High atop the Mandalay Bay on the 63rd floor, the exclusive Foundation Room was once open only to members. Today, both the restaurant and lounge are mostly open to non-members. The spectacular view from the patio area is unequalled, and if you're lucky enough to be there as the sun is going down, be sure to watch the sunset. The ever-changing colors in the sky and all along the Strip are mesmerizing. The interior design has an upscale, feel, with lots of Asian and Indonesian elements lending it an exotic ambiance you won't find anywhere else on the Strip. The attentive bartenders are happy to help you find the right drink--which you'll probably want to enjoy while seated on the patio, taking in the expansive view of the Strip from its southernmost point.
Recommended for Rooftop Bars because: The Foundation Room's 63rd floor patio offers one of best views of the Strip at night.
Terrisa's expert tip: The Foundation Room is no longer members-only, but it still offers memberships and hosts members-only VIP parties throughout the year. If you're planning a visit to the Foundation Room, call ahead to make sure it'll be open to non-members on the night you'll be there.
Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville was inspired by the singer's music and love of the beach, and its fun-loving atmosphere fits in well on the Las Vegas Strip. The three-level restaurant has six bars and live entertainment, plus a great view of the Strip from either of its two patios. Margaritaville's easy-going atmosphere is great for casual meals and drinks. The restaurant is located inside the Flamingo and serves from breakfast until 2 or 3 a.m. If you're looking for some entertainment, Margaritaville has music from Thursday through Saturday, with a DJ at 8:30 p.m. and live music starting at 10:30 p.m. Even if you're not a "Parrothead" you'll find plenty to like about Margaritaville.
Recommended for Rooftop Bars because: Margaritaville's relaxed setting includes plenty of food and drinks and two patios overlooking the Strip.
Terrisa's expert tip: While Margaritaville offers a menu full of adult beverages and has several bars, it's also a regular restaurant, so you can have drinks and dinner on the patio.
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, like the more familiar Negroni or Manhattan, plus several original creations, like Blood and Clovers with Jameson Black Barrel, Luxardo Sangue Morlacco and Vittone Rosso. Specialty cocktails, whiskey creations and a large selection of American whiskeys guarantee you'll find something aged and wonderful to sip on.
Recommended for Rooftop Bars because: The rooftop patio at Oak & Ivy is the perfect place to sip on a whiskey drink and enjoy the day.
Terrisa's expert tip: While you'll find an extensive collection of American whiskey at Oak & Ivy, you won't find a comparable selection of imported whisky from locations like Scotland or Japan.
Situated on the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Fremont Street, Inspire is part of the burgeoning (and very trendy) Fremont East District. Housed in a building that once was a convenience store, Inspire today offers three levels, including a rooftop bar and club. The first level has a theater with 150 seats, the second floor offers a lounge with an outdoor balcony and the third level is the rooftop, where you can have drinks along with great views. Friday and Saturday the roof turns into a nightclub, complete with DJs. Bottle and table service is available (you can book online) and you'll find a total of four bars throughout the three clubs.
Recommended for Rooftop Bars because: Inspire's three levels give guests plenty of space to explore and includes a rooftop club on the third level.
Terrisa's expert tip: Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. women can drink for free (well drinks, draft beer, wine and Champagne) and drink specials are offered all night.
Beer Park at Paris gives guests plenty of TVs to watch the game on, plus a great view of the Las Vegas Strip and the Fountains of Bellagio. Offering over 100 beer options, with 36 beers on tap and a large selection of handcrafted cocktails, sports fans will have no shortage of drink options available while they take in the game. The menu features every kind of popular sports bar food, from chili-cheese fries to burgers. Picnic tables add a park-like feeling, along with a grassy area that comes complete with games like giant Jenga, pool and darts--during half-time, sports fans won't have any trouble finding something to do while waiting for the game to start. With dozens of hi-def TVs all around Beer Park, when the game does come on, it's easy to settle in, order up some beer and food and cheer on your team in style.
Recommended for Rooftop Bars because: Beer Park has a casual, sports bar atmosphere and great view of the Strip.
Terrisa's expert tip: In addition to its regular food menu, Beer Park also offers brunch on the weekends starting at 9 a.m. If you want to catch an early game while enjoying a breakfast burrito, they've got you covered.
Commonwealth brings together music and drinks in a space with chandeliers, lots of brick and a party atmosphere. In addition to an impressive number of beers on tap and by the bottle or can, including Coors, Guiness and Dogfish, the cocktail menu is full of potent creations. The Little Hot Mess combines Bacardi Dragon Berry Rum, fresh lime juice and muddled strawberries, and The Dude Abides pays homage to "The Big Lebowski" with raspberry vodka, coffee liquor and Irish Cream. The rooftop patio (which opens at 10 p.m.) gives you a great view of Downtown Las Vegas, plus there's often live entertainment. This isn't a lounge for quiet conversation, but it is a place where you can dance and drink all night long.
Recommended for Rooftop Bars because: Commonwealth's trendy style and slightly retro feel includes a rooftop patio and a speakeasy.
Terrisa's expert tip: Commonwealth also has a "secret" speakeasy, The Laundry Room, which can only be reached via text. Check their website for the number to text for reservation requests.
Drai's Beach Club and Nightclub operate as two venues in one and offers panoramic partying on The Cromwell's rooftop. Located 11 stories above Las Vegas Boulevard on the roof of the boutique resort, The Cromwell, Drai's Beach Club and Nightclub take the Vegas nightlife experience to new heights. The 25,000-square-foot nightclub is spread out over two levels and features such amenities as a 1,785 square-foot LED screen, a towering 80-sided LED disco ball, two VIP bathrooms and six dedicated elevators so guests don't have to wait long to dance the night away. As for the music, there's sure to be something for everyone, with open format, electronic and hip-hop nights, DJs and live performers.
Recommended for Rooftop Bars because: Drai's roof-top location overlooks the Strip and includes not only a DJ, but also a pool.
Terrisa's expert tip: Drai's is a nightclub, so a dress code is enforced. Fashionable nightclub attire is required and no athletic gear, shorts, cut-offs or hats are allowed.
Located right off the Strip, 51 stories atop the Rio, the VooDoo Rooftop Nightclub & Lounge offers spellbinding views and suave bartenders who are prone to bust into juggling routines at random intervals. This nightclub offers spectacular, sweeping views of the city and an open-air veranda area where patrons can enjoy a cool desert breeze and some of the Strip's most potent cocktails. DJs play a mix of music, both old and new, but often with more retro tunes. With an off-Strip location, VooDoo's ambiance is a little more relaxed than many of the Strip's clubs, and the crowds tend to be smaller. Indoor space is also available, as is the expected VIP bottle service.
Recommended for Rooftop Bars because: Voodoo Rooftop Nightclub & Lounge offers a location several stories high for a night of partying and dancing under the stars.
Terrisa's expert tip: Sunday through Thursday, there's no cover charge to get into the Voodoo Nightclub. On Friday and Saturday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., there's no cover charge, and after 10 p.m., covers range from $20-$30.
At Apex Social Club on the 55th floor of the Palms Casino & Resort, you can gaze at a panoramic view of Las Vegas, savor well-crafted drinks, see intriguing art and dance. The roomy outside patio gives the club an open-air vibe, and the chic interior features intriguing artwork. Apex was created as part of a property-wide renovation at the Palms (formerly, the space was Ghostbar) and the updated design is sophisticated and upscale. Apex is a lounge until about 10 p.m., when the DJ takes over and the dancing starts . There's no formal dance floor, but that means you can pretty much dance wherever you'd like. You can also catch live music. Bottle service and reserved tables are available.
Recommended for Rooftop Bars because: Apex Social Club takes the rooftop bar to new heights with its 55th-floor location.
Terrisa's expert tip: Apex offers "private airspace" for weddings and other personal events, offering you and your party the chance to enjoy the amazing view with only your BFFs.
Located on the 64th floor of the Delano, Skyfall's spectacular views of Las Vegas will captivate you while you sip on one of their innovative cocktails. A warm, inviting decor offers plentiful seating, and the expertly crafted drinks are sure to please (they'll understand if you like your martini shaken, not stirred - yes, there's a slight Bond theme). The lounge evolves throughout the night, beginning the evening as a more relaxed space and getting its nightclub on later in the evening when the DJ starts the music. Inside and outdoor areas are available, and the upscale restaurant, Rivea, is just next door. But while the drinks and music are certainly worth coming to Skyfall for, it may be the terrific view that keeps you around.
Recommended for Rooftop Bars because: The panoramic views from Skyfall are incredible, and they offer a memorable drink menu to complement the setting.
Terrisa's expert tip: The views from Skyfall are incredible no matter if you're inside or outside, but there's something special about the open-air view from the patio. Heaters or misters, whichever is appropriate, are available to help keep you warm or cooled off while you enjoy the view.