Cheap Alternatives to Las Vegas Nightclubs

Dance For Less in Las Vegas

With their superstar DJs and lavish model-hosted bottle service, nightclubs have become a central part of the Las Vegas experience. But unless you are already a big gambler, or a model type yourself (with connections), they are likely to be a very expensive proposition just to get in and order a drink… never mind finding a place to sit down.

Those premier nightclubs aren’t the only places to have a fun evening on the Strip, however. Several spots offer cocktails and DJ music in a sexy atmosphere at a much more affordable rate. Where are these places, you ask? Right here….

Lily Bar, Bellagio: Lily is an elegant escape with high energy–but not deafening–DJ music and mixology-level bar service. While you can get bottle service here, there is also open seating. A great place to meet someone you know, or someone you’d like to.

SkyFall Lounge, The Delano: Well worth the elevator ride, this penthouse lounge adjacent to Rivea restaurant offers an atmospheric bar inside and one of the best Strip views from the balcony tables. The cocktails are superb and the music is enough to make you want to move but not so much that you cannot have a conversation.

The Dorsey, Venetian: And now for something completely different. Vegas grows up with the Dorsey at Venetian Las Vegas. Craft cocktails, elegant but subdued décor and a place to lounge and delicately move your evening from a soft subtle early evening to a full-blown energetic dance affair. The vibe evolves at the Dorsey as the evening moves on. If you need a little extra energy but not a traditional nightclub this cocktail bar and lounge is right for you.

RhumBar, Mirage: Across the casino floor and a world away from the typical casino bar, the stark white RhumBar is a slice of the sexy Caribbean that is almost guaranteed to please. Not only do they have one of the Strip’s best rum selections, as well as a smart cocktail menu, but they also offer comfortable outdoor seating, Latin-inspired DJ music, and for those who choose, a nice cigar selection.

Gilley’s, Treasure Island: More of a country fan? You’ll feel at home in this replica of the Texas legend, with a big bar–stools shaped like saddles–full menu and live/DJ entertainment. Did I mention karaoke? Okay, you’ve been warned. Did I mention bikini bull riding? Yeah, that too. Bring your cowboy boots for stomping across the wood dance floor.

Senor Frog’s, Treasure Island: Upstairs from Gilley’s but also overlooking the lagoon (great Strip views, actually), Senor Frog’s is one place that definitely would never be mistaken for a nightclub. But if you’re looking for a fun evening, don’t count it out:

On Saturdays, the music is Latin-themed (Salsa, Cumbia, Rock En Espanol y mas), but other times they may play hip-hop, pop, 80s New Wave, retro rock… you never know. Audience participation is definitely part of the spirit here, so be prepared, and feel free to come casual–beach attire is actually encouraged. The food’s not bad either.

Carnaval Court at Harrahs Las Vegas: The live music gets you dancing, the flair bartenders mesmerize you as you wait for a cocktail and the price is right. If you want to toss out all the pretentious people waiting to get into a nightclub and you just want to let loose, The Carnaval Court is where it happens. The outdoor party spot is a high energy affair with a casual vibe and affordable drink prices. You’ll dance and mingle with new friends who are there to dance and have fun. This is the opposite of a stuffy nightclub.

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