A single weekend – or a few days mid-week if you're on a budget – in Las Vegas is enough time to get into financial trouble or the swing of things in America's capital of "Why not"? We recommend the latter because the payout (mostly stories you can tell your friends back home) is guaranteed.
Here are some of the rewarding ways (think great golf, great cigars, and driving really, really fast) a non-gambling man can spend time in Sin City – and come away with tales of not-so-gamey fun worth telling.
Absinthe lore is dominated by Paris' intellectuals and Prague's revolutionaries – most of them sliding toward madness – but you can now get the high-proof alcohol made with psychotropic wormwood extract stateside. At Comme Ça, an alluring new farm-to-table slice of Paris, mixology reigns so supreme that custom cocktails – including those fashioned from the green stuff – bear their on-site creators' bylines. Famed artistes Vincent Van Gogh, Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso, and Oscar Wilde, among other absinthe imbibers, would approve and envy your absorption of the culinary and aesthetic pleasures on Comme Ça's lofty patio. It's a genteel bit of shade that rather fittingly offers the city's best view of the faux Eiffel Tower outside the Paris Las Vegas Hotel and Casino.