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Cocktails and Beyond: What’s New in Las Vegas Nightlife

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Whether you're a first-timer or Vegas veteran, the ever-changing cornucopia of after-dark entertainment will keep you on your toes. Take it easy, find out a bit about what’s new, and jump in. In this town, it’s hard to go wrong.

Attention to Craft

Like many cities, Las Vegas is having a craft cocktail boom. But this is Vegas, which means mixologists compete to design creations ranging from tasty classics done right to over-the-top concoctions with unexpected ingredients.

PRESS, poolside at the Four Seasons (on the Strip’s south end, in the same hotel complex as the Mandalay Bay), shakes up some of the city’s best cocktails. Everything in the Hemingway Daiquiri is fresh squeezed, and DRY rhubarb soda adds a touch of fizzy sweetness to the mojito. The Four Seasons also boasts one of the Strip’s best happy hour deals. At its Italian restaurant, Verandah, select cocktails and small bites are $5 from 4-7 p.m. And the quiet, cozy setting overlooking the pool couldn’t be a more welcome respite before a night on the town. 

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The cozy outdoor section of PRESS, the Four Seasons’ newest cocktail lounge. (Photo: Courtesy of Four Seasons)

The Sugar Factory at the Paris Las Vegas combines drinks and dessert, adding liquid nitrogen and signature candies to its alcoholic confections. There’s the “Blow Pop” martini, topped with a “couture lollipop,” the Jolly Rancher martini, and the Strawberry Blonde martini. Be sure to share the goblet drinks (they're big!) with a few friends. 

Sugar Factory

If rum is more your thing, check out the Mojito Bar, which opened a little over a year ago in the Seafood Shack at Treasure Island (also home to Gilley’s Saloon, in case you’re a homesick Texan or in the mood for a mechanical bull ride). 

At FIZZ in Caesars Palace, open since March, David Furnish (whose creative and life partner Elton John is no stranger to Vegas) has paired over-the-top drinks with opulent chandelier-and-silk décor. While not all of us will spring for the Fizz Deluxe—a $2,500 collection of premium liquors dusted in real gold—this is a swanky spot to have a snack and a drink before a show at The Colosseum next door. 

Cadillac

The good drinks are not all on the Strip. The brand-new Cadillac Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar in the Golden Nugget Las Vegas has more than 70 boutique Blanco, Anejo, Reposado, and Distintivo tequilas. Guests sip it straight or in a creative cocktail as they munch on tapas and Tex-Mex—leave room for delectable dessert sopapillas—in a laid-back atmosphere.

The Downtown Cocktail Room, in the surging Fremont East neighborhood, combines a big space—made cozy with red walls, mood lighting and leather armchairs—with an old-fashioned speakeasy vibe and expert mixology. The menu ranges from cheeky house creations like the Spaghetti Western (“much like the 1960s genre, this is an American bourbon directed by an Italian amaro”) to classic cocktails done right. It's a go-to spot for a really good Manhattan or dirty martini.

The Velveteen Rabbit reflects the arts district that surrounds it in both its cocktail menu and youthful, friendly atmosphere backed by whimsical décor (think thrift-shop finds and locally made art). Mixologists craft “Elixirs” with housemade mixers and herbal liquors, and the bar is rumored to make one of the city’s best Sazeracs. Its outdoor patio is a favorite local hangout spot on summer evenings.

In keeping with the old-is-new wave sweeping the city, the MOB Bar in the recently opened Downtown Grand Las Vegas Hotel & Casino takes its cues from the Mob Museum next door. The cocktail menu includes a sweet-and-sour Smoking Gun and the Sicilian Kiss (Southern Comfort and amaretto). Velvet sofas and chandeliers complete the retro feel.

Not a fan of the hard stuff? Banger Brewing has been serving up craft beers Downtown since the tail end of 2013. Five longtime friends started taking their Banger brew to local festivals a few years ago, winning over suds heads thirsting for a locally brewed flavor.

The brewery offers 14 of its concoctions on tap out of a total of 31 recipes the friends have brought to fruition. “In four months, that's a lot of variety,” co-owner Roberto Mendoza told Yahoo Travel. Specialties include summery watermelon wheat, lemon raspberry blonde and orange mint brews as well as a jalapeno-infused hefeweisen known as “El Heffe.”

Club Fabulous

Las Vegas has long been home to some of the country’s best nightclubs. Built with late-night dancing in mind, the city’s upscale clubs cater to a young, freewheeling clientele looking to get their groove on. Here to help: high-profile DJs from both coasts who make regular appearances.

At XS Nightclub in Encore Las Vegas, Lil Jon recently had the club jumping (others you’ll hear there include Skrillex, David Guetta, and Avicii) under the club’s 10-foot rotating gold chandelier with the elegant pool area as a backdrop. More casual summer Sundays have swimwear-clad patrons jumping in and out of the water to those same DJs.

With 80,000 square feet on five levels and spaces running the gamut from cozy to cavernous, Hakkasan Nightclub in the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino is one of the city’s most immersive venues. DJs including Tiesto and Calvin Harris help leave the outside world behind, and you can start off dining next door at its 20,000-square-foot restaurant.

The current buzz-generating Strip hotspot: Drai’s Beach ClubNightclub, the latest from nightlife impresario Victor Drai, open as of Memorial Day weekend. Set atop The Cromwell (the Strip’s first-ever standalone boutique hotel), the 65,000-square-foot indoor-outdoor rooftop club takes up much of the hotel’s rooftop space. Wherever you turn you will be awed by the design, the technology, the music, the service, and most importantly, the experience. We have designed the club to be visual, sensual, sexy, and social,” Drai recently said.

 

Vegas Weekend: Fall Out Boy, ZZ Top, Al Pacino & more

Hoo-ah! Legendary actor Al Pacino brings his One Night Only show to The Mirage this weekend, part of a super summer weekend lineup that also includes Fall Out Boy, ZZ Top, Ginuwine and more. Celebrate Vegas Season all weekend long - for a complete show rundown, see our full weekend lineup here.

Fall Out Boy

Friday, August 15

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ZZ Top

Saturday, August 16

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Sunday, August 17

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Vegas Weekend: Gaga, Aerosmith, Weezer, Journey, Queensryche, Goo Goo Dolls and more!

Kick off your August with a little Vegas Season and enjoy some of the biggest concerts of the summer! You'll also find great comedy, production shows, celebrity sightings and the top music producers spinning at Vegas' nightlife hot spots. Here's a rundown - for a complete show rundown, see our full weekend lineup here.

Weezer

Friday, August 1

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Saturday, August 2

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Sunday, August 3

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Vegas Weekend: Let your Little Monster out!

Little Monsters, it's time to run wild in Las Vegas this weekend as Lady Gaga brings the Artpop Ball Tour to the MGM Grand on Saturday night. It's just another reason why it's Vegas Season! Here's who you'll find performing this weekend - for a complete show rundown, see our full weekend lineup here.

Bill Cosby

Friday, July 18

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Lady Gaga

Saturday, July 19

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Sunday, July 20

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Vegas Weekend: Vegas Season rolls on

Pool parties, concerts, celebrity appearances and more - Vegas Season is in full swing! Here's who you'll find performing this weekend - for a complete show rundown, see our full weekend lineup here.

Wendy Williams

Friday, July 11

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Chevelle

Saturday, July 12

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Sunday, July 13

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Vegas Weekend: Shows, clubs and tunes close out June

Vegas Season only comes once a year, with pool parties, celebrities, club performances and concerts that only Vegas can deliver. Here's who you'll find performing this weekend as we say farewell to June - for a complete show rundown, see our full weekend lineup here.

Bill Burr

Friday, June 27

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311

Saturday, June 28

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Sunday, June 29

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You work hard, so play hard Labor Day weekend in Las Vegas!

You've worked hard all year long, so celebrate Labor Day Weekend in the city that knows how to play hard, too - Las Vegas!

Ed Sheeran

Britney Spears is ready to work ... well, you know the rest ... at Planet Hollywood (Aug. 30-31), Ed Sheeran (Aug. 29-30) and Keith Urban (Aug. 31) are on stage at The Cosmopolitan, the Avett Brothers perform and are followed each night by DJ ?uestlove at Brooklyn Bowl (Aug. 29-31), while Matisyahu & Ozomatli (Aug. 29) and David Gray (Aug. 30) are at the Hard Rock.

Adam Carolla

If you're looking to get your laugh on, Las Vegas is home to side-splitting comedy all weekend long, including The Adam Carolla Show at Treasure Island (Aug. 29), Andrew Dice Clay at the Hard Rock (Aug. 29-31), Ron White at The Mirage (Aug. 30-31), or the general craziness of Beacher's Madhouse at MGM Grand

Of course, you'll always find celebrities, the world's top DJs spinning at Las Vegas' unparalleled nightlife venues, and much more, so treat yourself to some Vegas this Labor Day Weekend!

 

Vegas Weekend: Kid Rock, Billy Joel & more take the stage

It's Vegas Season, and that means amazing poolside concerts all summer long, including Kid Rock at The Cosmopolitan's Boulevard Pool, as well as top DJs spinning in the sunshine. Here are some highlights - or for a complete show rundown, see our full weekend lineup here.

Kid Rock

Friday, June 6

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Billy Joel

Saturday, June 7

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Sunday, June 8

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For more weekend fun, head downtown and check out First Friday Las Vegas! Book rooms and get show tickets, club passes and more at LasVegas.com!

Vegas Weekend: Make it a memorable Memorial Day

Memorial Day Weekend is a time to honor the sacrifices our troops have made protecting our way of life. Their bravery allows for everyone to live free - and there's no better place to enjoy your livelihood than Las Vegas! With amazing concerts, celebrity appearances, club shows and more, take advantage of the extended weekend and celebrate! Here's a rundown of entertainment options, or you can see our full weekend lineup here.

Bill Cosby

Friday, May 23

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NIGHTCLUBS

Ziggy Marley

Saturday, May 24

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MacklemoreSunday, May 25

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Monday, May 26

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NIGHTCLUBS

Book rooms and get show tickets, club passes and more at LasVegas.com!

Spend a fabulous Fourth in Las Vegas

It's time to celebrate your independence, and what better way than with a fabulous Fourth of July weekend in Las Vegas!

Fourth Fireworks

It wouldn't be the Fourth without fireworks, and Las Vegas has plenty of places to enjoy them. Caesars Palace will be launching fireworks at 9 p.m. for the entire center Strip to see. The Linq will also have a fireworks display just behind the High Roller at 9:30 p.m. You can also see the skies light up at Green Valley Ranch, Red Rock Resort and the Stratosphere. BOOM!

But that's just the beginning. Get up close and personal with the world's top mixed martial arts stars from July 1-6 during UFC International Fight Week! It's an entire week filled with meet and greets, autograph signings, pool parties, concerts and more, capped off by UFC 175 at Mandalay Bay.

Queen with Adam Lambert

There are plenty of explosive entertainment options, too, including Queen & Adam Lambert at the Joint inside the Hard Rock HotelSublime with Rome at Mandalay Bay, and fittingly, the band America at the Cannery.

Pool parties will be in full swing all weekend long, too, including performances by the world's top DJ's and artists, including Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Zedd and Steve Angello at Encore Beach Club, Afrojack and Calvin Harris at Wet Republic at MGM Grand, DJ Ikon at Rehab at the Hard Rock and DJ Pauly D's birthday set at ARIA's Liquid.

Haze

The club scene is the perfect place to enjoy your freedom, too, especially with spinmasters including Tiesto and Dada Life at MGM Grand's Hakkasan, Dillon Francis and Morgan Page at Surrender inside Encore at Wynn Las Vegas and special guest appearances like UFC Octagon Girls Arianny Celeste and Brittney Palmer at Haze inside ARIA.

If you're feeling patriotic, enjoy a meal at America inside New York-New York or the All-American Bar and Grill at the Rio All-Suite Hotel. Or show your true colors with a relaxing treatment at The Spa at Red Rock, followed by a trip to check out the White Lions and Royal White Tigers at Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at The Mirage, and then cap the night with a performance of the Blue Man Group at the Monte Carlo.

For more traditional Independence Day revelry, take a quick ride to Boulder City for the July 4th Damboree! You can enjoy everything from a pancake breakfast to a parade and midway booths, and of course, an evening fireworks show.

You'll have a fabulous Fourth no matter where you celebrate in Las Vegas! 

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