Las Vegas Nightlife
Gambling is one thing. But when it comes to nightlife, Las Vegas entrepreneurs have nailed the scene. Over the past few years, venue owners have revamped the city’s stereotypical casino clubs into chic, trendy lounges that are not only attractive and swanky, but also suitable for just about any night owl.
Right now, Las Vegas has more nightclub space than partygoers to fill it. And most of the clubs have their own selling scheme, designed to get you onto their VIP couches and off of the competition’s.
Thirsty? Las Vegas comes second to none when it’s time for a drink. Aside from nightclubs, every casino has at least one “bar,” and let’s be honest: what would a city be without a few dives to fall into?
Casino and lobby bars, center bars and cigar lounges can be found in any hotel-casino and are typically open 24/7. Most offer video poker and can be found near a hotel’s lobby, amid the slot machines and tables, or in a dimly-lit corner of the casino. There are never dress codes at these spots and most only require an ID that legally states you’re 21 years or older. We recommend the Centerbar at Hard Rock, Eyecandy at Mandalay Bay, Centrifuge at MGM or The Mint at Palms.
In between the casualness of the casino bars and the dress-to-impress nightclubs lie the pubs and bars of Las Vegas. Coyote Ugly at New York-New York, the Brew Pub at Monte Carlo, McFaden’s at Rio or Jillian’s located downtown are just a few you might want to check out.
For martinis minus the dance floor or just a heavy dose of class, you might find yourself most comfortable at one of Las Vegas’ lounges. We liked Mix at THEhotel at Mandalay Bay, The Artisan Lounge at Artisan Hotel, Mist at Treasure Island, Lavo at Palazzo and Rocks Lounge at Red Rock.
Now, be careful, there’s a difference between “lounge” and “ultralounge.” At a Las Vegas ultralounge, one should expect to spend more on a cocktail, as well as pay cover to get in. Some people even wait in line for an hour only to find they’re not dressed nice enough to gain entrance. And most ultralounges require guests to pay for bottle or table service if they’re interested in reserving a booth.
But, on the flip side, the wait staff will most likely be smokin’ hot, the atmosphere will be on point with sexy lighting and trendy décor, and tough security guards will assure that no troublemakers will spoil your time. If you’re still game, which we think you should be, check out Tabu at MGM, Blush at Wynn, the Ghostbar 40 stories up at Palms or Revolution at Mirage.
As for the self-explanatory Las Vegas nightclubs, we think you should check out Pure on top of Caesars Palace, Tryst at Wynn, Tao at Venetian, Studio 54 at MGM, Body English at Hard Rock, The Bank at Bellagio or Jet at Mirage.
Still got some life in ya? Las Vegas is also home to a few afterhour clubs. Doors can open as early as midnight or as late as 4 a.m., when most clubs are closing down for the night. Check out Drai’s at Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall & Saloon or Seamless on the Westside of town.
Pool-party bars are also prevalent in Las Vegas, check out or list of places to get wet.