Rockhouse at The Venetian brands itself as an upscale dive bar, combining Sin City glamour 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-based awards (though the groupie-like staff might), Rockhouse’s charm is its design to unite partiers of all stripes. 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.
Crown & Anchor features two locations (and a third sister property in Las Vegas’ art district) away from the Strip, but if you’re looking for an authentic British pub, either spot is well worth the trip. This dive bar is the perfect place for locals to gather to drink and socialize. Vegas is a popular destination for visitors from the United Kingdom, so if you’re looking to catch a game of soccer or rugby, then Crown & Anchor is your best bet.
Parasol Up joins Parasol Down to form a pair of twins that make up one of the best casino bars in Las Vegas. Located at the Wynn, both halves face a huge glass window that looks out onto the Lake Of Dreams and its 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 and Down being more of an intimate cocktail rendezvous and offering some of the most creative libations on the Strip.
Ever wonder what it must have 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 and men and women were vigorous, youthful, relaxed and idealistic. Though largely a hangout for local millennials looking to escape the Strip, Gold Spike offers tourists of all ages and origin a refreshing break from the glitz and the glamour. 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 live music on weekends).