Las Vegas is a wonder of celebration and fun all year round. It’s no surprise then to find that holidays in Sin City are something extra special. The Christmas rush is over, but that doesn’t mean that Vegas is packing up its decorations and parties yet – there’s still New Year’s to come. And as anticipation builds for the end of 2021 and the start of 2022, Las Vegas is closing the year out with a bang. Here’s what’s happening in Las Vegas this week.
Carversteak Opens at Resorts World
Resorts World opened in June and has done nothing but dominate headlines ever since. With an endless variety of shopping, entertainment, and dining options for guests and locals to enjoy – it’s no surprise that Resorts World is closing the year out with just one more amazing opening. Well, technically two – but we’ll get to the second one in a minute.
First, we have to look at the Grand Opening of Carversteak. The new dining destination is brand spanking new – it opened today, with Carver Road Hospitality at the helm. CRH was co-founded by Sean Christie, known for his work with MGM Resorts and Wynn Las Vegas, among others. Las Vegas Review-Journal asked why Christie would choose his former collab’s competition, and Christie says it was a simple decision. “‘They had a space available. They were wanting a steakhouse. I was asking about something else, Christie said.’ He had just launched his company, which also has Flanker Kitchen + Sporting Club in Salt Lake City, which opened Dec. 8, and plans to open a restaurant in New York City in mid-February.
‘There was a level of trust that we’d be great partners,’ Christie said. ‘When I looked at the mix … steakhouses usually perform really well. It was a big space, which I liked. All those things collided to create this opportunity for both sides.’”
Carversteak boasts almost $1.5 million in audio-visual elements, including a massive LCD screen that spans the length of the 70-foot bar which will display animated art. The goal is for an evening at Carversteak to be interactive, with a “choose your own knife adventure” box presented upon being seated.
Robb Report writes, “After selecting a knife, guests can enjoy Allen Brothers bone-in filets (part of a filet section of the menu that also features bison filets), dry-aged Flannery Beef rib eyes and American wagyu tomahawks with the Carversteak logo etched onto the bone by famed butcher Pat LaFrieda. Carversteak will also serve Japanese wagyu, including Miyazaki A5 strip loins, and Australian wagyu.”
Christie is an artist at creating high-roller dreamscapes in an intimate and casual setting, and Carversteak will be no exception. At the Grand Opening, celebrities turned up to see what the new restaurant had to offer – and they did not leave disappointed. Carversteak’s team shares in a statement, “Actress Kate Beckinsale, singer and model Paris Jackson, and television personality Mario Lopez with his wife Courtney Mazza Lopez, were among the VIP guests in attendance to fête Carver Road Hospitality’s debut Las Vegas concept.”
To make a reservation and see for yourself, visit the website.
Katy Perry Toasts a Giant Mask in a Beer Bra
Guests at Carversteak found themselves welcomed by Christie at the Grand Opening – and many had just left a jaw-dropping performance by none other than pop superstar and queen Katy Perry. Perry just launched the start of her Resorts World residency, and in a style unique to both Perry and Vegas – it was huge. Perry’s residency will include both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day performances along with 13 additional performances through January and March.
Performing before a sold-out crowd, Perry rocked the stage with 8 breathtaking looks, her PLAY residency geared towards being visually pleasing for younger fans but witty with a wink and a nod for older fans. It’s a visual and audio extravaganza that will raise the bar for Resorts World in its brand new 5,000-capacity, state-of-the-art venue.
Perry says of PLAY, per ABC, “‘It’s ‘Honey; I Shrunk the Kids’ meets ‘Pee-wee’s Playhouse,” she said. ‘We know what our audience is — people are here to have fun, people are here to let loose.'” Props are larger-than-life and include a mushroom, giant mask, bathtub, snails and more – but Katy, you had us at “Honey” meets “Playhouse.”
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the website.
Igloos in the Desert?
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If you can’t make it to Katy for New Year’s Eve, never fear – Vegas has plenty of other amazing events to get you through the long hours as we wait for the dawn of the new year. Resorts World is offering the Veuve Igloos on the Rose Rooftop featuring Veuve Clicquot – that’s right, igloos in the heart of the desert. These domes with a limitless view will host up to 10 guests, and for $5,000 you will have your own igloo from 9PM to close. For New Year’s there’s no food service, but there’s an open bar from 9-11 so you’ll have plenty to enjoy. Individual tickets run $250 for NYE.
But if you can’t make it for New Year’s Eve, you have another two months to try out the igloos. Now through the end of February, you can reserve an igloo in 2-hour increments and requires a $350 food and beverage minimum for up to 10 people. Tables will also be offered with a $150 minimum for up to 6 people. General admission will also be offered, with details forthcoming.
Menu items will include signature cocktails, bento boxes courtesy of Fuhu and smores kits. It’s an experience you won’t want to miss, under the star-lit Vegas sky on a clear desert night, with twinkling lights all around – it’s an evening of a lifetime. For more information, visit the website.
Can you imagine a more perfect place to spend New Year’s Eve than Las Vegas? Sure, New York has the ball drop – but it also has frigid weather and elbow-to-elbow crowds. Las Vegas is poised to be the “place to be” for New Year’s and you can be ahead of the trend. Say, “farewell, 2021” and “Let’s do this, 2022!” in style, at any of Las Vegas’ New Year’s Eve celebrations.