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How to plan the perfect Vegas trip for the guys

Last updated: February 26, 2018 at 10:48 am. Posted by in OMNIA Las Vegas Nightclub, Things to Do in Las Vegas. Comments Off on How to plan the perfect Vegas trip for the guys.

Bachelor Party in Las VegasSo, one of your best bros is finally giving up his life of single excellence and trading it in for a lifetime commitment to one lucky person? Do not weep for him. The proper response is not sorrow. No, the proper response is to send off your boy with an epic Las Vegas bachelor party. And planning is the key to having a getaway with the boys in Sin City that’s truly legen—wait for it—dary. So we’re here to help with that. Even if you’re not preparing for a bachelor’s last rites, you can still use these tips to plan an equally amazing guys’ weekend in Vegas, anytime, no matter what the occasion. Who needs an excuse to party in Vegas, anyway?

Where to Stay

Caesars Palace

If you want to do Vegas the way the Rat Pack did it back in the day, then do it in classic style at Caesars Palace. Whether you’re checking out the sights at Venus Pool Club, a “European-style” (read: potentially topless) oasis, rolling the bones under the iconic, shimmering dome above the original casino floor, or downing sake bombs at Nobu Restaurant’s buzzing bar, Caesars Palace has everything to ensure your guys’ weekend in Vegas is one for the ages—including baller suites and villas with features like pool tables, private pools and wet bars.

The Cromwell

Don’t let its swank, European-inspired design and sophisticated vibe fool you—The Cromwell Las Vegas is an ideal spot to stay if you plan to party hard. This boutique hotel is home to Drai’s Beach Club • Nightclub, an indoor-outdoor day- and nightlife experience on The Cromwell’s rooftop, as well as the intimate, basement-level Drai’s After Hours. So just about any time of the day or night, there’s a party happening somewhere on property. Plus, there are also chill lounges like Bound, which specialize in signature cocktails using your favorite bourbons, gins and whiskeys.

The LINQ Las Vegas

If you prefer to be in the center of the action—and why wouldn’t you?—The LINQ Hotel & Casino is the perfect launching pad for all of your plans. Heck, there are so many party spots right inside the casino or along the adjacent outdoor LINQ Promenade, you barely have reason to leave the property at all (but you should, anyway). You can play beer pong at O’Sheas Casino, do tequila shots at Chayo Mexican Kitchen + Tequila Bar, or check out a concert while knocking down pins at Brooklyn Bowl. And if you book a Poolside Cabana room, you can keep an eye on all the sunbathing beauties at The LINQ Pool from the comfort of your own private patio.

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Where to Eat


Located inside Caesars Palace mere steps from OMNIA Nightclub’s main entrance, Searsucker is an ideal spot for your group to fuel up before attempting to navigate the velvet rope maze. Celeb Chef Brian Malarkey’s menu takes American favorites and puts a creative spin on them, like pork butt with whiskey apples and bacon emulsion or the ribeye “Tomahawk” with cognac and horseradish. Or just saddle up to the bar to nosh on small plates like duck fat fries and down some of Searsucker’s handcrafted cocktails, like The Walking Dead. From there, you’ll be able to check out all the action walking by on the way to the club.

Gordon Ramsay Steak

There are a lot of top-notch steakhouses in Las Vegas, but only one of them has the distinctive English flair that celeb chef Gordon Ramsay brings to his eponymous Paris Las Vegas ode to all things meat. While you and the guys kick back in the British-influenced setting and imbibe handcrafted cocktails or craft beer, the chefs will cook up dry-aged steaks, Japanese Kobe or Ramsay’s signature Roasted Beef Wellington. Or go all-in on the Hell’s Kitchen Tasting Menu to get the full Gordon Ramsay experience. You can make up for the spend at the tables later, right?


This ain’t your grandpa’s Italian restaurant. Sure, Martorano’s at Paris Las Vegas is a classy joint—white tablecloths and all that—but its tattooed chef-owner, Steve Martorano, keeps the vibe (and the food) as real as his South Philadelphia upbringing. While you and the guys load up on Martorano’s signature meatballs and Chicken Sicilian (don’t worry, PETA card-carrying fellas, there’s a wicked good eggplant stack here), films such as “Casino” pair up with tunes by Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin to create a classic Vegas atmosphere.

What to See

Matt Goss

One man is single-handedly keeping the spirit of Frank Sinatra-style swagger alive in Las Vegas, and that man is Matt Goss. You and the guys have to make a point of stopping by The Gossy Room at Caesars Palace to see Goss and his smokin’ band tear through original songs and killer covers, accompanied by a pair of throaty beauties and a troupe of booty-shaking burlesque dancers appropriately dubbed “The Dirty Virgins.” Goss’ show is known for pulling in massive groups of ladies out on the town, and they get pretty worked up after one of his pulse-pounding sets. You’ll want to be there for what happens next.

X Burlesque

OK, so there technically aren’t any strip clubs in casinos—YET—but there’s definitely plenty of skin to be seen and appreciated, and some of our favorite flesh for fantasy can be found in X Burlesque at Flamingo Las Vegas. This long-running cabaret show features a bevy of beauties baring (nearly) all during hot dance numbers catering to all tastes. And it’s a very intimate space, fellas, so pony up for Pink Circle seats that almost guarantee some (tasteful) interaction with the stars of this racy show.


Burlesque dancers. Death-defying acrobatics. Raunchy humor. Absinthe is a hilarious, sexy Vaudevillian circus that has to be seen to be believed. It all happens inside a giant, white tent in front of Caesars Palace, and yes, gentlemen, there IS a green fairy—the gorgeous and talented chanteuse Melody Sweets—but we don’t recommend trying to chase her.

What to Play


Short of that little white ball spinning on a roulette wheel, the most iconic visual of a Las Vegas casino is a crowd of people gathered around the craps table, dice bouncing off the back wall, smiles and cheers all around. There’s a good reason for that. Craps is easy to learn, fun to play, and has a small house edge. It’s very social, and a great way to make new friends (or enemies, depending on how you play) while hopefully making a few extra bucks.


Blackjack (or “21”) is everyone’s favorite casino table game, right? Even if you don’t know how to play it, blackjack is simple enough to learn, you can find low-minimum tables, and the house edge is only about half a percent. Plus, it’s a great place to meet new people, because everyone plays against the dealer, not each other. Find a table and plan to settle in for a bit—blackjack’s all about the long game. Even if your group isn’t big on gambling, make sure to get the groom-to-be to the blackjack table at least once—it’s practically a Vegas tradition!


We know you and the guys get together on Friday night to play Texas Hold’em like you’re training for the World Series of Poker. So, yeah, if you’re bringing the boys to Vegas, you’re definitely going to want to hit a poker room and put your skills to the test against other players. Try out the shiny, new Caesars Palace Poker Room, which features 4,500 square feet of excitement with Wi-Fi and USB charging ports at the tables for those long hauls. Just don’t forget your Phil Hellmuth-style Oakleys. (If you did Vegas the right way, you and your hangover are going to need them anyway.)

Where to Party


If you’re going to move your bachelor party to a nightclub, we suggest heading to Drai’s Beach Club • Nightclub, located on the roof of The Cromwell. Why? Options. You can either reserve a table inside the wild, pulsating indoor nightclub, or book a poolside banquette under the sky, surrounded by the lights of the Las Vegas Strip. Plus, if you and the boys want to keep the party going after the sun comes up, you can head downstairs to Drai’s After Hours. It’s a swanky spot where the hardcore partiers can be found and only-in-Vegas moments are bound to happen.

Omnia nightclub & VISTA Cocktail Lounge

You know the expression “see and be seen?” VISTA Cocktail Lounge at Caesars Palace is one place where there’s plenty of both happening, thanks to both its central location and the international skylines displayed on its high-tech LED screens. Located just off the casino floor, it’s the perfect spot to pre-game with a few drinks before hitting nearby OMNIA Nightclub, the sprawling, multi-level nightlife destination where the likes of Calvin Harris and Afrojack can be seen DJing on the regular. Maybe you’ll find a group of gals to pair up with before you hit the club—we hear that might help you snag a better spot once you hit the velvet ropes. Vista also doubles as a cool post-clubbing hot spot—perfect for a nightcap on the rocks.

Heart bar

We’re not sure if you heard—because this likely isn’t up your alley—but Britney Spears has a residency at Zappos Theater inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. What does this have to do with your guys’ trip to Vegas? Well, that show is really popular with the ladies. And before or after Miss Britney’s performances each night, they tend to gather at Heart Bar, located right in the middle of Planet’s casino. It’s a pretty cool spot on its own, with DJ-spun music, lounge seating and great people watching, so maybe grab a table, order some bottle service, and make some new friends.

Where to Catch a Game

If your group consists of the type of guys who can’t be away from their favorite ball team—even during a trip to Sin City—don’t worry: There are plenty of places to watch sports in Las Vegas. First, just about every casino bar (and numerous restaurants) features multiple TVs, and they’re usually tuned into all of the day’s games. Plus, many of them offer game day drink specials throughout the season.

Then, of course, every casino has a race & sports book where you can not only watch football, basketball or horse races on massive screens, but you can also make the games a little more interesting by placing a bet or two on the outcome! Some of the best sports books, like the one at Caesars Palace, offer swanky, VIP accommodations. Others, like the race & sports book at Rio Las Vegas, are adjacent to eateries serving up tasty grub to keep you fueled up without missing a second of the on-screen action.

For an all-in-one sports, gaming and nightlife experience, check out TAG Sports Bar at The LINQ. It’s like a casino, sports lounge and brewpub all rolled into one amazing place. Sports from around the world are streamed 24 hours a day. There are interactive, digital casino games, including holographic blackjack. And there are more than 200 beers to choose from, whether in bottles and cans, or from the pour-your-own draft tables. That’s right: Self-serve beer. Now that we’ve told you about this place, we’re afraid you’ll never leave.

And there you have it, gentlemen: Your basic starter guide to an epic Las Vegas bachelor party or guys’ trip. If you think you’re ready to take it to the next level, hit up Total Experiences, which will give your group the VIP treatment, replete with a personal concierge. They’ll make sure you do Vegas right. Just remember when you get here: Suit up, tip well and don’t even touch your smartphones once the liquor starts flowing. You want what happens here to stay here, right?


About The Author

Pj Perez is a longtime Las Vegas resident and UNLV graduate who has been writing about his adopted hometown for a variety of travel guides, websites and magazines since the 1990s, which isn't possible, because he's not that old. When not jockeying behind a keyboard, he can be found with a bass guitar in one hand and a gin cocktail in the other.

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