“Location, location, location.” You’re probably familiar with the three most important tenets of real estate. Las Vegas nightclubs are no exception. While every inch of these clubs possess that magical combination of liquor and luxury, some seats reign supreme over others. Here’s where the rich and famous like to sit and sip.
The infamous 50s are top-notch real estate within the walls of 1 Oak (pictured above). A seat within this run of eight large tables could place you in the company of Jay-Z, Robin Thicke, Kanye or other A-list luminaries. Plus it grants you close proximity to the evening’s DJ talent and the most extravagant bottle-service presentations that the club has to offer—customized for each big spender’s personality and truly, as the club’s name implies, one of a kind. In The Mirage, 702-693-8300, 1OakLasVegas.com.
Enter Hakkasan’s fourth-level main room, find the DJ booth and look to the left—that’s where you’ll see the famous faces gracing this mega club. One weekend in February, actors Chace Crawford and Theo James were spotted celebrating friend Miles Teller’s birthday, one table over from Pitch Perfect co-stars Anna Kendrick and Brittany Snow. That’s a whole lot of young, twinkling star power in one spot. In MGM Grand, 702-891-3838, HakkasanLV.com.
While Hyde’s Bellagio fountain-side table is famous for its location, perks (including control of the water show at the touch of a button and a 30-liter bottle of Armand de Brignac “Ace of Spades” Champagne) and its price tag ($250,000), celebrities prefer the DJ booth-adjacent table 53. Hilary Duff, Joanna Krupa and Marilyn Manson have all been spotted here. In Bellagio, 702-693-8700, HydeBellagio.com.
At Light, the most coveted tables are those closest to the action—both on the dance floor and above it. As Cirque du Soleil acrobats scale the walls behind the DJ booth, you can take in their performance from a first-tier table, where celebrities such as Adam Levine, Nick Cannon and Dancing With the Stars’ Cheryl Burke have done the same. Booths are 14 feet by 8 feet and are 3 feet above the floor, so you can observe all without being disturbed. Situated on the dance floor, tables 63 and 64 offer closer access to the action as well as additional seating for large groups. In Mandalay Bay, 702-693-8300, TheLightVegas.com.
In the main room, Marquee’s table 50 is most popular. It’s where the confetti showers rain most heavy and the view of the club’s go-go dancers and DJ booth are uncompromised—just ask Bruno Mars, Seattle Seahawks’ Richard Sherman or the L.A. Lakers’ Kobe Bryant. In the quieter Library room, guests such as Dave Chappelle and Beyoncé have chosen to kick back at table 200, where billiards, a fireplace and a balcony are just feet away. Breaking Bad actor Aaron Paul selected the cozy venue for his joint bachelor/bachelorette party with then fiancée Lauren Parsekian in 2013. In the Cosmopolitan, 702-333-9000, MarqueeLasVegas.com.
The top spot at Surrender is known simply as “the DJ table.” That’s because it’s actually behind the booth. As other clubgoers rub elbows with their eyes on you, you get to eye the equipment and get a sneak peek of what songs the DJ will drop next. It’s where Paris Hilton hung around while dating Afrojack, and where swimmer Michael Phelps celebrated his Olympic retirement in 2012. In Encore, 702-770-7300, SurrenderNightclub.com.
You’ve seen the bottle fairy flying above the dance floor at Tao. And if you watched her long enough, you know that she was en route to the elite (perhaps past visitors Kim Kardashian, Kanye West or Jay-Z) seated at tables 50 and 55. If you can take your eyes off the fairy, you can also appreciate a prime view of the recently installed LED screens on the ceiling. In the Venetian, 702-388-8588, TaoLasVegas.com.
The crème de la crème at Tryst is table 540, better known as “the owner’s table.” The privilege to park it there is limited to a few—Justin Timberlake, Holly Madison and Ryan Seacrest among them. In Wynn, 702-770-3375, TrystLasVegas.com.
XS celebrated a milestone fifth birthday earlier this year and in that time, a parade of “It” girls and boys have passed through the doors. Here, table 30 is reserved for DJs, including well-known residents such as Avicii, Diplo and Skrillex. Nearby, celebrities such as Mario Lopez, Julianne Hough and the Jonas brothers saddle up at stage tables 10, 20 (the most popular), 30, 40 or 50. In Encore, 702-770-0097, XSLasVegas.com.