Not every trip to Vegas with the guys gets as crazy as the movie The Hangover, but if you’re looking for a real man’s-man experience, no other city does it quite like this one. Whether it’s a bachelor blowout weekend or just an excuse to blow off steam without your significant other’s disapproving glances, this itinerary is designed to explain why they call this place “Sin City.”
You were probably out late the night before and there may have been alcohol involved, so start your morning with a hearty guy’s breakfast at Hash House a Go Go. Its huge portions of twisted farm food are chest-poundingly substantial, and there is even a specialty called O’Hare of the Dog—a Budweiser served in a paper bag with a side of bacon.
To get your body in shape for the day ahead, spend the morning taking advantage of the various sports and recreation options available around town. Nearly every hotel has a fitness center and some, such as Bally’s, offer full tennis courts. If you’re a fan of the fairway, head over to Bali Hai golf course, located conveniently on the Strip, for 18 holes and some wheeling around in their GPS-enabled golf carts. Or, if you need something more extreme, a visit to Red Rock Adventures at Red Rock Resort can provide everything from rock climbing to horseback riding to river rafting. Need something even more extreme? Take a few laps around the track with the Richard Petty Driving Experience at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, which puts you behind the wheel of 600 horsepower NASCAR car at speeds of 155 mph.
If you’re serious about your gambling, then late mornings are a great time to hit the casinos as well. The crowds are thinner, so you’ll usually be able to find a table or a slot easily, and the blackjack limits are often lower, so you can save money for your big day ahead.
Continue your guys-gone-wild day with a stop at Gilley’s for some great down-home grub and even a ride on the mechanical bull if you feel like proving your machismo.
Daytime is playtime in Las Vegas, where the big trend is to have nightclub-worthy experiences during the afternoon at some of the hotel pools. DAYLIGHT Beach Club at Mandalay Bay, Wet Republic at MGM Grand, and Encore Beach Club at Encore Las Vegas are all open to the general public (for a cover charge) and include everything from live DJs to fully stocked bars and certainly a bevy of bikini-wearing partiers. If that’s not enough to appeal to the guy in you, Sapphire Gentlemen’s Club now has its own daytime pool party complete with strippers.
Next, head back to the casino for a little sports-book action. You can place a wager on just about any type of sporting event in existence (cricket, anyone?), and, depending on the season and the day of the week, you might be able to catch a game in action. The sports books at the Mirage and Caesars Palace are always good options for their huge screens and high energy, but you may want to consider the M Resort, the Venetian, or the Palazzo, which offer in-running betting. Popular in the U.K., this means that you can not only wager on the outcome of the game, but place bets during the action as well.
If that isn’t enough to get your adrenaline flowing, consider one of the serious thrill rides in town, such as the extreme adventures atop the 1,000-foot Stratosphere Tower at the Stratosphere Hotel. You can play a little game and make whichever friend screams the loudest while on Insanity: The Ride or SkyJump buy the first round of drinks later that night. Or take a run at SlotZilla, a zip-line attraction in Downtown Las Vegas that features both seated and superhero flying position rides.
We know. We already sent you to some sports books, but you should go back to the only one that is a real restaurant. The 45,000-square-foot Lagasse’s Stadium at the Venetian is a sports bar on steroids, with 100 flatscreen TVs and a menu crammed with highlights from Emeril’s American and Creole cuisine.
Is it hockey season? You’ll definitely want to catch the Vegas Golden Knights play at T-Mobile Arena. After a stellar first year, the team has proved that a) this town can carry a professional sports team and b) Las Vegans care about hockey.
Now for some nighttime entertainment. Topless revues are becoming an endangered species around Vegas—which you can probably blame on the Internet—but there are still a couple left that will allow you to get your (not so cheap) thrills. Sadly, you won’t catch too many of the traditional showgirl headdresses anymore, save for street buskers and the occasional appearances with former Mayor Goodman, but their modern, equally topless counterparts are still shimmying away at Fantasy at Luxor or X Burlesque at Flamingo.
The party gets started late in Vegas, and you might want to start at a bar or two, such as The Commonwealth on Fremont Street or Gold Spike. Then it’s time to hit the dance floor. Marquee at the Cosmopolitan is an obvious place to start, but give Intrigue at Wynn a shot.
And if you want more girly action, Vegas has strip clubs aplenty.
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