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Three Las Vegans share their favorite spots in the city.

Tony Hsieh

CEO of Zappos

Where I go for…
A Power Lunch: The coffeehouse and record store the Beat ($$), in downtown’s Emergency Arts center.

Late-Night Tipples: With its hip music and low-key vibe, the Downtown Cocktail Room has been a local favorite for years.

Hanging with the In-Crowd: Coterie Downtown (515 E. Fremont St.; 702/685-7741), which is part lounge, part vintage store, is the place to be—whether you’re shopping or not.

Melissa Akkaway

Owner of Beckley Boutique at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Where I go for…
A Night Out: The Barrymore ($$$), just off the Strip, has delicious American food and a Rat Pack feel that’s not overdone.

Inspiration: I love to visit the Beckley House, which was my grandmother’s residence and is now part of a museum. It’s one of the first bungalow-style homes in the area.

A Day Off: When I get some downtime, I run the loop at Red Rock Canyon.

Rick Moonen

Chef and owner of RM Seafood at Mandalay Place

Where I go for…
A Post-Work Bite: One of my go-to places is Culinary Dropout ($$$) with soulful dishes such as meatloaf and beef stroganoff.

People-Watching: There’s so much to see at First Friday, when galleries and artists’ studios are open to the public until 10 p.m.

Exercise: Valley of Fire, Nevada’s oldest state park, and Mount Charleston are great places to hike.


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