The Top of the World restaurant at the Stratosphere boasts a panoramic view of Las Vegas. Photo credit: Anthony Mair.ANTHONY MAIR
What’s your Valentine’s pleasure? A romantic 4-course dinner high above Las Vegas, or a VR experience of how Al Capone’s gunmen rubbed out rivals during the Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre of February 14, 1929?
Las Vegas always has an amazing array of dining and entertainment options, and this Valentine’s Day, Thursday, February 14th, is no exception. This Valentine’s Day visitors to Las Vegas’ fabled Mob Museum (named one of the Top 25 Museums in the US by TripAdvisor) can experience a virtual reality version of Chicago's notorious St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. The Prohibition-era Massacre took place exactly 90 years ago, on February 14, 1929.
Presented in partnership with the Chicago History Museum, the VR experience transports you to the exact spots where the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre unfolded, by superimposing images from then and now in virtual reality. Audiences can use their smartphones and Google Cardboard VR Goggles or use Oculus Go on YouTube’s 360 channel to be immersed in the Roaring ’20s.
A narrator tells the tale of the massacre while giving a virtual tour of the sites and historical photos. It gives eye-opening insights into the infamous shooting, when Chicago police found the bodies of seven men, shot in the back and riddled with bullets in a Northside garage. All the participants were associated with Prohibition-era bootlegging gangs led by Al Capone and Bugs Moran.
If you’d like a selfie, the Mob Museum even owns the re-assembled wall where the Massacre occurred, including bullet holes. The wall is just one of the Mob Museum artifacts, which also include a Prohibition-era Tommy Gun, Bugsy's Siegel sunglasses, and the chair from Nevada’s gas chamber. On Valentine’s Day, Nevada residents will receive free admission to the Mob Museum, while non-Nevada residents will receive buy-one, get-one admission all day.
The more traditionally romantic can enjoy a Vegas Valentine’s Day at Top of the World restaurant in the Stratosphere, high above the city, desert and mountains. Located on the 106th floor of Stratosphere, Casino, Hotel & Tower, Top of the World is offering a four-course prix-fixe dinner (from 4PM to 11PM) with a view. Created by Executive Chef Pawan Pinisetti, the dinner kicks off with a glass of Ruffino Prosecco and bruschetta topped with heirloom tomato, buffalo mozzarella, aged balsamic and basil. For the first course, choose between pea cappuccino, prepared with Maine Lobster, pea tendrils and truffle parmesan foam, or local mixed greens with shaved root vegetables, tomatoes, and cucumbers in a superfood vinaigrette. For the main course, diners can pick between scallops served with Nueske bacon, baby kale, blistered tomatoes, and saffron aioli or a king-cut ribeye steak topped with lobster butter and served with truffle potato puree. Save room for the vanilla chocolate cheesecake.
The romantic dinner is priced at $109 per person. Reservations are available at 702.380.7711 or http://www.topoftheworldlv.com/reservations.php.
Whether your pleasure is dinner, the Mob Museum (which has its own bar) or a show, a midwinter, midweek Vegas Valentine’s vacation is surprisingly affordable. A quick search of Hotels.com finds many reasonably priced hotels from Wednesday to Friday, Feb. 13 to Feb. 15, including the all-suite Venetian $134, Treasure Island $50, Flamingo $48 and even the Aria for a relatively reasonabl$169. (All prices do not include resort fee, alas.) From Los Angeles, Southwest’s lowest roundtrips start at $90 ($102 from Oakland.)