The Charcoal Room features top-grade cuts of meat, an extensive wine list, and fresh fish daily. The atmosphere is equal parts fine-dining class and low-key relaxation, like a news anchor whose desk is concealing a pair of sateen parachute pants. Peruse the menu to discover substantial steaks such as the pan-seared bone-in rib eye (22 oz., $32) and petite cuts such as the filet mignon (7 oz., $28). Classic salad styles such as the wedge ($7) or Caesar ($7) are perennially in good taste, complementing meat with the finest of chlorophyll. The boneless baby-back ribs ($10) and lobster mac 'n' cheese ($14) turn the traditionally difficult-to-eat into forkable fare. Since swords themselves always return from the grill too hot to eat, swordfish ($32) makes for a blade-inspired meal not forged by a sweaty blacksmith. Collect a cartel of iron-eaters who prefer their steak prepared on top of more steak and request a corner booth facing the door at The Charcoal Room.
Just off of Downtown Las Vegas’ reinvigorated Fremont Street casino center lays an unexpectedly elegant tribute to a bygone era: the Victorian-inspired Main Street Station Casino, Brewery & Hotel. With a remarkable collection of genuine antique fixtures and artworks incorporated into its design, Main Street captures life over a century ago, while still delivering up-to-date conveniences and amenities. The Garden Court Buffet remains one of the most highly regarded value dining destinations downtown, while the Triple 7 Brew Pub, which makes its own beer on premises, is a great place to catch a game or just unwind with some fresh suds. Rooms have been recently updated with modern conveniences and contemporary décor. The private Pullman Grille, which houses author Louisa May Alcott's Pullman railway car, provides a truly unique event space. More diversions await at the sister California Hotel, accessible by covered walkway across Main Street.
Best Western Plus Casino Royale is the tough-to-find Las Vegas combination of good value and on-Strip location. Found smack dab in the middle of Las Vegas' prime real estate, Casino Royale is directly across from the legendary Mirage volcano and next to the romantic Venetian gondolas. Those attending events at the Sands Convention Center may be particularly thrilled to find this option within easy walking distance. The certified eco-friendly, smoke-free hotel features free WiFi, an outdoor pool, fitness center, business center computers, garage parking and of course, a full service 24-hour gaming casino. Recently remodeled rooms include flatscreen cable televisions, refrigerators and coffeemakers, and many other amenities you’d expect at higher level hotels. The strip sits just outside the hotel doors for any guests looking for more dining, entertainment or shopping options.
X Burlesque University's professional burlesque dancers elucidate the seductive art of burlesque dancing, teaching the same techniques and choreography that grace the stage at X Burlesque, a nightly tantalizing revue at the Flamingo Las Vegas. The 75-minute tutorial breaks down the provocative stage moves that came into fashion after a century of staid Victorian dancing, which required promenading couples to carry a rabid porcupine between them at all times. In addition to shimmying tutelage, students receive a showgirl makeup lesson, in which they learn to highlight radiant smiles and mysterious smoky eyes with a complimentary makeup kit. After mastering seductive poses and steamy kicks, students receive a professional souvenir photo and an official XBU diploma, which can be proudly displayed or repurposed into DIY pasties.
"Don't play games" might be classic dating advice, but Wildfire Gaming upends this adage, with gaming complexes ideal for a date night?or any type of night out, really. Couples can wink at each other across the blackjack table, or bet on their favorite team and cheer wildly at the Sportsbook TVs. For a friendly slots contest, there's more than 1,200 machines to try out, ranging from penny slots to high limit games. At one location, there's even a bowling center with a full bar, ideal for showing off excellent form or learning why people don't play kickball with bowling balls.
As weary travelers roll their luggage into the bright Blair House Suits hotel, they might catch distant chatter or the faint hum of Hungry Like the Wolf. If they follow their ear, it would lead them straight to Till's at the Blair—a dimly lit lounge with glimmering flat-screens and beeping gaming machines. Bartenders preside over the lengthy wood bar, doling out specialty draft beers and mixing up a sweeping variety of specialty cocktails—from sweet raspberry martinis to potent Long Island ice teas. Barflies hunch over Black Jack screens, pausing games when chat with pals or tuck into orders of steaks, bacon burgers, and chicken wings arrive. The bar hosts regular karaoke nights, giving guests the only socially acceptable forum outside of a maternity ward for singing in public.