How to Meet People in Las Vegas

Meeting people anywhere can be somewhat of a hit or miss ordeal.  Whenever I’ve moved to a new city I’ve learned the hard way that not everyone is as trustworthy in real life as they are when they are hammering down vodka soda’s with you at the local watering hole.  Miami, and especially the more transient beach crowd, has been a nightmare as far as meeting real life people who can be trusted.  Hooking up and dating in Miami?  That’s easy!  In fact, I talked about places to bring a date on this page.

Related Reading:  Vegas made our list of cities where finding sex is easy.

Miami is the one place I’ve actually uprooted and flat out “moved to.”  However, a long while back, I was on a work assignment and spent considerable time in Sin City.  Yes, people outside the hospitality and gambling industry really do exist in Las Vegas, and I’m living proof.

The Famous Vegas Sign

Having a few local friends there really helped my nine month work transition.  I’m in my 30’s, so 9 months for me is a decent percentage of my adult life.  I count this as considerable time, especially the way I got out and party, interact with others, and really socialize.  I’m the opposite of a home body, so call me a social butterfly, if you will.  Actually, no.  Don’t call me anything to do with a butterfly because it doesn’t sound manly.

Anyhoo, I’m in Vegas and my first few weeks are straight up work, work, and more work.  In the very little spare time I have, I try to interact with people at a few of the popular lounges in the popular casinos.  That’s a big time fail!  I don’t know what I was thinking, trying to make friends with people who are going to leave town in 24, 48, or 72 hours anyways.

Luckily I connect with my friend Billy, who has lived in Las Vegas his entire life.  When he finally had some time for me away from his own family and life, we did some partying and met a lot of people.  Today I’m going to share with you my Las Vegas blueprint to meeting quality people.

Some people will say Vegas is full of transients, bad apples, and low lifes.  Sure, there are PLENTY of those out in Vegas, but to say all of them are like that would be downright foul.  Steve Wynn, the Fertittas, Floyd Mayweather (love or hate him, he’s a success), and many other celebrities and entrepreneurs make Las Vegas their home.

How to Meet Quality People in Las Vegas

Whether you are solo or in a group, you’ll be fine meeting other people in Las Vegas.  It’s just that you need to know exactly where to go and at what times.  Remember, it’s a playground for adults, so everyone should be smiling and celebrating life!

If you are looking for women, I’ll be honest – there is still nothing better than finding them online.  Dating sites exist for a reason, and I’ve found Vegas to be one of the most connected cities in terms of having people online and signed up for hook up sites.

Of course, social media is a great way to meet people as well.  Use hash tags for things you like on Instagram and Twitter, and check into places on apps like Facebook and Yelp.  You’ll be amazed at what you could find out about a destination and who frequents it just by paying attention to their social accounts.  Yeah, sounds creepy, but hey, it’s like knowing the play the other team is going to use before the ball is even snapped.

The real key to meeting people anywhere is being open to meeting people.  If you spend all your time on your phone while you are “out,” you aren’t going to be a very enticing person to strike up a conversation with.  How many times does the guy in the corner frantically texting all his friends all serious get sent a shot by some random woman?

Instead, keep your head up, smile, and ask questions.  If you get a friendly response, a dialogue will start.  That’s just basic ways to be social, it has nothing to do with Vegas.

Let me go into my best places to meet people in Las Vegas.  I’ve made this list segmented because let’s face it, there are people you want to meet, and people you want to befriend.

Best Places to Meet People in Las Vegas

  • Uber.  Use the ride share option whenever possible.  This is something that is so underrated.  I’ve parlayed random rides into trips to the strip club with strangers as well as have been invited to lavish private parties.  You get all types on these rides.

Sharing taxi cabs with people in front of hotels also works!

  • Kona Grill.  This is located in Summerlin, which is where many of the locals live.  It’s a nice area off the strip about 10-20 minutes depending on traffic.  You’ll find all types at Kona.  Everything from your Blue Collar worker to the millionaire entrepreneur.  Hookers, business women, and hair dressers.  This is as local as it gets.
Kona Grill in Summerlin
The Kona Grill is a favorite among Vegas residents.

Located in the popular Boca Park plaza, you can walk to many other bars and restaurants in this area, as most the crowd does.  Try Hussongs, the Mixx, and nearby another bar and restaurant called Wahoos.

  • Downtown Summerlin. Also located in Summerlin, this is an indoor and outdoor shopping mall with a very large pedestrian area.  You can meet people with ease at places like California Pizza Kitchen, Wolfgang Puck, Dave & Busters, Andiron, Matador, and many, many more bars and dining establishments.  There is also a full mall.

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  • Freemont Street – “Old Las Vegas”.  Years back I felt this was a run down area.  A has been.  Washed up.  Not up to my Wynn standards.  Over time, the revitalization of this area has helped my mind do a 180, and I’m not the only one.  This is my absolute favorite place to play in Sin City.  It’s a shit show of comedy all around.  Everything from street performers, to drunk tourists, to locals hanging out at the most local spots in town, this has it all.  You’ll definitely laugh and sometimes want to cry.  I make it a point to spend at least 3/4 of my day going up and down this street.  I stop at random casinos to gamble and drink in between witnessing the madness that goes down on Fremont Street.  How do you not meet people when everyone is drinking and laughing?  This is like shooting fish in a barrel, and the locals of Las Vegas all agree, or they wouldn’t have made this area such a cool place to hang out.
Fremont Street Las Vegas
Always a good time!

With bars, dining, casinos, a zipline, street performers, and concerts, this is a MUST SEE, even if you aren’t interested in meeting people.

Ps.  You can also take a photo with a million dollars at Binions!

Check out the photos below.

Naked Guy Playing Guitar
This guy has been at it for years!
Funny Homeless Guy Sign
Is this guy crazy?
Topless Street Performing Nuns
There have been many attempts to ban topless street performers, but the smart ones always find a way!

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Tom Savage is a serial dater living in Miami Beach, Florida. In between pool parties, late nights, and an occasional day trading session, he likes to share his tips on meeting women online. You can contact Tom on this page.

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