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Las Vegas Pool Parties – 2012 Rankings

With March wrapping up, pool season is about to kick into high gear. Most pool decks on The Strip have been open for a few weeks now, but things will really pick up now that we’re starting to see the blazing temperatures Las Vegas is famous for.

Over the course of April, cocktail waitresses will don their bikinis, DJ’s will dig out their sunglasses, and pool management will dump a little extra chlorine in the pool. The hotels will ready themselves for the onslaught of vibrant sun soakers dancing, drinking and sunbathing the day away on the posh pool decks of the Las Vegas Strip.

Sun, water, great music, and the “who let him in?” drunk guy are all common factors of Las Vegas pool parties. Beyond that, however, they can take on different personalities. Here’s our ranking of the best Las Vegas pool parties in 2012. Hopefully we can show you to the pool party that matches the atmosphere you want for your afternoon on the Las Vegas Strip.

1. Marquee Dayclub (The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas) – Rating: A+

The upscale Marquee Dayclub is an exclusive pool party with gorgeous views and an impressive DJ lineup that always brings a high energy atmosphere to The Strip.

Spanning over 20,000 square feet on the rooftop pool deck of The Cosmopolitan, Marquee Dayclub enters its second season in 2012. Last year the newcomer hit The Strip in style, immediately establishing itself as one of the most exclusive, upscale dayclubs. Carrying this reputation to the 2012 season, we rank Marquee Dayclub as the number one pool party for 2012.

Some of the world’s top electronic dance music talent signed exclusive 2012 residencies with Marquee, including Avicii, Kaskade and Chuckie. If you’re headed to Marquee this summer, expect big lines, big prices and a high energy atmosphere with the city’s best DJs spinning mostly house music with a little top 40 peppered in on top of dance beats.
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2. Encore Beach Club (Encore Las Vegas) – Rating: A+

At the contemporary Encore Beach Club, you're guaranteed to find an upscale party complete with beautiful people, headlining DJs and top notch service.

Coming in as a very close second is the equally upscale Encore Beach Club. The property describes itself as “a Mega-party on a 60,000 square foot lush oasis featuring 40 foot palm trees surrounding three tiered pools.” The area features chaise lounges, couches and day beds, all of which can be rented for exorbitant prices. The pool has fun oversized lily pads resting in shallow water as well as a few blackjack tables carrying high minimum bets. In the evening, Encore Beach Club transforms into Surrender Nightclub, an evening retreat with an equally sexy atmosphere.

Like Marquee, Steve Wynn’s clubs stand at the forefront of the electronic dance movement. In fact, at the beginning of the season Wynn / Encore announced a list of 34 exclusive DJ residencies. The list is led by DJ Magazine’s number one DJ in the world, David Guetta. Besides him, the list boasts plenty of other A-list names like deadmau5, Tiesto, Afrojack, Alesso, NERVO, Steve Aoki and Skrillex. Most pool parties have great headliners for the summer holidays, but at Encore Beach Club it’s safe to expect top talent week in and week out in 2012.

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3. Rehab (Hosted at Paradise Beach at The Hard Rock) – Rating: A

Week in and week out, Rehab, the original Las Vegas pool party, is as wild as they come.

Everyone loves to make fun of Rehab at The Hard Rock (cue cliché joke about dirty pool water and over-tanned steroid abusers). Truly, the place is the source of most Las Vegas pool party stereotypes, but it is still a force to be reckoned with. Rehab enters its ninth season of operation and is the pioneer of Las Vegas pool parties.

Rehab (hosted on Sundays), and Relax Mondays, are two different parties that are both held at what the hotel calls Paradise Beach. The space boasts over 200,000 square feet of party space, with plenty of daybeds and cabanas available for rental. On the three-acre property you’ll find swim up Blackjack tables, lush tropical scenery and the Beach Club Bar & Grill.

Rehab lives up to its reputation as the wildest pool party in Las Vegas. Expect an insane party atmosphere with lots of drinking, dancing and loud music. If you’re looking for drunken Spring Break culture, this is your place. Even though Rehab isn’t as upscale as Encore Beach Club or Marquee Dayclub, the entry line is still brutally long, particularly on holiday weekends. Make sure to arrive early or book you room at the hotel to help minimize your time waiting in line.

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4. Wet Republic (MGM Grand) – Rating: A

The mid-sized Wet Republic at MGM Grand is well known for its celebrity hosts and incredible Memorial Day and Labor Day parties.

Coming in fourth on our list is Wet Republic, an excellent choice for a trendy poolside afternoon. Located at the corner of MGM Grand’s sprawling pool complex, the mid-sized venue provides a sleek atmosphere that caters to people looking for a good time without the craziness found at the larger pool parties (we’re looking at you, Rehab).

Wet Republic cycles through a very respectable line up of DJ talent throughout the summer, with star studded line ups descending on the pool during the big holiday weekends (Memorial Day and Labor Day). In addition, Wet Republic is known for the bevy of celebrity hosts brought in throughout the summer to promote the club. From time to time, the club also utilizes the stars of MGM Grand’s resident topless revue, Crazy Horse Paris, to help keep the party moving.

Like the other pool parties, day beds and cabanas are available if you have the cash to spend. For everyone else, there are two pools to hang out in. If you can find a spot, the larger pool has a four inch deep wading area near the DJ booth that is perfect for lounging with a refreshing cocktail.

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5. Ditch Fridays (The Palms) – Rating: A-

The Palms Pool transforms into a Spring Break party atmosphere when it opens to the public each week for Ditch Fridays.

Ditch Fridays lands in fifth place on our list of the best Las Vegas pool parties. The weekly event is hosted at The Palms, a resort with a hip, young reputation that infamously played host to MTV’s long-running show, The Real World. The Palms Pool describes itself as “an opulent outdoor playground” with two acres of swimming pools, a bar hidden behind a waterfall, and a bar that is literally located under an elevated, glass bottomed pool.

The area has private cabanas, day beds, and three luxurious two-story bungalows that are available for overnight reservations. The area is open seven days per week, but only to outside guests on Ditch Fridays, when the venue turns up the party atmosphere with live performers and top DJ talent.

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6. Liquid Pool Lounge (Aria) Rating: A-

Although it typically sports a more relaxed atmosphere, Liquid Pool Lounge draws big crowds for celebrity hosts and headlining music acts.

Liquid bills itself as “the ideal venue choice for those seeking luxury in a modern tropical retreat.” Found on the edge of the Aria pool grounds, the mid-sized club offers 16,000 square feet of secluded space accented by a gorgeous wooden walls and towering palms. Once inside, guests find a 1,200 square foot pool lined with chaise lounges and day beds. There are also eight luxurious cabanas near two private pools reserved for VIPs.

One unique feature of the space is Liquid Restaurant. While most pool clubs have food offerings, Liquid has a full service, 50 seat dining area that features a light menu crafted by executive Chef Brian Massie.

Liquid provides a vibrant atmosphere that is perfect for an afternoon before a big night out. It doesn’t have the drunken debauchery or the high energy environment associated with the larger pool clubs. That said, on occasion Liquid welcomes celebrity hosts or headlining DJ talent which always draw larger crowds.

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7. Bare Pool Lounge (The Mirage) – Rating: B+

Guests cool off inside the plunge pool at Bare Pool Lounge at The Mirage. (Photo: Chris Sweda - McClatchy-Tribune News Service)

Bare is an adults-only pool located near the dolphin habitat at The Mirage. Inferred from the club’s name, Bare offers European style sunbathing. That is to say, topless. Chaise lounges line the pool, and private daybeds and cabanas are available for rental. In addition to a large pool running the length of the club, a VIP area houses a separate, smaller pool. This “plunge pool” actually looks more like a tank, with one wall made of glass. It adds a neat visual element to the pool deck and is an excellent spot for a photo op.

At only 14,000 square feet, Bare is one of the smallest dayclubs on The Strip. While you shouldn’t expect absolute serenity, the atmosphere is definitely a more relaxed vibe. Admission for men is $20 on weekdays and $40 on weekends. Women are $10 daily.

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8. Moorea Beach Club (Mandalay Bay) – Rating: B+

Named after the glamorous French Polynesian island, Moorea Beach is welcome respite from the boisterous pool complex best known for its kid-friendly wave pool, lazy river and sand beach. While small compared to other Las Vegas dayclub areas, Moorea Beach Club still offers all of the standard amenities bundled in a chic decor.

The club features a long, slightly curved pool lined by cushioned chaise lounges that are so comfortable you might forget about the desert sun until it’s too late. In addition, large daybeds and a select number of cabanas are also available for daily rental. For ultra VIPs looking for a birds-eye view, Moorea Beach Club offers several cabanas three floors up, as well as a bungalow that features five flat screens, fully stocked bar, sofas and an ever-so classy stripper pole.

Moorea Beach Club always promises a good time, and is an excellent way to spend an afternoon before a big night out. Expect a vibrant atmosphere without the drunken debauchery found at the mega pool parties. From time to time, however, Mandalay Bay brings in celebrity hosts or guest performers, who create a more raucous environment.

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9.  Tao Beach (The Venetian, Featuring Beatport Beach Party Sundays) РRating: B

Featuring European sunbathing on weekdays and top DJ talent on weekends, Tao Beach is a solid contender in the Las Vegas pool party arena.

The Asian-themed Tao Beach at The Venetian is ninth on our list of the best pool parties in Las Vegas for the 2012 season. The “exotic Balinese escape” opens its doors for a fourth season in 2012, boasting five new cabanas, additional day beds and 40 foot tall bamboo trees highlighting the venue. Tao Beach comes in on the smaller end of the range in terms of square feet, with only 18,000 square feet of serenity.

Like counterparts of a similar size, expect a more relaxed atmosphere. This is particularly true on weekdays, when the club offers European-style (re: topless) sunbathing. Headlining talent, however, will always bring raucous crowds, and Tao Beach promises big things in that area for 2012. Spearheading this effort is Beatport Beach Party Sundays, an initiative that features acclaimed DJs spinning house music throughout the afternoon each Sunday this summer.

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10. AZURE (The Palazzo) – Rating: B

Dynamic decor featuring elegant topiary meets guests at the luxurious AZURE Pool at The Palazzo.

With options abound for Las Vegas sun soakers, AZURE defines itself with an impressive array of luxurious poolside amenities. After relaxing with a poolside massage, enjoy selections from a menu designed by celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck. Feeling hot from the desert sun? Cool off with frozen grapes, chilled towels or Evian water mists (nothing beats French water when it comes to mistings). Beyond these upscale offerings, AZURE offers all of the amenities typically associated with Las Vegas pool clubs, including daybed and cabana rentals, chaise lounges and refreshing cocktails.

AZURE boasts a contemporary decor that feels like a hidden retreat, tucked away in lush foliage. The pristine pool deck is accented by large columns and elegant potted topiary. The club also offers a unique view down the Las Vegas Strip – something not found at most pool clubs. Fitting with its “luxurious retreat” theme, expect calm serenity on weekdays and a slightly more boisterous crowd on weekends.

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11. Venus European Pool Club (Caesars Palace) – Rating: B-

Venus European Pool Club at Caesars Palace provides a relaxed, chic environment for sun soakers seeking an afternoon escape.

Coming in tenth on the list of top Las Vegas pool parties is Venus European Pool Club, located on the grounds of Caesars Palace. Venus is another pool scene that sports the European sunbathing option. While there may be a few topless sun soakers, the “European” tag is usually more gimmick than anything else.

The smaller, 10,000 square foot club promises an alternative from the typical pool scene, offering the “essence of rest and relaxation, while still delivering the best elements of Las Vegas entertainment by providing poolside beats spun daily from resident DJs.”

For the most part, Venus is best considered as the “adults only” portion of the Caesars Palace pool complex. You’ll find live music along with cabana rental options, but generally a pretty relaxed crowd. Things get louder, however, on holiday weekends, when all Las Vegas pools dial up their entertainment rosters.

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12. Bagatelle Beach (Tropicana) – Rating: B-

The pool party area at Tropicana, pictured above, will be known as Bagatelle Beach starting in 2012.

On the grounds of the recently remodeled Tropicana is a newcomer to the pool party scene, Bagatelle Beach. This is the third iteration for the dayclub portion of the remodeled Tropicana, replacing the short-lived Nikki Beach.

While there isn’t much known about Bagatelle Beach, the club owner promises it will be unlike all of the other pool parties. “Bagatelle beach is going to be an outdoor restaurant, serving complete Mediterranean meals throughout the day — think light fare and lots of rose.”

Promising a more sophisticated environment, Bagatelle Beach is likely to find itself on the opposite end of the pool party spectrum from Rehab, or even Nikki Beach, with a more relaxed environment often associated with the smaller pool party venues. No word on an opening date, but expect things to kick off early Spring 2012.

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13. VooDoo Beach (Rio) – Rating: C+

VooDoo Beach lacks the glamour of many Las Vegas pool parties, but this low pretension lagoon still provides a great afternoon.

Matching its Carnivale themed hotel, VooDoo Beach is a lush, tropical oasis that is low on pretension. The area features real sand beaches amidst a tropical lagoon. Several cascading waterfalls offer sun soakers respite from the hot desert. Like most pool clubs in Las Vegas, VooDoo Beach has cabanas available for daily rental as well as poolside massage and a few blackjack tables.

The place promises a good time with flair bartending demonstrations, DJs spinning energetic music and the occasional live concert. This is not the place to be if you’re looking for a raucous party, but is an excellent option for hotel guests looking for an adults-only area with a little extra atmosphere.

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