What to Do While You’re in Town for CES
The holidays are officially over, which means it’s time for CES! The annual Consumer Electronics Show, held every January in Las Vegas, is the largest technology shows in the world, and one of the largest conventions of any kind, period. An estimated 175,000 people from 160 countries will descend upon Las Vegas this week to see all of the latest and greatest in forthcoming consumer technologies. Basically, it’s Disney World for digital-savvy adults!
Whether this is your first time in town for the show or you’ve been coming every year for decades, Vegas is always changing, so when you’re ready to leave the convention floor for a taste of fabulous Las Vegas, check out some of these restaurants, shows, and activities to make the most of your trip!
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Where to Eat and Drink
The newest, hottest spot in Vegas opened on the very last day of 2019 just in time to ring in the new Roaring ’20s with its glamorous blend of Prohibition-era jazz nightclub and ultra-exclusive high-end supper club inside the Bellagio. The Mayfair serves only the most luxurious and decadent of American seafood and steakhouse items, like a 40-ounce dry-aged porterhouse, Lobster Thermidor, and overflowing seafood towers. Prime rib is carved tableside, their signature dessert is presented as a “smoking” cigar, and specialty cocktails are served with a showman’s flair.
But the real star is the show itself—singers, dancers, and musicians performing onstage and all around the dining room throughout the entire evening, elevating the concept of “dinner and a show” to an entirely new, only-in-Vegas level. The dining room also has one of the best views of the Bellagio Fountains on the Strip, so if you want to go all in on the full Vegas experience, there is no better bang for your buck (cue, “Hey, big spender!”).
Another brand-new spot that opened on the Las Vegas Strip just in time for New Year’s Eve is Majordōmo Meat & Fish inside the Venetian. This is renowned celebrity chef David Chang’s second full-service restaurant in Las Vegas, following Momofuku inside the Cosmopolitan, and the second location for Majordōmo (the first is in L.A., but this basically takes the original and puts it on steroids—the Vegas way!). This is a bit of dinner and a show in its own way, but here the dinner is the show, with rolling carts for tableside food and beverage preparations and a menu that manages to fuse classic American steakhouse, Korean barbecue, and Brazilian churrascaria with a dash of Japanese and Chinese influences (dim sum service and a private karaoke room are also rumored to be in the works). Be one of the first to experience this brand-new restaurant while you’re in town for CES!
CES is an event so large that it manages to take over all of Las Vegas, even the properties that aren’t doubling as venues of the trade show. However, few would argue that the Venetian and Palazzo are at the very heart of the action, and so it’s a pretty good bet that you’ll end up dining at one of their many fine restaurants at some point during the week. There are a TON to choose from—this is Vegas, after all—but if you want a more casual bite to eat that will still provide you over-the-top visuals to make your Instagram followers jealous, head to Black Tap and order one of their outrageous “CrazyShake” milkshakes, featuring items like a whole slice of cake or any assortment of cookies, candies, cereals, cotton candy, strawberry shortcakes, s’mores, or a whole slice of pie stuck on top.
Located just minutes away from the Las Vegas Convention Center, Westgate Hotel, and Venetian Resort, Bazaar Meat inside the Sahara Las Vegas—RE-rebranded from last year’s SLS back to its origins—is one of the best steakhouses, and best steakhouse experiences, in Las Vegas. A bit of a show in its own right, Bazaar Meat is a full culinary experience, with an open kitchen formatting featuring a “fire stage” with wood-burning grills and rotisseries, as well as a raw bar, a full butcher case, meats ranging from whole suckling pigs and beef rib steaks sold by the pound to Chateaubriand and Ibérico pork loins, and theatrical presentations of avant-garde culinary creations like their signature cotton candy foie gras and a variety of caviar flights.
If you want to venture out a little bit into the “real” Las Vegas—the parts of the city where the locals live, work, and play—while still having a mind-blowing dining experience, head to Partage in Las Vegas’s bustling Chinatown. This elegant, modern French restaurant serves impeccable chef’s tasting menus in three, five, seven, or eight courses, each more opulent than the one before, and also has a la carte dining. There are also private and semi-private dining spaces for your party, and they welcome CES attendees with open arms.
If you’re heading over to the LINQ Promenade—maybe to check out the High Roller or the FLY LINQ Zipline—then plan to have breakfast, lunch, or dinner (or brunch if you’re staying for the weekend!) at Favorite Bistro, which serves “French fare with American flair” in a more casual café setting but with exquisite dishes that befit a white tablecloth. They also have a lot of fun with their drinks and desserts—you can order an over-the-top macaron milkshake made for Instagram, as well as equally over-the-top Bloody Marys stuffed with a sampler platter of bar foods, but their signature is definitely the “Crystal Ball” dessert, featuring tropical gelatos and sorbets served in an ice sculpture.
The Dorsey Cocktail Bar, Rosina Cocktail Lounge, and Electra Cocktail Club
After a long day on the convention floor, you’re probably going to need a drink. The Venetian and Palazzo just so happen to be home to some of the best cocktail bars in Las Vegas: The Dorsey, Rosina, and Electra, all under the banner of the Cocktail Collective. Gather a group together and hit the Dorsey for a “Disco Punch Bowl,” press the “Champagne Call Button” at Rosina when your bubbles start to run low, or indulge in some of that infamous Vegas nightlife—but with proper cocktails—at Electra. All of these spaces are extraordinarily elegant, and each make for a superb way to end—or start!—your night in Vegas.
What to See
If you manage to find time to see a show in Las Vegas, make it one of Spiegelworld‘s—they really don’t get much more “Vegas” than Absinthe or Opium (think jaw-dropping acrobatic, aerobic, and bizarre human feats with lots and LOTS of risqué humor and costumes), and now, the newest show in Spiegelworld’s repertoire, Atomic Saloon Show inside the Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian brings bawdy vaudeville to the Wild West by way of Blazing Saddles, and it is an absolute MUST see! Also, the space is tailor-made for this show, and the cocktails are seriously legit.
Head to the House of Blues inside Mandalay Bay to see David Lee Roth karate-kick-off his new residency, “David Lee Roth: ROCKS VEGAS,” launching January 8. He’s got a changing set list of 26 songs that span all of his greatest hits from Van Halen and beyond.
You may know Las Vegas for its Cirque shows, its magic shows, and, now, its big-name residencies. But Vegas is also one of the best places in the country for stand-up comedy, and Jimmy Kimmel’s Comedy Club at the LINQ Hotel, which just opened last May, is one of the best comedy venues on the Strip. During CES week, catch a headlining set by seasoned stand-up favorite, the hugely prolific, popular, and award-winning Rich Vos, as well as L8NITE with Nikki Carr.
If you want to see just how much of a sports city Vegas has become, check out a Golden Knights game while they’re at home during CES week. They play the Pittsburgh Penguins on January 7, the L.A. Kings on January 9, and the Columbus Blue Jackets on January 11, and don’t think for one second this is just another hockey game—this is a full-on theatrical show, as only Vegas can do.
Your days are probably pretty full, making it hard to squeeze in a round of golf while you’re here, but you can still drive some balls at the driving range-meets-multi-level entertainment venue that is Top Golf at the MGM Grand. Part driving range, part nightclub, part pool/day club, part upscale American bar and grille, part private event space, and part concert venue, Top Golf is a VERY Vegas place, and you can check out all they have to offer as well as the sounds of legendary ska-punk band Sublime when they take the stage on January 8. s
What to Do
One of the best ways to see all of Las Vegas, as well as all of the breathtaking natural beauty that surrounds it, is by a helicopter tour! Call us today to book one of our absolutely incredible helicopter tours of the Hoover Dam, Red Rock National Conservation Area, Valley of Fire, the Grand Canyon, the Las Vegas Strip at night, or let us design your own customized tour with multiple different sites of interest. There is no better way to experience all of Southern Nevada and beyond than by sky!
FLY LINQ and the High Roller
Two Vegas bucket-list-worthy activities are located on the LINQ Promenade. The first is world’s tallest observation wheel, the High Roller, where you can book a private cabin with an open bar and enjoy the 30-minute ride with bevvies and unobstructed views of the Strip (otherwise you’re vying for prime positions with a few dozen other tourists). The second is FLY LINQ, the new zipline that zooms you down the LINQ Promenade towards the High Roller your choice of seated, superhero-style, or backwards.
If you’ve ever dreamed of driving a supercar, now is your chance! Exotics Racing Las Vegas lets you choose from over 50 exotic cars and 20 racecars at world’s largest supercar driving experience. Get private coaching and drive two free discovery laps before hitting the pavement in the supercar of your choice on their private racetrack.
Save the world from the zombie apocalypse with real special ops heroes at Apocalypse Vegas, where you’ll feel like you’re in a real-life video game shooting guns and running through a gauntlet of apocalyptic chaos in their 40,000-square-foot, million-dollar build-out, with EPIC special effects!
Another Vegas bucket list experience is the Neon Museum, home of the Neon Boneyard, where more than 250 defunct (and around 20 fully restored) old neon signs are on display in an open-air gallery that makes for some WICKED photos (try to visit during the sunset hour, if you can). Making it extra special right now is Lost Vegas, an exhibition of sculptural and digital installations from beloved director Tim Burton celebrating his personal history with Las Vegas. The show has been extended through April of this year, but once it’s gone, it’s gone forever, so see it while you can!