Going Out on the Town in Las Vegas When You're Under 21

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By Terrisa Meeks, Las Vegas Local Expert

Las Vegas is known for being a city for those 21 years and older, but just because you haven’t yet turned that magical age doesn’t mean you can’t go out for a good time. 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 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.

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, 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, 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.

10. KISS by Monster Mini Golf
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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. 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.

9. First Friday
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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 scattered through the First Friday crowd, plus you can catch live music being played on a few stages. 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.

8. Cue D's Billiards
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Cue D's is in Chinatown, a growing district west of the Las Vegas Strip. This pool hall welcomes players 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 per hour. You'll find a menu of food that will satisfy your munchies: pizza, chicken wings, pretzels and a variety of other tasty options to keep you going through the game. A full array of soft drinks, energy drinks, iced tea and waters is available, along with adult beverages for guests of age. The strip mall Cue D's is in is also full of dining options and even a karaoke bar open to people under 21.

7. Penn & Teller
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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.

6. Topgolf
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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 if it's really so hard to hit that little ball--it's all about having a good time. Topgolf has four levels, for a total of 107 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 two pools (plus VIP cabanas and private suites), plus a concert venue. There are also five bars and food available on the property.

5. Q Karaoke
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A short drive west of the Las Vegas Strip will take you into the growing Chinatown district, 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--as long as you're over 18. Private rooms are reasonably priced, especially if you split the cost with a group: a small room for six people is $20. The VIP room, which holds up to 22 people, is $50 per hour. During Happy Hour, rooms are half price. Songs are available in English, Korean, Filipino, Vietnamese, Japanese, Chinese and Spanish. Q Karaoke is also walking distance to other nearby under-21 places to go, like restaurants and a pool hall.

4. 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 21. 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. After you've bowled a few games, it makes a great place to hang out.

3. Zumanity
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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, be 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.

2. House of Blues
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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.

1. Absinthe Vegas
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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.