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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. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. Cheetah's

    West Side | Themed Entertainment

    This gentleman's club is no stranger to headlines. It has been featured in that pinnacle of late-20th-century cinematic excellence Showgirls...Read More

  • 7. Crazy Horse III

    West Side | Themed Entertainment

    Rising from the ashes of two previous strip clubs (Sin and the Penthouse Club) on the same site is this mammoth tribute to flesh and hedonism...Read More

  • 8. Déjà Vu Showgirls

    West Side | Themed Entertainment

    No city in the free world can boast of more breast implants per capita than Las Vegas, and few all-nude clubs in Vegas can boast of less artificial...Read More

  • 9. Flex

    West Side | Bars/Pubs

    A small, neighborhood-oriented club for men, this 24-hour dive bar sometimes has floor shows, banana-eating contests, and entertainment (think...Read More

  • 10. Frankie's Tiki Room

    West Side | Bars/Pubs

    You want Polynesian tiki-bar culture, Vegas-style? You want grass huts, carved wooden furniture, and cocktails such as the Green Gasser, the...Read More

  • 11. Ghostbar

    West Side | Piano Bars/Lounges

    Perched atop The Palms, this apex of ultralounges has rock music, glamorous patrons, glowing lights, and a glassed-in view of the city. Step...Read More

  • 12. Sapphire

    West Side | Themed Entertainment

    The owners claim to have spent $26 million for the bragging rights of proclaiming their club the "largest adult entertainment complex in the...Read More

  • 13. Share

    West Side | Dance Clubs

    A two-story lounge and nightclub with sofas surrounding the dance floor lets you share the night with your friends. Shot boys can take you to...Read More

  • 14. VooDoo Rooftop Nightclub

    West Side | 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...Read More

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