This week my lush life adventures took me to Las Vegas for a family vacation. Emphasis on the vacation. So I've compiled a few tips and vital recommendations for partying in the Lower 48, specifically in a dry, desert area like Nevada. And I apologize to my loyal blog readers that this post comes two days late -- what happens in Vegas apparently stays in Vegas, and also makes me forget what day it is.
First -- if you're partying in a place where there are tons of opportunities for sightseeing or traversing from bar to bar it's all about quantity. Don't try and save money by buying a single beer -- splurge and get one of the biggest, craziest-looking and most potent concoctions you can find. They might not be as easy to carry, but they'll last you much longer, and serve as a nice complement to a nightlife-centered stroll.
In conjunction, insulation is very important -- especially in a hot place. A chilled beverage well-insulated in a dark glass, beer holder or dark cloth can be a lifesaver when you find yourself lost near some building you've never heard of but ominously reminds you of the movie "Casino."
Also, remember to try something new. You might have a favorite standby when going out on the town, but feel free to experiment. When you're in an unfamiliar place, sometimes the best way to feel welcome is to embrace something even more unfamiliar. For instance, I recently tried a new drink at a club and discovered that my way might not be the best way when it comes to one of my standard late-night drinks. I like a Vodka Red Bull, but one savvy waitress convinced me to try her recipe -- equal parts Red Bull, orange juice and vodka. To mix it up, she suggested I add pineapple juice too. Red Bull isn't that great tasting in the first place, and the addition of a citrus juice makes it incredibly more palatable. I was impressed, and converted.
Finally, make sure you pace yourself. When partying in a big, unfamiliar or hopping place, it's important to remember that the best way to enjoy the nightlife is to ensure you don't overdo it and that you can actually stay awake and coherent when the night really begins. Happy partying, Anchorage!