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Encore Beach Club

Where does an 800-pound gorilla sit? Wherever she wants. And if that gorilla wants to frolic poolside to the live sounds of a top DJ, surrounded by swaying palms and thousands of her sexiest, scantily clad new best friends, she’s heading to Encore Beach Club. Today’s spendy partiers have arrived at a point where they want it all: surf, sand (well, land) and sound. EBC has their number, offering a towering multi-tiered, European-style cabana setup in bright orange and white, with doors that overlook the Strip, all the latest amenities (can you say private dipping pools?) as well as a complete transformation to Surrender nightclub when the sun goes down. The list of resident DJs reads like DJ Mag’s Top 100, not to mention the conveyer belt that drops off fresh touring acts and turntablists all season. And with Vegas’ summer lasting nearly eight months, that’s a long season.

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The Downtown Cocktail Room’s doors are impossibly un-door-ish. You walk up from the intersection of Fremont Street and Las Vegas Boulevard, happy to join the buzzing downtown camaraderie—the urban revolution taking hold of Las Vegas—and you’re faced with walls of one-way glass and no apparent door handle. For the uninitiated, it makes for an awkward moment. Had this happened to me, and I’m not confirming that it did, the larger metaphor wouldn’t have been lost: Maybe everyone doesn’t fit in here.