All The Right Moves: Las Vegas' 10 Best Dance Clubs
By Heather Turk
Las Vegas Local Expert
With XS once again being named the country's top-grossing nightclub by Nightclub & Bar—an honor it's held a record four times (2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014)—Las Vegas continues to cement its place as the nation's newest dance club mecca.
Attracting some of the world's top DJs, everyone from Avicii to Tiësto, it's easy to dance the night away at one of the city's many luxurious nightclubs. Offering something for everyone, each club has an atmosphere all its own for guests to enjoy, whether they want to party underneath the Eiffel Tower at Chateau Nightclub & Rooftop or amongst actual circus acts at LIGHT.
If being able to dance with the stars at celebrity favorites like TAO Nightclub and 1 OAK wasn't enough, guests can also dance under the stars at one of the city's striking indoor/outdoor venues like Tryst and Drai's Beach Club • Nightclub. For a truly explosive night, Drai's even offers its own fireworks menu!
Of course, while the Las Vegas Strip may be home to the bulk of the city's dance clubs, there are some venues worth checking out off-Strip as well. In fact, Body English Nightclub is actually close enough for club-hoppers on the Strip to get to.
So next time you feel like dancing, check out our list of the city's 10 Best Dance Clubs to find out where you can show off your fancy footwork. Just be warned, with so much for guests to take in at each venue, you'll need to pull out your best moves to get noticed!
Body English Nightclub
Since reopening in late 2012, Body English Nightclub has reclaimed its title as Las Vegas' hottest off-Strip nightlife experience. Guests enter the exclusive hideaway from a grand staircase where they are entertained and intrigued by an eclectic staff. The space features two distinct rooms adorned with lavish leathers, vintage chandeliers and rich dark woods while the private Parlor plays host to Las Vegas' most talked about soirees. Showcasing indie, electronic, rock and pop music, guests never know who they might see performing or enjoying the scene themselves. In fact, Philadelphia Eagles player Jason Peters was recently spotted partying to the sounds of DJ Jazzy Jeff! (702-693-5555)
Since opening on New Year's Eve 2012 with a star-studded celebration hosted by Fergie and featuring a now famous 3-hour DJ set by YEEZYWORLDPEACE (better known to most as Kanye West), 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. Having two rooms competing for the attention and energy of each patron leads to a party that exceeds everyone's expectations. (702-693-8300)
Chateau Nightclub & Rooftop
Designed by rising talent Amy Kim of AK DesignNETWORK, Chateau Nightclub & Rooftop stimulates club-goers of every caliber with an all-encompassing nightlife experience. Sprawled across three stories and spanning over 45,000 square feet, guests can party inside Chateau's Main Room or outside on its Rooftop or Deck. 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. (702-776-7770)
Drai's Beach Club · Nightclub
Perched 11 stories above Las Vegas Boulevard on the rooftop of the new boutique resort The Cromwell, Drai's Beach Club · Nightclub truly takes the Vegas nightlife experience to new heights. By day, the venue acts as a pool deck/beach club, but by night it transforms into one of the hottest nightclubs in town. The 25,000-square-foot nightclub is spread out over two levels and features such luxurious 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. (702-777-3800)
Hakkasan Nightclub is the bold evolution of the prestigious global restaurant brand into an all-encompassing nightlife experience. Featuring creative partnerships with premier musical talent across various genres who have tailored their performances to suit the unique capabilities of the venue and compliment their own versatile styles, guests can see everyone from Calvin Harris to Tiësto performing at the club. Having enlisted several leading international design firms, including Gilles & Bossier from Paris and New York's 212 Design, to create an immersive five-level space that offers a variety of experiences and atmospheres, Hakkasan Nightclub is both momentous in scale and ambition. (702-891-3838)
With its sexy interior and breathtaking outdoor patio facing a 90-foot waterfall, Tryst has earned its reputation as one of the hottest see-and-be-seen clubs in Las Vegas. The interior seats 650 and surrounds a sunken dance floor stained in dark ebony, with a section of the floor extending outside and overlooking the cascading waterfall. The club's outdoor covered patio seats an additional 450 club-goers around a private lagoon, reserved especially for European bottle service guests. While its layout is stunning, a nightclub wouldn't be complete without music, and Tryst offers an impressive lineup of DJ residencies focusing on hip-hop, Top 40 and house music. (702-770-3375)
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 eight private skyboxes, each featuring European bottle service, a mini-bar and banquettes with secured purse drawers. (702-388-8588)
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. (702-333-9000)
LIGHT Nightclub - turned on by Cirque du Soleil
The Light Group's first-ever nightclub turned on by Cirque du Soleil, LIGHT merges cutting-edge creativity with incredible music to produce a new kind of nightlife experience. The chic, fashion-forward 38,000-square-foot venue featuring state-of-the-art production, theatrics and, of course, world-renowned DJs and performers, turns on a new kind of passion and creativity, redefining a "night out" and creating a unique, memorable event each night. Upon arriving at the club, guests enter the realm of the unknown, as everyone at LIGHT is a part of the show. Headlining DJs and performers lead the charge, coupled with exclusively built performance elements and visuals provided by revolutionary video mapping, lighting, sound and special effects experts Moment Factory, as well as avant-garde costumes and unique choreography. At LIGHT, no two nights out are ever the same, but they're all unforgettable. (702-588-5656)
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. (702-770-0097)
About Heather Turk
A graduate of the University of Southern California, Heather's byline has appeared everywhere from The Los Angeles Times to Playboy.com--with her review of The Truman Show making the front page of The Detroit News' movie section when she was just 16 years old. When she's not at her computer writing a story for one of the many outlets she freelances for (including Allegiant Air's in-flight magazine Sunseeker, the Los Angeles Times Las Vegas Guide and CBS Las Vegas), she can often be found at the movies, on the Strip checking out the latest restaurant/show/spa/hotel opening or at Disneyland.
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