here is a list of the seven best spots in Vegas according to them. 

Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville:  Admit it, you started humming.  It’s contagious, and so is the fun filled atmosphere of this Caribbean-themed restaurant- nightclub-bar-paradise that is found inside the Flamingo Hotel and Casino.   Begin your evening with a meal from a menu that is full of Caribbean flavors including, of course, the award winning Cheeseburger in Paradise.  Afterwards kick back and relax in one of the 5 separate bars or 2 outdoor patios that look right out onto the strip and be entertained by live performances by local artists.  This is the ideal Vegas spot to get wasted away from the casino floor.

Unleash your inner Parothead.

Unleash your inner Parothead.

Piano Bar at Harrah’s:  If you are craving something a little low key for your nighttime Vegas entertainment, then the Piano Bar at Harrah’s Casino is the perfect venue.  The bar is reminiscent of a neighborhood pub you might find walking the streets of New York City.  The atmosphere is upbeat and energetic as identical twin pianists take turns dueling out hits and soliciting guest applause.  Their show is all request, and singing along is not just encouraged, it is demanded. Nowhere else but Vegas will you find a set of twins, girls no less, headlined at a piano bar.

2 pianos, 2 Sisters, 1 amazingly fun night.

2 pianos, 2 Sisters, 1 amazingly fun night.

Fremont Street:  Vintage Vegas.  That’s the best way to describe the night time atmosphere of the first paved street in the city.  It’s like Mardi Gras Bourbon Street every night of the year, wall to wall people where you never know who or what you are going to come across.  The main attraction of course is the 90 foot high LED video screen known as the Fremont Street Experience.  Here you are entertained 7 times a night to a sound and light show that spans 4 downtown blocks.  If bar hopping and people watching is your thing, then Fremont Street is the place to do it.

Fremont Street Experience. True Old School Vegas!

Fremont Street Experience. True Old School Vegas!

Adult Shows:  It’s no secret that sin city has its share of strip clubs, from the seedy to the high class.  But face it, if you’ve seen one naked girl on a pole… An Adult show is a little less skin but with a Broadway show feeling.  There are 2 stand-outs that deserve a look see if you’re up for exploring your wild side.  For the ladies it would be Australia’s Thunder From Down Under at the Excalibur, where you are treated to 90 minutes of barely dressed men dancing and swaying their rock harduhabs.  Guys want to indulge in Fantasy, played out at the Luxor Hotel, where cowgirls and rockers slowly peel off their costumes during scintillating dance routines.  These shows raise the bar for the typical strip club act. 

Karaoke Lounge at Ellis Island:  This hotel located just two blocks off of the main strip is host to the city’s best karaoke joint.  Every night starting at 9 this cozy lounge fills with throngs of people waiting for their chance to belt out their favorite Billy Joel hit Piano Man.  But it’s not just the singing that will reel you in. It’s the atmosphere of old Vegas with the big red cushioned booths lining the walls and the top-shelf as house liquor mixed drinks.  Picture this: Bobby DeNiro, drink in one hand, cigarette in the other, singing My Way to a crowd of Vegas locals.  That’s the Karaoke Lounge at Ellis Island. 

A True Vegaster VIP.

A True Vegaster VIP.

Las Vegas VIP Night Strip Helicopter Flight:  Dozens of helicopter tours now flood the city, but this is the one where you get the most bang for your buck.  Not only does it last longer than anyone else at 15 minutes, you are treated to 180 degrees of panoramic views.  Ooh and ahh in style after being picked up at your hotel in a luxurious Mercedes-Benz limousine and christening your maiden voyage with a champagne toast.  The flight is amazing, with drive by's over all the major attractions.  The fountain show at the Bellagio is stunning from the ground, but just wait until you see it from the air.

A view from above.

A view from above.

Vegas! The Show:  There are plenty of shows you can see while in Vegas, but this is the only one about the city.  If you want to be taken back in time to the glory days of Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. This musical spectacular presented by the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino will get you there. Showgirls galore grace the stage as you are given an entertaining history lesson on how music, and it's larger than life icons, helped to make Las Vegas the entertainment capital of the world.  From the Rat Pack to Elvis to Sonny and Cher, you will be mesmerized by this perspective of how the city used to be and where it is headed.

Vegas! The Show.

Vegas! The Show.

There are now millions of places and sights to see in and around Las Vegas.  These kick it up a notch by taking what could be an ordinary fun experience and turning it into something unique and extraordinary.

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