Trying to figure out how to get into a nightclub can get messy if you’re not prepared. I used to be baffled by the process, but if you know what you’re doing it’s actually extremely easy to get into the club. Vegas nightclubs are no exception, getting your group inside is actually more strait forward than you think.
How to get into Las Vegas nightclubs? The simplest way to make sure you get into a Vegas nightclub is to add your name to the guest list. You can add yourself to the guest list online or through promoters hired by the club. Women always get free entry on the guest list, while men are usually (but not always) required to have an even ratio of women in their group.
Contrary to popular belief there is no bouncer standing in front of the club, deciding who gets rejected and who gets in (although you won’t get in if you don’t follow the dress code). Gaining entry to a Las Vegas nightclub is a simple and easy task.
All the nightclubs in Las Vegas are well organized and offer several avenues of entry. These are the 12 ways that I have tested and use daily to get into Vegas nightclubs.
1. Add Your Name To The Guest List
All Las Vegas nightclubs have guest lists on most nights. Everyone on the guest list gets free entry into the club. These lists incentivise guests to show up early and often include perks like free drink tickets for women.
Its super easy to get your name put on the list. You can either talk to a promoter (you’ll find them walking the Vegas strip during the day), or you can add yourself directly to the guest list for free online.
Women get free entry at all Vegas clubs but the downside of the guest list is that men won’t get in free at every club. Many clubs require men to have an even ratio of women (more women than men works too) in order to get free admission. Although there are some clubs like Hakkasan, Omnia or Light that allow men to get in without any ratio requirements.
There is a cutoff time for the guest list around 12:30 am for nightclubs and 12:30 pm for dayclubs, so its important that you show up early. The lines get extremely long on most nights and sometimes literally go out the door. Its best to show up by 10:15 pm at the latest if you plan on using the guest list.
Also, it is important to mention that there typically isn’t a guest list available for major holidays (like the 4th of July or New Years). Guest lists are available about 95% of the time but just keep that in mind.
2. Purchase Pre-Sale Tickets
Buying a ticket is another easy way to guarantee that you’ll get into your club of choice. If you know the clubs you want to visit ahead of time, purchasing a ticket only takes a few minutes. Just print off the ticket and show it at the door, just like at a concert or sporting event.
This is much more expensive than using the guest list as men typically pay $30 – $75 a ticket while women pay $20 – $50. These are unnecessary costs especially when you consider that you will be paying $20+ per drink once you’re inside. Purchasing a ticket is especially overkill for women, given that you’ll get free entry at all Vegas nightclubs on the guest list.
The only time when buying a ticket makes sense is when there is a specific artist performing that you want to see, but no guest list is available that night. It also makes sense for men who don’t have an even ratio of women to buy a ticket. But if you plan on spending close to $100 on tickets before you even get into the club, getting bottle service may be a better option (more on this later).
Keep in mind that pre-sale prices increase the closer you get to the event. You are able to buy pre-sale tickets the day of the event but you will likely be paying double the price from only a week prior.
3. Go Through General Admission
General admission is a fancy way of saying that you’re buying a ticket at the door. Don’t worry, there’s no separation between general admission, pre-sale and guest list inside the club. Its all the same area, the only difference is how you got in.
General admission is great if you didn’t really plan out your trip and just decided on the spot to go a nightclub. You just get in line (general admission lines actually have some of the shortest wait times) and buy a ticket. From start to finish you’re typically inside the nightclub within 10 minutes.
The downside of general admission is that the prices fluctuate based on demand. So the busier the club, the more you will pay. Prices also climb as the night goes on, so if a ticket costs $90 at 11:00 pm it is not unheard of to be paying $150 just 2 hours later. I have even seen tickets go as high as $450 on the busiest nights.
For this reason its best to avoid general admission whenever possible. Its often the fastest way into the club but you’re throwing away a lot of money in the process. If you decide to take an unplanned trip to the nightclub you can still add your name to the guest list, its open until 7:00 pm the night of the event.
4. Treat Yourself To Bottle Service
Bottle service is the most luxurious way to party in Las Vegas. You get your own table and private area, cocktail waitress, and choice of alcohol with mixers so you never have to go to the bar. There are many perks to having a table including a waived cover charge and expedited entry into the club, along with overall VIP treatment.
Vegas nightclubs are built around bottle service so anyone who gets a table will have preferential treatment. And although bottle service can cost upwards of $10,000, in some cases it can be as low as $500. When you start to compare that to the cost of buying drinks at the bar, bottle service starts to look like a good deal.
For example, if you where to buy spend $75 on a pre-sale ticket and then get 4 drinks in the club, your easily looking at a $150 bill. Compare that to shelling out $1,000 for a table (which is only $170 split 6 ways), bottle service definitely gets you more bang for your buck.
Anyone looking to get the most out of their Vegas experience must consider bottle service, especially if you’re looking to set yourself apart from the rest of the club. To purchase bottle service and get the most accurate table quotes you’re going to need to talk to a VIP host that works at the club. If you’re interested in bottle service you can contact us here and will put you in touch with a VIP host for your club of choice. Also, if you want to learn more about Vegas bottle service and compare prices, check out this full post about bottle service here.
5. Discounted Tickets On The Guest List
Some nightclubs offer discounted ticket prices to men on their guest list that don’t have an even ratio of women. The two main clubs that offer this discount are XS Nightclub and EBC At Night, two of the most popular Vegas clubs.
Women get free entry on the guest list as always, but men who would otherwise be purchasing a tickets will want to consider this. The discounted ticket is typically about 50% cheaper than the advertised ticket price.
To take advantage of this, all you must do is sign up for the guest list like normal and get into the guest list line at the club. When you get to the cashier at the front of the line you will have the option of buying a reduced price ticket. Not all Vegas nightclubs offer this, but this will save you a couple bucks at the clubs that do.
6. Getting A Comp Table
A comp or “complimentary” table is a free table offered by the club in order to fill up empty bottle service tables. These tables are only available to large groups of women (you need at least 4 girls in your group) and Vegas locals who work in the nightlife industry.
When you are awarded a comp, the club is giving you a table that normally costs a couple thousand dollars for free. This could either be a small table or a large one depending on your group size. This is rare but I’ve even had tables inside of the DJ booth comped!
When you get a comp table you typically get between 1 and 3 free bottles depending on the size of your group, its normally 1 bottle for every 5 or 6 people. The bottles are usually small and go quickly but its free alcohol. The only thing you have to pay for is the tip, which isn’t required but recommended. A tip of $10 – $20 per person is normal.
In order to set up a comp table you must talk to either a VIP host or promoter that works at the nightclub. Clubs don’t give out comps every night and some clubs offer them more often than others. The larger your group is (girls only), the more likely you are to get a comp table. You can learn more about how to get a comp table here.
7. Go On A Club Crawl
Club crawls are tours that party at several different nightclubs over the course of the night. If you wanted to check out more than one Vegas nightclub this is the best way to do it. Club crawls will typically travel to 3 or 4 venues offering drink specials at each one.
This is the best way to party in Vegas if its your first time or if you’re not familiar with the nightlife scene. The crawl has a predetermined schedule and goes to the hottest clubs that night. There is no need for you to figure out whats clubs are open or which ones are best, the decision is already made for you.
These crawls are also one of the easiest ways to meet new people in Vegas, as the hosts are paid to get everyone mingling. They even set up drinking games and mixers to get the social juices flowing.
Best of all, when you buy a ticket for a club crawl you won’t have to pay cover charges at any of the clubs you visit, its all covered. I’ve been on club crawls where I would have been paying a $75 cover at each venue the crawl visited (for reference club crawl tickets are only about $35). Also the crawls have contracts with the nightclubs, so you generally skip the line and go directly to the front.
8. Jump On A Promo Table
Promo tables are another type of free bottle service table that is available only to women. Promo or “promoter” tables are free bottle service tables given to the promoters that work at each of these nightclubs. There is typically a promoter table every night but the only way to get in on this table is to be invited by one of the promoters directly.
These tables can be nice but they are typically a mix of several different groups, so the table will be mostly made up of people you don’t know. This can make for some uncomfortable situations if you don’t get along with everyone at the table. There is also a limited amount of alcohol that usually runs out within the first hour or so.
Promo tables have the potential to be fun but in my experience, they end up being really weird. It is much better to get a comp table on your own or just use the guest list, you’ll likely get free drink tickets that way anyways.
9. Hotel Guests Get Free Or Discounted Admission
All of the main Vegas nightclubs are located within hotels on the Vegas strip. So to encourage hotel guests to attend their nightclubs, the hotels commonly offer guests either free admission or a discounted ticket.
The Cosmopolitan is one of the hotels that often gives hotel guest free entry to both Marquee Nightclub and Dayclub. There is no universal policy for this because there are so many different hotels and their policies change over time but most hotels offer at least a discounted ticket if they have a nightclub.
If you haven’t yet booked your hotel it may be worth going to the one that houses your favorite nightclub. Just ask the concierge about discounted or free tickets to the nightclub before you book.
10. Party On A Local Night
Sunday through Thursday are considered local nights in Las Vegas nightclubs. Most clubs have one day a week where they let Vegas locals into the club for free, some even have an open bar.
Unfortunately, if you don’t have a local ID you won’t be able to party for free, but its still worth going as these are often some of the wildest nights. Some of the best local nights include:
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Marquee and Tao both usually have an open bar for the first hour. Tao is open for all locals but Marquee is only for women on the guest list, which brings up another point: local women should still use the guest list.
Men who are locals should take advantage of the free entry, but women can get in free through both the local line (general admission line) and the guest list line. But women typically lose the free drink tickets and open bar privileges when they enter the club as a local. It is best to just use the guest list in these situations. And as always anyone can use the guest list, local or tourist.
11. Get Dinner At Tao Or Hakkasan
Tao is both a high end Asian restaurant and a popular nightclub. Tao is located in the Venetian so if you are staying at the hotel or just want some really good food followed by a night out, definitely check out Tao.
When you eat dinner at Tao, you will normally get a stamp that allows you to skip the line and get free entry into the nightclub. The cover at Tao is about the same price of your meal, making this a pretty good deal.
Hakkasan is another popular nightclub that doubles as a restaurant. If you eat dinner at the Hakkasan restaurant, ask your server if they are offering free entry. Its not available every night but when it’s available you are able to cut the long lines and take the elevator up to the nightclub. Hakkasan serves Asian cuisines and is located in the MGM Grand.
12. Have A VIP Host Write You A Slip
VIP hosts handle the bottle service reservations at nightclubs and every major nightclub has about a dozen of them on staff. These hosts are at the top of the nightlife food chain and hold tremendous power when it comes to letting people into the nightclub.
Everyday hosts write “slips” or short forms on small pieces of paper, similar to hall passes, that let people into the nightclub for free. Hosts have a lot of discretion when it comes to who they write a slip for as they often get their friends into the club free of charge. This is different from the guest list because there are no ratio requirements when it comes to these slips, the host has full control.
So as you can imagine, VIP hosts don’t just write slips for anyone. If you where to just go up and ask you one they would tell you to go away. But under certain circumstances you can use them to get into the club.
The main instance where asking a VIP host to write you a slip makes sense is when you have a friend who has purchased a bottle service table and is already inside the club. Normally you would go in with the rest of the group but if you were running late, this would be a time when getting a slip would be appropriate.
All you have to do is go to the table line and tell one of the hosts that your friend has a table and that you’re joining it. They may ask for a name and table number but all you really need is the name the table reservation is under (you can ask your friend to get the table number if it comes to that). Then the host will verify the information and if it checks out, let you into the club, free of charge. Its free because your friend already paid for the table.
There are limits on how many people can be at a table so don’t abuse this, it should only be used if someone in your party is legitimately running late.
What is the dress code at Vegas nightclubs? Men should wear a collared shirt with dark jeans paired with nice shoes. Sneakers and baggy clothing won’t be allowed into the club. Women can essentially wear anything that isn’t too revealing. A tight dress that fits your body well is what is most common. For shoes women can wear either heels or flats but heels are recommended. For more information you can check out full dress code guides for both men and women here.
Is the nightclub guest list open every day? The guest list for Las Vegas nightclubs and dayclubs is open everyday. The guest list is only closed for large holidays like the 4th of July, Memorial Day Weekend and New Years. The guest list may also be limited for special events and when specific artists are performing.
Is there are guest list for Vegas pool parties? Vegas pool parties, just like Vegas nightclubs, have a guest list available every day. You must sign up for the guest list by 7:00 pm the night before the event. Women get free entry on the guest list while men are required to have an even ratio of women in their group at most dayclubs (but not all).