Friday, November 17, 2006

Top Ten Best Nightlife In Las Vegas

1. VooDoo Café and Lounge
One of the Strip's swankiest lounges, the VooDoo spellbinds with its exclusive, dressed-to-the-nines clientele and suave bartenders who are prone to bust into juggling routines at random intervals. This chic nightspot, located at the top of the Rio Casino Resort, offers spectacularly sweeping views of the city and an open-air veranda area where patrons can enjoy a cool desert breeze and some of the Strip's most potent cocktails. In addition, each night the fabulous kitchen staff spices things up a bit with a fanciful Big Easy-style Creole menu. However, if you plan to dine, reservations are a must.

2. RA
Though smaller than many other Vegas clubs, RA proves that size doesn't matter with its stellar line-up of internationally-renowned DJs like Paul van Dyk, Judge Jules, and DJ Irene. "Pleasuredome" nights inject the "same old, same old" house with fresh European flavor, lending RA a distinctly global feel. Two VIP rooms and four VIP tables on the dance floor provide star treatment and a modicum of privacy for those who can afford it. Cage dancers and video mixing complete the trendy scene.

3. Red Square
Just look for the headless statue of Lenin if you're trying to find Red Square, the Mandalay Bay bar deeply concerned with all things martini. Espresso, raspberry, and chocolate are just a few of the varieties on offer; whatever your choice, keep it properly chilled on the ice bar. As you'd expect, the vodka selection is ample. Select your own bottle from the walk-in freezer, or enjoy a vodka flight at your table. Fine food, including a sampling of Russian caviars, is served to complement the impeccable libations.

4. Body English
Setting the Vegas standard for dance clubs, Body English provides a decadent, no-expense-spared experience. If you can gain entry, start the evening in the top level's lounge, where bottle-service booths (around $300 minimum) overlook the pulsating dance floor below. When you're ready to descend, you'll be treated to a wickedly correct mixture of hip-hop, house, and rock spun by celebrity DJs. An ultra-exclusive VIP booth downstairs features one-way glass, so dress to impress and bring out your hottest moves.

5. Ice Las Vegas
There's something for everyone at Ice. The club is divided into unique areas, each with its own personality, and the Brazilian-walnut dance floor has a built-in layer of cushioning for maximum comfort. As you groove to the house DJ's tunes, bursts of liquid nitrogen are strategically released to keep you and your fellow booty-shakers cool and collected. Another more relaxed lounge overlooks the dance floor action. Don't miss the S&M-themed Fur Room, where furry walls and latex furniture provide plenty of conversation-starters.

6. The Joint
Don't let the simplicity deceive you: Inside this wooden-floored, airy space, some legendary rock n' roll has taken place. Blondie, David Bowie, and Metallica have delighted fans, along with newer acts like Jimmy Eat World and New Found Glory. Guitars arranged in sunburst patterns provide visual interest, and more rock memorabilia can be found throughout the venue and in the adjacent Hard Rock Hotel. Due to the layout and fairly laid-back vibe, it's not uncommon to rub elbows with celebs.

7. Sand Dollar Blues Lounge
Long appreciated by locals, Sand Dollar Blues is the place to be for great blues and rock – and to catch the occasional star. The decor is simple, the music stunning, and the clientele friendly and down-to-earth. According to regulars, the lounge frequently beats out mega-venues like The Joint and House of Blues as the best place to hear live music. Lack of pretension, low cover charges, and a 24-hour, never-close policy keep the atmosphere relaxed and low key.

8. Mix Lounge
Getting to this sleek, stylish lounge is half the fun. Take a glass elevator 64 floors up, and you'll be greeted by the curved white bar and gigantic, organically-shaped scarlet light fixture of MIX, companion to the adjacent French restaurant of the same name. Huge windows afford breathtaking views of the Strip, and the vertigo-free can venture on to the patio, where intimate tables and even beds await. Cocktails include the usual suspects; the novelty of MIX is its striking design and altitude.

9. Lure
Maintaining a rare balance of elegant and casual, this bar features a semi-secluded bottle service section and a more laid-back patio complete with a cozy fire pit. Trendy singles mingle under the stars with the fountains of the Wynn Las Vegas providing a requisite romantic backdrop. Inside, top-notch waitstaff weave their way through flowing white drapery and purple couches to deliver champagne and spirits to your table. A great pick for a night out with good friends or a romantic evening à deux

10. Tabu
Inviting couches, low-slung tables, and cushy ottomans provide an ideal space to see and be seen at this hip lounge and club. Vodka and champagne are available via bottle service, but the self-billed "nouveau classic cocktails" are also popular. Pink and purple lights cast a futuristic glow over proceedings, while more visuals are built in to the technologically-savvy tables. Tabu attracts a mixed crowd of locals, high-energy tourists, and the occasional celeb – perfect for a warm-up party or as a home base for the night's activities.

Honorable Mention:

Drais at the Barbary Coast

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