Inside The Velvet Ropes Of the Hottest Clubs
If you’ve never made it through the lines and wondered what’s happening beyond the velvet ropes at those Las Vegas mega nightclubs, we’re here to tell you.
In a word, they are amazing. Not so much for what’s inside or what is happening, but because of the masses of people. It’s amazing how so many clubs can attract so many people on so many nights of the week. There are thousands of them, going nuts on the dance floor, sitting at VIP tables and jamming the walkways.
Actually, the clubs are so massive there are two, three or even four bar areas, each with its own vibe. There’s usually one level playing house music, another more relaxing lounge area – where you can sit down without paying a fortune for a table and actually carry on conversation with someone – and a main, huge level that is the center of the attention and, indeed, the point of it all.
Some even have pools.
The main level is the primary attraction. Depending on the club, it may have house dancers or performers dancing with people or performing on the stage. People may have glow lights and act as if they are at a concert.
They are jammin’ to a DJ, and its those DJs that drive the action at – and the crowds into – the clubs. Vegas clubs compete to get top name DJs and people flock to them as people once did in this town to see Elvis.
Those not on the dance floor or at a VIP table are standing in every available space, often shoulder-to-shoulder, to watch and listen to the DJ. And here’s the odd thing: nobody is drinking! The only place to get any space is at the bar. Part of this is because beers are $9-10 and mixed drinks are $15.
The other reason is that once they have found a spot to see the DJ and the action, they don’t want to move. Leave to go get a drink and they lose their spot. About the only people who are drinking are those having bottle service at the tables. Occasionally, you’ll see hot girls in sexy outfits waving flash sticks and moving slowly through the crowd; they are delivering another bottle to the table.
The energy is fantastic. You suddenly become aware of how people can stay up and go strong until past 4 in the morning.
You have to be careful where you are standing. At Marquee, if you are in the aisle – an over-efficient staffer whisks you away, even if you are attempting to talk with someone.
The prime places are the walkways from the aisles to the dance floor beside the tables. Or, as in the case of XS, Marquee and a few others, outside by the pool. There, you can get some fresh air as well as some elbow room. And people out there DO drink.
So can you go in the pool? Well, at XS a few people did it a few nights and now it’s turned into an evening swim party.
About half the clubs are taken by girls. They are all pretty much dressed the same – short, black dress so tight they have to walk in short steps, and heels. You can get a good sampling by checking them out the line at the club. Most of them are in their 20s and are quite good looking.
Well, not all of them. But when they wear those short, tight dresses even average-looking girls seem prettier than they really are; you see the dress and the legs and think “wow,” but then you look at the face and shrug your shoulders.
And those girls are the most aggressive in the bar; they go through crowded areas in a train and think nothing of knocking you out of their way.
If you’re into clubs, dancing and especially top-name DJs, then Vegas clubs are where you want to be in Sin City. Even if you’re not, it’s worth checking them out on occasion because they are really a stimulation overload experience for the senses.