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When it comes to impressing your significant other, rewriting the playbook isn’t a necessity. Sometimes it pays to keep it traditional. Whether it’s engagement one or one hundred, make a destination date out of it and show your affection through a customary outing of dinner and a show. Here’s a modern twist on the classic date night at The Venetian Las Vegas—ending with a glass in hand, of course.
Song and Dance
Be front and center to the musical mash-up of hits and storytelling at BAZ – Star Crossed Love, inspired by esteemed film director Baz Luhrmann’s reinterpretations of Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge and The Great Gatsby. The show mixes in crowd favorites from the movie soundtracks such as Madonna’s “Material Girl” and Prince’s “When Doves Cry” to the story lines of these star crossed lovers as an all-star ensemble weaves between each tale. Set in a cabaret-like theater, the stage extends toward the audience like a runway for its performers, ultimately fanning out to either side of the floor level seating. (If you’re really wanting in on the action, opt for a cabaret table on the stage.) Be sure to hang onto that glass of Moët, though, because flappers, Montagues and courtesans are singing, dancing and acting at high speeds throughout the theater. Despite the heartache destined for the characters, the audience is reminded of the intensity of unabashed love. Their affliction serves as a nod to hold on a little tighter to the potential of what may be—whether date night means experiencing the corners of a person for the first time or exploring depths of a familiar face not quite reached.
The Palazzo Theatre, 7 p.m. Tues.–Sun., $65–$185. Tickets start at $59 (plus applicable fees).
Light My Fire
Vibrant, flavorful, Latin—this is the making for a spicy night. The freshly opened Chica by celebrity chef Lorena Garcia is just the place to take your date to the next level. Taking notes from countries such as Peru, Mexico and Garcia’s native Venezuela, the restaurant uses classic dishes to serve as a palatable entry point to the tastes of Latin America. From the antojitos (think Spanish tapas) menu, the Trio of Picos offers up arepas in flavors such as roasted beet, cilantro and bean alongside plantain and tortilla chips for dipping in salsa verde, sweet corn poblano pico and fiery tomato—a perfect starter to share. Next, dive into a restaurant highlight. Its classic ceviche—Alaskan halibut, Peruvian corn, confit sweet potato, red onions and cilantro in leche de tigre—is made fresh daily at the central food bar, which is also available to dine at. Even the cocktails are sexy. The Nazca Winter, Chica’s version of a pisco sour, comes in a specialty two-piece glass set that includes a bottom portion filled with cinnamon-infused dry ice that leaves a trail of fog. To accompany the main course, impress your date with your knowledge of Latin American vinos like the Chilean Carignan and Cabernet Francs to go with the Brazilian rodizio beef tenderloin prepared in the back open-air kitchen, which features a Churrasco grill. For a final cheers to love—or the possibility of it—enjoy some locally roasted Central and South American coffee from Vegas-based Vesta Roasters before relocating.
Restaurant Row, brunch 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Sat.–Sun., lunch 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Mon.–Fri., dinner 4–11 p.m. daily, 702.805.8472
Dinner and a show set the scene, now let The Dorsey, The Venetian’s swanky cocktail spot, create the atmosphere to get a little closer. With a DJ spinning tunes after 10 p.m. (’90s hip-hop and R&B classics on this night), the accompanying videos of rotating digital art clips, including Marilyn Minter’s “Green Caviar,” mounts the space for what the evening still may hold. From plush couches fit for two to large booths to really stretch out those gams, the intimate lounge is the answer to a proper adult’s playground—no thumping tunes in an overcrowded club needed. Continue to build the connection over cocktails crafted by award-winning and famed bartender Sam Ross. From the menu’s Stirred and Boozy sips is A La Louisiane, which tastes of two bayou classics, Sazerac and Vieux Carre. The Light and Bright section of bevvies, including the Harvest Riot—fresh carrot juice, lemon, honey and chocolate bitters with white rum—are welcoming starting points. And, of course, Ross’ most notable drink, Penicillin—scotch, fresh lemon, ginger, honey and Islay float—lands on the Conversation Starters part of the cocktail menu. (Bubbles, wines by the bottle and craft beers also make the list.) Everything is prepared in copper vessels to ensure all the cocktails come via the best possible conductor. Would you want anything else touching your date’s lips? Oh, wait …
The Venetian Casino Floor, 2 p.m.–4 a.m., 702.414.1945