If you’ve seen the Hangover, it’s no secret that Las Vegas can be an (un)forgettable weekend, but it doesn’t have to be. Depending on your company, a trip to Sin City can get as rowdy as you want with all-night parties and raucous fun after dark or stay PG, to enjoy their decadent and splurge-worthy restaurants and shows. Either way, what happens in Vegas…
10 AM HASH HOUSE A GO GO
You can’t start a day of drinking on an empty stomach, now can you? Regularly voted the best breakfast in Sin City, the platters at Hash House are enormous farm-fresh fare guaranteed to fill your belly and prep you for a long day ahead. Just ask Adam Richman of Man vs. Food who tried to conquer their famous sage fried chicken benedict.
11 AM HIT THE TABLES
THE COSMOPOLITAN 3708 S. LAS VEGAS BLVD. LAS VEGAS, NV 89109
You are in Las Vegas, after all. You don’t have to blow your entire life savings, but sticking a few dollars in the slots never hurt anyone. Just have a set budget in mind so as not to make any hasty decisions you may regret later to ensure you're ballin' on a budget. Famous last words.
1 PM LUNCH AT LE CIRQUE
BELLAGIO, 3600 S. LAS VEGAS BLVD. LAS VEGAS, NV 89109
A true see and be seen dining experience, Le Cirque has often been cited among the best meals in the world. Available as a lunch tasting menu or pre fixe depending how much you want to splurge or are already up, enjoy decadent French cuisine, caviar and truffles under the big top.
3 PM GO TO REHAB
4455 PARADISE RD. LAS VEGAS, NV 89169
As well known as Vegas is for fun after dark, it can get equally as rowdy in the daytime. Don your skimpiest bikini and commandeer the bungalow for bottle service and sick beats in the sun. Almost every hotel on the Strip has a killer pool party, but the appropriately named Rehab at the Hard Rock and Encore Beach Club at the Wynn are our picks for people watching and revelry.
7 PM DINNER AT JOËL ROBOUCHON
MGM GRAND 3799 S. LAS VEGAS BLVD. LAS VEGAS, NV 89109
With countless celebrity chefs and Michelin-starred restaurants in town; it’s almost impossible to narrow down your dining options in Las Vegas. The crème de la crème though is French Chef of the Century, Joël Robouchon. With a number of accolades under his belt, he is the winner of Michelin's Three Star, Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five Diamond awards, plus Wine Spectator's Grand Award. If you can’t get a reservation at this hotspot, try L'Atelier Robouchon, his more casual restaurant, which is also in the MGM Grand.
11 PM HIT THE CLUBS
3131 S. LAS VEGAS BLVD. LAS VEGAS, NV 89109
With an ever-changing roster of hotspots, clubbins is an essential part of the Vegas experience. With regular celebrity guest appearances and the best DJs on the planet hosting parties every night of the week, make sure you wear your dancing shoes because it’s not uncommon to be stumbling back to your room barefoot. So where should you go right now? XS (Wynn) is the most expensive nightclub ever built, dripping in gold and just around the corner is Surrender, another hotspot. 1Oak is a New York transplant making a name for itself on the scene, but any pick is guaranteed to be a night to remember -- or forget.
10 AM THE BACCHANAL BUFFET
CAESARS PALACE, CAESARS PALACE DR. LAS VEGAS, NV 89109
If you’re struggling to drag yourself out of bed, pop an Advil and get ready for the hangover cure of the century: the quintessential Vegas Buffet, and nowhere does it better than Caesars. Costing 17 million dollars to build (yes, really), there are nine different food stations with cuisine from around the world totalling over 500 dishes to try. Hope you packed your stretch pants.
12 PM SHOP ‘TIL YOU DROP
FREMONT ST. LAS VEGAS, NV 89101
Vegas is a city that’s dripping in excess. If you’re not in the mood for the glittering chaos of yard-sized to-go cups or people watching on the Strip, head down to Fremont Street in old Las Vegas to experience a five-block entertainment district where you can zipline off a life-sized slot machine and see how life used to be in the Wild West.
3 PM LUNCH AT SPAGO
THE FORUM SHOPS AT CAESARS, 3500 S. LAS VEGAS BLVD. LAS VEGAS, NV 89109
If on some off-chance you’re not still full from the buffet, Spago was Wolfgang Puck’s first venture into the Las Vegas dining scene, pioneering the wave of powerhouse chefs to follow. A causal spot to grab a pizza or salad in Caesars, it’s a great place to pay homage to one of Sin City’s original celebrity chefs.
6 PM SEE THE BELLAGIO FOUNTAINS
3600 LAS VEGAS BLVD. SOUTH LAS VEGAS, NV 89109
The Strip’s most famous free attraction puts on a show every half hour between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., and every 15 minutes from 8 until midnight. A five-sensory experience, marvel as the water dances to classic tunes like Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds and Billy Jean.
8 PM TREAT YOURSELF TO THE MEAT SWEATS
3325 S. LAS VEGAS BLVD. LAS VEGAS, NV 89109
You’d be hard-pressed to come to Vegas and not indulge in one of their acclaimed steakhouses (with all your winnings, of course), and CUT by Wolfgang Puck is right up there. Located in the Palazzo, signature dishes include the slow-cooked Indian Spiced Snake River Farms Wagyu Beef Short Ribs, Colorado Lamb Chops and Wild French Turbot French Riviera Style for two.
11 PM DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN
3950 S. LAS VEGAS BLVD. LAS VEGAS, NV 89119
If you still have the energy (and funds), there are tons more clubs to hit. Hyde in the Bellagio is where Paris Hilton regularly DJs, while Light in the Mandalay Bay has partnered with Cirque de Soleil so you’ll be wooed by a slew of acrobats twirling from the ceiling. Good luck making your flight home.
WHERE TO STAY: ENCORE RESORT
3121 S. LAS VEGAS BLVD. LAS VEGAS, NV 89109
With all the properties on the Strip vying to outdo each other, it's impossible to have a bad stay in Vegas, but Encore at the Wynn just takes it to that next level. With an adult only pool, bathrooms bigger than most NYC apartments and immaculately designed well, everything, it’s five-star luxury all the way.