Where to go, after you go out—and places we wish existed
Thu, Mar 3, 2011 (midnight)
For some of us, the party never ends. If you’re of that mind-set, congratulations—you’re in the right city! Las Vegas boasts lots of options to continue raging and raving into the wee hours of the morning.
Should you find yourself clubbing Strip-side, the ultimate afterhours hot spot is the infamous Drai’s nightclub, located inside Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall & Saloon (3595 Las Vegas Blvd. S). Swanky and intimate, this club includes a room devoted to house music and another for hip-hop. And if you’d rather people-watch than dance, the lounge is a perfect place to soak up the club’s unique atmosphere.
Join the hipster club-hoppers at the Artisan (1501 West Sahara Ave.). Local favorite M!KEATTACK spins on weekends, with sensational sounds also supplied by local residents throughout the week all under a ceiling jam packed with paintings.
For an old-school Vegas vibe, head to the Peppermill’s Fireside Lounge (2985 Las Vegas Blvd. S.). Amid the glitz and glam of 1970s style, you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to another era. The drink price hasn’t changed much, either: Most cocktails will run you $7.
Caught a bad case of disco fever? The doctor would probably recommend Krave (3663 Las Vegas Blvd. S.). Gay-owned and operated but very straight-friendly, it’s got something to please everyone. Score drink discounts by text, and dance the night away to the best of pop, dance and rock mash-ups.
If location is imperative, cap your night off at your local watering hole. PT’s (32 locations) has an alternative happy hour (that’s half-off drinks) from midnight to 4 a.m. And with a handful of Lodge locations and a Buffalo Wild Wings on every street corner, no Las Vegan is too far from a 24-hour neighborhood bar. Order up, sober up and in some cases, walk home! —MARK ADAMS
What else can you do after midnight around here?
- Late-night Las Vegas needs ...
- • Batting cages
- • Driving ranges
- • Arcades
- • Amusement parks
- • Public pools
- • Yoga studios
- • Car washes
- • Book stores
- • Radio Shacks
- • A 24-hour DMV
It’s alarming, but not entirely unusual, to see a family bowling after midnight, baby included. Those looking for a little late-night sportsmanship can head to the bowling alleys at South Point, Suncoast, Orleans and Gold Coast, all of which offer 24-hour bowling.
More than a year ago the College of Southern Nevada began offering midnight courses in biology, math, history, psychology, English and communication, catering to those who couldn’t make the more traditional time slots. School officials say the trial effort is still ongoing.
Try all-night bingo at Arizona Charlie’s Decatur or Arizona Charlie’s Boulder, or head to the Cue Club, a 39-table billiard hall on East Sahara that never closes.
Or if you wanna let your freak flag fly, Onyx Theatre hosts twice-monthly showings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, augmented by a live cast and the traditional audience participation. The film plays the second and fourth Saturday of each month, at midnight. —KRISTEN PETERSON