Can we shake hands again? Make out with a stranger in a crowded nightclub? These are the questions to ponder as Las Vegas moves beyond the pandemic and welcomes summer with open, vaccinated arms. Fortunately, enough of us know the importance of a good needle prick, allowing Nevada to dramatically drop social distancing restrictions and operate at full capacity this summer.
That means you and your Tinder buddy will have to take your relationship away from the computer and actually meet in person. Where to go? What to do? We've got 20 ideas to make it easy. Share an afternoon tea at Founder's Coffee Henderson For a first date, you may opt to "meet up for coffee," but go a step further and meet for tea instead. Founder's Coffee just launched a new afternoon tea program at its St. Rose location, seven days a week 1—6 pm with 48 hours notice required. You'll receive a pot of blooming flower tea and a tiered tray with fun finger food, including pastries and fresh fruit.
The mini-avocado toast is better than what most brunch restaurants are serving these days. Call to book a reservation. Learn to fly a small aircraft Henderson If you really want to impress a date, take control of an aircraft and prove you can navigate the skies above Las Vegas—with professional supervision of course. The lesson, conducted by a certified flight instructor, takes place in a Cessna or if you really want to get fancy, a Cirrus SR22, departing from Henderson Executive Airport. Take a boozy crawl down the Fremont Street Experience Downtown Exploring the lights and sights of the Fremont Street Experience is one of the coolest things you can do in Vegas.
It's even better with a drink in hand. Go at your own pace while following the Royal Crawl app with a choice of beer, wine, or cocktail at each stop. Each drink earns a digital playing card with a prize for the day's best hand. Now, Las Vegans can finally go inside the 65,seat venue. The stadium hosts the Concacaf Gold Cup Final on August 1 it's a soccer thing and the first preseason game by the Raiders on August Hit the water for an after-dark pool party The Strip Some of the best pool parties in Vegas have special nighttime activities throughout summer, allowing guests to avoid the hot Nevada sun while still spending a mortgage payment on bottle service.
No sunscreen required. Go back in time to an old school supper club Off the Strip The idea of dinner and a show feels right at home in Sin City—and perfect for date night. The Vegas Room is a throwback to a vintage supper club experience on weekends, featuring some of the best local performers in town. Just pay for the meal and drinks. The entertainment is included at no extra charge.
Seatings begin at pm. A Sunday brunch at 1 pm often features jazz acts. The Nevada Room about a hundred feet away in the same complex is more of a bistro and piano bar. Happy hour is 5—7 pm before the show begins. Check out new restaurants in the Arts District Downtown So much dating professional Las Vegas Nevada NV women eat.
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The Arts District is fast becoming a hot spot for independent restaurants. Esther's Kitchen continues to be a favorite for Italian dining while Jammyland mixes cocktails with Jamaician bites.
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The elevated comfort food of Main St. ProvisionsYu-Or-Mi sushi bar, plant-based Tacotarianand the incredible pizza of Good Pie are new additions quickly earning fans as well. Think of it as a place where cameras aren't only allowed, but encouraged.
Six rooms are transformed into colorful immersive environments with lights, projection mapping, and other effects. Soak in the views at the Legacy Club Downtown Snuggle up with someone special at the Legacy Club, a rooftop lounge at Circa one of the new hotels making an impression in Las Vegas.
The views from the 60th floor are especially engaging at sunset, whether inside the main bar or sitting by a fire pit on the open-air patio. New summertime cocktails include the Self Made, a blend of tequila, watermelon, basil, and sparkling lemon. Like the rest of the hotel, the Legacy Club has its share of Old Vegas touches; most noticeably, busts and portraits of Vegas casino magnates and a tower of gold bars with its fluctuating market value consistently updated on a digital display. Admission is free with a reservation.
Take a seat at the Scarpetta Chef's Table The Cosmopolitan Scarpetta's combination of Italian cuisine and killer Strip views is even better with a brand new multi-course menu at the Chef's Table—a quiet, private dining room in the corner of the restaurant. Watch the kitchen team in action through a large window or just keep your eyes on the Bellagio fountains next door.
The best part—you get a ridiculous amount of food inspired by the Italian family dinners Executive Chef Michael Vitangeli enjoyed from his grandmother growing up. The "Sunday Gravy" of pasta with meatballs, sausage, and even pork ribs buried in a date and pine nut tomato sauce is the main course, but the parade of seafood is the most welcome surprise. Between prawn scampi, baked whole branzino, octopus, and mussels, the hard part is finding room for it all. Come hungry and add on the optional Italian wine pours to round out the meal.
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Walk among a seasonal floral display Bellagio Need a cheap date? The latest exhibit, "Eco: A Season of Earthly Awareness," celebrates the elements of earth, wind, water, and fire with more than 30, flowers and plants. Admission was staggered and limited throughout the pandemic to encourage social distancing, and it appears the policy will continue, at least for a while—and that's not a bad thing.
Waits are never long and smaller crowds allow plenty of room to snap the perfect couples selfie.
Share a beautiful bottle of wine Multiple Locations Pop open a bold, robust bottle of wine for a romantic rendezvous. Restaurants like Marche Bauchus at Desert Shores and Aureole at Mandalay Bay are known for their extensive wine lists to pair with dinner.
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Chinatown French favorite Partage launched its own wine club last year for both singles and couples. Members receive two bottles of high-end wine or champagne each month with discounts on additional wine and a multicourse dinner series.
The restaurant also recently opened French Cellar as a gourmet retail boutique with imported wine, charcuterie, and pastries. Another great option is Garagistea stylish but casual wine bar in the Arts District that includes a retail shop with regular specials and curbside pickup.
Feast on a variety of food at the Vegas Test Kitchen Downtown One of the best ways to bond with a date is discovering new food together. So make plans for a meal at the Vegas Test Kitchen, a different kind of food hall that mixes up a rotating lineup of culinary concepts.
Check the online calendar for the latest updates. On any given day you may feast on ramen with Slurp Society, sushi with Sliced, Bulgarian street food with Banichka, Yukon Pizza, Bodega Bagel, or another new idea being tested out by a local chef. The bar is hidden out of view, but features carefully selected spirits and biodynamic wines.
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Snap your best photos at the Neon Museum Downtown One great photo op deserves another. The Neon Museum, where vintage Vegas s and marquees are preserved and restored, has a portrait hour for guests to bring their own photographer for a professional shoot in the north gallery. It could be just the thing to take your relationship up a level. It's also a great idea for engagement photos if you and your date are considering a Las Vegas wedding later this year. Enjoy scares and sights with sky-high views The Strat Perhaps some scares and excitement will bring you and your date closer together?
Venture to the top of the 1,foot Stratosphere tower, where four different thrill rides —plus a bungee-like cable jump —dangle over the side. If that seems a little too intense, check out the views from the safety of the observation deckgrab some dinner at Top of the Worldsip on drinks at SkyLoungeor maybe just buy a few sweet treats—like chocolate marshmallow or birthday cake cookies—for your sweetie at Eats.
And if things really go well, take a detour to the Chapel in the Clouds and seal the deal. The main attraction is Omega Marta massive walkable art installation by Meow Wolf that's a trippy spoof of a superstore. Todd English's The Beast remains the main spot for grabbing food. AREA15 is planning to welcome expanded outdoor festival grounds and Lost Spirits a distillery and Willy Wonka-style tour in the months ahead. Take a day trip out of town Multiple Locations Not every road trip from Las Vegas has to be a long one.
Head north to Beatty, where you can visit Death Valley and the Rhyolite ghost town, drive southeast to Boulder City for an up close look at the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead, or venture to Laughlin a charming casino town by the river separating Nevada and Arizonawhere you can take the romance level up a notch with a dinner cruise and a couples massage at the Laughlin Ranch spa.
Lake Havasu is another short drive away. The Arizona destination gets incredibly hot in the summer, but at least there's plenty of boating and water activities to help cool off. Wander the streets of Downtown, and you'll see random murals and sculptures, including some left dating professional Las Vegas Nevada NV women by the Life is Beautiful festival cancelled last year, but scheduled to return in More recent additions include BLM murals at the site of the long-gone Moulin Rouge the first integrated casino in Vegas and efforts by Downtown Alley to beautify neglected back alleys.
On the Strip, you'll find pieces near the front steps of the Fashion Show Mall and inside hotels like the Cosmopolitan and Aria. Drink, dine and gamble? But that's starting to change. There's also Lifeguard Arenahome to the minor-league Silver Knights hockey team and The Passa casino newly renovated from the old Eldorado. Go on a food crawl and fly above the Strip The Strip Maverick Helicopters has a couple sky-high ways to help plan a perfect night out in Las Vegas.
Photo courtesy of All In Aviation.
Rob Kachelriess has been writing about Las Vegas in Thrillist for more than six years.