Five Less-Known Places to Party in Vegas
People keep asking me where the “secret” places are in Las Vegas, the ones the travel brochures don’t tell you about. Some of them even use the air quotes when they ask, in which case, my reply is always the same: “What, you mean the Illuminati meeting every Friday at Binion’s ?” Then they chuckle and shift awkwardly in their shoes.
Anyway, here are five alternative places you can give a shot while you’re in Las Vegas. You’ll have to compete for space with the locals, and some of the savvier tourists, but it’ll be a nice change of pace.
Stage Door Casino
Let’s start at a dive bar. Right there, in the alleyway between the Flamingo and Bally’s, is the majestic Stage Door: hot dogs, cheap beer, amazing clientele. You may never leave.
The Laundry Room
This speakeasy is tucked away at Commonwealth, and you need to call ahead to get the secret password – if they have a space open for you. It’s a bit more upscale than the Stage Door, but then again, so is everywhere else.
So you like the Monte Carlo, but can’t afford it? They’ve got a special “boutique hotel” on top of the Monte Carlo where you can get rooms for under $200 a night, and you get most of the same perks the VIPs get.
Okay, this is for the serious high-rollers out there. If you’re willing to spend at least $5,000 a night, the Mansion is another “hotel within a hotel” at the MGM Grand, with its own entrance and a private driveway – which nobody can see from outside. You have to be shuttled in (excuse me, chauffeured in), possibly in one of their Rolls Royce Phantoms. Anything you want, your butler will get for you.
Las Vegas Astronomical Society
If you’re a Neil deGrasse Tyson fan, and/or you used to hang out at the planetarium and watch the Pink Floyd laser shows, how about the real thing? You can head out to Mount Potosi and enjoy a “star party” with your fellow skywatchers. It’s like the exact opposite of Burning Man. Bundle up, because it’s cold in space.