Thursday, March 13, 2014 | 10:06 a.m.
Rockhouse at the Venetian celebrated its first-anniversary VIP party Tuesday night with a turnout of Strip entertainers and VIPs, but all eyes were on 2014 Miss Nevada USA Nia Sanchez, who wowed the crowd.
Nia told me that she’s eagerly awaiting today’s announcement from Donald Trump of where the 2014 Miss USA Pageant takes place in June.
“I hope it’s here in Las Vegas, but now maybe Miami or the Bahamas,” she whispered.
Celebrities signed Rockhouse’s pop art-inspired celebrity wall, and guests enjoyed booze-filled baby bottles, rode the mechanical bull and ate appetizers, including tacos and sliders.
Also at the celebration: Jeff Timmons and his Men of the Strip, UFC star Frank Mir, Mark Shunock and his Venetian headliner “Rock of Ages” cast members, cast members from “Fantasy” at the Luxor and UNLV mascot Hey Reb riding Rockhouse’s bull.
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In the spirit of Venice, The Venetian is a little piece of romantic Italy right here in Las Vegas. The Venetian is an "all-suite" hotel, with rooms accented with plush linens and Italian marble. The 4,027 suites are divided into two towers: The 36-story Venetian Tower that offers guests a taste of luxurious Las Vegas and the Venezia suites, which guarantee 12 floors of high-end elegance. The top five floors are the hotel's highest level of luxury with its private access, concierge lounge, upgraded features and even a dedicated staff.
The flagship of Venetian nightlife is TAO, an ultra-hip nightclub located inside of TAO Asian Bistro. V Bar is The Venetian's super smooth ultra lounge, made by the owners of New York City's club Lotus and Los Angeles' super swank Sunset Room.
The Venetian features 19 restaurants including Thomas Keller's award-winning French restaurant Bouchon, Mario Batali's B&B Ristorante, Aquaknox for fresh seafood and the 42,000 square foot TAO Asian Bistro. There's also the food court inside the Canal Shoppes for those looking for a quick bite.
Guests can float along The Grand Canal Shops in an authentic Italian gondola ride and pass stores like Burberry and Kenneth Cole along the way. And if you haven't caught a real celeb, on the street in Vegas, you can head over to Madame Tussauds to check out a wax version.