One of the greatest Canadian rapper of all time, Drake, once said, "Live for today. Plan for tomorrow. Party tonight. Party tonight." Luckily, if you're in Vegas, you don't have to wait for the night. Dayclubs abound, in and around the Strip, trying to one-up each other in throwing the most fun, wildest, and wettest pool parties you'll get to experience in the arid Nevada desert.
If you're planning to partake in the fun, here's a roundup of the top day clubs that throw the best pool parties and what you can expect, besides scantily-clad gorgeous people, DJ-headlined revelry, chlorinated pool water, and shelling out a few precious coins.
1. Daylight Beach Club (Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino)
One of the bigger and more established venues in pool party merrymaking. If you've ever seen pictures of a Daylight Beach Club pool party or have a friend who's been to one, you'd know what to expect: a huge crowd having a rave in a sprawling pool to the set of A-list DJs like Skrillex. Crazy wild has been used to describe a Daylight pool party and that doesn't stray far from the truth. The place is huge and popular so expect to bump into an acquaintance and your mom. Daylight hosts Rosé All Day on Thursdays to cater to their bachelorette niche and Lit Sundays so that you are never short of partying options even on non-party days. Pro tip: don't wear socks.
2. Kaos (The Palms)
Kaos seems to be where it's at in terms of having the pool party experience of a lifetime you won't forget. Not wanting to be obvious, the people behind the venue named it Kaos (Soak spelled backward), an exotic-sounding beast. And beast it is. State of the art, high tech, sleek, sprawling are some of the adjectives being thrown around regarding the venue, but all these seem fiercely justified. The dayclub debuted to spectacular fanfare in 2018, drawing the likes of Cardi B, G-Eazy, and Skrillex to perform. Expect New Year's Eve levels of partying, headlined by big names in the DJ scene, but also long lines and big crowds.
3. Jemaa (Nomad)
Jemaa is also a new kid on the pool party block having debuted in April 2018. Like Drais, Jemaa pool parties are held at a rooftop that offers wonderful views of the city and is mostly headlined by up-and-comer DJs. While it is still finding itself in terms of establishing a defining vibe, a Jemaa pool party is always fun, chill, and laid back, making it a perfect place for fun-seekers who prefer a smaller crowd.
Jemaa has luxury cabanas that sit 10, grand cabanas for 15, and daybeds, lounges, and tables for smaller groups. Its drinks and service are top-notch. Try their giant Macaw Explosion drink if you manage to get to visit.
4. Marquee (The Cosmopolitan)
The Marquee dayclub offers some of the wildest, most packed, good chaotic fun since pool parties became a thing. The club has a mesmerizing LED wall that serve as the centerpiece of the party. Marquee draws some of the bigger DJs in the music scene so it is always packed. It is best to get your online reservations in order before you head out.
The big crowd, however, can bring some frenzied energy in the communal pool, which is expected of most pool parties. You can hit the sweet spot by renting a cabana with its own mini pool and personalized service.
5. Tao (The Venetian)
Tao is one of the older establishments in the scene so its longevity speaks for itself: it knows what it's doing. With a smaller pool, Tao offers a more intimate, relaxed, Asian-inspired atmosphere, from the vibe down to the food. The DJ plays a range of music including top hits, hip-hop, R&B, house, EDM. Tao's secret is its superb service. Guests are treated like queens and kings when they visit.
6. Wet Republic (MGM Grand)
Spacious party grounds with three pools on offer so you don't have to bump into another body while partying, but there are also days when it can get crazy crowded. Wet Republic is a staple in the pool party scene and is known to give some of the wildest parties ever by bringing in famous DJs like Tiesto, Kaskade, and the like. The venue is serious about security so expect TSA-like scrutiny as you go in.
7. Drais (The Cromwell)
Indulge in a rooftop pool party that offers stunning views of Vegas. While Drais does not draw A-list DJs, it is hardly noticeable as there is no shortage of impressive sets from up-and-comers. Drais serves up a swanky, upscale, and energetic vibe that runs through the place until sundown. As with most pool parties, don't bring gums, mints, and candy. You'd be asked to throw them out during a security check.
Some final tips before you dive in: bring waterproof phone cases, reserve your tickets online and book a cabana if you can, check and abide by the venue's dress code, bring your fun self, and make sure you have extra coins to offer to the Vegas gods. To make it easier for you to reserve tickets or book a cabana online and get exclusive member discounts, go to the MGM resorts website, create an M life Rewards account, navigate to the pools section and make a reservation while logged into your account. Have fun!