Best Las Vegas Clubs on Friday

Happy Friday! If you’re looking to find the hottest spots in Las Vegas on a Friday, this list should have you covered.

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Light Nightclub

Dance Floor at LIGHT Nightclub

The LIGHT Vegas in Mandalay Bay blends cutting-edge creativity with unbelievable music to produce novel nightlife entertainment. LIGHT highlights the best open format music from Electronic Dance Music, Hip Hop, Top 40s and a wide variety of excellent hits to give you the best Las Vegas nightclub experience including renowned bottle service. Every encounter at LIGHT is unique and no two nights are the same.

Guests can revel in unimaginable views of performers, and dancers as they party the night away at this state-of-the-art nightlife venue. LIGHT’s huge LED screens delight the senses and give each guest an immersed experience making it so there is no inadequate seat in the house, as the world-class sound system keeps energy high.

Jewel Nightclub

Spanning more than 24,000 square feet of exactly designed space, JEWEL is as welcoming as it is evocative; a unique ambient satisfaction that must be experienced to be appreciated. Whether the headliner is a world class DJ or performer, JEWEL offers a multi-faceted experience for every guest and every occasion including fantastic bottle service. JEWEL flaunts a style that complements the modern luxury aesthetic of ARIA, while including elements that are altogether unique.

The gifted Rockwell Group, known for their seamless combination of technology and handcrafted detail, has produced the visual story for JEWEL. Over 1,400 square feet of designed LED ribbons offer a lively counterpoint to vintage mosaic detailing and richly tufted VIP banquettes.

XS Nightclub

Take your bottle service on the dance floor or in the leisurely cabanas surrounding the Encore pool at XS nightclub at Encore, dubbed the hottest nightclub in the world by Condé Nast Traveler. Home to Alesso, Diplo, Kygo and The Chainsmokers, to mention a few, XS lures A-listers from throughout the world, and has also been called the number one nightclub in the United States by Nightclub & Bar’s Top 100 for an unparalleled five years.

Cutting-edge technology and top-of-the-line production elements combine pyrotechnics, LEDs, lasers and an in-the-round DJ booth that can be viewed from anywhere in the club. Its layout was encouraged by the alluring curves of the human body—which you’ll notice as you enter through the rippled golden staircase.

Drais Nightclub

The home of live nightlife party on The Strip, Drai’s is a dazzling, multi-level rooftop hotspot flourishing more than 25,000 sq. feet of luxurious offerings, including two full-service bars, more than 75 luxurious bottle service tables, and access to the world’s most celebrated DJs and chart-topping resident musicians within the Drai’s LIVE concert series.

Marquee Nightclub

The award-winning Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub located within The Cosmopolitan is a Las Vegas Strip favorite of clubgoers, delivered to you from the nightlife leaders behind TAO. The grand club spans 60,000 square-feet with three extravagant rooms and various musical experiences. Top musical artists and DJs play in the 40-foot LED DJ booth and on a projection stage inside the nightclub as well as poolside at the top-rated day club.

Marquee books top global house music DJs as residents, and if your kick is not in house music, this multifaceted nightclub also offers the “Boom Box,” a mixed-format area, and “The Library,” a discreet VIP hideaway offering the best of bottle service. With huge glass window-walls facing the famous Las Vegas Strip, you will relish a nightlife experience unavailable at any other venue.

What Cities in the US Have Nightlife Past 2 AM?

While quite a few cities across America have nightclubs and bars that are open past 2am, Las Vegas, New York City, Los Angeles, and Miami are the four nightlife capitals of the U.S., if not the entire world. Each of these cities boasts nightlife venue variety for all kinds of musical, ethnic, and socioeconomic tastes numbering in the several hundreds, with new ones popping up every day.

It is true that most L.A. nightclub venues stop serving alcohol at around 1:30am and close at 2am, but there are few that stay open past 2am until 3–4am – specifically, Academy, Exchange LA, and Avalon. In Las Vegas, New York, and Miami, most nightclubs stay open well past 3am, with the hottest and most popular ones going until 5–6am. There are a couple venues in each city that stay open til dawn, such as Space Miami, and Drai’s After Hours.

For those of you night owls visiting a major U.S. city to do some partying, the Discotech app is an essential planning tool for seeing how late your selected clubs will be open. You can use our app to browse club and pool party events by specific days of the week, holidays, or dates you’ll be in town. Then, you can even take the next step within the app, using its features to buy tickets, sign up for guest lists, or even reserve tables if you’re feeling super-fancy. The app event info refreshes daily, pulling from various entertainment online resources including the official websites of the clubs themselves, so it’s always current, accurate, and in the know. We are live in the four aforementioned top-tier cities and six other second-tier markets in the U.S., and we work with nearly 200 nightlife venues, including every one of the Top 10 nightlife venues mentioned in the Forbes list and 95% of the list’s Top 100.

If you’re interested in going deeper down the nightlife rabbit hole, you can check out all the latest nightclub news across America here: Nightlife News by Discotech – the #1 Nightlife App.

Victor Drai Celebrates 20 Years in Vegas

Victor Drai has managed what seems unattainable in VegasVille. The nightclub icon has maintained his mystique over two decades while operating in the same hotel, surviving several ownership changes and a move from the cellar to the penthouse.

Dubbed Drai’s After Dark, the chic nightlife hideaway at The Cromwell notched its 20th anniversary on Sunday night. Dressed loosely in a white shirt, jeans and navy-blue jacket, the club’s founder and deacon accepted a Key to the Strip from County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani (impressive) and a hug and handshake from Michael Gaughan (even more impressive).

An icon among resort operators who today owns South Point hotel-casino, Gaughan owned The Cromwell in 1997 when it was known as Barbary Coast. Drai’s opened that year, a then-curious pairing of high-end restaurant and pulsating nightclub underneath street level on the Strip. Drai’s quickly developed a reputation for randy behavior that stretched until dawn, helping establish the late-night, nightclub culture in Las Vegas.

Among other distinctions, Drai’s was one of the first clubs to charge premium prices not only for cocktails and bottle service but for bottled water ($7 in the late-1990s, if memory serves). Club-goers often spilled onto the Strip at 4 a.m., wincing under what was known as “God’s Flashlight.” The activity was often reckless, but Drai the businessman was sharp and smart, turning a robust profit and engineering a groundbreaking partnership with Steve Wynn to develop Tryst and XS at Wynn/Encore.

After a fleeting but profitable three-year partnership, Wynn eventually bought Drai out of those clubs in 2010. But Drai continues to thrive high atop the corner of Flamingo Road and the Strip.

Holding his commemorative key, Drai said he has not felt that single epiphany that made him realize he’d made it as a top nightclub figure in Vegas.

“I don’t think that way,” said the Moroccan-born Drai, who turns 70 next month. “I’m always moving. I’m not looking back, and I’m really not looking too far ahead. I am in the present. If you do things right, good things will happen. And even when you fall, especially in this business, you need to get up.”

“I don’t think of success or failure. I just think of the doing.”

No doubt of that. With its 70,000-square-foot nightclub space, Drai’s Nightclub remains a coveted destination for nightlife dwellers, offering indoor and outdoor enclaves high atop on the roof of The Cromwell. During the day, partygoers dance away the Las Vegas Summer at Drais Beach Club. The club offers 150 VIP tables, dazzling LED screens and, eight pools, and 10 real palm trees that stand 35 feet high. Drai’s reps have frequently, and cheekily, thanked Wynn for developing the Fountains of Bellagio, in full splendor from the club’s pool deck.

Drai’s live entertainment has kept pace, too. The list of headliners in residency in the Drai’s Live series have included Chris Brown, Trey Songz, G-Eazy, Jeremih, Migos, Lil Wayne, Big Sean, Wiz Khalifa and Rae Sremmurd.

Drai has pulled back his schedule and allowed his top-level executives to run Drai’s at The Cromwell. Those who joined Chris G. in honoring Drai at the club on Sunday included Drai’s son, Dustin; Drai’s After Hours General Manager Marc Snanoudj; Drai’s Las Vegas managing partner Brian Affronti; and president of Drai’s Management Group Michael Gruber.

This group will lead Drai’s into the next nightclub frontier, whatever that might be.

“The team I have is like family. They don’t need too much out of me,” Drai said. “We have changed with the times. Whatever the next trend is, we will find it.”