Other Mama
Food & Drink

The Best Bars in Las Vegas Right Now

Updated On 01/02/2018 at 11:04AM EST
Mona Shield Payne/Thrillist

Atomic Liquors

Downtown

Where stiff drinks and nuclear history come together
The oldest freestanding bar in Las Vegas used to be a place where people would grab drinks, sit on the roof, and watch nuclear test explosions go off in the desert. (Nevada was into that kind of stuff in the '50s.) Atomic Liquors eventually closed down but later returned as a craft cocktail destination in 2012. It's been a huge hit ever since, and much of Nevada's radioactive history is documented with artifacts on the walls. A restaurant -- The Kitchen at Atomic -- recently opened next door.

Beerhaus

Beerhaus

On the Strip

A favorite hangout for a beer in the heart of the Strip
One of those places you definitely have to visit during a beer crawl of Las Vegas, Beerhaus is a fun and festive social spot in the shadow of the T-Mobile Arena on the Strip. The food is kept to a tight menu -- featuring bar grub like brats, pretzels, and fried pickles -- served from a pick-up counter. However, the beer list is vast and varied, including bottles, cans, and draft selections -- among them, local breweries like Joseph James and Crafthaus.

Bound

Bound by Salvatore

The Cromwell

Stylish hotel lobby bar with inventive cocktails
Few bars carry more sophistication and elegance than this one. With a menu designed by famed European mixologist Salvatore Calabrese, Bound has more than a couple drinks that -- while not cheap -- are worthy of your time and attention. Among the favorites are a pair of espresso cocktails served in an Italian moka pot and the Maestro which blends a number of citrus elements with vodka, maple syrup, and balsamic vinegar.

Anthony Mair

Commonwealth

Downtown

Two-level bar with rustic charm -- complete with a secret bar
Immersed in style and character with wood furnishings and crystal chandeliers, Commonwealth sets itself apart from the crowded Downtown bar scene with a deep beer selection, expertly made cocktails, and the Laundry Room -- a secretive bar-within-a-bar that requires a hookup to get in. An upstairs patio has its own bar and 360-degree views perfect for people watching and soaking in the surrounding neon lights.

Chandelier Bar

The Chandelier

The Cosmopolitan

Three full stories flowing with cocktails
The most impressive lobby bar on the Strip passes through three floors of the Cosmopolitan with a spectacle of dangling beads hanging around it. The lounge could get by on looks alone, but has an impressive array of cocktails, including an Old Fashioned made with 12-year rum aged in bourbon barrels and the infamous verbena -- similar to a ginger-infused margarita but with an edible flower that alters the taste. The bottom level is a social meeting spot while the third floor is a little quieter and better for a date. The middle level was recently renovated into a whimsical common area inspired by Alice in Wonderland.

Delmonico Steakhouse

Delmonico Steakhouse

The Venetian

The best whiskey list in Las Vegas -- period
There's no bar in Las Vegas that's done a better job of building its whiskey and spirits collection over the years -- with more than 700 options from nine countries and an impressive focus on verticals. This is the stuff that's hard to find anywhere else. If whiskey's not your thing, there are 2,400 choices of wine and Emeril Lagasse's lineup of prime cajun-seasoned steaks.

the dorsey

The Dorsey

The Venetian

So much chic style in one place, plus killer cocktails
This upscale lounge is perfect for those who love the glamour of Vegas and a touch of elegance to go along with the late night DJ’s beats. Crafted in oak, brass, leather, and marble, the Dorsey has long comfortable couches for socializing and a "library" room decked out with a fireplace. The cocktails, designed by famed New York mixologist Sam Ross, are pricey but worth every penny. Try the drink that put him on the map: the Penicillin, a smoky libation with Scotch and a bite of ginger. Use this link to make your reservation.

Rob Kachelriess/Thrillist

Downtown Cocktail Room

Downtown

Absinthe, punch bowls, and an evolving menu
Back when Las Vegas was all about sugary cocktails and bottle service (not all that long ago), the Downtown Cocktail Room came along with something different -- inventive cocktails inspired by metropolitan areas around the country. The team works in a "lab" of mixology to create a menu of clever drinks that rotate in-and-out about four or five times a year. Nothing is off limits, from absinthe and mezcals to anything and everything as garnish (including on at least one occasion, house-made chips and salsa). Everything is half-off Monday-Friday from 4 to 7pm.

Anthony Mair

Fizz

Caesars Palace

All things sparkling, from the Champagne menu to the decor
This upscale lounge keeps things sparkling with Champagne and Champagne-based cocktails in a quiet spot tucked out of the way off the casino floor at Caesars Palace. Lavish light fixtures, art-covered walls, circular booth seating, and a second level that overlooks the main floor encourages lots of social interaction within a relatively intimate space.

Golden Tiki

The Golden Tiki

Chinatown

The place to hit for kitschy decor and fruity drinks
The music playing as you walk through the front door suggests you're about to take a ride on the Pirates of the Caribbean...or enter the most indulgent tiki bar in Las Vegas. Golden Tiki counts a a dancing skeleton, conch shell chair, and overstuffed treasure chest among its kitschy decorations. The drinks are mostly rum-based and heavy on tropical fruit juices. Some even come topped with Dole Whip -- a vintage frozen pineapple treat found in a machine behind the counter.

Rob Kachelriess/Thrillist

Herbs & Rye

Off-Strip

Industry clubhouse offers cocktails from every era
Thrillist once asked the top bartenders in Vegas where they got drinks on their downtime. All of them said Herbs & Rye. The cocktail bar by which all others are judged is frequently singled out as not only one of the best bars in Vegas, but the entire country. That's because every bartender here appreciates and understands both the art and history of classic cocktails. The menu itself is divided into different American eras, from 1776 through today (touching on the prohibition, tiki, and rat pack periods for example). The back bar alone is worth your attention -- with liqueurs, spirits, and mixers you won't easily find elsewhere. Feel free to challenge the staff; they could make you something new and totally different with the tools at their disposal. But don't overlook the food, especially the pasta -- or the steaks which are half off during happy hour. (Half off!)

Rob Kachelriess/Thrillist

Huntridge Tavern

Downtown

Dive bar with charm and mega-cheap cans of beer
No elaborate foofoo drinks here: The Huntridge Tavern (found next door to the Huntridge Pharmacy) is the perfect place for a shot and a beer -- especially if it's a can of Hamm's, always on sale for $1.50. Located in that special part of Downtown that's nowhere near touristy Fremont Street, this local legend among dive bars is a piece of Las Vegas history -- open almost continuously for more than five decades. 

Libertine Social

Libertine Social

Mandalay Bay

Lively spot with caviar fried eggs and experimental drinks
Libertine Social has a healthy buzz thanks to food by Shawn McClain and a thorough bar program by Tony Abou-Ganim -- a longtime master mixologist who helped open the Bellagio back in the day. At Libertine Social, he's free to experiment and bring craft cocktails to the forefront -- especially with two different bars and a comfortable lounge area to work with. There is a collection of vintage cocktails, including some on draft, as well as "swizzels" and "fizzes" made with seltzer water. You can even try Abou-Ganim's famous Cable Car -- a rum based drink with ground cinnamon born in San Francisco that can now be found on the retro menu.

Mandarin Oriental

Mandarin Bar

Mandarin Oriental

No gambling, but you can get floor-to-ceiling views here
The Mandarin Oriental is a little more low key than your typical resort on the Strip. It doesn't have any gambling (or its own parking garage for that matter, so be ready to valet) and its lobby is actually on the 23rd floor. That's also where you'll find the Mandarin Bar -- which comes with a cool and stylish view of the Strip through floor-to-ceiling windows that wrap around the east side of the building. The atmosphere is complimented by a killer lineup of in-house cocktail creations, and a nice cognac list for those looking for an understated experience.

Rob Kachelriess/Thrillist

Oak & Ivy

Downtown

Whiskey and nine types of mule inside a shipping container
Located inside the Downtown Container Park, Oak & Ivy makes the most of a small bar with just a handful of seats. The whiskey selection is strong and makes for some great cocktails, including the Whiskey Smash -- made with water infused with fruit that changes with the season. And while a lot (and we mean a lot) of places have Moscow Mules on the menu, few come close to the ones served up here. Oak & Ivy offers nine variations, and each one is made with ginger beer that's brewed in house.

John Schmidt

Sage

The Aria

Modern American cuisine plus a crazy absinthe lineup
The bar at Sage is modern and stylish, matching the cuisine from Chef Shawn McClain. It gets plenty of attention for its absinthe collection and table-side service -- which offers the spirit dripped over a sugar cube, on the rocks with water, or lit with fire and poured over ice. The cocktail program is designed to reflect a sensory-driven experience, with the menu mapped out by sweet, refreshing, bold, and dry categories. Definitely try the Old Fashioned with Eagle Rare 10-Year bourbon and barrel-smoked maple syrup.

The Sand Dollar

Sand Dollar Lounge

Chinatown

Historic bar on the edge of Chinatown, now serving craft drinks
The Sand Dollar is known for live music with blues greats like B.B King and Muddy Waters making appearances over the years. It also has pool, video poker, and a reputation for friendly staffers. The Sand Dollar originally closed a few years ago, but has since been revitalized with a fresh focus on craft cocktails and some much-needed renovations that bring a modern touch to this longtime local hangout.

Velveteen Rabbit

Velveteen Rabbit

Downtown

Seasonally changing cocktails served amid artwork and live music
Opened by two sisters who just wanted a good place to hang out, this social drinking spot has mastered the art of the craft cocktail and developed a killer beer list, with a collection of antique furniture that doesn't quite match, but seems to fit the quirky spirit of the place just fine. With up-and-coming musicians on the back patio and local artwork hanging from the walls, it's hard to find a bar that is so supportive of the local community -- while making some of the most unique and creative drinks anywhere in Las Vegas.

Rob Kachelriess/Thrillist

Tenaya Creek Brewery

Downtown

Craft beer in a casual clubhouse environment
After leaving its original location (which is now PT's Brewing Company) Tenaya Creek moved Downtown to a spot just off the beaten path that doesn't quite feel like Las Vegas. There's no gaming and no chaos. Just plenty of beer -- by bottle, draft, or cans -- and an atmosphere that matches the spirit of a midwest college town pub more than a Sin City party spot. A prime example of the local craft beer explosion, Tenaya Creek has carved out its own identity and loyal fans with beer that's generally well-balanced and not overly hoppy.

Vista Cocktail Lounge

Vista Cocktail Lounge

Vista Cocktail Lounge

Ultra-modern lounge with moving cityscapes surrounding you
The most eye-catching bar in Caesars Palace is surrounded by LED video screens that recreate metropolitan skylines from major cities throughout the world -- as well as cocktails with fine ingredients and a sophisticated edge. The $95 punch bowls are good for sharing, especially the piña colada mojito.

Up Next
Food & Drink

Where to Watch the FIFA World Cup in Las Vegas

Updated On 06/20/2018 at 02:04PM EST
T he FIFA World Cup is finally here again (between June 14 to July 15 to be exact) and chances are pretty good you don't have a ticket to attend the big soccer tournament in person. That's because the games are in Mother Russia this year, and it doesn't exactly top our list of summer travel destinations. That leaves Las Vegas as the best place to watch dudes kick a ball around -- at least on TV. Why? Because there's plenty of drinks, plenty of fun, and plenty of betting windows to take your money for a good wager. (We don't care if that new law in New Jersey has kicked in or not.) So check out the best bars for watching the World Cup in Sin City, and come back for updates as the games kick into gear.  
Lagasse's Stadium

Lagasse's Stadium

The Palazzo

Best for: A stadium-seating view of the action
Lagasse's Stadium is one of the best places for watching sports on the Strip. The place is frickin' huge with more than a hundred high-def TVs, including a giant big screen that's 9 by 16 feet and comes with its own stadium seating. There's also a betting window just steps away so you can blow money without wasting any time. Of course, the menu has the Emeril Lagasse seal of approval and features a few special dishes for the World Cup -- like spicy shrimp with vegetable gazpacho, beef stroganoff over penne, and beer-battered haddock with fries. Lagasse's Stadium will open early at 8am to accommodate Word Cup action, but will resume its normal 11am opening time once brackets filter down past the group stage.

Crown & Anchor Pub

Crown & Anchor

Off the Strip

Best for: Cheering on the British nonstop
This authentic British pub has two locations (east and west of the Strip) -- both open 24 hours so you can catch every minute of World Cup action regardless of when a game begins. Even better, the entire food menu is available round the clock. So feel free to nosh down on bangers and mash, cottage pie, and Yorkshire pudding in the middle of the night with a pint of Old Speckled Hen.

Tap

TAP

MGM Grand

Best for: Bonding with Europeans on the Strip
Located in the lobby of the MGM Grand, this sports bar isn't always known as a hotspot for soccer -- eh, football -- but that all changes during the World Cup. In recent years, the bar has opened early to accommodate European tourists on the Strip -- and gets packed quickly. The venue is more of a "sport restaurant" than a sports bar, with a full menu and at least 60 high-def televisions. The whole place is decorated with sports photos and memorabilia. TAP is also near the MGM Sports Book, making it easy to place a last-minute bet.

Hofbrauhaus Las Vegas

Hofbrauhaus Las Vegas

Off the Strip

Best for: Cheering on the Germans and inhaling pretzels and booze
A faithful recreation of the famous Bavarian beer hall, Hofbrauhaus Las Vegas will open early for all Germany games, kicking off on June 17 with a showdown against Mexico. A breakfast platter will be available, featuring scrambled eggs, potatoes, smoked pork loin, krainer sausage, and bacon with a pretzel on the side. A vegetarian version is also on the menu. Either way, it's never too early to order one of Hofbrauhaus' own German-style beers on tap -- especially in a massive liter-sized mug. Games that don't involved Germany will be shown during normal business hours after 11am.

Shakespeare's Grille & Pub

Shakespeare's Grille & Pub

Henderson

Best for: Watching in Henderson, with five styles of French fries
As the name suggests, this gastropub is all about the Brits. Expect beer bucket specials and lots of swag giveaways: T-shirts, key chains, that sort of stuff. The menu mixes British faves like shepherd's pie and sausage rolls with traditional bar grub, including five French fry variations and four different sliders. But we just can't get enough of the fried avocado slices. Between bottles and drafts, there's more than a hundred beers to choose from. And bottomless mimosas are available all day.

Barbara Kraft

Charlie's Bar + Grill

The Wynn

Best for: Placing a bet or two
When the Wynn did a major overhaul and renovation of its sports book last year, it also added Charlie's Bar + Grill right next to it, which will be serving drinks throughout the World Cup matches. The menu is playful for a sports bar (cotton candy milkshakes anyone?), although food won't be served until 11:30am. (Pro tip: Early-rising soccer fans can order food from Allegro, a nearby Italian restaurant that's open all night until 6am.) Regardless of when you show up, the games will be seen live on the giant 1,600-square-foot LED screen that wraps around the sports book.

Rob Kachelriess

McMullan's

Off the Strip

Best for: 24/7 Irish soccer fanatics
This Irish pub is open 24 hours a day and loves soccer, so you'll be able to catch the World Cup, no problem, even if they have to wheel an extra TV out on the patio. Jersey giveaways happen during the finals. Breakfast runs 11pm-11am, offering plenty of time to chow down on Irish bacon, corned beef hash, and black and white pudding (which is a fancy way to describe meat and oatmeal pounded into a patty). A rotating daily special serves up a 20-ounce pint for $4. Mix things up with one of three Bits O' Beer flights that consist of five tastings at the same time.

J Rick Martin

Cabo Wabo

Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood

Best for: People-watching, drink deals, and a Tex-Mex breakfast
With a patio that overlooks the Strip, it's easy to grab some much-needed fresh air if your team isn't doing so great during the game. But in addition to prime Las Vegas people watching, it's also an opportunity to enjoy some Tex-Mex breakfast items, especially the cheese nachos topped with two fried eggs. Cabo Wabo will open at 8am for the World Cup with beer bucket specials and morning all-you-can-drink mimosas and Bellinis for $24.99.

Born and Raised Las Vegas Bar

Born and Raised

Multiple locations

Best for: Casual watching and hanging out with locals
In another year, this might be the best place to cheer on Team USA, but you know how things go. The latest edition of Born and Raised is in a prime tourist zone on the Strip (the Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally's), but its original locations in the Southwest and Henderson are both still big draws for locals. While they tend to be more interested in the Golden Knights or UNLV Rebels than soccer, the round-the-clock hours leave plenty of time to enjoy the World Cup -- with a soccer following growing each year. In other words, a visit to Born and Raised could be your best bet for checking out the action and enjoying a few drinks without too many rowdy fans screaming in your ear.

Habib's Persian Cuisine

Shiraz Persian

West Valley

Best for: Lovers of patios and Persian and Mediterranean food
Known for more than 20 years as Habib's, this Indian and Pakistani restaurant is expanding its menu and changing its name to Shiraz Persian. Renovations to the bar area and patio should be done in time for World Cup Finals viewing parties on July 6, 7, 10, 11, 14, and 15. Show up and enjoy an international breakfast along with beer and cocktail specials.

Blondies

Blondies

On the Strip

Best for: One of the best drink deals on the Strip
Despite its shopping mall location, Blondie's is one of the few sports bars on the Strip with a "locals" vibe. So it tends to get busy fast, operating on a first-come-first-serve basis. A $20 all-you-can-drink deal applies to wells and drafts during the games, which you can catch on more than 60 televisions. But you may want to scope out a seat in front of the 12-foot-long big screen. Blondies stays open round the clock on weekends, making it easy to catch an important World Cup game.

Ri Ra Las Vegas

Rí Rá

The Shoppes at Mandalay Place

Best for: An Irish breakfast during the games
Whether it's the imported limestone bar top or the imported breakfast meats, Rí Rá is full of Irish authenticity. A magnet for European tourists on the Strip, the bar is expected to be especially busy when it opens early for World Cup games. Guest can enjoy $5 Carlsberg pints and earn a chance to win Carlsberg merchandise while the action takes place on TVs throughout five distinctly different rooms -- although this Irish pub will always remain best known for knowing how to pour a perfect Guinness.

Once

Once

Palazzo

Best for: Fans of Peru or South America
In addition to being one of our favorite new restaurants in Las Vegas, Once (rhymes with cabernet) is hosting viewing parties to watch team Peru in the World Cup -- beginning with a battle against Denmark at 6am on June 16. Entry is $25 per person and includes a drink and breakfast bowl. Expect similar viewing parties if Peru advances in the tournament.

PT's

PT's

Multiple locations

Best for: Finding a quick viewing location
Need to find a bar quick? PT's has more than 50 locations in the Las Vegas Valley under nearly as many names (PT's Pub, PT's Gold, PT's Ranch, PT's Brewing Company, Sean Patrick's, Sierra Gold, and SG Bar), which means the nearest one is just a quick drive away. Open 24 hours a day, these omnipresent locals hangouts will be serving $3 Modelo pints and half-price breakfast items during the World Cup games. Try the pancakes with powdered sugar and maple syrup -- they're addictive.

Mercato della Pescheria/Facebook

Mercato della Pescheria

The Venetian

Best For: Cheering on Italy
With a prime location in St. Mark's Square, this Italian restaurant is the perfect meeting place for the World Cup. Catch the games live in the bar and lounge. If the action gets dull, the Venetian's famous gondola rides are just steps away.

PBR Rock Bar & Grill

PBR Rock Bar & Grill

Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood

Best For: Boozing on the Strip
Get ready to drink. World Cup specials include $5 Jagermeister shots, $6 Heineken bottles, $20 Mini Meister buckets, and $25 Heineken buckets. With four full service bars, you shouldn't have to wait long for your choice to arrive.

Alexxa's Bar/Facebook

Alexxa's Bar

​​​​​​​Paris Las Vegas

Best for: Eating flatbreads
This Stripside bar and cocktail lounge is wheeling in extra TVs to watch the games as early as 5am. The regular food and drink menu is available all day. We recommend the butternut squash flatbread.

Brightside Breakfast & Burgers

Brightside Breakfast & Burgers

​​​​​​​The Plaza

Best for: Viewing the games Downtown
Head downtown, where Brightside Breakfast & Burgers is showing all games after 7am through the championship final on July 15. Between seven high-def big-screens and two projector screens, it's hard to have a bad seat. Try something from the all-day $6.99 menu. On June 17 and 27, members of the Las Vegas Lights soccer team will be hanging out during the viewing parties.

Cafe Americano/Facebook

Cafe Americano

Caesars Palace

Best for: Showing your loyalty with drinks
Easy to find in the lobby of Caesars Palace, Cafe Americano is open 24 hours a day. So you have no excuse to miss any of those early morning games. Sip on $10 caipirinhas (to cheer on Brazil) and Jager Bombs (to cheer on Germany).

Rob Kachelriess

JW Marriott

​​​​​​​Summerlin

Best for: Making a staycation out of it
The JW Marriott has a World Cup Stay/Play-cation package until July 16 -- just in case you don't want to go home between games. It includes a standard deluxe room, watermelon basil vodka-tini pedicure at Spa Aquae, two Rasberryoska cocktails at Hawthorn Grill, two White Russian cocktails at any casino bar, and somewhere in between all this, World Cup viewing at the recently remodeled Ract & Sports Book.

Sponsored

The Chicago Vegan Soul Food Revolution Is Here

Published On 08/13/2018
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Food & Drink

The Flaming Lips Are Putting Out a Record Filled With Pink Beer

Published On 03/06/2018