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Best of Las Vegas

Wet Republic

MGM Grand, 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 702-891-1111
The newest of the pickup pools is more Ibiza than Nevada, such is the constant thrum of the European house music. The best party is, believe it or not, on Sunday, when the pool invites celebs, artists, and D.J.’s to entertain the sunbaked crowd. Board shorts are the norm for guys. Girls wear their teeniest bikinis, accessorized with high heels and lots of bling.


3663 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 702-836-0830
The largest gay club in Vegas also hosts its most outrageous events—sometimes with aerialists suspended from the ceiling—not to mention “the city’s hottest go-go dancers,” says Earl Shelton of QVegas magazine. Fridays are packed for V.J. Alpyne’s seamlessly woven dance tracks and videos, while Saturday’s Candybar party is strictly for the ladies.


The Forum Shops

Caesars Palace, 3500 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 702-893-4800
A 1.5-mile-long three-level labyrinth, with shops ranging from Abercrombie to Zegna, the megamall beneath Caesars is where locals disappear for a few hours or days to shop. Says Blend boutique owner Alexis Vayda-Assayag, “If you want to spend $10,000 on artwork from Peter Max or $50 on a pair of American Apparel leggings, you go to the Forum.”

The Spa at Trump

2000 Fashion Show Dr.; 702-476-8000
Vegas has a lot of superspas but not many intimate, nine-room affairs like this one. A personal attaché gets your shoes shined and clothes pressed while you’re being pampered, then makes tea and wraps you in a heated throw after the treatment. Hour-long massages ($150) are actually the full 60 minutes (as opposed to 50 at most Vegas spas).


Planet Hollywood. 3367 Las Vegas Blvd.; 800-745-3000
The weeks-old burlesque review starring Mel B of the Spice Girls and Kelly Monaco of General Hospital has got “plenty of T&A,” says local TV reporter Alicia Jacobs, but also “loads of hot men. I was kind of going, ‘Wow.’” In other words, it’s just naughty enough to go with a bachelorette party, but still rocking enough to bring your husband.


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