Las Vegas Nightclubs (and day clubs!)
When I went to Las Vegas, I didn’t pay for any drinks or for any admission at any of the clubs we went to. No, this wasn’t because I’m a travel writer and I was comped for that. There’s a way to get onto lists in Vegas as you go.
(there is a list of contacts past this explanation)
First of all, in Vegas, people will approach you in casinos. Always see what they are trying to tell you before walking away. Unless they look super sketchy, that is.
Vegas is a place where deals happen spontaneous, something that took me a while to get used to. And when I took my sister to Vegas, she panicked for a second that I was talking to a random man who approached us. Someone who later took us to a bar on top of the Mandalay Bay.
But this is a digital world and you don’t have to wander around Las Vegas anymore hoping for those chance encounters. People are on twitter and instagram and you just need to know who to contact.
So here’s a list of who to contact.
Note first, guys cannot get in as a group generally with promoters. But if you have girls with you (or come across girls during the day), usually they will put guys on the VIP list with a 1:1 ratio. Lots of times there is something like an open bar–but only for girls.
If you are a group a girls, when you reach out to people, make it known that you are all girls.
Also, to make things easier on both of you, text or tweet. Don’t phone them when I list their numbers.
This is for Guestlist Consideration and VIP Tables (booking ahead is usually cheaper, especially with the day clubs). If you feel cheeky enough, I think it would be fine to ask if they have anything somewhere with an open bar for girls.
I have used all of these promoters and found them to be extremely helpful, efficient, and were able to get me what I needed.
Tao at the Venetian
Reach out to Justin Mulrooney
Texting: Two-Oh-Three 376.351O
Also can help with: TAO BEACH | MARQUEE (Cosmopolitan) Knows people for LAVO
Surrender / Encore Beach Club (at the Encore)
Reach out to Jessica Lazaro
Texting: Seven-Oh-Two 544-1O57
Also can help with: seems to know a lot of people / is good at referrals
XS at the Encore
Reach out to Kenny Tran
Email: Kenny.t (at) xslasvegas.com
Texting: Seven-One-Four 883-5831
Also can help with: TRYST
Rose. Rabbit. Lie. at the Cosmopolitan
Reach out to Michael Healy
E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Texting: Seven-Oh-Two 624-6668
General club help:
This girl wasn’t associated with one specific area and seems to get lists at different places. Check her twitter feed for what she has.
If you need help for a club not on this list, let me know and I’ll reach out and get that club added to here.
But here’s the important part:
Best practices for using a promoter:
1. Don’t cheat on your promoter.
For the most part, promoters seem to respect each other’s turf. But if you are following your promoter’s instructions, trust them. You may get someone who offers to walk you in by the door. What they are doing is trying to “steal” you as someone they brought in vs. the promoter.
2. Plan ahead but not too far ahead
If you want to get into XS at 11pm and you text someone at 10pm, it’s not likely to happen. On the other side, promoters won’t know how they can hook you up until right before.
I think texting someone the afternoon the day before is more than enough notice. On a Thursday, I texted Justin with what I was interested in for the weekend and he let me know what was possible given his contacts. This allowed me to reach out to other people to fill in the times he couldn’t help me with.
3. Don’t go club wild
We went a bit club wild but because all of the clubs were in the same two connected hotels (the Wynn and Encore) and we actually went to all the clubs we got into. But there’s no way you are going to Marquee, Tryst, Lavo, Tao, and XS all in the same night, so please be fair and respectful of the promoters’ time.
4. Don’t ask them about free drinks repeatedly
They’ll offer what they can to you. The only exception to this is I think it is fine to say, “there are women in our group, is there an open bar for them at all at the club”.
5. Show Up at the Times They Ask You To
There’s a reason they are asking you to show up at those times–that’s when they can get you in. If you can’t make the time, politely text back and say that. If they can offer anything different, they will. If not, they may offer a different club that meets your time needs.
But if you were planning on going somewhere in between and that’s why the time doesn’t work, if you get stamped you can go back in. So for example, we went to XS, got stamped. Went out to a few clubs, then came back when the main act, Diplo, was on.
Edit: Also feel free to tell them where you found this. They all gave me permission to include their contact information so they would be expecting people from this blog.
If you have any questions or requests, don’t hesitate to ask in the comments!