One wouldn't think a nightclub and a museum would have much in common, but a corner of the Luxor Hotel's commanding pyramid holds an obsessively researched collection of hundreds of artifacts from fin-de-siècle Europe. The fussy trinkets, risqué artwork, and old-fashioned bedwarmers all come from the 19th-century bordellos on which Cathouse's deliberately overheated décor was modeled. Neon lights catch fleeting glimpses of dancers and seamy history alike, shimmering through the dimly lit atmosphere as chandeliers, crushed-velour banquets, and vintage photographs thrum to the bass of live DJ sets. Like Congress, the nightclub designates one chamber for moving to Top 40, hip-hop, and dance beats and another for lounging, sipping top-shelf cocktails, and smoking hookah.
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.
Voodoo Rooftop Nightclub & Lounge doesn't need a disco ball to create a dazzling light show. Instead, it relies on a glass elevator, which soars up 51 stories of the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino. During this ride to the top, the lights of Las Vegas twinkle smaller and smaller, until the doors open onto a dark nightclub and voodoo-inspired drawings, which glow eerily as if cursed by a witch or some sort of magical black light. Here, bartenders mix cocktails with elaborate showmanship and flair. Their signature drink, the Witch Doctor, uses dry ice to send fog cascading over a giant glass of red, rum-filled liquid.
The party starts each night at 9 p.m., with a house band on Thursday evenings and a live DJ to spin tunes during the weekend. But the real show waits down an oversized steel staircase, which leads to an outdoor patio with ample room for dancing and comfy seating surrounded by the night's sky above and the Vegas Strip below.
Located on Fremont Street, right at the gateway to the Fremont East Entertainment District, Don’t Tell Mama is well situated to attract downtowners looking for live entertainment. A black and white checkerboard floor sets the tone, with ample tables and half-booths lining the walls, plus red velour drapes that hang around the large space. But the bar’s real draw is the grand piano, elevated on a small stage, from which singing bartenders and accompanists perform nightly. Patrons can make song requests and sing along with the waitstaff if they so choose. Or, better yet, get onstage themselves to perform renditions of Broadway show tunes, pop, rock, country, cabaret or any other song that comes to mind (and can be cued up from Don’t Tell Mama’s voluminous music files). There’s no cover but an enforced one drink minimum, so be prepared to spend some cash.
Made almost entirely out of ice, Minus5 features a frozen bar top, frozen glasses, and frozen couches covered in faux fur. The novelty never wears thin, though; a resident ice carver changes up the scene every 6?8 weeks, perpetually crafting new sculptures and furniture pieces. Upon arrival, guests are outfitted with the jacket, gloves, and boots they?ll need to comfortably enjoy the crystalline wonderland, which in Fahrenheit, measures 23 degrees above zero. After entering, patrons can sip on a cocktail served in an ice glass and pose with the seasonally changing sculptures as a professional photographer snaps photographs that patrons may purchase.
Sprawling over 60,000 square feet inside and out, TAO is a place for the footloose, the fancy, and the free-spirited. Mingling Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and Thai cuisines, the menu entices gourmands with exotic entrees, and the dimly lit dance floor throbs to big bass beats. Plush chaise lounges with luxuriously wide cushions flank the pool at TAO Beach, a great place to relax or get romantic while chicken fighting. TAO’s portrait of opulent pleasure is completed with grace notes such as a hand-carved, 20-foot-tall Buddha, a meditative indoor koi pond, and backlit floral screens overlooking the booths.