Food & Drink

The Perfect Las Vegas Bar for (Almost) Every Occasion

Published On 05/25/2015 Published On 05/25/2015
Ghostbar
Levi Ellyson
Laura Larson
Cantina Laredo
Atomic Liquors
Diablo’s Cantina
Sin City Brewing Co.
Rojo Lounge
Nine Fine Irishmen
Vice Versa
N9NE Steakhouse
Bound by Salvatore
Anthony Mair
Gold Spike
Sayers Club
Anthony Mair
PBR Rock Bar
Social
Bourbon Room
The LINQ
Francis & Francis Photography
Botero
New York-NewYork
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1. GHOSTBAR 4321 W Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89103

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.” Head inside and check out Ghost's equally impressive interior-- the entirety this plush bar is bedecked in black, white, and fuchsia with massive chandelier light fixtures and tufted velvet setées.

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2. Rhumbar 3400 las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

The mojito-heavy bar/ cigar-smoking lounge/ tropical retreat at The Mirage offers a 4000sqft patio where you can sip on great cocktails like the Latin Manhattan.

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3. Champagne’s Cafe 3557 S Maryland Pkwy, Las Vegas, NV 89169 (Off Strip)

Oddly enough, this place is better known for beer and karaoke than Champagne… it’s also one of the best places to throw a birthday party. Book a booth in advance and they’ll decorate it for you and bring out some cupcakes and a shot -- on the house!

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4. Cantina Laredo Las Vegas 430 South Rampart Blvd, Suite #110, Las Vegas, NV 89145 (Off Strip)

This "modern Mexican" eatery in Tivoli Village serves up tasty South of the Border eats like the crab cakes benedict topped with poached eggs and a chipotle-wine hollandaise sauce, plus a killer Bloody Maria.

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5. Atomic Liquors 917 Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV 89101 (Downtown)

If you're looking to escape Vegas' glitzy, dramatic theatrics, Atomic Liquors is just what you need. Opened in 1945 as a Rat Pack hangout, this restored Downtown dive is the oldest freestanding bar in the city. Let its massive (and original) neon signage guide you indoors to its unpretentiously vintage interior with brown leather seating and antique decorations adorning the bare brick walls. The fast and friendly staff can concoct any cocktail you can dream up, or pull a draft beer from their handful of local crafts.

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6. Diablo's Cantina 3770 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

This two-story bar in front of the Monte Carlo has an open air balcony, great views of The Strip, and a killer margarita collection. Go big and order and pitcher for your crew, or try The Sancho -- a 42oz house margarita that's basically just as strong and that can be served on the rocks or frozen. Soak up the booze with an order of combo nachos with steak and chicken. It's essentially four meals for the price of one.

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7. Backstage Bar & Billiards 601 Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV 89101

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.

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8. Sin City Brewing Co. 3663 Las Vegas Blvd S #504, The Strip, NV 89109 (Strip)

Sin City, established in 2003, was ahead of the American craft beer gold rush, but they still only brew small batch beers. While brewmaster Rich Johnson doesn’t sell or distribute his Sin City brews outside of Las Vegas, he draws his flavor inspiration from German lagers and English ales. There are five staple recipes, Sin City Amber, Light, Stout, Weisse, and IPA, that use traditional brewing methods (even some from Medieval times) to brew 100 kegs at a time. That’s craft. You can find these rare local favorites at Miracle Mile Shops, Grand Canal Shoppes, and Harmon Corner.

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9. Rojo Lounge 4321 W Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89103

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.

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10. Insert Coin(s) 512 Fremont Street, Las Vegas, NV 89101 (Downtown)

Leveling up Vegas' nightlife options, Insert's a half old-school arcade, half DJ-fueled club from a dude who spent seven years running radiopharmaceuticals, so he probably previously worked with Dr Mario...Ruiz, Chief of Staff at The Spinal Surgery Clinic of Strangnas in Sweden!

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11. Nine Fine Irishmen 3790 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

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 -- more specifically, the Celtic Feis celebration -- is the annual outdoor celebration that takes over the replica of the Brooklyn Bridge right outside the front door.

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12. Born And Raised 7260 S Cimarron Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89113

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.

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13. Sporting Bar 7770 S Jones Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89139

Need a good place to check out a big game? Sporting Life is full of TV screens and has plenty of space plus an electronic scoreboard. Need the kind of food you don’t usually find at a sports bar? The menu has you covered with cured confit chicken wings, pork belly, seared duck breast, and bacon-wrapped dates.

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14. Vice Versa Patio & Lounge 2600 W Harmon Ave, Paradise, NV 89158

The lobby bar at Vdara was revamped and given a new name, look, and menu that includes lobster tacos and Lamb Chop Lollipops. But the best reason to stop by is the drink selection, which includes two different takes on the Moscow Mule.

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15. Lobby Bar 3730 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

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.

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16. N9NE Steakhouse Las Vegas 4321 W Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89103 (Strip)

Simulating the hip, celebrity-friendly energy of its host Palms Casino, N9NE Steakhouse serves gourmet cuts and fresh seafood, as well as a renowned s'mores dessert made with orange Grand Marnier and amaretto hazelnut flavored marshmallows with white and dark chocolate ganache-covered graham crackers. Though the dim lighting might hint at a classic steakhouse setting, a color-changing ceiling and caviar bar push for a trendier, VIP atmosphere.

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17. Dino's Lounge 1516 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89104

Dino’s has been known as the go-to karaoke spot in Vegas for some time now. It's located right off the Strip and Downtown.

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18. Bound by Salvatore 3595 Las Vegas Blvd South 15, Las Vegas, NV 89106

Small but mighty, Bound is a swanky lobby bar that serves uber Salvatore Calabrese’s signature cocktails at a decently high price. Have no fear, the attire is still casual and they serve food from celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis’ hotel Italian kitchen. You’ll find drinks like the Cromwell Fizz made with Macallan 10 Year, fresh lemon, orange bitters, egg white, honey syrup, and Moët, and the even more astonishing Never Say Goodnight, which is an espresso martini brewed with Red Bull instead of water (it’ll definitely give you wings). Soak up the creative booze with Giada’s bacon-wrapped dates or Chicken Milanese Fingers in red sauce.

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19. Rockhouse 3535 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

Rockhouse is an adult's playground, set right on the Strip in the middle of America's least responsible city: Vegas. With 9000sqft of space, this warehouse-sized venue has three bars, 83 TVs, pool tables, beer-pong tables, tire swings, and a mechanical bull. This place was clearly expensive to build, but they're not pretentious at the Rockhouse—the overall vibe here is of a Southern dive bar, from the weathered wood to the industrial lighting. Their food is cooked to match, as this self-described "ultra dive bar" churns out a steady stream of bar food classics like sliders, wings, and hot dogs. A menu of inventive and boozy cocktails is also available, patronizingly divided between "girly drinks" and "manly drinks."

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20. FIZZ 3570 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109

This ultra-luxe cocktail bar has all the glitz, glamour, and celebrity sightings you could want in a Las Vegas nightspot. The champagne-focused bar (hence the name) has David Furnish as its Creative Director, and he and his husband (Sir Elton John) have made this lounge into a chandelier-strewn, gold-drenched, leather couch-filled shrine to their aesthetic tastes. The walls are hung with pieces from their personal art collection, and the cocktails on offer are sweet and strong. The bar's signature drink, the FIZZ Deluxe, is a testament to the theme of overindulgence: it's a $2,500 drink made with champagen, Grand Marnier, and Hennessy and topped with 24k gold flakes.

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21. Gold Spike 217 Las Vegas Blvd N, Las Vegas, NV 89101 (Downtown)

The Gold Spike is an old-school casino that got bought by Zappos, gutted and had the slot machines taken out. It’s now a glorified rec room for employees (or anyone who wants to show up). Play Connect Four on the wall, shoot some pool or test your skills with a giant-sized Jenga set. Otherwise, grab a drink and have a seat by the fire pits in the backyard.

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22. Palomino Club 1848 N Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89104 (Downtown)

Luckily for you, this spot north of Downtown is the only club in Vegas that offers fully nudity and alcohol. Check them out for great happy hour deals and, well, full nudity.

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23. The Sayers Club 2535 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

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?

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24. Commonwealth 525 Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV 89101 (Downtown)

If you're sick of typical downtown Vegas shenanigans or simply wish you'd been born in another decade — meet Commonwealth, a massive cocktail bar inspired by and designed to look like it came right out of the pre-prohibition days. The roaring 20 are kept alive here in "The Laundry Room," a hidden backroom speakeasy with a drink menu full of classic cocktails and swing music — call ahead and try to get the password if you want in on one of Vegas' not-best-kept secrets.

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25. PBR Rock Bar 3667 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Decked to its awesomely high ceilings with Professional Bull Riders logos, PBR's a sprawling, cowboy'd-up resto/sports bar/night club, tickling your senses with a massive fire-pit-equipped outdoor patio, and inside, an astonishing 115 flat screens, a custom-made jumbotron, a stage for live shows, tire swings filled with scantily clad cowgals, and a beastly mechanical bull.

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26. Social House 3710 Las Veas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

Social House is jammed with elegant Asian decor (slatted wood partitions, giant bamboo-esque columns) and features a menu ranging from sushi to steak.

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27. Velveteen Rabbit 1218 S Main St, Las Vegas, NV 89104 (Downtown)

Opened by two sisters who wanted a fun place to kick back, this buzzy cocktail hangout is pouring boutique spirits in a space decked out with local artwork and vintage furniture, and adjoined by an outdoor patio with a stage for up-and-coming musicians. Velveteen Rabbit has mastered the art of the craft cocktail, slinging creative drinks that change with the seasons, like autumn's Something Wicked (bourbon, apple butter, meringue, bitters, angostura), and has developed a killer craft beer list, too.

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28. The Bourbon Room 3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

It's said that walking past The Bourbon Room in the Venetian sounds like walking past a showing of Rock of Ages, and that's because it practically is. Inspired by the play's Sunset Strip and all its 1980s hair-and-leather glory, this spot's got VJ'd music videos from Poison, AC/DC, Def Leppard and like on rotation all night long, neon lights abound, disco balls, and (you guessed it) enough bourbon to make you think you're literally reliving the "Glory Days."

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29. The Fortuna Pool Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis, Las Vegas, NV 89109

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.

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30. Whiskey Bar at McCall’s Heartland Grill 2000 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89104

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.”

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31. Botero 3131 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

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.

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32. The Griffin 511 Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV 89101 (Downtown)

Calmer and more laid back than most of the party-focused bars in Vegas, The Griffin concentrates on serving up cold beer, great cocktails, and live music. The dark, cool bar is an escape from the desert heat of the city, with low lights and comfy booths for serious lounging. The selections of beer on tap and music in the jukebox are always changing, but they're both always fresh and hip. Two working fireplaces increase the coziness factor during the winter, and the back room features DJs and all night dancing all year round. It gets busy in here, especially during weekends and late nights, but this local's hangout is definitely worth checking out.

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33. The Bar at Times Square 3790 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

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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34. Double Helix 6599 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89119 (Strip)

This swanky bar right on the Strip features the holy trinity of fancy indulgences: wine, whiskey, and cigars. A menu of sharable plates, charcuterie, and cheese selections keeps the focus on the expensive drinks being poured behind the bar. With over 100 different whiskeys, ryes, and bourbons, not to mention the exhaustive wine list, you could stay here trying different drinks for days. The staff have created many a themed flight of whiskey or wine in case that's what you want to do, including the Rye Not? flight of ryes and the ABC (Anything But Chardonnay) flight of white wines. A lengthy happy hour makes this rather upscale place more affordable, so you can end your meal with one of their 14 varieties of cigar.