There is no shortage of lounges and clubs in Las Vegas for groups of all sizes. There is also no shortage of people lining up to get inside some of these venues. If you want to treat your group like true VIPs, rent out a Vegas nightclub and skip the lines.
One of the newest kids on the block is the Electra Cocktail Club (pictured), which opened last September. Located in the casino at the Palazzo, the 3,500-square-foot venue is notable for its stunning visuals and wholly inventive cocktails.
Electra features a 40-foot, 70-million-pixel digital wall -- the highest-resolution display in Las Vegas -- which showcases original artwork that changes in mood and theme as the night progresses. A chandelier with 1,200 points of light hangs above the VIP booths, sofas and deejay booth below.
The drink menu offers what Electra calls "ahead-of-the-trend cocktails," with a focus on mescal, rum and rhum agricoles (a kind of rum made from sugar-cane juice). The cocktails are the work of superstar bartender Sam Ross, formerly of famed New York City bar Milk & Honey, and include "Penichillin," a frozen drink made with Scotch, ginger, honey, lemon and a dash of a second, smokier Scotch.
Here are four addtional reliable club options for groups gathering in Vegas.
Hakkasan Las Vegas
With 80,000 square feet and five levels, this venue contains a number of spaces, including a restaurant, a private dining room and two clubs. Groups of from 75 to 3,900 can utilize all or part of the venue, which is located within the MGM Grand Las Vegas.
The Ling Ling Lounge is on the third level and has a deejay booth, open-lounge seating and 11 VIP booths. The Ling Ling Club spans 10,000 square feet and contains 24 private seating areas and a deejay booth. The Main Nightclub offers oversized VIP booths around a dance floor and has four "VIP Sky Booths" on the mezzanine with customizable screens, coolers and sound controls. For a more intimate gathering, the private dining room can seat 28.
Encore's XS Nightclub has been named the country's top such venue five times by Nightclub & Bar. The 45,000-square-foot club hosts groups of 400 to 4,000. It features an in-the-round deejay booth, state-of-the-art A/V and even pyrotechnics. Outdoor seating and cabanas overlook a pool.
Up on the 11th floor of the Cromwell Hotel Las Vegas, the 60,000-square-foot Drai's (pictured) can host groups from 100 to 4,000 people. The rooftop offers cabanas, bungalows and a pool, as well as expansive views of the Strip. Drai's has 5,000 square feet of LED screens and 20-plus TVs to display company branding and sponsorships.
The 75,000-square-foot Omnia Nightclub, nested within Caesars Palace, features a lounge, a club, a balcony and an outdoor terrace with expansive views of the Strip. In the Main Room -- which is decked out with plush leather seats, antique mirrors and, of course, a dance floor -- the centerpiece is an impressive chandelier. This 13,000-pound LED fixture is composed of eight concentric rings that rise, fall and continually transform to the beat of the club's music.
-- Josh Lieberman