Las Vegas is known for being a 21 and over city, but just because you haven’t yet turned that magical age doesn’t mean you have to stay in during the evenings. Your options are much better if you’re over 18, although even those under 18 can find events, bowling alleys and movie theaters.
Las Vegas does have a curfew, so those under 18 must have a parent or legal guardian with them between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and on Friday and Saturday from midnight to 5 a.m. Those over 18 can still be out enjoying the 24 hour nature of Las Vegas, just without drinking or gambling.
Shows are a great place to spend the evening, and while plenty of venues offer acts appropriate for all ages, a few require the audience to be over 18, like Absinthe. The acts here are amazing, defying gravity in every way, and the show is full of raunchy humor.
Getting away from the Strip also opens up a greater list of things to do for people not yet of age to drink and gamble. Go have fun singing karaoke, play pool at Cue D’s or test your mini golf skills–and in Las Vegas, you can stay out all night doing many of those things.
Still wondering what do for a night out in Las Vegas if you’re under 21? Read our list for the 10 best ways to spend your evening.
KISS by Monster Mini Golf
KISS by Monster Mini Golf is a large space inside the Rio Hotel and Casino, just west of the Strip. It's theme is obvious from the name, and if you like rock 'n roll--especially KISS--your round of glow-in-the-dark mini golf will be that much more fun. This is a fun stop for all ages, although the music can get loud for smaller kids. Besides golf, there are arcade games, a special events room and even a wedding chapel. A live DJ is on hand to make sure the rock and roll stays going strong as you check your mini-golf skills. (702-558-6256)
First Friday takes over a small portion of the Arts District in Downtown Las Vegas, located around the area of Casino Center and Charleston. The art on display and being created encompasses a wide variety of styles. Food trucks, vendors for all kinds of products and performance artists are also wandering through the First Friday crowd, plus live music being performed at various places. For those who are over 21, drinks can be purchased at several places. While the "official" First Friday area is cordoned off to traffic, streets just outside of that area also have little galleries, shops and restaurants. The later the hour, the rowdier (and more adult) the crowd gets. ((702) 625-2781)
Cue D's Billiards
Cue D's is in Chinatown, a growing district west of the Las Vegas Strip. This pool hall welcomes under 21, and as long as you're over 18, you can continue shooting pool past curfew. Weekdays rates are only $10 per hour for 2 players, and on the weekend all tables are $10. Drinks specials are offered to those over 21, and snack plates are available with affordable munchies like hot dogs and spicy cheese stuffed sausage. A full array of soft drinks, energy drinks, iced tea and waters is also available. The strip mall Cue D's is in is also full of dining options and even a karaoke bar open to those under 21. (702-331-7770)
Penn & Teller
Penn and Teller have been amazing and entertaining audiences for almost 40 years. Yes, they're magicians, but they're also comedians. The more talkative Penn is known to many for his appearances on reality TV shows, while hearing Teller talk requires an in-person visit. Their show at the Rio has been running for 12 years, putting them among the top entertainers for longevity in Las Vegas. Before the show, you can check out the props that will be used on stage--see if it helps you figure out the magic. On any given night, the act might include guns, knives or fire, but each night it certainly includes a large dose of entertainment. (702-777-7776)
If you like to hang out with friends and play games, Topgolf is worth your time. It's four levels of fun centered around golf, and it doesn't matter if you're a long-time golfer or just want to see how hard hitting that little ball can be--it's all about having fun. Topgolf has four levels, for a total of 108 climate-controlled hitting bays. The top level is reserved for over 21, but all ages are welcome in the other levels. Aside from golf bays, it also has 2 pools (plus VIP cabanas and private suites), plus a concert venue. There are also 5 bars and food available on the property. (702-933-8458)
A short drive west of the Las Vegas Strip will take you into the growing Chinatown district, full of great restaurants and things to do. At Q Karaoke, you can sing along with your group of friends as long as you're over 18. Rooms are reasonably priced, especially if you split the cost with a group of friends: a small room for 6 people maximum is $20. The VIP room, which holds up to twenty-two people, is on $50 per hour. During Happy Hour, rooms are all half price. Songs are available in English, Korean, Filipino, Vietnamese, Japanese, Chinese and Spanish. (702-823-1448)
Located just 10 minutes from the Vegas Strip, froZEN75 is Las Vegas' only teen/under 21 nightclub. Open Saturday nights, it is dedicated to providing a safe, drug- and drama-free environment for area teens. The club hasn't forgotten to keep that "club" feeling, though, and the space is completely outfitted with LED club lighting, lasers, a fog machine, Go-Go cages, a rocking sound system and event VIP seating. Guests who are 14 and 15 must have a signed waiver before entering the club. Check online for a schedule of upcoming events and to get offers on discounts on things like Lyft rides. (702-529-1075)
Cirque du Soleil shows are found at several hotels along the Strip, but only Zumanity is designed with an "adults only" audience in mind. The sexy show combines the amazing talents of the Cirque troupe with burlesque and cabaret. If you really want to splurge, get one of the sofas, but prepared to be close to the action on stage. Before or after the show, you'll find under-21 friendly activities in and around the New York New York, where Zumanity is located. Open-air mall The Park is located right next to NYNY, providing a place to stroll and even stop for something to eat. (866-606-7111)
House of Blues
Although 18 and over clubs in Las Vegas are nearly impossible to find, the famed House of Blues occasionally features shows for all ages, providing an amazing opportunity for the underage crowd to rock out Vegas-style. The venue itself is interesting to see, with a design meant to imitate the Southern juke joints of bygone days. It boasts a spectacular open-air balcony and over 300 pieces of folk art, making this one funky place to move to the beat of your favorite bands, whether you're 18 or 88. Fantastic prices are an added bonus. Check out the venue's schedule online to see what's playing when you're in town. (702-632-7600, 702-632-7607)
Absinthe takes place in a small space that draws the audience into the bawdy and amazing show. The bawdiness stems from the non-stop jokes and audience heckling from the main characters Penny and the Gazillionaire, but that's far from all this show is about. Daring feats of balance and strength are performed in this rather small space. If you're sitting close, not only will you feel the tension of the more daring, circus-like acts, you'll also likely be drawn into some raunchy exchanges. Guests who'd like a little less involvement will want to sit back a few rows. This adults-only version of the circus is filled with talented extremes of both comedy and athletic bravery.
About Terrisa Meeks
Terrisa Meeks is a native born, life-long resident of Las Vegas. She became a traveler long before she could walk. Terrisa has traveled throughout the United States, from Maine to Hawaii, but she especially enjoys exploring the Southwestern United States.
Las Vegas is a place she's watched grow and change. While she always enjoys visiting the Strip, Terrisa's true passion is for exploring the lightly-visited Mojave Desert. She gets giddy over hard-to-find back roads, quirky museums, and ghost towns. Her happiest travel moments involve vast expanses of wilderness and a good map.
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