As part of Countdown to Vegas’ effort to help you plan out your stay in Las Vegas away from the hustle and bustle of the show, our spotlight focuses on the many dining, shopping and spa opportunities offered by The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Stay tuned for more entertainment tips in our upcoming newsletters!
The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is practically a world unto itself, located on 16.7 acres situated strategically on Harmon Avenue, one of Las Vegas’ fastest growing, hottest spots. The property is currently undergoing another expansion more than tripling its current size. So what does this mean to you? Well, it means you can pretty much do whatever you darn well please without leaving the property! Apart from gaming, there are rock concerts to attend, clubs for dancing the night away, shops to visit for a little retail therapy-and there are spas as well, to revive, refresh and renew after all the excitement. Of course you gotta eat and they offer a wide range of dining establishments so you can really dig in. Here’s a comprehensive list of all that The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s got going on!
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and The Dolce Group present the newest addition to the Las Vegas dining scene: Johnny Smalls. A complete departure from the signature Dolce Group establishments around the country, Johnny Smalls takes a no-hassle approach to dining with no reservations, no sequence of service, no entrees, no problems. Johnny Smalls offers small plates and big fun with a menu of more than 50 shareable dishes encompassing Spanish tapas, Asian dim sum, Italian antipasti, Mediterranean mezze, Mexican antojitos, classic American starters and zesty original skewers. Chef Scott Minervini spotlights the most delicious flavors on Earth at Johnny Smalls, regardless of origin and cultural boundaries, at a great price point. Prices for these whimsical dishes range from $6-12.
Hours of operation: The dining room is open from 5pm – 11pm Wednesday and Thursday and 5pm – midnight Friday. The dining room is open for lunch and dinner from 11am – 12am on Saturday and 11am – 11pm on Sunday. The bar is open till midnight Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday and 1am Friday and Saturday.
rare 120º takes the stuffy steakhouse of the past and turns it upside down. Diners will enjoy classic and contemporary steakhouse cuisine and martinis in a sleek, contemporary atmosphere accented with gleaming exotic wood finishes and brushed stainless steel. The culinary philosophy of rare 120º is simple: using fresh and high-quality seasonal ingredients to reinvent classic steakhouse dishes with a deliciously light, modern twist. The cutting edge "a la carte" menu allows the customer to build their ideal steak and choose their sides. Redefined American steakhouse favorites include such items as the Chilled Martini Tower, exquisitely displaying an array of Dungeness crab meat, Pacific prawns, and zesty vodka citron infused cocktail sauce. Carnivorous selections include items such as the Argentinean Grass Fed Ribeye and the Colorado Lamb Chops. With the emphasis on organic and farm raised meats, the discerning customer will be tastefully reminded of the restaurant’s philosophy of quality selection.
Hours of operation: The dining room is open from 6pm – 11pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday and 6pm – 12am Friday & Saturday. The lounge is open from 5:30pm – 12am Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday and 5:30pm – 1am Friday & Saturday. The restaurant is closed Monday’s.
Marking the tenth anniversary of his landmark Los Angeles eatery, restaurateur Agostino Sciandri, launches his first Las Vegas restaurant location along with partner and legendary Hollywood icon Robert De Niro. AGO’s authentic Tuscan-style Italian food attracts A-list clientele nightly. Some signature AGO dishes include Zuppe de Mare, Parmigiana di Melanzane, Lasagna a la Bolognese and their Tuscan-style wood fired pizzas. AGO also features delicious cuts of wood fired prime meats and seafood from beef rib eye steak to roasted organic salmon. Dessert selections include classics such as Ricotta Cheesecake, Tiramisu and Panna Cotta. Designed by Ralph Gentile, AGO at the Hard Rock includes a sleek and welcoming lounge where diners can sample AGO’s one-of-a kind cocktails and small plates from the bar menu. Guests enter the intimate dining area which features a special "Cava" room designed in the spirit of an underground wine cave.
Hours of operation: The dining room is open from 5:30 -11pm Sunday – Thursday and 5:30 – 11pm Friday & Saturday. The lounge is open from 5pm – midnight Sunday – Thursday and 5pm – 1am Friday & Saturday
Japanese Restaurant Owner and Chef Nobu Matsuhisa is a master of modern and authentic Japanese cuisine, working with only the freshest fish. Signature dishes to satisfy any palate include the Lobster Ceviche infused with citrus flavors that give guests the reminiscent feel of the tropics; Shrimp and Main Lobster drizzled with tangy lemon sauce and the Scallops in Spicy Pepper. Other exotic offerings are the Assorted Sashimi flavored with garlic, ginger and sesame seeds, slivers of Red Snapper with chili paste or for the more adventurous type, the Yellowtail with jalapeno. The house specialty is a Three-day Marinated Cod seared and served with sweet miso sauce. Aside from the fine cuisine found at Nobu, the interior design features bamboo pillars, wooden birch trees, a black river rock wall and a seaweed wall, replications of the décor found in Chef Nobu’s New York restaurant, TriBeCa. Other impressive details include the burnt ash tabletops to match the bamboo feature and a black rock at each table setting to hold chopsticks.
Hours of operation: 6 – 11pm daily
After 12 years of offering a dining experience beyond the ordinary, Pink Taco celebrated its grand re-opening with an expanded bar and the launch of its monthly party "Cinco de Taco" in February 2008. Pink Taco puts a California spin on traditional Mexican dishes. The menu includes the trademark Pink Taco (Panuchos) with homemade corn tortillas and black beans, topped with chicken, salsa roja, pickled onions and avocado. For something lighter, there’s the Chicken (or vegetable) Tostada Salad–a shredded salad with chipotle dressing that is a Pink Taco favorite. For a sweet finale to a spicy meal, Pink Taco offers the Tres Leches Cake – fried ice cream and flan with Mexican caramel. A mega-hip Mexican cantina, Pink Taco is a folk-art bedecked hotspot adorned with classic low-rider bicycles, unique tables that leave guests’ feet dangling and an assortment of authentic Mexican craftwork that decorate the dining room. The atmosphere includes music that’s pumped up loud where nobody is expected to keep their voices down. Dining out on the patio is an alternative for those looking for a more quiet setting.
Hours of operation: 11am – 10pm Sunday -Thursday; 10am – midnight Friday & Saturday
Happy Hour takes place 4-7pm Monday – Friday
MR. LUCKY’S 24/7
Indulge in the Mr. Lucky’s all-you-can-eat prime rib for only $9.99 any day of the week from 4pm – 4am. As the name signifies, Mr. Lucky’s 24/7 is open ‘round the clock and offers a traditional style eatery with a family-friendly atmosphere. The standard diner fare – burgers, sandwiches, and breakfast items such as the owner’s favorite, French toast – is first-rate, as are the pizzas. And its not-so secret specials, such as the Steak and Shrimp (an 8-ounce New York sirloin steak, three jumbo shrimp, salad, garlic mashed potatoes and a roll, all for a lucky $7.77), and the "bone yard specials," starting at $3.95 (served Monday through Thursday 1 to 5 a.m.), are well worth ordering. The Chocolate Fudge Brownie topped with vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, homemade whipped cream and chopped nuts is also worth the splurge. Inexpensive as most venues placed in the ‘diner’ category, Mr. Lucky’s ups the ante with its cool, energized rock ‘n’ roll aura with décor to match: rock memorabilia, a large Jim Morrison mural, leopard-print seating, vintage motel signage and wood floors.
Mr. Lucky’s 24/7 is open 24 hours a day and seven days a week
Espumoso Caffé is a Latin-infused coffeehouse that specializes in assorted Illy branded Italian coffees and espresso drinks, loose leaf teas, freshly blended smoothies, European pastries and gelato. Part coffeehouse and smoothie bar, Espumoso offers house made Italian Panini, savory South America empanadas, authentic Latin American desserts and assorted gelatos.
Hours of operation: 7am – 7pm Sunday – Thursday; 7am – 9pm Friday – Saturday
Furthering the SKYBAR legacy on the Sunset Strip, the all-new SKYBAR at Hard Rock elevates the Las Vegas pool scene by offering guests a new level of social relaxation. Perched above the HRH Beach Club, the day-to-night pool deck creates an exclusive, chic atmosphere that SKYBAR is known for – a lifestyle experience and icon. The perfect complement to the all-new Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, sun-seeking guests enjoy the upper deck by day, while partygoers can escape the club scene to lounge under the stars by night. The intimate daytime pool setting and sophisticated evening environment overlooks the glittering expanse of the Las Vegas Strip. SKYBAR features a distinctive acrylic-edged pool with three peek-a-boo cutouts in the floor that act as skylight windows to the lower HRH Beach Club. The lower SKYBAR pool features 14 luxurious cabanas surrounding a circular infinity wading pool.
Hours of Operation: Open noon – 8 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Nighttime hours will be 8 p.m. – midnight on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Located in the center of the all-new casino expansion in HRH Tower is the lustrous new Luxe Bar. Illuminated by dimly lit cast iron chandeliers and adorned with dark woods paneling and chains adds to the ambiance of true rock ‘n’ roll decadence.
Luxe Bar is open 24 hours a day and seven days a week
For a great spot to watch the game or play a few slots, Midway Bar located inside HRH Tower has what you are looking for with 6 TVs and 22 video poker machines.
Hours of operation: 10am – 2am Monday – Thursday; Friday 10am until Sunday 2am
Conveniently located between Reliquary Spa and Brannon Hair, Juice Bar has Coffees / Espressos, Smoothies, as well as Protein / Vitamin and Alcoholic boosts that can be added to any hot or cold beverage.
Hours of operation: 8am – 8pm Monday – Saturday; 8am – 5pm Sunday
LOBBY LOUNGE BAR
The luxurious Lobby Lounge Bar is located next to Vanity Nightclub and boasts plush couches and chairs for relaxing while sipping on a favorite cocktail.
Hours of operation: 5pm -11pm Thursday – Sunday; Closed Monday – Wednesday
HELL’S BELLES BAR
The ever titillating Hell’s Belles Pit located on the casino floor has expanded to host additional black jack tables, more beautiful Belles and a full service bar.
Hours of operation: 7pm – 2am Friday and Saturday only
POKER LOUNGE BAR
Located inside the infamous Poker Lounge, the bar has a spacious lounge area for players and spectators.
Hours of operation: 10am – midnight Sunday – Thursday; 10am – 2am Friday – Saturday
Happy Hour Now 7 Days A Week
Center Bar at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino recently launched its Happy Hour 4pm-8pm 7 days a week with 2 for 1 call drinks and $2 domestic beers. Guests can take a seat at the bar or at high boys surrounding the perimeter, order their favorite drinks and enjoy the best view of the casino. It’s a place that gives off the right amount of heat to the heavenly bodies gravitating around it.
Center Bar is open 24 hours a day and seven days a week
Sports Book offers guests the excitement of a traditional sports book with the relaxation element of the sports bar. Sports Book is adorned HD projectors, plasma screens and sports memorabilia that create an unforgettable visual experience.
Sports Book is open 24 hours a day and seven days a week
Vanity is the highly anticipated new nightclub at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, brought to you by the Nightlife Group. Vanity will change your concept of upscale nightlife by focusing the experience on the most important person in the room – you. An eclectic jewel box, Vanity is adorned with pearls and hand cut crystals fused with bronze and gold metallic surrounded by antique mirrors, rubbed brass and black chrome. The organized chaos of velvets, deep satins and rich tapestries add to the gleaming textures throughout the club creating the perfect backdrop of reflective brilliance. The heartbeat of the club is a cyclone chandelier of over 20 thousand lit crystals bringing the dance floor to life. The 14,000 square foot venue features two marble bars, a sunken dance floor, 50 intimate VIP booths, an outdoor terrace including five cabanas with direct access to Sky Bar and a woman’s lounge that will truly impress. Music will be provided by world-class DJs, via a sound system designed by the award winning FBP Group.
Hours of operation: 10pm – 4am Thursday – Sunday
Wasted Space represents the ultimate depiction of the decadent rock n’ roll lifestyle. The club melds the high-end rock n’ roll culture with fashion, art and design creating a one of a kind atmosphere and nightlife experience. The 5,000 square-foot nightclub will hold 400-500 people, has 17 tables/booths in the club itself, and five more in the 24-hour Wasted Lounge. The unique sound system offers a full nightclub sound package and the ability for live performers to rock the house every night of the week.
Hours of operation: 9pm – 4am Wednesday – Sunday
Varvatos’ 3,000 square-foot Hard Rock boutique is where fashion and music can live and groove together. The store features a stage with top-of-the-line gear for planned events, as well as impromptu jam sessions from visiting rockers, stars and shoppers alike. In addition to all three John Varvatos brands (Collection, Star USA and Converse), the new store is the exclusive Nevada dealer of James Trussart guitars. Made from custom shaped metals, these high-end guitars have landed in the hands of well-known collectors such as Billy Gibbons of ZZ-Top, Joe Perry of Aerosmith, and Rick Neilson of Cheap Trick.
Hours of operation: 11am – midnight seven days a week
Almost an overnight phenomenon, many Affliction shirts bear logo of many of the top world-class MMA fighters including George St. Pierre, Randy Couture and Quinton Jackson. With flagship stores in Los Angeles, Miami and Moscow and now Las Vegas, inside the Hard Rock Hotel, Affliction’s dark overtones and amazing art will continue to dominate.
Hours of operation: 10am-11pm Monday – Thursday; 10am- 1am Friday and Saturday; 11am- 11pm Sunday
HART & HUNTINGTON TATTOO
Hart & Huntington Tattoo Company is the tattoo shop founded by freestyle motocross legend Carey Hart. The tattoo shop features some of the best artists in the country and also has its own line of tattoo-inspired clothing.
Hours of operation: 10am – 1am seven days a week
HARD ROCK RETAIL STORE
Las Vegas has never looked so good with the Hard Rock Retail Store bringing a little Rock and Roll into your closet and most importantly, your life. New styles arrive weekly to reflect the life inspired by popular culture including the popular brands William Rast jeans, Paige Premium Denim, Hause of Howe, Hale Bob, Ben Sherman, Tylie Malibu Soul Revival, John Varvatos and King Baby Jewelry along with the best swimwear in the country. The Hard Rock store celebrates Las Vegas with merchandise ranging from logo t-shirts to souvenir glassware. The staff is knowledgeable, lively and always willing to help you with fresh ideas for guests’ personal styling to the perfect souvenir to take home.
Hours of operation: 8am-12am Sunday – Thursday; 8am – 1am Friday and Saturday
Love Jones is a high-end lingerie shop that offers top-of-the-line lingerie and hosiery from designers including Carol Maloney, I.D. Sarrieri and Eberjey. Ranging in apparel from fishnet tights to leather and fur, the boutique offers some of the sexiest French and Italian intimate pieces found in Las Vegas, including lingerie from its own exclusive line, aptly named Love Jones.
Hours of operation are: 10am – 11pm Sunday – Thursday; 10am – 1am Friday and Saturday
ROCKS THE JEWELER
Find all the "bling-bling" here at Rocks the Jeweler. Extravagant watches are also available.
Rocks the Jeweler is open 24 hours a day and seven days a week
For hotel guests and anyone else still partying it up into the early hours of the morning, Fuel has everything guests need or may have forgotten. With lively libations, the country’s best newspapers and magazines and snacks ranging from the health-minded to 70 decadent flavors of ice cream, guests are sure to find what they need at Fuel.
Fuel is open 24 hours a day and seven days a week
The all new over-indulgent Reliquary Spa is an extreme departure from the former Rock Spa. Located inside the luxurious new HRH Tower, Reliquary will be on the same level as other world class spas. Created to be a first class facility that stands out from the rest, Reliquary will become a destination spa experience rather than one more hotel amenity. The deluxe space includes an over-sized reception/lounge area, 21 treatment rooms, a small fitness center, men’s and women’s locker facilities complete with lounge and fire place, jacuzzi’s, sauna’s and ice showers. At the epicenter of the new 25,000 foot spa is the stunning co-ed Roman Bath. Known for its ancient history of healing waters, our version of a century’s old bathhouse features private cabana areas, lounge space and great spa amenities.
Hours of operation: 6am – 10pm
ROCK SPA/HEALTH CLUB
Guests can recharge and revitalize their bodies at the Rock Spa inside the Health Club. This fitness center offers guests state-of-the-art exercise equipment and numerous plasma TV screens, keeping each guests focused on the pleasure of a fit and healthy body.
Hours of operation: 6am – 9pm daily
New York celebrity stylist, Brannon is entering his fifth year at the Hard Rock offering hotel guests, locals and celebrity clients cuts, color and creativity in an all-new, ultra-exclusive salon inside the luxurious HRH Tower. With his new flagship store opening in the Hard Rock, Brannon has begun releasing his signature line of products. In February 2008, Brannon Salon launched a new "01" product line which currently includes shampoo and conditioner.
Hours of operation are: 9am – 6pm daily
For additional information call 800.HRD.ROCK (800.473.7625) or visit www.hardrockhotel.com.Follow JCK on Instagram: @jckmagazine
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