When you’re in your 20s, it’s easy to party all day and keep the festivities going into the wee hours of the night.

But as we get older, it suddenly becomes more difficult to indulge in multiple afternoon cocktails if you’re preparing for a big night out. But even if you no longer have that college-age energy, going from daylife to nightlife can be done if you have a proper plan.

For some expert tips on keeping the party going all day and night, we turned to Michael Kot, the marketing manager for Hakkasan Nightclub in Las Vegas. Known for its infamous daytime pool parties and flashy nightclubs that attract world-class DJs, Vegas is the type of city that offers a great party, whether you prefer afternoon revelry or late night dancing. But if you want to experience it all, Kot has some expert tips on how to go from daylife to nightlife the right way. Whether you’re planning a trip to Vegas or another party destination, heed his advice to carouse like a pro.

Michael Kot

Michael Kot

If you’re going to a day party but still want to go out the same night, what are some ways to ensure you still have energy later? Does it have to do with the types of drinks you’re ordering? Water intake? We want the secrets from the pros!

Conserving your energy is a must—it’s important to know that it’s a marathon, not a sprint. If I know I’m going all day and night, I will pick one alcohol (usually tequila) and only drink that alcohol for the duration. It’s really hot out in Las Vegas in the midst of summer, so I always try to drink water in-between beverages to stay hydrated. It’s also important to not forget to eat. Vegas is a culinary mecca, so there are a lot of great food options available. My personal favorite is Wet Republic’s popular chicken tenders.

WET REPUBLIC Ultra Pool at MGM Grand Hotel Casino

WET REPUBLIC Ultra Pool at MGM Grand Hotel Casino

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How about the down time? Does the disco nap really work, or is it better to stay awake in-between day and night parties?

For me, disco naps are a hoax. If my head hits the pillow for even a minute after a day party, I’m down for the count. The best way to stay awake is to keep it going, whether it’s stopping in at a lounge on-property (my go-to spot is Level Up) or going home to regroup and refresh. And again, staying hydrated and eating always helps give you more energy!

LIQUID Pool Lounge at ARIA Resort & Casino

LIQUID Pool Lounge at ARIA Resort & Casino

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As you’re getting ready to go out after a day of revelry, what can you do for an extra burst of energy?

The 8 to 11 p.m. window is the most difficult time, as you get tired and hungry and the couch isn’t looking so bad. The best way to keep the party going is by getting together over some light bites at a close-by restaurant. My go-to spot that offers amazing food and doesn’t leave me overstuffed not wanting to go out after is Hakkasan Restaurant. The vibe inside will keep you awake, and for that extra burst of energy, Hakkasan Restaurant’s notorious Spark Plug cocktail will put your head on straight and get you back in the game.

OMNIA Nightclub at Caesars Palace Kinetic Chandelier

OMNIA Nightclub at Caesars Palace Kinetic Chandelier

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Now that it’s time for the club, what are some things you can do to make your night last longer, besides pacing your alcohol intake?

For me, the energy you and the people around you are carrying will ultimately make or break finishing this marathon. There will always be that person within your group who’s pushing to head out early. Having a mopey crew will no doubt end your night early, so it’s a necessity to keep everyone in good spirits and having fun—be the hype-man!

The Hakkasan Grid at Hakkasan Nightclub in Las Vegas Unveiled

The Hakkasan Grid at Hakkasan Nightclub in Las Vegas Unveiled

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