OutTraveler's Favorite Spots to Play in Las Vegas


By Andrew Belonsky

We can't leave everything in Vegas. After years of playing in and out of Sin City, we've found some real winners: great places to play, dine and rest our weary heads. Here's just a few of our favorite places. Send your own suggestion via Twitter to @outmagazine or leave us a message on our Facebook page.

Dance & SipIt hasn't officially opened yet, but Krave Massive, one of nightlife empresario Kelly Murphy's projects, is already making a huge impact in Sin City.

An evolution of sorts for beloved nightclub Krave, this new space opening at Neonopolis held a four-day preview event leading into New Year's Eve, giving customers a taste of what will become a 32,000 square foot space featuring five thematic dance floors, a martini lounge, a comedy club and easy access to Murphy's Drink & Drag Lounge, where you'll find something truly unique: a drag bar that's also a bowling alley, giving new meaning to Fabulous Las Vegas.

>Share Nightclub, where modern design meets old school fun, is a guaranteed good time on the weekends. Thursday is all about pop music and Saturdays features guest DJs and performers.

Another old favorite,Gipsy, also has limited engagements, but not limited energy: their Saturday night dance party remains a favorite for locals and tourists alike.


>Piranha Boutique Nightclub has a more intimate dancing experience, while an entirely different type of dancing can be found at one of Las Vegas' many country western bars, likeBadlands Saloon andCharlie's, where those of you with two left feet can get lessons on Monday and Thursday nights. AndThe Backdoor remains a local favorite, particularly their Latin Thursdays.

Meanwhile, leather rules at Ramrod LV and The Las Vegas Eagle, where there are often drink specials for those willing to strip down to their skivvies, and Snick's Place, a mainstay since 1976, offers a sip of Las Vegas' gay history.

>Flex's theme nights keep the beat all week long -- hip-hop Saturdays are a long-time favorite, as are wet underwear Mondays.

Speaking of Monday, if you're in town at the start of the week, why not try the liquor bust event at Goodtimes. Not in town on Monday? Don't worry, Goodtimes are there all week long.