Las Vegas is known for its nightlife, and bars and dance clubs spring up almost without notice in this town, some thriving and some succumbing to overkill. There are a few new bars that are destined to hang in there, whether by dint of ownership or location, location, location. You can’t beat the casino scene, with a captive audience and loyal locals, featuring a new offering by Cirque de Soleil that promises to be unique and very much needed in town. And then again, the revitalization of downtown has also brought new life to that area. Take a chance to be dazzled and try out some of the new bars in Vegas.

Mandalay Bay
3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89119
(702) 693-8300

Combine the marvel of Cirque du Soleilwith some of the best DJs and electronic music and you get the upscale wonder of Light. Yes, there is definitely a dress code to be followed here, as you dance to the pulsing electronic music on the largest dance floor on the Strip, complete with top-notch lights, sound and sfx. Guy Laliberte of Cirque fame has done this place up right, as a two-level site with LED screens covering the walls and ceiling, heightening the experience of being inside the ocean while enjoying choreographed Cirque performances. Performers will also circulate on the floor, interacting with patrons. Light is sure to be a hit and is such a unique, immersive experience, heightened by the creativity of the DJs, that patrons will want to return over and over again.

slider_corp_mainroom (1)Hakkasan
MGM Grand Hotel & Casino
3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 891-3838

When Hakkasan took over from the old Studio 54, there was speculation around whether or not it would find its niche in Vegas nightlife. But time has told the tale, and this deluxe Chinese-themed nightclub – with seven bars, floor-to-ceiling LED screens, a massive water feature and multiple DJ booths – has proved to be a solid hit with those in the know. The experience is complete with modern Cantonese cuisine at the fine dining restaurant and a huge main nightclub. It’s not for the faint of heart, with a throbbing electronic beat and the eclectic productions by various DJs. This place has the space to do it up right, and the backing to perform a top notch experience all the way ’round.

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525 Fremont St.
Las Vegas, NV 89101
(702) 445-6400

The revitalization of downtown Las Vegas has brought life back into an historic area of town, with artistic endeavors, shops and swanky new dining experiences. Enter Commonwealth, a new, huge cocktail bar complete with speakeasy, a design straight from pre-Prohibition days and intriguing “libations.” This artistic and historical influence has given Las Vegans a new meeting place for folks who love being downtown and who want to celebrate its rebirth. It’s attractive, it’s “hip” and it still carries that historic feel with a modern twist.

Caesar’s Palace
3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 776-3200

What better name for an exclusive, intimate champagne bar and lounge than FIZZ? Here, you can toast to life, love and the pursuit of happiness with high-end champagne by the glass and various delectable liquid libations, all accompanied by caviar and gourmet snacks that complement your choice of beverage. Sir Elton John’s personal chef has had a hand in the selection of treats, with an artistic flair evident in the warmth of the decor. Cognac chandeliers gleam above you, casting a sparkling light to the ambience, celebrating Caesar’s early 60s and 70s original faux fur/bronze glass/cream leather interior. Go from daytime to nighttime with comfort, glamour and style in a truly unique setting that celebrates the past while looking toward the future.

lFIVE50 Pizza Bar
3730 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89149
(877) 230-2742

Why FIVE50? This is the best temperature at which executive chef Shawn McClain bakes his signature pizzas at this pizza bar. Celebrate the classic pizzeria combined with a unique bar scene and get the best of both worlds, whether at lunch, dinner or at the late-night pizza bar. This is where you find the best of the best: craft beer, delicious wood-fired pizza flavors (in your choice of flavor combinations), specialty dishes with an Italian flair and simply great desserts. The sounds featured are classic rock and country to hiphop and indie, the atmosphere is comfortable and the food is delectable. You’ll find a mural celebrating street art, urban chic staff uniforms and so much more. Who said it was impossible to be unique in Vegas?

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Sharon Damon is a preschool specialist, avid reader, passionate writer and creative baker/ cook. She has been a cooking instructor at a local Rec Center in Henderson, NV since 2011, and has written for Examiner and other publications since 2010. She knows her way around the keyboard and the kitchen! Sharon moved from a small city in Canada to Las Vegas 6 years ago, to marry the love of her life, and has since been swept up in the whirlwind known as Sin City. Her work can be found at