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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1 OAK

  • Dance Clubs

The "OAK" in this nightclub's name is an acronym for "Of A Kind," and, indeed, it's darker and louder than just about any other dance...

Alibi Cocktail Lounge

  • Piano Bars/Lounges

Who knew you could have an alibi 24 hours a day in Las Vegas? This cocktail lounge offers up that along with bottle service around the...

Atomic Liquors

  • Bars/Pubs

This Downtown bar owns the oldest liquor license in the state and used to be the place to watch atomic blasts. The Rat Pack and Barbra...

Badlands Saloon

  • Bars/Pubs

Consider the "Badlands" a 24-hour haven for local gay cowboys. It's decorated with a mock-log-cabin façade and offers cubbyholes in...

Beauty Bar

  • Bars/Pubs

This charming little Downtown joint, spun off from a popular Manhattan watering hole, is laid out like an old-fashioned hair salon, complete...

Blue Martini Lounge

  • Piano Bars/Lounges

It's in a shopping mall eight minutes from the Strip (by taxi), but we won't hold that against the Blue Martini, because it's still pretty...

Bound

  • Piano Bars/Lounges

Salvatore Calabrese created the inventive cocktails at this hidden gem tucked away at the back of the Cromwell, including a breakfast...

Brad Garrett's Comedy Club

  • Comedy Clubs

Brad Garrett has returned to his stand-up roots in a classic comedy-club setting—a bar with plenty of photos of . . . Brad Garrett...

Brendan's Irish Pub

  • Bars/Pubs

Drams taste more authentic at this slice of Ireland inside the Orleans Hotel. The pub imports bottled and draught beers, including Guinness...

Bunkhouse Saloon

  • Music Clubs

Offering raucous rock in a raucous Downtown saloon, this is where the most clued-in locals go to shake, rattle, headbang, and roll. Brandon...

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