Looking to mix drinks with great scenery?
Drinking will always be popular in Las Vegas, but in a new era of social distancing, some prefer their libations outdoors. Fortunately, Sin City has an incredible collection of rooftop bars and patio lounges. Some specialize in craft cocktails, some specialize in beer and some specialize in sweeping views, but they all remain hot destinations for those who love to hang out and socialize over a drink. They’re also a likely safer option than drinking indoors to avoid the coronavirus.
The Best Rooftop Bars & Outdoor Lounges in Las Vegas
Best Outdoor Lounge for a Drink and Cigar
Rhumbar plays up its Caribbean-theme with rum-fueled cocktails and a compelling cigar selection. The patio remains comfortable year round with fans and misters in the summer and heaters in the winter. The rattan furniture and surrounding greenery keeps the mood easy and comfortable while guests enjoy reggae, R&B and jazz playing throughout the venue.
Best Downtown Rooftop Bar
This two-story cocktail lounge is perfect for escaping the usual tourist traps associated with the nearby Fremont Street Experience. The rooftop deck has a great selection of craft beer on draft and offers easy vantage points for overlooking the Fremont East district. During the pandemic, Commonwealth is technically closed, but has been hosting “takeovers” by The Laundry Room speakeasy. Reservations are required. So contact Commonwealth for the latest updates.
Best Lounge with a View
The Foundation Room recently removed its controversial Far East decor and Buddha statues, but the venue remains as stylish as ever. Located on the 63rd floor of the Mandalay Bay resort, the Foundation Room has a comfortable outdoor patio with jaw-dropping views of the Strip. Book a reservation for a full meal in the restaurant area or just enjoy the DJ and drinks in the lounge. The menu includes high-end cocktails and Asian-inspired cuisine.
Best Outdoor Bar Near T-Mobile Arena
This open-air beer hall is at The Park outdoor promenade, just steps away from the T-Mobile Arena. That makes it a busy spot for Vegas Golden Knights fans looking to celebrate before and after a game. The beer list is huge, with local and regional breweries represented, but you’ve got plenty of wine and cocktails to enjoy as well. The food is served at a grab-and-go counter with a simple menu that includes brats, pretzels and other German-inspired bar grub. Beerhaus is currently closed due to coronavirus concerns, but is expected to reopen soon.
Best Rooftop Restaurant Patio
VooDoo Steakhouse & Lounge
VooDoo Steakhouse has stunning views of the Las Vegas Valley from the 50th floor of the Rio resort. Step outside on the spacious patio, where you can enjoy a drink between courses while soaking in the beauty of the Strip. Stairs lead a level up to VooDoo Lounge, typically a busy hot spot. where cocktails and dancing keep the party crowd busy on weekends. Unfortunately, the Rio remains closed following the Strip shutdown due to COVID-19. Hopefully, the resort and VooDoo will reopen soon.
Best Courtyard Bar
After being closed for much of the spring and summer, Jammyland is back open on Fridays and Saturdays. The bar and restaurant has large garage-style doors that roll up and face a spacious courtyard that’s being maximized for social distancing. Jammyland follows a loose Jamaican-theme with strong well-balanced cocktails, reggae music on the sound system and a menu of affordable Caribbean-inspired snacks. The hand pies come with either beef or vegan-friendly Beyond meat.
Best Outdoor Irish Bar
Nine Fine Irishmen
Following in the tradition of other Irish pubs, Nine Fine Irishmen was built in Ireland before being shipped to America and reassembled brick by brick. The heritage is reflected in the drink menu, which heavily features Celtic-themed cocktails, Irish whisky and of course, Guinness on draft. Live music and dancing are popular at night, especially on the outdoor patio, which sits near New York-New York’s Brooklyn Bridge replica.
Best Rooftop Patio for Locals
Public School 702
Public School 702 is a casual gastropub with an expansive outdoor patio overlooking the Downtown Summerlin retail and dining complex. A great spot for those in the west valley, the venue plays up its schoolhouse-theme with menus that look like test booklets and solar system models in the dining room. The beer list is strong and the weekend brunch is reasonably priced. No matter when you go, make a point to try the bacon cheddar tater tots with sriracha ketchup.
Best Outdoor Sports Bar
PBR Rock Bar & Grill
The PBR Rock Bar & Grill claims to “epitomize the phrase a little bit country, a little bit rock ‘n roll” with a mechanical bull, two DJ booths and a let-loose, ultra-casual atmosphere. The best feature is a 3,000-square-foot outdoor patio that backs right up to the Strip, offering great opportunities for people watching. Open bar packages are frequently offered during big games and other special events.
Best Rooftop Bar for Beer
Beer Park sits underneath the Eiffel Tower replica at Paris Las Vegas and has incredible views of the Strip, inclduing the Bellagio fountains across the street. The 10,000-square-foot deck has plenty of room for hosting a large party or catching a big game on dozens of high-definition TVs. Beer Park serves up more than 100 beers, including 36 on tap. The food was recently upgraded with barbecue favorites.
Best Locals Happy Hour
Kona Grill, near Summerlin in the Boca Park shopping complex, has been a longtime social spot for locals. The big draw is a rooftop deck that has its own bartender, although there’s plenty of space on the ground-floor patio too. Enjoy a choice of happy hours in either the early evening, late night or all-day Sundays. Ask about the latest discounts on wine, cocktails and sake shots. Happy hour deals on food include $3 potstickers, $6 sliders and $9 avocado egg rolls.
Best Hidden Outdoor Patio
Park On Fremont
Park on Fremont is a charming, intimate pub with a character-rich, photogenic outdoor patio and garden tucked away in the back. The venue is a nice break from the hustle and noise of the Fremont East district with beer and snacks ready to order. It’s often tough to find a seat on weekends, but stop by during brunch — the food is worth the wait. Overall, a great place to hang out and chat with a small group of friends. Park on Fremont should reopen any day now, following the shutdown of bars during the coronavirus pandemic.
Best Rooftop Cocktail Lounge
This sophisticated cocktail lounge specializes in handcrafted classics and punch bowls perfect for large groups. Located on the 64th floor of the Delano hotel, Skyfall Lounge also has an open-air patio overlooking nearly the entire Las Vegas Strip from the south end. Next-door sister restaurant Rivea has a similar patio and European cuisine by Chef Alain Ducasse. Although the Delano is back open after the Strip shutdown of 2020, we’re still waiting for Skyfall to resume operations.
Best Street Party
Best Adult Playground
Gold Spike is all about fun. The lobby and backyard for the Oasis boutique hotel is always ready with a drink and comes loaded with games like giant-size Jenga and Connect Four, pool, beer pong, tether ball and more. Bands frequently play the backyard while DJs turn the lobby into a mini-nightclub on weekends. Gold Spike even stays popular during the cold winter months, thanks to fire pits and an ice rink. Operations are on hold as bars slowly reopen amidst the coronavirus pandemic.