Need ideas for elevating the ever-classic bar crawl?The Cosmopolitans bars, clubs, and lounges ooze mid-century Hollywood class, serving up some of the Strip’s tastiest, strongest cocktails. Better yet, less than 100 yards separates these watering holes. Each have enough going on that you could spend an entire night within the hotel’s walls and still have a blast.
Start your crawl at Vesper. You can just as easily find seats for your friends as you can sit next to a stranger and strike up a conversation. Bartenders dressed in vests and bow ties stand ready to mix and serve you what might just be the Strip’s best cocktails. This is the bar you can walk up to in a jacket or dress, order a vodka martini shaken not stirred (and they actually know what that means).
Continue the theme and make your way to Bond just before sunset. Located next to the entrance, its bustling atmosphere and beautiful dancers draw you in like EDM fanatics to neon lights. Take a seat in front of the floor-to-ceiling windows facing the Strip. You’ll be perfectly perched for some of the best people watching in Las Vegas.
After downing a handcrafted cocktail or two at Bond, migrate between the Chandelier’s three tiers—each with its own personality and its own clientele. Floors 1 and 1.5 give you Las Vegas’ approach to classic cocktails and molecular mixology. By the time you get to the top floor, you should have enough liquid courage to chat up a classy guy or gal who may have outgrown the club scene.
Take the escalators from the third to first floor, where you’ll end up next to CliQue. This lounge combines the best virtues of Steve Wynn’s ritzy vodka and caviar joints and an MGM casino lounge. It’s also relatively quiet, so it’s a great place to get to know the special someone you met at Chandelier. Order some food—you’ll need it by then.
The Chandelier (Again)
Before heading to Marquee, many people swing by the Chandelier’s top floor for another cocktail or two. The outskirts of the area offer ample seating and are often serviced by cocktail waitresses. Take advantage because unless you ordered bottle service, you won’t be sitting in the club.
Marquee may not have Omnia or Hakkasan’s novelty. It also doesn’t usually have their queue lines. Nights hosting well-known DJs can draw large crowds. But often, you and your friends can sample the Vegas club experience without being butt to elbow with a couple of Jersey bros. Like all clubs, it’s loud and energetic, but after an evening sampling the libations at Cosmo, you’ll be in the mood to shake off life’s stress.
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