Drai’s Beach Club & Nightclub
When it opened Memorial Day weekend, Drai’s Beach Club & Nightclub gave us a view we’d never seen before. In the Cromwell’s past lives as Barbary Coast and Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall, the roof was just a roof—now it’s Las Vegas’ highest and hottest rooftop pool club. Situated 11 stories above the Strip, the balcony offers a breathtaking vantage point of bustling Las Vegas Boulevard below—so long as you’re not blocked by one of the club’s 10 towering palm trees. But when you’re this close to the sun, it’s nice to seek a little shade, too. In the Cromwell, 702-777-3800, DraisNightlife.com.
If you want a panoramic view of Las Vegas, head a couple of miles west and take in the vista from Ghostbar. The boutique nightclub sits on the 55th floor of the Palms’ Ivory Tower. And like the hotel rooms below it, the venue underwent a major renovation last year—futuristic furnishings were replaced with rich fuchsia carpets and sleek black sofas, but the space is still wrapped by 14-foot-tall windows. The terrace is occupied by two outward-facing booths and lined with see-through glass panels. There’s even a Plexiglas cutout in the floor for those who dare a peek of the world below. In the Palms, 702-942-6832, Palms.com.
With beautiful views begging to be shared, there’s hardly a better location to watch the Bellagio Fountains—one of CNN’s Most Instagrammed Places in 2013—than from the patio at Hyde. And if you really want to show off, you can purchase what’s simply known as Hyde’s $250,000 package. That price tag includes the prime table on the terrace, a 30-liter bottle of Ace of Spades Champagneand a little gold box that lets you control the water show at the touch of a button. Don’t feel like splurging? No worries—it’s free to watch. In Bellagio, 702-693-8700, HydeBellagio.com.
A semiprivate club, Foundation Room is an escape to an exotic realm—and a little difficult to find. Perched on the 63rd floor of Mandalay Bay, it’s only accessible by one elevator. However, it is open to the public free of charge until10 p.m., when the lounge transforms into a nightclub. Once inside, you’ll find rich red and brown fabrics, and statues draping the walls, complemented by the Vegas lights that peer in from the windows. From the balcony you can see the Strip and much of the twinkling Las Vegas Valley beyond it. It’s an ideal setting to impress a date. (Let’s just say jaws won’t be the only thing dropping.) In Mandalay Bay, 702-632-7631, HouseOfBlues.com/LasVegas/FR.
Chateau Nightclub & Rooftop
Nearly a veteran on the Las Vegas nightlife timeline, Chateau has been welcoming partygoers to its lush and leafy patio since spring 2011. It’s nestled under the Eiffel Tower, meshing the excitement of the Strip with Parisian-inspired design elements that radiate romance. As for entertainment, expect an eclectic mix. Recent performers include the Backstreet Boys; Lady GaGa’s DJ bestie, Lady Starlight; and rising rap star Future. In Paris Las Vegas, 702-776-7770, ChateauNights.com.