Las Vegas is known for its non-stop, world-class gambling and partying, but nothing would ever happen if the cocktails here weren’t sinfully superb. It’s time to indulge yourself and dare to try some new beverages with our carefully crafted guide to the top 10 cocktail bars to be found both on and off the Strip. The drinks these bars offer are decadent and come fully ready to delight and awaken the senses. Viva Las Vegas!
Named after the beloved English spy James Bond, this glitzy cocktail bar overlooks the Strip from the exuberant Cosmopolitan Resort. The Bond is a rush to the senses in more ways than one – it features pop-up performances that launch from the various window boxes that are placed throughout the entire bar. These vibrant performances differ in variety and intensity and range from go-go dancing and singing to trapeze artists and even art painting. The wild scene to be found here is one that will keep patrons coming back for more; what Vegas is all about!
Located in the Wynn Hotel and Casino, the Parasol Bar offers two different immersive experiences with its two different, parasol-filled rooms; Up and Down. Parasol Down has a more relaxed ambiance and is perfect for those looking for a late evening retreat, while Parasol Up is its more up-scale and vibrant brother. In order to reach Parasol Down, guests embark on a spiraling elevator and both bars face a huge panoramic window with a breath-taking view of the Strip and the beautiful water show, Lake of Dreams. Don’t forget to be on the look out for celebrities, as it’s not unusual at the Parasol to be drinking right next to an A-lister!
Alibi Cocktail Lounge
Located in the ARIA Resort & Casino, this cocktail lounge is one of a rare few on the Strip that offer none other than VIP bottle service. The elegant decor has a timeless feel to it and elicits pure and unadulterated Old Vegas glamour. Alibi emphasizes heavily the immaculate presentation of its cocktails, and the staff here are ready and eager to meet all customer needs. Indulge in your favorite cocktail whilst relaxing to a soundtrack of classic tunes.
This historic establishment has the honor of being the oldest freestanding bar in all of Las Vegas. Even though it first opened in 1945 under the name of Virginia’s Cafe, its current name was given after patrons used to watch atomic tests performed by the US Army go off from the roof. This iconic watering hole offers a wide variety of in-house creations but the sour beers are the true stand-out. Due to its off-the-beaten-path nature and distance from the Strip, Atomic Liquors has a rich history of hosting a multitude of celebrities. Hollywood idols such as Barbara Streisand and Burt Reynolds even had their own arranged seat at this iconic bar.
As the name fittingly indicates, Bar Prohibition serves Prohibition-era cocktails in one of the most historic resorts in Vegas. The Golden Gate Casino was first a boutique hotel that survived through the years of Prohibition and hence gave one of its bars the name to commemorate and celebrate its repeal more than 80 years ago. The bar was also privileged enough to have Frank Sinatra frequent it when he was in town and there’s a special drink in his name, simply called the Golden Gate. This classic cocktail mixes what Frank himself would order; two shots of Jack Daniels mixed in with bottled water and four ice cubes.
Located on the 23rd floor of the Mandarin Oriental, the Mandarin Bar offers a view that is nothing short of spectacular and one of the very best in all of Vegas. Prepare yourself to experience an ambiance full of refined sophistication in a non-gaming resort creating an unparalleled level of maximum luxury and class. Not only are the sleek decorations and the cocktails out-of-this-world, but the unique setting evokes the scene of a big and worldly city.
The Laundry Room
The Laundry Room is one of the best kept and most exciting secrets in Las Vegas. This hidden place is located inside the Commonwealth Bar and requires reservations to get in. In order to get a reservation, guests have to text a code of secret numbers by figuring out a series of clues. Guests then have to text again to let the staff know that they are ready to enter the bar and that they have arrived on schedule. Once inside, guests will encounter a 1920’s themed backdrop as they experience and taste some the best cocktails in all of Sin City!
Herbs & Rye
If you’re in Las Vegas looking for a bar that offers hand-crafted drinks served by outstanding and experienced bartenders, Herbs & Rye is the place to go. Deemed by Las Vegas Weekly as having the best happy hour in town, this quaint bar offers two different time slots (from 5-8pm and 12-3am) when patrons are able to taste all the steak and appetizers, including the drinks, at a whopping 50% off. The unique menu explains the history behind each of the cocktails served, while the fact that most bartenders in Sin City come around here for the occasional drink speaks volumes for the quality and authenticity of the joint.
This small gem of a bar located in the Arts District Downtown offers a laid-back atmosphere just minutes away from the bright lights of Sin City. Comfy couches abound at the Velveteen Rabbit, which remains a hidden treasure perfect for those looking for an escape from the chaotic action of the Strip. Strike up a conversation with some locals and find a respite form the mainstream tourist scene as you indulge in one of the perfectly crafted, seasonally inspired long drinks.
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