The 13 hottest nightclubs in Las Vegas

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Location: Encore Hotel
Music: EDM, House
Resident DJs: Martin Solveig, Zedd, Steve Angello and many other big names in EDM

XSThe club designers at Wynn/Encore have created a club that works on all levels of extravagance and practicality. From the moment you queue up in small rooms adjacent to the club, instead of loitering in the middle of the hall with all the poor souls who can’t get in or are too turned off by the crowds, it’s clear that XS is doing something different than the clubs of the past. And the moment you see the golden adornments of women set into the walls and the lights that make the full moon jealous, you’ll know your night has become something to remember. Just don’t walk up and paw the alcove ladies. You’re trying to be classy after all.

Aside from the obviously expensive surroundings, the design of XS, modelled after the best parts of its older sister Tryst, is a reason in itself to attend.

Even if the carpet were cheap and the décor something substantially less than golden-goddess chic, the centrally-located dance floor surrounded by accessible tables, wide walking spaces and enough room at the bar to actually get a drink and pivot in place without stepping on someone make XS the club for flow and poise. And that mentality extends into the outside pool area.

Behind the DJ booth is the outdoor pool. The lights and sound system are designed to ensure that those enjoying the night air have the same experience as those who prefer to stay inside. Massive lighting systems with lasers and screens are mounted around the club’s poolside entrance. And an extremely private — as in restricted pretty much to talent and the people they’re sleeping with — VVVIP area is right behind the DJ booth. If you can get there, without having to trade your innocence or sense of shame, it’s quite possibly the best club seat in Vegas.

XS sees an astounding amount of people throughout the week, so expect it to be busy. And it’s easy to see why.

Expanding on the success of Tryst, XS has become one of the top performance spots in Vegas.

Current DJ lineups aren’t even a who’s who, they’re a “hey I’ve heard of them” of the world’s best DJs.

The details of the experience are what set this club apart. Some places talk about their fine quality leather. Some are obsessed with putting their most expensive drinks on the forefront of people’s minds, just so they can say they have them. But XS is about the space, the patrons and the night you’ll have. They’ve put a sincerely ridiculous amount of time, energy, knowledge and money into it — so much care that it borders on XS-ive. But it’s all totally worth it. For a club that learns from its competitors and its collaborators, then steps up its game, XS is just the right amount of awesome.


Location: Caesers Hotel
Music: DJ-spun, EDM, House
Resident DJs: Hottest Djs on the planet including Martin Garrix, Calvin Harris, Tiesto and many more

OmniaLas Vegas clubs just keeping getting hotter. It’s like the global warming of partying. And no one can deny that it’s directly caused by the action of Hakkasan Group. Since opening Hakkasan, buying up Light Group and now opening Omnia, they’ve become the biggest contributors to party change in Las Vegas. And it seems like their energy is nothing but renewable.

Omnia rises out of the old Pure location.

The crater left by Pure’s absence has finally been filled and Omnia proves no good space can stay down for long. And the prime locale, with its Strip access and Caesars appeal, is only made better by Hakkasan’s influence.

This is a club that is radiant from entry. There’s no long dark hall to queue up in. There’s no neglected space to wait. The moment you step inside you’re in Omnia’s world and the lights will keep you enthralled. If you’re lucky enough to have a table on the upper level, you get a spectacular view of the one-of-a-kind chandelier as it moves and bobs with the music, shining light on the dancers like they’re puppets on strings. And if you happen to be one of those dancers, you feel like the aura of light, shadow and sound is compelling you to have the best night of your life.

When you’re looking for the newest, hottest and most in-the-now club in Vegas, Omnia is what everyone’s talking about.

The DJ roster is epic including names like Calvin Harris, Krewella and Afrojack. And the Heart of Omnia lounge is an intimate area within the club where socializing and suaveness meet swanky nightclub auras. If you missed Pure, or you never went there but you love big, new clubs, Omnia is the current must-visit.


Location: MGM Grand Hotel
Music: EDM, Open format
Resident DJs: World-renowned electronic music headliners including Tiësto, Calvin Harris, Deadmau5 and Steve Aoki

HakkasanIf you asked a well-to-do foodie from New York or Dubai about Hakkasan they’d rave about the Cantonese cuisine. If you asked the average American Midwesterner they’d probably say gesundheit. (We neither know nor care if that’s spelt right.) But this is Vegas. We do things differently. We like our sneezes seasonal-allergy-related and our high-end restaurants complete with their very own nightclubs. That’s why Hakkasan fits in so well here.

Rising above the restaurant on the first and second floor of the space at MGM Grand, Hakkasan nightclub includes a lavish lounge area, an outdoor garden bar and a massive dance space.

The Ling Ling Lounge is a private, Eastern-inspired area on the third floor while the Ling Ling Club is a more modern dance hall next to the lounge. The Pavilion is adjacent to the main nightclub and offers an intimate oriental garden. And the main room is a dance floor experience that feels like you’re standing inside a DJ’s brain at the exact moment they’re trying to figure out where to put the fifteenth drop of the night.

This is the club of Tiesto, Calvin Harris, Steve Aoki and many more artists that define the modern EDM genre. DJs in the streets scenes cut their teeth in the dive clubs dreaming of a night at Hakkasan. But the space is so large that only the biggest names will draw the crowds. So Hakkasan continually cultivates the best of the best to perform.

It’s one of the hottest clubs on the Las Vegas Strip because its controlling company, Hakkasan Group, knows how the business of clubs is done.

They’ve snatched up competitors. They’re expanding their reach. And they understand what the people want: Big names, busting sounds and a bomb-ass place to bring it. Hakkasan just does it right.

If you’ve got money to spend and the night is yours, buy what you can at Hakkasan. If you can’t throw that much then at least give it a shot one night. There are clubs that are more chill and clubs where you won’t feel as much like a wall accessory, but they aren’t as big or bad as Hakkasan.

There is some chance that Hakkasan has become so big that the hipster subset of ravers are now too cool for it, but don’t let that sway you. That just means there’ll be fewer people saying things like, “This place would be so much better with some deep house or experimental pre-rave-core trance step.”


Location: The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Music: EDM, Hip-hop, House, Open format
Resident DJs: Lema, Lisa Pittman, Tina T and M!ke Attack

MarqueeThe Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas has many little spaces that lead to wonderful new spots. One leads to a secret pizza place, one (we won’t say which) takes you to an employees-only area that you can apparently stroll right into and act like you totally belong there, and another is the entrance to the megaclub known as Marquee. You many have seen the people lining up on the second floor of The Cosmopolitan, but if you’ve never been past the velvet ropes and up the elevator then you can’t understand what they’re all so willing to stand in that line for.

The main room at Marquee is a classic club for which Vegas can be proud, complete with the showroom appeal of a Vegas lounge and the bumping badassery that makes Vegas clubs stand out from the grit of L.A. or the glam of New York.

This is where you start your night, it might be where you end it too if you’re still partying by the time you make your way back in, and it’s where you remember why you come to a nightclub — to dance beneath a disco ball to music that never takes a break. But that’s just the main room. Every club has a main room. That’s what makes them clubs. Marquee is much more than just a main attraction or a one-room wonder. It’s as comprehensively complex as The Cosmopolitan itself.

The Library is a warmer space than even the outdoor pool in the summer. The hues and ambience change from sexy party club to sexy sit in a chair and discuss the politics of dancing (the song from the ’80s, not the actual politics) club. It’s probably not the lounge you’ll go to when you want a relaxing night and only a relaxing night. But if you want a respite from the dance floor and a chance to actually speak to that person who’s been grinding on your thigh for the last hour, this is the spot. But that doesn’t mean Marquee doesn’t offer a happy middle.

Enter the Boombox. Yes, it’s true that many people who enter Marquee are too young to know what a boombox is. But they can still experience what it’s like to be surrounded by music in a space so intimate you feel like you’re holding it on your shoulder and walking down the sidewalk forcing everyone to be in on your beat. The Boombox features a 360-degree bar and VIP tables around an earthy dance floor. The tables in the back and side even have a view of the Strip, when the curtains are actually open. For everyone else who couldn’t get in on the VIP service, there’s an outdoor balcony that’s just wide enough to sneak past a smoker and sit in a small lounge space. It only overlooks Harmon Avenue, but it’s still fresh air. And in the middle of a night of hard partying, fresh air is a very good thing.

None of that has even scratched the sunny, chlorinated surface of the outdoor space that becomes Marquee Dayclub, but we’ve got another page for that. In the months that it’s open, that space pulls the whole of Marquee together to create a nightlife establishment far greater than even the marvellous second floor of The Cosmopolitan would imply. Some clubs are one-offs. Some are only good for afterhours or pre-gaming. But Marquee is an all-nighter. Start here. End here. And have a lot of fun in between. One of the best parts is, even if you do somehow get bored at Marquee, you’re already in The Cosmopolitan so you won’t have to walk far to find a good drink.


Location: The Bellagio, facing the Fountains of Bellagio
Music: Eclectic, Live music
Resident DJs: DJ Five

Bellagio-Casino-smHyde Bellagio brings to Vegas a European vibe with old-world touches inspired by an Italian villa. Books, paintings, chandeliers and fine marble tiles are among the small, but plentiful details that give Hyde its upscale feel. If you’ve ever wanted to fake what it feels like to vacation on the Amalfi Coast, but would rather replace the sea with the Bellagio Fountains and the serene sounds of ocean waves with a DJ, Hyde might be the place for you.

For those looking to start their nightlife party early, the venue opens at 5 p.m., but only about half of the club is accessible before 10 p.m.

After 10, things get kicking as the partition rises and the full nightlife potential of Hyde Bellagio is unlocked. Even at that point this isn’t a shout-until-you-can’t-talk kind of club. Hyde is about subtle refinement and appeal. There’s no dedicated dance floor, but instead, enough room in and around the booths and tables to dance.

The venue’s two bars follow a strict, high-end mixology program.

The mixologists at Hyde prepare cocktails with an intensity and professionalism you can’t help but admire, especially after taking that first sip. Do be careful though. The free-flowing nature of the club means you might have people dancing right next to you as you try to sip your tini.

What really makes Hyde special is the view of the Fountains of Bellagio. The architectures understood all too well that they were creating something special even for Sin City. Mandalay Beach can keep its sand. Hyde is the true waterside club. When the fountain show sounds, the outdoor balcony and especially the VIP booths are the places to be. It’s Euro-chic but still Vegas in all the right ways.


Location: Mandalay Bay
Music: EDM, Hip-hop, House, Top 40
Resident DJs: World-renowned electronic music headliners include Alesso, Axwell, Carl Cox, Krewella, Nicky Romero, Sebastian Ingrosso, Skrillex and many more

LIGHT-smInside Mandalay Bay, you’ll discover a nightlife experience that truly shines — welcome to Light, the first-ever club from the creative minds of Cirque du Soleil.

The nightclub is something of a creative laboratory featuring a mix of entertainers and theatrics. At Light, you won’t find the stereotypical go-go dancer in a cage or silk aerialists performing. Since Cirque du Soleil is recognized the world over for its avant-garde circus acts, you will see an array of jaw-dropping performances.

The entertainers here have incorporated aerial acrobatics and dance into themed tableaus with high-tech visuals, costumes and makeup.

Everything these performers do is tied back to the featured DJ set. These acts work with the music and DJ performances to create an immersive and otherworldly experience that makes Light unique among Las Vegas clubs.

The atmosphere at Light creates an ambience where everyone in the club feels like they are part of the evening’s show — so each time you visit, it will feel like a different experience.

Las Vegas has earned a reputation for featuring the best DJ talent in the world at its nightclubs and Light is no exception. The club is home to the top performers in the world of electronic music. Here you’ll find Alesso, Axwell, Carl Cox, Krewella, Nicky Romero, Sebastian Ingrosso, Skrillex and many others behind the turntables. Plus, the music is coupled with custom-built staging and visual elements like video mapping on huge projection screens.

When you factor in the large, packed dance floor, an evening spent at Light is sure to indulge all of your senses.


Location: Luxor Hotel
Music: Hip-hop, Pop, Top 40

LAXLAX is a nightclub where image and functionality merge in ways you might not expect. The front doors look like webs that were dipped in molten metal. Their image evokes a slight gothic inspiration, but the fact that a skinny enough person could probably slip through the spaces proves the aesthetics of LAX are more about keeping you interested than keeping you locked in. And those metal shapes continue throughout the club from railings along stairs to short fencings that keep people on the dance floor from tumbling into the table section when they break a heel — or just trip because their heels are five inches.

When you purchase a table, instead of standing in a long line of other people waiting for tables (known in the industry as a corral), you’re ushered into a lounge area complete with its own bar, DJ and available seating. The space was previously a private lounge, but seeing the opportunity to heighten the customer experience and utilize a well-placed space, LAX created a new way to accentuate the VIP persona of table service guests.

Taken up the stairs and over the lounge, guests arrive in a club that’s part stage presentation and part dancefloor showcase. The VIP booths on the lower level all face the DJ booth set high on the opposite wall. That gives everyone sitting and watching a solid view of everyone dancing and trying their best to look sexy. The designers have taken inspiration from other clubs then spun it to their own style to form a spot fully worthy of maintaining its midlevel moxie.

LAX is never going to be the club that Hakkasan is afraid of.

But that doesn’t mean it should be overlooked. And speaking of looking, be careful if you’re a taller person. Parts of the club, especially by the main bar and the private rooms in the back, have rather low ceilings. We don’t want people to bump their noggins on anything other than a headboard.

This club may not be on your radar if you mainly know big names like Hakkasan and XS. But if you aren’t into paying Hakkasan prices or waiting in XS lines, LAX is a fine mid-scale option with a lot to offer. Their DJs bump commercial pop and remixes — when they’re not throwing back to the ’90s and early 2000s on Throwback Thursdays. And they’re even bringing in live performers to boost the thrill.

Just don’t try to crawl in through the metal doors before the club opens. Best case scenario you end up locked in a club full of security people. No one needs that.


Location: Venetian Hotel
Music: EDM, Hip-hop, Rock
Resident DJs: Five, Cash Cash, Vice and Eric D-Lux

Tao-smWhen you’ve lasted more than ten years in this town it’s pretty clear you’re doing something right. Having outlasted clubs, restaurants and even a few property names (we’re looking at you, Quad), Tao is now a Vegas mainstay and one of the spots you shouldn’t miss if you’re planning a tour of the Las Vegas club scene.

While eating at Tao Restaurant, you can say that you’re there for the food, the ambience or because the giant Buddha inspires you to both eat more and somehow still learn the value of sacrifice. But when you enter Tao Nightclub, your reasons for hitting the town blend more into the light and the leather.

Visually, the nightclub space is some sort of take on Buddhism mixed with ancient styling mixed with a modern club mixed with girls in bathtubs full of flower petals.

The reddish hue that fills the main room isn’t entirely unique in the club world, but the lights work with the décor and the assuredness in the construction to make the space feel like a longstanding temple to a faith that practically deifies girls in bathtubs full of flower petals. We won’t put the club on the spot and say the girls will absolutely always be there, but when it comes to girls in bathtubs full of rose petals, it’s better to err on the side of hope. That’s a Buddhist thing, right?

The dancing space is divided into two areas: The actual dance floor full of bumping music, sweating bodies and all the lights and shapes they can throw around; and the lounge space full of seating that’s just the right mix of intimate and open. You can certainly dance in the wide space between the booths on one side and the booths on the other, and you probably won’t be alone, but there’s a reason the actual floor gets the lights. The lounge has a bar. The dance floor has the DJ booth. And the two spots connect to each other through the main walkways or through a quick hop over the backs of the booths which you should definitely not do. You will get in trouble–even if you tell them you work for and you were just testing the temperature of the rose petals in the bathtubs.

If you’re tired of dancing or getting creeped out by all the Buddha statues staring at you, and you can’t score a table on the second floor overlooking the main room, the Opium Room might be the spot for you.

No there’s no real opium. And we’ve been instructed not to put a winky face after that statement. The Opium Room is just a clever name for a chill lounge with its own bar, its own DJ booth and a style that’s more like the inside of a beautiful bamboo jewellery box instead of the shiny pink jewellery that is the main room.

As a nightlife venue, Tao has become synonymous with Las Vegas glamour and quasi-Eastern-religion themed nightlife experiences the world over. Everyday club goers who stroll in through the Grand Canal Shoppes find a new world of warm, wooden comfort on the ground and bright, Vegas glitterati in the air. The club has brought in names like Diddy, Snoop Dogg (it was Dogg at the time, probably) and Krewella. And combined with the restaurant and Tao Beach, the Tao experience becomes something so much more than the sum of its parts. (Is that a Buddhist saying? Well, it is now.) And did we mention girls in bathtubs full of rose petals?


Location: On the rooftop of The Cromwell.
Music: EDM, Hip-hop, House, Mash-ups, Top 40
Resident DJs: A mix of big-name and the best undiscovered DJs around

draisIf you’re not in the club scene, or your only interaction with the club scene is turning up for the music, you might not know the name Victor Drai. That’s ok. He put his name all over something you’re sure to remember — Drai’s Nightclub. It’s the place in Vegas for club patrons who know the difference between upscale and just scaled up.

An elevator ride above the Cromwell, a sensual boutique hotel on the Las Vegas Strip, Drai’s Nightclub continues the Cromwell’s attitude of specifically-chic ambience catering to a crowd of clever and well-off waifs.

The clientele can tell that the Strip is changing and they know how small batches of craft work offer a greater taste. So coming to Drai’s means accepting that the club is as much a place for art as getting wasted.

They offer the usual decadence you’d expect like private jet charters and bottle service packages including ridiculously expensive champagne. But even for the average club goer, the space is filled with the party favours, drinks and a giant disco ball you need to create a priceless night. And that’s just inside.

When the night is warm, which is a lot of time in Vegas, the pool area is open with a view of the Strip, Caesar’s Palace and Bellagio across the street, and the occasional burst of fireworks set off by someone who probably paid more for that honour than we make in a month of writing about it.

In many ways, Drai’s Nightclub is like its competitors and its cohorts — Drai’s Afterhours and Drai’s Beach Club — but thanks to the efforts of renowned creator Victor Drai and the smaller but special styling of the Cromwell, Drai’s Nightclub has carved out a star-shaped space in a city almost bursting with supernovas. And with the mega performers who have hit the stage, like Iggy Azalea, the Weekend and more, Drai’s Nightclub is a venue that brings the show to the party and thanks to you for attendance.

If you want a true nightclub experience that still speaks to the boutique mentality of the too-cool-for-everything millennium, try Drai’s Nightclub. Then go to Drai’s Afterhours. The contrast makes

them both cooler.


Location: Encore Hotel
Music: EDM, Hip-hop, Top 40
Resident DJs: DJs vary but include Lil Jon, Morgan Page, Deniz Koyu and many others

Surrender-smIt seems like an addition to the Encore casino as it sits silently behind revolving doors. But Surrender Nightclub is anything but an afterthought. From the snake behind the bar to the poles to the huge outdoor space with its own DJ booth and dance area, Surrender feels like falling into an evening you won’t soon forget. And that’s all just in the design.

Roger Thomas, a name you’ll recognize if you know anything about Vegas interior design or the genesis of the Wynn and Encore, designed Surrender, and the impeccable style shines through.

Like a single step forward, followed by another and another growing in pace and intensity, Surrender pulls you along until you’re so deep inside the belly of the snake all you can do is dance and play the ribs like a xylophone.

Even in the winter, which in Vegas means chilly at worst, the outdoor area is kept warm and inviting. The cabanas surrounding the pool have great views. And gaming is right on the other side to lure people away from the party and money away from their pockets. For a clean club experience with space to move and an atmosphere that keeps pulling you back in, Surrender is an incredibly aptly named place. Give in to it and you’ll have a great time.


Location: Hard Rock Hotel Tower
Music: Hip-hop, House, Mash-ups, Top 40

hard-rock-las-vegas-smAt Vanity, it really is about you. Everywhere you look you see yourself, whether it’s on the studded walls reflecting your silhouette as you walk past, seeing yourself in a mirrored drink menu or getting your hair fixed up by one of the staff in the bathroom.

Upon entering the club, the first thing you see is a giant light fixture near the dance floor.

As you approach the array of colours you see that it is 20,000 LED lights (we counted them for you) that seem to take the focus off of you. But while it is on the centre of the dance floor, it serves to make Vanity the most well-lit nightclub in Vegas and, thus, helping put the focus back on you.

If you’re looking for a bit more attention, jump onto the elevated platform in front of the DJ booth where you can strut your stuff while the rest of the crowd watches. VIP booths add to the “look-at-me” theme. Most of the booths line either the dance floor or the main bar, ensuring that you will be close to the action and remain the centre of attention.

When that hairdo you spent an hour trying to perfect inevitably gives out, take a trip to the bathroom where there is a highly-trained and helpful staff on hand to help you repair it. They can even help with makeup.

If you’re looking to take a break from, well – you – there is an outdoor area set up with several cabanas and a fire located just past the main bar. But with all this celebration about you, why not help other people check something off their list: envy.

The Bank

Location: The Bellagio
Music: Hip-hop, House, Mash-ups, Rock
Resident DJs: Eddie McDonald, David Christian, DJ IKON and DJ Karma

Bellagio-Casino-smThe Bellagio’s nightclub offering begins with an escalator ride up and walk through an intimate foyer area as if to not overwhelm you with sheer opulence up front. This also acts as a way of keeping the crowding to a minimum outside the club, but on busy weekend nights there can still be a line of partygoers stretching out into the Bellagio.

Everything at The Bank symbolizes elegance. But it’s an elegance that’s set against a backdrop of either nihilism or a goth kid’s bedroom.

The gold accents are brilliant, and they intentionally contrast a darkness that most clubs attempt and few really embrace. The Bank’s darkness is deep and beautiful. It knows how to keep you looking toward the dance floor whether you’re at a table right by it or on the upper level gripping the railing.

Even the bottle service oozes class. The alcohol is delivered by two hosts in a giant, glowing, blue diamond, lifted overhead as if it were the throne of royalty. You’ll feel like you broke into a vault and were rewarded with booze. It’s a classic club from people who know opulence. And it’s a dress to impress attitude where everyone brings their money bags. But don’t worry if you don’t have a ton of cash to deposit, you can on occasion find promoters outside in front of Bellagio handing out free passes.


Location: The Mirage.
Music: Hip-hop, House, Top 40
Resident DJs: DJ Que

We’ll gloss over the oddity of calling a place “1 Of A Kind” when there’s also one in New York and get right to the high points of 1 OAK. For a club designed entirely around its dance floor, 1 OAK knows how to offer a full night of fun in a finite amount of space.

With tight spaces on every side of the dance floor — one housing a bar, two leading to the only restroom and the third being kept clear of bystanders — 1 OAK can at times feel a little congested. Thankfully the security staff double as crossing guards and occasionally meter maids telling patrons where they can and cannot stand. Of course, that isn’t the only or even the main aspect of 1 OAK you’re likely to notice, as long as you keep that one lane unobstructed.

But in between circling from the bar around to the bathroom then back around to try to get on the dance floor, partiers can hang out at the bar and lounge area set slightly above the rest of the club.

This is the spot to chill and enjoy the music while deciding whether you want to move to the dance floor or not. A table here is probably cheaper than the ones directly adjacent to the dance floor, so it all comes down to where you want to be when the lights are shining and the music is busting.

The dance floor itself is by far the hottest place to be. When a regular DJ is playing, it becomes a hotspot for all the people who truly go to nightclubs to dance instead of just hit on people or be hit on. And when a superstar shows up, that dance floor can be the closest you’ll ever get to being walked on by a major artist.

If you’re not comfortable with closeness, 1 OAK might not be for you. It’s the type of club where strangers become good friends while they push past each other to get at their next drink. And it’s the kind of place where dancing the night away is more important than obeying all the rules or trying too hard to be like anybody else.