Las Vegas is packed with awesome places where you can dance to live music. On the famed Vegas Strip alone there are 33 casinos each of which has at least one bar, nightclub, or concert hall that can cater to a significant number of people. The challenge lies in making the most out of your Vegas trip by picking the right places to let loose and have some fun.
Here are 5 venues, and one future venue, you must check out on The Strip.
1 – Brooklyn Bowl at Paradise Garden Buffet
This 80,000 square foot concert hall is easily one of the biggest music venues in the country. Its 2,400-person capacity makes it ideal for big name concerts that are frequent on The Strip. Brooklyn Bowl’s stage has played host to musicians like Chance the Rapper, The Roots, and Twenty One Pilots.
Its unique design aesthetic can be summed up in one phrase: 90s grunge – a much-needed change of pace on the party-obsessed Strip. Apart from the main hall, Brooklyn Bowl also has 32 working bowling lanes lined with comfy leather couches. During concerts, the lanes function as the VIP section.
2 – XS Nightclub at Encore
XS sports a look that’s equal parts nightclub and elite dystopian hangout. It was designed by the famed Roger Thomas, who’s interior work can also be seen in other Strip venues like the Bellagio and Wynn Las Vegas. Dancing figures trapped in golden walls line the entrance to the XS Nightclub, and frescoes of female nudes made of actual gold foil line the bar wall to greet everyone who walks by.
XS is classic Vegas extravagance done right. No wonder it’s a favorite for live EDM fans and artists.
3 – Encore Beach Club aka Surrender at Encore
Stepping outside of the XS Nightclub for some fresh air only leads to more trouble as you walk into the loving arms of the Surrender at Encore – rowdy pool party venue by day and beautifully lit French Quarter bordello by night. A giant green-eyed golden snake stands guard over the three different bars with dancers entertaining the crowd on special pool platforms. Regular DJ sets and entire crowds in swimwear ensure that every night at the Surrender will be memorable.
4 – House of Blues at Mandalay Bay
Out of all the different places in Vegas to dance or listen to live music, the House of Blues offers the most varied lineup. As one of the most famous music venues in the country, this House has hosted nearly everyone who’s toured across the US in the last decade. Whether you’re into metal, punk, EDM, or hip-hop, you’ll find it here. The courtyard area even hosts acoustic nights if you’re looking for a relatively quiet night on The Strip.
5 – Omnia at Caesar’s Palace
Omnia’s entire ceiling is a one of a kind, moving chandelier with eight concentric rings that regularly descend towards the dance floor while accompanied by thousands of lights. Thrill List note that EDM is the main room’s specialty, with resident DJ sets by the likes of Kaskade, Calvin Harris, Afrojack, and Zedd. Outside, the terrace plays top 40 hits while the VIP room called Heart of Omnia has a more varied playlist.
6 – MSG Sphere Las Vegas
It doesn’t exist yet, but construction on the MSG Sphere is slated for the second half of 2018, while the opening is scheduled to happen in 2020. The planned sphere-shaped building is going to be 360 feet tall and more than 500 feet wide, with enough room in its 400,000 square feet of space for 18,000 seats. Specifically created to be the city’s hottest new music and entertainment venue, the Sphere is set to be equipped with ‘never before heard or seen’ sound and visual technology.
The planned project is part of a series of efforts by casino owners to recover from dwindling profits due to the rising popularity of their digital counterparts. In fact, a total of six new construction projects are scheduled to open for business by 2020, with a total joint cost of $10 billion. Casino owners are hoping that this investment is enough to offset the effects of digital gaming sites muscling in on the city’s gaming profits.
Statista reports that the global digital gaming market was worth $20 billion in 2009 and is now predicted to grow into a $60 billion industry by 2020. Looking at the numbers, casino owners are right to be worried. Recent technological developments have caused a notable decrease in the annual number of tourists that visit Vegas, as gamers can replicate a night on The Strip from the comfort of their own homes. Online gaming website Slingo has an extensive roster of slot games focusing on many different themes that cover all aspects of pop culture and the entertainment industry, as well as a casino section that specializes in live dealer interactions. The amount of choice available online, alongside versions of classic casino games, makes it hard for Las Vegas casinos to compete.
Fortunately, this means that casino and resort owners on and near The Strip are being forced to come up with more new and exciting venues to stand up to ever-rising digital revenues. Here on Wide Future we are all too familiar with the draw of a good venue that plays good music. If the city’s $10 billion revamping plan pulls through, it might just usher in a new golden age for Las Vegas.