Las Vegas Travel Guide

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In Las Vegas, free drinks are offered to all gamblers, even those playing 5-cent slot machines. You should tip the waitress at least $1 per drink; failure to do so will likely cost you free drink privileges.

Although it is officially NOT allowed per the lawbooks, drinking on public sidewalks and other areas on the Strip and Downtown is rarely if ever enforced. Thus it is entirely common to consume alcohol in public areas, including the public sidewalks within the Las Vegas city limits which includes all of Downtown, The Strip and close-by areas. Again, as previously mentioned, over-intoxication and disorderly conduct is frowned upon, so stay within your own limits. On special occasions (New Year's Eve and Independence Day for example) there may be bans on glass bottles and/or aluminum cans for the Strip and the Downtown area. Plastic cups and sports bottles are allowed at these times and either provided at purchase or often available at hotel/casino exit doors. When inside a casino or hotel there is seldom any restrictions on carrying drinks from one bar, restaurant or playing location to another with the exception of some showrooms and theaters where it will be clearly posted. Individual shops may also have rules about carrying in food and drink of any kind.

The towns of North Las Vegas, Henderson and other outlying areas have very DIFFERENT regulations forbidding removal of alcohol from bars, etc. so check with your host or doorman if in doubt. Many bars and liquor stores are open 24 hours a day. There are also special posted laws for convenience stores, grocery stores and other retail liquor outlets restricting consumption in the immediate vicinity. Most of all, always remember to drink responsibly and realize that the hot, dry desert air in the summer months can have very adverse health affects on people consuming alcohol such as rapid dehydration and deadly heat stroke, even after dark. Drink plenty of water as well!

Bars
BunkhouseDowntownCheap downtown bar with live music. Friendly with travelers and frequented often by the staff and guests of the nearby hostel.
Centrifuge @ MGM GrandCircular shaped bar/lounge; every hour the bar staff dances on the bartop or lounge tables.
Casa Fuente@Caesar's PalaceCuban-themed lounge offering more than 100 different cigars and a good selection of whiskeys. Try the $40 Opus X cigar.
Cleopatra's Barge@Caesars PalaceA luxurious floating lounge in a ornate replica of the barge that transported Cleopatra down the Nile.
Double Down Saloon4640 Paradise RdPhone: +1 702 791-5775The finest dive bar in Vegas! A bit out of the way, but plenty of atmosphere.
Frankie's Tiki Room1712 W Charleston BlvdPhone: +1 702 385-3110Authentic tiki bar with lots of great decor and potent drinks. Look for the pink neon sign.
Freakin Frog4700 S Maryland PkwyPhone: +1 702 597-9702Nice bar off the Strip with a very large beer selection and live music on weekends.
Insert Coin(s)512 Fremont StreetPhone: +1 702 477-2525A video-game themed bar located in downtown Las Vegas within walking distance of the Fremont Street Experience. Guests can enjoy their favorite video games in this bar. VIP gaming booths are also available.
Nine Fine Irishmen @ New York New YorkPrice: Beer: $7This pub was actually constructed in Ireland and then shipped to Las Vegas. A great Irish band plays most nights starting around 9PM, the crowd is always energetic, and the Guinness and Bass flow easily.
Pink Taco@Hard RockThe very best of Mexico with atmosphere, tequila, buckets of beer and of course, tasty Mexican food.
Todd English Pub@Crystals CityCenter3720 S Las Vegas BlvdSports bar with great pastrami sliders and over 30 beers on tap.
Venus Lounge@VenetianPricey, but enjoyable for a couple of quick cocktails.
Nightclubs/Dancing

There is a club or lounge in nearly every hotel and casino. Most clubs remain open until 4AM, with various after-hour clubs available for the truly hard-core partiers. Drink prices can range anywhere from $4–8 for a domestic bottle of beer, $8–10 for well drinks made with cheap generic liquor, and $200 or more for a bottle of spirits. Clubs are always busy on weekends, and may also be packed during weekdays at places that have Service Industry Night (SIN), usually Tuesday to Thursday, when locals working in the service industry have their night off.

A good way to find out what places are currently hot in Vegas is to ask service staff who look like party-people. People working inside hotels are bound to recommend the hotel's institutions, so rather go for waiters or shop-assistants in restaurants or malls outside the hotels.

The top clubs will charge entry of $15 or more. Exceptions may include those who have reserved a table, those who get there early, ladies, and locals. Expect to wait in a line for 10 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the night. It is usually best to arrive before 10PM; while the club may be emptier, the line will be shorter and you may avoid paying a cover charge. Sitting at a table often requires a bottle purchase and if you stop making purchases, they will ask you to vacate the table so that someone else can occupy the table. The dress code varies by club. The general rule of thumb is most of the time women know what to wear when they are going out, and men should avoid wearing tennis shoes, tank tops, hats, t-shirts, and blue jeans.

3121@Rio3700 W Flamingo RdPhone: +1 702 777-7776The club is huge with over 30,000 sq feet of dance space. Prince used to play shows here often. Closed in 2007. Crown Nightclub now in its place.
Coyote Ugly@New York New York3790 Las Vegas Blvd SPhone: +1 702 740-6969Hours: Su-Th 6PM-2AM, F-Sa 6PM-3AMPrice: Free entry for locals, $10 for all othersJust like the movie, expect beautiful 20-something women serving you drinks and getting rowdy on the bar.
Drais@Billy's3595 S Las Vegas BlvdHours: until 9AMPrice: $20-30The most popular place for after hours on weekends, so expect long queues especially from 5AM. Two dance-floors: the main floor features trance and Euro dance (otherwise rare in Vegas), the VIP floor (extra charge) features hip hop.
Haze@AriaPhone: +1 702 693-8300Hours: Thursday, Friday & Saturday:10:30pm-4amDesigned by the Light Group. 25,500 square feet.
Ivan Kane's Forty Deuce@Mandalay Bay3930 S Las Vegas BlvdPrice: General Admission: $20 (Sun., Mon., Wed., Thurs.). Front of the line: $40 (Fri., Sat.).Burlesque club. Now Closed.
Jet@Mirage3400 Las Vegas Blvd SHours: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Monday: 10:30PM-4AMA 15,000 square foot dance club, featuring three distinct rooms: house, hip-hop and rock. Remodeled in 2011 debuting as 1OAK.
LAX@Luxor3900 S Las Vegas BlvdHours: Wednesday, Friday & Saturday: Opens at 10pmWhere young Hollywood goes to party. Exclusive club with an exclusive guest list. 26,000 square feet.
Rock Cafe@Imperial PalaceHours: until 2AM on weekdaysPrice: free on weekdaysOne of the hot party locations for a weekday night in Vegas. This place gets the crowd going by rock music, and also by classical 80s party pop hits. The toilet is located inside the casino, which makes every trip to the loo a temptative gambling break.
TAO Las Vegas@VenetianHours: Wednesday - Saturday, 10:30pm until CloseA 10,000 square foot nightclub. There is an outside terrace with Strip views, 3 bars, two main rooms playing a variety of hip hop, house and rock.
Vanity@Hard Rock HotelHours: Friday-Sunday: 10PM-4AMPrice: $20 for ladies, $40 for gentlemen, local ladies free14,000 square feet, 64 VIP booths, Terrace overlooking Hard Rock Beach Club.
XS Nightclub@Encore3121 Las Vegas Blvd SOfficially, this $100 million 40,000 square foot club is the most expensive nightclub ever built. Popular among NBA stars.
Ultra pool

An Ultra Pool is a mix of a pool, and club all in one.

Wet RepublicPhone: +1 702 891-3563Hours: 11AM-DuskLocated next to the MGM Grand, this Ultra Pool is the Ultimate Maximum Vegas Day Club. Have a blast swimming around in one of the many pools, or swim (yes, swim) up to a bar and order your favorite drink. Not into getting wet? Relax at a cabana or day bed. Bottle service is available. On select days be sure to stop by as live DJ's will spin the hottest music to cool you down on a hot day in Las Vegas.
Ultra lounge

An ultra lounge is a mix between lounge and a night club, but the difference to "real" night clubs is tiny and vanishes completely, when the DJ pulls out hard-core dance hits.

BlushPrice: $25On the 1st floor of Wynn's with an open-air section. Very posh, and accordingly not very energetic music and crowd.
GhostbarPhone: +1 702 942-6832Hours: 8PM-lateLocated on the hotel's roof, this bar features a section of floor that is made of thick glass with nothing beneath it -- the glass is the only thing between your feet and the ground 55 stories below.
MixPhone: +1 702 632-7777Mix Lounge, located on the 64th floor atop THE hotel at Mandalay Bay, offers guests stunning 360-degree views of the Strip and the Vegas valley from its floor-to-ceiling windows.
OPMLocated in the Forum Mall, Caesars Palace, OPM is one of the worlds premier RnB clubs. Located above a restaurant, Budda statues, black decor and red mood lighting, gives it a slightly underground feel. Two rooms play RnB/Hip Hop and Dancehall. Regularly frequented by celebrities.
PurePhone: +1 702 731-7873Hours: F-Su, Tu 10PM-early morning hoursPrice: $25+; girls may get waved in for freePure claims to be the hugest disco/club in Vegas with 40,000 square foot of space. On weekends, be prepared for huge queues unless you are an attractive woman or a wealthy man. The 14,000 square foot open air terrace on the 10th-ish floor is the only area open also on weekdays. It features a panorama view of the Strip glitter with all strip hotels in sight. Other areas, only open on week-ends, include the Pussycat Doll Lounge and the ultra exclusive (and expensive!) VIP Red Room, frequented by many celebrities.
TabuPhone: +1 702 891-7183Hours: Th-M 10PM-closeA small but sophisticated bar, this is a great place to linger over a cocktail.

source: Wikivoyage

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