So you’re here in Las Vegas with your friends and you’re ready to dance the night away. You also want to accommodate those don’t want to pay a cover (entrance fee) or stand in line at a club for hours and hours (who could blame them?).
Here’s a list of bars and lounges with no entrance fees and cover on the Las Vegas Strip, so you can dance and listen to music for free all night.
As always, I’ll add to this list as I discover them. Info on this page may change at any time, so check with the venue for details the closer you are to your trip.
Heart Bar’s where I take my out-of-town friends (20’s to early 30’s) for that club feel without paying a cover. They have cozy booths for a group of friends to sit and drink without buying expensive bottle service.
It’s a small bar in the middle of Planet Hollywood, that acts more like a lounge. They have a live DJ and go-go dancers that keep the energy up. They’ve played current Top 40 music, 90’s music, some rap every time I’ve been there, and a small crowd inevitably forms to dance.
Of course, the drinks are Vegas prices, but that’s expected since it’s on the Strip (try downtown Las Vegas or off-strip if you want cheaper drinks).
This place may not be as energetic during the day, so I recommend stopping by during the evening on the weekends. According to their website, it’s open 24 hours a day, with a live DJ starting at 8 pm.
Lastly, they have happy hour for half-priced drinks Sunday to Thursday, from 4 pm to 6 pm.
Eye Candy is similar to Heart Bar. It’s a lounge with no entrance fee in the middle of the casino. It has a bar and a lighted, colorful dance floor. According to its website, it’s open 7 days a week starting at 5 pm. It’s best to stop by later in the evening and during the weekends. It also has booths so it’s a great place for groups to chill.
Carnaval Court is a bar with an outdoor stage and dance floor. It’s between The LINQ and Harrah’s on the Las Vegas Strip.
This place is always lively every time I walk by. It has a relaxed, casual feel (so you don’t have to wear 5-inch heels–unless you want to). It’s great if you’re partying with a group. A live band frequently plays 80’s, 90’s, and classic rock–perfect for those that need a break from EDM (or you’re with someone that can’t stand it).
They also boast flair bartenders that serve drinks in a more exciting way.
According to their website, Carnaval Court is open daily, from 12 pm to 3 am.
Le Cabaret Bar is an indoor music stage with a live band. The decor feels like Moulin Rouge: long red drapes and bright globe Hollywood lights. It has a bar, seating around the stage, and a dance floor. It has an intimate feel, and not as loud as Carnaval Court.
My husband’s coworkers invited us to meet them here one night. We sat down on one of the bistro tables, and a server took our drink order. Le Cabaret Bar had a cover band playing, with the lead singer (who sounded amazing!) singing top hits from current and past decades. I remember they sang a song by Bruno Mars and Earth, Wind & Fire.
They do have a two-drink minimum to sit, but if you’re gonna drink, might as well sit and enjoy live music, am I right?
According to their website, it is open Thursday to Sunday starting at 6 pm and they have a live DJ Friday and Saturday nights.
Cleopatra’s Barge is a floating bar, dance floor, and sitting area with an opulent theme. According to its website, they have live music from bands such as Pop Strings Orchestra from Thursday to Saturday.
Like Le Cabaret Bar, they play hits from current and past decades. Most of the time there’s no entrance fee (cover) to enter, but some seats may have a fee.
It can get crowded, so come early if you want good seats or a spot on the dance floor!
Gilly’s Saloon is a fun place for country-lovers: it has a bar, dance hall, BBQ restaurant, and even a mechanical bull! The Live DJ plays country, two-step, and line dancing music on most nights. They have free line-dancing lessons Monday to Thursday at 7 pm. They always have fun things going on like Ladies Night, contests, and a Local’s Night.
They do charge for entry when live bands play on the weekends, but you can avoid the cover charge if you come before 9 pm on some nights (check their website for details).
Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill is a country-themed bar & restaurant with a live stage and a dance floor. According to their website, they have a live band that plays every night starting at 9 pm – Free!