Bally’s is the home of the Strip‘s longest-running grand showgirl extravaganza, Jubilee!. Even if you’re not up for a full performance (topless or covered), you can buy tickets for a quickie backstage tour and take a peek into the showgirls’ dressing rooms. Sometimes the girls pose for souvenir photos with their fans in the casino’s Indigo Lounge after the show, but you’ll have to elbow aside all the older gentleman fans crowding around.
These days most people come to Bally’s for the new Grand Bazaar Shops complex, located outside on Las Vegas Boulevard. Over 120 different shops, food vendors, and bars are crowded together here in portable stalls, ranging from chains to more eclectic names you may not have heard of before. Every night the LED canopy plays a free music-and-lights show, and at 9 p.m. and midnight, the crystal Swarovski Starburst drops like it’s New Year’s Eve.
Otherwise there’s not a whole lot to do here at Bally’s, except play tennis on championship courts or take a dip in the Olympic-size swimming pool (for hotel guests only). The stratospherically priced champagne Sterling Brunch on Sunday gets some rave reviews, as does BLT Steakhouse. Hidden back by the tequila bar, SEA Thai is a modern Southeast Asian dining room imported from NYC.
Bally’s has a monorail station and is connected to Paris Las Vegas by an interior walkway. Bettors, you’ll find the race and sports book downstairs by the monorail entrance.