Get your Vegas on at four of the hottest new places on The Strip.
Staying true to its authentic SoCal roots, Javier’s spices up the Las Vegas Strip inside ARIA Resort and Casino.
Paying homage to a rich heritage of authentic Mexican cuisine, Javier Sosa serves up traditional dishes using family recipes passed down for generations.
While lunchtime favorites such as carnitas ($22), enchiladas poblanas ($20) and carne asada ($45) remain true to their humble Orange County roots, the 9,000-square-foot restaurant offers a dramatic flair. The space, designed by Dodd Mitchell, has a Moorish feel, with amber lighting, white stucco walls and a dominating carved bar adorned with beads.
As if this weren’t enough to impress guests, Javier’s is also home to the world’s largest piece of chain saw art. Weighing 3,000 pounds, spanning 25 feet and carved by J. Chester Armstrong, the mammoth piece depicts the legend of Mayan creation and Mexican history. Using hundreds of carved Día de los Muertos skeletons, the artwork tells a five-part story from the Tree of Death to the redemption in the Tree of Life.
Javier’s mixes Moorish opulence with Mexican tradition, and the dinner menu is a perfect blend of the two elements. A true seafood-lover’s paradise, the menu includes seafood enchiladas ($27), Cabo Azul (a Maine lobster in pasilla sauce, $30) and Fideo del Mar (linguine pasta with Dungeness crab, Mexican white shrimp and wild scallops, $30). To top off the experience, a hand-shaken Javier’s margarita ($12) is a must.
Javier’s at ARIA Resort and Casino
3730 Las Vegas Blvd.
Hours: 11:30 a.m. to midnight
Web: arialasvegas.com/dining/ restaurants/javiers
Get your Vegas on at four of the hottest new places on The Strip.
LIVE IT UP
Want a break from the lavish pool parties, electric clubs and alluring casinos? Hyde Bellagio has it covered.
The 10,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor space at Hyde Bellagio plays host to Live Thursdays beginning at 9 p.m. every Thursday. Overlooking the eight-acre lake, guests enjoy drinks and live music from various artists as the Fountains of Bellagio choreograph a dance to a dramatic opera. Local favorite and one-man-band Jeremy Cornwell has entertained at Las Vegas venues including Studio 54, Mandalay Bay and the Hard Rock, but now provides an eclectic array of tunes at the Bellagio. “American Idol” contestant Mahi Crabbe is also a regular musician at the luxe space, entertaining guests with his Hawaiian charm and acoustic guitar.
After the live music, guest DJs begin at midnight.
Live Thursdays at Hyde
3600 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Hours: Thursday, 9 p.m. to midnight
Red Square at Mandalay Bay relaunches with a Russian revamp.
Merging American favorites with Russian influences, chefs Brian Massie and Chris Conlon have created a menu rich in taste and culture. While most restaurants typically introduce an appetizer menu first, Red Square offers a caviar selection ranging from Special Reserve Beluga ($189) to Smoked Trout Roe ($22), so guests can find the perfect, indulgent caviar for their taste and price point.
If the crimson-themed room with appropriately named dishes such as Chicken Kiev ($26) and Czar Salad ($11) are not enough to get diners in a Russian-esque mood, the Vodka Vault will. Chilled in a frigid zero-degree Fahrenheit cooler, more than 11 varieties of vodka are on offer in the Vault, including Russian classics like Stolichnaya ($12), Imperia ($12) and Beluga Noble Russian ($12). As if the choice of vodkas was not enough, guests can get the full Vodka Vault experience by donning a Russian fur or authentic Russian military coat and cap while sipping in the vault, for $100.
If the theme of Red Square isn’t obvious from the headless statue of Vladimir Lenin (complete with faux bird droppings), the cocktail menu makes it clear. Created by master mixologists, Siberian Night ($14), Red Scare ($17) and the Moscow Mule ($17) get anyone into a Russian state of mind.
The Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino
3950 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Hours: Sunday to Thursday, 4:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 4:30 p.m. to midnight
Web: mandalaybay.com/ dining/red-square
NOBU BY NIGHT
What’s better than Nobu sushi? Nobu sushi in bed.
Caesars Palace not only features the famous sushi restaurant and lounge but the Nobu Hotel as well.
With 181 rooms, 16 suites and a penthouse at the Las Vegas staple, the world’s first Nobu Hotel is a boutique hotel with luxury amenities and perks within Caesars. Guests have access to all that its encompassing hotel has to offer; VIP treatment includes complimentary access to PURE nightclub, fitness centers, valet, priority dining at Nobu restaurant, and an exquisitely crafted in-room dining menu. Chef and restaurateur Nobu Matsuhisa is not alone in his restaurant-hotel merger — Robert De Niro, co-owner of Nobu Hospitality, joins him in the venture.
Staying true to Nobu’s signature Japanese elegance, the accommodations feature natural materials, artwork by Japanese artists, black Umi-tiled showers and neutral tones. Designed by architect David Rockwell, the Zen feel of the boutique hotel runs true, from the cherry-blossom-patterned hallway carpets to the chilled sake waiting for guests inside their tranquil rooms.
Rooms include standard Nobu Deluxe ($249 per night), Hakone suite (features Jacuzzi, $719 per night), and Sake suite (features media room, pool table, and bar space, $919 per night).
As guests slip from their relaxing oasis and head out for a night on the town, they don’t need to travel far. The always-stylish Nobu restaurant and lounge spans 9,500 square feet at the base of the Nobu tower, with 327 seats. Sticking true to its famous menu, dishes include squid pasta with light garlic ($24), seafood toban yaki ($38), chef sushi dinner ($75) and a multicourse menu by Chef Matsuhisa ($150-$200).
Nobu Hotel, Restaurant, and Lounge
Centurion Tower Caesars Palace
3570 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Tel: 866-227-5938 (Hotel); 866-733-5827 (Restaurant and Lounge)
Hours: Dining room: Sunday to Thursday: 5-11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m.-midnight;
Lounge: Sunday to Thursday, 5 p.m.- 1 a.m., Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m.- 2 a.m.
• MAGIC is projected to have 80,000 delegates, which translates into a nongaming economic impact of approximately $102 million for the local economy.
• Gross gaming revenue for Clark County reached $9.4 billion in 2012, a 1.9 percent increase from 2011.
• The Las Vegas Strip saw an increase of 2.3 percent in revenues to $6.2 billion in 2012.
Source: Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority