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In any other city, casinos and shows would be sufficient “nightlife” but Sin City also boasts hundreds of way-cool watering holes, from snazzy cigar bars to smoky blues joints.

Las Vegas Nightlife

Cirque du Soleil Shows

If Vegas is a fantasy land, Cirque du Soleil’s seven Strip theaters take the fantasy to another planet. The Montreal-based theater company has laid claim to the city’s entertainment scene, offering a lineup of shows that take audiences from Elvis’ deployment, to Britain under the sway of the Beatles, to a far off watery world and a sexy stage show. With theaters built to house the various plots, technology lets Las Vegas’ Cirque shows astound unlike anywhere else. Embrace the escape and you’ll be transported.

Various Strip casinos, NV, www.cirquedusoleil.com
Tags: family | theater | smart splurge | things to do | nightlife

Double Down Saloon

Patrons down brews or the house specialty, Ass Juice (a secret 5-liquor combo), amidst a wild décor of leering skull murals and signs reading “You puke, you clean.”

4640 Paradise Rd., NV, 702-791-5775, www.doubledownsaloon.com
Tags: trendy | nightlife | lounge

Ghost Bar

Spook yourself out at this eerily lit, funky dance bar located at the Palms Hotel and get down to hip hop, R&B, and top forties alongside an upscale 30s-something crowd.

The Palms, NV, 702-942-7777
Tags: nightlife | dancing | bar

Mix Lounge

For the best Vegas views after dark, head to the 64th floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel and sip cocktails (try their signature: the “64th Floor”) while admiring the sparkling man-made vista below.

Mandalay Bay, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd., NV, 702-632-9500, www.mandalaybay.com
Tags: views | nightlife

Peppermill's Fireside Lounge

A Rat Pack time warp of cushy velour banquettes, neon lighting, candle chandeliers, mirrored walls, and multi-colored flames flickering in a blue sunken pool; make sure to order the flaming Scorpion cocktail.

The Peppermill, 2985 Las Vegas Blvd. South, NV, 702-735-4177, www.peppermilllasvegas.com/lounge
Tags: nightlife | lounge | bar

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“If you have an early flight, choose a hotel close to the airport the night before. Starting a trip on too little sleep is never fun.”

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