You may have perused our EDC Week guide for our picks on where to party outside the main event of Electric Daisy Carnival at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but there’s plenty of other Instagram-worthy moments to capture during your time in Sin City. Where do the locals like to hang? What’s the best place to impress your EDC date? Where are the cheapest drinks? And what the hell is Ass Juice? Las Vegas has a cornucopia of see-worthy locations to make everyone back home envious.
THE DOUBLE DOWN
Where: 4640 Paradise Rd.
The shots are cheaper if you don’t drink them from the toilet. Wait, what? We’re talking about Ass Juice and it tastes way better than you’d think. Welcome to the world of the Double Down Saloon, aka the other “Happiest Place on Earth” as proclaimed above their door. This legendary punk bar around the corner from the Hard Rock Hotel nestled in the Fruit Loop (aka the cluster of LGBT bars located together), you may very well spot a drag queen cozying up to a biker and sharing shots of the 24/7, 365 bar’s infamous concoction of everything in the well, aka Ass Juice, often served in tiny toilet shot glasses. Pop a quarter in the city’s best jukebox (featuring numerous local bands) and just remember their golden rule: You puke, you clean.
Where: 939 Spring Mountain Rd.
$5 Mai Tais, $5 Blue Lagoons and $3 beers? Yes, please. If EDC was already breaking your budget, just hop a Lyft to Chinatown from 2-6 pm for some imbibing at the Golden Tiki. This 24-hour establishment already has cheaper drinks that practically anywhere on the Strip, so if you’re having beer for breakfast, it’s still a good bet not to break the bank.
Where: 4000 Linq Ln.
If you had to scrounge in your couch cushions for your EDC ticket price and have been living off Ramen to save up for your booze budget, this bar/mini-mart offers up a Bud and hot dog for $2.50, plus shot specials like $2 Jager. Just hop across the street from Bally’s for the lowest prices for drinks you’ll likely find on the Strip.
LEE’S DISCOUNT LIQUOR
Where: 9110 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Why are you shelling out the cash for drink after drink when you can stock up your hotel room with a full bar? The owners of Lee’s are legends in the local marketing for their cheesy family commercials and billboards, but they’re best known as the go-to supplier for your party. Just fill up the bathtub with ice and bring on the booze!
PLACES TO ESCAPE
RED ROCK CANYON
Where: 1000 Scenic Loop Dr.
If you’re mobile and have access to a vehicle (or a grip of ride credits on Lyft), take a break from the glittering neon to nature’s realm about 25 minutes from the Strip. The fiery rock formations contrast against the blue skies over the desert and are a popular spot for photographs. Hiking, wildlife and a scenic driving loop await in the Mojave Desert.
Where: 5375 Kyle Canyon Rd.
If you need a break from the heat, head up to Mount Charleston for a reprise from the soaring temperatures and desert aesthetics. Bring a picnic, go on a hike, enjoy horseback riding, swing by the My Charleston Lodge and more. All that just 50 minutes from The Strip.
Where: 10 Lakeshore Rd, Boulder City, NV
Boating, hiking, fishing, a tour of the Hoover Dam and more are on the docket about 50 minutes southeast of the Strip. Dubbed “America’s Most Diverse National Recreation Area,” it boasts two lakes (The other being Lake Mojave), canyons, mountains, valleys, and nine wilderness areas over 1.5 million acres. Although the infamous “bathtub ring” may bum you out and remind you of the severe drought that caused dropping water levels, you can now see the historic St. Thomas, a town that was one under water.
SEVEN MAGIC MOUNTAINS
Where: I-15 S to Sloan Rd (exit 25). Turn left (east) to Las Vegas Boulevard. Drive approximately 7 miles south on Las Vegas Blvd.
Out in the Mojave Desert, Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone’s large-scale installation punctuates the desert landscape with neon, stacked boulders more than 30 feet high. The seven towers are located in the Ivanpah Valley adjacent to Sheep Mountain and the McCullough, Bird Spring, and Goodsprings ranges of mountains approximately 25 minutes from the Strip. The art installation will be on display for another year at least.
Where: 3545 S Las Vegas Blvd., Ste L24
A popular destination for visiting DJs to add to their ‘Gram, two locations are within range for the fast food favorite. The newest location is directly on the Strip at the Linq, or just across the freeway at 4888 Dean Martin Drive. So, swing by either for a Double Double and a shake.
ELLIS ISLAND CASINO
Where: 178 Koval Ln.
Located just off the Strip, there are multiple affordable restaurants at the property. From the 24- hour Village Pub and Café and the Ellis Island BBQ to Metro Pizza and Julio’s Tacos, affordable items abound, including a “Hangover Burger” complete with Bloody Mary mayo, a half-pound burger, bacon, fried pickle, fried egg and cheese.
Where: 3001 S Las Vegas Blvd., 3771 S Las Vegas Blvd., 3397 S Las Vegas Blvd.
The old reliable for cheap grub is within reach. With three locations on the Strip, there’s likely one within stumbling distance so you can get all the Grand Slams you need to fuel you for only a few bucks. Don’t forget about the $2 $4 $6 $8 menu for filling up without breaking the bank.
Where: 3824 Paradise Rd.
Enjoy a cornucopia of delights at this tapas restaurant near the Strip off Paradise. Our favorites include the artichoke toasts, tomato basil soup with
grilled brie sandwiches and the stuffed peppers, with a pitcher of sangria to share with friends.
Where: 3131 S Las Vegas Blvd.
Gaze out upon the Lake of Dreams show while enjoying fine fare from Chef David Walzog’s menu. The Forbes Travel Guide Four Star award-winning SW Steakhouse at the Wynn was featured on the Food Network’s Best Thing I Ever Ate, highlighting the chili-rubbed double rib eye, which is expertly paired with black truffle creamed corn. Business casual attire is required.
MON AMI GABI
Where: 3655 S Las Vegas Blvd.
Enjoy a patio view of the Bellagio fountains for a Mon Ami Gabi
romantic meal at this classic French bistro located inside the Paris. Traditional and French favorites are available for breakfast (plus a French approach to brunch on the weekends). Lunch includes crêpes and quiches, an ahi tuna burger, a Maine lobster roll in a brioche bun, prime steak frites and more. Classic cuts are on the dinner menu, plus a poisson du jour, a chilled seafood platter and stellar wine selection.
Where: 3600 S Las Vegas Blvd.
See the dancing waters of the Bellagio fountains from the other side as the colors dance off the lake in the Adam D. Tihany designed dining room of the AAA Five Diamond Award rating and Forbes Travel Guide 5-Star rating from creator Sirio Maccioni. Exemplary service and fantastically curated wine list complement the cuisine that includes a 10-course $350 per person Menu Prestige or a $115 per person vegetarian menu. There’s even a menu for a three to eight course Perigord Black Truffle Menu.
Where: 3925 Paradise Rd.
Eight private dining rooms adorned in rich mahogany as well as an impressive wine cellar make for an upscale outing with a group of friends looking to load up on steak and lobster. Or if you’re just looking for a classy place to have cocktails, swing by their bar for an escape from the hustle and bustle of the casino floor.
LATE NIGHT GRUB
PHO KIM LONG
Where: 4029 Spring Mountain Rd.
The Las Vegas nightlife industry knows there’s always a light on no matter when you leave the club thanks to this Chinatown staple. The 24-hour Pho Kim Long (we’ll wait for you to stop giggling at the name) serves up plentiful dishes of Vietnamese and Chinese cuisine and is a favorite of partiers for soaking up the alcohol after a long night.
Where: 3989 Spring Mountain Rd.
The chain of fast food that’s always open has both European and Asian sandwiches, egg and spring rolls, pastries, breakfast, and even avocado smoothies and Vietnamese iced lattes. A favorite of Californians where the chain originated, Las Vegans also love it for a quick and easy bite.
Where: 2985 S Las Vegas Blvd.
This kitschy-retro restaurant and lounge is a longtime favorite of night owls in need of a meal — or perhaps want to keep the imbibing going. The neon illuminates the rainbow sugar that’s a staple of the tables and absorb the scenery featured in movies such as Casino. You can get breakfast 24-hours as well as booze thanks to no last call in Sin City.
Where: 4455 Paradise Rd.
A long-time reliable friend when you’ve maybe had one too many, Mr. Lucky’s in the Hard Rock Hotel will get you back to feeling human. Or you could have a spiked milkshake and tie another one on. The 24/7 establishment even offers breakfast items no matter the time, as well as pasta, flatbreads, sandwiches and burgers.
MANDALAY BAY BEACH
Where: 3950 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
If you’re looking to kick back and take a break from the dayclub scene, the Mandalay Bay Beach sun and sand was voted one of the best pools in the US by Trip Advisor. The complex has 2,700 tons of real sand, a wave pool with 1.6 million gallons of water and 100 cabanas, daybeds, bungalows and villas available to rent. There’s even a quarter-mile lazy river for floating in.
MGM GRAND POOL COMPLEX
Where: 3799 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Though there’ll be plenty of partying going on at the neighboring Wet Republic, if you’re more in the mood to chill you should check out the 6.5 acres of swimming pools, whirlpools, waterfalls and tubing in the lazy river. You can even reach peak relaxation with a poolside massage.
RED ROCK RESORT
Where: 11011 W. Charleston Blvd.
If you still want the VIP cabana treatment, but can’t afford the prices on the Strip, just hop a ride west up to the local’s favorite Red Rock Resort. The pool complex offers signature cabanas for $200 during the week and $350 on the weekends at the three- acre complex. There are even poolside casino and table games and drinks a plenty.
HARD ROCK HOTEL
Where: 4455 Paradise Rd.
Many know of the infamous Rehab pool party at the Hard Rock but the complex remains one of our aesthetic favorites. The Nirvana pool is all-ages, while the Dish pool and Paradise pool (aka Rehab) are 21+. Enjoy swim-up gaming and giant beverages in commemorative cups as you stick your toes in the sand or splash around.
PINBALL HALL OF FAME
Where: 1610 E. Tropicana Ave.
The X-Files. Elton John. The Simpsons. All the pop culture favorites are represented at the Pinball Hall of Fame. The non-profit museum is one where you can actually play all of the old pinball games for a few quarters and know the money is going to a good cause in the over 10,000 square foot building. Nerd out for hours for only a few bucks at this hidden gem just off the Strip.
KISS MINI GOLF
Where: 3700 W. Flamingo Rd.
We all know ravers love anything with black lights, so playing mini golf in a venue with plenty of them seems a fitting pairing. Plus, who doesn’t like
the rock anthems of Kiss? The 13,000 square foot space is a glow-in-the-dark 18-hole miniature golf course with video and rare Kiss props. There’s even a wedding chapel if you’re looking for an unusual setting inside the Rio Hotel.
Where: 2880 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Indoor roller coasters are a godsend in the Vegas summer heat. The Adventure Dome at Circus Circus features the Canyon Blaster, the world’s only indoor double-loop, double-corkscrew roller coaster and the El Loco with a 90-foot drop and 1.5 Gs. There’s also plenty of other rides and attractions for all ages.
PAYMON’S HOOKAH LOUNGE
Where: 4147 S. Maryland Pkwy.
Kick back with some delicious stuffed grape leaves or the best fries in town surrounded by plush curtains and pillows at Paymon’s Hookah Lounge. Let the hookah master whip up one of their specialties (we like combining jasmine and mint) along with one of their signature cocktails such as the Babylon Spice or Sultan’s Tea.
WHERE TO AFTERPARTY
Where: 3595 S Las Vegas Blvd.
The longest-running afterhours in Las Vegas may have moved a few times, but is still a go-to tourist destination for keeping the party going. Located in the basement of the Cromwell, celebrates 20 years of losing track of time amidst the red glow of the library-esque feel of the lounge and its four rooms. Expect plenty of big names to stop by for EDC Week.
Where: 1501 W. Sahara Ave.
Tucked away in the shadow of the I-15 just off Sahara, the Artisan is a charming escape from casinos and neon. With reproductions of famous artwork on every wall and even on the ceilings, the weekends have DJs until after the sun comes up.
Where: 1000 E. Sahara Ave.
The location may have changed, but the “DJ Rules” are still in effect. What rules exactly? Basically, stick to the underground sounds, all commercial EDM is banned. Expect special headliners and affordable drinks and cover charges at this Friday and Saturday night soirée a short distance from the Strip for a #ProperAfterhours with open bar specials amidst techno, house, tech house, deep house and minimal tunes.
Where: 6007 Dean Martin Dr.
If you want to keep the party going but appreciate the sunrise, enjoy a set as you bust out the shades at Terrace Afterhours atop the Hustler Club. There’s a separate side entrance for those wanting to avoid the strip club and local DJ Brett Rubin curates a night of house and techno to accompany the welcoming of a new day.
FIX YOUR HANGOVER
GRAND LUX CAFE
Where: 3355 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Open 24-hours, you can either stumble out of bed for breakfast or try to preemptively stave off the impending doom with a late-night meal found
on the extensive menu from the creators of the Cheesecake Factory. If you’re in need of a hair of the dog, they’ve got that taken care of, too.
Where: 3281 S. Highland Dr., Suite 806
Say your whole group of friends is suffering in a bad way. You can call up the Hangover Heaven bus to supply your group with a rehydrating IV treatment. Or give them a call and they’ll come pick you up from your hotel. Recommendations include the Myers Cocktail containing IV fluid, vitamin C, magnesium and 6 B vitamins. You can even get oxygen treatments.
Where: 3708 S Las Vegas Blvd.
Sometimes the best cure for a hangover is just to power through and keep going. You can do just that with the bottomless beverage packages for $15
that includes mimosas, champagne, Bloody Marys, house red or white wine, or PBR draft. Plus, the food is one of the best buffets in town.
THE BUFFET AT WYNN
Where: 3131 S Las Vegas Blvd.
Another accolade-winning buffet on the Strip is the Buffet at Wynn. Amid beautiful flower displays and a natural light atrium to get some vitamin D back in your system, the buffet features worldly cuisine, a chocolate fountain and beautiful pastries.
Originally published in DJ Mag USA