Cocktails With Style: 10 Las Vegas Lounges for an Intoxicating Evening

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By Terrisa Meeks, Las Vegas Local Expert

Las Vegas is well-known for its nightlife, so it should come as no surprise that it’s home to some of the best lounges in the country. Lounges with hand-crafted cocktails and distinctive atmospheres are found throughout the city, making it easy to find a lounge or two (or more) to enjoy.

One of the best lounges in the city is 107 SkyLounge, which offers guests a jaw-dropping view from the 107th floor of the Stratosphere Tower and one of the most delectable lounge menus in town. You won’t find a better place to enjoy a drink and a killer view of Las Vegas.

Want to experience a little classic Vegas lounge ambiance? Try the Fireside Lounge at the Peppermill. It might look familiar from such films as “Casino” and “Showgirls.” The drinks are strong and the setting will make you feel like you've stepped back in time a little.

You don’t have to be on the Strip to find a great Las Vegas lounge. Check out Downtown Las Vegas, home to several great lounges. The Downtown Cocktail Room in the Fremont East district features an ever-changing menu of season cocktails and a relaxed atmosphere that attracts tourists and locals.

The next time you’re thirsting for a drink, head to one of these 10 Las Vegas lounges.

10. The Dorsey
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The sleek, elegant interior design of The Dorsey tells a story all its own, but the drink menu is what's truly captivating. Wine and Champagne are served by the glass or bottle, and you'll find a selection of beer as well. It's the cocktails that attract attention here, however, with drinks organized under sections with names like Light and Bright, Conversation Pieces, Shorties and Bubbly. The Penicillin's blend of Scotch, lemon, ginger, honey and Islay float is so popular, but the variety of cocktails makes it hard to pick just one. The Punch Bowls are also a hit, intended for sharing between four and six people. With all the choices here, you may have to make a few trips to try all of the drinks that catch your eye.

9. Commonwealth
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Commonwealth brings together music and drinks in a space with chandeliers, lots of brick and a party atmosphere. In addition to an impressive number of beers on tap and by the bottle or can, including Coors, Guiness and Dogfish, the cocktail menu is full of potent creations. The Little Hot Mess combines Bacardi Dragon Berry Rum, fresh lime juice and muddled strawberries, and The Dude Abides pays homage to "The Big Lebowski" with raspberry vodka, coffee liquor and Irish Cream. The rooftop patio gives you a great view of Downtown Las Vegas, plus there's often live entertainment. This isn't a lounge for quiet conversation, but it is a place where you can dance and drink all night long.

8. Blue Martini
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The Blue Martini is located in Town Square, south of the area regarded as the Strip, but its sleek nightclub ambiance would fit in anywhere in Las Vegas. Seating is available on the patio, or you can check out the entertainment or the VIP lounge. Martinis are, of course, a main feature of the drink menu. The signature Blue Martini is made with Van Gogh Blue Vodka, Bols Blue Curacao, sour and orange juice. Other dangerously drinkable options include a pomegranate martini, Bellini or the classic dirty martini. The large selection of cocktails gives guests so many tempting choices that it can be hard to make a decision on what to order. Food includes small and shareable plates like baked brie or fruit and cheese, as well as dishes like a beef tenderloin, lobster or flatbread.

7. Downtown Cocktail Room
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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. DCR boasts 37 seasonal menus so far, with creations like the summertime Watermelon Cooler with vodka, watermelon, cucumber and lime, or the Apple Pie in cooler months--bourbon, apple, caramel and cinnamon. The ever-changing drink menu is just one reason to make this cocktail lounge a regular stop when you're in Downtown Las Vegas.

6. Vanguard Lounge
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The Vanguard is located in the Fremont East District in Downtown Las Vegas, which puts it in the heart of one of the city's most trendy areas. The small lounge has a little sidewalk patio, a seating area with a comfortable couch and a bar area at the back, all designed in a comfortable modern industrial style. The Vanguard has a menu of its own creations, like Spanish Rival, a concoction of Cazadores Teguilla, apple cider, curaco, lemon juice and cinnamon simple syrup. Their selection of classic cocktails all have the Vanguard's twist, like the Vanguard Mule, which adds rosemary, simple syrup and cucumber to the classic recipe for a Moscow Mule. If you're feeling daring, try The Copperfield--you come up with the base spirit, and the bartender gets to be creative.

5. FIZZ
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The posh interior design of FIZZ provides the perfect backdrop for a champagne lounge and bar. Perhaps most well-known as the creation of Sir Elton John's partner, David Furnish, FIZZ gives its guests the right combination of glitz and refinement. Here you'll find a selection of the finest champagnes and an inventive cocktail menu. Creations like the Fizz Velvet have an array of tantalizing ingredients: Aperol, Domaine Chandon Rose, Rhubarb Tea Liqueur, John D Taylor's Velvet Falernum, Fee Brothers Rhubarb bitters, lime juice and egg whites--these cocktails are truly one of a kind. The small plates menu includes caviar, a Thai lobster roll, cheese and charcuterie, among other options. The elegant setting includes art from Elton John's personal collection, creating a setting that guests will long remember.

4. The Fireside Lounge at the Peppermill
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If you're bored with Sin City's ultra 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. 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. This classic Vegas lounge has been featured in films like Showgirls and Casino, and one look at its purple and neon decor will tell you why--it's about as pure Vegas as it gets.

3. Eastside Lounge
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The ambiance at Encore's Eastside Lounge is relaxed yet upscale, offering guests a view of the beautiful pool area to go along with expertly crafted cocktails, wine, beer, and spirits. Don't let the sleek interior fool you – you can catch the latest game while you're at Eastside Lounge, which also offers food during games from a menu of game-time favorites. The stylishly decorated interior makes a great setting for a few drinks with friends. The expert mixologists at Eastside ensure that every drink is well-crafted, using fresh, seasonal and sometimes unexpected ingredients in their creations. Live entertainment is offered in the evenings with a small cover charge.

2. Montecristo Cigar Bar
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Cigar lovers can enjoy upscale drinks and smokes at the Montecristo Cigar Bar at Caesars Palace. The stylishly appointed space offers guests a selection of fine whiskey and cigars like Romeo Y Julieta and Padron, among others. A state-of-the-art ventilation system keeps the atmosphere comfortable for everyone. Cocktails include classics like the Old Fashioned or Manhattan and signature twists like the Monte Mule with Stoli Elit vodka, Fever-Tree ginger beer and fresh lime. Serious enthusiasts can try flights of Jack Daniels, Glenlivet or specialty flights, like the Dram Drinkers: Johnnie Walker Platinum, Oban 14 Year, Ardberg 12 Year and Glemmorangie Dectar D'or. An impressive list of whiskeys rounds out the offerings, along with rums, tequilas, vodka, Champagne and wine. If you need a snack to go with your whiskey and cigar, Montecristo has a menu of small plates like salami and ham tastings, cheeses and shrimp cocktail.

1. 107 SkyLounge

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 menu of appetizers, small plates, desserts and cocktails. Feast your eyes on the view as you dig in to such sumptuous fare as the heavenly Roasted Tomato Fondue, or while you sip one of the lounge's signature cocktails. A rotating schedule of DJs keeps the music going while you enjoy expertly crafted drinks and delicious food, all with an amazing view of Las Vegas.