Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend 2011 on the Las Vegas Strip

Memorial Day weekend is one of the busiest weekends of the year in Las Vegas. Up and down the strip the pool parties are starting and each day the clubs bring in celebrities to host. The weather is fantastic, warm and sunny, but not too hot just yet. Every night of this holiday weekend the clubs will be packed with people partying. Make sure you have your hotel booked a couple months ahead of time. Always make reservations for restaurants at least 24 hours in advance if you don’t want to wait for a table.Those are just the first couple of tips off the top of my head. As a Las Vegas local, experience has been my greatest teacher in how to maximize your time on the Strip and have as much fun as possible while in the city of sin.

Most of the hotels have beach clubs now with pool parties during the day. If you’re not a drinker or have children with you these aren’t really your best option, but if you’re in Vegas to party, they are the place to be. Even in spring Las Vegas can have some pretty high temperatures though. Add in the alcohol and hydration is the key, nobody wants to spend half their vacation sick in the hotel room. No one wants to look like a lobster in a bikini either, so don’t forget that sunscreen. The Vegas sun can be brutal. Some of the hottest pool parties for this Memorial Day weekend:

Rehab at the Hard Rock Hotel
10am-close cover charge $40 for men $20 for women

Tao Beach at the Venetian
10am ‘” sunset, at times the Beach serves as an extension of the Tao Nightclub, cover charges vary

Wet Republic at the MGM
11am-6pm, 7 days a week, cover charges and bungalow and cabana rental charges vary

Nightclubs are the other side of the party life in Vegas and Memorial Day Weekend is huge, celebrity hosts, world famous DJs, and crowds of the beautiful people will all be flocking to Las Vegas nightclubs to dance, drink, and have a good time. Without paying for bottle service or VIP tickets, expect lines on Memorial Day weekend, and as always dress codes do apply, such as no tennis shoes, jeans, hats, etc. Women of course do have more leeway with dress codes. A few of the hottest clubs are:

PURE at Caesar’s Palace
10pm-close cover charge is $30 for men $20 for women

XS at Encore
10pm-4am, cover charge $30 for men, $20 for women

LAVO at the Palazzo
10pm ‘” close, cover charges vary

Other big events on the strip for Memorial Day Weekend are the opening of Nikki Beach Las Vegas, a hit club from Miami Beach coming to Vegas. Opens Thursday 10am, Nikki Nightclub to open at sunset. Cover $30 for men, $20 for women. As well as a huge dance music event featuring some of the top DJs from around the world, The Love Festival happening at the Palms Pool and Rain Nightclub. The Festival will be going on Friday, Saturday, and the main event on Sunday.

To take in more of the beautiful Las Vegas spring weather this Memorial Day weekend head to some of the strips best restaurants that feature outdoor seating with a chance for some prime people watching, one of the most celebrated activities here in Vegas. A couple of my favorite places with patio seating are:

Mon Ami Gabi at the Paris Hotel
Open daily at 7am Sun. ‘” Thur. closes at 11, Fri. & Sat. closes at 12am

Serendipity 3 at Caesar’s Palace
Open Mon.-Thu. 11am-11pm; Fri. 11am-12am; Sat. 10am-12am; Sun. 10am-11pm

For a more comprehensive list of pool parties, musical guests, nightclubs, restaurants, and celebrity hosts check with the many Las Vegas weekly magazines such as; The Weekly, City Life, TODAY in Las Vegas, What’s On Las Vegas, and many more. You can find them at most restaurants, almost all gas stations, and on street corner stands.

As always when staying in Vegas; be safe, smart, and of course eat, drink, and dance like no ones watching!!

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