What is a Day Club?

••• Pool party at Tao Beach dayclub. © Susan Breslow Sardone.

Think of a day club as a nightclub inside a hotel where the sun is shining and where female attendees are wearing bikinis and flip-flops instead of little black dresses and FM pumps. 

Although the day club concept may not have originated in Las Vegas, the city certainly has refined and elaborated upon the idea of creating a pool party atmosphere with private cabanas, ear-blasting music, booze and bottle service, and revelers splashing around shallow swimming pools wearing as little as possible.

As with a nightclub, day club attendees must be a certain age to be admitted and proof is required since alcohol is served on the premises. Typically there is a cover charge. DJs keep the music loud and current and dealers keep the games going and the chips circulating.

Tao Beach at The Palazzo can get pretty wild. The pool at the dayclub is fairly small, and on a hot day there's practically standing room only in the water. It gets even more crowded when rappers take to the stage at the lip of the pool. Private cabanas with HDTV, X-Box, food and drink service and internet access steps away from the madding crowd can make guests feel like pashas. Less expensive lounging is available around the perimeter of the pool and radiating out from it.

Located inside The Cosmopolitan Hotel, Marquee — which operates as both a nightclub and a day club — is the most popular day club in Las Vegas at this writing.

Outdoors, it covers the 17th floor of the hotel and features multiple swimming pools, daybeds, Grand Cabanas, and Bungalow Lofts resembling private villas that have a cabana, kitchen-living room and roof deck.

Drai's, 65,000-square-feet atop the 11th floor of The Cromwell Hotel, is the Strip's only rooftop pool deck.

Drai's features multiple pool areas to enjoy as well as indoor and outdoor VIP tables. And the views, if you can steal your eyes away from this beachy bacchanal, are of Caesars Palace towers and the dancing waters of Bellagio. Drai's operates from 11am to 6pm daily. Complimentary access is available for hotel guests; others are charged a fee. 

Attracting a somewhat older and classier crowd, the Beach Club at Encore has multiple books, lounges, daybeds, and two tiers of cabanas surrounding the action. European style (topless) bathing is permitted at one of the pools that is restricted to adults 21 and over.

When the sun goes down, the day clubs morph into nightclubs and the revelry continues.

Day Club Dress Codes and Rules

These rules from Drai's forbid the wearing and use of the following, although other day clubs are likely to ban similar ones:

Athletic gear and apparel, T-shirts, shorts, torn or cutoff clothing, men’s sandals, sneakers, athletic shoes, Jordans, hats, baggy clothing, chains, offensive prints on clothing, weapons, controlled substances, eye drops, gum, outside food or beverages, liquids, vitamins, over-the-counter medications, prescription medications without valid prescription, cameras, wearable technology, selfie sticks, vapes.