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The best Las Vegas clubs and music venues

See a live show, revel in exciting music or dance the night away when visiting the best Las Vegas clubs

Photograph: Seva Kalashnikov

When the sun sets over the desert, Sin City comes to life. Whether it’s a meeting with luck at the best Las Vegas casinos or a night of culture at the best Las Vegas shows, there is something about nightlife in Vegas that tingles all of the senses. These Las Vegas clubs—from music venues to dance-the-night-away nightclubs—call for a night unmitigated by the usual, suggesting that just about anything might happen if you only want it. From amazing Las Vegas bachelor party ideas to renowned DJs, from servers who look like models to champagne showers, turn up the level of excitement when visiting these exciting only-in-Vegas destinations.

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Omnia

Omnia is a four-story, 75,000-square-foot nightlife behemoth with a footprint that includes a luxe ultra lounge and patio overlooking the Strip. The real party, however, is inside under the domed ceiling of the main room, where an animated chandelier creates a live light show and fists pump the air to the beat of celebrity spinners like Calvin Harris and Nervo. If there’s a place to see and be seen right now on the Strip, it is certainly Omnia.

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Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas

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Since this New York import set up shop at the Linq in 2014, it has become a go-to venue for its stellar sound and wide-ranging bookings, from Chance the Rapper to Old Crow Medicine Show. Want to make a night of it? Grab a few friends and reserve a bowling lane for the next concert. You’ll get unobstructed views, a place to take a load off and waiter service throughout the show. You know what goes well with live music? Fried chicken.

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The Strip
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Hakkasan

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With multiple levels and space for about 7,000 revelers over its 80,000 square feet, Hakkasan puts the “mega” in megaclub. The main room is arranged in a crescent facing a wall of LED screens behind a raised DJ booth often manned by the likes of Calvin Harris, DJ Tiesto and Lil Jon. With their acolytes packing the place every night and a hail of confetti falling over the crowd, this dance-music temple can be a positively religious experience.

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The Joint

With multiple levels and space for about 7,000 revelers over its 80,000 square feet, Hakkasan puts the “mega” in megaclub. The main room is arranged in a crescent facing a wall of LED screens behind a raised DJ booth often manned by the likes of Calvin Harris, DJ Tiesto and Lil Jon. With their acolytes packing the place every night and a hail of confetti falling over the crowd, this dance-music temple can be a positively religious experience.

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East of the strip
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Boulevard Pool

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You always know the Boulevard Pool is hosting a concert because the bands are broadcast on the resort’s four-story marquee—acts like Nas, New Order and Ellie Goulding towering over the Strip. It’s an impressive view, but the one from inside the open-air venue, just above the casino corridor’s flashing lightscape, is far better. Book a VIP cabana if you’re not much for crowds, or wade into the energetic masses paying homage to their favorite musicians smack in the heart of the Strip.

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Marquee

You can tell the hottest clubs in Vegas by their lines—how many eager young visitors decked out in their weekend best are willing to wait to get inside. Well, Marquee has had a solid line since opening night and, once you make it past the velvet rope, it’s easy to understand why. With multiple rooms dedicated to different soundtracks and production values so high you’ll feel like you’re at a concert, this Tao Group club puts on a spectacular show.

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Surrender

At Wynn/Encore’s prime dancing destination, the party can’t be contained within four walls. Instead, it spills outside, spreading around Encore Beach Club’s lavish poolscape with bottle-poppin’ twentysomethings who even take to the water on warm summer nights. If the Wynn was once the stuffy luxury brand on the Strip, among the bouncing crowd at Surrender it’s clear the resort fully shed that persona—along with a few layers of clothing.

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The Foundry

Swapping beats for bass lines, SLS Las Vegas transformed its anchor nightclub into a live-entertainment venue in 2016, launching the 2,000-person capacity Foundry with a performance by electronic rockers Awolnation. With some clubby visual elements left over and a stage that stretches nearly the full width of the space, the Foundry stands out among its Strip brethren as something slightly different. And so far, the bookings are also worth keeping an eye on with classic acts like Bad Religion and up-and-comers like Alessia Cara both on the calendar.

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Light

Come for the soundtrack, stay for the show at this Mandalay Bay party palace. Tiered balconies surround an intimate dancefloor, while artists like Morgan Page and Stafford Brothers spin from a small, elevated stage smack in the middle. For added effect, performers wow the crowd, crawling across sprawling walls of responsive LED screens and swinging from the ceiling like the proverbial residents of one very bumping asylum.

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Intrigue

The former home of Tryst has always been one of Vegas’ more elegant nightspots, and the same holds true in its new incarnation as Intrigue. Rather than rely on boldface EDM names to pack the house, this sophisticated club is more about creating the right environment for serendipitous meetings and surprise performances. (It helps to be the only hang in Vegas with its own waterfall.) Try to find a way inside the ultra-exclusive club within a club, where social media is strictly forbidden and you never know who you’ll bump into.

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The Bunkhouse Saloon

This Downtown venue seems to have nine lives and for that we give thanks. Because Vegas needs the Bunkhouse—as a place to catch rising acts before they hit the Strip, as a place to hear local bands, as a place to just rock out and drink reasonably priced beer or chill at a picnic table in the backyard. In a city full of velvet ropes and dress codes, the Bunkhouse is a down-to-earth alternative to the glitz and artifice.

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Downtown
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Jewel

At 24,000 square feet, Hakkasan’s latest Strip outpost is a relatively petite player in the Vegas club scene. But what it lacks in heft, it makes up for in polish, delivering an experience that feels luxurious from your first steps in the LED-laden door. The venue’s intimacy is also essential to its appeal: Unlike its megaclub brethren, Jewel is an easily navigable space where you and your crew can mix and mingle without fearing you’ll get lost in the glorious, sparkling madness.

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XS

Steve Wynn doesn’t do things by halves and this opulent nightclub sets the standard of luxe. The theme at indoor-outdoor space is gold. Think tiled gold pillars, flowing gold curtains, a sculpted golden entrance and a golden chandelier that presides over the attractive throngs on the dancefloor. When the scene inside gets too steamy, head poolside on the equally shimmering patio, where you can even take a dip during summer Nightswim parties. 

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The Colosseum

Built for a cool $95 million, the house of Celine also plays host to an all-star lineup of Caesars Palace resident performers, including Elton John, Reba, Brooks & Dunn and Mariah Carey. No matter who’s on stage, the Colosseum makes a grand impression, one part homage to history’s greatest amphitheater, one part modern concert hall with all the technological trappings. A night here is a night on the town. Enjoy it.

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The Pearl

The Palms’ 2,500-seat concert hall isn’t put to use as much as it once was, and that’s a shame because the Pearl is a stellar place to catch a show. Legends like Bob Dylan, Steely Dan and Jay Z have all graced the stage inside the beloved Vegas venue, which is big enough to reel in serious talent, yet small enough to feel intimate and personal when the right person is under the spotlight.

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