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9 Things You Should Have Done In Vegas Last Year

Last updated: August 18, 2016 at 3:51 pm. Posted by in Las Vegas Restaurants, Las Vegas Shows, Things to Do in Las Vegas. 3 Comments on 9 Things You Should Have Done In Vegas Last Year.

No more missing out!

Your friends have been there, done that. They brought you back a t-shirt. They’ve flooded your Facebook stream with Vegas vacation posts. An agonizing pang of envy may have caused you to report a few as spam. Hey, it happens! But you have to let that swell of FOMO angst go. Shake it off. As they say, don’t be bitter. Be better.

It’s your turn. It’s your time. Regale them with your own Sin City tales as you dive headfirst into the new year at these 2015 arrivals to the Strip. Take on the top things to do in Las Vegas. Your 2016 goals start now.


1. Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey Las Vegas Show at Caesars Palace

The herd of LAMBS flocking to Vegas in droves last year can only be attributed to one superstar draw, Mariah Carey. LAMBS—a pet name the songstress has given her dedicated fans—and new admirers alike were treated to “MARIAH #1 TO INFINITY” when the songstress joined the ranks of icons before her and kicked off a grand Las Vegas residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace last May.

Still going strong, the show features hits such as, “Vision of Love,” “Hero,” “We Belong Together” and more career-defining chart toppers. But the multi-platinum selling artist has even more in store for her devotees this February with a special “Lambily Love” Valentine’s Day Package that includes front-row seats and a photo-op with the stellar vocalist, herself.

2. OMNIA Nightclub

Calvin Harris at OMNIA nightclub in Las Vegas

It’s only right that headliner Calvin Harris closed out 2015 at OMNIA Nightclub at Caesars Palace when the world’s highest paid and most prominent DJ was also the one who spun this year’s lone Strip nightlife launch into a phenomenon. Spanning two nights, the March unveiling included Justin Bieber who was celebrating a landmark event as well—his 21st birthday.

Afrojack, Steve Angello, Armin Van Buuren, Axwell, The Chainsmokers, Krewella, Martin Garrix and more of EDM’s foremost DJs have followed Harris on the turntables. Now it’s time you follow their singular sound to the dance floor and move to the music like the colossal kinetic chandelier above you.

3. Grand Bazaar Shops in front of Bally’s Las Vegas

Grand Bazaar Shops at Ballys is one of top things to do in Las Vegas

At the Grand Bazaar Shops, it is New Year’s Eve every night as a massive Swarovski starburst chock-full of custom-cut crystal spheres erupts into a LED lightshow at the stroke of twelve. It’s the perfect end to a day spent exploring the open-air market that debuted in February 2015. Crisscross the globe when you pick up a few tchotchkes from over 150 shops fashioned to make you feel like you’re a world traveler. And an incoming Wahlburgers tops a unique dining lineup you can gobble up.

4. Searsucker

Searsucker is one of top things to do in Las Vegas.
“Searsucker is not starch, not white tablecloths,” celeb chef, Brian Malarkey, has said about his Las Vegas restaurant that opened last March in Caesars Palace. According to the former “Top Chef” finalist, this dining experience is about fun—“Bourbon and beer and fun.” Your taste buds will frolic when they’re touched with a bite of the braised pork butt, beer braised short ribs, or any other signature dish. A mouthful of the 36-ounce bone-in rib-eye “tomahawk” will also have your palate overjoyed.

The food festivities can keep going as long as you bring your appetite to this Thomas Schoos-designed, rustic venue. And while it mirrors roadside diners of the past, know that you can anticipate one of the best Vegas meals of your future when you pop in.


Reba, Brooks & Dunn is one of top things to do in Las Vegas.

The country music triple threat made its entrée onto the Strip last summer and they’ve been intensifying the Las Vegas heat ever since. “Reba, Brooks & Dunn: Together in Vegas” is one of the hottest residencies to hit the Colosseum at Caesars Palace stage where “people are digging the show and you really have a chance to engage,” says Kix Brooks. Hear a fan-fave duet by the trio, “Cowgirls Don’t Cry,” and more top ten to #1 hits when you go see one of country’s most popular touring acts.

6. The LINQ pool

The LINQ Pool is one of top things to do in Las Vegas.
The LINQ pool hit the 2015 summer season with a big splash! The main pool at The LINQ Hotel & Casino offers free sunbathing options on a first-come, first serve basis, with an exception of daybed rentals. The additional pool sits on an elevated deck and provides tables available for rent.

Beat the heat as you get misted by the cooling system that surrounds the whole pool deck, but if that’s not enough—enter the Recovery Zone. The air-conditioned getaway gives you a break from the outdoors with TVs, pool tables and other games for your enjoyment. If you’d also like to escape the crush of pool partiers, you can rent your own private cabana that comes fully-loaded with a plasma TV, USB port for phone/music player, built-in speakers, reserved chaise lounges and more A+ amenities.

7. Vista Cocktail Lounge

VISTA Cocktail Lounge is one of top things to do in Las Vegas.

Have a sultry, sophisticated ultra-lounge experience without the velvet ropes when you discover VISTA Cocktail Lounge at the center of Caesars Palace. High-tech LED screens encircling the interior broadcast global skylines while open-format DJs provide the soundtrack to your cutting-edge jet setting. But enough about the scenery of the space that opened last May. Let’s talk cocktails. The tasty Margarita Diablo, El Laberinto and Adele Bloch Bauer are just a few of the enticing offerings on the drink menu. Actually, let’s stop talking spirits, too. Go sip and see for yourself.

8. Mat Franco

Mat Franco is one of top things to do in Las Vegas.

What do you do after you’ve won $1 million dollars on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent”? You don’t go to Disneyland. You go to Vegas! That is exactly what Mat Franco did when he brought his one-of-a-kind magic show to The LINQ Hotel & Casino stage last summer. He just celebrated his centennial show on December 20th so if you haven’t caught his inventive tricks and crowd-sourced improv yet, seeing magic reinvented has surely escaped you.

Check out this headlining magician and you may be privy to how his sleight of hand is done. Franco is known to reveal some of the trickery behind his wizardry. He’s also known to sell out fast so get your tickets before another hundred shows pass you by.


Opening at Caesars Palace as 2015 drew to a close, MR CHOW truly brought its best to the Strip. And when you make a reservation at this Chinese fine dining restaurant that got its start in London and famously branched out to New York City, Los Angeles, Miami and now Las Vegas, you better bring an appetite for perfection.

One foot into this awe-inspiring venue via the private elevators and you’ll find opulence anchored by a dynamic centerpiece. You’ll also find the deliciousness is in the details whether you’re partaking in the signature hand-pulled noodles or delighting in the full-flavored champagne cocktails that can include lychee essence or hand-made peach foam. MR CHOW seats more than 250. Be sure you’ve been seated by year’s end. You’ll be more than pleased you pulled up a chair.

MR CHOW is just the start of your Vegas experience. Book now. Stay at Leisure.

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A film, TV and pop culture savant, Chima Simone spent many years in Los Angeles trying to make it as an actress until she finally accepted…she wasn’t that good. And with that acceptance came a new pursuit — working as an entertainment journalist/host with some of media's biggest names. Merging her love for all things trending with content that covers the Strip's neon-lit scene, she brings you Vegas with a twist.

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3 Responses

  1. We would love to go but a lot to spend your for us. We are going to vegas in 8 days.

  2. IAmMrsKateG

    My No1 on the ‘Done in 2015’ List, was Seeing Matt Goss Live in the Gossy Room … So Amazingly Good; I’m flying back over in 3 weeks to see him again! UK to VeGaS Baby! #WorthIt!


    As a Concierge highly recommend to see Matt Goss, in Gossy Room ( Cleo Patra’s Barge) @ Caesars ! 9 Things are not completed without seeing the Modern Frank Sinatra, the Stylish Brittish Crooner backed by 9 piece live band , back up singers and Vegas Shiwgirls. Place to unwind with a drink and see Matt Goss brings the house down!
    Don’t leave Caesars without it, as will not totally complete your stay!
    Shows: Tues, Fri-Sun