Confession: I know virtually nothing about clubs in Vegas. I know that the presence of Pure at Caesars Palace right next door to the poker room used to be a problem but that’s not much help to you. So, what I’ve done is to ask around those who do know and bring together their views and some, hopefully, useful information for you.

Getting people like you into Vegas nightclubs is big business. I used to play poker with a guy who shall remain nameless who made his entire living by making contact with lovely young things and directing them to a certain club. He used to be paid per person who passed through the door and made serious money doing so. That process has now been taken to a new level. If you make an internet search you’ll find several companies who now exist to make your night out arrangements for you – all at no cost to you! (That’s because of the staggering introduction fees they receive from the clubs themselves).

I’ve just done a quick search myself. They’ll guarantee you VIP entry to your choice of nightclub on the Strip, your very own reserved table and a personal VIP host to get you inside without queueing. That’s a lot for nothing and they still make a good profit. It underlines how expensive the better Vegas clubs are and just how much you’ll have to pay. If you want the work done for you and are happy to pay full price then companies like Galavantier and VIPNight may be just what you need.

Stop! Before you even think of paying anyone anything you must make some enquiries. First, do you get free entry to your in-house nightclub just because you are a hotel resident? I’ve come across people who paid to get into Bank at Bellagio without realising it was free entry to residents. Second, check whether your player’s club card entitles you to free or reduced entry to any clubs. For instance my Gold Grazie Card at the Venetian gets me into Tao should I want it, free of charge. Third, if you have a casino host then ask them. Fourth, you’ll hopefully come across promoters handing out free entry passes, especially on quieter days.

Where should you go on the Strip? Here’s a list with some pointers. it’s not comprehensive but it does give information as at 1/16:

  • 1_oak_club1 OAK Las Vegas – at the Mirage, open Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, female entry from $30 and male $40, Hip-hop, House and Top 40 music, drinks from $7 and bottle service from $475.
  • The Bank – Bellagio, open Thursday through Sunday, female entry from $30 and male $30, Hip-hop, House, Mash-ups, Rock music, drinks from $10 and bottle service from $500.
  • Chateau Nightclub – at Paris, open Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, female entry from $20 and male $30, Hip-hop, Open format, Top 40 music, drinks from $8 and bottle service from $350.
  • drais-nightclubDrai’s Nightclub – on the rooftop of the Cromwell (opposite Caesars Palace), open Tuesday and Thursday through Saturday, female entry from $20 and male $30, EDM, Hip-hop, House, Mash-ups, Top 40 music, drinks from $10 and bottle service from $500. And if that’s not enough there’s Drai’s After Hours until 8am!
  • Foundation Room – on the rooftop of Mandalay Bay this place is a little different – more of a place to have a drink and listen to the music rather than to dance like you’re possessed, open every night, female entry from $20 and male $30, EDM, Hip-hop, House, Rock, Top 40 music, drinks from $10 and bottle service from $500.
  • hakkasanHakkasan Las Vegas – at the MGM Grand, open Thursday through Sunday, female entry from $20 and male $30, EDM and Open format music, drinks from $10 and bottle service from $1,550.
  • Hyde Bellagio -a little different again; Euro-chic with views of the famous fountains, open every night (free admission on Thursdays), female entry from $20 and male $30, Eclectic, live music, drinks from $10 and bottle service from $550.
  • LAX Nightclub – at Luxor, reasonable cost to get in as you expect from the Luxor, open Thursday through Sunday, female entry from $10 and male $20, Hip-hop, Pop, Top 40 music, drinks from $10 and bottle service from $395.
  • Light Nightclub – at Mandalay Bay, open Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, female entry from $20 and male $30, Hip-hop, Pop, Top 40 music, drinks from $9 and bottle service from $495.
  • marqueeMarquee Nightclub – at Cosmopolitan, open Friday, Saturday and unusually Monday, female entry from $20 and male $30, EDM, Hip-hop, House, Open format music, drinks from $9 and bottle service from $475.
  • Omnia – Caesars Palace, replacing  dear-departed Pure, open Tuesday and Thursday through Sunday, female entry from $20 and male $30, DJ-spun, EDM, House music, drinks from $10 and bottle service from $495.
  • Savile Row at Luxor, even better entry value, open Thursday and Sunday, female entry from a very reasonable $5 and male $10, Hip-hop, Open format, Top 40 music, drinks from $10 and bottle service from $350.
  • Surrender – at Encore, open Wednesday through Saturday, female entry from $10 and male $20, EDM, Hip-hop, Top 40 music, drinks from a surprisingly reasonable $8 and bottle service from $450.
  • TAOTao – at Venetian / Palazzo, open Thursday through Saturday, female entry from $20 and male $30, EDM, Hip-hop, Rock music, drinks from $10 and bottle service from $600.
  • VooDoo Rooftop Nightclub – I know Rio’s not on the Strip but this one’s very popular, open every night, female entry from $20 and male $20, Hip-hop, Open format, Top 40 music, drinks from $10 and bottle service from $400.
  • XS – at Encore again, open Friday through Monday, female entry from $20 and male $30, EDM, and House music, drinks from $11 and bottle service from $600.

A few words of advice:

These properties strictly enforce whatever dress code they advertise. It’s usually something along the lines of  ‘proper attire’ or ‘fashionable nightlife attire’ which can mean almost anything so they can always throw you out if the mood takes them. At Tao for example they say: ‘Men are required to wear a collared, button-up shirt and dress shoes. Polos, T-shirts and sneakers are strictly prohibited.’  At The Bank it’s: ‘The dress code is fashionable chic. You may not wear sunglasses, shorts, tank tops, flip-flops, jerseys, athletic wear, sneakers and hats. Dress code is always the doormen’s discretion.’ In other words be sensible.

If you’re a group of men who haven’t forked out over $500 for a table and bottle service then you’re not likely to get in. Break into small groups or, ideally, get together with a couple of girls (bribe them if necessary if you’re that ugly/smelly/undesirable). The same rules that apply all over the world really.

Be in line by 10pm if you don’t want to queue for a very long time. Even if you’ve bought VIP entry it’s a different line but a line nonetheless.

The better dressed you appear the better your chances and tipping the doorman can only help.

Written by eilv