Location: The Cromwell
Tier: 2 ($$$)
Good for general admission? Yes
Re-entry allowed? Yes
Decent table prices start: $2000+ all in
If you are sick of the EDM takeover at most of the big Las Vegas nightclubs then Drais is where you want to go. They have carved out a niche by having DJs who play open format and hip hop. Their biggest draw is having some of the world’s biggest rappers come do live performances. Any weekend can have 50 Cent, TIP, The Weeknd, Big Sean or Future tearing up the stage. Performers usually go from around 1-4am.
The venue is well set up for both table service and for general admission customers. The dance floor is much larger than you will find at other nightclubs. On Fridays, Saturdays and nights when there is a performer the outside pool area will be open. This gives you lots of space and amazing views of the entire strip.
There is also a lot of value to be had on their Thursday and Sunday industry nights. Often buy 2-get 1, or 2 for 1 bottle deals can be had. On weekends for the same price of a Tier 3 table at Hakkasan or Omnia, you can often get the best dance floor table at Drais.
Drais is a different experience than you will get at some of the other high end clubs, and that makes it an attractive option if you’ve done the Vegas clubbing thing a few times. The crowd tends to be more diverse and having a live performer instead of a DJ can be a great experience. Overall Drais is not to be missed.
Drais layout. Inside on the right. Outdoors/pool on the left.
Inside of Drais is focused on the stage and dance floor. The dance floor at Drais is much larger than at other clubs because of their emphasis on live performers, not just DJs. Tables surround the dance floor as well as on the second floor mezzanine level, which is isolated, but has great views.
The dance floor extends to the outside part of the club. A much more relaxed environment than inside, you can hang around the pools where Drais hosts their dayclub and nightswim over the summer. Lower minimum tables and cabanas can be had outside. On weekday nights when there is no performer they close the outdoor portion of the club.
First check out my guide: Nightclubs: How Do I Get In??
Getting into Drias follows the same rules as the other high end Vegas nightclubs. A few things work a little differently from the other clubs though.
Tickets: Usually when you buy presale tickets you get your own line at the club. At Drais it doesn’t always work that way. You can find yourself in line with people who are guestlisting or people who are waiting to pay cover. This means you should arrive early even with tickets.
Guestlist: On non performance nights you can guestlist for free with even M/F ratio or better.
Hotel guests: If you are staying at The Cromwell you get expedited entry but still have to pay cover. On off nights can potentially get in free
Total Rewards: Expedited entry for Diamond and Seven Stars but still have to pay cover.
Drais can be a great club for general admission, but with faster entry, cheap table minimums and bottle deals, it’s almost always a good idea to get a table.
Below I’ll give you the range of prices you can expect to pay for tables at Drais. Min will be table minimums. All in means taxes, fees, handshake and all tips included. Low end prices are for weekday nights with DJs and upper end will be for big name rappers.
Main Room: As with every other club you want to be in the main room if you can afford it. There really isn’t a bad table on the downstairs part of the main room. The closer to the dance floor the better.
- Dance Floor (#100-140, 200-240): Min: 2.5-5k, All in: 3.5-7k
- Upper Dance Floor (#150-190, 250-290): Min: 1.5-4, All in: 2.3-5.6
- Tier 3 (#300-460): Min: 1-2.5, All in: 1.5-3.2
- Other (#500-630): These will vary because they’re sometimes broken up and other times filled by just one group. Expect dance floor table prices though.
Mezzanine: The second level at Drais is good if you have a big group and aren’t looking to meet new people. Great views and plenty of space.
- Skyboxes (#700-825): Min: 1-1.5, All in: 1.5-2.2
- Lunar Suites: These can be booked for large groups (20), or can be broken down to small tables. Min: 500-1.5, All in: 750-2.2
Outside: On weekends and big performances you can also get a table outside. You won’t be in the action but it can make for a good meeting point for your group.
- Tables: Min: 500-1, All in: 800-1.5
- Cabanas: Min: 1-1.2, All in: 1.5-1.8
- Drais has some of the best bang for your buck main room tables in Vegas. You really can’t go wrong even with Tier 3s.
- On Thursdays and Sundays you can usually get a bottle deal. Two vodkas for 600 is pretty standard but there are other options as well. Ask your host.
- Tables are bigger than most club and can hold up to 14 people.