Insider Peek Into Las Vegas Pool Parties
Vegas Pool Parties shouldn’t be confused with the standard hotel pools as they charge an entry fee, sometimes up to $50 (especially for guys). There is not much sitting, relaxing or swimming, but rather dancing, partying and plenty of boozing.
Think of a pool party as a nightclub during the day with water and minimal clothing.
Most parties are on weekends, from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm (weather permitting), but some pools are open weekdays, with a much more relaxed atmosphere.
Getting into a day club can be quite the experience with long lines and wait times of a couple hours or more! Know that a group of guys might have to wait longer since clubs like these gear to having a greater ratio of women to men.
Best Las Vegas Pool Parties 2019
There are several epic pool parties in Las Vegas, but tourists should do some advanced research to know which venue will best meet their expectations.
Each day club offers a different atmosphere, creating a unique experience for partiers. The following dayclub list describes what you can expect at the top pool parties, highlighting the best features of each club.
Know that each of the parties listed are premier day clubs located on the Vegas Strip and are sure to provide visitors with an out of this world Vegas pool party experience:
Wet Republic Pool Party
Wet Republic at MGM Grand hotel is the top pool party to be at on Saturdays and arguably the #1 or #2 day club overall. It has a pretty good sized pool, which can get pretty wild later in the afternoon.
Tip: Security checks are very strict and they even make sure put eye drops in your eye to make sure you are not bringing something else inside. So dress in your pool attire and leave everything else behind.
The club includes several VIP private dipping pools, all of which are saltwater. The club offers a vast, open-air bar/lounge, yet despite its size, long lines for drinks can be expected. Saturdays are very busy here.
To reserve these are not cheap and neither are the drinks.
Wet Republic has some of the biggest named resident DJs such as Calvin Harris, Zedd, and Tiesto.
Encore Beach Club
Encore Beach Club is located at the Encore Resort and known as one of the “upper-scale” pool parties. While the dayclub features a large venue and multiple pools, securing even the smallest of VIP spot will cost close to $1,000 during the busiest days.
This venue is also known to attract celebs. Sundays are their most popular days.
Overall Encore beach club is the wildest and best pool party with some of the best named DJ hosting it on the Weekends including David Guetta and The Chainsmokers.
Liquid Pool Party
Liquid, located at the Aria hotel, cracks the top 5 as one of the more chilled pool parties in Vegas. Liquid’s best day is Thursday, which is the best pool party to be at on that day.
Liquid features a variety of music including top 40, hip-hop, and dance. It is slightly on the smaller side compared to a few of the other pool parties but does offer 8 cabanas, 35 daybeds, and 85 chaise lounges. Price minimums for cabanas and daybeds you will find cheaper the other parties like EBC and Wet Republic.
Tip: Liquid is one of the few poll parties where you can reserve lounge seats for around $100 instead of having to reserve more expensive daybeds and cabanas.
Why you might like it over other parties – not as big, not overcrowded, and a more relaxed vibe but still fun crowd.
Drai’s Beach Club
Drai’s Beach Club offers a party with a great view of the Strip. Located on the rooftop of the Cromwell, patrons can expect great music, an 11-story high view of the Las Vegas Strip, and luxurious party environment.
This dayclub, at Mandalay Bay, is hottest on Fridays and Saturdays where huge parties thump to big-name DJs on an elevated stage. On select nights of the week this pool party transforms into a nightclub called Eclipse that hosts exclusive concerts.
Located at the Cosmopolitan, this day club advertises their pool parties as “the best in Las Vegas.” Featuring two pools, multiple bar areas and top resident DJs, Marquee is sure to provide guests with a great experience.
The pool is not as popular as it once was a few years ago, but it still packs in the crowds, especially on Saturday.
Tao beach, located in the Venetian, is one of the better pool parties on the strip. Although it is a smaller venue, things can get really wild and crazy here. It features food catered from Tao Bistro, several VIP cabanas and daybeds, as well as a variety of music.
Tip: You can leave Tao beach and cool off in one of the other pools and then re-enter and then come back to the craziness.
Tao Beach occasionally features big named DJs and you can reserve lounge chairs for as little as $50-$100 per chair. The cabanas are actually more affordable than many of the other pool parties.
The major complaint with Tao Beach is the small “dirty” pool and the fact that it can get way too crowded.
Pool Party Day Club Music in Vegas
Top-billed DJs in EDM (Electronic Dance Music) often provide the soundtrack to these non stop parties. First time visitors should know that EDM/House is the music of choice at most pool parties.
Select dayclubs have “resident DJs,” meaning the DJs take up a weekly residence in Las Vegas and perform at the club on a regular basis. Below are some of the top resident artists at select dayclubs:
- Wet Republic – Calvin Harris, Martin Garrix, Tiesto, and Zedd
- Marquee Dayclub/Tao Beach – Chuckie, W&W, Deorro, Cedric Gervais
- Encore Beach Club – David Guetta, The Chainsmokers, Diplo, Alesso, DJ Snake, Kygo, Galantis and more
- Daylight Beach – T-Pain, E-Rock, DJ Icon
Dress Code for Pool Parties
Guys should avoid wearing jeans, jerseys, or other non-pool attire. Some pools have a stricter dress code than others, but you’re safe wearing a swimsuit, sandals or flip-flops and a tank top or swimsuit cover-up.
Generally speaking, for proper pool party attire, dress as if you were going to the beach.
Vegas Pool Party Prices
Like most things Vegas, dayclubers should anticipate a major markup on goods and services. Plan to bring a significant amount of cash, credit cards for backup, and of course, ID. Know that you’ll likely spend more money than you had planned, as it’s easy to throw caution to the wind in this carefree fun under the sun environment.
Entry fees will vary depending on the day of the week and who is performing. In general, male guests can expect to pay $50 to get in. Female cover charge, on the other hand, is determined by your level of sexy, the hotter you look, the less you pay and may even grant you free entry.
As a general rule, men pay more to enter clubs than women, no such thing as gender equality here!
Day Club Drink Prices
Prices for drinks at a Vegas pool party are similar to what you’d expect at any upscale restaurant, bar, or nightclub in Vegas. A single beer will be close to $10, whereas specialty cocktails could cost you $25 or more.
Bottle prices usually start around $400 and specially drink pitchers around $100.
Vegas Pool party Tip – Partygoers should bring as few possessions as possible to the pool and know that any bag you take may be subject to search. Consider how to keep your cash and credit cards safe and dry—think waterproof armband, pouch, wristlet, etc.
You’ll also want to keep track of your other belongings, like your shoes…but then again, going home barefoot may be well worth an epic Vegas memory.
How To Get Into A Pool Party
There are several options to get into a pool party, some better and cheaper than others.
Pay Cover: As mentioned above, guests (especially males) can expect to wait in line and pay a cover charge at dayclubs.
Presale Tickets: Avoid the hassle and get fast entry with presale pool party tickets. You can see ticket listings above and avoid the long waits and hassels. You can also check out the full Vegas DJ Schedules for tickets to nightclubs, lounges, and dayclubs.
Guestlist: Some pool parties offer guestlist access. This is basically only for women and perhaps couples. You can contact a club host and see if you can get added to a guestlist which may speed up your time in the line and avoid entry all together.
VIP Entry/Bottle Service: VIP access is obviously the most expensive but could end up being cost effective as well for larger groups of guys.
Guarantee entry to a pool party by purchasing a VIP package. This option is similar to bottle service at a nightclub, where a set minimum spend will grant you seating with table service, bottles and mixers, except at a dayclub food can be counted toward your minimum as well.
VIP options such as a daybed or cabana is highly recommend for a group of guys that wants to avoid cover, long wait times, and drink a fair amount of liquor. It is also hard not to have a great time with this option!
VIP service minimums vary based on demand such as holiday weekends or popular DJs performing. Guests can anticipate a minimum charge of around $1,000 for a daybed and up to $5000 for a cabana on a busy weekend. This package may be the only way to go if you plan to attend with a large group of guys.
While it may sound pricey and $1,000 of liquor (around 2 bottles) may not go far if your group gets too big, it’s well worth the cost to ensure entry, a primo location near the pool, and greater chance of getting attention from the ladies.
You can read our las vegas bottle service guide for a more in depth look at the breakdown in costs for Bottle services and comparison to paying cover charge only.
Vegas Pool Party Season & Opening Dates
Pool parties generally start the first week of March, catering to the masses of college students coming to Las Vegas for their respective spring breaks. They will continue to operate on select days of the week through late September or early October, when summer temps begin to fall and Vegas starts wrapping up tourist season.
A majority of the dayclubs will host an official grand opening party to kick-off pool party season, sometimes a few weeks to a month after the pool parties have actually begun. To make sure your preferred pool party has formally opened for the season, check out our article on official vegas pool opening dates.
Be mindful of holiday weekends when attending pool parties. Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends draw larger crowds that create extra long lines and wait-times, which diminish your odds of getting in.
Club-goers looking for big crowds and rowdy atmospheres will enjoy these weekends, but should plan on paying a premium for cover charge or VIP service.
What About Non Day Club Hotel Pools?
Las Vegas tourists looking for a more relaxed or family atmosphere should visit a resort style pool(s) as opposed to a pool party or day club.
Several of the major Las Vegas Strip resorts feature a dayclub and a hotel pool in separate areas. Vegas has some of the best hotel pools in the country, many which offer a family-friendly pool atmosphere as well.