Thursday Night: Las Vegas
Ah, Thursday night—the only truly social night of the week. It’s the night when babysitters are booked, friends convene and drinks are imbibed. There are no family obligations to fulfill, no amateurish weekend crowds to elbow through—and the possibilities are endless. The night starts after work and ends whenever you want. In any city. All over the world.
This week, we present the perfect Thursday night in Las Vegas:
Hop in a cab from your hotel on the strip and head to the new Container Park, in the heart of Vegas’ revitalized Downtown. Do a little bit of shopping in the Park’s boutique fashion shops and art galleries surrounding the giant praying mantis sculpture. You’ll want to take a selfie with the giant insect. It shoots flames out of its antennae at random intervals. Browse the hand-crafted jewelry at Art Box or chat up a personal stylist at American Vagabond.
It’s time for a cocktail. Fremont Street (you’re still Downtown) and its environs are excellent for bar-hopping, so have a beer in the back garden of Park on Fremont, a cocktail at mixology den Commonwealth, a margarita at La Comida, or a shot at The Griffin, where the jukebox is among the best in Las Vegas. Whatever you do, don’t grab any food just yet. There’s much better dining elsewhere in Vegas, on and off the Strip.
Oddly enough, some of the world’s best seafood is found in the Mojave desert. My favorite Vegas restaurant is Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare at Wynn Las Vegas. The restaurant is best known for its colossal langoustines, which arrive, still alive, after flying in from an undisclosed location. If you feel like splurging, order some of those on top of a tasting menu, which features ridiculously difficult-to-find seafood from the Mediterranean and beyond. You can also have a wonderful meal just sitting at the bar for a plate of chef Paul Bartolotta’s spaghetti bottarga.
Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare at Wynn Las Vegas. (Courtesy:Wynn Las Vegas)
An off Strip option is Kabuto on Spring Mountain Road. Part of a strip mall full of world-class Asian restaurants, Kabuto offers simply prepared sushi (no crazy rolls here) with the highest-quality ingredients from the Japanese fish markets. The $48, 10-piece nigiri tasting, which includes aperitif sake, a hand roll, and dessert, is a steal. If you want to order by the piece beyond that, we highly recommend ultra-silky wakaremi, a fatty cut of tuna that's even better than toro.