Bright lights, bling and a whole load of razzle dazzle - if there’s one thing Las Vegas is good at, it’s making visitors feel like celebrities. After all, this is a city that encourages excess and lives for luxury. With its palatial hotels, renowned chefs and world-class entertainment, it’s also no wonder that the real deal, bona fide famous flock to this mecca for over-the-top glamour.
If there’s one group of people who know how to do Vegas right, it’s the A-listers. They’ve got the cash to enjoy everything this town has to offer, as they flit and float through the restaurants, nightclubs, pools, golf courses and more, and this makes Las Vegas an awesome city for celebrity spotting. Like, if you don't, like, spot a Kardashian in Vegas, have you even been to Vegas?
If a brush with celebrity gets your goosebumps going, and you’re wondering where you should go to see that guy or that girl from that thing you like, then check out this list of top Vegas hang-outs for the A-list. Seeing stars in Las Vegas can be a breeze as long as you know where to go.
Restaurants, clubs, pool parties, shops, these are the destinations that attract some of the most famous faces on the planet. So if you want to bask in some starlight, and earn bragging rights along the way, read on.
20 TAO Nightclub At The Venetian
This lush Asian-inspired nightclub, restaurant and beach club is located at The Venetian and it’s a one-stop-shop for all things party. As one of the hottest venues on the Las Vegas Strip, world-class DJs frequently stop by to drop the bass for the sweaty masses.
For a celebrity spot, head to the luxurious “opium room,” where the red suede wrap sofas and oriental wall and ceiling carvings host a regular clientele of A-list celebrities, including Kim Kardashian, who celebrated her 30th birthday there, as well as Jamie Foxx, Jay-Z, Jessica Chastain and Mariah Carey.
19 1OAK At The Mirage Hotel & Casino
If you follow celebrity news, then you know that 1OAK is one of the hottest, if not the hottest, nightclubs in Los Angeles. The famed night spot also has a New York venue too, which regularly makes the headlines. So it was only a matter of time before it made its way to America's entertainment capital and 1OAK at the Mirage in Las Vegas is just as popular with the glitterati - Usher even had his album launch there. It’s a great place to head if you’re looking to rub elbows with the rich and famous.
18 Gordon Ramsay Steak At Paris Las Vegas
Some of the biggest stars on the planet have been spotted at this sleek, fine-dining gaff. Reportedly one of Britney Spears' favourite places to eat, Posh and Becks and pop-sensation One Direction have also eaten here, as has Academy Award-winning actor Nicolas Cage, who shared half dozen oysters and indulged in an 18-ounce Japanese A5 Kobe filet.
Gordon's Vegas eatery has a suitably posh atmosphere, a rolling steak trolley, and a mouth-watering menu that includes his pièce de résistance, the beef wellington.
17 Andrea’s At The Wynn Encore
This super swanky East-meets-West restaurant has earned huge acclaim thanks to its award-winning Asian fusion cuisine by Chef Devin Hashimoto. It also boasts one of the most luxe interiors on the Strip. It’s no wonder celebs are flocking to see what the fuss is all about.
This place has become quite the dining hot spot for movie stars, musicians, television actors, and even a reality star or five, and clientele has included Elijah Wood, Lady Gaga and Kate Upton.
This place even has its own custom-made soundtrack written by Steve Angello of Swedish House Mafia fame, but after 9pm, live DJs take over. How showbiz is that?
16 Omnia Nightclub At Caesars Palace
Justin Bieber’s 21st birthday party took place at Omnia, and a who’s who of celebrities have followed on his heels, including Miley Cyrus, Ed Sheeran, Naomi Campbell and Katharine McPhee.
The attraction is largely thanks to the impressive design of the three-story, 75,000-sq-ft venue. Awesome features include a one-of-a-kind chandelier that moves and bobs with the music, and a rooftop terrace overlooking the Strip.
The DJ roster is epic and includes names like Calvin Harris, Tiesto and Steve Aoki. The VIP of the VIP usually head to the ‘Heart of Omnia' lounge, an intimate ultra-lounge with stone tile floors and LED panels.
15 Mr Chow, Caesar’s Palace
Nearly 50 years after setting up his first restaurant in London, the visual artist turned restaurateur Michael Chow has gained a huge celebrity following. His Beverly Hills franchise has paparazzi holding court outside its doors every night. Since opening in 2015, his Las Vegas franchise has been making quite a stir and it’s been a surefire hit with the glitterati.
Britney Spears dined at Mr Chow at Caesars Palace on New Year’s Day. The singer tweeted: "Dinner at @MrChow in @CaesarsPalace tonight then to a show! Perfect New Year's Day... I love 2016 already." If it’s good enough for Britney…
14 Lavo Italian Restaurant, The Venetian
Got a thing for Katy Perry, Margot Robbie, Rihanna or LeAnn Rimes? Consider heading to Lavo Italian Restaurant inside the Grand Canal Shoppes at Venetian and Palazzo, where these stars have been known to dine and drink in the two-story space’s swank upstairs lounge.
This place has a speakeasy-esque vibe that nods to Mediterranean and Italian design, and even street art. The highlight would be the signature Kobe meatballs or Vegas history-themed cocktails, if it weren’t for the A-listers hanging out upstairs.
13 Shadow Creek Golf Course
Tom Fazio’s Shadow Creek is known as the seventh wonder of the golfing world. It’s easy to see why because this place is an epic achievement of human engineering. Around 320 acres of barren Nevada desert has been transformed into lush greens, hills, lakes, streams and towering waterfalls.
Weekends are reserved for invited guests, but if you can somehow blag it, you’ll get to rub shoulders with the likes of Michael Jordan, Bill Gates, George Clooney, Will Smith and more.
Guests of MGM Resorts can come on weekdays.
12 Nobu At Caesar's Palace
Film fans are familiar with Robert De Niro's Oscar-winning roles, but fewer people know that he is also co-founder of Nobu, a luxury chain of 39 restaurants and eight luxury hotels across five continents.
The actor and director co-founded the first Nobu, an upmarket Japanese-Peruvian fusion restaurant in 1994 with celebrity chef Nobuyuki "Nobu" Matsuhisa. Nobu opened at Caesar’s Palace in 2014 and this Japanese hot spot is always packed with beautiful people enjoying Miso Black Cod, rock shrimp tempura and cucumber martinis.
Previous celeb spots have included Jonah Hill, Bradley Cooper, Faith Hill and David and Victoria Beckham.
11 Beauty & Essex At The Cosmopolitan Of Las Vegas
Lower East Side grit meets Las Vegas Strip glam at this dining hot spot from chef Chris Santos. It has the storefront of a pawn shop but once you walk through those doors, you’ll find a stunning restaurant with a jewel-bedecked dining room offering unique sharing plates and new twists on classic cocktails.
Its grand opening attracted actress Jaime King, reality television personality Bethenny Frankel, actress Ellen Pompeo, Dancing with the Stars pro Derek Hough and actor Anthony Mackie, and more celebs have been visiting ever since. In fact, it’s a popular stop before heading to neighbouring Marquee Nightclub.
10 Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub At The Cosmopolitan Of Las Vegas
This club experience from the creators of TAO offers more than 60,000 sq ft of space, a rooftop patio, a smorgasbord of sound and visual effects, and all the live DJs you can handle. If you’re looking to bask in bright lights of celebrity, you must head to the exclusive inner sanctum of the club called The Library, which lives up to the name with a fireplace, walls of books, a vintage billiard table and cocktail waitresses dressed as librarians.
A-list guests have included Rihanna, Kanye West, Jonah Hill and Zoe Saldana.
9 Bare Pool At The Mirage
Need to unwind after a hedonistic few days in Sin City, then head to the palm tree-enclosed seclusion of The Bare Pool at The Mirage, where you can enjoy European-style sunbathing, a 14,000 sq ft pool area, tropical ambiance, and maybe even a celebrity sighting or two.
Bare provides guests an escape from the chaos with its six cabanas, eight VIP beds, eight daybeds, four tables, two luxury dipping pools a variety of specialty drinks, ranging from spicy Bloody Mary’s to an array of flavoured Mojitos. Perhaps that’s why celebrities like Tommy Lee, Slash and Nicole Scherzinger have put in appearances, and why Quentin Tarantino and Fergie threw a joint birthday party here in 2008.
8 Drai’s At The Cromwell
The Strip's only rooftop pool deck offers panoramic partying. Eleven stories up, the club spreads across 65,000-sq-ft of space covering eight pool areas, a restaurant, and an indoor-outdoor night club lit by perhaps the most high-tech disco ball in the world.
Flanked by tall palm trees and flowing curtains, the deck is a perfect place to spot celebrities sunbathing or dancing to the live DJ. Book one of the many VIP tables and you may find yourself sitting next to 50 Cent, Pamela Anderson or Kendrick Lamar, all of whom have been known to party at Drai’s.
7 Giada At The Cromwell
Giada is the restaurant from Emmy Award-winning celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis. You might have seen her Food Network show Giada at Home. If not, well, just get down here and put your lips around some of the delicious Italian-USA food and you’ll be a convert.
Giada won the Diners’ Choice Award for 2017, and there is a reason the likes of Nicolas Cage, and Shania Twain regularly visit this restaurant.
6 Wet Republic At The MGM Grand
One of the bigger pool parties in Vegas, Wet Republic is always bustling with celebrities. On any given day you can catch a star lounging at one of Wet Republic’s seven pools, including two saltwater pools, or partying in a private bungalow.
This pool destination also features an open-air covered lounge serving as a place to mix, mingle, dance and dine. Plus, you can order signature cocktails, premium bottle and pitcher service from the comfort of the lounge or poolside.
Some of the big names who have gotten in on the party including Lindsay Lohan, Will.i.am, Ryan Bowers, Katrina Bowden and more. Avril Lavigne even celebrated her birthday at Wet Republic in 2010.
5 STK At The Cosmopolitan
Another celebrity hot spot for dining is STK, where the signature steaks (the clue is in the title) have kept the A-list satisfied, as well as the incredible cocktails and high-energy vibe, courtesy of an in-house DJ. The bar scene is the centrepiece and the atmosphere is relaxed. It’s basically a feminine take on the classic US steakhouse.
Hollywood actor Adam Sandler has been spotted at STK, as has rapper Nas, and even Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters, who dined at STK before heading, surprisingly, to Britney Spears: Piece of Me, according to vegasnews.com.
4 Catch A Fight At The MGM Grand Garden Arena
If you are lucky enough to bag tickets to a fight at this impressive arena, you’ll be in with a good chance of spotting an A-lister. At the MGM Grand Garden Arena, celebrities don’t just perform on stage, but dot the first rows of major fights and shows.
The arena plays host to numerous sporting events, and perhaps most famously, UFC fight nights, which draws fans like Will Smith, Jay Z and Beyonce, Chris Brown and Jamie Foxx.
3 Chateau Nightclub At Paris Las Vegas
Holly Madison, Kim Kardashian, Havana Brown, Carmen Electra, Scott Disick, Kourtney Kardashian and Jennifer Lopez are just some of the celebs that have been to Chateau Nightclub at Paris Las Vegas.
The Chateau has three rooms to live it up in. If you’re looking to chill, the garden rooftop terrace and deck have a lounge vibe while the nightclub offers a rustic, modern French design that boasts vaulted ceilings, awesome lights and sounds, and gorgeous chandeliers.
2 Andiamo Steakhouse At The D Las Vegas
UFC stars and celebrities rub elbows at this Italian steakhouse located in downtown Las Vegas. In fact, if you’re heading to the Fremont Street Experience, this place is your best bet to clap eyes on a famous face or two.
Just in October, this famous restaurant welcomed the stars of the CBS hit TV show SEAL Team, including AJ Buckley, wife Abigail Ochse, Max Thieriot, wife Lexi Murphy, Judd Lormand who all embarked on a quick trip to Las Vegas for UFC 229, according to vegasnews.com.
1 Drift Spa At The Palms Casino Resort
When it comes to unwinding from all the entertainment - and getting over the hangovers - Drift Spa at the Palms is an amazing destination to relax. And celebrities need a little R&R too, you know.
Former Vegas diva Celine Dion, who recorded her latest album at the casino’s in-house studio is said to have frequented the spa, as well as Hollywood superstar Demi Moore.
It also caters for men, too, with Ben Affleck and Ryan Seacrest among those rumoured to have enjoyed treatments at the facility.
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