Drink Up at One of Downtown Las Vegas' 10 Best Bars

Downtown Las Vegas’ growing bar scene offers plenty of good options, many of which are within walking distance of each other. Cocktail enthusiasts can try several creative concoctions in one night. The Downtown Cocktail Room is known for its amazing hand-crafted cocktails, while The Parlour serves up vintage cocktails in a classic setting, and they’re a short walk from each other--along with several other bars in the Fremont East district.

The entire downtown area is turning into a more pedestrian-friendly place, but it’s also home to classic bars as well. The hotel casinos in downtown Las Vegas haven’t been imploded, so visitors feel a little more of the Old Vegas vibe here in the smaller casinos. Cheap, strong drinks are easy to find, which can make a trip downtown a budget-friendly move.

If you like to have a bit of history with your drinks, downtown Vegas is definitely the place to go. Home to the first hotel in town (The Golden Gate, still open today) as well as the oldest freestanding bar, downtown Las Vegas gives you the chance to hang out in some of the same places the Rat Pack frequented.

Check out our list of the 10 best bars in downtown Las Vegas to decide where you’d like to enjoy a libation.



LONGBAR opened inside the D Las Vegas in 2012 and holds the unique distinction of being the longest bar in Nevada. Stretching the entire length of the recently rebranded downtown D casino, it's the perfect place to grab a drink, watch the game,...  Read More



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...  Read More



At one time, people could sit on the roof of Atomic Liquors and watch the mushroom clouds from the atomic blasts at the Nevada Test Site. Those days are long gone, but the bar remains and it still offers patrons the chance to watch something...  Read More

The Parlour
Photo courtesy of El Cortez Hotel & Casino


The El Cortez Hotel & Casino has undergone several changes in recent years, including the debut of this vintage cocktail bar. The Parlour features a classic lounge setting with warm rich tones, a baby grand piano and leather club chairs. The...  Read More



ReBar brings two seemingly unrelated ideas together: vintage items and antiques for sale, along with a bar. Draft beers start at $3, draft wine at $4 and well drinks and cocktails from $4. The concept makes sense in this downtown bar, which is...  Read More



Oak & Ivy is all about the whiskey and hand-crafted cocktails. High quality ingredients keep the tastes strong and flavorful. Fresh, seasonal ingredients combine with homemade garnishes and mixers to deliver a refreshingly great drink every...  Read More



This Bohemian bar's location in downtown Las Vegas makes it a beloved anti-Strip hangout for hipsters and locals seeking a low-key evening. The relaxed setting offers guests the perfect place to simply hang out and enjoy a cool cocktail or...  Read More



With a claim as 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 a hint of Vegas kitsch, the bar's...  Read More

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One of downtown Las Vegas' newest bars is also arguably its best. The 6,000-square-foot Commonwealth cocktail bar is inspired by pre-Prohibition era design and drinks and comes complete with its very own speakeasy, plus a 2,000-square-foot...  Read More



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...  Read More


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