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Dec 26, 2011 10:53 PM
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Elegant New Year's without the Strip and without breaking the bank...is it even possible?

I've lived in Vegas four years now but never gone out for NYE here. We usually try and spend a quiet evening with friends, but that isn't going to work out this year. I don't feel like cooking, and feel like something a little more elegant than his usual homestyle Indian dishes. Don't get me wrong, I love DH's cooking....I just feel like dressing up a bit and maybe having a real cocktail. And I think NYE calls for elegant, sinful desserts, which I KNOW he won't do.

Any thoughts at all? Someplace romantic (our anniversary is a few days later, and we probably won't even be in the same town as each other on that day); maybe with dancing later on...but definitely away from the strip madness (towards the northwest or Summerlin would be ideal) and that won't break the bank. Am I dreaming?

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  1. Vintner's Grill has a 10pm table available, and the Italian restaurant at the Rampart marriott might do, Spiezine I think it's called?

    No, you aren't dreaming, I think I have found a place that might fit the bill, with 8pm tables available....www.lucioristorante.com haven't been but the reviews look promising.

    1. For something different you may check out Bar+Bistro @ the Arts Factory. They have a special 10 plate tapas menu for NYE featuring "lucky" food. Look them up on Facebook for more info. They are at Charleston, and Main.

      I did the Strip last year, and it wasn't that bad. The crowds were not constricting, and I was able to walk all over easily. It was cold-27 degrees, but I had my thermals on, and had gloves to beat the chill. The Bar+Bistro is in sight of the Stratosphere, and Chef Beni has been doing a great job with the place since he took over.

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      1. re: BIGGUNDOCTOR

        Oooohhh, good idea! I've been thinking about checking out Bar and Bistro, since I like the idea of it and hear good things....thanks! As for crowds on the strip, I was just there this evening, and if its that crowded today I don't want to go anywhere near there on NYE! With the weather relatively warm and as busy as they are I think this could be the biggest NYE since the crash. Heck, I couldn't even find an empty parking place in my secret magic parking lot at the Palazzo tonight....first time ever!

        1. re: janetofreno

          Add another fan of Bar + Bistro, which also has the kind of vibe that makes it pleasant to hang there for an evening. Genuine eclectic, instead of "pre-fab" eclectic.

          1. re: janetofreno

            Yeah, New Year's Eve being a Saturday is gonna make it worse. LOTS worse. Were you able to get a reservation for Bar+Bistro?

            http://www.facebook.com/barbistroaf#!...

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