What’s opening in Vegas in 2016

One of the reasons Vegas is always so exciting is that it’s constantly changing. We’re continually adding new bars, clubs and restaurants and building bigger and better things. Every time you visit there’s something new for you to check out and it looks like 2016 will be no exception. There are lots of intriguing projects in the works. Here’s what we’re looking forward to welcoming in Vegas in the new year:

Hotels

W Hotel at SLS

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. will be opening its first W Hotel on the Strip at SLS Las Vegas in the third quarter of 2016. Starwood will take over management of the existing 289-room tower (currently operating under the SLS LUX brand) after its conversion to a W Hotel.

Following a renovation, W Las Vegas will include a W Living Room (the W brand’s unique take on the traditional hotel lobby), a dedicated entry and reception area for W Hotel guests, an Away Spa, and WET, an exclusive outdoor pool and bar.

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Lucky Dragon Hotel rendering, courtesy EV&A Architects.

Lucky Dragon

This hotel project, from PENTA Building Group, has slowly been taking shape since last spring. The red, 10-story Asian-themed resort is being built on Sahara Avenue, just west of Las Vegas Boulevard. At last check, the hotel was scheduled to be completed in August 2016.

The Lucky Dragon will be a boutique hotel with a spa, authentic Chinese restaurants, a bar, gaming and shops.

Attractions

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The 20,000-seat Las Vegas Arena is set to open April 6. Photo courtesy of MGM Resorts International.

Las Vegas Arena

The 20,000-seat Las Vegas Arena is set to open with a concert from Las Vegas icons The Killers and Wayne Newton on April 6.

The $375 million arena, located behind New York-New York and Monte Carlo, is expected to host more than 100 events annually, including UFC, boxing, hockey, basketball and other sporting events, major headline entertainment, awards shows, family shows and special events. Shows announced so far for 2016 include George Strait, Garth Brooks, Dixie Chicks and Janet Jackson.

Avengers/Transformers

Get ready for a fun new attraction for the whole family in 2016. Treasure Island will open attractions based on Marvel Comics’ The Avengers and Hasbro’s Transformers in the second and third floors of their new retail area along the Strip.

The project, which is expected to open by the end of March, will offer two separate interactive theme park-like experiences. You’ll encounter characters and storylines unique to The Avengers and Transformers. The Avengers level will include an Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. (Scientific Training Tactical Intelligence Operative Network) while staffing the facility with Iron Man, The Hulk, Captain America and Thor.

SPEEDVEGAS is a $30 million, 100-acre motorsports complex featuring Las Vegas' longest exotic car track. Photo courtesy of SPEEDVEGAS.

SPEEDVEGAS will be a 100-acre motorsports complex featuring Las Vegas’ longest exotic car track. Photo courtesy of SPEEDVEGAS.

SPEEDVEGAS

Start your engines! Car enthusiasts will have a new 100-acre speed complex and supercar experience to race around in March 2016.

SPEEDVEGAS is a $30 million, 100-acre motorsports complex featuring Las Vegas’ longest exotic car track. At 1.5 miles, the Formula One-inspired track is comparable to the top circuits in the world and includes 12 sweeping turns, 15 degrees banking, 60 feet of total elevation and a 1/2 mile straightaway.

By May, a 20,000-square-foot, two-story welcome center will open, featuring indoor and outdoor observation decks, a café, meeting and event space and more.

Guests at SPEEDVEGAS can experience muscle cars and exotic Supercars including Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Audis, Ford Shelby Mustangs and Corvettes. SPEEDVEGAS will be located on Las Vegas Boulevard, 10 minutes from the “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign.

Nightlife and Bars

Intrigue at Wynn

Intrigue nightclub will replace Tryst, which closed after 10 years. The new club, scheduled to open in April, will feature state-of-the-art lighting and sound designed by award-winning John Lyons Systems throughout the 14,000-square-foot venue, which will accommodate up to 1,200 partiers.

The club will play contemporary party music that will cross over many different genres. A new glass enclosed patio will allow year-round views of the venue’s waterfall and pyrotechnics show. Additionally, a 1,200-square-foot private club within the club will be a social media free zone, allowing guests the ultimate in privacy.

Designed by the Rockwell Group, JEWEL spans more than 24,000 square feet with a capacity of up to 1,925 guests

Designed by the Rockwell Group, JEWEL spans more than 24,000 square feet. Rendering courtesy of ARIA.

JEWEL at Aria

JEWEL will take over the former space of HAZE Nightclub at ARIA Resort & Casino and is set to open in the spring.

Designed by the Rockwell Group, JEWEL spans more than 24,000 square feet with a capacity of up to 1,925 guests. The multi-level venue will encompass a main club with an overlooking mezzanine level complete with five unique and secluded suites situated above the dance floor, each with its own exclusive entry. The DJ booth will feature a production wall with dual-sided LED video screens and special effects lighting.

Midnight in the Beer Park shall be our time to shine. That made so little sense. We either need more or less beer, and we're going with more. Photo courtesy of Beer Park.

Midnight in the Beer Park shall be our time to shine. That made so little sense. We either need more or less beer, and we’re going with more. Photo courtesy of Beer Park.

Budweiser Beer Park at Paris Las Vegas

On the deck above Hexx at Paris Las Vegas, Budweiser and Paris are building a new Beer Park. The space was previously the Terrace as part of Chateau Nightclub. But soon it shall be a wondrous land of outdoor grilling, picnic tables and more than 100 beer selections. They’ll also have a food menu complete with beer pairings.

Opening in early 2016, Beer Park will be the place to watch the game, hang out with friends and catch a nice view of the Las Vegas Strip and Bellagio Fountains across the street. With special taps that pour out ice cold beer, cold plates to keep your beer at that optimal temp and VIP areas and climate control so your everything stays just as cool as you want it, Beer Park will pretty much be beer heaven.

Shows

Las Vegas is known for its awesome headline entertainment and this year we’re looking forward to several artists who have announced residencies in town.

Jennifer Lopez will be performing a residency at Planet Hollywood, photo courtesy of Vegas.com.

Jennifer Lopez will be performing a residency at Planet Hollywood, photo courtesy of Vegas.com.

Jennifer Lopez
Singer, dancer and actress Jennifer Lopez brings her “All I Have” show, specifically created for Las Vegas, to the Axis Theater inside Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino on Jan. 20.

Lopez’s show will be filled with dance, hip hop, Latin and pop music with hits like “Jenny From the Block,” “Let’s Get Loud,” “Papi” and “Love Don’t Cost A Thing.” She’ll perform on several dates in late January and early February.

Lionel Richie
Lionel Richie
is taking the Vegas stage in April at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Known across the world for hits including “All Night Long,” “Hello,” “Stuck on You,” “Say You, Say Me,” and “Dancing on the Ceiling,” the Grammy Award-winning artist will be bringing a collection of his most popular songs to Vegas audiences for a limited-show headlining engagement.

Billy Idol
Billy Idol will be rocking his way into the House of Blues for several dates in March and May. The show will feature Idol, his longtime guitarist Steve Stevens, and the rest of Idol’s band performing songs from Idol’s extensive catalog including “Rebel Yell,” “White Wedding,” “Dancing With Myself,” and many more.

Restaurants

Wahlburgers
Fans of the A&E reality show “Wahlburgers” will be excited to learn a branch of the restaurant is coming to Las Vegas at the Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally’s. A specific opening date has not been announced yet. The popular, fast-casual burger restaurant founded by brothers Mark, Donnie and Paul Wahlberg will feature gourmet burgers and specialty drinks. The restaurant will have a walk-up window and a 600-square foot outdoor patio.

Sugar Factory
Sugar Factory American Brasserie has announced plans to open its largest restaurant and retail complex in early 2016 at the Fashion Show Mall. The new Sugar Factory American Brasserie will be two levels and nearly 16,000 square feet. The lower level will be divided between the main dining room and a retail store. The restaurant will serve Sugar Factory American Brasserie’s signature items along with classic favorites such as pizzas, pastas, salads, fresh seafood, steaks and sandwiches.

The upper level will feature a 3,000-square-foot open-air Chocolate Lounge, which will offer chocolate fondues, accompanied by wine, champagne and liquor pairings.

Guy Fieri plans to open his second Las Vegas restaurant, El Burro Borracho in early 2016 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.

Guy Fieri plans to open his second Las Vegas restaurant, El Burro Borracho, at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. Photo courtesy of the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino.

El Burro Borracho
Chef and television host Guy Fieri plans to open his second Las Vegas restaurant in early 2016 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. El Burro Borracho will serve authentically prepared Mexican dishes with upscale touches and the signature, flavorful flair you would expect from Fieri. Crispy Mahi Mahi Juan Tacos, Flaming Queso Fundido, Acapulco Gold Salad, Drunken Fish Tacos, Lava Rock Shrimp, signature tortas, enchiladas, burritos and an array of house made, signature salsas are just a few of the items that will be available on the menu.

Eggslut
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas will be welcoming its newest restaurant, Eggslut, in 2016. As the name suggests, the menu is inspired by Chef Alvin Cailan’s love for eggs and features unique twists on breakfast sandwich favorites. Eggslut at The Cosmopolitan will be the brand’s first expansion outside of the Los Angeles market.

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