“Las Vegas is taking a turn toward spots that are more intimate and exclusive,” says Seth Kaplan, founder of In the Know Experiences, a luxury concierge service. “There’s a focus on the people you’re with, and being able to speak to each other again.” His picks not only enable conversation — they encourage you to swim, sip tequila, and puff on cigars.
“Vegas is over the top, but Beauty & Essex offers an intimate speakeasy feel,” says Kaplan of chef Chris Santos’ new restaurant/lounge. Share some small plates and order yourself a tequila cocktail. The Cosmopolitan, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S. Las Vegas, NV 89109
XS Nightclub NightSwim
Change into swim trunks and boogie under the stars at The Wynn’s sprawling pool, which offers a night swim in tandem with DJ sets on Sundays. “You can rent cabanas and have a more casual, fun night here,” Kaplan says. With Marshmello on deck for May 22, it won’t disappoint. The Wynn, 3131 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109
Casa Fuente, says Kaplan, “is a place not everyone knows about, and has an old-school Cuban feel.” In addition to hand-rolled cigars, there’s a “Black List” of ultra-premium liquor to sip on the outside patio. The Forum Shops at Caesars 3500 Las Vegas Blvd. S. Las Vegas, NV 89109
This article was originally featured in the May 28 issue of Billboard.