15 Vegas Rooftop Bars with Breathtaking Views
Where stiff drinks come with great scenery.
Pair a great drink with a great view, and that's when the magic happens in Sin City. As we head toward summer (and a new post-pandemic era for Las Vegas), the best rooftop bars in town maximize both style and scenery, which may include the Bellagio fountains, endless neon marquees, or a park made of old shipping containers. Whether it's beer, wine, cocktails, or simply good eats paired with a stellar view, you've got lots of options out there. Which rooftop bars are worthy of a visit? Read on to find out.
Few bars have rolled with the challenges of the past year better than Commonwealth. The two-level bar shifted focus from beer to craft cocktails, taking inspiration from its own hidden speakeasy, the Laundry Room, which hosted pop-up takeover events in the main space throughout much of the pandemic. A new concept, Commonwealth Cocktail Club on Friday and Saturday nights, has live piano music and guest performers, including DJs who keep the party going all night long on the upstairs patio. Feel free to share a punch bowl with someone special (or someone vaccinated).
How to book: Book a table reservation online.
One of the best things about the new Circa resort on Fremont Street is the Legacy Club, a rooftop cocktail lounge on the 60th floor that pays tribute to the glory years of Old Vegas. The first thing you see when stepping off the elevators is a collection of busts modeled after iconic casino magnates. Yet the crazy 360-views of the Las Vegas Valley are what you'll be talking about long after your visit is over, whether enjoyed indoors at a VIP table near floor-to-ceiling windows or out on the patio by a fire pit. The drinks aren't bad either: well-crafted modifications on classic cocktails, prepared with careful attention to ice and glassware.
How to book: Spending requirements are included with online reservations.
When it comes to sky-high views, the top of The Strat is as good as it gets without an aircraft. And if you want to enjoy the scenery with a drink in hand, 108 Drinks is your place. Located on the 108th floor of the tower formerly known as the Stratosphere, the bar recently introduced a new happy hour (Monday–Thursday from 3–7 pm) with discounts on drinks and two-for-one admission to the outdoor Skypod observation deck one floor above. Let the wind mess up your hair and take a turn on the thrill rides that dangle over the edge.
How to book: Buy Skypod tickets for access to 108 Drinks.
The Downtown Container Park may be a tourist trap, but it's got one of the best bars in Las Vegas. Just like every other business on property, Oak & Ivy was designed from an old shipping container. That leaves limited space inside, but the patio was recently expanded and if that's not enough, extra seating is available up on the roof. The bar is known for a killer whiskey selection, barrel-aged cocktails, and nine different takes on a Moscow Mule, all prepared with house-made ginger beer. The bartenders know how to put a blowtorch to good use with the Apple Pie Harvest, a cocktail that manages to be both a Whiskey Sour and dessert. Libations change frequently with each season, giving you an excuse to make plenty of return visits.
How to book: It's a walk-up, sit-down type of place, but you can make a reservation on OpenTable to play it safe.
With clear, unobstructed views of the Strip from the 64th floor of the Delano resort, Skyfall Lounge could get by on atmosphere alone. Yet the bartenders reign over a strong, elevated cocktail program. After reopening during the pandemic, Skyfall Lounge now operates on Friday and Saturday nights with a truncated drink menu. Twenty bucks may seem like a lot for a Manhattan, but at least there's no cover charge. In the past, guests could order food from Alain Ducasse's Rivea next door, but unfortunately, the restaurant remains temporarily closed.
How to book: Walk-ins might get lucky, but book a reservation online with Seven Rooms to play it safe.
Ever since the pandemic, most of the action at Omnia nightclub has been on the outdoor terrace, which comes with cabanas, bottle service, and colorful neon-soaked mid-level views of the Strip. The place isn't the same with headliners like Calvin Harris on hiatus (and prices are high, even for rum and cokes), but the atmosphere is hard to beat. Expect the party to pick up as restrictions continue to loosen over summer. Step inside and you may catch a glimpse of the world's coolest motion-activated chandelier.
How to book: Table reservations require a minimum beverage spend.
Inspire brings a taste of Strip-style nightlife to Downtown with a multi-level venue on the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Fremont Street. Most of the energy is on the third-floor rooftop deck with a rotating lineup of local DJs. The second floor has a wraparound terrace with hookah service and tends to stick with Latin dance music. Seating is limited (at least for now), with reservations highly recommended.
How to book: Table reservations are available Thursday–Sunday online.
After sitting out 2020, Drai's is back open for the spring and summer seasons. No big name headliners have been announced this year (so far), but the poolside party runs day and night on the rooftop of The Cromwell, offering ridiculous 11-story views of the Strip. Even without the surrounding scenery, the outdoor deck is a photogenic sight all by itself, with towering palm trees, plush cabanas, and multiple swimming pools. Music skews heavily toward hip-hop and R&B. Don't want to go home when the doors close? Head downstairs to Drai's Lounge, an after-hours spot in the basement of the hotel.
How to book: Book a table and request bottle service online.
While most nightclubs remained quiet during the pandemic, Chateau continued to keep its rooftop patio open on weekends. The second-floor deck is full of charm and character, sitting directly underneath the Paris resort's half-size Eiffel Tower replica with bistro lighting and unobstructed views of the Bellagio fountains. Live DJs recently returned to help pick up the pace and make the place feel like a dance party again.
How to book: Call 702-776-7777 or book online for table reservations.
Games like pool and giant Jenga remain on hold for now, but the real fun at Beer Park comes from the crazy views of the Bellagio fountains directly across the street. The selection of more than 100 beers is relatively mainstream, but you’ll also find a fair share of local and regional craft favorites. Can't decide? Customize a flight. If beer’s not your thing, stay focused on the cocktails and wine on tap, plus food by the same team who handles Hexx downstairs. It's some of the best sports bar grub you'll find in Vegas, especially the all-brisket Kahuna Cowboy Burger. Beer Park also has more than 75 high-def TVs for watching Golden Knights games and the latest UFC showdown. There's even an in-house sports book for placing a last-minute bet.
How to book: Walk-ins are common, but to ensure a seat, call 702-444-4500 or book online.
Originally an exclusive private club for members only, the Foundation Room sits on the 63rd floor of Mandalay Bay, offering up staggering views of the Strip to the north and the airport to the east. The food menu follows a tapas format, making good use of grass-fed, dry-aged beef. Meanwhile, the cocktail program takes full advantage of esoteric touches, including sage and herbal infusions. Despite a few changes over the years, the Foundation Room has resisted the urge to go modern and stays true to its seductive, romantic atmosphere (although the Hindu-inspired decor was removed last year following complaints by religious leaders). The Foundation Room is now back to a full seven-day schedule after reducing hours during the pandemic.
How to book: Call 702-632-7631 or head online to OpenTable to secure a reservation.
Carson Kitchen knows how to remix familiar ingredients within somewhat unconventional dishes. The crispy chicken skins and bacon jam (staples on the menu since day one) are both great examples. The restaurant carries on the vision of founder Kerry Simon and remains in good hands with the late celebrity chef’s brother Scott Simon in charge of the kitchen team. Menus and cocktails change frequently, so ask about the latest seasonal additions. Extra seating is available upstairs on the rooftop patio, at least when the weather allows it. Whether indoors or outdoors, you'll get the same modern-industrial decor and servers wearing old concert t-shirts as uniforms.
Public School 702
One of the best bets in the West Valley for rooftop drinks and dining is Public School 702, which has a long patio overlooking the water features and shops of Downtown Summerlin. The place follows a schoolhouse theme, with a solar system mobile hanging from the ceiling and menus that look like exam notebooks. However, there’s a very adult focus on beer: by bottle, can, or draft. Public School also sells its own metal straws for the benefit of the environment, which could be a good lesson for students of any age. Fair warning: You won’t be able to stop popping the tater tots.
Yeah, it’s a nationwide chain, but Kona Grill endeared itself to Summerlin locals long ago. The big perk is the second-level bar and partially covered terrace with a view that overlooks the Boca Park shopping complex and faces east toward the Strip. Between that and the ground-floor patio, there’s rarely a shortage of outdoor seating. Happy hour runs Monday through Friday from 2–6 pm, Monday through Saturday from 9 pm–close, and all day Sunday, giving you plenty of time for $3 sake shots, $6 wines, $9 Old Fashioneds, and $11 Casamigos margaritas (with the option to add jalapeno).
How to book: Reserve a table online.
Downtown Terrace Kitchen & Bar
While Oak & Ivy is all about whiskey and craft cocktails, its Container Park neighbor Downtown Terrace is a little more loose and better suited for carefree day drinking. Brunch runs daily with bottomless mimosas ($18-24) and Bloody Marys ($17) available all day, every day. Or get creative and build your own cocktail with a choice of spirit, garnish, and infusion for $13. Happy hour runs Monday through Friday (4–7 pm) with half-off drafts, wine, and specialty cocktails, along with $5 steak nachos, chicken tinga fries, bruschetta, or monkey bread. No matter when you come, request a seat on the expansive second-level patio.
How to book: Make an online reservation with OpenTable.