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 in town know how to combine a stiff drink with stylish atmosphere.
Check out our guide to the best lounges in Las Vegas.
Apex Social Club
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.
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 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.
A Forbes triple five-star luxury hotel, Mandarin Oriental seeks to be known as the last word in worldwide luxury hotels. Located in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, the hotel boasts its five-star standards and their Michelin-starred restaurants. The Mandarin Cocktail Bar can be found on the 23rd floor and with its floor-to-ceiling windows, guests are treated to an unparalleled view of the Strip. Its service, appetizers, and décor come together to create an air of exclusivity unmatched by any bar in Vegas. Their high-end signature cocktails are truly worthy of the extra pricing.
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.”
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 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 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
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’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.
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 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.