Conquering the Clubs

HOW TO BECOME THE KING OR QUEEN

There’s much to be said about a city that is home to seven of top 10 highest grossing clubs – they know how to party and you need to be there. Especially so when the parties seem to never end. Welcome to Las Vegas, a city built on late nights, adult freedom and unforgettable experiences.


If you’ve been here before, you’ve most likely seen one of the best DJs in the world, stayed out until the sun came up and did it all over again the next night.


But if you’ve never experienced a Las Vegas nightclub, trying to figure out where to go, who to see, how to get in, how much money to bring and what to wear can be overwhelming. There are so many clubs and so many DJs to see that it’s hard to accomplish it all in one trip or figure out where to start. Luckily for you, we’re here to help with our years of nightclub knowledge.

Venue

Every nightclub is different. They all have their own vibe, type of music and theme. Some are small and others are quite large, with multiple floors. Some have an outdoor portion that’s great if you don’t like feeling too cramped. While all the clubs in Vegas are pretty remarkable for their own reasons, we’ve listed a few below to check out.


Intrigue at Wynn Las Vegas is dedicated to high-energy entertainment. A gorgeous waterfall is the perfect backdrop to the dramatic lighting and fresh sound that pack this place full of good vibes. It’s an intimate space, so getting you up-close-and-personal with your favorite DJ is totally possible. Feeling bold? Make moves for the dance floor. Prefer to lay low? Ease into the night on the year-round glass patio. Either way, prepare to be treated. Intrigue has been known to randomly dish out goodies in the form of free pizza and cotton candy. Incredible service matched with sweet surprises should put this place at the top of your list.


JEWEL at ARIA Resort and Casino is a modern-luxury megaclub that’s all about the sensory experience. Immerse yourself in a distinctively polished atmosphere where technology merges seamlessly into the club scene. The energetic ambience takes any night out to a new level of awesome. You won’t want to miss the dance floor, with high-profile DJs like Steve Aoki and Porter Robinson playing here on the reg. If you’re looking for a tailored experience, this is the place to do it. Look over the crowd in one of the many specially designed VIP rooms. Depending on you taste, you may want to try The Studio with vintage-album-lined velvet walls, or the Blind Tiger with a speakeasy-style, custom wooden fixtures and plush leather seating.


Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is a nonstop party. Go from day to night in one, dynamic, uber-extravagant club. This place is great for large groups that want to get a full Vegas experience without running around. With the ultra-pool club, multilevel design, exclusive VIP retreats, all-over dance floor and themed hangout spaces, everyone will have a blast. During the day, reserve a cabana. You can take over your own mini oasis complete with flat-screen TVs, shaded lounge spaces and an infinity pool. At night, find your vibe inside. For those craving a sophisticated experience, hit the pool tables or cozy up in a leather chair around the fire at The Library. If good beats and busting moves is more your speed, Boombox may be what you’re looking for.


XS at Encore at Wynn is currently the highest grossing club in Las Vegas and the United States for over five years and has been called one of the hottest clubs in the world. It’s here where you can see big-name DJs such as Kaskade and David Guetta. Its lavish nightclub, inspired by the proactive curves of the human body, leaves your jaw dropping as you make your way through the golden entrance into the club. It’s inside where the party is – here, you’ll find yourself surrounded by rows and rows of tables that lead up to the main stage that’s usually packed from wall to wall. But when you find yourself needing a break from the dancing and DJ scene, you can move outside to the pool and cabana area where the vibe is more low-key.


Hakkasan at MGM Grand is a five-story nightclub that offers visitors both a restaurant and nightlife experience. On the first two floors, you’ll find the restaurant, which offers one floor specific for private dining and one for public dining. Located on the top three floors, you’ll find the nightclub. Its three-floor design offers a different feel and vibe on each floor. The fourth floor is the place to go if you want to see some of the biggest names of DJs in the world. Featured on its list of artists who perform here are Calvin Harris, Steve Aoki, Tiesto and Hardwell, just to name a few.


TAO at The Venetian will leave you speechless by the time the night is over, and for so many different reasons. The club’s Asian-themed design is expressed not only in the décor, but also in the ambience. As you walk through the club, you’ll notice a collection of Buddha statues, the exotic dancers lining the walls and the bathtubs on pedestals. There’s even a separate lounge called the Opium Room that you can visit if you get tired of dancing. It’s been a staple in Vegas for over 10 years and it’s still on the list for top 10 highest grossing nightclubs in the U.S., which most likely means it’s doing something right.


Omnia at Caesars Palace is one of the newer clubs on the Strip, and it’s one of the most unique. The club itself is three levels, 75,000 square feet and includes an outside veranda that was inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Aside from hosting some of best DJs in the world, Omnia is also pretty well known for its 22,000-pound hanging chandelier and the eight gigantic rings that rotate around it. What’s even cooler about Omnia is that the music and energy of the room is synced to the light show, so you’ll most likely never have the same experience twice.


Ghostbar is on the boutique end for size of a nightclub, but don’t let that fool you. It’s here where you can get one of the best views on the Strip while you party the night away. Its roof top bar, positioned off the Strip on the 55th floor at Palms, offers a panoramic view that encompasses most of the Strip. You can tell once you walk in that you’re at a nightclub, but the vibe is much more chill and sophisticated than you would find at other clubs. If you’re looking for that boutique nightclub experience but don’t want to feel packed in from wall to wall, this is your venue!

If you have a large group, bottle service might not be a bad option, especially if you can afford it. While every club treats bottle service differently, there are some things that tend to be similar with each.

Most have a three-to-one rule, meaning three people for every bottle. If you have five people in a group, you’re going to have to buy two bottles. Bottle prices range depending on the type and brand. But on average, a bottle is between $300 to $500, which doesn’t include tip and tax. The amount you are willing to spend dictates where you will be seated. If you’re not spending a lot, then don’t expect a table by the DJ. Once your bottle runs out, you will most likely lose your table.

You can request bottle service directly through the club or a promoter.


Nightclub party buses are a great option for someone who’s only in Vegas for one night or looking to see multiple venues.


Party Bus

So, you’re only in Las Vegas one night and you don’t know what club to visit but you don’t want to be tied to one in case it’s not your scene. Don’t worry − there’s a party bus for that!

Nightclub party buses are a great option for someone who’s only in Vegas for one night or looking to see multiple venues. You can purchase tickets in advance and know exactly what venues you’ll be seeing. Most party buses visit three or four in one night and offer free drinks while on the bus.

You will spend about 40 minutes to one hour at each venue, and have the option not to return to the bus if you’re having a good time at one of the clubs. But be sure to look up what clubs the bus stops at, as some visit more bars than clubs in one night.


Club Etiquette

Sorry, but unfortunately, you can’t sit wherever you want. Any empty tables or chairs you see when you walk in are probably reserved for those who requested bottle service. Ladies, keep this in mind when choosing your shoes. If you can’t last more than five to six hours in your favorite heels, it’s probably best to pick different shoes.

If you drink too much and can’t quite find the right footing, you’ll most likely be asked to leave.


Cost

Clubs can be expensive, but they don’t have to be. Make sure to buy your ticket beforehand. Ticket prices will rise if you wait to buy them at the door.  

Drinks are expensive. Shots are even more expensive. Expect to pay at least $15 or more for each drink or shot. Some clubs will offer added perks if you can get there by a certain time, such as offering ladies free drinks, or providing open bar or free champagne. Be on the lookout for these types of perks if you’re interested in going to a certain club.

Dress Code

Most clubs, if not all, have a particular dress code you must adhere to, otherwise, you’re likely to get rejected at the door. While the dress code can vary from club to club, most of them follow similar rules.

Gentlemen − T-shirts, sneakers and hats are not allowed. If you can stick to jeans or dress pants and some type of button-down shirt with dress shoes, you probably won’t have any issues.

And as for ladies − jeans, some open-toed sandals, and hats might keep you from getting in. The type of shoes you’re permitted to wear varies from place to place, but wearing heels or boots is your best bet.


Promoters

Promoters are big in Las Vegas and they’re a great option to look for if you’re a female or if you have a good amount of ladies in your group. As part of their job, they have a certain amount of women, and sometimes men, that they have to bring in to a club each night.

Typically, promoters will approach a large group, especially one with many females, and offer to put them on the VIP or guest list for a certain club. Don’t worry, they’re not scamming you, unless they’re trying to get you to pay for something. A promoter will not ask you to pay for something as that is not part of their job. If someone tries to get you to pay for a wristband or a ticket, just walk away.

Once they put you on the list, your fee to get into the club is waived. Just make sure you’re in the right line when you get to the club that evening.

You can find them wandering around in most hotels or malls, especially if that particular hotel has a large-scale nightclub. Most club promoters you’ll see around are very well-dressed, whether in a suit and tie or a club dress.

Many of them have a guy-to-girl ratio they follow. So, if you’re a group of men looking to get into a club, they’ll be more willing to get you in if your group contains the same amount of females as males.


Line

There will be a line regardless of what line you’re in and it will look like it is never ending. If you’re on the VIP list, the line will usually be faster than general admission, but there will still be a line. Expect to wait a good 20 to 40 minutes, and the earlier you get there, the better. Most people tend to show up sometime between 10-11 p.m.

Hope this helps you enjoy your next night out in Vegas!

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