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Dining With A Theme

By Kristine McKenzie of

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.

Planet Hollywood:

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.

Rainforest Cafe:

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).