A sampling of the latest in Sin City attractions, eateries and activities.
SMILE FOR THE CAMERA: Polaroid Fotobar is offering tourists a unique way to take home memories from Las Vegas with its fifth retail location at The Linq in the heart of the Strip.
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The new 4,000-square-foot flagship lets patrons print pictures taken in-store as custom-photo home decor with products ranging in metal, stone, bamboo and canvas material. The staff, known as “fototenders,” are on hand throughout the store to help customers print their most memorable photos on a Las Vegas-inspired product.
Once customers have taken enough selfies, they can head upstairs to check out The Polaroid Museum, which houses photography from celebrated artists Andy Warhol, Lucas Michael, Maurizio Galimberti and Marc Serota.
Warhol’s exhibition, “Capturing Celebrity,” showcases some of his most famous celebrity portraits, including John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Mick Jagger and Dennis Hopper.
Museumgoers will also learn about Polaroid founder Edwin Land and view the first permanent mobile photography installation — constructed entirely of photographs sent in by the Instagram community.
3545 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Suite L7
Hours: Sunday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to midnight; Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Admission for museum: $16 (age 12 and over)
CURATED CUISINE: Daytime Emmy Award-winning celebrity chef and New York Times best-selling author Giada De Laurentiis has brought her California-take on Italian food to the streets of Las Vegas, opening her first restaurant, Giada, in The Cromwell Las Vegas, a new boutique hotel and casino on the Strip.
Guests have the option of choosing among three cozy dining locations — the dining room, terrace and lounge — all with views of the Bellagio fountains and the aroma of fresh baked bread.
The Italian-American chef channels her heritage growing up in Rome while experimenting with fresh ingredients to create her signature dishes including homemade pastas and hand-cut meats.
The warmly decorated interior seats about 300. Diners should sample drinks from the cocktail menu like the “G” cocktail with ingredients like homemade apricot preserve and egg white.
Must-try menu items include lemon spaghetti ($28), a bone-in Tuscan rib eye ($68) and a dessert cart with lemon ricotta cookies that have enticed the likes of Nicolas Cage, Chelsea Handler, Tyra Banks and Shania Twain.
The Cromwell Las Vegas
3595 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Hours: Lunch, daily, 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Dinner, Sunday-Thursday, 5 to 10:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 5 to 11 p.m.
UP ALL NIGHT: It’s not just the sound of smashing pins that shakes the rafters at Brooklyn Bowl. Live music also wafts through the restaurant and bowling alley-turned-nightclub with fresh acts every evening.
This three-level venue spans 80,000 square feet on the Strip, and accommodates up to 2,000 people with several areas to sit back and listen to live music. From the standing room general admission area, to the couches of the bowlers’ lounge adjacent to the 32 bowling lanes or the private lounge boxes overlooking the space, there’s a cozy spot for everyone.
With multiple shows planned throughout the day, guests can come early and stay for all gigs, for the price of one concert ticket or a trip to the lounge or restaurant area where tickets are not needed. General admission pricing varies each night.
Patrons who opt for a bite can dine at the in-house restaurant Blue Ribbon, famous for old-school classics with a twist, like rock ’n’ roll fries topped with gravy, Cajun spice, provolone and cheddar ($12.50) and French-bread pizza with butternut squash, mushrooms and roasted garlic ($14.50) — all washed down with a draft of Brooklyn Brown ($8), brewed in the New York borough’s Williamsburg section.
3545 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Hours: Sunday-Thursday, noon to 2 a.m., Friday and Saturday, noon to 4 a.m.
Note: 21 and over after 8 p.m.
EAST MEETS WEST: Fans of the theater are sure to love Panda, the first Chinese-produced theatrical performance in town, featuring high-flying acrobatics, kung fu mastery, music and dance, which took up residency at The Venetian Palazzo Las Vegas this year.
Two of China’s national icons — pandas and kung fu — are combined with stunning costumes, lighting and a state-of-the-art multilayered LED wall to tell a timeless Eastern folklore tale filled with action and romance.
Produced by a team whose credentials include the impressive opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, the show dons an equally impressive cast of performers including China’s National Acrobatic Troupe, Shaolin Monastery Kung Fu Monks Troupe and the China Star Dance Troupe. Tickets range in price from $48 to $128.
The Venetian Palazzo Theatre
3355 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Show times: Friday-Tuesday: 7:30 p.m.
Box Office: 702-414-9000