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Whatever you can dream up, Las Vegas delivers: Michelin-starred restaurants, 24-hour wedding chapels, larger-than-life scenery, slot machines, all of it. But just when you think you have Vegas pinned down, it surprises you. Consider Meow Wolf, an immersive experience that’s equal parts theme park and art gallery. Or the ice rink at the Cosmopolitan (winter in the desert!). And then there’s the nature—head out past the Strip, and you’ll find state parks and views for days in spots like Valley of Fire and Red Rock Canyon. It’s gems like these that round out Vegas as a destination for families and non-partiers too.
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Our LGBTQ guide to the best of Las Vegas
A few years ago, I wasn’t so sure about gallivanting around Las Vegas with my squad. In 2014, the city’s only gay hotel closed, followed by a few long-standing bars. But, the queer sparkle seems to be shining through those neon lights once again. Here are a few Vegas gems worth their weight in glow.
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- RuPaul's Drag Race LIVE! at the Flamingo Las Vegas69Witness the potential of high-production drag up close, but get ready for something more buttoned up than RuPaul’s MTV show. The line starts about an hour before the show, and sometimes the queens say hello on their way in! Drinks inside the show are pricey, so arrive early and sashay over to the Count Room for a cocktail.
- Senor Frog's Las Vegas5,808If you love dive bars and drag queens, this is your sanctuary of sequins, shots, and bottomless mimosas. Expect to pay more than a Drag Race Live! ticket, but you’ll experience top local queens and a few Ru girls at their rowdiest. Besides, if you want to forget how much it costs—well, you know what to do. Book a few weeks in advance for the best seating.
- The Garden Las Vegas4Looking for drag with a touch of glamour? Here, the refillable bevies come with the ability upgrade, the menu is à la carte, and the backdrop matches the price tag, which is higher than most. But, you’re guaranteed Ru girls in addition to other show stopping queens. Reserve early.
- Vanderpump à Paris111It’s not the only French fine dining in Vegas, but it’s the only one that comes with potential Lisa and Ken Vanderpump sightings. Plus, it’s ideal for making special memories–you can’t take a bad photo inside. Reservations are highly suggested, but spontaneous couples might sneak in at the bar, which is open seating.
- Vanderpump Cocktail Garden265Wondering if other LGBTQ+ people are flocking to Lisa’s original Vegas bar and restaurant? They are, and the hype about the espresso martinis and goat cheese balls is true, but it’s almost always packed. You can’t make reservations, but you can go when it’s less busy—after lunch, early dinner, or right when it opens at 10 a.m. Hair of the dog?
- Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, Curio Collection by Hilton628I like to recommend this place because it’s comfortable whether you’re in Vegas to party or you just want a home base where you let your hair down. It’s a 10-minute walk to the Fruit Loop and less than 10-minutes by car to the Strip. There’s a gay-ish nightclub on the 4th floor, and you will wake up each morning (or afternoon) to all the rejuvenating rooftop pool vibes.
- Atomic Saloon Show160Sexy dinner theater is a revered tradition in Vegas, and this Western-themed fantasy with openly queer characters keeps it LGBTQ cute.
- The Neon Museum5,349This hour or so walk through the final resting place of the most famous neon lights in Vegas history is an Instagrammer’s paradise. The museum recently installed a permanent LGBTQ exhibit, featuring the same glowing signs that lit the first gay spaces. For the best photos, come at sunset, but buy your ticket early—it sells out.
- Luxor Hotel & Casino57,396Wanna soak up the sun with the beautiful people? Book your Sunday afternoon at this laid-back but popular LGBTQ pool party on the Strip. Get on the get list and arrive by 1 p.m. to skip the cover. Not all seating has shade, and the good chairs go fast, but groups and couples can reserve a cabana, which includes recliners with umbrellas.
- The Liberace Museum Collection155Calling all Liberace fans. Honor the most famous LGBTQ showman to call Vegas home with a pilgrimage to Thriller Villa for the private tour of treasures from the now defunct Liberace Museum. If you’re just looking to live vicariously through this eccentric performer’s legendary car collection (including the most bedazzled models), snap photos, and take home a quirky souvenir, the Liberace Garage is a no-brainer.
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