We ain’t talkin’ about those fancy new dance halls and clubs popping up all over the Strip.

Instead, I’d like to turn your attention to the 5 coolest places in town to go catch your favorite band live. Nothing beats an amazing live concert (with actual musicians) and the spectacle that comes along with it. Las Vegas is a particularly special city when it comes to catching live entertainment, and these 5 venues offer such a unique experience and boast some awesome lineups throughout the year. There are so many more cool venues in town, so I am selecting some of my favorites.

5. The Fremont Street Experience, Downtown Las Vegas

Fremont Street

The Fremont Street Experience is a melting pot at the heart of one of most unique destinations in the world. Three stages grace the Fremont Street Experience, with bands usually performing nightly under the canopy. Some of the acts include local groups performing original music as well as covers. Fremont Street recently hosted  festivals that included big name headliners including 3 Doors Down, Stone Temple Pilots and more. The thing that stands out most about the Fremont Street Experience is their yearly New Year’s Eve party, featuring live music and entertainment all throughout the night. That’s only fitting for Las Vegas, of course. Its a great outdoor venue with a true “Vegas” vibe.

4. The House of Blues, Mandalay Bay Las Vegas

House of Blues

The House of Blues name pops up across the U.S. with multiple venues in other states, including California, Texas, Florida and more. This particular venue sits underneath the Mandalay Bay, with a staircase leading down to the floor, offering a closed in, intimate vibe. I’ve seen countless concerts at this venue including everything from Megadeth and Mastadon to Christina Perri and Carlos Santana. They also host a Sunday gospel brunch and concert every week, as well as a number of local cover bands between the national and international acts.

3. The Joint,  Hard Rock Las Vegas

The Joint

Since upgrading to a large 4,000 seat venue from the 1,500 seat showroom in 2009, the Joint has invited some of the biggest rock acts in the world. Guns ‘n’ Roses and Motley Crüe have both had residencies at the Joint (both of which I’ve seen). Other acts including Avenged Sevenfold, Aerosmith, The Cult and The Black Eyed Peas. It is the largest venue on the list so far, but still gives off a close feel. It’s a treat when a band fires up some pyrotechnics and you can feel the heat no matter where you are inside the room. The Joint also has one of the easiest bars to access inside the venue out of the rooms listed here.

2. The Pearl – The Palms Las Vegas

The Pearl

Another large venue like the Joint, the Pearl at The Palms features one of the best sounding venues of Las Vegas. Everything from vocals to blaring guitars and crisp cymbals ring throughout the venue with clarity. The venue also has hosted boxing and UFC matches. Like the Joint, the Pearl attracts some of the larger national acts, but the sound quality of the Pearl places it ahead of the Joint. Their are more seats than floor space, along with cozy boxes that stack along the side of the room. A great layout with awesome sound.

1. The Brooklyn Bowl – The Linq Las Vegas

Brooklyn Bowl


One of the newest venues on the list, the Brooklyn Bowl has seriously impressed on several levels. This gem is tucked into the new Linq development, home of the High Roller observation wheel. The amount of shows and quality of acts they have booked at the venue is staggering, also offering free concerts throughout the week. Not only can you see concerts here, it is also a restaurant, bar and bowling alley. You can bowl while your favorite band is playing behind you! I have seen Primus and Jane’s Addiction at the Bowl, and I was blown away with the atmosphere of the room while the bands performed. Videos played on screens hanging over the bowling alleys, and the sound is fantastic. The intimacy of the venue is one of its best features. This venue is not to be missed.

All of these venues have provided some amazing concert moments for me and I hope you’ll be able to check out your favorite band or perhaps a new group at one of these venues.

Did I miss any great Vegas venues? Share in the comments below!