If you’re interested in catching some live music in Vegas, you have a variety of venues to choose from. Whether you like pop, rock, or country, there’s a concert space that’s right for you. In fact, the pulsating sounds, lighting systems, and superb VIP amenities often make the venues as much a part of the show as the action on stage. Here are five great arenas that you may want to check out for your next concert.
Las Vegas Arena
For many years, the number one address for live music in Vegas has been the MGM Grand Garden Arena, which hosts every major tour and performer stopping here. But in April 2016, this will all change due to the debut of Las Vegas Arena. With 20,000 seats, this arena has the capability to book more than 100 events every year, including sports, concerts, and award shows. When you make your way to the Las Vegas strip in a few months, you’ll find the Las Vegas Arena, which is located between New York, New York and Monte Carlo, and has 50 luxury suites and offers guests premium food and beverage options. Best of all, after seeing a show at this venue, you can head over to the adjacent park for more entertainment and dining options, such as a beer garden. But if you’re a MGM Grand Garden Arena die hard, fear not. There’s plenty of entertainment to go around.
If you’re looking for some east-coast flavor, you should head on over to a show at Brooklyn Bowl, which was conceived by Bruce and Eric Bromberg as part of their Blue Ribbon Restaurant empire. As you walk in, you may be astounded by the fact that you can bowl on one of 32 lanes and eat Blue Ribbon fried chicken while you listen to your favorite band. Once you take in the scene, you realize that you’ll never have a hard time finding a drink because there are five bars scattered throughout the arena. If standing at a concert is not your cup of tea, you can get a seat in one of the upstairs boxes or the VIP area.
When The Chelsea in The Cosmopolitan opened its doors two years, it brought versatility to live music in Vegas. This venue can accommodate a concert by an arena-level performer one night, a corporate group meeting on another, and a boxing or MMA match after that. Once you arrive at The Chelsea and soak in the aesthetics of the industrial modern design, you feel like you’re in an abandoned glass factory. Everywhere you look, you see a mix of rich woods, glass, and colorful modern art. Then you walk up the illuminated staircase onto the second level of opera boxes for a VIP experience that includes bottle service and food. Or perhaps you settle into a comfy chair and watch the action onstage from this prime perch. But if you’re in the mood for some dancing and front-row action, you should make your way down to the large floor-level general-admission section.
The Sayers Club
Do you love the idea of listening to live music in your bedroom with a hundred or so of your closest friends? Then you should grab a table at The Sayers Club to hear a hip hop, country, or indie act perform. This venue originated in Los Angeles and made the jump across the desert in 2014 with the opening of the SLS Las Vegas. Here, you’ll see leather and multi-pattern tapestry rugs for a look and feel so intimate you will wonder how you left your bedroom and arrived in a recording studio. If you need a break from the tunes, you can head over to the patio for Strip-side people watching.
The Smith Center
Not only is The Smith Center the home for Broadway shows in Las Vegas, it also hosts concerts from many Broadway favorites, pop singers, and adult contemporary artists. Its Art Deco design brings the true charm of a concert hall to the music venue landscape in a town that previously just had the showroom experience. And if you make your way up to the VIP seating area, you’ll find a true theater box. You may also want to head over to the adjacent Cabaret Jazz Theater, where you can see smaller acts in an intimate setting.