The Hard Rock’s take on the casino coffee shop is a nonstop hotbed of activity, as waitresses in Dickies minidresses ferry plates of cheeseburgers, BLTs, meatloaf, and other soak-it-up diner food to a young, hungry crowd. If the trendily-clad diners and passing casino traffic aren’t stimulation enough, check out the array of Vegas memorabilia on the walls.
International sushi chain led by Nobu Matuhisa finds a devoted following at the Hard Rock Hotel with eastern-inspired dining room and jade-tiled sushi bar, mosaic rock wall, and oversized bonsai trees. A sushi-savvy clientele orders platters of sashimi and daily dishes cooked-up by the top chef without wavering at the jaw-dropping prices.
A brightly painted room decorated with Botanica candles, colorful tin folk art, and blinged-out lowrider bicycles, Pink Taco fills up nightly with a lively, hip crowd. The menu offers a decent version of all the Mexican standards–tamales, burritos, tacos, and taquitos–but the diners are more interested in swigging margaritas and socializing.The patio offers a great view of the pretty people by the Hard Rock pool.
Ode to the days when Kate Moss in her underwear was all you could see driving down the freeway, looking up at CK billboards above. From the man who plastered barely legal models in unmentionables all over the world, comes an all-American brand that has sold crisp, clean, cotton pieces to the masses for over 60 years. Calvin Klein has extended his empire to fragrances (remember how CK1 was all you could smell walking down your jr. high hallways), handbags, shoes, and even a home collection. Stores carry ready-to-wear for both men and women, with the occasional score on some killer shoes to go with your subtle, sophisticated new wardrobe.
The Hard Rock’s poker room is done in midnight blue and polished wood, creating the kind of slick ambience that fosters big betting. The adjacent lounge is a place to kick back before or after the game, or perhaps take a break during for bottle service, bar food, or just powering up your iPod. Great people-watching as the Hard Rock’s in-from-LA crowd parades by on their way to the casino floor. If you’re up earlyish on Sunday, the 10AM free poker lessons come with a complementary bloody mary bar.
Recession-proof department chain to find all your needs. Home furniture, men’s, women’s, toddler’s, gaming, electronics, shoes and beauty. Do all your shopping in one store and actually find what you want. Designer collections include Isaac Mizrahi, Liz Lange, Sonia Kashuk and Mossimo. Look out for Super Targets complete with grocery markets. Cool commercials don’t lie.
One of the major features of the Hard Rock’s massive renovation is a brand new Joint, located in the new building. The new venue is nearly twice the size of the old one but somehow feels less like an “airplane hangar,” with the exception that the exits are still too few and too small (unless you like leaving your rock shows in the same manner as a sheep going down a slaughter chute.) The sound system is also an improvement on the old one and has been enjoyed by the likes of Bob Dylan, Muse, the Killers, and Carloas Santana in an ongoing gig.
Vanity is designed to be as lavish as possible, with crystal-and-pearl-studded decor, antique mirrors, marble bars, and an abundance of satin and brocade. An outdoor patio has private cabanas, while inside are 50 VIP booths and a giant sunken dancefloor.
The Ferraro famiy has been dishing out old-school Italian food in Vegas for 25 years. Menu sticks to the classics — osso bucco, rosemary chicken, pasta, antipasti — and atmosphere is Tuscan traditonal. Location across from the Hard Rock has brought a few updates, including a wine bar, happy hours, and late-night menu.