If there’s anything Las Vegas is good at, it’s making all its guests feel like celebrities, from free drinks at the casino and surprise upgrades of hotel rooms to world-renowned chefs cooking in the kitchens, and the seemingly endless shows for your amusement. But nothing gets the goosebumps going like a brush with celebrities themselves, who flit and float through the restaurants, nightclubs, pools, golf courses and more, often close enough to scatter some stardust on you. Be ready to catch it at these 10 favorite celebrity hangouts in Las Vegas.
TAO Nightclub at the Venetian
Under the Buddha’s eye, the bold and beautiful of Las Vegas are welcomed by models in pools of rose petals to carouse in this lush Asian-inspired nightclub, restaurant and beach club. The “opium room,” wrapped by red suede wrap sofas and oriental wall and ceiling carvings is the highlight, and inside is a regular clientele of A-list celebrities, including Kim Kardashian, who celebrated her bachelorette party there in 2011, as well as Jamie Foxx, Jay-Z, Jessica Chastain and Mariah Carey.
Giada at the Cromwell
When in Rome, native-born Giada De Laurentiis absorbed culinary wisdom along with the aromas in the kitchen of her grandfather’s restaurant. It’s been an angel on her shoulder through her long career as a celebrity chef and continuing success with Emmy Award-winning shows like Everyday Italian and Giada at Home. Scooped up by Caesars Palace soon after being inducted into the Culinary Hall of Fame, Giada’s namesake restaurant at the Cromwell regularly seats celebrities like Nicolas Cage, Shania Twain, Chelsea Handler and Katie Couric.
Nobu at Caesars Palace
You know you have celebrity status when your restaurant is cofounded with Robert De Niro. But the culinary wizardry of Japanese master chef Nobu Matsuhisa came well before and continues to garner culinary fame at his namesake restaurant Nobu. Among the sumptuous and dreamy setting of black-ash sculptures, marble Doric columns, a backlit onyx bar and an origami-inspired canopy by designer David Rockwell, find celebrities like Jonah Hill, Bradley Cooper, Faith Hill and David and Victoria Beckham.
Omnia Nightclub at Caesars Palace
Justin Bieber chose the Omnia Nightclub at Caesars Palace for his 21st birthday party, and a who’s who of celebrities have followed on his heels, including Miley Cyrus, Ed Sheeran, Naomi Campbell and Katharine McPhee. The attraction is largely thanks to the sizzling design of the three-story 75,000-square-foot venue topped by a 74-foot domed ceiling and the rooftop terrace that overlooks the Strip. The VIP of the VIP usually slip into the “Heart of Omnia” ultra-lounge, gussied up with bronze leather banquets, stone tile floors and LED panels.
Drai’s at The Cromwell
The Strip's only rooftop pool deck offers panoramic partying thanks to the vision of nightclub owner, entrepreneur and film producer Victor Drai. Eleven stories up, the party spreads across 65,000-square-feet of space covering eight pool areas, a restaurant and indoor-outdoor night club lit by perhaps the most high tech disco ball in the world. Inside the 150 VIP table locations on the dance floor and mezzanine, find celebrities like 50 Cent, Pamela Anderson, Dave Chappelle and Ryan Seacrest
Andrea’s at the Wynn
Not only does this super swanky East-meets-West restaurant continue to rack up awards and citations for its Asian fusion cuisine by Chef Joseph Elevados, but also celebrity clientele like Elijah Wood, Lady Gaga and Kate Upton. Named after Steve Wynn’s wife, the restaurant even comes with its own custom-made soundtrack written by Steve Angello of Swedish House Mafia fame, but after 9pm, live DJs take over.
Shadow Creek Golf Course
The highest profiles and thickest rolls of banknotes tee up at Tom Fazio’s Shadow Creek, called the seventh wonder of the golfing world. It’s easy to see why upon arrival. This epic achievement of human engineering transformed 320 acres of barren Nevada desert into lush greens, hills, lakes, streams and towering waterfalls. Weekends are reserved for invited guests like Michael Jordan, Bill Gates, George Clooney and former presidents, but guests of MGM Resorts can come weekdays.
Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub at the Cosmopolitan
The creators of Tao brought a new vision to the Marquee – with three distinct rooms surrounded by spacious leather booths, a smorgasbord of sound and visual effects, and all the live DJs you can handle, not to mention its own kitchen and executive chef. But you’re more likely to find the A-list guests Rihanna, Kanye West, John Mayer and Zoe Saldana in The Library, which plays the part to the tee, with a fireplace, walls of books, a vintage billiard table and cocktail waitresses dressed as librarians.
Bare at The Mirage
As the name implies, this 14,000 square-foot pool area designed by the famed Hakkasan Group supports topless “European-style sunbathing” on its eight umbrella-covered daybeds, four tables and two luxury dipping pools. Yet more privacy is available on the elevated VIP section, which comes with its own glass infinity-edged pool. Perhaps that’s why celebrities like Britney Spears, Tommy Lee, Slash and Nicole Scherzinger have put in appearances.
Lavo Italian Restaurant
This Italian restaurant inside the Grand Canal Shoppes at Venetian is the definition of ultra-swank, with a speakeasy-esque lounge that nods to Mediterranean and Italian design, and even street art. The highlight would be the signature Kobe meatballs or Vegas history-themed cocktails, like the Elvis inspired “Viva Las Vegas,” if it weren’t for A-listers like Katy Perry, Margot Robbie or Rihanna hanging out upstairs.