Here’s What’s New In Las Vegas For Summer 2022

Las Vegas is back in full force. Mask mandates have been lifted and the destination is busier than ever. For those who are headed out to Sin City in the coming months, there are plenty of new spots to check out. From swanky supper clubs to a lounge inspired by Paris, there’s no shortage of options when it comes to food and drinks. There’s even a unique Cirque du Soleil show, plus many other activities for some family-friendly fun. And if you have a go-to hotel on the Strip, you may just be surprised with some recently renovated accommodations at one of your favorite properties. Below, a full look at what’s new in Las Vegas for this summer.

Restaurants

Delilah

While Delilah opened mid-July of last year, this is one spot you can’t miss if you weren’t able to make it this past summer. The restaurant is a modern take on a supper club, but done so in a way that still recalls the 1950s. Guests descend an imperial staircase down to the dining room; dinner is accompanied by live music and DJs; and the décor is reminiscent of the golden age. But the best—or perhaps the worst, depending on who you’re asking—part? No photography is allowed inside “to honor guest discretion.” It’s often a celebrity hot spot, but the no camera rule also allows diners to fully enjoy the experience. Dishes changes frequently, but there are a few staples like the wagyu beef Wellington, carrot soufflé with candied cornflakes, and perfectly fried chicken tenders (yes, really). And should you see it on the menu, don’t miss out on the Osetra caviar donut or the uni shooter, where a delicate chawanmushi is cradled inside of an egg shell, topped with Hokkaido sea urchin and slivers of black truffle. End the meal with a chocolate chip and Oreo brownie smothered in chocolate fondue or the gooey butter cake paired with whipped crème fraîche and strawberries—they’re both rich and decadent, but well worth the indulgence. And don’t forget the libations, of which there are several specialty cocktails that appeal to any imbiber.

Wakuda

The Venetian Resort Las Vegas and the adjoining Palazzo have one of the strongest food and beverage offerings on the Strip. Their cocktail collective—consisting of the Dorsey, Rosina, and Electra—makes some of the finest craft tipples. Then there’s the incredible array of restaurants, including the X Pot, a high-end hot pot experience where wagyu is the star; Mott 32, a restaurant from Hong Kong that serves dishes like Peking duck that’s been applewood-roasted for 42 days and Iberico char siu; and Estiatorio Milos, where fresh seafood is flown in daily. But on June 25, with the opening of Wakuda, it’s about to get even better. Arguably one the most highly anticipated restaurants in Vegas this year, it’s helmed by Tetsuya Wakuda, the Japanese chef behind the two-Michelin-starred Waku Ghin in Singapore. At this latest establishment, diners will have the opportunity to savor the chef’s interpretations of Japanese cuisine, including sushi, tempura, soba, and an exclusive omakase experience with just 10 seats. To accompany the food, the restaurant will also feature a selection of nearly 100 sakes that’ll include rare and lesser-known options.

Caviar Bar

Opened in December at the new Resorts World Las Vegas, Caviar Bar is all about the prized sturgeon egg. Traditional caviar service is offered, but there are also plenty of other dishes that include the delicacy, like the wagyu beef and shrimp toasts. There are also plenty of non-caviar offerings on the menu as well, such as antipasti and cheeses, oysters, tartare and crudos, and hot entrees like Australian wagyu beef and Alaskan black cod. But whatever you do, don’t skip the table bread, a buttery brioche topped with honey and sugar, or the desserts, which include a triple chocolate ganache cake topped with gold leaf that is moist and has the perfect balance of sweetness and a Tahitian vanilla panna cotta for those who are in search of something lighter.

Superfrico

Opium, the sister show to Spiegelworld’s beloved Absinthe, now has a supper club to go along with it. Just like Opium, there’s a psychedelic touch to the neon-splashed restaurant. Entertainers from the show will pop in and out of the dining room throughout the night and many of the Italian American dishes feature bright hues, taking advantage of the black lights. And for those who want to mentally escape from the heat, there’s also a hidden bar dubbed the Ski Lodge that’s tucked away in one of the venue’s many rooms.

Nobu Paris

Nobu at Caesars Palace has long been the go-to spot for Nobu Matsuhisa’s take on Japanese fare, but it’s frequently packed with a long waiting list for those who forget to make a reservation. Now, however, there’s a second option on the Strip for the famed chef’s food. Recently opened at Paris Las Vegas, Nobu Paris is a slightly more casual option compared to its sister restaurant down the street. But fret not, you’ll still find all of the chef’s signature dishes, like yellowtail jalapeño crudo, rock shrimp tempura, and miso black cod. And while there’s no formal omakase menu offered at this location, just let your server know your preferences and they’ll tailor the meal for you.

Nellie’s Southern Kitchen

The Jonas brothers and their parents, Denise and Kevin Jonas, Sr., are bringing their family restaurant to MGM Grand in June. Nellie’s Southern Kitchen, named in homage to Kevin, Sr.’s grandmother, will highlight recipes passed down from Nellie, such as chicken and dumplings, pecan-smoked pulled pork sandwiches, and meat loaf. In addition to southern comfort food, diners can also expect live music to accompany their meal. And who knows, maybe the famed artists will even make an appearance when they’re in town.

Crossroads Kitchen

Arriving later this month at Resorts World Las Vegas, Crossroads Kitchen will be the Strip’s first fully plant-based, fine-dining restaurant. For those who have visited chef Tal Ronnen’s Los Angeles spot, you’ll find familiar dishes on the menu—like stuffed zucchini blossoms, beet tartare, and house-made pastas—in addition to some new items that will be exclusive to his Vegas venture. And for those who are looking for a more casual option that spotlights meat, Ronnen’s CB | Crossroads Burgers will feature sausages made in-house, burgers, and milkshakes.

Bars and Clubs

Vanderpump à Paris

With its half-scale replica of the Eiffel Tower, Paris Las Vegas immediately conjures up images of the French capital. But now, with the opening of Vanderpump à Paris, it drives that point home even further. Following the successful Vanderpump Cocktail Garden at Caesars Palace, the multi-hyphenate Lisa Vanderpump opened her second outpost in March. Designed in partnership with Nick Alain, the space is reminiscent of a Parisian courtyard, albeit an over-the-top one. The lounge is decorated with velvet banquettes, crystal chandeliers, bronze umbrella fixtures, glass cases filled with Baccarat drinkware and dog figurines, and a wealth of floral arrangements. The food is French, of course, as is much of the wine list, but don’t miss out on the exceptional cocktails, which are not only expertly crafted, but also boast cheeky names like Louvre At First Sight and Bon Anni-Versailles.

Allē Lounge on 66

Located on the 66th floor in the Conrad tower of Resorts World Las Vegas, Allē Lounge is the perfect spot to grab a drink while taking in views of the Strip. The handsome space is decorated in rich jewel tones with a mix of leather and velvet furnishings. There’s even a glass-encased balcony from which you can enjoy unencumbered vistas. The menu features a mix of signature cocktails, some of which are made tableside; an extensive wine list; and small bites like wagyu beef sliders and brown butter lobster rolls to accompany your tipple of choice.

Tao Beach Dayclub

Following a multi-million dollar renovation, Tao Beach Dayclub reopened this past March and has more than doubled its size, now measuring at 47,000 square feet, accommodating up to 3,000 partygoers. The Balinese-inspired venue has been reimagined by architecture and design firm Rockwell Group and now features lush landscaping and 21 luxury cabanas, including seven with a private plunge pool. The menu focuses largely on pan-Asian cuisine, featuring bites like oversized sushi boats, crab rangoon dip, and skirt steak lettuce wraps with a gochujang glaze and peanut sauce. This summer, Alesso will serve as the resident DJ, alongside other guest world-class producers like Illenium and Cedric Gervais.

Eight Cigar Lounge

Opened this past November, Eight Cigar Lounge is the preeminent spot on the Strip for cigar enthusiasts. There are more than 150 premium cigars on offer in addition to a robust menu of whiskeys, signature cocktails, five Old Fashioneds, and even cigar and spirits pairing options. It’s open daily, but on Friday and Saturdays guests can expect live music in addition to a DJ later in the evening. During warmer weather, there’s also an outdoor patio with a fireplace and full-service bar. Sports fans should keep their eyes peeled for Michael Jordan and Alex Rodriguez, both of whom have lockers at Eight, but if either are there, they’ll probably be tucked away in one of the private rooms hidden behind the far wall of the venue.

Zouk Nightclub

Unveiled last September at Resorts World Las Vegas, Zouk Nightclub is the latest entertainment venue to join the Strip. Intimate by Vegas nightclub standards, the venue measures at just a little over 26,000 square feet, but makes for an incredible experience for those who are popping in to see world-class producers like Zedd and Tiësto, both of whom are the club’s resident DJs. Combine all of these factors with a state-of-the-art lighting system and you’re in for an unforgettable night.

Activities and Entertainment

Mad Apple

Last week, Cirque du Soleil previewed their new show at New York-New York Hotel & Casino. Unlike anything the entertainment company has offered before, Mad Apple is a combination of music, comedy, magic, and acrobatics. Co-creator and director Neil Dorward describes it as a “heightened experience of the culture of New York City,” which is seen through five chapters that explore the metropolitan’s history through the lens of fashion, music, dance, and iconic architecture. It features a cast of 39 performers that includes musical director and lead vocalist Xharlie Black, whose great uncle is Nat King Cole; freestyle rapper Chris Turner; and lead comedian Brad Williams. Guests are highly encouraged to come early, with pre-show activities like an intimate magic show in a tucked away salon, live music from the five-piece band, and three stage bars where you’ll be able to order your drinks while interacting with the crew.

Star-Studded Residencies

This year, Sin City has arguably one of the best concert lineups it has ever seen. Last month, John Legend kicked off his “Love in Las Vegas” show at Planet Hollywood’s Zappos Theater, which will run until October 29. Over at Park MGM’s Dolby Live, Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak performing as Silk Sonic, fresh off their Grammy Awards, will continue their residency until the end of this month. Following the duo, the Jonas Brothers will make a five-night appearance at the start of June while Usher will begin his tenure on July 15. Meanwhile, at Resorts World Theatre Carrie Underwood will wrap up her stint later this month, followed by Katy Perry with select dates between May and August along with Luke Bryan from June to September.

Awana Spa

Opened this past September at Resorts World Las Vegas, the new Awana Spa is arguably the best spa in town. The 27,000-square-foot oasis boasts a robust host of facilities, including a set of four vitality pools surrounded by heated loungers, a crystal laconium room, a sauna that doubles as a show on the weekends, experience rain showers, lavender-infused steam rooms, and a relaxation area–cum–foot spa lounge complete with TVs. The well-rounded menu features massages, facials, and scrubs, and most treatments kick off with an aromatherapy session.

Liftoff

Part of the immersive playground known as Area15, Liftoff that takes you 130 feet in the air, offering 360-degree vistas of Las Vegas, including the Strip. Likened to a hot air balloon, it’s a slow-moving ride that, at its apex, will do a full revolution before returning to the ground. It runs from day to night and accompanying the experience is an outdoor lounge with a full-service bar that offers specialty cocktails, beer, wine, and Truly freeze pops.

FlyOver Las Vegas

Offering the opportunity to explore other destinations without leaving Las Vegas, FlyOver is an immersive flight ride punctuated with feelings of wind and mist along with scents of nature. Guests are strapped in similarly to a rollercoaster before they hang suspended in front of a 52.5-foot-wide screen, providing the feeling of gliding over dozens of landscapes pictured before them. Currently, there are two experiences on offer: Iceland, where you’ll be swept away to the majestic Nordic island country, and the Real Wild West, a look at the western United States through destinations like the Grand Canyon, Zion National Park, Monument Valley, Lake Tahoe, and more.

Hotel Renovations

Aria Sky Suites

For anyone who’s been lucky enough to stay in one of these ultra-luxurious accommodations, you already know that it comes with impeccable service. A separate reception and concierge, roundtrip airport transfers, preferred dining reservations, and access to a dedicated pool are just some of the perks that come with the Sky Suites. But following a renovation that was unveiled earlier this year, the rooms are better than ever. Now decorated in a lighter color palette, they feel brighter than ever. Modern touches can be found throughout the space, including Vitra armchairs and a comfortable mattress flushed against a curved wingback headboard. The spa-like bathrooms are particularly swoon-worthy, featuring a jacuzzi bathtub and a walk-in shower with a steam option.

Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace

In addition to the opening of Nobu Paris, the hospitality group’s boutique hotel tucked inside of Caesars Palace unveiled a renovation to its 182 accommodations earlier this June. Re-envisioned by award-winning Rockwell Group, these rooms now feature custom sofas in a dozen different patch-worked upholsteries, quartzite coffee tables, and new carpets overlaid with gold kintsugi-style veining. Guests of Nobu Hotel have a separate check-in counter, located to the right of the main entrance, creating a more intimate experience for their entire trip.

Bellagio Las Vegas

The iconic Bellagio completed its renovation of 2,568 accommodations in its main tower this past February. Color palettes are comprised of either cream, gold, and blue, reflecting the hotel’s fountains, or yellow tones inspired by the desert sunset. These rooms now have upgraded bathroom vanities, an oversize walk-in shower, and a more residential feel courtesy of plush seating and a desk. If you’re staying here, make sure to reserve a fountain-view room for views of the show and Strip.

Wynn Las Vegas

Set for completion next month, the Wynn Las Vegas is overhauling all of their 2,674 accommodations. The luxury hotel has long been beloved for its spacious rooms, which start at 640 square feet, and a more grown-up atmosphere compared to some of the other offerings on the Strip. The revamped digs will feature new furniture, fixtures, lighting, and artwork, all of which have been custom designed for the property. The most notable differences include adjustments to the standard guest room’s bathrooms, which will now have separate vanities and additional storage space; upgraded closets and dressing areas with mirrored walls; and advanced, touchless in-room technologies for a seamless stay.

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