2018 Best Vegas Clubs

When clubbing is on your must-do list during your Vegas trip, you’d best do some advanced recon before your trip. Nightclubs in Vegas, or anywhere for that matter, have a trendy shelf-life. What was the hot spot one year, or perhaps the last time you were in Vegas, may have since cooled off and closed. Also, when exploring club choices know that each venue offers its own unique design, vibe, and features. Here’s an updated Vegas Nightclub list (in no particular order) to help you find the right clubs to have the time of your life.

omnia nightclub

Omnia

This mega-club took over the space in Caesar’s Palace formerly occupied by PURE.  Omnia is a multi-level venue that sprawls over 75,000 square feet, advertising a luxurious experience that will stimulate all your senses. It encompasses an ultra-lounge, a high-energy main room and mezzanine, and stunning rooftop garden. Open Tuesday, Thursday-Sunday.

XS

Arguably the best nightclub in Vegas, XS has defied all odds and continues to excel in a market that experiences a high turnover rate.  Located at the Wynn, this nightclub has provided club-goers a mind-blowing venue to party in for over seven years, and is still as hot as when it first opened. Open Friday-Monday.

Hakkasan

Located at the MGM Grand, this high-energy club houses a main room and mezzanine with an elevated DJ booth, creating an electric atmosphere for everyone on the dance floor. Surrounding this action filled epicenter are the Ling Ling Lounge, Ling Ling Club, and Pavilion, each space offering a variety of nuances and experiences. Open Wednesday-Sunday.

 

Marquee

Head up to the 17th floor at the Cosmopolitan to find this nightclub and dayclub. The club space is over 60,000 square feet with a rooftop patio and several other unique rooms and spaces, catering to the tastes of most any guest in attendance. Open Friday, Saturday, and Monday nights.

Tao

This multi-story venue is located in the Grand Canal Shoppes of the Venetian and features a beach, restaurant, lounge and nightclub in a 60,000 square-foot “Asian City,” with notably beautiful female servers.  If dining at Tao restaurant, ask your server about the nightclub—sometimes they’ll allow you to head to the front of the line or enter without paying a cover. Open Thursday-Saturday.

Light

Debuted in May 2013 at Mandalay Bay, this venue has become one of the top and most unique clubs on the Strip.  In special partnership with Cirque du Soleil, Light features giant video walls and acrobatics, creating an exciting visceral experience for club-goers. Open Wednesday, Friday-Saturday.

Insider Tip: Some Vegas club days of operation are subject to change, so check to make sure they’re open before planning/booking.

Newer Clubs Opened in 2016:

If you are a Vegas regular or simply looking to discover something new, make sure you check out these soon-to-be hot spot clubs coming this year:

JEWEL (ARIA)

Opened Thursday, May 19th 2016, this 24,000 square-foot space will emit a sense of luxury and uniqueness.  The main dance floor will be surrounded by themed VIP suites and crowned with mesmerizing LED ribbons.  JEWEL nightclub is set to replace the now-closed Haze nightclub.

Intrigue (Wynn)

The grand opening for this club was set for April 28th, 2016, reclaiming the space for Tryst Nightclub.  Intrigue is opening with a new nightlife concept and will limit occupancy to only 1,200 guests nightly.  The club aims to be mysterious with constant changes to the club and preventing visitors from spreading inside looks of the club through social media.

Closed:  Surrender (2017), Tryst (11.7.2015), Haze (11.4.2014)

Insider Tip: Brand new nightclubs are notoriously difficult to get into, especially in Vegas. As it is, Vegas clubs are so popular, long lines and wait times are almost inevitable. Plan in advance with pre-purchased VIP Passes and Premium Packages. 

How to Get Into a Las Vegas Clubs

Las Vegas nightclubs have become so hot and in demand, it’s important to know how to get into these clubs to avoid hours of waiting in line and hassles. There are several entry options to consider for Las Vegas nightclubs.

Pay Cover and wait

Most new club goers to Vegas choose to stand in line and pay cover to get in.  This is the slowest option especially for guys.  You may wait up to 90 minutes to get in depending on demand.

Purchase Tickets

For those experienced in travel planning, contacting an agency for presale tickets may be the best option for stress-free club access.  Tickets allows you to skip the long lines and guarantee your entry – just arrive before midnight and you should be good to go.  Browse the list of events above by date.

Buying club tickets in advance is the best way to get into a Vegas club if you are not doing VIP bottle service.

VIP Options and Bottle Service

One of the more expensive options that guarantees club entry is with a VIP package.  You will be provided seating with a minimum spend on alcohol and/or food.  The club will require a credit card be held to ensure the minimum spend that will be charged that amount whether or not the food/beverage orders reach that total.  The premier seating locations come with a higher minimum spend.  These VIP options usually include booth tables away from or elevated above the crowd.   Read more about vegas bottle service and see if it is the right thing for your group.

Las Vegas Club Prices

Lets take a look at some of the club prices:

Cover Charge

In general, male guests can expect to spend approximately $50+ as a cover charge. Female guests will be scrutinized for their level of “sexy,” and either be let in for free or be charged a lower cover charge amount than the males—no gender equality here!

Pre Sell Entry Tickets

Tickets range from $10 to $75.  You purchase tickets based on gender and females usually pay $10-$20 less than guys.

Drink Prices

Drink prices are similar to what you can expect to pay for a drink at just about any top restaurant, bar, or day club. A single beer will be around $10, and cocktails from $18 and up.

Bottle Service Prices

VIP service minimums vary based group size, location of table, and the DJ playing that night.  Typical pricing is 1 bottle minimum for 3-4 people on average.  Bottle prices usually start at $425.  Certain tables and locations generally have a set minimum like $2500 spend up to 8 guests.  Do not forget to factor in tip and taxes which could add up to 30% on top of bottles.

Las Vegas Club Dress Code

Nightclubs in Las Vegas hold guests to a higher dress-code standard than what folks may be used to in hometown bars and clubs.  For Vegas clubs, dress to impress! While formal attire isn’t required, here’s a list of what’s unacceptable at Las Vegas nightclubs:

  • Shorts
  • Sandals
  • Work Boots
  • Baggy jeans
  • Athletic shoes
  • Athletic attire
  • Cutoffs
  • Hats

Resident DJs in Las Vegas

Around each New Year, several of the DJs in Las Vegas sign contracts to perform exclusively at certain nightclubs 2-4 times per month, some more.  For any first time visitors, EDM is the music genre of choice at these clubs.  Below are some of the top exclusive artists at select nightclubs:

2018 Resident DJs

Hakkasan/Omnia/Jewel/Wet Republic – Calvin Harris, Tiesto, Kaskade, Steve Aoki, Matoma, Zedd, Cash Cash, Martin Garrix

XS/Intrigue/Encore Beach Club – David Guetta, Alesso, Diplo,The Chainsmokers, DJ Snake, Dillion Francis, Galantis, Afrojack, Kygo, Marshmello

Marquee – Laidback Luke, Dash Berlin, DJ Vice, Tritonal

Club Alternatives: lounges and bars

The EDM party scene is not for everyone. If you’re looking to go out for drinks and socializing, but prefer to avoid a wild club scene, there are multiple venues to choose from, many located within short walking distance of your Las Vegas Strip hotel. These Vegas bars and lounges offer a more sophisticated atmosphere, each with its own unique design and vibe. Here are some of the best alternative drinking and socializing destinations, located right on the Strip:

  • The Chandelier at the Cosmopolitan
  • The Bourbon Room at the Venetian
  • The Deuce Lounge at Aria
  • Rhumbar at the Mirage
  • Mandarin Bar at Mandarin Oriental

Last Call For Vegas Nightclubs

No matter what you can imagine as being a perfect night out, Las Vegas has the venues to make those visions a reality.  Whether it’s a nightclub, lounge, or bar, Sin City’s nightlife is limitless and legendary.  This unrivaled adult playground makes Vegas the place that can truly cater to any occasion. Just be sure to plan ahead and explore the myriad Vegas party options to guarantee finding your personal favorite nightlife destination.