Over the last few years, Las Vegas' bar scene has been growing, especially in the trendy East Fremont area in Downtown Las Vegas. At bars there and throughout the city, you can enjoy a cocktail in a comfortable–and memorable–atmosphere.
The best Las Vegas bars have always included a casino lounge or two, both because the drinks are good and the people watching is very interesting. At Petrossian at the Bellagio, this experience has been elevated to include upscale drinks and food, plus you never know who you might see in the casino.
Fabulous views of the Strip are a feature of several bars both on and off the Strip. Mandarin Bar, situated on the 23rd floor of the sophisticated Mandarin Oriental, is an example. Here you can sip on something strong and delicious, all while taking in a fantastic view of the Las Vegas Strip.
Downtown has a wide range of bars, many trying out new and innovative things while a few are well-known for sticking to their original atmosphere, like Atomic Liquors. The one constant at these bars is an emphasis on great drinks, no matter if the décor is old school, or something new.
Whatever you're looking for, check out our list for the top ten bars in Las Vegas for great drinks served in a setting you won't forget.
The Bourbon Room
The Bourbon Room inside The Venetian truly offers guests a blast from the past. Inspired by the legendary Sunset Strip club in the hit Broadway musical "Rock of Ages," The Bourbon Room lets guests enjoy the finest collection of bourbon and spirits in Las Vegas--including three single-barrel signature bourbons made exclusively for the bar--as they're entertained by music video flashbacks of nostalgic rock music from the '80s. VJs get the party started nightly at 8 p.m., spinning classic rock hits and music videos, and leather and lace-clad cocktail servers perform dance routines to such iconic songs as "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" and "Nothin' But a Good Time." During the day, guests can sip on classic bourbon cocktails or even a Bartles & Jaymes flavored wine cooler while watching sports or playing slots at the bar. ((702) 414-1000)
The Fireside Lounge at the Peppermill
If you're bored with Sin City's oh-so-trendy lounges and bars, you'll enjoy the comfy, retro feel of the Fireside Lounge. Sink into a cozy booth and nurse a mai tai or other nostalgic beverage served to you by a waitress in a dress slit to mid-thigh. Mirrors lining the walls reflect the glow of the bubbling fire pit, sure to inspire romance. Performances from Vegas legends are replayed on flat-screens dotted around the room, enhancing the yesteryear ambiance. Consistently voted one of the best date spots in Vegas, this lounge spares no expense in setting the mood for you and your honey. (702-735-4177)
Downtown Cocktail Room
This hip, intimate Las Vegas lounge is one of the city's best-kept secrets. Dim lighting, cozy leather seating, minimalist art and eclectic music create a seductively mysterious ambiance, and the diverse clientele are mostly locals seeking a laid-back evening away from the Vegas "scene." The seasonal menu features delectable punch bowls and creative cocktails with distinctive flavor profiles that have customers raving. In addition to the specialty cocktails, the menu also includes Absinthe, in case you'd like to try the today's verison of the famous drink. Don't forget about the fabulous happy hour Mon.-Fri. from 4-8 p.m., featuring a selection of food and adult beverages for just $3-$7. (702-880-3696)
Frankie's Tiki Room
The world's only 24-hour tiki bar, Frankie's Tiki Room is a must for rum fanatics, as it houses more than 150 premium rums. A unique combination of South Seas exotica and modern primitivism with just a hint of Vegas kitsch, the bar's interior was built by Bamboo Ben, the world's foremost tiki bar designer and the grandson of Eli Hedley (who created the decor at Disneyland's Enchanted Tiki Room). While the atmosphere is fun (especially for the desert), Frankie's Original Tiki Drinks are what truly keep guests coming back for more. Each drink is clearly labeled so people know how strong they are. Be sure to pay attention to how many skulls a concoction has--some of these flavorful creations aren't intended for lightweights! (702-385-3110)
The Gold Spike was once a small casino hotel, but the casino is gone now. It was replaced with a "Living Room" full of comfortable seating, games and a backyard that comes complete with a travel trailer (and more games). The bar is still there, however, and it features reasonably priced drinks that include beer, wine, and mixed drinks. A grill is also available, if you're hungry after all that game playing. Open 24/7, Gold Spike is a new kind of Vegas bar: no smoking, free WiFi and live entertainment on the weekends. It's appearance on MTV's "Real World" (formatting?) brought it national attention, and it continues to be a popular spot. (702-476-1082)
Not surprisingly, one of the city's most striking bars is found in one of the city's most talked about resorts. Conceived by renowned design and architecture firm the Rockwell Group, The Chandelier is an architectural wonder that combines more than 2 million crystal beads (the largest quantity of beads used in one installation in North America), three luxurious bars and exclusive music all within one three-story space inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Each floor houses its own unique bar experience where guests can enjoy interactive light shows along with their signature cocktails. The bottom floor offers a high-energy atmosphere that merges seamlessly with the surrounding casino floor; the heart of The Chandelier offers a more swank and sophisticated experience; and the top of The Chandelier offers a lively environment complete with festive concoctions overlooking the casino below. (702-698-7979, 702-698-7989)
Offering an experience unlike any other bar or lounge in town, 107 Skylounge is the perfect place to go when you want to impress someone special. Located on the 107th floor of the Stratosphere Tower, it boasts expansive city views that are complemented nicely by an extensive appetizer, dessert and cocktail menu. Feast on the surroundings as you dig in to such sumptuous fare as the heavenly Roasted Tomato Fondue or sip one of the lounge's signature cocktails. On a budget? Not to worry; Level 107 Lounge has a daily happy hour from 4-7 p.m. featuring half-price appetizers and 2-for-1 cocktails as well as a late-night happy hour with 2-for-1 cocktails from 10:30 p.m.-close. (702-380-7764, 702-380-7777)
Atomic Liquors has a fascinating history, but that's not the only reason to stop in for a drink. Inexpensive and no-frills, this is the place for a large selection of craft beers along with a well-stocked bar helmed by knowledgeable bartenders. A patio give guests front-row seating to what's happening on Fremont Street. Atomic Liquors is the oldest freestanding bar in Las Vegas and got its name because at one time patrons could sit on the roof and watch the atomic blasts at the Test Site. The bar was closed for about a year between 2011 and 2012, and was renovated prior to opening, but only to give things a face-lift, not a complete re-do. The "dive" vibe is very much alive here, and that's on purpose. (702-982-3000)
Located on the 23rd floor of the non-gaming Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas, Mandarin Bar is one of the city's most sleek and sophisticated nightlife venues. Guests can drink up the stunning Strip views courtesy of the bar's floor-to-ceiling windows while imbibing one of its expertly crafted cocktails. In addition to a menu of creative alcoholic concoctions, the bar offers a variety of fine wines and delicious light bites, making it the perfect place to kick back and relax before or after dinner. For a light and refreshing drink, try the Tea-Tini, one of Mandarin Bar's specialty cocktails. A mix of Bulleit Bourbon, chilled Jasmine Pearl tea, apple juice, agave nectar and lemon juice, the tasty cocktail is both unique and delicious. (888-881-9367)
Located off of the Bellagio's main lobby on the casino floor, Petrossian Bar offers guests an intimate setting where they can sip on a signature cocktail from the extensive cocktail menu or sample a diverse selection of the finest caviars while watching passersby. It also features a traditional afternoon tea service that includes open-faced sandwiches, English tea sandwiches, freshly baked scones with clotted cream, Baxter's preserves, assorted miniature pastries and teas imported from around the world. Live music from a lineup of talented pianists, including "Pianist to the Presidents" David Osborne, can be heard throughout the day, making Petrossian the perfect place for those with discerning taste. (702-693-7111)
About Terrisa Meeks
Terrisa Meeks is a native born, life-long resident of Las Vegas. She became a traveler long before she could walk. Terrisa has traveled throughout the United States, from Maine to Hawaii, but she especially enjoys exploring the Southwestern United States.
Las Vegas is a place she's watched grow and change. While she always enjoys visiting the Strip, Terrisa's true passion is for exploring the lightly-visited Mojave Desert. She gets giddy over hard-to-find back roads, quirky museums, and ghost towns. Her happiest travel moments involve vast expanses of wilderness and a good map.
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