Rockhouse at the Venetian brands itself as an upscale dive bar, combining Sin City glamor with rock and roll to create a rowdy—some might say raunchy—atmosphere all its own. Think of it as rock’s answer to Coyote Ugly. While its interior may not win any beauty awards (though the groupie-like staff might), Rockhouse’s charm is its design to unite partiers. Whether your bar sport is dancing, foosball, billiards, darts, Frogger, or beer pong, you’re bound to brush skin with a stranger—and with inexpensive drinks, after enough alcohol, you may even start chatting them up.
The legendary Irish-inspired O’Sheas is a true Vegas tradition. Now located at the new Linq, its laid back atmosphere and fun games continue to attract those looking for a good time. Here, visitors will find more than fifty types of beer, table games including the ever classic, ever popular beer pong; you can even participate in a tournament! The outdoor bar features nightly entertainment and live performances to keep the party going day and night.
Parasol Up joins Parasol Down to form a pair of twins that makes up one of the best casino bars in Las Vegas. Located at the Wynn, both face a huge glass window that looks out onto the Lake of Dreams and the water show. While Parasol Up is sheltered from the sunlight, Parasol Down drinks the sunlight in like a late afternoon cocktail. A grand spiraling escalator separates one bar from the next, with Up serving as more of a casino lounge, while Down is more of an intimate cocktail rendezvous, serving some of the most creative libations on the Strip.
Ever wonder what it felt like to be a member of the secretive, exclusive Soviet Politburo? Then check out Red Square at Mandalay Bay, adorned in Communist red, with plush booths and a rustic wood finish. It boasts a private vodka vault, and a bar lined with more than 200 types of Russia’s favorite spirit. Red Square also offers an extensive caviar menu, designed to enhance your vodka experience, as well as other specialty food items. As a bonus: this bar is easy to find in the large maze that is Mandalay Bay. Simply look for the statue of a headless Lenin.
Gold Spike in Downtown Vegas—just north of Fremont Street–takes patrons back to their Midwestern college town, where drinks were cheap, where men and women were vigorous and youthful, relaxed and idealistic. Though largely a hangout for local Millenials looking to escape the Strip, Gold Spike offers tourists of all ages and origin a refreshing break from the hookers and hustlers. You and your friends can play darts, golf, or shuffleboard; borrow retro games; read; or even play life-size Jenga or Cornhole in the massive backyard (which often features bands on weekends).
Plan your night
Show: No shows but live music events can be found on Fremont Street