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Where to Drink in Las Vegas Right Now — February 2024

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 hot spots.

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Queen Las Vegas

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More than just a bar, this LGBTQ+ hotel, restaurant, bar, and nightclub on Las Vegas Boulevard is a 24-hour party. The bar boasts a giant disco ball DJ booth, drag brunch, and bottomless mimosas.

Stray Pirate

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Chris “Tater” Gutierrez helped define the downtown cocktail scene — specifically the four blocks that comprise the Fremont East neighborhood. Now, he has his own bar. It’s an under-the-sea hole-in-the-wall just right for shivering timbers and throwing back sophisticated cocktails with a tropical lean. Make sure to look around. The bar tells the story of a pirate crew cursed to become dogs before sinking to watery depths.

Liquid Diet

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While owners Bret Pfister and Patrick Mannion have cocktails on deck that could likely appease any conceivable palate, the standout at this Gateway District bar is the pico de gallo michelada. Impossibly fresh, a little tangy, and pleasantly bubbly, the michelada is just one of the constantly rotating food-inspired cocktails on the menu at this casual, creepy bar.

Pouring a cocktail at Liquid Diet.
Liquid Diet.
Tyler Storm

Bleau Bar

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The center of the Fontainebleau’s casino floor is punctuated by the crystal beams that loom over the Bleau Bar. Serving classic cocktails around a circle bar, the elevated seating area overlooks machines and table games.

A Bar with a crystal chandelier.
Bleau Bar
Fontainebleau Las Vegas

Collins Bar

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The lobby bar at the Fontainebleau serves classic cocktails, a few signature drinks in creamy hues of pink, and charcuterie boards.

Juliet Cocktail Room

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With Victorian-inspired decor and cocktails served in all sorts of pretty little glasses, this new bar at the Venetian joins the resort’s trio of bars in the Cocktail Collective. The bar hosts live entertainment provided by pianists, singers, and drummers. Highlights on the cocktail menu include the Fields of Norway, a take on a gin fizz served in a Viking horn-shaped glass. The Green With Envy is a rum and matcha cocktail, presented in a glass teacup adorned with butterflies. And the Queen of the Garden is a pretty purple cocktail garnished with flowers.

Pinky Ring

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Bruno Mars’s bar and music venue has a cool throwback feel with vintage-style furnishings, velvet seating, and walls adorned with lightbulbs, mirrors, and curtains. “I’ve been performing in Vegas for years, and I’ve always wanted a place where I could throw glamorous parties when I’m in town. A place that felt like my personal penthouse suite, with live music and sensational cocktails. The Pinky Ring is that,” Mars said in a statement.

Montecristo Cigar Bar at Paris Las Vegas

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This cigar bar at Paris Las Vegas features a premium selection of cigars with more than 300 industry-leading brands, including Romeo Y Julieta, H. Upmann, and its namesake, Montecristo. The bar has a state-of-the-art ventilation and air purification system and seats more than 70 guests and offers eight bar-top games. Order smoky cocktails at the bar or order food from neighboring restaurants via Caesars Eats,

The Vault

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The Vault at the Bellagio Resort and Casino is tucked away behind a nondescript doorway near the table games, just off the casino floor. You probably won’t be able to find it without a reservation. And you probably won’t be able to get a reservation unless you’ve demonstrated that you’re willing to drop some serious dough. The executive director of beverage for MGM Resorts International describes the bar’s offerings as more luxurious and more expensive than those found in any of the high roller lounges across MGM’s properties. The food is topped with caviar. The spirits are top-shelf and decades old.

The top shelf of the bar at The Vault.
The Vault.
Janna Karel

Cheri Rooftop

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If you’re looking for breathtaking views of the Las Vegas Strip, Chéri delivers an unobstructed eyeful of the iconic fountains and glittering cityscape. The romantic rooftop lounge located within the Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas serves French-forward wines, inspired cocktails and nightly entertainment atop its expansive outdoor terrace decorated with lush greenery and stylish sofas.

Glass Bar

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The Planet Hollywood hotel-casino has opened its new bar, enveloped in glass prisms. It serves cocktails like the Fruit & Pebble with rum and fruity pebble syrup and Casino Carnival with passionfruit puree and a cotton candy garnish. 

Easy’s Cocktail Lounge

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The newest speakeasy on the Strip is tucked away behind Easy Donuts at the Proper Eats Food Hall inside the Aria. You’ll want to make a reservation to get inside. Within the velvet-draped bar, discover live music, caviar service, and elaborate drinks dripping with dry ice fog.

Bel-Aire Lounge

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The Durango Casino’s new lounge does for the southwest property what Red Rock Resort does for the Summerlin casino. It’s a chic cocktail lounge from Clique Hospitality with cozy furnishings, a menu of pretty cocktails and bites of sushi and Kobe beef sliders, and an indoor-outdoor area for enjoying mild weather.

Rendering of Bel-Aire Lounge.
Bel-Aire Lounge.
Durango Resort and Casino

Wax Rabbit

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The speakeasy inside the new Durango Casino and Resort is tucked away beyond a marigold corridor inside the Mijo Mexican Restaurant. Drenched in shades of red, the intimate lounge specializes in tequila and mezcal cocktails.

Rendering of the Wax Rabbit speakeasy at the Durango Casino. Durango Casino and Resort

Queen Las Vegas

More than just a bar, this LGBTQ+ hotel, restaurant, bar, and nightclub on Las Vegas Boulevard is a 24-hour party. The bar boasts a giant disco ball DJ booth, drag brunch, and bottomless mimosas.

Stray Pirate

Chris “Tater” Gutierrez helped define the downtown cocktail scene — specifically the four blocks that comprise the Fremont East neighborhood. Now, he has his own bar. It’s an under-the-sea hole-in-the-wall just right for shivering timbers and throwing back sophisticated cocktails with a tropical lean. Make sure to look around. The bar tells the story of a pirate crew cursed to become dogs before sinking to watery depths.

Liquid Diet

While owners Bret Pfister and Patrick Mannion have cocktails on deck that could likely appease any conceivable palate, the standout at this Gateway District bar is the pico de gallo michelada. Impossibly fresh, a little tangy, and pleasantly bubbly, the michelada is just one of the constantly rotating food-inspired cocktails on the menu at this casual, creepy bar.

Pouring a cocktail at Liquid Diet.
Liquid Diet.
Tyler Storm

Bleau Bar

The center of the Fontainebleau’s casino floor is punctuated by the crystal beams that loom over the Bleau Bar. Serving classic cocktails around a circle bar, the elevated seating area overlooks machines and table games.

A Bar with a crystal chandelier.
Bleau Bar
Fontainebleau Las Vegas

Collins Bar

The lobby bar at the Fontainebleau serves classic cocktails, a few signature drinks in creamy hues of pink, and charcuterie boards.

Juliet Cocktail Room

With Victorian-inspired decor and cocktails served in all sorts of pretty little glasses, this new bar at the Venetian joins the resort’s trio of bars in the Cocktail Collective. The bar hosts live entertainment provided by pianists, singers, and drummers. Highlights on the cocktail menu include the Fields of Norway, a take on a gin fizz served in a Viking horn-shaped glass. The Green With Envy is a rum and matcha cocktail, presented in a glass teacup adorned with butterflies. And the Queen of the Garden is a pretty purple cocktail garnished with flowers.

Pinky Ring

Bruno Mars’s bar and music venue has a cool throwback feel with vintage-style furnishings, velvet seating, and walls adorned with lightbulbs, mirrors, and curtains. “I’ve been performing in Vegas for years, and I’ve always wanted a place where I could throw glamorous parties when I’m in town. A place that felt like my personal penthouse suite, with live music and sensational cocktails. The Pinky Ring is that,” Mars said in a statement.

Montecristo Cigar Bar at Paris Las Vegas

This cigar bar at Paris Las Vegas features a premium selection of cigars with more than 300 industry-leading brands, including Romeo Y Julieta, H. Upmann, and its namesake, Montecristo. The bar has a state-of-the-art ventilation and air purification system and seats more than 70 guests and offers eight bar-top games. Order smoky cocktails at the bar or order food from neighboring restaurants via Caesars Eats,

The Vault

The Vault at the Bellagio Resort and Casino is tucked away behind a nondescript doorway near the table games, just off the casino floor. You probably won’t be able to find it without a reservation. And you probably won’t be able to get a reservation unless you’ve demonstrated that you’re willing to drop some serious dough. The executive director of beverage for MGM Resorts International describes the bar’s offerings as more luxurious and more expensive than those found in any of the high roller lounges across MGM’s properties. The food is topped with caviar. The spirits are top-shelf and decades old.

The top shelf of the bar at The Vault.
The Vault.
Janna Karel

Cheri Rooftop

If you’re looking for breathtaking views of the Las Vegas Strip, Chéri delivers an unobstructed eyeful of the iconic fountains and glittering cityscape. The romantic rooftop lounge located within the Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas serves French-forward wines, inspired cocktails and nightly entertainment atop its expansive outdoor terrace decorated with lush greenery and stylish sofas.

Glass Bar

The Planet Hollywood hotel-casino has opened its new bar, enveloped in glass prisms. It serves cocktails like the Fruit & Pebble with rum and fruity pebble syrup and Casino Carnival with passionfruit puree and a cotton candy garnish. 

Easy’s Cocktail Lounge

The newest speakeasy on the Strip is tucked away behind Easy Donuts at the Proper Eats Food Hall inside the Aria. You’ll want to make a reservation to get inside. Within the velvet-draped bar, discover live music, caviar service, and elaborate drinks dripping with dry ice fog.

Bel-Aire Lounge

The Durango Casino’s new lounge does for the southwest property what Red Rock Resort does for the Summerlin casino. It’s a chic cocktail lounge from Clique Hospitality with cozy furnishings, a menu of pretty cocktails and bites of sushi and Kobe beef sliders, and an indoor-outdoor area for enjoying mild weather.

Rendering of Bel-Aire Lounge.
Bel-Aire Lounge.
Durango Resort and Casino

Wax Rabbit

The speakeasy inside the new Durango Casino and Resort is tucked away beyond a marigold corridor inside the Mijo Mexican Restaurant. Drenched in shades of red, the intimate lounge specializes in tequila and mezcal cocktails.

Rendering of the Wax Rabbit speakeasy at the Durango Casino. Durango Casino and Resort

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