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Wet at Night and Sundown extend the poolside party

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Night of day: Who needs the sun’s glowing orb when you have Daylight’s floating ones?
Al Powers

As Las Vegas heats up this summer, two pool clubs are keeping the party going long after most venues have moved the music indoors. Whether you opt for a hump-day blowout, an end-of-the-weekend party or both is up to you.

After the successful launch of Wednesday bash Wet at Night in September 2014, Wet Republic is bringing it back for another season at the gigantic MGM ultra pool. Kicking off on May 20 with Swedish DJ duo Dada Life, Wet at Night is a continuation of Wet Republic’s daytime party stacked with tiny bikinis and neon swim trunks. And with 6,000 square feet of pool area to explore, a 1,200-square-foot LED screen over the DJ booth and 10 new deluxe cabanas, the grounds at Wet Republic have more than enough room for you to show off your moves. An ideal party for those without work on Thursday (Dada Life went on at 1 a.m. on opening night), Wet carries partiers well into the early hours of the morning, and features Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano (June 3) and Calvin Harris (June 10) on the upcoming roster.

On Sundays, Daylight at Mandalay Bay transforms into one of Vegas’ only underground-themed Strip-side dance parties with Sundown, starting—you guessed it—right when the sun sets. For its chilled-out evening session, Daylight took inspiration from Ibiza’s sunset parties, making it one of the only venues on the Strip to devote an entire night of programming to house and underground DJs. And if Disclosure’s May 17 DJ set is any indication, the risky move has proven successful—house music does have a dedicated fanbase in Vegas.

Daylight’s midweek party launched on April 26 with Israeli progressive/house producer Guy Gerber and welcomed prolific New York techno/house legend Danny Tenaglia for Memorial Day Weekend.

Taking place every Sunday this summer, Sundown is a more relaxed nightclub scene with a vibe that’s all about coasting into the new week ahead. But don’t mistake chill for boring. Daylight’s night programming might be more low-key than the rest of the Strip’s Sunday nightclub circuit, but the music-focused night stands out for its rare and epic headliners (next is Marques Wyatt on May 31, followed by Nic Fanciulli on June 7). Plus, it boasts one of the Strip’s best sound systems. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a party like this anywhere else—besides Ibiza.

Sundown Sundays, doors at noon, $30+, $20+ women. Daylight, 702-693-8300.

Wet at Night Wednesdays, doors at 10:30 p.m., $30+ men, $20+ women. Wet Republic, 702-891-3563.

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