Is this the year of the dayclub? New pool-party options spring up every summer, but this year has been special. Mega-spots Encore Beach Club, Wet Republic and Marquee Dayclub are chugging along, as are long-established day parties at Tao Beach, Ditch Fridays at the Palms and Rehab at the Hard Rock. And Daylight and Drai’s have come into their own this season, highlighted by innovative programming.
But there are poolside shenanigans worth exploring beyond the big casino dayclubs. Here are three interesting daytime venues that provide an alternative to the majors, each of them on the rise.
Go Pool at Flamingo Even the oldest casino on the Strip has a dayclub. For the past four years, Flamingo’s understandably tropical 15-acre retreat has been slowly morphing into what feels like a more low-key version of Rehab. Familiar names like Loczi, Michael Toast and Eric Forbes work the DJ rotation at Go Pool, and things get a little wild during special events like last week’s Bubba Sparxxx-hosted booty-shaking contest. It’s something of a hidden gem on the Strip, easy fun. And since the Flamingo continues to make improvements and tweaks every season, it just keeps getting better. Standard cover: $25.
The Tank at Golden Nugget Downtown daylife? Believe it. While the somewhat famous pool at the Golden Nugget is typically less club-like and more of a resort attraction—a three-story waterslide blasts swimmers through a shark tank—there are luxurious cabanas armed with flat-screens and host service, DJs spinning Thursday to Saturday, a separate infinity pool and the H2O bar at the Hideout, the third-level deck overlooking all the action. With its mostly enclosed, old-school architecture, this pool is very different from almost any other hotel’s, and the Golden Nugget has gotten into the act with monthly nightswims. Standard cover: $25.
Radius at Stratosphere The Strat’s 24th-floor, 21-and-over, European-bathing friendly pool is brand new, having just opened for full-time operations in May. Its incomparable views might not even be the best part. The intimate atmosphere is refreshing, the terrific pan-Asian food is shipped up from McCall’s steakhouse and the Sunset Happy Hour is ridiculous, offering $3 domestics, $4 crafts and $5 you-call-it. DJs take over Thursday to Sunday. Relax with the signature Toasted Coconut rum cocktail (served in a toasted coconut) and allow your idea of the Stratosphere to be redefined. Standard cover: $15 men, $10 women.