Las Vegas

Cocktail recipes from the best bars in Las Vegas, Nevada

July 2, 2020

Which U.S city has the best cocktail culture? That’s a bit hard to judge. Is it NYC? San Fran? Chicago? New Orleans? LA? Who knows, but one things for sure – you can’t talk about cocktails without mentioning Las Vegas. The well-heeled oasis of entertainment is often seen as the proving ground for some of […]

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Recipe: BBQ Spicy Pork from Las Vegas restaurant Best Friend

May 3, 2020

During these unprecedented times, when staying at home is of the utmost importance, us here at The AU Review are going to be doing everything we can to help readers live their best lives, indoors. As with many other media companies who typically focus on getting folks out and about, we’re shifting to adapt to […]

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Small City, Big Vibe: Reno, Nevada is more than Burning Man’s gateway

February 26, 2020

“The Biggest Little City in the World”: ambitious nickname for Reno and a loaded slogan for anyone who dares doubt the vitality of Las Vegas’ overshadowed sibling. Once the divorce capital of the USA, due to the blunt efficiency of Washoe County Courthouse, this Nevada hotspot flows with a lively cosmopolitan culture, rapidly emerging hipster […]

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Forget The Strip: The Ultimate Guide to Downtown Las Vegas

September 30, 2019

The status-obsessed oasis of Las Vegas’ famous Strip may be the typical picture one would get of the unique desert city, but that would be akin to a polaroid that has been violently torn down the middle. Behind the wide stretch of modern casinos and celebrity-endorsed kitchens sits Downtown Las Vegas – the city’s “old […]

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10 things you need to do on the iconic Las Vegas Strip

July 23, 2019

Las Vegas is a complicated beast of a city if you aren’t properly organised. The often chaotic sea of neon lights and hedonism can become a blur between the whirlwind of bars, shows and high-end restaurants, but as long as you play your cards right, a weekend stomping around Vegas could very well be the […]

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The Greatest Show in Las Vegas: What to Expect from “Absinthe”

March 18, 2019

It’s always worth paying close attention when a Las Vegas production signs on for a substantial extension, even years after it has already been playing in the same spot. It means the show has become its own sizable piece in the endless jigsaw of culture, class and crass that is a typical night on the […]

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Hotel Review: NoMad represents a new era for Las Vegas

March 12, 2019

The “hotel within a hotel” concept has been done before in Las Vegas; it didn’t work out particularly well for Marriott’s famously funky W brand – although location had a lot to do with it – but the concept has proven viable before, particularly with long-standing favourite Nobu Hotel. It’s an interesting approach to redefining […]

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Live Review: Celine Dion celebrates legacy as Las Vegas residency nears end

January 21, 2019

On Saturday 8th June 2019, Iconic chanteuse Celine Dion will finally bring her run of Las Vegas residencies to a definite close, sixteen years after she first began performing at The Colosseum. The powerhouse vocalist, now almost forty years into a storied career, is currently working her way to a historical moment for Las Vegas’ […]

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Live Review: Maxwell’s stylish live show dominates Las Vegas’ legendary Pearl Concert Theatre

November 14, 2018

Back in 1998 when Maxwell released Embrya, a follow-up to seminal debut Urban Hang Suite, the famously suave purveyor of sophisticated and mature R&B (casually referred to as “Grown Folk Music”) was met with piles of critical backlash. Although the album was a success, reaching platinum status and earning the Brooklyn artist a Grammy nod, […]

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Hotel Review: Las Vegas Downtown Grand provides luxurious & comfortable access to the ever evolving Fremont Street

July 29, 2018

The “downtown” area of Las Vegas, which is situated around the iconic Fremont Street (also known as the “classic” Las Vegas strip featuring casino-hotels like the Golden Nugget) has been undergoing quite an extensive amount of changes over the past decade. The run of old hotels and casinos are still there, some redeveloped – with […]

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No trip to Las Vegas is complete without a little bit of Love

January 18, 2018

In June 2017, one of the most influential and celebrated albums of all time – The Beatles‘ Sgt. Peppers Lonely Heart Club Band – celebrated its 50th Birthday in the USA. As a self-confessed Beatles obsessive, I took to the skies and headed to the permanent Cirque du Soleil production in Las Vegas, Love, which […]

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Apparently you can turn back time: Experiencing Cher in Las Vegas

December 4, 2017

I travelled to Las Vegas to see Cher. You heard me. Cher. I was first introduced to her music as a child in the 1980s and have always wanted to see her perform. Realising the chances of her coming to Australia were slim, when I discovered she was performing in Las Vegas I felt a […]

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Why Cirque du Soleil’s Love in Las Vegas remains one of the best stage shows on the planet

August 9, 2017

On June 1st, one of the most influential and celebrated albums of all time – The Beatles‘ Sgt. Peppers Lonely Heart Club Band – celebrated its 50th Birthday in the USA. As a self-confessed Beatles obsessive, I took to the skies and headed to the permanent Cirque du Soleil production in Las Vegas, Love, which […]

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A free Las Vegas food truck is parking up in Circular Quay from today (Sydney)

June 28, 2017

Let’s be frank here; some of the most famous city’s in the world cannot seem to escape the tendency for people to pigeonhole and stereotype. Certain features come to define a destination’s image to outsiders, a label that’s only broken once people actually experience and explore beyond the surface traits. Take Las Vegas for example; […]

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The Las Vegas Strip continues to re-invent itself with new outdoor attractions and updated old favourites

June 28, 2017

The LEDs are bigger and brighter. The food is more diverse. The artworks are more defined. And they even have a sports team now! Yes, the Las Vegas Strip has been an ever-changing beast, but some of the changes across the last two years have been amongst the biggest the Strip has experienced for decades. […]

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Hotel Review: The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas stands out in a city of large scale grandiosity

November 3, 2016

In a city that has its pulse in large scale grandiosity, how can one hotel stand out? The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas shows us how. After a valet quickly assisted in emptying our bags and taking our car away, we entered into a contemporary, palatial foyer where screens displayed silhouetted figures embracing and trying to […]

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