1.) Hakkasan at MGM Grand
Since its debut in April, this megaclub in MGM Grand has been THE place to party. Hakkasan is a five-story nightlife and culinary complex that spans 80,000 square feet. Amid lavish interiors that merge Eastern and Western stylistic elements, a variety of experiences can be had. The main club, which is situated on the fourth floor and stretches upward to include the mezzanine on the fifth floor, attracts the most attention on weekends. It boasts a huge dance floor, a suspended performance area, floor-to-ceiling LED screens and oversized VIP booths. Plus, Hakkasan’s roster of DJs reads like a “Who’s Who” in the world of EDM. Steve Aoki, Danny Avila, Dada Life, deadmau5, Hardwell, Calvin Harris, R3hab, Tiësto and Tommy Trash all make regular appearances. If you’re in more of low-key mood, the elegant 10,000-square-foot Ling Ling Club is situated on the third floor of Hakkasan. The adjoining Ling Ling Lounge also has a relaxed atmosphere combined with a first-rate mixology program.
2.) Light at Mandalay Bay
Another of the new clubs on the block, Light is one of the most buzzed about spaces in Vegas. This stellar nightspot opened on the Strip at Mandalay Bay over Memorial Day weekend. It’s the result of a collaboration between The Light Group, a leading hospitality management company famous for shaping the city’s nightlife scene, and Cirque du Soleil, the world-renowned Canadian entertainment company responsible for eight of Sin City’s most successful productions. Measuring more than 38,000 square feet, Light has an ever-evolving space that’s transformed nightly so no two visits are ever the same. Illuminating the way for traditional nightclubs, it features an acrobatic LED structure that provides an immersive playground for performers in avant-garde costumes who display amazing feats and distinctive choreography. Light also has the largest general admission dance floor in Las Vegas. This was practically a necessity given that the music is spun by a lineup of internationally acclaimed DJs. In fact, three of Light’s superstars – Skrillex, A-Trak and Zedd – landed nominations for the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards.
XS (Photo by Barbara Kraft)
3.) XS at Encore
When it first opened in Encore at Wynn Las Vegas in 2008, managing partner Jesse Wait’s 40,000-square-foot club offered the most extravagant nightlife experience around. That allure hasn’t worn off a bit. Thanks to last year’s record-breaking revenue (in excess of $80 million!), XS was recently named the No. 1 nightclub in the country on Nightclub & Bar media group’s Top 100 rankings. More than 40 prestigious DJs make up the chic nightspot’s residency list – including Above & Beyond, Avicii, Knife Party, Martin Solveig, Dirty South and will.i.am. The glitterati often flock to XS on Friday and Saturday nights. Sunday’s Night Swim, a party that uses Encore’s pool as a dance floor, and Monday’s IN industry night, are also among the club’s hottest events.
4.) TAO Las Vegas at The Venetian
A multi-story, 60,000-square-foot venue featuring a nightclub as well as a restaurant, lounge and pool club, TAO Las Vegas has been among the city’s top hotspots since opening at The Venetian in 2005. An evening here is considered standard protocol for nightlife-loving visitors. Not only does the Asian-inspired entertainment complex have state-of-the-art audio and lighting systems, gorgeous go-go dancers, private skyboxes and a 40-foot outdoor terrace that overlooks the Strip, but celebrities – like Usher, Drake, Rihanna, Heidi Klum and Kim Kardashian – are frequently spotted getting their photos snapped on TAO’s famous red carpet.
The rooftop patio at Pure Nightclub
5.) Pure Nightclub at Caesars Palace
At two stories and 36,000 square feet, Pure Nightclub at Caesars Palace consists of several different venues – a main room, a lounge and a rooftop patio. Each features its own DJ, sound system and sophisticated style. If you make it into the club and onto the patio, you’ll behold one of the most breathtaking panoramic views of the Strip around. Bathed in white, the lavish surroundings will have you feeling like nightlife royalty. Earlier this summer Pure Nightclub hosted a bevy of beautiful Miss USA contestants. A haven for celebrities, Ke$ha, Chris Brown and Jennifer Lopez and have all been seen here too.
6.) Marquee Nightclub at The Cosmopolitan
This 60,000-square-foot megaclub that opened at the end of 2010 has something for everyone. Not only are there seven bars, but Marquee Nightclub also boasts three separate rooms. The main room is paradise for dance lovers, thanks to the high-tech sound and visual system – it’s one of the best in the city. A 40-foot video wall backs the booth where world-renowned DJs like Kaskade and Benny Benassi reside. They have 32,000-watt subwoofers at their disposal. There’s also an elevated dance floor. Next door, the Library (yes, it has shelves filled with vintage books) is more laid-back with a fireplace and billiards table. The Boom Box is found on the lower level of Marquee Nightclub. Along with fabulous views of the Strip, it features a separate DJ spinning hip-hop and other music genres.
The terrace at Moon Nightclub
7.) Moon Nightclub at the Palms
The Palms really raised the bar by opening this penthouse nightspot in 2006. Moon Nightclub is situated on the top floor of the resort’s opulent Fantasy Tower. From cushy booths that line the perimeter of its terrace, you can take in spectacular views of the city. Moon Nightclub also has a 30-foot-by-60-foot retractable roof above its dance floor that can be opened in good weather to showcase in the night sky. You’ll truly see stars when you get your groove on here!
8.) Hyde Bellagio at Bellagio
With its sleek décor, crafted cocktails (for summer try the Strawberry Shandy or a refreshing pitcher of sangria) and the famous Fountains of Bellagio forming the background, Hyde Bellagio is an unforgettable gathering spot. It’s a wonderful option for those who want to start out with an early evening lounge experience but continue partying nightclub-style into the wee hours. There is plenty of plush seating, and the doors to the terrace are open in the evenings so you can enjoy fresh air while you’re dancing. The crowd at Hyde Bellagio is eclectic and celebrity appearances are common. “Live Music Thursdays” is one popular weekly event with sets by The Paul Charles Band, The Peter Love Band and resident entertainer Mahi Crabbe.
9.) Body English at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
The two-story Body English nightclub has a long history in Vegas. It originally opened at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in 2004, but the doors were shut for a spell in 2010. Thankfully, Body English was relaunched at the end of 2012. A throwback to an old world-style men’s club from England, it’s laden with excess – things like dark woods, leather booths and sparkling crystal chandeliers. The captivating entrance to Body English is a staircase that leads underground. The nightclub features an expansive dance floor and a full bar on each of its levels. A variety of big-name DJs playing EDM, house, techno and other formats visits weekly, and there are theme nights – like Dorm Days (be sure to wear PJs and sexy lingerie) and BASSment Fridays – to keep the mood fun.
10.) 1 OAK at The Mirage
The dance floor in 1 OAK isn’t huge, but that’s a good thing because you’re likely to bump against someone attractive on it. This versatile 16,000-square-foot venue combines a traditional club vibe with the bottle service world. Consisting of two separate rooms with their own bars and music formats, 1 OAK is able to feature everything from celebrity DJs and up-and-coming talent to unique events that fuse art and fashion. For example, One of Kind Tuesdays are helmed by DJ Que while Haute Thursdays blend an evening of style and substance.