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Nightlife & Entertainment in Las Vegas

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Las Vegas is surely the USA’s glittery, neon-washed capital of lavish nightlife and entertainment. You may think it's all about ritzy casinos, but with everything from booming concerts to sophisticated bars available, Sin City’s round-the-clock nightlife offers something for everyone.

 

Casinos

 

Feel like settling into a long game of poker? What about a few hands of blackjack, or trying your luck on the slots? Las Vegas’ huge array of casinos along the Strip are great for an indulgent night out.

 

Casino at Bellagio

 

The Casino at Bellagio is Vegas’ classic casino experience - a huge, stylish gaming area garlanded with warm golden decor. The excitement ranges from traditional games tables to touring poker tournaments, all hosted by exceptionally friendly and professional staff. Don’t forget to see the Bellagio’s iconic musical fountain - an enormous outdoor water feature illuminated by blue-silver lights.

 

3600 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas NV 89109. Tel:+1 702 693 7111

 

Casino at Bellagio website
Paris Las Vegas

 

One of Vegas’ more quirky casinos, this offers top-end gaming set in a a miniature, hyper-real evocation of Paris. Inside the casino, play some slots beside a look-alike Montmartre side street, or try a table game by a quaint Parisian bakery. Yes, it's shamelessly kitsch, but great fun – especially when you head up to the top of the "Eiffel Tower" for views across the shimmering city skyline.

 

3655 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas NV 89109. Tel:+1 702 946 7000

 

Paris Las Vegas website

 

Bars

 

If the casino scene isn’t for you, but you’re after a fun-filled night, check out Vegas’ bars, many of which offer high end elegance.

 

Artisan Lounge

 

This hidden gem - set away from the casinos - is a gorgeous grotto of a place. Dozens of garish gold-framed paintings line the walls and ceilings, offset by the supple leather sofas and red velvet seats, altogether creating the relaxed lounge vibe. The bar serves an array of drinks, including house cocktails. Enjoy chilled-out conversation at the lounge throughout the week, or ultra-hip bouncing parties at the weekends.

 

1501 W Sahara Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89109. Tel:+1 702 214 4000

 

Artisan Lounge website

 

Live music

 

Las Vegas’ music scene is one of extremes. You’ve got home-grown country and folk that lights up local bars and hangouts, as well as international music stars that sell out Vegas’ concerts and hotel showrooms. Take your pick, and catch an unforgettable show.

 

Hard Rock Hotel

 

This classic hotel and restaurant chain is known for its no-holds-barred love of gritty rock ‘n’ roll, and in Vegas, it gets to let loose. The hotel’s concert hall is decked-out with stadium-quality gear, from immense light displays, huge thumping speakers, and roomy rail or balcony seating. The spacious stage is active year-round, hosting cover bands, music legends, and up-and-coming stars.

 

4455 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, NV 89169. Tel:+1 702 693 5000

 

Hard Rock Hotel website

 

Performing arts

 

If you want to add a pinch of refreshing culture to your stay, you’ll be happy to find a thriving performing arts scene hidden among the city’s wild nightlife.

 

The Smith Center

 

The Smith Center is Las Vegas’ performing arts hotspot - a buzzing cultural hub of music, dance, and theatre, centered around 3 main areas. Reynolds Hall is the largest - seating over 2,000 people - and puts on Broadway productions, concerts, and dramatic theatre. For smooth live jazz or retro cabaret, head to the Boman Pavilion. Finally, for intimate ballet shows and children’s theatre, check out the cozy Troesh Studio.

 

361 Symphony Park Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89106. Tel:+1 702 749 2012

 

The Smith Center website