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For a quick hit of the best Sin City has to offer, check out these hot spots.<br><br><br><br>Bright Lights, Big City<br><br>Practically a native art form in Las Vegas, the neon sign shines in its full glory on the downtown promenade known as the...

For a quick hit of the best Sin City has to offer, check out these hot spots.

Bright Lights, Big City

Practically a native art form in Las Vegas, the neon sign shines in its full glory on the downtown promenade known as the Fremont Street Experience. Since the Twenties, the city has established a global reputation based on the sparkle generated by excited neon, argon and mercury. So it’s hardly surprising that one of the city’s emerging art galleries occupies a huge chunk of outdoor space and requires massive amounts of electricity to operate. Officially opened in November 1996, the Neon Museum has rescued classic Vegas signs from the junkyard, restoring and exhibiting them in fully lit splendor in the heart of downtown. Among the most famous are Hacienda Horse and Rider, Aladdin’s Lamp, Flame Restaurant, Chief Hotel and Anderson Dairy. 731 South Fourth Street, (702) 229-5366.

Night Moves

Fans of chic nightlife will be happy to know that Chris Barish, creator of Light in the Bellagio hotel, has opened Caramel lounge just across the way. In contrast to the brash decor at other Vegas hot spots, Caramel features a relaxed, elegant environment with opaque marble tables, handblown glass sculptures and round ottomans. The signature libation? Why, martinis served in signature chocolate and caramel-coated chilled glasses, of course. In addition, a limited menu includes shrimp cocktail, pâté, smoked salmon, a cheese plate and caprese salad.

Barish’s empire has also expanded to Treasure Island, where his new lounge Mist, has opened. With the intimate feel of a neighborhood bar, Mist marries state-of-the-art technology and high-tech entertainment. Guests can relax and watch their favorite sports game or music video on one of the oversized plasma televisions. Caramel: 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. South, (702) 693-7111. Mist: 3300 Las Vegas Blvd. South, (702) 894-7111.

Hard Alcohol

“You puke, you clean.” So says the hand-scribbled sign behind the bar at Double Down Saloon. Though not as refined as the other watering holes along The Strip, the Double Down is an upscale dive bar. Situated between the city’s University District and the Gay Triangle, the Double Down’s substantial selection of top-shelf liquor and eclectic jukebox choices (Louis Prima to The Stray Cats) attract knowledgeable drinkers of all persuasions: white and blue collar, punks, rockabillies and the painfully hip. Local artists’ murals decorate the walls and the house specialty is a shot of “Ass Juice,” a deadly concoction made from vodka. We hear wild child Timothy Leary has spent some wild nights here. But the fun isn’t just limited to nights, it’s open 24/7. 4640 Paradise Road, (702) 791-5775.

Diva Las Vegas

Not every performer can get a 4,000-seat venue designed just for her, but Celine Dion is a diva extraordinaire. The Coliseum at Caesars Palace, a contemporary interpretation of the antiquity theatre, will be the home of a multimedia show produced by Franco Dragone of Cirque Du Soleil fame that will open on March 25. “Our mandate from Celine was to bring her as close as possible to her fans,” said Patrick Berge, the Coliseum’s architect. “Our mandate from Franco was to create a vast performance space — intimacy and immensity in a single venue.” In the round building, the farthest seat is only 120 feet from the 22,450-square-foot stage, from which the songs of a cast of 70 artists, dancers and musicians will be trumpeted through a 125,000-watt amplifier and 115 speakers. The 90-minute show will run 200 evenings a year for at least the next three years. 3570 Las Vegas Boulevard South, (702) 731-7990. Ticket information: (888) 995-1555 or ticketmaster.com.

Pop Stars

If you’re on the hunt for a little culture during your stay in Las Vegas, check out the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art’s latest exhibit, a collection of more than 50 of Andy Warhol’s celebrity paintings and works on paper. An audio tour of the exhibit, narrated by the late artist’s friend Liza Minnelli, is full of first-person accounts of many of the events that inspired the works. The exhibition covers three decades of Warhol’s obsession with fame and celebrity as manifested in his art. Among the recognizable mugs on view are Jacqueline Kennedy, Elizabeth Taylor, Mick Jagger, Dennis Hopper, Mao Tse-Tung, Deborah Harry, Sylvester Stallone and Michael Jackson. In addition to the paintings, the exhibition features one of the last complete sets of the famed 1967 Marilyn Monroe screen-print portfolio. “Andy Warhol changed the way we see the world around us,” said Marc Glimcher, the gallery’s chairman. “From his visual style of brilliant colors and repeated images to his fascination with the public’s love of celebrity, Warhol defined the spirit of our times.” Exhibit runs through Sept. 7. 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. South, (702) 693-7871. bellagiolasvegas.com.

Diva Las Vegas

Not every performer can get a 4,000-seat venue designed just for her, but Celine Dion is a diva extraordinaire. The Coliseum at Caesars Palace, a contemporary interpretation of the antiquity theatre, will be the home of a multimedia show produced by Franco Dragone of Cirque Du Soleil fame that will open on March 25. “Our mandate from Celine was to bring her as close as possible to her fans,” said Patrick Berge, the Coliseum’s architect. “Our mandate from Franco was to create a vast performance space — intimacy and immensity in a single venue.” In the round building, the farthest seat is only 120 feet from the 22,450-square-foot stage, from which the songs of a cast of 70 artists, dancers and musicians will be trumpeted through a 125,000-watt amplifier and 115 speakers. The 90-minute show will run 200 evenings a year for at least the next three years. 3570 Las Vegas Boulevard South, (702) 731-7990. Ticket information: (888) 995-1555 or ticketmaster.com.

Pop Stars

If you’re on the hunt for a little culture during your stay in Las Vegas, check out the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art’s latest exhibit, a collection of more than 50 of Andy Warhol’s celebrity paintings and works on paper. An audio tour of the exhibit, narrated by the late artist’s friend Liza Minnelli, is full of first-person accounts of many of the events that inspired the works. The exhibition covers three decades of Warhol’s obsession with fame and celebrity as manifested in his art. Among the recognizable mugs on view are Jacqueline Kennedy, Elizabeth Taylor, Mick Jagger, Dennis Hopper, Mao Tse-Tung, Deborah Harry, Sylvester Stallone and Michael Jackson. In addition to the paintings, the exhibition features one of the last complete sets of the famed 1967 Marilyn Monroe screen-print portfolio. “Andy Warhol changed the way we see the world around us,” said Marc Glimcher, the gallery’s chairman. “From his visual style of brilliant colors and repeated images to his fascination with the public’s love of celebrity, Warhol defined the spirit of our times.” Exhibit runs through Sept. 7. 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. South, (702) 693-7871. bellagiolasvegas.com.