Vegas' Swanky Nightclubs and Lounges
April 16, 2007
By Glenn Haussman
Partying until the sun comes up is matter of course in Las Vegas.
But to create those indelible memories-where your client's wants mesh with the "What Happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas" mantra-it's paramount to match the right venue with the right attitude.
While some are looking to sip martinis in a slick and sexy lounge, others might desire to take it up a notch and explore the club scene.
Fortunately it's Vegas, baby, and there's something for everyone. The one thing Las Vegas mega-clubs and lounges all seem to have in common are long, long lines with well coiffed young people clamoring for a golden ticket to get inside.
Big tip: Instead of wasting what could literally be hours waiting on line watching the rea] high rollers go by, VEGAS.com offers exclusive front-ofthe- line access to more than a dozen of the top clubs on and off the Strip. You can also secure special VIP packages there that include group admissions, as well as tables with bottle service.
VEGAS.com's Nightclub section offers full details on each club, including atmosphere, hours of operation, entertainment schedules and more. Make reservations online or by calling 866-80-SHOWS.
The Mega-Club Scene
Things have changed radically on the club scene during the last few years with the emergence of exclusive (read, expensive) tables. And in Vegas, having a great table at a popular club can be well worth the seemingly steep price.
Here guests pay $400-$500 for a table or booth that can seat about six to eight people. They'll get a bottle of their favorite spirits and a variety of mixers. But most importantly, it's prime real estate they'll have all night. Table service also means no waiting at the bar to get another round, and for men it creates the mystique of being a player.
Men also love that, as the night grows long, more women are apt to stop by to chat and relax at their spacious table.
At Wynn Las Vegas, Tryst is an amazing 12,000-square-foot venue blending indoor and outdoor spaces to create one of the most original club concepts yet. Upon arrival, guests immediately see the dance floor, which is backed by direct views of a 90-foot waterfall. A private lagoon adds to the mood and provides a nice space to take a break from the action. Reserve a table outside for clients looking to seamlessly mix outdoor conversation with the hard pumping sounds of the DJ when inside.
Signature drinks include the Forbidden Kiss, which features Grey Goose La Vanilla Vodka with a touch of Creme De Cocoa, and the Love Triangle, Johnny Love Pineapple with Tangerine Vodka and pineapple juice. It's open Thursday through Saturday from 10 p.m to 4 a.m. Table reservations are highly recommended; ask for Jesse Waits (702-770-3375) if you're working with a VIP.
At Caesars, PURE Nightclub is the only place to be in Vegas on Tuesday nights. Featuring a rooftop lounge hovering just over the Las Vegas Strip, PURE is actually three different experiences in one. A gigantic 36,000 square feet, its three venues all have a distinct personality. A pulsating dance floor, smooth and silky bar area and the outside Terrace all have separate DJsand sound systems further enhancing the varied vibes. If you book a table here, it even comes with private security to enhance the experience, as they'll keep unwanted hangers-on away. They have a team of experienced VIP hosts. Call 702-731-PURE for more information.
Just off the Strip is the Palms Casino Resort. Here there are two mega-clubs, each with its own unique flavor. At Rain Las Vegas, abundant special effects reign on the dance floor, including an intelligent lighting system, fog, haze and three-foot fireballs. A computer-programmed river of water surrounds the bamboo dance floor and features dancing jets and fountains. The club also has a mezzanine level accessed by a private elevator, which has personal balconies overlooking the nightclub below.
Rain Las Vegas is open Thursday from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. and Friday-Saturday from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
In the recently added Fantasy Tower at the Palms is Moon, a nightclub in the sky with a retractable roof that opens to reveal the stars. Upon entering Moon, guests immediately notice they have arrived at a dramatic, surreal environment. The floor is covered with glass tiles in a variety of shapes and sizes that reflect a dizzying array of light.
Videos are projected on a curtain of glass beads, and the club has floor-to-ceiling windows for great views of the entire Strip.
The Ultra-Lounge Scene
For those not looking to battle throngs of partygoers on the dance floor, there are many great martini lounges. The music is usually turned down a notch, making conversation possible, and there's no need to spend hundreds to get a table.
Based on the Beatles era, the newest lounge located at the Mirage is a psychedelic mind trip created by Cirque Du Soleil. The Beatles REVOLUTION Lounge features an LSD-inspired ceiling featuring 30,000 diachronic crystals designed to reflect light and represent the song "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds." VIP tables feature interactive tabletops where guests can create artwork and then project it onto a diamond shaped column in the center of the lounge.
This is the only place in the world with these $150,000 tables. "Yellow Submarine" -inspired portholes line one wall, while the music focuses on the Beatles early in the evening and switches to more contemporary beats later on. Make reservations at 702-692-8383.
On the south side of the Strip, Mandalay Bay has the highly atmospheric rumjungle. At night, this restaurant becomes an ultra-lounge featuring a sizzling hot firewall that transforms into a soothing wall of water. Call 702-632-7408 for reservations and more information.
At the Venetian, V Bar is another toprated martini bar-lounge worth visiting. V Bar is an upscale quiet hideaway featuring leather chaise lounges, understated lighting, a very relaxed tone and a huge selection of martinis. Late at night, DJs ramp up the energy with old school hip-hop and R&B, which plays until 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Created by the founders of New York's famed Lotus, this is one swanky hotspot worth checking out. V Bar opens nightly at 5 p.m. Call 702-414-3200 for more information.