A mini guide to Las Vegas

Las Vegas Las Vegas prides itself on being the entertainment capital of the world – and deservedly so. Yet with so much hype around the casinos and wedding chapels, it’s easy to forget that there’s a Vegas beyond the kitsch and glitter of the famous strip. As a reminder of the city’s sophisticated side, we’ve put together an E&V mini guide to seeking out the very best of Las Vegas.

Despite ‘Lost Wages’ being one of the city’s less complimentary nicknames, one of the best things to see in Las Vegas won’t cost you a penny. The iconic Bellagio fountains put on an explosive display between 3pm and midnight every day, with over a thousand jets of water choreographed to shoot out in perfect time to famous show tunes. The show takes place every half hour during the afternoon and every 15 minutes after 8pm, so there’s no excuse for not making time to see this brilliant performance.

If you’re hoping to see something even more inspiring, book tickets to a Cirque du Soleil production. Vegas has no shortage of celebrated acts, from magic shows by Penn & Teller to the pure pop of Britney Spears, but this French-Canadian circus troupe has been the talk of the town ever since their first residency at the Treasure Island Hotel in 1993. The show that opened there, a dark spectacle titled Mystère, is still going strong over ten years later – but has since been joined seven other equally awe-inspiring acts, so it’s worth finding out a little bit about each show before deciding on your tickets. Beatles devotees will adore Love at the Mirage, while the aquatic and aerial acrobatics of O at the Bellagio are guaranteed to be unlike anything you’ve ever seen before.

Although the hotels all pride themselves on their in-house restaurants, there are equally enticing meals being prepared all around the city. You can savour contemporary French food at Restaurant Guy Savoy, get adventurous with the unusual Japanese creations at Raku, or indulge in some celebrity spotting at Wolfgang Puck’s flagship restaurant, Spago. Remember that dinner is just the beginning of the night in Vegas, so if you’re planning on paying a visit to some of the famous clubs, you’ll need to keep your energy up. The Bank and Hakkasan are two of the best in town, especially if you’re prepared to purchase “bottle service”, which usually includes a table reservation, queue jumps and even a host to mix your drinks.

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