This restaurant is first among many distinctive designs at Aria. It’s a collaboration between famed architect Richard Bloch and chef Masa Takayama, who contributed a series of sketches from which Bloch worked. A barn of cavernous proportions decorated in high style with 15-foot doors of teak and copper, curved red leather banquettes and arched ceilings, it’s more than three times the size of the New York outpost at the Time Warner Center. Other restaurants at Aria have soaring designs as well. Sage has a wonderful deco dining room offset by a romantic mural; the Thai restaurant Lemongrass gives the effect of a large bamboo cage. But Bar Masa wins for being the most severely minimalist in this contemporary hotel, which is unusual in our city of excess.
A Peek at Life Is Beautiful 2017
Gorillaz are coming to Las Vegas for the first time ever. 2016’s Grammy winner for best new artist, Chance the Rapper, will return. English rockers Muse will bring their dizzying live show to the streets of Downtown. And that’s just the top of an eclectic bill that features more than 70 acts, along with comedy, interactive art installations, a group art exhibit featuring the work of Mark Ryden, Tara McPherson and Shepard Fairey and much more. Last year saw more than 137,000 attendees trod the festival footprint. Who’s ready for more?
Best of the City 2016
Our seventh annual celebration of all things Las Vegas, from the best place to fix your speeding ticket to the best Bloody Mary.