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The ISS Expo Returns to Las Vegas: New Things to See and Do

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Another Palazzo pick is Sushisamba, a unique blend of Brazilian, Peruvian and Japanese influences. The open atrium and 16-foot ceilings are the perfect backdrop for the decadent menu of grilled eats from the robata grill like filet mignon, salmon or shrimp, and the elaborate sushi bar. The fruit cocktails are patron faves, and there’s also an extensive line of sake.

For a late-night nibble or nightcap, visit sister hot spot, Sugarcane through a tunnel-like corridor. Brazilian beats and guest DJs keep things popping for the people on the dance floor, which is decked out in bamboo, exotic wenge wood and smoky frosted acrylic. Don’t miss the sugarcane-like ceiling. [Info:]

The Mirage Volcano

The lava-spewing attraction underwent a $25 million facelift. The updated volcano includes 120 new fireball-throwing devices choreographed to erupt in sync with a drum score co-composed by legendary Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart. The renovation was part of The Mirage’s $110 million overhaul for room upgrades and the addition of a nightclub and restaurants.

The new Mirage volcano, slated to be photo-ready this month, will erupt every hour with a 4 1/2 minute show. Water shoots 120 feet above the volcano and flows through the crevices cutting into the sides of the mountain. [Info:]

Minus 5, Mandalay Bay

The temperature inside Minus 5 is -5 degrees below Celsius or 23 degrees Fahrenheit—no kidding. It’s the first “ice” bar in the United States, courtesy of some guys from New Zealand. The bar, chairs and cocktail glasses are all carved from frozen blocks of ice. There’s an admission fee, but you get a rented parka and gloves to keep you toasty, plus a coupon for a free vodka cocktail. [Info:]

Hard Rock Hotel and Casino

Another Vegas staple that has undergone extensive renovations—to the tune of $800 million. Hard Rock’s Wasted Space—co-owned by motocross superstar Carey Hart, baseball player Jason Giambi and rockers Benji and Joel Madden—is the “anti-club” on the Strip. Underground acts and well-known rockers jam for lucky patrons. Original artwork decorates the walls, and a 30-foot mural sporting vintage band posters and fliers hangs over the bar.

Or stop into Ago, owned by Los Angeles restaurateur Agostino Sciandri and Hollywood icon Robert De Niro. Sip martinis at the bar or dine on Italian classics like wild mushroom risotto and a Mediterranean sea bass filet, grilled in aromatic bread crumbs with vegetables. [Info:]

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