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Las Vegas' 10 Best Bars: Strong Drinks & Welcoming Vibes



Las Vegas' bar scene has been growing steadily, not just on the Strip, but also in the trendy Fremont East District in Downtown Las Vegas. If you enjoy unique cocktails, locally distilled spirits and speakeasy-style bars, you’re in luck–although those are far from the only choices.

The best Las Vegas bars have always included some of the Strip’s casino bars, both because the drinks are good and the people watching is very interesting. Who knows what you might see? At The Chandelier at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, this experience has been transformed by being in an actual multi-level chandelier. You may even miss some people watching while you’re enveloped in its crystal beads and enjoying your hand-crafted cocktail.

For a truly unique view of the entire city, stop at 107 SkyLounge at the Stratosphere. Here you can sip on something strong and delicious, all while taking in an amazing panoramic view of Las Vegas.

Downtown has a wide range of bars, from newcomers to some staunch old timers. Atomic Liquors, one of the city’s best loved and oldest dive bars, stays true to its roots with an unfussy atmosphere and drink menu. You won’t find any umbrellas in their drinks.

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Herbs & Rye Bar
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Just a short drive west of the Las Vegas Strip, Herbs & Rye attracts bar aficionados from all over the city. Its dark, speakeasy-like atmosphere sets exactly the right tone for a menu full of delicious creations that go down a little too smoothly. The menu is arranged by era, so if you'd like some liquid history, check out the offerings from the Gothic Age (1776-1865) and try the famous Pimms Cup, made from a recipe that's still a secret to this day. Other eras include the Golden Age and Old School Age, Prohibition, Years of Reform, Rat Pack Era and the Tiki Boom. If you can't find a cocktail you like here, you might have to stop drinking.




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 some other nostalgic beverage served to you by a waitress in a 70s-style 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 is definitely a place where you can set the mood. Even if you're not on a date, you'll still appreciate the groovy vibe at the Fireside, which comes complete with one of the coolest fire pits in town.




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 version of the famous drink. Live DJs supply the entertainment nightly from Tuesday through Saturday, and a small selection of food will give you something to nibble on.


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Frankie's Tiki Room is a must for rum fanatics, as it houses more than 150 premium rums and offers a host of original drink creations. A unique combination of South Seas exotica and modern primitivism with 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.




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 like giant Connect Four and Cornhole, plus 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 cafe 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. Its appearance on MTV's "Real World" brought it national attention, and it continues to be a popular spot.




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 gives guests a view of all that's going on below.


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 appetizer, dessert and cocktail menu. Feast on the surroundings as you dig in to appetizers from the Top of the World Restaurant or sip on one (or two) 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 appetizers, sandwiches and other food for under $10 each, plus deals on drinks.




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 gives guests front-row seating to what's happening on Fremont Street and the addition of the Atomic Kitchen has added food options. 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.




If you think museums are boring, The Underground at the The Mob Museum will change your mind. Part bar, part history exhibit and part distillery, The Underground will probably teach you a thing or two. Located in the basement of The Mob Museum (officially known as the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement), The Underground takes you back in time to the days of Prohibition. In addition to enjoying cocktails from the era, you can also tour the onsite distillery. You'll have to stop in The Speakeasy for some moonshine (distilled in house) or a craft cocktail. Giggle Water, once a nickname for illegal alcohol, is one of the drinks available: seasonal fruit-infused vodka, Lillet, bitters and sparkling water.




Oak & Ivy's menu is dedicated to craft whiskey and classic mixology, with handcrafted drinks that use the best in fresh, seasonal ingredients. This downtown bar is located in Downtown Container Park, and its distinctive drinks have garnered attention from locals, visitors and critics. The extensive drink menu includes a selection of barrel aged craft cocktails. You'll find a few familiar standards like the Manhattan, but any of this bar's delicious creations are worth a try. Crafted specialty cocktails, whiskey cocktails and a large selection of American whiskeys guarantee you'll find something aged and wonderful to sip on. The small space also includes a patio, where you can enjoy one of their finely crafted cocktails and indulge in some people watching.


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