6 Great Spots for Younger Groups in Las Vegas

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Las Vegas is constantly reinventing itself. If you're a meeting planner who plans events for young professionals, its latest reincarnation -- from rollicking party town into family-friendly vacation destination -- might have you wondering: Is there any sin left in Sin City? It's a fair question. If a group is somewhere in the middle -- too young to get excited about slot machines and the smooth song stylings of Wayne Newton, but too old to be wowed by the Fountains of Bellagio or the rides at the Stratosphere -- a meeting planner might have to dig a little deeper to find the right version of Vegas to suit it. Here are six cool places that groups skewing younger will enjoy.

LEVEL UP at MGM Grand

Most people love a good show, but younger groups may not need to be entertained -- they may prefer to entertain themselves. LEVEL UP at MGM Grand is the kind of place where they could do so for days. Opened in December 2016, this 12,000-square-foot bar, lounge, and gaming emporium specializes in "interactive, skill-based fun." Highlights include pay-to-play games like billiards, foosball, Jenga, and ping pong, as well as QuadAir Hockey, Bubble Hockey, Giant Pac-Man, and Connect Four, not to mention an arm wrestling table and what MGM says is the world's first indoor laser golf course. The game -- which uses augmented reality to put customers on real-world golf courses played with the help of laser guidance -- is played adjacent to a VIP lounge that's available to groups, where they can enjoy a private caddy, bottle service, and an exclusive food menu. Finally, in case there are dancers in your group, a live deejay spins late each evening.

Brooklyn Bowl at The Linq

One activity you can't find at LEVEL UP is bowling. Fortunately, Brooklyn Bowl has you covered. Like the original Brooklyn Bowl, which is based in (you guessed it) Brooklyn, NY, the Vegas outpost is part bowling alley, part live music venue, and part restaurant. Spanning nearly 80,000 square feet across three levels, with a capacity of 3,000, it has live concerts day and night, 32 energy-efficient bowling lanes, four dining areas, and a selection of 17 different beers. Next to the large leather Chesterfield sofas, hardwood Brunswick lanes, and, of course, killer music -- the venue has hosted acts such as Ween, Jack White, Chance the Rapper, and George Clinton, just to name a few -- a highlight is the contemporary comfort food by New York City's Blue Ribbon. The menu includes pork rinds with cilantro, jalapeños, red onion, and queso fresco; French bread pizza with tomato, fresh mozzarella, and basil; and fried chicken served with white bread, mashed potatoes, and collard greens with bacon and honey. It's a little bit Vegas, a little bit New York, and a whole lot of fun.

Omnia Nightclub at Caesar's Palace

By definition, Omnia Nightclub -- from the Latin word omni, which means "all things" -- is a lot of things. Boring is not one of them. Opened in March 2015, the 75,000-square-foot venue is the club of the future, today. Accommodating up to 2,500 people, it includes a mezzanine of VIP areas, three bars, an expansive dance floor, a chic ultra lounge, an outdoor terrace with private tables and cabanas, and -- its highlight -- a blanket of technology that inspires constant "oohs" and "aahs" from party animals and technophiles alike. Throughout, for example, are sleek LED surfaces that are programmable to your event. Overhead, meanwhile, is a kinetic chandelier that rises, falls, tilts, and tips in sync with the venue's flashing lights and booming music. 

The Golden Tiki

If you're looking for something more local and less, well, "Strip," check out The Golden Tiki on Spring Mountain Road, about a mile west of Las Vegas Boulevard in Vegas's Chinatown. The brainchild of owner Branden Powers, this tiki-themed drinking palace was called "the most interesting bar in Las Vegas" by Eater, which said it "has so many hidden treasures inside that you need to go again just to take in the great decor you may have missed the first time." Totaling 4,000 square feet, it seats 225 people and can accommodate up to 145 guests for private events. Highlights include its secret lava rock cave entrance, thatched roofs, Polynesian-inspired artwork, indoor waterfall, conch shell seating area, and quirky odds and ends, including a shrunken head, giraffe bones, and the animatronic skeleton of an imaginary pirate. Oh, and then there's the tropical drinks -- like the Banana Batida, made with Avua Cachaça, banana liqueur, coconut cream, pineapple juice, and Dole pineapple whip -- any of which can be served in a shareable bowl. If your group is looking for something different, this is it.

Dolphin Yoga at Mirage Las Vegas

Young meeting attendees like to have fun, but while in Vegas they may also want to stay fit. Mirage Las Vegas features an underwater dolphin viewing area at Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat where groups can partake in morning yoga classes -- an hour of sun salutations, downward facing dogs, and child's poses in front of an audience of bottlenose dolphins, who look on through windows from their marine home outside. Afterwards, yogis receive a complimentary smoothie to kickstart the rest of their day. Fitness has rarely been so fun.

The Venue Las Vegas

Bars, restaurants, and dolphin habitats are fun, but if you need to do serious business you'll need a more conventional meeting venue in which to convene. For that, there's The Venue on Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas. Featuring 40,000 square feet of event space across three levels -- the third of which is a wraparound rooftop terrace with downtown views -- it can accommodate up to 500 people for a seated dinner or up to 2,500 people for a reception. Because it's tailor-made for meetings and events, it's got everything you need to host a successful and productive meeting, including a grand ballroom with a built-in stage, a lounge, and several executive conference rooms. Thanks to its self-described "old world industrial chic" vibe, however (think rustic stone, earthy woodwork, and elegant iron chandeliers), it's not your traditional conference facility. Nor is it your traditional location: Its perch across the street from Downtown Container Park -- featuring shops, restaurants, and art galleries located inside repurposed shipping containers -- gives attendees a glimpse into a side of Vegas that they don't typically get to see. It's fresh and it's local -- which is exactly what young groups want and expect from a meeting venue.