Vegas' Hottest Party Is Poolside

Vegas Hottest Party is Poolside

It has never been hard to find a good party in Sin City.

But the hottest time in Las Vegas these days happens to be at 2 o'clock on a Sunday afternoon.

Every Sunday for the past seven years, thousands of people have flocked to the pool at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Vegas for a daylong party called REHAB. And new parties are now cropping up all across town.

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"We pop more bottles at the pools than at the club,'' one REHAB party guest said.

"[At] the nightclubs you can barely see anybody,'' another added. "Here you can see everybody ..."

Everybody and everything. On a typical Sunday, REHAB draws nearly 4,000 people, mostly young, attractive and wearing very little.

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"Absolutely beautiful tans, beautiful people ... men," one woman said, holding a glass of champagne. "It's all good."

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Good for partygoers and good for the Hard Rock's bottom line. Even in this sluggish economy, REHAB's revenues are up 10 percent from last year, a whopping 135 percent from four years ago.

"If you don't have a pool, you're not going to be relevant,'' said Jason Hancock, marketing director for Wendoh Media.

Here in the middle of the desert, where 120-degree days are as commonplace as slot machines, the party has suddenly, and inexplicably, moved outdoors. During the hottest hours of the day.

"You used to have people who come out for the night life and during the day, there was nothing for them to do," Hancock said. "People don't want to come out and gamble, the younger generation, they want to come out and party, and this gave them a place to go."

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Pools and More Pools

And if imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, REHAB must be feeling pretty good these days.

"The clubs are the clubs, the pools are where everything's happening now," said Marc Jay, who produces pool parties. "In the last two years, it's really changed because hotels have sunk millions and millions of dollars into these pools and when you look -- one that just opened, the Encore Beach Club, I think they spent 75 million on that pool -- it's just incredible."

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Jay, a Londoner, first traveled to Vegas for the night life a decade ago. "I think I spent 10 minutes at the pool," he said.

Now he lives here and this summer he's producing five of Vegas' biggest pool parties every week.

"Creating a great pool party is almost like baking a cake," Jay said. "You need different layers and your most important layer is your sprinkling of pretty people.

"So we have a team of people who would go out and find the good-looking models, or we invite girls that we find out in clubs ..."

Add to that landscaping, daybeds, bottle service, cabanas, top DJ's ... and drinks.

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Eddie Perales, mixologist at Caesars Palace, said the pool bar on a hot day serves as many as 800 mojitos and about 3,000 specialty drinks called the Black Dragon.

Caesars Palace has eight pools, five of them new this year. The resort just finished a $60 million expansion on its pools alone.

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