We find a lot of loves in Vegas – and they’ve got nothing to do with Elvis Weddings. Every year, our Virtuoso team descends on Sin City for Virtuoso Travel Week, the largest luxury travel conference in the world. Between hundreds of meetings and events, we sneak out to find or return to favorite spots in and around the Strip. Here’s a cheat sheet for your next trip.
“I love going to Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas with coworkers for great beer and sausages. And Petrossian Bar at Bellagio has the best blue cheese olives that pair well with a dirty martini.”
– Mike McCown, senior vice president, finance and analytics
“Skyfall Lounge was one of the best discoveries this year. Perched at the south end of the Strip on the Delano’s 64th floor, it has the best view of the city I’ve seen yet, an outdoor patio, and great craft cocktails at surprisingly good prices.”
– Justin Paul, senior editor
“I love walking through the Conservatory & Botanical Gardens at Bellagio, preferably early in the morning or late at night when it’s not crowded. The beautiful display of creativity puts a smile on my face every August.”
– Kathy Terrell, director, marketing production
“Three things I’ll definitely return for: grilled artichokes, gyro tacos, and baked mac & cheese at Carson Kitchen in downtown Vegas.”
– Joel Centano, senior editor
“I love the not-so-secret-anymore verbena margaritas at The Cosmopolitan’s Chandelier Bar. They’ve quickly become a Virtuoso Week tradition.”
– Amy Cassell, associate editor
“I love eating at ‘secret pizza’ with my coworkers after a party at The Cosmopolitan! There are no signs and you won’t find it on the resort’s website – just look for the record-album-lined hallway on the third floor near Zuma.”
– Marika Cain, managing editor
“We go to the Container Park in downtown Vegas every year. I love having drinks with my coworkers at Oak & Ivy’s rooftop bar, followed by a scream-inducing plunge down the Treehouse’s 33-foot-tall tunnel slide.”
– Melanie Fowler, design director
“I love: Bellagio French fries, preferably from late-night room service or poolside; my personalized chopsticks at Bellagio’s Yellowtail, which the restaurant keeps on hand for my next visit; and MGM Resorts’ zero-waste commitment, from a recycling program that means sorting every trash bin to Aria’s plan to divert convention food from landfills. I also loved being one of the first shoppers at Sarah Jessica Parker’s new SJP shoe boutique in Bellagio – she even signed my purchase, a pair of Carrie-worthy sparkly heels.”
– Elaine Srnka, vice president, content
- Yellowtail at Bellagio: This is one of my favorite restaurants anywhere. Try the big eye tuna pizza, popping spicy crab (with pop rocks), rock shrimp, and the baked crab hand roll (best ever!). Their mochi ice cream selections are to die for and I’ll walk an extra mile or two – and do, during the week – to justify it.
- Minibar indulgence: I never eat or drink from hotel minibars, but the Bellagio potato chips are my one exception – they rock!
- Shopping: When I can, I head to the Premium Outlet Mall to shop. There are two locations, North and South, but North has more upscale choices such as Dolce & Gabbana, Furla, Kate Spade, Tory Burch, and Vince.”
– Terrie Hansen, senior vice president, marketing
“I enjoy going to Giada DeLaurentiis’ namesake restaurant, Giada. The space is airy and sophisticated, with a great view of Bellagio’s fountains. Everything is branded with a ‘G’ or Giada’s signature, but this Italian celebrity chef knows her food – try the orzo meatballs, fresh ricotta crostini, and rigatoni with vegetable bolognese. I’ve turned several people on to her addicting lemon ricotta cookies.
I also highly recommend the hour-long tours at the Neon Museum, one of the coolest things I’ve done in Vegas. They collect and preserve iconic Las Vegas signs, and tell the stories behind them. Book in advance, and save time for the gift shop!”
– Annie Fitzsimmons, digital editor