Poolside Paradise

Jemaa: The NoMad Pool Party (Park MGM, 702.730.6784) has quickly emerged as one of the hottest and most sophisticated day parties on the Strip this summer, offering the energetic Vegas pool club experience with a fresh sense of elegance.

The latest dimension of the Jemaa experience is the new Sunday Tropical Poolside brunch, designed to refresh and renew after your Saturday-night Strip escapades. Available in your cabana, at your daybed or at table service, the menu includes fresh-baked croissants, shrimp cocktail, guacamole, hamachi ceviche or Moroccan quinoa, and heartier fare such as the falafel burger and a dry-aged beef burger.

Did we mention the amazing cuisine and cocktails at this poolside oasis have been created by the award-winning Make It Nice hospitality team, the same talented people behind the NoMad Restaurant at Park MGM? It’s just another way Jemaa is pushing Vegas fun to the next level.

Off the Strip: Vetri Cucina

Sicilian pistachio flan

Sicilian pistachio flan

Italian cuisine has become one of the things Las Vegas does as good or better than any other dining destination. Whether it’s at a neighborhood red sauce joint or a fine-dining temple in a world-class resort, this is Vegas food you cannot miss. The latest chef to bolster this effort is Philadelphia legend Marc Vetri, who brings his signature old-world approach and an exclusive level of refinement to Vetri Cucina (Palms, 702.944.5900). You’ll find pastas you won’t eat anywhere else, like Swiss chard gnocchi with brown butter and hand-made fettuccine with pistachio pesto and artichokes.


The Jamaican-inspired Jammyland (1121 S. Main St., 702.800.9098) has quickly established itself as a social destination for locals looking to connect over a creative cocktail, and maybe even begin a downtown crawl. Jammyland has upped the ante with new happy hour offerings available from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, including the signature natural daiquiri with rum, fresh lime and raw sugar and Jamaican beef patties, flaky hand pies filled with curry-spiced goodness.