This dark and secluded lounge is right around the corner from the Fremont Street Experience and features a menu of craft cocktails that changes every few months. Guests can also enjoy tableside absinthe service, punch bowls for groups to share and cheap booze from Mike Morey’s Tip n’ Sip (a bar-within-a-bar with its own side entrance). Come down to the Downtown Cocktail Room (or “D.C.R.” as most call it) and see why it’s a longtime locals favorite and a bar that helped kick off the craft cocktail trend in Las Vegas.
The Dorsey is a bright, vibrant cocktail lounge on the casino floor of the Venetian. The drink menu was created by New York mixologist Sam Ross, who gained national fame for the Penicillin, a whiskey cocktail with ginger and honey. The Dorsey is very social and has plenty of style. Grab a seat by the fireplace in the back near rows of bookshelves. This is a bar designed with stiff drinks and deep conversation in mind.
Capitalizing on the enduring popularity of the world’s most successful action-film franchise, Skyfall Lounge stretches Las Vegas’ James Bond obsession to its limits, offering up an experience that is, indeed, for your eyes only. Like a retro-fitted Macau sky lounge, Skyfall offers stunning, 180-degree views of the Strip skyline as guests sip away on master-crafted cocktails that include titles such as, you guessed it, Shaken Not Stirred. Club owners also promise DJs who spin upbeat house and dance mixes but, with a closing time of midnight most days of the week, Skyfall is less of a club for night owls and more like Delano, in which it resides: a haven for those looking for a different style of Vegas.
Beerhaus is a contemporary urban beer bar situated beneath towering skyscrapers and between rings of trees. It is part of The Park at MGM, which flanks New York New York, just east of T-Mobile Arena. The overall theme resembles parkside pubs dotting the United States’ Midwestern metropolises, not to mention there are Wednesday specials including trivia nights, shuffleboard, and $4 late-night hot dogs. Denverites and Chicagoans may not want to feel so at home, but foreigners, locals, and Californians may love the break from the dark, loud clubs. Everyone will love the microbrew selection and inexpensive, delicious sausages and sandwiches.
One of the best things about the new Virgin Hotels Las Vegas is the Shag Room. The secluded cocktail lounge is just steps from the main lobby entrance and has the feel of a private club. The name is inspired by the vintage carpeting, comfy furniture and throwback decor. VIP tables are inside tents and while most guests will order bottle service (especially later in the evening), the signature cocktails are exceptional.
Bound builds on The Cromwell’s boutique image, serving craft cocktails in an intimate but stylish environment. Libations are made with top-shelf whiskey, brandy, gin and other fine spirits. Bound is also the perfect pregaming spot before heading upstairs to Drai’s, a rooftop nightclub. Just hang out for a while on the couch with someone special.
Like the Cosmopolitan in which it resides, Vesper oozes mid-century Hollywood class. Bartenders dress in vests and bow ties, waitresses in skirts — and both stand ready to mix up and serve some of the best cocktails on the Strip. Martinis are the specialty.
Beer Park is nestled underneath Paris’ replica Eiffel Tower above Chateau Nightclub. Its 10,000-square-foot deck offers ample room to host a large group or watch one of your favorite sports teams on dozens of high-definition TVs. It also makes a great perch for people watching on the Strip. The outdoor bar offers more than 100 beers—36 of which are on tap.
A true speakeasy on the Strip. Ghost Donkey is hidden in the back of the Block 16 Urban Food Hall at the Cosmopolitan, but is fast becoming the resort’s worst kept secret. The cocktails are focused on tequila and mezcal, including a Negroni crafted with mole spices. The Mexican agave spirits pair well with the gourmet nacho selection.
Mama Rabbit is one of those lounges that seems to have it all. The specialty is a menu of craft cocktails featuring the largest tequila collection on the Strip. Guests can also enjoy live music, Mexican-inspired bar bites and gaming tables. Mama Rabbit has an infectious party atmosphere and almost feels like a nightclub at times. Margaritas are made fresh from a tableside cart.