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Where to Drink in Las Vegas Right Now — September 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 eight spots.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Peyote serves a selection of shrimp ceviche, skirt steak asada and Oaxaco-style mole wings for dinner, but the patio comes alive after dark. A fire pit on the patio at Fergusons Downtown is framed with pink and green seating, dozens of cactus and the glow of colorful string lights. Sip on a chorizo fat-washed margarita or the lightly floral guavacito on warm summer nights.

A fire pit with two light wood Adirondak chairs and a semicircle of pink seating.
Peyote
Anthony Mair

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.

Bar Zazu Sabin Orr

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. 

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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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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
The Palms Casino resort

Ski Lodge

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One of eight unique spaces within Superfrico, the Italian American restaurant by the creators of the Las Vegas shows Absinthe and Opium, the unmarked Ski Lodge is tricky to find. But once inside, find a warm and woodsy lodge where you can watch a forest snowfall. Cozy up with inventive cocktails or a nonalcoholic drink.

Two leather chairs in front of a fireplace
Ski Lodge
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Peyote

A fire pit with two light wood Adirondak chairs and a semicircle of pink seating.
Peyote
Anthony Mair

Peyote serves a selection of shrimp ceviche, skirt steak asada and Oaxaco-style mole wings for dinner, but the patio comes alive after dark. A fire pit on the patio at Fergusons Downtown is framed with pink and green seating, dozens of cactus and the glow of colorful string lights. Sip on a chorizo fat-washed margarita or the lightly floral guavacito on warm summer nights.

A fire pit with two light wood Adirondak chairs and a semicircle of pink seating.
Peyote
Anthony Mair

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

Caviar Bar Sabin Orr

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

Bar Zazu Sabin Orr

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

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 Ski Lodge
Superfrico

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

Louiie Victa

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.

Louiie Victa

Ghostbar

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

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

Ski Lodge

Two leather chairs in front of a fireplace
Ski Lodge
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

One of eight unique spaces within Superfrico, the Italian American restaurant by the creators of the Las Vegas shows Absinthe and Opium, the unmarked Ski Lodge is tricky to find. But once inside, find a warm and woodsy lodge where you can watch a forest snowfall. Cozy up with inventive cocktails or a nonalcoholic drink.

Two leather chairs in front of a fireplace
Ski Lodge
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

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