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Updated: July 6, 2019
By Santorini Dave

The 13 Best Nightclubs in Las Vegas

1. Best Headliners: Kaos

Kaos Nightclub in Las Vegas
Kaos is the hottest nightclub in Las Vegas right now. Indoor and outdoor spaces blend together effortlessly with an expansive pool deck that includes a 65-foot-tall bronze sculpture of a headless man by artist Damien Hirst. If that wasn’t enough, the entire east exterior of the Ivory Tower has been converted to a video wall to offer a glimpse of the action inside. DJs perform on a stage that revolves 360 degrees between the nightclub and pool deck.
Top Headliners: Cardi B, Marshmello, Skrillex, Armin Van Buuren, Deadmau5, G-Eazy.
Location: Kaos opened as one of the big new attractions at the renovated Palms Resort. Just west of The Strip, the property is easiest to reach by taxi or rideshare, although there is no charge for parking or valet.
Best Time to Go: Thursdays are geared toward an industry crowd and may be less crowded. “Soak Sundays” are shaping up to be popular for daytime pool parties.
Cover Charge: Tickets begin at $25.
Nearby Restaurants: The Palms is loaded with new restaurants, including Green St. Kitchen (modern American) and Shark (spicy seafood by Bobby Flay), which both have patio views of Kaos.

2. Best Multi-Level Club: Hakkasan Nightclub

Hakkasan Nightclub in Las Vegas
Hakkasan is a massive nightclub spread over three floors. The main stage is surrounded by two levels of VIP booths. Venture downstairs to the Ling Ling Club, which is smaller and features local DJs. The more intimate Ling Ling Lounge is a dark and mysterious — and a great place to grab a drink and take a break from the action. The decor has a modern Asian theme, including a water feature that runs down a stone wall.
Top Headliners: Tiesto, Steve Aoki, Lil Jon.
Location: MGM Grand, which is convenient to the Tropicana, Excalibur, Luxor, and New York-New York.
Best Time to Go: Try to catch Tiesto on a Thursday, when it’s less busy than on his regular Saturday gigs.
Cover Charge: Tickets begin at $20.
Nearby Restaurants: Hakkasan Restaurant is attached next door. It has a menu of high-end Cantonese cuisine, including a variety of dim sum and strong cocktails. The restaurant also has its own free valet.

3. Best Nightclub Views: Chateau

Chateau Nightclub in Las Vegas
Chateau is a tale of two nightclubs. It has a dark and somewhat routine indoor space, but the outdoor deck on the second floor is spectacular. Located underneath the Eiffel Tower replica at Paris Las Vegas, partygoers can look directly across the street at the Bellagio fountains while soaking in the neon glow of The Strip.
Location: Paris Las Vegas, which connects to Bally’s on one side and is next to Planet Hollywood on the other side. It’s also near the Bellagio, Cosmopolitan, Cromwell, and Caesars Palace.
Best Time to Go: Wednesday is industry night, when you get a more locals-oriented crowd.
Cover Charge: Tickets begin at $10.
Nearby Restaurants: The Paris has a few pregame spots worth checking out. Gordon Ramsay Steak is an upscale steakhouse with a modern edge while Mon Ami Gabi serves casual French with patio views of The Strip.

4. Best Nightswim: XS Nightclub

XS Nightclub in Las Vegas
XS is proof that a nightclub can go for more than 10 years and not feel old. The crown jewel of the Wynn’s three nightclubs stays relevant with consistent updates and a lineup of top headliners. XS recently introduced new lighting and a DJ booth that spins 360 degrees between the main dance floor and the outdoor pool deck.
Top Headliners: Drake, The Chainsmokers, Kygo, Diplo.
Location: XS can be found at the Wynn Encore, just steps from the Wynn and across the street from the Palazzo and Treasure Island.
Best Time to Go: Sunday Nightswim allows guests to arrive in beachwear and jump in the pool. The Chainsmokers also have semi-regular run on Thursday nights.
Cover Charge: Tickets begin at $30.
Nearby Restaurants: XS is in the Encore tower, but close to the main Wynn tower. So check out upscale restaurants like SW Steakhouse, Lakeside, and Mizumi. La Cave is a less expensive wine bar with excellent flatbreads.

5. Best VIP Section: Jewel

Jewel Nightclub in Las Vegas
As one of the newer nightclubs on The Strip, Jewel has plenty of high tech features, including an illuminated staircase at the entryway and LED video effects. The club is tight and relatively intimate, which helps boost the overall energy level. Five themed VIP rooms look down on the dance floor from the second level. For example, the G.O.A.T. has sports memorabilia while the Gallery is decorated with carefully selected artwork.
Top Headliners: Steve Aoki, Tyga, Lil Jon.
Location: Jewel is in the Aria, a striking, modern resort that’s the centerpiece of the CityCenter complex, which also includes the Waldorf Astoria and Shops at Crystals. Take a pedestrian overpass to the Cosmopolitan or head around the corner to the Park MGM.
Best Time to Go: Flawless Mondays is a high-intensity industry night geared toward locals.
Cover Charge: Tickets begin at $20.
Nearby Restaurants: Jewel is close to Sage (modern American with great cocktails and a killer absinthe selection) and Catch (a photogenic party spot with contemporary Asian cuisine).

6. Best High-Tech Effects: Omnia

Omnia Nightclub in Las Vegas
Omnia is the complete package when it comes to nightclubs. It has a sleek image, LED video walls, and some of the world’s biggest DJs as headliners. The main room is famous for its massive overhead chandelier that moves in time to the music and hovers above the dance floor. When you need a break from the action, grab a breather on the outdoor terrace overlooking Las Vegas Boulevard. A second, smaller club in the venue — Heart of Omnia — was renovated from the old Pure nightclub.
Top Headliners: Calvin Harris, Zedd, Martin Garrix.
Location: Caesars Palace, where Omnia has its own entrance and valet. The property is just across the street from the Cromwell, Bellagio Flamingo, Bally’s, and Paris.
Best Time to Go: Calvin Harris does regular shows on Friday nights. However, Tuesdays at Heart of Omnia are a showcase for Latin music.
Cover Charge: Tickets begin at $20.
Nearby Restaurants: Searsucker at Ceasars Palace is next door to Omnia. (Ask about the secret connecting entrance.) Other top restaurants at the resort include Old Homestead Steakhouse, Rao’s for Italian, and Mr Chow for contemporary Chinese.

7. Best Rooftop Club: Drai’s

Drai's Beachclub and Nightclub in Las Vegas
Drai’s is all about spectacular scenery. Located on the 11th floor of the Cromwell resort, the nightclub and beach club combo has sweeping panoramic views of the Las Vegas Strip. Most of the headliners are rap and R&B acts. Drai’s After Hours is a basement-level sister nightclub that’s open until early morning.
Top Headliners: Snoop Dogg, 2 Chainz, French Montana, Migos, Rae Sremmurd, DJ Pauly D.
Location: The Cromwell is on the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo, which is the heart of The Strip.
Best Time to Go: Weekday swim nights take place on Wednesday and Thursday.
Cover Charge: Tickets begin at $30.
Nearby Restaurants: The only major restaurant in the Cromwell is Giada by celebrity chef Giada de Laurentiis — a great choice for light California-inspired Italian cuisine.

8. Best Winter Club: Marquee

Marquee Nightclub in Las Vegas
Marquee tends to be short on big-name superstar residencies but makes up for it with character and style. The club is divided into separate areas, including the main room, “library,” and outdoor pool deck. A dome is erected over the pool to keep it open during the cold winter months.
Location: The Cosmopolitan, which is next to the Bellagio and connects to the CityCenter complex. It’s also across the street from Planet Hollywood and Paris Las Vegas.
Best Time to Go: Marquee has a high-energy industry night on Mondays.
Cover Charge: Tickets begin at $20.
Nearby Restaurants: Pregame at STK, a steakhouse at the Cosmopolitan with an electric party vibe. When leaving Marquee, stop by The Pizzeria (known informally as “Secret Pizza” down the end of a long hallway) for a late-night slice or two.

9. Best Intimate Club: Intrigue

Intrigue Nightclub in Las Vegas
Intrigue is the smallest of the three Wynn nightclubs. The VIP booths and dance areas often feel tight, but the outdoor patio decks are a welcome change of pace. The centerpiece and main talking point of the club is a towering outdoor waterfall. Make a few friends and get invited to the “Living Room” — an adjacent lounge that’s VIP only and is actually decorated like a retro living room.
Top Headliners: Diplo, Dillon Francis.
Location: Intrigue is tucked away downstairs at Wynn Las Vegas, within quick walking distance of the Venetian, Palazzo, Treasure Island, Trump International, and Mirage.o Go: Weekday swim nights take place on Wednesday and Thursday.
Best Time to go: The club is only open three nights a week. Stick with Wednesday, which draws a lively industry crowd.
Cover Charge: Tickets begin at $35.
Nearby Restaurants: Mizumi is one floor above Intrigue, serving upscale Japanese and certified Wagyu beef.

10. Best Old-School Nightclub: 1 OAK

1 OAK Nightclub in Las Vegas
This longtime party spot is showing its age, but still has plenty of charm. It’s not as high-tech as the newer clubs on The Strip, but is laid out well and lets its understated retro vibe work to its advantage. The sunken dance floor is surrounded by VIP tables with access along the perimeters. A second VIP room has its own DJ. The lineup sticks to mid-level DJ headliners while mixing in rappers, R&B stars, and celebrity guests.
Location: You’ll come across 1 OAK immediately after walking into the Mirage from the parking garage. If you want to save a parking fee, leave your car next door at Treasure Island and take the free tram the runs between the two resorts.
Best Time to go: Wednesday is the only weekday the club is open. It’s your chance to enjoy a little more breathing room on the dance floor.
Cover Charge: Tickets begin at $20.
Nearby Restaurants: Stack is a great choice for steaks and burgers. Bring your receipt and skip the main line when entering 1 OAK.

11. Best Outdoor Club: Encore Beach Club

Encore Beach Club in Las Vegas
Formerly known as Surrender, the venue changed its name to Encore Beach Club when it switched to a swimwear/pool party format. There’s a small indoor VIP area, but most of the action is outdoors on the expansive pool deck. The food is pretty good, but no surprise considering it’s prepared by the Wynn hotel culinary team. Cabanas can get a bit pricey, but the over-the-top bottle service presentations (including one in which female servers sit on a mini-ferris wheel) are among the best on The Strip.
Top Headliners: David Guetta, The Chainsmokers, Kygo, DJ Snake.
Location: On the west edge of the Wynn Encore with a side entrance that leads directly to the parking garage. It’s quick and convenient to walk over from the Venetian and Palazzo thanks to a pedestrian overpass.
Best Time to go: The club is closed Sunday, leaving Saturday as your best bet for all-day worry-free weekend partying.
Cover Charge: Tickets begin at $25.
Nearby Restaurants: EBC is close to Andrea’s (modern Asian) and Sinatra (Italian endorsed by the estate of Frank Sinatra).

12. Most Romantic Club: Tao

Tao Nightclub in Las Vegas
Tao is heavy on seductive Asian-influenced imagery. From the rose petals in the stand-alone bathtubs by the entrance to the candles that line stone walls, the club makes a strong immediate impression. It has multiple rooms — each playing their own music — and a balcony facing The Strip that’s just big enough to catch a breather and some fresh air between songs.
Location: Tao is part of the Grand Canal Shoppes between the Venetian and Palazzo. It’s also accessible from the sidewalk on The Strip and is directly across the street from the Mirage.
Best Time to go: Stop by during the day on weekends, when the rooftop pool deck turns into the Tao Beach Dayclub.
Cover Charge: Tickets begin at $15.
Nearby Restaurants: Tao has a nightclub upstairs and its own restaurant downstairs. If you enjoy upscale Asian dining, there really isn’t an excuse to venture anywhere else.

13. Best Bar and Nightclub Combo: On the Record

On the Record Bar and Nightclub in Las Vegas
As the prime party spot for the new Park MGM, On the Record is a noble effort in reinventing the nightclub concept. It’s actually more of a lounge with three distinct areas, including a tight outdoor patio where drinks are served from a vintage double-decker bus. Back inside, the walls are covered in old-school concert posters as live performers mime and lipsync to retro dance music. Ask around for the speakeasy and karaoke rooms that are tucked out of the way.
Top Headliners: Mark Ronson, Questlove.
Location: Follow the escalators up from the casino floor at the Park MGM. The venue isn’t far for anyone leaving a big event at the neighboring T-Mobile Arena or walking over from the Waldorf Astoria, Aria, and other buildings at CityCenter.
Best Time to go: Wednesday is the only weekday On the Record is open — and your best shot of finding your way into one of the karaoke rooms.
Cover Charge: Tickets begin at $25.
Nearby Restaurants: For the perfect night out, stop at Bavette’s Steakhouse, which has its own back-room speakeasy to match the vibe and mystery of On the Record.

13. Best Video Wall: Light Nightclub

Light Nightclub in Las Vegas
Despite its name, Light is a dark and moody nightclub with partiers packed in on three levels. The DJs perform in front of a massive LED video wall, which is a spectacle all by itself. The dance floor on the ground level gets packed quickly while the upper floors are best for catching a breather and enjoying a few drinks.
Top Headliners: Rick Ross, Saweetie.
Location:Light is in Mandalay Bay on the far south end of The Strip. The property shares real estate with the Four Seasons and Delano. It’s also connected to the Luxor and Excalibur via overhead pedestrian walkways and a free tram.
Best Time to go: Give Friday or Saturday a shot. Light has its appeal, but isn’t nearly as busy as it used to be.
Cover Charge: Tickets begin at $20.
Nearby Restaurants: Hit Lupo early in the evening for Wolfgang Puck’s spin on Italian cuisine. When the club gets out, feed your hunger at Citizens, a contemporary diner that’s open all night long.

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