In a city where only the sparkly survive, parading down the Strip in high heels — the kind that will definitely only stay on for part of the night — can lead to all kinds of adventures. Whether the night calls for bottle service at a club, a downtown rooftop party that lasts until sunrise or just lots and lots of rosé, anything is possible in Las Vegas — provided one has the right girl squad.
No matter what kind of girls’ night out is in store, kicking it off at a fabulous restaurant is practically the law in Las Vegas. From sushi and karaoke to chocolate and wine, here are five restaurants that are perfect for a girls’ night out in Las Vegas this weekend.
A pre-nightclub feast
Rule No. 1 for girls’ night out in Las Vegas: It’s important to properly fuel before hitting the club. Anyone who has seen Lavo’s famous meatballs, which are pretty much the same size in person as they are on billboards around town, knows that’s not a problem at the lavish Italian restaurant. The nightclub-adjacent spot offers a raw bar, brick oven pizza, rustic pasta dishes and of course, the meatball to rule all meatballs: 16 ounces of Wagyu beef, Italian sausage and veal served with whipped ricotta.
Lavo Italian Restaurant, Palazzo, 3325 Las Vegas Blvd. S., 702-791-1800
A shareable downtown dinner
Every group of friends includes that girl who insists on sharing food. For groups entirely made up of that girl, Therapy is the ideal setting for a girls’ night out that’s filled with cocktails and shared plates. The trendy East Fremont restaurant serves shareable dishes including bacon wrapped dates stuffed with goat cheese, chorizo empanadas, and mac and cheese croquettes. Herbaceous cocktails, such as the Raspberry Rose made with rum, lime, raspberries and rosemary, start the night off right.
Therapy, 518 Fremont St., 702-912-1622
Chocolate and wine
Chocolate, wine and Bellagio fountain views. Does it get any better than Hexx Kitchen & Bar? The 24-hour restaurant, located Stripside at Paris Las Vegas, serves steaks, chilled seafood, pasta, pizza, and a giant shareable cocktail featuring prosecco, passion fruit and guava inside a rose gold flamingo. For a truly decadent experience, groups can book chocolate and wine tastings for dessert.
Hexx Kitchen & Bar, Paris Las Vegas, 3655 Las Vegas Blvd. S., 702-331-5100
A social club with a twist
Cosmopolitan Las Vegas has long been the place to put on a sequined dress, have a glass of champagne and get into some mischief. Rose. Rabbit. Lie. follows tradition with a supper club that’s part restaurant, part experience. Featuring caviar tacos, king crab pasta and a chocolate terrarium dessert that includes buttermilk cake, flowers and chocolate “soil” inside in an actual terrarium, Rose. Rabbit. Lie consistently delivers the unexpected.
Rose. Rabbit. Lie., Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, 3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S., 702-698-7440
Sushi and karaoke
Can eating sushi inspire the confidence necessary to belt out some Celine Dion? The theory is certainly worth testing on a girls night out at Bocho Sushi. The stylish, cozy downtown restaurant serves light bites including karaage fried chicken and crispy tofu with bonito flakes along with nigiri, sashimi and creative maki rolls. With the right combination of menu items, and maybe a bottle of Bunny Sparkling Blueberry Junmai sake, the night can make its way to one of Bocho’s upstairs karaoke rooms.
Bocho Sushi, 124 S. Sixth St. #150, 702-750-0707