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Tryst is one of the hottest party spots in Vegas. On Thursday nights, the line outside starts forming around 8:30 p.m., before the club even opens. Go-go dancers on the tables, waitresses with premixed shots (tequila and lemon drops), and a very danceable club mix draw mostly good-looking twentysomethings. The Chelsea Hotel draws young, party-hearty guests with its patio hookah bar and free happy hour (well drinks are on the house every night from 7 to 8 p.m.). For guests in search of a Hooters-inspired party scene, Dixie's Dam Bar delivers. The leather-clad bartenders double as dancers, and gladly snap photos with customers. We spotted bachelorette parties, locals letting loose, off-duty Hooters staff, and many others -- all having a blast. A happy customer signs the chest of one of the Hooters girls. The Viva's ample activities include racy adult games like "Kama Sutra", in which couples form suggestive positions and race to break a balloon. Free trapeze lessons are led by real-life circus performers. The MGM Grand's party pool, Wet Republic, can get pretty hopping. There's usually a crowd, largely because Wet Republic has lower cover charges than many other adults-only pools in Vegas: Typically, women get into the pool party for free and men pay $20. Despite the crowds, the cocktail waitresses are attentive and speedy. During our reporter's visit, there was a bikini contest and a live performance by electro-hop duo LMFAO. There's loud music, dirty dancing, and lots of spots to grab drinks at this popular spring break spot. The Moorea Beach Club at THEhotel -- part of the Mandalay Bay hotel complex -- has a rowdy pool party, exclusive to guests over 21. Plan to get to the pool early if you want to snag a cushioned lounge chair. (Otherwise, you'll have to splurge on the "opium beds," daybeds, or pavilions.) Poolside massage services are available, and "European" sunbathing (read: topless sunbathing) is permitted. The entrance fee is $10 for women, $50 for men. The activities staff keeps fun times rolling at this loud, lively, all-inclusive. During our stay, an inspired staff member roused the passed-out, inebriated masses lounging by the pool into a rowdy game of pop-the-other-person's-balloon. Guests blew up balloons and then ... started popping each other's. There was splashing, there was chaos, there was beer -- just another afternoon at the Bahia Principe San Juan. The Venetian's rollicking Tao Beach adult pool, on top of Tao Asian Bistro and Nightclub, is one of the best places to see-and-be-seen in Vegas. Celebrities spotted at Tao Beach include Heidi Klum, Jessica Simpson, Jay-Z, and Michael Jordan. Seven poolside cabanas each come with HD plasma-screen TVs and stocked mini-fridges. Preprogrammed iPods and daybeds are available for rent, while lounge chairs are first come, first served. On Saturday nights the pool gets lit up with a light show and 14-foot-tall fire columns. Topless sunbathing is allowed on weekdays. For the rowdy groups of 20-somethings who take over the Barcelo Punta Cana in February and March, the lively, late-night bar scenes, jumping disco, and quality booze more than compensate for drawbacks like slightly dingy rooms. The grotto pool has two beaches (with actual sand, in the pool itself!), a waterslide, scantily clad waitresses, and plenty of cabanas hooked up with TVs and refrigerators. On Sundays, the hotel hosts the Rehab pool party, one of Las Vegas' most notorious parades of tanned and toned bare skin -- it's so popular, non-hotel guests have been known to line up early in the morning and fork over $100 (for guys) or $50 (for ladies) just to get inside. Fortunately, hotel guests get free access (via wristbands) to the party, but this doesn't mean they don't have to wait in line. But this isn't a chic, classy affair -- a Hard Rock party means oiled abs, neon plastic beer cups with lids and straws to support in-pool drinking in 105-degree heat, and thumping, club-banger tunes. Rehab doesn't start for the season until late April; if you want to get a sense of the scene before then, watch the Rehab reality TV show, filmed on location. In the happening kite-surfing town of Cabarete, cafes lining the beach turn into fun nightclubs at night where young locals and expats come to party. Stay at the nearby Viva Wyndham Tangerine to experience the hip north coast action. As the name indicates, topless sunbathing is very much allowed at the adults-only Bare pool. Drinks are served by buxom, bikini-clad servers and live DJs play the latest in pop and hip-hop. The price of admission into Bare isn't as steep as at other party pools -- $20 for men, $10 for women -- but be wary of the food and drink minimums for daybeds and cabanas. There's a $50 drink minimum to sit in a daybed; cabana rentals require a $500 to $1,500 food-and-beverage minimum, depending on the day of the week. The pool at the Palms -- one of the best party hotels in Vegas -- comes with a de facto party scene. Tight-bodied women dance in the pool as the DJ cranks a loud mix from his solar-powered booth. Topless sunbathing is allowed at the adults-only Venus Pool, which is attached to some of the parties at the Pure nightclub, but is typically a bit more laid back than some of the other pool parties in Vegas.