Las Vegas truly excels at extending the trade show experience long after the show floor packs up. With the help of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, show organizers can offer groups the VIP treatment with all the Entertainment Capital of the World has to offer right outside the trade show doors. Options include group outings to award-winning restaurants, dazzling resort-based shows and A-list nightclubs, or Las Vegas-only experiences that will leave lasting memories.
One of the premier foodie destinations in the world, Las Vegas boasts a full slate of celebrity chefs and decadent dining experiences. Trade show organizers have myriad options for buyouts or private dining among a variety of top hotels and resorts throughout Las Vegas.
Caesars Entertainment’s newly branded Horseshoe Las Vegas, formerly Bally’s, retained its legacy Jack Binion’s Steakhouse which features a circular bar at the entry for a signature cocktail or award-winning wine. Attendees can then head to the 7,000-square-foot restaurant for a night of culinary indulgence.
Yellowtail Japanese Restaurant and Lounge at the Bellagio Hotel & Casino mixes flavors of Japan and Korea, featuring fish flown in daily from around the world and a hand-selected wine and sake collection. The elegant space offers private dining options.
Impeccable sushi by Chef Nobu Matsuhisa is on the menu at Nobu Las Vegas at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas. For a group experience, the restaurant offers full buyouts, while the Nikko Room inside Nobu, decked out with stained-glass windows and funky lighting, can cater to more intimate receptions.
Set in the exclusive Tower Suites at Wynn Las Vegas, Delilah looks to the 1950s-era Vegas showrooms for its supper club-style inspiration. Delilah’s cuisine is at the height of decadence, while the venue also features DJs and live music at its bandshell. Delilah features multiple backdrops for groups to dine and network, including a private dining room.
For a setting with a French twist, Mon Ami Gabi at Paris Las Vegas features star Chef Vincent Pouessel at the helm who incorporates simple, seasonal ingredients into his menu at this authentic French bistro. Artisanal cheeses and more than 80 boutique wines join French classics such as quiche Lorraine. The indoor cafe, atrium and open-air patio are all available for group dining.
Entertainment and Experiences
The perfect way to experience a variety of Las Vegas’ abundant dining options is with Lip Smacking Foodie Tours, known for its immersive private dining experiences. The company can host up to 250 people visiting four top-name restaurants, including VIP seating and a tasting of signature dishes at every restaurant. For larger groups of 500, tours stop at three restaurants.
Maverick Helicopters also caters to trade show teams with special group offers, such as a scenic flight over the Strip coupled with a preflight reception at Maverick’s private event space overlooking Harry Reid International Airport.
Equally impressive for its 360-degree panoramas, the High Roller Observation Wheel at The LINQ Hotel + Experience offers birds-eye views from 550-feet over the Las Vegas Strip. Private cabins for up to 25 are available for a VIP experience, including an open bar for craft cocktails replete with personal bartenders during a half-hour rotation of the wheel. Networking options before and after the ride include receptions at The Wheelhouse or at the Pre-Roll, both dedicated spaces for exclusive parties.
Interactive entertainment complex Area15 is home to Meow Wolf‘s Omega Mart, which incorporates immersive storytelling and a test of the imagination. The exhibition is full of surprises including the hidden Datamosh Bar. There are options for a full facility buyout, teambuilding activities, scavenger hunts and VIP experiences.
This year will mark the debut of the Madison Square Garden (MSG) Sphere, a one-of-a-kind venue for live music, sports, gaming and corporate events among other uses. The Sphere when it opens in the second half of 2023 is expected to be the largest spherical structure in the world and will accommodate 20,000 spectators. Corporate groups will be able to use the venue’s 23 VIP suites, as well as the world’s highest resolution LED screen for custom content, giving trade show organizers an option to brand their events.
Las Vegas is rich with innovative, world-renowned productions gracing all its top resorts, including a variety of Cirque du Soleil shows. One of the most recent additions is New York-New York Las Vegas Hotel & Casino‘s “Mad Apple,” featuring Manhattan-style street performers and a soundtrack of New York-inspired hit music. Meanwhile, the longstanding show “O” at the Bellagio Hotel & Casino, is a top draw for its ingenuity and aquatic feats.
Caesars Palace Las Vegas is home to the bawdy “Absinthe.” The adults-only production mixes raunchy comedy, racy burlesque performers and thrilling one-of-a-kind acrobatics for one of the most entertaining shows on the Strip. “Absinthe” is performed at an intimate theater in the round.
The voice of Anthony Hopkins greets spectators at “Awakening” at Wynn Las Vegas, a mythical tale featuring bewitching characters, enchanting puppetry, compelling choreography and music, and state-of-the-art technology. A 360-degree custom-designed theater adds to the power of illusion.
The Luxor Las Vegas meanwhile draws for its star power with its “America’s Got Talent” (AGT) showcase of past AGT winners, featuring magicians, acrobats and super-star musicians. Attendees can book a VIP Experience, which includes premium seating, professional photo opportunities on the red carpet and at the judge’s desk, and a meet-and-greet photo opportunity.
Las Vegas is an elite class when it comes to legacy lounges and innovative nightclubs, all ready to welcome attendees after the trade show ends. For an all-in-one experience, Zouk Las Vegas at Resorts World Las Vegas – Hilton, Conrad & Crockfords offers more than 100,000 square feet of space at is various venues, which can be customized for group buyouts. Venues include Zouk Nightclub, which houses the funky Empire by Zouk and Capital Bar — the perfect first stop for a signature Zouk cocktail. Another outlet at Zouk Las Vegas is RedTail, a lounge with interactive gaming, live entertainment and signature cocktails.
While Zouk Las Vegas dazzles with its techno wizardry, Legacy Club at Circa Las Vegas impresses with its rooftop views of Downtown Las Vegas and its custom gold bars, which are on display. Legacy Club’s mixologists also offer the Elevated Spirits Craft Cocktail Course, featuring lessons on perfecting three different cocktails.
Another Downtown Las Vegas option is the Rush Lounge at Golden Nugget which offers live entertainment and hand-crafted cocktails. Dressed up in red hues, Rush Lounge can cater to groups with VIP table service.
Las Vegas panoramas are a highlight at swanky Ghostbar at Palms Casino Resort, with sightlines to the Strip, Las Vegas Raiders’ Allegiant Stadium and Red Rock Canyon. The outdoor deck brings cache to the iconic bar, as does the indoor setting, which draws A-list celebrities. Attendees can book both indoor and outdoor spaces for networking after business hours.
One of Las Vegas’ hidden treasures, The Barbershop at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, hearkens the Prohibition era with its speakeasy-era entrance. The bar is decorated as a 1920s-era barbershop, even offering haircuts and straight-razor shaves from local barbers. The venue is available for buyouts of up to 150.
Whether it’s a glittering new venue or heralded new chef, Las Vegas’ ever-evolving entertainment and nightlife options offer trade show organizers the full gamut of experiences to help drive attendance and a reason for attendees to keep coming back.