The Vegas Weekender: Champagne wishes

Concerts, funnymen, and a bit of bubbly are all the rage this weekend in Vegas. Make the most of your summer by catching headlining comedians like Jay Leno and Jerry Seinfeld. Then head to a show by Barry Manilow or the more head banger-friendly Crüe Fest.

But of course, everything is better with champagne — and restaurants like Guy Savoy and Simon are just the places to indulge.

French toast, mimosa and bloody Mary at Simon

French toast, mimosa and bloody Mary at Simon


Leno and Seinfeld here to tickle your funny bone

Make it a comedic weekend and see Jay Leno perform at the Mirage. Leno’s humor tackles everything from celebrities to current events. The former “The Tonight Show” host makes you laugh Aug. 1 at 10 p.m. Tickets start at $91.90.

There’s plenty of “soup for you” at Jerry Seinfeld’s show this weekend in Vegas. Seinfeld’s comedy will surely make you laugh at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace. Tickets start at $97.50 and show times are 7:30 p.m., July 31 and Aug. 1.

A little bit country, a little bit rock ‘n’ roll, all Vegas

In case you can’t find the Flamingo hotel, just look for Donny & Marie on the side of the building. A little bit country, a little bit rock ‘n’ roll and all Vegas, Donny & Marie will be entertaining the crowd at the Flamingo Showroom July 31 and August 1 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $103.57.

A little night music means a lot of excitement in Vegas

Not quite the Mozart sonata, but catchy nonetheless. Hit makers N*E*R*D will be at LAX nightclub at the Luxor on July 31. Members Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo will be bringing the music for the evening. Popular songs include “Rock Star” and “She Wants to Move.” If you like hip hop, get there early. Doors open at 10:30 p.m.

Music and passion are always in fashion at Barry Manilow’s show at the Las Vegas Hilton. The crooner will be performing many of his greatest hits including “Copacabana,” “Daybreak,” “Bandstand Boogie” and “Looks like We Made It.” Show time is 8 p.m. July 30 – Aug. 1.

Toad the Wet Sprocket will be at Voodoo Beach’s summer concert series at the Rio. Playing poolside, the band will perform hits like “All I Want” and “Walk on the Ocean.” The concert is on July 30 at 9 p.m. and tickets are free!

Beyoncé will be in Las Vegas to perform songs for an intimate, less-than-1,500-person audience in the Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas. The concert will feature songs like “Single Ladies,” “Halo” and “Irreplaceable.” Performances are July 30 –Aug. 2 with show times at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $250.

Rock out with Crüe Fest 2 at the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel. Bands Motley Crüe, Godsmack, Theory of a Deadman, Drowning Pool and Charm City Devils will be cranking up the volume and smashing guitars on Saturday, Aug. 1. Included in the song roster is Motley Crüe’s entire “Dr. Feelgood” album. This is the 20th anniversary of the album’s release. The show starts at 6:30 p.m. and tickets start at $65.


Indulge in some champagne wishes this weekend

Head over to Cathouse at the Luxor for Lush Fridays. Complete with cosmetic gifts and complimentary champagne for ladies until midnight, Fridays never looked so good. The club is open Friday and Saturday from 10:30 until the early morning hours.

It’s a great breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night spot. Now, First Food & Bar at the Palazzo offers guests an affordable champagne brunch. With items starting at $12.90 and an unlimited champagne fountain offered at just $7, brunch is one meal you won’t want to skip. Complete with a live DJ, Sunday brunch is from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Restaurant Guy Savoy’s Bubble Bar offers eight champagnes by the glass with select dishes to nosh on. Choose from Guy Savoy’s famous artichoke and black truffle soup, caviar, charcuterie and cheese plates and foie gras. With Savoy’s more affordable bar menu, guests can get a taste of the luxurious surroundings and impeccable service the two-Michelin Star restaurant has to offer.

Guy Savoy’s recent addition of the Krug Champagne room will be sure to leave your tongue tingly from bubbles. With the only Krug Champagne room in the United States, Guy Savoy at Caesars Palace offers guests an exclusive experience with equal parts privacy and elegance. The restaurant is open Wed. – Sun. from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Simon Restaurant and Lounge at Palms Place has an all-you-can-drink champagne bar with their Sunday brunch. The bar can make your favorite bellinis, mimosas and of course, you can drink it straight up. Sunday brunch is served from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and costs $38 per person. (An additional $10 for the all-you-can-drink Bloody Mary Bar or $16 for the all-you-can-drink champagne bar).

With a floor-to-ceiling glass wall overlooking the Palms Place pool, this fabulous hideaway features lots of sweet candy (see candy bar on the way out) and eye candy (see bathing beauties, poolside).