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, popcorn shrimp, wings, mac & cheese, Chipotle Chicken and a daily flatbread.
Recommended for Hotel Bars because: Franklin's welcoming decor invites guests to sit down and stay a while with a drink and some food.
Terrisa's expert tip: Franklin is located just steps from the Delano front desk. If you're looking for a convenient, easy-to-find spot to meet someone, it's a great choice.
LONGBAR inside The D Las Vegas holds the unique distinction of being the longest bar in Nevada. Spanning 1,300 square feet inside The D in Downtown Las Vegas, it's the perfect place to grab a drink, watch the game, place a bet or simply hang out with some friends â" and with this bar, you can bring all your friends and still have room to spare. Offering nine beers on tap, over a dozen 60-inch TVs and more than 30 seats with personal multi-game playing machines, it's a good thing the bar is as long as it is since people never seem to want to leave.
Recommended for Hotel Bars because: LONGBAR isn't just the longest bar in Nevada, it's also one of the best bars in Downtown Las Vegas.
Terrisa's expert tip: If you want to be sure to catch the game, LONGBAR is the bar for you. With their large selection of TVs, you can rest assured you won't miss a minute of action.
The Caesars Palace Lobby Bar enjoys a well-deserved reputation as a great place to enjoy watching the crowd, which is a time-honored form of free entertainment in Las Vegas. The Lobby Bar has a chic look with plenty of gold, stylish (but comfortable) chairs and a bar fully outfitted with video poker machines. Eight of Lobby Bar's drinks were created just for the bar. Noted mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim came up with these premium drinks, which include the Tennessee Highball #2 and The Chairman's Manhattan, both made with Jack Daniel's Sinatra Select Tennessee whiskey. The drink menu also includes a large selection of tequila, whiskey, gin and other spirits.
Recommended for Hotel Bars because: Stop in at The Lobby Bar at Caesars Palace for a 24/7 front-row seat to some of the best people watching on the Strip.
Terrisa's expert tip: If you like tequila, be sure to investigate the Patrón offerings on the drink menu, all of which are made with 100% Weber Blue Agave from Jalisco, Mexico.
The stylish Vice Versa is centrally located at Vdara, the non-gaming hotel in CityCenter. A full drink menu includes classics like the Metropolitan, prepared with Grey Goose Cherry Noir Vodka, cranberry and orange liqueurs and fresh lime, or the Vdara Mule, their take on the Moscow Mule, but Vdara's can be prepared with vodka, tequila or rum. Their own creations include the New Fashioned, with rye whiskey, maple syrup, bitters and orange peel, a fresh take on a classic cocktail. A generous selection of wine and beer is also available and small plates of dishes like lobster tacos and beef or turkey sliders are offered. A brunch menu is served Friday through Sunday with dishes like avocado toast, a burrito bowl or an egg white frittata.
Recommended for Hotel Bars because: With a location slightly off the beaten path and a robust selection of cocktails, Vice Versa is a hotel bar well worth a visit.
Terrisa's expert tip: Vice Versa has extended the idea of Happy Hour to Happy Afternoons, and Monday through Thursday they offer specials on cocktails, wine and beer from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
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.
Recommended for Hotel Bars because: Onyx's inviting cigar-bar atmosphere invites lingering with a glass of something strong.
Terrisa's expert tip: Social Hour is daily at Onyx from 5 to 7 p.m., and live entertainment is offered on Friday and Saturday from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Named for the process of pressing coffee for the perfect cup, the hot-pressed Panini sandwich and the production of wine by pressing grapes, PRESS serves up fun food and drink offerings from morning through late night. Guests can mingle bar-side or on the patio, which features a sleek, neutral color palette, two gas fire pits and comfortable sofa seating. Additional outdoor design highlights include a trellis system with misters, customized lighting, ceiling fans and heaters. In addition to draft beer, hand-crafted speakeasy cocktails and 20 wines by the glass, guests can indulge in a tasty array of small plates inspired by seasonal American favorites and an array of yummy desserts.
Recommended for Hotel Bars because: The inviting PRESS transforms itself from a casual cafe early in the day to a bar in the evening with handcrafted drinks and small plates.
Terrisa's expert tip: Bar specials are available every evening from 7 to 9 p.m. and include half-price fries, flatbread and large pretzel, plus house wine or Prosecco for $8, draft beer for $4 and the cocktail of the hour for $8.
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 Bound Old Fashioned, made with Woodford Reserve bourbon, a sugar cube, house-made brandied cherries and bitters. Drop in after 9 pm to enjoy a cocktail and live music.
Recommended for Hotel Bars because: Bound's sophisticated yet casual approach includes a large selection of handcrafted cocktails.
Terrisa's expert tip: Bound is situated close to the sportsbook and offers great views of the game from some seats. During big games, VIP seating with a view can be reserved at Bound.
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.
Recommended for Hotel Bars because: Eastside's handcrafted cocktails and live music come with a view of the pool and a vintage Vegas vibe.
Terrisa's expert tip: The ambiance at Eastside is in sync with the overall upscale atmosphere of Encore. Dress code here is resort casual with no tank tops or swimwear allowed.
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.
Recommended for Hotel Bars because: With piano music and tea service, Petrossian isn't like other hotel bars on the Strip.
Terrisa's expert tip: Petrossian is located directly across from the front desk of the Bellagio and just steps away from the Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, making it an excellent place for people watching.
Located in the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas, Vesper Bar blends contemporary sophistication with an elegance of decades past. "Vesper" was the name of a female character in the first James Bond novel, and the drink menu here is full of choices worthy of any international, jet-setting spy. Two styles of drinks are on the menu: Classic and Reimagined. Classic is self-explanatory while the Vesper puts a modern twist on Reimagined. If you've never heard of an Aviation (gin, maraschino liqueur, Violette liqueur, lemon and simple syrup), this is the place to get acquainted with this and other cocktails from bygone eras. Or perhaps the Spirit of St. Louis, a cousin to the Aviation, but with Japanese whiskey, sloe gin, sherry, banana liqueur, Chinese Five Spices, citrus and egg white. Signature drink selections are rotated, so you can try new creations on a regular basis.
Recommended for Hotel Bars because: Vesper Bar at the Cosmpolitan of Las Vegas gives new life to old cocktail recipes and adds a few new twists as well.
Terrisa's expert tip: In addition to their imaginative cocktails from both yesteryear and today, Vesper also has an extensive menu of Scotch and Japanese whisky plus American, rye and bourbon whiskey.