Enjoying SEMA Show this week? Get the most of your downtime with our quick guide
Time to geek out about cars! And in addition to getting the latest on care, restoration, detailing, accessories and cutting-edge technology at the Las Vegas Convention Center, you’ll want to enjoy all the city has to offer. That’s where we come in. From the hottest restaurants to bars and happy hours, let us give you that insider’s edge.
Blossom Choose your own adventure from the 100-plus dishes at this Chinese eatery, everything from kung pao chicken to geoduck two ways. Recommended dish: Peking duck
BLT Steak Indulge in all the trappings of the traditional steakhouse: dry-aged beef, seafood platters, wedge salads and five preparations of potatoes. Recommended dish: Peanut butter chocolate mousse
Harvest by Roy Ellamar Sustainable, seasonal, regional ingredients are the stars. Don’t miss the roving snack wagon serving tasty nibbles of whatever’s fresh. Recommended dish: Salt and pepper octopus
Restaurant Guy Savoy For French fine dining, it hardly gets better. Try a tasting and let the kitchen prepare you the meal of a lifetime. Recommended dish: Artichoke and black truffle soup
The Steak House Serving dry-aged steaks for more than 30 years. If you long for vintage Vegas, you’ll find it alive and well here. Recommended dish: New York strip
Center Cut Steakhouse Want meat? Flamingo’s steakhouse is happy to oblige, with a menu of classic cuts rounded out by accompaniments like jumbo lump crab and stuffed potatoes. Recommended dish: French onion soup
Four Seasons Hotel
Veranda Enjoy homemade pastas and Italian specialties on the poolside patio at this airy eatery, known for its weekend brunch spreads, with a diet-demolishing buffet. Recommended dish: Braised short ribs
Cornerstone A steakhouse meal that won’t blow your budget. Don’t miss the whiskey library’s impressive lineup, including the restaurant’s own blend of Crown Royal. Recommended dish: Cedar-planked salmon
Ruth’s Chris Steak House Steak comes with sizzle at this American favorite, which serves its cuts on 500-degree plates. Start with crab cakes before getting down to beefy business. Recommended dish: Filet
Tender Steak & Seafood A twist on the traditional steakhouse. Not feeling beefy? Consider the bison ribeye or scallops with bacon and quinoa. Recommended dish: Bison
Aureole Charlie Palmer’s gem exemplifies modern American cooking, with presentations that pull from international influences. Recommended dish: Grilled bone-in ribeye
Joël Robuchon Dinner inside the Michelin-starred “mansion” is one to remember, thanks to the sumptuous space, the impressive wine list, the decadent dishes and truly epic bread cart. Recommended dish: The 16-course menu degustation
Tom Colicchio’s Heritage Steak An immaculate, relaxing dark-wood decor perfectly complements a menu chock-full of great cuts. Recommended dessert: The Ice Cream Social
New York-New York
Gallagher’s Steakhouse White tablecloths and red meat, that’s the vibe at this outpost of this N.Y. institution, which specializes in prime beef dry-aged on the premises. Recommended dish: Dry-aged New York strip
Lavo Come for the pasta, stay for the party at this Stripside restaurant, where the menu hews toward Italian classics. Recommended dish: The meatball with whipped ricotta
Send Noodles Explore Asian cuisine, including Mandarin, Cantonese, Szechuan, Japanese, Korean and Thai, in this intimate, lively retreat. Recommended dish: Ramen Mac-N-Cheese, featuring cheddar, Gouda and cream cheese
Eiffel Tower Restaurant Some of the Strip’s best views are from this 11th-floor dining room, where Chef Joho delivers fine French fare like foie gras torchon and butter-poached scallops. Recommended dish: Eiffel Tower soufflé
Bavette’s Steakhouse & Bar This dark, swanky steakhouse welcomes diners with leather booths, excellent cocktails and delicious cuts of beef. Recommended dish: Seafood tower
Oscar’s The tagline is “beef, booze and broads,” and Oscar’s, named for former Mayor Oscar Goodman, has the first two covered. Start with a gin martini, then explore the varied menu. Recommended dish: Johnny Quinn’s crab cake
The Shoppes at Mandalay Place
RM Seafood At Rick Moonen’s sustainable seafood spot, dishes like charred octopus put the water’s bounty on display. Recommended dish: 16 ice cream challenge
SLS Las Vegas
Bazaar Meat by José Andrés Choosing is the hard part at this “meaterie,” where carnivores are beckoned by a bevy of earthly delights. Recommended dish: Suckling pig
Top of the World Dinner tastes better at 800 feet. Come for the view, but stay for the excellent continental cooking, like lobster thermidor or duck confit with pommes Anna. Recommended dish: Lobster bisque
Robert Irvine’s Public House Comfort food gets a glorious spin at the celebrity chef’s decked-out restaurant. Recommended dish: The F&K Burger, meant to be eaten with—what else?—a fork and knife.
Yardbird Southern Table & Bar Consider it Southern cooking with soul and an edge. That means fried green tomato BLTs and deviled eggs with trout roe—creative comfort food. Recommended dish: Chicken ’n’ watermelon ’n’ waffles
Westgate Las Vegas
Edge Steakhouse It’s worth venturing off-Strip for this under-the-radar restaurant where serious steaks are offered alongside more exciting fare and the wine list has earned awards. Recommended dish: Beef Wellington
Bars & Lounges
Vista Cocktail Lounge at Caesars Palace This lounge’s technological wonders—LED views of everything from Manhattan’s cityscape to nighttime over the city of Shanghai—are almost as good as its handcrafted cocktails.
Carnaval Court at Harrah’s It’s always a wild time at this outdoor spot that has some of the best flair bartenders in the city. Blackjack tables and live bands add to the excitement.
Minus5 Ice Experience at Mandalay Bay Can’t stand the heat? Step inside this bar made completely of ice. Sip cocktails in ice glasses while donning a parka or faux-fur coat while kicking back in freezing temps.
Level Up at MGM Grand Drinking and gaming collide at this adults-only interactive playground. Try out the world’s largest Pac-Man or Zero Latency, a virtual-reality arena, or try your hand at beer pong, life-size Jenga, foosball and more.
The Dorsey at The Venetian Swank, sexy and superb cocktails make up one of the Strip’s newest lounges. The cocktail menu here features some of the best recipes in the city and the low lighting, plush seating and old-school hip-hop sounds make this spot a must-try.
Gilley’s at Treasure Island There’s bull-riding, beautiful Gilley’s Girls complete with chaps and cowboy hats, line dancing and barbecue. The Stripside country bar is a slice of wild, down-home fun.
Downtown Cocktail Room After you are inside this almost hidden venue, you’ll experience some of the best cocktail creations in the entire city, and the downtempo beats by live DJs help set the mood for this longtime favorite downtown bar where the hip locals flock.
Atomic Liquors Combine a bit of nostalgia and Vegas history with some of the latest trends in cocktail mixology at one of the city’s first-ever freestanding bars in the culturally revived downtown area.
107 SkyLounge at Stratosphere Daily happy hour: 4-7 p.m. enjoy half-off select beers, cocktails and wines. Also enjoy social plate specials like wagyu skirt steak tacos, shrimp cocktail and vegan beet hummus.
Cadillac Bar at Golden Nugget Happy hour from 4-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri. with domestic ($3) and import ($4) draft beers, wines by the glass ($5), mixed cocktails ($4) and margaritas—on the rocks, frozen and fruit-flavored—for $4.
Coyote Ugly at New York-New York Join the daily happy hour from 6-9 p.m. with $6 beers and house spirits and $4 Jell-O shots. There are also free line-dancing lessons from 7-8 p.m. daily.
Freedom Beat at Downtown Grand Two happy hours: 2-5 p.m. and 2-5 a.m. Half-off appetizers and half-off draft beer and cocktails.
Blondie’s at Miracle Mile Shops All-you-can-drink well cocktails and domestic drafts for $20, 3-6 p.m. and 10 p.m.-1 a.m. Mon.-Fri.