An Evening Out in Las Vegas When You're Under 21

Las Vegas is known for being a city for the 21+ crowd, but even if you haven’t turned 21 yet, you can still go out for a good time--and we’re not talking about kiddie stuff. Your options are much better if you’re over 18, although even those under 18 can get in to see shows, go bowling or hit a movie theater at an off-Strip hotel (which often have a bowling alley, food court and theaters).

Shows are a great way to spend the evening, and while shows like Penn & Teller offer acts appropriate for all ages, a few require the audience to be 18+, like Absinthe. The acts here are amazing, defying gravity in every way, plus the show is full of adults-only humor.

If you’re under 21, try getting away from the Strip to find more things to do. Go have fun singing karaoke or test your mini golf skills–and in Las Vegas, if you’re over 18, you can stay out all night doing many of those things.

Las Vegas has 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.

Read our list for the 10 best ways to spend your evening if you’re under 21 in Las Vegas.


Not many places associated with the word "museum" are such a hands-on experience. Open from 11 a.m. until at least 11 p.m., the PHoF is packed with pinball machines from all eras. Known as both the Pinball Hall of Fame (PHoF) and the Pinball Museum, this is an unusual collection by any measure. The 10,000-square-foot non-profit museum is dedicated purely to pinball, and this Vegas gem hosts a massive collection of machines, many of which date to 1950 and most of which come from the celebrated heydays of pinball, 1960 to 1980. Every game is operational, so revisit all of your old-time favorites!

Recommended for Under 21 Clubs because: At the Pinball Museum, visitors get to play all of the vintage games at bargain prices.

Terrisa's expert tip: People on a budget will find a visit to PHoF to be very easy on the wallet. Older games are set at 25 cents per play, and newer machines are still a wallet-friendly 50 cents per play.

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Every month 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 you can enjoy live music being played on a few stages. For those who are over 21, drinks can be purchased at several places. The later the hour, the rowdier (and more adult) the crowd gets. Limited parking is often an issue at First Friday, owing to its downtown location. Hitch an Uber or a taxi to avoid having to worry about where to park.

Recommended for Under 21 Clubs because: The Las Vegas Art District's once-a-month block party features food, music, entertainment and art.

Terrisa's expert tip: While the "official" First Friday area is cordoned off to traffic, streets just outside of that area also have galleries, vintage stores, shops and several notable restaurants.

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KISS by Monster Mini Golf is a large space inside the Rio Hotel and Casino, which is located 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. A live DJ is on hand to make sure the rock and roll stays going strong as you check your mini-golf skills. KISS fans will be thrilled to find a treasure trove of memorabilia. Items located throughout the course include every album the group has ever cut (signed by all the band members), an original 70s KISS pinball machine and guitars from the band members.

Recommended for Under 21 Clubs because: People of all ages will get a kick from playing glow-in-the-dark mini golf on this indoor course filled with giant KISS props.

Terrisa's expert tip: Besides golf, visitors will find an abundance of other things to do and see, like arcade games, a gift shop, a KISS museum and even a wedding chapel A special events room is also available.

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Penn and Teller have been astonishing 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 over a decade, putting them among the top entertainers for longevity in Las Vegas. They keep refreshing the act to keep it feeling new--if you've been before, it's probably changed. 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.

Recommended for Under 21 Clubs because: Prepare to be both amazed and amused at Penn and Teller's show, which features astonishing magic with lots of laughs.

Terrisa's expert tip: Penn & Teller also film their television show, "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" at the Rio for one week out of the year. Tickets are free, but you have to sign up on the casting company's website.

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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.

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A short drive west of the Las Vegas Strip will take you into the growing Chinatown district, which is full of great places to eat and fun things to do. At Q Karaoke, you can belt out a version of your favorite song in a group of friends-- and as long as you're over 18 you can stay after 9 p.m. Private rooms are reasonably priced, especially if you split the cost with a group: a small room for six people maximum is $20. The VIP room, which holds up to 22 people, is $50 per hour. During Happy Hour, rooms are all half price. Songs are available in English, Korean, Filipino, Vietnamese, Japanese, Chinese and Spanish. Q Karaoke is a short drive from the Strip and is also walking distance to other under-21 places to go, like restaurants and a pool hall.

Recommended for Under 21 Clubs because: Offering plenty of songs, plus bar service for those over 21, Q Karaoke is a good place for groups with people of varying ages.

Terrisa's expert tip: Although Q Karaoke has a full menu, it's also in an area that's overflowing with great restaurants, like FukuBurger across the street and District One in the same strip mall

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Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas
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Brooklyn Bowl is a concert venue, a bowling alley and a restaurant, but that simple description doesn't do it justice. 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. A wide variety of acts play here and many shows are open to those under age; the venue is open to under 21 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Food and beverage service is available, with food from Blue Ribbon, best known for their signature chicken. 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. Brooklyn Bowl is located conveniently in The LINQ's open air district, a pedestrian-friendly area filled with restaurants and shops that's also home to The High Roller observation wheel.

Recommended for Under 21 Clubs because: With its combination of bowling, music and food, Brooklyn Bowl offers guests a unique combination of things to do.

Terrisa's expert tip: If you're really into bowling, there are plenty of off-Strip hotels with bowling lanes, but finding a place on the Strip with lanes is pretty rare.

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Many of Cirque du Soleil's seven Las Vegas shows are open to people of all ages, 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. Seating ranges from stools and seats to splurge-worth sofas for two. If you indulge in a sofa, but prepared to be close to the risqué 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.

Recommended for Under 21 Clubs because: The sexy Zumanity is unlike any other Cirque du Soleil show with an adults-only theme that blends cabaret, burlesque and the acrobatics of Cirque.

Terrisa's expert tip: The New York New York offers a Bachelorette Experience that comes with swag bags, group photos and something special for the bride-to-be. Prices start at $79.

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The famed House of Blues frequently has shows for all ages or 18+, providing an amazing opportunity for everyone 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. The famous House of Blues Gospel Brunch on Sundays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. is also an all-ages event and includes several food stations as well as rousing gospel.

Recommended for Under 21 Clubs because: House of Blues Las Vegas not only hosts top musical acts, it also has a restaurant that frequently features live music.

Terrisa's expert tip: Musical acts in the restaurant usually come on stage at 8 or 9 p.m. in the evenings. The HOB website has a full line-up of acts in the restaurant and venue.

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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 into this bawdy and amazing show. The main characters, Penny and the Gazillionaire, drive the show forward and keep everyone laughing (or gasping), but you get much more than comedy at Absinthe. This adults-only version of the circus is filled with extremes of both comedy and athletic bravery. Daring feats of balance and strength are performed up close and personal in this intimate space. If you're sitting close, not only will you feel the tension of the more daring acts, it's likely you'll also be drawn into some interesting exchanges.

Recommended for Under 21 Clubs because: With its line-up of adults-only daring, raunchy and funny acts, Absinthe gives the audience a thrilling cabaret-inspired show.

Terrisa's expert tip: Absinthe is an adults-only, R-rated show, and it's not for a shy audience--doubly so if you're sitting in the first few rows. This is a show to see with friends, but maybe not with Mom and Dad.

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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