New year, new things to do in Las Vegas. A great new steakhouse, a virtual reality arena, a new art exhibit, a new magic show and a new steak tour are just some of the fresh things to do in town. Here's a look at five worthy of a visit.
Hogsalt Hospitality’s Bavette’s Steakhouse & Bar brings a chic Chicago steakhouse to the Monte Carlo. Diners nd chandeliers, rich woods, red banquettes and a mix of vintage art and murals by acclaimed artist David Plunkert that look right out of the Gilded Age. These steaks come with a French air. Multi-tiered seafood towers, dry-aged bone-in rib-eye steaks and lamb chops, all make the menu. For dessert, the restaurant features the hot fudge sundae royale with its bu et of candy toppings, chocolate cream pie with an Oreo crust and a classic lemon-meringue pie. Open M-Th, 5-11 pm; F-Sa, 5 pm-midnight; Su, 5-10 pm. Monte Carlo, 702.730.6700
Las Vegas’ first multi-player free-roam virtual reality experience brings a chance to work in teams through a 30-minute zombie apocalypse, a battle with rogue robots and drones in space, or a chance to even solve puzzles. Starts at $50. Inside Level Up at the MGM Grand, 702.891.7974
The Last Samurai
“Samurai: Armor From the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection” pays tribute to the Japanese samurai warrior through more than 50 artifacts on display. Poetry and calligraphy as well as the recognized tools of the trade find a home in this exhibit, on display through April 29. Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art, 702.693.7871
Dirk Arthur Wild Magic
Breathtaking illusions mix with magic and comedy with Dirk Arthur’s family-friendly show. Acts include audience participation, amazing sleight-of-hand, spectacular dancers assisting Dirk with his tricks, and unique magic. Th-Su, 6 pm. Tickets are $29.99-$69.99. Westgate, 800.222.5361.
Tour de Steak
Lip Smacking Foodie Tours’ latest excursion takes guests on a steakhouse journey through Carnevino Italian Steakhouse at the Palazzo from Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich, Bazaar Meat at the SLS from José Andrés, and Jean Georges Steakhouse in Aria from Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Prices start at $799. 888.681.4388
"Masters of Illusion," based on the hit CW television series, brings a live show to the stage. This limited engagement features modern illusions and unbelievable arts of deception that are good for the entire family. One minute audiences will laugh out loud at the hysterical comedy magic and then the next creep to the edges of their seats as jaw-dropping, grand illusions take place just feet away. Masters of Illusion has performed live in front of tens of thousands of people worldwide over the past six years, and been seen by more than 100 million viewers on the CW network and in 125 other countries around the world. W-M, 7 pm. $53.41-$140.61.
Jubilee Theater at Bally’s, 702.777.2782
French fare with a dash of American flair finds a home at the new Primrose. The restaurant takes care of meals from breakfast to dinner with a series of dining rooms laid out to resemble a country home in the south of France. Customers can find garden-inspired dishes and cocktails in the drawing room, dining room or beneath the trees in the outdoor terrace and garden. Open Su-Th, 7 am-10 pm; F-Sa, 7 am-midnight.
Monte Carlo, 702.730.6600
Untuckit went from online retailer to bricks and mortar with its line of shirts meant to be worn untucked. The store specializes in button-downs that are specifically tailored to be left untucked and fall to the perfect length, available for both men and women. Now the line includes sweaters, polos, jackets, sweatshirts, performance wear, tees, henleys and accessories.
Fashion Show, 702.418.3127
Head through the desert on an Arctic Cat Wildcat 1000 Utility Terrain Vehicle with two to four seats for an off-road adventure at Desert Off Road Adventures. Multi-time SCORE Baja race winner Chuck Dempsey designed the courses for these two- to three-hour adventures. Each UTV comes equipped with all-wheel drive, an automatic gearbox, electric power steering, four-point harness system, and a roll cage. Packages, such as the Mint 400 two-hour tour, start at $225. Open daily from 8 am-5 pm.
6234 E. Tropical Parkway, 888.573.4405
Learn hand balancing, aerial and power yoga, Pilates and contortion all taught by the Cirque acrobats at Alexis Brothers’ Absolute Balance. Classes start at $25.
6115 S. Fort Apache Road, 702.909.4711
Step off the Strip for Latin fare from Bandito Latin Kitchen & Cantina. Fried octopus, turkey and chorizo albondigas, habanero shrimp and tacos, made at a hand-pressed tortilla station in the dining room, make up the menu. Sit at the bar that takes center stage or watch dishes being made in the open kitchen of this airy restaurant.
$$ Open from 11 am-11 pm daily. 325 Hughes Center Drive, 702.857.7550.
Dine at the Grand Canyon
Papillon now showcases the Grand Canyon West’s new restaurant, Sa’Nyu Wa, which means “Home of the Eagle.” Each of three packages features views of the Hoover Dam, Lake Mead and the Grand Canyon along with lunch at Sa’Nyu Wa with a panoramic view of the canyon and Eagle Point.
The Quiet Type
Mix a little silent movie action with a near win on “America’s Got Talent” for Tape Face. New Zealand native Sam Wills takes a pensive, curious and whimsical approach to create this accessible and enjoyable show. Even tough judge Simon Cowell compared him to a modern Charlie Chaplin.
Nov. 1-5, 8-12, 15-19, 8 pm. $65.95. Flamingo, 702.777.2782.
More than 50 armor pieces find a home in the art gallery during “Samurai: Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection.” The exhibit at the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art showcases full suits of armor, helmets, weapons, horse armor, masks and more. These pieces represent the evolution of the samurai warrior’s appearance and equipment spanning 600 years from the 14th to 19th centuries. This exhibit encompasses the entirety of samurai history to allow the visitor to see the evolution of armor as warfare progresses from bows and arrows to swords and guns. View it through April 29, 2018.
Open daily from 10 am-8 pm; last admission at 7:30 pm. $18; children 12 and younger are free. Bellagio, 702.693.7871.
Golf to Impress
The Major Series of Putting brings the biggest putting tournament in history with millions in prize money open to golfers from all walks of life Oct. 27-Nov. 5 behind Planet Hollywood Resort. Golf fans can compete in one of eight putting championships, play on the course, try one of the putting skills games, watch the tournaments and more.
202 Audrie St., 866.417.6767
This circus-style show features dangers and water that promises an up-close and interactive audience experience.
“WOW” features a cast of 30 acrobats and dancers who fly, flip and fold on a 180-degree stage backed by 3D multimedia projections, water walls and holograms. The 90-minute, family-friendly show even features “America’s Got Talent” contestant Sylvia Sylvia, who shot an apple off her own head with a bow and arrow. “WOW” joins Las Vegas’ two other water-themed shows—“O” by Cirque du Soleil at the Bellagio and “Le Rêve” at Wynn. Fun note: “WOW” stands for “World of Wonder.”
Tu-Su, 7 pm; F-Su, 9 pm. $49-$169. Rio, 702.777.7776
Baby and Mama
Squeal with delight at the new dolphin calf born at Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at the Mirage.
Mother Huf n Puf gave birth to the baby girl, Coco, on July 17, and the duo now swims around in the Birthing and Research pool. Alongside the new mother and calf are Huf n Puf’s mother and daughter, Duchess and Bella, respectively. The calf’s father, Lightning, is located in another pool. Huf n Puf was born at Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat in March 2000. Be a Trainer for a Day to learn more about dolphin health and behavior in a smaller setting.
Open daily from 10 am-6 pm. $22 adults, $17 children 4-12. Mirage, 702.791.7188
Can You Survive?
The Fear the Walking Dead Survival attraction, inspired by AMC’s TV series “Fear the Walking Dead,” brings a zombie-themed walk-through attraction that transports guests into a apocalyptic world of motion rides, mazes and more.
Su-Th, 1 pm–1 am; F– Sa, 1 pm–2 am. Tickets are $30. Fremont Street Experience
Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson returns to the stage with “Undisputed Truth—Round 2,” a one-man show that features Tyson sharing real-life untold stories that cover the ups and downs of his career.
Th-Su, 10 pm. Tickets start at $54.95. MGM Grand, 702.891.1111
Autumn on Display
Exotic peacocks and mystical creatures take over the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden’s new autumn display, open now through Nov. 25.
Those two 19-foot peacocks are made from 14,000 chestnut, marigold and blue-colored preserved roses, the exotic birds’ 24-foot-long tails cascade around a waterfall nestled between the birds as a striking array of translucent leaves float high above.
In addition to the new additions, several classic pieces return to the installation. In the South Garden, a 28-foot talking tree and three scarecrows welcome guests to the conservatory. Steps away in the North Garden, three mythical creatures beckon guests closer to the garden, featuring a fountain overtaken by fog and surrounded by two topiary acorns made from 1,700 flowers.
Open 24 hours, Bellagio, free