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9 Bars and Lounges That Bartenders Frequent in Vegas

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2008_10_hasmaps.jpgWant to know where some of the hottest bartenders in Las Vegas head to drink when they're not working? We asked. They spilled. Here now, nine bars that Las Vegas bartenders frequent when they're off the clock.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Commonwealth

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525 Fremont St.
Las Vegas, NV 89101
(702) 798-7000
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Alex Penalosa, head bartender at Comme Ça at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, heads to The Laundry Room at Commonwealth to drink a Mezcal Old Fashion.

2. Delmonico Steakhouse

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3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 414-3737
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Francesco Lafranconi at Southern Wine & Spirits heads to Delmonico for Scotch single malts  from independent brokers, as well as American whiskeys.

3. Dino's Lounge

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1516 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89104
(702) 382-3894
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Rose Signor, bar manager at Atomic Liquors, heads to Dino’s Lounge for the “super laid-back atmosphere.”

4. The Griffin

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511 Fremont St.
Las Vegas, NV 89101
(702) 382-0577
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For Willet Family Rye on the rocks, Alex Penalosa, head bartender at Comme Ça at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, heads to The Griffin.

5. Herbs & Rye

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3713 W. Sahara Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89102
(702) 982-8036
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When Tony Abou-Ganim heads to Herbs & Rye, he tends to order a Holland House. “It is one of the few places that carry Bols Genever and know how to make the cocktail exquisitely.”

6. Mandarin Bar

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3752 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 590-8888
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Mark Lopez at Panevino heads to Mandarin Bar at the Mandarin Oriental for the Smoke and Mirrors. “First, they wet the inside of the glass with Lagavulin Scotch, which gives it its smokiness. Then they add Basil Hayden's Bourbon, Carpano Antica Formula, black tea simple syrup and finish it with lemon zest.”

7. Petrossian Bar & Lounge

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3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
702-693-7111 ext. 6163
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Tony Abou-Ganim says Petrossian Bar at the Bellagio makes a great gin martini or Negroni, but “when I'm in the mood, it's my go-to stop for a Cable Car. It's a drink I created in 1996 and it's been on their menu since opening and I have yet to find one that's made better!”

8. Velveteen Rabbit

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1218 S. Main St.
Las Vegas, NV 89104
(702) 685-9645
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Alex Penalosa, head bartender at Comme Ça at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, also enjoys Velveteen Rabbit and their Negronis.

9. Vesper Bar

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3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 698-7000
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Juyoung Kang from Commonwealth’s The Laundry Room likes the people watching at Vesper Bar at the Cosmopolitan.

1. Commonwealth

525 Fremont St., Las Vegas, NV 89101
Alex Penalosa, head bartender at Comme Ça at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, heads to The Laundry Room at Commonwealth to drink a Mezcal Old Fashion.
525 Fremont St.
Las Vegas, NV 89101

2. Delmonico Steakhouse

3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109
Francesco Lafranconi at Southern Wine & Spirits heads to Delmonico for Scotch single malts  from independent brokers, as well as American whiskeys.
3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109

3. Dino's Lounge

1516 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89104
Rose Signor, bar manager at Atomic Liquors, heads to Dino’s Lounge for the “super laid-back atmosphere.”
1516 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89104

4. The Griffin

511 Fremont St., Las Vegas, NV 89101
For Willet Family Rye on the rocks, Alex Penalosa, head bartender at Comme Ça at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, heads to The Griffin.
511 Fremont St.
Las Vegas, NV 89101

5. Herbs & Rye

3713 W. Sahara Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89102
When Tony Abou-Ganim heads to Herbs & Rye, he tends to order a Holland House. “It is one of the few places that carry Bols Genever and know how to make the cocktail exquisitely.”
3713 W. Sahara Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89102

6. Mandarin Bar

3752 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109
Mark Lopez at Panevino heads to Mandarin Bar at the Mandarin Oriental for the Smoke and Mirrors. “First, they wet the inside of the glass with Lagavulin Scotch, which gives it its smokiness. Then they add Basil Hayden's Bourbon, Carpano Antica Formula, black tea simple syrup and finish it with lemon zest.”
3752 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109

7. Petrossian Bar & Lounge

3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109
Tony Abou-Ganim says Petrossian Bar at the Bellagio makes a great gin martini or Negroni, but “when I'm in the mood, it's my go-to stop for a Cable Car. It's a drink I created in 1996 and it's been on their menu since opening and I have yet to find one that's made better!”
3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109

8. Velveteen Rabbit

1218 S. Main St., Las Vegas, NV 89104
Alex Penalosa, head bartender at Comme Ça at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, also enjoys Velveteen Rabbit and their Negronis.
1218 S. Main St.
Las Vegas, NV 89104

9. Vesper Bar

3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV 89109
Juyoung Kang from Commonwealth’s The Laundry Room likes the people watching at Vesper Bar at the Cosmopolitan.
3708 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109

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