Resort Pools Invite Locals to Chill Out



Memorial Day is still a couple of weeks away, but the epic Las Vegas daylife season has already begun. If you’re into the day-party scene, you already know the ropes. But for many, this craziness is a bit foreign. I mean, we all have or know someone who has a backyard pool, so who needs to mix it up out there? Then again, maybe you’d like to try it, or at least have answers handy for the inevitable inquiries of visiting friends.

Speaking of inquiries, I get lots of questions about our resort’s pools, and most fall into three categories: Which are topless? Which deal blackjack? And which can I get into if I’m not a hotel guest? Here are the answers:

As was the case last year, 11 Las Vegas pools are classified as “toptional,” meaning topless sunbathing by women is allowed (if not encouraged): Artisan (Naked Pool), Caesars Palace (Venus Pool Club), Cosmopolitan (Marquee Dayclub), Encore (European Pool), Golden Nugget (third floor), M Resort (DayDream), Mandalay Bay (Moorea Beach Club), The Mirage (Bare Pool), Sapphire (Dayclub), Venetian (Tao Beach, Mon-Wed only) and Wynn (Sunset Pool).

This summer, 12 casinos are dealing blackjack poolside, which is two fewer than last year (exit M and Stratosphere). They are: Caesars Palace, Cosmopolitan, Downtown Grand (weekends), Encore, Flamingo, Golden Nugget, Mandalay Bay, Hard Rock, Palms, Red Rock, Tropicana and Wynn. The games at Trop, Hard Rock and Caesars have true “swim-up” tables.

Now to the list of properties at which at least one pool is open to the public: Aliante, Aria, Artisan, Bally’s, Caesars Palace, Cosmopolitan, Cromwell, Downtown Grand, Encore (Beach Club only), Excalibur, Flamingo, Golden Nugget, Green Valley Ranch, Hard Rock, Hilton Lake Las Vegas, Hooters, J.W. Marriott, the Linq, Luxor, M Resort, Mandalay Bay (Moorea, Daylight), MGM Grand (Wet Republic), Mirage (Bare), Monte Carlo, Palazzo (Azure), Palms, Planet Hollywood, Red Rock (Cabana Club), Rio, Rumor, Sapphire Pool & Dayclub, Silverton, SLS, Stratosphere, Sunset Station, Tropicana and Venetian (Tao Beach).

The catch with regard to the above properties: Many charge a fee for non-guests. Which brings us to one final list of pools that are free for locals 21 and over: Aria Liquid Pool (Thursdays before 1 p.m.), Artisan, Caesars Palace Venus Pool Club (women only), The Mirage Bare Pool (Mondays before 1 p.m.), Hilton Lake Las Vegas, Hooters, Mandalay Bay’s Daylight (Sunday night swim party before midnight) and Moorea (women only), Palms (women only), Palms Place, Red Rock Cabana Club (Sat-Mon), Rumor, Sapphire Dayclub, Silverton (Mon-Thur), Stratosphere and Venetian’s Tao Beach (Mon-Wed). Just show local I.D., and you’re in!

Anthony Curtis is the publisher of the Las Vegas Advisor and