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Concert Venue (small): The Cabaret Theatre, Mohegan Sun
Uncasville, (888) 226-7711 (mohegansun.com)
Somehow, even in the midst of the nonstop action of Mohegan Sun, the 350-seat Cabaret Theatre manages to be an intimate entertainment oasis. But small doesn’t mean small-time. With some of the best talent in music and comedy taking the stage, and with nary a bad seat in the house, this time-out from the tables is certainly worth the ticket price.

Concert Venue (large): MGM Grand Theater, MGM Grand at Foxwoods
Mashantucket, (800) 200-2882 (foxwoods.com)
Two words—star power. That’s what the MGM Grand Theater delivers night after night. Country superstars, comedy legends, rock and hip-hop powerhouses—whatever your taste, you can see it here. Every one of the 4,000 comfortable seats has a prime view of the stage, while two video screens give everyone a front-row perspective. After the show, you can grab a bite at one of Foxwoods’ fine restaurants or play a few hands at the tables—a lot more fun than the post-concert traffic jam you’ll find at most other venues.

Martini Bar: Vista Lounge at Wombi Rock, Mohegan Sun
(888) 226-7711 (mohegansun.com)
Vista Lounge takes the cake for its mouthwatering dessert martinis. With deliciously seductive names like Pineapple Upside Down Cake and Almond Joy, they’re sure to wow even the pickiest martini aficionado. Vista is located on Wombi Rock, that crazy three-story white onyx “mountain” that overlooks the action at Mohegan Sun. Did we mention the state-of-the-art 60,000-watt sound system? The mesmerizing planetarium? Management requests that attire be “fashionable and dressy.” We wouldn’t have it any other way.

Nightclub: Shrine, MGM Grand at Foxwoods
(860) 312-8888 (shrinemgmfoxwoods.com)
Still the hottest of hot spots, Shrine brings Las Vegas-style nightlife to MGM Grand with 21,000 gorgeous square feet of Asian-inspired decor, outdoor lounges and open-air dining terraces, celebrities like Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Kim Kardashian, Dave Navarro, Diddy and Katt Williams. All this, plus great pan-Asian cuisine by Kevin Scott.

Place to Spend Your Winnings: Lux, Bond & Green, Mohegan Sun
(860) 862-9909 (lbgreen.com)
Founded in 1898 on some very sound business principles, and offering the finest gold pocket watches of the day, Lux Bond & Green Inc. has grown into one of Connecticut’s finest jewelry institutions. With stores on Greenwich Avenue in Greenwich, Main Street in Westport and Back Bay Boston (to name three), they didn’t have to set up shop in a casino. But they did. And they hit the jackpot at Mohegan Sun, where they offer fine traditional and contemporary pieces, precious metals, gems and giftware . . . beautiful baubles that will definitely convince you to cash in your winnings.

Spa: Norwich Spa at Foxwoods
(860) 312-4901 (foxwoods.com/norwichspa)
It’s time to r-e-l-a-x. Why not do it in opulent surroundings? Try a swoonworthy Jasmine Java Hydrating Wrap, an Essential European Experience facial, or any of dozens of other invigorating treatments. There’s also a fitness center and a salon. Then spend time in the breathtaking pool area.

Splurge: Paragon, Foxwoods Resort & Casino
(860) 312-5130 (foxwoods.com/paragon)
High on the 24th floor, Foxwoods’ showpiece restaurant, Paragon, is still on top, with an endlessly creative chef, Scott Mickelson, doing the honors, and a fresh new farm-to-table menu. And, despite our “splurge” designation, you really don’t have to win big to dine here. You can get three small plates for $35, five for $65.

Steak: Craftsteak, Foxwoods Resort & Casino
(860) 312-7272 (foxwoods.com/craftsteak)
Everything about Tom Colicchio’s high temple of red meat dazzles—from the impressive list of steaks, corn-fed and grass-fed (bone-in rib eye, New York strip, porterhouse for two), and enticing side dishes (Texas onion rings, asparagus, Tokyo turnips) to the sophisticated decor (Brazilian walnut, bronze, leather and steel).
 

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