Sonny Barton and sommelier Chris Hammond believe that atmosphere and music can have just as much effect on the wine tasting experience as quality wine. Through Rock 'n Roll Wine, the duo have created a concert and wine tasting hybrid where guests sample varietals from around the globe as live musicians shake fuzz out of their hair on stage. Along with local talent, platinum recording artists such as Sugar Ray, OK Go, and Third Eye Blind have played Rock 'n Roll Wine's annual Wine Amplified Festival and weekly Friday concerts at M Resort. Sonny and Chris' other events including Thursday night wine lounge events, where DJs spin the latest indie, hip-hop, and alternative tunes at revolving venues. Outside of Vegas, they conduct monthly wine events through Las Vegas, Ann Arbor, and Los Angeles. Wherever the outing, you can try one of the twosome's handcrafted Napa Valley wines, all of which come with a suggested song pairing that can be heard if you press your ear against the bottle.
Since its conception as a Hollywood street stand in 1939, Pink's Hot Dogs has served as a refueling station for celebrities. Jack Nicholson, Ozzy Osbourne, and Kim Kardashian have all eaten its signature franks, either at the original LA locale or the new Vegas venue in the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Today, two types of dogs populate the menu: classic dogs and Pink's special dogs. The first collection hosts traditional bun-and-beef offerings such as polish sausages, chili dogs, and Chicago-style dogs, onto which guests can pile their preferred toppings. The special dogs, however, defy convention. Inside the Three Dog Night's tortilla, american cheese, bacon, and chili surround a trio of hot dogs. Guacamole and jalapeños imbue the Spicy Mojave dog with southern zest, and the Showgirl dog adds sauerkraut and sour cream to its traditional fixings before wrapping itself in a bun or single fishnet stocking. Sodas, frozen pink lemonade cocktails, and a collection of domestic beers complement hot dogs of all kinds.
Zipping into Sin City for the ninth consecutive year, the GEICO MiniMotoSX racing event showcases the small-scale horsepower of more than 500 riders gathered from across the globe. Ten separate classes, including youth, women, and expert racers, will joust wheel-to-wheel throughout the evening, vying for cash prizes while trying to jettison reigning champions from their thrones. Expert rider Willy Browning returns to the track after an unblemished showing in 2011, when he not only avoided the temptation to throw banana peels under his competitors' tires, but also captured a trio of titles from three different divisions. Adding to the buzz of this year's races, a unique track is set to present riders with a lineup of freshly polished challenges, including a starting gate located outside the arena and an over-under bridge that may or may not be guarded by a mud-flinging troll.
Located on the 50th floor of the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino’s Masquerade Village, VooDoo Steak affords its guests a hawk’s-eye view of the city's skyline. The view isn't the only reason to come; according to VisitLasVegas.com, chef Honorio Mecinas' menu of steak-house cuisine, some of which is prepared with an in-house dry-aging program, is worth a visit. Substantial cuts of high-quality meat are a major focus, and choices include bone-in wagyu tomahawk steaks and Black Canyon filet mignon. The Creole influences that appear in the decor also show up in shareable dishes such as lump crab cakes or zucchini-boursin beignets. As an added perk, diners get access to the VooDoo rooftop nightclub for no additional charge.
The Platters, Cornell Gunter's Coasters, and The Marvelettes dish out full servings of cross-generational nostalgia in the form of chart-topping ballads and toe-tappers during nightly concerts at Crown Theater. Known for their powerful love songs, The Platters' triad of seasoned singers urges audiences to slow dance with their seat cushions with enchanting classics such as "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" before the spotlight shifts to The Coasters, whose raucous, comedy-oriented stylings inject the show with a healthy dose of humor during a set of jovial cuts that includes "Charlie Brown" and "Yakety Yak." The Marvelettes round out the star-studded bill with a set of feel-good Motown measures, stirring listeners with catchy anthems and rhythms more upbeat than a clown who just received a pardon from jury duty. Just off the Strip, the theater is part of Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino and is near other notable establishments such as the VooDoo Lounge and McFadden's Restaurant and Saloon.