Libations And Luxury: 10 Vegas Lounges That Serve Up An Intoxicating Experience
By Heather Turk
Las Vegas Local Expert
With its many mixologists, it should come as no surprise that Las Vegas is home to some of the best lounges in the country. Whether you're looking for a place to unwind with a unique hand-crafted cocktail or you simply want to drink in your surroundings, there's sure to be a lounge in town you'll find yourself frequenting in no time.
One of the best lounges in the city is the Level 107 Lounge, which offers guests not only a jaw-dropping view from the 107th floor of the Stratosphere Tower, but also one of the most delectable lounge menus in town. Another lounge that truly elevates the Vegas lounge experience is miX Lounge, which has tables guests can sit at on its 64th floor balcony.
For a truly exclusive lounge experience, Savile Row is one of the city's best-kept secrets, while Hit Bar & Lounge treats everyone like a high roller. Feeling like royalty? Some lounges in town even offer afternoon high tea, like the Tea Lounge at Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas and Petrossian Bar at the Bellagio.
So next time your thirsting for a drink, head to one of these 10 lounges. You're guaranteed an unforgettable experience--no matter how many cocktails you have!
Hit Bar & Lounge
Located in the High Limit Lounge off the casino floor, Hit Bar & Lounge is the perfect perch for viewing both the high-stakes excitement and the ebb and flow of the casino action. Using only the highest quality products, including hand-pressed citrus juices and premium small-batch spirits, Hit Bar & Lounge focuses on the art of crafting classic cocktails using traditional techniques. The menu not only features each drink's recipe, but also a brief history on the cocktail, educating guests while simultaneously quenching their thirst. Must-tries include the Mai Tai, the Manhattan and the Sidecar. Whatever you decide on, palates are sure to be pleased. (702-730-7777)
Lily Bar & Lounge
Featuring an ever-changing cocktail menu highlighting trendy, seasonal drinks and unique ingredients not commonly found at traditional hotel bars and lounges, Lily Bar & Lounge provides a respite within the Bellagio's bustling casino floor. Guests can unwind in a warm and inviting atmosphere, complete with imported Spanish stone tabletops, plush community-style ottomans and multiple HD televisions. Lily's high ceilings and large windows offer panoramic views of the casino, giving the lounge an open and airy feel. By evening, the venue's lavish drapes descend for a more intimate and exclusive setting. In addition to its innovative cocktails, patrons can enjoy a selection of appetizers and small plates featuring fresh interpretation of American culinary staples. (702-693-8300)
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. Be sure to try the Apple Pie--a Downtown Cocktail Room original with bourbon, apple, caramel and cinnamon that's the perfect balance of sweet and spice--and 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)
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)
Offering a nightlife experience that can't possibly be put into words, this quirky yet sophisticated lounge is truly a hidden gem. Popular with Hollywood hipsters and clued-in locals, the candlelit lounge is beautifully adorned with rich decor, including mirrored ceilings, plush leather couches and gilt-framed art reprints covering the walls. The smaller crowd, reasonable prices and musical variety render Artisan a satisfying escape from the intensity of the Strip, and guests relish the bar's delectable drinks, intimate dance floor and peaceful patio. Be sure to check out its enticing happy hour specials and don't forget to visit late at night--Artisan Lounge is often hailed as Las Vegas' No. 1 afterhours experience. (702-214-4000)
One of Las Vegas' most exclusive lounges, Savile Row (located inside LAX Nightclub) offers guests an intimate nightlife experience that is designed with eclectic groups in mind. Envisioned by famed New York-based designers Steve Lewis and Marc Dizon, Savile Row was made to envelop party-goers in a lavish retreat daubed in rich hues of amber and burgundy, accompanied by romantic candlelight creating a captivating aristocratic setting. Reminiscent of the famous street in London, the private lounge embodies old English charm, resembling a 19th century manor with distinct features that cater to its visitors, offering a personalized nightlife experience. Fashionable attire is required. (702-262-4529)
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)
Getting to this sleek, stylish lounge is half the fun. Take a glass elevator up to the 64th floor of THEhotel at Mandalay Bay and you'll be greeted by the curved white bar and gigantic, organically shaped scarlet light fixture of miX, companion to the adjacent French restaurant of the same name. Huge windows afford breathtaking views of the Strip, and the vertigo-free can venture on to the patio, where intimate tables await. In addition to one of the best views in Las Vegas, miX boasts stellar cocktail concoctions, an innovative bar menu and a seductive blend of music spun by savvy DJs. THEhotel guests and local ladies always get in for free; otherwise, a nominal cover charge applies. (702-632-4760)
Offering one of the most exquisite lounge experiences in town, the Tea Lounge at Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas is someplace everyone should visit at least once. Located on the 23rd floor of the hotel, guests can sip some of the finest teas from around the world as they take in the breathtaking city views from the Tea Lounge's floor-to-ceiling windows. A selection of High Tea rituals are available as well, like the Classic English Afternoon Tea, where guests can savor delicious English scones and finger foods like the flavorful Black Forest Ham Sandwich. For something truly unique, be sure to try one of the Tea Cocktails like the refreshing Tea-tini: a mix of Bulleit Bourbon, chilled Jasmine Pearl tea, apple juice and agave nectar. (888-881-9367)
Level 107 Lounge
Offering an experience unlike any other bar or lounge in town, Level 107 Lounge 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. As if that wasn't enough, there's DJ entertainment nightly from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Why go anywhere else? (702-380-7764, 702-380-7777)
About Heather Turk
A graduate of the University of Southern California, Heather's byline has appeared everywhere from The Los Angeles Times to Playboy.com--with her review of The Truman Show making the front page of The Detroit News' movie section when she was just 16 years old. When she's not at her computer writing a story for one of the many outlets she freelances for (including Allegiant Air's in-flight magazine Sunseeker, the Los Angeles Times Las Vegas Guide and CBS Las Vegas), she can often be found at the movies, on the Strip checking out the latest restaurant/show/spa/hotel opening or at Disneyland.
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