Think you've been to Vegas? Think again.

The city's skyline is changing as rapidly as the players at a craps table as this tourist mecca undergoes its most massive face lift and expansion yet.
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In the next four years, Las Vegas will be transformed by an estimated $40 billion in resort development that will translate into more than a dozen new attractions in just the next few months.

The sizzle is in the new nightclubs that center on celebrity-driven night life and the pricey gourmet restaurants -- French chef Joël Robuchon at the MGM Grand was recently awarded a coveted three-star rating from the Michelin guide -- all opening at a rate that's almost too fast to keep up with.

The names say it all. Hot spots that have already opened or will soon open include: CatHouse, CUT, RUB BBQ, Blush, the Bank, Strip House and the bar eyecandy.

"There is a sumptuousness and richness to all the new décor," said Erika Pope, a spokeswoman with the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority. "A kind of sexy playfulness."

"Vegas is an adult Disneyland," said Billy Cross, the Australian club owner behind CatHouse, an intimate bordello-themed nightclub that features women in lingerie -- sitting behind glass walls, primping at dressing tables. Other walls will include peepholes where patrons can peek at vintage erotic films.

"There is a lot of red involved," Cross said. "We're tapping into the openness of celebrating sexiness in a way that is empowering for all participants."

Some of the more prominent nightclub and restaurant openings include:

* Strip House: A sultry new steakhouse that opened in November at the new Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

* CatHouse: A 19th century French bordello-style lounge that features performers modeling CatHouse lingerie on elevated platforms. It was set to open this weekend, with a launch hosted by actress-trendsetter Mischa Barton, at the Luxor as part of a $300-million makeover.

* Trader Vic's Restaurant: Just opened at the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood and features an outdoor patio overlooking the Strip.

* 40/40 Club: Owned by Jay-Z, this upscale sports bar and lounge is set to open at the Palazzo. Watch for Avril Lavigne on New Year's at new lounge Privé Las Vegas at Planet Hollywood.

* RUB BBQ: This 9,000-square-foot restaurant at the Rio All-Suites Hotel is the second and only venue outside the New York City original.

* The Bank: The new nightclub with a glass-encased dance floor is to open on New Year's Eve, at the site of the old Light nightclub at Bellagio.