A breath of fresh air: Outdoor entertainment abounds in Vegas

Spring in Las Vegas has to be the best time of the year – the weather is warm, but not too hot yet and the sun is always shining. Even the nights are warm, so there’s no better place to be than outside whether it’s for a drink, dining or dancing. Luckily for us, Vegas has a ton of outdoor entertainment options available.


A table on the patio at Mon Ami Gabi at Paris Las Vegas is one of the most coveted seats in town. Not only does the restaurant serve delicious French food and wine, there is a street-level patio on the Strip – one of the best spots in Vegas for people watching. If you prefer to watch something a little more tranquil than the partying passers-by, Mon Ami Gabi also offers the perfect view of the Bellagio fountains across the street.

Serendipity 3 at Caesars Palace also offers a Strip-front patio that allows patrons to watch the crowds strolling by. It’s a wonderful place to sit on a warm night and sip the restaurant’s signature menu item, the Frrrozen Hot Chocolate, a delightful icy concoction of chocolate and whipped cream.

For a more up-close and personal view of the Bellagio fountains, try Todd English’s Olives at the Bellagio. The restaurant, which serves delectable Mediterranean-inspired food, also has an outdoor patio overlooking the lake in front of the hotel.

The patio at The Country Club at Wynn

The patio at The Country Club at Wynn

The Country Club, a New American Steakhouse at Wynn is a more secluded place to go for a bite to eat outdoors. There are breathtaking views of a large waterfall on the 18th hole at Wynn’s golf course from the patio. The restaurant serves steak and seafood options for lunch and dinner and don’t miss the Sunday brunch, complete with live music.


Rhumbar at the Mirage is a relaxing spot to get a cocktail and enjoy the weather. The patio is surrounded by lush vegetation and features comfortable furniture and a partial view of the hotel’s volcano attraction. Throw in music, cigars and 40 featured rums and you’ve got a great place to spend a spring evening.

If you’d like a view with your drinks, head up to Mix lounge, on the 64th floor of THEhotel at Mandalay Bay. The lounge opens at 5 p.m. so go up early and get a seat outside on the balcony for amazing views of the Strip and the valley. The tables on the balcony are reserved for bottle service guests after 10 p.m., so get there before the crowds come.


When you walk past the patio overlooking the Strip at Cabo Wabo Cantina at Planet Hollywood you can hear the party going on so you might as well go in and join it. The bar, owned by Sammy Hagar, features plenty of space outside to eat, drink tequila and enjoy live music.

Voodoo Lounge

Voodoo Lounge

Carnaval Court at Harrah’s is another outdoor bar that’s always full of action. Bands play live music, flair bartenders flip bottles and there are blackjack tables outside for those who want to gamble.

It’s always fun to go to a club at night, but you don’t have to be stuck inside to get your groove on. Pure at Caesars Palace has a patio with a beautiful view of the Strip. The patio has tables with bottle service and private cabanas.

Voodoo Lounge on top of the Rio hotel has an extensive outdoor area. A staircase outside connects the 50th and 51st floors and the patio area features bars, VIP areas, a DJ booth and a dance floor.


It’s not that warm in Minnesota. I know this from spending half my life freezing in the northern part of the state. So 20 years ago, I decided to thaw out and traded in scarves and mittens for tank tops and flip-flops (Take that, polar vortex!). I swapped snow for 300 days of sun a year. I may not have been born here, but there are hotels that haven’t lasted in Vegas as long as I have. The Sands, Hacienda, Aladdin, Desert Inn and the Stardust too. I've been to my fair share of implosion parties. (Yeah, that’s a thing.) As a writer for Vegas.com, I've applauded hundreds of shows, explored every major hotel in town and raised a few glasses at most of the city's bars and clubs. Now I'm the resident foodie here. I write about all things dining — from $3.99 shrimp cocktail at the Golden Gate to the finest sushi at Nobu, and everything in between.