Ahhh, Viva.  I know its been 2 months since Viva ended, but sometimes it takes that long to recoup.  Forgive me for my tardiness.

My favorite part of Viva this year was definitely seeing friends.  I get to see most of these people once a year and while Viva is a complete whirlwind we try to  make the best of our short time together.

We started off Viva by trying out a new Tiki bar in the area – The Golden Tiki Room.  It’s in an unassuming strip mall just down the road from the Orleans.  *Tip – sign up for their text message alerts before Viva.  Often times they text out deals/coupons.  I got a free Pineapple Dole Whip with Rum (think alcoholic Disneyland drink).  I have to be honest – I wasn’t blown away by their customer service (it took the bartender 20 min to even acknowledge us and it wasn’t busy) but their drinks and atmosphere were great.

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We also tried out a new restaurant in Vegas (we try to make it a point to leave the Orleans for one nice dinner before Viva winds up) called The Golden Steer.  Again, like the tiki place, it is in an unassuming strip mall just off the main strip.  But you walk inside and its like going back to 1958.  The Golden Steer opened in 1958.  It’s Las Vegas’ oldest steakhouse and hosted the likes of Frank Sinatra, the Rat Pack and Elvis.  The leather tufted round booths are named after celebrities who sat in them.  We were appropriately seated in the Betty Grable booth.

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The service is impeccable.  The food is amazing.  I highly recommend it and we will be returning next year with our eyes set on the Frank Sinatra booth!

The rest of Viva was the usual blur of music, dancing, cars, fashion, vendors, Charles Phoenix and socializing. We were incredibly lucky and got a cabana for the 2nd year in a row (we are completely spoiled now).   We’re looking forward to Viva 20.  Until next year!

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Photos used with permission from the talented Julie Abnet (jabnetphotography.com)

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