Las Vegas Valentine’s Day Survival Tips
1. Plan ahead, as couples from all over the world come here to celebrate on February 14th. Everything from hotel rooms, flights, wedding chapels, shows, will all be in high demand.
2. Make dinner reservations. If you are going to any restaurant on Valentine’s day either book ahead of time or be prepared to wait in line for a very long time.
Known as the Marriage Capital of the World, Las Vegas has long been a destination for those looking to tie the knot quickly and with ease. Iconic spots such as the drive-through altar at the Little White Wedding Chapel and the Graceland Wedding Chapel are must-sees on the Vegas map, whether or not vows are in your plans.
If you want to impress your spouse or significant other with the perfect Valentine’s Day getaway, Vegas is your answer. Take advantage of the city’s abundance of romantic shows, attractions and restaurants.
The Bellagio Fountains have been the site of many proposals and even a few weddings. Once you see the romantic setting on the lake in front of the resort, hear the beautiful music, watch the soaring water and just take in the sheer beauty of the attraction, you’ll understand why.
Venice is one of the world’s most romantic cities and if you can’t make the trip across the pond, the Venetian hotel has created canals and gondolas modeled after the real thing. The gondolas, complete with singing gondolier, will take you on a romantic cruise through the resort’s indoor and outdoor canals, and there is also a wedding gondola available, elaborately decorated in white and gold, that serves as the site for numerous wedding ceremonies.
Located just 17 miles from the Strip, Lake Las Vegas is a beautiful manmade lake featuring MonteLago Village, a shopping and dining area created to look like an Italian village. Gondola cruises are available here as well. Three boats venture out for glorious lake cruises with singing gondoliers. As is custom in Venice, couples are expected to kiss when passing under the Ponte Vecchio bridge. Guests also can request upgrades to their cruises such as roses, disposable cameras and a “Message in a Bottle.” The staff also will help to arrange proposals.
Love is in the air — literally — at the Paris Las Vegas Eiffel Tower. For the ultimate romantic setting, there’s no need to travel across the globe to capture the feeling of Paris. Visitors who venture to the top of the tower, which is a half-size replica of the real thing, will enjoy views nearly 50 stories above the ground. For more Vegas attractions, click here.
Rockhouse Bar & Nightclub encourages lovers and singles to celebrate the first annual “Get Your Heart On” Valentine’s Day bash, Tuesday, Feb. 14. Instead of being romantic and sentimental, why not have all partygoers celebrate it the Rockhouse way? The ultra-dive bar will offer the most affordable drink specials on the Strip with the price of two drinks for one all day until midnight including two-for-one champagne flutes.
Love is in the air at Rice & Company this Valentine’s Day as Executive Chef Danny Chen introduces the new mouthwatering sushi creation “Naughty & Spice” now being served at the restaurant at Luxor Hotel and Casino. This themed specialty roll is stuffed with crunchy shrimp tempura, spicy tuna and juicy mango, topped with salmon and avocado. Sliced strawberries and a spicy strawberry sauce envelop Chen’s decadent invention, creating a tantalizing mixture of sugar and spice. The roll is priced at $16.
Ladies looking to heat up their love lives this Valentine’s Day can learn the art of seduction from real Las Vegas showgirls at Excalibur Hotel & Casino’s interactive class Night School 4 Girls. With signature burlesque and pole dance moves ladies will learn the skills it takes to ensure that all of the luck in Vegas isn’t only found on the casino floor. In addition to learning new, sexy moves, students will be taught the basics of partying Las Vegas style from Laura Croft. Night School 4 Girls is located in the Thunder From Down Under Showroom at Excalibur Hotel & Casino. The 70-minute classes are offered every Friday at 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Class times for Saturdays are 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Packages are available only for women 18 and over.
Comme Ça at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas will feature a Valentine’s Day prix fixe dinner February 14. The meal will be priced at $99 per person, with the option of a wine pairing for an additional $50 per person. Guests will begin their dining experience with a choice of the ‘Beeting’ Hearts hors d’oeuvre, which features hearts of roasted beats, blood orange, crushed hazelnuts and horseradish; or Seared Dayboat Scallops with champagne butter, Osetra caviar and candied rose petal. Diners will also have the option of adding Fruits de Mer from the signature raw bar for an additional $40 per person. For the main course, patrons can indulge in Lobster Thermidor or the eatery’s popular Beef Wellington. Guests will enjoy a tasting of truffles for the dessert course including white chocolate with rose champagne truffles, smoked dark chocolate with chili truffles and milk chocolate truffles made with condensed milk.
LBS Burger Joint at Red Rock Resort will celebrate stag for “Anti Valentine’s Day” on Tuesday, Feb. 14. Celebrate a “single” relationship status at LBS with specialty “Anti Valentine’s Day” cocktails, only offered on Valentine’s Day. The shot and cocktail combo, priced at $14, will be a sweet ending to the night.
PBR Rock Bar & Grill will offer the ultimate date night for couples who want to commemorate the holiday in a rockin’ way with hearty American comfort food, drink specials and bull riding on Tuesday, Feb. 14.Lovebirds can start their night with romantic, two-for-one bull rides on the daunting mechanical bull and make a toast to their love with two-for-one glasses of champagne.
This Valentine’s Day, The Barrymore inside The Royal Resort will provide guests with a prix fixe dinner sure to please all lovebirds.The evening starts with a choice of roasted tomato tarte tatin with goat cheese, caramelized onions and haricot vert pesto or tuna tartar with avocado relish, caviar crème, chive oil and papadums crisps. For the second course, couples may choose from pan seared dorade, braised and gratin endives and jambon broth or pistachio crusted lamb rack, smoked potato and Roquefort gnocchi, confit tomato and natural jus. Finally, guests will satisfy their sweet tooth with a choice of raspberry-passion fruit verrine, almond sponge cake with vanilla bean mousse and Chambord macerated raspberries. The menu is $50 per person with a wine pairing for an additional cost upon request.
Couples can celebrate their love Feb. 14 at Sugar Factory American Brasserie at Paris Las Vegas. The decadent four-course menu is priced at $75 per couple and served from 1 p.m. until midnight. Begin with an amuse-bouche of Sweet 100 tomato bruschetta,followed by a market greens salad. For the main course, guests may elect to have the chateaubriand for two of roasted angus beef accompanied by whipped Yukon Gold potatoes and asparagus, drizzled with a savory red wine mushroom sauce or the Maine lobster fettuccine with garden peas, fresh herbs and a rich Alfredo sauce. Dessert includes strawberries, lemon pound cake, red velvet cake and brownie bites, ready to be dipped in a white chocolate red velvet fondue, served warm at the table.
Caesars Entertainment resorts will be celebrating Valentine’s Day in their spas. Qua Baths & Spa at Caesars Palace will offer sweet treat facials and sensual couples’ massages. For those solo, Rio Spa & Salon at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino will be celebrating Singles Awareness Day with its take on anti-Valentine’s treatments including a makeover for revenge. Spa by Mandara at Paris Las Vegas and Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino will offer lavish romance and luxury couples’ treatments in private suites.
“Fantasy” at the Luxor is teaming with Tacos & Tequila and Rice & Company for dinner and show packages for Valentine’s Day. Valid February 1 – 29, patrons purchasing the “Get a Heart On” package will receive a prix fixe menu at either restaurant, two tickets to “Fantasy” and a 2012 Ultimate “Fantasy” calendar.
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House will offer a special Valentine’s feature available February 14th – an 8-ounce filet and 8-ounce lobster tail for $79.
Rhumbar at The Mirage will showcase love story movies on the patio while guests sip weather inspired concoctions and cuddle with their Valentine under a specially made Rhumbar Snuggie. On Tuesday, Feb. 14, patrons will enjoy classic romantic movies such as “Casablanca,” “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and others, while they cuddle up under Snuggies. Guests will also enjoy tasty treats such as the “S’mooches and S’mores,” the “Butter Me Up” and the “Apple Pie.”
From Wednesday, Feb. 8, until Tuesday, Feb. 14, Michael Boychuck’s world-renowned salons – COLOR, a Salon by Michael Boychuck at Caesars Palace and AMP Salon at the Palms Resort & Casino – will offer the specialty package for $185, originally valued at $240. The salons will pamper clients with a professional make-up application with lashes, an express manicure and an express pedicure. Clients will have the option to upgrade packages for an additional cost.
Alizé at the Palms will offer a special four-course menu for Valentine’s Day. The cost for the meal $125 per person and features items like an amuse bouche, a first course of either roasted king crab or foie gras terrine and a dessert trio that will feature a long-stem strawberry with chocolate fondue and shortbread cookies, Meyer lemon gateau with blackberry sauce and poppy seed gaufrette, and white chocolate and macadamia torte with a caramelized Florentine.
Lynyrd Skynyrd BBQ & Beer at Excalibur Hotel & Casino will celebrate Valentine’s Day with live entertainment from dueling pianos as well as barbecue and beer specials on Tuesday, Feb. 14. Priced at $19.95 per person, guests will indulge in the “Tap That Special” for two that includes a quarter pound of brisket, two spare ribs and a hot link sandwich with a choice of two sides. Guests will enjoy $3 beers on tap including Lynyrd Skynyrd Lager, Coors Light and PBR Shiner Bock.
Celebrate El Dia Del Amor, Chef Saul Ortiz has created a special Valentine’s Day prix fixe menu for couples to share on Tuesday, Feb. 14, at Tacos & Tequila (T&T) inside Luxor Hotel and Casino. Priced at $29 per person, the menu features appetizers, a choice between three entrées and a dessert sampler that includes a traditional Mexican flan, a chocolate morenita sundae and a sweet tres leches cake.
Mon Ami Gabi at Paris Las Vegas is celebrating Valentine’s Day for an entire week, serving up specials from Thursday, Feb.9 through Wednesday, Feb. 16. Throughout the week, guests can begin their meal with a warm cup of rich lobster bisque with lobster pomme puree or try the seasonal tartine of wild and tamed mushrooms with poached egg and chive aioli. For the main course, indulge in sautéed sea bass with crab mashed potatoes and Champagne butter sauce or savory beef Wellington. End the evening on a sweet note with blood orange and coconut sorbet or a slice of red velvet cake.
Silverton Casino Hotel welcomes singles to the Stupid Cupid singles mixer Feb. 11 at 7 p.m., where they can mix and mingle during a speed dating event as well as enjoy beer pong and a live DJ and karaoke. In addition, those who participate in the speed dating portion of the evening can look forward to free cocktails. Admission for the night is $5 with a Silverton Rewards Club Card and $10 without a card.
Marriage Can Be Murder, an interactive comedy and murder mystery dinner experience at Fitzgeralds, will have special Valentine’s-themed shows Feb. 10 – 14 that include a special menu, chocolates and more.
The Country Club at Wynn is offering a special aphrodisiac menu for Valentine’s Day. Executive Chef Carlo Guia has planned a selection of special dishes including chilled oysters on the half shell; house-smoked salmon parfait with ‘caviar cube;’ pan roasted sea scallops; grilled filet mignon with asparagus and roasted garlic fingerling potato hash and Cognac demi-glaze and a chocolate fondue for two, with strawberries, raspberries, pineapple, port-macerated figs and vanilla macaroons. These specials may be ordered a la carte, or enjoyed as a complete five-course meal at a prix fixe of $95 per person, not inclusive of tax and gratuity.
In addition to the complete a la carte menu, executive chef Billy DeMarco has created a prix fixe, five-course Valentine’s Day tasting menu at La Cave at Wynn. The special menu features roasted squash salad; tuna and stone crab salad with a blood orange dressing; sweet potato gnocchi with braised short rib and a pea puree; carved filet and lobster tail with creamed spinach and potato gratin and a chef’s selection of desserts. The five-course menu is prix fixe, priced at $95 per person, not inclusive of tax and gratuity. For an additional $50, each course can be paired with a Sommelier selection of wine. All guests who opt for the Valentine’s Day tasting menu will also receive a complimentary glass of Beau Joie Champagne.
Parasol Up and Down bars at Wynn are serving the Aphrodite, an effervescent drink combining Perrier Jouet Grand Brut Champagne, Absolut raspberry vodka and organic raspberry syrup. Aphrodite will be available at Parasol Up and Down, Feb. 10-14.