The MGM Resorts Las Vegas Guide to Going Out Every Night
Every day feels like Friday when you hit the Strip in Sin City. There’s activity and entertainment happening every night of the week, making it difficult to name any one night the best night for Vegas nightlife.
Las Vegas attracts a wide array of people who are all visiting for different reasons. Take the traditional tourists who want to see as many sights and shows as possible. Then, there are the vacationers who’d rather be left alone at the pool or at a reserved table at one of the area’s hottest new restaurants. There are the club goers, of course, families, and people in town for business. When you’re trying to select the best night for Vegas nightlife, it often depends on what kind of experience you’re looking for. This insider’s guide provides a week’s worth of nightlife activities with something exciting for everyone, every night.
The start of the week is a great opportunity to check out the free, outdoor sights of the Strip. Stop by the Fountains of Bellagio at its scheduled times to see the music and light-enhanced fountain show.
Then, stroll down to watch the Volcano at The Mirage for another must-see stop, which can be viewed at 7:00 PM or 8:00 PM on Monday nights. Start the week off in a leisurely way by enjoying two of the most visited night events on the Strip in what could be a less crowded space.
For a more upbeat pace, Flawless Mondays at ARIA’s JEWEL Nightclub has you covered with a weekly dose of beats served up courtesy of the top DJs in the industry. It’s only made better by the fact that locals get in for free. Don’t be surprised if Steve Aoki or Lil Jon show up to start your week off with a bang. It’s just another day in Vegas to them.
For dining and cocktails, entertainment, and a buzzing atmosphere, head down to the newest outdoor entertainment district set up right in the heart of the action. The Park, located between New York - New York and Monte Carlo, has a range of dining options, live music, and it’s just steps away from the T-Mobile Arena, which hosts the biggest acts and top sporting events. Plus, it’s also right near the brand new Park Theater located inside Monte Carlo.
Every Tuesday at The Park, the Tony Marques Band starts up the live music at 5:00 PM and guests can enjoy $5 beer, wine, and shot specials. Additionally, for those who wish to indulge in a weekly food favorite, Taco Tuesday, they can head to a different “Park” on Fremont Street for $2 carne asada tacos and $1 Coronitas from 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM.
When Hump Day arrives, you’re nearly home free on the way to the weekend. New York - New York Hotel & Casino wants to set you up on a bar crawl that allows guests to experience 6 bars in one night. The Sin City Bar Crawl at the Big Apple secures a complimentary cover charge and “fast passes” to the front of the line at Pour 24, Coyote Ugly, Nine Fine Irishman, The Chocolate Bar, Bar at Times Square, and Center Bar. Whether you’re winding down your week or just getting started, make your way through the energy and fast pace of the spirit of NYC with a drink in hand.
Vegas is a show town that much is for certain. You could plan the week to see a different show every night and still have plenty to choose from to see more. Cirque du Soleil continues to be one of the biggest nightlife events on the Strip because of the variety it has to offer.
Each one is unique in its own way with special effects, music, costumes, and surprises that keep guests coming back for more. “O” at Bellagio Las Vegas adds water to the mix of acrobatics and theatrics. The cast for this production includes synchronized swimmers and divers to create a show that occurs both on and above the water. The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil at The Mirage upholds the influences of Beatle-mania with a reimagining of the soundtracks from the foursome that helped shape a music culture. A bonus to the performances scheduled is visitors are invited to free open rehearsals at select times throughout the weekend. So, pick a show, any show to amp up Thursday’s nightlife plan.
No matter where you are, Friday is when the weekend heats up. So many visitors flock to Sin City for a short weekend celebrating everything from birthdays to bachelorette parties. Every nightclub has to bring its A-game because it’s a race to find which place is the biggest and best. Arguably one of the most popular spots for nightlife is Hakkasan Nightclub at MGM Grand. The club’s calendar is monthly Who’s Who rotation of an elite group of DJs that know how to get a crowd going, including DJ Calvin Harris, Steve Aoki, and Fergie DJ.
Some of the nostalgia from the Vegas of earlier years is the endless food offerings from the buffets. While buffets remain readily available to the indulgence of every visitor who’d like to get their money’s worth in unlimited crab legs or trays of mouthwatering desserts, there’s also been a culinary uprising, which was once simmering, but is now scorching hot.
Some of the best chefs in the world are running restaurants in Las Vegas, creating haute cuisine and introducing the newest food trends. Although not the typical nightlife plan, any foodie can appreciate a night sampling from some of the best menus Vegas has to offer, such as Morimoto Las Vegas led by Iron Chef Morimoto, Craftsteak led by James Beard award winner and Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio, Border Grill by Chefs Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger, and Fleur by Hubert Keller at Mandalay Bay, just to name a few.
Sundays in Vegas are usually saved to spend time by the pool or ease on down the Strip for a late morning meal. But the day tagged as the usual end to the week doesn’t have to stop the nightlife opportunities. Instead, it’s a chance to chill out with a cocktail - literally!
At minus5° Ice Bar, you’ll need to bundle up with a parka and gloves (which are provided) for the opportunity to experience drinking encased in ice. Everything from the seats to the bar to the chandeliers creates a wintry wonderland for one of the coolest experiences in town.
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The best way to solidify the best night for Vegas nightlife is to decide what you’re in the mood for. One of the great things about this city is that it’s constantly changing. There’s always a new night of the week that will be deemed most popular based on the pulse of the crowd and the schedule of events. It’s hard to pick favorites when we’re surrounded by such a bounty of options. And, it’s not a problem anyone seems to mind.