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The 17 Essential Bars of Las Vegas

Drinkers can turn to this group of 17 reliable bars

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Mint juleps from the secret menu at Rosina.
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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 dazzling 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; the Jalisco Fashion with Añejo tequila, black cinnamon tea syrup, blood orange liqueur, and cassia bark bitters; and the Escorpion, prepared with mezcal, Hawaii chili-infused tequila, agave, sassafras bitters, and muddled cherry.

The inside of a bar with twinkle lights above and a bar on the right.
Lucky Day Tequila & Mezcal House.
Lucky Day Tequila & Mezcal House

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.

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

A small bar with a black and white photo behind it.
The Laundry Room inside Commonwealth.
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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.

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

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.

An outdoor patio with a neon sign that says Liquor, Cocktails
The patio at 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/Eater Vegas

7. The Silver Stamp

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222 E Imperial Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89104
(702) 527-1784
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Think of the Silver Stamp as stepping into a 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
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8. 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.

A very dark bar with a back bar lit up.
Herbs & Rye.
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9. Starboard Tack

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2601 Atlantic St
Las Vegas, NV

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]

10. Fireside Lounge

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2985 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV

The 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.

A neon-lit bar with a water feature with fire.
Fireside Lounge with its fire pit.
Fireside Lounge

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 with gold and rose touches.
Rosina and its Art Deco influences.
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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."

A library setting inside a bar.
The library at The Dorsey.
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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 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 weekends 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

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.

The lower level of a bar shrouded in crystals lit up in purple
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 decor inside to match the swanky prices.

A bar with a dramatic skyline at night seen through floor-to-ceiling windows
Skybar.
Waldorf Astoria

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/Eater Vegas

17. Mama Rabbit Mezcal + Tequila Bar

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3770 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 730-6773
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Mama Rabbit offers a deep book of mezcal at the Park MGM. Try a Palomita with Casamigos Mezcal, pomegranate, hibiscus, grapefruit, lime, and watermelon or order a margarita from the roving cart while taking in the 400 rabbits that decorate the space. Spanish artist Okuda San Miguel painted the surreal murals. Do look for the margarita cart and gaming tables.

Mama Rabbit’s bar area, mural, and slot machines
Mama Rabbit.
Louiie Victa/Eater Vegas

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 Tequila & Mezcal House.
Lucky Day Tequila & Mezcal House

If customers can take their eyes off the dazzling 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; the Jalisco Fashion with Añejo tequila, black cinnamon tea syrup, blood orange liqueur, and cassia bark bitters; and the Escorpion, prepared with mezcal, Hawaii chili-infused tequila, agave, sassafras bitters, and muddled cherry.

516 E Fremont St
Las Vegas, NV 89101

2. Downtown Cocktail Room

111 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV
A dark interior of a bar with art hanging on a red wall behind the back bar
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
A small bar with a black and white photo behind it.
The Laundry Room inside Commonwealth.
Chelsea McManus/Eater Vegas

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

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
An outdoor patio with a neon sign that says Liquor, Cocktails
The patio at 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/Eater Vegas

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. The Silver Stamp

222 E Imperial Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89104
A wood square bar with leather high-top chairs around it.
The Silver Stamp
Louiie Victa/Eater Vegas

Think of the Silver Stamp as stepping into a 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.

222 E Imperial Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89104

8. Herbs & Rye

3713 W Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV
A very dark bar with a back bar lit up.
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

9. 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

10. Fireside Lounge

2985 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV
A neon-lit bar with a water feature with fire.
Fireside Lounge with its fire pit.
Fireside Lounge

The 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

11. Rosina

3325 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
An Art Deco bar with gold and rose touches.
Rosina and its Art Deco influences.
Rosina/Facebook

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
A library setting inside a bar.
The library at The Dorsey.
The Dorsey/Facebook

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."

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

The Bellagio’s 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 weekends 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
The lower level of a bar shrouded in crystals lit up in purple
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
A bar with a dramatic skyline at night seen through floor-to-ceiling windows
Skybar.
Waldorf Astoria

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 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/Eater Vegas

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

17. Mama Rabbit Mezcal + Tequila Bar

3770 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Mama Rabbit’s bar area, mural, and slot machines
Mama Rabbit.
Louiie Victa/Eater Vegas

Mama Rabbit offers a deep book of mezcal at the Park MGM. Try a Palomita with Casamigos Mezcal, pomegranate, hibiscus, grapefruit, lime, and watermelon or order a margarita from the roving cart while taking in the 400 rabbits that decorate the space. Spanish artist Okuda San Miguel painted the surreal murals. Do look for the margarita cart and gaming tables.

3770 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109

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