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The 16 Essential Bars of Las Vegas

Drinkers can turn to this group of 16 reliable bars

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Where do Las Vegans turn for a good bar? Here now, a look at the essential bars of Las Vegas, including those that have been around forever and a day and those with that have amassed a dedicated local following. Standouts include Herbs & Rye, The Chandelier Bar at Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Velveteen Rabbit, Atomic Liquors, Oak & Ivy, Rosina at the Palazzo, and Starboard Tack.

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1. Lucky Day Tequila & Mezcal House

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516 E Fremont St
Las Vegas, NV 89101
(702) 291-7599
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If customers can take their eyes off the dazzlin canopy of lights overhead, they’ll find a menu of small-batch tequilas and rare mezcal. The space features 12 pieces from Bob Dob out of Southern California, who specializes in paintings that celebrate the surf and skate punk rock culture. Customers can order cocktails such as the Chica Blanca with rum, elderflower, rose syrup, lime, and egg white for $12; the Jalisco Fashion with Añejo tequila, black cinnamon tea syrup, blood orange liqueur, and cassia bark bitters for $14; and the Escorpion, prepared with mezcal, Hawaii chili-infused tequila, agave, sassafras bitters, and muddled cherry for $13.

The inside of a bar with twinkle lights above and a bar on the right.
Lucky Day
Lucky Day [Official Site]

2. Downtown Cocktail Room

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111 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV

Downtown’s revitalization begins with the Downtown Cocktail Room, the swanky speakeasy with chichi drinks and a smooth setting. First-time visitors might miss the front door with its indiscrete 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.

Downtown Cocktail Room
Downtown Cocktail Room
Downtown Cocktail Room

3. The Laundry Room

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525 Fremont St
Las Vegas, NV

See if you can get inside the secret speakeasy inside Commonweath, dubbed The Laundry Room. The intimate 28-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.

The Laundry Room
The Laundry Room inside Commonwealth
Chelsea McManus

4. Oak & Ivy: An American Whiskey Den

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707 Fremont St Ste 1120
Las Vegas, NV

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.

Oak & Ivy
Oak & Ivy
Louiie Victa

5. Atomic Liquors

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917 Fremont St
Las Vegas, NV

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 a beer is needed.

Atomic Liquors
Atomic Liquors
One7

6. Velveteen Rabbit

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1218 S Main St
Las Vegas, NV

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

7. Herbs & Rye

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3713 W Sahara Ave
Las Vegas, NV

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.

Herbs & Rye
Herbs & Rye
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8. Starboard Tack

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2601 Atlantic St
Las Vegas, NV
702-684-5769

Veteran bartenders Bryant Jane and Lyle Cervenka took over the home of the original Starboard Tack that opened in 1971 and rum takes center stage on the cocktail menu with concoctions such as the Cherry Blossom with Whistling Andy Hibiscus rum and cherry bitters. A $1,000 per bottle of Black Tot Last Consignment Royal Naval Rum from the British Royal Navy’s remaining stock sits behind the bar, as do the amaros from the duo’s time at Retroscena in the back of Radio City Pizza.

A dimly lit bar with sailboats on the backs of high-top chairs
The bar at Starboard Tack
Starboard Tack [Official Site]

9. Fireside Lounge

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2985 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV

The 24-hour Fireside Lounge inside the Peppermill is more kitsch wrapped in neon than stupendous drinks. The cozy booths make the perfect spot for making out, while a coveted seat around the fire pit will net you a view of the flames spewing from the white waters. 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.

Fireside Lounge
Fireside Lounge
Fireside Lounge

10. Parasol Up

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3131 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV
1-888-320-7110
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Parasol Up, the casino floor lounge at Wynn Las Vegas, features artisanal cocktails on tap. The Boysenberry Delight uses boysenberry vodka, which Wynn says is exclusive to the resort, and pom cherry juice and St. Germain Liqueur, garnished with a dehydrated rose and atomized table side with citrus oil. The people-watching here is amazing.

Parasol Up
Parasol Up
Jeff Green

11. Rosina

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3325 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 607-1945
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Sam Ross and David Rabin of The Dorsey fame created this old school bar with Art Deco flair. The 65-seat cocktail lounge Rosina features crystal chandeliers lighting the maroon u-shaped banquettes found on each side of the bar, as well as high-top tables with rich burgundy colored chairs and small cocktail tables paired with pearl-colored leather chairs spread throughout the lounge area. A soundtrack of Nina Simone, Al Green, Marvin Gaye, Lauryn Hill, Maxwell, and more sets the tone. The lounge also features a champagne call button that allows patrons to top off their flute with the push of a button. Even the ice here has a decadent touch, embossed with a handcrafted “R.” Ross created the cocktails here, a nod to the classics including the daiquiri, French 75, Mai Tai, and Old Fashioned. Cocktail servers can offer special off-menu cocktails as well.

An Art Deco bar setting
Rosina
The Palazzo

12. The Dorsey

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3355 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV

This cocktail lounge at the Venetian features craft cocktails from Sam Ross of New York City's Attaboy fame. Try the Penicillin with scotch, lemon, ginger, honey and an Islay float, which New York Times named to its list of 11 essential drinks of the "modern cocktail revival." Other concoctions include Elope with gin, melon, lime and orgeat; East Side Rickey with vodka, cucumber, mint, lime and club soda; A La Louisiane with rye, Benedictine, Italian vermouth, absinthe and bitters; Coney Island Express with rum, cold brew coffee, vanilla and Amaro Ciociaro; and Creole Punch with rum, pineapple, ginger, citrus, allspice and nutmeg.

The Dorsey
The Dorsey
Amelinda B Lee

13. Petrossian Bar

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3600 S Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 693-7111
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The Bellagio’s 24-hour Petrossian Bar & Lounge in the lobby of the resort features live music from the one-of-a-kind Steinway grand piano and that view of Dale Chihuly’s 2,000 hand-blown glass flowers, Fiori di Como in the lobby. The bar offers hand-made infused cocktails, a vodka sampler, and afternoon tea daily from 1 to 4 p.m. That comes with open-faced sandwiches, English tea sandwiches, freshly baked scones with clotted cream, Baxter’s preserves, assorted miniature pastry treats, and, teas imported from around the world.

A lounge with a baby grand piano on the right.
Petrossian at the Bellagio
MGM Resorts [Official Site]

14. The Chandelier

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3708 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV

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.

Chandelier Bar
Chandelier Bar
Cosmopolitan

15. Skybar

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3752 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV

Up on the 23rd floor of the Waldorf Astoria sits one of the coolest bars in Vegas. Skybar serves exotic cocktails such as the Golden Leaf Martini with Hendricks Gin, Aperol, muddled mandarin, pineapple juice, lime juice and simple syrup along with one of the most stunning views of the Las Vegas Strip with a decor inside to match the swanky prices.

Skybar
Skybar
Waldorf Astoria [Official Site]

16. Juniper Cocktail Lounge

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3770 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 730-7777
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Juniper Cocktail Lounge at the Park MGM brings a stylish respite off the casino floor and a menu of classic cocktails, whether they feature gin as the centerpiece or not. The Martin Brudnizki-designed space takes its inspiration from European gardens and features what may be the largest collection of gin in the city for fortune-telling gin and tonics. The GnT lets drinkers choose their gin and flavor profile through a childhood-inspired Fortune Teller paper game.

A cocktail lounge with a dark wood bar on the left and a curved partition on the right.
Juniper Cocktail Lounge
Amelinda B Lee

1. Lucky Day Tequila & Mezcal House

516 E Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV 89101
The inside of a bar with twinkle lights above and a bar on the right.
Lucky Day
Lucky Day [Official Site]

If customers can take their eyes off the dazzlin canopy of lights overhead, they’ll find a menu of small-batch tequilas and rare mezcal. The space features 12 pieces from Bob Dob out of Southern California, who specializes in paintings that celebrate the surf and skate punk rock culture. Customers can order cocktails such as the Chica Blanca with rum, elderflower, rose syrup, lime, and egg white for $12; the Jalisco Fashion with Añejo tequila, black cinnamon tea syrup, blood orange liqueur, and cassia bark bitters for $14; and the Escorpion, prepared with mezcal, Hawaii chili-infused tequila, agave, sassafras bitters, and muddled cherry for $13.

516 E Fremont St
Las Vegas, NV 89101

2. Downtown Cocktail Room

111 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV
Downtown Cocktail Room
Downtown Cocktail Room
Downtown Cocktail Room

Downtown’s revitalization begins with the Downtown Cocktail Room, the swanky speakeasy with chichi drinks and a smooth setting. First-time visitors might miss the front door with its indiscrete 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.

111 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV

3. The Laundry Room

525 Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV
The Laundry Room
The Laundry Room inside Commonwealth
Chelsea McManus

See if you can get inside the secret speakeasy inside Commonweath, dubbed The Laundry Room. The intimate 28-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.

525 Fremont St
Las Vegas, NV

4. Oak & Ivy: An American Whiskey Den

707 Fremont St Ste 1120, Las Vegas, NV
Oak & Ivy
Oak & Ivy
Louiie Victa

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.

707 Fremont St Ste 1120
Las Vegas, NV

5. Atomic Liquors

917 Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV
Atomic Liquors
Atomic Liquors
One7

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 a beer is needed.

917 Fremont St
Las Vegas, NV

6. Velveteen Rabbit

1218 S Main St, Las Vegas, NV
A dark bar with high-top chairs
The bar at Velveteen Rabbit
Louiie Victa

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.

1218 S Main St
Las Vegas, NV

7. Herbs & Rye

3713 W Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV
Herbs & Rye
Herbs & Rye
Herbs & Rye/Facebook

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.

3713 W Sahara Ave
Las Vegas, NV

8. Starboard Tack

2601 Atlantic St, Las Vegas, NV
A dimly lit bar with sailboats on the backs of high-top chairs
The bar at Starboard Tack
Starboard Tack [Official Site]

Veteran bartenders Bryant Jane and Lyle Cervenka took over the home of the original Starboard Tack that opened in 1971 and rum takes center stage on the cocktail menu with concoctions such as the Cherry Blossom with Whistling Andy Hibiscus rum and cherry bitters. A $1,000 per bottle of Black Tot Last Consignment Royal Naval Rum from the British Royal Navy’s remaining stock sits behind the bar, as do the amaros from the duo’s time at Retroscena in the back of Radio City Pizza.

2601 Atlantic St
Las Vegas, NV

9. Fireside Lounge

2985 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV
Fireside Lounge
Fireside Lounge
Fireside Lounge

The 24-hour Fireside Lounge inside the Peppermill is more kitsch wrapped in neon than stupendous drinks. The cozy booths make the perfect spot for making out, while a coveted seat around the fire pit will net you a view of the flames spewing from the white waters. 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.

2985 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV

10. Parasol Up

3131 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV
Parasol Up
Parasol Up
Jeff Green

Parasol Up, the casino floor lounge at Wynn Las Vegas, features artisanal cocktails on tap. The Boysenberry Delight uses boysenberry vodka, which Wynn says is exclusive to the resort, and pom cherry juice and St. Germain Liqueur, garnished with a dehydrated rose and atomized table side with citrus oil. The people-watching here is amazing.

3131 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV

11. Rosina

3325 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
An Art Deco bar setting
Rosina
The Palazzo

Sam Ross and David Rabin of The Dorsey fame created this old school bar with Art Deco flair. The 65-seat cocktail lounge Rosina features crystal chandeliers lighting the maroon u-shaped banquettes found on each side of the bar, as well as high-top tables with rich burgundy colored chairs and small cocktail tables paired with pearl-colored leather chairs spread throughout the lounge area. A soundtrack of Nina Simone, Al Green, Marvin Gaye, Lauryn Hill, Maxwell, and more sets the tone. The lounge also features a champagne call button that allows patrons to top off their flute with the push of a button. Even the ice here has a decadent touch, embossed with a handcrafted “R.” Ross created the cocktails here, a nod to the classics including the daiquiri, French 75, Mai Tai, and Old Fashioned. Cocktail servers can offer special off-menu cocktails as well.

3325 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109

12. The Dorsey

3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV
The Dorsey
The Dorsey
Amelinda B Lee

This cocktail lounge at the Venetian features craft cocktails from Sam Ross of New York City's Attaboy fame. Try the Penicillin with scotch, lemon, ginger, honey and an Islay float, which New York Times named to its list of 11 essential drinks of the "modern cocktail revival." Other concoctions include Elope with gin, melon, lime and orgeat; East Side Rickey with vodka, cucumber, mint, lime and club soda; A La Louisiane with rye, Benedictine, Italian vermouth, absinthe and bitters; Coney Island Express with rum, cold brew coffee, vanilla and Amaro Ciociaro; and Creole Punch with rum, pineapple, ginger, citrus, allspice and nutmeg.

3355 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV

13. Petrossian Bar

3600 S Las Vegas Blvd South, Las Vegas, NV 89109
A lounge with a baby grand piano on the right.
Petrossian at the Bellagio
MGM Resorts [Official Site]

The Bellagio’s 24-hour Petrossian Bar & Lounge in the lobby of the resort features live music from the one-of-a-kind Steinway grand piano and that view of Dale Chihuly’s 2,000 hand-blown glass flowers, Fiori di Como in the lobby. The bar offers hand-made infused cocktails, a vodka sampler, and afternoon tea daily from 1 to 4 p.m. That comes with open-faced sandwiches, English tea sandwiches, freshly baked scones with clotted cream, Baxter’s preserves, assorted miniature pastry treats, and, teas imported from around the world.

3600 S Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, NV 89109

14. The Chandelier

3708 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV
Chandelier Bar
Chandelier Bar
Cosmopolitan

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.

3708 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV

15. Skybar

3752 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV
Skybar
Skybar
Waldorf Astoria [Official Site]

Up on the 23rd floor of the Waldorf Astoria sits one of the coolest bars in Vegas. Skybar serves exotic cocktails such as the Golden Leaf Martini with Hendricks Gin, Aperol, muddled mandarin, pineapple juice, lime juice and simple syrup along with one of the most stunning views of the Las Vegas Strip with a decor inside to match the swanky prices.

3752 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV

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16. Juniper Cocktail Lounge

3770 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
A cocktail lounge with a dark wood bar on the left and a curved partition on the right.
Juniper Cocktail Lounge
Amelinda B Lee

Juniper Cocktail Lounge at the Park MGM brings a stylish respite off the casino floor and a menu of classic cocktails, whether they feature gin as the centerpiece or not. The Martin Brudnizki-designed space takes its inspiration from European gardens and features what may be the largest collection of gin in the city for fortune-telling gin and tonics. The GnT lets drinkers choose their gin and flavor profile through a childhood-inspired Fortune Teller paper game.

3770 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109

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