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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 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. 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

  • 2. Badlands Saloon

    East Side | 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 which regulars...Read More

  • 3. Club Paradise

    Paradise Road | Themed Entertainment

    This club was one of the first in town to embrace the "gentlemen's club" boom of the 1990s. Be sure to ask about the facility's cigar menu....Read More

  • 4. Double Down Saloon

    Paradise Road | Bars/Pubs

    The grand poobah of Vegas dive bars, the Double D is a short walk from the Hard Rock Hotel and a long, long way from Paradise—although a sign...Read More

  • 5. Paymon's Mediterranean Cafe and Hookah Lounge

    University District | Piano Bars/Lounges

    The hookah is an elaborate Middle Eastern water pipe that is used to smoke exotic tobaccos (and yes, we just mean tobacco ). It also happens...Read More

  • 6. Piranha Nightclub

    Paradise Road | Dance Clubs

    Revelers pack this gorgeous spot every night of the week. Although the dance floor at Piranha is legendary, the best spot in the house is the...Read More

  • 7. The Joint

    Paradise Road | Music Clubs

    From Tim McGraw to Bon Iver to Prince, this music venue inside the Hard Rock Hotel hosts some of the best touring acts in the nation. Not only...Read More

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