What a weekend it will be in the land of perpetual sunshine. First of all, it should be absolutely criminal to have so many parties going at once. Second, some of you may actually end up with three hots and a cot if the local festivities get the best of you. From a new nightclub and pool season openings to the most infamous drinking holiday of the year, Vegas is party central this weekend and exactly where you want to be.
Omnia Nightclub Opening at Caesars Palace
Thursday, March 12
This is the place to be on Thirsty Thursday night. Superstar DJ and resident stud muffin Calvin Harris kicks off the inaugural bash for all you twerkers and trance heads. The newly designed 75,000-square-foot club space features natural elements infused with high-tech touches. A 22,000-pound kinetic chandelier dangles LED lights over the dance floor and there’s an outdoor party space overlooking the Strip. If you come on Saturday night, you can celebrate Justin Bieber’s 12th…we mean 21st birthday!
Where to get lucky on Friday the 13TH
Friday, March 13
Sound this out: tris-kai-de-ka-phobia or be like the rest of us and just try to remember it’s the fear of the number 13. Instead of focusing on all the celestial catastrophes that could possibly happen on Friday the 13th, take your luck into your own hands – literally. While you could spend hours rubbing all the “lucky” statues at Caesars Palace, take it from us and rub some butts. The bronze derrières of the Riviera’s Crazy Girls, that is. With the recent sale (and planned demolition) of the hotel-casino, we don’t know where this beloved statue is going to end up. Rumor has it, the statue will move with the show to another hotel, but nothing has been announced. So we say take advantage of it now while it is still be grope-able to the public.
St. Patrick’s Day at Nine Fine Irishmen
Friday, March 13 – Tuesday, March 17
Chug a pint, lift a kilt and kiss a redhead (not necessarily in that order) at the annual Celtic Feis festival at Nine Fine Irishmen. For five days and nights, this Irish pub in New York – New York will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the most festive examples of tomfoolery. Toast your Guinness to the kilted bagpipers of the Las Vegas Pipe Band and sing along with Sin e Ri-Ra. Slurp down the corned beef and cabbage with an icy glass of Jameson and ginger that is sure to warrant some sleeve to mouth action. What they won’t be serving are knuckle sandwiches so if your temper starts to flare up, put your fists away and keep shoveling in the fine Irish fare. The party starts on Friday the 13th with live entertainment on the Brooklyn Bridge.
Pool Club Kick-Offs
Friday, March 13 – Sunday, March 15
While the rest of the country is weathering their gazillionth “Snowpocalypse,” Vegas is shedding down to its skivvies to ring in the start of pool season. Big name pools and dayclubs are celebrating their seasonal debuts like Rehab, Wet Republic, Tao, Liquid, Bare, the Palms, and Drai’s Beach Club. There probably won’t be any confetti but you can bet your stair-mastered rear end there will be lots of the beloved and time-honored tradition (not to mention belligerent waste of perfectly good booze), the champagne shower. Teeny weeny bikinis and sky-high stilettos are probably not what you’d normally consider “proper swim attire” but this is Vegas baby. Ready or not, swimsuit season is upon us, so do us all a favor and schedule that wax you needed two months ago.
Weekend of laughs
Friday, March 13 – Saturday, March 14
Here’s to hoping the only stitches you’ll get this weekend are from the bellyaches of the many comedic juggernauts headlining in multiple venues. Craig Ferguson is at The Chelsea in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas; you can see George Lopez at The Mirage’s Terry Fator Theatre, Whitney Cummings is headlining the Lipshtick Comedy Series in the Sands Showroom at the Venetian and Saturday Night Live legend Dana Carvey is at the Orleans.
Sunday, March 15
Get ready to scribble in your bracket picks because the frenzy that comes with college basketball is about to be unleashed on the city. Signaling the start of tournament season, Selection Sunday is when the rest of the world finds out which seed their beloved teams got and who they’re up against first. Another 68 teams will be tapped to join those already playing in the most anticipated month of the year. Find a sports book with a giant screen, pull up a stool and order a tall glass of whatever the hell will make you feel better if your team doesn’t get picked. Be honest, you haven’t been this nervous about getting an invite since your high school prom.