You know the drill. When 3:30 p.m. rolls around, you go straight from the show floor to the hotel room for a sandwich, a nap, and some quality time with your laptop, right?
Yeah, neither do we. Save these three diversions in your address book to make your leisure time in Vegas as exciting as your exhibit.
The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas
Of course we love this place; Group Delphi’s roots are in theater, and Rose. Rabbit. Lie. fuses Vegas’ world-class cuisine and unforgettable entertainment.
Yes, bacon dust tastes as good as it sounds.
The performances are spectacularly varied; on any given night you might enjoy lounge singers in the style of Ella Fitzgerald, soulful covers of a Radiohead song, and breakdancers spinning atop the piano. The tantalizing cuisine will make a dent in your wallet, but it’s the perfect way to indulge on your Vegas splurge night. The “shared menu plates” boast unexpected delights like caviar tacos, beef wellington in a puff pastry atrium, and oysters rockefeller topped with such accoutrements as “bacon dust.” (Yes, bacon dust tastes as good as it sounds.)
Reservations are a must on big nights; we suggest arriving early to enjoy the ambience and sample the masterpieces of mixological madness and the impressive selection of vinicultural treasures.
Delano Hotel (64th Floor)
Skyfall nails that perfect lounge atmosphere: luxurious but unassuming, lively but not overbearing. DJs spin a fun mix of tracks (at reasonable volume) via an enormous, translucent touchscreen that’s one of fewer than 10 in the world. The bartenders aren’t afraid to give you extra Luxardo cherries for your Manhattan — though we suggest trying one of their interesting in-house creations. Having attended the fantastic industry party hosted there by Orbus, we can attest that Skyfall is equally suited to shop talk with colleagues or discreet indiscretions with new friends. (Not that we saw any of that.)
Skyfall is equally suited to shop talk with colleagues or discreet indiscretions with new friends. (Not that we saw any of that.)
Of course, the true star of Skyfall Lounge is Las Vegas itself. The bar occupies half of Delano’s 64th floor, and floor-to-ceiling windows offer a breathtaking glimpse of the city lights in all directions. Even better: the roomy, North-facing patio delivers a postcard view of the strip stretching from Luxor to Wynn and beyond. Standing at the brink of one of Vegas’ most spectacular vistas, one can’t help but remember why we love this city and this business: the gorgeous sights, the ever-changing experiences, and the endless energy.
Mother Nature’s Magnificence
Sadly, you can’t spend your entire trip in tastebud-teasing bars and restaurants (or so we’re told). After a long week of trade show work, give your mind and soul a rest by venturing into nature. Nevada’s oldest and largest state park, Valley of Fire, offers a magnificent — and more importantly, tranquil — excursion from the bustle of the city.
The park opened in 1935, but the remnants of ancient man far predate that; 3,000-year-old hieroglyphs and petrified wood adorn the gorgeous red sandstone formations, which sprout from the desert floor in all shapes and sizes.
Nowhere else in Vegas can such an eye-popping experience be had for so little; all you need are a car to get there and $10 to get in. A picnic basket wouldn’t hurt, either. Picnicking is an ideal way to spend the afternoon, and you’ll need something to carry your oysters, cherries, and bacon dust.
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