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December 11, 2018 What's New at TIPS

“My Las Vegas”: ABA/TIPS Midyear Meeting, January 24–27

By Robert Caldwell

Michelle Madow once wrote that “people who say New York never sleeps must never have visited Las Vegas.” If any city can boast being alive 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, it’s my adopted hometown of Las Vegas.

Las Vegas McCarran International Airport serves around 150 destinations with direct flights. Upon your arrival, the best way to get to the Strip and our meeting hotel is Uber, Lyft, or by taxi. Be advised that the days of free parking on the Las Vegas Strip have come to an end (with few exceptions), so a rental car only makes sense if you want to venture away from the Strip. If you have time to visit some nearby sights, the Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Valley of Fire, and Red Rock Canyon are great options.

For this meeting, TIPS’s headquarter hotel will be the legendary Caesars Palace, right in the center of the Las Vegas Strip. Try booking a room in the Augustus Tower with a view of the Bellagio fountains, or the Nobu Tower, which feels like a boutique hotel in the middle of a megaresort. Caesars has nearly everything you will need during the meeting, including restaurants, shops, and entertainment.

Culinary options in and around the hotel are plentiful. For fans of Gordon Ramsay, check out Hell’s Kitchen, which opened earlier this year. Inspired by the television show of the same name, the new restaurant is divided into red and blue sectors, each with a chef’s table. Sushi fans should head to Nobu, which boasts several vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. The Bellagio is a short walk over a pedestrian bridge, where you can dine at Prime Steakhouse, Picasso (French/Spanish), or Lago (Italian).

There also are many great options for nightlife in and around the hotel. If you arrive early in the week, catch the Vegas Golden Knights’ game against the Nashville Predators on Wednesday night. The atmosphere inside the new T-Mobile Arena is already legendary among NHL ice hockey fans. At Caesars’ Colosseum, Van Morrison is scheduled to perform during our meeting on Friday and Saturday. Just in front of the hotel, Absinthe is highly recommended. Suitable only for adults, it is an incredible combination of edgy comedy, acrobatics, and dancing. If nightclubs are your thing, head to OMNIA Nightclub where the world’s top DJs perform until the early hours. If you have an equal or greater ratio of ladies to men, you can often get free “guest list” admission to OMNIA and other clubs at www.freevegasclubpasses.com.

For those of you who want to see some of the “Old Vegas” charm, head down to the Fremont Street Experience at night, where a television canopy broadcasts music and light shows on the hour. Book a tour of the Neon Museum, where many of the legendary Las Vegas neon signs have been restored and are on display—it’s a photographer’s dream. Visit the Mob Museum and learn about the city’s colorful history. Whatever your pleasure, Las Vegas is waiting for you.

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By Robert Caldwell

Robert Caldwell is a shareholder with Kolesar & Leatham in Las Vegas, Nevada, practicing in the areas of business litigation and sports law. He is the chair of the TIPS General Committee Board and a former revenue officer of the Section. He may be reached at [email protected].