Chef Sergio Perez left his native Havana with his mother's recipes in tow more than 20 years ago, and he still uses them to whip together Cuban fare at The Florida Café. For the past 15 years, he's been crafting cuban sandwiches, paella, slow-roasted pork, fried cow, and shrimp enchiladas from this eatery, which calls the Howard Johnson Hotel home. He and his kitchen staff also prepare breakfast dishes such as eggs with plantains and cuban toast. Sergio augments his list of eats with live Cuban music and an array of wines and specialty cocktails, including the original mojito made with Cruzan light rum, lime juice, mint leaves, and rock-candy syrup from Mount Rushmore's four giant lollipops—gifts from Cuba.
Las Vegas has no shortage of nightlife, so it can be difficult to choose where to go next. That's where Club Tour Vegas comes in. The company whisks guests into limousines and party buses outfitted with stereo systems, strobe lights, and a wet bar. From this party on wheels, they'll head to parties inside on-trend clubs such as The Deuce Lounge, The Bank Nightclub, and Foundation Room. Here, they'll enjoy VIP entry and the attention of their host, who will be on-hand to answer questions and officiate rounds of freeze-dance.
Founded in the spirit of the late Dennis Hopper’s CineVegas festival, the Vegas Indie Film Fest! celebrates self-produced works from established directors and first-time creators alike. Whether their creations are feature-length, shorts, documentaries, or photo-realistic flipbooks, every director stands to win one of more than 100 Golden Bulb awards—which are made from actual lightbulbs from the “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign. Past events have been attended by the likes of Wayne Newton and Ted V. Mikels.
The Lady Silvia's stylish loft space, inspired by Prague's Strahov Monastery Library, encircles revelers in a laid-back atmosphere divested of obtrusive signage and oppressively loud background noise. The bar's weekly schedule brims with art events, nightly happy hours, and the deft turntabular spinnings of resident DJ Shoe, whose swanky beats cause involuntary toe tapping against the checkerboard floor on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday nights. Signature cocktails, bottles service, and a well-curated wine list round out their menu of imbibables, which is expertly mixed and poured bar-side by a veteran team of mixologists.
CollectiveZoo is fully dedicated to curating a good time. The group organizes a slew of irresistible events—including pool parties, dance affairs, and sock hops—and their web page steers everyday pleasure seekers toward hip restaurants and shops. In the site’s The Know section, informal articles sum up the best of Vegas food, fashion, art, and other cool things that Earth has that Mars totally doesn’t have.
With classes designed to meet the needs of both beginner and advanced dancers, Tunay Ink instructors educate hip-hop hopefuls in the techniques and aerobic benefits of this popular street dancing style. Amid solid beats and graffitied brick walls, dance disciples can learn the primary elements of breaking before defying gravity and hair-spray hold with head spins. The popping savvy can lord over subservient muscle serfs with a series of classes that teach both popping techniques and effective employment of hip-hop lingo, or weekly locking classes that appeal to the acrobatically inclined with physically demanding moves, such as carrying a sleeper couch up three flights of stairs.