Of all the made-up holidays crowding the calendar—Cyber Monday, Sweetest Day, and yes, even National Avocado Day—one hashtag holiday we can always get behind is Galentine’s Day. It’s not just a clever portmanteau; this day for girlfriends is a chance to celebrate all the ladies in our life who have been there through thick and thin. Of course, the fact that it falls exactly one day before the more popular (or, for some, far more brutal) Valentine’s Day, makes it all the more worthy of a celebration: It’s a day for everyone, regardless of their relationship status, to show gratitude for the special someone(s) of every kind in their life. It’s also a day best spent living life to its fullest, which is why the best Galentine’s Days happen in Las Vegas, one of few places where rolling with your girls will always win out to a romantic evening for two. Here, we check out seven new Sin City hot spots where you’ll want to gather up your squad and party like it's 2/13.
Bobby Flay’s new Italian seafood restaurant Amalfi at Caesars Palace is straight out of the Mediterranean (literally—the celebrity chef was inspired by his many trips to the Amalfi Coast when planning the menu). As if to verify just how fresh everything is, the restaurant is also home to a seafood market, where whole snapper, lobster, and more are chilled in giant mosaicked barrels of ice. The homemade pasta is also made from scratch, just like in the belle paese.
There’s nothing Old World about the Cosmopolitan’s new Italian restaurant, Superfrico—a psychedelic art-filled space where you can dine on chicken Parm amid screaming neon artworks and real-life performers. In addition to the technicolor dining room, Superfrico is home to a series of themed bars and lounges, including an apres-ski-style lounge, a to-go bar serving bottled cocktails, and even a secret polka room. Sure, it all sounds a bit confusing, but trust us, go with it.
There’s a touch of Palm Springs and a hint of Los Cabos at this new colorful café, Peyote, serving every kind of fusion you can imagine. Its menu has a little bit of Japanese, a smattering of Mexican, and tons of healthy, organic ingredients in every dish. It’s all eclectic and energetic—just like the crowd sipping cocktails at the bar.
When your group can’t decide on one cuisine, have no fear: The Cosmopolitan’s new Block 16 is here to sate every palate. The food hall is home to donuts and nachos, hot wings and handrolls, as well as an outpost of David Chang’s beloved Momofuku (this one serving rice bowls and flatbread sandwiches with an Asian twist).
VANDERPUMP COCKTAIL GARDEN
Of course, you can’t help but be attracted to Bravo-lebrity Lisa Vanderpump’s new flower-filled spot at Caesars Palace: Vanderpump Cocktail Garden. It may not be Le Cirque (more on that later) but there’s something mesmerizing about this glowing pink lounge that looks like an improbable cross between Eden and the Gardens of Versailles. The cocktails are delicious too—even if they have reality-TV-inspired names like Nut Job and Checkmate Bitch.
For a refined evening out with the gals, try a classic made new again at Le Cirque. The Bellagio’s famous ode to French fine dining has recently reemerged from a long slumber, thanks to new executive chef Dameon Evers. Though the jewel-box dining room and its billowing circus curtains remain, a new menu with fresh flavors is putting gourmands right back in culinary heaven. The six courses span a range of international influences, from the Hudson Valley foie gras from New York State to the charcoal-grilled Japanese Wagyu with matsutake mushrooms.
WALLY'S WINE & SPIRITS
It only makes sense that L.A.’s favorite wine shop would eventually head to Las Vegas…and expand to dining…and serve one of the best brunches you’ve ever had. The tastemakers behind the Beverly Hills legend Wally's Wine & Spirits are now running a combination restaurant, wine bar, and gourmet market at the new Resorts World. The best way to experience it all is with a decadent brunch—complete with Calvisius caviar and truffle eggs—followed by a shopping spree of Wally’s well curated wines and epicurean delights.
WHERE TO STAY
Exclusive Resort’s apartments at the Vdara Hotel & Spa are right in the middle of downtown Las Vegas—yet refreshingly removed in one of the Strip’s only non-smoking and non-gaming hotels. Each of the four residences features a full kitchen, two bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, and panoramic views of the city, including the famous Bellagio fountains. Exclusive Resorts members have access to the pools, restaurants, and spas at both the Vdara and the neighboring Aria Resort & Casino.