Few places announce openings as early as Las Vegas, and with its competitive marketplace for restaurants, nightclubs and entertainment, that’s understandable. Here’s the best of what’s to come in 2013 (and beyond):
Caesars Entertainment is building this open-air retail and entertainment extravaganza across from Caesars Palace to link (get it?) properties such as the Flamingo, Harrah’s and the Quad (the erstwhile Imperial Palace). Famous names in food, drink, entertainment and shopping will abound, including Yard House, Sprinkles Cupcakes/Ice Cream and Brooklyn Bowl. This is also where you’ll find one of the Strip’s two new Ferris—ahem, observation—wheels. Caesars.com/TheLinq.
Prepare for Michelin-rated, mod-Cantonese fare from the London transplant that’s taking over the MGM Grand space formerly occupied by Studio 54. Mysterious and contemporary with late-night tracks to amp things up, zen’s the word at this decidedly chill supper-club-turned-nightclub. MGMGrand.com.
Here’s what we know: Every guest will be a part of the show at this Cirque du Soleil-inspired club from the Light Group, which will be in the old Rumjungle space at Mandalay Bay. Think 38,000-square-foot venue filled with theatrics, cutting-edge video mapping, top-name DJs and avant-garde costumes—where you might even get to play dress-up. Intrigued? Stay tuned. MandalayBay.com.
Goodbye, THEhotel; hello, Delano. The South Beach hotel icon is migrating west, bringing all-suite stays to Mandalay Bay. If the Vegas version mirrors Miami’s, you can expect whimsical, art-deco design. MandalayBay.com.
Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall
Opening April 2014
The name of the new boutique hotel-casino replacing Bill’s (said to be managed by Gansevoort Hotel Group) is still under wraps, but in the meantime, file this under “fabulous.” Caesars’ “fully re-imagined hotel experience” will give folks a new place to rock out by day and night, and lay their weary heads when they’re done. Notably, the property’s roof will sport a 65,000-square-foot pool and day/nightclub run by nightlife impresario Victor Drai, and a new second-floor restaurant. BillsLasVegas.com.