What does pool season mean in your neighborhood? If you’re living on a quiet suburban street, it likely means Marco Polo, family barbecues and kids learning to swim. If you’re in Vegas, it means...well...pretty much the opposite. Pool season in Las Vegas means dayclub season. Picture the world-class DJs, celebrity cameos and bottles of champagne that you’d find in a nightclub, and add sunshine, bikinis and a pool.
If you’re getting ready to both literally and figuratively dip your toes into the water of the Las Vegas dayclub scene this summer, here are some essential tips for getting the most out of the experience:
1. Hydration Doesn’t Mean Vodka and Soda
There’s something truly unsettling about watching someone walking down Las Vegas Blvd. on a 110-degree day with a foot-long margarita in hand, just begging for dehydration. Listen, just because you’re standing in a pool doesn’t mean you’re off the hook when it comes to drinking water. Pay for the overpriced bottle of Evian; your body will thank you.
2. Sunscreen Up
Unless you’re reserving a cabana, you will likely not find shade at a Las Vegas dayclub. Since the lobster look is definitely not in this season, protect your skin by applying – and reapplying – sunscreen.
3. Know the Dress Code
This isn’t your mom’s backyard pool party. Dress to impress. For women, that means bikinis. For guys, that means swim trunks. However, be sure to check the dress code at your dayclub of choice, as individual policies can vary. The infamous and now defunct Rehab dayclub at Hard Rock shocked guests in 2017 by having very specific rules about underwear, so you never know. Consider the casino’s dress code as well. You likely won’t be able to strut past the slots in a bathing suit, so bring a cover-up.
4. Don’t Be Barefoot
The pavement around the pool will straight-up burn your feet in Las Vegas. Seriously. Wear flip-flops, pop on a pair of wedge sandals, rock high heels if you have to. Whatever you do, don’t go barefoot unless you’re in the water.
5. Four Words: Waterproof Cell Phone Case
If it wasn’t on Instagram, did you even go to a dayclub? Get a waterproof case or pouch for your phone and post all day without drunkenly waterlogging your device.
6. Know Your Vibe
Which dayclub will you choose? There are a dizzying number of options, so the best way to choose is to know what vibe you’re going for. If you want that classic thumping nightclub experience translated to daytime, Wet Republic, Encore Beach Club, Drai’s Beachclub, Daylight Beach Club and the newly opened Kaos Dayclub are excellent choices. If you want more of an ultra-cool lounge feel with fancy cocktails, try the Aquatic Club, Foxtail Pool or Citrus at the Downtown Grand. Check the pool’s calendar to get a feel for which days offer DJs (usually weekends), as this is a good indicator of when you can expect a blowout party.