After a productive day on the ISSA/INTERCLEAN® North America trade show floor this fall, the city of Las Vegas beckons. Sure, you might be a bit tired and experience sore feet (pro tip: wear comfortable shoes!), but hopefully you have some fuel left in your tank after leaving the Las Vegas Convention Center to enjoy a great meal, take in a world-class show, or simply see the sights. Las Vegas has all that—and more—in spades.
Whether you’re a Vegas veteran or experiencing Sin City for the first time this October, the city is consistently changing and always has something new to offer. Let’s take a look at some new dining and entertainment options that have come on the scene since 2013—the last time ISSA/INTERCLEAN was hosted in Las Vegas—as well as some mainstays that should be on your radar once the show floor closes for the day.
Where to Eat
From casual dining to some of the finest restaurants in the world, Las Vegas’s food scene is tough to beat. If you’re a fervent foodie or just looking for a place to watch the game with a burger and a beer, you’re sure to find your flavor at one of these hotspots.
- Giada. This new Italian restaurant from Food Network star Giada De Laurentiis is located in The Cromwell Hotel & Casino, a new boutique property located on the Las Vegas Strip. Giada is among the hottest new restaurants in the city, and recently won Best of Las Vegas 2015 awards in two categories: Italian and Restaurant with a View.
- Todd English P.U.B. If the aforementioned burger and a beer are calling your name, P.U.B. is a solid option. Located in Crystals at City Center, this gastropub offers upscale bar food, one of the top beer lists on the Strip, and ample TVs to watch the game(s).
- Chada Street. For adventurous eaters who are looking for something off the beaten path, this new restaurant located in Las Vegas’s Chinatown area—about one mile west of the Strip on Spring Mountain Road—is said to feature creative takes on Thai street food.
- Carnevino. Located in The Palazzo on the casino floor, this Italian steakhouse from chef Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich gets rave reviews for its massive rib-eye steaks and extensive international wine list.
Arts & Entertainment
Las Vegas has coined itself “The Entertainment Capital of the World” for a reason. According to Travel & Leisure magazine, the Las Vegas Strip attracts more than 30 million visitors annually, and is the sixth most-visited tourist attraction worldwide. From sightseeing and live music to the shows for which Las Vegas has become well known, there is a wide variety of entertainment options available while you’re in town for ISSA/INTERCLEAN.
- The High Roller. Located behind The LINQ Hotel & Casino mid-Strip, this 550-foot-tall observation wheel is the largest in the world. It is said to boast phenomenal views of Las Vegas and the surrounding area—especially at sunset and nighttime—and takes 30 minutes to complete one full rotation. Advance tickets are available online.
- New shows. In addition to some of Vegas’s perennial top draws like Cirque du Soleil, Blue Man Group, and Broadway shows, several new performances will be in session the week of ISSA/INTERCLEAN. Some new shows to consider include FRANK—The Man. The Music, a Frank Sinatra tribute act at The Palazzo, and a reworked version of Le Rêve—The Dream, an aquatic-themed production show at Wynn Las Vegas.
- Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas. Also at The LINQ, this outpost of the Brooklyn, NY, original features a concert venue, 30-plus bowling lanes, and food from New York’s Blue Ribbon group—including its famous fried chicken.
Of course, these are just a handful of suggestions for what to do on and around the Strip; Vegas has even more to offer in its revitalized downtown area, such as the Fremont Street Experience and a host of additional dining options, entertainment, and attractions.
So above all else, have a great show, and enjoy some of what makes Las Vegas famous while you’re in town for ISSA/INTERCLEAN North America 2015.