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The Ultimate Bucks Party – Las Vegas!

The ultimate buck’s weekend in Vegas

Hangovers are entirely optional

So your mate’s (astoundingly) getting hitched and the boys are planning to buckle up for a pre-ball-and-chain, fun-fuelled Manfest. Where to go? Where else but Vegas, baby. From 24-hour casinos and babealicious pool parties to world-class comedians and adrenalin-pumping adventures, this location has it all (and more). It’s not called Sin City for nothing!

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If it’s all about the pad..

OK, let’s get it out of the way. You’ve seen The Hangover. And it’s been your boy scout’s dream to check in to Caesar’s Palace for a monumental buck’s party (possibly minus the tiger-in-the-bathroom scenario and random closet-baby), for as long as you’ve been growing chest hair.

Located in the centre of Strip action, room choices include Emperor Suites (similar to the one in the movie) and Tower Penthouse Villas. Though you might need to take out a fifth mortgage for a Villa as prices are rumoured to start at around $40,000 a night.

Planet Hollywood (think movie memorabilia and an in-room pool table) and The Venetian (think OTT Italian architecture and marble baths) are also good choices, however for those seeking options away from the Strip, a Hardwood Suite in the Palms Casino Resort is the ultimate man cave with a basketball court, 11 TV’s and a pool table (and it sleeps 18). Or try the Hard Rock Hotel’s Paradise Tower Penthouses, that feature a pool table and, er, dancer poles.

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If it’s all about adrenalin

If your crew is after an adventure-packed extravaganza, forget laybacks at some dodgy Strip bar and ensure the buck’s last few days of freedom are pant-wettingly terrifying. Book a tour to Bootleg Canyon for a little zip-lining frivolity, where you’ll cover two and half kilometres of runs, travelling at speeds of over 95 kilometres an hour.

Channel your inner Top Gun with a Sky Combat Experience, where you’ll pull insane G’s at the controls of your very own ‘fighter jet’ or start the party off with a bang by man-handling a variety of testosterone-heightening weapons (like AK-47’s) with a Machine Gun Experience.

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Or lose your lunch on the X-Scream Stratosphere, a rollercoaster that propels you 8 metres over the edge of a hotel, or test your mettle with an indoor skydiving adventure (unless you’re tough enough for the real thing of course). There’ll be plenty of man hugs after that I assure you.

If it’s all about show-stoppers

Showgirls, puppets (and not the standard kind), entertainers, acrobats and comedians. If you’re after a rollicking night out with the lads that will guarantee the weekend’s hilarity gets off to a flying start, consider a good ol’ fashioned Vegas show.

Head to Planet Hollywood, for a frightfully sexy evening with the undead of Zombie Burlesque, enjoy an ‘uneasy cross between terrific variety acts and a stag party’ at the adult circus show Absinthe, or create lasting memories for the would-be groom with a visit to Hypnosis Unleashed. Video footage is a must.

Get your laughing gear around a funny-man or two with a night out at the Luxor catching Carrot Top (an ab-aching prop comic), immerse yourself in the whimsical world of whizardry with the Mac King Comedy Magic Show or if you’re an old-fashioned type and after a bit of cheekiness, shows like Crazy Girls (featuring pole dancing and naughty costumes) and X Rocks (rock ‘n’ roll chicks in barely-there attire) will definitely float your boat.

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If it’s all about the clubs

Not into gambling? Vegas is no longer solely a mecca for those splashing their hard-earned (or not) coin in the cashinos, clubs are now investing in high-profile electronic dance music talent, like Afrojack (mates with Chris Brown and Pitbull), Calvin Harris and Tiësto. And to avoid lengthy queues (so not cool), get yourself a V Card, which will grant you access to a variety of nightclubs, lounges and gentleman’s clubs, including those below.

Considered one of the more popular venues for buck’s parties in Vegas, TAO Nightclub in the Venetian delivers a unique mix of luxurious ambiance and high energy and boasts over four thousand square metres of party space, including eight impressive VIP lofts.

Marquee in the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino offers a lengthy line up of world-class DJs, the two-storey Parisian inspired Chateau Nightclub grants breathtaking views of Las Vegas Boulevard or if you prefer a somewhat stylish partier, enjoy an apéritif at Hyde Nightclub, which has front-row views of the Bellagio Fountains.

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If it’s all about the bars

There are obviously hundreds of options to explore bar-wise in this booze-addled town, however a few noteworthy mentions are Carnaval Court at Harrah’s – an open-air hangout featuring cover bands, bottle-flipping bartenders and an intense party atmosphere.

The Coyote Ugly Saloon, which will have you boot-scooting with the best of ‘em (possibly on the tables with a stetson-hatted lass or two) or if you’re into watching a game of gridiron or baseball over a beer, Blondies Sports Bar & Grill at Planet Hollywood is a college-style bar featuring 40 TVs, beer pong and cheerleading bar girls.

And for a laugh, check out Dick’s Last Resort at the Excalibur Hotel – a venue with a rowdy roadhouse environment, a Southern-style menu and insulting staff who are proud to call themselves employees of what’s known as ‘The Shame of the Strip’.

If it’s all about the pool parties

If drinking flamboyant cocktails whilst lounging pool-side surrounded by a bevvy of bikini-clad beauties is your thing (sounds a bit Hugh Hefner-ish doesn’t it?), then a Vegas pool party is a must.

With its enormous triple pool and DJ booth, the Encore Beach Club is a buck’s party paradise and if you up-scale to a luxury cabana, you’ll also get your own TV and private bathroom. The Marquee Dayclub, located on the 17th floor of the Cosmopolitan, offers luxury cabanas with private infinity hot tubs and Rehab at the Hard Rock Hotel boasts an oasis-style location with waterfalls, a ‘nirvana pool’ (for those needing a quieter vibe) and its own blackjack tables.

Palms Pool hosts a weekly Ditch Fridays party, where up to 3000 guests splash about across 8,000 square metres of non-stop fun and if you’re after something a little more ‘edgy’, Tao Beach in the Venetian offers an exotic experience full of pampering massages, world-class DJ’s and ‘European style topless attire’ during the week.

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And … if it’s all about other ‘man stuff’

… like topless performances and ‘gentleman club’ action, you can enjoy those too – but you’re sure to have more fun if you research those on your own.

Knock yourself out!

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