You're already familiar with the best nightclubs in Las Vegas, but there's also a concept called the dayclub -- which is pretty much the same thing, except with a lot more water and a lot less clothing. If you're annoyed by tight crowds and loud music, it's not for you. But if you like wearing or watching bikinis, spending a few extra bucks on booze, and can handle someone bumping into your drink on the dance floor, this is your scene. From old favorites to ambitious newcomers, we've compiled all the best pool parties of the season into one handy guide. So pick out a bathing suit, make friends with a VIP host, and start planning your dayclub experience now.
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Palms Over-the-top dayclub has lavish pool deck and famous entertainers The debut of Kaos is one of the big stories of the year in Las Vegas -- and Cardi B, Marshmello, G-Eazy, and Skrillex are proving to be big draws with residencies at the indulgent party venue. The indoor nightclub is sleek and high-tech, but the outdoor pool deck is the real star of the show. With a giant stage, two levels of cabanas, and a 65-foot sculpture of a nude headless demon emerging from the water, how can you go wrong? SOAK (read it backwards) is a late-night pool party on Sundays for people who don't care about work on Monday mornings. The food and drink menu is also on a new level, whether you and your friends are ordering a "sushi yacht" party platter, rare Macallan Scotch, or rum cocktails mixed with Vegas' own CocoTaps coconut water straight from the fruit.
When to go: Thursday-Sunday. (F#%kin' Kaos Thursdays are a little more loose and tend to pack in a higher share of locals.)
NoMad Las Vegas Intimate rooftop pool with cocktails served in creative ways
The NoMad hotel-within-a-hotel at the Park MGM comes with its perks, especially NoMad Pool, a 4th floor rooftop retreat surrounded by the skyscrapers of CityCenter. It's pretty chill during the week, but on weekends the deck transforms into Jemaa with dance areas on both ends of the pool. Splash around the water with inflatable flamingos and pizza slices, take a chug from a champagne bong (yes, they exist), and order a "cocktail explosion," which is kinda like a lemonade dispenser with your choice of boozy drink. The "Porn Star," for example, is a fruity mix of Absolut Elyx and champagne with a Barbie doll on top. (Fee free to substitute Ken if you prefer). Not wild enough? Go with a cocktail fountain -- basically a booze fondue -- which serves about 150 drinks. On the other hand, you can just keep things simple with some of the best Pina Coladas on the Strip, crafted with a mix made fresh from scratch every morning.
When to go: Friday-Sunday (especially during guest DJ sets by Mark Ronson or Questlove).
The Cosmopolitan Rooftop party deck in the heart of the Strip Marquee operates night and day with packed crowds on the weekend to see high-energy sets by up-and-coming DJs. The rooftop views from the pool deck aren't bad either. The cabanas are nice -- and so is the food -- but for true Vegas indulgence, book one of 10 three-story bungalow lofts, which are like townhouses with open-air party decks and balcony plunge pools overlooking the dayclub. For those who want to actually save money, Marquee recently launched the V.I.We "shared" bottle service program (Fri-Sun), in which individuals can purchase access to vodka, tequila, and champagne from designated communal areas.
When to go: The pool is open seven days a week, but DJs show up for the party Friday-Sunday. (Beatwave Sundays are designed to make sure the weekend wraps up just as strongly as it began.)
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Great views during the Hard Rock's final summer The Hard Rock pioneered the dayclub concept with Rehab, which finished out its run in 2018 as the property prepared to transform into a Virgin Hotel. Well, as it turns out, the Hard Rock is still around for one last summer and Breathe Pool is here to pick up the slack -- albeit on a smaller scale. Overlooking the rest of the resort's pool complex, this weekend party spot has killer views of the Strip and a lineup of local DJs to keep the energy on a "lounge-plus" scale. Breathe Pool isn't as wild as Rehab was, but it's a sophisticated destination for filling the gap until Virgin reveals its daylife plans for 2020.
MGM Grand Long-running dayclub dominates the Strip with big-name DJs Famous for champagne showers, Wet Republic is now the longest-running dayclub in Vegas. Headliners like Calvin Harris, Steve Aoki, Zedd, and Tiesto dominate the DJ lineup, packing in crowds for the most high-profile pool party on the Strip. The lines are long, space is tight, and the security checks are a little too ambitious, but if you're looking for the impact of a full-scale nightclub transferred to a poolside setting, this is your place.
When to go: Thursday-Sunday. (The Hot 100 is a bikini contest on most Fridays with competitors working the runway to win cash prizes all season long.)
The LINQ Affordable dayclub with a casual side -- and brunch If you just want to dip your toes in the water, Influence is a dayclub on the casual side with no cover charge. (And no charge for the loungers either.) With the High Roller observation wheel in the background, this rooftop pool at The LINQ hotel keeps things fun in between games of beer pong and sips on fruity cocktails, including lower-calorie "skinny" options.
When to go: Pool is open all week long, but the party kicks into high gear on weekends. (A Sunday brunch was just introduced at the poolside Taco Shop, where you can enjoy avocado toast, doughnuts, and other bites -- along with bottomless bloody marys (9am-12 noon), micheladas, and mimosas (both all day) -- for $75.)
Wynn Encore In-demand EDM headliners and a large pool deck thrives day and night The expansive 60,000-square-foot pool deck at Encore Beach Club offers something unusual in Vegas: a dayclub with space and breathing room. You've also got elevated pool food by the Wynn kitchen team and top headliners like the Chainsmokers, David Guetta, and Major Lazer. The action carries over to late evening hours for regular NightSwim events. If you get bored, which is unlikely, try your hand at the poolside blackjack tables.
When to go: Thursday-Sunday. (For a fresh change of pace, Barcelona party brand elrow is putting a global spin on themed events throughout the 2019 season.)
The M Resort Locals-focused dayclub in southwest Henderson Like the idea of going to a dayclub, but hate the idea of going to the Strip? DayDream is right up your alley. The intimate adults-only pool at The M Resort is surrounded by cabanas, daybeds, a DJ booth, hot tubs, and other features usually associated with the Strip -- but without the higher prices. Open Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, ladies get in free (and men get in half-off) before noon. Season passes begin at $129 and include discounts on bottle service and other perks. The M Resort is just off Interstate 15 in southeast Henderson and yes, parking is free.
When to go: Saturday-Sunday. (Plus special events on holidays.)
The Cromwell Incredible views 11 stories above the Strip When it comes to views, it's hard to beat Drai's. The nightclub and beachclub soaks in incredible scenery from the rooftop of the Cromwell hotel. Lounge by two large pools on the main 30,000-square-foot slip-proof deck with five smaller elevated pool shared by VIP bungalows. The 15 mezzanine-level cabanas are reserved for high rollers and come with their own private pools, showers, and restrooms. The entertainment is heavy on rap and R&B acts, but regular DJ sets by Pauly D will have you reliving your "Jersey Shore" days all over again.
When to go: Pool is open all week, but the party picks up with entertainment Friday-Sunday. (Swim Night is on Thursdays.)
Mandalay Bay A big pool, big stars, and a big stage with its own parking lot Daylight immediately sets itself apart from other dayclubs in Vegas by having its own dedicated parking lot. That means you don't have to trudge through a casino lobby to get to it. Other highlights include 23 VIP Cabanas, two ultra-VIP bungalows, plenty of Ibiza-inspired ambiance, and a massive stage to welcome Rick Ross, Jeezy, and other hip-hop headliners on their "Lit Sundays."
When to go: Thursday-Sunday. (Rosé All Day Thursdays are geared toward bachelorette parties and those looking for a casual girls-day-out by the pool.)
Aria A modern, intimate alternative to larger dayclubs on the Strip Matching the contemporary image of the Aria resort, Liquid is a little more intimate and upscale than some of the other pool parties in Vegas. The comfortable wicker furniture is a nice touch, and the eight massive VIP cabanas -- which if needed, can be split into 16 cabanas -- come with their own private pools, TVs, and daybeds. The drink menu has four different takes on the mojito and a deep Champagne list, ranging from $15 for a house glass to $17,500 for a 15-liter bottle of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label.
When to go: Wednesday-Sunday. (A new industry party, "On Wednesdays We Wear Pink" is a great opportunity to enjoy drink specials while dressed in your most fashionable pink attire.)
Caesars Palace Intimate, reclusive pool takes on a new image for summer Here's the bad news: Venus is no longer topless. But on the bright side, the pool is getting a makeover in time for summer. Cove Beach (from Caesars Palace Dubai) is taking over Venus for the season. The atmosphere will assume a Mediterranean tone with extended hours to 8pm, shisha water pipes for smoking 18 different flavors of tobacco, and a revolving door of events. Venus is next to the sprawling, noisy Garden of the Gods pool complex, but enjoys a heavy degree of seclusion behind a wall of trees and Roman architecture.
When to go: Pool is open all week, but shifts into party-mode Thursday-Sunday, including Rosé Soirée on Thursdays, Latin-themed Little Havana Fridays, FRSH Saturdays for retro hip-hop and R&B, and JMRCK Sundays for the sounds and vibe of the Caribbean).
Venetian A rooftop party with playboy, tattoos, and Asian-inspired style A long-running daytime celebration on the Strip, Tao Beach is a rooftop pool party (above Tao nightclub and restaurant) that thrives on a wild atmosphere and chic Asian theme. Retreat to the air-conditioned ambiance of one of 12 luxury cabanas, where you can get a massage or get your sunglasses professionally cleaned. Just remember to order a Tao-tini and plate of sushi prepared by the kitchen staff downstairs.
When to go: Tao Beach is open all week, although the party picks up with special guests Friday-Sunday. (Got tats? Inked Sundays runs through Labor Day Weekend, celebrating tattoo culture. Playboy Fridays features Playboy Bunny bottle servers with guest appearances by Playboy Playmates throughout summer.)
Flamingo Lagoon-style pool has scenery and music all week long Go Pool may not be as flashy as some of the other dayclubs in Vegas, but it's the only one firmly in party-mode seven days a week. The entertainment includes an eclectic mix of local performers, retro acts, and national headliners. Whether it's Flo Rida, Ashanti or a DJ set from Taboo of the Black Eyed Peas, Go Pool is showing off a diverse lineup this summer. The cabanas are a bit no-frills, but the pool is surrounded by towering palm trees and waterfalls for a lagoon-style tropical atmosphere. Yet the High Roller observation wheel remains in the distance as a reminder you're really still in Vegas.
When to go: Go Pool runs seven days a week (although the old-school vibe of Throwback Thursdays is especially fun).
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Rob Kachelriess has been writing about Las Vegas for Thrillist for more than three years. He is also the editor and writer for Luxury Estates International's seasonal publication and has seen his work appear in Vegas Seven, David Magazine, and Vegas Magazine. He can't decide on whether he should book a cabana with an Xbox or PlayStation. Follow him on Twitter @rkachelriess.