Vegas Weekender: Summer continues to sizzle in Vegas

It’s already the end of the first week of July and what are you doing to beat the heat? In Vegas, we have you covered with plenty of events to keep you cool.



"Saturday Night Live" alum David Spade brings his wit to the stage this Friday and Saturday at the Venetian Showroom.

What pairs more perfectly with summer than a sizzling love story? See the love triangle unfold and enjoy all the musical numbers of “Phantom – The Las Vegas Spectacular” at the Venetian. Show times are Monday through Saturday at 7 p.m., with an additional 9:30 p.m. show on Monday and Saturday. 

“Saturday Night Live” alum David Spade brings his signature dry humor to the Venetian on Friday, July 8 and Saturday, July 9. The show begins at 9 p.m. Norm McDonald (another “SNL” alum) also performs on Friday, July 8 and Saturday, July 9 at 8 p.m.

See Wheels Parise on Thursday, July 7 at Crown’s Exxtreme Comedy Show inside the Rio. Parise appeared on HBO and VH1 alongside Geechy Guy and as an opener for Andrew Dice Clay. Doors open at 9 p.m.

The comedy continues with Orny Adams from “Teenworld” at Playboy Comedy at the Palms from July 7-9.

Alternative rock band Puddle of Mudd performs during Revolution: Party for the People at Red Rock pool. The first 1,000 guests (21 years and older) get in for free. Right after the concert, join in on the after-party festivities at the Red Rock Cabana Club, the private pool area located next door to the Sandbar pool. Cabana Club offers cocktail specials and live DJ music.


Crown Nightclub hosts Thirst Thursdays for a weekly night of top 40, hip-hop and dance music. Guests must be 21 years or older. Cover is $20 ($30 for guys). Doors open at 10:30 p.m.

Fans of R&B sensation Lloyd will want to head to Haze nightclub at Aria where he hosts his album release party July 9.

If you’re all about free shows, pop group Kahsino performs a midnight show on Thursday at The Lounge inside the Palms. Kahsino adds a different twist to old-school and new-school club music.

On Friday, July 8, soul/rock artist Mateo performs at The Lounge. Mateo’s musical influences include everyone from India Arie, Stevie Wonder and Robin Thicke to Radiohead, Daft Punk and Kanye West.

Dining: Happy Hour specials


Enjoy Happy Hour specials with a view at Simon Restaurant inside Palms Place.

Simon Restaurant & Lounge offers a $6 Happy Hour menu Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Simon features appetizers, sushi, wine by the glass, beer and premium well drinks. Appetizers include personal margarita pizza, endive salad, pigs in a blanket, fried cocktail artichokes, calamari, grilled Shisito peppers, wok-charred edamame and endive salad. Sushi includes spicy albacore roll, baked California roll, Philly roll, veggie roll, spicy tuna and yellowtail and scallion.

In addition to its regular happy hour specials, Koi inside Planet Hollywood offers its new Sunset Flights tasting menu. Available for $18, guests can enjoy this menu from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. daily. Sunset Flights features small bites and specialty sake pairings. These small bites include yellowtail tartare paired with Yuzu sake; crispy rice with spicy tuna paired with Yoshinogawa Echigo; and creamy rock shrimp tempura with Rock Sake Nigori.

For more sushi experiences, Dragon Noodle Co. & Sushi Bar at Monte Carlo offers classic and specialty rolls for half the original price on Saturday and Saturday from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

At the Hard Rock Beach Club, enjoy specially-priced drinks during happy hour Monday through Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Drink specials include buckets and pitchers of beer for $25, sport cups filled with well drinks and Budweiser products for $14, sake specialty drinks for $5 and half bottles of sake for $50. Happy hour food includes grilled pita and hummus for $6, Red and Rock sushi combo (California roll and spicy tuna roll) for $14 and Beach Club salad (featuring smoked bacon, toasted pecans, grilled chicken, Dijon vinaigrette and a drizzle of honey mesquite barbecue sauce) for $8. Happy hour is available Monday through Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the West Pool Bar and the Palapa. Happy hour is from 6 to 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at the RELAX Pool Bar. 

If you plan on bringing your pup to Vegas, Fido can be spoiled at Rumor hotel’s Yappy Hour. Held every other Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Yappy Hour features drink specials, Yappatizers and pet-friendly products like designer dog collars, couture dog clothing, chic dog beds and even a dog massage therapist. The next Yappy Hour is Thursday, July 7.



Mandalay Bay's Beachside Casino offers both gaming and cabana services.

Every week, Palms Place Pool kicks off its weekly pool party, The Sunday Scene, from noon to 5 p.m. Pool patrons can order items from Simon Restaurant & Lounge’s Sunday Brunch menu. DJ Scene scratches and spins classic party anthems as well as music from every genre. 

Baby G spins this Friday, July 8 for Encore Beach Club’s Recess Fridays.

Gamble in style at Mandalay Bay’s Beachside Casino. The three-story, climate-controlled, glass-fronted casino offers views of the entire Mandalay Beach as well as villas ranging from 250 to 500 square feet. Each villa accommodates up to 16 people and comes with cabana service and access to the private third-level pool. In addition, each villa comes with day beds, a restroom, wet bar, 50-inch flat-screen TV, MP3 player, safe, ceiling fan and a private deck overlooking The Beach.



A facial at one of Vegas' spas is perfect for calming the skin from too much sun.

For a quick escape from the heat, rejuvenating your body, soul and spirit with a soothing spa service is the way to go. Spa Bellagio offers its custom tropical fusion massage, which is designed to make you feel like you’re on a faraway island. Choose from a deep tissue, Swedish or even a full body relaxation massage that can be enjoyed in one of the hotel’s private poolside cabanas. The 55-minute service is $175 (or $250 for 80 minutes). Add cool marble stones or a cooling eye treatment for an additional $25.

Spa Mandalay features its Soothing Facial, a calming remedy for skin sensitivity, redness or irritation caused by too much sun. This facial includes a gentle cleansing, soothing mist and calming mask with cooling botanical ingredients. This 50-minute service is $135.

Have the best of both worlds and enjoy an outdoor massage with Spa & Salon Vdara’s pool & lounge signature massage. This full-body massage uses a variety of techniques ranging from light to medium pressure. The aromatherapy leaves you feeling calm and relaxed. Each treatment includes a chilled neck roll and a finishing mist. Enjoy this service in a unique spa cabana located on the Vdara pool deck.


Most folks take their Vegas jackpot winnings back home, but my dad decided to stay here instead. That’s how I left Seattle almost 20 years ago. I moved from greenery and rainy days to hot summers, palm trees and desert. As much as I love my hometown, I decided to stick around Vegas. This city just has so much to offer. You don’t even have to be a gambler, bar hopper or an all-night partier. I love Vegas for its awesome vegan-friendly spots, concerts, swanky hotel suites and spas so big, they’re like castles. The pool scene is not too shabby either, which is why I love taking stay-cations. Besides living it up -- Vegas style -- I’m hanging out with my handsome hubby, adorable baby girl, two cats and super-fluffy Shih-Tzu. I’m also a huge fan of '90s music, shows and movies. You can find me on Google+ and Twitter.