Since what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, you might as well make the most of everything Sin City has to offer. You could lose your paycheck at the craps table or take in a Cirque show, but those are tame compared to the nightlife that’s waiting for you. If you are looking to indulge your wild side, Las Vegas offers some of the hottest nightclubs and bars in the world, but these 12 stand out as the best.
Located inside Encore at Wynn, XS features a expansive dance floor ringed with gold-leaf sculptures. It’s one of the most extravagant, and expensive, nightclubs ever built. The prominent DJ booth boasts prestigious resident spinners such as Shrillex, Deadmau5 and will.i.am. During the average night you might bump into any of the celebrities that frequent the club, including Prince Harry, who once raced Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte in the club’s massive pool.
The Asian-inspired venue at the Venetian features the standard dance floor and bars, plus a restaurant, lounge and pool club. The private skyboxes and go-go dancers draw in throngs of tourist as well as celebrities, who love to pose on the club’s red carpet.
At over 60,000 square feet, the Hakkasan nightclub at the MGM Grand spans five floors. The party rages all night on the impressive dance floor and the suspended performance area, fueled by big-name DJs including AfroJack and QuestLove.
At over 60,000 square feet, Marquee at the Cosmopolitan has something for every partygoer. Seven bars are spread over three rooms. The main dance room features one of the most advanced sound systems on the Strip, an elevated floor and 40-foot video screen. To steal a quiet moment, head over the Library for a game of billiards by the fireplace.
One of the smaller clubs on the list, 1 Oak at the Mirage has a laid-back vibe. At first glance, it looks more like an upscale theater than a nightclub, with comfortable seating sloping downwards and surrounding the dance floor. But, don’t let the warm, inviting look fool you. 1 Oak hosts wild, luxe parties and is a favorite among the Kardashian clan.
Located at Encore at Wynn, Surrender features plenty of room for dancing and drinking indoors, but outside is where the party really starts. The tropical oasis holds a glittering pool, several bars and ample room to move. The sexy, slinky club draws big-name entertainers like Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.
If you can’t choose between a night at the club and one of Vegas’ stage shows, head to Light at Mandalay Bay. The venue is a collaboration with Cirque du Soliel and features acrobats dangling and dancing from the ceiling.
Part nightclub, part lounge, Hyde Bellagio is as impressive inside as it outside. Luxurious decor boasts plenty of VIP tables, all perfect for the clubs signature bottle service. If you can rip yourself away from Paris Hilton in the DJ booth, there’s also a front-and-center view of the famous fountains.
Located at Paris, Chateau is just as opulent as it’s hotel home. Massive chandeliers lend elegance to the three-story space while the outdoor patios offer fresh air and glittering views of the lights along the Strip. But, it’s not all glitz and glamour. The club is known for it’s pulsating music and bottle service.
At 12,000 square feet, Tryst at the Wynn is an intimate club that packs a big party into a small space. An impressive waterfall splashes into the outdoor pool, but the real action is in the VIP Library where the exhibition pole gets lots of love.
For a fabulous outdoor party, head to Drai’s Nightclub at the Cromwell. A high speed elevator transports you to the rooftop where you can indulge in two pools and epic views of the Strip. Step inside to scope out the 270-degree video walls.
If you are looking for an excuse to snuggle up to someone, head to Minus 5 Ice Bar at either Mandalay Bat or the Monte Carlo. With below freezing temps and walls, furniture and glasses made of ice, you will need the fur coat and hat the staff gives you when you check in. Still, with temperatures this cold it’s sure to be just one stop on your hot night out.