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What’s New In Vegas For The New Year

Last updated: March 25, 2019 at 12:32 pm. Posted by in Las Vegas Hotels, Things to Do in Las Vegas. 4 Comments on What’s New In Vegas For The New Year.

It’s a new year and that means there’s lots of new things in store for Las Vegas. The city is always changing and 2018 will be no exception. It can be hard to keep up with all of the comings and goings in Vegas so we put together a handy guide for you. Here’s what’s new in Vegas now and what we are looking forward to in the coming year.

New in Las Vegas 2018 – Food and Beverage

Recently Opened

Recently opened Cafe Hollywood at Planet Hollywood - New in Las Vegas 2018

A Café Hollywood milkshake. Photo by Kristine McKenzie / Total Vegas Blog.

Café Hollywood at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino

Café Hollywood opened at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in late 2017. The 24-hour restaurant pays homage to Hollywood with photos and videos of iconic Planet Hollywood moments and celebrities.

The menu appeals to all tastes and includes salads, burgers, steaks, Asian favorites, pasta and more. Be sure to save room for desserts. We highly recommend Café Hollywood’s signature over-the-top milkshakes.

There’s also a sleek wine bar and lounge with more than 40 different wine varietals, 24 of them by the glass. At the center of the restaurant is The Counter, which offers a full array of breakfast goodies, coffee drinks, gelato and desserts for carry out.

Coming Soon

Gordon Ramsay's Hell's Kitchen- What's new in Las Vegas for 2018

Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen opens in 2018. Photo courtesy of Caesars Entertainment.

HELL’S KITCHEN at Caesars Palace

Gordon Ramsay will be heating things up at Caesars Palace Jan. 26 with the opening of the world’s first HELL’S KITCHEN restaurant.

The restaurant is inspired by the popular TV show of the same name. Guests will be welcomed by the iconic bronze HK sign and the restaurant will feature red and blue design details. Chefs and cooks in the kitchen will be in the exact uniforms from the show – red and blue jackets with coordinating bandanas. Guests will enjoy beautiful views of the Strip from floor-to-ceiling windows.

HELL’S KITCHEN will serve several of the most successful signature menu items and recipes featured on the show like pan-seared scallops, lobster butternut squash risotto, truffle carbonara and crispy skin salmon. Special menu items from the show will also be added as new episodes air.

The winner of Season 17 of HELL’S KITCHEN All-Stars will be named head chef at the restaurant.

Giada De Laurentiis introduces her new restaurant, Pronto by Giada at Caesars Palace

Giada De Laurentiis introduces her new restaurant, Pronto by Giada, which will open at Caesars Palace. Photo by Patrick Gray/ Kabik Photo Group.

Pronto by Giada at Caesars Palace

Chef, author and television personality Giada De Laurentiis will open her second restaurant, Pronto by Giada, at Caesars Palace in early 2018. Pronto will offer guests De Laurentiis’ signature Italian fare with California influences but in a fast, casual format.

Pronto will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner options. Breakfast will include house-made pastries as well as breakfast sandwiches and made-to-order smoothies. For lunch and dinner there will be fresh-pressed Paninis, salads, De Laurentiis’ lobster roll and grilled cheese and antipasti, formaggi and salumi platters.

Dessert lovers are in for a treat with gelato and sorbetto, Giada’s famous lemon ricotta cookies and a selection of cakes sold by the slice. Beverage offerings will include a coffee program, wine on tap and a full-service bar with signature cocktails.

Alexxa’s Bar at Paris Las Vegas

Alexxa’s Bar is set to open in early January adjacent to HEXX Kitchen + Bar. Alexxa’s will serve specialty cocktails and will feature a full bar, but sangria will be the main focus. The menu will have nine different sangrias.

There will also be a menu of small plates with items like tacos, empanadas, mussels, flatbreads and chicken skewers.

The indoor/outdoor space will connect to HEXX and will feature live music several nights a week.

New in Las Vegas 2018 – Attractions

Recently Opened

The Twilight Zone by Monster Mini Golf at Bally's Las Vegas

The Twilight Zone by Monster Mini Golf. Photo courtesy of Caesars Entertainment.

Twilight Zone By Monster Mini Golf

Fans of the “Twilight Zone” TV show will enjoy the out-of-this-world mini golf course that opened at Bally’s Las Vegas in December.

The 10,000-square-foot attraction features mini bowling lanes, arcade games and an 18-hole, glow-in-the-dark miniature golf course. The golf course features “Twilight Zone_-themed props as well as posters and photos from the show. There’s also a live on-course DJ.

Coming Soon

New Las Vegas attraction, Fly LINQ is set to open late 2018

A rendering of Fly LINQ. Photo courtesy of Caesars Entertainment.

Fly LINQ at The LINQ Promenade

The Las Vegas Strip’s first zipline is set to open in late 2018 at The LINQ Promenade. Fly LINQ will be a 12-story-high zipline that starts just off Las Vegas Boulevard (at the start of LINQ Promenade). Ten riders will zip toward the 550-foot-tall High Roller observation wheel at 35 mph. You’ll fly 1,080 feet above the open-air shopping and dining district either seated or Superman-style.

The $20 million project, being developed in conjunction with Xventure LV, LLC, starts construction in the spring of 2018.

New in Las Vegas 2018 – Shows

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New in Las Vegas for 2018- Las Vegas show Masters of Illusion at Bally's

Magician Chris Randall performs during opening night of “Masters of Illusion” at Bally’s Las Vegas on Dec. 13, 2017. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Masters of Illusion Las Vegas.

Masters of Illusion at Bally’s Las Vegas

Masters of Illusion,” the hit CW television series and America’s largest touring magic show, debuted at the Jubilee Theater at Bally’s Las Vegas in December.

The show features a mixture of close-up sleight of hand and larger grand-scale illusions, many never seen before. Tommy Wind has a reputation of being the young and hip rock ’n’ roll magician. He’s the youngest magician to headline in Las Vegas and joins a cast of five superstar magicians, including Jason Bird, Farrell Dillon, Greg Gleason and Chris Randall, who have all been seen on the CW show.

The Tom Green Show at Bally’s Las Vegas

The Tom Green Show,” live stand-up comedy show at Bally’s Las Vegas starts in late October

Comedian Tom Green. Photo courtesy of Caesars Entertainment.

Comedian Tom Green, best known for his MTV show, “The Tom Green Show,” opened his live stand-up comedy show at Bally’s Las Vegas in late October.

Green’s man-on-the-street pranks changed television forever.  He’s graced the cover of “Rolling Stone,” hosted David Letterman and “Saturday Night Live” and appeared on many late-night talk shows. See his hilarious stand-up in The Back Room at Bally’s Las Vegas.

The cast of The Cocktail Cabaret at Cleopatra's Barge at Caesars Palace

The cast of Cocktail Cabaret. Courtesy of Cocktail Cabaret.

The Cocktail Cabaret at Caesars Palace

“The Cocktail Cabaret” is an upbeat, stylish, intimate musical cabaret-style revue reminiscent of vintage Vegas. The show opened in December at Cleopatra’s Barge. The 5 p.m. show is designed to enhance the cocktail hour experience as a prelude to dinner or a night on the town. The Cocktail Cabaret features a combination of live original music and well-known stylized and re-imagined modern standards.

You’ll hear songs like “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” “Viva Las Vegas,” “Diamonds Are Forever,” “That’s Life,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” a cocktail medley, a tribute to the blues and more.

Cocktail Cabaret features a cast of Vegas entertainment greats. Host Eric Jordan Young takes you on a journey from the Rat Pack to pop legends along with vocalists Maren Wade, Niki Scalera and Daniel Emmet. The singers are joined by a four-piece band led by acclaimed pianist Philip Fortenberry.

New Las Vegas show at the Paris Las Vegas, Inferno coming in 2018

The Fuel Girls. Photo courtesy of Caesars Entertainment.

Inferno at Paris Las Vegas

“INFERNO,” the fire spectacular lands at Paris Las Vegas in late January. A dazzling display of pyrotechnics, fire stunts and spectacular illusions, INFERNO is led by critically acclaimed European illusionist Joe Labero and an exciting fire, pyro and aerial group, The Fuel Girls.

INFERNO blends death-defying stunts and jaw-dropping illusions. The Fuel Girls will dazzle with huge fire props including flaming swords and whips, crowns of fire, arena-scale pyro rings, dragon canes, pyro staffs and spinning fire cubes, performing in and around while manipulating the fire itself in death-defying floor and aerial acts.

Tickets for INFERNO are on sale now and prices start from $49.

Renegades at Caesars Palace

Renegades, the new show at Cleopatra's Barge, brings together legendary sports stars.

“Renegades,” the new show at Cleopatra’s Barge, brings together legendary sports stars. Logo courtesy of Caesars Entertainment.

The rebels of sports are taking over the Las Vegas Strip with “Renegades,” a new interactive show opening Jan. 25 inside Cleopatra’s Barge. Renegades gives sports fans an up-close and personal experience with three of their favorite sports stars. No subject is off-limits as legends recount stories from their playing days to tabloid-making headlines. The audience gets their chance to play the role of sports reporter lobbing questions at the athletes during the show’s panel roundtable finale.

The starting line-up features two-time Super Bowl champion Jim McMahon. The Fab Five’s Jimmy King will appear during the first eight shows, with six-time NFL Pro Bowler Terrell Owens taking over starting Feb. 8. The shows will be hosted by comedian Martin Montana, with Eric Jordan Young serving as writer, director and creative director. The Renegades roster will rotate every three months.

Ilusión Mental at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino

Ilusión Mental, a new show at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Photo courtesy of Caesars Entertainment.

Ilusión Mental is a new show at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino that is performed all in Spanish. Mentalist Santiago Michel is your guide through the secret doorways and hidden passages of the human mind. Fresh from a slate of performances in Mexico and Russia, 24-year-old Santiago reinvigorates the modern Las Vegas stage show with his elegant showmanship and uncanny charm.

From accurately determining if the audience is telling a truth or a lie to guessing exactly which celebrity they have in their heads to hypnotizing the most stubborn deniers of magic, Michel offers a rare and compelling glimpse into the supernatural.

New in Las Vegas 2018 – New Hotel Rooms

New hotel rooms at Caesars Palace - What's new in Las Vegas 2018

A new Palace Tower Premium room at Caesars Palace. Photo courtesy of Caesars Entertainment.

The new year brings hundreds of newly remodeled hotel rooms to Las Vegas. In September, Caesars Palace unveiled a $100 million renovation of its Palace Tower with 1,181 stylish rooms and suites. The Palace Tower’s elegantly designed new guest rooms and suites feature cool grey tones accented by royal blue and champagne gold. Design highlights include pillow-top king and queen beds, stone bathrooms and LED flat-screen televisions. There are also 10 luxurious new villas featuring exquisite finishes, bespoke furnishings and a curated art program.

Revamped rooms at the Flamingo Las Vegas

Newly-remodeled rooms at Flamingo Las Vegas. Photo courtesy of Caesars Entertainment.

Flamingo Las Vegas debuted the first set of its revamped rooms in November. More new rooms will be coming this spring. The resort is spending $90 million to renovate 1,280 of its rooms. The updated rooms have a contemporary, chic look and bright accents in the Flamingo’s signature pink color. The bathrooms feature a clean, modern white decor with tiled showers and rain shower heads.

Harrah’s Las Vegas’ Vice Presidential Suite. Photo courtesy of Caesars Entertainment.

Harrah’s Las Vegas underwent several changes this year as well. The hotel unveiled new rooms in its Valley Tower as well as some fancy new suites. Harrah’s Las Vegas also upgraded its Piano Bar, race and sports book and more.

Stay tuned…Bally’s Las Vegas is also scheduled to reveal newly remodeled rooms this winter.

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About The Author

Kristine came to Las Vegas more than 20 years ago to escape the frigid weather of Minnesota. Now she soaks up the sun while covering all things Vegas from dining to nightlife to hotels. She has written for the Las Vegas Review-Journal and When she’s not scouring the Strip for stories you can usually find her at a concert, enjoying a nice glass of wine or binge-watching Netflix and HBO.

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4 Responses

  1. Great website invaluable thank you

    Great updates thank you

  2. Carlos Vargas

    Very good information and novelties, however I believe that having a Spanish version can “open and generate” new and greater business opportunities. . . . We are many Spanish speakers who must go to Las Vegas, at least 1 or 2 times a year. Thank you . . .

  3. Peggy

    I enjoyed reading all about what’s happening in Vegas now and in 2018. I love the Linq promenade with all it’s shops and food vendors. Knowing that there will be construction going on for the zip line will keep me away from that area until completion. That leaves other parts of Vegas for me explore on my next visit.

  4. Judy Patterson

    Looking forward to being there. Good information.