The newest hot spot in Las Vegas isn't a hotel or a casino. It's the side-by-side T-Mobile Arena and pedestrian hangout called the Park, which are scheduled to open next week.
Folks on foot will enter the pedestrian mall from the sidewalk along Las Vegas Boulevard. While it will have park-like features such as benches, plants and trees, The Park's main draw will be the cool new restaurants that line it. Highlights include:
--Beerhaus. Guests can enjoy craft beers and sandwiches while playing games such as darts and ping pong.
--Bruxie. In its first venture outside the Southland, this Orange County-based eatery will feature its familiar waffle sandwiches.
--Sake Rok. Infused with Japanese pop culture, this high-energy restaurant will combine private-label sake and Asian cuisine with servers who double as entertainers. They will encourage guests to join in dance parties and lip-sync contests.
And as for Burning Man, the centerpiece of the 2010 festival held each year in the Nevada desert has found a new home in the Park.
Created by San Francisco artist Marco Cochrane, "Bliss Dance" is an oversized sculpture of a naked, dancing woman. Cochrane said he designed the 40-foot-tall sculpture to represent female empowerment and strength.
At night, the sculpture glows courtesy of 3,000 colored LED lights within.
The Park also features colorful, towering pieces of metal that will provide much needed shade.The structures, designed to look like abstract trumpets, dot the walkway.
Keep an eye out, too, for the cut stone in hues of plum, pink and gold. The quartzite came from a Southern Nevada quarry less than an hour's drive from the Strip.
Whether it's a concert or hockey, guests can indulge in food and beverage offerings with a signature flair. Master mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim has created custom cocktails available only at the arena.
They include his Champagne punch, a concoction made with champagne, gin, crème de framboise, fresh lemon sour and a savory syrup.