You just turned 21 and you’re ready to hit up Las Vegas and paint the town red. But there’s one problem – you’re a Vegas virgin and you don’t know where to go. Which Las Vegas clubs play hip hop music? Which Las Vegas nightclubs play EDM? Which clubs stay open late? What are the hottest clubs in Las Vegas right now?
Don’t worry we’ve got you covered. First, check out our list of top 10 nightclubs in Las Vegas or check out our video below!
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Following its much anticipated grand opening March 2015, Omnia Las Vegas has quickly become the hottest club on the strip. Located in the space previously occupied by Pure Nightclub in Caesars, Omnia LV features a star studded EDM DJ line up that includes Afrojack, Calvin Harris, Martin Garrix, and Tiesto. The Omnia aura begins upon entering the lavish space. A colossal lighting system, which looms over the expansive dance floor, sends cascading light throughout the main club. Guests under the four-story roof will be showered with beams of changing colored lights revealing layers of architectural wonders.
The main club boasts a dramatic 65-foot-tall ceiling dome that encompasses a 22,000-pound kinetic chandelier. The grandiose centerpiece of the main club consists of eight concentric rings featuring production elements including theatrical lighting effects, video projections and light-emitting diodes (LED) choreographed to evolve throughout the night.
If you’re into hip hop music, Heart of Omnia is a separate area within Omnia that features a hip-hop DJ. There’s also a rooftop terrace upstairs that has it’s own DJ, typically playing more chill music. Keep in mind that you won’t be able to hear the main DJ unless you’re in the main room. Of course, main room table prices don’t come cheap. Can’t put a price on fun.
Now entering it’s 6th year of operation, XS at the Wynn is still the undeniably the King of Clubs. Often considered by many to be one of the “most luxuriously designed nightclubs on earth,” XS continues to win five star rankings and adoration from club goers who enjoy the 40,000 square feet of sprawling dance floor, outdoor patio, and pool area,
The design was inspired by the curves of a human body and it boasts a 10 foot rotating chandelier and rich gold, black and brown color scheme. Resident DJs at XS include The Chainsmokers, David Guetta, Alesso, Major Lazer, and Diplo. A Vegas trip is not complete without a night at XS. During the summer, XS hosts a weekly nightswim on Sundays. This is one of the best events in Vegas.
Marquee Las Vegas is 60,000 square feet tribute to the clubbing gods – featuring a rooftop patio with breathtaking views of Las Vegas, an ultra pool-club and the best DJs from around the world. Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub showcase internationally acclaimed resident DJs such as Mustard, Benny Benassi, Oliver Heldens, Deorro, Timmy Trumpet, and Alan Walker.
If you haven’t jumped on the EDM bandwagon, fear not – Marquee also offers the ‘Boom Box’ as a hip hop room, as well as ‘The Library’, a discreet VIP lounge if you’re feeling something more low key. With vast glass window-walls overlooking the famous Las Vegas Strip, guests will enjoy a nightlife experience unlike any other venue.
The crown jewel of the newly built Cromwell hotel, Drai’s Nightclub provides an unrivaled view encompassing the entire Strip and beyond. Designed by namesake nightlife impresario Victor Drai, this 65,000 square feet venue offers a multi-sensory environment taking entertainment and service to new heights. Meticulous attention to detail, massive LED lighting systems, and modern technology fuse to create a sensual, multi-sensory experience unlike any other on the Strip. Drai’s features over 7,000 square feet of the most state of the art LEDs in production and 75 various indoor & outdoor seating options to accommodate its 2,500 guest capacity.
Drai’s Nightclub was actually initially launched with an EDM focus, but over time it’s shifted towards hip hop. Drai’s regularly promotes events with live artists such as Future, Ty Dolla $ign, Wiz Khalifa, Migos, and much more. On nights without performers, expect to hear a a mix of Hip Hop and Top 40 music.
Hakkasan is Las Vegas nightlife’s crown jewel. Located in the MGM grand, Hakkasan features 80,000 square feet and five levels of dance floors, lounges, and restaurants. The first two levels feature the main restaurant, serving masterful Cantonese cuisine from Chef Ho Chee Boon. The third floor is comprised of the Ling Ling Lounge and the Ling Ling Room — over 10,000 square feet of dance floor and lounge. Ling Ling room DJs play hip-hop music; the main room is almost always electronic/house music.
The top two floors are the main nightclub and upper balconies, where the resident DJs Tiesto and Calvin Harris spin regularly. Other resident DJS include Calvin Harris, Tiesto, Steve Aoki, Martin Garrix, Zedd, and many more. The dance floor is surrounded by numerous VIP tables arranged in a semicircle facing the DJ booth, giving every table a great view of the DJ. With its giant LED screens, intense light shows, and world-class performers, Hakkasan is one of the most luxurious and exclusive clubs in Las Vegas.
Formerly known as Surrender, EBC at Night brings the best of Encore Beach Club to the night time party. EBC at Night features nightswims throughout the summer. The first thing you will notice is the massive, green-eyed serpent behind the club’s main bar, alluding to the tempting libations and perhaps, the temptations of Sin City itself. EBC at Night features three fully stocked bars, VIP booths along the dance floor, cabanas and daybeds near the pool, and stripper poles for gorgeous go-go dancers. When you’re ready to take the party outside, EBC at Night has you covered too. The outdoor area features poolside VIP tables, two levels of cabanas, booths, couches, bungalows and plenty of space for dancing wherever you’d like, with palm tree décor and a more casual vibe. There are 26 cabanas that are well-furnished, including flat-screen TVs and balconies overlooking the Las Vegas Strip.
During the winter, a climate-controlled dome covers the pool area. EBC at Night’s resident DJs include The Chainsmokers, Diplo, Alesso, David Guetta, Kygo, Major Lazer, and many more. Depending on the DJ and the night, the music may skew more hip hop / dubstep / trap / dirty EDM. Make sure to do your research on the DJ spinning that night!
Checking in at 38,000 square feet, Light is the first-ever nightclub turned on by Cirque du Soleil, merges cutting-edge creativity with incredible music to produce a new kind of nightlife experience. Headlining DJs lead the charge, coupled with exclusively built performance elements & a gigantic LED screen showing visuals, innovative video mapping, lighting, sound & special effects, as well as avant-garde costumes & unique choreography. Light is a must see venue leaving you with a truly unforgettable night.
Light no longer features the same level of EDM talent that it once did. Resident artists include E-40. Depending on the night, the music might be a mix of house and hip hop. Make sure you do research on the DJ while planning your trip!
Since its opening in Sept 2005, this Asian themed dining and entertainment venue at the Venetian has been consistently amongst the top grossing nightclubs in the world. The multi-faceted 3 story “Asian City” houses a restaurant, banquet facilities, lounge, nightclub, and beach in over 60,000 square feet. The extensive menu incorporates culinary components from China, Japan, and Thailand. Open Thursday – Saturday, TAO is a frequent hot spot for A-list celebrities, sports stars, and culinary connoisseurs.
This nightclub features top DJ’s such as Snoop Dogg and Jermaine Dupri, and creative programming. It’s important to note that Tao is not a pure EDM club – the main room plays a mix of top 40, EDM, and hip-hop while the Opium Room down the hallway is catered more towards those who appreciate hip-hop music. Those of you looking for EDM only clubs should steer clear. Use promo code DISCO to save $5 on your ticket purchases!
An ode to all things music takes over On The Record, the new nightclub at the Park MGM. Los Angeles twins Jonnie and Mark Houston created this new nightlife experience that features a music store entrance, karaoke rooms, a speakeasy, a patio with a double-decker bus for the deejays, guest bartenders, and a dance floor.
The experience, unlike any other nightclub in the city, sits across from the Park Theater with a record store entrance that spans two floors.
Club-goers then head to a speakeasy door that leads to an 11,000-square-foot space outfitted with speakers, TV screens, and cassette tapes from yesteryear. Visitors can try out one of the three karaoke rooms, step out on the patio with that double-decker bus, or head to the main room with a deejay booth fashioned from a Rolls-Royce.
Then there’s a living room space with a fireplace, and the vinyl parlor, where guest bartenders sling specialty drinks.
So, the DJ is starting to wind down at the club you’re at but you’ve still got a solid six or seven hours of party left in you. It’s the timeless dilemma many of us have encountered at some point or another.
What to do, what to do… Head to Drai’s After Hours in The Cromwell. Look for the gold elevator marked with the curvaceous body of a woman in ruby red dress. The club is located underground where it originally opened in the Barbary Coast. Plain and simple, if you’re looking for after-hours fun on the Strip, this is the place to be. Cashing in on everything saucy about after-hours, Drai’s digs deep to give you a club experience like no other. Drai’s pioneered the “after-hours” late-night concept in 1997, providing an intimate and exclusive spot where the party continued til sunrise.
Drai’s features two separate rooms – one playing hip hop and one playing electronic music. Be forewarned – on occasion when it gets really busy you may have to pay an extra cover charge to get into the hip hop room. But you can’t put a price on fun!
Move over, slot machines! Las Vegas is shifting from the center of the gambling universe to the center of the nightclub phenomenon, giving Ibiza and Rio a run for their bottle-service money.
Only a few years ago, few people could have predicted how DJ-driven electronic dance music would take off in Sin City, but today, it’s the new paradigm of true over-the-top Vegas vogue, with the world’s top nightclubs — Hakassan (MGM Grand), XS and OMNIA (Caesars Palace), Marquee (Cosmopolitan), and Drai’s (The Cromwell) — leading the charge.
Floor-to-ceiling screens featuring the most impressive visual and lighting effects ever seen, crystal-clear audio at ear-splitting decibels, 80-sided LED disco balls, the world’s highest-grossing celebrity DJs, and a teeming mass of fist-pumping humanity all combine for non-stop after-dark debauchery.
Of course, you’ll have to navigate the lines, payoffs at the door, and money-grubbing scene inside. And remember, if you don’t look like the 21st-century version of Superfly, forget about passing the dress test.
Las Vegas Nightclubs FAQ
What time do Las Vegas nightclubs usually open?
Clubs in Vegas usually open between 10:00 and 10:30 PM. If you want to avoid lines, we recommend arriving by 10:00 PM.
What time do Las Vegas nightclubs typically close?
Closing times in vegas vary depending on how busy the night is. If the party is still raging they can go as late as 5-6 AM. But on slower nights the party can wind down at 3 AM to 4 AM.
What time does the headlining DJ usually come in in Vegas clubs?
The headlining DJ usually comes on anytime between 12:30 AM and 1:30 AM.
How long do DJs play in Vegas?
The headlining DJ usually plays a 1.5 – 2 hour set.
Are there any after hours spots in Las Vegas?
One of the most popular after hours spots is Drai’s After Hours at the Cromwell. This legendary afterparty does not even open its doors until 1:30 AM and will usually be going until 8-9 AM.
What is the dress code like at Las Vegas clubs? What should I wear to a Vegas club?
Dress to impress! This means collared shirts, nice jeans, dress shoes for guys. If you’re getting bottle service, you can get away with a bit more (blazer + tshirt, etc). Girls can get away with dressing down but keep in mind that all the other girls will be wearing heels and dresses and you’ll look woefully underdressed in comparison.
Can you wear shorts to a Vegas club?
Generally no. The only exception is for nightswims, which happens during the summer at XS on sundays and EBC at Night.
Can I wear hats to a Vegas club?
Generally no, unless you’re dropping a couple thousand dollars on bottle service. However, dress codes are also loosened on certain nights for nightswims.
Can you get into Vegas clubs if you’re under 21?
No, you must be 21 to enter a Vegas nightclub. It won’t work if you turn 21 that night either, it must be the day after.
Can I smoke cigarettes in Las Vegas nightclubs?
Yes you can smoke cigarettes in most Las Vegas nightclubs.
Can I smoke weed in Las Vegas nightclubs?
Even though weed was legalized in Nevada, most casinos still ban it from the premises. If you are caught with weed or weed paraphernalia at most nightclubs, they will deny you entry / kick you out.
How can I get into Las Vegas nightclubs for free?
All Vegas nightclubs have a free girl’s guestlist, and most have a free even ratio guestlist – free if you have the same number of girls (or more) in your party. You can sign up for the guestlist using our free mobile app.
How can I book bottle service for Las Vegas nightclubs?
How much is bottle service at Las Vegas nightclubs?
Table minimums can get pretty expensive, but every nightclub is different.
Should I buy tickets to Las Vegas nightclubs?
We recommend buying tickets during holiday weekends and for big name DJs (Alesso, Kaskade, Chainsmokers, Tiesto, Calvin Harris etc). The ticket line is generally faster and shorter than the guestlist.
Which Vegas nightclubs play Hip-Hop?
Check out our guide to the best hip hop nightclubs in Las Vegas.
Which Vegas nightclubs play Electronic Dance Music (EDM)?
Check out our guide to the best EDM nightclubs in Las Vegas.
Are clubs free in Las Vegas?
General admission will never be free in Las Vegas. However, you can sign up for free guest lists that will usually allow you to get in for free if you’re there before a certain time.
Can guys get into clubs in Vegas?
Guys can generally get in for free if you are on the guest list and have an even ratio party (at least the same number of girls and guys). You will have to sign up for the guest list in advance, and arrive before a certain time. Guys can also get bottle service or buy tickets.
What are the hottest clubs in Las Vegas?
Currently the hottest clubs with the most popular EDM DJs are Omnia, XS, Marquee, and Hakkasan. The hottest hip hop clubs are Drai’s and Light.
How can you get free drinks in Vegas clubs?
Some clubs offer free drink tickets for ladies on the guest list (Light, Chateau, EBC at Night, XS), others have free open bar for ladies before a certain time (Marquee). In general it’s almost impossible to get free drinks if you’re a guy.