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!

Fine French Dining Las Vegas Style

Fine dining experiences are normally saved for occasions when I am wooing a member of the opposite sex. I made an exception when visited recently by a friend from home. I wanted to treat my first visitor to something special. After hearing about the phenomenal views from the 56th floor, Alizé at The Palms was my choice.

Esteemed Michelin-starred French Restaurant in Las Vegas

Everything good one would assume about an esteemed, Michelin-starred French restaurant in Las Vegas is served up at Alizé. It is high-end all the way. The panoramic views courtesy of 16-foot floor-to-ceiling windows throughout are unparalleled by any other restaurant in Las Vegas with a view of the Strip.

Guys are not supposed to care about the aesthetics and ambiance of any eatery, but I feel strongly that elegance and refinement are indicative of a higher standard applied to all kitchen practices. If the table linens’ thread counts are impressive, you know the sous chef isn’t on probation. Overall, I liked the vibe of the place. The prices are not out of control, but are significant. For those seeking to dine on the cheap, Alizé isn’t the place.

Hard-to-Find Armagnac and Cognac in Las Vegas

A focal point of the interior of Alizé is the two-story wine cellar boasting 7,500 bottles of wine in over 1,500 labels. Those seeking the best wine selections Las Vegas has to offer will appreciate the expansive selection of wines at Alizé. While my dining partner and I are not wine connoisseurs, we do appreciate good cognac. Alizé prides itself on being home to the largest armagnac and cognac selection in Las Vegas while also ranking in the top three in North America.

We were taken with the expansive nine-page cognac and fine spirits menu. We opted for the Chateau du Tariquet, Three Stars. Smooth, with a subtle vanilla flavor, this armagnac was an excellent selection. I plan to come back for more extensive tastings of their celebrated brands. My bankroll is too modest to afford myself a taste of their $34,000/bottle Jacques Hardy Cognac, Private Reserve, Vintage 1777, but I am a big fan of partaking in a lower-end libation knowing there’s Jacques Hardy Vintage in the house.

Summer Tasting Menu at Alizé

After one drink at the swanky bar, we were seated and ordered the summer tasting menu. Armed with less-than-refined palates, we appreciated the simplicity of the tasting menu: three choices for each course. The first in each trio is Chef Mark Purdy’s modernized approach on refined French cuisine. The second in line is a nod to renowned Chef André Rochat’s creations. Vegetarian selections are the third in each course list.

Alizé Summer 2014 Tasting Menu:

HAMACHI TARTARE Watermelon, Quail Egg, Capers, Red Onion, Potato Crisp

MAINE LOBSTER Ratatouille, Tomato-Garlic Aïoli, Crispy Potato

CHILLED VICHYSSOISE AND TOMATO SOUP Crispy Potatoes, Minced Chives & Truffle Oil

SAUTÉED FOIE GRAS Caramelized Peaches, Blackberry Purée, Candied Sunflower Seeds

FOIE GRAS TERRINE Smoked Duck & Artichoke Crêpe, Orange Marmalade, Candied Pecans, Basil

POINT REYES BLUE CHEESE-STRAWBERRY CROUSTILLANT  Balsamic Reduction, Candied Pistachio 

CALAMARI “CAKE” Falafel Crusted, Cucumber & Mint Salad, Tzatziki Sauce 

IRISH SALMON Purple Peruvian Potato, Asparagus, Pickled Mustard Seeds

ROASTED MUSHROOM TOBAN-YAKI Miso-Mushroom Broth Rice Noodles & Sesame Oil 

DUCK BREAST Honey-Lemon Cake, Foie Gras, Sautéed Spinach, Leeks, Strawberry Gazpacho

RABBIT TENDERLOIN Corzetti Pasta, Fava Beans, Rabbit Bratwurst, Espelette Mustard Velouté

HEIRLOOM TOMATO RISOTTO Crescenza Cheese, Marinated Tomato, Herbs

RACK OF LAMB Apricot Couscous, Cucumber, Almonds, Cilantro Za’atar, Lamb Jus

BEEF RIB EYE Empanada, Plantain, Piquillo Pepper, Avocado, Marinated Tomatoes, Chimichurri Sauce

PAN SEARED TOFU Puffed Rice Cracker, Tofu Crème, Soy Glaze

TÊTE DE MOINE Apricot Confiture, Aged Balsamic Vinegar, Zucchini Date Bread

LA TUR Port Poached Prunes, Candied Pistachios, Rosemary Raisin Crisp

ETORKI Sweet Onion & Honey Confiture, Rye Toast, Balsamic Vinegar

CHOCOLATE DECADENCE Strawberry Sorbet, Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

GRAND MARNIER SOUFFLÉ Sabayon

CHOCOLATE SOUFFLÉ Chocolate Sauce

My Savored Selections

A complimentary soup sample set the supper in motion. For the first course, I opted for the Maine lobster. This palatable part one was a great first course and just a phenomenal lobster ratatouille. Kudos to the chef for his attention to detail, as my second course proved to be delectable and visually pleasing.

It was after this course of savory sautéed foie gras with a hint of subtle sweetness that the restaurant manager approached our table to inquire about our meal to that point. The touch of class was appreciated and genuine. As he was making his exit, our third installment was forthcoming. I relished the Irish salmon that was served with an asparagus spear, mustard seeds and a purple potato. The concoction was thought-out and well-presented. I felt the chef had to be a magician because it was a delightful amalgam of flavors unlike any salmon dish I’ve sampled.

The fourth course left a little to be desired. I went with the rabbit tenderloin, simply because I had yet to try rabbit in any capacity. I felt the dish fell short with tasteless fava beans and an uninspired corzetti pasta. The fifth course of beef rib eye was uplifting with a marinated tomato that complemented the beef quite nicely. With beef this great, I easily forgave the rabbit falling short.

When making my sixth course selection, I was indifferent. Nothing appealed to me, but I took a stab at the la tur, and was glad I did. Who knew pistachios would add so brilliantly to port poached prunes? Not this guy. The seventh course, the dessert course, was the chocolate soufflé. Chef knocked it out of the park again with this because it was a chocolate lover’s dream. I don’t often order dessert, but am grateful when a tasting menu forces me to indulge.

Overall, Alizé is deserving of its adulation. Given the limitless libations, I envision taking clients here for drinks and a bite, while the charming ambiance lends itself to being a perfect date night venue. Add the breathtaking views to an impeccable menu, and guests are in store for a culinary experience with the ultimate backdrop in the form of the best view in Vegas.

Reservations are recommended, and Alizé is open nightly, 6-10

Alizé telephone number: 702-951-7000
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