nightlife. Las Vegas was the favourite hang-out of the Rat Pack and today still attractsthe most popular of the world’s entertainers – Cher is due to give 200 performances atThe Colosseum at Caesars Palace here over the next three years and Cirque du Soleilwill be appearing in a new show from sum-mer this year with their usual astonishingfusion of acrobatics, music and puppetry, aswell as exclusive aquatic theatre with artists performing in and above a pool containing1.5 million gallons of water. Among other headliners this year are Elton John, BarryManilow and the magicians Penn andTeller.There really is a nightclub here for every-one including:
LAX: hard to get into, but worth a trysince this is one of the most popular hangouts for theA-listers of the entertain-ment world
Living Room at Planet Hollywood Resort& Casino which has a 3,000 square foot,er, Living Room harking back to theiconic cigar lounges of the 1940s
Poly Esthers, only open a year but withgreat themed 1970s, 1980s, and 1990srooms
Beacher’s Rockhouse Bar which is rather more ‘lively’ at the Hard Rock Hotel (itstays open until 6am and also has go-godancing platforms)
PURE at Caesars Palace has oversized beds in its main area as well as a spectac-ular balcony overlooking the Las VegasStrip
Rain at Palms offers its clientele bursts of fire, fog, water and lightning above thedance floor.Indeed, when you think of Las Vegas youthink of luxury.The accommodation certain-ly can be pretty impressive. For example,Wynn Las Vegas has an 18-hold private golf course, Skylofts comes with a 24-hour but-ler service, and suites at Palms CasinoResort contain full-size bowling lanes and half-sized basketball court. For somethingmore sensible, speak to your local travelagent or take a look at lastminute.com.Youcan stay in a motel but most people stay in ahotel-casino as this is the most convenient
This is no oxymoron laughing matter.LasVegas does have a remarkablenumber of Elvis look-alikes plusmuseums dedicated to Liberace andneon light signs.But there’s also theGuggenheim-Hermitage Museum attheVenetian Resort Hotel and CasinoandThe Bellagio Gallery of Fine Artwhich both have regular rotatingexhibitions of high quality.Among the many major venues isThe Smith Center for the PerformingArts which puts on first-run Broadwayshows and will soon be the permanenthome of the Nevada BalletTheatreand the LasVegas PhilharmonicOrchestra.