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Las Vegas Nightlife

For many, Vegas nightlife is the main reason to come calling. The casinos are open around the clock, but it's under the cover of night that the city's party spirit really gets its engine revving. Betting floors, restaurants, shows and bars are packed with tourists from all over the world. The large casino hotels tend to house not only the best-known stage shows but also all the late-night bars, nightclubs and live music.

What's On, The Las Vegas Guide (www.whats-on.com) is a good source of information on what's happening in the city.

Bars in Las Vegas

Baccarat Bar

If you have any James Bond-style fantasies, this is probably the place to live them out. Play a civilised few rounds of baccarat while impeccably dressed servers bring you cocktails against a backdrop of live jazz piano. Shaken or stirred, your Martini will be exquisitely prepared, and there's a sense of refinement to the gambling that you're unlikely to find on most casino floors. Situated in the Bellagio.

Address: , Bellagio, 3600 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Telephone: +1 702 693 7111.
Website: http://www.bellagio.com

Mix Lounge

Set high atop the Delano Hotel at Mandalay Bay Resort, the Mix Lounge offers a chance to 'be seen' in what is one of the most notable nightlife destinations in the city – largely because of the stupendous view over the Strip. Internationally famous DJs provide an eclectic mix of music, while the 64th-floor balcony is ideal for taking in the panorama with a cocktail.

Address: , 3950 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV 89119
Telephone: +1 702 632 6106.
Website: http://www.delanolasvegas.com/dining/mix-lounge.aspx

Revolution

Sitting metres away from the entrance to Love (Cirque du Soleil's Beatles extravaganza at The Mirage), Revolution picks up the Fab Four theme and translates it into an upmarket nightlife venue. Aiming to blend "design, art and sound in a contemporary interpretation of The Beatles era", it's a hip and atmospheric alternative to some of the city's more crowded spots.

Address: , The Mirage, 3400 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Telephone: +1 702 693 8300.
Website: http://www.mirage.com/nightlife/the-beatles-revolution-lounge.aspx

Clubs in Las Vegas

Hakkasan

This five-story mega-nightclub in the MGM Grand the place to party in a city of parties. There are numerous restaurants and bars, but the main club is on the fourth floor, with a mezzanine above. The huge dance floor has floor-to-ceiling LED screens, and its roster of DJs includes global stars such as Steve Aoki, Deadmau5 and Calvin Harris. It's vast, but massively popular, so reservations are recommended.

Address: , 3799 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Telephone: +1 702 891 3838.
Website: http://www.mgmgrand.com

Rain

This adult-only playground in the Palms Casino Resort features an elevated dance floor lit by a 4m (14ft) fireball and dancing fountains of water throb in time with the DJ. Rain is also infamous as the place where Britney Spears partied hard before, during and after her first very short-lived marriage. Reservations required.

Address: , 4321 West Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, NV 89103
Telephone: +1 866 942 7770.
Website: http://www.palms.com/nightlife/rain

Tryst

Wynn's nightclub is every bit as smart and exclusive as you'd expect from its setting, with a strict dress code, a 27m-high (90ft) waterfall and a heavily stylised main room. Music tends towards electronic and comes courtesy of resident DJs. The club opens on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, closing its doors at 0400.

Address: , 3131 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Telephone: +1 702 770 7000.
Website: http://www.trystlasvegas.com

Live music in Las Vegas

Mandalay Bay Events Center

A 12,000-seat sport and entertainment complex, this centre has been the setting for superstar concerts, major sporting events and television specials. It has featured everyone from Neil Diamond to Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney. The space afforded here gives the touring acts some room to put on stage spectaculars, and there are state of the art video screens and projectors to add to the atmosphere.

Address: , 3950 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV 89119
Telephone: +1 877 632 7800.
Website: http://www.mandalaybay.com/entertainment/events-center

Red Rock Resort

Located 16km (10 miles) from the Strip, the Red Rock Resort, which is also home to a casino and spa, welcomes some of the biggest names in rock, country and contemporary music. There are both indoor and outdoor venues, with the Red Rock Amphitheatre playing host to some of the country's best touring acts. Well worth the trip from the Strip.

Address: , 11011 West Charleston Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV 89135
Telephone: +1 702 797 7777.
Website: http://www.redrocklasvegas.com

The Joint

The fact that The Joint forms the centrepiece of the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino should tell you all you need to know about this 4,500-person capacity live music venue. Often listed by Billboard Magazine as one of the top music clubs in the United States, acts ranging from Guns N' Roses to Smashing Pumpkins to Imagine Dragons have all performed here in the past.

Address: , 4455 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, NV 89169
Telephone: +1 702 693 5000.
Website: http://www.hardrockhotel.com/las-vegas-concerts/the-joint

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New York New York Hotel and Casino

This 2,000-room resort and casino is easy to spot: it's the one with the Statue of Liberty out front, standing proudly beside a miniature Brooklyn Bridge. Rooms in its Empire State and Chrysler Building towers are large, well-appointed and can be surprisingly good value. If you pick upon the faint sounds of screaming coming from outside, don't be alarmed. It's adrenaline junkies hurtling around the full-size rollercoaster that loops around the perimeter.

Fremont Hotel

It may not have an Eiffel Tower outside or a Grand Canal running through it, but the Fremont has a longer-standing claim to be one of Las Vegas's best-loved landmarks. Now the heart of the Fremont Street Experience, when it was built in 1956 it was the first high-rise hotel in the downtown area. Its history might be long in the tooth (for this city), but the 447 spacious guestrooms are regularly renovated and modernised.

El Cortez Hotel

One of the more modest casinos in Las Vegas, El Cortez's roots actually go back to the era of 'Bugsy' Siegel, one of the city's founders. These days, this Las Vegas hotel advertises a modest selection of rooms with furnishings that are generally simple but comfortable. The friendly atmosphere and central location to downtown attractions have long been one of the draws, despite it now being outmatched by the grandiose casinos of the Strip.

MGM Grand Hotel and Casino

An inventory of over 5,000 rooms makes the MGM Grand one of the big players in terms of volume, but they've done their best to retain some character. Black-and-white movie photos adorn the guest rooms, and the art deco furniture also helps. Joël Robuchon, Michael Mina and Tom Colicchio add their names to the top-class dining rooms. The casino is gigantic, with Cirque du Soleil among the entertainment options.

Green Valley Ranch Resort

Located in Henderson, a short drive outside of Las Vegas, Green Valley Ranch Resort puts the focus on pampering and provides a break from the pace of The Strip. The resort is a rambling Mediterranean hacienda and houses eight restaurants, a cinema and a European-inspired intimate casino. The main buildings open onto the pool area with a small sand beach and private lounging beds in a more modern European setting.

Palms Casino Resort

The Palms is one of the newer hotel/casino resorts in Las Vegas, and caters to the young, moneyed celebrity and wannabe crowd. Chicago's famous Ghostbar has a franchise here, and is one of the gathering spots for the rich and beautiful. Guest rooms feature the usual amenities as well as the not so usual, including private outdoor Jacuzzis and an on-resort palm-reader.