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The 15 best nightclubs in Vegas. Period.

Published On 11/25/2014 Published On 11/25/2014
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We already told you about the best nightclubs in Vegas a few months ago, so today we're telling you about... um, the best nightclubs in Vegas? Yup. Things change fast in this city, so it's about time. Oh, and speaking of changing, are you really wearing that? Cause if so, you might not get into these 15 places...

Erik Kabik

Drai’s

The Cromwell
When The Cromwell opened up in the spring, someone got the idea to turn the entire roof into a nightclub. The result is an open-air party zone that's 11 floors above the Vegas Strip. You can hang outside by the pool or inside by the DJ... but you should probably hang outside by the pool since that's where the girls in bikinis are.

Danny Mahoney

XS

Wynn Encore
XS has a crowded dance floor shoved in front of some of the most well-known DJs in the world, including Avicii, Zedd, and Skrillex, but the real draw is the sprawling outdoor pool area where you can enjoy bottle service under the stars and even a dip in the water during the weekly Sunday Night Swim.

Al Powers

Hakkasan

The MGM Grand
Hope you like stairs. Still drawing huge lines in its second year of operation, Hakkasan is a massive five-story spot notorious for its well-paid DJ roster that includes Tiesto, Calvin Harris, and Steve Aoki. But the night isn’t complete without a stop at the adjacent Hakkasan Restaurant beforehand, which might have the best Cantonese menu outside of Chinatown.

MGM Resorts International

Hyde Bellagio

Bellagio
The space management could be better -- the dance floor is tiny compared to the area reserved for VIP booths -- but the up-close view of the Bellagio fountains is worth whatever you paid to get inside, whether or not you get a little splash from the famous water show.  

Al Powers

LiFE

SLS Las Vegas
There’s no big stage show or music residency to draw the crowds at the new SLS Las Vegas, but the people are still lining up to spend their entertainment dollar at LiFE -- where every VIP table is a good one thanks to the sweet stadium-style seating that surrounds the dance floor.

Martin Tessler

1 OAK

The Mirage
While not quite as notorious as its Los Angeles counterpart of the same name, 1 OAK continues to chug along (despite getting a little long in the tooth) and benefits from being just around the corner from an amazing lineup of restaurants -- including Tom Colicchio’s Heritage Steak, Japonais, Portofino, and the brand-new Pantry -- all on the main floor of the casino.

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The Cosmopolitan
The Cosmo’s nightlife destination offers a lot of space and a few different rooms leading out to the pool, and might also be the club that’s best equipped to handle the crowds during the winter months thanks to the Dayclub Dome -- a 50ft-high structure that covers the outdoor area during daylight hours on the weekends.

MGM Resorts International

The Bank

The Bellagio
The Bellagio offers a nightclub alternative to Hyde that’s heavy on the hip hop and dangerous to girls in high heels thanks to some steep stairs between levels. The Bank could also be the best place to deposit your money – depending on how much you want to spend on bottle service.

Denise Truscello

LIGHT Nightclub

Mandalay Bay
LIGHT opened around the same time as Hakkasan, and while it doesn’t have the same DJ star power, it’s still big on spectacle with a mammoth LED video screen and Cirque du Soleil performers mingling in the crowd and swinging from the ceiling.

Caesars Entertainment

Chateau

Paris
The bar and dance floor offer few surprises, but the upstairs outdoor patio has the best view of the Strip from a Vegas nightclub (if you’re not at Drai’s). It's the perfect opportunity to pick up girls while overlooking the Bellagio fountains and enjoying specials like $30 all-you-can-drink beer.

Brenton Ho

TAO

The Venetian
Along with 1 OAK, TAO is probably the best place to spot a Kardashian. It’s also one of the biggest and busiest nightclubs on the Strip, plus it's just upstairs from a massive dining room that serves sushi, dumplings, and other Asian cuisine.

Erik Kabik

Surrender

Wynn Encore
If you like plenty of space, Surrender could be the most satisfying nightclub on the Strip. The wide poolside area offers an escape from the music -- you know, in case you actually want to talk to your date. Otherwise, hit the indoor dance floor to catch regular headliners like Lil Jon and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. There’s also gambling by the pool… but you've probably already lost most of your money at the bar.

Tryst

Tryst

Wynn Encore
It’s similar to XS and Surrender with an indoor dance floor and outdoor pool area, but Tryst has a more subtle and cozy atmosphere. It’s also the only Vegas nightclub to have a waterfall.

Al Powers

Foxtail

SLS Las Vegas
Nightclub #2 at the SLS Las Vegas is a little more intimate than LiFE and offers a dance floor that spills out into the pool area. Foxtail also goes out of its way to offer some Top 40/R&B as an alternative to the thump-thump-thump you'll find everywhere else.

Beacher’s Madhouse

Beacher’s Madhouse

The MGM Grand
It’s hard to compete with Hakkasan in the same casino, so Beacher’s Madhouse doesn’t even try. Instead it goes for a more raunchy and rowdy atmosphere that has attracted famous party girls like Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry. It also offers up celebrity impersonators in the crowd, as well as midget tag-team wrestling and other goofball entertainment on the stage.   

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1. Drai’s 3595 South Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

Drai's is home to late-night partying on the Strip, ensuring you'll never sleep in a city that's up all night.

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2. XS Nightclub 3121 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

Palm trees, pools and parties in a gold-plated, mirrored, plush everything-interior like you've never seen await you at Wynn's premiere nightclub, XS. Their guest list of DJs and performers always keeps it fresh, from Redfoo to Martin Solveig.

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3. Hakkasan Las Vegas Restaurant and Nightclub 3799 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

If you like world-famous DJs (Tiesto, Steve Aoki, Calvin Harris), eating exquisite Cantonese food, and imbibing specialty cocktails, odds are you'll love Hakkasan Las Vegas. You can sip on a wide variety of mezcals alongside Japanese whiskies, and the cocktails themselves are often works of art, including the longtime favorite Smoky Negroni, which blends Ransom Old Tom gin, vermouth, and Campari with Grand Marnier infused with smoke. Thirteen flights are also available that showcase whiskey, rum, and other high-end spirits.

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4. Hyde Bellagio 3600 Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

They call themselves "the best nightclub in Las Vegas." Get a load of their terrace overlooking the iconic Bellagio fountains, or choose from multiple bottle service packages served by scantily clad ladies in leather and you tell us. Hint: it's probably pretty great. This 10,000 sq footer is Vegas legendary for good reason.

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5. LiFE 2535 Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109

There’s no big stage show or music residency to draw the crowds at the new SLS Las Vegas. But the people are still lining up to spend their entertainment dollar at LiFE where every VIP table is a good one, thanks to some sweet stadium-style seating that surrounds the dance floor.

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6. 1Oak 3400 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

This 16000sqft avant-garde mega-club features Roy Nachum artwork, a state-of-the-art Avalon sound system, a 250-person VIP area, two unique rooms with dedicated DJs, and an enormous stage from which Fergie herself will be watching you look totally Clumsy as you attempt to Rock That Body.

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7. Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub 3708 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

The Marquee Dayclub's the intersection of fun and luxury. With infinity pools, eight cabanas, and 10 three-story bungalow lofts, this outdoor space is sure to please on a scorching Vegas afternoon.

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8. The Bank Nightclub 3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

The admitted favorite child of the Bellagio, The Bank Nightclub boasts a celebrity roster more impressive than a sprawling dance floor, multi-tiered seating and a foyer decorated with Cristal. The Bank offers a nightclub alternative to Hyde that’s heavy on the hip hop.

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9. Light Nightclub 3950 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89119 (Strip)

Inspired by the guy who brought you Cirque Du Soleil, you can expect the same kind of creative, experimental innovation in the performances that come to Light. Smoke & mirrors and people hanging from ropes are just the beginning as old favorites like Skrillex and more bring new ideas to this laboratory of Vegas nightlife.

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10. Chateau Nightclub 3655 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

A nightlife threeway, Chateau gives you the option to dance the night away in their club, or take the party outdoors to their second-story terrace or Versailles-style gardens overlooking the strip. Get at those panorama views in your VIP cabana, oui?

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11. TAO Nightclub 3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

This Asian Bistro/Nightclub/Beach club nestled into The Venetian is a staple of Vegas nightlife, offering cutting edge cuisine and a rotating lineup of DJs and performers.

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12. Surrender 3121 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

Surrender at the Wynn Resort boasts a 5,000 sqft dance floor and guest DJ appearances from folks like Diplo and Will.I.Am. So check your "baggy clothes" and "athletic footwear" at the door and dress to impress at this swanky after-hours club.

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13. Tryst Night Club 3131 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

This Wynn nightclub with a subtle, intimate atmosphere as well as an outdoor deck and pool area boasts a waterfall by the pool with a little bit of breathing room compared to other Vegas latenight staples.

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14. Foxtail 2535 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Foxtail is a little more intimate than LiFE and offers a dance floor that spills out into the pool area.

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15. Beacher's Madhouse 3799 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

Celebrity impersonators are scattered throughout the crowd at this MGM Grand night spot, which rocks a variety show on stage that includes wrestling and heavy metal balancing acts, and even acrobats who deliver bottle service.

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