In 1930, Frank Detra took a chance and opened Pair O' Dice, Las Vegas' first nightclub. Located on what was then known as the new highway to Los Angeles (today, we call it the Las Vegas Strip), the club was open only at night. In addition to bands and jazz performers, the Pair O' Dice served Italian food. Most notably, the establishment had a history of closing and re-opening because it sported gaming tables before the city had legalized gaming and served alcohol during Prohibition. Nine years later, the Pair O' Dice was sold to police captain and commander of the vice squad Guy McAfee who renamed it the 91 Club.
Since then, much has changed. From elaborately themed nightclubs that stay open until dawn to the new wave of trendy, ultra-chic lounges sweeping the Strip - visitors know when they step out in Las Vegas for the night, it will be an experience they won't forget. Here are some of the hottest places to be for extraordinary nightlife:
The ACT Las Vegas, the newest concept by New York City theater and nightlife impresario Simon Hammerstein, is now open inside The Shoppes at The Palazzo, ushering in a dramatic new era of Las Vegas nightlife. The performance-based nightclub can entertain up to 1,000 revelers with nightly acts, including boundary-pushing audience participation, in a 9,600-square-foot, multilevel space inspired by the dark romance of bygone eras.
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas has announced the grand re-opening of the infamous Body English nightclub. Hard Rock Hotel will continue its history of introducing underground artists and trendsetting genres to the scene and will showcase indie, electronic, rock and pop music.
Las Vegas nightclub Krave is moving downtown, where it has been renamed Krave Massive, the world's largest gay club. Krave has moved into the third floor of the Neonopolis complex on Fremont Street, in a space formerly occupied by the 14-screen Galaxy Theatres. In addition to its five dance rooms, Krave Massive will expand beyond the nightclub theme to include a comedy club, movie theater and outdoor pool.
The Light Group returns to its revolutionary nightlife roots through a new collaboration with Cirque du Soleil and MGM Resorts International. Light at Mandalay Bay will be the first-ever nightclub turned on by Cirque du Soleil, merging cutting-edge creativity with incredible music to produce a new kind of nightlife experience. This chic, fashion-forward 38,000-square-foot venue features state-of-the-art production, theatrics and hosts world-renowned DJs and performers.
Most recently Hakkasan Ltd. with associate Angel Management Group (AMG) has brought in Hakkasan Las Vegas Restaurant and Nightclub to the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino. This modern Chinese-esque venue brings with it all the essentials necessary for the perfect nightclub atmosphere, along with exquisite cuisine.
Surrender Nightclub, located at Encore, is a 5,000-square-foot nightclub, which opens to the outdoors. The 60,000-square-foot Encore Beach Club is connected and features 26 cabanas, eight, two-story bungalows, a restaurant and poolside blackjack and craps.
The Las Vegas outpost of the unique Manhattan hot spot, 1 OAK, has opened its 16,000 square-foot venue at The Mirage Hotel & Casino. Sharing more than just similarities in design with its New York counterpart, 1 OAK Las Vegas hosts the hottest stars, DJ's, athletes and musicians, including Katy Perry, Fergie and husband Josh Duhamel, Kanye West, Jessica Alba, Ashton Kutcher, Rachel Zoe, Laidback Luke, Dr. Dre, Pitbull, Adam Levine, David Arquette, Paris and Nicky Hilton, Lenny Kravitz, Diddy and John Legend. 1 OAK Nightclub at The Mirage presents weekly events in Sin City, including its Saturday night "I Love New York" party and its Industry Party "One Of A Kind Tuesdays," attracting a mix of locals and world class travelers alike.
The intimate getaway known as Hyde Bellagio is located lake front by the Fountains of Bellagio, Hyde provides sophistication and an inviting ambiance seen nowhere else in the destination. Hyde is home to an elite community of the highest profile personalities, athletes and artists looking for the latest music and a night that fulfills their every need.
Planet Hollywood's newest nightlife venue, Gallery Nightclub, is filled with oversized frames that adorn the walls, showcasing original photography depicting voyeuristic imagery. Gallery creates a playfully sexy backdrop for guests. Designed by burgeoning talent Amy Kim of AK DesignNETWORK, the 20,000-square-foot space fuses vintage gothic design with contemporary touches. The Main Room is the center of attention with a sprawling dance floor, two bars and an elevated DJ booth. State-of-the-art sound and lighting blanket every room of Gallery, where renowned DJs spin a mix of house, mash-ups, hip-hop and top 40.
Marquee Nightclub at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is one of the world's premier locations for music acts and top name DJs. This monumental 60,000 square-foot, David Rockwell-designed venue encompasses seven bars that transition patrons between three lavish rooms and variant musical experiences. Beyond the main nightclub space, Marquee Dayclub showcases eight cabanas with individual infinity pools and 10 three-story bungalow lofts complete with living quarters and an open air party-deck.
Chateau Nightclub & Gardens, at Paris Las Vegas, spans more than 45,000 square feet and two-stories. The high-energy nightclub and Parisian gardens has a premium center-Strip location, breathtaking terraces and lavish decor. Chateau offers three separate experiences including a lively nightclub; Strip-side Chateau Terrace, a 10,000-square-foot balcony; and Chateau Gardens. The gardens offer a full nightclub experience under the stars with a rooftop dance floor, four bars, vivid lighting, a DJ booth, VIP seating and an eight-foot-tall glass wall encircling the rooftop, displaying panoramic views from high above the Vegas skyline.
HAZE at ARIA Resort & Casino is a colossal, cutting-edge space in which guests are challenged to question their sense of perception and reality. The nightclub features large hanging props over the entryway that draws guests to a grand staircase transporting them to the mezzanine level. The main dance floor peers up at a wall of interactive projection screens stretching 100 feet across on a performance structure where impromptu acts by world-renowned artists regularly take place. HAZE also includes a unique two-story wall of lights incorporating the latest in technology coupled with a one-of-a-kind sound system.
At XS, the nightclub at Encore, after-dark impresario Victor Drai combines an outdoor pool environment with the sizzling club atmosphere. Destined to be the gold standard in Vegas nightlife, the club's design is inspired by the sexy curves of the human body and embraces the European pool and island bar it envelopes. The dance floor at XS is highlighted by a ten-foot rotating chandelier.
Gold Diggers, at The Golden Nugget, is a state-of-the-art entertainment venue boasting a large dance floor bordered by bartenders serving up enticing libations in a fun-filled atmosphere. Just steps away from the party, the nightspot opens to a 180-degree, oversized balcony providing stunning views of Fremont Street Experience.
One of L.A.'s hottest nightclubs lights up Luxor with star power courtesy of celebrity investors DJ AM and Christina Aguilera. From the creators of PURE Nightclub, LAX Las Vegas at Luxor combines the best of its Los Angeles namesake with the energy and excitement that only Pure Management Group can create. Catering to a sophisticated Hollywood crowd, LAX is a "see and be seen" place for club-goers, A-list celebrities and the social jet set.
The Bank, at Bellagio, transforms the Las Vegas nightclub experience by offering a one-of-a-kind atmosphere and catering to a discerning audience with highly refined sensibilities. The 6,600-square-foot space is managed by New York club owner and international promoter Danny A and The Light Group's Jodi Myers.
From Mariah Carey to Dennis Rodman to Janet Jackson, A-list celebrities have found their new nighttime paradise at Tao Nightclub at The Venetian. This 40,000-square foot "Asian City" is the venue for experiencing a memorable night in Las Vegas, all under the watchful eye of Tao's signature 20-foot Buddha. Nightlife impresarios Noah Tepperberg and Jason Strauss of New York's Marquee nightclub fame have brought their vast experience to the creation of Tao by designing a high-energy space where VIP skyboxes with espresso machines and European bottle service satisfy the celebrity crowd, but where a private table isn't required to have a great time.
Tryst at Wynn Las Vegas comprises 12,000 square feet with décor that consists of deep reds and browns and black. Immediately upon entry, guests take in the breathtaking view of the 90-foot waterfall and secluded lagoon. A separate ultra lounge primarily plays house music.
Owned in part by Celine Dion, Shaquille O'Neal, Andre Agassi, Steffi Graf and Pure Management Group, PURE Nightclub is the premier night life venue located inside Caesars Palace. The 2-story nightclub is 36,000 square feet, boasting three separate experiences. The main room features oversized beds, three bars and a VIP area that overlooks the dance floor, not to mention a fantastic balcony with an incredible view of the Las Vegas Strip.
Another legendary New York bar that is now in Las Vegas is Coyote Ugly at New York-New York. Its now world-famous bartenders dance atop the bar and sass customers.
Venture upstairs to the 55th floor of the Palms where guests will find Ghostbar, the popular hotspot that has been featured in numerous reality shows including E! Entertainment's "Party at the Palms" and MTV's "Real World: Las Vegas." Guests at Ghostbar enjoy its cozy atmosphere, which is complemented by a spacious balcony with a panoramic view of Las Vegas. With the opening of the Palms' Fantasy Tower, the hotel added yet another nightclub, Moon. Located at the top of the tower and featuring a retractable roof, the nightclub boasts panoramic views of the city below as well as an outdoor patio, private VIP room and exclusive table service.
Angel Management Group (AMG) created Savile Row, an intimate 2,000-square-foot haven at Luxor Hotel and Casino for members and invited guests only. Reminiscent of the infamous street in London, Savile Row caters to an eclectic group with a "made-to-measure" experience. Specialized VIP services, a creative mixology program, reliable discretion and a seductive atmosphere are the standard.
INSERT COIN(S) is in the Fremont East Entertainment District in Downtown Las Vegas. The 7,000 square foot venue includes Beta Bar, a fully loaded bar with domestic and imported beer, top-shelf liquors and energy drinks with seating available for 50. The venue also includes 45 arcade cabinets with more than 60 televisions and video game consoles including fully restored classics such as Tron, Frogger, Donkey Kong and more. Video DJs create a nightclub atmosphere on the dance floor surrounded by plasma screens and neon. Private booths and table service are available.
eyecandy sound lounge & barTM is located at the center of Mandalay Bay's casino floor, and features interactive touch tables, revolutionary iPod® sound stations which, on promotional nights, allow guests the chance to hear their personal music mixes integrated into the lounge's repertoire. Instead of traditional bottle service, eyecandy features tables that can be purchased by the hour, where guests can drink their choice of libations throughout the evening.
Designed to offer an extended experience before and after The BeatlesTM LOVE by Cirque du Soleil, The Beatles Revolution Lounge at The Mirage features music by the legendary group as well as a psychedelic sensory environment. The ultra lounge has been designed as a contemporary interpretation of The Beatles' era, combining modern technology with pop culture symbolism.
Rouge is the upscale lounge at MGM Grand. The lounge showcases deep reds and black contemporary design. The bar's centerpiece is the Adam Tihany-designed backlit projection wall of glass bottles that flicker throughout the night. Rouge is in the space formerly occupied by Teatro.
Downtown Las Vegas' 3rd Street is quickly gaining popularity as one of the newest hotspots in Las Vegas. Located in the heart of downtown, 3rd Street is a dining and entertainment district, featuring some of the most well known hotspots in nightlife. New York's famous Hogs & Heifers opened with its unique brand of entertainment where bartenders wear halter tops and leather pants and are armed with megaphones to keep the mood as raucous as possible. Next door, Triple George Grill features not only great food, but also a classic lounge where patrons can relax in oversized leather armchairs, smoke cigars and banter with the pianist. Next to Triple George is Sidebar, an intimate bar specializing in classic cocktails. Nearby, on Fremont Street East, Beauty Bar offers patrons a nail polish with their cocktail amidst décor taken straight out of an old New Jersey beauty parlor. Next door is The Griffin, a tavern with a movie-set feel, vaulted ceilings and two fire pits. Just around the corner, locals discover a cozy, sophisticated lounge called the Downtown Cocktail Room, serving signature martinis in a classy atmosphere.
At Mandalay Bay is MIX atop THEhotel on the 64th floor. The 300-capacity lounge features wall-to-wall black leather décor with red accents. The lounge is located adjacent to Alain Ducasse's restaurant of the same name that features one of the largest chandeliers in Las Vegas.
Red Square at Mandalay Bay not only offers more than 100 types of Vodka but also keeps drinks cold on their bar made out of ice.
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