Start Your Evening at One of Las Vegas'10 Best Hotel Bars

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By Terrisa Meeks, Las Vegas Local Expert

Las Vegas offers bars of all types, and the traditional hotel bar gets turned on its head at most Vegas hotel casinos. While many hotel casinos have bars near the lobby, they also have casino bars. The casino bar is an essential element of Las Vegas and offers an unparalleled opportunity for watching people. Lobby bars are sometimes tucked away in quiet corners, but more often offer a view of the front desk and all of its activity. Regardless of location, they all offer a serious array of drinks.

In the casino bar category, Center Bar at the Hard Rock 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.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, Franklin at the Delano offers a quiet atmosphere with food and music. It’s a great spot to stop before the evening gets underway, or after it’s almost at a close.

Signature drinks (usually created by experts) are a consistent feature at Vegas’ hotel bars, along with wide selections of the best spirits, wine, and beer. You’ll also find tempting food menus to go along with the drinks at many bars. You may stop in for a drink before an evening out and wind up staying for the rest of the night.

Keep scrolling to read our suggestions on the 10 best Las Vegas hotel bars to visit.

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, popcorn shrimp, wings, tomato soup, Chipotle Chicken and a daily flatbread.

9. LONGBAR
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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 downtown D casino, it's the perfect place to grab a drink, watch the game, place a bet or simply hang out with some friends. Offering nine beers on tap, 15 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, as people never seem to want to leave. You'll have no problem bringing the whole gang along for a few drinks at LONGBAR!

8. Lobby Bar at Caesars
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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.

7. Vice Versa
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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. Their own creations include the New Fashioned, with rye whiskey, maple syrup, bitters and orange peel--a nice departure from its predecessor. A generous selection of wine and beer is also available. Small plates of dishes like lobster tacos and beef or turkey sliders are offered, and a brunch menu is offered Friday through Sunday. Happy Hour happens Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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. 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 Bound Old Fashioned, made with Woodford Reserve bourbon, a sugar cube, house-made brandied cherries and bitters. 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 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.

1. Vesper Bar
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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 Vesper Interpretations. Classic is self-explanatory while the Vesper puts a modern twist on favorites. If you've never heard of an El Diablo (reposado tequila, creme de cassis, lime and ginger beer), this is the place to get acquainted with this and other cocktails from bygone eras. Or perhaps the Raising Hell--El Diablo's updated, younger cousin--sounds better than the original, with its mix of tequila, mezcal, tart apple liqueur, citrus, spiced raisin syrup and apple soda. Signature drink selections are rotated, so you can try new creations on a regular basis.