Las Vegas may have seen two relatively quiet summers over the past couple of pandemic years, but for 2022, the pool party/dayclub scene is heating up fast. The city’s top venues are once again competing to attract partygoers willing to shell out for bottle service, food, daybeds, cabanas and bungalows while enjoying tunes from top DJs and live artists.
And with mask mandates and social distancing mostly in the rearview mirror, the mantra is “party like it’s 2019” at these pulsating venues. Days of operation and entry prices/minimum spend vary; check websites for the latest updates.
Drai’s Beachclub, The Cromwell
Situated on the rooftop of the boutique Cromwell hotel, Drai’s Beachclub can confidently lay claim to the best Strip views of any dayclub — that is, if anyone bothers looking past the sumptuous decor and towering palm trees that stud the picturesque 35,000-square-foot deck. And for those who can’t get enough of the party, the vibe continues at Drai’s Nightclub — in the same location, of course.
Elia Beach Club, Virgin Hotels Las Vegas
Built on the site of Vegas’ legendary Rehab pool party (at the ex-Hard Rock Hotel & Casino), Elia Beach Club aims to make a name for itself in its first full season at the rebranded, off-Strip Virgin Hotels Las Vegas. After a property-wide refresh was unveiled in early 2021, the finishing touches were put on Elia with a handsome design that takes its inspiration from Mediterranean beach destinations.
Wet Republic Ultra Pool, MGM Grand
With nearly 7,000 guestrooms, the MGM Grand’s massive geographic footprint is appropriately scaled for the equally gigantic, 54,500-square-foot Wet Republic Ultra Pool, where thousands of bodies converge harmoniously in the club’s saltwater pools and dance to DJ-spun soundtracks every weekend.
Azilo Ultra Pool, Sahara Las Vegas
A new entrant at the north-Strip Sahara, Azilo Ultra Pool is making a splash with weekday events such as Tequila Tuesdays (offering $200 Herradura Silver bottle service and $49 buckets of Corona or Modelo beer), while the chill factor ratchets up with in-pool daybeds.
Encore Beach Club, Wynn and Encore Las Vegas
Encore Las Vegas typically appeals to a younger demographic than Wynn Las Vegas, partly due to the upscale Encore Beach Club, where the lavish environs perfectly match the property’s luxe vibe, and VIP table guests snack on decadent caviar push pops.
Ayu Dayclub, Resorts World Las Vegas
Ayu Dayclub is in the midst of its first full-length season since the 3,500-room, three-hotel Resorts World campus opened on the site of the former Stardust in 2021. This summer will see sets by a number of high-profile resident DJs, including Zedd and Tiesto, and musical group Cash Cash. Run by Singapore-based nightclub operator Zouk Group, the venue is inspired by Southeast Asia’s idyllic islands.
Marquee Dayclub, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Despite The Cosmopolitan’s recent transition to MGM Resorts ownership, party-goers at the Marquee Dayclub shouldn’t notice many differences this summer. Top-name DJs are booked for multiple weekends at the hip, mid-Strip property’s dayclub, where clients can book a grand cabana with an infinity-edge glass dipping pool and a flat-screen television.
Tao Beach Dayclub, The Venetian Resort Las Vegas
Newly renovated for 2022, the Asian-inspired tropical oasis’ symbiotic relationship with its namesake Tao Asian Bistro ensures that guests are liquored up and well-fed. Appropriately themed culinary offerings this year at Tao Beach Dayclub include Peking duck melts, a decadent seafood tower and the signature giant fortune cookie.
Daylight Beach Club, Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino Las Vegas
The only Las Vegas “beach” club with a sandy beach and associated wave generator nearby (the adjoining Mandalay Bay Beach), Daylight Beach Club is also one of the most affordable venues in its competitive set.