Strolling along Las Vegas Boulevard, visitors seeking laughter end up at L.A. Comedy Club, which is located in the Windows at Bally's. Performers have included A-list standups such as Loni Love and Doug Benson. Before entering Bally's, visitors can gaze at the Technicolor splendor of the Las Vegas Strip and the nearby Paris Las Vegas hotel and casino, whose electronic replica of the Montgolfier balloon whisks comics back to their hotels after their sets.
Natural light streams through the floor-to-ceiling windows at Paradise Garden Buffet at the Flamingo Hotel. Those windows overlook an outdoor habitat rife with exotic birds, including the hotel's namesake Chilean flamingos. More within reach, rushing waterfalls and flourishing foliage provide a backdrop for diners enjoying the restaurant's buffets. Just-carved beef and turkey send steam skyward as they're piled onto plates, and dishes inspired by international cuisines fill out any remaining space on plates. Beds of ice keep Cajun crawfish and snow crab legs chilled, while fluffy clouds of strawberry cotton candy give meals a sweet ending or make for sweet-smelling pillow stuffing later on.
“Members & Non Members ONLY,” reads the stamp on the front of Carlos‘n Charlie’s menu. Humorous touches such as this pervade the Mexican eatery, which sprawls across 8,000 square feet in the Flamingo Las Vegas. The wait staff star in impromptu comedy skits, as well as zany song-and-dance numbers, as they dart between the indoor dining area and the breezy outdoor patio. Fresh Mexican cuisine loads their trays, ranging from tacos, burritos, and chimichangas to sizzling platters of fajitas and mole-doused enchiladas. The food evokes the chain’s south-of-the-border roots; it's part of the Mexico-based restaurant conglomerate Grupo Anderson’s. Flair bartenders at the eatery’s two bars—one indoor, one outdoor—complete the scene, mixing drinks while delighting onlookers with tricks such as “The Backwards Shot,” where they funnel a shot back into the tequila bottle.
Sammy Hagar knows how to party, and his Cabo Wabo Cantina – equipped with two full-service bars, a daiquiri bar and a stage – set the scene for a true Vegas party atmosphere. Usually open from 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. and located at the north entrance of the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood, the menu features Tex-Mex fare including an array of burritos, fajitas, tacos and enchiladas, with special seafood options like lobster enchiladas, shrimp tacos and ahi tuna ceviche. As for libations, more than 30 tequilas are showcased, including Cabo Wabo’s own brand of Blanco, Reposado and Anejo; as well as fifteen margaritas and signature drinks. Live bands play Tuesday through Thursday from 7 p.m. on the Vegas Strip-side patio, which offers views of the Bellagio Fountain and the Eiffel Tower.
PBR Rock Bar & Grill pulses with top-40 tunes, which are played live or spun by DJs over their cutting-edge sound systems. Open daily from 8 a.m. until the early morning hours, PBR Rock Bar & Grill boasts a sprawling 16,800-square-foot venue, a 3,000-square-foot patio, and a menu that, like the venue's musical lineup, is a little bit country, complete with smoked-brisket grinders. Over 100 flat-screen televisions provide sports enthusiasts with a game-day retreat. When the games wrap up, courageous or inebriated patrons attempt to defy gravity by making use of joint's daunting hydraulic mechanical bull.
Located at the Venetian Casino food court and the MGM Grand's food court, Tacos N' Ritas stands out with its fresh Mexican specialties like quesadillas, nachos, and burritos made with fresh, warm tortillas. Some favorites include sweet pork barbacoa and chili beef carnitas, and in the morning breakfast tacos and burritos are there to get you going. Tacos N' Ritas' made-to-order frozen margaritas might be their biggest hit. Available in three sizes between 20 and 44 ounces, they come in flavors like strawberry and mango or in a tall yard glass that can be used later to store casino chips.