If you need something more exciting than a bar but less hectic than a nightclub, a lounge may be the perfect fit for your Las Vegas plans. The best ones in town know how to combine a stiff drink with style and atmosphere.
Check out our guide to the best lounges in Las Vegas.
Vanderpump Cocktail Garden
British restaurateur and TV personality Lisa Vanderpump (“The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”) brings her fashionable cocktail parlor to a busy spot on the Caesars Palace casino floor. It has an indoor patio with booths and a full bar, adorned with garden decor, trees and romantic lighting. The lounge is extremely female friendly with colorful, sweeter cocktails and a menu of light bites tailored for a girls night out. But don’t worry — the fellas won’t feel out of place either. The exclusive Vanderpump-branded sangria and rosé are also available so be ready to socialize and schmooze like you’re in Beverly Hills.
Electra Cocktail Club
With a name like Gatsby’s, you might imagine a secluded Prohibition-style speakeasy, but this stylish lounge is actually a bright, open social spot on the casino floor of the all-new Resorts World. See and be seen. That’s the idea. VIP tables are geared toward the bottle service crowd, but bartenders are on standby for beer, wine, and craft cocktails. Take a go at video poker at the bartop or chill out on a couch and enjoy some lounge beats from the DJ. The overhead orb-like decorations change color throughout the evening.
Oddwood is more than just another bar. It’s the centerpiece of AREA15, a mixed-use entertainment space. Nestled underneath an imposing LED maple tree, the venue is a relatively quiet cocktail lounge throughout the day and early evening, but picks up the pace and shifts into party mode later at night. The menu is smartly put together with libations that are quick and easy to make, but still flavorful and complex. Make a stop before visiting Meow Wolf’s Omega Mart, Wink World and other in-house AREA 15 attractions.
Kassi Beach House
There’s nothing quite like Kassi Beach House in Las Vegas. The new venue is a restaurant, bar and poolside lounge combined into one sexy package. The lights are dim, but the private VIP cabanas on the patio are similar to what you’d find at a dayclub. The menu is relatively small, expertly prepared by Executive Chef Josh Stockton. Servers are engaging and knowledgeable about the food and drinks, which is a nice change of pace from most lounges on the Strip.
You could say Barbershop has split personalities. By day, the venue is a men’s grooming saloon with Scotch and other spirits on standby. At night, guests can pass through a secret door to party in a speakeasy-style lounge with leather furniture, VIP tables and a stage for live music. Bottle service is available, but don’t hesitate to challenge the bartenders, who take pride in their carefully crafted cocktails. The whiskey selection is strong and served tableside via a roaming cart.
Formerly known as the Mandarin Oriental, the Waldorf Astoria is one of the most sleek and luxurious hotels on the Vegas Strip. The Mandarin Bar is now called SkyBar. It’s on the 23rd floor (near the Sky Lobby) with a continued focus on high-end craft cocktails. The views through stunning floor-to-ceiling windows will always be among the best in Vegas. There’s no noisy casino nearby, making it a great choice for a romantic evening or catching up with friends.
The name may be inspired by a James Bond film, but Skyfall Lounge has more to offer than martinis shaken, not stirred. The cocktail list is among the most creative on the Strip. Punch bowls were offered pre-pandemic and could return any day now. However, the best perk is the incredible views of the Strip from the 64th floor of the Delano resort. It’s a great spot to bring a date, especially when requesting a seat on the outdoor patio. Light bites can be ordered from the kitchen of next-door sister restaurant Rivea.
The Dorsey combines cutting-edge New York City-inspired interior design with an exclusive menu of creative craft cocktails by master mixologist Sam Ross. He is famous for the Penicillin, a concoction the New York Times named to its list of eleven drinks exemplifying the “modern cocktail revival.” The Jungle Bird comes in a ceramic tiki cup. The bar area gets busy quick, so don’t hesitate to grab a seat in the “library,” a small parlor in the back with a fireplace and bookshelves.
The Foundation Room, formerly a private club, is best known for its 63rd floor patio views atop the Mandalay Bay hotel tower. The decor has changed a bit over the year. The Buddha artwork was removed and the main floor has opened up for dancing and easier socializing. The drinks and bottle service offerings are relatively routine, but the food is among the best you’ll find in a Vegas ultra lounge.
Parasol Up / Parasol Down
Pick your preferred experience. Parasol Up is a busy cocktail lounge on the Wynn’s casino floor with cream and gold curtains adding a touch of seclusion. The Boysenberry Delight consists of resort-exclusive boysenberry vodka, pomegranate-cherry juice and St. Germain, garnished with a dehydrated rose and atomized tableside with citrus oil. Don’t overlook the bar’s collection of fine cognacs and tequilas. Take an escalator ride down a floor to Parasol Down, a more intimate spot with a smaller selection (but more breathing room) next to the scenic Lake of Dreams.
Eye Candy is all about convenience. Located on Mandalay Bay’s casino floor, the bar is a busy destination, easy to pop in and out of, making it a notorious pickup spot during late night hours. The beats are loud with an illuminated, rectangular dance floor that fills up quickly. It’s nowhere close to a nightclub experience, but the lounge offers an intriguing taste of the Vegas party scene. The drinks, while still Strip-prices, cost less than what you’ll find at other places in the resort.
The Petrossian Bar is a different kind of lounge. Instead of a DJ playing beats, the venue showcases live piano players in the center of a patio overlooking the Bellagio lobby and casino floor. The main room is more intimate and better suited for larger parties. Petrossian recently underwent a welcome renovation and now sports a modern look that doesn’t sacrifice its timeless charm. Drinks aren’t cheap, but come with lots of wow factor. Try the “Poof” — a smoky modifed Manhattan. Light bites include caviar prepared multiple ways.
Voodoo towers above the Las Vegas Strip on the 51st floor of the Rio hotel and casino. Its high, outdoor perch makes it perfect for summer nights and views of the city’s famous lights. While it remains closed since the onset of the pandemic, the venue will hopefully reopen this year with its signature go-go dancers, electronic dance music and a thriving party atmosphere on the patio. Bottle service is known for being reasonably priced, but if you really want to go big, try one of the 44-ounce megacocktails.