L.A. to Vegas: Masks Are Off And The Rams Invade Vegas

Your twice monthly go-to guide for that getaway you’ve already planned—or the one you will want to plan—after you glance at this list

It’s that time again. You want a quick trip and you don’t know where to go. Just be honest with yourself, and say yes to that voice in the back of your head telling you to head to Las Vegas. So get ready to try your luck, have some fun and get in a little trouble. This is L.A. to Vegas, where you’ll always find the biggest celebrity sightings, club news, restaurant openings and everything else you need to know before you venture to Sin City.

No Masks Required in Vegas, as L.A. Says Keep it on

While indoor mask mandates remain in Los Angeles County due to the coronavirus, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak has lifted all mask mandates. “The state will no longer require masks in public places, but employers and organizations, including school districts, may set their own policies, and I encourage them to work with their employees and communities to ensure that policies are in place,” Sisolak said in a statement. Masks are not required in public places in Las Vegas and throughout Nevada, but there are locations where visitors may still be asked to wear a mask. Federally, masks continue to be mandated in airports, on planes and on public buses. You can bet a lot more people will be headed to Vegas to enjoy some mask freedom.

Los Angeles Rams team members celebrate following their Super Bowl championship at Encore Beach Club at Night on Feb. 16 in Las Vegas. (Mike Kirschbaum)

Rams Turn Wynn Las Vegas Into Rams House

Many of the players from the Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams headed to Vegas after their victory parade in DTLA on Feb. 16. The team arrived to Casa Playa at Wynn Las Vegas for dinner in the private dining room at 9:30 p.m., ordering items including multiple surf and turfs, 90-day dry aged tomahawk steaks, short ribs, margaritas and more. Later, they headed to the resort’s Encore Beach Club at Night, arriving at 12:30 a.m., where they walked in as Dr. Dre’s ‘The Next Episode’ was played to an enthusiastic crowd. Brian Allen, Tyler Higbee, Troy Reeder, Coleman Shelton, Greg Gaines, Michael Hoecht, Jamil Demby, Jared Koski, Ben Skowronek, Jeremiah Kolone, Brycen Hopkins, Christin Rozeboom and John Mundt were in attendance from the team. Then, on Feb. 18, their fellow champs, Matthew Stafford, Cooper Kupp and Andrew Whitworth, kicked off their holiday weekend with a round of golf at Wynn Golf Club, the 18-hole championship golf course. While they were there, their wives enjoyed a spa day before the couples spent a night out at Delilah, the supper club restaurant at Wynn Las Vegas. Of course, the original Delilah in West Hollywood is always the place to be seen.

Kaytranada helped celebrate The Weeknds’s birthday at Delilah supper club at Wynn Las Vegas on Feb. 19. (Sammy Alemayhu)

The Weeknd Celebrates Birthday In Style

Also at Wynn Las Vegas, The Weeknd celebrated his 32nd birthday at Delilah on Feb. 19 with his closest friends and family. Those showing him birthday love included Drake, Hilary Duff, Kaytranada, The Rams’ Matthew Stafford and Cooper Kupp plus Swedish House Mafia. Drake made a birthday toast to The Weeknd during the celebratory evening where everyone in the room sang ‘Happy Birthday’ as a cake decorated with artwork from The Weeknd’s latest album, Dawn FM, was brought out.

Jersey Shore star Vinny Guadagnino debuts as guest host of Chippendales at the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino on April 26, 2019 in Las Vegas. (Denise Truscello/WireImage)

Vinny Guadagnino is Back For More At Chippendales

Many wishes have been granted as Jersey Shore’s Vinny Guadagnino is returning to take it all off at Chippendales. Guadagnino returns for a 6-week engagement, March 11-April 10, coinciding with the production’s 20th anniversary and more than 8,000 performances at Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. “After the last 18 months I can’t think of anything better than getting back on that stage to do all of the things I love most – hosting, dancing (and showing some skin) while being a part of one of the biggest parties and shows on the Strip,” Guadagnino tells LAMag.com. He was originally set to return to the Chippendales stage in April 2020, however, the pandemic put a pause on his return when all live shows came to a halt. This will be his third residency with Chippendales. Tickets are available here.

Usher performs at the grand opening of “USHER The Las Vegas Residency” at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on July 16, 2021 in Las Vegas. (Denise Truscello/Getty Images for Caesars Entertainment)

Usher Moves to Park MGM

After a sold-out, 20-show residency last year inside The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, global megastar and eight-time GRAMMY Award-winner, Usher, will now headline a new residency down the strip at Dolby Live at Park MGM, opening July 15 with 22 other dates through Oct. 29. A press release announcing the performances says, “the new show will incorporate audience interaction and staging throughout the 5,200-seat entertainment venue, where every guest will have an up close and personal experience with the superstar.” Pre-sale tickets are available here starting Feb. 18. Everyone can buy tickets here starting Feb. 25.

From left, tribute artists Janae Longo as Adele, Elisa Furr as Celine Dion, Lisa McClowry as Cher and Tierney Allen as Lady Gaga at Legendary Divas at Tropicana Las Vegas. (Billy Ward/Mainstage Multimedia)

See Adele and Celine Dion For Free – Kind of!

With Adele canceling her ‘Weekends With Adele’ residency last month and ongoing health issues postponing Celine Dion’s performance dates, Legends in Concert, the longest-running show in Las Vegas, is offering a limited number of free tickets to its new Legendary Divas production for fans holding tickets to Adele or Celine Dion’s postponed Las Vegas residencies. Legendary Divas at Tropicana Las Vegas is where fans can enjoy Adele look-alike Janae Longo and Celine Dion tribute artist Elisa Furr.  The show also includes tributes to Lady Gaga by Tierney Allen, Cher by Lisa McClowry, and Frank Marino’s long-running tribute to Joan Rivers. Guests will need to show proof of purchase to receive complimentary tickets from Tropicana’s box office. Plan your trip to see the divas here.

OPIUM performers entertain the crowd inside OPIUM Theatre at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. (Spiegelworld)

Go to ‘Space’ with Opium’s Luxury Date Night

Opium at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is now offering their Space Roller Package, a luxury bundle perfect for the VIP couple looking for an ultimate date night.  For $1,200 for two, the package includes chauffeured Rolls Royce transportation to and from the hotel, a prix fixe menu at the psychedelic Italian American restaurant, Superfrico, and a performance of OPIUM from a private VIP Escape Pod, complete with bottle service and a digital photo opp with select cast members. The package can be further customized by request. The outer space-themed adult variety show is known for its in-flight crew, including Rob the Robot and his seductive dance moves; balloon contortionist, Leeloo; Rear Admiral Todd and his infamous sword-swallowing act, and more.

Kevin Hart Adds Shows Due to Demand

Also at The Cosmopolitan, second nightly shows for Kevin Hart’s ‘Reality Check’ performances have been added due to popular demand. Hart will take The Chelsea stage July 2 and July 3 at 7 and 10 p.m. But, don’t bring your phones. Use of phones will not be permitted in the performance space. Tickets are on sale Feb. 18 via Ticketmaster.

Encore Beach Club at Wynn Las Vegas. (Danny Mahoney)

Encore Beach Club is Ready For The Season

Encore Beach Club at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas, will be welcoming back guests beginning with resident deejays Kim Lee on March 4 and Dillon Francis on March 5. Justin Credible will spin on March 6. The 60,000-square-foot pool party and electronic dance music mecca features three pools, 26 cabanas, eight bungalows featuring private bathrooms, infinity dipping pools and cooling systems, and a gaming pavilion where guests can place their bets while they get wet. At dark, the space transforms to EBC at Night where Angie Vee plays March 4 and Carnage plays March 5. Over at XS, look for RL Grime, Marshmello and Fade that weekend.

Nick Carter poses on set of his new music video for his single, ‘Easy,’ in the Las Vegas desert. The song features Jimmie Allen. (Nick Carter)

Nick Carter and Jimmie Allen Film in the Desert

Backstreet Boy Nick Carter and his friend, country star Jimmie Allen, headed to the middle of the desert to film their music video for Carter’s new pop-country solo single, ‘Easy,’ which features Allen on the track. ‘Easy’ is out now and the video will be released in the coming weeks. The two singers also have in common that they have both competed on Dancing With The Stars.

Derek Hough performs in his Derek Hough: No Limits show at The Venetian Las Vegas. (Patrick Gray)

Derek Hough Returns to The Venetian Stage

Speaking of DWTS, 3-time Emmy-winning DWTS choreographer, pro dancer, and now judge, Derek Hough, is coming back to The Summit Showroom at The Venetian Resort with his show Derek Hough: No Limit. Performances begin May 18 with select dates through Sept. 10. During the dance-centric show, Hough explores styles ranging from ballroom and tap to salsa, hip-hop and everything in between. Find tickets here.

From left, Mike Majlak, Logan Paul, Absinthe’s The Gazillionaire and George Janko attend ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace on Feb. 15. (Spiegelworld)

Logan Paul and More Celeb Sightings Across Sin City

You never know who you will see in Las Vegas. On Feb. 6, world-renowned deejay, Steve Aoki, celebrated his mother’s birthday with 7 family members at Bottiglia Cucina & Enoteca at Green Valley Ranch Resort Spa and Casino. . .On Feb. 10, Simone Biles, the most decorated gymnast of all time, and her boyfriend, Houston Texans safety, Jonathan Owens, headed to The Barbershop Cuts & Cocktails, the hidden cocktail lounge and music venue at The Cosmopolitan, with a group of friends around midnight where they sipped on Casamigos margaritas. . .Ahead of Valentine’s Day, Real Housewives of New Jersey star, Melissa Gorga, and her husband, Joe, dined at Beauty & Essex located inside The Cosmopolitan on Feb. 13. The Gorgas arrived at the restaurant with friends around 9 p.m. and enjoyed a variety of the restaurant’s signature dishes including kale salad, grilled cheese, smoked bacon and tomato soup dumplings, Mexican street corn ravioli and more. The night before, the Gorgas had a double date at TAO Asian Bistro at The Venetian Resort with former NFL running back Tiki Barber and his wife. . .On Feb. 15, YouTube star, podcast host and boxer Logan Paul was spotted attending Absinthe at Caesars Palace with his ‘Impaulsive’ podcast co-hosts, George Janko and Mike Majlak.

From left, Campbell Spoor, Savannah Spoor, Lincoln Spoor, Sarah Spoor, Clark County Commissioner Tick Segerblom, Walker Spoor, and Blakely Spoor at the ribbon cutting of Pepper at Resorts World on Feb. 12. Segerblom declared the day ‘Pepper Day’ with an official proclamation. (Megan Blair Photography)

Pepper Sexual Wellness Store Opens at Resorts World

Owners Sarah and Lincoln Spoor hosted the grand opening of Pepper, the first luxury sexual wellness store on the Las Vegas Strip, on Feb. 12. At 6,000 square feet, the store is the largest retail space within Resorts World. Notables in attendance included SPI Entertainment founder and CEO, Adam Steck, and his wife, Bri Steck, founder of Girl’s Night Out. The soiree featured aphrodisiac-inspired cocktails and bites served by gorgeous women in lingerie, of course. An acrobatics couple dazzled on the pole while guests browsed through all elements of the store from the PG room to toy tutorials to the store’s secret ‘Foreplay Corridor,’ an Instagram-worthy hallway with red mirrors and parabolic speakers delivering select messages as you walk through, to a speakeasy-style VIP Room. The Spoors say Pepper was created to remove the stigma behind sexual pleasure and increase connection.

National Margarita Day –Vegas Style

It’s almost time for National Margarita Day on Feb. 22, and Cabo Wabo Cantina inside the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino will feature margarita flights all day! A three-margarita flight will cost $16.22 and guests can choose from a range of delicious flavors and signature margaritas including the Margarita Verde, crafted with Santo blanco tequila, lime, fresh cucumber and cilantro; the Cocorita, infused with Cabo Wabo blanco tequila, lime juice and crème of coconut; and the Blood Orange Margarita, featuring Tattoo blanco tequila, blood orange purée, lime juice and blood orange liqueur, among others. Cabo Wabo will also offer happy hour specials, including half-off select appetizers, margaritas, sangrias and draft beers from 3 to 5 p.m. Meanwhile, over at Borracha Mexican Cantina at Green Valley Ranch in Henderson, the restaurant will celebrate the day with a 32-oz margarita bowl for $14, plus an all-you-can-eat-and-drink tacos and tequila special and a live deejay starting at 7 p.m.

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