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 dayclub 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.
Pool Party Music
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, Afrojack, The Chainsmokers, Tiesto
- Marquee Dayclub – Armin Van Buren, Dash Berlin, Kaskade, Tritonal
- Encore Beach Club – David Guetta, Avicii, Deadmau5, Major Lazer
- Daylight Beach – Alesso, Skrillex (non-exclusive)
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!
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.
Best Las Vegas Pool Parties 2017
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 dayclub 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 dayclubs located on the Strip and are sure to provide visitors with an out of this world Vegas pool party experience:
Located at the MGM Grand, this dayclub features an “ultra pool,” whose grandeur allows for some of the most massive pool parties on the strip. 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.
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. This pool party is also well known for attracting Hollywood celebrities.
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.
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.
Possibly the most infamous pool party, Rehab at the Hard Rock, is the place for guests who are looking to get off-the-chain wild. The parties last all weekend, but Sunday is hottest day to attend. This dayclub features a whopping 11 pool areas and over 200,000 square feet of tropical oasis…where palm trees abound and beautiful women gather. Rehab will feature a younger crowd and generally more debauchery than other Vegas pool parties.
Vegas Pool Party Season
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.
Insider Peek Into Hotel Pools
Las Vegas tourists looking for a more relaxed or family atmosphere should book a hotel with a resort style pool(s) as opposed to a pool party/dayclub. Several of the major Las Vegas Strip resorts feature a dayclub and a hotel pool in separate areas. If you plan on visiting Las Vegas with children, look in to booking hotels that offer a family-friendly pool atmosphere.
Top Rated Hotel Pools
Most of the higher end hotels on the strip offer the best pool options. Encore, Wynn, Caesars, Cosmopolitan, Venetian/Palazzo all have excellent pools and each have more that once choice depending on the atmosphere you are looking for.
Mid tier hotels that offer great pools include MGM Grand, Mirage, Mandalay Bay, and Flamingo.
Any pools good for kids?
Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand, Excalibur, The Mirage and The Flamingo are some of the hotels that feature family-friendly pools. These pools usually offer poolside lounging for the adults, as well as fun features to entertain the kids. Waterfalls, lazy rivers and open swimming areas are a few of the features kids can look forward to.
You will probably see the most kids at the Mandalay Bay and MGM Grand. Mandalay Bay offers a beach like wave pool as well as a lazy river like MGM Grand.
Any adult-only hotel pools?
Just because you prefer to relax and sunbathe, doesn’t mean you have to settle for a family-oriented pool with kids splashing around. Consider these age-restricted hotel pools if you wish to enjoy being poolside amongst other adults, but without a wild party atmosphere: Bare Pool Lounge, Sapphire Pool and Day Club, Azure and The Aliante are a few adult-only hotel pool options. These pools offer peaceful lounging, gourmet food and beverages, and some even offer topless sunbathing.