Today is my birthday. Woohoo! I thought it would be a good time to revisit last year’s birthday trip to Las Vegas. Winter may not seem like the ideal time to visit Sin City, but it can still be a blast. Here are my tips for making the most of wintertime in Vegas.
When I first started planning the trip I booked us at Treasure Island. It has a good location on the Strip at a good price. One of my friends was able to get an employee rate at The Mirage, so we switched. I’m so glad we did.
I thoroughly enjoyed everything about our stay at The Mirage. We had a comfortable, well-appointed room facing the Strip and the volcano that goes off every night at 9.
The staff was really helpful, especially the concierge. They were able to provide useful tips, discounts on shows, and make reservations whenever we needed.
A visit to the Neon Museum is a fun way to learn about Las Vegas history.
You can see old signs from the restaurants, casinos, and hotels that have made Vegas such a colorful destination.
Take a 30-minute drive away from the Strip and you’d never know you were anywhere near Las Vegas.
We rented a car for the day, which worked out to be a lot cheaper per person than booking a tour.
You can take a scenic drive through the park and pull off at various trails along the way.
One of the cool things about visiting during the winter wet season is being able to see waterfalls running that you can’t see in summer.
We saw the Cirque du Soleil Beatles show, Love, which was playing at the Mirage.
Of course Cirque du Soleil always puts on an incredible show and Love has the added bonus of the Beatles songbook.
Each ticket comes with unlimited mimosas, which means they put a bottle of champagne and a carafe of orange juice at each table and you can have at it.
Your ticket also comes with a full brunch buffet, where you can load up on bacon, eggs, fajitas, and more.
And then there’s the show. These ladies are so good and wildly entertaining. You’ll have a seriously good time dancing an singing along with them.
At one point in the show they invite up on stage anyone who is celebrating anything: birthday, bachelorette party, wedding, divorce. Everyone onstage is offered a shot, and the party continues.
Before we left we had to take a picture with the iconic Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Nevada sign.
While I was at the Neon Museum I learned that the sign was designed by a woman. How cool is that?
Depending on when you go (we were there late afternoon) you may have to wait in a line for a prime shot underneath the sign.
This was the best dining experience I’ve ever had in Las Vegas. Everyone on the staff went out of their way to make sure we had the best time.
The sushi was delicious, including the Popping Spicy Crab Roll, which is made with Pop Rocks!
The pièce de résistance is that you’re dining behind the famous Bellagio fountains. How magical!
Costa Di Mare
Well, fancy was right. And expensive without coming with an exceptional experience. The food was fine, but I enjoyed Yellowtail a lot better.
The final meal in Vegas meant more sushi, this time at Tao. Good sushi with a fun atmosphere and a giant birthday fortune cookie dessert.
Throughout our time in Vegas we used No Cover Nightclubs to go out each night with (you guessed it) no cover charge. The process is pretty easy. You go on their website, choose the events you want to attend, input the number of women/men in your group, then they tell you what time to arrive for free entry, which is usually cut off by midnight.
It was a fun night, although we wound up not staying out as late as we initially expected.
We had such smooth sailing getting into Hakkasan that we didn’t think we had to arrive too early for the guest list. Boyyyyyyy were we wrong!
The guest list closed at midnight, and we showed up around 11:30. We confidently strode past the line wrapped around the outside of Caesar’s to go to the guest list entrance. Imagine our dismay when we realized alllll the people we passed outside were actually in the guest list line.
To make a long story of a long wait short we didn’t get in until after 2:00. Afrojack was already on, and the dance floor was so full no one was let on until someone left.
Once on the dance floor it was exactly the Vegas night I was looking for. Omnia itself is amazing. It’s a huge club with a giant spinning chandelier thingy.
I worked my way to the front near the DJ booth, and my body was shaking from the vibrations of the speakers.
Afrojack puts on a great night. I loved seeing him mix in person and hearing how he puts a set together.
TIP: If you’re planning on going to see a big name DJ forget about the guest list and just buy a ticket. At Omnia advance sales are about $20.
Also, starting this year Afrojack is going to have a residency at the Wynn nightclubs, but you should still definitely check out Omnia.
We planned to go to Marquee to see French Montana, and we didn’t want a repeat of the line fiasco at Omnia the night before. We decided to get there as soon as the guest list opened and actually got there a little early.
The DJ spinning when we got in was great, which was fortunate because it was a long time before French Montana actually came on. I wasn’t sure if my feet were going to be able to hold up, but after a couple trips to sit on the couch outside of the restroom I was able to pull through and have a really fun night.