Las Vegas has a reputation for being uncomfortably hot. But outside of June to August, the weather ranges from tolerable to perfect, making outdoor lounges and rooftop bars great spots to hangout and socialize.
7 of The Best Outdoor Lounges & Rooftop Bars in Las Vegas
Best Exotic Outdoor Lounge & Bar
Rhumbar’s top-rated Caribbean-themed patio is comfortable year round, with fans and misters for the sweltering summers and heaters for Christmas and New Year’s. Relax in rattan furniture and listen to reggae, R&B, and jazz as you puff cigars and sip Vegas’ twist on classic tropical cocktails, including, to no one’s surprise, the best rum-based drinks on the Strip.
Best Downtown Rooftop Bar
Located downtown, this two-story cocktail lounge is perfect for escaping the usual tourist traps and making new friends on its rooftop, which offers the perfect perch for people watching in Fremont East. Look around a bit, and you may even uncover The Laundry Room, a secret speakeasy serving up cocktails reminiscent of the Roaring Twenties.
Best Outdoor Luxury Bar
Featured on our Top 16 of 2016 list, Parasol Down spellbinds tourists with its upscale cognacs and cocktails and opium-inspired décor that looks like Alice of Wonderland fame took a trip to East Asia. But during Vegas’ outdoor months, the patio flanking the Lake of Dreams steals the show, allowing visitors to sip some of the Strip’s finest libations alongside a Japanese-styled garden and forty-foot waterfall.
Best Rooftop Lounge with a View
Opal Room in 2019 will replace Ghostbar, which was situated on the 55th floor of the Palms. While details have yet to be released, expect it to be similar to the former outdoor ultra lounge. Ghostbar combined a club atmosphere with a party-hard patio, offering affordable bottle service and spectacular, phobia-triggering views of the lights of Las Vegas Boulevard.
Best Outside Bar and Food With a View
Whether its 2 a.m. or 2 p.m., Hexx serves creative twists on classic American and international cocktails and dishes—all while you wine and dine under the sun or stars as you try to memorize the exact patterns of the world-famous Bellagio fountains. The wine list is a surprise too, featuring bottles for even the most discriminating connoisseur. Save room for dessert: Hexx’s bean-to-bar chocolate is worth the vacation calories.
Best Outdoor Irish Bar
Nine Fine Irishmen
Like all great American Irish pubs, Nine Fine Irishmen was built in Ireland before being shipped to Vegas and re-assembled brick by brick. Their booze selection reflects their heritage, offering Ireland’s own beers and whiskeys and a fun array of Celtic-themed cocktails. During evenings they feature live Irish music and dancing—all of which is fun, festive, and perfect for a break from the classic rock and hip-hop blaring casinos surrounding it.
Best Local Rooftop Patio Bar
Public School 702
Craft beer conoisseurs willing to head west won’t be disappointed by one of Las Vegas’ best gastropubs. Only minutes from Red Rock Resort, Public School welcomes patrons with playful schoolhouse details—such as slates, solar system models, beer classes, and flashcards—and one of the best-looking patios in Summerlin. And despite being a bit of a drive, the bar is never short of coeds—most of whom are far more relaxed than their Strip counterparts.
PBR Rock Bar
Affiliated with the Professional Bull Riders PBR Rock Bar claims to “epitomize the phrase a little bit country, a little bit rock ‘n roll.” It has a mechanical bull, two DJ booths, and a let-loose atmosphere where just about anyone will feel comfortable. Rock Bar’s best feature is its 3,000-square-foot outdoor patio. It backs right up to the Strip and offers great people watching and opportunities to make friends.
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 eclectic beers—36 of which are on tap. The food and cocktails are a bit weak. Its Budweiser-everything, all-American menu is holding back the mixologist’s and chef’s potential.
Beerhaus offers the atmosphere of a typical Midwestern bar with the quality food and brew selection of a European biergarten. Its casual half-inside, half-outside environment makes it feel bigger than it is. Games like shuffleboard and cornhole are great chances to soak in some Vegas sun while competing against strangers and friends. Beerhaus is located in MGM’s The Park, just before you get to T-Mobile Arena.
Gold Spike is best described as the eclectic locals entertainment zone beneath Zappos. It’s like Chuck E. Cheese for adults, with billiards and video and trivia games. However, its patio is what put it on local’s radar. There, you can rollerskate. You can play life-sized Jenga. They frequently feature solid cover bands and special events sponsored by liquor distributors. This is one of your best chances to explore the Vegas away from Vegas and meet locals to give you the scoop on where to head next.
Park on Fremont
This pub is moderately classy, but intimate. That makes it a welcome relief from the Vegas megabars, but it also makes it tough to find a table or a seat or even standing room. That said, if you go at the right time, the food is worth waiting for. The patio has a backyard barbecue feel perfect for chatting with a small group of friends.