When the Las Vegas summer kicks into high gear, few things are more appealing than putting on a swimsuit, ordering an icy drink (or two) and spending the day submerged in the pool. Luckily for visitors to Sin City, there are several pools from which to choose.
But not all pools are created equal. If you’d prefer your poolside suntan served up with the hottest music mixed by on-site DJs, gorgeous people from around the world, celebrities and an area meant more for socializing than swimming, then you need to seek out a pool club (sometimes known as day clubs or party pools). Some pool clubs are known for the music, some are known for celebrity sightings and some are actually known for their pools. Here’s a breakdown of what you can expect at the most popular pool clubs in Las Vegas.
Though some people don’t actually consider Azure to be a pool club, it is a 21+ venue at Palazzo with three pools meant to pamper visitors. Butlers, complimentary frozen grapes, sunscreen application and chilled towels … that pretty much sums up the rejuvenating feel of this French-inspired pool area. Dine poolside from a menu designed by Wolfgang Puck. A Sunday brunch is also available.
Open Friday through Sunday from 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Bare, located at The Mirage, is contemporary and classy. Women are welcome to take a dip in a European-style swimming area, which is secluded from the other pools. A DJ spins music poolside. VIP visitors are invited to enjoy an infinity pool and relaxation area that overlooks the dolphin habitat at the resort. Order a specialty cocktail, sit back and relax.
Open daily 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. Cover charge is $10.00 for women and $20.00 for men Monday through Thursday, and $10.00 for women and $40.00 for men Friday through Sunday.
If the name alone doesn’t lure you to Daydream, maybe this clean, simple pool at M Resort will. Though it’s not as known for the music, celebrities or party scene, this pool has extended hours, making it possible to party long after the sun goes down. Fun, customized alcoholic drinks are made poolside by a team of mixologists.
European-inspired Encore Beach Club is one of the newest to join the Las Vegas pool club scene. Oversized lily pads, 40-foot palm trees and three tiered pools are the highlights, but if you stick around past dusk, you’ll see the area transformed into Encore’s new nightclub, Surrender.
Open Friday from noon-7:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. Cover charges is $20.00-$50.00.
Go ahead … forget about those tan lines when you sink into the water at Go Pool, the pool at Flamingo Las Vegas. A classic topless pool, the ambience here is relaxing and chill. House DJs spin during Relapse Mondays, and there are also drink specials.
Open daily 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
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An extension of its popular new nightclub, the Marquee Day Club is the Cosmopolitan’s answer to the pool club scene. Featuring grand cabanas with infinity pools and three-story bungalow lofts, this pool club may be more about the luxury than the water itself.
Luxurious, modern and tropical. These are the words that come to mind when you visit Liquid, one of the newest pool clubs on the Strip. Located at Aria, this is a pool party in all aspects of the term. A DJ plays music from a world-class sound system, and there is a lot of space to chill out and chat with other party goers. In addition to a 1,200-square foot main pool, there are two additional pools located in the VIP areas. There is also a 50-person restaurant on site, which serves up fresh salad and seafood.
Open Thursday through Sunday from 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Just like the resort itself, Palms Pool & Bungalows are sophisticated, luxurious and tastefully outfitted for your sunning pleasure. The 64,000 square foot pool plays host to live concerts and DJs. There are three bars, which serve up an array of cocktails and signature drinks. Its most popular themed event is the weekly Ditch Fridays.
Open daily at 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Rehab at Hard Rock Hotel is more of a pool party than an actual pool club, but it would be a crime to leave it off this list. Often topping the lists for the hottest parties in the city, Rehab not only has DJs playing music almost constantly, but it also offers the opportunity to enjoy swim-up blackjack. This pool is nearly always packed.
Open Saturday through Monday from 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Balinese-inspired Tao Beach is an open invitation for visitors to chill. Guest DJs are a given here, and they whip up a frenzy of electronica, house and dance music. Light fare, including veggie spring rolls and lemon and ginger edamame, completes the poolside scene. On Saturday nights, the club is transformed into a nightclub. Located at The Venetian.
Open Thursday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Escape the rowdy party scene with a dip in Venus Pool at Caesars Palace. Located in the Garden of the Gods pool area, Venus Pool offers sophisticated relaxation with topless bathing, suntan lotion application services, frozen grapes, spritzers and iced towels. Poolside dining options include paninis and salads.
Open Monday through Saturday 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. and Sunday 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Cascading waterfalls, a sandy beach, five pools and several whirlpool spas are part of the allure of Voodoo Beach, a tropically themed pool area located at the Rio. Live DJs provide entertainment through the weekend and monthly poolside concerts draw locals as well as visitors to Las Vegas. The bartenders are known for their talent.
Open daily 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Open to the public. No cover charge required.
If you’re looking for music, consider getting wet at the Wet Republic Ultra Pool. This pool, located at MGM Grand, has eight speakers in the the pool itself, so the tunes are never out of reach. Wet Republic is known for hosting the world’s hottest DJs (especially on Sundays), and it’s also a hot spot for celebrities. This 53,000 square foot ultra pool consists of two large saltwater pools and six jetted spas. It’s considered the ultimate in “daylife”—that is, a nightlife vibe in the middle of the day. Kick back with a custom cocktail or any number of chilled desserts to keep it cool.
Open Thursday through Monday at 11:00 a.m.
Bringing a hip party scene back to the Tropicana, Nikki Beach Club Las Vegas is the largest Nikki Beach property in the world. Guests will find sleek loungers, opium beds and poolside cabanas as well as premium bottle service, swim-up gaming tables, swim-up bars and plenty of entertainment. Cafe Nikki will offer 24/7 dining.
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