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6 New Things to Do, See, and Taste in Las Vegas

Las Vegas is a living, breathing city that is forever changing to suit demand. Travelers from around the world will find that no two visits to Sin City are alike, as shows come and go, attractions grow and fade, and locations transform into newer and more exciting spaces.

This year, entrepreneurs have cooked up some sensational thrills, so visitors looking for new experiences can head to these Las Vegas destinations for some unexpected excitement in the Nevada desert.

Rose. Rabbit. Lie.

The enigmatic name for this new social club inside the Cosmopolitan perfectly sets the tone for the décor and ambiance held within.

Inspired at best and experimental at worst, Rose. Rabbit. Lie is both modern and retro — a combination restaurant, bar, club, and entertainment venue that has its roots in Vaudeville clubs of the early 20th century.

The menu includes novel and artful renditions of familiar dishes: a fresh vegetable plate served in a soil of finely chopped mushrooms or fine beluga caviar placed in a taco shell and served with guacamole.

Tom Colicchio’s Heritage Steak

Perhaps best known for his role as a judge in television’s most famous cooking competition, “Top Chef,” Tom Colicchio is himself a celebrated and prosperous cook and restaurant owner.

Now joining a long list of venues around New York City, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas is Colicchio’s new tribute to the grill: Heritage Steak.

Located in the Mirage, Tom Colicchio’s Heritage Steak outshines the menagerie of other Las Vegas steakhouses due to the quality and innovation of the dishes served.

While patrons can order any of their favorite cuts of beef, they can also sample dishes from the sea or explore their culinary limits.

Hershey’s Chocolate World

Hershey’s Chocolate Company recently opened its doors to a veritable chocoholic’s paradise in the middle of the Strip.

Just outside New York-New York, Hershey’s Chocolate World Las Vegas is a real-life Wonka Factory, with more than 800 varieties of Hershey’s sweets as well as freshly baked treats on offer every day.

Guests can learn more about the history of Hershey’s and pose with famous New York landmarks, the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty, immaculately carved out of hundreds of pounds of real chocolate.

Because there are only a small handful of dedicated stores outside the company’s world hub in Hershey, Pennsylvania, Hershey’s-lovers would be wise to flock to Las Vegas to get their Hershey’s fix.

Rock of Ages

At the Palazzo Theatre just inside the Venetian, a new show explores the difficult concepts of dreams and love amidst the rock-and-roll atmosphere of Los Angeles’s Sunset Strip in the 1980s.

The story follows a city boy, Drew, and a small-town girl, Sherrie, as they navigate a music scene filled with big hair, egos, and guitar solos.

A huge production that started on Broadway and is currently taking over the world, “Rock of Ages” is labeled by critics as “absurdly enjoyable,” which makes it a top destination for imminent Vegas visitors.


More and more nightclubs are popping up around the Strip as a growing number of Vegas visitors clamor for music and dancing. However, Light at Mandalay Bay is making itself seen and heard amidst the noise of other Las Vegas nightclubs.

This club is one of the most popular in the city due to its huge dance floor, abundant beverages, and top-rate entertainment. In January 2015, Light featured illustrious DJs and artists such as, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and Alesso, among others.

With huge names, speakers, and crowds, there is no better place to experience EDM in its full glory.

Holographic Card Dealers

Historically, holograms have been reserved for novelty entertainment, but a couple of Las Vegas casinos are starting to put the technology to work.

Taking the place of flesh-and-blood dealers, holograms deal a handful of games at the Cosmopolitan and the Quad, including blackjack, roulette, and baccarat. These multi-player games seat fellow gamblers like a stadium, while their holographic host leads the proceedings.

There are various pros and cons to the technology, and while most critics predict that holograms will never replace humans behind the table, it certainly is a new and exciting way to gamble in Vegas.


The Vegas Strip at night. Photo CC by Moyan Brenn

Las Vegas has seen countless transformations in its lifetime — from a dusty desert town to a swinging mob scene to the loud, bright, active Strip that exists today — and it will undoubtedly see countless more.

Sin City is as unfixed as skirt lengths, which means avid trendsetters should always be on the lookout for the new and noteworthy in Las Vegas.

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