It’s “daylife” time, and this year’s scene is as dynamic as ever, with all the big players battling for position, plus a couple of new entrants—Picnic at Downtown Grand and Drai’s at the Cromwell (both with rooftop pools). Asking which pool has the hottest babes, guys, parties, etc., is like asking where to find the best-paying slot machines: The product in casinos is pretty much the same, and that goes for the pools, too. But there are three questions you can ask that will elicit different responses for different pools: Which are topless? Which deal blackjack? And which can I get into if I’m not a hotel guest? For the answers, here’s your 2014 pool program.
There are 11 “toptional” pools: Artisan (Naked Pool), Caesars Palace (Venus Pool Club), Encore (European Pool), Golden Nugget (a designated area in the Tank), M Resort (DayDream), Mandalay Bay (Moorea Beach Club), Mirage (Bare Pool Lounge), Rio (The Voo), Sapphire (Dayclub), Venetian (TAO Beach) and Wynn (Sunset Pool). Admission fees and use requirements vary.
This year, 14 casinos are dealing blackjack poolside: Caesars, Cosmopolitan, Downtown Grand, Encore, Flamingo, Golden Nugget, Hard Rock, Mandalay Bay, M Resort, Palms, Red Rock, Stratosphere, Tropicana and Wynn.
Of course, nothing matters if you can’t get in, so here’s your all-important list of casinos at which at least one pool is open to the public: Aliante, Aria, Artisan, Bally’s, Caesars, Cosmopolitan, Cromwell, Downtown Grand, Encore (Beach Club only), Flamingo, Golden Nugget, Hard Rock, Hooters, J.W. Marriott, Luxor, M Resort, Mandalay Bay (Moorea, Daylight), MGM Grand (Wet Republic), Mirage (Bare), Palazzo (Azure), Palms, Planet Hollywood, Ravella, Rio, Rumor, Sapphire Pool & Dayclub, Silverton, Stratosphere, Sunset Station, Tropicana and Venetian (TAO Beach). The specifics—which pool is open at multi-pool casinos, what’s required for entry (cabana rentals only, for example), how much you have to pay—sometimes seem to change with the wind. But this list was accurate as of Memorial Day and should provide a good basic guide throughout the season.
And now for the deal. As of this writing, the following pools are free for locals 21 and older: Aria Liquid Pool (Thursdays before 1 p.m.), Artisan, Mirage Bare Pool (Mondays before 1 p.m.), Hard Rock (Mon-Fri), LVH, Lake Las Vegas, Hooters, Mandalay Bay Daylight (Sunday night swim party before midnight), Palms (Sun-Thu), Rio (including The Voo), Rumor, Sapphire Dayclub, Silverton (Mon-Thu), Stratosphere and Venetian Tao Beach (Mon-Thu.). Also, Aliante offers two-for-one entry for locals (and military) Mon-Wed, and Caesars’ Venus Pool Club is free to all women. Just show local I.D., and you’re in!
Anthony Curtis is the publisher of the Las Vegas Advisor and LasVegasAdvisor.com.