Location: Mandalay Bay

Tier: 3 ($)

Good for general admission? Not if it’s busy. Off nights it’s fine.

Re-entry allowed? Yes

Decent table prices start: $800+ all in

Open: Wed/Fri/Sat

The Lowdown

In the less than four years that Light has been open in Mandalay Bay it has gone through several transformations. Not necessarily for the better. When it first opened in partnership with Cirque du Soleil, it was announced as a nightlife experience like never before. There was Cirque performers flying around, on polls and jumping behind the DJ. Light joined in as another Tier 1 option in the Vegas club scene.

Due to high expenses and lots of competition, the performances were tempered down. Less than two years after opening, Hakkasan Group took over management of the club. This meant that you could find the same headliners that played Hakkasan and Omnia at a much smaller venue. It kept Light near the top of the Vegas nightclub pecking order.

That too didn’t last, and less than a year later Light was changing hands again. Cirque sold their interest in the club and Hakkasan dropped out of managing the club. Since then Light has been dropped down to Tier 3 status. They don’t get the big name headliners and the music has shifted to more open format and hip hop DJs.

The positive side to all these developments is that Light is still a really cool club, and you can have a crazy fun night there without breaking the bank. It’s a little bit hard to predict which nights the club will be packed, so it’s always good to have a contact.

 

The Venue

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The table layout at Light. Dance floor center. Not too complicated.

Light has the simplest design of any club in Las Vegas. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. In the center you have a modestly sized dance floor surrounded by the best tables. Each row behind the dance floor is one level up. This means everyone gets great views of the DJ. Behind the DJ are LED screens. Light really shines on the value of its lighting and production.

Behind the Tier 3 tables on all sides is space for general admission people to hang out when they aren’t on the dance floor. Bars are in back and on the left. There’s also a mezzanine level that has good views but is isolated from the main room.

 

Getting In

First check out my guide: Nightclubs: How Do I Get In?? 

Getting into Light isn’t complicated and follows the same rules as the other high end Vegas nightclubs. Not too many options beyond what I cover in the article. Entrance is very organized.

Tickets: Standard price is $20/30+ for F/M.

Guestlist: Since Light isn’t as popular as it once was, with an even or better ratio of M/F, you should be able to get in free on the guestlist.

Hotel guests: Don’t think anything for Mandalay Bay guests.

M life: As far as I know, no special privileges.

Bottle Service

Light was designed for table service. Most of the space in the club is taken up by tables. The tiered level design ensures that every day has a great view of the DJ and light shows.

It used to be that the dance floor would get packed in super tight so a table was necessary. These days that’s less of an issue. The best reason to get a table now is because of how cost friendly it is to get one.

Below I’ll give you the range of prices you can expect to pay for tables at Light. Min will be table minimums. All in means taxes, fees, handshake and all tips included. Low end prices are for standard nights, upper bound is for holidays.

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Inside: As already covered, the table layout in Light is simple.

  • Dance Floor (#60-68, 120, 121): Min: 1.5-4k, All in: 2.2-5.6k
  • Tier 2 (#40-58): Min: 700-3k, All in: 1-4.2
  • Tier 3, 4, Mezzanine (#1-30, 70-75, W1-9): Min: 250-1000, All in: 350-1.5

Table tips:

  • Ask your host about bottle deals even on the weekend. Buy 1, Get 1 is probably available.
  • Dance floor and Tier 2 is where you want to be. Closer to the middle stairs is better if you want to have foot traffic and action.
  • Any table not Tier 1/2 can be had on a one bottle minimum or less. Some even go for $300-500 min which is less than a bottle. You can just order individual drinks at those tables.
  • A popular night at Light is probably the best value you can get from a table in Vegas.

 

-Hax