Las Vegas brings in over 40 million people a year, tempting tourists with promises of a fast-paced party paradise. Vegas used to be a place where faded stars came for their final paycheck, but in recent years some of the best clubs in the world, hottest restaurants and superstar DJ’s have made Vegas their home. If you’re planning a trip to Las Vegas, there are a few steps you need to take to ensure you get the most out of it. Let’s get started!
1. Choose Where to Stay
Even though Las Vegas is synonymous with some of the most expensive hotel rooms in the USA, there is something for everyone when it comes to your accommodation. Check out our full article here.
The Strip – One of the most recognizable roads you could think of, the Las Vegas Strip is where all the action happens. With hotels surrounding the 4.2 mile long road, this is where the majority of tourists flock to each year. While a lot of hotels will be expensive (Think 35k a night for the Nobu Villa in Ceasars Palace), the prices drastically change from room to room, hotel to hotel, and depending on the seasons, you may get a bargain.
Downtown – Before the days of the Strip, Vegas was once a much smaller affair. Having begun in the 1930’s, Downtown Vegas is where you will get a feel for what it was like in the golden age. Downtown is very close to the Strip, but comes at a cheaper price, and if you are into retro, this place will win hands down.
Off-Strip – You may be surprised to learn that a lot of people actually live in Las Vegas! There are a lot of hotels around the main Strip where you may pick up hotels at much cheaper prices. The Strip will only be a short taxi or Uber away, so perfect if you want to get away from the main hustle and bustle.
2. Choose Your Hotel
Las Vegas hotels are cities within a city, especially on The Strip, where the properties are so large you could compare them to a labyrinth! Picking your Las Vegas hotel is a lot of fun, they all have their own unique charm, and depending on what type of holiday you are looking for, it could depend on the hotel you pick. Check out our full breakdown of Hotels here.
MGM Grand – One of the most famous hotels on The Strip, that often hosts the biggest Boxing & UFC cards. It is also one of the largest, with 6,852 rooms! The MGM Grands main attractions is the famous Hakkasan night club where favourites like Calvin Harris has a residency, as well as Wet Republic, one of the biggest pool parties Vegas has to offer.
Cosmopolitan – Since opening in 2010, the aptly-named Compopolistan has become a popular spot for clubbers. Being one of the newest hotels on The Strip, expect to find a young and hip vibe that goes along with the Marquee Dayclub & Nightclub. The Cosmo also has the Chandelier bar, where a three-story chandelier is housed!
Wynn – The place where high rollers roll, Wynn Las Vegas will send penny pinchers fleeing. The magnificent hotel stands proud next to its sister property, the Encore, and has the only golf course on The Strip. The Wynn also has one of the cities best superclubs, XS, and day parties at the Encore Beach Club. If you have the cash, this is the place to spend it.
The Cromwell – If you prefer a more boutique experience but want to stay on The Strip, The Cromwell is a good shout. Still sitting in the luxury category, this property has a magnificent beach club called Drai’s, which sits 11 stories above The Strip. It also holds host to one of the best late night spots for people that want to party all night, at Drai’s after hours.
Caesars Palace – One of the most recognizable hotels, Ceasars Palace is an absolute behemoth. You probably won’t need to leave Ceasar’s as there is an abundance of shops, concerts, restaurants, all under one roof, including Cirque Du Soleil’s shows. You will also find Omnia, one of the most breathtaking superclubs on The Strip that has 3 levels.
Bellagio – The place where those fountains you’ve heard so much about live, a must-see experience even if you’re not staying at the Bellagio. However, you’ve got to be prepared to pay for it, similarly to the Wynn, this is an ultra-luxurious hotel. While the hotel will live up to any expectations, you won’t find one of the famous superclubs here.
Aria – Once called “the most technologically advanced hotel ever built”, this hotel features a touch-screen automation system in every room. One of the newer hotels which opened in 2009, the main attraction here is the Jewel nightclub, which features 1,400 square feet of LED ribbon lights on the ceiling above you.
The Venetian/Palazzo – You thought some of the hotels were big? Well The Venetial holds the record of the second biggest hotel in the world, with 7,351 rooms. Decorated in the style of Venice, you can even take a gondola ride through their canals! The Venetian also holds host to Tao, an oriental style club which is one of the top clubs in Vegas.
Downtown Grand – If you’re looking for more of a frugal option but still want to party, the Downtown Grand should be high on your list. Situated in Old Vegas which has a real charm of its own, the Downtown Grand has DJ’s spinning on the casino floor Friday & Saturday. A great place to stay and start your night.
El Cortez – If you want to go true Old school Vegas vintage, then El Cortez first opening in 1941! The hotel has kept a lot of it’s original charm such as it’s huge neon sign and facade. Depending on the season you can grab rooms for under $25!
3. Pick Your Clubs
If you’re coming to Las Vegas to party, then you have to check out some of the Superclubs that this city has to offer. There aren’t many places in the world where you will be able to dance to some of the biggest DJ’s every night of the week, surrounded by beautiful people in some of the biggest and coolest clubs! Check out our detailed look at the most popular clubs here.
Drai’s Nightclub – A favourite for those who are into their pop, hip-hop & R&B. Drai’s home is at the Cromwell, and has live appearances from superstars nearly every night. Dancing under a huge central disco ball, Drai’s also hosts its “After Hours” which opens at 1am and goes on until 8am!
Hakkasan – If you’re looking for some heart-thumping electronic music, then Hakkasan has an all-star line up of DJ’s such as Tiesto, Calvin Harris & Zedd. The main dance area hosts multiple levels, has an amazing light setup, and an outdoor oriental themed garden! If you’re looking for a real taste of Vegas nightlife, this is a must-see.
Jewel – It’s not just the bodies that move to the music here, Jewel has huge LED video screens that move and pulsate in sync with the sounds thundering from the DJ booth. There is something for everyone at Jewel, with Steve Aoki holding a residency here, but if you’re looking for hip-hop, you can also find Tya & Lil Jon. A high-end clubbing experience in a cozier setting.
Omnia Nightclub – Arguably one of the most jaw-dropping superclubs in terms of the visuals. Centered in the middle of the dance floor, you will find a 22,000 lb, eight ringed, space-shop-looking chandelier. It hovers above the dance floor, moving in unison with the music. Another superclub that shows off the opulence of Vegas nightlife, you will find the biggest names in EDM here such as Tiesto & Martin Garrix.
Light Nightclub – This tri-level club at Mandalay Bay is famous for its Cirque Du Soleil acrobats dancing around the venue. If you’re more into your Top-40 then this is a great club to get a taste of Vegas nightlife, without some of the longer-lines of its counterparts.
Marquee Nightclub – If you’re looking for diversity in a club, then Marquee is a great option. The main room features a four-story DJ booth with dancers on every level, with an incredible light show. They also feature the “Boom Box” room, which features a wider-range of sounds.
Tao – This long-running favorite at the Venetian is a celebrity favourite. With an Asian-inspired decor – think towering Buddha statues, koi ponds, and the occasional bathtub filled with rose petals and beautiful women, Tao is one of the highest-grossing nightclubs in the country.
VooDoo Rooftop Nightclub – If you’re looking for the Vegas nightclub experience but don’t want to experience anything too hardcore, VooDoo is a budget-friendly, approachable nightclub. Sitting on the 51st floor of the Rio hotel, you get an amazing panoramic glimpse of Vegas at night.
XS – Housed at the lavish Wynn hotel, the only thing not gold-played is the staff. The XS is a breathtaking experience that has over 10,000 light sources inside, and top EDM headliners such as David Guetta, Diplo & The Chainsmokers. You can even sip on “The Ono”, a $10,000 cocktail made with the uber pricey Rémy Martin Louis XVIII Black Pearl cognac.
4. Choose Your Pool Party
The day party scene has made serious waves in Las Vegas in the past decade, transforming the traditionally laid back pool experience into a seriously wild ride. A Las Vegas pool party is a surefire way to satisfy your party cravings, check out our detailed breakdown here.
Daylight Beachclub – This monster of a Pool Party at Mandalay Bay is set over 4,400 sq ft, with the stage adding another 1,400 sq ft! This beachclub has a great mix of parties, probably most well known for its “Lit Sunday” series which features rappers like Rick Roos & T-Pain. But you will also find a strong EDM presence on other days.
Drai’s Beachclub – Party 11 stories up at the Cromwell, with amazing views over The Stip. This Beachclubs is a more boutique experience and opts for less superstar DJ’s, but often features popular party starters like DJ Pauly D. If you happen to stay in any of the 10 Ceasars properties on The Strip, you get free entry before 1pm!
Encore Beachclub – Looking for a premium experience? Look no further than the Encore Beachclub at the Wynn. Featuring 3 pools, a bunch of private bungalows and cabanas, as well as superstar DJ’s like Diplo & Dillon Francis. There is also a chance to party after dark with the Nightswis series.
Marquee Dayclub – This popular spot at The Cosmopolitan has a range of events ranging from house favorites with DJ’s such as Gorgon City & Solardo, to hip-hop parties. If you’ve got the cash to splash, why not get the $15,000 three-story bungalow with its own butler?
Wet Republic – The Creme de la Creme of pool parties, Wet Republic has been running at the MGM Grand since 2008, but has just had a multi-million dollar revamp for 2020. Four pools spanning 53,000 square ft (you read that right), a 4,000 square foot LED screen, and a brand new sound system with DJ’s such as Tiesto & Steve Aoki!
5. Pick a Unique Vegas Bar
Vegas isn’t just Casinos, Clubs & Pool Parties, they have some excellent bars of all types and budget ranges depending on what you are looking for. Here are a few of our favorite…
The Chandelier – This extravagant spot at The Cosmopolitan features a three-story chandelier as the centerpiece. Each floor offers a different experience from craft cocktails, to cozy lounge.
Commonwealth – If you’re up for venturing Downtown, this wood-grained, prohibition-style bar is a great spot to escape the crowds. It has one of the most extensive beer selections in the area, and has a roof-top patio to get some air and take in the surroundings.
Double Down Saloon – Fan of a classic dive bar? Then look no further than the Double Down Saloon. An iconic bar off the strip, this is the place to get weird, with punk shows every night, their trademark Bacon Martini, and their trademark sign which simply states “Shut Up and Drink”!
The Golden Tiki – A Las Vegas twist on the Tiki Bar, you will have hours of fun discovering the weird and wonderful memorabilia, from voodoo dolls heads of famous celebrities, treasure chests, and pirate skeletons. Don’t leave without knocking back a flaming drink or two.
On the Record – This new addition to the MGM Grand combines a vinyl record store with a cocktail bar. Themed with Rock ‘n Roll pinball machines, a hidden speakeasy bar, and karaoke rooms to rent. The bartenders will also craft you a cocktail based exclusively on your music tastes!
6. Choose a Restaurant
If there’s one thing that Las Vegas does well, it’s food. You could spend $500 on a meal in Vegas, per person! Or you can treat yourself to a premium experience buffet for a 10th of that. Here are some of the most unique…
Blackout – Fancy dining in the dark where you the idea is to provide “a journey of the senses” by depriving you of one. Blackout is a truly unique experience where you can opt for a five or seven-course meal with some seriously good food.
Evel Pie – Just want some good old American pizza at reasonable prices? Evel Pie has everything you would expect for a standard pizza joint, but with the addition of Grasshoppers, Rattlesnake sausage, and more!
Joel Robuchon – If money is no object and you really feel like splashing out, Joel Robuchon holds three Michelin stars, one of only 14 in the whole of the USA, and the only one in Vegas. Joel Robuchon is famous for its fine French cuisine, you will find a la carte, as well as set menus that can go up to 18 courses for $445!
Peppermill – If you fancy a proper Las Vegas experience with a restaurant that has featured in films such as “Casino” and “Showgirls”, Peppermill is where it’s at. Since opening in 1972, the bar-restaurant has become famous for its luminous pink decor, and glowing central fire pit, and has a specialty cocktail menu to match.
Wynn Buffet – If you’re after a famous all-you-can-eat style Buffet, the Wynn is one of the best examples on The Strip. Featuring breathtaking decor, and food to match, you can indulge in as much wagyu beef, fresh sushi and seafood as you like!
7. Pick an Adrenaline Pumping Activity
If you’re not sleeping all day from partying all night, then Las Vegas has plenty to offer you during the day, from flying over the beautiful scenery, to six-figure sports cars, or jumping off a skyscraper!
Dream Racing – Experience life as a race driver at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, a 1.5 mile oval track on the Nascar circuit. With over three-dozen rides available, from street-legal Lamborghini, Ferrari and Porsche supercars — to name but a few — to actual race cars, there’s a bevy of options and combo packages available.
Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour – Las Vegas may be best known for its indoor opulence, but its outdoor surroundings are just as visually stunning. From the painted desert at its doorstep to nearby Lake Mead with its architectural marvel the Hoover Dam to one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World in the Grand Canyon in neighboring Arizona, there’s an abundance of scenic beauty to be had.
High Roller – The world’s tallest observation wheel towering 550 feet above The Strip at The Linq, the High Roller provides a bird’s eye view of The Strip inside one of 28 cabins that hold 40 people each. It takes a half-an-hour for one revolution, enabling passengers to soak in the scenery.
Slotzilla Zipline – Fly over Old Las Vegas in style, with the Slotzilla Zipline. The Zipline is under the Fremont Street canopy in the heart of Downtown Vegas, where you will fly several stories above the revelers below!
Sky Jump – The thing holds a Guinness World Record as “the highest commercial decelerator descent facility.” Uh, yeah, what does that mean exactly? That you might want to bring a spare of undies upon braving Skyjump, where you’ll take an open-air leap over 800 feet above the street from the top of The Strat skypod.