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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. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. XS

    North Strip | 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 to detail...Read More

  • 5. 1 OAK

    Center Strip | 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 club in...Read More

  • 6. Chateau Nightclub and Gardens

    South Strip | Dance Clubs

    A staircase leads revelers straight from the Paris casino floor up to this French-inspired nightclub. The space itself offers three distinct...Read More

  • 7. Drai's

    Center Strip | Dance Clubs

    Victor Drai wants your business day and night, and he nabs it with his multiuse space 11 stories up at The Cromwell. Drai's boasts the only...Read More

  • 8. LAX

    South Strip | Dance Clubs

    At one point in recent Vegas history (circa 2007/08), this tremendous club was the hottest ticket in town. And although no single club in Vegas...Read More

  • 9. Life Nightclub

    North Strip | Dance Clubs

    Get intimate at this 20,000-square-foot club with tiered levels. Head to one of the 70 VIP booths for great views of giant LED screens or for...Read More

  • 10. Light Nightclub

    South Strip | Dance Clubs

    Combining the acrobatics of co-creators Cirque du Soleil with a nightclub environment gives this hot spot an element of theatrics. State-of...Read More

  • 11. Marquee

    South Strip | Dance Clubs

    This cavernous joint boasts three different rooms spread across two levels, as well as 50-foot ceilings. In the main area, stadium-style seating...Read More

  • 12. Omnia

    Center Strip | Dance Clubs

    Las Vegas nightlife is always looking for the next big thing, and in the case of Omnia, that means a 75,000-square-foot behemoth of a club with...Read More

  • 13. 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

  • 14. 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

  • 15. The Bank

    Center Strip | Dance Clubs

    Status is everything!" goes the motto at this white-hot, megadance club. The Bank sets itself apart with etched-glass walls, avant-garde chandeliers...Read More

  • 16. Vegas Bull

    South Las Vegas | 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. Behind...Read More

  • 17. 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

  • 18. Moon

    West Side | Dance Clubs

    Packing in more futuristic technology than a space station, this vast megalopolis of cool occupies the top floor of the Palms' Fantasy Tower...Read More

  • 19. Pure

    Center Strip | Dance Clubs

    Although a few Vegas dance clubs are more provocative—and thereby more tabloid-friendly— Pure still takes the cake for best all-around shake...Read More

  • 20. Bagatelle

    South Strip | Dance Clubs

    It took months (actually, more like a year) for this dayclub/nightclub/supper club to open at Tropicana and it was well worth the wait. Outside...Read More

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