If you're looking for a place to stay as well as party head to the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino where the music never stops (and we aren't talking about boring elevator music) and a good time is practically unavoidable.
Located a few blocks east of the Strip, which isn't a far walk but we think cabs are fun too (especially if you've had a few too many drinks), this iconic hotel oozes good times -- from its unparalleled concert venue that has hosted some pretty impressive musical greats and its paradise-esque pool complex to its sleek nightclub, swanky restaurants and super sexy retail offerings it's obvious that this hotel was only partially built for sleeping.
Built in 1995, the "old" (we much prefer the term original) Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is as happening as ever and, as a result of an expansion project that concluded in 2010, the property has added a couple of new room towers -- the luxurious Paradise Tower and the all-suite HRH Tower -- as well as several pools and leisure amenities… so it's basically new!
Of course, live music reigns supreme at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, and The Joint has an incomparable reputation. As far as we know, not many other stages have been graced by KISS, Bon Jovi, Paul McCartney, Incubus, Linkin Park and The Killers, among many others. Following the redesign, this state-of-the-art 4,000-seat facility boasts pristine sound, projection and lighting systems that are so advanced they defy easy description. Simply put, there's no better place in town to see and hear your favorite performers…. unless you get privately serenaded…. And if you do, we want to talk to you.
In addition to The Joint, the resort is also home to the smaller and more intimate entertainment venue, Vinyl, which features a variety of entertainment genres including local bands, comedy acts and late-night burlesque.
The main nightclub at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is Body English. Decorated with lush leather furnishings and giant chandeliers this sensual nightclub is much more than a place for simply dancing – it's a place for dancing, drinking, dancing, and perhaps drinking some more all while you enjoy a brilliant showcase of indie, electronic, rock and pop music. But if clubbing among strangers is not quite what you had in mind, the resort's private venue, Vanity offers yet another unique nightlife experience that can be privately rented for special events and parties. Opulently adorned with a decadent interior of hand-cut crystals, antique mirrors, chrome accents and rich tapestries, this is space is the club equivalent for a one-size-fits-all clothing item… there is a little something for everyone.
Those who want to forego the nightclub scene will still be successful in finding that party vibe considering that the entire property is designed with a rockin' time in mind. And if your good time is the same as our good time, which typically includes some cold beverages (or hot, if that's what you're into) then you will probably find yourself among the hotel's two circular bars -- Center Bar in the original Casino Tower and the Luxe Bar in the HRH Tower. And for the sports fanatics out there, you're in luck because those of the rock 'n' roll variety also love a good ball game. If this is you, you can enjoy watching the day's action on countless big-screen TVs spread throughout The Ainsworth -- an elegant nightlife-oriented venue from New York City that serves stellar cocktails and a small menu of upscale American bar foods.
During the summer months, you can bring the party outside and soak up the sun and dance without your pants… in your swimsuit obviously... at Rehab, the home of the original Las Vegas pool party. Rehab's weekly Saturday and Sunday events have become legendary. Imagine a throng of bodies in the skimpiest of swimwear sunbathing, drinking and dancing to music spun by popular DJs in a stunning complex that consists of expansive freeform pools, a waterfall, sandy beach areas and kitted-out cabanas. Blackjack and other games are available at swim-up tables and the bartenders are some of the best on The Strip. But if you just want to relax, a more low-key experience in an equally lush landscape can be found at the Nirvana Pool, the Breathe Pool or the pool sanctuary at the Reliquary Spa, which also features a menu of decadent spa treatments from around the world.
The dining is as self-indulgent as all other aspects of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Nobu is home to modern Japanese cuisine and Fú offers a unique fusion of Asian fare, while 35 Steaks + Martini combines a classic steakhouse ambiance with sumptuous signature cocktails. For casual eats, there's the ever-popular Pink Taco and everyone's favorite -- locals and visitors alike -- Mr. Lucky's Café, which is famous for its not-so-secret $7.77 special, a six-ounce steak, three shrimp and mashed potatoes, that is not listed on the menu but is common knowledge at this laid-back 24-hour coffee shop. Culinary Dropout, which was opened by Restaurateur Sam Fox, is a swanky drinking and pub grub-style dining spot, conveniently adjacent to the pool where you can indulge in everything from fried chicken and biscuits to the signature After School Special cocktail here. If there was ever a perfect concert set list… we think this is the eatery equivalent.
In addition, the retail therapy at the resort is distinctive. The shopping at The Hard Rock provides just the right amount of that rock star flash. Visit Love Jones for lingerie and Rocks The Jeweler for some urban bling as well as John Varvatos for men's wear and the Hard Rock Store for logo gear. However, if you're looking for something a bit more permanent, The Hart & Huntington Tattoo Co. opened up shop at The Hard Rock for those with tatting tendencies.
And now, our favorite part of the entire hotel is well… the entire hotel! Decorated with their extraordinary collection of rock 'n' roll memorabilia in frames and shadowboxes that line the walls and hallways throughout the premises, rock 'n' roll is nothing short of revived around every corner of The Hard Rock. It's like going to the coolest music museum in the world and not having to pay a dime for the views. With guitars from icons such as Johnny Cash and Coldplay members (among many others), a drum kit used by Aerosmith and the clothes worn by Fergie, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera in their music videos, you will truly feel the rockin' energy within the property.
So don't worry, you don't need to find the hair pick and headbands to relive those rock 'n' roll hair days of yours, all you need to do is step into the Hard Rock and let the magic of the surroundings take over.