Destination Showdown: New Orleans vs. Las Vegas

Filed Under: Las Vegas, New Orleans, Restaurants
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It's the heavyweight vs. the underdog as Las Vegas and New Orleans battle it out for the national title of Best Party City. The locations go head-to-head in 3 rounds as our experts weigh in on the fight.

Round 1: Where to Eat Round 1: Where to Eat
813 Rue Bienville, New Orleans, LA 70112
Located just off Bourbon Street, Arnaud’s is famous for its classic Creole cuisine and stellar service, all in beautifully restored, turn-of-the-century dining rooms.

Simon at Palms Place

4381 W Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas NV 89103
At Simon Restaurant, celebrated chef Kerry Simon has created an inventive menu that features the freshest seasonal items and quality organic ingredients.

713 Rue Saint Louis, New Orleans, LA 70130
The wonderfully old-fashioned Antoine’s Restaurant has been serving up French-Creole cuisine since it opened in 1840.
Bartolotta Ristorante Di Mare at Wynn
3131 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109
James Beard Award-winning chef Paul Bartolotta’s Ristorante Di Mare features fresh Mediterranean seafood in a luxurious, romantic setting.
Acme Oyster House
724 Iberville St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Acme Oyster House opened its doors in 1910 and has been proudly serving up the best oysters in town ever since!

Tacos and Tequila
3900 Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Throw back a margarita at this trendy Mexican-inspired eatery, located in the lobby of the Luxor Hotel and Casino.
Johnny's Po-Boys
511 St. Louis St, New Orleans, LA 70130
For a true taste of New Orleans, stop by Johnny’s Po-Boys, the oldest family-owned po’ boy restaurant in the city.
Round 2: Where to Stay Round 2: Where to Stay
The Hotel Monteleone -- FJ Suite
214 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130
This landmark is a member of the Historic Hotels of America. The 600 rooms don’t show their age, though; all the rooms and suites are newly renovated. Be sure to have a cocktail at the hotel’s (slowly) spinning Carousel Bar.
Palms Hotel and Casino
4321 W Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89103
For a serious dose of Vegas luxury, book the Hugh Hefner Villa at the Palms. The 9,000-square-feet of amenities will cost you, though … around $40,000 per night.
Hotel Royal
1006 Rue Royal, New Orleans, LA 70116
Part of the French Quarter Hotel Group, the Hotel Royal is housed in a converted 1827 Creole townhouse, just one block from Bourbon Street.
455 E Harmon Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89169
One of Las Vegas’s newest all-suite boutique hotels, Rumor has 150 rooms and one of Vegas’ coolest pools.
Round 3: What to Do Round 3: What to Do
Rock 'n' Bowl
3016 South Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118
Visit this bowling alley for excellent live music and food.
O at the Bellagio
3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109
While in Vegas, try to score tickets to the “O” show at the Bellagio, an aquatic Cirque du Soleil performance where acrobats, synchronized swimmers and divers perform in, on and above water.
Pat O’ Brien's

718 St. Peter St, New Orleans, LA 70116
Stop by Pat O’s for a taste of its signature drink, the Hurricane!
The Richard Petty Experience
6975 Speedway Blvd Unit D-106, Las Vegas, NV 89115
Test your skills behind the wheel by riding -- with a professional race driver -- in a 600-horsepower NASCAR race car.
  Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower
2000 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89104
Visit the Stratosphere for some of the most outrageous thrill rides on the planet -- located on top of the 1,000-foot-high hotel.

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