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The Bellagio has expanded its culinary offerings with Yellowtail Japanese Restaurant & Lounge, introduced by The Light Group, which is behind the hotel’s other hot spots. Designed by the Rockwell Group of New York, Yellowtail’s elegant wood and stone decor give the restaurant a vibrant yet cozy atmosphere. The lounge and dining room overlook the Bellagio’s signature dancing fountains and seat 210. The menu features a mix of traditional yet modern cuisine from award-winning chef Akira Back, whose dishes are inspired by his global travels. (Working with culinary stars Nobu Matsuhisa, Masaharu Morimoto and Bryan Nagao hasn’t hurt, either.) Seafood including sushi, sashimi, tempura, hand rolls, seasonal fish and other ingredients are flown in daily from around the world. Yellowtail’s signature dishes include big eye tuna pizza with micro shiso and truffle oil ($26) and Kobe beef flatiron steak with teriyaki sauce ($42). A multicourse Omakase menu allows patrons to sample a smattering of dishes, and a wide offering of sakes, wine, beer and signature cocktails complements the menu, including the exotic yuzu-infused Peridot or the crisp and refreshing Asian Pear ($15).

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Yellowtail Japanese Restaurant & Lounge at Bellagio
3600 South Las Vegas Boulevard
Tel: 702-693-8300
Reservations: 866-259-7111 or 702-693-7223
Open Monday to Thursday, 5 to 10 p.m. (lounge open until 11 p.m.), and Friday to Sunday, 5 to 11 p.m. (lounge open until midnight).



Strip clubs aren’t exactly a new idea in Las Vegas, but “Peepshow” is the only stripteasethemed revue in town. Conceived and created by Tony Award-winning director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell (“Legally Blonde,” “Hairspray”), the intricately devised show features lavish costumes and choreography and an alluring ensemble of Peepshow girls from film, TV and Broadway. The male lead, Josh Strickland, is a former Broadway star of “Tarzan,” and the female headliner is ex- Playboy Bunny and reality star Holly Madison. Madison plays “Bo Peep,” a modern woman who discovers her newfound sexuality. The show has received plenty of attention due to Madison’s reality show, “Holly’s World,” which airs on the E network and documents her life in Las Vegas. For a $100 VIP upgrade to any ticket, fans can get the chance to meet Madison. Guests can also opt to purchase the VIP package ($125 plus tax), which includes exclusive cabaret seating at the foot of the stage and a complimentary specialty cocktail. For $55 more, patrons receive the bottleservice upgrade, which features brands such as Patron Silver Tequila, Grey Goose Vodka, Crown Whiskey, Captain Morgan Spiced Rum and Moët White Star Champagne.

Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino
3667 South Las Vegas Boulevard
Tel: 866-517-3263
Shows Thurs. to Tues. at 9 p.m. Tickets range from $65 to $100 plus tax, and can be purchased through Ticketmaster by calling 800-745-3000 or online at


Next: Speed racing and a poolside party  >>

Exotics Racing, founded by stunt driver and French TV host Romain Thievin, is the first race driving school in town. Those hungry for life in the fast lane can push the limits of performance with one-on-one coaching in a controlled and safe environment and a fleet of fancy cars. With autos such as the Aston Martin V8 Vantage, Lamborghini Gallardo LP560, Porsche 997 Carrera “S” and Audi R8, drivers can release their inner James Bond and customize their experience by choosing the type of car(s) and number of laps. Packages range from $299 for five laps in a Ferrari F430 to a package in which seven different cars are driven for a span of 70 laps for $3,499. The itinerary begins with a welcome breakfast, a review of the cars, and an introduction to the driving team and Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Next, driving and racing techniques — such as seat-back adjustment, turn-in, apex and exit points and weight transfers — are reviewed by the director of track operations. During the track discovery, the driver is taken on two familiarization laps in a Hummer H2. Finally, drivers get to race and celebrate with closing cocktails and the distribution of certificates and trophies. No racing skills are necessary as long as a driver is 18 years old or over with a valid driver’s license. Children who are 4 foot 3 inches or taller can even join in on the fun during a two to three lap Ferrari ride-along, for $99 to $149.


Exotics Racing
Las Vegas Motor Speedway
7000 North Las Vegas Boulevard
Tel.: 702-644-4444; Web:



Billing itself as “The perfect excuse to skip out on work…and into the pool,” Ditch Fridays at the Palms was originally created as a way to get a jump on the weekend. Live concerts and DJs provide entertainment, and “ditchers” spotted drinking a Miller Lite ($9) receive a wristband for three of the same free and access to the VIP area’s private pool and bar. The poolside menu features chicken Cobb salad ($13), the Barry Burger ($12) and an ahi tuna wrap ($16). Specialty drinks include the Morty’s Bikini Remover, Poolside Paloma and Fire & Ice (all $12). Frozen treats include John’s Twisted Lemonade, Frozen Fallout 3 and Frozen Mango Mimosa ($13 to $16). The Palms Pool and Bungalows is spread out over three acres and features three pools and a climate-controlled gaming area, four bars and two waterfalls. VIP cabanas are equipped with 32-inch plasma TVs, a refrigerator and designer lounge furniture. Duplex bungalows have king-size beds, a terrace and Jacuzzi, a private bar, a 42-inch plasma-screen TV and a stereo.


Ditch Fridays, The Palms
4321 West Flamingo Road
Tel.: 702-942-7777 or 702-938-9999;
Admission: $25 for men, free for women.


Next: Indoor skydiving and Serendipity sweets  >>

Anyone who’s ever wanted to skydive but hasn’t quite found the courage to jump out of a plane can get a taste of the sport at Vegas Indoor Skydiving. Built in 1982 and formerly known as Flyaway, the facility gives guests the thrill of free fall in a process that takes about an hour. It starts with a brief training class and short video, as guests are taught body positions, flight techniques, hand signals used in the wind tunnel and safety precautions. Next, fliers don flight gear before being led to a vertical wind tunnel for the “fall.” A single flight is $75.


Vegas Indoor Skydiving
200 Convention Center Drive
Tel.: 702-731-4768
Open daily, 9:45 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Web: for a $10 coupon.



Serendipity, the renowned New York sweets eatery and cafe, now boasts a Las Vegas outpost at Caesar’s Palace. Opened last year, it features three terraces with orange-and-pink awnings, a cafe seating 98 and a patio that holds 150. The menu offers classic favorites like Frrrozen Hot Chocolate ($8.95), the Forbidden Broadway Sundae ($15) and Summer Bries Sandwiches ($14.50). Unique to Las Vegas are treats like the Strip Steak Sandwich ($20), Cotton Candy Cocktails ($14) and the Jackpot Sundae ($13.50). For high rollers with a sweet tooth, the Golden Opulence Sundae is a foot tall, presented in a crystal goblet with five scoops of Tahitian vanilla ice-cream and 23-karat edible gold leaf, rare chocolate and exotic fruit toppings — for a whopping $1,000.


Caesar’s Palace
3570 South Las Vegas Boulevard
Tel.: 866-227-5938
Open Sunday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to midnight.
Reservations: 702-731-7266


Next: Jeep tours in the desert >>

Pink Jeep Tours explores natural wonders from the Grand Canyon, Eldorado Canyon, Valley of Fire and Red Rock Canyon to Hoover Dam, Mount Charleston, Death Valley and Zion National Park. The company offers 10 guided tours in custom Jeeps, ranging from a four-hour Hoover Dam Classic ($86) to a 13-hour Grand Canyon South Rim Classic ($239). The most adventurous can take the West Rim Drive, Fly and Float tour, which begins with a drive in a custom 4×4 across the Mojave Desert followed by a helicopter ride through the Grand Canyon and finishing with a 10-minute boat trip on the Colorado River. Pink Jeep offers complimentary pickup and drop-off, and tours range from $79 to $349 per person.


Pink Jeep Tours
3629 West Hacienda Avenue
Tel.: 702-895-6777
Reservations: 888-900-4480 or

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