Clubs, Bars and Shows: Las Vegas' 10 Best Nightlife Spots

Las Vegas nightlife is legendary. For many visitors, it’s the main attraction. Fortunately, no matter what kind of nightlife you like, Las Vegas has something for you.

Nightclubs are the most well-known Vegas nightlife--lavishly designed spaces with celebrity hosts, star DJs, and thumping music all night long. These extravagant places are both expensive and sometimes difficult to get into. Reserve a table if possible for the best experience.

If dance clubs aren’t your style, Las Vegas offers a wealth of other things to do. Plenty of bars and lounges offer a more upscale (and quiet) experience. The sophisticated lounge Skyfall gives you a jaw-dropping view of the city, food, fabulous cocktails and music later in the evening.

In Downtown Las Vegas, the bars and lounges are a little grittier than on the Strip, which isn’t a bad thing. The Downtown Cocktail Room is a perennial favorite, serving hand-crafted cocktails in a comfortable room that feels like it could be in NYC.

If nightclubs and lounges don’t sound appealing, consider seeing a show, where you can enjoy a few drinks and see a terrific performance. Absinthe, for instance, will have you laughing and gasping, possibly at the same time.

When you’re ready to head out for a night in Las Vegas, make sure you’re prepared: check the dress codes, brace for cover charges, and steel yourself for the drink prices on the Strip.

Scroll down to read more of our recommendations on the best nightlife in Las Vegas.



You may be in Las Vegas, but you'll feel like you're in the tropics at The Golden Tiki. The drink menu features a hearty array of strong and affordable drinks. This is the place to find drinks like the Mai Tai and Singapore Sling, along with...  Read More



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



This popular downtown Las Vegas dive bar features local music as well as national independent acts, showcasing genres ranging from indie and rock to blues and rockabilly. The friendly crowd is of all ages, and the party often spills over into...  Read More



The colorful interior of Casa Fuente is custom-made to offer a comfortable ambiance for quality cigar selections and drinks. Cocktails include a Tangerine Mojito with Botran Solera 1893 Rum, tangerine, mint, simple syrup and a float of Mandarine...  Read More



Located on the 23rd floor of the exclusive Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas, SkyBar is a sleek and sophisticated nightlife venue with an unequaled view. Guests can savor the stunning Strip views courtesy of the bar's floor-to-ceiling windows while...  Read More



Skyfall was created when the space it is in was renovated, but the spectacular 180-degree views of Las Vegas remain the same. A warm, inviting décor offers plentiful seating, and the expertly crafted drinks are sure to please (they'll...  Read More



The music of the Beatles and the acrobatics of Cirque du Soleil come together in LOVE. Beatles fans will find a lot to like about the show, and even if the Fab Four aren't your usual listening preference, the performances of Cirque are...  Read More



Absinthe is full of raunchy jokes and incredible displays of physical skill, all in a atmosphere that lives up to the show's name. The show takes place in the fanciful Spiegelworld tent, and the small space makes it easy to draw the audience...  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 well-known global restaurant brand into an all-encompassing nightlife experience, presented in a five-level space filled with a variety of...  Read More

TAO Nightclub
Photo courtesy of TAO


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


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