10 Best Places to Experience Las Vegas Nightlife

Las Vegas nightlife is legendary and is a major attraction for visitors. Some clubs are like lavish raves, with celebrity hosts and DJs and thumping dance music all night long. These extravagant places are both expensive and sometimes difficult to get into. Once inside, though, you can join the party and hit the dance floor–and maybe spot a movie star or two.

Clubs aren’t the only place you can go for some adults-only time. Sophisticated lounges like Skyfall allow you to have a conversation, have some food, and enjoy the incredible view of the city. Several Las Vegas hotels have wisely decided to take advantage of the upper floors of their high-rises with elegant bars or restaurants featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, giving guests a birds-eye view of the famous Las Vegas Strip.

In Downtown Las Vegas, the bars and lounges are hipper, a little grittier than the Strip and are becoming more popular all the time. Perennial favorite, the Downtown Cocktail Room, is one of the best places to sample the trendy vibe on Fremont East. Hand-crafted cocktails are served in a small room with a side door that’s actually a little hard to find.

When you’re ready to head out for a night in Las Vegas, make sure you’re prepared: check out the dress codes, be prepared for cover charges, and brace yourself for the drink prices on the Strip. To boost your chances of getting inside the most popular clubs, do your best to make reservations or indulge in bottle service and a table.

Once you successfully navigate the front door at the Downtown Cocktail Room--or DCR--you'll find a warm and inviting space, a good, old-fashioned bar. More importantly, you'll get to sample some of the drinks. The music doesn't drown out...  Read More

Drai's Beach Club · Nightclub
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By day, Drai's acts as a pool deck/beach club, but by night it transforms into one of the hottest nightclubs in town. Perched 11 stories above Las Vegas Boulevard on the rooftop of the new boutique resort The Cromwell, Drai's Beach Club ·...  Read More

Hyde Bellagio is upscale, intimate, and overlooks the famous Bellagio Fountains. The design team behind Hyde was thinking "hidden Italian villa," and the understated elegance of the club matches that idea. With the feel of an ultra-lounge, Hyde...  Read More

Located on the 23rd floor of the exclusive Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas, the Mandarin Bar is one of the city's most sleek and sophisticated nightlife venues. Guests can savor the stunning Strip views courtesy of the bar's floor-to-ceiling windows...  Read More

Located at the very hip Palms Casino Resort, Ghostbar is located on the 55th floor of the resort's Ivory Tower. The sleek, sophisticated bar and club offers guests panoramic views of Las Vegas through its 14-foot floor-to-ceiling windows. Booths...  Read More

Marquee Nightclub
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Marquee at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas 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...  Read More

Skyfall was created through the renovation of an existing space, but the spectacular 180-degree views of Las Vegas remain the same. A warm, inviting decor offers plentiful seating, and the expertly crafted drinks are sure to please (even if you...  Read More

Hakkasan Nightclub
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Hakkasan Nightclub is both momentous in scale and ambition. The club is a bold evolution of the prestigious global restaurant brand into an all-encompassing nightlife experience, presented in a five-level space filled with a variety of...  Read More

TAO Nightclub
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The entrance to TAO gives guests an interesting introduction to the club: it's lined with bathtubs filled with rose petals, and sometimes models clad only in rose petals. For several years it's been one of the Strip's most desirable nightlife...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Barbara Kraft

The name of this club says it all: it truly is "excess," in a lavish, Las Vegas-style way. XS epitomizes the thinking of "go big or go home." It's got gold everything, a huge dance floor, a $10,000 drink: the Ono, which features an exclusive...  Read More


Meet Terrisa Meeks

Terrisa Meeks is a native born, life-long resident of Las Vegas. She's watched Las Vegas grow and change over the years, especially the ever-evolving Las Vegas Strip. She still enjoys hanging...  More About Terrisa