No trip to Vegas is complete without a tour of the city’s nightlife.
Whether you find yourself in Sin City for a weekend getaway, a business trip, or Skybridge Capital’s upcoming SALT Conference (May 5), The Strip has no shortage of throbbing mega-clubs and swank lounges.
For Miley Cyrus-style debauchery and flying bottle service:
Enter the MGM Grand and proceed through a passageway hidden behind a library bookcase to arrive at Beacher’s Madhouse, where the aim is not to make you feel like you’re at the circus, but rather that you are in the circus. Revelers are surrounded by 16 stages with naughty circus acts taking the stage (and mingling with the crowd) every 30 minutes. Little people descend from the ceiling to deliver bottle service. Miley Cyrus is a frequent visitor here. (702) 891-3577
For a modern-day Rat Pack kind of night:
If you’re looking for a place to pre-game, The Barrymore is an excellent choice. Located across from Wynn in the non-gaming Royal Resort, it takes inspiration from a classic, long-shuttered MGM haunt named after actor John Barrymore. Stop by during the social hour (5-7 p.m.) and choose from seven variations on the classic martini, several barrel-aged libations, and house favourites like the rhubarb- and cognac-fuelled Barrymore 75. (702) 407-5303
For a lounge-meets-mega-club experience with celebs aplenty:
Like its sister locations in LA and New York, 1OAK Las Vegas is a celeb magnet. With its ample sofas and wraparound screens, it’s often likened to a movie theatre with a dance floor. It’s smaller than most Vegas clubs (a capacity of 1,600 versus the usual 5,000) but there are two rooms — and if you get close enough to table 33 (aka the owner’s table) you’re likely to spot a Kardashian. Things start to crescendo around midnight, so arrive earlier if you want to make it in. (702) 693-8300
For a hair of the dog and a splash in the pool:
Dayclubbing is huge in Vegas, but the pool to be in and around is at Marquee in The Cosmopolitan. The club spans 22,000 feet of mingling space and packs two pools. High rollers should seek shelter in one of the grand cabanas, each of which is outfitted with its own infinity dipping pool. Don’t even think about showing up if your name isn’t on the guest list. (702) 333-9000
For a Champagne-fuelled afterparty:
Sir Elton John is one of the owners of FIZZ, the new-ish boîte on the block at Ceasars Palace. Here you can order the $US2,500 Fizz Deluxe, which counts Dom Perignon rosé and cognac from the tippity top of the shelf among its ingredients. For more like 20 bucks you can sip five other Champagne-based cocktails, as well as some decadent dessert cocktails boasting flourishes like coconut purée and toasted marshmallow. (702) 776-3200
For five floors of drinking, dining, and dancing:
Much like it’s masterfully folded dumplings, Hakkasan is the perfect Vegas nightlife package. There’s fine dining and dim sum on the first floor (presided over by a Michelin-starred chef), a social lounge on the second floor, and four nightlife venues between floors three and five. The main room and mezzanine are where the hard partying happens, but instead of the usual boozy club smell you’ll notice a different scent in the air — Hakkasan’s signature jasmine fragrance, which is pumped throughout the whole venue. (702) 891-3838