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Once again, the Strip is destination number one. Among the most legendary venues is Hakkasan at MGM Grand, whose five floors don’t only contain a Michelin-starred restaurant but four separate clubs where the likes of Tiesto regularly spin decks.
Its big rival is gold-lined XS at the Encore, one of the most expensive nightclubs ever built. Avicii and Skrillex have both done DJ turns here.
Much more restrained is the electronic-music hotspot The Light at Mandalay Bay, which has partnered up with Cirque du Soleil, hence all the acrobats dangling from the ceiling. To have the best chance of getting in, go on Wednesdays, the only weeknight on which it opens.
Other Cirque du Soleil shows in Vegas include Kà at the MGM Grand, erotic Zumanity (adults-only) at New York-New York and Michael Jackson ONE at Mandalay Bay.
Prefer a bar? Las Vegas has squillions of options, but none shine brighter than The Chandelier at the Cosmopolitan, which is actually three distinctive bars in one. Illuminating its music bar, lounge and private cocktail den are more than two million crystal beads.
Alternatively, go for some low-lit luxury. Unusually sleek and sophisticated for Vegas, the Mandarin Bar is a scenic loft space atop the Mandarin Oriental with floor-to-ceiling windows. Go there for live jazz, excellent cocktails, a small-plate menu and killer views.
Those in the know head to the Laundry Room, a speakeasy inside the Commonwealth bar – you have to text a secret number to gain access.
Las Vegas also offers a bevy of state-of-the-art concert spaces.
These include The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel (where The Killers and Paul McCartney have played), The Palms’ Pearl Concert Theatre (Jay-Z, Bob Dylan, LCD Soundsystem), The Colosseum at Caesars Palace (Celine Dion, Elton John) and MGM Grand’s Garden Arena (Bon Jovi, Tina Turner, Justin Timberlake).
More themed is Mandalay Bay’s House of Blues: the Vegas home of Carlos Santana.
Need a pre-show bite to eat? See our eating out in Las Vegas page for top suggestions.
The evening offerings in Downtown Las Vegas are less brash, yet often far more obscure; nowhere more so than at Park on Fremont. From paintings of deranged girls to taxidermied birds, expletive-ridden signs and inexplicable rooftop train carriages, this is essentially the bar of Tim Burton’s dreams. Love it or hate it, you certainly won’t be bored.
Downtown Las Vegas (DLV) is also the place for neighbourhood bars and a dose of vintage Vegas.
Join bikers and karaoke pros around the beer-pong table at dive-bar Dino's Lounge, before moving onto Atomic Liquors, the city’s oldest freestanding bar and so-named because patrons once watched atomic blasts from the roof. Perch in Barbra Streisand’s old seat and sip a speciality sour beer.
Last but decidedly not least is the Double Down Saloon – “a clubhouse for the lunatic fringe”. The reasons to veer just off the Strip include bacon Martinis (no, really), 24-hour opening, and a jukebox packed with ska, surf and rockabilly.