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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)

You're in for tons of R&B and hip-hop at swanky nightclub Drai's, which has hosted both residencies and special appearances from the likes of The Weeknd, Nicki Minaj, and Kendrick Lamar. In between those big acts, DJs will mix things up between EDM and top-40 hits. One half of the club is indoors, where you'll find plenty of luxurious leather decor, and the other is out by the pool, surrounded by towering palm trees and the many neon marquees on the Strip. Not to mention, Drai's boasts the most sweeping views of Las Vegas that make for a perfect dancing backdrop.

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

Palm trees, pools and parties await you in a gold-plated, mirrored interior at Winn’s premiere nightclub XS. With table service both indoors and outdoors to serve the 100 VIP tables spread throughout, you can expect lines at one of Vegas’s most indulgent and most beloved nightclubs to be snake far beyond the door. When you’re ready to escape the dance floor (and its EDM soundtrack), try your hand at one of the poolside blackjack tables outdoors. But don’t spend it all -- you’ll need a hefty chunk of change to close out that bar tab.

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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)

A legendary Vegas nightclub, Hyde Bellagio is on the cozier side at 10,000sqft, so unless you have a table, things are going to be intimate on the dance floor, where you can get down to a solid mix of top-40 hits, EDM, and hip-hop. The open-air view of the famous Bellagio fountains makes up for the smaller space, and regular costume parties with themed outfits and champagne showers step up the club's game, too. You can expect DJs ranging from Lil Jon to Brody Jenner, as well as multiple bottle-service packages. Come earlier in the night and it'll feel more like a lounge than a club, if that's the scene you're craving.

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

Short for “one of a kind,” nightclub 1 OAK brings a unique combination of art, fashion, and celebrity to The Mirage. Although its moniker is slightly misleading (there are also locations in LA and NYC), 1 OAK offers an incomparable nightlife experience, from surprise performances by up-and-coming musical talent to celebrity appearances. Beats span hip-hop, Top 40, and house jams, but what 1 OAK lacks in discriminating music tastes, it makes up for in a strict dress code. Attire is necessarily “upscale chic,” and you’re warned that all entrance is at the discretion of the bouncer. Best of luck to you and yours.

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

No Vegas club handles the day-to-night transition quite like Marquee. The premiere spot at The Cosmopolitan is notorious for its dayclub, an exclusive adult oasis you’ll likely recognize for its crystal blue swimming pool with bikini-decked bodies packed like sardines. After guests have successfully dehydrated themselves in the daylight hours (thanks to both sun and cocktails), they can celebrate round two at Marquee’s nightclub, where international house music DJs have year-round residencies. If EDM isn’t your thing, snag a seat in The Library, an elite drinking lounge complete with leather armchairs and pool tables.

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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 Cirque Du Soleil, Light offers a similarly creative and experimental take on Strip entertainment: smoke and mirrors, people hanging from ropes, and DJ sets from Skrillex are just the beginning at this laboratory of Vegas nightlife. A massive floor-to-ceiling LED screen behind the DJ booth stimulates your senses, and a mix of EDM and hip-hop gets you moving on the dance floor. When it comes to performers, house favorites range from Disclosure, Morgan Page, and Baauer (the guy responsible for the "Harlem Shake") to rap and R&B acts like Tyga and Nas.

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

A nightlife triple-threat, Chateau gives you the option to dance the night away in its club, take the party outdoors to its second-story terrace, or head to its Versailles-style, open-air rooftop gardens nestled under the Paris Casino's replica of the Eiffel Tower. Who can refuse panoramic views of the Strip from a VIP cabana? On the dance floor, you'll be getting down to Top 40 hits that keep Chateau's frequent bachelorette parties happy. Oh, and Shaq has played a DJ set here. More than once. Yes, Shaq, as in Shaquille O'Neal.

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

Located in the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian, this Asian bistro meets nightlife hotspot is a staple on the Strip, offering -- perhaps unexpectedly -- excellent Chinese, Japanese, and Thai small plates in its extravagant restaurant downstairs (and we mean "extravagant" -- bathtubs full of rose petals line the entranceway and a giant Buddha statue supervises your dinner) and a rotating lineup of DJs in its multi-room nightclub upstairs. You'll feel like a celebrity (and possibly bump into some) as you bounce from one swanky room to the next, getting down to top-40 hits and, on certain nights, special acts that have included Snoop Dogg.

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

You'll want to dress to impress at this lavish after-hours club at the Wynn Resort, where you can hit the 5,000sqft dance floor for guest appearances from DJs like Diplo and Will.I.Am. It usually gets pretty packed in front of the DJ booth, so if you're looking for some air, head to the spacious pool area behind it, which has become the real draw at Surrender anyway. There's plenty of room underneath the tall palm trees there (and at the extra bar areas and gaming tables) to get as far away from the pounding music as you like and kick back with friends and cocktails.

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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

At upscale nightclub Foxtail, you'll be dancing to the sounds of special guest performers like Lil Wayne and Nick Jonas, plus a mix of pop hits, R&B, and EDM spun by house DJs. There are giant birdcages with dancers inside, which add an eccentric and whimsical feel to the lavish space, and one end of the club spills out onto the Foxtail pool area, allowing you to continue the party underneath the stars. Foxtail is more intimate than other nightclubs in the area, spanning just 8,000sqft, but it packs in plenty of style into its small space, sporting 28 VIP tables, elaborate chandeliers, LED screens, and vibrant street art.

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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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