Las Vegas is the ordinary human being's best shot at living in a Pitbull song, and there's no better way to "stop time and enjoy this moment" than to wriggle into something sequined, strap on your most painful heels, and queue up at one of these glitzy, glammy mega clubs that can't, won't, and never will stop the party. Time-Saving Tip: If club promoters approach while you're strolling the Strip or reach out via Instagram (just post a pic with the hashtag #vegas and wait about three seconds), consider hearing them out--oftentimes they can get you line-free admission and free drinks, no small feat in a town that routinely charges $20-$50 covers and thinks $15 is a good going rate for a well drink.
With a price tag rumored to be as much as $200 million, it's no wonder the MGM's brand new, wildly over the top (in a very good way) Hakkasan nightclub (and restaurant) attracts everyone from Jennifer Lopez to Deadmau5. Whilst exploring all 80,000 square feet, visit the Ling Ling Lounge for seriously crafted cocktails and open seating at any unreserved VIP booths.
Anything the Mandalay does involving a pool is bound to be spectacular and their brand new Daylight Beach Club is no exception--created in the image of infamous Ibi-tha, thousands of scantily clad lovelies (capacity 5,000 to be exact) frolic with beach balls to the tunes of well known DJs like Skrillex and Thomas Gold. Entry starts at $20 for girls, and $50 for guys. Night owls--come evening, the epic Cirque de Soleil-inspired Light nightclub is a sensory experience all its own.
Pure was a classic club experience--very beautiful, very crowded, great music. Amazing views of the Strip. I seem to remember smoking a cigar in there, so anything goes. And since it was the last club on our tour and our feet were thrashed, I appreciated actually being able to find a free seat to sit on.
You've probably already shaken your thang at the nightclub, but Tao's oasis-like dayclub is just as compelling, and with more Vitamin D. Pool is smaller than some and gets crowded, so go early if you want a few hours of elbow room before the mobs arrive. Entry fees start at $20 for girls, $30 for guys. European-style sunbathers and people who tend to lose their bikini tops easily will appreciate the weekday topless sunbathing.
This beautiful venue inside the Encore is part club, part work of art, and in going along with its claim of the design being inspired by the human body, you'll see a lot of very attractive ones dancing around. If you're approached by a promoter, get on their list--we got free entry as long as we went before 11 and free drinks. They work in tandem with Tryst, so you can easily hit both in one night.
1 Oak nightclub at the Mirage was the first stop on an organized club tour we took (yes cheesy, but oh so fun), and I'm glad we got there early because it was the best music of our evening and for the first couple of hours, we actually had a little bit of elbow room on the dance floor. Great spot to dance!
This gorgeous indoor-outdoor nightclub in the Wynn boasts a full-scale waterfall cascading into a pool behind the DJ booth, which overlooks a decent-sized dance floor packed tighter than a sardine can with girls in skin tight dresses and the guys ogling them. Of all the clubs we went to on our trip, the service was the best here--everyone was really friendly and helpful, despite being slammed.
Try to track down a promoter and get on the guest list for this luxe club inside the Cosmopolitan, otherwise you'll pay at least $20 cover and wait in line. Precede your visit with a cocktail at the Cosmo's breathtaking Chandelier Bar and follow it with slices of hot Sicilian pie at Secret Pizza--both are just a few steps away, which your sore dancing feet will appreciate.