A recent girls weekend getaway was made even better by visiting some “off the beaten path” places, which were recommended by friends as well as some on the beaten path that were good finds. Plus staying at the calm and collected Vdara (which is casino free) was a great way to step away from busy Vegas each night. The pool during the day is not a club, but still a social place to enjoy the sun. http://www.vdara.com
Was a great find – offering a good food menu but an even better wine list (which is hard to find in the city) at okay prices (nothing is really a great deal in Vegas – especially now for Canadians). Definitely recommend it for the ambiance, service and wines. (vino? yes and a good selection – recommended)
Now, although busy, very expensive and on the tourist strip, the view is unparalleled. Secret – the horseshoe-shaped bar does not require reservations and there are 6 seats which are apart of the bar that face the windows which look right outside overlooking the strip and city. They do fill up fast – but a good secret spot if you can get a seat! This one is high-end for prices fyi but an okay wine menu. (vino? yes and decent selection but expensive!)
The Linq – is a newer outdoor walking mall style area beside the Flamingo that connects right to the High Roller – which is an attraction I highly recommend. For $30 minutes you ride the most amazing ferris wheel, enjoy a drink and look out over the city, it’s pretty cool and not expensive for the drinks (in terms of Vegas) and the ride itself. Evening rides past dusk are recommended.
Not too far from the Linq is Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen & Bar – which was pretty good, although expensive. I had the Mac and cheese burger, the cocktail and beers lists were good, the wine not so much, but a good stop in that area. (vino? no more of a beer place)
Also check out Squeeze along the Linq. It offers fresh pressed juices with or without alcohol – which is such a refreshing change from all the sweet drinks you’ll find everywhere!
Firefly – when you are just craving flavours and good tapas at good prices away from the crowds, this restaurant came recommended by a former local! Take a cab off the strip to this one and enjoy the atmosphere, clientele and food and drink menu – it was delicious! (vino? mmmm stick to the sangria or cocktails and beers)
Herbs & Rye – is one of the very few GOOD cocktail lounges serving up classic handcrafted cocktails. It came recommended by a Vancouver bartender who has Justcocktails.org http://justcocktails.org – and it didn’t disappoint for a good list of cocktails and the food was fresh and really good! (vino? mmmm stick to the cocktails 🙂 )
Also recommended but we unfortunately didn’t make it to these were: Aces & Ales http://acesandales.com as a casual beer place but loads on tap and for dinner The Lotus of Siam Thai restaurant http://www.saipinchutima.com who’s food is actually chef acclaimed but still a bit of a secret to visitors to Vegas! I’ll be going there next time for sure!!!
My next adventure – I’ll be travelling to New York City for 2 days then to Fingers Lakes Wine Region (5 hours north by bus) for the Wine Bloggers Conference #WBC15 . Expect many articles coming soon. 🙂