8 Ways To Occupy Your Time at the Venetian Las Vegas

Gondola rides at Venetian Hotel.
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You could book an ordinary hotel for your trip to Vegas, or you could stay in a full-blown resort like the Venetian. When you choose the Venetian and its adjacent sister property, The Palazzo, you not only get a spacious suite to call your temporary home,—you also get a seemingly endless amount of options for how to spend your time.

When you consider the food options alone, you might stay at these hotels for a couple of weeks and never try all of their restaurants. At the Venetian, that would be a shame. The hotel’s Carnevino steakhouse and Table 10 by Emeril Lagasse are both deserving repeat visits, but add Yardbird Southern Table and Bar, Public House and Morels to the mix and you will have a few tough decisions when it comes to dinner time.

The hotel’s shopping options are extensive in the Grand Canal Shoppes, and choosing a spot for a drink becomes a struggle between lounges, casino bars and nightclubs. How will you survive the stress of these difficult decisions? A visit to the...MORE Canyon Ranch Spa can help.  Or, utilize your spacious suite! The rooms at Venetian and Palazzo include plenty of space to lounge, plus deep tubs for soaking. With so much to do you might need a quick guide to help you navigate your vacation.

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    ••• The Venetian Las Vegas

    Be prepared to spend a lot of time at The Dorsey — the Venetian’s stylish cocktail bar slinging boozy drinks and undeniable Vegas vibe.You might find yourself drinking a cocktail out of a fishbowl, flamingo or tiki glass, but don’t worry — this classy lounge isn’t your college dive bar.   A rotating roster of DJs presides over the space each night — so whether you simply want to sip and savor the night from a sofa or hit the dance floor, you’re in for a long evening at the Dorsey.

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    ••• The Venetian Las Vegas

    Don’t expect the ordinary when you step into Chef Lorena Garcia’s Chica at Venetian Las Vegas. Yes, she is cooking Latin cuisine but her exploration along the flavor spectrum that is Latin America reads like the passport of a well traveled explorer. Chef Garcia grabs inspiration from Mexico, Argentina, Peru and pretty much every corner of Central and South America. Look for empanadas, ceviche, arepas and, yes, even a few tacos, on the menu here Order a zesty Caipirinha, a citrusy Margarita or a classic Pisco Sour from Chica’s cocktail list to round out your meal.

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    Minus5 Experience Las Vegas
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    The cocktails are ice cold at the Minus5 Ice Experience in the Grand Canal Shoppes — this is as close to winter as Vegas ever gets. Put on a parka, order a vodka cocktail in an ice glass and you can forget all about the sweltering heat just outside. The setting is pure cool with a 1500 square foot room made out of over 100 tons of 100% pure Canadian ice.   Minus5 also has locations at the Mandalay Bay and Monte Carlo resorts. Admission ranges from $22 to $75.

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    Brunch at Buchon Las Vegas
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    Bouchon is already an established member of the famed Thomas Keller restaurant family, but the restaurant only recently started serving brunch daily.  Imagine a savory crepe alongside beignets du jour that are oozing sugar and Nutella. The pain perdu is a French toast with blueberry compote that balance sweet and savory so delicately. It might not be the French Laundry in Yountville but the mechanics of the cooking and the customer service is coming from the same culinary background. Don’t miss Keller’s raw bar the raw bar or the bakeries also located on the property.

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    ••• BAZ Las Vegas at Venetian Las Vegas. Erik Kabik

    The show is a mash-up of pop culture that has appropriated a couple of classics. Filmmaker Baz Luhrmann created the film versions of "Romeo + Juliet," "Moulin Rouge," and "The Great Gatsby” and then combined them all into BAZ.. The love stories are intertwined on this intimate stage with stories of star crossed loves. An injection of modern day music and classic settings mixed in with powerful performances transport the audience into a scene of romance, drama and everlasting love. This is not your typical Las Vegas show, but if you enjoy literature, dance, music and great stage presence, BAZ is a must see.

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    Get a Dose of Art and Architecture

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    Stroll through the Venetian and Palazzo and you'll find an impressive collection of art and some magnificent architectural features that should not be missed. St. Mark’s Square is vibrant with the energy of the surrounding restaurants and the mood of the singing gondoliers. The Armillary Sphere of The Venetian has been recreated in the resort lobby and it is on display underneath the high ceilings adorned with a multitude of frescoes.

    In the lobby of the Palazzo, Samuel G. Bocchicchio’s “Acqua di Cristallo” is a stunning representation of translucent women in a sea of water. Head to the Atrium and you’ll be greeted by Laura Klimpton’s LOVE, a 13 foot high piece that is part of her Monumental Word series.  Also in the Atrium, Anne Patterson’s Another Sky falls from the ceiling in a dramatic and colorful array of ribbons. This piece consists of over 3500 colorful ribbons strategically placed to reflect light and sway with the mood of the room. Walk around the Waterfall Atrium or view...MORE Another Sky from the balcony for a different perspective from every vantage point.

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    TAO Las Vegas at Ventian Resort
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    Start your TAO experience with a drink at the Tao Lounge, a rich room draped in velvet and silk, and studded with water features.  Next, move into TAO Bistro for a pre-nightclub meal that highlights favorites from Japanese, Thai and Chinese cuisine.  After dinner, the massive nightclub is all yours with 10,000 square feet of Las Vegas nightlife. Find a private corner or dance in either of the main rooms. There is a terrace overlooking the strip, VIP skyboxes and action until 5am. Dress code is Upscale-casual; button down collared shirts and dress shoes for gentlemen. No baseball hats, tennis shoes, or open-toed shoes for men.

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    Lagasse's Stadium
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    Does Las Vegas need another beer garden? Well, if it includes the styling of Emeril Lagasse and a tour of Bavaria, the answer is yes. Lagasse’s Stadium at Palazzo has been known as the place where sports and good food combine, but the newest addition to the theme is The Biergarten at Lagasse's Stadium.  Situated on the patio with a view of the Las Vegas strip, this communal gathering spot will not only boast the qualities of a proper beer garden but will also bring in some Vegas flare to the concept of beer and pretzels. You can expect to dine al fresco on homemade potato pancakes with applesauce and sour cream; giant Bavarian pretzel with beer cheese dipping sauce; flame grilled bratwurst with sauerkraut and mashed potatoes; and thinly pounded crispy pork or chicken schnitzel. Oh, and they have plenty of beer.