Entertaining options for a week of nonstop fun and excitement.
The pre-weekend party starts at Aria, as Liquid combines Tequila and Turntables, then adds a gaggle of bikini-clad hotties and a splash of fun in the sun to serve up your reason to call in sick and party by the pool. (11 a.m., $10 for ladies, $40 for men, believable alibi not included.) Later that night, you’ll want to be on Bob Shindelar’s guest list, since Tao’s top VIP host is celebrating his birthday at (where else?) Tao. Come dressed like a tourist to receive touristy souvenirs, and take advantage of an open bar from 11 p.m. to midnight. What does “like a tourist” mean? We’re thinking Ed Hardy shirts for guys, and girls wearing dresses that are two sizes too small that would never pass in Ohio. At the Venetian, doors at 10 p.m., free for locals, but real tourists have to pay: $20 for guys, $10 for girls.
Friday afternoons sizzle at Wet Republic, and the mercury climbs higher this week as the third annual Spy On Vegas Hot 100 contest comes to a close. The 20 hottest of the hotties will seek prizes totaling $100,000, with the hottest of them all getting $35K. (At MGM Grand, doors at 11 a.m., $40 for guys, $20 for girls, see the finalists and vote for your favorites at spyonvegas.com/hot100.) Meanwhile, three members of the Twilight wolf pack—Alex Meraz, Tinsel Korey and Julia Jones—stake out their spot high atop the Venetian, at Tao Beach. (Doors at 10 a.m., free.) Destiny’s Child songstress Michelle Williams joins former UNLV Rebel and NBA All-Star Shawn Marion at Tao later that night, as the two host a kickoff party for a celebrity-stuffed poker tournament benefiting Marion’s namesake nonprofit organization. Doors at 10 p.m., $20 cover, local ladies free.
July 24 is National Tequila Day, which gives us all the more reason—multiple reasons!—to drink blue agave-based booze (Check out the Libertad O Muerte and Kah Tequila). Start with Stereo Love Saturdays at the Palazzo, featuring DJ Tina T (11 a.m.-6 p.m., $20 cover), or try the Tropicana, where casino bars serve $5 Ambhar shots. Across the street, Luxor casino bartenders offer $9 shots of Ambhar Platinum ($2 more for Reposado) all day, and there is no shortage of Patron (or other imbibers) at Haze, where Sean Kingston hosts. (At Aria, doors at 10:30 p.m., $40 for men, $20 for women.) Meanwhile, LeBron James follows his Friday night hosting gig at Lavo with a Saturday night stopover at Tao. At the Venetian, doors at 10 p.m., $30 for guys, $20 for girls, local ladies free.
Vegas Magazine named names in its most recent issue, and detailed the hottest singles this city has to offer in a special “Black Book” section. The glossy quarterly now celebrates the shiny folks at The Bank, and giving the rest of us a chance to mix and mingle with the eligible bachelors and bachelorettes, all to the sounds of DJs Karma and David Christian. At Bellagio, doors at 10:30 p.m., $40 cover, locals free with supporting ID.
Prohibition Mondays return to Sage, as the CityCenter restaurant’s lounge pays tribute to the cocktails that helped get us through the dry times. Relive “Repeal Day” at Aria with two-for-one Hemingway daiquiris, Clover Club cocktails and glasses of Prohibition punch from 9 p.m. to midnight. Not a fan of unmodern times? No problem: You can still get two-for-one glasses of draft beer. Also that night, the king of Web-based nightlife polls, Jack Colton, brings his annual Las Vegas Nightlife Employee of the Month Awards back to Jet—because partying in this city is a full-time job. At The Mirage, doors at 10:30 p.m., free for locals, $30 for non-locals, and everyone after midnight. Vote for your favorites at jackcolton.com/9to5.
They say July 27 is National Scotch Day, and we’re not going to fight it. Observe the gentlemanly holiday by sipping a single malt at your favorite dimly lit establishment, or indulge in a snifter of Oban at a classy spot on the Strip. Our off-Strip suggestions include Freakin’ Frog (4700 S. Maryland Parkway), The Griffin (511 E. Fremont St.), Herbs & Rye (3713 W. Sahara Ave.) and the Artisan (1501 W. Sahara Ave). On the Great Boulevard, stick to the steak houses—Craftsteak at MGM Grand and Stripsteak at Mandalay Bay are both excellent options—or try Napoleon’s Bar at Paris.
Beauty Bar pays homage to 20 colorful years with a new weekly party that celebrates the best of the ’80s and ’90s club scene. Le Métro: Discothèque 1980-2000 gets under way at 10 p.m., starting with two hours of $3 vodka specials. Meanwhile, DJs Allen and Grenadier have pledged to dust off the Depeche Mode, David Bowie, Bjork, Madonna and more. 517 E. Fremont St., no cover.