Best Lounges & Boutique Nightclubs in Las Vegas 2018

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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 a stylish atmosphere.

Check out our guide to the best lounges in Las Vegas.

Vanderpump Cocktail Garden

Caesars Palace

Coming early 2019, this new cocktail garden by British TV personality Lisa Vanderpump (“The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”) will be located between the Colosseum and the entrance to Forum Shops. It will be an indoor patio with booths and a full bar, adorned with garden decor, tress, and romantic lighting. The lounge will have lots of pink so it’ll be great for a girl’s night out, but it will also have masculine touches. The exclusive Vanderpump-branded sangria and rosé will also be available to order, along with appetizers, so get ready to party Beverly Hills-style at this cocktail garden!

Electra Cocktail Club

The Palazzo

It’s rare when a cocktail lounge is the dominant centerpiece of a major casino floor, but that’s exactly what happened with Electra at the Palazzo. Bold and modern, Electra is from the same team behind The Dorsey and Rosina, completing a trifecta of cocktail lounges with their own distinct identities and drinks from famed mixologist Sam Ross.  The decor is bold and modern with plenty of open space and tech enhancements that include a 40-foot-long high-resolution video wall. The playlist features synth rock, R&B and everything in between. The bar menu itself showcases trendy spirits like mezcal and agricole, but also playful slushie creations, including a peach daiquiri and a frozen take on Ross’ signature Penicillin, a smoky mix of Scotch, lemon, ginger and honey.

Apex Social Club

The Palms

Apex Social Club takes the old Ghostbar space and gives it a modern makeover. It looks a lot more contemporary and feels a lot less crowded, but one thing that hasn’t changed is the ridiculous view from the 55th floor of the Palms. Hang out inside, surrounded by artwork and floor-to-ceiling windows, or head to the open-air patio where the panoramic sightlines of the Strip can be enjoyed to their fullest. The drinks have improved since the Ghostbar days, but this is more of a Jack & Coke place than a craft cocktail place.

Camden

The Palms

Station Casinos is spending millions to make the Palms cool again, and Camden is a great example of the investment paying off. Located in the lobby, just steps away from the valet, the lounge is focused on the art of craft cocktails, whether ordered at the bar or from a tableside bartending cart. Overall, the space is cozy, comfortable, and decked out with long couches to encourage social interaction. The decor is modern and sophisticated, but with a playful side. The best evidence – “Elvis is in the Building,” a rum shot with banana liqueur served in a peanut butter cookie glass.

Bond

The Cosmopolitan

Bond is all about Vegas glitz. Video poker machines and LED effects surround the island bar. Speakers pulse with the sound of upbeat house music from live DJs and visitors can take in the view of Las Vegas Boulevard from its floor-to-ceiling windows. In addition to the great views and fast paced visuals, sexy dancers provide viewers with some extra eye-candy. Its perpetually rotating crowd creates some of the best opportunities to socialize. The cocktails are elevated versions of familiar classics. Bond is a sleek but casual spot. If you like clubs, you’ll love Bond. For those looking for something more refined and elegant, try the Cosmopolitan’s Bond-inspired bar: Vesper.

SkyBar

Waldorf Astoria

Mardarin Bar in Las Vegas

Formerly known as the Mandarin Oriental, the Waldorf Astoria is one of the most modern, sleek and stylish hotels on the Vegas Strip. Not too many on-property changes have taken place since the rebranding, although the Mandarin Bar is now called SkyBar. It’s found on the 23rd floor and while some of the menu is being revamped, the focus on carefully prepared craft cocktails remains in place. And no matter what name it goes by, 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 bringing a date or catching up with friends.

Skyfall

Delano

Skyfall lounge in Las Vegas

As one of Las Vegas’ three bars inspired by James Bond, Skyfall stands out and is worthy of the Cold War’s greatest fictional hero. Perched like a Hong Kong high-rise on the Delano’s 64th floor, no Las Vegas lounge matches Skyfall’s 180-degree views of the Strip. Sample small, Riveria-inspired plates from the adjacent Alain Ducasse restaurant, “Rivea” or dive in to one of the bar’s signature cocktails like the “Ian Fleming.”

Skyfall lounge patio view

Foundation Room

Mandalay Bay

Foundation Room Mandalay Bay

Are you thirsting for a night out somewhere between the laid-back nature of Skyfall and the insanity of a Vegas megaclub? You will love the Foundation Room. Mandalay Bay’s premier lounge is famous for its 63rd floor patio. It could just as easily be famous for its Asian décor, Buddhist kitsch, and high-class debauchery. Compared to most Vegas lounges and clubs, drinks are reasonably priced. People are friendly. You may even run into a couple locals.

Eye Candy

Mandalay Bay

Eye Candy lounge Mandalay Bay

Eye Candy may not feature the same over-the-top glam as most of the lounges on this list. But it’s worth dropping in if you’re close or better yet, if you’re single. Its circular design, dance floor, and open seating arrangements make it a great place to socialize. Its easy going atmosphere and clientele make it a great place to make friends near the casino floor.

The Dorsey

Venetian

The Dorsey Venetian Las Vegas

The Dorsey combines cutting-edge New York City-inspired interior design with the Strip’s freshest cocktails to serve a level of contemporary chic missing from Vegas since the Cosmopolitan opened. Its drinks were crafted by New York’s own Sam Ross. He is the mastermixer behind the Penicillin, a concoction the New York Times named to its list of eleven drinks exemplifying the “modern cocktail revival.” Ross’s Jungle Bird comes in a cermaic tikki cup and is featured in the below video. This ultramodern joint occupies the space left by Bourbon Room, next to the Venetian casino floor.

Parasol Up / Parasol Down

Wynn

Up Down bar lounge Wynn Las Vegas

Parasol takes Steve Wynn’s ability to make his customers feel like members of the Old World aristocracy a step further, providing its patrons with one of Las Vegas’ rarest commodities—indoor sunlight. Split in two, each section offers an unforgettable experience.

Parasol’s cream and gold sheer curtains break Wynn’s red motif and send its customers’ eyes straight to the glass skylights in the ceiling. Its glass domes are designed to resemble sun-blocking umbrellas that give the lounge its namesake. The new look also means new cocktails. The Boysenberry Delight consists of resort-exclusive boysenberry vodka, pomegranate-cherry juice, and St. Germain. Its then garnished with a dehydrated rose and atomized table-side with citrus oil. The  casino bar’s collection of fine cognacs and tequilas, some of which began life in the 1800s, add to its upscale vibe .

Designers sunk Parasol Down below the casino floor and gave it a two-story window. This Vegas lounge creates the perfect environment for an afternoon rendezvous next to Wynn’s Lake of Dreams.

Rhumbar

Mirage

Rumbar lounge Mirage Las Vegas

Rhumbar’s outdoor lounge is the perfect perch for a twenty-first-century Ernest Hemingway. Patrons can puff cigars and sip the Strip’s best collection of rum cocktails. They can watch men, women, families, and surreal only-in-Vegas oddities like Darth Vader pass through the Mirage on their way to Las Vegas Boulevard. Its also one of the best locations on the Strip to view the Mirage’s famous volcano. After sunset, Rhumbar morphs from a cigar lounge to a hookah-filled dance patio playing reggae, hip hop, and jazz.

Hyde Lounge

Bellagio

Bellagio Hyde lounge Las Vegas

Some consider Hyde to be a club, others consider it one of the best lounges in Las Vegas. We think of it as a bit of both. Compared to Vegas’ crowded megaclubs, the décor is a picture of European finery. It features crystal chandeliers, marble floors, and lakeside table service. Hyde opens at 5 p.m. and the early-bird hours provide free readily available seating. It’s not uncommon for Liquor promoters to hand out free drink tickets. Hyde heats up on there Tuesday “industry night“, Friday and Saturday are always busy March – October. Seating is usually reservation or VIP only. Even in club mode, Hyde remains one of the easiest places to meet and talk to people.

Voodoo Lounge

Rio

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. Like most modern Vegas lounge-nightclub hybrids, expect go-go dancers, EDM music, and revelers aged 21 to 50. Voodoo’s other highlights are the 44-ounce megacocktails. The tasty Hypnosis, Witchdoctor, and Grenade are like rum runners on steroids and could easily, quickly intoxicate those sensitive to alcohol. Bottle service is reasonably priced. You can always get a table in a good location.

 

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Ghostbar
Bond
Mandarin Bar
Skyfall
Foundation Room
Eye Candy
Dorsey
Parasol Up / Parasol Down
Rhumbar
Hyde
Voodoo
Apex Social Club
Camden

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