In any other city, the LINQ Promenade would be the pinnacle of upscale nightlife, dining, and shopping.
Surrounded by the Strip, however, a master-planned mini-mall like the LINQ Promenade seems decidedly low-key. It can be a welcome break from the madness of all-nighters at gambling tables and searching for restaurants in the bowels of a labyrinthine casino.
It’s especially easy if you stay at the LINQ Hotel and Casino or Flamingo Las Vegas, both of which have exits directly onto the promenade. Street access from Las Vegas Boulevard is easy, but doesn’t announce itself. Once you’re in, you’ll feel like it’s a whole different world, a haven of mellow high-end retail and dining apart from the flashing lights.
Amid 40 stores and restaurants spread over 20,000 square feet of classy outdoor mall space are such unusual shopping opportunities as Havaianas (the popular Brazilian flip-flop brand); Goorin Bros (a beret shop with a lot of vintage charm); and Bella Scarpa (shoe heaven for women, a popular bachelorette party destination).
Dining options include Gordon Ramsay Fish and Chips, Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen and Bar, Chayo Mexican Kitchen and Tequila Bar, and The Haute Doggery. Finish it off with a cupcake from Sprinkles if you have a sweet tooth.
The nightlife offerings are more chill than those on the Strip. Check out a show at the Brooklyn Bowl, a 2,000-capacity music venue that also features a restaurant and a bowling alley.
It’s still Las Vegas, though. The LINQ Promenade goes for broke in the form of the High Roller, the world’s largest “observation wheel.” It’s like a ferris wheel, but oversized at 550 feet. Instead of little two-seater romantic benches, you ride the High Roller in a glass-walled observation pod that can accommodate a party of 40. Even more impressive than the sheer size of the thing are the 360-degree views — the entire city of Las Vegas, and surrounding it as far as the eye can see, the stark beauty of the Nevada desert. With rates starting at $22 in the daytime or $32 at night, it’s definitely worth a trip around the wheel.