David Burke, best known for Manhattan's davidburke & donatella, has opened his fifth namesake restaurant at the Venetian, offering Burke's signature dishes like pretzel-crusted crab cake and Bronx-style filet mignon of veal. Executive chef Troy N. Thompson incorporates taste with aesthetics, using Japanese bento boxes and North African tagines to serve his inventive dishes. At 8,800 square feet, the massive space includes a 200-seat dining room with walls of Himalayan rock salt, a bar-lounge, private room, a chef's table and a glass-enclosed wine cellar.

David Burke at The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino, 3355 Las Vegas Boulevard. Open for dinner Sunday through Thursday, 5 to 10 p.m., and Friday to Saturday, 5 to 11 p.m.; lounge and bar open daily from 3 p.m. 702-414-3776.  — Victoria Chin

Sapporo, at The Grand Flamingo Center, offers several dining options to cater to even the most finicky Japanese food aficionados. Nibblers can lounge in the 75-seat bar, which opens to an outdoor patio, while sushi enthusiasts can enjoy a raw bar of traditional sushi and sashimi. Others looking for a more traditional meal can hit the 160-seat dining room for dinners of macadamia nut-crusted sea bass with mango couli or a Japanese pepper-encrusted New York strip steak with teriyaki mushrooms and fries.

Sapporo Restaurant at The Grand Flamingo Center. 9719 West Flamingo Road. Open Sunday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to 1 a.m., Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. 702-216-3080. — Janel Molton

Bare Pool at the Mirage offers Sin City's hottest new distraction — European-style sunbathing. Guests bask in the desert rays (with or without swimsuits) to DJ-spun beats while sky-high palm trees prevent peeking. Surrounding the two pools are chaise lounges, boat beds and private daybeds where swimmers can unwind with premixed pitchers of mojitos, Bloody Marys or sangria and enjoy other poolside perks such as chilled cucumbers for the eyes, iced towels chilled in flavored water, exotic fruit skewers, fruit smoothies by the shot and Evian misting bottles.

Bare Pool at the Mirage Hotel and Casino, 3400 South Las Vegas Boulevard. Open Thursday through Monday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. 702-791-7442. — V.CGetting the ball rolling for the Rio is its latest gambling alternative, Lucky Strike Lanes. Opened by the team responsible for Pure nightclub and Social House, the glamorous, 10-lane alley features glow-in-the-dark lanes, plush leather couches, flat-screen TVs and bottle service by night. The space also includes a 156-seat dining area and 40-seat bar that gives the space a clubby feel, with its glowing red lights and futuristic chandeliers.

Lucky Strike Lanes at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, 3700 West Flamingo Road. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. Only 21 and older after 9 p.m. 702-777-7999. — V.C.

The 2,500-capacity Pearl Theater, developed by Palms Casino mogul George Maloof, features a stage just 4 feet from the floor and private luxury skyboxes with their own private bars, lounges and restrooms. The state-of-the-art theater is also wired to The Studio at The Palms, giving artists the ability to professionally record their performance for live albums. Avril Lavigne, Morrissey, Goo Goo Dolls, Fall Out Boy and Paulina Rubio are signed up for the coming months.

Pearl Theater at the Palms Casino Resort. 4321 West Flamingo Road. 866-942-7777.  — J.M.

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