Must dos this weekend in Vegas: Nov. 21 – 23, 2014

We’re just over a week away from Thanksgiving, but there’s still plenty of time to have some fun before you have to be legitimately thankful for stuff. So get out on the ice, prove your manliness with a free Ferris wheel ride, laugh up a storm, look but don’t touch some cacti and finish off the weekend with a trip back to the high school you wish you’d gone to. The holidays aren’t here yet, but there’s plenty of cheer this weekend in Las Vegas.

The Ice Rink at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Photo courtesy of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

Ice Rink at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

It’s getting chilly again, or as chilly as Vegas really gets. But even the bright sun can’t stop us from enjoying the winter activities – even if we have to build them ourselves. The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is once again taking its coolness to literal heights as it freezes over part of the Boulevard Pool to create the Ice Rink overlooking the heart of the Las Vegas Strip.

Monday nights you can bring your date and warm up together with a snuggly skate while watching scenes from classic holiday films on the massive marquee. Wednesdays you can attempt to dance while skating to some of the best DJs in Las Vegas. And Thursdays take you back to the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s where no one will make fun of you for saying how tubular it is to ice skate on the Strip. Any day of the week you can get toasted with a list of cocktails like the Bad Santa, the Griswold, the Ugly Sweater and the Campfire Delight.

Like most things fun nowadays, you do have to sign a waiver before strapping blades to your feet and stepping onto the ice. But the hotel thought ahead and put the waiver online so you can have it ready to go the moment you show.

Movember 2013 at Culinary Dropout. Photo courtesy of Culinary Dropout.

Movember Promotions

This deep into the month, you men, certain ladies and anyone else wanting to support men’s health should have your Movember mustaches coming along nicely. You’re hopefully past the poke your date in the lip when you kiss them stage and well into warmly tickling the underside of their nose phase. To prove that Vegas really does care about both charity and facial hair awareness, several business are offering great deals for anyone supporting the cause.

Culinary Dropout at Hard Rock Hotel has a mustachioed backdrop ready and waiting for anyone to snap a picture to be uploaded to the gastro-pub’s Facebook page. They’ll donate $1 to the Movember Foundation for every picture taken. Don’t worry if your ‘stache isn’t in full bloom yet, faux facials forms will be available. And be sure to try their manly cocktail affectionately called My Suffering Bastard, on sale all month.

If you’re more into beer, Sin City Brewing Company, one of Las Vegas’ finest craft breweries, is offering special discounts to anyone rocking a ‘stache. Depending on the fullness, size and creativity of your follicle frolicking, you could score between 10 percent and 50 percent off your first pint. Stop by any of the Sin City Brewing Company locations at Miracle Mile Shops, Grand Canal Shoppes and Harmon Corner. And of course a portion of all MovemBEER-related sales will go directly to the Movember Foundation.

If you’re not too tipsy from the cheap cocktails and beer, head to the High Roller at The LINQ for “Free Moustache Rides.” We put that in quotes so you know it’s actually what they’re calling the deal, not just a joke we made up. Anyone donning a full mustache who donates at least $5 to the Movember Foundation will receive a free ride on the High Roller. And the Style Lounge will give $5 to the foundation for every man who gets a haircut at their location.

Foundation Room’s Good Karma event on Saturday, Nov. 22,  will be donating the full proceeds from the $20 cover to Made in Movember and featuring a performance by DJ Karma. The entry fee even includes a free shot, so you have something to spill into your mustache then savor throughout the night.


Loni Love (left) and Anjelah Johnson (right). Photos courtesy of Loni Love and Anjelah Johnson.

Comediennes Loni Love and Anjelah Johnson

When you’re ready to laugh, Las Vegas has the comediennes to get your ribs tingling even in the chilly November air. Saturday, Nov. 22, Loni Love will grace the stage at the Venetian. The co-host of Fox’s “The Real,” she’s also been a regular guest DJ on “The Ellen Show,” appeared on “Chelsea Lately” and will have a part in the upcoming “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2” filmed here in Vegas. Her relatable and story-driven style makes Love an entertainer who will lock you in and leave you breathless with laughter.

For the character types, Anjelah Johnson, former “MadTV” star and even formerer Oakland Raiders cheerleader, will bring her unique and quick-witted comedy to the Orleans Showroom on Friday, Nov. 21, and Saturday, Nov. 22. When you’re looking for a no-nonsense, smart and sassy comedienne with the acting chops and creativity to crack you up, check out Johnson this weekend.

Ethel M Cactus Garden decorations 2010.

Ethel M Cactus Garden

For a classic, and tasty, experience to get you ready for the holiday season, Ethel M’s Cactus Garden has once again transformed into a glowing garden of holiday lights and candy inspired decorations. Perfect for the family or just the chocolate enthusiast, the lights draw out the natural beauty of the desert and all the wonderful things about cacti that don’t involve getting poked. And be sure to check out the chocolate while you’re there. You won’t be disappointed.

A taste of the parties at Hyde Bellagio. Photo courtesy of Hyde Bellagio.

Hyde Bellagio – Saved by the XIV

It’s got nothing to do with holidays – although if someone wants to champion a new holiday we’ll totally support it – but this Sunday, Nov. 23, Hyde Bellagio will be celebrating all things Bayside High with Saved by the XIV! Dustin Diamond and Dennis Haskins (Screech and Mr. Belding to the uninitiated) will be on hand to party like it’s 1991 all over again. DJ Julian Ingrosso will be spinning the best hits from the ’80s and ’90s and, like every party at Hyde, the champagne will shower. Have all the drinks and fun you want, just leave the caffeine pills at home – we wouldn’t want you to get so excited and so *sob* scared!



I came from a little town in the Midwest. And believe me, I’m never going back. It’s probably nice if you love grass and snow; but I love the lights, the glamour, and the flocks of tourists seeking fun and fortune. Once the sun goes down, I’ll be the first one out hitting the clubs or just wandering the Strip for a little nighttime adventure. Passing through Bond on my way to Lily Bar, or taking a shortcut through Double Helix before landing at Parasol Up/Down, I’m the one you’ll randomly bump into – only sometimes literally – strolling through Sin City’s liquored veins – and loving every minute of it.