In addition to celebrity residencies, magic shows, Broadway musicals or any one of six Cirque du Soleil performances, Las Vegas is also a mecca for live music. If the key to your heart is a pair of concert tickets, Las Vegas offers a number of venues where you can catch nationally known and indie acts alike. After all, Las Vegas is the City of Entertainment, and that means entertainment that is all-encompassing.
The next time you’re planning your night out in Las Vegas, look beyond the mega-arenas and check out these venues for a really great concert.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a better location in Las Vegas than Brooklyn Bowl. Located smack dab in the middle of the Strip in the midst of the bustling LINQ Promenade, Brooklyn Bowl is the Sin City offshoot of the iconic Williamsburg venue. In true Vegas fashion, the LINQ location is three times the size of the original New York venue. Here, you can have the unique experience of actually bowling (it’s called Brooklyn Bowl for a reason), enjoying fried chicken from Blue Ribbon and catching acts like Blues Traveler, Phish and Band of Horses, along with local and indie acts like popular Las Vegas ‘90s cover band, Empire Records.
If you’ve spent time in the Cosmopolitan, you’ve likely noticed the casino’s attention to detail. From vintage cigarette machines that dispense art to surreal and ever-changing lobby decor, you can expect glamour with a touch of the bizarre from the Cosmopolitan. The Chelsea stays true to form with its retro lobby bar and avant-garde design. Catch a concert from Duran Duran, The String Cheese Incident, Flogging Molly and more.
Head all the way east on East Fremont Street, and you’ll find the perennially cool Bunkhouse Saloon. A favorite haunt of The Killers (whose front man Brandon Flowers once played a free surprise midnight show here after finishing a set at the T-Mobile Arena), the Bunkhouse is an intimate venue with a trailer park-inspired outdoor space. If you’re into the idea of standing ten feet away from an obscure band before they become mega-famous, this is the place to do it.
Exciting changes are underway at The Palms, but fortunately, the casino’s much-loved concert venue the Pearl Theater isn’t going anywhere. This 2,500-seat venue makes for a nice mid-sized concert experience. Big-name artists dominate here, including Billy Idol, Styx and more.
Beauty Bar looks more like a place for perms than performances, but the downtown spot is actually a great place to catch a concert. Make your way through the pink-hued bar to the outdoor space out back and catch a wide variety of shows, from indie rock to rap to electronic music, or enjoy a show at the smaller indoor stage. The outdoor stage has space for 300 people, and the indoor stage can host up to 125 people, making the Beauty Bar an awesome option for fans of smaller shows.