Las Vegas is known for a lot of things, and being a fun destination for birthday bashes certainly tops the list. While another milestone b-day tends to get all the attention in Sin City, that doesn’t mean that Vegas isn’t also a great place for birthday ladies and gents turning the big 5-0. In fact, Vegas was made for it!
Whether your idea of a Vegas birthday party is shots and more shots or a relaxing night of theatre and fine dining, grab your birthday hat and enjoy this list of the top party ideas for a fabulous 50tth in Las Vegas.
As Cher has been proving for the last 50 years, you’re never too old to dance on stage in your lingerie—and look amazing while doing it. Cher has been aging backwards for decades now, and nowhere is this more evident than in her Park MGM show CLASSIC CHER. The Grammy winner may be 73 years old, but she sparkles with a seemingly ceaseless amount of energy that will have you pausing mid-way through singing along to “Strong Enough” to check Cher’s Wikipedia page, because there is just no way that she’s a day over 40. This is the ideal show to watch if 50 has been looming over you like a dark cloud, because as the Goddess of Pop will show you, age isn’t anything but a number.
Raiding the Rock Vault
The older you get, the more nostalgic you become for “the good ol’ days,” when times were simpler, alcohol was cheaper, and the musicians knew how to rock. Raiding the Rock Vault celebrates Gen X-er’s youth with a 90-minute concert experience that is nothing short of a musical extravaganza. With nightly performances at the Rio Hotel and Casino, the show features live cover performances of hits from Pat Benetar, AC/DC, Aerosmith, Van Halen, White Snake and more. Although it’s billed as a rock tribute show—and an award-winning one at that—the bands include the actual guitarists from 80s bands Heart, Bon Jovi, Guns and Roses and more. You may not be able to go back in time but standing within fist-pump distance of your favorite rock n’ roll Hall of Fame-r gets you pretty close.
Milestone birthdays are all about trying new things—so why not give dining in the dark a look, or, rather, a feel? At Blackout Dining, diners eat their entire meal in pitch-black darkness. The six-course menu is kept a surprise, so you won’t know what you’re eating until you take a bite. The experience can make for a unique date night with the spouse or a giggle-inducing treat with friends.
Some people hit the mid-life mark and buy a fancy sports car. Others avoid the cliché and just take one out for a test drive instead. SpeedVegas allows speedsters to drive an exotic car of their choice around a Formula One-inspired racetrack. Take your pick from a variety of muscle cars—including Ferrari, Lamborghini and more—buckle in and race a few laps around the 100-acre speed complex.
BestofVegas.com offers discount tickets for a number of Speed Vegas packages, including several “drifting packages.”
Who says clubbing is just for the 20-something set? No one, that’s who. This is Vegas! Anything goes. Plus, you’ve had 50 years of experience to fine-tune your dance moves, your self-confidence, and—most importantly—your drinking skills. You can throw back that tequila shot like a champ (or maybe not. Maybe age has taught you that nothing good can come from a tequila shot). So grab your best guy or gal pals, dress to the nines and show those kids how it’s done. BestofVegas.com offers a Vegas V Card, which gives you drink specials and VIP access to nearly 50 Nightclubs, lounges and more, including Tao, Hyde and Chateau.