Why go? The city is synonymous with bachelor party decadence — but increasingly it’s been balancing nonstop hedonism (girls, gambling, and guzzling) with PG-rated activities (biking, hiking, etc.) and there is definitely something for everyone here.
Best (legal) ideas: Organize the festivities into two or three parts: the dinner, the drinks, and the club, or map out a day that allows your friends to join you at different stages of the day based on their budget/morals.
Good to know: Las Vegas requires planning. You won’t have anything close to the weekend you envisioned if you show up, head to the Strip and think that the magic will happen all on its own. You will have to wait in line for many events that happen on the Strip, even if you’ve done your homework and purchased tix in advance — this includes pool parties and nightclubs. Also, the Strip gets bumper-to-bumper traffic on weekends and brothels are legal in parts of Nevada but not in Las Vegas.
Las Vegas is known as Sin City for a reason. When gambling was outlawed in the early 1900s, several places never stopped allowing it; many moved their operations underground. This laid the foundation of the modern city we know today that’s a symbol of the place that you go to do things that you know you probably shouldn’t be doing, but do them anyway.
While gambling remains big business in Las Vegas, it’s not the only lure in town. Over the last couple of decades, the city has worked to become a destination for more than just gamblers, and as a result now features world-class shows, enormous luxury resorts, great restaurants, numerous golf courses, world-famous strip clubs, raging pool parties, mega nightclubs, and so much more.
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Travel & Essentials in Las Vegas
It may be in the middle of the desert, but Las Vegas is one of the most easily accessible cities in the United States. Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS) is just over three miles from the Strip, meaning you won’t be wasting any time in traffic once you touch down. The airport itself is very well-served from cities across the U.S., with major airlines offering multiple flights per day from their hubs and smaller budget airlines connecting Sin City with mid-size and smaller markets with several flights per week.
Getting around: Once you’re in town, you’ll need to get around by car, but if you’re planning on having a party-heavy weekend and not doing much exploring, skip the rental and rely on ride share services like Uber or Lyft. There are, of course, limos, including one that seats 24 people.
Several years ago, ride-hailing services weren’t permitted to operate in the city, so any trip you had to take had to be in an official taxi, which were outrageously expensive considering the short distances you’d need to travel. Today, though, ride sharing options are allowed in Las Vegas, giving visitors a far more convenient and affordable way to get around. Getting an Uber or a Lyft isn’t as easy as it is in some other cities, though: There are designated pick-up and drop-off areas at all major hotels and venues on the Strip as well as at the airport, so make sure you take note of them at the places you’re going to.
The seasons: Being in the desert, Las Vegas is dry all-year-round, with very little precipitation most months of the year. However, the heat in the summer can be unbearable, with temperatures during the day soaring over 100 degrees. In the winter, temperatures can be cool, making spring and fall the ideal time to visit — and when you’ll have ideal weather to drink all day at the pool, go golfing, and hit the clubs at night. These seasons are predictably pricier and busier than the rest, so you’ll want to make sure you book far enough in advance so you don’t get stuck paying last-minute prices for the things you want to do.
Strip or no strip: If partying is your plan for your bachelor party weekend, there’s really no other option than to stay right on the Strip — and you’ll be happy you did. This is where you’ll find the casinos, clubs, restaurants, pool parties, and all the action, and where mega-resorts have enough things going on to make them worth exploring (many people go to Vegas now and don’t gamble, a radical concept). That said, hotels not on the Strip will be less expensive.
Deal or no deal: Once you’re on the Strip, beware of one of the most common scams in town, meeting a so-called promoter on the street advertising free, “VIP” experiences for a small tip. In reality, these “deals” are too good to be true, and are nothing more than a trick to get you to hand over your cash willingly.
And, since you’ll be with a large group of your best guys, be prepared to pay dearly for just about everything. There’s no chance you’re getting in a club — or doing much of anything — without buying access first. At nightclubs and pool parties, this means table service and some of the cheapest ones can’t be had for less than $1,000 — and that’s just for the first bottle.
However, if you do have extra time you don’t plan to use for partying, it’s worth exploring Downtown Las Vegas, home to some of the city’s “vintage” casino hotels on Fremont Street like the Golden Nugget and Binion’s Gambling Hall (more on that later).
If you’re after great weather and relaxation with a side of debauchery (or none at all), you could base yourself in one of the city’s suburban areas, where you’ll find sprawling resorts that are more akin to Arizona than Sin City.
Pros & Cons of a Vegas Bachelor Party
- Nonstop partying everywhere you look.
- It’s gambler’s paradise.
- There’s plenty of sun all year long.
- Great food options for all palates.
- Everything is expensive.
- Crowds and waiting in line are inevitable.
- Getting into clubs and other events as a group of guys can be difficult.
- The city gets very hot in the summer.
Best Attractions & Activities in Las Vegas
Best Daytime Attractions & Activities
Fly a Fighter Jet at Sky Combat AceSky Combat Ace - Las Vegas, Jet Stream Drive, Henderson, NV, USA
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Let’s pretend you have balls of steel, because Sky Combat Ace — just 20 minutes from the strip in Henderson — will let you legitimately fly a fighter jet. Yep, you read that right. You can fly a real plane — without a license or experience — through the skies around Las Vegas at speeds of up to 250 miles an hour. All you’ll need is the fortitude to not cry like a baby and crap your pants as soon as you lift off. Thankfully, an actual pilot joins you to chaperone. Flights start at $299 per person.
Zipline High and Long at FlightlinezFlightlinez Bootleg Canyon, Boulder City Parkway, Boulder City, NV, USA
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Just 10 miles from Hoover Dam and about 30 minutes from the Strip, Flightlinez in Bootleg Canyon takes high-fliers through a network of exhilarating zip lines more than 1,000 feet high. The natural landscape is the perfect backdrop and if you squint really hard, you can see the Strip. Here, you can soar up to 60 MPH — the longest zip, at 2,546 feet long, is worth the journey alone. The best part? Flightlinez takes private groups any time of day, so if you want to glide through the canyons at 2 a.m., that can happen. Rates start at $159 per person.
Rock Climb or Mountain Bike at Red Rock CanyonRed Rock Canyon, Nevada, USA
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About 20 miles (30 minutes) from the Strip, Red Rock Canyon has become a hot spot for avid mountain climbers. While there’s vast, extensive climbing among towers, summits, cliffs, and long crack lines, Red Rock rises in a 3,000-foot wall of red, pink, and cream colored Azet sandstone, sprawling 10 miles long that’s cut perpendicular with many major canyons. There’s no sign of civilization, so you’ll feel like you’re worlds away from Sin City. Hardcore climbers will have a field day with the number of high-quality routes of moderate technical difficulty. Your hotel concierge can connect you with a handful of licensed, rock-climbing outfitters.
Ride ATVs in the Arizona Desert in SedonaRed Rock ATV Rentals, Arizona 89A, Sedona, AZ, USA
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Located in Sedona, Arizona, just under five hours by car from Las Vegas, Red Rock ATV rentals provides an adrenaline rush for any guys looking to drive fast and hard in some of the country’s most stunning terrain. Rent ATVs and other off-road vehicles from $199 and spend the day riding around the historic city, or take them off-road for some more high-octane adventures. Prices vary but each rental includes helmets, goggles, custom trail maps, coolers, water, and a full tank of gas.
Drive a Race Car at Las Vegas Motor SpeedwayLas Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas Boulevard North, Las Vegas, NV, USA
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Sports car junkies can get behind the wheel of souped-up race cars at Las Vegas Motor Speedway — just 20 minutes from the Strip — to recreate their favorite Fast & Furious moments. Dream Racing provides a fleet of over-the-top, larger-than-life race cars, like the Ferrari F430 Scuderia, for an adrenaline-pumping driving experience, screeching laps around the famed tracks. Prices vary by car but generally start at $179 for five laps in a comparatively tamer car, the Ford Mustang GT, while the Ferrari will cost you $299 for five laps. After a day at Dream Racing, you’ll never drive the same way again.
Nonstop Pool Party on the StripWet Republic Ultra Pool, South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV, USA
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It won’t seem like you truly went to Vegas if you don’t consume entirely too much alcohol wearing hardly any clothing and hang out at some rooftop pool during daylight hours. Pretty much every resort on the Strip has a day party to attend, but one of the best happens at Marquee at The Cosmopolitan resort. The club features a rooftop location with great views of the Strip — but that’s not what you’ll be focusing on. The DJs are top-notch and you can even book a three-level bungalow suite for you and your friends that overlooks all the action at Marquee and provides entry for up to six guests to the club for the famous day party.
Other top options include Wet Republic at MGM Grand (weekend table service starts at $750-$1,000), Encore Beach Club at the Wynn and Encore (weekend table service starts at $1,500) and Drai’s Beach Club at The Cromwell (weekend table service starts at $1,000), to name a few. Generally, you’ll be able to bring groups up to 12 at a single table, but specific clubs may have a minimum-spending requirement per person or small group of people. The best way to get a more specific idea of pricing is to get a quote for your dates and group size through the club directly.
Hit the Links Before You Hit The BoozeThe Wynn Golf Club, South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV, USA
(Photo by Cascata Club)
Thanks to its location in the desert, Las Vegas usually has great golf weather. And nothing says guys’ weekend like spending an afternoon hitting the links before the party really gets started (though, if we’re being honest, we know the party really starts on the golf course). Luckily, Vegas has several great options, both on and off the Strip.
If you want to stay close to the Strip, head to The Wynn Golf Club to experience its newly redesigned course featuring lush landscaping, abundant water features, a 6,500 square-foot practice putting green, and superb dining options. Hotel guests can reserve tee times up to 90 days in advance, and non-guests can reserve up to 30 days in advance. The course also provides loaner clubs in the price of your green fee (which ranges from $300 to $550) so you don’t need to worry about traveling with your clubs.
If you want to get out of the city for the afternoon, check out Cascata Club, about 30 minutes away in Boulder City, Nevada. Set in the foothills of the River Mountain range, the only noise you’ll hear is from the 400+ foot waterfall feeding the river that flows through the entire course. Prices range from $299-$319 for groups of four players.
Discover Downtown VegasDowntown, Las Vegas, NV, USA
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While most of the action these days occurs on the Strip, the Las Vegas of yesteryear was centered around Downtown Las Vegas, specifically Fremont Street. Understand the city — and its checkered history — better with a visit to The Mob Museum (tickets from $30). Located just off Fremont, the museum traces the history of the mob and its relationship with Sin City, from the past all the way to the present day.
For a taste of classic Las Vegas kitsch, check out the Neon Museum and it’s gigantic “Neon Boneyard” which houses hundreds of neon signs that lined the Strip back in the day. General admission tickets will run you $20 apiece.
And, just for the hell of it, get your photo taken with one million dollars in cash at Binion’s Gambling Hall on Fremont Street. While you’re there, play a game or two in one of Vegas’ most-storied casinos. It’s been around since 1951.
For a little higher-octane activity, ride the “Slotzilla,” a very Vegas-themed zip line over the top of Fremont Street, allowing you to take in all the sights below and get a taste of what it was like to visit Las Vegas several decades ago. You can choose between a two-block ride from seven stories up from $29 per person or a five-block ride from 11 stories up for $49 per person.
Best Nighttime Attractions and Activities
Gamble All Night LongMandalay Bay, South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV, USA
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Vegas was built on gambling, and it’s still big business in this town. What could be better than 24/7 operations and free booze (servers keep you lubed)? Come to pregame (bring cash for tips) a big club night with some rounds of roulette and blackjack or settle in for the long haul at the poker table. Some of the most popular casinos on the Strip include the Wynn/Encore, The Venetian, Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, and Bellagio. If you’re looking for “loose slots” (slot machines that pay out more frequently than the norm), you’ll have to venture off the Strip (read this article for a guide).
Ride the High Roller 520-Feet in the SkyHigh Roller, South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV, USA
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Located at the Linq Hotel, the High Roller offers unparalleled views of The Strip from glass-enclosed passenger pods (similar to the London Eye) that go around like a Ferris wheel — only it takes a good 30 minutes from start to end. When it reaches its apex at 520-feet high, the views are a staggering, neon treat. Many pods are equipped with full bars and bartenders for unlimited pours (you have to book this in advance), which makes this ride utterly original and compelling.
Bottle Service at a Vegas NightclubHakkasan Nightclub, South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV, USA
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There’s nightlife, and then there’s Vegas nightlife. Simply put: Here, it just doesn’t stop. It’s not uncommon to stay at a club until they close around dawn and keep the party going by stumbling into a casino for another round of drinks. Expect to pay top dollar to get you and your buddies in (at least $1,000 per table at some clubs), but once you do, you’ll be in for a night to remember — even if you don’t remember all of it. Some of the most popular nightclubs include XS at Encore, Omnia at Caesars Palace, Hakkasan, Drai’s, and Marquee at The Cosmopolitan.
These are gigantic party palaces, with huge dance floors and in some cases multiple levels of mezzanines or pool decks that transform into the dance floor for the party. These nightclubs are serious business, too. You can expect not only amazing music from some of the world’s top artists (Zedd, Calvin Harris, Martin Garrix, Steve Aoki, Migos, and Cheat Codes have all performed in at least one of the aforementioned clubs), but the whole nightclub experience including light shows, fire, smoke effects, and heart-thumping sound systems that will leave your ears ringing for days after you’ve left the club (trust us, that’s a good thing).
Bottle service in Vegas isn’t cheap, but it’s the way to go. You don’t want to be stuck waiting in line — especially as a big group of dudes — and counting on the mercy of the bouncer to let you in. And on top of that, most clubs will charge cover for guys entering to the tune of $50-$100 on average depending on the club itself and who is performing, plus the cost of drinks. Buying a table will get you in the door (relatively) promptly, guarantee you a space to hang out and observe the scene, and, of course, cocktails served by beautiful girls wearing next to nothing. When in Rome, right?
Typically, tables will have a minimum cost associated with them, and you’ll have to buy one bottle of booze for every 4-5 people in your group. The larger your group, the more alcohol you’ll be buying. Prices vary by club, but you should expect to pay at the absolute minimum $1,000 for your table which includes one bottle plus mixers. Of course, the table minimums increase the closer you get to the action, and some prime tables can have minimums well over $10,000.
Once you decide which club(s) you want to hit up, reach out to the club directly to get a quote based on the size of your group and preferred table location. An 8% tax and a 20% gratuity are typically not included in the price of entry, so you can automatically tack on several hundred dollars more to shell out once you sign the bill.
Best Hotels, Resorts & Airbnbs in Las Vegas
Aria Resort & CasinoBest Party Suites ARIA Resort & Casino, South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV, USA
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Vibe: The rooms at Aria Resort & Casino are so tricked out that most bachelor parties usually either end up here every night or don’t even leave. It’s located right on the Strip and is known for its Sky Villas, which range from 2,000 to 7,000 square feet — the better ones have two levels. They’re designed to feel like residential homes, so if you’ve ever wanted to live like a millionaire, Aria is for you. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer crazy views of Las Vegas, and it’s the sort of thing you see in movies, with the shades going up and down with the touch of a button. Most villas have spa rooms, private steam rooms, pool tables, private elevators and, of course, 24-hour butlers, because why should you have to fill your own tub?
Price: Obviously, these are going to start steep at $2,000 a night, but basic rooms here are a great value at an average of $200 a night for 520 square feet, and one-bedroom penthouse suites measuring in at 1,500 square feet with views of the Strip starting at $525 a night with a private airport transfer thrown in for free.
The Cosmopolitan of Las VegasBest Overall Resort The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV, USA
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Vibe: The Cosmopolitan, or simply Cosmo, has it all. It’s modern, luxurious, and feels like you’re in a trendy city rather than in the middle of the desert. You’ll get access to three pools, the top-notch Marquee nightclub (and day club), several destination bars including the Chandelier, and numerous restaurants. It’s also the only Vegas hotel where the rooms have balconies so you can kick back with the boys while gazing out at Bellagio’s fountains.
Price: Studio rooms are the base level and plenty big at 620 square feet — those will set you back about $260 a night. And if you want a wraparound terrace, those rooms are double the price but clock in at about double the size at 1,200 square feet. The hotel also participates in Marriott’s Bonvoy loyalty program, meaning you can earn and use hotel points for your stay.
Wynn/EncoreMost Luxurious Wynn Las Vegas, South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV, USA
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Vibe: Everything at the Wynn and its sister property, Encore — the architecture, the interiors, and the pools — feels high end. Debauchery is serious business at these resorts. Equipped with a massive 80,000-square-foot casino, several pools, the popular Encore Beach Club, tons of restaurants, and opulent spas, fellas will have no shortage of things to keep them occupied at these mega resorts. If you want a more private experience, opt for the Tower Suites, which entitle you to exclusive entrances that bypass the riffraff in the casino, a private bar in the lobby, a private pool, and other special guest perks.
Price: During the low season, basic rooms at the Wynn (about 650 square feet) go for as little as $169 per night, while rooms at the Encore (about 750 square feet) start at $209. Tower suites at both Wynn and Encore start at just over $300 per night.
The PalazzoBest for Big Groups The Palazzo, South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV, USA
(Photo by Audrey Sulitskiy via Flickr)
Vibe: The Palazzo, connected to The Venetian, is an all-suite property with base-level rooms starting at 720 square feet. It’s also a full-on mega resort with all that you could ask for: seven bars and lounges, 12 restaurants (including Thomas Keller’s Bouchon and an amazing burger joint), a crazy pool deck with cabanas and daybeds, Canyon Ranch Spa (the largest spa on the Strip), a Baz Luhrmann-curated show (remember Moulin Rouge?), and the legendary Tao Nightclub. Back to those huge rooms, though. We’re talking marble bathrooms, separate living rooms perfect for big pregames, and awesome views.
Price: You won’t break the bank here: base-level rooms typically go for around $259 per night.
BellagioBest “Classic Vegas” Spot Bellagio, South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV, USA
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Vibe: This AAA Five Diamond-rated hotel is popular with celebrities of all sorts because it offers absolutely silver-spoon living: caviar at the hotel buffet, spas with outdoor balconies, a million-dollar atrium with a conservatory, and an art gallery where you can see original works by famous artists like Andy Warhol. And, of course, the world-famous fountain is amazing. Hyde is one of the Strip’s busiest nightclubs, where you can expect international DJs, bottle service, and the works. The Bellagio also has some of the world’s best restaurants, like Le Cirque and the Michelin-rated Picasso.
Price: During low season, rooms start at $139 a night to stay in a standard, 510-square-foot room (you can upgrade to a fountain-view room for a relatively small upcharge), while a 1,536-square-foot penthouse (including private check in) will set you back $589 a night.
Airbnb: Palms PlaceBest Place to Live Like a Rock Star Las Vegas, NV, USA
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Vibe: If you don’t want to deal with the hassle of booking separate rooms, try booking a vacation rental through a platform like Airbnb. There are plenty to choose from in Vegas, including spots near the Strip like this apartment on the 57th floor at Palms Place overlooking the entire Las Vegas Strip. Kick it rockstar style at this palatial apartment with two full bedrooms and enough space for at least 12 to crash. The highlight is the infinity-edge hot tub with unbelievable views of the Strip below.
Price: The entire apartment can be had from $725 per night in the low season — not a bad deal if you’re splitting the bill with your buds.
Best Restaurants in Las Vegas
Vetri CucinaBest Place for When Dinner is the Main Event Vetri Cucina, Las Vegas, West Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, NV, USA
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Sometimes, the idea of a good night out is just a damn good dinner — and it doesn’t have to be steak. At Vetri Cucina, located on the 56th floor of the Palms, the space provides jaw-dropping views and spectacular Italian food to match (celebrity chef Mark Vetri is a James Beard Award winner). Ask for a table near the window and try the tonnarelli cacio e pepe. Private rooms are also available.
The Alternatives: Carbone (at Aria), Spago (at the Bellagio), Estiatorio Milos (at the Cosmopolitan), Partage (off the Strip)
Lotus of SiamBest Asian Cuisine off the Strip Lotus of Siam, East Sahara Avenue, Las Vegas, NV, USA
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Lotus of Siam, off the Strip, is where people who are serious about Thai food go to eat in Vegas. It’s not a secret anymore either, so make sure you make a reservation in advance. The northern Thai cuisine here is some of the best in the country and you really can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. Just make sure you order enough of it, because it’s going to go quickly.
The Alternatives: EDO Gastro Tapas and Wine (off the Strip), Mabel’s BBQ (at The Palms), Mama Bird Southern Kitchen (off the Strip), Tacos el Gordo (multiple locations)
Hash House A Go GoBest Hungover Brunch Spot Hash House A Go Go West Sahara, West Sahara Avenue, Las Vegas, NV, USA
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Let’s face it: You’re going to be hungover at least one morning in Las Vegas. And if you’re not, you’re doing it wrong. So what better way to soak up all that excess booze than with an insanely huge plate of chicken and waffles? At Hash House A Go Go (several locations), they do them better than pretty much anywhere else — with sage-fried chicken on top of fluffy waffles and smoked bacon, tomatoes, and fresh rosemary. It’s good value, too, as dishes generally stay under $20.
The Alternatives: Wicked Spoon buffet (at the Cosmopolitan), Eat, Eggslut, Peppermill Restaurant (also a great cocktail bar)
Jean Georges SteakhouseBest Steakhouse Jean Georges Steakhouse at ARIA, South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV, USA
(Photo by Jean-Georges Steakhouse)
Nothing says boys weekend like a meaty steak dinner. Dress to impress when you show up here, too, because this place is fancy. The dress code officially says “business casual,” but if there’s ever a place to break out the Gucci loafers you bought with your signing bonus, it’s here.
Located at Aria on the Strip, dig in to some of the finest cuts of meat from countries all over the world including Japan, Argentina, and Uruguay. The space itself is loud and really makes you feel like you’re about to have a special meal. There’s a high-energy lounge space, several different dining areas, and two private rooms available.
You’ll want to save a lot of room in your stomach for all of the steak, but Jean Georges nails the appetizers and sides as well, including items like tuna tartare with avocado and soy-ginger dressing ($28), Japanese Wagyu Carpaccio with black truffle fritters and lime salt ($22), and black truffle mac and cheese ($18).
For the main event, don’t hesitate to go all out. This is a restaurant that makes steak an almost religious experience. This is a celebration, after all, so you deserve the 42-oz. Wagyu Tomahawk steak that will set you back $265 and the A5 certified Kobe beef steak from Japan which sells for $60 per ounce. While you’re at it, you might as well throw in some grilled Maine lobsters to round out the meal ($75 per person).
The Alternatives: Bazaar Meat by Jose Andres (at Sahara Las Vegas), Sara’s (at the Palms), Bavette’s Steakhouse & Bar (at Park MGM), Nomad Restaurant (at the NoMad Las Vegas)
Secret PizzaBest Late-Night Food Secret Pizza, Las Vegas, NV, USA
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Trust us. There’s no other place you’ll find insanely good pizza at 4 a.m. Secret Pizza at The Cosmopolitan was, in fact, a secret for the longest time (it’s not even listed on Cosmopolitan’s website), until word-of-mouth started generating crazy long lines. Pizzas served here have a crisp crust, perfectly melted fresh cheese and toppings, and just the right amount of zest. The New York-style pizza joint on the third floor has no signage and is a small space with a long hallway that leads to a walk-up counter. As there are only a handful of stools, most people grab a slice (approximately $5) or a pie (approximately $30) and head back to their rooms or after-hour parties. The biggest secret about Secret Pizza is that you can order a pie via room service if you’re staying at The Cosmo to avoid the long lines.
The Alternatives: Peppermill Restaurant (on the Strip), Northside Cafe & Chinese Kitchen (at Sahara Las Vegas), Tacos El Gordo (multiple locations).
Best Bars and Clubs in Las Vegas
Skyfall at Delano Las VegasBest Rooftop Bar Delano Las Vegas, South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV, USA
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Skyfall Lounge at Delano debuted in 2015, and it has been a party magnet ever since. Some patrons get there as early as sunset. With unbelievable, 180-degree views from the 64th floor, live DJs, and a lively crowd, Skyfall has a feel-good, let-loose vibe, with elevated bar bites served and a happy hour menu that’s actually affordable (beers from $6, wines from $8). You’ll need to make a reservation in advance to fully kick it here, but you won’t regret it (ask if there is a cover charge or not). Libations are created by famed mixologists Proprietors LLC (Death & Co/NYC and Honeycut/LA), so it’s best if you’re looking for something more creative than a standard G&T. Also, the best Instagramming spot happens to be in the bathroom, where the glass wall standing between you and unobstructed, sprawling views makes this the best pee break you’ll ever experience.
The Alternatives: Foundation Room (at Mandalay Bay), Apex Social Club (at The Palms), Chateau Nightclub and Rooftop (at Paris Las Vegas), Commonwealth (downtown Las Vegas).
The ChandelierBest Pregame Bar The Chandelier, Las Vegas, NV, USA
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If you haven’t figured this out yet, The Cosmopolitan is party central. The heart of the resort is The Chandelier, the central bar that spans three levels and is anchored by… chandeliers. And not just your normal, everyday chandeliers — you know, the kind you see in tastefully decorated homes or reasonably elegant hotels — but huge, larger-than-life chandeliers, loaded with more crystal than an Arkansas meth lab. There’s no fee to get in, and each floor has its own vibe. The first floor is the casino bar with live music, the second is an extra-fancy swank lounge, and the third is a more laid-back, intimate space. There’s usually a live DJ while top mixologists crank out imaginative libations like The Forbidden Fruit, which pays tribute to Adam and Eve with heavy apple flavors.
The Alternatives: Casa Fuente (the Forum Shops at Caesars), Beerhaus (between the Park MGM and New York-New York), The Dorsey (at The Venetian)
Casa FuenteBest Cigar Bar Casa Fuente Cigars, South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV, USA
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You can’t go to Sin City for the weekend and not spend at least a couple of hours smoking cigars. Located in the Forum Shops at Caesars, Casa Fuente has been a Las Vegas institution for over 10 years, and is a great place to kick it with your friends and take a bit of a break from the madness of the Strip. It’s the only store in the world licensed to sell Fuente cigars, and you can pick them right from the walk-in humidor. They sell rare cigars too, which can cost more than $100 (expect $20+ otherwise). While smoking is the main attraction here, Casa Fuente takes drinking seriously, too, offering a full selection of cocktails (try the mojito) and its very own Kavalan Sherry Cask Strength whisky imported from Taiwan.
XS NightclubBest Dance Club XS Nightclub, South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV, USA
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XS at the Encore is a paradigm of partying. It’s massive, over the top — you enter through a solid-gold entranceway, just to give you an idea — and throws a ridiculously good banger each weekend. During the summer, XS throws its famous “Nightswim” parties which are centered around the pool at the Encore Beach Club. People show up in their swimsuits and you better believe that there is a whole lot of jumping (and likely falling) into the pool all night long.
Many of the world’s top DJs play here, including The Chainsmokers, Alesso, Diplo, and David Guetta, among others. Make sure to take note of the club’s dress code, which prohibits sneakers, open-toe shoes and baseball hats for guys. Generally, you’ll want to wear a dress shirt (a suit jacket isn’t necessary but it won’t hurt), a crisp pair of dark trousers and dress shoes, like loafers.
Cover charges without table service will run you at least $30 per person, but can be much more on nights with popular performers. Table minimums here start around $1,000 and increase as you get closer to the stage. And, of course, you’ll have to add in taxes and gratuity on top of that.
The Alternatives: Drai’s (at the Cromwell), Omnia (at Caesars Palace), Hakkasan (at MGM Grand), TAO
Best Strip Clubs in Las Vegas
Las Vegas may be best-known for gambling, but its strip clubs are world-famous, too. And these aren’t just the seedy joints you see in the movies, but full-on luxury experiences with VIP tables and packages — this is Vegas after all.
You might think that pretty much anything goes in Vegas (and you’d be right 99% of the time), but there are serious rules for strip clubs that you’ll want to follow no matter how many vodka red bulls you just crushed at XS.
While specific rules do vary depending on which club you go to, most enforce a no-touch rule. But, like they say, money talks, so if you’re a generous tipper, your dancer might let you get away with a little more. But, generally do not try to kiss or grope any of the dancers as that could land you on the side of the road real quick.
According to the law, strip clubs in Sin City cannot have full nudity and alcohol at the same club. If you want to see more skin, you’ll have to skip the booze — or pregame that much harder. Otherwise, most strip joints in town feature only topless dancers so they can serve alcohol.
SapphireSapphire, Opal Splendor Avenue, Las Vegas, NV, USA
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Located just off the Strip close to Circus Circus, Sapphire is one of the best strip clubs in Sin City. It’s also the largest one in town and even has a pool party, the only one of its kind in Vegas. And with more than 400 ladies on staff, there’s truly something — or somebody — for everyone.
This club has no shortage of over-the-top features. It has a so-called “Rockstar Lounge” with a glass roof to give you a view of all the ladies dancing above you. If you want to go all-out, rent a skybox stocked with Champagne to really make it a night to remember.
Sapphire offers several bachelor party packages. The cheapest comes in at $359 and includes admission with no cover charge for five people, transportation to the club, the ability to skip the line, a VIP table on the main floor, a bottle of Absolut Vodka with Red Bull and other mixers. and a Sapphire t-shirt and hat for the groom.
If you want to go all out, step up to the “Rockstar Status” package, from $1,495, which includes all the items listed above, as well as a group Champagne toast, three premium bottles of liquor (think Avion tequila, Belvedere vodka, and Hennessey VS), three hours of seating in the Rockstar Lounge, and a DJ shout-out for the groom to-be.
Whichever package you decide, book directly with the club online before you go to save on the cost of the packages.
Little DarlingsLittle Darlings Las Vegas, Western Avenue, Las Vegas, NV, USA
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Like we mentioned above, most strip clubs in Vegas are topless-only so they can serve booze, but if you want to see more, Little Darlings — off the Strip and next to the Las Vegas Freeway for easy access — is the place for you. It calls itself the “largest totally nude club in the United States.” But while you can be treated to fully nude ladies, there’s no alcohol served, though you can stay caffeinated with all the soda you want.
The base group package runs $160 and includes free transportation to Little Darlings, admission and entertainment fees for five people, one non-alcoholic bottle or a hookah, and a complimentary VIP booth, stage roast, gift, photo, and t-shirt for each guest.
If you choose to skip a package here, cover is typically $35, but you can download a ticket on Little Darling’s site that will knock that down to $15.
Cheetah’sCheetahs Las Vegas, Western Avenue, Las Vegas, NV, USA
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If you walk in to Cheetah’s, located northwest of the Strip, and think it looks familiar, you won’t be wrong. It’s where the movie “Showgirls” from 1995 was filmed. And, if you happen to be in Vegas during the week, Cheetah’s offers “$2 Tuesdays” where you can pay $20 for admission and drink as many domestic beers or well drinks for two bucks apiece as you want. And, you’ll get a free ride to the club.
This club is open 24 hours a day — giving you the option to hang out with the ladies from morning to noon to night. Cheetah’s has another unique perk that’s sure to catch the interest of anyone with the munchies: free pizza and wings during happy hour and other special events.
The Alternatives: Crazy Horse III, Treasures Las Vegas, Sophia’s Las Vegas, Larry Flint’s Hustler Club
There’s something for every bachelor party in Vegas — whether you choose to include debauchery or not. Just remember this update to the golden rule: What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas… And you’ll pay through the nose to get that experience.