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Putting a massive party around a pool is Wet Republic’s way of proving, once again, that Hakkasan Group knows how to throw a bash whether it’s wet, dry or something steamy in between. This super wet pool club has saltwater pools for a little extra flavor in each dip. And the volume of the space, which is something like 54,000 square feet with 6,000 being the pools and 2,500 being the open-air lounge (if any of that means anything to you) makes the crowds drawn to Wet Republic even more impressive.

The long, long bar area gives you frozen drinks to keep you kind of cool in the Vegas heat. And if you spring for one of the cabanas or VIP bungalows you can also get pitcher service of mojitos or other summer drinks. The cabanas are your typical poolside rest spots, with a Hakkasan-level glamour that includes giant TVs and Blu-ray players. And the bungalows are beyond luxury with guarded access, plush furniture, TVs, misting fans, private plunge pools shared by the bungalows and separate restroom and shower facilities — so you don’t have to deign to pee with the commoners. But what really sets Wet Republic apart from the competition is the level of performers pulled into the MGM Grand.

Syncing with nearby Hakkasan Nightclub, artists like Tiësto, Steve Aoki, Calvin Harris, Krewella and many more grace the booth and get the beats moving. Between the sound system and the huge LED setup over the DJ booth, you might forget the sky is real and not just a really well-done nightclub design. But when the breeze hits you as you splash and dance you’ll remember one thing about Wet Republic: This is the Vegas pool club where afternoons are made. When you go to Wet Republic, don’t relax too hard; you wouldn’t want to miss out on all the action.

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Drai’s Beach Club is perched 11 stories above the Las Vegas Strip on the rooftop of The Cromwell. And its view is exactly as spectacular as you’d expect from that locale. You’re safe from falling over the edge thanks to tall glass — or probably some sort of plastic — walls. But your sights are far from restricted. When you eventually turn back to the pool club itself, and quit pretending that all the people walking in front of Caesars are just ants waiting for you to judge them with your godly wrath, you’ll see the true beauty of Drai’s Beach Club.

The space has large pools that are slightly elevated so you have to step into them, which is a nice addition for anyone who’s ever set the phone or purse next to the pool only to have it fall in five seconds later. And the palm trees around the pools give just enough shade to make you feel like you’re swimming it someplace sort of secret, even though everyone can totally see you.

When you’re renting a cabana, you can go high or low. Take a daybed by the edge to get views of the Strip, or go for the second-level cabanas to gaze over everyone in the pool. Either way you get VIP service and an amazing view. And when you can’t take the sun anymore and need to experience a cool place, there’s a small bar in one corner that’s always nice and chill.

Drai’s Beach Club, like the connected Drai’s Nightclub, gets some of the top DJs and musical performers in the world. We won’t even begin to try to list them, but you can always find top quality music and shows at Drai’s. Whether you want to lay out by yourself, people watch and people splash or stare down at the Bellagio Fountains and pretend they’re dancing just for your amusement (are we the only megalomaniacal ones who do stuff like that?), Drai’s Beach Club is an exceptional club among the already incredible Drai’s family.

If you’re staying at the Cromwell, you’ll even receive two free passes per room to Drai’s Beach Club or Drai’s Nightclub. And if you want to take a dip in a pool but don’t want the club atmosphere of Drai’s, Cromwell guests also receive complimentary access to Flamingo or Caesars Palace pools. Just show your room key and enjoy.

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Liquid is tucked in neatly behind Aria’s three other pristine pools in a world all to itself. You won’t find signs leading you around the casino floor to the pool club. But once you reach this quaint location you know you’ve stumbled onto something a little different. And by different we mean amazing. It may be relatively small compared to other Las Vegas pool clubs, but don’t let that deter you.

The bar is full of all your favorite treats. There’s an open-air restaurant near the pool with menu creations from Brian Massie. By the pool itself there are plenty of daybeds and chaises for lounging in luxury. And eight grand cabanas are available that come with a private pool, their own daybeds, TVs and much more.

If you’re looking for a raucous party with everyone you can fit around a pool and the very real possibility of stuff getting way too intense, this is not the place for you. Liquid is about quality over quantity and poise over population. If you want the pool club experience in a more private setting with people who know how to party in an upscale and sophisticated style, look to Liquid and love every minute.

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Marquee Dayclub is, in many ways, like Marquee Nightclub. It’s got the name and the soul that brings in droves of people looking to party at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. They’ll be easy to spot queuing up on the second floor. You even head up elevators just like going to the nightclub. But once you hit the sun you know this is something totally special.

Don’t be surprised when you have to walk through an outdoor area, past the lockers and up a flight of stairs to get to the pool club once you get outside. It’s all just building the suspense. (And it’s nothing compared to adventure of leaving through either elevators or back room stairs.) When you finally make it to the rooftop pool club you can see the spectacular attention to detail that makes Marquee such a widely known name in the club world. The open doors to part of the nightclub give you a place to catch some shade, and maybe watch the gambling nearby. But when you’re ready to move out to the pool you can see just how tight the space is.

With a typical pool club layout, Marquee gives average club goers exactly what they crave — sun, fun and a DJ laying the beat. But the real appeal of Marquee are the cabanas with their own little infinite pools and hot tubs. (Don’t worry. They don’t have to be hot. This is Vegas after all.) The whole cabana area is limited to cabana renters and gives an exclusive experience that you can’t get everywhere. This is the place to be at Marquee Dayclub. It’s the luxury you want in the privacy you deserve.

Like most pool clubs, you can get every drink you can imagine, lots of surprisingly hot food for being outside in the desert and plenty of eye candy. If you want to be a part of the party, get to Marquee and live it up in the pool. If you want to overlook the party while having one of your own, rent a cabana and experience what it’s like to be a VIP at Marquee.

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Tao Beach is like the jungle oasis of the Tao lineup. With its own pool space beyond Tao Restaurant and Tao Nightclub, Tao Beach has an identity all its own — even as it borrows elements of club décor and offers food selections from the restaurant. This is a pool club that values its seclusion at Venetian, but still feels open and interesting to everyone who ventures through.

For the VIP treatment, you can get one of the cabanas with air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs, gaming consoles, DVDs, WiFi and a minibar. Tao Beach offers staff members to look after you and masseuses to help you relax those tense muscles. And like some kind of cabana Transformer, you can combine multiple units to accommodate bigger parties and larger groups. They will likely not come to life and battle for galactic supremacy. If they do come to life, they’ll probably just party with you.

Tao Beach is also home to a lot of special events as well as big-name DJs in the EDM world. Like the nightclub that it’s attached to, Tao Beach is an inspired breath of fresh air in the Vegas party scene. The club’s Asian-inspired allure is very apparent without ever feeling overly tacky or themed. It’s a tropical getaway on your desert getaway, in case you need a vacation from your vacation.

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Before you reach the main attraction at Bare Pool Lounge, you will first encounter a tropical oasis at The Mirage pool area. It is a welcome refuge from your everyday casino experience, but a mere precursor to what’s awaiting around the corner. So don’t get distracted just yet, they’ll be plenty of distractions at Bare. In a secluded area away from screaming children or splashing kids yelling “Marco Polo,” an adult pool lounge where women are free to frolic topless (European-style), awaits your arrival.

This pool is 21 and older for all the right reasons. The pool has shallow ends on each side, so you can easily decide just how wet you want to get. And poolside daybeds and cabanas offer the ideal accompaniment to a day spent relaxing in and out of the water. But when you really want to experience Bare in all its glory, the elevated VIP section, lined with umbrella-covered daybeds, overlooks the entire area and features its own glass infinity-edged pool.

When you’re there to experience the luxury of VIP service like iced towels, Evian misters and huge TVs, Bare lays it all out for you. When you’re just there to swim, eat some delicious food from a menu created by Chef Brian Massie and sample a seemingly infinite drink menu, Bare gives you everything you want in a pool club with a little extra left over. The space is intimate, so feel free to be chatty with those around you —respectfully. And the lush environment takes you away from the business of life.

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This is that club that you notice when you’re driving or walking past Encore on Las Vegas Boulevard and you think, “I wonder what it’s like to be in there?” We can tell you that when you get in there you’ll think, “Wow. I totally deserve this level of amazing because I’m that cool of a person.” OK, we might be a little full of ourselves, but Encore really is that great.

The space is surrounded by gorgeous cabanas with all the luxury elements you’d expect from a Wynn property like temperature control units with misters, balconies in the back with views of the Strip, and bungalows with private bathrooms. When you’re not in your cushy cabana, bars lay on either side of the club so you never have to walk far to get a drink. And with the attentive staff and stellar service you might not even have to stand up to get a drink if you’re willing to pay for bottle service or a bucket. And if you’re choosy, the liquor selection is truly huge.

If you’re into the cool but still want to chill, you can relax in lily pads and lounge chairs without ever actually leaving one of the three-tiered pools, which are separated only by walkways and the bridge in the middle, which is totally plush on its own. It has three silver poles and a circular red covering that streams down water in a rain-like flow and tops it off with misters on the outer ring. Free advice: Those aren’t stripper poles no matter how hot you think you are, or how many drinks you’ve had. If your butt hurts from falling off a not-stripper pole, or from just being so bomb all day, plush daybeds surround the outer edges of the pools. And plenty of walking/dancing space makes this outdoor club the envy of the Las Vegas pool scene.

Encore has a full food menu at the grille. And access is easy thanks to the proximity to Wynn’s parking garage. If you can afford a bungalow, we say go for it. It’s basically like having a tiny apartment with a view of a pool club and the north part of the Strip. If you can’t, the club is fantastic for any attendee. And you can always do what we do and just tell people you’ve got a bungalow but you can’t take them there right now because of mumbled reasons, then slowly walk away without making eye contact. There are consistently enough people at Encore Beach Club that eventually someone might believe you.

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Daylight Beach Club at Mandalay Bay is inspired by the sophisticated scene in Ibiza, complete with fine cuisine and innovative technology. But just because it’s inspired by someplace else doesn’t mean it’s not pure Vegas. Like its nighttime sister property Light Nightclub, Daylight knows how to combine the classic features of a club with exceptional design elements. But instead of creating a nightlife experience to rival clubs, Daylight has built a tropical paradise rivaling the finest beaches in the world — minus the actual sand. But it does have an abundance of space to walk around without having to step over people or potentially get knocked into the pool — unless you want to be.

The space has multiple pools and plenty of daybeds, cabanas and chaises for relaxation and pampering. And when it comes to getting up and dancing, Daylight is home to a massive stage framed by six huge LED screens that are actually pretty functional even in the bright Vegas sunshine. You’ll see world-renowned DJs here and even a concert series that runs on certain Sunday nights.

Daylight has a food menu and chic specialty drinks including The Clooney, The Baja and the Daylight White Sangria. And, like everything at Mandalay Bay, its lush elements complement the solid foundation splendidly. For an expansive pool club experience with a good mix of beauty and functionality, Daylight is a bright spot in the Vegas pool club scene.