Which are the Top 5 Best Nightclubs in Vegas?
Gyrating bodies. Pulsating crowds. Hypnotic lighting. The grooviest beats out there. Yes, baby, we’re talking Vegas! Besides the hottest casinos inside the most amazing hotels, the coolest restaurants, the chillest pools, Las Vegas is also home to the most hip of all parties. And where, you ask, do these parties take place? At the best nightclubs in Vegas, of course!
Las Vegas houses some of the oldest clubs in the country, no, the whole world. It feels like every Las Vegas nightclub has its own persona, and you get to know each one intimately. There are so many clubs, in fact, that it was hard to pin down 5. But with categories like best DJs, most chill ambiance, hottest dancers, pool facilities, and the like, we narrowed it down for you.
So you just turned 21 and are ready to unleash the party monster that’s been pent up inside of you for two decades? Or are you a tourist wanting to make the best of their United States trip? Or are you a party scene regular and want to know how your ranking compares to that of other clubbers? Well, you’ve picked the right article, for if you read further, you’ll find the answer to the age-old question, “which are the Top 5 Best Nightclubs in Vegas?”
1. Omnia Nightclub at Caesar’s Place
After its extremely grand opening in March 2015, Omnia Nightclub at Caesar’s place has remained one of the hottest clubs at the Las Vegas Strip. It’s divided into three different rooms: the main roof, the Heart of Omnia, and an open-air rooftop terrace for when it gets too overwhelming indoors.
The main attraction located in the two-story main room is a 22,000-pound kinetic chandelier that’s 33 feet wide and displayed in a 65 feet tall ceiling dome. How’s that for huge?
You might be wondering what a kinetic chandelier is. The easiest way for us to describe it is this: it’s a whole experience! It consists of eight concentric rings that are lined with motion trackers. It brings all your visions of a disco space ship to life with its LED lights and video effects that get fancier by the day. The enormous main floor is dedicated to headlining prominent DJs like Calvin Harris (who performs almost every Friday), Afrojack, Tiesto, and Martin Garrix.
Unline the EDM based main floor, the Heart of Omnia is more of the hip-hop scene with a dedicated DJ. The rooftop terrace floor is ideal for those hoping for a little more chill music. With cinematic lighting, ultra-modern class, and high-end tech, the Omnia experience is completely unique and unbeatable.
Tuesdays are the best to visit the club for industry nights. Besides that, Fridays and Saturdays get the most headlining DJs. Note that you won’t be able to hear music from one floor unless you actually are on that floor. Main floor seats are expensive, but it’s so totally worth it! There’s also a dress code, and reservations are required for bottle service and tables. Once you have that covered, you’re all set to dress the night away under a giant astronomical chandelier! Omnia is open from 10:30 pm to 5 am on Tuesdays and Thursdays to Sundays.
The masterminds behind Omnia Club also brought to you Hakkasan in 2013. This is THE club that all other clubs at Vegas pale in comparison to. Its size alone is guaranteed to mesmerize you. Hakkasan is an 80,000 square feet venue with five levels of dance floors and lounges. It features a five-star cuisine restaurant, its own valet, a garden bar, an Eastern-inspired dance floor, as well as over the top light shows. It even has establishments around the world in places like London and Shanghai!
The main show space is a massive dancefloor dedicated to EDM with a world-class sound system and changing LED lights. Maestros like Lil Jon, Zedd, Calvin Harris, and Lady Gaga can regularly be found on the turntables here. A comparatively relaxing atmosphere can be found in the Ling Ling Lounge, which is more hip-hop and Top 40. Questlove has spun there too!
A more recent development at Hakkasan is the multi-million dollar Hakkasan Grid. This is an art installation that happens to be the largest one of its kind in the US. It consists of 57 four feet triangles that combine into a 30-foot tall showpiece that can change shapes and colors. Dance to that!
The Hakkasan restaurant is an experience in itself. It serves exquisite Cantonese cuisine brought to life by the world-famous executive chef, Ho Chee Boon. For those with VIP tables and dinner reservations at the complex, there’s also complimentary valet service. It’s totally worth it to avoid the rush at the M.G.M. Grand Complex where it’s located.
The Thursday parties at Hakkasan are the exact description of a pumpkin’ Vegas party, however, Fridays and Saturdays host the headliners. Sundays are usually industry nights. The club is open Thursdays through Sundays from 10:30 pm to 4:30 am. A dress code is in place, and you do need reservations for bottle service or dining.
3. XS at the Wynn
XS, as in excess, as in extra, which this nightclub is the complete embodiment of. It’s, in fact, the most expensive Vegas nightclub to be built. True to its associations with the Wynn, its walls are actually lined with real gold! The furnishings at the club are all curvy in one way or another since they’re inspired by the curves of the female body. With gold statues of women, gold dancer poles, 10,000 light fixtures, a 10 feet tall gold rotating chandelier, you can live out your dreams of luxury at the XS.
For all your entertainment needs, there’s an outdoor pool deck area separated from the main 40,000 feet of dancefloor by a rotating DJ booth. There’s also an awesome gaming station located outside for when you’re feeling lucky. What’s more, if you happen to be in town during the summer, you may also be privy to a Sunday night exclusive Nightswim Party in the XS pool. All this is why big names like David Guetta, Major Lazer, and Diplo are regulars at this luxurious establishment.
Since this is one of the oldest and most popular nightclubs of the Vegas scene, it also happens to be one of the most visited. So be prepared for big crowds and wear comfortable shoes! XS has countered these huge flocks of party-goers by providing spacious bars and roomy dancefloors.
XS Nightclub is open Friday to Sunday from 10:30 pm to 4 am. It’s on the pricier side since it has extreme talent spinning every night, even on Sundays. There’s always a big name at the XS. Be mindful of the dress code and do make a reservation for bottle service to be treated like the VIP that you are!
4. Drai’s Nightclub, Beach Club, and After Hours
Unlike the other fabulous entries on our list, Drai’s offers so many unique experiences under one single roof. Drai’s Nightclub and Beach Club are an indoor-outdoor venue located at the top of the Cromwell Hotel. This is why they boast of the best view you can find anywhere on the Vegas strip. The open pool area offers an unprecedented view of Caesar’s Place, the Bellagio Fountains, as well as the rest of the Strip.
This is a 25,000 square feet venue with 7,000 square feet of the most high-tech LED lighting known to humanity. There are 75 different seating options available to accommodate the full 2,500 guest capacity.
Also, unlike a lot of the other nightclubs on the Strip, Drai’s is best known for Hip-Hop and r&b. Previously initiated to host EDM, Drai’s has now had legendary Hip-Hop sensations spin its tables. You can expect artists like Wiz Khalifa, Migos, Ty Dolla $ign, Lil Wayne, and Gucci Mane at this otherworldly location. On days where there are no performers, be prepared to have your dancing shoes blown off with world-famous Hip-Hop hits along with the top 40s.
After a full day and night of partying at the Nightclub and Beach Club, you’ll also have the option to wind down at the Drai’s after hours, which is hidden away in the Cromwell’s basement. Here there are different rooms, each dedicated to a different genre of music. You choose the party.
Think exotic cocktails under palm trees. Think fireworks from the eleventh floor. Think 24-hour long party circuit. That’s right, folks, you’ve got Drai’s. The multifaceted clubs are open from 10:30 pm to 4 am Thursdays through Sundays. Be mindful that this venue is a little heavier on the pocket and requires adherence to a dress code along with reservations for the bottle service.
5. Marquee Nightclub
Located in the Cosmopolitan, which is one giant sprawling club itself, Marquee consists of three completely different rooms that let you choose the scene. This place is stylishly designed and currently targets hip millennials, so head on over if you are one – heck! You’d even be enthralled if you aren’t.
The main room is a bustling tribute to the EDM gods. It features a 40 feet tall LED DJ booth where you can see celebs like Alan Walker, Mustard, and Benny Benassi on the turntable. There’s also the glistening poolside for you to enjoy your drinks.
If EDM isn’t really your thing, The Boombox has a more intimate feel and plays Hip-Hop and the top 40s. It’s also a cocktail bar featuring a 360-degree bar along with a balcony so you can enjoy some fresh air while you sip your delicious drink. It is, without a doubt, the best Hip-Hop place on the Strip.
Looking for something a little more low-key? Just want a seat and some intimate conversation so you can wind down after dancing your ass off at the main floor? Head on to The Library, a room that swaps the token disco lighting for something a little more intimate. This is a VIP lounge that has bookshelves, a pool table, and a fireplace. Marquee sure knows how to set the atmosphere!
What’s more, floor to ceiling windows at the club offers a complete view of the Las Vegas Strip. The place also doubles as a Day Club for VIPs who get to enjoy deep diving pools, spas, along with daybeds. It promises to be quite an experience, we heard.
Marquee Nightclub is open Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10:30 pm to 4 am. Monday nights are usually dedicated to industrial, while Fridays and Saturdays are extremely popular for when you want a real show. Following the dress code and booking a reservation are both completely essential.
We don’t get how anyone could be unsatisfied by the experience that these phenomenal clubs have to offer. Still, we’ve compiled some extras for this freak of nature.
First up is Jewel Nightclub, which is a smaller venture also brought to you by the creators of Omnia and Hakkasana. Because it’s a little more medium-sized and has different lighting, it offers a more intimate vibe compared to the other clubs we reviewed for you.
If the name didn’t give it away, Jewel is gem themed. This theme of opulence is heavily apparent with the club’s granite VIP banquettes upholstered with leather. There are ribbons and screens of LED lights everywhere, making your time on the dancefloor a complete sensory experience.
You can also book themed rooms if you’re looking for something a little more private for you and your friends. The themes include GOAT, a tribute to American sports, as well as the Blind Tiger.
Housed in the Aria Hotel, Jewel is a popular venue frequented by Tyga and the like. It offers a groovy mix of EDM and Hip-Hop, depending on what night you decide to pay it a visit. It’s open Friday, Saturday, and Monday from 10:30 pm to 4 am. Don’t forget your reservations!
Kim Kardashian is known to have celebrated more than one birthday party at the Buddhist inspired nightclub, Tao. Rose petal filled bathtubs line the entrance. There are all sorts of ambient lighting. We can only describe it in one word: zen
When you’re indecisive about what to listen to, Tao is the place to go. It has different rooms for different genres of music. There are also VIP skyboxes that look over a fine view. Another option is the 40 feet tall balcony. We’re telling you, you’ll always find something to do at the Tao. It’s frequented by Snoop Dogg, Justin Credible, and the like.
Finally, something a little newer. On The Record is hidden behind the facade of a record store. It’s fashioned after the feeling of being in your favorite record store. Unlike the sleek look of other nightclubs, this one here offers up a more familiar, homely atmosphere. There are records stuck to the walls, along with recreated band posters. Three different rooms have three different vibes. The outdoor area features a double-decker that’s modeled into another DJ booth. You can also reserve VIP karaoke rooms for you and your pals. It’s a guaranteed fun night out.
Now that you have a few places in mind for your next party location, here some things you should know. In other words, here are the answers to some FAQs regarding Vegas’ happening club scene.
If you want to avoid big crowds at clubs, it’s best if you head there early and no later than 11. Midnight is when the party really gets going, though. If you’re waiting for headlining DJs, they usually start spinning around 1 am and continue until about 3:30 am. An all-night-long party is what you’re looking for, my friends.
About the dress code: although formal attire isn’t a must at most clubs, some outfits are a complete no-no and are ideal for ensuring you don’t get in. These include shorts, sandals, work boots, baggy jeans, athletic wear, anything sporty, beanies, etc. You can get away with maybe something off this list if you book a table or bottle service. However, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Male guests at the clubs should expect to spend about $50 on cover charges. Female guests will be charged lower. Tickers are about $10 to $75, and females pay less than males. Drink prices are similar to most other bars and restaurants, with beer for $10 and cocktails starting at $18. At places like Omnia, you can end up paying $10,000 for a cocktail! Besides that, the VIP service could total up to $2500.
So there it is, all you need to know about the nightclub scene in Vegas. Sin City is packed with parties for you, whether you prefer EDM or r&b, and maybe even country or Latin. Each club has its own vibe, so you get to decide on the kind of night you’d like to experience. There are venues with pools like the XS, or those without such as Hakkasan. With so many options, we don’t know why you’re still sitting here. Get your buds together and book reservations for the hottest weekend of your life!