Las Vegas Nightlife

Inspired by the "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas" attitude, and that it usually happens after dark, nightlife impresarios keep dipping into their vast pockets to create over-the-top experiences where party-mad Visigoths—plus, well, you and me—can live out some wild fantasies. The number of high-profile nightclubs, trendy lounges, and sizzling strip bars continues to grow, each attempting

to trump the other to attract not just high rollers, but A-list celebrities and the publicity that surrounds them.

Many of the newest clubs even have gambling. Though, we ask, Why bother when you can lounge beside the pool by day and bellow at the moon by night while dancing half clad at a club until noon the following day (when it's back into the pool you go)?

In the late 1990s, once the Vegas mandarins decided that the "family experience" just wasn't happening, Sin City nightlife got truly sinful again, drawing raves from clubbers worldwide. A wave of large dance clubs, such as the Luxor's (now-defunct) Ra, opened their doors, followed by a trendy batch of cozier ultralounges—lounges with dance floors and high-tech amenities.

The game of one-upmanship has continued—recent additions that have kept the city hopping include Light Nightclub at Mandalay Bay and the mammoth Hakkasan at the MGM Grand. What's more, bawdy 1950s-era burlesque lounges are continuing their comeback with a gaggle of clubs now dedicated to the art of striptease.

Few cities on Earth match Vegas in its dedication to upping the nightlife ante. So with all these choices, no one—not even the Visigoths—has an excuse for not having fun, however you define the "f" word.

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The Railhead

  • Music Clubs

This comfortable venue started as an open casino and lounge that occasionally hosted ticketed concerts. It has since become an enclosed...

The Smith Center for the Performing Arts

  • Music Clubs

Las Vegas got its very own ($150 million) world-class performing arts center in 2012, and what a spot it is. The multibuilding complex...


  • Dance Clubs

No other club in Vegas has its own 90-foot waterfall, a distinction that sets Tryst apart from competitiors right off the bat. Other...

Vegas Bull

  • Dance Clubs

What do you get when you fill a country-theme Texas saloon with slick dance-music-crazed nightclubbers? Madness—10-gallon-hat madness.

Velveteen Rabbit

  • Piano Bars/Lounges

Nothing like a feel-good story in Las Vegas. Sisters Pamela and Christina Dylag saved and scrimped to open this great, velvet-lined cocktail...


  • Piano Bars/Lounges

The Chandelier Bar may be Cosmopolitan's bar of the moment, but you shouldn't overlook the sleek Vesper Bar, the true mixologist space...

Vinnie Favorito

  • Comedy Clubs

Don Rickles has an heir apparent in this insult comic who devotes all but the first five minutes of his set to working the crowd, singling...

VooDoo Rooftop Nightclub

  • Dance Clubs

Take in great views of the city at this indoor/outdoor club 51 floors atop the Rio. DJs, great dance bands, and well-trained flair bartenders...

X Burlesque

  • Cabaret

This is no old-timey burlesque. Instead, an edgy modern-rock attitude permeates this dance-intensive topless revue. A comedian doing...


  • Dance Clubs

This club backs up onto a pool that converts into one of the most spacious open-air dance floors in town. Wynn's signature attention...