All The Right Notes: The Las Vegas Strip's 10 Best Music Venues

Given that Las Vegas is the Entertainment Capital of the World, it should come as no surprise that the Strip has several different types of music venues for audiences to see their favorite artists perform in.

Some of the world's top touring acts frequent some of the Strip's biggest stages throughout the year, like the MGM Grand Garden Arena and the Mandalay Bay Events Center. During the summer months, however, many artists perform poolside at more intimate venues like Mandalay Bay Beach and the Boulevard Pool, providing concert-goers with a truly unique experience.

Vegas lounges also offer audiences a more intimate venue to enjoy live music in, whether it be "American Idol" winner Taylor Hicks (who currently has a Vegas residency at Napoleon's Lounge) or "Pianist to the Presidents" David Osbourne (who performs at Petrossian Bar). Probably the Strip's most memorable intimate concert experience, however, can be found inside The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, which just celebrated its 10th anniversary. Home to some of the world's top recording artists, including Celine Dion and Elton John, The Colosseum houses the Strip's most stunning musical productions–and no seat is more than 120 feet away from the stage!

So whether you want to see your favorite act with several thousand fans, or you just want to watch a music legend up close, the Las Vegas Strip has plenty of places for people to go to enjoy a show they won't soon forget. Here's our picks for the Strip's 10 best live music venues.



Bar at Times Square
Photo courtesy of MGM Resorts International

Located in the heart of New York-New York Hotel & Casino, great drinks and dueling pianos are the focus nightly at this boisterous bar. Guests can request and sing along to their favorite choruses while enjoying a cocktail from the...  Read More

Petrossian Bar
Photo courtesy of MGM Resorts International

For a more laid-back evening, head on over to the Bellagio's Petrossian Lounge, where guests can enjoy live music from a one-of-a-kind Steinway grand. Pianists perform daily from 10 a.m.-12:45 a.m. and include a range of talented performers like...  Read More

Napoleon's Lounge
Photo courtesy of Paris Las Vegas

Home to resident artist Taylor Hicks, this intimate Parisian lounge is known almost as much for its entertainment lineup as its drinks. In addition to the "American Idol" winner, who performs on select nights, it hosts one of the top dueling...  Read More

Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill
Photo courtesy of Harrah's Las Vegas

Named for his song "I Love This Bar," Toby Keith's Las Vegas restaurant combines down-home Southern favorites and live country music to make for an experience that's sure to put a big smile on your face. Many of the country acts that perform on...  Read More

Featuring state-of-the-art sound and lighting technology in a one-of-a-kind custom-designed environment aimed at bringing fans and artists together, the House of Blues inside Mandalay Bay is one of the country's preeminent live music venues--not...  Read More

Boulevard Pool
Photo courtesy of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

One of Las Vegas' most unique concert venues, the Boulevard Pool is a multilevel pool experience by day and an intimate outdoor concert venue with unobstructed sightlines of both the stage and Strip by night. Able to accommodate more than 3,000...  Read More

Mandalay Bay Beach
Photo courtesy of MGM Resorts International

One of the Strip's most unique concert-going experiences, Mandalay Bay Beach hosts its summer Beach Concert Series every year from May until September. Music lovers are invited to bring their blankets and sit on the beach or wade in the surf as...  Read More

Mandalay Bay Events Center
Photo courtesy of Bryan Haraway

If your favorite artist is coming to Las Vegas, odds are they're performing at this modern 12,000-seat sports and entertainment complex if they're not across the street at its sister property, the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Having played host to...  Read More

MGM Grand Garden Arena
Photo courtesy of MGM Resorts International

When Barbra Streisand's the first person to perform on your stage, you know you're destined for greatness. Home to major awards shows and music festivals including the Billboards Music Awards, the Academy of Country Music Awards and the...  Read More

Las Vegas' premier music venue, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace has been home to some of the world's greatest entertainers since opening its doors in 2003. Built at a cost of $95 million, it was originally created for Celine Dion's "A New...  Read More


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