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Louiie Victa

Where to Drink in Las Vegas Right Now — December 2022

The guide to the hottest drinking spots in Las Vegas

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The drinking scene in Las Vegas is an ever-evolving beast, which is why this cocktail heat map, updated regularly with the newest, most interesting spots, is an essential tool for any seasoned drinker. For a list of tried-and-true cocktails in Vegas, check out our essential bar list, but if you’re looking for the newest, coolest thing, look no further than these 11 spots.

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The Silver Stamp

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Word is out about this local’s favorite bar. Only in Vegas would you find a bar that celebrates the understated comfort of a midwestern basement as effectively as the Silver Stamp does. There’s wood paneling, Christmas lights, and empties adhered to the wall. But the real draw is the affordably priced beer on tap. Unsure what to drink? Ask your bartender. They’ll be happy to recommend something great.

Hard Hat Lounge

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The historic Hard Hat Lounge changed ownership in October, with best friends Frank Sidoris and Robby Cunningham taking over one of Las Vegas’ oldest bars. Cunningham, who is behind Guerrilla Pizza, is still slinging Detroit-style pies while he and Sidoris revamp the bar’s interior and event planning.

Hard Hat Lounge
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Square Bar

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Square Bar was conceived as a place to relive Las Vegas’ heyday. The vaguely 70s-themed bar in New Orleans Square pairs cocktails to your star sign. Pisces are encouraged to order the Kermit Martini with creme de menthe while scorpios may choose to try the Wai Sunrise with tequila and watermelon pucker.

Caviar Bar LV

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The cocktails at Caviar Bar are just what you’d expect at a restaurant with a focus on such a high-end ingredient. Try the High Roller, a martini made with Beluga vodka and topped with a blue cheese and prosciutto stuffed olive. Whiskey drinkers will enjoy the International Date Line, made with Wild Turkey Rye, black pepper syrup and orange bitters, while rum drinkers can enjoy the Strip View, with sorrel syrup, lime and egg white.

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Bar Zazu Las Vegas

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Chef Nicole Brisson’s Spanish tapas concept, Bar Zazu, opened at the end of 2021 and while, yes, you could sit at a table and have a formal meal, the tapas concept is just as suited for stopping in for a drink and a bite to eat. Excellent sangrias are on the cocktail menu, plus a selection of signature cocktails all named after the custom digital art pieces on the walls. Try the Highlander, inspired by Spanish gin and tonics, with Botanist gin, green chartreuse, lime, tarragon, and tonic.

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Jalisco Underground

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Resorts World Las Vegas’ new bar is located directly underneath Wally’s Wine and Spirits. The cocktail bar features a collection of agave-based cocktails and Mexican bar food. Cocktails include the $22 Mercado Caliente with tequila, Cointreau, prickly pear puree, muddled jalapeno, and fresh lime juice while the $100 24-Carat Margarita is topped with real gold flake.

Chilled oyster shooters and two other dishes from Jalisco Underground
Jalisco Underground
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Jalisco Underground

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This tequila bar is tricky to spot, tucked away beneath Resorts World. But it’s worth a find for margaritas and a small menu of Mexican food.

The Sand Dollar Lounge

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The Christmas pop-up bar is back in full swing this year, and the locals’ bar has again gone all out in decking the halls, the ceiling, the bar, and every other possible service in all sorts of festive decorations. Plus, there’s the festive seasonal drinks.

Wakuda Lounge

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The sophisticated, club-like bar and lounge at Wakuda replicates the vibrant energy of the Shinjuku district of Tokyo with guest DJs every Friday and Saturday night. The lounge at the sushi restaurant pours cocktails like the Stone, Water, Plants with gin, shiso, cucumber, green tea, and tonic. You can also order sushi rolls and light bites. 

Flight Club

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In the spirit of axe-throwing bars, this dart bar offers you and your party a private lane to throw darts. The board even does the scoring for you. While playing, nosh on finger foods like yuzu guacamole, mini beef barbacoa tacos, Bavarian pretzel sticks with pimento cheese spread, Buffalo chicken sandwiches. Inside, there’s also a bar that looks like a carousel at which you can order drinks.

Ghostbar

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Ghostbar debuted at the Palms Casino Resort in 2001 as one of the best views in the city. Perched atop the 55th floor, the popular bar and lounge looked out over the entire Las Vegas skyline and became a destination for both locals and visitors alike. This month, it finally reopened. The new thematic cocktail menu includes the Witching Hour with gin and elderflower tonic, the Ghost Story with spicy tequila, strawberry, peach, and basil, and the shareable $95 Witches Brew.

A swanky lounge illuminated with blue and purple lighting
Ghostbar
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The Cabinet of Curiosities

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The Cabinet of Curiosities is something between a bar and a scavenger hunt. Decorated with all manner of oddities, many of the items double as clues to the mystery you can uncover. The Lock is an intimate speakeasy within the Cabinet. To gain entry, find the Locksmith and solve one of two hidden puzzles.

Vanderpump à Paris

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Bravo star Lisa Vanderpump’s second Vegas restaurant, Vanderpump à Paris follows Vanderpump’s success at Vanderpump Cocktail Garden at Caesars Palace.

The restaurant aims to transport guests to a French courtyard. Guests can order the restaurant’s signature cocktail, called the Lovelocked: a gin-based cocktail that serves two and comes with a padlock in one glass and a key in the other. 

Ski Lodge

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Superfrico has a couple of bars inside it, but the best is the Ski Lodge, a speakeasy style bar decorated to feel like an apres-ski spot in a high-end mountain town. Guests can snack on pizza from Superfrico’s pizza menu, but the cocktail program is distinct, with drinks designed by Leo Robitschek and Mauro Villalobos. Try a take on an espresso martini, made with cold brew, coconut cream and cardamom.

Superfrico Ski Lodge
Superfrico

For wine drinkers, Larrea is an off-strip treasure trove with a list designed by master sommelier Lindsey Geddes. Dinner and bar guests can order bottles or glasses from the menu, and Ralphie’s Wine Shop, inside the restaurant, offers bottles of wine and six-packs of beer. A cocktail menu designed by Benjamin Browning feature house-made cordials, fresh juices, and strong pours into balanced cocktails.

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BrewDog Las Vegas

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Located high above the Las Vegas Strip, this multi-level, 30,000-square-foot bar offers awesome views of Las Vegas. Of the 96 beers on tap, many are unique to the Scottish brewery — though they also have guest taps from Las Vegas bars. There’s also pizza and burgers, plus a game room.

The Silver Stamp

Word is out about this local’s favorite bar. Only in Vegas would you find a bar that celebrates the understated comfort of a midwestern basement as effectively as the Silver Stamp does. There’s wood paneling, Christmas lights, and empties adhered to the wall. But the real draw is the affordably priced beer on tap. Unsure what to drink? Ask your bartender. They’ll be happy to recommend something great.

Hard Hat Lounge

The historic Hard Hat Lounge changed ownership in October, with best friends Frank Sidoris and Robby Cunningham taking over one of Las Vegas’ oldest bars. Cunningham, who is behind Guerrilla Pizza, is still slinging Detroit-style pies while he and Sidoris revamp the bar’s interior and event planning.

Hard Hat Lounge
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Square Bar

Square Bar was conceived as a place to relive Las Vegas’ heyday. The vaguely 70s-themed bar in New Orleans Square pairs cocktails to your star sign. Pisces are encouraged to order the Kermit Martini with creme de menthe while scorpios may choose to try the Wai Sunrise with tequila and watermelon pucker.

Caviar Bar LV

The cocktails at Caviar Bar are just what you’d expect at a restaurant with a focus on such a high-end ingredient. Try the High Roller, a martini made with Beluga vodka and topped with a blue cheese and prosciutto stuffed olive. Whiskey drinkers will enjoy the International Date Line, made with Wild Turkey Rye, black pepper syrup and orange bitters, while rum drinkers can enjoy the Strip View, with sorrel syrup, lime and egg white.

Caviar Bar Sabin Orr

Bar Zazu Las Vegas

Chef Nicole Brisson’s Spanish tapas concept, Bar Zazu, opened at the end of 2021 and while, yes, you could sit at a table and have a formal meal, the tapas concept is just as suited for stopping in for a drink and a bite to eat. Excellent sangrias are on the cocktail menu, plus a selection of signature cocktails all named after the custom digital art pieces on the walls. Try the Highlander, inspired by Spanish gin and tonics, with Botanist gin, green chartreuse, lime, tarragon, and tonic.

Bar Zazu Sabin Orr

Jalisco Underground

Resorts World Las Vegas’ new bar is located directly underneath Wally’s Wine and Spirits. The cocktail bar features a collection of agave-based cocktails and Mexican bar food. Cocktails include the $22 Mercado Caliente with tequila, Cointreau, prickly pear puree, muddled jalapeno, and fresh lime juice while the $100 24-Carat Margarita is topped with real gold flake.

Chilled oyster shooters and two other dishes from Jalisco Underground
Jalisco Underground
Meg Blair

Jalisco Underground

This tequila bar is tricky to spot, tucked away beneath Resorts World. But it’s worth a find for margaritas and a small menu of Mexican food.

The Sand Dollar Lounge

The Christmas pop-up bar is back in full swing this year, and the locals’ bar has again gone all out in decking the halls, the ceiling, the bar, and every other possible service in all sorts of festive decorations. Plus, there’s the festive seasonal drinks.

Wakuda Lounge

The sophisticated, club-like bar and lounge at Wakuda replicates the vibrant energy of the Shinjuku district of Tokyo with guest DJs every Friday and Saturday night. The lounge at the sushi restaurant pours cocktails like the Stone, Water, Plants with gin, shiso, cucumber, green tea, and tonic. You can also order sushi rolls and light bites. 

Flight Club

In the spirit of axe-throwing bars, this dart bar offers you and your party a private lane to throw darts. The board even does the scoring for you. While playing, nosh on finger foods like yuzu guacamole, mini beef barbacoa tacos, Bavarian pretzel sticks with pimento cheese spread, Buffalo chicken sandwiches. Inside, there’s also a bar that looks like a carousel at which you can order drinks.

Ghostbar

Ghostbar debuted at the Palms Casino Resort in 2001 as one of the best views in the city. Perched atop the 55th floor, the popular bar and lounge looked out over the entire Las Vegas skyline and became a destination for both locals and visitors alike. This month, it finally reopened. The new thematic cocktail menu includes the Witching Hour with gin and elderflower tonic, the Ghost Story with spicy tequila, strawberry, peach, and basil, and the shareable $95 Witches Brew.

A swanky lounge illuminated with blue and purple lighting
Ghostbar
The Palms Casino resort

The Cabinet of Curiosities

The Cabinet of Curiosities is something between a bar and a scavenger hunt. Decorated with all manner of oddities, many of the items double as clues to the mystery you can uncover. The Lock is an intimate speakeasy within the Cabinet. To gain entry, find the Locksmith and solve one of two hidden puzzles.

Vanderpump à Paris

Bravo star Lisa Vanderpump’s second Vegas restaurant, Vanderpump à Paris follows Vanderpump’s success at Vanderpump Cocktail Garden at Caesars Palace.

The restaurant aims to transport guests to a French courtyard. Guests can order the restaurant’s signature cocktail, called the Lovelocked: a gin-based cocktail that serves two and comes with a padlock in one glass and a key in the other. 

Ski Lodge

Superfrico has a couple of bars inside it, but the best is the Ski Lodge, a speakeasy style bar decorated to feel like an apres-ski spot in a high-end mountain town. Guests can snack on pizza from Superfrico’s pizza menu, but the cocktail program is distinct, with drinks designed by Leo Robitschek and Mauro Villalobos. Try a take on an espresso martini, made with cold brew, coconut cream and cardamom.

Superfrico Ski Lodge
Superfrico

Larrea

For wine drinkers, Larrea is an off-strip treasure trove with a list designed by master sommelier Lindsey Geddes. Dinner and bar guests can order bottles or glasses from the menu, and Ralphie’s Wine Shop, inside the restaurant, offers bottles of wine and six-packs of beer. A cocktail menu designed by Benjamin Browning feature house-made cordials, fresh juices, and strong pours into balanced cocktails.

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BrewDog Las Vegas

Located high above the Las Vegas Strip, this multi-level, 30,000-square-foot bar offers awesome views of Las Vegas. Of the 96 beers on tap, many are unique to the Scottish brewery — though they also have guest taps from Las Vegas bars. There’s also pizza and burgers, plus a game room.

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