Wide-awake. Overwhelmed. And admittingly, disgustingly boozy. Las Vegas…

Las Vegas, there’s no place like it. A city built on sin, a perfect location for hosting a stag-do – the very reason that brought me to Vegas. It wasn’t my first time, the fist time saw the 22-year old me go on a big blowout after traveling around the world for a year. Now, the 26-year old me was making his rite of passage to make the most of his twenties.

This is a city of debauchery, tourist traps, and the occasional worn-out famous face. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t have a somewhat sophisticated time in Vegas. Sin City may be laced with all the wrong doings you can imagine, but it still offers more than just drinking holes, strip clubs, and many casinos.

Vegas for me, was what you would expect it to be for anyone in their twenties. A blur.

Las Vegas Roulette

Where to Crash

Hotels in Vegas are not that expensive. The strip is lined with extravagant 4/5-star hotels that offer much more than just a place to sleep. After all, how much sleep are you really going to get? All the big hotels are home to nice restaurants, world famous nightclubs, impressive shows and as much gambling as you could ever want. I stayed at the 4-star MGM Grand Hotel, which, with over five thousand rooms, is one of the biggest hotels on the strip and in the world for that matter. You can expect a good atmosphere in a hotel this big. There is even a lion ‘enclosure’ in the middle of the casino. The MGM Grand is perfectly located on the strip, has a Rain Forest Café and hosts plenty of events, you might even stumble across a UFC fighter (like I did) after a fight conference. What a place.

I stayed at the 4-star MGM Grand Hotel, which, with over five thousand rooms, is one of the biggest hotels on the strip and in the world for that matter. You can expect a good atmosphere in a hotel this big. There is even a lion ‘enclosure’ in the middle of the casino. The MGM Grand is perfectly located on the strip, has a Rain Forest Café and hosts plenty of events, you might even stumble across a UFC fighter (like I did) after a fight conference. What a place. 

Junior Dos Santos UFC

Me and UFC Heavyweigh Champ Junior Dos Santos (I’m on the left).

Where to party

My favorite nightclub was Pure, located at Caesar’s Palace. It has a rooftop bar that has a cool view of the strip. It’s a club with class but not so much class that you expect to spend a fortune. You could pay for a table but be prepared to spend if you do.

I had no intention of sitting on a table full of drinks behind a VIP rope and bouncer. I’m an Englishman in America, I fully intending on making the most of it. There’s always something big going on at one of the clubs, try and check out Toa, XS, Marquee and Pure. After the club is the after party and in Vegas, the after party is a strip joint – head over to Sapphire’s Gentlemen’s Club, the biggest strip club in the whole wide world.

What to do

Make time to see a Cirque du Soleil show, the imaginative performances are sure to leave you completely memorised. I never knew the human body could do such things. ‘O’ is the one to see, but tickets are tough to get hold of so make sure you book ahead.

Go to the Grand Canyon. Don’t miss out on seeing this magnificent wonder when you’re only a 2-hour drive away. You’ll also cross the Hoover Dam on your way. Rent a car and spend the day at the canyon, you might be lucky enough to see a condor flying through the gaping canyon. Then you can tick ‘see something majestic’ off your bucket list.

Gamble. Sure, be sensible, but it’s Vegas so set a budget for gambling. That doesn’t mean sit on the antisocial slots like a timid novice gambler. The blackjack table might be your game of choice but I suggest trying something a little more adventurous like the craps table. Some casinos offer free tutorials in how to play, then you can order your complimentary cocktail, place your bets and cause some dice-rolling commotion. You might even draw a crowd like in the movies. If you lose all of your money then head over to the Bellagio fountains and stare into the impressive display, pondering how Vegas beat you.

I loved Vegas and would go and go again. It’s the best lad’s getaway you’ll ever have. There is so much to do, so much to see, and so much to regret. I still say to this day, there’s no better feeling than getting suited-up before a night out in Sin City. See the bright lights of Las Vegas whilst you’re in your twenties!

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