Las Vegas, also known as Sin City, is often billed as an adult’s playground. Between its nightclubs, casinos and live entertainment, the city is geared toward the enjoyment of young adults. While you have to be at least 21 to enjoy most of what Las Vegas has to offer, if you are of age, the sky is the limit. Here are the things everyone in their twenties can enjoy in the city.
Allow a lazy afternoon melt into evening at this ever evolving community-driven festival in the city’s Arts District that pulls together art, music, food and fashion in a laid-back space. Watch a live gig, eat delicious bites from food carts and browse various stalls. The event is underpinned by the First Friday Foundation, which works with the local community to harness creativity in the city. If you happen to be in town on the first Friday of the month, you’ve no excuse but to head down.
Going fully nocturnal in Las Vegas is to be expected. That’s because the city has the biggest upscale nightclubs in the world featuring the best DJs, sound systems, lighting, dancers and all-night parties. The LIGHT Vegas in Mandalay Bay, for example, is a glitzy LED-drenched mega club with regular performances by Rick Ross, Tyga, DJ E-Rock and music covering EDM, hip hop and pop. No two nights are the same – all you have to do is party like it’s your birthday.
Ice skating might not seem possible in the desert, but the Ice Rink begs to differ. The Ice Rink on top of the Cosmopolitan attempts to inject a little winter wonderland into the Las Vegas desert. Grab your friends, hot cocoa and some s’mores and enjoy the 4,200sqft (390sqm) rink to the sound of classic Christmas tunes.
The ultimate college drinking game has a permanent home at O’Sheas. Located inside the LINQ on the Strip, anyone can walk in and join a game. While you wait, you can enjoy the live music or try one of the 50 types of beer on tap (if you’re not into beer, try the Irish Bloody Mary or Pot of Gold). The cheap drinks and the multitude of table games make O’Sheas a favorite of Las Vegas’s younger crowds.
For a real “throwback Thursday,” drive out to the West Wind Drive-In Theater. It’s one of the few drive-ins left in the U.S. and is ideal for group outings. It’s the cheapest movie theater to go to in Las Vegas, and you can bring food and drinks inside.
Anyone staying at the New York New York or Monte Carlo will have easy access to the Park. It’s a dining and entertainment district – marked by a 40ft (12m) statue known as Bliss Dance – that sits between the two properties and has become a popular place to visit, especially during events at the T-Mobile Arena. When concerts aren’t going on, you can find live artists, music and performances taking place in and around the park.
If you’ve got the time and the money, check out Cirque du Soleil’s MJ ONE, which pays tribute to the life and career of Michael Jackson, complete with high-flying acrobatics and intricate choreography. Millennials will instantly recognize numbers from the show such as “Billie Jean,” “Dirty Diana,” “Bad” and “Smooth Criminal.” Tickets aren’t cheap, but well worth every penny.
Judy Cogan contributed additional reporting to this article.