The Las Vegas Strip's 10Best places for live music: toe-tapping time

Finding live music on the Las Vegas Strip is a fairly easy task. Large theaters and events centers have a steady line up of big names. Lounges, bars and restaurants offer live music as well--and you can count on the Strip’s street performers for a few free tunes.

The Las Vegas Strip’s largest venues, like the T-Mobile Arena and MGM Grand Gardens, host the biggest names, like Elton John, Paul McCartney and the AMA Awards. A concert here is a very large group experience, which means it’s a good idea to plan for navigating big crowds. Even if you have a car, skip driving and take a taxi or rideshare to avoid the traffic jams that follow any big events.

Smaller music venues offer more intimate experiences, like The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, with a maximum seating of 2,500 (as opposed to the 20,000 T-Mobile can accommodate). Brooklyn Bowl is another smaller room, plus you can go bowling. It’s also one of the Strip’s more affordable places to see concerts.

If you’re planning a trip to Vegas and want to catch any headliners, plan as far ahead as possible. Check the event calendars for the rosters of who’ll be playing when you’re in town. You’ll definitely have plenty of choices.

Scroll down for all our recommendations on the best places to hear live music on the Las Vegas Strip.


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.

Recommended for Live Music on the Strip because: For a rowdy pub atmosphere, great beer and plenty of live music (including traditional Irish), stop in at Nine Fine Irishmen.

Terrisa's expert tip: Stop in for Happy Hour Monday through Friday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. While the restaurant closes at 11 p.m., the bar stays open until 3 a.m.

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Rose.Rabbit.Lie. blurs the lines between theater, club, restaurant and bar. This is a place that specializes in unpredictable evenings, so you can expect the unexpected. The spontaneous, live performers include singers and dancers, but there is simply no telling what type of entertainment you might see. Rose.Rabbit.Lie defines itself as a modern supper club, and its menu wins consistent praise. While you can choose to have dinner, you can also have a seat at the bar to enjoy their hand-crafted cocktails. Either way, the atmosphere here is posh and the experience unlike any other in Las Vegas. Upscale cocktail attire is required.

Recommended for Live Music on the Strip because: An evening at Rose.Rabbit.Lie will keep guests on their toes since the entertainment is often unexpected.

Terrisa's expert tip: The dinner and entertainment experience at Rose.Rabbit.Lie doesn't skimp on the dinner portion of the evening. The acclaimed menu features delectable creations and craft cocktails.

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Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas
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One of the most interesting 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 you can splurge on "seats" at the bowling lanes adjacent to the stage, which feature large, comfortable sofas. 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.

Recommended for Live Music on the Strip because: Brooklyn Bowl brings music and bowling together, plus offers reasonably priced tickets for performances.

Terrisa's expert tip: Brooklyn Bowl has two Happy Hours daily, one from 5 to 7 p.m. and one from 11 p.m. to close. Look for half-priced appetizers, beer wine and cocktails.

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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 (most notably the new hockey team in town, Vegas Golden Knights). 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. Past shows include Iron Maiden, Hall & Oats, George Strait, and acts like Jennifer Lopez, Paul McCartney and Elton John are slated for 2019.

Recommended for Live Music on the Strip because: The large T-Mobile Arena is the Strip's premier venue for concerts and sporting events, with a 20,000-person seating capacity.

Terrisa's expert tip: Right outside T-Mobile is The Park Vegas, an open-air corridor lined with casual restaurants. The Park is also home to Bliss Dance, a 40-foot tall sculpture of a dancing woman--and an excellent spot for some Instagram pics.

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Featuring state-of-the-art sound and lighting technology in a one-of-a-kind custom-designed environment designed to bring 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.

Recommended for Live Music on the Strip because: The intimate setting at the House of Blues creates an unforgettable experience for guests.

Terrisa's expert tip: One of HOB's most popular regular events is the Sunday Gospel Brunch. Every Sunday, guests can fill up at a Southern-style brunch buffet before a soulful performance of authentic Gospel music.

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The Chelsea
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The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas showcases a wide range of artists, from those who are well-known to artists who are just gaining traction. The result is an impressively wide array of musical choices for concert goers. The venue features remnant brick tiling, an interesting collection of stage props, a vintage lobby bar, VIP gallery boxes and a grand staircase with a striking chandelier. Prior acts have included 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. Plan as far ahead as possible to get the best seats. General admission tickets are standing room only, and mid-priced assigned seating can sell out quickly.

Recommended for Live Music on the Strip because: Performers at The Chelsea range from well-known acts to emerging artists, offering guests a large range of choices.

Terrisa's expert tip: For the best seats, check into the Gallery Boxes. These are some of the best seats in the house and a seat here will get you expedited line entry and a dedicated cocktail server.

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The Park Theater was the first phase of renovation at what's now The Park (formerly the Monte Carlo). This state-of-the-art theater seats 5,200 with the furthest seat being only 145 feet away from the stage--and the stage is an impressively large 140 feet wide. Everything about Park Theater leans toward the upscale, from its seven bars and terraces to the VIP seating packages. Park Theater has drawn some major talent, with residences from Lady Gaga, Janet Jackson, Bruno Mars, Cher and Aerosmith. The venue doesn't limit itself to musical acts, however. The seating configurations can be changed for awards shows, sports and conventions.

Recommended for Live Music on the Strip because: Park Theater offers guests a memorable experience, with an impressive sound system, posh VIP seating and headliners like Lady Gaga and Bruno Mars.

Terrisa's expert tip: For dinner and a show, make a reservation at one of The Park or NoMad's new restaurants, like Bavette's, Primrose, Best Friend or NoMad Restaurant.

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The Zappos Theater started life several decades ago as the Aladdin Theater for the Performing Arts, and while the Aladdin is long gone, the theater remains. Extensive renovations have kept up the theater's appearance and amenities, both for performers and guests. Currently, the theater hosts a revolving line-up of resident performers that includes Christina Aguilera and Gwen Stefani, with Def Leppard slated for a short residency in August and September 2019. The 7,000 seat theater offers VIP tables with bottle service, large video and projection installations and an impressive sound system to go along with the theater's acclaimed acoustics. The theater is located in the middle of the Miracle Mile Shops and is easy to find and access, with plentiful parking nearby.

Recommended for Live Music on the Strip because: Zappos Theater features resident performers like Christina Aguilera, Gwen Stefani and Def Leppard.

Terrisa's expert tip: VIP seating is offered close to the stage and comes with a bottle of Moet & Chandon Imperial Champagne, among other perks. For an even more up close and personal experience, Zappos offers opportunities to add a meet and greet to any ticket purchase.

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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, 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.

Recommended for Live Music on the Strip because: Headline music acts, awards shows, sports--the MGM Grand Garden Arena plays host to every kind of event.

Terrisa's expert tip: The MGM Grand is one of the world's largest hotels, and getting from your car or the front of the casino will take a fair amount of time and walking. Make sure to plan for extra time to get to your seat.

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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, which have included Celine Dion, Elton John and Mariah Carey, The Colosseum has 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 offers amazing acoustics and unobstructed views.

Recommended for Live Music on the Strip because: A host of top-billed performers are slated to take the stage at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, like Rod Stewart, Sting and Jerry Seinfeld.

Terrisa's expert tip: Celine Dion is ending her 15-year residency at The Colosseum on June 8, 2019. After that date, the theater will close for a while to go through renovations.

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