2018 checklist: 15 things you should do this year in Las Vegas


1.Score a ticket to Lady Gaga’s two-year, 70-plus-show residency, set to launch in December at Park Theater and earn the pop star a reported $100 million.

2.Beg, borrow or sneak your way into Hamilton, Lin Manuel-Miranda’s Pulitzer Prize-winning, zeitgeist-capturing musical coming to the Smith Center’s Reynolds Hall in May.

3.Catch Opium, the funky new show from Spiegelworld—the group behind Absinthe—previewing in March at the Cosmopolitan.

4.Support Lights FC. Now that you’re used to cheering on a goalie, head to Cashman Field in February and give soccer—and Las Vegas’ next professional sports entry—a chance.

5.Experience the new-look Palms. The nightlife, dining and entertainment upgrades you’ve been waiting for since Station Casinos bought the Palms will be sprinkled in throughout the coming year.

6.Dine at Pronto. Giada di Laurentiis wants to go casual with her light Italian cuisine, and she’ll launch what could become a franchise at Caesars Palace in the early part of 2018.

7.Get up close to Shamir on February 23. We’ve been waiting for a proper show (read: not at a festival or arena) from the North Las Vegas product forever, and it’s happening inside the cozy Bunkhouse Saloon.

8.Test out Nevada Taste Site. With its deep list of all-local beers and Area 51-inspired décor, this restaurant and bar looks like another winner from ReBar’s Derek Stonebarger.

9.Revisit Hamburger Mary’s … again for the first time. It’s taken longer than expected, but once it finally re(opens), you’ll need weekly doses of sassy sustenance.

10.Tip off with the WNBA’s Aces, who open play at Mandalay Bay Events Center in May. This is still a basketball town, and we’ve got a new home team.

11.Enter Hell’s Kitchen. One Caesars Palace restaurant is not enough for Gordon Ramsay, who turns up the heat with a new Strip-side eatery based, somehow, on his popular reality TV show.

12.Witness the Monte Carlo’s transition into Park MGM and the NoMad Hotel. It won’t be complete until late 2018, but keep an ear open for new restaurant announcements and check up on the casino to see how fancy it gets.

13.Drink, dine, listen to music and play bar games at Ellis Island’s Front Yard, a double-decker entertainment venue scheduled to open in the spring.

14.Peek inside Palace Station, receiving a multimillion-dollar, top-to-bottom upgrade—new hotel rooms, restaurants, a movie theater, a bowling alley, a resort pool and more.

15.Take T-Mobile to the next decibel level for playoff hockey. Yeah, we said it, and we’re not worried about jinxing it. This team’s too good not to be playing deep into April and maybe beyond …

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