No matter the size, venues for Vegas groups abound

LAS VEGAS -- The following is a sampling of venues around Las Vegas that can accommodate large or small groups.

Large groups

  • The Blue Note Jazz Club & Cafe Las Vegas, which opened last August, is much like its counterparts in New York and Japan.
  • It offers jazz enthusiasts an upscale atmosphere for drinks and dining. Portraits of music legends like Dizzy Gillespie and Oscar Peterson adorn the walls of the 500-seat, cabaret-style theater, where visitors can enjoy live music performances.

    Private groups of up to 1,000 can arrange a buyout of the theater for a cocktail party or five-course dinner.

    For information, call the Blue Note at (702) 862-8307 or visit its Web site, at www.bluenote.net/lasvegas.

  • Visitors to the Nascar Cafe can test drive a stock car on a simulator, tune in to races on giant television screens, dine on race-themed fare in the 750,000-square-foot main dining area or have a drink at the bar, which surrounds "Carzilla," the world's largest stock car.
  • Showcasing 20 authentic Nascar stock cars, the restaurant and entertainment facility at the Sahara Hotel on the Strip can accommodate private groups of up to 5,000.

    For more information, call (702) 734-2891 or visit the venue on the Web at www.nascarcafelasvegas.com.

  • Groups of up to 1,000 can take over the Southern Nevada Zoological-Botanical Park after hours.
  • Special rates and tours at the three-acre zoo can be arranged for groups of 20 to 500 during regular park hours.

    Visitors can admire rare animals such as the Bali mina, golden eagle, gila monster and Mexican beaded lizard, all among the some 150 species of creatures on display.

    In its collection of plant life, the botanical garden features endangered cycads and rare bamboos.

    For more information, call (702) 647-4685 or visit www.lvrj.com/communitylink/zoo.

    Small groups

  • Anasazi incorporates Colonial Spanish, American cowboy and Native American flavors and influences in a contemporary Southwestern-style restaurant, bar and lounge.
  • Similar to the original Anasazi restaurant in Santa Fe, N.M., the Las Vegas version -- at Desert Passage, adjacent to the Aladdin -- offers specialties such as black pepper coriander-seared tuna loin with hearty greens and miso vinaigrette; habanero merlot-glazed tuna mignon with cowboy beans and seared spinach, and sumptuous desserts such as margarita pie, chocolate truffle cake and basil tres leches.

    The restaurant seats up to 225 people; groups of up to 150 can arrange a buyout.

    Two private rooms can be combined to hold up to 90 people. Intimate gatherings for up to 14 can be held in either the restaurant's Red Room or the Wine Room.

    The bar, which extends outdoors, seats 72.

    For information, call (702) 836-0989.

    The London Club at the Aladdin Hotel, above, offers small-group accommodations.

  • Above the casino at the Aladdin, the London Club offers 15,000 square feet of gaming options within a traditional European-style club, but beyond the blackjack and roulette tables, guests will find the quaint London Club restaurant.
  • Able to host groups of up to 50 for intimate gatherings, the eatery offers a distinct West Coast spin on southern French flavors.

    For more information, call (702) 785-5555 or visit www.aladdincasino.com.

  • Named after the Hong Kong restaurant where the owners were married more than 30 years ago, Mayflower Cuisinier at the Sahara Pavilion offers a healthful take on contemporary Chinese food.
  • With seating for up to 120 people, the restaurant offers accommodations for private groups of up to 35, or 100 for a buyout.

    An elegant oasis 2.5 miles from the Strip, the Mayflower creates a calming atmosphere with soft jazz music filtered through the dimly lighted dining rooms. The work of local artists graces the walls.

    For more information, call (702) 870-8432 or visit the restaurant's Web site at www.mayflowercuisinier.com.

    This information was compiled with the assistance of Meetings & Conventions, a sister publication to TWcrossroads.

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