Vegas isn’t for everyone; it’s loud, bright, and despite your highest hopes, those cards on the streets don’t have pictures and stats of ball players on them. But sometimes you have to plan your sister’s bachelorette party or you get invited to the yo-yo national sales conference. Thankfully, there’s Mama Bird. It’s a more low-key Southern spot where you can take a break from people constantly trying to hustle or upsell you on everything, and it’s far enough from the center of town to feel a bit removed - in a good way. Get the salt and pepper brisket, which is some of the best you’ll find in Vegas, and the Wicked Deviled Eggs, because you can never go wrong with candied jalapenos.
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The Black Sheep
With its casual feel and Vietnamese/American menu, Black Sheep feels like an escape, even though it's just a short drive from the Strip.
Frankie’s Tiki Room
Frankie’s Tiki Room is exactly what you’re picturing - but it’s a lot of fun and the tiki aspects feel nostalgic, plus it’s open 24 hours a day.
Born and Raised
For a ton of TVs playing sports and way above average bar food, bring everyone to Born and Raised in southwest Vegas.
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30 minutes from the Strip, Americana is where you go when you’ve been in Vegas for a couple days too long, from the great food to the lake views.
Sparrow + Wolf
You won’t find more creative food anywhere in Vegas than you will at Sparrow and Wolf in Spring Valley. Come with a few friends and share everything.
Cleaver is best enjoyed with a group - head to this spot right off the Strip for massive steaks, and a great Happy Hour.
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Get the barbecue greatest hits at Mabel’s in the Palms, just bring enough friends that want to share, the portions are generous.
Lotus of Siam
Lotus of Siam feels like a big party, but one you can show up to in jeans - come with a big group and order plenty of their Thai specialties.
EDO Gastro Tapas And Wine
This classic Spanish tapas place in Spring Valley is great for sharing small plates and getting a few cocktails.
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