In a city that is constantly reinventing itself, it’s hard to keep up with the ever-changing excitement that is Las Vegas! World-renowned food, entertainment, and nightlife make this sparkling jewel of the desert an international vacation destination. We’ll keep you up to date with all of the latest things you will be able to do in Las Vegas through 2019.
NuWu Tasting Room
Las Vegas has been struggling to find a way to introduce public consumption lounges ever since recreational pot became legal in Nevada in 2017. In a groundbreaking move, the NuWu dispensary in Downtown decided to open its own lounge without waiting for new laws to be sorted out. That’s because NuWu is owned and operated by Native Americans on sovereign tribal land. The new venue is almost like a bar with waiters offering guests cannabis in smoking, vaping or edible forms. Flights are available for guests to sample multiple strains in small doses. For now, this is the only place in Nevada where cannabis users can legally consume outside a private residence.
Locals are already noticing the ominous warehouse that’s taking shape off to the side of Interstate 15. Set to open in 2020, Area 15 is a new kind of attraction that mixes art and commerce with food and nightlife. The most intriguing element is a large-scale, immersive, interactive art installation by Meow Wolf. The project also recently announced Oddwood, a food and beverage service with a giant 23-foot-tall LED maple tree in the center. As more tenants are announced, the anticipation will continue to build for what could be the social experience of the future.
An all-digital city? It could happen right here in Las Vegas. Bleutech Park is an ambitious project that promises to combine retail and office space with housing and entertainment. The insular mini-city will be constructed with net-zero buildings, artificial intelligence, robotics and renewable energy sources. The movement of humans could even be harnessed for electricity and heating services. Will it really work? The developers say it could take six years to complete with a price tag of $7.5 billion. They’re aiming to break ground as soon as December, but haven’t announced an actual location yet.
R.U.N by Cirque du Soleil
Cirque du Soleil is mixing things up for its latest production on the Las Vegas Strip. R.U.N is promising to be a live action thriller with a cinematic storyline that takes full advantage of stunts, technology and multimedia. Think of it as an action film or graphic novel come to life. The show debuts October 24 inside the theater formerly home to Criss Angel Believe at the Luxor. R.U.N will be the seventh Cirque production on the Strip — and appears to be a refreshing change of pace for the Canadian entertainment company, whose shows tend to repeat themselves and often blend together without an identifiable theme.
Wynn Cancels Parking Fees
As of May 1, 2019, The Wynn Las Vegas and Wynn Encore will no longer charge for parking or valet services. The twin properties followed the lead of MGM Resorts and Caesars Entertainment with the introduction of paid parking on the Strip, yet seemed to have second thoughts in recent months. After offering conditional validation for a while, the fees are now being dropped altogether. Hotel guests, however, could be picking up the slack. At the same time Wynn is cancelling parking charges, it’s also quietly raising its resort fee to a whopping $45 a night.
The newest party spot in Vegas opened its doors in April as part of the Palms’ ongoing $690 million makeover. KAOS is a multi-level nightclub and dayclub that’s already getting attention for confirmed residencies by Cardi B, Skrillex, G-Eazy, Kaskade and Above & Beyond. No expense is being spared. The 29,000-square-foot nightclub takes full advantage of the latest technology, from elaborate lighting and video components to a space-filling sound system. The 73,000-square-foot outdoor deck makes an impression as well. It includes two main pools — with a 65-foot-tall bronze sculpture from Damien Hirst rising from one of them. When counting additional smaller pools and the personal dipping pools that accompany most of the 39 luxury cabanas, the Palms has more pools than any resort in North America. An LED video wall covers the exterior of the Ivory Tower and offers a glimpse of the action in the club.
Christina Aguilera: The Xperience
Another pop diva is coming to Las Vegas. Christina Aguilera will debut a new residency called “The Xperience” at the Zappos Theater inside Planet Hollywood on May 31. Additional dates are scheduled through June, September and October. The singer of hits like “Beautiful” and “Genie in a Bottle” has kept a relatively low profile in recent years. Her 2018 tour was the singer’s first in more than a decade and included a stop at the Colosseum at Caesars, which no doubt was something a test-run for a residency. (Both venues are under the Caesars Entertainment umbrella.) The shows will help fill the void of Britney Spears’ cancelled residency at rival Park Theater, which was scheduled to run throughout the year.
The Las Vegas edition of Eataly is now open at the Park MGM. The restaurant-retail hybrid dedicated to the art of Italian cuisine spans 40,000 square feet with a main entrance directly on the Strip. Expect a few in-house restaurant concepts, live cooking demonstrations and al fresco patio seating that’s perfect for people watching. Executive Chef Nicole Brisson, formerly of Carnevino, is in charge — a strong sign that authenticity, ingredients and preparation are taken seriously.
Robbie Williams is giving fans a rare chance to see him perform in an intimate setting with a new residency at the Wynn. He may not be a familiar name to most Americans, but the British singer is a huge star in Europe. Like Matt Goss, but on a much larger scale, Williams is expected to draw a loyal following of British and international visitors to, proving that Las Vegas is truly a melting pot for entertainment. His initial run of six dates in March quickly sold out, prompting the release of six more dates in June.
Described as a “journey of transformation,” Kind Heaven will open at The LINQ promenade in November 2019. Guests take a virtual train ride to an immersive environment of sights, sounds, scents, and tastes inspired by the culture of Southeast Asia. Put your cash aside. Wristbands with Yala Coin cryptocurrency will be used to pay for goods and services, including street food inspired by Singapore, Thailand and Hong Kong. At The Dispensary, cocktails crafted with spirits and herbs are designed to match the feelings and emotions of customers. The second floor, dubbed The Forest, is a lush environment of trees and temples. The third level is The Sanctuary, inspired by the beauty and spirituality of Nepal and Bhutan. An intimate concert hall will feature rock, hip-hop, reggae, jazz, pop, EDM and rap by Asian performers. The 100,000-square-foot multistory attraction takes full advantage of Hollywood-style film and holographic special effects. The $100 million project is the brainchild of Jane’s Addiction frontman and Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell.
On the Record
Houston Brothers (Credit: Bradley Meinz)
A new nightlife concept, On the Record, is an 11,000 square-foot lounge with three different rooms and a combination of both indoor and outdoor spaces. The venue is the biggest project yet by Jonnie and Mark Houston, twin brothers behind some of the top nightlife hotspots in Los Angeles. On the Record sets itself apart with a retro vibe and is probably the best club on the Strip for ’80s music. Explore the venue for lounge areas, and outdoor patio, karaoke rooms and secluded speakeasy.
The company who runs New York’s Madison Square Garden unveiled their new design for a 500-foot-wide, 360-foot-tall spherical concert arena.
Billed by its investors as an interactive, immersive concert experience, the arena plans to move concerts into the twenty-first century. They promise internet access at each seat and will beam audio directly to each seat rather than using masses of speakers.
MSG will break ground on MSG Sphere in late 2018. It will be built near the Venetian and the Wynn, with pedestrian bridges to the former.
Lady Gaga Residency
Chart-topping pop sensation Lady Gaga has begun her 74-show, two-year Las Vegas residency at the Park Theater. Already one of the most in-demand shows on the Strip, the singer combines theatrical effects an live music with a futuristic storyline. Yet Gaga is at her best when she just sits down at the piano and lets loose. Her full-scale “Enigma” shows alternate with occasional “Jazz & Piano” shows.
Those who seek an adrenaline rush during their nights out are in luck! Fly LINQ by Caesars Entertainment is the Las Vegas Strip’s very first zip line. The ride gives 10 riders the chance to simultaneously fly 1,080 feet over The LINQ Promenade in either a flat or seated position. With a growing demand for short, adventurous attractions, this experience is bound to reel in guests of all ages and give them a new perspective on Las Vegas.
New Lounges at Palms
The Palms Casino Resort continues its massive revamp. New lounges include Camden Cocktail Lounge and Apex Social Club, which took over the Ghostbar space on the 55th floor of the Ivory Tower. For true exclusivity, however, visit Mr. Coco. The intimate bar was redesigned from a lavish suite and includes an impressive Scotch collection.
The Monte Carlo has officially transformed into a luxurious new resort called the Park MGM. This revamp offers a high-class experience right across from The Park and close to the T-Mobile Arena. Visit the Park Theater and restaurants like Bavette’s Steakhouse. The new lobby has a new magnificent design and all of the rooms have been renovated. NoMad Las Vegas is a hotel-within-a-hotel concept that brings an added touch of New York-inspired style and luxury.