The bright lights beckon, and the music starts thumping as the desert gives way to the paradise of Las Vegas. You can't help but feel a growing twinge of excitement as you pull onto the famed Las Vegas Strip.
After checking into your fancy hotel, playing a hand or two in the casino, and getting a bite to eat, it's finally time to look at what kind of shenanigans you can get into – and as you will see, there are a lot of choices.
Below are our nightlife options, both on and adjacent to the Strip, to make your party's decisions easier. You can also reach out to us on the form below for recommendations if you feel overwhelmed!
NIGHTCLUBS ON THE STRIP
The brightest lights. The biggest artists. Nothing is too extravagant for life in the fast lane in infamous Sin City.
Experience the hottest collection of nightclubs on the planet located on the Las Vegas Strip.
BEST VALUE: CHATEAU NIGHTCLUB | TAO NIGHTCLUB (TIE)
XS Nightclub continues over a decade of dominance in Las Vegas, a perennial powerhouse even among some of the best nightclubs in the world. Featuring artists like The Chainsmokers and David Guetta, among many other electronic dance music DJ standouts, and recently even Hip Hop mogul Drake. XS Nightclub is sure to make it on your list of nightlife venues to visit in Vegas.
The largest nightclub in Las Vegas – a whopping 75,000 square feet! – OMNIA Las Vegas has been a mecca for dance club-goers since its opening back in 2015. Powered by regular performances from international DJ superstar residents Calvin Harris, Zedd, and Martin Garrix, among many others, OMNIA ranks among one of the very best that Las Vegas has to offer.
The crown jewel of the brand new Resorts World is ZOUK Nightclub boasting itself as "The most technologically advanced nightclub in Las Vegas.” It will will include four concepts spread across 100,000 square feet of entertainment space and showcase world-famous DJs. Its flexible seating arrangements will allow the club to change the layout, size, and dimensions for distinct experiences throughout the week based on the different events that are booked.
The critically-acclaimed Drai's Nightclub is home to some of the wildest parties in Sin City. Featuring some of the biggest performing Hip Hop talent in the business, Drai's has featured some of the most iconic artists on their stage, including artists like Migos, Future, Chris Brown, and even comedy superstar Kevin Hart.
Hakkasan Nightclub is one of the household names of the Las Vegas nightlife industry. The venue that kickstarted the Las Vegas nightlife arms race, Hakkasan, features a multi-level venue with different experiences in each room, headlined by huge DJs in its vaunted Main Room like Tiëstö and Steve Aoki. Boasting its newly-installed kinetic light fixture (what they like to call ""The Grid""), Hakkasan is one Vegas venue you will want to keep coming back to again and again and again.
JEWEL Nightclub, formerly the popular HAZE Nightclub from Vegasnightlife's early days, initially struggled to find its niche in the Las Vegas market, toggling between EDM and Hip Hop as its main music programming. They've seemed to settle on bringing Hip Hop back, though, and Vegas is better for it.
Though Marquee Nightclub is one of the older venues of the ""modern"" wave of nightclubs, it continues to be a consistent force in the Las Vegas market. Fueled by unique themes, innovative marketing, and an eclectic group of headlining talent that you won't be able to find anywhere else in Vegas – all in the trendiest hotel on the Strip, Marquee promises to be an excellent time any time you decide to go.
For more than a decade, TAO Nightclub Las Vegas has been a beacon of innovation and entertainment. Since its opening in September 2005, the 60,000-square-foot, multi-level Asian-inspired palace has been a draw to celebrities from the outset, from Kim Kardashian and LeBron James to Diddy; you never know who you're bound to spot at TAO.
Las Vegas'' only venue dedicated to being a nightly pool party (XS Nightswim only occurs on Sunday nights in the summer), Encore Beach at Night (formerly the ultra-popular Surrender Nightclub offers Vegas visitors a unique nightly experience, opening up the pool area and allowing guests to take a dip at night, all while blasting beats from notable DJ headliners like RL Grime and Diplo.
Fantastic rooftop views of the Las Vegas Strip set against the backdrop of the Eiffel Tower; pricing is awesome for guests looking for bottle service deals.
Chateau is one of the older nightclubs in Vegas, but that doesn't stop guests from wanting to check out the only nightclub at the Paris Hotel & Casino. Located conveniently at the center of the Strip, Chateau Nightclub is perfect for guests wanting to take in awesome views of the Strip and looking to get the most bang for their buck with regard to bottle service pricing. One downside: it's all outdoors, which may deter guests on extremely hot or cold nights.
The newest nightlife concept on the Las Vegas Strip inside the newly-rebranded and newly-renovated Park MGM, On The Record offers an intimate setting for partygoers. Split into different areas, each with its own unique offering – a patio that features a Hip Hop DJ with the bar being the side of an old bus, the main room seems like a traditional nightclub setting aside from the fire pit located in its biggest table area, a set of private karaoke rooms, and a retro game arcade – this venue is a unique alternative to the traditional Vegas nightlife experience.
Dinner and a show; Mayfair After Dark turns an already elegant restaurant establishment into a sexy, scintillating nightlife experience replete with live musical acts and dancers.
Mayfair Supper Club takes over former Hyde Nightclub's space in the regal halls of the Bellagio Hotel & Casino. It features fantastic views from its balcony of the one-of-a-kind Bellagio Fountains. As restaurant operations wind down, it transforms into Mayfair After Dark, a supper club experience that brings nightlife to its guests, sans the velvet rope. Performers descend from the ceiling, and sexy routines abound as drink and dining intertwine with live music and DJ sets for a truly exceptional experience.
Las Vegas'' premier after-hours club sets the gold standard for late-night shenanigans.
In the recesses of The Cromwell nests, the most popular late-night haunt on the Las Vegas Strip. Not to be confused with its larger regular-hours venue located on the roof of the hotel, Drai's Afterhours is a popular hub for a lot of Vegas partygoers looking to continue the party into the wee hours of the morning, making it an extremely busy venue to get into – reservations are recommended.
Private, spacious karaoke rooms meet modern nightclub vibes.
While karaoke bars are no new concept to Las Vegas (as evidenced by the numerous karaoke spots on Spring Mountain Road), KAMU is the first to ever do it like this: flashing LED lights all around the venue greet guests entering, and each private karaoke suite is decorated with its own unique theme, ensuring a different experience each time out. Open early evening to early morning, KAMU Ultra Karaoke Lounge is a solid choice to either start or end your night.
NOTE: KAMU, like all karaoke bars, charges a room rental fee on top of a food/beverage minimum spend requirement. Please submit a request if you are interested in booking.
Late-night deep house sets on top of a strip club is an awesome way to stay awake. Only in Vegas.
Las Vegas'' top deep-house late-night party spot surprisingly takes place on the rooftop of the Hustler Club, a low bass of techno and underground house humming guests into the sunrise. With the backdrop of the Las Vegas Strip, you can literally party as the sun comes up; a rarity even in Vegas'' standards.
And best of all, Terrace Afterhours happens at the rooftop of a strip club, so whenever you get tired upstairs, have a seat, and the lovely Hustler Honeys will be happy to take care of you in the club below.
Looking for alternative ways to party after hours? Sin City truly earns its name with our selection of world-class gentlemen's clubs, like Crazy Horse III and SapphireGentlemen's Club. View our full selection below:
Classy ultra-lounge sitting on top of the legendary Palms hotel makes for a great laid-back setting.
Apex Social Club, formerly the legendary Ghost Bar at the Palms, is an upscale lounge with fantastic views of the Strip. Located on the 55th floor of the Palms, Apex offers guests a fun, classy ambiance in one of the nicer ultra-lounges in Las Vegas.
New, Fresh, and Social with an amazing “old Vegas” view
Legacy Club is the perfect addition to Sin City's legendary nightlife scene. Located on the 60th floor of the Circa Resort & Casino, guests are treated to a luxurious rooftop lounge with photo-worthy views, fire pits, lush plush seating, exotic handrafted cocktails, and eleven metal busts of Las Vegas’ “Founding Fathers” – the visionaries who helped build the city and turn it into the “Entertainment Capital of the World.”
Elegant lounge known for its fantastic views of the Strip; a trip to Foundation Room is a great way to kick off any Vegas night out.
Located at the south end of Las Vegas Boulevard, on the 63rd floor of Mandalay Bay, Foundation Room is a beautiful rooftop restaurant and lounge that offers membership options and fine dining. Featuring gorgeous sweeping views of the Strip perfect for photo ops, this experience is ideal for guests looking for a night out in a slightly muted setting.
Gives a truly spectacular and unparalleled view of the Vegas Strip from its patio and offers some of the best pricing for a nightclub of its size.
Voodoo Rooftop Nightclub & Lounge, on top of the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, offers one of the most breathtaking views of the Las Vegas Strip. Although it is one of the city's older nightlife venues, it still draws a decent crowd to its doors. Ladies get in for free, making it a natural landing spot when Chippendales, located right next door, let's out. Pair that with extremely reasonable bottle service pricing, and it's no wonder that Voodoo still pumps out good vibes after all this time.
Fremont Street's only nightclub experience, this venue features a view of the eclectic and eccentric Fremont Street from its second-level balcony.
An offshoot of its trendy Manhattan location, Troy Liquor Bar boasts being the only nightclub on the Fremont Street Experience in Downtown Las Vegas. Featuring live DJs, blackjack tables, and VIP bottle service specials, this venue is a great hang out for guests who want to get away from the Strip and want a more grounded, local-based experience.
So you're planning your Vegas trip and looking to study up as much as you can before your trip: smart move! In addition to the blurbs above, feel free to check out our collection of Vegas Nightlife Guides, where we answer everything from booking limo transportation to IV hangover recovery, answering basic club questions like dress code and explaining the finer points of bottle service and guest list reservations – we cover every aspect of educating you about Las Vegas nightlife.
All Vegas nightclubs on the Strip operate with the same general dress code for males: no shorts, preferably a collared shirt, no athletic wear (including shoes). Ladies pretty much have a lax dress code, with the only guidelines against athletic wear and see-through clothing without undergarments.
I was denied by nightclub Security, and it wasn't because of the dress code. Did I do something wrong?
The biggest reason a club's door security staff will deny a guest entry (if it isn't a dress code violation) is either an issue with the guest's ID (fake IDs, expired licenses, etc.) or an issue with the guest being too intoxicated to come into the venue without being a danger to him/herself or others.
For more info about nightclub security guidelines, visit our guide here.
What's a Vegas Club Crawl?
A club crawl is a "tour" of multiple venues offered at one flat rate. You go on the tour to the first stop, then after an allotment of time, the tour guide takes you and the rest of the group to the next stop, and so on until you reach the final destination. It's a good deal for people looking to see the most amount of venues in one night at a discounted rate.
Buying drinks inside the Vegas clubs can be pricey . However, for ladies, you may be in luck as some Vegas clubs offer free drinks as an added incentive with free guestlist entry. Additionally, you might be eligible for a girl comp table.
Is it better to buy tickets or get on the guestlist for Vegas clubs?
While getting on the guest list is the vastly more popular method (since it's free) for guests to use as their method of entry, sometimes it's better for your group to purchase tickets to the event that you want to attend in order to lock down your entry.
It depends on the event and the venue. Also, for groups of 6 or more, you may find that buying bottle service is the better, more cost-effective option than spending money on general admission tickets.
Contact us if you're unsure or need recommendations on what to do!
How do I get VIP Entry?
One of the services we offer to select groups is hosted VIP entry. Typically, only guests who buy bottle service get the privilege of getting expedited through the VIP Table entryway, but we can offer that service to non-table clients for a fee.
What are the best days of the week for Nightclubs?
Nightclubs are easily on their "A" game on peak nights, which is to say, Friday and Saturday nights. During the week, Club nights are considered industry nights, and while typically slower than a Saturday night, offer its own variety of awesome events.
Each club only has a select day or two during the week that it is open, so if you're planning a mid-week Vegas trip, make sure to check our guide to see what's open!
What are the typical hours of operation for a Nightclub in Vegas? What time does the headliner come on?
Vegas clubs typically open at around 10 pm and close at about 3:30 am - 4 am. If the event you're attending has a headlining DJ, expect the artist to come on at about 1:00 am - 3:00 am. Live performers (like Hip Hop artists) typically don't come on until about 2-2:30 am, so be prepared to wait if you want to see the artist perform.
Thinking of keeping the party going? After-hours clubs, like the ones detailed above, typically start their nights around 1:30 am and go on until sunrise.
Strip clubs are a popular after-party spot as well as they are open 24/7. We offer VIP Entry and free limo pickup (among other perks) to strip clubs for those interested.
I'm in Vegas with a group of guys. Any advice on how we can round up girls for our table?
Girls are everywhere in Las Vegas – literally everywhere. We encourage guests to build their own organic relationships with other Vegas visitors, but if you want, we can help connect you to ladies that hit us up who want to hang out at a table.
If you want a guaranteed group of ladies partying at your table, you can also hire a couple of our atmosphere models to hang out with your group at your table!
Is limo transportation included with nightclub reservations?
Transportation isn't built into the reservation price for nightclub inquiries, but if you and your group are looking to charter a limo or party bus to take you to your next destination, we can definitely arrange that for you.
Complimentary limo/party bus transport, however, is included with all strip club reservations.
I'm planning a bachelor/bachelorette party. What are the best things to do?
Planning a bachelor or bachelorette party can be a daunting undertaking. Fortunately, we're here to help! Visit our guides above to see what events we recommend for your guy or gal's last fling before the ring.
Navigating Vegas nightlife is often very confusing, whether you are an experienced partygoer or coming to Vegas for the first time. That's what we're here for – to help guide you through what should be some of the most memorable days and nights of your life.
Brian Surreal Pfeiffer has over 20 years of club ownership, event production, and VIP hosting experience in Las Vegas, Miami, and Chicago. He was the former promotions manager of Wet Republic Pool Party and Hakkasan nightclub. With 1000's of parties and adventures, you can count on him and Exploring Las Vegas to make your sin city vacation amazing and memorable.