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Thursday 12th April, 2018

MainEventTravel’s Vegas Guide: The LINQ Promenade

By Mad Harper

Of all the many attractions that have opened in Vegas in recent years, the LINQ Promenade has proved one of the most successful: an appealing, tree-lined open-air pedestrian walkway featuring tons of shops, restaurants, bars and attractions.

Situated between the Linq hotel and the Flamingo casino, the Linq Promenande first opened in March 2014 and has become a very welcome addition for those seeking things to do in Las Vegas that are non-casino related. LINQ Promenade is now a must for any Vegas visitor and a great place to direct your friends and family if you’re running deep in a poker game somewhere! If you're staying on the Strip, LINQ Promenade is conveniently located close to lots of hotels and guests at the Flamingo Las Vegas or The LINQ Hotel itself can just walk right out onto the walkway.

The highlight of the LINQ Promenade – and certainly its most visible feature – is the High Roller, a 550-foot Ferris wheel which is the tallest in the world and provides 360 degree views of the whole city. But even if you’re not planning on taking a ride, the Linq Promenade is a great place to just wander around: taking in the atmosphere, grabbing a bite to eat, fantastic shopping, and enjoying the open air.

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The High Roller

Soaring 550 feet above the center of the Las Vegas Strip, the High Roller wheel is the biggest of its kind in the world, eclipsing both the London Eye and the Singapore Flyer. Offering stunning 360-degree views of the Las Vegas Valley and The Strip, each ride takes 30 minutes. There are 28 large air-conditioned cabins with several designated as High Roller “Happy Hour”. For only slightly more than the cost of a regular ticket, a Happy Half Hour ticket includes one 30 minute rotation with an in-cabin open bar – and bartender to serve up the fun. Do note that guests must be 21 or older.

The High Roller provides several other novelty rides as well including sky-high yoga classes and a speciality chocolate tour. If doing ‘downward dog’ at 550 feet sounds like your kind of thing, then you’ll love the chance to join one of the High Roller yoga sessions. For amateurs and full-on yogis alike, this one-hour experience aims to provide a soothing yet energizing session – all while taking in sweeping views of the Las Vegas Valley. The High Roller yoga classes run Sunday, Wednesday and Friday at 11:30am and sunset options are also available. To book, call 702-322-0593, or email HighRollerCustomerCare@caesars.com

Another great High Roller experience on offer is the unique chocolate-sampling tour run by Las Vegas-based Ethel M Chocolates. During this ride, you get to try liqueur-infused chocolates and learn about the origins and creation of each piece while drinking a glass of fine wine and taking in the amazing views. Led by an expert ‘chocolatier’ ambassador, tastings are available every Thursday from 5:00pm-8:00pm for guests 21 and older. For more information or to book your chocolate experience, please call 702-777-2782.

The High Roller also offers (of course, this is Vegas!) the ultimate in romantic experiences: sky high weddings. You can take your special day to new heights by booking your wedding on the High Roller for a truly memorable Vegas ceremony.

VR Adventures

Back down on the ground, VR Adventures is a new attraction at LINQ Promenade offering a cutting edge, immersive Virtual Reality experience that plunges guests into a 3D virtual world. If you’ve never tried VR before, VR Adventures will probably blow your mind – just put on the special goggles and be transported into a unique VR experience. Unlike other video games, VR Adventures requires gamers to use hand movements, walk, sidestep or jump to explore or fly through the virtual world.

Linq Promenade at night

One of the great things about the LINQ Promenade is that there’s tons to do at all times of the day and night. Two of the biggest nighttime attractions are the Brooklyn Bowl and O’Sheas. Described by Rolling Stone magazine as “one of the most incredible places on earth", the Brooklyn Bowl combines a fantastic 2,500 capacity music venue, with six bars, a great restaurant and a 32-lane bowling alley. O'Sheas Pub is a long-time favourite Irish pub themed venue, now revamped for the LINQ Promenade. The new 5,000 square foot O'Sheas has kept the fun and raucous atmosphere of the original – with the same gaming tables, beer pong tournaments and drink specials that has always made O'Sheas so popular. There are more than 50 types of beer, table games, a lively outdoor bar and nightly entertainment at its Irish-inspired stage area with live performances – plus O’Sheas popular host Lucky the Leprechaun on hand to keep the party upbeat.

Shopping at the Linq Promenade
Shopping – or window-shopping – at the LINQ Promenade is a lot of fun. Even if you don’t buy a thing, you’ll find a lot of the stores at the LINQ Promenade super-entertaining. 12amrun was founded in early 2014 by rap legend Nas with the aim of selling super- exclusive sneakers in an upmarket setting. Located under the Linq Promenade High Roller, the store will get you browsing with a bounce as live DJs play hip hop classics and current hits from a booth above the shop floor. Brands include Nike, Jordan, Adidas, Stussy, HUF, Stance, Publish, Mitchell & Ness, all offering a unique look that combines hip-hop, street, sport, fitness, skate, and Vegas nightclub.

Also at “foot level” is a branch of Havaianas, the iconic Brazilian flip flops brand. The Las Vegas boutique stocks more than 300 different styles and colorful designs, including "embellish your own" Havaianas and Las Vegas-themed styles. There’s a huge assortment of sandals for women, men and kids, as well as accessories. The premium flip flops are all made of fine rubber from Brazil, where they are still crafted to this day.

Las Vegas Harley-Davidson preserves the iconic motorcycle brand’s heritage, while offering products that are exclusive to Las Vegas. The collection features a vintage look and fans will revel in the huge range of leather apparel, T-shirts, sunglasses, bags, gifts and Harley Davidson collectibles.

Other cool stores at LINQ Promenade include Chilli Beans – a Brazilian accessories brand specialising in eyewear and watches ranging from eccentric to chic. Shoppers are encouraged to try on as many as they want with Chilli Beans offering some of the quirkiest frames in the market from vintage Hollywood cat eye glasses to aviators. The brand releases 10 styles of its own designs each week, each made in collaboration with prestigious guest artists. If hats are your thing, don’t miss a visit to the Goorin Brothers Hat Shop. Rich wood and antique fixtures highlight a vast collection of hand-crafted hats – from fedoras and flat caps to bowlers, top hats and fishermen’s berets. The Goorin Brothers Hat Shop has been going since 1895 and the location marks its 29th retail store. “Breaking Bad” fans can even buy Walter White’s iconic Goorin Bros. Heisenberg hat.

Other stores to look out for at the LINQ Promenade include the Honolulu Cookie Company which has been perfecting the recipe for shortbread cookies since 1998. Each cookie is baked daily in Honolulu, made with the finest ingredients and natural Hawaiian flavors, hand-dipped in chocolate and individually wrapped to maintain its delicious oven-fresh quality. You’re allowed to sample any cookie so go in and try some! Nectar Bath Treats offers bakery-inspired handmade soap treats that look great and leave your skin feeling amazing. These are fun, whimsical handcrafted pieces of art, made using natural, sustainable and vegan friendly ingredients.

Where to Eat and Drink at Linq Promenade

Two venues that have attracted a lot of attention at Linq Promenade are Haute Doggery and Sprinkles Cupcakes.

Haute Doggery is a new take on the American hot dog stand – a 1,000-square-foot venue offering “Retro Dogs” from around the country as well as ‘Haute Specialties’ taking menu inspiration from the hugely successful Holsteins Shakes and Buns. Sprinkles Cupcakes serves up deliciously sinful sweet treats and has become famous in Vegas not just for its wide selection of yummy cakes, but for the cupcake ATM machine round the corner.

In-N-Out Burger barely needs any recommendation but you haven’t yet sampled an In-N-Out Burger, you have a huge treat in store for you. These are thought be many to be the best burgers in the world – highly recommended by Main Event Travel.

Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery is a favourite with Vegas regulars – and that includes the Main Event Travel team! There’s always a great atmosphere – and the prices are reasonable with a mouth-watering menu, 30+ beers and an extensive spirit selection – all served up by the pub’s famous Kilt Girls® who always ensure “A Cold Beer Never Looked So Good.”®

Yard Househighly recommended by Main Event Travel – is located right at the base of the High Roller and serves innovative foods from its amazing scratch kitchen. The Yard House beer menu also has a variety of new craft, local and imported beers including the special Chalkboard Series.

The latest addition to Las Vegas’ bustling LINQ Promenade is ameriCAN which serves nearly 70 different canned beers and aims to offer a different beer from every one of the 50 U.S. states. There’s also an exciting menu of cocktails – once you’ve sloshed your way through all the beers!

Jaburritos is another interesting Linq Promenade restaurant, combining Mexican and Japanese cuisines in the form of a dozen different chef-created sushi burritos sushi burritos.

There are plenty of other great places to drink and snack at Linq Promenade including Starbucks, Breeze Daiquiri and Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop – with its irresistible World Famous Hot Fudge Sundaes topped with freshly homemade hot fudge. There’s also a branch of the world-famous Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips outlet so head here if you’re hankering for some traditional British grub. Ramsay’s has it all – as well as its signature fish and chips, the menu also includes bangers and mash, chicken planks and hearty seafood chowder. You also get to view the chefs in action as they prepare the made to order dishes.

Flour & Barley – Brick Oven Pizza is a traditional pizzeria eatery complete with Italian-American favorites to fit modern tastes. There’s a focus on local flavors and the restaurant also serves craft beer. Chayo Mexican Kitchen + Tequila Bar is an exciting Mexican dining experience combining a DJ, a mechanical bull, a vast tequila selection and blend of authentic and innovative Mexican fare. Chayo’s expansive ground-level patio is framed by lush trees and the main dining room has floor-to-ceiling glass doors to create an indoor-outdoor space.

Off The Strip is a local favorite for steaks, burgers, and brunch and has been operating since 2007. Off The Strip boasts a loyal following thanks to its classic bistro and bar atmosphere, comfort food, and great service. The LINQ Promenade branch offers indoor and outdoor dining, as well as three bars.

Last but not least, do check out these eateries too! Amorino Gelato is a European gelato brand and known for their unique flower shaped cone, with unlimited flavors available on each creation. The eatery also has delicious Granita drinks made from fruit, water and sugar – super refreshing if you’ve been in the hot Vegas sun!

Canter's Deli first opened in NYC in 1924 – a drool-inducing delicatessen known for its beloved signature sandwiches made with fresh baked rye bread, hot pastrami, corned beef and roasted turkey – all hand-carved and made to order. Canter's Deli has opened a 3,370-square-foot branch on the Linq Promenade and favourites on the menu include the extravagant New York style cheesecake, and world-famous chocolate chip Rugelach along with Jewish standards such as Matzah Ball Soup, Lox, Potato Cakes, and Blintz.    

Don’t miss the critically acclaimed NYC’s Blue Ribbon restaurant, located at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas, and if you’re looking for some hearty southern BBQ – and exceptional craft beer – then check out Virgil’s Real BBQ! Conveniently located right in the middle of the action, you can find Virgil’s Real BBQ just walking distance from the beautiful Bellagio fountains. Surrounded by the biggest attractions Las Vegas has to offer, pop into Virgil’s for some authentic southern barbecue food before hitting the blackjack tables at Caesars or hopping on the High Roller for the best views of the city.