Vegas does Valentine’s Day in style

It’s February, and like it or not, it’s time to start thinking about Valentine’s Day.  It falls on a three-day holiday weekend this year and Vegas is pulling out all the stops with dining, drinks and parties to make it a special day whether you’re happily hitched or single and looking for some fun.

For all of the people who are not attached or maybe just aren’t fans of candy hearts and flowers, McFadden’s Irish Pub at the Rio is throwing their Anti-Valentine’s Day Masquerade Bash Saturday, Feb. 13 . The partygoer with the best masquerade mask will take home cash and prizes. Libations include $4 vodka martinis and screwdrivers, along with $5 you-call-it bomb shots. McFadden’s will also have an open bar from 11 p.m. until 1 a.m. priced at $10 for ladies and $20 for men. 

Rockhouse Bar

Rockhouse Bar

All the single ladies are invited to party this Valentine’s Day weekend at Rockhouse’s “Don’t Bring Your Boyfriend to Our Bar” celebration. Rockhouse will be giving all unescorted ladies complimentary cover, two-for-one well drinks and $5 money shots from 10 p.m. until close all weekend long.

Nove Italiano at the Palms not only offers a romantic view, the restaurant is offering a five-course prix fixe menu on Valentine’s Day for $75 per person. The restaurant is also pouring the Strawberry Sweetheart Martini for $15.  Featuring Russian Standard Platinum vodka, fresh strawberries, Blue Agave, and Perrier Jouet Blason Rose champagne, the cocktail is available exclusively during Valentine’s Day weekend at both Nove and N9NE Steakhouse at the Palms.

For couples who are looking for a sexy restaurant where they can share a romantic meal, Strip House at Planet Hollywood is offering a special menu on Feb. 14. Appetizer choices include seared foie gras ($21) with roasted Pink Lady apples and port-green peppercorn sauce, and oysters Rockefeller ($19) with roast bacon, spinach, parmesan cheese and brûléed lemon. Entrée selections include a 14-ounce bone-in filet ($52) and Chateaubriand for two carved tableside ($47 per person).

Strip House at Planet Hollywood

Strip House at Planet Hollywood

Nothing says Valentine’s Day like chocolate and champagne, so the Stratosphere is offering the Level 107 Lounge Sweetheart Package. Enjoy a glass of champagne and chocolate covered strawberries at Level 107 Lounge on Friday, Feb. 12 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Guests can listen to live music and enjoy the amazing views for $22.70 per person.

RHUMBAR at the Mirage is taking advantage of the Snuggie craze and inviting couples to snuggle on their patio with a Snuggie and their  S’mooches and S’mores cocktail throughout the month of February. The drink will definitely keep you warm with cayenne pepper infused hot cocoa mix, vanilla Schnapps and, of course, rum, garnished with a marshmallow, graham cracker triangle and hot fudge. Want your very own Snuggie to commemorate the experience? A package is available for purchase, which includes a RHUMBAR embroidered Snuggie and a S’moches and S’mores cocktail for $35. RHUMBAR will offer two-for-one S’mooches and S’mores Friday, Feb. 12, through Sunday, Feb. 14.

The Spa at Trump is offering two special packages throughout the month of February. The Luxury Romance Package for two is priced at $279 and includes a 60-minute Couples Classic Trump Massage; two robes from The Spa at Trump; and the Tara “Lovin” Oil to take home.  Not part of a couple? The Healing Hearts Package, designed for one, is priced at $149 and features one 40-minute massage; a 40-minute facial; 30-minute scalp massage; 40-minute pedicure; and a special take home gift.

The Spa & Salon Bellagio is presenting the Love Birds Manicure and Pedicure Feb. 7 – 14. You can relax in a private candlelit suite adorned with rose petals while getting the treatments. The cost is $400 and includes a glass of champagne and chocolate covered strawberries.

Finally, If money is no object or you just really want to impress someone, the Mandarin Oriental at CityCenter is offering the Priceless Love Package. For $20,000, you’ll get a 3,100-square-foot suite on the 22nd floor of the hotel that features two bedrooms, a personal fitness area, a bar, dining room and study. As part of the package, couples will also get a premier table at Mandarin Bar, along with a complimentary bottle of champagne;  the “Art of Romance” package at the Spa at Mandarin Oriental; a private dinner for two in the suite, complete with personal wait staff; a sensual flower petal bath, drawn by a personal bath butler with candlelight, champagne and strawberries; breakfast in bed; delicious delicacies prepared by Executive Pastry Chef Gianni Santin at Amore Patisserie and transportation to and from the airport or Las Vegas home in the hotel’s house car.


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