Rain isn't something you typically associate with Vegas. At the very least, you hope not to see any of it during your Vegas vacation.
That is unless you're looking to jump into a party chock-full of the best sounds a nightclub has to offer, some of the hottest women (staff and crowd alike) and some pyrotechnics just for good measure.
Rain Nightclub has been a Vegas nightlife staple since before the cast of the original "The Real World Las Vegas" made it famous. And after more than 10 years, the hotspot has continued to be a sensation well beyond the normal shelf-life of Sin City's other nightclubs.
That success can be attributed to a lot of things that Rain does right. First, the venue is perfectly situated to host the biggest DJs in the game. Legendary music producer and DJ Paul Oakenfold has called Rain home since 2008, Z-Trip spent a year-long residency at Rain and the late DJ AM frequented the club.
The DJ booth isn't hidden in anonymity like at many nightclubs. The booth is front and center and elevated on a stage with a number of flat-screen TVs behind and above. No matter where you're trying to hit that Dougie, you have a view of the DJ booth.
The dance floor begins immediately as the stage ends -- and every square inch of the massive floor is usually occupied.
Two rows of VIP booths parallel each other on the dance floor with seas of dancing revelers in between. Go-go dancers post up on elevated platforms behind the booths. The dancers are often clad in an extremely revealing outfit that will be sure to excite the guys in your group -- and maybe some women.
A bar greets guests to the right soon as they walk in. The line can build up quickly here, but there's also the newly-opened Harlem Room on the opposite end. The Harlem Room isn't named after the Manhattan neighborhood, but after the liqueur from the Netherlands. The rich, red tones throughout make the room noticeable upon entering the club and with several booths and a great view of the DJ, it's worth hanging out here for the night.
But we all know rain doesn't start from the ground, it comes from above. That's why at Rain there are a number of VIP booths, cabanas, skyboxes and even more bars located above the masses in a tiered format.
Tying everything together is the sweetest lighting and pyrotechnics you've seen anywhere. Sure, being that this club is called Rain it would have made sense to do a rain show, but water doesn't seem to mix well with electronics. The lighting system has the pyrotechnics attached to it and actual bursts of flame come out just feet above the crowd.
Odds are you come to Vegas to get away from rain, but when the sun comes up after you've visited here you'll be begging for some Rain.
-- Review by Justin Lawson