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The Essential Bars of Las Vegas

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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, Mandarin Bar at Mandarin Oriental, Bound at The Cromwell, and Starboard Tack.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. 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

2. 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 inside Commonwealth
Chelsea McManus

3. 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
Amelinda B Lee

4. 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.

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5. 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.

Velveteen Rabbit
Chelsea McManus

6. 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.

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7. 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.

Starboard Tack
Amelinda B Lee

8. 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

9. 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
Jeff Green

10. 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
Amelinda B Lee

11. Bound

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3595 S Las Vegas Blvd (inside The Cromwell)
Paradise, NV

Customers find Salvatore Calebrese's cocktails at this gem of a lounge at The Cromwell. Try the Breakfast Martini cocktail, a drink Calebrese created as his answer to drinking in the morning with gin and orange marmalade or Bunny Bubbles with raspberry puree and fresh pomegranate. The name draws inspiration from the most iconic centerfold bunnies. Coffee drinks are also a specialty here.

Bound by Salvatore
Erik Kabik

12. Petrossian Bar & Lounge

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Bellagio Hotel & Casino
Las Vegas, NV
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Customers at this lobby bar at the Bellagio sip on swanky cocktails while being serenaded with live music from David Osborne, the pianist to the presidents. Osborne has performed at the White House for Presidents Carter, Bush, Clinton, Bush, and Obama. Stop by during afternoon tea for Petrossian caviar and smoked salmon or order one of the variations on the martini.

Petrossian Bar
Bellagio

13. 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
Cosmopolitan

14. 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.

Mandarin Bar
Mandarin Oriental

15. Skyfall Lounge

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3940 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV

Alain Ducasse's Skyfall Lounge perched on the 63rd floor of the Delano features stunning 180-degree views of the city through floor-to-ceiling windows. Customers can still rest on theater-style seating designed by Paris-based French-Canadian design duo Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manku so every view is unobstructed to the skyline. Or they can get cozy on the outdoor patio as the night sky emerges. And the cocktails here are sublime, with complex ingredients not found elsewhere in Las Vegas. Proprietors LLC serves up the cocktail program.

Skyfall Lounge
Amelinda B Lee

1. Downtown Cocktail Room

111 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV
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

2. The Laundry Room

525 Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV
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

3. Oak & Ivy: An American Whiskey Den

707 Fremont St Ste 1120, Las Vegas, NV
Oak & Ivy
Amelinda B Lee

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

4. Atomic Liquors

917 Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV
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 a beer is needed.

917 Fremont St
Las Vegas, NV

5. Velveteen Rabbit

1218 S Main St, Las Vegas, NV
Velveteen Rabbit
Chelsea McManus

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.

1218 S Main St
Las Vegas, NV

6. Herbs & Rye

3713 W Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV
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.

3713 W Sahara Ave
Las Vegas, NV

7. Starboard Tack

2601 Atlantic St, Las Vegas, NV
Starboard Tack
Amelinda B Lee

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

8. Fireside Lounge

2985 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV
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

9. Parasol Up

3131 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV
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

10. The Dorsey

3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV
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

11. Bound

3595 S Las Vegas Blvd (inside The Cromwell), Paradise, NV
Bound by Salvatore
Erik Kabik

Customers find Salvatore Calebrese's cocktails at this gem of a lounge at The Cromwell. Try the Breakfast Martini cocktail, a drink Calebrese created as his answer to drinking in the morning with gin and orange marmalade or Bunny Bubbles with raspberry puree and fresh pomegranate. The name draws inspiration from the most iconic centerfold bunnies. Coffee drinks are also a specialty here.

3595 S Las Vegas Blvd (inside The Cromwell)
Paradise, NV

12. Petrossian Bar & Lounge

Bellagio Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV
Petrossian Bar
Bellagio

Customers at this lobby bar at the Bellagio sip on swanky cocktails while being serenaded with live music from David Osborne, the pianist to the presidents. Osborne has performed at the White House for Presidents Carter, Bush, Clinton, Bush, and Obama. Stop by during afternoon tea for Petrossian caviar and smoked salmon or order one of the variations on the martini.

Bellagio Hotel & Casino
Las Vegas, NV

13. The Chandelier

3708 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV
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

14. Skybar

3752 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV
Mandarin Bar
Mandarin Oriental

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

15. Skyfall Lounge

3940 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV
Skyfall Lounge
Amelinda B Lee

Alain Ducasse's Skyfall Lounge perched on the 63rd floor of the Delano features stunning 180-degree views of the city through floor-to-ceiling windows. Customers can still rest on theater-style seating designed by Paris-based French-Canadian design duo Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manku so every view is unobstructed to the skyline. Or they can get cozy on the outdoor patio as the night sky emerges. And the cocktails here are sublime, with complex ingredients not found elsewhere in Las Vegas. Proprietors LLC serves up the cocktail program.

3940 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV

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