Vegas Nightlife from Mild to Wild
The sultry, world-famous, no-holds-barred nightlife in Las Vegas is going strong. But now there are adults-only dayclubs to experience, as well as more relaxed and casual locations in the city that the whole family can enjoy.
Las Vegas became an attractive party spot in the 1930s, when gambling was legalized, and divorce was made easy. Until the beginning of the 1980s, there was nary anyone to be seen on the streets of Sin City except adults looking to have a memorable time. Now, however, there really is something for everyone in this town.
At present days, it seems like every season in Vegas is the best season for sports fans. From mild to wild to those things that just need to stay in Vegas only.
Here are our favorites:
People of all ages enjoy the indoor botanical display at the Bellagio. Don’t yawn, it’s quite spectacular. Toward the end of the year the display may have millions of blooms adorning horse-and-carriages, mice unwrapping giant gifts, and fairytale drawbridges guiding guests into a dreamscape.
The display changes seasonally, so it’s always worth a visit.
If you have young kids who need a break from the pool and Circus Circus, take a Lyft to “Lost Worlds, Myth & Magic” in the adjacent suburb of Henderson. The kids can enjoy ninja warrior-style obstacle courses and climbing walls, and adults can chill on massage chairs that face TVs showing NFL and other big-league games.
If you want to stick close to downtown Vegas, check out the Egypt Room at the Natural History Museum. The museum itself is charming, but small. But the dedicated Egypt Room is interactive and worth more than one visit, if you have any interest in Egyptology.
You know all those magicians on television who win talent shows and who are household names? They live and work in Las Vegas. Catch acts from Criss Angel, Penn & Teller, and other top names. Have your mind read at Bally’s and enjoy a comedy show combined with magic at Planet Hollywood.
If music is more your thing, Lady Gaga, J. Lo, Britney Spears and other top recording artists have enjoyed long and lucrative residencies in Sin City. Stars are always coming and going; check listings to find the latest arrival.
Las Vegas has always been known for its lavish hit shows, many of which are performed topless. Shows such as Cirque du Soleil’s Zumanity have been drawing crowds year after year of visitors looking to add a bit of sensual zest to their Vegas experience.
A more recent addition to the Vegas “adults only” scene are the topless swimming pools that host hundreds of partiers who swim and dance to music spun by the world’s most popular DJs. These are called “dayclubs” and are a vibrant scene in the warmer months.
Sapphire and the Mirage host parties notorious for wild behavior, drawing attendees from all over the world. Rent a poolside cabana if you want to secure speedy cocktail service and some of the world’s best sightseeing.
When you need to leave the workaday world behind, when you want to feel like nothing matters but the night, tonight, Vegas has your prescription. There are plenty of people in the city who want to take care of you, but quality matters. Here are some of the world’s favorite Vegas “hot hot hot” spots.
Crazy Horse III is a strip club famously staffed with ladies who are as friendly as they are seductive. The drinks are good, the music is very current and extremely loud, and the action on the weekends is wall-to-wall. The club will send a car to your hotel to give you a free ride to the club (most of the top name gentlemen’s clubs will offer this service, as well).
Another popular 21-and-over destination is Larry Flynt’s Hustler Club. The entertainers are known to be fun, hip and flashy. The location is close to the Strip if you don’t want to stray too far from Las Vegas Boulevard.
After your night out with the ladies, you can swing by a 24-hour marijuana dispensary to browse the wares. Bring ID and cash and be prepared to wait in line if it’s the weekend.
Note: although called “gentleman’s clubs,” ladies are welcome and tend to be well-treated by the dancers.
A Final Word
For a city that is world-famous, Las Vegas is surprisingly compact. You can get from hotspots to day clubs to golf courses to hiking trails and more within minutes.
There’s more going on in the city than most people realize, so make sure you explore. If you’ve always stuck to the Strip, you can venture over to the Fremont Street Experience, which has a pedestrian mall that runs between some of the city’s older casinos.
If you stick to slots and are intimidated by table games, try your hand at roulette. Most dealers love newbies and will help you learn the ropes.
Go have fun!