The popular outdoor party scene in Las Vegas is now found on spring and summer weekend afternoons at the big casino hotel pool parties. These beachwear crowd scenes, populated by young adult singles displaying sun-tanned physiques, begin at about 10 a.m. and end at dinner time on every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with quieter poolside events on some weekdays. The trend began several years ago with a popular Sunday party that still gathers each week at the pool club called Rehab at the Hard Rock Casino pool. The Rehab scene has been replicated at more than a dozen pools up and down the Las Vegas strip. Party features include famous radio and club DJs spinning music, with lesser-known celebrities and sports athletes mingling in the crowd while bars and poolside restaurants serve pricey food and beverages. Hotel guests earn easier access to party admissions on V.I.P. lines since guests begin lining up for popular parties as early as 8 a.m. for pool openings a few hours later. Visitors should be prepared to pay about $20 per person admission for women, and as much as $75 per person for the men, at the most popular parties. Drinks will run in the $15 to $20 range per beverage, prices that apparently do not scare away hordes of party goers.
Preferred party access and service is given to groups of 8 to 10 friends who share the costs for private cabanas or "daybeds," which can cost about $2,000 per day or more in minimum food and beverage orders served by pool attendants. Cabanas have features like flat screen TVs, refrigerators, lounging chairs, attentive servers, and, most important in Las Vegas, protective shade from the hot sun. Visitors who want to experience one of the pool parties can find a schedule at the "Vegas Made Easy" web site.
Some of the most popular poolside clubs for weekend day parties are: Wet Republic at the MGM Grand pool; Rehab at the Hard Rock Casino pool; Tao Beach at the Venetian; Encore Beach Club at the Encore Hotel; Palms at the Palms Hotel pool; Liquid Pool Party at the Aria Hotel and the Venus Pool Club for a quieter scene at the Caesars Palace pool. Two new pool party clubs opening this month include the Nikki Beach Club at the Tropicana Hotel pool and the Marquee Day Club at the Cosmopolitan Hotel.