6.7 Bars, lounges & stand up comedy
Bars & Lounge Entertainment
Marc Savard Comedy Hypnosis at Planet Hollywood - 3663 Las Vegas Blvd - (Tel: 866-551-6463 or 702-932-1818) - V Theater in the Miracle Mile Shops - Nightly at 10:00 p.m., dark Fridays. - Marc takes volunteers from the audience and makes them surrender to the sound of his voice; he can make them say or do anything, and the results are hilarious. - Cost: $40.32 (Plus tax/fees.)- For ages 18 and up due to some adult humor. - (Video preview.)
The Mentalist, Gerry McCambridge at Planet Hollywood - (3663 Las Vegas Blvd.) - Tel. (702) 932-1818 - He is a TV Celebrity, Broadway performer, Vegas Headliner & Multi-Award Winner. - The Las Vegas Review Journal readers’ poll nominated him "Best Magician" in all Las Vegas. - Daily except Wednesday - Tickets: $59.99 (Plus tax/fees.) Showtime: Nightly at 7:30 p.m. in the V Theatre. (Review here.)
Carrot Top at Luxor – (3900 Las Vegas Blvd.) – (Tel: 702-262-4400) – Luxor Hotel & Casino – Showtime: Wed-Mon from 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. – Closed Tuesdays – Award-winning stand-up comedian Scott “Carrot Top” Thompson uses wacky inventions and crazy pops to keep his audience laughing all night long. With his trademark red hair, Carrot Top earned his status of “Entertainer of the Year.” (Review here.)
Laugh Factory at Tropicana – (3801 S Las Vegas Blvd.) – (Tel: 702-739-2411) – Tropicana Las Vegas Casino Hotel Resort – Hours: Sat-Thur. from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. to 12 a.m. – The Strip’s hottest comedy show features both emerging and seasoned stand-up acts, as well as celebrity guests.
Defending the Caveman at The D Las Vegas – (301 Fremont St.) – (Tel: 702-388-2111) – Showtime: Tues from 8:40 p.m. to 10 p.m. – Created by comedian and writer Bob Becker, Defending the Caveman is a hilarious one-man comedy show that debunks the age-old myth that men are all jerks. While scripted, the show refers to the audience for improvised dialogue. (Review here.)
Terry Fator at The Mirage – (3400 S Las Vegas Blvd.) – (Tel: 702-791-7111) – The Mirage – Showtimes: Mon-Thus at 7:30 p.m. and the occasional Friday and Saturday performances – Illusionist and entertainer, Terry Fator does it all. Watch him perform magic tricks, sing, and perform celebrity impressions. He is also a puppeteer and each of his puppets has its own comical personality. (Review here.)
Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club at MGM Grand – (3799 S Las Vegas Blvd.) (Tel: 866-740-7711) – MGM Grand – Hours: Daily from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. – Stop by the cozy theater and watch some of the funniest comedians and celebrity appearances. With its classy vintage flair, Brad Garrett’s is a great place to go for some laughs. (Video preview.)
L.A. Comedy Club at The Strat – (2000 S Las Vegas Blvd.) (Tel: 702-275-1823) – Stratosphere Hotel – Hours: Daily from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m. – L.A. Comedy Club is an intimate theater featuring some of the top names in comedy. You’ll find the club in Bally’s Windows Theater, overlooking the Strip. (Video preview.)
Bars & Lounge Entertainment
There are more than fifty lounges in Las Vegas and most hotels have more than one. It is almost impossible to keep up the with the lounge acts since they frequently change performers. But here are two lists (Lounge List No. 1) and (Lounge List No. 2) that are updated often. Most lounges feature live music and free entrance ...that is, they have no drink minimum or cover charge. Some recommendations:
Jimmy Buffet's Margaretaville - Flamingo (North corner - 3555 Las Vegas Blvd S.) - Telephone: (702) 733-3302 - (800) 851-1703 - Hours: Sunday - Thursday: 8 a.m. to 1 a.m., Friday and Saturday: 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. - Live music: 7:30 & 10:00 p.m. - Margaritaville has a nautical, tropical, festive atmosphere. - No cover charge - A fun place. - Serves Key West/ Caribbean food ...margaritas (naturally) their specialty. - Three floors with large outdoor balcony overlooking the Strip. – Reservations are available! Jimmy Buffett's 15,000-square-foot Margaritaville Casino at the Flamingo Las Vegas opened Oct. 1, 2011. It has 22 gaming tables, 220 slot machines and a centerpiece, tropical-themed "5 O’Clock Somewhere" bar.
Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill at Harrahs Hotel-Casino (on second floor)- 3475 Las Vegas Blvd S- Tel. (702) 369-5000 - Country music singer owns this bar which also features country cooking. - Hours: 5 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. Mon-Thurs. - 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Fri – 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sat – 11:30 a.m. to 12 a.m. Sun - Features live rock and country entertainment, dance floor and a guitar-shaped bar.
Gilley's Saloon, Dance Hall & Barbecue at Treasure Island Resort & Casino - (3300 Las Vegas Blvd.) - Tel. (702) 894-7111 - Hours: Daily from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. - Mud wrestling - Bikini bull riding - Free dance lessons: Mon-Wed-Thurs-Sun at 7:00 p.m. - Live country rock music each Friday & Saturday as well as during special events and holidays. - Cover charge ranges from $10 to $35 per person after 9:00 p.m. Get there early & avoid the cover. - Food: burgers, barbecue and such.
Coyote Ugly at New York-New York Hotel & Casino - (3790 Las Vegas Blvd S.) - Tel. (702) 740-6969 and (toll free) 866-520-UGLY - A southern style saloon featuring hot female bartenders who have elevated pouring drinks to an art form. Open: Mon-Thur from 6 p.m. to late – Fri from 3 p.m. to late – Sat from 10 a.m. to late – Sun from 3 p.m. to late - Get there before 9 p.m. and avoid $10 cover charge. (Fun if free, but IMHO not worth the cover.) - A nutty place where sexy bartenders dance and do other rowdy stuff on the bar. No live music ...only jukebox. Only shots and beer are served ...no cocktails. Gal guests are asked to contribute to the "Bra Wall of Fame." - (Video preview.)
The Chandelier at the Cosmopolitan – (3708 S Las Vegas Blvd. Levels 1, 1.5, and 2) (Tel: 702-698-7979) – The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas – Hours: Open 24 hours - This high-energy spot offers distinctive bars that span three floors. With its posh vibe, the crystal-ensconced bar located in the Boulevard Tower is one of the most famous bars in the world.
The Dorsey at The Venetian – (3355 S Las Vegas Blvd.) (Tel: 702-414-1945) – The Venetian Resort – Hours: Daily from 3 p.m. to 4 a.m. – Enjoy old school service, high standards, and master cocktail craftsmanship at The Dorsey. The handcrafted cocktail menu was created by award-winning bartender Sam Ross, and DJ music is available later in the evenings.
Bound Bar at The Cromwell – (3595 S Las Vegas Blvd.) (Tel: 702-777-3777) – The Cromwell – Hours: Mon-Thus from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. – Conveniently located between the hotel’s check-in and retail shop, Bound is an intimate bar with plush seating, subtle lighting, and a chic vibe. Its centerpiece is its circular bar.
Franklin Lounge at Delano Las Vegas – (3940 Las Vegas Blvd S.) (Tel: 702-632-7888) – MGM Grand Resorts – Hours: Daily from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. – Stop by Franklin Lounge for a drink from the venue’s extension selection of spirts. Gold lighting and cocktail tables give the space a glamourous and sophisticated look. Tiny lights can be found hanging delicately from the ceiling, creating the effect of fireflies.
Parasol Up at Wynn Las Vegas – (3131 S Las Vegas Blvd.) (Tel: 702-770-3392) – Wynn Las Vegas – Hours: Daily from 11 a.m. to 4 a.m. – Parasol spans over two levels and features parasol-style flourishes and colorful décor. The spacious casino lounge recently underwent renovations and now offers a new cocktail menu with artisanal cocktails on tap.
Vesper Bar at The Cosmopolitan – (3708 S Las Vegas Blvd.) (Tel: 702-698-7969) – The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas – Hours: Open 24 hours – Vesper Bar, located in the Chelsea Tower, centers around a wooden liquor cabinet surrounded by mirrored tiles. Guests can enjoy a rotating menu of signature cocktails that are inspired by long-forgotten recipes. Bottled beers and wines by the glass are available.
Rosina at The Venetian – (3325 S Las Vegas Blvd.) (Tel: 702-607-1945) – The Venetian – Hours: Daily from 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. – This intimate hideaway offers guests handcrafted cocktails, off-menu creations, and glasses of champagne at the push of a button. The luxurious environment has an old school charm with crystal chandeliers and a shimmering gold, black, pearl, and burgundy color scheme.
Petrossian Bar at Bellagio – (3600 S Las Vegas Blvd.) (Tel: 702-693-7111) – Bellagio Hotel and Casino – Hours: Open 24 hours – Petrossian is an upscale lounge offering piano music and English tea service. Stop in for a touch of the rich life while ordering delicacies like champagne and caviar.
Skybar at Waldorf Astoria – (3752 S Las Vegas Blvd.) (Tel: 702-590-8888) – Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas – Hours: Sun-Thus from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. – Fri-Sat from 12 p.m. to 2 a.m. – Skybar is a sleek lounge with floor-to-ceiling windows and amazing views of the Strip. Guests can enjoy light bites and creative cocktails.
Skyfall Lounge at Delano Las Vegas – (3940 S Las Vegas Blvd.) (Tel: 702-632-7575) – MGM Resorts – Hours: Sun-Thus from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m. and Fri-Sat from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. – Located on the 64th floor of Delano’s, the chic bar offers picturesque views of the city, a spacious dance floor, snacks, and a wide selection of beverages. Stop by for a multi-sensory experience.
Lobby Bar at MGM Grand – (3799 S Las Vegas Blvd.) (Tel: 877-880-0880) – MGM Grand – Hours: Open 24 hours – After checking into the hotel, stop by Lobby Bar for a cold beverage and some great conversation. Just steps away from the main entrance, the popular venue offers trendy drinks and an extensive cocktail menu.
Vice Versa at Vdara – (2600 W Harmon Ave.) (Tel: 702-590-2111) – Vdara Hotel & Spa – Hours: Mon-Thus from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. and Fri-Sat from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. – Vice Versa Patio & Lounge is a luxe bar offering small plates and cocktails. The stylish lounge also has an outdoor patio area with a hip ambiance. The space is perfect for everything from business meetings to leisure activities.
Onyx Bar at Red Rock – (11011 W Charleston Blvd.) (Tel: 702-797-7777) – Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa – Hours: Social Hour – Daily from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. – Live Entertainment – Fri and Sat from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. – Must be 21 years or older – Located across from T-bones Chophouse, the laidback lounge offers plush seating and a chill atmosphere for intimate conversation with friends. Cocktails are served 7 days a week.
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