finally slowing down. Here are a few things to expect at any club you go to in Las Vegas:
1. They are expensive. Admission ranges from $20 to $45 for men, and often there is a charge for women as well, though this is usually discounted. That’s just the start. Drinks range from $8-$12 for a cup or bottle of the cheapest beer. Vegas bottle service runs over $300 to start and adds up quickly. If you have a group, expect a bill in the 4 digits.
2. Lines are long. There is no way to avoid this unless you know someone who works there, are a celebrity, or get a table. Getting a table always gets you in quickly unless it is a grand opening or some other special event.
3. Don’t think because it’s Monday (or another day midweek) that things will be different. These are known as “industry” nights. The good news is often these days will be less expensive overall (and if you’re local you might get in free), but it is also the day “industry” people let loose, so it will likely be busy still.
4. You’ll run into guys handing out “coupons” for different clubs all over the Strip. They tell you they will sell you free passes or discount coupons for what sounds like a great deal. This is a scam, don’t buy them.
All of that aside, nightclubs in Las Vegas make for a time to remember, and even if you aren’t into the club scene and could take or leave the techno dance music, it should be on your bucket list of things to do at some point.
This varies not so much by the club, but by the day of the week. Most crowds can be described as 20 to 30-somethings with a sprinkling of 40 and up. During the weekend they will be mainly tourist crowds, however expect a larger number of locals than tourists at any club during the week.
Nightclubs in Las Vegas are famous for celebrity spottings; TMZ has been a bit deceptive as far as the frequency though. The famous generally show up for grand opening and on busy holidays, and this may be advertised ahead of time. Often though a famous person may be spotted just hanging out, locals are pretty used to it, but tourists on occasion may become star struck and embarrass everyone, most of all themselves. Don’t be that guy. If you see someone famous and have a sudden urge to gush or take pictures, slap yourself.
All bets are on in the casinos 24/7. In addition most of the bars around town have machines at the bar. Sports Books generally close around midnight. There are a few clubs and bars where you will find table games like the Playboy Club in Palms and Carnival Court outside of Harrah’s.
You’ll be hard pressed to find a bar that closes its doors, so don’t worry about last call in Las Vegas no matter what side of town you are on. There are bars to fit every taste from places that are as close to the club vibe without being a club as possible like Coyote Ugly in New York – New York, to low key local spots like the PT’s, Road Runners, BJ’s and other local spots around town. To find a place that fits your style check out our list of bars to the left. Some helpful tips: bars on the Strip are exponentially more expensive than off-Strip and Downtown bars, but often more lively and exciting and bar food tastes great, at least when you’re drunk, so check out the menu.
Per capita we have more than anyone, including the largest gentleman’s club in the world, Spearmint Rhino. Even though this is Las Vegas we basically have the same rules as any city not located on the Bible Belt: 1. Hands to yourself (unless you have permission from the dancer). 2. Prostitution is illegal in Clark County. 3. There’s no sex in the Champaign room, or VIP room, or whatever they are calling the room that costs a lot to get into.
Again, prostitution is illegal in Las Vegas. Granted you do see a lot of call girls, but it’s at your own risk. There are Bunny Ranches located outside of Clark County, specifically Pahrump, which is about a 20 to 30 minute drive. It’s legal there so why chance it?
The Strip is incredibly safe. The most common dangers are pick-pockets. Avoid Three-Card Monty and anyone asking you to cash chips for them as well. Off the Strip is a completely different story. Don’t wander into a back alley alone at night. This goes double for the Downtown area. Don’t get the wrong impression, Vegas isn’t a den of thieves, in fact it boasts similar crime rates as any major city despite its name, so follow the common sense rules you would in any city.