Thomas J. Story
FUN ON THE STRIP
Don't-miss classics, for Vegas newbies or longtimers.
Bellagio. Our favorite place to drop, er, we mean win, a few bucks. It's one of the Strip's fanciest. Outside, illuminated streams of water, choreographed to music, shoot like clockwork, from Lake Bellagio. Sounds tacky ― until you start swooning over Lionel Richie's "All Night Long" as the fountains dance, ever so gracefully. Every half-hour until 6 p.m., every 15 minutes 8 p.m.-midnight; free; 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; www.bellagio.com
Fashion Show mall. Best shopping on the Strip. A get-lost-in-it emporium with more than 250 stores, including all the big names: Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Bloomingdale's Home. 3200 Las Vegas Blvd. S. (across from the Wynn); 702/369-8382.
Jet. The nightclub has three rooms, each with a different sound ― hip-hop/top 40, rock, and house. Fri, Sat, and Mon; cover $30 for men, $20 for women; the Mirage, lobby level, 3400 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; www.jetlv.com or 702/693-8300.
Love. Beatles fans will love Las Vegas's newest Cirque du Soleil show. 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Thu-Mon; from $69; at the Mirage, 3400 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; www.cirquedusoleil.com or 800/963-9634.
Mix Lounge. Fantastic views of the Strip. $$$; at Thehotel at Mandalay Bay, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 702/632-9500.