Entertaining options for a week of nonstop fun and excitement.
Take your pick: There are two very different ways to kick off the weekend a little early, starting with Flava Flav at Throwback Thursday at the Hard Rock Café on the Strip (Doors at 9 p.m., $20 cover). DJ Chris Lawrence provides another option as part of Vanity’s Thursday night party staple, Godskitchen. At the Hard Rock Hotel. Doors at 10:30 p.m., $40 for guys, $20 for girls, local ladies free.
Check out the scene as the eye candy unfolds at Wet Republic during SpyOn Vegas’ annual Hot 100 Contest at MGM Grand’s adults-only pool destination. The nightlife website (a sister company of Vegas Seven) begins its weekly search for the hottest girl in Las Vegas and will hand out $100,000 in prize money by the time the contest wraps up on July 23. Doors at 11 a.m., contest at 1 p.m., $40 for guys, $20 for girls.
Follow the big Mayweather-Mosley fight with Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, as the rap mogul and major Mayweather fan hosts a post-fight party at Eve. The hot spot’s owner, Eva Longoria Parker, and her basketball-playing hubby, Tony Parker (San Antonio Spurs’ playoff schedule permitting) give clubgoers some extra celeb-spotting bang for their buck, and the event takes over both floors of the restaurant-nightclub, meaning Beso won’t serve dinner on fight night. It costs $175 to party with Diddy at Eve, but just $90 to live it up one floor below, at Beso. Will Mayweather show? That may depend on how he does against Mosley. Doors at 9 p.m.
Recover from Saturday night in style—by the pool—and party alongside (or in relatively close proximity to) Carmen Electra as she celebrates her birthday at Wet Republic. Another Sunday pool party goes down at the Venetian, so suppress whatever hangover you may have and head to Tao Beach as the rooftop venue launches its Beatport Beach party with special guest LA Riots. Wet Republic at MGM Grand. Doors at 11 a.m., $50 for guys, $20 for girls. Tao Beach doors at 10 a.m., free for locals and all ladies, $20 for men from out of town.
Calling all country singers: Cadillac Ranch is searching for the next big thing. The face of Million Dollar Country, Paul Bowman, returns to host the search as the weekly competition heats up at the bar and grill. The Colgate Country Showdown crowns its champion on June 21, and whoever wins the regional title gets $1,000 and a trip to Nashville to compete in the finals. Meanwhile, if countrified American Idol isn’t your thing, no worries: The bar still has plenty of beer and a mechanical bull—both of which provide ample opportunity for distraction. At Town Square. Contest at 8 p.m., no cover, colgatecountryshowdown.com.
CityCenter is the place to be on Tuesday as local mixology hero Tony Abou-Ganim hops behind the wood for a cocktail demonstration at Mandarin Bar at 6 p.m. The master mixer will sign copies of his new book, The Modern Mixologist: Contemporary Classic Cocktails (Agate Surrey), after the demo. Complimentary rounds of Abou-Ganim’s signature drink, the Cable Car, will be available, as well as the luxurious lounge’s in-house standout, the Golden Leaf, which was developed by mixologist Charlotte Voisey (and featured in the Feb. 4 issue of Vegas Seven). Voisey will also be on the 23rd floor of Mandarin Oriental for the event, which concludes at 8 p.m. Afterward, pop next door, to Crystals, for a few laid-back and less-expensive pints as Todd English P.U.B. holds its weekly 5-cent Pabst Blue Ribbon draft night. As the name indicates, 8-ounce pours of PBR are a nickel from 9 p.m. until midnight. $12 food minimum in restaurant and patio; no minimum in the bar.
Forget Cinco de Mayo: Head to Wasted Space for the Cinco Piñatas Bash featuring five piñatas and a bar full of drink specials. At the Hard Rock Hotel. Doors at 9 p.m., $10 cover, locals free.