The day party scene has made serious waves in Las Vegas in the past decade, turning the formerly laidback pool experience into raucous, sunbaked bacchanalias beginning in late February/early March and running through mid-October. The top spots now lure superstar DJs who once performed exclusively in the clubs, drawn by big crowds and ever bigger paychecks in increasingly lavish venues.
1. Daylight Beachclub
The pool (4,440 square feet) and the stage (1,400 square feet) are as outsize as the beats at this hip-hop-friendly day club at Mandalay Bay. It’s perhaps best known for its “Lit Sunday” series, which features resident rappers like Rick Ross, Jeezy, Saweetie and T-Pain, but there’s also a strong EDM presence here thanks to DJs like 3lau, Duke Dumont and Morgan Page. Daylight also distinguishes itself with gourmet cuisine offerings and a craft cocktail menu. We recommend slaking thirsts with a little Daylight White Sangria. Or a lot.
2. Drai’s Beachclub
Literally taking the dayclub scene to new heights 11 stories above the street, this rooftop pool party at The Cromwell offers the best daytime views of The Strip. The sights might trump the sounds, as Drai’s doesn’t focus on superstar DJs, bringing in more populist party starters like DJ Pauly D instead. Pro tip: stay at any of the 10 Caesars properties on The Strip and there’s no cover before 1 p.m. Guests at The Cromwell, also a Caesars hotel, can skip the line as well.
3. Encore Beach Club
This predictably posh dayclub at Wynn Las Vegas is as luxe as it gets, its red-and-white decor and abundance of palm trees creating a desert oasis vibe complemented by a trio of pools and 32 private bungalows and cabanas. And the party doesn’t stop when the sun goes down, as the club’s popular Nightswim series on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday brings in EDM favorites like Diplo, Dillon Francis and RL Grime to perform beneath the stars.
4. Marquee Dayclub
Because you haven’t lived until you’ve kicked it in a three-story bungalow complete with its own butler, Marquee Dayclub is here for you. Beating the heat can cost up to a cool $15,000 in one of those bad boys, but there’s plenty here for all budgets at this spacious rooftop pool party at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Marquee’s Sunday “Beatwave” series reels in names like house favorites Gorgon City and Solardo, while the rest of the programming ranges from hip-hop (Mustard) to future house (Oliver Heldens) to bounce (Deorro) and more.
5. Wet Republic
Vegas’ pool party pioneer having launched in 2008, Wet Republic at the MGM Grand is an old favorite getting a new look for 2020. A multi-million dollar renovation project has brought still more high-end flourishes to the venue with an enhanced sound system, new DJ booth, a 4,000-square-foot LED screen with a 13-foot interactive cube and an additional pair of plunge pools to go with the two main pools. Those are the changes. What’s staying constant is Wet Republic’s star-studded roster, with Tiesto, Afrojack, Steve Aoki and Zedd all among the regulars here.