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VegasChatter's 2013 Field Guide to the Vegas Pool Scene

May 23, 2013 at 3:45 PM | by | Comment (1)

Everyone knows Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial kick off of summer (that actually happens on June 21) but here in Vegas, it's the official kick-off of the raging pool party scene. Where else can you drink, dive, and dayclub it?

VegasChatter has once again compiled an essential Field Guide to Vegas Pools detailing the hottest parties, how to get into them, what to expect when you're splashing around, and where to go if you'd rather just chillax. And, it's all below. Grab a cold one and pursue it at your leisure or use the jumps below to go straight to the sections that interest you most.

VegasChatter's Field Guide to the Vegas Pool Scene

HOT POOL PARTIES: Every day is a pool party day in Vegas. Find out which are the hottest ones to hit up.
GAMBLING POOLS: For those of you who like a little fun in the sun with your bets.
TOPLESS POOLS: Where to let it all hang out.
QUIETER POOLS: Because not everyone is into EDM and making love in the dayclub.
FUN POOLS: Where you can have some good, old-fashioned fun, no cover charge needed.
INSIDER TIPS: How to save time, save money, and save yourself from total embarrassment.

Share your best and worst Vegas pool experiences with us in comments below. Got photos? Add 'em to our Summer 2013 Pool Party photo gallery by email or Facebook. We even have a VegasChatter Flickr Pool. And yes, we want the dirty ones, too.

*Watch this space as we'll be keeping track of the Vegas 2013 Pool Scene all summer long.

HOT POOL PARTIES

How do you know you’re at one of Vegas’ hottest pools? When you’re standing in water you can’t even see.

DITCH at Palms: Ditch Fridays has now evolved into Palms' own dayclub pool scene, called Ditch, which has also added Ditch Saturdays to the mix. The two-acre pool scene has three different bars and can hold up to 3,000. Most will party in the pool, but if you want some breathing room, make a reservation for one of the 27 cabanas early in advance. As for admission, expect to pay $45 if you're a gal, $75 if you're a dude. if you're a dedicated Ditcher, then opt for the season pass at $385 a pop which is good through September 1.
Ditch Fridays and Saturdays begin at noon each week. Go here for more information or to buy tickets.

ENCORE BEACH CLUB at Encore Las Vegas: The sprawling, two-level Encore Beach Club was the true game-changer for the Vegas pool party scene when it opened two years ago and, today, continues to be a hotspot, both in the daytime and at night, thanks to superstar DJ appearances from Aviici, David Guetta, Diplo and regular old-school performers like Lil Jon and Redfoo of LMFAO. But, with cabana rentals costing in the thousands, you should arrive prepared to burn through a lot of money. Depending on the weekend and the DJ at the turntables, admission prices usually range from $20-$30 for women and $50 and up for dudes. Booking a VIP table for four will cost about $1,500. Cabanas will be double that. But if the bouncer doesn't like your face, you can be denied entrance. Yes, the pool is that shallow.
EBC is open from noon to 6 p.m. on Friday and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Go here for more info.

LIQUID at Aria: Want a happening pool party scene, but not a totally crowded cluster? Liquid's 85 chaise lounges, 35 daybeds and eight cabanas keep the party scene to a minimum. Don't worry, though, it's still a good time with super-soakers filled with champagne, thong-wearing go-go girls, celeb appearances and party props like beach balls and, um, inflatable flamingos. Ladies are usually free while men will have to pay up to $45.
Liquid is open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Make your reservations here.

MARQUEE DAYCLUB at The Cosmopolitan: Marquee is one of the hottest nightclubs in Vegas these days and their dayclub by the same name is just as sought after by young urbanites looking for a good time (and with money to spend). While a lounge chair or daybed will enhance your party experience, true ballers book a cabana with its own plunge pool so you can control who, and what, you share the water with. Depending on the DJ featured, women will pay anywhere from $10 to $30 while men will have to fork over $50 to $80. Cabanas will go for at least $2,000 and up.
Marquee Dayclub is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information or reservations, go here or call 702.333.9000.

REHAB at Hard Rock: C'mon. Who hasn't heard of Rehab at the Hard Rock? It's the original Vegas pool party and, this year, it's celebrating 10 years of total debauchery. Rehab takes over the entire Paradise Beach pool which means there are lot of seats available. But there are also a lot of people who attend so show up early to grab a spot. Cabanas typically start at $250, but go much higher during the Rehab parties and the Relax pool parties on Mondays. Ladies will have to pay $30 to get in, while men must cough up $50.
Rehab is Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. You can learn more, if you dare, at www.RehabLV.com.

TAO BEACH at Venetian: With over 60,000 square feet of space, Tao Beach caters to the ultimate club kids. This year, Maxim returns to host regular Saturday parties while the club has just rolled out the Tao Beach Sunday Brunch. Cover charge is $20 for women and $30 for men. If you can't afford one of the twelve cabanas that surround the pool (which will go for $1,000 and up), opt for a daybed or a chaise lounge instead for about half that.
Tao Beach is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. But, the parties happen on Fridays, Saturdays and Sunday. For more info and to make reservations, go to TaoLasVegas.com.

AZURE at Palazzo : If you don't want to partake in the craziness at Tao Beach, you can still get your 30 and older freak on at Azure. The pool area is smaller than Tao, however, it's much calmer with spa technicians on hand to rub you down in a special outdoor pavilion. This is also the kind of place where you can order food and enjoy it instead of getting knocked over by someone too busy humping their friend to notice you. Plus, there's typically no cover to attend.
Azure is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Go here for the menus and reservations.

WET REPUBLIC at MGM Grand: Wet Republic is another veteran of the daytime pool party scene, but they keep it fresh every year with celebrity hosts and appearances by big-time DJs like Tiesto and Calvin Harris. But being such a hot party ain't cheap. Daybeds start at $250 and go up from there. Cabanas are well into the thousands. Women will have to pay $30 to shake their thing while men will have to pay $50. For what it's worth, Prince Harry kicked off his infamous Vegas vacation here last year.
Wet Republic is open Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more info and to make your VIP reservation, hit up WetRepublic.com.

BAGATELLE BEACH at Tropicana: New to the Vegas pool scene, Bagatelle Beach has transformed the old Nikki Beach space, namely by trucking in some sand and setting up two beach volleyball courts. While there might be more beach than water (the pools are teeny tiny), it's still a chill place to spend the weekend. A Dive-In Movie Series begins tonight, May 23 at 7 p.m. with a screening of The Goonies. Ladies can get in for $20 while men must pay $30.
Bagatelle Beach is open Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more info or to book a cabana, call 702.701.0200 or visit the website.

DAYLIGHT at Mandalay Bay: Opening this weekend, the newest dayclub to hit Vegas has a 4,400-square-foot water wonderland with three separate pools, beats by Skrillex, champagne sangrias, a Wednesday night dance party called "Eclipse" and seriously hot ladies ready to serve. Women will have to pay $20 to join the party while men will have to pay $30.
Daylight parties usually run from 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM. Go here for more information or to buy tickets.

[Photos: Palms Pool/Facebook; Encore Beach Club/Facebook; Liquid/Facebook; Marquee Las Vegas/Facebook; Hard Rock/Flickr; Tao Beach/Twitter; Azure/VegasChatter; Wet Republic/Facebook; Bagatelle Beach/VegasChatter and Daylight Beach Club/Twitter]

GAMBLING POOLS

If you find yourself unable to pay for your poolside cabana, you may want to try your luck at these poolside gambling tables. And, remember -- per Nevada law -- pools with gambling tables have to let the general public in.

CAESARS PALACE
Swim-up to the shaded section of the Fortuna pool at Caesars' Garden of the Gods for some wet n' wild blackjack. There is a $20 cover for non-guests.

FLAMINGO
Amidst the waterfalls and tropical landscaping, the Flamingo’s GO Pool also offers poolside blackjack and craps Fridays and Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. If you're not a guest of the hotel, but you are staying at a Caesars property, entry is $15. Otherwise, it's $25 to get in.

HARD ROCK
The Hard Rock pool has three swim-up blackjack tables, but if you'd rather not get in the water (we don't blame you, especially after seeing what goes on at Rehab on Sundays), The Nirvana Pool also has swim-up blackjack. You will probably have to pay cover charges on the weekends as that's when most of the pool parties take place.

MANDALAY BAY
The water wonderland that is Mandalay Bay Beach includes the Beachside Casino where guests can play blackjack, roulette and craps throughout the weekend all the while checking out the expansive pool scene.

THE COSMOPOLITAN
Inside The Cosmo's pool party spot, Marquee Dayclub, you will find six blackjack tables. We hope you can at least win back the cover charge to get into Marquee.

PALMS
Five blackjack tables are located poolside at Palms' Glass Bar which is actually under an elevated, glass-bottomed deck pool. The tables are typically only open on weekends and if you're not a hotel guest, you may have to pay a cover charge.

THE TROPICANA: The Trop also has swim-up blackjack from noon to 6pm, Thursday-Saturday at their main pool.

GOLDEN NUGGET: If you can tear yourself away from the Golden Nugget's spectacular Shark Tank, you'll find four blackjack tables here.

M RESORT: Venture south of The Strip to M Resort for more poolside fun. M offers poolside blackjack every weekend with tables manned by bikini-clad dealers.

RED ROCK: If you're staying way off The Strip in Summerlin, you can still have fun poolside as Red Rock offers six blackjack tables located around pool.

STRATOSPHERE
Stratosphere offers bikini blackjack Fridays through Sundays from noon to 7 p.m. at their Level 8 Pool on the 8th floor, naturally.

[Photos VegasChatter and Mandalay Bay]

TOPLESS POOLS


If you've got a nice rack and you want to show it off, err, get it some color, here's where you can let your top down.

BARE at The Mirage: Once again, Bare is letting guests bare it all this summer. If you don't want to be too obvious, you can peep the swimmers as they glide through the elevated see-through dipping pool. Ladies are usually free (duh). Men will have to pay about $45, $20 mid-week. Bare is open Thursday through Monday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

DAYDREAM at M Resort: Daydream is an off-Strip alternative for tourists in search of something different. But, their own pasties and the chill "locals" vibe makes it worth it. Cover is $10 and free for hotel guests. Daydream is dreamy on Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

MOOREA at Mandalay Bay: We've already had some early insights into the "toptional" pool scene at Moorea, but if all you care about is letting it all hang out, you'll find good company here. Weekend cover charge for women is about $30 and $50 for men. Stop by mid-week to shave $20 off admission. Moorea gets grooving Friday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

NAKED at Artisan: Despite the pool's scandalous name, Naked, you must wear bottoms. Topless is totally cool, though. Women get in free while men will have to pay (cover charge varies). Get Naked daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

TAO BEACH at Venetian: When things are much calmer during the week (Mondays through Thursdays), guests can kick back and loosen their bikini strings poolside at Tao Beach. Best of all, there's no cover during the week. Daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

THE VOO at Rio Las Vegas: Rio keeps the sexy vibe going with The Voo pool at VooDoo Beach. Billed as "European-style pool", ladies over 21 usually get in free while men will have to cough up $20. Seven cabanas are available as well as daybeds. Thursdays through Sundays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

VENUS at Caesars Palace: The adults-only pool is hidden somewhat from the rest of the Garden of the Gods pool area by tall shrubbery and absolutely no photos can be taken while inside. Peeping down on the pool-goers from the guest rooms, however, is totally fine. Cover charge is $20 for females on the weekends and $30 for men. Save $10 off by dropping by mid-week. Daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

WYNN LAS VEGAS and ENCORE LAS VEGAS: Both Wynn and Encore boasts European-style pools for their hotel guests. (This is separate from Encore Beach Club.) The Encore pool has a bar in the center of it while the Wynn's has blackjack tables so you can gamble and be partially nude at the same time! The pools are open from 8am to 7pm.

[Photos: VegasChatter and The Artisan]

QUIETER POOLS


We're not huge fans of all that EDM business. Remember when you could actually relax by the pool in Vegas? Here are a few spots that will help you do just that. (Clearly, there's a trend -- the more your hotel room costs, the greater your chances of finding a quiet pool!)

The SIGNATURE AT MGM GRAND: We like this pool scene because it's one of the few truly quiet ones in Vegas. You have to be a hotel guest to enter and each tower (there are three) has its own pool. Yes, there is some Top 40 music playing in the background but you won't have to shout while trying to have a conversation.

FOUR SEASONS: We've always heralded Four Seasons at Mandalay Bay for their quiet, guests only pool scene and, now, we've got another reason to seek this hotel out during the hot summer months -- the new PRESS Lounge which has great cocktails and yummy food, a poolside rarity in Vegas.

MANDARIN ORIENTAL: On the hotel's 8th floor pool deck, you'll find two pools, two jacuzzis and one plunge pool. Most importantly, there's a "designated quiet area" for guests over 21 years of age.

WYNN and ENCORE: Both pool scenes here are so expansive that you can definitely find a chill corner to relax in. It also helps to go early in the morning before the madness of Encore Beach Club kicks in.

BELLAGIO: We like the posh Bellagio pool scene mostly because it's blessedly pool party-free. Want to get even further away from the crowds? Check out the special reserved VIP sections, the Cypress Premier Lounges.

[Photos: VegasChatter and Mandarin Oriental/Facebook]

FUN POOLS

Here are some good-old fashioned fun pools, that don't require a cover charge or a food and drink minimum.

MGM GRAND: MGM just made over their 6.5 acre pool scene last year, further enhancing the fun. Choose from four pools, three jacuzzis and the "world-famous" lazy river to splash around in. Most importantly, there are five bars. Should you want to carve out your own space, consider one of the 27 cabanas to rent. (Those will be upwards of $600 on the weekends.)Open daily from 8am – 6pm and only for hotel guests.

MANDALAY BAY BEACH: At Mandalay Bay Beach, the question is not so much where to sit but what's your watersport pleasure? Choose from a 1.6 million gallon wave pool to a lazy river, three smaller pools and several whirlpools, not to mention a place to go topless and do some gambling. There are plenty of cabanas to choose from, over 100 in all, but those will cost about $475 and up on the weekends. Open daily from 8am – 7pm and only for hotel guests.

GOLDEN NUGGET: Really, how can you resist a pool scene that has a slide through a shark tank? That's probably the main reason why you would hit up the GN pool but don't forget there's also gambling and a special adults-only area called The Hideout. Open daily from 10am – 8pm and only for hotel guests.

THE BOULEVARD POOL AT THE COSMOPOLITAN: The main pool at the Cosmopolitan is just as fun as its club kid sibling, Marquee. Every Monday night at 7pm, the Boulevard pool has a Dive-In Movie night that's complimentary for hotel guests and just $3 for everyone else. Boulevard also hosts a silly-themed Swimming with Sharks party on Wednesday and a Bubbles and Brunch event at the Overlook Grill, every Saturday and Sunday. Daily, the pool serves up alcohol-infused, liquid nitrogen-charged sorbets, shakes, smoothies, and blended frozen drinks crafted by their in-house mixologists. Open daily from 8am to sunset, except on Monday nights when it hosts dive-in movies. Then it goes a little later.

CAESARS PALACE: There are five different pools here at Caesar's Garden of the Gods pool complex (six if you count the ultra-exclusive Bacchus pool) so there are plenty of places to get wet. We like the main Temple Pool, mostly because it's close to the Snackus Maximus snack bar. Open daily from 9am-6pm. Non-hotel guests must pay $20 to enter.

WET 'N' WILD: The family favorite is back in Vegas, just not on The Strip. You'll need to travel deep into the Vegas suburbs to find this newly opened water park featuring a lazy river, wave pool, and rides. Open May 25-June 2 for season pass holders only. Open to all beginning June 3.

[Photos: WetVegas.com, Wet 'n' Wild and VegasChatter]

INSIDER TIPS

Know before you go... and get wet... and do things you will regret on the plane back home on Monday morning.

1. Cabanas Are Expensive. This kind of goes without saying, but just in case you thought you might be able to "get a deal" or "score a comp," cabanas are prohibitively expensive, especially on the weekends and even more so at one of the pool parties listed above. Check our list of going rates for cabanas in case you want to budget out just how much you can spend. While a cabana at Encore Beach Club during the weekend can cost up to $3,000, the cabanas at the small pool at New York, New York start at just $200.

2. So Is Everything Else. If you want special poolside treatment, you're going to have to pay for it. From daybed rentals to inflatable raft rentals to even just reserving a couple of chairs early in the morning, it will cost you. That's just for hotel guests. If you want to party at a hotel pool but you aren't a guest, break out your wallet. Oh, and don't even get us started on the price of drinks. One way around this is to book a room package offered through the hotel as most of those will throw in a raft rental or a 2-for-1 drink special or another kind of poolside F&B credit.

3. Watch Your Stuff. Aside from making sure you or your friends don't get too drunk and decide to have "who can hold their breath the longest" contests underwaters, you also need to protect your belongings while you're in the pool. We've rounded up several good poolside safety tips here, with the number one rule being don't bring cash to the pool. Just charge everything to the room.

4. Hydrate. We know it's hard to remember while the beats are pumping, the booties are bumping and everyone is humping, but don't forget to sip on some water, too. After all, this is the desert. And, it will help you avoid a hangover or at least lessen it. Just remember to use the bathrooms at the pool, not the actually pool itself, when nature calls.

5. Be Discreet. If you went to a pool party in Vegas and didn't hook up, we'd wonder what was wrong with you. That said, please don't try to put P into V while in the pool. Or, if you've got a cabana, close the curtains. Otherwise, make good use of that hotel room key and disappear upstairs for a little while. Don't have a hotel room and need to get it on? Try one of these five places.

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Quiet please

Going through this list and I'm realizing that a pool party sounds kind of like my worst nightmare. But I wouldn't mind taking an inner tube and a marg down the Mandalay Bay lazy river.

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