The best restaurants, bars, lounges, and live music in Las Vegas during ASD Market Week – March 2017 Edition
Having been with ASD Market Week since 2007, I am often asked for advice on what to see and do after a Las Vegas trade show. Let’s face it, with all of the options in Vegas, you can pretty much guarantee you’ll have a good time no matter what you do in the city, but with some careful consideration, you can execute a well-crafted plan that will wow your friends and make you feel like a Vegas VIP in no time.
Stepping off the show floor after a long day of browsing, negotiating and buying can make you feel like you want to just kick off your shoes and take a nap, but take it from a Vegas expert – you need to keep going. What you need is a little food, a little drink and before you know it, you’ll feel refreshed and ready to experience some of the best-kept secrets of Vegas.
Admit it… Half the fun of traveling to ASD is getting to go out and about in Las Vegas! Whether you are a first timer (welcome!) or a novice, there is always something new and fun to do in the city. We’ve rounded up some of our favorites and included all the special parties and perks that you can only get by showing your ASD badge!
Otto Enoteca e Pizzeria
Looking for a casual yet elegant place to eat that combines an incredible wine list with delicious Italian pizzas, salads, and pastas? Look no further than Otto Enoteca e Pizzeria in St. Mark’s Square in the Venetian.
Insider Tip: Call ahead and reserve a table.
Hash House a Go Go
Known for their monster-sized portions (and rosemary-sage fried chicken and bacon waffles), Hash House a Go Go has become a hangover helper for many a Vegas visitor. Located in the LINQ Hotel, you might have to wait for a table, but we promise it will be worth it!
Before you hit up the Opening Night Party on Sunday, July 31, slide over to Umami Burger in the SLS Hotel for a hearty (yet surprisingly affordable) meal which you will undoubtedly burn off as soon as you hit the dance floor at Sayer’s Club.
TAO Asian Bistro
A classic in Las Vegas. TAO combines Eastern elegance with Western flair to create a truly unforgettable dining experience. Whether you fancy sushi or a little dim sum, Tao has everything to satisfy your appetite for Far East cuisine. Located on the upper level of the Venetian Hotel and Casino.
Relax after a long day of buying at VISTA, the sophisticated lounge at Caesar’s Palace. Take friends and colleagues, and enjoy 2-for-1 cocktails at this relaxed nightclub alternative.
We hope you will join us at these exclusive ASD events!
Sunday, July 31 – Opening Night Party – SLS/Sayers Club
Show your badge or pick up a pass from our Show Office and at the Info Desks in each show hall for complimentary VIP entry. Get there early … hosted bar from 10-11 p.m.
Insider Tip: The Monorail stops right at the SLS. The money you save on cab fare can go to buying that cutie a drink!
Monday, August 1 Night @ Marquee – Cosmopolitan Hotel
ASD has secured exclusive entry to one of the hottest nightclubs in all of Las Vegas, Marquee at the Cosmopolitan (a savings of over $30 per person). Show your badge for complimentary VIP admission and get there early to take advantage of the open well bar from 10 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Insider Tip: Once you’re done dancing the night away, head up to the third floor of the Cosmopolitan and seek out Secret Pizza. No signage, but we’re guessing your nose will lead the way.
Tuesday, August 2 – Happy Hour @ Vista Lounge – Caesars Palace
Come get your drink on before the Official Closing Night Party. Catch the city views at Vista Lounge, high above the Strip at Caesars Palace. Present your Show badge for 2-for-1 drinks and special menu items from 8:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Tuesday, August 2 – Closing Night Party @Omnia Nightclub – Caesars Palace
Save some energy for Las Vegas’ largest (and ASD’s last) party! Doors open at 10:30 p.m. Badge holders receive 1 drink ticket & expedited line entry until 12 a.m. Don’t be late!
Places to Go
If nightclubs aren’t your thing, may we suggest hitting one (or all) of these other popular Vegas hangouts?
O’Shea’s – LINQ Hotel & Casino
Revived from old Las Vegas, O’Shea’s new space inside the LINQ Hotel & Casino brings together the traditional Irish pub feel with today’s popular table games (hello, beer pong) and live entertainment. Here’s hoping the luck o’the Irish is with you!
Gilley’s Saloon & Dance Hall
If BBQ and country music is more your speed, head on over to Gilley’s Saloon & Dance Hall in the Treasure Island Hotel & Casino. Known for line dancing contests, buckets of beer, bull riding, and bands you’d swear you saw on CMT, Gilley’s is truly a place you’ll feel at home!
For something off the beaten path, but equally as iconic, head on down to Downtown where Old and New Las Vegas meet.
Fremont Street Experience – Think light shows, live entertainment, and a mini-version of the Strip with hotels, casinos, and bars all lining an enclosed walkway that make it safe for families and friends to enjoy a bit of old Las Vegas.
Container Park – Brand new to downtown, Container Park is not to be missed. Celebrate the independent retailer with unique boutique shopping and Vegas original bars and restaurants.
Monorail – Perfect for those who are staying at SLS, Westgate, the LINQ, or other hotels along the route, we have secured discounts on rail passes for ASD attendees and their guests.
Insider Tip: Use this list of Free Shuttles to get around the Strip!
BRAND NEW DEALS!!!
Uber, Lyft, and other transportation network companies (TNCs) are now operating in Las Vegas!
Skip the taxi lines and save time and money by riding with Uber or Lyft. For your convenience, we are offering three pickup and drop-off locations at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Follow signs to the Central Hall West (Door #9); Gold Lot (across the street from North Hall); or Silver Lot #3 (near South Hall) to request an Uber or Lyft.
Be sure to pay special attention to pop-up messages within the apps as pickup locations are restricted in Las Vegas. Visit our transportation page for more information.
$50 LYFT RIDE DEAL: Download the Lyft app and use the code ASD16 to claim up to $50 in ride credit in one easy step.
UBER RIDE DEAL: FIRST RIDE FREE (UP to $15). USE CODE ASDLV16
Get from the airport to The Strip for as little as $11. Just in time to serve ASD, Uber not only launched at the Las Vegas airport, but also cut prices by 30%.
We’ll see you soon!
Looking for more to do? Check out all of the Special Events we offer to our ASD Market Week official attendees! Not registered yet? Get your free badge to enter here! ASD Market Week is the largest B2B merchandise show and retail education conference in the U.S.
Mention the ASD Insider at the registration counter and your $40 fee will be waived. Yes, waived!
By Brady Kimball, Editor-in-Chief, The ASD Insider