Sin City is a top destination for school-weary spring breakers in need of a fun escape from their studies – or for anyone seeking a warm getaway from chilly weather.
The resorts that line the Las Vegas Strip and downtown know how to throw parties. In fact, there are endless ways to whoop it up in Vegas. By day, the pools are the places to be. They’re home to hordes of bikini-clad and six-pack-baring revelers, live DJ sets, beach-inspired games and, of course, lots of booze. Then, when the sun sets, all of the city’s bars and world-famous nightclubs come to life, and things don’t slow down until the wee hours.
Last year, MTV hosted a wild spring break blowout near the Strip at the Palms. And the hip, youth-oriented entertainment brand recently announced plans to do it all over again. From March 20 – 22, the 24-hour college network mtvU is taking over the hotel’s Pool and Bungalows. Among the festivities will be performances by rap star Young Jeezy, electro-style singer/songwriter Dev and the U.K. boy band The Wanted. A resident DJ will keep a cool mix of music spinning, while “Jersey Shore” celebs Sammi “Sweetheart” Giancola, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro and Deena Nicole Cortese hang loose with the crowd.
“After a successful first year, which brought out thousands of college students, this year’s lineup of pool parties and live performances will take it to another level,” said Joseph Magliarditi, the president of the Palms. “Once again the Palms will be the ultimate spring break destination.”
MTV’s celebration is just the tip of the spring break iceberg. Here are some other hot places and special deals to enjoy while getting away from the grind in Las Vegas!
Everybody into the pool…
Daytime in Vegas provides college students with opportunities to expand their knowledge about partying. For instance, raucous pool bashes bring nightlife into the daylight. Last weekend, the Hard Rock Hotel kicked off “Beachlife.” Now good times can be had at the resort’s Paradise Beach Club, Breathe Pool and Nirvana Pool (situated next to the HRH Tower) Mondays – Fridays from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Saturdays – Sundays from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Things will really heat up in April with the kickoff of four rowdy summer-long events: Summer Camp Fridays (begins April 20), Nectar Music Festival Saturdays (begins April 21), the ninth season of Rehab (begins April 22) and Relax Mondays (begins April 23).
Wet Republic at the MGM Grand was also unleashed over the weekend, while Marquee Dayclub at The Cosmopolitan gets into gear on March 14. Bare at The Mirage, TAO Beach at The Venetian and Moorea Beach Club at Mandalay Bay are three more enticing pool clubs opening soon. They all feature a nighttime vibe complete with DJs, drinks, entertainment and sexy contests. Encore Beach Club, which will be unveiled on March 17, is another daytime hotspot – and at night it transforms into the trendy Surrender club.
The ultimate party spots
To warm up for an evening out, head to Rhumbar in The Mirage. College students can celebrate their freedom in this stylish cocktail lounge, which is reminiscent of a cool Caribbean beach bar. Throughout the month of March, patio parties are being held Mondays – Fridays from 2 – 6 p.m. Along with $5 drink specials (try the Rum Punch), buckets of domestic beer are available for $25 and the daiquiri bar is providing free refills on its libations. You can mingle, dance or just take in the stunning view of the Strip here.
Kick up your heels at the PBR Rock Bar & Grill, located in the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino. This bad-ass bull-riding bar has become party central for spring breakers through April 8. Cash-strapped college students can take advantage of food and drink specials. Receive 10 percent off your dining tab by simply presenting your university ID. You can also get bull rides for $1 and a free shot in your 32-ounce yard drinks. Plus, every Tuesday night, college students can partake in an open bar of well drinks and drafts from 9 p.m. – midnight priced at $5 for gals and $10 for guys. If you’re not currently enrolled in college, don’t despair. The open bar is priced at $10 and $20, respectively, for those without university IDs.
Go for “Spring Broke!” This is the inexpensive spring break celebration taking place at the Rockhouse Bar & Nightclub through April 7. Located on Las Vegas Boulevard at the front of the Imperial Palace, the bar – with giant bird cages dangling from the ceiling that you can dance in – is offering coeds free entry each evening before midnight. Just show your valid college ID. The drink specials are as unbeatable as the entertainment. On Wednesdays, there’s an open bar from 9 p.m. – midnight, during which ladies drink for $5 and men drink for $10. Ladies can imbibe for free on Thursdays from 10:30 p.m. – midnight. On Fridays – Saturdays, the Rockhouse boasts 2-for-1 drinks and $5 shots. Beer pong is available round-the-clock as well.
You haven’t partied in Vegas unless you’ve gone to the chic Chateau Nightclub & Gardens. This indoor/outdoor club is located in Paris Las Vegas, the same resort that boasts a half-scale replica of the Eiffel Tower. Housing three different venues, the 36,000-square-foot Pure at Caesars Palace features unbelievable sound and lighting effects as well as unparalleled views of the Strip. Two other head-of-the-class nightclubs are 1 OAK at The Mirage, a New York City import, and Haze at Aria in CityCenter, which offers a cutting-edge, high-tech atmosphere.
Plus, opening in April is Mexico’s most famed spring break bar: Señor Frog’s. Overlooking Sirens Cove at Treasure Island, expect plenty of crazy antics in here. Where else would you be prompted to dance on the tables while pounding drinks from sexy shot girls?
Get a room!
Haven’t booked hotel accommodations yet? You better make reservations ASAP. You don’t want to end up staying home! Several resorts are offering spring break packages. Check with the property to see if they’ll let you pay the difference to extend these added values when booking with an online travel agency.
• As part of MTV’s Spring Break 2012, there are special three-night packages for Mar. 20 – 22 at the Palms starting at $199.
• The Hard Rock Hotel is offering a Breakin’ Vegas deal (including your room, all-you-can-drink wristbands for casino and pool bars, complimentary access to the pool and complimentary access to Vanity Nightclub) starting at $199. The deal is available through April 20 (excluding March 15 – 17).
• Six MGM Resorts International properties – MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, Monte Carlo, New York-New York, Luxor and Excalibur – are featuring spring break escape packages through April 30 (based on availability and subject to blackout dates) with specially priced rooms and extras like 2-for-1 drinks at the bars and nightclubs, perks at the spas or discounts to various attractions.
• The off-Strip Rumor Boutique Hotel is promoting bargain room rates at 30 percent off for the month of March.
• If you prefer snow to sun, The Resort on Mount Charleston is advertising a Ski & Stay Package through March 31 (some restrictions and exclusions may apply). Make the most of the remaining ski and snowboard season by receiving two single-day lift tickets when you book a deluxe room.
Or just pick from one of the fabulous offers on VEGAS.com’s deals page.