24 Hours in Las Vegas: Balancing Work With Good Food and Exploration

By Katie Mentus

Las Vegas brings two things to mind for me: celebrations and business trips. Fortunately, Vegas provides the perfect destination for either, and just about any other type of trip in between. More often than not, though, I find myself there for business. When I do, here is what my perfect 24 hours looks like, balancing work with good food and a touch of local exploration.

Get a Blowout at Drybar

Touch down in Las Vegas in the morning, then grab an Uber to The Cosmopolitan. It’s well-located on the strip and offers some of the best bites in town. (You really never have to leave!) Drop your bags in the lobby then head upstairs for a blowout at Drybar.

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This is the most luxurious, yet still affordable, way to freshen up after a flight and before meetings.

Enjoy a 3-course Lunch at Milos

Feeling refreshed, head to Estiatorio Milos – still inside of the hotel – for a delicious three-course Greek lunch. The fixed-price menu keeps lunch to under 45 minutes and features a choice of appetizer, main course and dessert for just $29 per person.

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@estiatorio_milos #MilosSpecial

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It’s also the perfect place for hosting a business meeting while still enjoying your time in Vegas.

Check into Your Room at The Cosmopolitan

After lunch your room should be ready. The signature terrace studios at The Cosmopolitan offer amenities that will make you feel pampered in modern setting with stellar views of the strip.

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What is it about a desert sunset? 🌈 Those dusty colors get me every time. #TBAltitude has been serving up all the best views of Vegas.

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Settle in, unpack (to prevent wrinkles!), and follow up on a few emails. You won’t regret making The Cosmopolitan your new home for the next 24 hours.

Grab a Drink at The Chandelier Lounge

Downstairs at The Cosmopolitan, The Chandelier lounge offers the perfect spot for starting your evening by grabbing a drink with a coworker or client.


Aptly named, this two-story open air bar literally sits within a giant chandelier that give off luxury Vegas vibes. If you’re feeling adventurous, try the signature gin drink, We’re All Mad Here, that changes colors as it’s blended and makes your tongue tingle.

Order the Fried Lobster at Momofuku

If you’re a foodie, you’ve probably heard of Momofuku. This restaurant is not to be missed while you’re in Vegas. With a mouthwatering menu including shared plates, this a great spot for dining with a group.

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partying on #nationallobsterday with salt and pepper #lobster―shrimp and lobster battered, fried, salted, and peppered. (also garlic-ed, scallion-ed, and chili-ed.)

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Just make sure you order the fried lobster, and try to leave room for dessert served by Milk Bar next door.

Order a Coffee with a Side of Art

In the morning, you’re going to need coffee before you get to any exploring. Fortunately, like I said, you won’t have to leave the hotel for anything if you don’t want to. That includes coffee.

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From the vault 🎨 #starbucks #georgesrousse #lasvegas #coffee #cosmopolitan #art

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Downstairs you’ll find a Starbucks filled with pops of color, that from the right vantage point becomes a piece of art. This permanent art installation by Georges Rousse will make this a one-of-a-kind caffeine run.

Go on a Boneyard Tour at the Neon Museum

Before departing Las Vegas, schedule in a visit to the Neon Museum, located about 25 minutes from the strip, for their Boneyard Tour. Here you can explore the neon signs of Vegas’ past.

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It gets hot during the day so be sure to bring a bottled water, and afterwards if you haven’t gotten enough of a neon sign fix, you can always stop by the famous Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign for another photo op.

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