By Kristine McKenzie of Vegas.com
Las Vegas is a mecca for tourists, and one thing you’re sure to find in a tourist town is themed restaurants. Vegas has them all -- from Star Trek to NASCAR -- there’s something for everyone’s taste. So the next time you’re in town and want to dine among the memorabilia, just consult our list of Vegas’ most popular themed restaurants.
Hard Rock Cafe:
The Hard Rock Cafe is the classic themed restaurant and probably Vegas’ oldest. The cafe, which sports a 45-foot neon Gibson Les Paul guitar at the entrance, opened here in 1990. Inside, the Hard Rock Cafe pays homage to the ultimate Vegas performer -- Elvis -- with an entire Elvis wall, complete with a life-size statue of the King, plus some of his guitars and gold albums. Some of the other featured memorabilia in the Hard Rock Cafe includes Madonna’s jacket, a feathered Elton John outfit and Marilyn Manson’s guitar.
When celebrities come to town, they occasionally make a stop at Planet Hollywood for publicity events, so bring your camera. You never know whom you might run into at this Hollywood-themed restaurant located inside the Forum Shops at Caesars. Here you will find memorabilia from movies and television, as well as personal memorabilia from your favorite celebrities.
For all those racing fans who come to town for events at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the trip wouldn’t be complete without a pit stop at the NASCAR Cafe. The two-level restaurant offers authentic NASCAR merchandise, giant television screens featuring NASCAR racing and nearly 20 authentic NASCAR stock cars.
It’s a jungle inside this rainforest- themed eatery -- literally. The restaurant is decorated with jungle trees, flowers and rainforest animals. You’ll even hear the sounds of the rainforest, including a tropical storm, while you dine.
House of Blues:
The House of Blues is a Southern/ blues-themed restaurant. There also is a concert venue and bar on site, which routinely hosts some of the hottest acts in music.
Toby Keith’s I Love this Bar & Grill:
Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar is a themed bar, restaurant and entertainment venue inside Harrah’s Hotel & Casino. The restaurant also houses a retail store where you can pick up memorabilia. Offerings include casual American food, and the bar/lounge features the country artist’s music and videos, a recording studio, private dining area, stage and dance floor for live country acts and surprise appearances by Keith.
Harley Davidson Cafe:
Bikers and nonbikers alike will enjoy a visit to the Harley Davidson Cafe, which is — you guessed it — a Harley-themed restaurant.
A 28-foot-high, 15,000-pound Harley Davidson replica bursts through the façade of the café. Inside, you’ll find more than 15 custom motorcycles, including bikes from Elvis (of course).