Las Vegas is richer than ever with dining and entertainment options. There’s enough here to keep you occupied 24-7, even if you’re not a gambler.
A: Ax throwing
Ax-throwing bars are popping up everywhere, including Las Vegas. Wannabe lumberjacks and jills can hurl axes—and knives and spears—at bull’s-eyes at Axe Monkeys. But unlike at most similar spots, you won’t find alcohol here. “We like to keep it family-friendly,” says operations manager Cailey Bixman. One-hour sessions start at $25 for adults. 702-844-2439.
Located at the Linq, Brooklyn Bowl exudes Vegas style with 30-plus neon-lit lanes, large leather sofas, a high-definition screen above the lanes, and a concert venue. Starts at $20 per lane, per half hour (up to eight people). 702-862-2695.
This neighborhood has grown exponentially in recent years, with popular Asian franchises and mom-and-pop shops dotting strip malls along Spring Mountain Road, less than 2 miles from the Strip. Notable food finds among the 150-plus restaurants include grilled meats at Raku (702-367-3511); pan-fried dumplings at Kkulmat Korean Kitchen (702-333-4845); oxtail fried rice at District One (702-413-6868); juicy pork buns at China Mama (702-873-1977); and brick-size brioche Honey Toast at Is Sweet Coffee and Dessert (702-527-5550).
The sweat. The tears. The unfettered dance moves. And that’s just from scoring tickets to the Vegas concert of your dreams. Some of the most sought-after residency shows this year (including the boys) are Aerosmith (Park MGM), Billy Idol (Palms Casino Resort; billyidol.net), Céline Dion (Caesars Palace), Gwen Stefani (Planet Hollywood), and Lady Gaga (Park MGM; vegas.ladygaga.com). Tickets, unless otherwise noted: vividseats.com.
E: End zone
The palatial, translucent-domed future home of the Raiders, with 80-by-120-foot retractable doors that open to a defensive-lineman–sized view of the Strip, should be completed in time for the 2020 NFL season. In the meantime, fans can explore interactive, holographic models of the new stadium and a wealth of silver-and-black memorabilia at the Raiders Preview Center at the Town Square shopping center. Free.