Put on Your Dancing Shoes: Las Vegas Strip's Best Dance Clubs

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1. XS
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By Terrisa Meeks, Las Vegas Local Expert

Las Vegas is the new dance capital of the United States, at least if you judge by the fans and the industry reports--two pretty good indicators. XS and Marquee top the lists of high-earning nightclubs, and it only takes one visit to see why.

Anyone visiting Las Vegas knows its many dance clubs are among the best. Attracting the world's top DJs, everyone from Afrojack to DJ Pauly D, it's easy to dance the night away at one of the Strip's posh nightspots. That's part of the reason why they attract so many Hollywood A-listers. You never know who might be at the table next to you celebrating a birthday when you're in a Las Vegas nightclub--and that’s part of the appeal.

Given the A-list clientele, it's no surprise that the Strip's nightclubs take dress codes very seriously. After all, you can't be dancing next to Paris Hilton in sneakers and a tank top. Be sure to dress appropriately (no warm up suits, please) if you want to make it past the bouncer, and don't forget your ID.

Now that you know what to expect, the only question left is where to go. Luckily, our list of the Strip's 10 best dance clubs is to point your dancing feet in the right direction. And since most of them are located within walking distance from one another, it makes it easy to go club-hopping!

 

10. Drai's Beach Club · Nightclub
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Drai's Beach Club · Nightclub operates as two venues in one and offers panoramic partying on The Cromwell's rooftop. Located 11 stories above Las Vegas Boulevard on the roof of the new boutique resort, The Cromwell, Drai's Beach Club · Nightclub takes the Vegas nightlife experience to new heights. The 25,000-square-foot nightclub is spread out over two levels and features such amenities as LED state-of-the-art 6mm screens, a towering 80-sided LED disco ball, two VIP bathrooms and six dedicated elevators so guests don't have to wait long to dance the night away. As for the music, there's sure to be something for everyone, with open format, electronic and hip-hop nights.

9. LIGHT Nightclub
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The first-ever nightclub inspired by Cirque du Soleil, LIGHT merges cutting-edge creativity with incredible music to produce a new kind of nightlife experience. The chic 38,000-square-foot venue features state-of-the-art production, theatrics and world-renowned DJs and performers who create a memorable event each night where everyone is a part of the show. Headlining DJs and performers lead the charge with avant-garde costumes and unique choreography, coupled with custom-built performance elements and visuals provided by the ground-breaking video mapping, lighting, sound and special effects experts at Moment Factory. At LIGHT, no two nights out are ever the same, but they're all unforgettable.

8. Intrigue
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Intrigue at Wynn took over the space formerly occupied by Tryst, and it features state-of-the-art lighting and sound throughout the spectacular 14,000-square-foot venue, which accommodates up to 1,200 guests. The contemporary party music crosses over many different genres creating a high-energy dancing environment. A new glass enclosed patio allows year-round views to the venue's dramatic waterfall and spectacular pyrotechnics show. Additionally, a 1,200-square-foot private club within the club is a social media free zone, allowing guests the ultimate in privacy--which sounds like a really good thing for the average get-away to a Vegas dance club. After all, what happens at Intrigue should probably stay at Intrigue, if you're doing the evening correctly.

7. LAX Nightclub
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Recently redesigned, this affordable Strip nightclub boasts sleek, modern design features and bright hues throughout the venue. New programming and entertainment caters to guests seeking a fun and interactive nightlife experience. On Thursdays, club-goers can dance the night away while listening to music from the '80s, '90s and 2000s during #TBT (Throwback Thursday), while Fridays and Saturdays feature "Commercial Pop"–music from the top of the charts. Cover charges typically cost $30 for men and $20 for women, though prices vary for special events. Fashionable attire is required. Although usually closed on Sundays, LAX is sometimes open on Sundays that are in conjunction with major holidays.

6. 1 OAK
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Since its opening on New Year's Eve 2012 with a star-studded celebration hosted by Fergie, 1 OAK has been leading the party for nightclubs in Las Vegas. Bringing a unique combination of art, fashion and celebrity status to the nightclub world, 1 OAK has given Las Vegas nightclubs a New York-spin with its avant-garde artwork and design. Within the 16,000-square-foot venue are two separate rooms which each contain their own full-service bar and DJ booth. You'll hear more hip hop here than EDM, and having two rooms makes the space feel like two clubs in one. The dance floor is smaller here than at the larger clubs, which gives 1 OAK a more intimate feeling.

5. Omnia
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Omnia at Caesars Palace gives party goers 75,000 square-feet in which to dance, drink and mingle. This multi-level venue encompasses a sexy lounge, a high-energy main room and a rooftop garden that offers fabulous views of the Las Vegas Strip. Omnia was designed to be an interactive experience, and its LED chandelier is certainly a part of the action, ascending, descending and changing to the music. Look for antique mirrors, leather seats, and a large dance floor presided over by some of the best-known DJs. Since Omnia's opening, its combination of design features and great dance music have made it popular with critics and guests.

4. Chateau Nightclub & Rooftop
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Chateau Nightclub & Rooftop is sprawled across three stories and spans over 45,000 square feet at the base of Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas. Guests can party inside Chateau's Main Room or outside on the Chateau Gardens Rooftop, where cabanas and VIP bottle service are available. Being one of few nightclubs located directly on the Strip, Chateau's scenic outdoor patios showcase magnificent, panoramic views of the Las Vegas skyline. Guests never know who they might see also taking in the view: recent celebs who have visited the Vegas hot spot include Shania Twain, the Backstreet Boys, UFC fighters Daniel Cormier and Cain Velasquez and Shaquille O'Neal.

3. TAO Nightclub
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For those craving a high-energy, DJ-driven atmosphere, the 10,000-square-foot TAO Nightclub is the place to see and be seen, with three full-service bars, two main rooms playing a variety of hip-hop and house music and state-of-the-art audio and lighting systems. A voyeuristic design throughout the nightclub allows people to see the entire venue from almost every point in the room, while sexy performance vignettes--including nearly nude bombshells taking rose petal baths--can be seen nightly. The nightclub also boasts a 40-foot outside terrace with awe-inspiring views of the famed Las Vegas Strip. For guests seeking ultra-VIP treatment, the nightclub offers private skyboxes, each featuring European bottle service, a mini-bar and banquettes with secured purse drawers.

2. Marquee Nightclub
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This David Rockwell-designed venue features seven different bars and three rooms--the Main Room, the Boom Box and the Library--each with a distinct musical experience. Marquee's Main Room features a state-of-the-art sound and visual system with a 40-foot LED DJ booth and projection stage in conjunction with 32,000 subwoofers and full-range speakers. Overlooking the main floor is the intimate, lounge-style Library room, which is home to a fireplace, billiards table and vintage books. On the lower level of the nightclub is the Boom Box room, featuring gorgeous views of the Strip and a separate DJ and sound system, affording patrons a selection in the music and venue they wish to enjoy.

1. XS
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Inspired by the sexy curves of the human body, XS provides an elegant and passionate club environment that surrounds Encore's sparkling pool. Decorated in rich gold, black, bronze and browns, more than 10,000 individual light sources illuminate the club. Focal features include gold leaf body forms, outdoor VIP cabanas and a large circular dance floor surrounded by VIP tables. Playing in to the excess theme, the club's signature cocktail, the "Ono," costs $10,000 and features Charles Heidsieck Champagne Charlie 1981 and Louis XIII de Remy Martin Black Pearl cognac. Men's sterling silver cufflinks embossed with a stingray and the raised XS logo and a woman's 18K white gold chain with a black pearl pendant and XS logo are also included with the purchase of the drink, making its $10,000 price tag seem a bit more reasonable.