By the Book

Where to start on the reasons we love the ultra-trendy NoMad Restaurant by Will Guidara and Daniel Humm? There’s the incredible cocktail program; a celebrated menu; and a seriously swank interior, which resembles an old-school library with thousands of books stacked three levels high. From start to finish, everything at this NoMad Las Vegas restaurant guarantees an experience you will never forget.

Get your tastebuds primed with the Start Me Up, an eye-opening blend of honey and ginger bourbon, Barbados rum, Strega, honey, ginger, lemon and orange bitters. If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, dive into a Hot Lips, a smoky and spicy margarita with jalapeno-infused tequila, mezcal, pineapples, lemon and vanilla.

Pull out a tome and peruse its contents while you wait for your perfect popovers to arrive to the table—they’re light, airy and luscious. They’ll barely last through the Oysters Madison, little bites served two ways on the half shell—chilled, with a light champagne mignonette sauce, and grilled, laden with breadcrumbs and Parmesan. Crudites, raw vegetables served with chive cream, will surely prime you for the main course.

The main menu isn’t overly broad here, making it easy to narrow your entrée choices. Signature dish The NoMad Roast Chicken, stuffed with foie gras and black truffle, and a 35-day dry-aged New York strip steak with herbed butter, asparagus and Bordelaise, have a gorgeous, eye-catching presentation.

If you’re in the mood to keep it all to yourself, try a pasta dish. Cavatelli comes with ricotta, Parmesan, sausage and fragrant, beautiful black truffle. Vegetarians can order it sans sausage. A side or two won’t come amiss—the baked potato Dumont is a saucy classic, rich and decadent, and the sautéed wild mushrooms will have any lover of the funghi drooling, finishing off the entire dish before a dining companion can make a move on it.

Desserts are just as delightful here as you might imagine. Milk & Honey is a play on the graham crackers and milk so many of us were served as children, but so much better—the lovely honey-oat shortbread is accompanied by ice cream. –Las Vegas Magazine Staff

NoMad Las Vegas, 5:30-10:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat. (menus subject to change) 702.730.7000

Destination Fun

Happy hour has touched down at Flights. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, enjoy cocktails in three different varieties when you order a flight for only $10. Cocktails and libations include daiquiris, frozen margaritas, martinis, mules, mojitos, cosmopolitans, Old-Fashioneds, beer, wine and certain spirits. Take off toward fun! –Kiko Miyasato

Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort, opens 11 a.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. Sat.-Sun. 702.268.7264

Mariner’s Catch

If your group is a big ol’ bunch of seafood lovers, find one fantastic, delicious deal at Oakville Steakhouse. The restaurant, which already has an impressive menu of prime cuts, recently introduced its fire or ice seafood tower. Orders come in large ($125), small ($95) or the fire option ($138), and include a bounty of poached shrimp, lobster tails, clams, mussels, oysters and crab legs. –KM

Tropicana, 5-10 p.m. daily. 702.739.2376

Small but Mighty

It might be more intimate than other nightclubs in Las Vegas (16,000 square feet), but 1 OAK at The Mirage packs a huge party within its walls. Highlights here are the plush and spacious VIP tables and stripper poles placed strategically throughout the club. This week, catch a special performance from Tyga on Aug. 10. DJs Blackbear on Aug. 7 and DJ Scooter on Aug. 9 round out the rest of the week. –KM

The Mirage, 10:30 p.m.-4 a.m. Wed. & Fri.-Sat. 702.792.7900