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The Best Las Vegas Pool Parties of the Season

Marquee Dayclub
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A dayclub is a lot like a nightclub, but with more water, less clothing, and better hours. (Level of alcohol: about the same.) Las Vegas is full of these places, although some major changes are here for the 2020 season. Wet Republic is making a fresh debut after a new renovation at the MGM Grand. Tao Beach is having a renovation of its own at the Venetian, but is closed for the season and will return in 2021. In an abrupt change of pace, the formerly topless Venus is now all-ages and will be the first pool open for the season at Caesars Palace. 

Gone for good are KAOS (which barely lasted six months at the newly renovated Palms last year) and Breathe Pool (the relatively relaxed pool party that helped fill the gap at the Hard Rock after the legendary Rehab closed the previous year), which will no doubt reemerge as a new concept when the property finishes its redesign into a Virgin Hotel. So what's left? Get up to speed on the dayclubs sure to dominate the Vegas party scene this year.

Wet Republic
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Wet Republic

MGM Grand
Long-running dayclub has a new look, but still claims the biggest DJs
The recent multi-million dollar renovation means an updated stage, sound system, video screens, cabanas, and bungalows. Expect the champagne showers and ambitious TSA-like security checks to remain firmly in place. (Pro-tip: Use the Hakkasan party pass to move along faster in line.) As always, headliners like Calvin Harris, Steve Aoki, Zedd, and Tiesto will dominate the DJ lineup, packing in crowds for the most high-profile pool party on the Strip.  
When to go: Thursday-Monday. (The Hot 100 is a bikini contest on most Fridays with competitors working the runway to win cash prizes all season long.)

Marquee Dayclub
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Marquee Dayclub

Rooftop party deck with luxe bungalows 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 stacked -- 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. For those who want to actually save money, Marquee has the V.I.We "shared" bottle service program (Friday-Sunday), 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 on weekends. (Beatwave Sundays are designed to make sure the weekend wraps up just as strongly as it began.)

Jemaa at NoMad Vegas
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Jemaa

NoMad Las Vegas/Park MGM
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 fourth-floor rooftop retreat with awesome food surrounded by the skyscrapers of CityCenter. It's pretty chill during the week, but from Friday through Sunday, 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, and order a "cocktail explosion," which is kinda like a lemonade dispenser with your choice of alcoholic beverage. The Porn Star, for example, is a fruity mix of Absolut Elyx and champagne with a Barbie doll on top. (Substitute Ken if you prefer). Not wild enough? Go with a cocktail fountain -- basically 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: The party goes all weekend long, but Fridays are slightly less crowded.

Influence at The LINQ
Influence at The LINQ

Influence

The LINQ
Affordable dayclub with a casual side and playroom
If you just want to dip your toes in the water, Influence is a dayclub on the casual side -- the only 21-and-over pool on the Strip open seven days a week with no cover charge. (No charge for the loungers either.) With the High Roller wheel in the background, the 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. Cabana guests can order "wake-up calls" -- food or drink delivered at set requested times. Take a break from the heat in the Rec Room, an air-conditioned play area with pool tables and shuffleboard. 
When to go: Pool is open all week long, but the party kicks into high gear on weekends. Sundays are especially good with bottomless mimosa and Bloody Mary deals. If you want to stick with weekdays, locals can down two-for-one drinks on Tuesdays.

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Bare

The Mirage
Intimate pool party likes to show a little extra skin
Bare built its reputation as an intimate topless pool, and after downplaying that image in recent years, seems to be giving new life to its "go for it" attitude. It's an easy layout, with chairs and cabanas surrounding a rectangular pool -- with a revealing see-through wall offering a glimpse of what's going on below the surface of the water. Bare is surrounded by palm trees, which add a tropical feel and welcome seclusion from the rest of the sprawling complex at the Mirage. 
When to go: Bare is open Friday-Sunday, but Industry Mondays will launch May 4 to help even out those tan lines during the week.

 Encore Beach Club
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Encore Beach Club

Wynn Encore
Huge pool deck hosts in-demand EDM headliners 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 room to breathe. 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. Think of it as a way to go nightclubbing without dressing fancy. You can even try your hand at the poolside blackjack tables and win back some of that money you paid for admission. 
When to go: Friday-Sunday. Night events run Wednesday, Friday, Saturday.

DayDream
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DayDream

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 long lines and higher prices. (The $99 bottle service is one of those things that keeps people coming back every summer.) Open Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, the club has free admission for women and allows men to get in half-off before noon. Season passes begin at $129 and include drink discounts and other perks. The M Resort is just off Interstate 15 in southwest Henderson and yes, parking is free.  
When to go: Saturday-Sunday (plus special events on holidays).

Moorea Beach Club
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Moorea Beach Club

Mandalay Bay
Chill adults-only pool with partial nudity
Unfortunately, the era of the topless pool in Las Vegas seems to be winding down. Yet Moorea Beach Club is happy to keep the tradition alive. The secluded pool deck is more like a chill lounge than a nightclub-by-the-water, making it a great place for bathers to enjoy their privacy. To escape the crowds even further, book some time in the third-level villa, which comes with its own plunge pool. Women receive a free glass of champagne with general admission, which is often a third of what men are charged. (See how that works?) Find time to check out Mandalay Bay Beach next door, which has a massive wave pool, lazy river, and nearly 3,000 tons of sand.    
When to go: The pool is open all week, but kicks into party mode Friday-Sunday.

Liquid
Liquid | Courtesy of Wolf Productions

Liquid

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 a mojito and a deep champagne list, ranging from $16 for a house glass to $20,000 for a six-liter bottle of Dom.
When to go: Wednesday-Sunday. ("On Wednesdays We Wear Pink" is an industry party that's great for drink specials while dressed in your most fashionable pink attire.)

Drai's Beachclub
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Drai's Beach Club

The Cromwell
Poolside views 11 stories above the Strip
When it comes to views, it's hard to beat Drai's. The nightclub and beach club soaks in the scenery of the Strip from the 11th-floor rooftop of the Cromwell hotel. Lounge by two large pools on the main 30,000-square-foot, slip-proof deck with five smaller elevated pools 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. (Drai's Nightclub is open Thursday-Sunday.)

Daylight
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Daylight

Mandalay Bay
A big pool, big stars, and a big stage with its own parking lot
Daylight immediately sets itself apart from other clubs 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, Saweetie, and other hip-hop headliners. 
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. The biggest hip-hop parties are reserved for Lit Sundays.

Sapphire

Industrial Corridor
Tops-optional pool that happens to be next to a strip club
Sapphire Gentlemen's Club is the only stripclub in the word we know of with its own swimming pool. The rules have fluctuated over the years but at this point, everyone's allowed to go topless -- guests, servers, or bartenders. It's also incredibly convenient with its own parking lot and direct entrance. Cocktails are served in watermelon bowls and the food is surprisingly good, whether it's brunch or barbeque. Sapphire is big on guest hosts -- often celebrities of the YouTube, Instagram, and adult variety. No matter who shows up, it's a party.   
When to go: Friday-Sunday. Keep your eyes peeled for occasional topless NightSwim events on holiday weekends.

Go Pool
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Go Pool

Flamingo
Lagoon-style pool has scenery and music all week long
With waterfalls, palm trees, and a twisting swimming pool, Go Pool has the feel of a tropical lagoon. It's also the only dayclub in Vegas firmly in party-mode seven days a week. The entertainment includes an eclectic mix of local performers, retro acts, and national headliners. To give you an idea of the variety, Hot Chelle Rae, Jay Sean, Vanilla Ice, and Bret Michaels are all making appearances this year. The cabanas aren't the flashiest ones in Las Vegas, but at least you can enjoy a glimpse of the nearby High Roller wheel.  
When to go: Go Pool runs seven days a week. Come early for Swimdustry Wednesdays with Jack Daniels and Herradura Tequila cocktail pitchers, as well as Coors Light Buckets and Veuve Clicquot champagne deals until 12 noon.

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Rob Kachelriess has been writing about Las Vegas and is more of a cabana guy than a pool guy. Follow him on Twitter @rkachelriess.