Pool dayclubs are closed? Don’t fret. Being surrounded by random strangers, while day drinking and dancing to loud music in the middle of the day, is still a feasible option even in Vegas winters. “Winter in Vegas” (aka off-season) is essentially any month of the year when the pools are closed, which is surprisingly a good chunk of the year — typically post-Labor Day to St. Patrick’s day.
Before I dive into the options, be forewarned: Day Drinking is not for the faint of heart…or the hot messes of the world.
So you’ve planned your nonstop Vegas weekend with a dayclub filler in there somewhere. Can you really make it? Trust. There have been many Saturday morning texts with: “It’s just…it’s just not going to happen. I can’t make it there by that time…hot mess girl A went too hard. It’s not pretty. We are going to have to pass the day club today….She doesn’t have to be pretty to day club? Sunglasses? Ugh, what’s the LATEST we can arrive by?”.
This isn’t always the case. There are those who are optimistic over-achievers. “We got this! Only in town for the weekend! Let’s GO! We don’t need sleep in Vegas!” #WhoHooGirls. Don’t even get me started on Aussies who end up in Vegas raging for a week nonstop. #OnAnotherLevel. These people will often make the mistake of partying too hard at the dayclubs, only to get back at 6pm and realize they still have to eat dinner, get ready for the night festivities, and somehow manage to do it all over again — in heels or a dress shirt. Many can’t…despite how many red bulls are consumed.
Do yourself a favor: plan purposefully. If you want to go the dayclub route and act like that 22-year old, that let’s face it – only Taylor Swift will forever be – keep hydrated and dress comfortably. Please take a power nap or grab a 5 hour energy. Decide if there’s someone in your group that takes ridiculously long to get ready and plan accordingly so you can make your night plans on time without watching 3 episodes of Law & Order SVU (aka dun dun) – which is always on for some reason in Vegas – waiting for a girl OR GUY to get ready. Other alternatives include doing the many Vegas touristy things in the day.
Still pretty sure you want to do the winter dayclub thing? Okay. Here are my suggestions:
Here are your options:
1.) Lavo Brunch @PalazzoVegas
Although at night, Lavo Nightclub is a decent stopover for girls who want a quick open bar before heading to TAO or elsewhere, Lavo Brunch DayClub is a different story. The same Lavo Nightclub bottom floor goes from casual brunch to table dancing and champagne showers in a few hours. Located in the Palazzo (Venetian’s sister), Lavo Brunch is a favorite stop during any winter Vegas trip. Modeling after Lavo NYC’s, Lavo Brunch Vegas is one big champagne party. It starts off tame: 2pm brunch. If you’re a group of attractive ladies, you might be able to score some free food and champagne with early arrival — just ask your promoter. If you don’t have this arranged, then definitely eat lunch before. After brunch meals, the lights turn off, the EDM untz-untz beats start, and people start dancing on tables making you forget the sun is still up and it’s only 4 in the afternoon. Girls are always free, and guys are generally $20-$40 on the guest list.
Ideally, there should always be more girls than guys in your group, but if the girl-guy ratio is not good then you are most likely going to wait in line for a while unless you fork over money for a table with a $1K-minimum for food and drinks. To avoid the wait or cover at Lavo Brunch, there is a better co-ed guest list option: GBDC.
2.) GBDC (Ghostbar Day Club) @Palms
Ghost Bar Day Club is perfect for guy/girl groups who are looking for a mix of music genres, leaning toward hip hop. Girls are always free, and guys don’t have as big of an issue with entry here than at Lavo Brunch as they do at Lavo Brunch; cover is also cheaper.
My Houston friends came out for a reunion trip in Vegas awhile back, and they were disappointed to find out the pools weren’t open yet. Luckily, we found an alternative: GBDC with Jazzy Jeff spinning. One of the highlights of GBDC is the view. Sitting on top of the Palms Hotel, the view is spectacular. If you stay until sunset, it’s even better. GBDC is not a huge space by any means, but it gets the job done. I prefer GBDC to the Ghostbar “nightclub” (it’s really just a bar) option any day. If anything, you can go with your friends, get some drink tickets, and see a worth-while view. The music and crowd gets more amped around 4-5pm as well and gets a bit more frat party-esque; the bartenders even offer beer bongs sometimes. Be sure to hit up Earl of Sandwich in the Palms food court before or after your visit. It’s always a good idea to have food in your system.
3.) Marquee Winter Dome @Cosmopolitan – Marquee built a dome over their rooftop for both their nightclub and dayclub during the winter to allow guests to utilize the rooftop without the high winds. The stunning view is practically gone, but the amount of space is plentiful . Unlike Lavo Brunch, you are fully aware the sun is out, and you can feel like you are at music festival. Unfortunately, their Marquee’s winter dayclub option is not as consistent as Lavo Brunch or GBDC. If EDM is your thing, they are open the weekend you are in town, and you like the lights on and packed vibe, definitely check it out.
4.) Off-season Pools @Excalibur, @Elara, @MGMGrand, @PalazzoVegas, @Bellagio and others
I’m strangely a reverse Cali-girl. I do not enjoy tanning. I’ve tried it and –I just don’t get it. I had no idea there were a few off-season pools open! If you are not in the mood to dance, and you just want to lay poolside to catch some sun, there are only a few major casinos that have pools opened year-round. I’ve listed some here, but check with the hotel you are staying at. If your hotel does not offer one, we stayed at Excalibur and they did not check for hotel key. Off-season pools often only offer a portion of their pools, so don’t expect to go down the lazy river at MGM Grand, but it’s often a decent section that’s opened where you can easily grab a lounge chair, drink, and layout. Most hotel pools also play some type of top-40 music to keep the vibe happy.
Hopefully these were helpful. If dayclubbing or pools in winter is not something that interests you, stay tuned for more Vegas-focused posts!
Feel free to reach out with any questions or things you think I missed!
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