On weekends, you’d be forgiven for thinking every twenty- and thirty-something from Southern California had decamped here. Walk dazedly around the expanded casino, where go-go dancers shimmy above the blackjack tables, and take in the museum-worthy collection of rock-star memorabilia, from black leather jackets worn by everyone from Elvis to the Ramones.
Feed yourself at star-studded Nobu sushi bar. Mr. Lucky’s 24/7 diner is nothing special to shout about, but its off-the-menu $9.99 steak-and-eggs graveyard special will keep you going after midnight. Pink Taco is a Baja-style roadhouse for just-OK grub and happy-hour margaritas. 35 Steaks + Martinis dishes up swanky dinners that are much more memorable. But the most fun spot to dine, drink, and socialize at the Hard Rock is Culinary Dropout, for creative twists on American comfort food and live music on weekends.
Rev up the night with a live rock show at The Joint concert hall or the more intimate room called Vinyl, then dance till dawn at Vanity nightclub. On summer Sunday afternoons, nurse your hangover at the Rock’s infamous Rehab pool parties, where icons like Courtney Love have been spied hanging out in bikinis. Then rejuvenate inside Reliquary Spa, with its co-ed Roman-esque bathhouse. Cool boutique shops at the Hard Rock include John Varvatos, rockin’ Affliction, and Love Jones for lingerie and naughty playthings.
Free shuttle buses to/from the Strip are reserved for Hard Rock hotel guests only. Otherwise, you’ll have to drive here or take a taxi or a bus.