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Dinner, drink and a show, Vegas style

Last updated: July 2, 2018 at 8:52 am. Posted by in Caesars Entertainment, Las Vegas Hotels, Las Vegas Restaurants, Las Vegas Shows. 1 Comment on Dinner, drink and a show, Vegas style.

Forget dinner and a movie. This is Vegas – the Entertainment Capital of the World. So when your significant other, gal pals or bros say let’s grab dinner and a show, bypass the ordinary and make it extraordinary. With exceptional restaurants and mixology programs plus rockin’ entertainment, we tell you how to build an epic dinner-drink-show night, Vegas style.

Caesars Palace

Celine Dion, Nobu and VISTA Cocktail Lounge

See Celine Dion, dine at Nobu and have a drink at Alto.

See Celine Dion, dine at Nobu and have a drink at Alto.

With so many awesome shows to pick from, it’s too hard to choose just one so we’ll give you a few combos for Caesars Palace. Fans of the power ballad should plan on seeing Celine Dion at The Colosseum. If you weren’t already a fan of this diva’s vocals, her live show will change your view. Let’s just say this heavy metal fan may have been moved to tears.

Speaking of a view, sushi fans will be thrilled to sample Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s sashimi and creative rolls, made right before their eyes at the sushi bar at Nobu. For those who prefer their dinners cooked, there’s plenty to choose from including the black cod miso. Remember to explore the sake menu to find the perfect complement to your dinner.

After dinner, grab a drink with a view… a digital view. VISTA Cocktail Lounge offers LED screens with views of major international cities. Discuss your favorite Celine songs while gazing at the skylines of Shanghai, Dubai and New York City. As a fan of all things pear, my favorite cocktail at VISTA is the Diderot featuring Grey Goose La Poire and Elderflower Liqueur. Served frothy in a coupe glass, this drink is as tasty as it is pretty to Instagram.

Elton John, MR CHOW AND fizz

Experience Elton John, Fizz Las Vegas and MR CHOW.

Experience Elton John, Fizz and MR CHOW.

Perhaps Elton John and The Million Dollar Piano are more your speed. This long-running Colosseum headliner has proven his staying power with a set list full of hits from his lengthy career. Hear favorites like “Rocket Man,” “Benny and the Jets” and “Tiny Dancer” performed on Elton’s titular Million Dollar Piano.  With 68 LED video screens, this piano is as much the star as Elton’s soaring vocals.

After the show, head next door to FIZZ, the lavish champagne and cocktail bar created by Elton John’s partner, David Furnish, where you’ll feel like a celebrity. A favorite cocktail is the Fizz Fraise with Ford’s Gin, Domaine Chandon Brut and Fragoli Wild Strawberry Liqueur.

Continue the champagne theme at MR CHOW, known for its champagne trolley where you can get high-end bubbles by the glass. MR CHOW is also known for its delicious Beijing cuisine and celeb spottings so don’t be surprised if you see some famous faces while you dine on signature dishes like the MR CHOW Noodles or green prawns.

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The ultimate party spot: Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, JLO, Strip House, Heart Bar.

The ultimate party spot: Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, JLO, Strip House, Heart Bar.

Planet Hollywood
oozes celebrity glamour. Hollywood is right in the name after all. Kick your evening off with a glamorous dinner at Strip House, where the walls are adorned with sultry shots of the stars of last century. The menu is filled with delicious steaks and sides but be sure to leave room for the famous 24-layer chocolate cake.

Planet Hollywood hosts the hottest lineup of headliners including Britney Spears, Pitbull, Backstreet Boys and Jennifer Lopez. Catch one of these stellar acts in Zappos Theater Theater where the set décor and lighting are as impressive as the performers themselves.

Party like a pop star after the show at Heart Bar where you can get a tremendous deal on bottle service. Why have just one drink when you can keep things going with a bottle? Heart Bar has great prices on bourbon, tequila and vodka bottle service so pick your fave and don’t worry about the damage to your wallet.

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Flamingo Las Vegas

It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar, Piff the Magic Dragon, Margaritaville

Piff The Magic Dragon, Margaritaville, It's 5 O'Clock Somewhere Bar

Laugh with Piff The Magic Dragon and party at Margaritaville and It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar.

Flamingo Las Vegas may be 70 years old but it parties like it’s 21 with enough entertainment options to keep you rolling into the wee hours. Jimmy Buffett fans can make a night of it by starting off at the It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar. No matter what time it is, it’s always margarita time at this tropical-themed bar.

Keep the island vibes going at Margaritaville where you’re pretty much obliged to get the Cheeseburger in Paradise. You totally just sang that line, didn’t you? There’s a full menu of apps, salads, sandwiches and more but you kind of have to go full Buffett at a place like this.

Buffett fans are known for their outlandish clothing choices that border on costumes so why not go see a magician dressed up in a dragon costume next? Piff the Magic Dragon, breakout star from “America’s Got Talent,” will crack you up with his droll, irreverent humor and impress you with his sleight of hand. Did we mention he has an adorable chihuahua sidekick also dressed in a dragon costume?

Donny & Marie, Center Cut, Off The Strip Bar

Donny & Marie, Center Cut steakhouse and a drink at Off The Strip Bar.

If classic Vegas is a little more your speed, Donny & Marie will fit the bill. The sibling duo has been in the spotlight since they were children and you’ll definitely get a little bit of country and a little bit of rock ‘n’ roll with hits from “Paper Roses” to “Puppy Love.”

Keeping with the classy vibe, dinner calls for a visit to classic Vegas steakhouse Center Cut. The restaurant features an “old Vegas” ambiance and a menu full of traditional favorites like lobster bisque and wet- and dry-aged steaks.

Stop by Off the Strip Bar on The LINQ Promenade, just outside Flamingo, for a post-dinner drink. Opt for a time-honored cocktail like a Manhattan, mule or martini to keep with the theme of the evening.


Mat Franco, Chayo Mexican Kitchen, Catalyst Bar 

Experience Mat Franco, dine at Chayo and grab a drink at Catalyst.

Experience Mat Franco, dine at Chayo Mexican Kitchen and grab a drink at Catalyst.

Mat Franco spices up the traditional magic show with his “Magic Reinvented Nightly” at The LINQ Hotel & Casino. The “America’s Got Talent” season 9 winner mixes his magic with crowd-guided improv so every show is a unique experience.

Speaking of spicy, Chayo Mexican Kitchen + Tequila Bar on The Linq Promenade will fire up your taste buds with inventive Mexican cuisine. Highlights include the chorizo sopes and mole roja chicken. A margarita is pretty much mandatory at Chayo so skip the standard version and try The Chayo Margarita with Exotico Blanco Tequila and blood orange juice.

Keep the cocktails coming with a sweet and spicy drink at Catalyst Bar back inside The LINQ Hotel & Casino. The flair bartenders will kick your evening up a notch and so will the Jal-E-Berri. The humorously titled beverage gets its name from jalapeños and strawberries. No word on if the actress of the same name has tried it or not but we bet she would love it too.

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A magic night with Penn & Teller, Voodoo Steak and Voodoo Lounge.

A magic night with Penn & Teller, Voodoo Steak and Voodoo Lounge.

Have you ever fallen under the spell of juicy steak? If not, you clearly haven’t been to VooDoo Steak at Rio. The menu and the spectacular view from the 50th floor will bewitch you and get you in the mood for a magic show.

Penn & Teller blend comedy and magic to wow you while they make you laugh. They will show you how they do the tricks but still leave you bewildered with their impressive tricks that involve guns, knives and even a cow. Bottom line- this isn’t your average rabbit in a hat type of magic show.

VooDoo Rooftop Nightclub & Lounge is known for its amazing views and the Witch Doctor cocktail. Hold on to your hats because it’s a whopper of a drink including five types of rum plus peach schnapps. The oversized drink is meant to be shared and is topped with dry ice for a cool smoke effect. It’s screaming to be in your next profile pic against the magical Vegas skyline.

Harrah’s Las Vegas

Tenors of Rock, The Piano Bar, Toby Keith’s Bar and GrilL

Rockin' it with Tenors of Rock, The Piano Bar and Toby Keith's Bar and Grill.

Rockin’ it with Tenors of Rock, The Piano Bar and Toby Keith’s Bar and Grill.

Music lovers can rejoice because Harrah’s Las Vegas offers the perfect evening for them. Start the night at The Piano Bar which offers classic cocktails plus karaoke and soulful tunes from the Saxman Duo. Grab a drink while you enjoy a few songs and make plans to come back later in the evening for dueling pianos.

Next up, it’s time to rock out with the Tenors of Rock. These Brits with booming voices will blow you away with their powerful vocals and unique arrangements of classic rock hits. Be prepared to pick your jaws up off the floor when they get to their Queen cover.

It’s time to switch genres for dinnertime. Hit up Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill for some all-American eats and country music. Definitely start with the beer-battered fried mac & cheese balls, served with a cheesy dipping sauce. Yes, that’s some hot cheese on cheese action. Burn it off on the dance floor as you two-step to live country acts every night of the week.

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Tequila Taqueria, "50 Shades! The Parody" and Indigo Lounge

Tequila Taqueria, “50 Shades! The Parody” and Indigo Lounge.

Tequila Taquerias name says it all. This Bally’s restaurant specializes in two of the most important food groups: tacos and tequila. Take a step up from enchiladas with the enfrijoladas which are corn tortillas filled with tender pulled chicken topped with black bean sauce, crema Mexicana, queso fresco, red onion and avocado. These pair perfectly with the sweet and hot TacoTini.

Your Mexican dinner should have you in a spicy mood perfect for “50 Shades! The Parody.” Even if you haven’t seen the movies or read the books, this hilarious spoof will have you laughing so hard you have to use your safe word.

If you aren’t retreating to Christian’s red room from 50 Shades after the show, tango over to a blue room instead, the Indigo Lounge to be precise. There you can sip on the Let’s Tango, a citrus-forward cocktail that will refresh you for the exciting night that’s still young.


Anthony Cools, Gordon Ramsay Steak, Napolean’s

Be hypnotized by Anthony Cools, Gordon Ramsay Steak and Napoleon's.

Be hypnotized by Anthony Cools, Gordon Ramsay Steak and Napoleon’s.

Paris Las Vegas offers a taste of the Parisian high life as well as other international flair. Start your night with a drink at Napolean’s, named for the infamous French leader. We recommend The Big Sexy because let’s face it, you look damn good tonight. This sweet drink features Midori, Southern Comfort, Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur, Peach Schnapps and various fruit juices.

Dinner is a culinary trip to Great Britain at Gordon Ramsay Steak. Though you’re technically in Paris, the giant Union Jack flag across the ceiling will remind you the origin of the restaurant’s namesake. Start with British Ale Onion Soup then move on to Roasted Beef Wellington, to get the true British experience.

After dinner, it’s time to be entertained by a Canadian, eh? Hypnotist Anthony Cools puts the sin in Sin City with his hilariously irreverent show which taps into your subconscious naughtiness. You’re in Vegas so prepare to lose those inhibitions and give in to the powers of hypnosis.

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About The Author

Allison came to Las Vegas over a decade ago and fell in love with the city and all its dining and entertainment options. A live music junkie and tequila enthusiast, she has written for Las Vegas Weekly, Las Vegas Sun, Vegas Magazine and Conde Nast's VegasChatter.

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  1. Wow, Caesars is killing it with entertainment! I’m overdue for a Vegas trip and it’s cool to see so many magicians have been added to the strip. It’s also cool that there’s a lot more close-up magic as opposed to just the big shows. Don’t get me wrong, Penn & Teller are my favorite Vegas act, but it’s great to see sleight of hand done inches away. See ya soon Caesars!