Peak 7 more crowded than 8? 8 is the biggest shit show of all time cause that's the main base area now and everything funnels in. My advice ride 10,9, and 7, top of 8 or the valley between 8 and 9, but avoid at all costs the base of peak 8.
Also for Apre there's a lot of stuff. 320 usually has concerts and gets decent acts. Burke and Riles, Liquid Lounge, and Cecelia's are where you go to get your grind on and feel like you're a piece of meat being pushed through a small hole. Park Ave Pub for pool and good vibes, Downstairs at erics for pizza and wings, Goldpan if you're into the more rough looking crowd, mother loaded for the very best and worst of America.