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Where The Hell Can You Slow Dance To Jazz, Swing Or Big Band In Vegas?

Hot on the heels of my profile today (plus video and slideshow) of Nancy Baker, one of Las Vegas’ living legends in outfiting showgirls and dancers, a tourist has asked me for recommendations on another traditional topic:

Where’s a good place to go slow dance, possibly to jazz, big band and swing — and without wrecking your budget?

I get that question semi-regularly from readers. For locals, of course, a go-to place for year’s is Friday nights at Pogo’s. That’s off the Strip.

But here’s what I told the tourist. If you know of any other places (or disagree with my recommendation), please tell us in the comments below, and tell us if your favorite such place is on the Strip or off, and any other relevant information you know of. My reply:

There really is very scant spots to do jazz and big band music with slow dancing. That said, I would say your best bet is the Bellagio. There’s a lounge there, the Fontana, where singers and bands do soft enough music to slow dance to, though they mix it with fast-tempo stuff, to. It has a balcony overseeing the fountains. It’s pricey though. Drinks will set you back.

If you want to sit and listen to piano, there are two great piano playing spots in the Bellagio — one near the entrance, and that’s usually a classically/pop-classically minded pianist. Then, not far away from there, if you start walking through the casino, you’ll see to your left another piano player often accompanied by stand up bass, and you could possibly dance in that spot, though it’s on the casino floor, so it’s a lounge but with no walls. Also, drinks still pricey.

Oh, you know what, there’s a piano bar right there in Paris called Napoleon’s. Used to be a cigar bar. Super comfy. Not sure if you can still smoke in there. But it’s a great comfy room and you can request songs.

At the Palazzo hotel, go to the box office for "Jersey Boys," then turn to the right. There’s a nice lounge (with smoking, I believe) and they have live bands that may do jazz … but may also have some band covering Journey and Bon Jovi.

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