Meeting Singles in Las Vegas

Singles in Vegas face challenges other American urban dwellers do not. Due to the tourism aspect, a single guy has to put up the good fight in order to meet women who are residents and not just here for a brief time and looking for a meaningless tryst. I have become somewhat of an expert on both sides of the equation: where to find locals looking to date and where to meet singles in Vegas while on vacation. While the latter does not apply to me, I will share my slant on both so that no matter where your interests lie, I will have you covered. With determination, no body has to be alone in Vegas no matter how little or long you are in town.

The Strip

Locals, if you have ventured out to find any type of long-lasting relationship on the Strip, you are well aware that this is not the place to find Mr. or Mrs. Right. Tourists flood Las Vegas Boulevard, meaning vacationers seeking a fling might be in luck striking up a conversation with a fellow traveler who is looking for a one-off encounter or, at the very least, an afternoon drinking buddy. Attached and unattached people looking for the quintessential Sin City hookup are not elusive in the touristy sections of the city, including Fremont Street.

The ideal way to meet others is to strike up a conversation while listening to a band playing just off the Strip or while you are in line for a drink. An open, carefree approach is best. The carefree vibe that swathes the streets here makes kindly approaching a stranger volumes easier. Do not be pushy, be confident! I’ve met many travelers during my time here, and I’ve experienced amazing conversations as a result. As a Vegas single myself, I have low expectations for meeting a lovely local lady when I carouse on the Strip, but I never have a poor time.

Vegas Meetup

As a single man, I have had the most luck unearthing fascinating Sin City inhabitants on meetup.com. Organizers plan events centered on common interests, meaning this is an ideal channel for meeting area residents who share commonalities. If you have browsed the many Meetup groups and found nothing of interest, which is highly unlikely, think about organizing your own Meetup group! It requires time, but it is a surefire way to meet others with similar tastes. There are currently groups dedicated to the single scene in Vegas, as well as those for professionals and myriad other personal pursuits and hobbies.

Volunteering

What could be better than affording yourself the opportunity to meet locals while also pandering to your altruistic side? Volunteering is an excellent avenue for adding to one’s social circle while also doing something meaningful. There are numerous social organizations who are perpetually eager to have new faces on board. Several weeks ago, I attended the wedding of a co-worker who met his bride while working with Habitat for Humanity. If true love can be found on a construction site, there is hope for the rest of us!

Las Vegas Message Boards

Believe it or not, there are travel forums for Las Vegas that offer more than worthwhile sightseeing advice. Travelers sometimes arrange meet ups for frequent visitors to get together at the same time they are in town. This provides an awesome opportunity for those traveling alone or couples hoping to meet other couples. If this is something you would be up for hosting during a jaunt to our city, becoming a regular contributor to the message board before planning is recommended, as it will create a sense of trust, and turnout for your meet up will be improved.

In general, Vegas message boards are a good way to interact with locals, wether you live here or not. Many residents contribute to such forums, and it is not unheard of for locals ultimately meeting in person after talking online. The same rules of propriety apply to online messaging as with talking to someone in person. In order to be liked and trusted, one must always have their best foot forward when making online connections. Unsure where to hold such a meet up? One of the sizzling Vegas party pools would not be a bad idea if you are hoping to attract a young party crowd.

Gaming Tables

Despite feeling as though I’m becoming acclimated to life here, I still have not developed a heightened fondness for casino gambling. While I enjoy the people watching in and vibrancy of the megastructures in this town, I do not gamble often. However, many have said that gaming tables are a great way to meet singles in Vegas who are traveling and looking for an abridged connection. It makes sense, as the setting is laid back, yet can become intense. Single travelers hoping to meet sidekick for the night have proven to have luck chatting up a fellow gambler at the tables, so it is worth a shot if you are a gambler seeking a rendezvous.

Bars and Nightclubs

Finally, the old standby is worth a mention, as there are ample locales where imbibing and flirting go hand-in-hand. There are dive bars here that are awesome venues for cheap drinks and great conversation. My favorite of these is The Griffin. Nightclubs in Vegas range from semi-casual to fancy, and there are plenty here from which to choose. Some are harder to gain entry to than others, but not all come with high standards or cover charges. VIP entrance is going to cost more, and bottle service can easily cost more than your round-trip flight. If you are unsure what club fits your character, your hotel staff should be able to direct you to a place that complements your personality and budget.

With these recommendations, hopefully you feel pointed in the right direction for whatever you are looking for. There is too much joy and debauchery to be discovered here for you to fly solo. Consider the fact that the member of the opposite sex you are afraid to talk to is likely as apprehensive as you, and just make the move. The worst that can happen is you receive a no, and when that happens, and it might, you just keep pushing forward to find root out a simple love affair or someone to charge hard on the back nine of life with!

24-Hour Restaurants in Las Vegas, NV

The influx of celebrity chefs in Vegas has altered the culinary tradition of widespread cheap eats in Las Vegas. Long gone is the multitude of buffets and widespread options for fine dining on a dime. One Vegas mainstay has remained unscathed, and that is the abundance of 24-hour restaurants with great eats. I’ve explored a few late-night Vegas dining alternatives deemed the best value by people I spoke to and comprised a list of pretty great locales that never close.

The Venetian’s Grand Luxe Cafe

At Grand Luxe Cafe inside the Venetian, breakfast is always on the menu. The decor is inviting, and the place is huge. With abundant seating, there is never a long wait no matter the droves of people waiting for a sampling of the renowned pasta or revered breakfast fare.

On my visit, I went against the grain and opted for the avocado-chipotle burger. Paired with complimentary bread and a creamy mushroom soup in lieu of french fries, this was a massive offering of mouth-watering ingredients. The modest price of $13.95 leaves me with zero complaints given the food quality and overall dining experience. With better burger buys in the city, I cannot claim this to be one of the best hamburgers in Vegas, but it’s a contender for sure.

Earl of Sandwich at Planet Hollywood

Earl of Sandwich reviews were mixed when I surveyed friends. The sandwich quality was agreed upon to be excellent, but many complained of long waits and the uninviting location off the busy casino floor. I saw a band that night and slid into the casino in the early morning hours after too many Coronas. The wait was about 25 minutes. Apparently the word is out on this Vegas late-night dining locale because there were many around me holding their issued pagers waiting for their order to come up. With a vast menu of sandwiches beginning at $6, I can see why those looking for a cheap place to eat in Vegas fill the space.

I ordered the albacore tuna and swiss on their signature cibatta bread. The bread was soft and buttery and worth the wait. A fellow eager patron commented on the delay as we stood together. She informed me this is the norm regardless of the time of day and that there are superior gourmet sandwich shops in Vegas she frequents during normal hours. Overall, the quality for the price is impressive, but mostly because it’s affordable sustenance in the wee hours.

24-Hour Vegas Dining with a Side of History

The Peppermill Restaurant and Fireside Lounge opened in 1972 and boasts the status of being one of the few remaining stand-alone restaurants in Las Vegas. This swanky joint is a favorite of locals and regular visitors due to its longevity, inviting interior and expansive menu of breakfast, lunch and dinner all served 24 hours. The vintage decor is complemented by neon lights, because, well, one can never get enough neon in Vegas. The lounge is a sunken in room adorned with a centrally located fire pit surrounded by couch seating.

Some may describe the setting as kitschy, but in true Vegas form, the attention to detail is a trademark here from the impressive uniforms to bowls on every table housing colored sugar. Sure the mirrored ceiling tiles may be overkill, but I wasn’t complaining when I stopped in for drinks and dinner with a date. Elaborately embellished decor lends to the conversation if a date falls flat, so I will deem the Peppermill one of the best places to bring a date in Las Vegas. Incidentally, the Fireside Lounge was voted one of America’s ten best make-out bars by Nerve magazine. Just sayin’.

We enjoyed signature cocktails in the form of green tea martinis. Not bad and no surprise since Fireside Lounge is known for serving the best drinks in Las Vegas since they are all handmade. No mixes are used. We began with the pineapple boat fruit salad, a fruit lover’s Peppermill must. This colossal creation has enough fruit for a meal. A table of two sharing this creation, stacked about ten inches high, is simply too much food with the generous entrees that follow.

Without a doubt, the Peppermill is replete with Vegas glam making it a great restaurant in Las Vegas that celebrates the city’s flamboyant landscape. There’s a reason the place has appeared on film multiple times. It screams Vegas at every turn. The prices do reflect the food quality, so I stop short of calling this a real value, as it is a tad spendy. Ambiance and kitsch have a price tag, as evidenced by the $15.00 fruit salad. But I’ll be back. I aim to tackle one of their acclaimed 10-egg omelets.

The Las Vegas foodie scene is fast becoming one of my attractions to this city. Defining the best places to eat in Vegas is highly subjective, but I’m having a great time seeking out the foremost Sin City offerings.