Pool Par­ties

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Over the last 5 years, sum­mer in Las Ve­gas has been de­fined by pool­side dance par­ties.

The week­ends in the past were de­fined by the splashy mad­ness of Fri­days at the Palms and Sun­days at the Hard Rock. As time moved on, the par­ties got more stylish as Tao Beach and WET Re­pub­lic brought celeb hosts, VIP ca­banas and bot­tle ser­vice to the mix. The day party craze truly ex­ploded with the ad­vent of En­core Beach Club that mar­ried in­ter­na­tional DJs like Steve An­gello, Afro­jack and Avicii with cham­pagne show­ers, Arab princes and ca­banas even more ex­pen­sive than the Wynn’s high-roller suites on a sum­mer week­end. To pool party in Ve­gas as a high roller, it’s best to nar­row down your choices to a few venues. NightSwim is back in ses­sion Thurs­day through Sun­day for late-night pool ac­tion with DJs from Dil­lon Fran­cis to David Guetta.. While we cringe at the idea of ac­tu­ally touch­ing the water of a 3,000-per­son pool that’s used both day and night, the ar­ray of ca­banas on hand in­clude the Lower Level bun­ga­lows large

enough for 25 with a mere $25,000 food and bev­er­age min­i­mum. WET Re­pub­lic still man­ages to pull off events with DJs like Kaskade and Martin Gar­rix.

New­com­ers like Fox­tail and Liq­uid are mostly a bust, with the ex­cep­tion of spe­cially pro­moted events. Day­light at Man­dalay Bay goes into its third sea­son with a more hip-hop line-up of Rick Ross, Lu­dacris and a bur­geon­ing Thurs­day party that hopes to take on the com­pe­ti­tion. Look for Palm­sto de­but an all-new pool club in 2019 that will com­pli­ment the $400-mil­lion re­fur­bish­ment of the ho­tel and re­brand­ing of many of its in-house brands. Mar­quee Day­clu­bat the Cos­mopoli­tan al­ways im­presses with its perch above the Las Ve­gas Strip with EDC line-up that in­cludes Lost Fre­quen­cies and Oliver Heldens as well as sum­mer­time VIP pack­ages that in­cludes bot­tle ser­vice by drone.

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