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CocktailDeeva Does Vegas

Let it Roll....Mama needs a new pair of SHOES...

Early 2011, I traveled to Las Vegas with my darling husband on business - in total I have been there 3 times. Now Vegas is not one of my favorite places to visit. I find it loud, dirty and well...tacky as hell. But it is what it is and I believe everyone needs to see it at least once...

Dirty VegasDirty VegasThe important thing to figure out before you go is what Vegas do you want to see...Like Joan Rivers, Vegas has many different faces.

There's "Dirty Vegas" with the strippers, swing clubs, dial a girl and bunny ranches. This isn't my type of Vegas, I like to keep all the debauchery in my life right in my own bedroom.

Then there's "Shinny Disco Balls Vegas" - you know the celeb rag mag hyped night clubs. Pure, Tao, LAX and Blush just to name a few. You may get lucky and spot Paris Hilton pantie-less in a giant martini glass. But most likely you'll wait far too long in line, pay far too much to get in and drink overpriced, mediocre cocktails with all the other tourists waiting to see a pantie-less Paris...

King & Queen of VegasKing & Queen of Vegas

Can't forget "Queen of Las Vegas", where you have more money than Oprah and can throw it around like confetti. Who wouldn't love Vegas when you can shop at Burberry,Roberto Cavalli and Christian Dior.



The above are not my Vegas. My Vegas is that of a mom of four who wants to spend some alone time with her fabulous husband, eat great food that I don't have to cook, cut up or wipe off of other little people and drink deevalicious cocktails till my heart's content. This may be dull and boring to some, but to me it's like being a high roller. So here are my 5 favorite things to do when I am in Sin City...

Mojito's anyone?Mojito's anyone?1. Enjoy a walk down the strip with a Mojito from the Bacardi hut out in front of Caesars Palace. Be sure to ask them to make it with Effen Black Cherry Vodka, adds a fantastic twist to the cocktail. A note of caution, these are so good that you may be tempted to enjoy them in multiples. They go down very smooth and will sneak up on you just as quickly, if you wake up naked in a bus shelter, it's not my fault.

Classic Las VegasClassic Las Vegas


2. Take in a Show...There are so many A-list fabulous entertainers in Vegas - Carrot Top not being one of them. Tip...If you buy the tickets on the day of the performance from the box office, you'll get fabulous seats at a great price as they are trying to sell them off.


3. Have dinner on the patio of Mon Ami Gabi at the Paris hotel. It's directly across from the Bellagio Bellagio FountainsBellagio Fountainsfountains and one of the few strip patios in Vegas. The food is amazing, the ambiance to die for and the prices are very reasonable for the quality of the experience. Be sure to ask for a table on the railing - people watching on the strip is part of the fun.

4. Check out FREE local talent. In almost every hotel on the strip you will find an amazing house act. From jazz bands, dueling pianos, motown gigs and top 20 jams. You can listen to almost any style of music and enjoy a night of free, high quality entertainment, whether or not you gamble.

Golden Nugget, Las VegasGolden Nugget, Las Vegas

5. Enjoy the Freemont Street Experience. In the original part of downtown Las Vegas, this colorful, light show is so worth the short cab ride. It's fun to walk around and people watch. For dinner while there I recommend Lillie's Asian Cuisine in the Golden Nugget...3 words..FA-BU-LOUS...

Dee gets a tattoo...Dee gets a tattoo...Oh. And if you want a #6...then throw caution to the wind and get a kick ass tattoo at the

PussyKat Tattoo parlor...by a guy named Dirk Vermon...


Want to know more about Dee and what she does when she's not in Vegas? Check her out at CocktailDeeva, Twitter or Facebook. Good luck catching her sober...

DEE BRUN, The CocktailDeeva

Cocktail DeevaCocktail DeevaAward Winning Author of Book,Libations of Life, A Girls Guide to Life One Cocktail at a Time. Resident Cocktail'ista on The Steven and Chris show on CBC. Home entertaining columnist Toronto Star Yourhome.ca. Cocktail Chef & Stylist, Menu Development, Home Entertaining Guru, writer, humorist, wife, mother of 4, TV Junkie, shoe-aholic, boarder line George Clooney stalker..hmm what else...

I am old enough to remember making "Mixed Tapes" from the radio...My fave vacation spot is anywhere with a beach bar...and when I grow up I want to be Carrie Bradshaw from Sex in the City and marry

George Clooney...IT COULD HAPPEN!


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Absolutely. My favorite Vegas is chill Vegas. Go off-Strip or fringe-Strip, sleep until 11, then spend the rest of the day in Spa, a show or strutting.

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