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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 l
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 wil
Inspired by the "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas" attitude, and that it usually happens after dark, nightlife impr

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. Drai's After Hours

    Center Strip | Piano Bars/Lounges

    All hail Victor Drai, classiest of Vegas nightlife sultans. The wild scene inside this after-hours titan is closer to a dance club or a rave...Read More

  • 2. Foundation Room

    South Strip | Piano Bars/Lounges

    Ancient statues, tapestry-covered walls, pirated Mississippi road signs—the Foundation Room gets high marks for aesthetic appeal. Though it...Read More

  • 3. Freezone

    University District | Bars/Pubs

    An egalitarian mix of (straight and gay) men and women congregates at this 24-hour bar with a dance floor, pool tables, karaoke, and video-poker...Read More

  • 4. Hakkasan

    South Strip | Dance Clubs

    The 80,000-square-foot Vegas haunt is one of the latest iterations of the nightclub brand that started in London. The space is one part nightclub...Read More

  • 5. Herbs & Rye

    West Side | Bars/Pubs

    Classic cocktails are the name of the game at this bar off the Strip and worth the cab ride. Each cocktail comes with a story and quite a show...Read More

  • 6. Hostile Grape

    Wine Bars–Nightlife

    Despite what the name implies, there's nothing hostile about this upscale wine bar in The M Resort downstairs, away from the casino floor. Instead...Read More

  • 7. Hyde Bellagio

    Center Strip | Piano Bars/Lounges

    SBE founder and CEO Sam Nazarian made a splash in the local nightlife scene with this posh ultralounge, famous for its front-and-center view...Read More

  • 8. Mandarin Bar

    Center Strip | Piano Bars/Lounges

    Few views of the Strip are as breathtaking as the one you'll get from this über-chic lounge on the 23rd floor of the Mandarin Oriental at CityCenter...Read More

  • 9. Parasol Up

    North Strip | Piano Bars/Lounges

    Not to be confused with sister lounge "Parasol Down," this exquisite-looking—and exquisitely tranquil—setting near the entrance of Wynn Las...Read More

  • 10. Penn & Teller

    West Side | Comedy Clubs

    Eccentric comic magicians Penn & Teller once seemed an unlikely fit for Las Vegas, but they're more popular now than when they came to town...Read More

  • 11. Peppermill's Fireside Lounge

    North Strip | Piano Bars/Lounges

    Pining for a genuine taste of retro Las Vegas? This kitschy and shagadelic lounge remains one of the town's truly essential nightspots. Just...Read More

  • 12. Petrossian Bar

    Center Strip | Piano Bars/Lounges

    Leave your designer handbags on the bar; this is a place to see and be seen. Sophisticated clientele frequent this piano lounge with experts...Read More

  • 13. Spearmint Rhino

    West Side | Themed Entertainment

    At the Rhino, as everyone calls it, you can expect a veritable onslaught of gorgeous half-clad women: possibly the best-looking dancers west...Read More

  • 14. Surrender

    North Strip | Dance Clubs

    Steve Wynn and nightclub impresario Sean Cristie came together in 2010 to create an indoor/outdoor lounge unlike anything else on the Strip...Read More

  • 15. Tao

    North Strip | Dance Clubs

    Nowhere else in Vegas furnishes you with the four Ds—dining, drinking, dancing, and drooling—in quite as alluring a mix as this multilevel ...Read More

  • 16. The Artisan Lounge

    West Side | Piano Bars/Lounges

    This not-yet-well-known favorite of ours is in the slightly out-of-the-way Artisan Hotel and is sort of an upscale version of the Peppermill...Read More

  • 17. The Chandelier

    South Strip | Bars/Pubs

    True to its name, this swanky lounge sits in a chandelier with 2 million crystal beads, making it the largest chandelier in town (and, perhaps...Read More

  • 18. The Pearl

    West Side | Music Clubs

    Not only does The Palms have its own studio where the likes of Lady Gaga, Mary J. Blige, and The Killers recorded, but it's got this gorgeous...Read More

  • 19. The Smith Center for the Performing Arts

    Downtown | 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 (complete...Read More

  • 20. Velveteen Rabbit

    Downtown | 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...Read More

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