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Las Vegas is famous for its wild parties held at its lavish hotels with over-the-top pools, which are generally hosted in the hot summer season as a way to help everyone keep cool while having an unforgettable time. Let’s just say it’s definitely not about the swimming, and you probably wouldn’t be able to do much of that with bodies often packed in the pool like sardines – although some do offer a quieter scene. These are private pools where Champagne showers pop up when you least expect it, famous DJs are spinning tunes until well after dark, and the food goes way beyond your typically poolside fare.
The longest-running dayclub in Las Vegas, every year, Wet Republic at the MGM Grand is one of the top spots for pool parties, complete with VIP bungalows that have their own misting systems, private whirlpools, flat-screen TVs, drink service and chaise lounges. There are amazing DJs along with plenty of Champagne showers. Crowds are packed in for one of the biggest and wildest parties on The Strip, lines are long and space is very tight, but it’s the ultimate nightclub, just during the day, and with lots of water.
Tao Beach has been around for years, and while the venue is a bit smaller than some others, it’s still legendary. Situated on the rooftop of the Venetian’s Tao complex, which includes a nightclub, lounge and restaurant, it offers lots, including a 30-foot bar, a dozen luxurious cabanas, daybeds and DJs. It became one of the most popular pool parties in the city thanks to the LMFAO video for Lil John’s “Shots Shots Shots.” Guests can enjoy the pool party, taking breaks in between in cabanas to enjoy some of the tasty food from Tao Bistro. It’s renowned for some of the best poolside sushi in Las Vegas and topless sunbathing Mondays through Wednesdays.
On the weekend, the Marquee is hopping day and night, with big crowds that come to see up-and-coming DJs and enjoy the views from the rooftop pool. It’s total Vegas indulgence with cabanas, including three-story bungalow lofts that have their own balcony plunge pools and open-air party decks overlooking all the craziness. It also has a special bottle service program from Fridays through Sundays for those who want to buy access to Champagne, tequila and vodka in particular gathering areas.
The daytime version of Mandalay Bay’s Light Nightclub, this 50,000-square-foot dayclub is massive, but it’s only a small part of the pool complex at the property. The pool is huge, and there are plenty of big stars on the weekend when DJs and rappers offer entertainment. It has nearly two dozen VIP Cabanas and ultra-luxe VIP bungalows as well as its own parking lot so that you won’t have to walk through a casino to get there. On “Lit Sundays” headliners like Jeezy and Rick Ross often appear.
The NoMad is a hotel within a hotel located at Park MGM. It hosts an intimate rooftop pool on the fourth floor, providing a decadent retreat for creative cocktails surrounded by the skyscrapers of CityCenter. While it’s a place to chill during the week, it really comes to life on weekends with the deck transformed into Jemaa, featuring dance areas on both ends of the pool. Guests enjoy splashing around with the inflatable flamingos and pizza slices, chugging from Champagne bongs and ordering crazy drinks from the “cocktail explosion,” perhaps the “Porn Star,” which features Champagne and Absolut Elyx topped with a Barbie doll or a Ken doll, it’s up to you. There’s even a kind of alcohol fondue – an insane cocktail fountain that serves around 150 drinks. There’s always more simple options too, but they’ve taken it up a notch, including the best Pina Coladas you’ll find in the area.
The Mirage offers Bare, a sophisticated, upscale environment where women can go topless and enjoy the sun. Take a stroll along the jungle-like path to discover a 14,000-square-foot hideaway that encourages European-style sunbathing. There are two luxurious dipping pools, a full-service bar, a half-dozen plasma screens, lavish poolside daybeds, chaise lounges and well-appointed cabanas. It’s a more intimate venue with a laid-back vibe rather than a sea of people found at other pools but it also offers great guest dishes and special events.
Drai’s Beachclub sits 11 stories high on the rooftop, open Fridays through Sundays, featuring Sin City’s top hip-hop artists and a spectacular view. Located at The Cromwell, a new boutique hotel, it showcases a vista of the entire Strip as well as the Bellagio Fountains. It’s already renowned for its poolside dining, providing some of the best, with items like internationally-themed hot dogs and avocado toast. The main deck has two large pools plus five smaller elevated pools, shared by the VIP bungalows. For a splurge rent one of the mezzanine-level cabanas that come with private pools, showers and restrooms.
GO Pool at the Flamingo Las Vegas is a 15-acre resort pool that packs the party vibe, as it’s only for 21 and up guests. The GO Pool has a lower pool complex with a waterfall and an upper deck. Rent a VIP cabana for an entire day and enjoy private seating, a fan, HDTV and dedicated beverage service. A daybed or a lounge chair is another solid option, as the view to enjoy top DJs is great from anywhere! You can order breakfast, beachy bites or a party platter for the entire crew, sip a specialty cocktail like the “Vegas Vacation” or get bottle service to mark a special occasion.
Influence, The POOL at The LINQ boasts a party atmosphere with a DJ booth, ten pool party cabanas and 35 poolside beds. For guests 21 and up who want more than to lounge poolside with food and cocktails, The POOL has life-sized games, beer pong and a Req room with 100-inch TVs and seating for up to 30. Book a cabana room with an adjoining patio/cabana area directly on the pool deck for the VIP experience of your own TV, sectional seating and umbrellas. Night swims are available during pool season and are perfect for those who want to keep the party going!
If you want to keep playing the odds, the Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis at Caesars Palace is your pool destination! This compound has something for everyone – seven different pools (including the Bacchus exclusive invite-only pool), five swim-up Blackjack tables, 48 pool party cabanas and 65 daybeds. The adults-only Venus Pool Night Swim brings the party to the evening hours. The best part? Caesars Palace and Nobu Hotel guests have free access to the pool! But don’t worry if you aren’t staying on the property – you can still make a day swim reservation.