Vegas Weekender: Maximize your Vegas trip

Now might be the best time to come to Vegas. The weather is perfect, you’ve got a group of your friends on board and you’ve set aside a few days for the ultimate long weekend.

Start right in with much-needed therapy on Thursday night at First Food & Bar. Then continue on to a funny show, a classic rock concert and end with a civilized Sunday brunch.

Whatever you decide to do, it’s all about making the most out of your stay this weekend in Vegas.

David Spade

David Spade


Vegas is all about comedic timing

After you’ve found the perfect way to start your day, continue with a little laughter.

Funny man George Wallace will have you in stitches with his show at the Flamingo. It features hilarious comedy and commentary on topics such as good eats and shopping at IKEA. Show time is 10 p.m. and tickets start at $59.52.

Martin Lawrence comes to Las Vegas March 19. Starring in movies such as “Big Momma’s House,” “Bad Boys” and “National Security,” Lawrence has made a name for himself as a comedic entertainer. Lawrence rolls into Vegas at The Pearl at the Palms. Tickets start at $65 and show time is at 9 p.m.

David Spade returns March 18 to The Venetian Showroom. Tickets start at $85.75 for the 9 p.m. show.

How about a little night music

New Found Glory will be at the House of Blues on March 19. The band’s hits include “My Friends Over You” and “Hit or Miss.” Tickets start at $18.50.

Aeromyth is one of the top Aerosmith tribute bands worldwide and now they are going to “Walk This Way” to Vegas. Aeromyth will pay tribute to the original band with hits such as “Sweet Emotion,” “Dude Looks Like a Lady” and “Crazy” at the Las Vegas Hilton March 17 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $19.15.


Time for a therapeutic spending spree

If you need therapy, don’t call Dr. Phil — just buy something. Head to Retail Therapy every Thursday night at First Food & Bar at the Palazzo.

Listen to resident DJ Jeff Retro pump up the volume and ladies, enjoy your complimentary First Lady cocktail with First Lady card. Appetizer specials, gifts and offers from local retailers, and $5 sponsored vodka drinks for ladies all happen at Retail Therapy.

Festivities start every Thursday at 8 p.m.


Good morning, good morning to you

Waking up is hard to do. Perhaps you partied at one of our superior nightclubs like Tao or Vanity the night before. Perhaps you attended a wild bachelor party or a wicked girls’ night out. No matter what you did (and you don’t have to tell us) all Saturday nights lead to Sunday mornings.

But staying at the right place and eating at the right restaurant might make a sleepy Sunday morning easier to face.

At Aria, rooms are equipped with technology from Control4 to make waking up on your luxurious linen-clad bed a breeze. Set your alarm to wake up to a slow stream of sunlight coming in through the curtains, which are opening promptly at 9:30 a.m. The curtains glide across the floor-to-ceiling glass windows over a minute-long period — so you don’t have to put your blankets over your head and roll over.

Then, the television turns on to your pre-selected channel and in no time you’re saying, “Good Morning America!”

A strawberry tart at Jean Philippe Pâtisserie

A strawberry tart at Jean Philippe Pâtisserie

Join us for the breakfast of champions

If, you’re hungry, here are a few great options to solve that problem. Jean Philippe Pâtisserie in Aria is a busy, pastry-making, chocolate-selling shop that serves fresh made crêpes and savory croissants. The Pâtisserie also has a variety of strong gourmet coffee, sure to steady your stagger.

Try something truly Vegas, the Bellagio Fountains. Add something truly scrumptious, a good brunch. Experience something truly worthwhile, the Fountains Brunch at Bellagio. An amazing balance of gourmet, boutique-style buffet food and tranquil atmosphere, the Fountains Brunch is a special treat, served on Sundays from 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. $55 per person.

The Country Club restaurant has another great location. Overlooking the eighteenth hole and waterfall at Wynn, the Country Club offers guests a great place location. Enjoy Executive Chef Carlos Guia’s intoxicating barbecue pork with hollandaise on bacon-cheese muffins while listening to live jazz music. Brunch is served on Sundays from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. and offers an à la carte menu.