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Spring Break
Spring Break

Spring Break in Las Vegas

Wed, Dec 31, 1969

Las Vegas has always been a popular destination for college kids during Spring Break, which for most schools is mid March to early April, but could be as early as late February. Often Las Vegas is featured on popular programs like MTV’s Spring Break, and this is going to be the case in 2011 so it may be a bit busier than usual.

In addition to the party spots Downtown and on the Strip, Lake Mead is one of the most popular lake destination next to Lake Havasu and Lake Tahoe. Only thirty minutes or so from the excitement of the Strip, Lake Mead is perfect for boating, jet skis, or just hanging out in the water with other co-eds.

There are of course bars and restaurants, which is always a consideration for Spring Breakers.


You want to party like a rock star, get completely hammered, and hopefully bump into a sexy body along the way. Some great clubs specifically for Spring Break in no particular order include:

  • Pure at Caesars Palace
  • Vanity at Hardrock
  • Tryst, Blush, and XS at Wynn
  • Jet at Mirage
  • The Bank at Bellagio
  • TAO at Venetian
  • Studio 54 at MGM Grand
  • Ghostbar, Playboy Club, Moon, and Rain at Palms
  • LAX at Luxor
  • Rumjungle and Club Mix at Mandalay

If some in your group of Spring Breakers is under 21 please see the Young Adult section for stuff to do. While most of Vegas caters to 21 and over, there is something for everyone. Also keep in mind that clubs are expensive... unless you are a pretty girl, then they’re free. The rest of us though will be paying a premium at these spots.


Pounding music, $40 cover charge, and $15 drinks isn’t for everyone. Luckily Las Vegas has tons of great bars. Literally too many to list but here are a few bars that are always a great time:

  • McFadden’s at Rio
  • Freakin’ Frog across from UNLV
  • Blondies inside Planet Hollywood
  • Ellis Island for some Karaoke on Koval south of Flamingo Rd
  • Stoney’s is a country bar a few miles south on Las Vegas Blvd
  • Diablo’s Cantina at Monte Carlo
  • Yard House, Cadillac Ranch, and Blue Martini all close to one another at Townsquare
  • The Piano Bar at Harrah’s
  • Nine Fine Irishmen and Coyote Ugly in New York-New York
  • Kahunaville in TI
  • McMullan’s on Tropicana west of the Strip
  • Hennessey’s, Sidebar, and Hogs and Heffers Downtown

The entire Downtown area in fact is great for party bars, from the alternative Beauty Bar, to the cowboy bar Brass Lounge right upstairs from Hennessey’s.


One of the main concerns for Spring Breakers is how to eat, after all you have a limited budget and most of that is going to be spent on alcohol and getting into you favorite nightclub. Vegas has an answer for that, it’s called an all you can eat buffet and here are some of the least expensive:

  • Circus Buffet : in Circus Circus, 7 AM to 11 AM: $8.99,
  • Fantasy Market Buffet : in Palms, 8 AM to 10:30 AM: $5.99,
  • Ports O' Call Buffet : in Gold Coast, 7 AM to 10 AM: $5.95,
  • Roundtable Buffet : at Excalibur, 6:30 AM to 11 AM: $10.49,
  • Sahara Buffet : in Sahara, 7 AM to 10:30 AM: $7.99,
  • The Buffet : in Golden Nugget, 7 AM to 10:30 AM: $6.99,
  • World's Fare Buffet : in Riviera, 6 AM to 11 AM: $9.99

For more on how to save money, check out our Las Vegas on a Budget section. And the shopping section gives you directions to Supermarkets that are close by.

Where to Stay

The Strip is the obvious choice along with the popular party hotel/casinos just off the Strip like Hard Rock, Palms, and Rio, but these places are not always an option even if you are bunking with half your dorm. If you are looking for better prices, Downtown is always less expensive and recent renovations have made many of the rooms just as nice. Downtown is also a great and inexpensive party spot. See more in the Downtown section to find out what this area has to offer. Since your young and full of energy, you probably want to stay as close to the action as possible. There are a number of conventional hotel/motels like Motel 6, very close to the Strip, and these places will always have rooms for far cheaper. They usually won’t have a casino inside, but you could save a lot of money and you wont have to go far to find a party.