AAA Editor Notes
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is at 4455 Paradise Rd. at jct. Harmon Rd.). Trendy and titillating, this hip off-Strip hot spot is the place to party like a rock star. In 2002 John Entwistle, bassist for the Who, did just that, but partied a little too hard and died in one of the hotel's rooms on the eve of the band's U.S. tour.
The casino has 30,000 square feet of gaming space, which means there's a load of rock and pop memorabilia to ogle (don't miss the displays dedicated to the Beatles and '70s punk pioneers the Ramones) after you've dropped your last dollar in a poker machine. Everyone from tourists and graying, increasingly paunchy rocker types to celebs and pro sports stars revels in the 24/7 party atmosphere. Music blares from the casino sound system. The volume gets cranked even louder at nightclubs like Vanity and the infamous booze-fueled Rehab Beach Club pool party Friday through Sunday, where the thong bikini and silicone enhancement count is off the charts.
Also on the premises is The Joint. Boasting a concert schedule of big rock bands, it's one of the best places to see live music in Vegas.
Food is available.