Since I'm on my way out the office, I will scour the thread in the days ahead and update the first page accordingly... As of now, I'll let other contributors post, and I'll amend the first post.... It was time, and we don't know if OP from the other thread made it to Vegas or survived Vegas. *EDIT* As silly as it sounds for those that live in Southern California and frequent Las Vegas, to most that don't frequent they may think Stratosphere is a hop and a skip from the hot spots, it isn't. Click on the map to expand it, even though it's a 2013 map it's already outdated since the Sahara is closed (*No one cares*). The first section of this post will be.... Planning your trip: Las Vegas Hotels and Casinos (On/Off the Strip): Tier 1 Spoiler: Warning: Spoiler! Wynn/Encore Venetian/Palazzo Cosmopolitan Caesar's Palace Bellagio Aria Vdara Tier 2 Spoiler: Warning: Spoiler! MGM Grand Mandalay Bay Mirage Monte Carlo Planet Hollywood/Elara Tier 3 Spoiler: Warning: Spoiler! Hard Rock Hotel Paris Harrah's Flamingo Treasure Island Palms Rio New York New York Bally Budget Hotels Spoiler: Warning: Spoiler! Luxor Excalibur Tropicana Hooters Riviera Circus Circus Stratosphere South Point M Downtown Vegas/Fremont The Quad? Because we are on this site due to sneakers, if you want to check out some spots... http://niketalk.com/t/13535/las-vegas-sneaker-guide/0_20 Nightclubs and locations: Spoiler: Warning: Spoiler! Bellagio -The Bank Bellagio -Hyde Bellagio -Lily Caesars Palace -Pure Nightclub City Center / Aria -Gold City Center / Cosmopolitan -Marquee City Center / Aria -Haze Hard Rock Hotel -Vanity Luxor -Cathouse Luxor -LAX Mandalay Bay -Eye Candy (Free) Mandalay Bay -Foundation Room Mandalay Bay -Mix MGM Grand -TABU New York, New York -Coyote Ugly Mirage -1OAK Mirage -Revolution Palms -Ghost Bar Palms -Moon Nightclub Palms -Playboy Club Palms -Rain Paris -Chateau Planet Hollywood -Gallery Planet Hollywood -Krave (Alternative Club) The Rio -VooDoo Lounge Venetian -Tao Nightclub Venetian (Palazzo Tower) -LAVO Wynn -Surrender Wynn --Tryst Nightclub Wynn -XS Credit: Jack Colton Hasn't been updated, doesn't include Hakkassan at the MGM Grand or Light at Mandalay Bay. Both are new additions this summer season, and worth checking out. Hakkassan for it's amazing DJ lineup and Light for it's overall experience (According to reviews). XS Night Swim also isn't included, its on Sunday nights. Solid Club guide, covers everything from dress codes to average drink prices... http://www.jackcolton.com/guide-categories/club/ Pools and Day Clubs: Spoiler: Warning: Spoiler! Bare - Mirage Daylight - Mandalay Bay Encore Beach Club - Encore/Wynn Liquid - Aria Marquee Day Club - Cosmopolitan Palms Pool - Palms Rehab - Hard Rock Hotel Tao Beach - Venetian Wet Republic - MGM Grand Bagattelle - Tropicana Great guide for picking a pool and which day to pick it... http://www.jackcolton.com/guides/which-las-vegas-pools/ Quick guide on bars to kill time during the day: Spoiler: Warning: Spoiler! http://www.jackcolton.com/restaurants/party-patios/ Dining options if you are taking a date or loved one to Vegas: Spoiler: Warning: Spoiler! http://www.jackcolton.com/restaurants/sexiest-dining-in-las-vegas/ If you are not from the LA area, there are a lot of establishments setting up shop around the strip. Fogo de Chao, Morton Steakhouse, Ruth Chris all have locations near the strip. Steakhouses: Spoiler: Warning: Spoiler! http://www.jackcolton.com/restaurants/best-steakhouses-in-las-vegas/ Also hear great things abou the steakhouse at Circus Circus, although I have never tried it myself. Del Frisco's (Howard Hughes Ave) and the Golden Steer are also highly rated but off the strip. Buffets Spoiler: Warning: Spoiler! Buffets are very popular in Vegas, and most of the best ones are those that have amazing seafood. If you don't like seafood, like myself, you are usually SOL when it comes to bufffets and just paying a high price to see friends gorge on seafood. Here are some solid buffets, in no particular order. If you don't have a taste for seafood I suggest a steakhouse or a fine dining establishment. Wicked Spoon (Cosmo) - Great variety, doesn't rely on seafood. Sterling Brunch (Ballys) - Expensive, but if you like seafood it's well worth it (caviar), also bottomless champagne. Caesars Bellagio Rio M Resort - Off the strip, and probably best on your way home to SoCal, but solid Wynn Other eats for foodies: Spoiler: Warning: Spoiler! Hash House Earl of Sandwich (Planet Hollywood) Burger Bar (Mandalay Bay) Holsteins (Cosmopolitan) Carlos and Charlies Carnegie Deli (Mirage) BLT Burger (Mirage) Secret Pizza (Cosmo) Sugar Factory Wichcraft (MGM Grand) Once you get there... "$20 Trick": Spoiler: Warning: Spoiler! 1. $20 Bill and fold it. 2. Place it in between your CC and your ID. 3. Hand it to the person checking you in, politely ask if there are any upgrades available. Don't give more than $20, not necessary and wont get you more. If they can't, they usually can't. Most will return the $20 if they can't do anything.