Dolla, dolla bills y’all. Here’s how to spend your tax return in Vegas

This is the time of year where you’re either taking a money bath or you’re holding your head in your hands asking, “How did this happen?” Yep, that’s right, it’s tax season and the IRS is either your best friend or your worst enemy. Now that you’re done flipping your house upside down looking for receipts to turn into your tax person, it’s time to spend that hard earned money on a Vegas vacation. Vegas is where you escape the nightmares of the IRS and have a Mai Tai poolside instead. Here’s what you should do with your tax return.

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If you owe money:

Yeah, you might not be in the best position to spend money right now, but our motto is YOLO! Scream it with us! Live your best life and if that means booking your stay at one of our Las Vegas hotels, going to see a Vegas show you’ll remember for a lifetime or taking an adventure with a tour or attraction, so be it. It’s time to create stories that will be told for decades to come. And it just so happens that they all start with “that one time in Vegas.” Take a risk, live a little. What’s the worst that can happen?

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If you got $0 – $500:

So you’re not swimming in the dough, but you have a good chunk of change that can be spent living it up in Vegas. First, you’re going to need a roof over your head. If you don’t mind staying off the Strip, try the Rio (around $105/night) or The Palms (around $150/night). If you’re keen on location, look for the Excalibur (around $100/night). Next up, pick up a ticket to one of our amazing shows. There’s BAZ – A Musical Mash-up at The Palazzo (around $52/ticket), INFERNO! The Fire Spectacular at Paris Las Vegas ($46/ticket) or even KÀ by Cirque du Soleil at MGM Grand ($75/ticket). If you’re more of a doer, spend money on our attractions like the Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck (around $10/ticket), The High Roller (around $18/ticket) or put all your money down at Exotics Racing (around $99/ticket). If you’re really thrifty, you can do one of each. Just because you didn’t get the biggest return, doesn’t mean you can’t have fun.

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If you got $500 – $1,500:

Now we’re talking. This is the ideal tax return when coming to Vegas. It’s like Goldilocks always said, “not too small, not too big, just right” and that totally applies to this tax return. Upgrade to a suite at MGM Grand (around $355/night), Treasure Island ($219/night) or Bally’s ($257/night). Now that your crash pad is off-the-chain, time to look into a Vegas show. Your time here wouldn’t be complete without seeing one of these bad boys. To truly make your trip one for the books, check out icons like Celine Dion at Caesars Palace (around $102/ticket), Cher at Monte Carlo (around $150/ticket) or Jenny from the block, Jennifer Lopez, at Planet Hollywood (around $170/ticket). After you’re done swayin’ to your favorite tunes, you can pedal to the metal with these adrenaline-inducing attractions. Make your way through the desert on dune buggies with Zero 1 Desert Adventures (around $224/ticket). If you want to fly like an eagle, jump off the 108th floor of the Stratosphere at Skyjump Las Vegas (around $120/ticket). Follow this guide above, and there will be plenty to talk about when you get home to Poughkeepsie.

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If you got $1,500 – $3,000:

Oh, ah, your bank account is on swoll. There’s no turning back from the suite life now. If the lower tier could get into one, so can you. Check out Paris Las Vegas (around $500/night), Planet Hollywood (around $634/night) or the wrap-around suite at The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas (around $547/night). No matter which suite you pick, you’ll have a great view of the Strip and/or Bellagio Fountains. And once you’ve gotten over the beauty of your room, and realized you spent four hours staring at it, you’ll want to get your entertainment on ‘til the break of dawn *cough* 9:30 p.m. *cough.* You have the raunchy side with Absinthe at Caesars Palace (around $90/ticket), the sexual side of Zumanity at New York – New York (around $100/ticket) and the lovey-dovey side of Le Rêve at Wynn Las Vegas (around $140/ticket). And once you have those boxes checked, it’s time to get your blood pumping. But first, time to get your grub on at the best steakhouses in Las Vegas. You’ll find the best cut here and everything you order will melt in your mouth. Once you’ve got your fill, jump on a helicopter and have the best view of the city with Vegas Nights (around $100/ticket). And if you’re feeling up to it after a busy night, wake up the next morning and book the Valley of Fire Tour (around $110/ticket). Your bank account might be stripped a little bare, but every penny spent will be worth it.

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If you got $3,000+:

Someone has a new sugar daddy, and his name is the IRS. And you better believe he’s paying for the best Las Vegas vacation eva. First things first, find the nearest penthouse suite and snatch it up. Or look for them at ARIA (around $576/night), Wynn Las Vegas (around $1,025/night) or The Venetian Las Vegas (around $476/night). There, you’ll feel like Adam Sandler from Mr. Deeds. You might not get a private butler or a water fountain that spews Hawaiian Punch, but your bathroom will be bigger than you need and your room will feel like a home in and of itself. Don’t forget about the view, you’ll be blown away by how much you can see. After clawing your way out of your extravagant bathroom, enter the streets of Sin City and catch dinner at one of our gourmet restaurants and a show. It’s time to indulge and get those fancy seats that are front row, and center. You’ll be so close to the stage people might mistake you for a performer. The Las Vegas shows that will give you an over-the-top experience are “O” by Cirque du Soleil at Bellagio which is practically liquid magic (around $205/ticket), a sensory overload experience at Blue Man Group inside Luxor (around $115/ticket) or get serenaded by your favorite boyz in R&B, Boyz II Men at The Mirage (around $175/ticket). And after the razzle-dazzle wears off, it’s time to end your trip with an adventure of a lifetime. Head to the Grand Canyon in style with the Grand Canyon picnic with limo tour (around $505/ticket) or the Grand Canyon Landing tour (around $450/ticket). It’s one of the Natural Wonders of the World for crying out loud, you can’t go wrong with that. But if you’ve been there, done that, then choose to float down the Colorado River like Pocahontas instead. Book your Black Canyon River Adventure Tour ($150/ticket) and zip through the rapids at lightning speed. No matter what you choose, this will end your vacation with glitter cannons and sparkles going off in your head. Vegas is no doubt the perfect place to spend your tax return.

Earth Day is EVERY DAY in Las Vegas

Earth Day 2018 is right on the horizon. And if you’re instantly asking yourself, “when is Earth Day?!,” we don’t blame you for not knowing that it’s on the 22nd of April. Of course, everyone knows about shows in Las Vegas and all the other great things to do in Las Vegas, but our city’s love for Mother Nature isn’t as widely known. We’re wise enough to know that just because something isn’t obvious, doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist. So we’re going to hit you with a great reveal and let you know what’s up on how to best celebrate Earth Day. Without further ado, these are the Earth Day activities you need to check out.

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Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Garden at Bellagio Las Vegas
We sort of feel like we’re cheating with this one, because, well, everyone already wants to see this place. Besides being one of the best 20 things to do under $20 in Las Vegas, the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens isn’t like anything else in Sin City. The 14,000-square-foot space is filled to the brim with tens of thousands of flowers, plants and trees. Each and every season, the green-thumbed horticulture team flips the script to create a new theme. But what really gets the Mother Nature seal of approval is the 90% vegetation recycle rate. Kuddos, Bellagio for not just talkin’ about it, but actually being about it, too.

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Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay
Dun, dun, dun, dun… dun, dun, dun, dun. We know that anything with the words “shark reef” attached to it instantly makes you think of the deadly, man-eating beasts. And after seeing our fair share of “Shark Weeks,” we get it. But Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay wasn’t created to exploit that made-for-TV nonsense. Instead, the good folks at MGM Resorts just unconditionally love these snaggletooth creatures. And their love is our gain! Shark Reef’s dedication to research, conservation and education is on full display in a shiny $60 million facility. And if accolades float your boat, it should be known that Shark Reef Aquarium is the first and only animal care facility in the State of Nevada to be accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Two fins up for that.

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Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at Mirage Las Vegas
Known for their snazzy outfits and big cats, it probably comes as a surprise that the two magicians were equally as devoted to wildlife conservation and well-being. From the beginning, the primary focus of Secret Garden has been one of scientific research, education and conservation outreach. So every time you visit the habitat’s majestic white tigers or beautiful bottlenose dolphins, know that you’re promoting the preservation of those animals and their natural habitats. Wow, sorry for getting so deep, but there’s something about these animals that just really tugs on the ol’ heartstrings. ***Fights back tears*** We love them!

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Grand Canyon West Rim & Lunch Tour
There’s nothin’ better than gettin’ outside, and It’s even better when you do it on Earth Day. And what screams “earth” more than the Grand Canyon? This thing is a beaut. After you wipe away your tears of joy. After that, you’ll get a chance to stretch your legs out with a chill walk through Guano Point before getting your grub on. And if you’re into upgrades, an awesome upgrade awaits: helicopter ride and pontoon boats. Yeah, you read that right. So prepare to get whisked away to the canyon floor via helicopter before merrily floating down the Colorado on a pontoon boat. The nature isn’t finished there though! Whether or not you upgrade, the day finishes with a stop at Joshua Tree Forest. So much nature, so much adventure, so little time.

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Red Rock Canyon Tour
Many people don’t know this, but natural beauty is literally just moments away from the Strip, and no we’re not talking about the strip clubs in Las Vegas. Red Rock is more than a west-side casino, people. This National Conservation Area is appropriately named after its naturally red rocks. As with anything outdoor related, we recommend wearing comfortable shoes because once you get done checking out the visitor center, you’re off to check out various areas of the park. The tour guide is super knowledgeable about all things park-related, so don’t be afraid to catch them off guard with some questions. For example, a favorite knee-slapper of ours is “How often do you freshen the rock’s paint?” Hilarity is (almost) guaranteed to ensue, so have fun.

This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to nature-y things to do in Las Vegas, people. If you need more deets on these activities or anything else Vegas related, you can probably learn about it by clicking on our site. Seriously, we got the 4-1-1 on the best restaurants in Las Vegas, Las Vegas shows and more.

Viva las pool season!

THE. WAIT. IS. (almost) OVER! Pool season is right around the corner and we couldn’t be more stoked! Las Vegas shows are ridiculously amazing and Las Vegas hotels are the best in the world, but there’s just something about pools that really wets our whistle. This is Las Vegas, it’s hot in herre. And just like our favorite Band-Aid wearing rapper, taking off all our clothes and gettin’ down with a little splishy splashy is what we’re good at. And lucky you, we’re also really good at giving advice. So check the best pools in Vegas and get ready for some cool tunes, tasty waves and piña colada scented sunblock. What a time to be alive.

Hotel Pools

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The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
An appreciation for the finer things in life is a theme that runs throughout The Cosmopolitan, and their pools are no different. They have two similar, yet different pools on property. The difference: **hippie voice** the vibes, man. Boulevard Pool is all about the tunes, so expect plenty of get-down. The Chelsea Pool on the other hand, is more Namaste. There’s plenty of space for privacy, so feel free to drink up all the chill you can handle.  Combine the Strip skyline with the super posh daybeds, lounge chairs and pristine grounds of The Cosmopolitan and you have all the ingredients needed to make a boujee smoothie. Sounds refreshing, doesn’t it?

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Mandalay Bay
“Beach” isn’t just a witty name. With 2,700 tons of real sand and a 1.6 million-gallon wave pool, calling this place a beach isn’t too farfetched. Ready to go next level? Mandalay Bay pool err- Beach, even has a lazy river. This thing is a quarter-mile in length and is packed with plenty of alcoves for you to ditch the socks-and-sandal wearing masses. And unlike most public beaches, having more than 100 rentable cabanas, daybeds, bungalows and villas means that there’s plenty of room for you and your crew to stretch out. We know what you’re thinking, “if only this place had tunes!” And that’s exactly what makes this one of the best pools in Las Vegas! From May through September, their Beach Concert Series brings live music right to sand and surf, meaning that you can swim during the shows. Your move, public beaches. Your move.

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MGM Grand
Just calling this place, “MGM Grand pool” or “MGM pool” doesn’t do it justice. Sitting on 6.5 acres, you could probably hail a taxi from one end of the Grand Pool Complex to the other. Four swimming pools, three whirlpools, waterfalls and a lazy river make up this watery oasis. Trekking across this desert got you all hot and bothered? A poolside massage is just what the doctor ordered. Not a worshipper of the sun gawd? The cabanas have room for up to eight, come complete with a flat-screen TV and did someone say WiFi? This place really is grand.

Day Clubs

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Encore Beach Club at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas
Any mention of “pool clubs in Vegas” or “Las Vegas pool parties” has to include Encore Beach Club. EBC (as the cool kids call it), is everything you love about Las Vegas nightclubs combined with the refreshing wetness of H2O. Big time artists like Marshmello, The Chainsmokers and Major Lazer all call this place home. Twenty-six cabanas come stocked with refrigerators, flat-screen TVs, daybeds and other luxuries of home (well, assuming you had David Guetta or Diplo performing at your house every night, that is). But when you want to get really, REALLY next level, EBC has eight bungalows that feature infinity dipping pools, cooling systems and most importantly, the holy grail of all amenities: your very own private bathroom. It’s the simple things that matter most, people. Speaking of simple things, because Vegas doesn’t stop being hot at night, EBC night swims are a great way to rock both your water wings and your party pants. OMG, did we just become stylists? You’re welcome.

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Wet Republic at MGM Grand
Brought to you by the fine folks of the Hakkasan Group, Wet Republic picks up when Omnia, Hakkasan Las Vegas and Jewel flip their “open for business” sign. What’s better than partying in 6,000 square-feet of water and drinking at a 2,500 square-foot lounge? Having super DJs like Tiesto, Calvin Harris and Steve Aoki as your “background” music. And because Wet Republic cares about you, their pools aren’t filled with just any old, regular “chlorine” water, oh no. Saltwater is the name of the game here. The gentleness of saltwater on your skin means that you’ll be able to get down for longer AND walk away with glowing hair and skin. Gah, these people know how to treat us.

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Drai’s Beachclub at The Cromwell Las Vegas
People all across the country are coming to Las Vegas to get high and listen to music. No, we’re not talking about that recreational, we’re here for the live music that’s puffing out the top of The Cromwell at Drai’s Beachclub. Perched 11 stories above the Strip, Drai’s Beachclub swims against the current of other pool clubs in Vegas by offering live performances from some of the world’s most popular artists. Zeds Dead, A-Trak, Dada Life, maybe you’ve heard of them? Ambiance and music don’t float your boat? Drai’s Café can fill that empty void in your stomach. But this isn’t your average “café.” They have fresh shrimp ceviche that’s made to order. Their homemade hummus is bomb.com and if you’re lookin’ for something a bit more hearty, the sliders are amazeballs. Tasty food, live music and a rooftop pool are the ways to our hearts. Drai’s is our spirit animal.

Whether you’re lookin’ for a Las Vegas pool party or just a place to spread out and catch some rays, consider this list your guide to aquatic bliss. And if you’re looking for things to do in Las Vegas while away from the pool, we’ve got Las Vegas tours out the wazoo and know a thing or two about Las Vegas attractions, as well. We might need a moment to dry off, but we always got your back.

Spring Break in Las Vegas is an everyone kind of affair

For college students, spring break is a time where they get to drop their books and studies and drink more than their livers can handle. Or for parents, this is where you can spend some quality time with your family. Some would say this is the most important week of the year. But how are you supposed to juggle school, your kid’s schedule and planning spring break in Las Vegas? No need to fear, the Vegas crew is here. We’re going to give you a checklist of things to do in Vegas for spring break, so by the end of it you’ll wake up even more sleep deprived. Spring break in Las Vegas is going to be off the chain.

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Attractions

There’s so much more you can do (besides partying) that’ll make your spring break one for the books. First up, Indoor Skydiving. Here you’ll feel like you drank that bubble juice in “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” You don’t have to jump out of a plane to get the adrenaline rush of a lifetime. This place will hand-deliver it to you with a side of awesomeness. After you’ve flown like a bird, it’s time to spread your wings to the next attraction, Pole Position Raceway. Feel the need for speed in these advanced go-karts. They have drifting abilities and the instructor clocks your time so you can prove that you annihilated your friends on the track. Now, we don’t want to have to tell your mom that we sent you home with a full-blown adrenaline addiction, so let’s take a breather and check out The Mob Museum in downtown Las Vegas. You’ll learn all the history behind The Mob, you’ll get to interact with a crime lab and the use of force training experience. So hurry up and figure out who killed Harry because we still have one more stop to check off the list. Drum roll please. Slotzilla is the big finale finish. It’s time to zip line through Fremont Street with finesse. What’s so special about this zip lining experience you may ask? Well, one you get to people watch from a bird’s eye view, and two you get a stellar close-up look of the trippy digital canopy that everyone Instagrams about. Have we transformed you into an adrenaline junky yet? We hope so.

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Shows

This is where we get to the bread and butter of our city. Las Vegas shows are one of those things that you see, and your whole life is changed. Entertainment is our middle name, and once you witness one of these shows, you’ll see why. Absinthe at Caesars Palace is the first one on the list. You know why? Because it appeals to your filthy minds and makes you laugh with all their gentlemen and lady parts jokes. They have crazy stunts that will make your brain explode, much like that emoji on your keyboard. But, if you’re over laughing about the word, “penis,” and want to take a more serious dive into sensuality, head to Zumanity at New York-New York. They prove that your body can do a lot more than you think. And they use whips, chains, silks and even an erotic fruit pass between two mouths that will get your…attention. If you’re not looking to get naughty in Sin City, you know because you have a family and stuff. Blue Man Group at the Luxor will get the party going with a sensory overload with a heaping portion of humor on the side. At Le Rêve – The Dream inside Wynn, you’ll see our romantic side blossom. But what’s love without a little action. Not only will you follow the main character through her love story, but the cast will do double, triple and even quadruple flips into the water from high places.

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Pool Clubs

What’s better than night drinking on a weekend? Day drinking at a pool club on a weekday with 500 of your closest friends. We are known for our pool club scene, and that’s because it’s sunny all-year-round. We have DJs, specialty cocktails and even celebrity chefs that make world renown food that’s delivered to your cabana, poolside. But if our city is ever under the weather. We have a mega-dome, pool club called Marquee inside The Cosmopolitan that is open all year, rain or shine. If you’re looking for a more intimate pool club with 250 of your closest friends, try Daylight at Mandalay Bay or Liquid at ARIA. There, you won’t be smushed up against someone while trying to “dance” in the pool. And to make it better, they have fun floaties in the pool that are shaped like pizza and donuts. If you want to unleash your wild side, head to Rehab at Hard Rock Hotel. This is where it all began, so it’s more of a “history” lesson instead of a party scene. That’s what we tell our moms anyway.

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Bars

Shots! Shots! Shots! It’s time to keep that buzz going in the best way possible. Las Vegas bars are wild. And there are the people who would rather bar hop then go to da club. Stroll down The LINQ Promenade. They have more than enough bars to get even an elephant tipsy. If you’re a one bar kind of person, head to Minus5 Ice Experience at Mandalay Place or the Grand Canal Shoppes. This bar is completely made out of ice and you’ll look like Jon Snow with their faux fur coats. If you want to stray away from the cold and imagine you’re in Mexico, check out Cabo Wabo Cantina inside the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood. They have a patio so you can soak up the sun and indulge in their many drink specials dedicated to you spring breakers. But, there’s also Fremont East. This place gives off a hipster vibe with a string of bars offering craft cocktails and beer. Hipster, Hipster on the wall, where’s the best bar of them all (that offers all organic, gluten free, cage free, everything-free stuff). The answer is Park on Fremont. They have some of the best cocktails downtown and they even have a seesaw for crying out loud. So check it out and check this last bar off your spring break list.

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Nightclubs

It’s time to get pretty and hit the city. The next thing on the list of things to do on your Spring Break in Vegas is hit the nightclubs. These are some of the best in the world! If you’re looking to dance with an extra-over-the-top chandelier, head to Omnia at Caesars Palace. If you’re trying to be a high socialite with a side of class, Tao at The Venetian is for you. If you’re hip and get down with the latest music trends, then check out the Chain Smokers at XS inside Encore. And if you want to hang with the O.G. of clubs, Hakkasan at MGM Grand is where it all started. Let’s see if you can create your own “Hangover” experience.

That completes your spring break checklist. Can you tackle it all? You’ve been pulling a lot of all-nighters for this very moment. It’s time to unleash your inner party beast, or Clark Griswold depending on who you’re with, onto the city of Las Vegas.

Time to cut down the nets at these Las Vegas Bars for college basketball in March

It’s that time of year where you bust out that old ratty college tee and show your school pride (even if you haven’t been to a game since you graduated). It’s the principal of the matter, okay? That’s right folks, March Mayhem is about to turn everyone into full-fledged couch potatoes with wing sauce dripping from their fingers. So now the question becomes, where are you going to go watch the games? Well, luckily there’s more than enough bars and restaurants in Las Vegas to catch all the action. It’s time to call the college squad up and party like you used to back in the day.

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Beer Park at Paris Las Vegas
The hoops, the hoops, the hoops are on fiyyya! See what we did there? Hoops Madness is back and it’s time to celebrate by bringing down the house at Beer Park in the front of Paris Las Vegas. This is one of the hottest places to watch college basketball, and we’re not just saying that because it’s on a rooftop patio. So call for a reservation or purchase a package before it’s too late and you don’t have a place to watch the games. They even make betting easier with their on-site sports book. So, you’ll never have to worry about being too far away from your beer or those delicious nachos. It’s okay, we have separation anxiety too. Is it getting hot in here or is Beer Park just bringing the heat? 

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MB Steak at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

When March Mayhem gets rough, MB Steak inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is there to comfort you with burgers and beer. We all know how it feels when your bracket takes a turn for the worst. All you want to do is drown your sorrows in a good burger and even more beer. At MB Steak they’ll be serving a burger and beer pairing to help comfort you after that 5th seed upset. There, there, it will be okay.

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Umami Burger, Beer Garden and Sports Book at SLS Las Vegas

Your research is done, your bracket is made and now all you have to do is place your bets and watch the games. But it’s hard to watch all of them at the same time AND place your bets. Not at Unami Burger, Beer Garden and Sports Book at SLS! They make Hoops Madness so much easier by having it all in one place. To sweeten the deal, they’ll even have a few food options to choose from so biting your nails will only be your first course. Sit back, grab a beer with your buddies and may the best bracket win.

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Rockhouse at Grand Canal Shoppes

It’s time to request the month off for your favorite holiday, March Mayhem. If you’re anything like us, you’re a yeller and that’s perfectly fine, just not at work. We can’t help losing it when a monumental team in our bracket messes up and gets beaten. So when March Mayhem starts, we head to Rockhouse at the Grand Canal Shoppes instead of hovering over our computer screens or waiting for those ESPN notifications. There, we don’t feel judged by our co-workers or anyone else who doesn’t understand our obsession. They have premium open bar packages, tons of TVs to catch all the action and a no judgment zone for all the screaming that’s about to go down. March Mayhem is totally N.S.F.W., so it’s time to enjoy it here instead.

Mardi Gras in Las Vegas, what could go wrong?

Forget Valentine’s Day or The Big Game, February is the month we dedicate to the best holiday of the year, Mardi Gras. It’s the best time of year to look at the sparkly green and purple beads among many other things that flash before your eyes. We know what you’re thinking, you think we are some random drunk uncle pervert from across the yard; but that’s not the case. We’re getting in the holiday spirit, and so should you. We might not get crazy like New Orleans, but as a sister party town, we feel it’s our duty to rage with them during this purple and green frenzy. It’s the last day before we try and give up alcohol for the 113th time for Lent. We’re trying people, what else do you want from us? Mardi Gras in Vegas 2018 is about to blast off, so let’s turn this city upside down with these things to do in Las Vegas.

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Topgolf near MGM Grand

On Monday, February 12, Top Golf is hosting a Mardi Gras party with the help of MarchFourth. This circus-like-troupe will be entertaining guests with their kaleidoscope-like costumes and wild acts. They have stilt walkers, hoopers and Vaudeville-style dancers to get the party started while you’re hitting balls out onto the green. Most people find golf a very quiet sport, but not on this day. With the help of MarchFourth, the game as we know it is about to become ten times more fun. The only time you’ll be yelling “FOUR” is when you start swinging your clubs around, trying to start your own circus career. And if you whack yourself in the head, don’t worry you can crawl over to MGM Grand for the night and get some much-needed rest. 

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Therapy in downtown Las Vegas 

Why wait for the week of Mardi Gras to come around? Let’s get this party started early and get a buzz going before it’s time to really throw down on Tuesday. Therapy in downtown Las Vegas is bringing Bourbon St. to Sin City. You know, that famous street in New Orleans where people drunkenly stumble around? Yeah, that one. And in true honor of that great city, the bar is busting out a well-known cocktail called the “Hurricane.” It sounds exactly how it feels, so drink up; it’s time to give New Orleans, and the rest of the world, a run for their money.

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Freed’s Bakery

We want to be on that next level of extra when it comes to Fat Tuesday in Las Vegas. Instead of only experiencing the festivities, we want to TASTE the festivities. Like a wise man once said: “Don’t just eat the food, but smell the food, feel the food, BE the food.” Yeah, it sounds a little weird at first, but once you stuff your face with a King Cake from Freed’s Bakery, your insides will turn purple and green to really get in the spirit, so technically you will become the food. No, not really, but the idea of that happening sounds cool. So, for $26.95 get ready to consume the green, purple and gold cake that’s topped with beads to truly make it Mardi Gras style. Oh, and don’t eat the plastic baby placed inside; that’s for good luck, not your belly.

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Beer Park at Paris Las Vegas 

Get ready for hurricane season, and we’re not talking about the tropical storm. Now, you might be wondering, “are they drunk?” Not yet. But we will be after we chug a few of these yummy concoctions. In celebration of Fat Tuesday and Mardi Gras, Beer Park at Paris is hosting one big storm of a party and we’re going to be in the middle of it. But, if that’s too much for you, head to the edge of the patio and take in the Bellagio Fountains. With a little wind, and the gusto of the blasts of water, the fountains will cool you off with a little splash. Drink up people, it’s time to create our own storm. 

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Lola’s – A Louisiana Kitchen in downtown Las Vegas 

Lola’s in downtown Las Vegas and Summerlin (the bougie west side of town) brings a little bit of the bayou to us. And this Mardi Gras we’re going to celebrate by eating great creole and cajun food, listening to a live jazz band and having a party. Their flavor combos explode in your mouth with every bite and their crawfish is something straight outta the mud. If you told us that we had to eat the whole menu to save our family, we would eat it twice without even thinking. So don’t threaten us with a good time, because we’ll rise to the occasion for Mardi Gras. And since we’ve been talking about food so much, excuse us while we dive into their blackened catfish and grits.

Las Vegas pool parties: the side you don’t see

“Tell us a bit about yourself.” If you’re hearing that question in January, chances are you’re being interviewed to work at one of the most coveted businesses in the world: Las Vegas day clubs.

You don’t have to be Neil deGrasse Tyson to know there are plenty of rad things to do in Las Vegas, but we’re pretty sure you don’t know what it takes to work at one of the best pools in Vegas. And you know what? We don’t blame you. Who has time to consider what that security guard or bottle server is doin’ when you’re waist deep in a margarita and raging your face off to Rae Sremmurd or Calvin Harris? But that’s where we come in. We’re going to show you how the sausage is made and let you see what it takes to make sure the phrase, “Vegas pool parties are the best pool parties” lives up to the hype.

Photo Courtesy of Drai’s Beachclub

Let’s start with Drai’s Beachclub at The Cromwell. This place is a whopping 35,000 square feet and has a mind-blowing 40 cabanas and bungalows. Think about that. You’re basically partying on a football field. Now add about 2,500 people, cue that gazillion-degree Vegas heat and you can begin to see that working at a day club takes a bit more than a pretty smile or mountain-sized muscles.

Photo Courtesy of Drai’s Beachclub

But what does “a bit more” actually mean? Like, we all want a bit more guac on our burritos, or a bit more money (hey bosses, what up?!), but usually asking that of your employees can be hard to zero in on. Not for Drai’s though. They got “a bit more” nailed down like that prized family heirloom. To them, it’s not all about whether or not a potential employee has experience. The team at Drai’s can teach proper workplace etiquette with their eyes closed. What they’re looking for is personality. Are you personable? Are you entertaining? Are you friendly? Are you a member of The Partridge Family? Ok, we’re sorta kidding on that last one. But if we’re being honest, Las Vegas pool parties are a dime a dozen. It’s a commitment to the customer experience (and super rad live music) that keeps Drai’s Beachclub in the mix as one of the best pools in Las Vegas. So, an outgoing and accountable personality is what they hang their swimsuits on.

Photo Courtesy of Hakkasan Group

Google “day clubs Vegas” or “pool parties Las Vegas” and you’re sure to stumble upon Wet Republic at MGM Grand and Liquid Pool & Lounge at Aria Resort & Casino. Shiny jewels in the the Hakkasan Group crown, these two venues are as synonymous with Vegas as slot machines and Elvis. But what keeps these spots as easy to remember as your favorite “drunchie” order? Well, the employees at Wet Republic day club and Liquid are able to fall back on the values and standards that made Omnia, Jewel and Hakkasan Las Vegas so successful: service, design, innovation and experience. This doesn’t just apply to the cutie parading that giant bottle of booze to your cabana. It’s also the dude bringing fresh towels and a mop bucket to clean said alcohol once you’re too drunk to correctly put liquor in your glass. And we haven’t even touched on how the marketing teams at these venues work year-round to bring the dopest acts to Sin City. We’ve never wrangled cats before, but we imagine getting an A-lister to Vegas is very much the equivalent. Countless hours are spent talking and negotiating with managers and agents. You have to make sure the money is right, the dates are available, there are no yellow Skittles in the green room, etc. etc. We’d say that “Professional Cat Wrangler” is a fitting job title.

Photo Courtesy of Encore Beach Club

Encore Beach Club at Encore has a couple hundred team members working at any given time. We’re talkin’ everything from the ID checker all the way up to an on-site barbecue chef (didn’t see that coming, did ya?). To say that keeping this ship running at full speed is a challenge is like saying “Las Vegas hotels are only OK.” It’s a bit of an understatement. But it’s the staff’s Hallmark Channel type of vibe and desire to deliver that “unique Vegas experience” that keeps these guys and gals coming back to work each and every morning (and seeing David Guetta or Marshmello up-close probably doesn’t hurt, either). Speaking of perks, they have to be pretty sweet. Imagine walking into a job where all day, every day people are trying to recreate “The Hangover.” Free meals or a dap from a celebrity does wonders for the morale. Especially if you’re a lifeguard and you have to keep fishing merkins out of the drain.

Photo Courtesy of Hakkasan Group

So there you have it. The next time you’re soakin’ up some rays at one of the best Las Vegas pools or are flippin’ through the Las Vegas day club calendar, go “Inception” and think about all the things that have to happen for you to not think about the things happening behind the scenes. And if that last statement just mind freaked you, find comfort in knowing there are plenty of Las Vegas tours, Las Vegas shows and Las Vegas nightclubs out there to help you unwind.

Las Vegas pool parties: the side you don’t see

“Tell us a bit about yourself.” If you’re hearing that question in January, chances are you’re being interviewed to work at one of the most coveted businesses in the world: Las Vegas day clubs.

You don’t have to be Neil deGrasse Tyson to know there are plenty of rad things to do in Las Vegas, but we’re pretty sure you don’t know what it takes to work at one of the best pools in Vegas. And you know what? We don’t blame you. Who has time to consider what that security guard or bottle server is doin’ when you’re waist deep in a margarita and raging your face off to Rae Sremmurd or Calvin Harris? But that’s where we come in. We’re going to show you how the sausage is made and let you see what it takes to make sure the phrase, “Vegas pool parties are the best pool parties” lives up to the hype.

Photo Courtesy of Drai’s Beachclub

Let’s start with Drai’s Beachclub at The Cromwell. This place is a whopping 35,000 square feet and has a mind-blowing 40 cabanas and bungalows. Think about that. You’re basically partying on a football field. Now add about 2,500 people, cue that gazillion-degree Vegas heat and you can begin to see that working at a day club takes a bit more than a pretty smile or mountain-sized muscles.

Photo Courtesy of Drai’s Beachclub

But what does “a bit more” actually mean? Like, we all want a bit more guac on our burritos, or a bit more money (hey bosses, what up?!), but usually asking that of your employees can be hard to zero in on. Not for Drai’s though. They got “a bit more” nailed down like that prized family heirloom. To them, it’s not all about whether or not a potential employee has experience. The team at Drai’s can teach proper workplace etiquette with their eyes closed. What they’re looking for is personality. Are you personable? Are you entertaining? Are you friendly? Are you a member of The Partridge Family? Ok, we’re sorta kidding on that last one. But if we’re being honest, Las Vegas pool parties are a dime a dozen. It’s a commitment to the customer experience (and super rad live music) that keeps Drai’s Beachclub in the mix as one of the best pools in Las Vegas. So, an outgoing and accountable personality is what they hang their swimsuits on.

Photo Courtesy of Hakkasan Group

Google “day clubs Vegas” or “pool parties Las Vegas” and you’re sure to stumble upon Wet Republic at MGM Grand and Liquid Pool & Lounge at Aria Resort & Casino. Shiny jewels in the the Hakkasan Group crown, these two venues are as synonymous with Vegas as slot machines and Elvis. But what keeps these spots as easy to remember as your favorite “drunchie” order? Well, the employees at Wet Republic day club and Liquid are able to fall back on the values and standards that made Omnia, Jewel and Hakkasan Las Vegas so successful: service, design, innovation and experience. This doesn’t just apply to the cutie parading that giant bottle of booze to your cabana. It’s also the dude bringing fresh towels and a mop bucket to clean said alcohol once you’re too drunk to correctly put liquor in your glass. And we haven’t even touched on how the marketing teams at these venues work year-round to bring the dopest acts to Sin City. We’ve never wrangled cats before, but we imagine getting an A-lister to Vegas is very much the equivalent. Countless hours are spent talking and negotiating with managers and agents. You have to make sure the money is right, the dates are available, there are no yellow Skittles in the green room, etc. etc. We’d say that “Professional Cat Wrangler” is a fitting job title.

Photo Courtesy of Encore Beach Club

Encore Beach Club at Encore has a couple hundred team members working at any given time. We’re talkin’ everything from the ID checker all the way up to an on-site barbecue chef (didn’t see that coming, did ya?). To say that keeping this ship running at full speed is a challenge is like saying “Las Vegas hotels are only OK.” It’s a bit of an understatement. But it’s the staff’s Hallmark Channel type of vibe and desire to deliver that “unique Vegas experience” that keeps these guys and gals coming back to work each and every morning (and seeing David Guetta or Marshmello up-close probably doesn’t hurt, either). Speaking of perks, they have to be pretty sweet. Imagine walking into a job where all day, every day people are trying to recreate “The Hangover.” Free meals or a dap from a celebrity does wonders for the morale. Especially if you’re a lifeguard and you have to keep fishing merkins out of the drain.

Photo Courtesy of Hakkasan Group

So there you have it. The next time you’re soakin’ up some rays at one of the best Las Vegas pools or are flippin’ through the Las Vegas day club calendar, go “Inception” and think about all the things that have to happen for you to not think about the things happening behind the scenes. And if that last statement just mind freaked you, find comfort in knowing there are plenty of Las Vegas tours, Las Vegas shows and Las Vegas nightclubs out there to help you unwind.

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