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The 10 Game-Changing Openings Of 2013

January 2, 2013 at 8:49 PM | by | ()

The list of anticipated openings for 2013 is already an impressive one. We could list off every single one, but we'd rather tell you about the ones that matter. This year will bring more new restaurants, hotel concepts, attractions, nightlife, and dayclub options. Here are the 10 we consider game changers:

1. Downtown Grand (November)

Not just the second coming of a shuttered downtown hotel-casino, Downtown Grand will forever change downtown by luring visitors away from Fremont Street.

2. The Linq (December)

We're still not sure if we love it, hate it, or meh it, but The Linqth cometh, and will be sure to cause many a tourist to take a detour away from The Strip.

3. Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace (February)

Can an acclaimed chef and an award-winning actor get us to roll away from other sweet suites in town? Let's just say they had us at sushi in bed.

4. Hakkasan at MGM Grand (April)

We definitely don't subscribe to the 'bigger is better' motto, but from the sounds of it, the five-story, club-slash-restaurant that will be Hakkasan will shake up the Vegas DJ wars when it debuts.

5. Sapphire Pool & Day Club (March)

It's a stripper pool.

We could probably end it with that, but it will also offer complimentary transportation from Strip hotels, too. Win/win.

6. Downtown's Shipping Container Park (early 2013)

A fire-spouting praying mantis. A caboose that's a barber shop. An immersion dome. And, more trendy bars and restaurants, all headed to downtown Vegas? Yes, please.

7. Discovery Children's Museum (February March)

A brand new, multi-million dollar children's museum featuring three stories of tiring fun? Sign parents everywhere up.

8. The Delano at Mandalay Bay (December)

If they build it, will the South Beach crowd come (even more)? A successful Delano takeover of THEhotel at Mandalay Bay could have Vegas resorts taking an even closer look at teaming up with outside powerhouse brands.

9. LIGHT at Mandalay Bay (March)

One of the hottest names in nightlife teaming up with a world-renowned entertainment tour de force? LIGHT nightclub at Mandalay Bay, a joint venture by the Light Group and Cirque du Soleil, will turn us on to a Vegas club scene like never before.

10. The Quad (late 2013)

Sure, The Quad is officially The Quad now, but it won't officially, officially be The Quad (at least for us) until renovations are complete late this year. Will the new and improved property get folks to streak step foot inside for more than classic cars? We're thinking yes. Even though it likely won't be for the entire night.

(PHOTOS: hhdwallpapes.com, Fifth Street Gaming, The Linq, The Light Group, Caesars Entertainment, Discovery Children's Museum, Sapphire Pool, Nobu Hotel, VegasChatter, Downtown Project)

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