[The Nightlife Issue]

These nightlife alternatives aren’t your average parties

A Ravealation party at Hard Rock Live on September 13, 2014.
Photo: Spencer Burton

Techno Taco Tuesdays at Tacos and Beer As if it weren’t disorienting enough to fully acclimate to the transformation of the original Firefly spot to new-ish Tacos and Beer, there’s a techno night at the Paradise eatery to raise your ’brows. Frankly, it’s just the sort of promotion needed to enliven Taco Tuesdays. Complementing the $2 tacos and $3 select craft beers are some of the city’s best underground DJs, including residents Bad Beat, Lance Le Rok, Eder More and their esteemed guests. It’s a party you’d expect Downtown … if Downtown could offer prices that cheap. 3900 Paradise Road, 702-675-7572.

Ravealation 18+ events at Hard Rock Live Ah yes—where to let the kids play? It’s an exercise in creativity (and often futility) on behalf of promoters catering to those in under-21 purgatory. However, event producer Ravealation found an enthusiastic ally in Hard Rock Live, the third-floor concert hall that crowns the Strip’s Hard Rock Cafe complex. It’s a strange space for bass, trap and other electronic music events—the decorative memorabilia is more baby boomer than Generation Z—but the kids fill the place for the likes of 12th Planet, LA Riots, Mercer, Crizzly and others. For upcoming events, go to

Social Tuesdays at various locations The idea behind the roving Social Tuesdays—much like the former Sin City Q Socials—is to have a herd of gay men meet at restaurants and bars not expressly LGBT-identified. Occasionally, producer Gay.Vegas (also a website for the local LGBTQ community) switches it up—like, say, having a free-ride night at the top of the Stratosphere. Recently, Social Tuesdays invaded Stitched clothing store at the Cosmopolitan for a whiskey tasting, further proving the ingenuity of gay men when it comes to entertaining themselves. For upcoming events, go to

Various events at Hard Hat Lounge Industrial Road isn’t new to underground DJ events, as ravers from the late 1990s will remind you. However, it’s been a while since the Naked City area consistently bumped to the BPMs—until the Hard Hat Lounge was taken over by the former Bunkhouse owners, who renovated the place inside and out and started adding DJ events to its otherwise live-music-dominated calendar. It’s a remote spot for techno and drum ’n’ bass (among other groove-friendly genres), but don’t tell that to the footloose crowds who zigzag over from the Arts District during First Friday. 1675 S. Industrial Road, 702-384-8987.

Spunderground at House Topless Showclub Spunderground isn’t the first nightlife event thrown at House Showclub that doesn’t revolve around lap dances and boobs, but it’s one of the few recently attempted at the complex. The new Monday night promo doubles as a live radio event for 96.7 KYLI-FM, Vegas’ EDM station, with music spun by Bomb Shel, but guest models, go-go dancers and open decks for brave DJs round out the experience. 3355 Procyon Ave., 702-367-4000.

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