LAS VEGAS: Hakkasan, Body English & Pure Receive High Honors

Given that nightclubs are a dime a dozen in Sin City, we are very appreciative of the work that Vegas Seven has gone to in identifying the best and the brightest. This week they have announced their annual Nightclub Awards, providing locals and visitors alike with a guide to the hottest clubs, best DJs, and where to get your dance on. Twenty-four categories spell out in detail where you should be spending your hard-earned dollars on some fun. So what are you waiting for? Read on and plan your next foray to Vegas, baby!

Best New Club: Not surprisingly, Hakkasan took this award and probably blew away its competition. Opened on April 18th of this year, the MGM spend 400 days, employing 300 workers to build this five-level, 80,000 square-foot “super” club. Level 1 holds the upscale restaurant; the 2nd level is a private dining area overlooking the main restaurant; Level 3 belongs to the Ling Ling Club and Lounge, a more laid-back cultured experience for cocktails and schmoozing. The raucous nightclub resides on the 4th level, featuring dance floor with surrounding VIP booths, floor-to-ceiling LED screens, and elevated DJ booth. Adjacent to the nightclub is the outdoor pavilion with Strip-facing patio featuring pool, Garden Bar, and a two-story water feature. High atop, on Level 5, is the intimate VIP environment for larger parties in semi-private rooms. A little something for everyone.

Best After-Hours Club: For those of you who like the late-night action, the renovated Body English in the Hard Rock Hotel takes top honors. This subterranean club lets you get your party on until the sun comes up in the morning (Friday, Saturday, Sunday only). DJs spin underground, indie, electronic and new school hip hop, letting you get your groove on in between drinks.

Best Club When You Don’t Have Bottle Service: Not everyone can pop for bottle service—which is usually a minimum of $350—but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun. Top dog in this category is Surrender Nightclub at the Encore with its eye-popping decor. This club combines the indoor with the outdoor, with over 60,000 square feet of space, including pools and patio. High-profile DJs rock the house, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday only.

Lifetime Achievement Award: If you want the tried and true, the cream of the crop for almost a decade, then Pure Nightclub at Caesers is tough to beat. This year’s Lifetime Achievement winner sets the bar high, from its plush venues and gorgeous Strip views, to the celebrity partygoers and multiple awards it has received. It’s one of those places that should be high on your Las Vegas bucket list.

For the full list of award winners with descriptions, check out the Vegas Seven Nightclub Awards page here.

LAS VEGAS: Annual Restaurant Awards Tempt Travelers

Honey Salt's Farmer's Toast

Honey Salt’s Farmer’s Toast

One of the biggest conundrums when visiting Vegas is where to eat. I’m not just talking about the Michelin-star chef restaurants that are now requisite amongst Strip hotels, but the hidden gems in Chinatown, the cool new dessert bars, the outliers in Summerlin and Henderson that are worthy of a cab ride. With all the restaurant openings and closings, it can be a tough road for visitors, but Vegas Seven has just made your Sin City trip planning a little bit easier by announcing this year’s best restaurants, both on and off the strip, be it a brasserie, brunch, bar bite or buffet.

This year awards were handed out in 27 categories that run the gamut from Best Under-the-Radar to Best Obscure Ethnic Dish, with Best Mixologist, Pizzeria, Dessert and Buffet mixed in. While you can view the complete list of winners here, we thought we would share our favorites with you and encourage you to try something new on your next visit:

Best Brunch: This year’s surprise winner is China Poblano, the Cosmopolitan Asian-Mexican fusion restaurant. While you might frown at the pairing of these two cuisines, this restaurant makes it work. The a la carte brunch includes the more traditional dim sum and chilaquiles, as well as a fresh take on gazpacho that includes pineapple, cucumber, jicama, dragonfruit, queso fresco and chile pequin, a beautifully presented rainbow congee, and churros with hot Mexican chocolate to complete your meal.

Best Mexican Restaurant: Leticia’s Mexican Cocina, located on the north side of the valley, focuses their entire menu on authentic family-style items, prepared with fresh ingredients. You can enjoy community plates of carnitas, carne asada, enchiladas, or chile rellenos, or go a la carte with chef specials such as Cecina a la Tampiquena, Mojarra, and delectable Langosta.  They also serve hangover-worthy menudo (Friday through Sunday only) and authentic Mexican coffee and donuts.

Best Restaurant Off-Strip: Honey Salt over in Summerlin makes the grade here, using carefully sourced ingredients for their “farm-to-table inspired menu.” Drool-worthy items include grilled peaches & ricotta, caramelized sea scallops (with a vanilla bean cauliflower puree), and a brown bag baked peach pie. Chef Joe Zanelli also offers a three-course tasting menu ($45) for those who just cannot decide.