Hey guys! I am finally getting my life back in order after our 4 days in Vegas. I have to be honest, this morning hurt a little, I was back at the gym at 8am trying to work off all the amazing food we ate…lol. We went to Sin City to meet up with my friend, Zara, and her husband, Philip, from South Africa. I haven’t seen Zara in about 7 years and was totally looking forward to the trip for months!
We left Palm Springs in our Mustang convertible (shoutout to Enterprise for the sweet ride!) and drove to Joshua Tree for a coffee break at Joshua Tree Coffee before hitting the 2 lane desert highway that runs between 29 Palms and Stateline, through the heart of the Mohave Desert. If you have never done the weekend drive between So Cal and Vegas you don’t understand the nightmare that the 15 can be….loads of traffic, accidents, and if you are unfortunate enough to hit a major accident chances are you will be stuck in park on the freeway…which is why we opted for the backroads. We stopped at a Route 66 landmark, Roy’s Cafe, in Amboy and got some fun photos before driving the rest of the way into Vegas. The total drive was just under 4 hours, not bad!
We met up with our friends for dinner at Hakkasan inside of MGM Grand. The space is a maze of different “dining rooms” with dim lighting and comfy booths. We decided to share a bottle of wine and order a bunch of appetizers instead of a full meal. The Dim Sum was a little piece of heaven and the Short Ribs were AMAZING. The restaurant offers suggestions on how many appetizers, entrees, and rice/noodle dishes to order based on your table size but honestly, it seemed like so much food…especially since we were heading straight to the club after.
After dinner we went upstairs to Hakkasan, the nightclub, which features multiple levels and dance floors with plenty of VIP booths for bottle service. I felt like I had to check out the space since a friend of mine works for the group but honestly, I prefer more intimate club spaces with a laid back attitude.
Since we were all feeling the lounge vibe more than the club vibe we found Whiskey Down and found a couple of brown leather couches to sit back, relax, and sip our drinks. I felt it was only right to order Rye at a Whiskey bar while everyone else opted for vodka or beer. We hung out and people watched, listened to the live band, and caught up until the wee hours of the morning.
Check back tomorrow to read about day 2 of our trip and the most beautiful brunch spot…well, ever!