The Vegas Weekender: Hurry to Vegas before summer’s end

Where did the summer go? It seems like it just started and already it’s half over.

Good thing you’re headed to Vegas now for a little rest and relaxation.

If it’s good food you’re looking for, Vegas has amazing chances to dine and wine as well as al fresco eating options and a weekend luau to tempt your tastebuds.

This weekend, dive into Azure, the new pool club at the Palazzo or enjoy a luxurious cabana at Caesars Palace’s Venus pool, complete with flat screen TVs and frozen towels.

Entertainment is always on the menu for a trip to Vegas and this weekend’s picks include comedy, magic and some nostalgic musical acts.


Azure Pool at Palazzo

‘Get Corked’ in Vegas with half-price wine, dining deals

It’s not every day someone tells you to “Get Corked,” but when it happens, you follow directions.

Nove Italiano is inviting you to do just that with Get Corked Mondays.

If you’re in Vegas for a long weekend and want to keep the party going on Monday, the restaurant atop the Palms Fantasy Tower features more than 300 bottles of wine at half price and incredible pasta specials like tortellini with prosciutto, ricotta, arugula and tomato ($12) or gnocchi Bolognese ($11). There is also a small bites menu, which features $9 plates of pizza, clams, crab cakes, calamari or meatballs.

Outdoor patios offer views and ambience to any meal

If you’re looking for some al fresco dining, look no further than Palazzo restaurants like Lavo or Morels. Both have long outdoor patios located Las Vegas Strip-side. Both have tables and chairs for dining, and more comfortable couches and daybeds for lounging. And. both have excellent views of the Las Vegas Strip, as well as a great view of the Treasure Island Sirens of TI pirate show.

Make a night of it: Dinner and show at Mandalay Bay

Through summer, enjoy Disney’s The Lion King at Mandalay Bay. Enjoy it even more with a prix-fixe pre-theater dining menu at Giorgio’s Ristorante. The three-course meal includes a Caesar salad, pappardelle pasta and scoop of gelato for $19.


Spend your Vegas vacation poolside and inside a pool

If this weekend is about relaxing, than head over to Azure, a pool club experience at the Palazzo. Azure offers guests luxurious amenities like spa services from the Canyon Ranch Spa, cuisine from Wolfgang Puck’s Solaro and even a fashion show every Saturday.

Continue your leisurely day with a VIP cabana at Venus Pool Club at Caesars Palace. Your cabana features a flat screen television, a couch fit for lounging and a personal bar. Frozen fruit and towels will help cool you down.

If you’re looking for something a little more risqué, look no further than the Sapphire Pool at Rio. Half gentlemen’s club, half pool, and all fun. The Sapphire Pool comes complete with private cabanas where you will receive a host, television and refrigerator. The adults-only pool area is secluded from the regular Rio pool area, so topless sunbathing is allowed.

It’s more of a lake than a pool, but in the desert, you take the body of water closest to you. At Lake Las Vegas’ MonteLago Village, enjoy the Auld Dubliner restaurant’s Leprechaun Luau with live entertainment, a pineapple eating contest and complete Hawaiian-style barbecue. The luau takes place from 5 p.m. – 1 a.m. on July 18 and tickets are $25 with proceeds benefiting the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Hula for a cause!


Flash back to the era of big hair and fingerless gloves

Looking for a little flashback to the ’80s? Sit back and listen to the smooth sounds of Tears for Fears at Green Valley Ranch at 8 p.m. July 18 with hits like “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” and “Shout.” Tickets start at $49. You must be 21 or older.

Continuing the ’80s theme, another popular band from that decade will be at Pure nightclub at Caesars Palace on July 18. The B-52s will create their own little “Love Shack” on the nightclub patio at 9 p.m. Entry starts at $44.95.

Comedy and magic always a must-see in Las Vegas

Pam Matteson will bring hilarious impressions of Judy Garland, Cher and more to Bonkerz Comedy Club at Palace Station June 18 – 19. Matteson has been seen performing on such shows as “The Tonight Show” and “An Evening at the Improv.” Show times are 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and tickets start at $29.95.

If it’s more comedy you’re after this weekend, look no further than the Mirage, where Jay Leno will perform July 17 – 19 in the Terry Fator Theatre. Shows start at 10 p.m. and tickets are priced from $91.90.

Magician David Copperfield is a force to be reckoned with. His sophisticated illusions wow audiences at the MGM Grand’s Hollywood Theatre July 16 – 19 at 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday – Sunday, and 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets for the master magician start at $69.