Sampling Sin City’s Finest Feminine Forms

Word of my decision to relocate to Las Vegas spread quickly among my buddies. We men lack the ability to voice how much a changing friendship dynamic is going to suck. Knowing my comrades would be attending Sox games, indulging in libations at our favorite Irish pub and serving as wingmen for one another without me burned a little. To ease the burn, I made each promise to visit, insisting I would afford them Vegas debauchery to the highest degree.

I instinctively knew, Travis, a previous college roommate, would be the first to oblige. I had no clue it would be so soon. He’d scored a killer deal on a flight I suspect he purchased after too many Heinekens, given his late-night, slurred voicemail announcing his impending Thursday arrival.
I could not request Friday off given my new-hire status, so Travis opted for a hotel room on the Strip in an effort to maximize his recreation time. Anyone who has visited Sin City knows it’s much grander in person than imaginable, and Travis was no exception. We caught up over the esteemed tasting menu at Alizé at The Palms Thursday night. Regrettably, I had to make an early exit because I needed to be functional Friday morning.
Travis, however, reveled in Vegas allure well into the night. Friday’s string of texts alerted me to the fact he was pretty pumped by the plethora of ads for in-room female entertainment at every turn. He was hinting in a major way that he wanted to partake in some form before his plane took off.
Strippers in Vegas are everywhere, and I could tell he was buying into the falsehood that those advertised on handbills and on trucks in Vegas were the real deal. When we met up at a Mandalay Bay bar Friday, he actually had a few cards in hand, grinning like a kid on Christmas. Thankfully, I had done some legwork at the office regarding the best options for this undertaking.

Charlie, a coworker around my age, is a guy I’ve fast warmed up to. He’s relatable, and I felt comfortable asking him for some direction. I explained wanting to show my friend an exceptional time since I was feeling pretty awful about my early bail on Thursday. I wasn’t exactly sure what I was looking for, and suspected Charlie would appropriately direct me in how to secure a pair of great looking girls to pay us a visit.

I could not have been any more correct.

“Man, you need Bunnies,” he announced instantly. He went on to explain that this company, Bunnies of Las Vegas Escorts, is his go-to when it comes to strippers for Vegas bachelor parties he has planned for friends. He confirmed my suspicion that if a guy seeks to have a quality Vegas escort or stripper pay a visit, those advertising on handbills and the like should be avoided. He insisted the lovely ladies at Bunnies of Las Vegas escorts would not disappoint.

He could not have been any more correct.

In the spirit of sharing reviews of new Vegas experiences and because Mom has yet to learn about the existence of this site, I’m offering up a review of sorts of our experience with two young Bunnies who knocked it out of the park.

Of the two of us, Travis is the one with the ability to request large breasts like he’s asking for anchovies, so he was the man to make the call. He performed the task at hand with ease and even asked if he could request one of the two be Asian and that they had prior experience working as a duo. Travis was promised two girls, and we made the expedited strut to his room in much the same manner we did when going to our first college parties.

In his effort to find a cheap place to stay on the Strip, Travis stumbled on an impressive room deal at Mandalay Bay. The spacious accommodations would provide the perfect platform for our live entertainment. While I’d been somewhat nonchalant about the endeavor, excitement was overtaking me. Being single for some time, the thought of luxuriating in the feminine form was invigorating.

Arriving faster than we assumed, we were in awe the moment our young ladies entered the room. Kym, a generously chested Asian, and Abby, a red-hot redhead, were consummate professionals, dressed to the nines, and simply gorgeous. Seeming to possess a six sense that we were new to this, they were gentle!

As music began to flow from a small Bluetooth speaker, the girls embarked on a downtempo groove that was engaging and highly erotic. Subsequent songs amped up their display quite nicely. They had to have worked together previously because they were entirely at ease and really played off one another’s sensuality. Giggles escaped when Abby freed Kym of her skin-tight ensemble but struggled briefly with a zipper. This was hot as hell, and they weren’t even fully unclothed at this point.

At the risk of sounding coy, I am going to save the most erotic details for the memory bank. What bears mentioning, though, is Kym and Abby’s way of making the time spent feel upscale and relaxed. They were confident and classy from start to remarkable finish. They were not in a rush to make a dash for the door and even engaged in conversation regarding the best clubs for singles in Vegas.

Travis’ first foray into Vegas decadence was epic thanks to Kym and Abby. I have to give the biggest shout out to Bunnies of Las Vegas Escorts and Charlie for his recommendation because I’m certain Travis is going to brag up his stay in Sin City to the guys back home, building my rep as a top-notch host.

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 have 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, whether 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 and the 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 a 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 root out a simple love affair or someone to charge hard on the back nine of life with!

Golf in Las Vegas

I wasn’t much of a golfer prior to relocating to Las Vegas, but I now work with a group who arranges outings on a regular basis, and I have been excited with my progression in a pretty short time. I would get out to play more often, but I’m convinced there is no such thing as cheap golf in Vegas, but luckily, there is affordable golf in Vegas. So I jump on every opportunity to hit a new course when I find deals, a lot of times through Vegas Groupon. However, more often than not, Vegas golf deals on Groupon are for outlying areas.
For tourists and those new to the city, as I am, I am going to give the rundown of the courses I have become most familiar with. Since I live here, I’m not including any solid information about Las Vegas golf vacation packages, but there are sweet deals to be had if you do research. Obviously, mid-week is going to be your best bet if you are flying in and seeking Vegas golf discounts.

TCP Las Vegas

Tournament Players Club, more commonly known as TCP Las Vegas, was the setting for my first official outing in Nevada. Upon learning that TCP has hosted the PGA Tour, I was intimidated, but also excited. To golf where top golfers have graced the fairways was quite impressive. My game that day, however, was not, but the experience was a blast.
TPC offers an elite level of play and challenge for every skill set. As a below-average golfer at that time, I felt comfortable but challenged, and so did others in my group with a far more admirable handicap than I. You have to play the right tees for your game as there are some rather tough holes. Tee to green, the course is in awesome condition. Bunkers are hard and more dirt than sand. It has a typical desert layout so you stand to lose some balls. Vegas skyline, canyons and mountains create spectacular views, so it is certainly not a bad place to kill an afternoon.

Coyote Springs Golf Club

At almost an hour from Las Vegas, Coyote Springs Golf Club is worth the drive, and even has sizable practice facilities. I’ve been here a few times, since a friend likes it quite a bit, and frequent Vegas golf specials make it possible to play a round for under $100. There are also replay specials for those seeking to spend the day after finding the course as much fun as we did.
The area right around the course is rather isolated, so I would recommend having the car fueled up before leaving the city. Location is not a deterrent, though, as the natural beauty makes the drive worth it. The course plays to a par 72 and ranges from 5,349 yards, from the forward tees, to 7,471 yards from the championship tees. There are ten or so lakes on the course, and as a Nicklaus designed facility, you’d expect it to be a pristine course, which it is. Coyote Springs is designed for players of all abilities with five different tee choices.

Bali Hai Golf Club

I have had the pleasure of golfing Bali Hai a few times due to business-related outings, but I definitely would not be opposed to returning with buddies. Definitely not the cheapest golf in Vegas, but I can see the draw for tourists, as it is a golf course close to the Strip, and awesome photo ops are to be had for shutterbug golfers who are excited by hotels in the backdrop and a cool South Pacific theme throughout the grounds.
The layout is solid, and management seems to recruit customer service all-stars, because the attentive nature of staff is always on point. Bali Hai combines a gorgeous course with outstanding employees, which makes for an enjoyable afternoon out, despite the fact I have played here at peak playing times, and the game gets long. The course’s signature 16th hole is a sub-150 yard one-shotter that plays to an island green accentuated with a pair of brilliant white sand bunkers. The 18th hole has been regarded as one of the greatest par fours in Las Vegas and serves as a challenging way to end a memorable round.
Overall, I give Bali Hai a thumbs up, however, there is a factor to consider for the serious golfer. While it offers golfing near the Strip, one side of the course lies adjacent to McCarran, which means the plane traffic might be disturbing to some. I’ve found it only mildly distracting, but some I’ve played with found it an annoyance.

Las Vegas National

Another Vegas golf course near the Strip, Las Vegas National is a championship course which has had the honor of hosting many celebs and pro golfers. When Tiger woods won the Las Vegas Invitational back in ’96, he shot 70 here. I won’t share my score, but will add that it was a thoroughly enjoyable 18 holes. Knowing The Rat Pack played here made an impression on me, since I’m fascinated by all Vegas history, and who wouldn’t crack a smile playing on the same course once frequented by such iconic gents? The course is old-school, classic in design, but it’s still one of the most fun places to golf near the Strip.
Location, combined with attentive staff, makes me recommend LV National. They offer golf discounts Vegas residents can appreciate. Fees are clearly defined on the website, and they have military and senior discounts. Early bird and late 9-hole specials are a great way to secure cheap golf in Vegas, since such a thing is hard to find so close to Las Vegas Blvd. Some of the tee boxes could use some work, but overall, the place offers above-average, affordable golf in Las Vegas at a place that is steeped in history.
If you are from out of town and are seeking golf specials in Las Vegas, check with the hotels to see if you can set yourself up with a sweet package. If you’re local, I encourage you to play courses that offer a break in price for residents whenever you can. As time goes on, I plan to get myself to more area courses since the top golf courses in Las Vegas are all pretty fantastic from what I’ve heard, and I am glad to have a couple under my belt already.

The Griffin’s Mad House

Navigating the social scene in a new town is quite a feat. It is a huge undertaking to find one’s niche when relocating to a city catering to tourists. While I appreciate the grandeur of the Strip, I found myself seeking a Vegas watering hole where locals
flock. As a single guy in Vegas, I’m looking to meet people who are not on the next flight out, while simultaneously relaxing and unwinding after a demanding day.
Based on several recommendations, I decided to introduce myself to The Griffin at 511 Fremont St., in Vegas’ downtown area. Located just far enough from the Fremont Street Experience, this place is not chock-full of Vegas visitors. It is, however, close
enough for curious tourists to belly up to the bar with trendy locals who are in on the secret of how great this place truly is. This is a must-see for those opting to experience Vegas like a local.
The Griffin’s unassuming exterior, boasting classic Vegas neon green, gives little indication of what’s to be found inside. Upon entering, one instantly feels underground and acquainted with a swanky secret Vegas tavern. Brick-like interior walls, wood
beam trim, two circular fire pits and subdued lighting lend to The Griffin’s medieval feel. Submitting to the ultra-cool vibe is a given, thanks to the lounge-style layout complementing the welcoming ambiance.
Once the alluring atmosphere has won you over, the generously poured libations and courteous staff seal the deal. Known for their great selection of tap beer and impressive drink menu, there’s certainly something at The Griffin to keep you coming back.
Those into indie music cannot beat the quarter-per-song jukebox’s offerings. Indie music with a littering of cool bands defines the box’s playlist. Music fans appreciate the diversity while others find new beats serve to add to the delightfully off-beat
character of The Griffin.
I find it refreshing this Vegas locals’ oasis hasn’t become a well-known tourist destination. That’s not to say tourists are not embraced; they are simply not found in abundance. This is definitely a place where strangers easily strike up conversation
in the oddest of pairings. Not often does one find a PBR-toting hipster chatting up a cosmo-sipping stranger, but that almost seems the norm at The Griffin.
This is not a haute hangout, but oozes cool with every pour. The Griffin never charges a cover, yet spotlights local bands and treats customers to celebrated DJ appearances in the back room. I was fortunate enough to catch hillbilly jazz band, The All-Togethers,
on my last stop, and they failed to disappoint. I had the opportunity at SXSW to experience this quartet for the first time and was delighted to happen upon them in Vegas in such an inviting setting.
Drinks are reasonably priced, and bartenders are not shy while pouring. The only menu to be found here is a drink menu, so you will have to get your dinner on somewhere else. They open the doors at five Monday-Saturday and at nine Sunday nights. Griffin-goers
can follow upcoming events at the venue on Facebook, as The Griffin does not have a website. I find this admirable and further proof that the owners aspire to remain off the beaten path in Las Vegas.
I’m going to second the recommendations made to me and state this is a great locale for residents and Sin City sightseers seeking to enjoy Vegas like a local. I’ve enjoyed what The Griffin has to offer in the form of intriguing Vegas locals and an overall
cool place to hang.

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.

Stratosphere

What is the must-do for Vegas visitors who are innate thrill-seekers? The Stratosphere thrill rides are, hands down. I won’t pretend to be the ultimate thrill-seeker, but do enjoy a certain level of adrenaline pumping through my veins. So I opted to give the rides at The Stratosphere a whirl, and I am glad I did.
Going at night was recommended by those I questioned about my latest Vegas Strip endeavor. Knowing The Stratosphere offers an unlimited daily ride package, I opted to arrive in the early evening to enjoy day views for a couple rides, hit the AirBar for a while, then go back to experience the awesome bright lights on the Strip. For those with abundant time, I recommend taking the same course I did. The AirBar offers breathtaking Vegas panoramas.
First of all, the observation tower is a must when in Vegas even if the thrill rides are not your thing. It holds the distinction of being the tallest freestanding observation tower in the United States. The Stratosphere has both indoor and outdoor decks offering expansive views of Las Vegas. Several places to eat high above Vegas at The Stratosphere exist, but of course anyone seeking to sample the thrill rides is best to hold off on indulging in an expansive meal before tempting fate on a thrill ride! The same could be said of avoiding the ultra-cool AirBar, but I managed well enough to sample a couple cocktails before completing my thrill ride attempts.
My first venture was the Big Shot at The Stratosphere. This thing is amazing. It is essentially a reverse bungee ride taking riders 160 feet up at 45 MPH. I felt this the safest bet despite it being ranked first in the world for thrill ride height. Riders go from positive to negative Gs as weightlessness is experienced at the peak. It is an awesome feeling and in my opinion, the least frightening of all the thrill rides at the top of the Stratosphere. It helped that I was seated next to two slender teenage girls who were obviously braver than I.
The Insanity thrill ride was my subsequent attempt. This aptly named Insanity is the second highest thrill ride in the world. Riders are dangled 900 feet in the air and are waved over the edge as Insanity rotates in a circular motion at about 30 MPH. Hardly for the faint of heart, this ride is not made for anyone afraid of heights. In line, I struck up conversation with a retired couple who had the thrill rides on their bucket lists. Their intent was to pen a series of reviews of Stratosphere thrill rides for a blog they maintain, and I did not want to be detailed as the man screaming like a girl next to them, so I manned up, and rode the ride as if I wasn’t scared out of my mind. But I was. I questioned my decision to round out my Stratosphere visit with the X-Scream.
Before completing my extreme to-do list, I conversed with a bartender at AirBar, who told me Clark County leads the nation in standards for ride maintenance. That assured me that the Insanity would be a safe enough bet. I’d survived the previous two, so I felt pretty good about leaving her with a generous tip after sampling two of their $4 strawberry and lime margaritas.
The X-Scream was worth it and likely doable only because I had a slight margarita buzz going on. Despite ranking third highest thrill ride in the world, this one felt less secure to me than Insanity and Big Shot. Basically, this ride is like a giant teeter-totter. Riders are propelled off the track courtesy of the cars having only rear wheels. The design alone left me feeling overwhelmingly trepidatious. Lacking overly brave teenage girls or a thrill-seeking retired couple to lend me a sense of needing to man up, I could have easily backed out of the X-Scream line. At 900 feet in the air, feeling as if my lap bar could fail at any moment, I knew I wouldn’t be back on the X-Scream. I highly recommend it for those with less fear than this guy, but the feeling of being sent right off the edge of the track is a lot to stomach.
Before departing, I could have had a go with the final ride, but opted out. The Stratosphere SkyJump, reviewed highly by adrenaline junkies, would have required more mustered valor than I was willing to expend. This ride holds the Guinness World Record for being the highest commercial decelerator descent. At 829 feet, one is well-harnessed and dropped from The Stratosphere’s 108th floor to a platform below. The descent lasts 16 seconds, and I just couldn’t man up enough to do this, but may be back.
Overall, I give high reviews for The Stratosphere thrill rides. They are unmatched by other blood-pumping, thrill excursions on the Strip. Taking advantage of unlimited rides, and spreading the time out between daylight and night is a great way to experience two points of view without spending an abundance of cash going different days. Since my eyes were tightly closed during my seconds on the X-Scream, I rode the Big Shot a second time before leaving, and was in awe of the view of the Strip at night.
I am definitely loving the abundance of things to do for a single guy in Vegas, and highly recommend The Stratosphere thrill rides for a genuine adrenaline rush in Las Vegas. Hopefully those taking the plunges put on a braver front than I!
ARTICLE LINKS:
The Stratosphere Observation Decks: http://www.stratospherehotel.com/Activities/Observation-deck
The Stratosphere Thrill Rides: http://www.stratospherehotel.com/Activities/Thrill-Rides
Big Shot Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BigShot(ride)
SkyJump Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SkyJumpLasVegas
X-Scream Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BigShot(ride)

Topping the Barometer at the Hottest Las Vegas Topless Pool

Becoming acclimated to the Vegas heat is a chore for this midwesterner, and I have been craving some pool action. What better method of meeting Vegas singles and cooling off at the same time than finding a topless pool in Vegas? A plethora of Vegas party pools exists, with select pools being topless, or European-style. I safely assume the topless party pools in Vegas are the most fun and the ideal place to meet fellow locals seeking solace from the heat in a celebrated setting.
In an effort to select the hottest topless pool in Vegas, I conducted some research. There are not as many as I’d assumed, and I have been making the determination on which would be my ideal inaugural inception into the Vegas party pool scene.
What I have learned about entry to topless pools in Vegas is that cover charges and amenity costs vary greatly depending on location, day of the week and even gender. Those wanting to book a hotel with a topless pool in Las Vegas should verify fees, if any, for guests.

The Skinny on Vegas’ Topless Pool

Topless pools in Vegas were introduced in the late 90s when Caesar’s Palace launched the Venus Pool Club. Initially, it was not widely publicized. The adults-only venue was an intimate hideaway for those in-the-know. Today, Vegas’ topless pools remain somewhat elusive and entirely exclusive with cabanas-for-rent costing in the hundreds. Luxe lounging fees can be avoided by not renting a posh cabana or shaded daybed. Most establishments offer drink and food credits in conjunction with rental fees, so depending on the number of guests in one’s party, a cabana may not be a huge expenditure.

Topless Las Vegas Pool Misconception

Topless is not synonymous with perversion. Guests are expected to act with propriety and leave their salacious impulses and cameras at the door. While locations vary as far as how rowdy revelers become, all are to act in accordance with regulations.
All seem to operate professionally, and everyone I spoke to had favorable remarks for all topless pools in Vegas with the exception of Sapphire. This pool is operated by the same entity that runs the Sapphire gentlemen’s club. What friends have described about the venue is that strippers are on-site to entertain and entice, but for exorbitant fees. The only positive note about Sapphire is that they do offer free limo service from one’s hotel to the pool. Of course, they are offsetting that free limo ride with costly drinks and amenities.
For those who don’t mind dropping some cash in conjunction with having a poolside playmate, I’d recommend requesting the company of an independent escort. A bikini-clad companion focusing all her attentions on the man she’s accompanying is quite honestly a better value and a lot more fun. While I’m hardly a courtesan connoisseur, you can read here about my sole Vegas escort experience, as these ladies come highly recommended.

Naked at Artisan

Naked offers up generous hours from 8 am to 10 pm daily. Decorated in an exotic decor of red, black and tan, the chill atmosphere is enhanced by a changing lineup of weekend DJs, great drinks and a free cover for Vegas locals unless there is a special event happening. I respect them giving some love to locals since paying for pricey poolside drinks is easier to justify when a cover charge is not imposed.

Bare Pool at The Mirage

Bare does not grant locals free entry on Saturdays but does on Mondays. I have learned this is a great place to meet Vegas locals and boasts an intimate setting for those seeking to dabble in daytime debauchery. A co-worker insists they have the best bloody marys in Las Vegas and a hot waitstaff serving them. The palm tree-enclosed space allows topless guests to cavort in two luxury dipping pools while sipping summertime libations in lush cabanas or while shaded in poolside daybeds.

Moorea Beach Club at Mandalay Bay

Moorea offers the ideal setting for a single man in Las Vegas given the always free entry for ladies at this hot spot. Women outnumbering men is the ideal setting in my opinion! This *toptional* pool in Vegas is the premier place to party, but it will set you back a bit as the price of cabanas and daybeds do not include drink and food offerings.

Venus Pool Club at Caesar’s Palace

Given Venus Pool Club’s distinction of having been the first semi-nude pool in Las Vegas, it seems befitting that it is more laid-back than its uproarious descendants. Single guys are not welcome on Saturdays from noon until six, when only couples and single females are free to frolic. This is a disappointment as many have bragged up Venus’ relaxed atmosphere, air conditioned bar and talented resident DJs, and my day to play is always Saturday. Venus Pool Club is an excellent alternative to those wild Vegas pool parties where the majority of the crowd is under 30 and quite clamorous.

European Pools at Wynn and Encore

The upscale topless pools at Wynn and Encore are reserved for hotel guests, but are worth mentioning to visitors who are looking for a Vegas hotel with an adults-only pool. Keeping in step with Wynn’s first-class flavor, the pools are equally well-appointed affording guests a sophisticated scene to dare to be bare.
Regardless what pool is selected, it’s going to be a great time because this is Las Vegas! You cannot top off summer at a topless pool at home, so may as well while you’re in Sin City. Locals, look for deals on Las Vegas pool parties as they are out there. I am eager and excited to sample each of these to counteract the scorcher that is the month of August in Las Vegas.

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
Restaurant home page
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Secret Pizza in Las Vegas, Not-So-Secret

Generally, I strive to avoid any and all single-guy clichés. I fall short in one area; I am a sucker for great pizza. My Chicago upbringing groomed me to believe Chicago-style pizza is the ultimate. As I navigate my new surroundings, one thing is certain: securing a favorite pizza in Las Vegas is a must.
While my above-average fondness for pizza plays into every single-white-male stereotype, I am no longer in college and can afford to pay a little more for a pie. This has resulted in my evolution from the days I deemed Dominoes king and Pizza Hut fancy. I’ve learned pizza from quality, fresh ingredients trumps any of the national pizza chains’ offerings, and part of the joy associated with appraising new pizza is trying to map out what’s in the sauce, especially when it’s remarkable sauce.
Searching for the best pizza in Las Vegas is going to be a pleasurable culinary endeavor, and my first sampling was literally a search as I endeavored to find the not-so-secret Secret Pizza inside the Cosmopolitan Hotel. This place is unofficially coined “Secret Pizza” as it lacks an official name. Adding to the mystique is the lack of an online presence or any signage inside the Cosmo directing would-be pizza consumers to their final destination.
Typically, an establishment with such a gimmick boasts lackluster offerings because customers are paying for the stratagem more than for food quality. Knowing this, I was quite surprised to read a plethora of excellent reviews for this undercover eatery. I decided to venture to the Cosmopolitan, purposely avoiding online spoilers regarding the coordinates of Las Vegas’ Secret Pizza. With respect to the ruse, readers will receive no spoilers here. For those with more concern about the cuisine than the chase, there are plenty of reveals found online regarding Secret Pizza’s location.
I’ll admit; my hunt was prolonged as the Cosmo hotel is an impressive space, and I found myself distracted as I maneuvered the casino floor. A couple of escalators and a vinyl album-covered hallway later, I’d arrived. I could smell Secret Pizza before it came into view. As I scanned the place, I was pleased to find a rather modest line. I’ve read the place is packed at lunch and after nearby clubs close, given Secret Pizza’s reputation for being one of the best late-night pizza places in Las Vegas.
An immediate observation one makes about Secret Pizza is its size. The place is small. There are four chairs and a counter with enough space for roughly a dozen people to stand at while munching their savory slices. Additional seating is available outside the place on couches in a large hallway. Despite its small size, the place is endowed with a cool, casual urban vibe. Employees are polite and engaging; one is spinning crust while another is pouring a draft IPA into a red Solo cup.
I assumed the obscure location would lend itself to pretentiousness, but that is not the case. Strangers in line were striking up a conversation while awaiting their ration as a gaggle of giggling girls attempted selfies in front of a vintage pinball machine. When my turn to order arrived, I opted for two slices, as the sizes are generous and set a person back about $5 per slice. A whole pie is right around $30, depending on toppings.
Secret Pizza’s white pizza is amazing. I’d gone with a slice of the white pizza with sausage and immediately made the determination this was going to be my go-to slice before giving time to my pepperoni and mushroom. Ricotta cheese with a hint of garlic lends to the unique, palatable taste of Secret Pizza’s white pizza.
With made-fresh-daily crust and a tasteful sauce, both slices I purchased were excellent. The hype is well-deserved as are the plethora of favorable online nods. The pizza is so exceptional, the place could probably survive sans the schtick, but this is Vegas, and every entity needs an angle. My final determination is this unnamed, poorly kept secret is a hidden gem in the sea of eateries on the Strip.
Where is Las Vegas Secret Pizza?
3708 S. Las Vegas Blvd. Hours: 7 days per week, 11 am to 4 am
P.S. I would really like to provide everyone a link to a site but I don’t think Secret Pizza has one, if any readers know of one please let me know so I can update this post, thanks!

Single Guy in Las Vegas, Rolling the Dice

What compels a 28-year-old single male to uproot from the Midwest and embark on a life-changing trek to Las Vegas without knowing a soul, but for a handful of future counterparts at a leading Las Vegas advertising agency? In my case, a sense of adventure and a craving for something new is all it took. In June, I accepted a job offer so enticing I left my position at a Chicago advertising firm to try my hand in Vegas. My mother will tell you I employed no logic in this decision, but I’d like to think I did.
Being single and in no hurry to settle down, I figured leaving the state I’d been born, raised and educated in was an adventurous, now-or-never determination. The decision is not one I came to easily as family means the world to me; experiencing another section of the country trumped my inborn affinity for Mom’s home-cooking and appreciation for Dad’s continued habit of slipping me a twenty during every visit, warning to, “Put it to good use.”

Road Tripping One Way for One of Us

The logistics were simple once my decision was made. I reserved a U-Haul and recruited long-time partner-in-crime, Jack, to endure the road trip with me. It was a last hurrah of sorts for him and me as giving up our regularly relished midwestern brand of debauchery was nearly as painful as bidding adieu to being home for every holiday.
We plotted our route, outfitted ourselves with the latest travel apps and set out on the most ballsy adventure I had ever undertaken. For those of you who have not traveled several states in a 14-foot U-Haul, take me at my word that the ride is less-than-smooth, anybody other than my best friend would have asked to be rerouted home via Greyhound after 500 miles and the touted 10 MPG is just a wacky estimate.
With more fuel going on my Amex card that I’d anticipated, we secured lodging in a seedy hotel after a full day on the road. We were worse-for-wear and painfully reminded we are no longer the 20-year-olds who road-tripped to Florida in a minivan packed with 7 guys and four beer coolers. All we wanted was a clean bed and a few hours of shut-eye to erase our road weariness.

Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada

A hot Tuesday late afternoon greeted us as we pulled the U-Haul into my apartment complex after more hours on the road than we’d hoped. I’d seen the layout of my place in a display unit on my trip to Vegas to interview. I like it well enough, but will settle on something more permanent when I have a few months residency and can make an ideal selection on location.
By Wednesday afternoon, I had furniture in place with scattered boxes littering my limited square footage. Jack’s early Thursday morning flight left us in short supply of time to kick back on the Strip, but we had to hit it given he has never been to Las Vegas and was anxiously awaiting taking it in, even for a short while. We sampled several libations sold street-side and were safely delivered via cab to my new abode after checking out a string of casinos.
While we didn’t hit up anything too upscale, I was taken by the activity level for a Wednesday night outside select clubs. I am definitely stoked to start checking out the Las Vegas nightlife. Taking in things to do late-night in Las Vegas excites me, and I cannot wait to discover the adventures awaiting me in my untried environment that is fast proving to be hotter than Chicago in more ways than one!

My Mission

Chronicling my transition to life in Las Vegas on this site is my way of having a record of it all and hopefully making friends along the way. Given my current state of trepidation about making my mark in Vegas, I hope this site serves as a Las Vegas travel guide for visitors and new residents. Perhaps a lofty goal, but I also hope to provide long-time residents a fresh look at their remarkable city through the wide eyes of a new resident.
Navigating the city and learning its ways enable me to share the good and the bad with an honest, fresh approach. My goal is to create a worthwhile site helpful to anyone seeking a look at Las Vegas off the beaten path while also having a plethora of in-depth reviews of some of Las Vegas’ major attractions.
Thank you for taking the time to learn my story. My hope is you check back often for weekly reviews and personal anecdotes.