Quick guide to the top clubs in Las Vegas and how they work on a Friday / Saturday night.
1. Are you a world famous celebrity ?
2. If female - look like a glamour model ?
3. If male - accompanied by at least two of No. 2 above ?
4. Finally, are you willing to slip the door staff $50 a head to get in ?
If you have answered yes to any of the above questions, Congratulations ! Move straight to the front of the queue and onto the dance floor. If not, hard luck and expect a lengthy wait like everyone else.
OTHER WAYS IN
Free "VIP" passes can be found for most venues, but at best these will only get you free admission. DO NOT EXPECT TO QUEUE JUMP WITH THEM.
I bought some off a guy on Ebay (lasvegashookups - although his account has now been cancelled) for about $2 each, and all of them worked. Just be aware of the small print for date / time restrictions - and that if you search / ask about, you can probably find these passes for free once in Las Vegas.
Also, most of the passes in circulation are for the less popular venues on quieter (Thursday or Friday) nights. i.e. DO NOT EXPECT TO FIND A VIP PASS TO BODY ENGLISH ON SATURDAY NIGHT.
Entrance is also at the discretion of the door staff, and we were turned away from Studio54 with some, even though it clearly stated "FREE ADMISSION - ANY NIGHT". (We had blagged the guest list anyway so it didn't matter).
For guaranteed entrance (and especially if you're in an all male group) - I suggest using one of the VIP Guest services. Someone will meet you outside the venue and walks you in to a reserved table. Will be pricey though as each table requires bottle service - basically they make you buy a bottle of booze (up to $400) and then provide free glasses, mixers and ice all night - however it can prove cost effective for larger parties. Several companies offer this service with wildly differing costs - expect to pay about double the entrance fee + bottle service costs.
Dress Code: Las Vegas Nightclubs.Com Ranges from free guestlist places to full personal VIP Host escorted entry. (Line Pass+ Admission). After you see the queue in The Palms on a Saturday night you'll realise it was $40 well spent.
Vegas Exposure Info for parties, clubs & VIP contact service
AE Vegas May be able to get on a guestlist here
City Search - Best Of Results Awesome nightlife source
Mecca Entertainment VIP services costing $$
Napkin Nights Info / Events / Guest lists
Club Planet Guest list galore
Vegas Resource Not much of a site - instead you sign up and they email you news letters. Only worth it if youre a Vegas regular, but interesting to find out what new hotels are about to be built / clubs opened etc.
Vegas is a nightlife city. In addition to the bars, clubs and casinos, there are shows for every budget (from the free entertainment to the very very expensive) and interest. The city has lots of adult themed shows and nightclubs, which is probably part of the reason why there are so many bachelor parties in town.
Since the closest I got to one of these shows was Zumanity, which had some nudity but was not risque adult entertainment, I'd suggest looking at 24/7, the free magazine provided to tourists. Every cab driver has copies in their cab and you can probably pick up a copy in stores or on the street as well.
One of the most interesting things about Las Vegas nightlife is that its really across the boards. The range of activities (gambling, eating, drinking, seeing a show, clubbing, etc.) is overwhelming. Like Vegas in general, there's some type of nightlife pursuit which will suit everyone.
Vegas is also unique in the range of opportunities to dress up or dress down. People in casinos wear shorts and tank tops feeding quarters into machines while men in suits walk past, along with a broad spectrum of attire on the various sighseers, club goers and everyone else.
So whether to dress up or not really depends on what you like to do or where you want to go. Some restaurants require it, as do the popular clubs, but everything else falls somewhere in between.
For Entertainment - YOU NAME IT, YOU GOT IT -
Be sure to check out 'What's On' Magazine free publication while in town for the latest events.
Check out http://www.napkinnights.com.
Once in the website click on destination Las Vegas, then click on mailing list (this is at the top of the page on the right).
Join the mailing list enter your name and Zip code (they will not sell you email ect dont worry).
Then click on events a calendar will appear, click on the date you are in vegas. The next page to load is a list of clubs and the events available. Click on the one you like the look of, the next page gives you info on the club.
You will now see next to cover "Guest List" click on this, another new page, enter your name and the email you joined the mailing list with.
THATS IT YOUR ADDED TO THE GUEST LIST. Now your on the guest list, at some clubs you can skip the line and some have no cover.
Saves a few Dollars and means you should get in with out any problem, just make sure you check if there is a dress code. Also the clubs do not need to allow entry, so be nice you dont want to get turned away.
Dress Code: Various check each club before going
The Beach+* - 354 Convention Center Dr. - Live Entertainment most nights (702) 731-1925
Brendan's Irish Pub - Live Irish music every Sunday evening - Orleans Hotel & Casino, 4500 W. Tropicana - (702) 365-7111
Crown & Anchor Pub - 1350 E Tropicana - Live Entertainment packs this limited venue Thur-Sat., wide selection of draught beers including imports, domestics and ciders, English fare and friendly folks - 739-8676
Ellis Island* - 4178 Koval Ln - Karaoke/DJ - (702) 733-8901
Fiesta Lounge - Fiesta Casino Hotel, 2400 N Rancho Dr - Best 99 cent Margarittas in town (according to LVLG staff :), live western music most evenings - (702) 631-7000
Hard Rock Cafe* - Music, drinks, memorabilia, what more could one want? - 4775 Paradise Rd, (702) 733-7625
Hippo & the Wild Bunch* - 4503 Paradise Rd (@ Harmon) - Jungle Theme, More Kinds of Frozen Fruit Drinks than WE Could Count - (702) 731-5446
Jimmy Murphy's Pub & Grub* - 6138 W Charleston - Open 24 hrs - (702) 258-6344
Mad Dogs & Englishmen Pub* - 515 S Las Vegas Blvd. - One of LV's best hidden secrets, a bit out of the way, but worth the walk. - (702)382-5075 nster Bar too (literally!). Frequent celeb hangout and special celebrity events. New highspeed cyber-center for those who just can't get away from the net even in Vegas - (702) 791-7827
Mr D.'s - Previously (Mugshots Lounge)**+ - 1810 S Rainbow Blvd - Large Screen TV - Multi-Screen sports, best chicken wings and sliders in town! - (702) 362-8777
Outback Steakhouse* - 8671 W Sahara Ave. - Happy hour 4pm-7pm, an LVLG staff favorite, tell 'em we sent you :-) - (702) 228-1088
Park Avenue* - Uptown - 1700 E Flamingo - (702) 731-0505
Pink E's - 4170 S Valley View Blvd - The place for Pool Playing, uh, and check out the restroom walls while you're there - Just over the freeway from the Strip on Flamingo, behind The Outback - (702) 252-4666
Planet Hollywood* - Forum Shops at Caesar's - Tons of Movie Memorabilia & a Mo
Dress Code: Brew Pubs/Micro Breweries
Barley's - 4500 E Sunset Rd, Las Vegas - (702) 458-2739
Boiler Room Brew Pub - Colorado Belle Hotel and Casino, 2100 Casino Dr, Laughlin, NV - 298-4000, 1-800-458-9500
Chicago Brewing Co. - 2201 S Fort Apache Rd - 2nd flr Cigar Bar (702) 254-3333
Gordon Biersch Brewing Company - Sunset Station, Henderson, NV - (702) 312-2337
Holy Cow Casino Cafe & Brewery - 2423 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas - (702) 732-2697
Main Street Station Casino - 200 N Main, Las Vegas - (702) 387-1896
Monte Carlo Pub & Brewery - 3770 S. Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas - 730-7777, 1-800-311-8999
Sunset Brewing Company - Sunset Station- Handcrafted beer, cigar bar and live jazz Wed thru Sat - (702) 547-7777
Viva Brewing Company - Henderson, NV - (702) 898-9440
Warner Brewing Concepts Inc - Las Vegas, NV - (702) 873-0743
Any of the casinos are open 24 hours a day. If you want dancing or live bands most offer this too, in addition to shows almost every night. Las Vegas doesn't have hours and most clubs, restaurants and hotels are open whenever you want to go.
There are a handful of companies that employ photographers that go out and about to the hottest destinations in Vegas and take high quality photos and then post them on the company website for you to enjoy. To some, I'm sure, they love being photographed having some Vegas good-times, and I'm sure there are others that could use less evidence of their Vegas frolics. Either way, these websites are great tools to use to plan your Vegas nights out- they usually list A-Listers and celebrities attending the clubs on which nights- a great way to make sure you are in "the place to be" on your Vegas nights out. The best website in my opinion is Napkinnights.com, but there is also SpyonVegas.com, and a few other photog sites to help plan your night out...and then go back to and search out your party photos!
Dress Code: Dress to impress at any A-List event
I've bought the nightclub passes and STILL had to wait in line!! I think it depends on if the club is busy, what night it is, and what "celebrity" they have partying there that night. Seems like there is always some sketchy guy trying to bring us into "the best club." Was looking on youtube and found this iphone app thats supposed to help you get into the nightclubs...anyone tried it?
If you're going to Vegas there are so many clubs to choose from.. Most hotels have clubs and bars inside their hotel or casino. There is usually something for everyone. Most clubs have dresscode, so dress fancy. No sneakers, often no jeans, no caps, no flipflops. Bring nice shoes, pants and a nice shirt with or without a jacket. Make an effort! Also it's easier to get in if you're in company with girls.
I wouldn't say I have a favorite night spot in Vegas. But I would say that where ever you go it is going to be expensive so be prepared.I suggest you have a few free ones in the Casino first ,complements of your hotel.
All the hotels have a theme - visit a tourist information centre and pick up a programme of events - there are a number of what's on guides given away on the street - but be aware some contain adult content
Dress Code: Normally anything goes which surprised me a bit - the classier hotels expect you to dress for dinner
I don't think I have to give any tips on the Las Vegas nightlife... The word LAS VEGAS stands for 'Nightlife' pure. So, if you're in Las Vegas, and don't know where to go...man, I can't help you...
Casinos are open 24 hours. You can play and get your free drinks in any casino.The picture taken in Paris Casino. But I really liked Bellagio and Monte Carlo's Casinos. Good Luck!