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Avoid Las Vegas’ dayclub crowds with a midweek dip at Liquid

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Liquid at Aria
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Jason R. Latham

Las Vegas has long been a weekenders’ paradise—Memorial Day, EDC, Labor Day, the Super Bowl—but as you watch Liquid Pool Lounge-branded beach balls roll past your feet on a Wednesday afternoon, you’re reminded once more that every day can be a weekend in this town.

Long a hidden gem in Aria’s massive pool complex, Liquid has taken the beach ball and run with the idea, launching the Wednesday Dip party for locals who are stuck working on the weekends or would prefer to avoid the spectacle of the Strip’s weekend dayclub scene.

As high noon hits on this Wednesday in late May, the crowds are starting to pour in—bikini-clad girlfriends in cattleman hats, couples in matching swimsuits, strutting beefcakes who left their shirts back in the car—and the DJ, the always reliable local Silla Torres (aka Yo Quiero Silla), has taken her position behind the decks. This crowd is in for an afternoon of skull-pounding beats, but Liquid on a Wednesday is a slightly more relaxed vibe, as opposed to the “live every day like it’s Shark Week” feel of the weekends. You’re still at risk of friendly fire from another party’s Champagne spray, which isn’t always a bad thing, but these folks are here to unwind, whether that means tossing the ball around the pool or playing dead on a daybed.

The Wednesday Dip might be a retreat from the office and a pared-down version of the Strip’s larger, wilder pool parties, but many of the same dayclub rules still apply: Bring your sunscreen and credit card, and reserve yourself a place with some shade. Wednesday heat is no different than Saturday heat; fortunately this pool is surrounded by daybeds with attached umbrellas and a row of covered cabanas (plus the “party cabanas” adjacent to the DJ booth) to fit you and your friends.

Without that, you’ll find yourself seeking shelter in the bar area or huddling under a single umbrella that’s set up near the lockers, and there’s no guarantee said umbrella will be for the long run.

Too many meetings on Wednesdays? There’s still plenty of weekday pool action you can get into on the Strip:

Bare Mondays

The famously “European-style” Bare Pool Lounge at the Mirage (which is still the Mirage, for now) has a Monday industry party for those lucky enough to have the day off. Mondays, 11 a.m., $20, barepoollv.com.

Out of Office Thursdays

The revamped Tao Beach Dayclub at Venetian launched its Thursday locals party this year with BOGO cocktails and complimentary entry for locals. Thursdays, 11 a.m., $10, events.taogroup.com.

Stadium Swim

Circa Las Vegas’ massive Downtown pool complex is open all-day, every day, though you’ll have the most fun if you schedule your visit around your favorite sporting event.

Prices vary, circalasvegas.com/stadium-swim.

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