What happens in Vegas? Packed clubs, glitzy shows and gambling still reign on the Strip, but today’s Sin City offers a whole lot more than just sin.
Author Michael Kaplan Photography Brad Swonetz
IT IS 2 A.M. in Las Vegas, but you wouldn’t know it from the crowd at Mr. Lucky’s 24-7. Inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s always-open coffee shop, excited-looking twentysomethings chow down on pancakes and omelets on one side, a poker fiend dines on steak fajitas on the other, and a Japanese crowd that just decamped from the Hard Rock’s nightclub of the moment, Vanity, tucks into a round of turkey clubs in the back. Many cities claim to be ’round-the-clock. Vegas truly is. But its appeal is broader than that. Yes, L.A.’s glitterati fly in for sleepless weekends of clubbing, but nature-lovers also come to marvel at desert sunrises and luxurious retreats. Gamblers from around the globe enjoy blackjack with their morning coffee, but foodies flock here too, to sample dishes prepared by some of the planet’s top chefs. You finish off the last of your Mr. Lucky’s Secret Special (an eight- ounce steak and three shrimp, available for $7.77, ordered off-menu) and head to your room to bank some of the sleep that you’ll surely be missing over the next three days.
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Image – Brad Swonetz