Las Vegas used to pride itself on its nightlife. Nowadays, those sorts of clubs are just the beginning. The A-listers, would-be-models, and showgirls who spend the night working spend the day seeing and being seen at the Strip’s increasing number of increasingly impressive dayclubs. They’re loud; they’re wet; we like it.
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More commonly known as EBC, the Encore Beach Club at the Wynn is the most decorated sunshine bash in Vegas. The long lines outside the “Best of Vegas” award-winning “Dayclub of the Year” are both a tribute to the party itself and a testament to the buzz surrounding it. Thing is, EBC is worth the wait. World-renowned DJs like David Guetta, Avicii, and will.i.am swing through regularly and the multi-level cabanas and bungalows feature private pools, bottle service, and stripper poles. The first two features make it extremely easy to find a local girl willing to take advantage of the third.
Here are the best of the best.
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Wet Republic at MGM Grand has accomplished something that other Las Vegas day clubs haven’t managed, making the pool the centerpiece of the party. It helps that the pool in question is 6,000 square feet, studded with marble bars, and thick with women who’ve been working out with precisely this event in mind. Smart clubbers splurge on bungalows and enjoy their private (or not-quite-private) Jacuzzi with drink (or drinks) in hand. There’s a misting system that all but forces everyone to strip down and the music makes the crowd want to get down. Calvin Harris, Steve Aoki, and The Chainsmokers share responsibilities in the DJ booth as large LED screens blast color across the tanned crowd.
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It may not be the biggest, but the exclusive daily blowout attracts A-listers from all over the world, who cool/show off in the glass infinity pool. Despite being quite literally packed to the brim every Saturday, the club has an intimate feel. It doesn’t hurt that EDM legends Chuckie, Kaskade, and Benny Benassi have been known to spin here. The one catch: You’re going to have to bring your own women. The club’s policy that men can never outnumber women giveth and taketh away.
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Play truant at Ditch Fridays, the party at The Palms that encourages you to leave the office and come drink the morning away. The 3,000-person bash, known for crazy music and anything-goes hell-raising is the perfect way to kick off your Vegas weekend. The club has three bars, one of which is located underneath the pool and offers an intermittently memorable upward view, and gives minimally clad revelers pride of placement. Pro tip: Grab a Miller Lite while you’re there and the party sponsor may automatically upgrade you to VIP status.
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Inspired by the beaches of Ibiza, this 5,000 person space is known for its unique sound system designed by the renowned audio designer John Lyons. When you combine that with the impressive list of resident DJs - Baauer, Alesso, Nicky Romero - it’s no surprise serious dancers flock here to last night’s party going. After the party at Daylight comes the after-party at adjacent club Eclipse. Then it’s just rinse and repeat.
Drai’s Beach Club
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As the only rooftop day club, the Friday-Sunday blitz on top of the Cromwell provides a better view of the Vegas strip and a chance to meet women who do that for a living. This 65,000-square-foot oasis sits eleven floors up, but still boasts cabanas with private pools and bathrooms, which seems like a weird thing to praise, but do come in handy. It seems nothing can detract from the paradise-like atmosphere that can accommodate any crowd. The club’s founder produced Weekend at Bernie’s and this space has the same kind of manic energy – minus the dead guy.