Not all music venues in Las Vegas are over-the-top arenas—these more intimate venues bring in everything from established acts to up-and-comers and are as varied as their musical acts. Check out our favorite down-to-Earth places to catch a live show.
Though the venue itself might be massive, the concert area feels small, and if you don't feel like standing on the main floor or on the balcony, you can watch while comfortably seated in the bowling lanes.
This fun downtown hotspot is a great place to see both emerging and established musical acts; it also serves amazing bar food and has an outdoor patio that's a relaxing spot for just hanging out.
Double Down Saloon
Truly a come-as-you-are bar, touring bands just seem to show up at this low-key spot, where rockabilly types, punks and pin-up girls interact. You might just get so caught up in everything, it's sun-up before you know it.
House of Blues
From its glorious Sunday Gospel Brunch to performances by Carlos Santana and music stars across all genres, the comfortable House of Blues is a Las Vegas mainstay. The main floor is flanked by tables around each level—or spring for balcony seats for an amazing view from the top. There’s a bar nearby no matter which level you choose.
Both refined and relaxing, the Petrossian was named one of America's best hotel bars by the hospitality industry's Santé Magazine. Its stunning line-up of piano talent includes David Osbourne, known as the "Pianist to Presidents."
Sand Dollar Lounge
A true legendary experience, musicians such as B.B. King, Muddy Waters and Mick Jagger would swing by while they were in town for a set at this joint, open since 1976. After closing and reopening with a new name, it’s going stronger than ever—the focus, as it should be, is on truly unforgettable music.
The Sayers Club
A gorgeous hotspot with a patio that overlooks the Strip, new and established bands are regulars on the circuit here. Among the notables who have taken the stage here include Jack Black, Lenny Kravitz, Macy Gray and Scott Weiland.
The feel of an old-school speakeasy becomes front of mind in this, the newest and smallest entertainment venue at Hard Rock Hotel. The standing-room-only room is made of Chicago common brick and scratched wood floors, and drink prices are reasonable. Come out for new and upcoming talent in all genres—rock, blues, country and even comedy and burlesque.