Las Vegas certainly rules the night. Last March, Nightclub & Bar magazine ranked the top grossing clubs nationwide, and nine out of the top 10 were right here in Sin City. Two Vegas clubs — XS and Tao — reported revenues in the $60 million to $70 million range. If you want to see your favorite musician/deejay/celebrity/reality TV star, chances are you can if you pop in to one of these top nightclubs.
1 Marquee Nightclub
If bumping and grinding to the beats of top deejays are your thing, Marquee is the place to be. Kaskade, Erick Morillo, Axwell, the EC Twins and Sander Van Doorn are just some of the big-name deejays on the ones and twos. And at 60,000 square feet, it’s the biggest nightclub in Vegas. Get down to the tunes in the Main Room headed up with a 40-foot LED deejay booth and projection stage surrounded by plush coliseum-style banquette seating and two dance floors. Above and overlooking the Main Room is the more intimate Library with a fireplace, billiard table and vintage books. Downstairs, you can find the Boom Box Room, an intimate boite with Strip views and a separate deejay. And outside you can play at the dayclub with its eight cabanas with individual infinity pools and 10 three-story bungalow lofts complete with living quarters and an open air party-deck.
In a city where everything seems excessive, XS Nightclub leads the way. This club goes the extra mile with a glitter-laden tile staircase at the entrance, gold-plated molds of naked women, a gold-plated 10-foot chandelier that rotates over the 1,100-square-foot dance floor and VIP booths donned with gold-embossed crocodile skin. Here you can gulp down the Ono, a $10,000 cocktail made with Dom Peringon Oenothèque champagne and Louis XIII de Remy Martin Black Pearl cognac. The party even pours out to the pool area with rows of cabanas overlooking the dancing crowds.
Encore Las Vegas
3131 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
When Kim Kardashian and LeBron James want to celebrate, they head to Tao. While the club tends to draw massive crowds, you can still find intimate places to hang out if you don’t want to be in one of the two main rooms. And it all starts with the scantily clad ladies bathing in the clawfoot bathtubs and a 20-foot Buddha overlooking the scene.
3255 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Another celebrity fave, Lavo, is the sister to Tao at the Venetian. A Moroccan bathhouse theme takes over the club. As you walk in after climbing a staircase, you cross a catwalk over the restaurant and lounge are to find 16 sinks fashioned with brass faucets with water flowing. Inside the club, find tile work from floor to the ceiling, leather walls and chandeliers that are similar to the ones found in the Moroccan royal family's house.
5 Hyde Lounge
The Bellagio has a new nightclub that shows off the best views of the Fountains at Bellagio. Hyde Lounge just opened New Year’s Eve, and already the club has become a celebrity favorite with its Renaissance-era Italian villa design. By day it doubles as a lounge with foods from Circo and swanky cocktails created by a master mixologist.
3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S.