Las Vegas' 10 Best Hotel Bars: Finely Crafted Drinks and More

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By Terrisa Meeks, Las Vegas Local Expert

Traditional Las Vegas hotel bars are often located in the casino, but you’ll also find bars tucked away near lobbies and perched several stories above street level. Some offer live music, and all provide an array of delicious drinks.

The Hard Rock's Center Bar gives guests a full 360 degree view of all that's going on in the hip hotel. Part of the excitement here is never knowing who or what you might see while sipping on your drink.

At the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas, The Chandelier's reinvents the idea of a Las Vegas hotel bar. This incredible bar takes its name from the three-story chandelier in which it sits, with each level offering a different experience.

At Las Vegas hotel bars on and off the Strip, patrons will find signature drinks created by experts, along with the best spirits, wine, and beer. Looks for inventive food menus to go along with the drink menus. You may stop in for a drink before an evening out and wind up staying for the rest of the night.

Looking for music to go with your drinks? Many hotel bars offer live entertainment during the evening, often piano music and Old-Vegas style songs.

If you’re wondering what Las Vegas hotel bar to visit next, check out our list for some ideas.

10. Franklin
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Franklin at the Delano is a comfortable, modern bar with a inviting, stylish decor and a great location near the front desk and lobby. This welcoming space is a perfect stop for a cocktail before an evening out, or some quiet drinks in a relaxed atmosphere. The creative drink menu includes handcrafted creations like the classically simple Delano Daquiri with 8-year-old rum, fresh lime and sugar, a vast selection of spirits, wines by the glass or bottle, and beer. The food menu is filled with tempting selections like steak fries, hummus, baked brie, flatbreads and desserts like a brownie with ice cream and walnuts or red velvet cupcakes.

9. The Chandelier
Photo courtesy of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Not surprisingly, one of the city's most striking bars is found in one of the city's most talked about resorts. The Chandelier at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is an architectural wonder that combines more than 2 million crystal beads, three luxurious bars and exclusive music in a three-story space. 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, while the heart of The Chandelier provides a more swank and sophisticated experience and the top of The Chandelier overlooks the casino below. Look for signature drinks like The Forbidden Fruit, an concoction full of apple flavor, and The Chandelier's take on the Old Fashioned, The Infinite Playlist, which uses aged rum as its base.

8. Mandarin Bar
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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 bars. 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. Be sure to try the Tea-Tini, one of Mandarin Bar's specialty cocktails. A refreshing mix of Bulleit Bourbon, chilled Jasmine Pearl tea, apple juice, agave nectar and lemon juice, the tasty cocktail is truly one of the best in town!

7. Parasol Up / Down
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Located near the atrium and the main entrance, Parasol Up was recently renovated to freshen its design, which is filled with rich colors. The view of Wynn Las Vegas is expansive here, and includes the Lake of Dreams and its 40-foot waterfall. Guests have a terrific view of the Lake of Dreams show, which happens every half-hour from dusk to 12:30 a.m. Drinks here range from specialty creations to the standard offerings of wine, spirits, and beer. With this being the Wynn, you can be assured of incredible attention to detail at Parasol Up, from drink service to the picture-perfect view of the Lake of Dreams.

6. Onyx Bar
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Red Rock Resort offers guests the ultimate whiskey and cigar experience at Onyx Bar. Their upscale beverage program specializes in bourbon, whiskey and scotch, offering more than 70 varieties from around the world. To complement the spirits, Onyx also carries fine cigars, allowing guests to indulge in the perfect pairing. The signature cocktails offer up an assortment of selections that will keep you coming back just to try the next one. Try the Blood & Sand, made with Johnnie Walker Black, fresh orange juice, Cinzano sweet vermouth, luxardo morlacco cherry, optional float of mezcal, or the Dumpster Fire, created with Stoli Razberri, fresh lime juice, gomme syrup, raspberries), and you'll be back for more.

5. Center Bar at Hard Rock Las Vegas
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The Center Bar at the Hard Rock has a legendary reputation and a recently re-designed look. One of the bar's defining features is that it's truly in the heart of the action, sometimes complete with a few celebrities. Specialty cocktails include creations like the Fu Fu Cachu, with Malibu, Captain Morgan, pineapple juice and cranberry juice, or the Cherry Mule, with Stoli, brandied cherries, Peychaud and cherry bitters, ginger beer and fresh lime juice. Drinks are half price during happy hour, which begins at 4pm. One drink is excluded from happy hour pricing: My Muse, at $222, is made of Stoli Elit, St. Germain, Cointreau, Grand Marnier Centenaire... and some jewelry.

4. Bound
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Bound isn't your average hotel lobby bar, which has earned it praise as a hidden gem. The circular bar is the heart of the room, which is full of subtle tones, mood lighting and plush seating. The drink menu here has a distinctive pedigree. Noted mixologist Salvatore Calabrese, considered one of the world's most respected bartenders, created the specialty drinks. Guests can enjoy creations like espresso cocktails and signature creations like The Breakfast Martini, gin mixed with the finest orange marmalade, or The Cromwell Fizz, with Macallan Fine Oak Whiskey, lemon juice, orange bitters and a topping of Moet & Chandon Imperial champagne. Drop in after 9pm to enjoy a cocktail and live music.

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 cover charge.

2. Petrossian Bar
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Located off 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.

1. Vesper Bar
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Located in the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas, Vesper Bar blends contemporary sophistication with an elegance of decades past. The name of the bar was popularized by the first James Bond novel, and the drink menu is designed to honor that idea with a progression of cocktails from around the world. Two styles of drinks are on the menu: Classic and Vesper Interpretations. Classic is self-explanatory while the Vesper puts a modern twist on favorites. If you've never had a Sherry Cobbler, a Jungle Bird or a Bobby Burns, this is the place--and each of those drinks has a modern incarnation at Vesper. The Sherry Baby, for instance, is made with sherry, apricot liqueur, fig-cinnamon syrup and orange--just one example of the highly original cocktails you'll