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So what’s your poison? A smoky jazz cabaret or cigar lounge? Retro Rat Pack or über-frat party with bottle service instead of kegs? Laser-swept disco with gyrating go-go girls and international DJs spinning techno-electronica? Vegas offers the way in when it comes to way-cool watering holes for hipsters, fun funky lounge lizards, Grade-A meat-markets, and TMZ alert loaders.

Restaurants like TAO become sizzling after-hours clubs that rank among the best Las Vegas nightlife. Find see-and-be-scene spinoffs of legendary nightspots (think: Buddha Bar, Studio 54, Pure, Whisky Bar), and swimming pools that morph into splashy party spots come evening (Aria’s Liquid, Encore’s Surrender). And while The Strip remains a symbol of ooh-la-la lasciviousness, you can be in with the “sin crowd” all over town, rubbing elbows and whatever else with tabloid fodder and sending off the tweets. Tip the doorman (heavily), and ensure your posse includes ample cleavage if you want to skip the velvet rope. Always double check the bottle minimums when you make plans, and determine who among you has credit to spare when enjoying the best of Las Vegas's nightlife.

Christian Audigier The Nightclub

Neighborhood: North Strip

Inside Treasure Island, this is part tattoo parlor, part South Beach sheen. Christian Audigier puts the Ed Hardy, “skull and roses” tattoo art everywhere he can: Silver skulls loom over black faux crocodile banquettes, backed by heavy vermillion velvet drapery from a haunted house or, say, a cathouse. It’s all illuminated by black Murano glass chandeliers and two 1,000-gallon tanks full of jellyfish in one of the best Las Vegas clubs.

The heat inside gets a cooling from the patio, which is the best place in town to watch the Sirens of Treasure Island un-man their captives amid entertaining pyrotechnics every 90 minutes.

The music mixes tunes rock 'n' roll and progressive house music although there’s not much space to dance. It’s more of a scene place and Audigier does bring in his friends: Jaime Pressly, Bai Ling, Damon Wayans, Mike Tyson, Miami Heat center Jermaine O’Neal, Toronto Raptors center Patrick O’Bryant and Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Tyron Brackenridge are among the names that have come this way. 

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Neighborhood: South Strip

The 36,000-square-foot PURE nightclub is more or less four clubs in one. The two-story design presents three distinct environments starting with the main room, perfused with shades of ice and eggshell. Three of the best Las Vegas bars here do the mixing beneath a raised VIP area. Anyone can dance but you’ll have to order some high priced bottles to sit on the oversized opium-den cushions.

The Red Room is for the real money crowd. The colors here heat up with hot, rich streaks of cherry with champagne seams bolstered by heavy drapery, chandeliers and carved out pods secluded behind upholstered walls.

A glass elevator leads up to the Terrace, a cabana-and-cushion hideaway presenting open-air views over the Strip

An attached room had been the home of the famous Pussycat Dolls (“Don’t Cha”) until they cut a deal with Paris across the Boulevard for a space called the Chateau, opening New Year’s Eve 2010/2011 as a part of the former Risqué ultra lounge. But Pussycats do not roam far and generally leave something behind—in this case a Pussycat themed lounge with bustier clad bartenders and plenty of branded merchandise.

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Gold Diggers

Neighborhood: Downtown

Gold Diggers—Downtown Las Vegas’s answer to the Strip soiree at PURE—electrifies the Golden Nugget with live music and DJ action until the early morning. This golden sweet spot comes with a large dance floor bordered by bartenders serving up concoctions with names like Sugar Daddy, Rock-A-Fella Cosmo and the Empty Wallet. You can have your champagne, too. No Vegas party is complete these days without European bottle service. 

And when it’s time to come up for air, gulp it down under the 12 million psychedelic lights of Viva Vision on Fremont Street. Gold Diggers opens onto a one-of-a-kind balcony that gives a lofty vantage of the Fremont Street Experience from a spot over the crowds but under the illuminated canvas, making it one of the best Las Vegas nightlife scenes.

The only upscale nightclub in Downtown Las Vegas, Gold Diggers skews young and offers good value: low cover charge, and no worries.

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TAO Asian Bistro & Nightclub

Neighborhood: North Strip

TAO gives its New York City base a huge boost at this Vegas location inside the Venetian. The Post’s Page Six, as well as People and the rest of the glitterati watchers, keep permanent eyes on the crowd in this club, which frequently sees an A-list of joiners too lengthy to enumerate. For those who want to go to one of the best Las Vegas clubs with Asian flare, TAO is a multi-faceted and multi-story "Asian City" housing a restaurant, ultra-lounge and nightclub, and now TAO Beach. Tech meets Zen along the 40-foot-long outside terrace with stunning views of the Las Vegas Strip, at the Beach where cabanas surround a pool illuminated by dozens of floating candle lanterns, and in two rooms: The Temple and The Emperors Ballroom. Each room has its own varied music format plus private skyboxes with mini-bars, espresso machines, and banquettes fixed with secured purse drawers for safe and private mini-soirees.

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Studio 54

Neighborhood: South Strip

There is a strange egalitarian vibe in this club that harks back to the salad days of the ’70s when it was all about peace and love and getting over the guilt of Vietnam. And to that end, Studio 54 is a place for all partiers and does not discriminate along the rope or in the room—whether you’re celebrating a buddy’s upcoming wedding or the birth of your third grandchild. It’s a 22,000-square-foot nightclub with plenty of room for everyone on four dance floors. You’ll find the twirling mirrored balls, go-go cages used by hired vixens and vivacious volunteers alike. A fast-moving line does not discriminate between jeans and mini skirts and there’s rarely a cover charge. You’ll probably hear some Stones in there and maybe some Mellencamp. With its eclectic mix of old and new that leaves no one dangling for dance inspiration Studio 54 is one of the best Las Vegas bars.

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