The Perfect Las Vegas Bar for (Almost) Every Occasion
There are a TON of bars in Las Vegas where you can party, drink, or even make a bad decision or two, but you don't want to make a bad decision about which bar you should go to in the first place. That's why we've done you a favor and picked the best Sin City bar for every possible occasion (okay, so just 35 of 'em), from just after you get promoted to just after you get dumped, and everything... err, 33 other things, in between:
Playing tour guide: GhostbarThe Palms
It’s easy to impress your friends from out of town with a view of the Strip from the 55th floor of the Palms. Grab a drink, step outside, and look knowledgeable when you point and say things like, “Look… there’s the airport.”
Just got promoted: RhumbarThe Mirage
You’ve got money to burn thanks to that brand-new raise. Another thing you’ll want to burn: a fat stogie from Rhumbar’s cigar collection.
Celebrating a birthday: Champagnes CafeEast of the Strip
This old-school spot has been around forever and has seen a few birthdays come and go. It will go all-out for your big day with decorations and cupcakes at your table. It’s also one of the rowdiest places for karaoke, which could be just what you need after a few too many birthday shots.
Going on a first date: Double Helix Wine & Whiskey LoungeTown Square
The happy hour specials include tasty bites as well as beers, cocktails, and wines by the glass starting at just $4, so this first date won’t break the bank even if the sparks don’t fly. If it does go well, head to the patio and make some moves by the fire pit.
Going on a third date: Cantina LaredoTivoli Village
There’s nothing like tequila to help you get over your "third date" jitters. Cantina Laredo is here to help with more than 120 choices of tequila.
Appreciating some Las Vegas history: Atomic LiquorsDowntown
This used to be the place where you could sit on the roof and watch atomic bombs being tested out in the desert. It’s also the filming location for that scene in Casino where some dude got stabbed in the neck with a pen.
Cinco de Mayo: Diablo’s CantinaMonte Carlo
Get wild on two levels with patio views that overlook the chaos of the Strip on one of the biggest party days of the year. Don’t forget your 42oz mega-Margarita.
Shooting pool: Backstage Bar & BilliardsDowntown
It’s not only one of the coolest places to play pool, but it’s also one of the best places to see a show, especially if you want to check out up-and-coming local bands or national acts like Helmet. It even feels like an actual backstage area with empty equipment cases, framed gold records, and concert T-shirts lining the walls.
Day drinking: Sin City Brewing Co.On the Strip
If you’re going to drink all day, you better save a few bucks. The Sin City Brewing Co. walk-in bar on Harmon is the only location for the brewery that has an all-day happy hour, with deals on its five signature craft beers.
Hanging out with that person you’re not supposed to be hanging out with: Rojo LoungeThe Palms
The red-lit bar and vinyl booths are perfect for hiding away from the crowds. This is one lobby location couples need to stop by on their next night out, especially if they don’t want to be seen.
Playing video games: Insert Coin(s)Downtown
You’ve got a bar, you’ve got a dance floor, and you’ve got a DJ, all surrounded by video games. Play Resident Evil on the Playstation console at your table or Pac-Man at one of the vintage arcade machines.
St. Patrick’s Day: Nine Fine IrishmenNew York-New York
You can’t go wrong with the Guinness on draft or the nice selection of Irish whiskey, but the best reason to come here for St. Patty’s is the annual outdoor celebration that takes over the replica of the Brooklyn Bridge right outside the front door.
Watching the Rebels play: Born And RaisedSouthwest Valley
So you graduated from UNLV and still want to cheer on the home team? Whether you’re watching football or basketball, you’ll feel right at home cheering on the Rebels at this sports bar. Tennis not so much.
Watching anyone but the Rebels play: Sporting Life BarSouthwest Valley
It’s not about the game, as much as it’s about the awesome menu, which includes pork belly, bacon-wrapped dates, and other grub you don’t normally find in your typical sports bar.
Getting over your gambling addiction: VICE VERSA Patio & LoungeVdara
Vdara is one of the few hotels in Las Vegas that doesn’t have an army of slot machines in the lobby. So if you’re just not interested in gambling (or are trying to avoid it since you’ve already blown most of your vacation money) Vice Versa offers more than a few distractions, including some sophisticated decorations, an outdoor lounge area, and a nice selection of martinis and finger food.
Celebrating an anniversary: Lobby BarAria
Pop the ultimate bottle of bubbly to celebrate another year of wedded bliss. Lobby Bar has one of the most extensive selections of Special Club Champagne in the nation. To reach this exclusive label status, wine from an elite group of French vineyards must pass a rigorous taste test, go through a minimum three-year aging process, and then be approved again with a second tasting.
Eating some red meat: N9NE SteakhouseThe Palms
You don’t need a table reservation to dine at N9NE Steakhouse. Slide up, grab a chair, and order a few bites from the bar menu, including the filet mignon sliders, grilled octopus, and Philly cheesesteak egg rolls.
Karaoke night: Dino's LoungeDowntown
Sing like a fool. And drink just enough so you don’t remember it in the morning.
Celebrating after you win big at the casino: Bound by SalvatoreThe Cromwell
The lobby bar from mixologist Salvatore Calabrese features a cabinet full of rare and high-end liquors that cost up to $600 per shot. The collection is simply called “The Cabinet”... and you can afford it now thanks to your lucky night at the craps tables.
Just got dumped: The RockhouseThe Venetian
You need to find some girls. Stop by on Wednesdays when ladies get $1 drinks after 9pm with a $5 wristband. They also get to ride the mechanical bull for free. Good for them. And good for you.
Pre-show warm up: FIZZCaesars Palace
There’s a lot of entertainment at Caesars Palace. So grab a cocktail or glass of Champagne before catching Mariah Carey or Elton John at The Colosseum… or for those under the age of 75, a set by Calvin Harris or Afrojack at OMNIA Nightclub.
Playing around: Gold SpikeDowntown
A few years ago, the slot machines were yanked from this vintage hotel and casino so it could be transformed into the ultimate lounge and playhouse. Grab a drink and sink into a giant bean bag chair, or try your hand at oversized versions of games like Jenga and Connect Four. Otherwise, just figure out what cornhole is all about or head outside and skate on a mini-ice rink during the winter months.
Throwing a bachelor party: Palomino ClubNorth Las Vegas
Well, it’s not really a bar. It’s a strip club. But it’s the only one in Vegas that offers alcohol and full nudity. Bottoms up.
Party like a rock star: Sayers ClubSLS Las Vegas
The perfect spot if you’re sick of EDM. Sayers Club tends to focus on rock bands and DJs who are more likely to play classic hip hop than the club stuff. Unless there is a big name headliner, there’s no cover charge. And who doesn’t like getting something for free?
Just moved to Vegas: CommonwealthDowntown
Take a walk through the tourist trap known as the Fremont Street Experience and get it out of your system. Then walk across Las Vegas Blvd, get to know some locals in the Fremont East District, and soak in the scenery from the rooftop of Commonwealth with beer firmly in hand.
People watching (on the Strip): PBR Rock BarPlanet Hollywood
The outdoor patio was recently remodeled with artificial turf and picnic tables. So grab a seat, order the Chicken & Waffle Pizza, and take a look at all the weirdos marching up and down the Strip.
People watching (off the Strip): SocialThe Palms
This circular lobby bar has a mean whiskey selection and wide open sightlines of the action on the casino floor.
You just got lost: Velveteen RabbitArts District
Somehow you’ve made your way to the Arts District. Don’t worry. It’s okay to branch out and leave the comfort of familiar territory for the comfort of the house fruit punch at the Velveteen Rabbit.
Reliving the '80s: Bourbon RoomThe Venetian
What’s with all the DJ stuff in Las Vegas? Skip that nonsense and head straight for the Bourbon Room where music videos from David Lee Roth, Whitesnake, and Def Leppard can be found on a slew of TV screens with the volume turned up to 11.
Taking a swim: Fortuna PoolCaesars Palace
The Garden of the Gods pool area has a spot where you can not only swim up and order a mojito, but also play a few hands of blackjack without leaving the water.
Riding the High Roller: Um, the High RollerThe LINQ
Riding the High Roller observation wheel is cool and all… but it’s even cooler when you book a car that comes with its own bartender. Vodka and cranberry tastes a lot better 550ft above the Strip.
Hanging out with your bros: Whiskey Bar at McCall’s Heartland GrillStratosphere
Leave the girls at home (maybe) and bring the guys to check out one of the biggest and most diverse whiskey selections in Las Vegas. Take suggestions from some of the most knowledgeable bartenders around… and learn what the difference is between “whiskey” and “whisky.”
Before the club: BoteroWynn Encore
Grab a drink and watch the girls line up outside XS. You’re also just steps away from Surrender and Tryst. There really isn’t a better place to scope out the nightclub action in advance.
Hanging out with hipsters: The GriffinDowntown
Plenty of beer. Plenty of beards.
New Year’s Eve: The Bar at Times SquareNew York-New York
Just enjoy the dueling piano players and pretend you’re actually at the real Times Square in New York for New Year’s Eve. If that’s not enough, head outside to the Strip where fireworks will be shooting off the rooftops of seven casinos at the stroke of midnight.
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