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Published: 2005/10/13

The Vegoose Variations: Living Large In Vegas

With Vegoose looming later his month, we asked a number of our readers to contribute their thoughts on how to spend their non-festival hours. Two perspectives soon emerged, and we are running one article with suggestions on “Frugal Vegas” and this one which offers some tips on how to live it large.

You want to do Vegas in style?

Rule # 1 Carry a Large Wad of $100 bills, and maybe a bunch of singles depending on what you plan on doing.


The Four Seasons: it’s in the Mandalay Bay, but you would have no clue as they have the top floors of the hotel (35 through 39) and is totally separate everything from the Disney-like Mandalay

The Mansion at MGM Grand: You have zero chance of getting in here unless you can secure a million dollar marker at the Casino and are willing to Win Real Big

Wynn: stay here and chill at the European topless pool while sipping Pineapple Mojitos


Okada: Japanese restaurant in the Wynn

SW Steakhouse, at the Wynn

N9NE Steak House, at the Palms

Nobu, at the Hard Rock. The name speaks for itself

Night Clubs:
Advice for all clubs: Black on Black attire is a must. Reservations for a table with bottle service and a couple of Benjamin’s to the door men will increase your chances of getting in…

Pure: Want to see the coolest and hottest people in Vegas try to get into Pure which is at Caesars. Have your Black on Black attire, and a large wad of cash cause to be cool you got to throw some serious cash around at this place. They have the best outdoor space overlooking the strip and the front door of the hotel.

Body English: At the Hard Rock, you may very well find Rock stars buried in the corners of this smoke machine injected club, keep you eyes peeled. Tons of fun and tons of beautiful people.

Drai’s: Located in the basement of the Barbary Coast, this place is for late night fun. Great vibe, amazing room. Check it out post 4am.

Forget about any hotel cab lines.. Bypass them Grease the Door guy and he will find you the longest limo insight to take you where you want to go. Time is money in Vegas, no reason to waste it in a cab line


Helicopter Ride over the Grand Canyon for a few hours..

Gerald C

I would lean to the very high end and stay at the Four Seasons at the Mandalay Bay. Amazing pool and spa. Plus, you can truly divorce yourself from the Vegas scene by stepping into the Four Seasons—it is isolated, you do not have to walk through a casino to get to your room unless you want to do so. It is almost like an oasis. The pool is separate from the massive Mandalay "beach" and you need to be staying at the Four Seasons to use it. Their complimentary car service is also outstanding and if you want the casino, you simply open a side door and you are in the Mandalay.

Andrew J

If you want to spend money, Bellagio is the best (by far, imao)! The new Wynn hotel supposedly has the best rooms (decoration). For comfortable sized rooms, the Venetian Hotel is the most spacious. Mandalay Bay Hotel has the best late night party in the casino area. Hard Rock Hotel has the best pool (yes, women do get naked mostly topless) and the best parties!!

Foods in Las Vegas are plentiful. I tend to go off site for cheap good eats such as in Chinatown (on Spring Mountain Road) called Sam Woo. For Breakfast, the Original Pancake House is fantastic in LV. Buffets are plentiful in hotels. The best (and the most expensive) is the Bellagio. For Dinner, where can you go and get rack of lamb, Beef Wellington, Venison (when available), King Crab, Shrimps, Sushi, Pasta, Pizza, Salads, desserts (such as soft ice cream, cr brulee, and other tasty treat) for $27? You will not leave the buffet hungry, I can guarantee it! If you have access to Zagat survey, I would strongly recommend using the guide.

If you have time to play, go to the Stratosphere Tower and ride on the “BIG SHOT”! You will be approx. 1000 ft. above the ground and you go shooting straight up that will leave your head abuzz (literally)! New York, New York has the “Manhattan Express” the roller coaster that goes outside of the hotel. One thing though, it’s $12.50 per ride (ouch), however if you want to go all day, it’ll cost $25 (that’s a fair deal) or go again, cost another $6 for re-ride. For those that want to spend money, Maverick Helicopters Tour to the Grand Canyon is unbelievable. A 2 hours tour from the south of the Las Vegas Strip, have a little snack in the Grand Canyon where chipmunks awaits for your arrival (there is no food available in the Grand Canyon). Well worth the trip a lifetime experience. If you have questions, you can always speak with the concierge. Peter M

Are you kidding me it’s Vegas.

Just go and see what kind of trouble you can get yourself into.

Maybe book a hotel, but if not, who cares? You’ll probably be hanging out all night anyway.

Food? I suppose if the urge strikes you.

Travel arrangements? Just get to Vegasafter that the energy will propel you along and place you where you need to be.

Basically, no worriesjust don’t think about it.

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