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 open to non-members (after 10 p.m. for the lounge). The spectacular view from the patio area is unequaled, 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 view from the Foundation Room is unmatched, giving guests a 63rd-floor perspective on Las Vegas.
Terrisa's expert tip: Although the Foundation Room is no longer members-only, it still offers memberships and hosts members-only parties throughout the year. If you'd like to make 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: The casual, fun-loving atmosphere at Margaritaville includes plenty of food and drinks plus two patios overlooking the Strip.
Terrisa's expert tip: Although Margaritaville serves a full menu of adult beverages and has several bars, it's also a full 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 Mai Tai, only with a list of ingredients that doesn't sound familiar for this drink: Rhum Clement, Coruba, Velvet Falernum, Bols Orange Curacao and Orgeat. Crafted specialty cocktails, whiskey cocktails and a large selection of American whiskeys guarantee you'll find something aged and wonderful to sip on.
Recommended for Rooftop Bars because: Classic ingredients, top-shelf spirits and a hip atmosphere come together at Oak & Ivy.
Terrisa's expert tip: Parking on the street and in lots is plentiful around Container Park, so it's no problem to find a place for the car if you're in this part of Downtown Las Vegas.
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. Wednesday is Girls Night Out on the roof and Champagne is free for ladies. 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 gives guests three levels to explore, including a rooftop club three stories above Downtown Las Vegas.
Terrisa's expert tip: Like many Downtown bars and restaurants, Inspire is easier on the wallet than bars and nightclubs on the Strip. You'll find very reasonable cover charges and event tickets here.
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 offers a casual, outdoor environment where you can relax, watch the game and enjoy a terrific view of the Las Vegas Strip.
Terrisa's expert tip: In addition to its massive selection of beers, Beer Park also offers a wide range of cocktails, including a few on draft that can be ordered by the pitcher: Grand Slam Peacharita, Kentucky Lemonade, The Park Ice Tea and Touchdown Smash.
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, Guinness 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 brings a jazzy bygone era back to life with expert mixology, a rooftop patio and a secret bar.
Terrisa's expert tip: Commonwealth is in the very walkable Fremont East District, which is full of trendy bars and restaurants. It's just a short stroll from the Fremont Street Experience.
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 an open format, electronic and hip-hop nights.
Recommended for Rooftop Bars because: The rooftop scene at Drai's includes a pool, hot DJs and a killer view of the Strip.
Terrisa's expert tip: During beach club season in Vegas, the party at Drai's Beach Club begins at 11 a.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Drai's offers a cool rooftop pool to play in, DJs, two bars and food service, and cabanas and bungalows are available to rent.
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 lets you dance and drink under the stars high above Las Vegas.
Terrisa's expert tip: From 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., there's no cover charge to get in the VooDoo Rooftop Lounge. After 10 p.m., cover for women ranges from $10-$20 and $20-$30 for men; check for special event pricing.
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--Rick Ross recently performed on the patio. Bottle service and reserved tables are available.
Recommended for Rooftop Bars because: With its stunning 55th-floor location and plenty of patio to enjoy, Apex Social Club gives rooftop partying a whole new look.
Terrisa's expert tip: The Palms' special bachelorette party packages offer great deals that combine, food, drinks and entry into Apex Social Club. A la carte add-ons to the packages include bottle service at Apex.
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: Skyfall's 64th-floor view gives guests a jaw-dropping view of Las Vegas along with a memorable drink menu of well-crafted cocktails.
Terrisa's expert tip: The views of the city are unparalleled at Skyfall no matter if you're sitting inside or on the patio, but if you'd like to enjoy the patio's open-air view when it's chillier outside, don't worry--they have heaters to keep you comfortable.