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The 19 Essential Bars of Las Vegas

The all-time greats of a very good drinking city

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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 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

The Laundry Room

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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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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.
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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.

Esther's Kitchen

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Locals will tell you they love Esther’s for the house-made pastas or sourdough bread, but the bar program is also exceptional. A constantly rotating selection of twists on classic drinks like a Pimm’s Cup variation with ginger and mint or a spring sour made with little gem infused vodka keep things interesting.

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.
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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
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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.

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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The Dorsey

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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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GhostBar

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The newly opened GhostBar at the Palms takes you 55 stories over the Las Vegas Valley. A frequent spot for late-night live music, plan to make an evening here.

An outdoor lounge overlooks the Strip at night.
Ghostbar
The Palms Casino and Resort

Petrossian Bar

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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

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

Juniper Cocktail Lounge

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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

Mama Rabbit Mezcal + Tequila Bar

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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

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.

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 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.
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.

Esther's Kitchen

Locals will tell you they love Esther’s for the house-made pastas or sourdough bread, but the bar program is also exceptional. A constantly rotating selection of twists on classic drinks like a Pimm’s Cup variation with ginger and mint or a spring sour made with little gem infused vodka keep things interesting.

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

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

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.

Rosina

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.
Rosina/Facebook

The Dorsey

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.
The Dorsey/Facebook

GhostBar

The newly opened GhostBar at the Palms takes you 55 stories over the Las Vegas Valley. A frequent spot for late-night live music, plan to make an evening here.

An outdoor lounge overlooks the Strip at night.
Ghostbar
The Palms Casino and Resort

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Petrossian Bar

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

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

Juniper Cocktail Lounge

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

Mama Rabbit Mezcal + Tequila Bar

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

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