Don't Gamble With Your Trip
By Jeffrey Epstein
There are lots of chances to take when you visit high-rolling cities like Atlantic City, Reno, or Las Vegas, but it's best to leave risk at the tables when it's time for fun, food, and sleep. In Out's March issue, we highlight the top spots in Atlantic City. Here we show you the best Nevada has to offer.
Where to stay: Eldorado
(800) 879-8879, www.eldoradoreno.com
A big hotel, but it feels intimate. We recommend you indulge in the spa suite with the whirlpool tubs, steam showers, and pop-up TVs.
Where to play: Atlantis Casino
(800) 723-6500, www.atlantiscasino.com
While the Silver Legacy may boast a more Vegas-like atmosphere, the younger, friendly staff at Atlantis makes this the place to roll the dice.
Where to eat: Lulou's
With eclectic dishes to choose from, this intimate restaurant and its open-air kitchen is the place to be'so make sure you have a reservation.
Where to shop: The fresh air
Let's face it, Vegas and Atlantic City have the top shops, but stunning Lake Tahoe is close to Reno, and hiking there sure beats an hour on the elliptical in your hotel's gym.
Where to party: Divinity lounge at 210 North
(775) 786-6210, www.210north.com
While Reno has its share of gay bars, newcomer Divinity (a slick lounge inside the larger club) attracts a hip mixed crowd.
Where to indulge: Chocolate Bar
If chocolate is an aphrodisiac, be prepared to be overstimulated. The cakes are moist and heavenly, and the chocolate-infused cocktails (cocoa amaretto martini, anyone?) electrify.
Where to stay: The Hotel at Mandalay Bay
(877) 632-7800, www.thehotelatmandalaybay.com
Stunning doesn't begin to describe these ultraluxurious rooms that offer flawless views of the Strip and the skyline. The pool area is the best in Vegas.
Where to play: Bellagio
(888) 987-3456, www.bellagio.com
The casino is huge but not overwhelming, with something for everyone. Plus, you can watch the pretty fountains dance every few minutes.
Where to eat: N9NE Steakhouse at Palms
(702) 942-7777, www.palms.com
The succulent steaks are delicious, and the fresh seafood is incredible. Try the lobster with mashed potatoes as a side and the make-your-own s'mores for dessert.
Where to shop: Fashion Show
(702) 369-0704, www.thefashionshow.com
One of the largest malls in the country is right on the Strip, with Saks, Neiman Marcus, Macy's, and over 250 other stores where you can spend the money you don't lose gambling.
Where to party: Flex
While Krave is the Strip's gay club, locals prefer the action (and the strippers) at this watering hole. Open 24 hours for you round-the-clock lushes.
Where to indulge: The Cupcakery
(702) 207-2253, www.thecupcakery.com
Yes, it's about 10 miles from the strip. That said, for cupcakes this good, it's worth the trek. And if you're lazy or carless, they deliver.
Have your own favorite place in Vegas or Reno? Let us know!