The Las Vegas Strip's 10 Best Music Venues: Feel the Beat

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By Terrisa Meeks, Las Vegas Local Expert

Las Vegas attracts performers from all over the world, and the Strip has several different types of music venues. Whether you’re hoping to catch one of the newest, hottest bands or just kick back and enjoy piano music, there’s a place on the Strip for you.

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. During the summer months, however, many artists perform poolside at more intimate venues like Mandalay Bay Beach, providing concert-goers with a truly unique experience.

Vegas lounges also offer audiences a more intimate venue to enjoy live music in, like the Petrossian Bar, where "Pianist to the Presidents" David Osbourne performs regularly. If the refined style of this elegant bar isn’t quite what you’re looking for, Las Vegas has other piano bars where singing along is almost mandatory.

One of the Strip's most memorable concert experiences can be found inside The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. 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, with no seat more than 120 feet away from the stage.

Whether you want to see your favorite act with several thousand fans, or just 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.

10. Bar at Times Square
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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 cutting-edge beverage menu. Those who visit during the daytime can watch their favorite sports on one of 14 flat-screen TVs, play bar-top games and take advantage of the four hour-long Happy Hour Mon.-Fri. featuring Heineken drafts, house wine and select shooters for just $5 from 3-7 p.m. Table reservations are available nightly starting at 8 p.m.; locals always get in free (standing room side only).

9. Petrossian Bar
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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 "Pianist to the Presidents" David Osborne, who has performed at various White House functions for Presidents Barack Obama, George W Bush, Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. While you're enjoying the music, treat your palate to a house-made infused cocktail or afternoon tea. Petrossian is also known for its selection of fine caviars, making it the perfect place for those with discerning taste.

8. Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas
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One of the most intriguing things about Brooklyn Bowl is trying to define it. It's a concert venue, a bowling alley and a restaurant. The concert venue is standing room only, but the bowling lanes (which feature large, comfortable sofas) are adjacent to the venue--so you can bowl and listen to live music at the same time. Food and beverage service is also available, with food from Blue Ribbon, best known for their signature chicken. The artists playing Brooklyn Bowl include bands like Blue October, Echo and the Bunnymen and Ben Harper. There's also a steady lineup of tribute bands. Some performances are free, and many are low cost, making Brooklyn Bowl one of the more affordable ways to see live music on the Strip.

7. T-Mobile Arena
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The new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas is the Strip's first major, stand-alone venue of its size. With a seating capacity of up to 20,000, this arena is large enough for any major performances, from concerts to professional sporting events. The arena has premium amenities throughout, and its location on the Strip puts it within walking distance of an incredible number of restaurants and things to do. T-Mobile even has its own upscale lounge, Hyde, which offers incredible views of the arena and extras like bottle service and food. Upcoming 2017 acts at the arena include Iron Maiden, Bruno Mars, Hall & Oats, George Strait and Lady Gaga.

6. House of Blues
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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. Regular appearances from Carlos Santana are just one reason to check out HOB's music schedule. True to its Southern theme, the House of Blues' decor feels like you've stepped into a Vegas version of New Orleans. The stage and music hall are at the center of HOB, with the area directly in front of the stage typically being standing-room only. In addition to musical acts, the House of Blues also hosts popular comedians.

5. The Chelsea
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The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas showcases artists that are well-known and just gaining traction, giving concert goers a wide array of musical choices. The venue is a marvel of technology and takes its inspiration from iconic venues around the world. Remnant brick tiling, an interesting collection of stage props, a vintage lobby bar, VIP gallery boxes and a grand staircase with a striking chandelier set the stage at The Chelsea. Some of 2017's scheduled acts include Foster the People, The Shins, Deep Purple and Alice Cooper and Foreigner and Cheap Trick. The venue is conveniently close to The Cosmopolitan's noted restaurants and bars, giving guests plenty of places to stop before and after a show.

4. Mandalay Bay Beach
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One of the Strip's most unique concert-going experiences, Mandalay Bay Beach hosts its Beach Concert Series every year in the warmer months. Music lovers are invited to bring their blankets and sit on the beach or wade in the surf as they listen some of the biggest names in music perform on a one-of-a-kind stage suspended above the resort's 1.6 million gallon wave pool. Past performances have included Ringo Starr and the All Starr Band, Pitbull, The Beach Boys, Chris Isaak and OneRepublic. Tickets are general admission, but cabanas can be booked in advance. Either way, guests are sure to have a great time.

3. Nine Fine Irishmen Pub
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Nine Fine Irishmen offers brings a little bit of the Emerald Isle to Las Vegas, including the music. This bar and restaurant features Irish dishes for lunch and dinner, an impressive variety of drinks and beers and live entertainment to keep everyone's toes tapping. One of the city's best Irish pubs, the bar was designed and built by the best of Ireland's craftsmen and shipped directly to Las Vegas. Nine Fine Irishmen keeps the pub feeling alive with entertainment every evening at 9 p.m. The house band plays a mix of traditional Irish music, wild electric jigs and reels and classic sing-along songs. Championship Irish dancer Tara Reid is also on-hand to show off traditional Irish dances.

2. MGM Grand Garden Arena
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Barbra Streisand was the first performer to grace the stage at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, which was a sign of the great entertainers to come. The venue has been home to major awards shows and music festivals including the Academy of Country Music Awards and the iHeartRadio Music Festival, making the MGM Grand Garden Arena one of the Strip's top music venues. The multi-purpose venue has hosted numerous world-class concerts over the years, including U2, Madonna, Paul McCartney, Bon Jovi, Reba McEntire, Tina Turner, Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones, Whitney Houston and Justin Timberlake. It's also the site of several major sporting events, including championship boxing, UFC and NBA preseason basketball.

1. The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
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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. It was originally created for Celine Dion's "A New Day..." but has gone on to host more than 2,000 events. In addition to serving as home for several Vegas resident performers, including Celine Dion, Elton John and Mariah Carey, The Colosseum is home to one of the largest indoor, high-definition LED screens in the world: the massive screen stands 110 feet wide by 34 feet tall and weighs 31 tons. There was no expense spared, as the saying goes, to construct a venue worthy of the biggest names in entertainment. Guests reap the benefits of this idea, which no seat being a bad seat, amazing acoustics, and unobstructed views.