Vegas Weekender: Party on techies!

If you’re planning a trip but can’t make it to all of the New Year’s festivities, that doesn’t mean Vegas stops partying. With the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) from Tuesday, Jan. 8 through Friday, Jan. 11, techies from around the globe are ready to reboot and get their groove on.


The following events and specials are available Tuesday, Jan 8 through Friday, Jan. 11.

Ranch House Kitchen at Town Square offers CES attendees a 10 percent discount on their dining bill from. All you have to do is present your convention badge at the restaurant.

If you’re here during the weekend, Ranch House hosts “Island Nights,” a weekly event that features live island music every Saturday night. Admission is $5 and first drink is free from 10 p.m. – midnight. During the island party, the restaurant also offers $12 Heineken beer buckets.

Señor Frog’s  at Treasure Island welcomes CES guests with a premium Ambhar tequila flight. Enjoy three tastings of Ambhar at the special price of $30 (normally $40) with proof of your show badge. The flight includes pours of Ambhar Platinum, containing lively citrus notes and a smooth finish; Ambhar Reposado, featuring a remarkable taste and color from resting in oak barrels; and Ambhar Añejo, aged in oak bourbon barrels for a hint of sweetness.

Crazy Horse III hosts its Beauty and the Geeks bash, a sexy 4-day CES celebration for convention guests. The gentleman’s club treats CES badge holders to one complimentary cocktail.

Located inside the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, Trevi gets technical during CES. The restaurant offers its special Techitini, which includes a combination of orange vodka, homemade orangello and blue curacao ($10).

If you’re here a little early, Trevi celebrates National Spaghetti Day with an Italian pasta trio on Friday, Jan. 4. Priced at $10, the trio will include spaghetti tossed in three different homemade sauces. The first includes the restaurant’s signature meat sauce, the second made with black olives and capers tossed in a spicy tomato sauce and the third combining sun-dried tomatoes, pine nuts and grilled chicken tossed in a pesto cream sauce.

Rice & Company and Tender Steak & Seafood at Luxor welcome CES attendees. Rice & Company offers electronic enthusiasts a sushi and sake combo featuring the Fantasy Roll and Demon Slayer sake ($48 per person). The Fantasy Roll is a delicious blend of shrimp, cream cheese, asparagus, tobiko and mint accompanied by avocado and Alaskan king crab topped with Thai mayo and yuzu sauce. Demon Slayer sake’s clean, subtle and dry notes make it the ideal complement to the featured sushi roll.

Tender Steak & Seafood will feature three delectable specials: the Filet Mignon Medallion Tasting Trio, 4-ounce samplings of the Angus, American Kobe Wagyu and certified Black Angus beef filet mignons, priced at $85; fresh Florida stone crab claws with lime and herb aioli, priced at $25; and the Tender Rossini and Lobster, Black Angus beef filet mignon and more than a pound of braised Maine Lobster with roasted foie gras and truffle Madeira sauce, priced at $95.

Esteban performs at Las Vegas Hotel and Casino.

Classical Spanish guitarist Esteban (pictured right) delights fans with his music Jan. 3-5 at LVH – Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. Show starts at 8:30 p.m. nightly. The show includes a performance by Teresa Joy.

Black Veil Brides, William Control and Scream the Lie perform at Hard Rock Café on the Strip on Friday, Jan. 4. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Located inside Hard Rock Hotel, Vinyl presents High Voltage, an AC/DC production show Friday on Friday, Jan. 4 and Empire Records, Saturday, Jan. 5. Both performances are free.


Smith & Wollensky introduces its weekend brunch starting Saturday, Jan. 5. The brunch will be available every Saturday and Sunday from lunch to 4 p.m. A sampling of the weekend brunch menu includes pastrami salmon Benedict, a sliced house-cured salmon with poached eggs and Dijon hollandaise on marble rye toast; Benedict Oscar Style, poached eggs, sautéed colossal crab meat, asparagus and béarnaise sauce on marble rye toast; and steak and eggs, two 4-ounce filet medallions, roasted wild mushrooms, hashed brown potatoes and two poached eggs.

Pair your meal with a perfect drink.  The brunch-inspired cocktail menu includes frozen Bellinis, blood orange mimosas and the Gazpacho Bloody Mary. Smith & Wollensky is located on the Strip, between Showcase Mall and Hawaiian Marketplace, near M&M’s World and across Monte Carlo.

Early birds get the worm: Start each day with a rock star breakfast at Cabo Wabo Cantina inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood. The restaurant offers new $5.99 breakfast special and bottomless mimosas. Enjoy the hearty breakfast platter, which includes two eggs, cantina potatoes, choice of meat including chorizo, bacon or sausage patties and selection of toast. To really start the day on a rockin’ foot, add bottomless mimosas to your meal for an additional $5.99. The breakfast special and bottomless mimosas are available from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.


Lil' Jon shows off his DJ skills at Surrender this weekend.

Every Friday, the Veil Pavillion inside the Silverton hosts a party playing all your favorite old-school jams for free starting at 7 p.m. Each week a new band will be featured inside Veil Pavilion. On Friday, Jan. 4, Phil Flowers will bring his smooth R&B sound to the party. Immediately after the concert, DJ R.O.B. keeps the music pumping. Drink specials and bottle service are available. Doors open at 6 p.m. Guests must be 21 years and older.

Yee-ah! What?! Catch Lil Jon’s DJ set at Surrender on Friday, Jan. 4. Sultan & Ned Shepard perform on Saturday, Jan. 5.

Nervo performs at XS on Saturday, Jan. 5.

Marquee presents Gabriel and Dresden Friday, Jan. 4; Nicky Romero, Saturday, Jan. 5.

Dash Berlin performs at Lavo on Friday, Jan. 8.


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