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The 17 Essential Bars of Las Vegas

The all-time greats of a very good drinking city

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Las Vegas is a drinking city. From high-end cocktail bars that overlook casinos, to divey tiki rooms where you’ll have the best rum drink of your life, the city has it all, and it’s always evolving. Whether you want to drink in the same room as the Rat Pack, check out the most cutting-edge cocktail-making techniques, or just grab a quick cocktail at a neighborhood restaurant, we’ve got the spot for you.

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Downtown Cocktail Room

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Downtown’s revitalization begins with the Downtown Cocktail Room, the swanky speakeasy with fancy drinks and a smooth setting. First-time visitors might miss the front door with its indiscreet sign and even more difficult-to-find front door, but once inside, might just get cozy in velvet chairs to watch others try to find it. The cocktail menu will have any cocktail aficionado swooning.

A dark interior of a bar with art hanging on a red wall behind the back bar
Downtown Cocktail Room.
Downtown Cocktail Room

The Laundry Room

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See if you can get inside the secret speakeasy inside Commonweath, dubbed the Laundry Room. The intimate 22-seat room is marked with a laundry pin on the outside. Customers can find premium whiskies and rums as well as an entire menu of cocktails not found on the Commonwealth menu. The room is decorated with images of Hollywood sirens such as Marlene Dietrich and Rita Hayworth as well doors on the ceiling. Text the phone number or look for the red light outside, indicating there’s space. Make sure to ask for a bowl of popcorn.

A small bar with a black and white photo behind it.
The Laundry Room inside Commonwealth.
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Oak & Ivy: An American Whiskey Den

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Inside the Downtown Container Park sits this tiny but formidable bar, Oak & Ivy, with its barrel-aged and specialty cocktails with whiskey as the star of the show. More than 30 make the menu.

A wood patio with wicker tables and chairs on either side.
The patio at Oak & Ivy.
Louiie Victa/Eater Vegas

Atomic Liquors

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Vegas’ oldest freestanding bar, named for a time when customers watched atomic blasts from the roof, was originally built in 1945 and was originally called Virginia's Cafe. The Rat Pack and the Smothers Brothers drank here after their nightly shows, and Barbra Streisand even had her own seat at the bar. Sour beers are a specialty here, but consider this one of the best places to go when any kind of beer is needed.

An outdoor patio with a neon sign that says Liquor, Cocktails
The patio at Atomic Liquors.
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Frankie's Tiki Room

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Rum is the name of the game at Frankie’s Tiki Room, a kitschy bar decked out in Tiki galore. The Lava Letch combines demon rum, brandy, raspberry liqueur and ginger beer with a warning to lock up your daughters, while the Bearded Clam is a Tiki twist on the classic mojito, made with passion fruit. Be sure to spend some time just looking around the place.

Garagiste Wine Room I Merchant

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The sommelier-owned wine bar is the first of its kind in the Las Vegas Art District. With a menu of 13 pages of wine options, both wine aficionados and those who are just getting into it can find something to love, often with a helpful recommendation behind the bar. Grab a seat on the patio and order a charcuterie bar if dining in, or get a bottle for half-off when you buy it to-go.

Velveteen Rabbit

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Sisters Pamela and Christina Dylag’s ode to the children’s book in the Art District features trompe-l’oeil wallpaper and reclaimed furniture put together in smaller chatting areas. Cocktails here find inspiration from the Golden Age of mixology, each with their own story. Jewel-toned decanters sit inside a Queen Anne cabinet behind the bar while a series of gold hands make up the beer taps. Overall, the place takes on the gallery setting of the art dealers found nearby. A new patio brings a cheery pink space with murals and outdoor drinking.

A dark bar with high-top chairs
The bar at Velveteen Rabbit.
Louiie Victa/Eater Vegas

Rouge Room

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This crimson-enrobed lounge and supper club inside Red Rock Resort is a favorite among the Summerlin crowd — and for good reason. The vibe is sultry but casual, most nights have live music at the piano, the adjacent pool deck is just right for warmer months, and the botanical-focused cocktails go just right with plates of oysters, caviar, and croque madames.

The red entry to Rouge Room with palm trees.
Rouge Room.
Al Powers

The Silver Stamp

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Think of the Silver Stamp as stepping into a Midwest 1970s den replete with wood-paneled walls, low-slung ceilings, and vintage beer memorabilia lining the walls. The new 2,400-square-foot beer bar in the Gateway District comes from Rose Signor, the former manager at Atomic Liquors, and Andrew Smith. The 20 beers on tap include Andrew’s Hips Don’t Lie made exclusively for Silver Stamp by Juxta Nomad and Astronomy Aleworks and Funk Yeah Apricot from Beachwood Blendery, along with hard-to-find beers such as Dupont Avec Les Bon Voeux Saison from Belgium. Another 50 beers are available by the can or bottle.

A wood square bar with leather high-top chairs around it.
The Silver Stamp
Louiie Victa/Eater Vegas

Liquid Diet

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Winner of the Best New Bar of the Year in the 2023 Eater Awards, this downtown bar is tricky to find, with an unmarked entrance off an alley in the Gateway District. But inside, find a bar decorated in witchy imagery and some of the city’s best cocktails. The menu rotates nightly, but if you’re lucky enough to pop in when the pico de gallo michelada is on the menu, order the delightfully refreshing drink with a salty cilantro rim.

Pouring a cocktail at Liquid Diet.
Liquid Diet.
Tyler Storm

Herbs & Rye

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This off-Strip bar and steakhouse combines a mobster-cum-speakeasy ethos that makes for one of the best places to nab a classic cocktail in town. Customers should try the Blood & Sand or a Sazerac with a bloody rare steak, which is 50 percent off during happy hour. The menu alone is a history book of pre-Prohibition cocktails.

A very dark bar with a back bar lit up.
Herbs & Rye.
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Peppermill Restaurant and Fireside Lounge

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To visit Peppermill Restaurant and Fireside Lounge is to go all in on ambiance, even if the food is your average diner food. When you enter, hang a left into the Fireside Lounge, and grab a seat either at the bar, a couple steps down in the fireside conversation pit, or at one of the purple neon-illuminated booths. Sure, you can order a martini. But, sitting beneath the mirrored ceilings and fake trees, why not give in and order a mudslide? Specialty cocktails here come in goblets the size of a soccer ball with straws so long that you could stand up and sip. It’s a must-visit.

A purple neon bar.
Peppermill Restaurant
Amelinda B Lee

The Golden Tiki

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Like stepping into a grown-up Disneyland, the Golden Tiki is a tiki bar turned up to 11. Sure, there’s your classic mai tais and painkillers and glowing lanterns. But there are also animatronic birds, water fountains, and a ceiling of LED stars that shoot over the bar, The tiki bar is open 24 hours, but if you’re visiting on a weekend, you should get a reservation.

The Sand Dollar Lounge

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The Sand Dollar Lounge is legend among Las Vegas’ hospitality workers and for good reason. The bar is massive, can turn out a great drink quickly, and often has live music or holiday celebrations. Even a stint on Bar Rescue — and the short-lived name of Bar 702 — wasn’t able to keep this bar down. Now, a second location downtown.

The Chandelier

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The three levels of the Chandelier are really three bars, with a view of the casino floor action on the bottom, a small bar on the middle and a lounge at the top. Of course, the whole thing is wrapped in two million crystals draped to form that chandelier.

The lower level of a bar shrouded in crystals lit up in purple
Chandelier Bar.
Cosmopolitan

Easy’s

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Sure, there’s no shortage of speakeasies on the Las Vegas Strip. But Easy’s stands out among them. It’s delightfully tricky to find, with the entrance tucked away behind a doughnut counter. Inside, the small lounge has lush and super cozy seating, all facing the stage for nightly live entertainment. And the cocktails are as nice to look at as they are to sip, with shareable cocktails coming to the table dripping with dry ice fog and individual cocktails garnished with pretty flowers or even ice-mold teddy bears.

The interior of Easy’s, with a stage at the rear and plush velvet seating.
Easy’s.
Louiie Victa

Double Down Saloon

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The preeminent dive bar, P. Moss’s Double Down Saloon, is all things loud music, cheap beer, sticker-covered walls, and a ”Shut Up and Drink” attitude. Open since 1992, the bar hosts live music practically nightly, just right for headbanging along to a shot of Ass Juice — rumored to be the collective bartop spillage of previously poured drinks.

Downtown Cocktail Room

Downtown’s revitalization begins with the Downtown Cocktail Room, the swanky speakeasy with fancy drinks and a smooth setting. First-time visitors might miss the front door with its indiscreet sign and even more difficult-to-find front door, but once inside, might just get cozy in velvet chairs to watch others try to find it. The cocktail menu will have any cocktail aficionado swooning.

A dark interior of a bar with art hanging on a red wall behind the back bar
Downtown Cocktail Room.
Downtown Cocktail Room

The Laundry Room

See if you can get inside the secret speakeasy inside Commonweath, dubbed the Laundry Room. The intimate 22-seat room is marked with a laundry pin on the outside. Customers can find premium whiskies and rums as well as an entire menu of cocktails not found on the Commonwealth menu. The room is decorated with images of Hollywood sirens such as Marlene Dietrich and Rita Hayworth as well doors on the ceiling. Text the phone number or look for the red light outside, indicating there’s space. Make sure to ask for a bowl of popcorn.

A small bar with a black and white photo behind it.
The Laundry Room inside Commonwealth.
Chelsea McManus/Eater Vegas

Oak & Ivy: An American Whiskey Den

Inside the Downtown Container Park sits this tiny but formidable bar, Oak & Ivy, with its barrel-aged and specialty cocktails with whiskey as the star of the show. More than 30 make the menu.

A wood patio with wicker tables and chairs on either side.
The patio at Oak & Ivy.
Louiie Victa/Eater Vegas

Atomic Liquors

Vegas’ oldest freestanding bar, named for a time when customers watched atomic blasts from the roof, was originally built in 1945 and was originally called Virginia's Cafe. The Rat Pack and the Smothers Brothers drank here after their nightly shows, and Barbra Streisand even had her own seat at the bar. Sour beers are a specialty here, but consider this one of the best places to go when any kind of beer is needed.

An outdoor patio with a neon sign that says Liquor, Cocktails
The patio at Atomic Liquors.
One7

Frankie's Tiki Room

Rum is the name of the game at Frankie’s Tiki Room, a kitschy bar decked out in Tiki galore. The Lava Letch combines demon rum, brandy, raspberry liqueur and ginger beer with a warning to lock up your daughters, while the Bearded Clam is a Tiki twist on the classic mojito, made with passion fruit. Be sure to spend some time just looking around the place.

Garagiste Wine Room I Merchant

The sommelier-owned wine bar is the first of its kind in the Las Vegas Art District. With a menu of 13 pages of wine options, both wine aficionados and those who are just getting into it can find something to love, often with a helpful recommendation behind the bar. Grab a seat on the patio and order a charcuterie bar if dining in, or get a bottle for half-off when you buy it to-go.

Velveteen Rabbit

Sisters Pamela and Christina Dylag’s ode to the children’s book in the Art District features trompe-l’oeil wallpaper and reclaimed furniture put together in smaller chatting areas. Cocktails here find inspiration from the Golden Age of mixology, each with their own story. Jewel-toned decanters sit inside a Queen Anne cabinet behind the bar while a series of gold hands make up the beer taps. Overall, the place takes on the gallery setting of the art dealers found nearby. A new patio brings a cheery pink space with murals and outdoor drinking.

A dark bar with high-top chairs
The bar at Velveteen Rabbit.
Louiie Victa/Eater Vegas

Rouge Room

This crimson-enrobed lounge and supper club inside Red Rock Resort is a favorite among the Summerlin crowd — and for good reason. The vibe is sultry but casual, most nights have live music at the piano, the adjacent pool deck is just right for warmer months, and the botanical-focused cocktails go just right with plates of oysters, caviar, and croque madames.

The red entry to Rouge Room with palm trees.
Rouge Room.
Al Powers

The Silver Stamp

Think of the Silver Stamp as stepping into a Midwest 1970s den replete with wood-paneled walls, low-slung ceilings, and vintage beer memorabilia lining the walls. The new 2,400-square-foot beer bar in the Gateway District comes from Rose Signor, the former manager at Atomic Liquors, and Andrew Smith. The 20 beers on tap include Andrew’s Hips Don’t Lie made exclusively for Silver Stamp by Juxta Nomad and Astronomy Aleworks and Funk Yeah Apricot from Beachwood Blendery, along with hard-to-find beers such as Dupont Avec Les Bon Voeux Saison from Belgium. Another 50 beers are available by the can or bottle.

A wood square bar with leather high-top chairs around it.
The Silver Stamp
Louiie Victa/Eater Vegas

Liquid Diet

Winner of the Best New Bar of the Year in the 2023 Eater Awards, this downtown bar is tricky to find, with an unmarked entrance off an alley in the Gateway District. But inside, find a bar decorated in witchy imagery and some of the city’s best cocktails. The menu rotates nightly, but if you’re lucky enough to pop in when the pico de gallo michelada is on the menu, order the delightfully refreshing drink with a salty cilantro rim.

Pouring a cocktail at Liquid Diet.
Liquid Diet.
Tyler Storm

Herbs & Rye

This off-Strip bar and steakhouse combines a mobster-cum-speakeasy ethos that makes for one of the best places to nab a classic cocktail in town. Customers should try the Blood & Sand or a Sazerac with a bloody rare steak, which is 50 percent off during happy hour. The menu alone is a history book of pre-Prohibition cocktails.

A very dark bar with a back bar lit up.
Herbs & Rye.
Herbs & Rye/Facebook

Peppermill Restaurant and Fireside Lounge

To visit Peppermill Restaurant and Fireside Lounge is to go all in on ambiance, even if the food is your average diner food. When you enter, hang a left into the Fireside Lounge, and grab a seat either at the bar, a couple steps down in the fireside conversation pit, or at one of the purple neon-illuminated booths. Sure, you can order a martini. But, sitting beneath the mirrored ceilings and fake trees, why not give in and order a mudslide? Specialty cocktails here come in goblets the size of a soccer ball with straws so long that you could stand up and sip. It’s a must-visit.

A purple neon bar.
Peppermill Restaurant
Amelinda B Lee

The Golden Tiki

Like stepping into a grown-up Disneyland, the Golden Tiki is a tiki bar turned up to 11. Sure, there’s your classic mai tais and painkillers and glowing lanterns. But there are also animatronic birds, water fountains, and a ceiling of LED stars that shoot over the bar, The tiki bar is open 24 hours, but if you’re visiting on a weekend, you should get a reservation.

The Sand Dollar Lounge

The Sand Dollar Lounge is legend among Las Vegas’ hospitality workers and for good reason. The bar is massive, can turn out a great drink quickly, and often has live music or holiday celebrations. Even a stint on Bar Rescue — and the short-lived name of Bar 702 — wasn’t able to keep this bar down. Now, a second location downtown.

The Chandelier

The three levels of the Chandelier are really three bars, with a view of the casino floor action on the bottom, a small bar on the middle and a lounge at the top. Of course, the whole thing is wrapped in two million crystals draped to form that chandelier.

The lower level of a bar shrouded in crystals lit up in purple
Chandelier Bar.
Cosmopolitan

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Easy’s

Sure, there’s no shortage of speakeasies on the Las Vegas Strip. But Easy’s stands out among them. It’s delightfully tricky to find, with the entrance tucked away behind a doughnut counter. Inside, the small lounge has lush and super cozy seating, all facing the stage for nightly live entertainment. And the cocktails are as nice to look at as they are to sip, with shareable cocktails coming to the table dripping with dry ice fog and individual cocktails garnished with pretty flowers or even ice-mold teddy bears.

The interior of Easy’s, with a stage at the rear and plush velvet seating.
Easy’s.
Louiie Victa

Double Down Saloon

The preeminent dive bar, P. Moss’s Double Down Saloon, is all things loud music, cheap beer, sticker-covered walls, and a ”Shut Up and Drink” attitude. Open since 1992, the bar hosts live music practically nightly, just right for headbanging along to a shot of Ass Juice — rumored to be the collective bartop spillage of previously poured drinks.

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