Stratosphere Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas
The Airbar is located in the Stratosphere Tower, one floor below the Observation deck. The bar/club has nice decor and good music. It shares the floor with other observation areas not associated with the bar so families will be passing through, at least if you are there before 10pm. Good for a one time experience.
Why I wouldn't return....the bartender didn't know how to make some basic drinks. I'm not much of a drinker but decided to have one to take part in the full experience. I ordered a Mind Eraser. The bartender stared at the shelf of booze for a minute then confessed he didn't know how to make one. I thought it was a fairly popular drink, at least it was during my college years in the 80's. I told him the contents and that the Kaluha, vodka and club soda would layer out over ice in a rocks glass with three stir straws. The bartender puts the contents in a shaker and gives them a good shake. Yuck! Tasted terrible. It's been over 20 years since I had one and remember how they're made, dispute the name of the drink.
I had that one shot and my friend had a shot. The total cost....$22! Not worth it.
Dress Code: There is no dress code.
The Stratosphere hotel in the only major on the strip hotel that is actually located withing the boundaries of las vegas and is the only major hotel cum casino complex that is located on the strip (Las Vegas Boulevard) that is far away from the major groupings of Casino and Hotel Complexes at the Mid Strip Area near Fashion Mall. This was were I Stayed in 1995 and has one of the cheapest hotel rates for strip hotels. It's Tower is a things to do and a night time activity area too since it is touted to be the tallest free standing tower west of the Misissippi (Jutting 1,149 feet into the Vegas skyline) and the spectacular views of Las Vegas glitters at night.
The activities inside the tower include the Windows of the world Buffett Restaurant, Level 107 Lounge, The Big Shot Ride and the Sky Jump ride and the two level Observation Deck.
The tower is open 24 hours a day.
Adult - $16.00
Child - $10.00
Senior - $12.00
Nevada Resident - $12.00
but is free if you are billeted at the Stratosphere Hotel!
Dress Code: Casual
Update 5/13/09 - Polly Esthers lost their liquor license & is now closed.
Polly Esthers is a great option is you simply want to have fun. There are 4 separate nightclubs in one that play every kind of music imaginable. The decor ranges from retro to ultra-contemporary. The lines are reasonable on the weekend. This club is an excellent alternative to PURE, Tao, Jet, or LAX. Especially if you dont want to wait in line for an hour or pay the doorman $100.00 to skip the line.
Dress Code: No ripped jeans or sneakers.
I went with my Hubby and his friend to see Bite. we paid the extra 10 bucks per person to get a center booth "VIP" seating. unfortunately they didn't let us know that the booths are small and cramped, the tables are useless considering that they don't serve drinks, and you have to share your VIP seating with some strangers. the Stranger we sat next to was a handsome Australian man who worked in theater... we are convinced that he was one of those thunder from down under guys.
the show was alright, the best part was the guy with the chains swinging from the ceiling. the women were pretty and hot, the opening dancing was cool, then the show went lame in the middle, and the it picked back up towards the end. the main vampire guy was stupid... coming out every so often to scream/groan... his makeup was a little scarey... but mostly he was a silly magician in a vamipire get-up.
the stage was surprisingly small, and it just felt cheap and dirty.... there was a guy that was taping the show and it was projected up on a big screen... i'm sure the guys in the back could have done that... all in all, i wouldn't recommend this show.
Dress Code: jeans, and a shirt... there were a few couples there, but a lot of single shady looking men who seemed like they should have been going to a porn store, rather than a show no matter how smutty the show is.
Thrill seekers can enjoy excitement over 100 stories above the ground on the Big Shot thrill ride and the High Roller roller coaster, which is the world highest roller coaster as it takes riders around the outside of the pod. With 32 degree angles the High Roller literally takes riders over the edge.
For less daring there is the Strat-O-Fair midway attraction. The Strat-O-Fair features a renovated Ferris Wheel from circa 1958 and a child size Little Slot.
Last but not least the Tower is equipped with a special lighting system designed to provide a spectacular dancing light show nightly, which is visible throughout the Las Vegas Valley.
At 1,149 feet, the Stratosphere Tower is the tallest freestanding observation tower in the United States and the tallest building west of the Mississippi River. The Stratosphere Hotel and Casino opened in 1996 with 1500 rooms.
Being in Las Vegas you will notice that the Stratosphere Tower definately is a landmark. We stayed at the Hilton Hotel just one block away from The Strip, but had a good view at the Tower.
You think to go to the top of the Stratosphere you must be at an airport due to the x-ray security you have to go through at the bottom before entering the elevator. It's to protect us all so don't criticize. You can see the whole Las Vegas area from the location. One of the best views in all of LV. We were able to do this tour through a tour group that we spent 6 hours with, seeing the best of Vegas.
The observation tower in the Startosphere is well worth a visit at night.
Fantastic views of Las Vegas and if you are bold enough,ride the rollar coaster or take on the Big Shot.
Lukilly for me, both rides were closed when we visited due to wind....phew.
It cost us $6 each to visit the observation deck, extra for the rides if you are so bold!
Stratosphere show--- Superstars.
The actors and actresses in this show are VERY good. I especially like the fiddler impersonator of Charlie Daniels, he played the violin superbly! Even the chorus line dancers were very well choreographed. Some of the other superstars impersonated were Elvis, Ricky Martin, Christine Agulara (sp?), and Michael Jackson.
Dress Code: Casual.
Here you can see for miles over Las vegas and surrounding areas. You go up in an elevator and there's even a shop at the top. You can peer through the glass panelled observatory or go outside and watch the whole town come alive.
Dress Code: Anything goes
Stratosphere's space-needle tower is visible from anywhere in the Las Vegas area. The tower is the tallest observation tower in America at 1,149 feet tall.