How to celebrate your 21st birthday in Vegas

Your 21st birthday is a milestone. You wait for years to be old enough to legally indulge in all of the fun things that adults get to do and there’s no better city than Las Vegas to find all of those things.

Turning 21 is quite possibly the last time you’re actually going to be ecstatic to be another year older, so here are a few suggestions for what you should be sure to do if you’re celebrating this rite of passage in Vegas:

Have a cocktail. Now that you’re legal you can indulge in the amazing offerings that Las Vegas’ finest mixologists have to offer. Check out The Chandelier bar at The Cosmopolitan. Each of the three levels has a different drink menu and the cocktails are all hand-crafted with fresh, seasonal ingredients.

Want to indulge in a sophisticated, grown-up drink now that you’re 21? Get a martini at Red Square at Mandalay Bay. And if you buy a bottle of vodka then you will be one of the lucky few to don a fur coat and step inside their vodka vault. The vault is kept between minus 5 and 5 degrees.

If it’s beer you’re looking for, head to Hofbräuhaus  to celebrate your 21st birthday in style. They’ll give you a free liter of imported Hofbräu beer. Prost!

Dance at a nightclub. You’ve heard the stories about how crazy Las Vegas nightclubs are and now you can finally tell some stories of your own. Try Tao at the Venetian where celebs like Rumer Willis, Michelle Trachtenberg and “Superbad’s” Christopher Mintz-Plasse have celebrated their 21st birthdays. Tao offers its  21st Birthday Club, allowing you to celebrate like a VIP. When booking your 21st birthday, guests will receive complimentary admission and a round of shots for the person of honor and their friends, a custom birthday evite created by Tao and a photo on Tao’s red carpet.  You’ll also receive a Happy Birthday tweet from @taolasvegas and an “I Turned 21 @taolasvegas” T-shirt.

Gamble. You’re 21 so why not try your luck at 21? You can now legally hang out in a casino and play blackjack or any of the other table games. And why not give the Megabucks slot machines a spin? Maybe your birthday luck will make you the next multimillionaire. Need a quick tutorial before you tackle the games? Check out our how-to guide here.

Go to a strip club. Vegas has dozens of strip clubs and now that you’re 21  you can go and watch all of the hot dancers. Both men and women will enjoy Sapphire. Guys can indulge in a lap dance from one of the beautiful women and girls can go watch the Men of Sapphire show for some naughty fun.

Go to a pool club. Vegas’ daytime parties have become almost as hot as the nightclubs. Drink, dance, party, soak up the sun and catch the hottest DJs at one of the pool clubs like Marquee Dayclub, Palms Pool, Tao Beach or Liquid.

Drive an exotic car. Always wanted to drive a fast sports car but no one would rent one to you because of your age?  Now that you’re 21 you can take an American Muscle car  like a Shelby GT500 Mustang for a spin or cruise through Red Rock Canyon in an exotic car like a Ferrari or Lamborghini.


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