Hard Rock Resort with Casino, Music Venues, and Upscale Nightclub
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas takes the rock-and-roll lifestyle seriously: touring music acts play on the premises at a handful of venues, including The Joint and Vinyl. The resort even has underwater speakers in an outdoor swimming pool—if you cannonball into the pool’s deep end, you can hear the guitar licks of an epic jam playing loud and clear. Celebrities and DJs pass through Body English, an underground club adorned with chandeliers. The venues are just part of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s commitment to an indulgent atmosphere and posh ambiance.
Dining options cater to a diverse palate. Pink Taco serves carne asada, shrimp tacos and other Mexican dishes in a room with gilt-framed folk art and retro lowrider bicycles. The Las Vegas outpost of the famed Nobu offers a fusion of Japanese, South American, and Western cuisines in a space with bamboo-framed ceilings and sparkling green tiles.
Las Vegas: The Strip Past and Present
Mentioning Las Vegas usually conjures up images of spinning roulette wheels and stone-faced poker players. If that’s what you’re looking for, you’ll want to make a beeline for the casinos lining the neon-lit Strip. But for lower-stakes gambling in a throwback Vegas atmosphere, head downtown to Fremont Street. Vintage signs and showgirls crowned with headdresses recall the days of Sinatra and Martin, but this Glitter Gulch burns much brighter today than it did in the Rat Pack era: beginning at dusk, a canopy of more than 12 million LED lights erupts in a psychedelic light and music show every hour.
Educational attractions have never been Sin City’s strong suit, but the Mob Museum boasts a winning formula: bank robberies, prostitution, and money laundering. Exhibits profile legendary Mafiosi from Capone to Gotti, and mob artifacts include the bloodstained, bullet-pocked brick wall from the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. Within the former federal courthouse, you can fire a Tommy gun simulator, participate in a police lineup, or enter witness protection for the rest of your life.