When Christmas finally arrives, you'll be ready for a drink... or two... or 10. After weeks of shopping, company parties, family dinners, and ice skating on the Strip, you'll need some time to yourself -- and what better way to get said time than by checking out a few of the Vegas bars that'll be open on Christmas Day?
The bar is already decked out with holiday lights and there's a ham dinner ready to go on Christmas day. But if you want to stick with the regular menu, it will still be available, including killer stuff like the pot roast spring rolls or the jalapeño popper burger with sticky-sweet jalapeño cream cheese and bacon on top.
Northwest & Southwest
Either one of the two locations is known as a top choice for cheering on the 49ers, but on Christmas Day you can hang around with a drink and grumble about the toaster you got that was obviously re-gifted. There are three happy hours to choose from (12-2pm, 5-7pm, and 12-2am).
The newest Tiki lounge in Vegas will be throwing a holiday party with a kitschy tropical theme. If you're there early from 2-6pm or still hanging around late from 4am-8am, the Mai Tais are just $5 and every drink is a dollar off.
The new lounge to complement the Mirage's new Center Bar also happens to have live music from a Steinway grand piano. Ask the dude behind the keys to play that song from the Charlie Brown Christmas special. That song is so good.
You've not only got a lengthy whiskey and bourbon selection, but also a three-course holiday dinner featuring a maple-raisin-glazed bone-in ham chop. Take advantage of the $2 glasses of Champagne during happy hour 3-7pm.
The bar's drink menu was recently redesigned by Bar Rescue mixologist Mia Mastroianni, who may have come up with the perfect Christmas cocktail. The S'mores Mudslide Meme is made with Baileys, Kahlua, and vodka with a torched marshmallow on top and chocolate graham cracker crumbs around the rim.
A date-night hangout for those in the Summerlin area, The Martini lives up to its name with more than a few different takes on its namesake drink, from the classic original to the fruity bubblegumtini. But the best choice for the Christmas holiday could be the creamy mocha martini with chocolate liqueur, espresso vodka, and coffee beans.
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Back in the day the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino was a notorious pick-up spot for singles and people pretending to be single. It recently reopened after a few renovations, and although it may have a sleek new look and an expanded drink menu, it still has a panoramic view of the casino floor, perfect for spotting any potential holiday hookups.
Planet Hollywood (& other locations)
All three bars will be open on Christmas Day, with five original brews on tap. If you can't choose between the amber, light, IPA, weisse, or stout, nobody will mind if you order a cocktail.
Red Rock Resort
The one spot where the cocktail waitresses parade around in dresses with backs so low, you question if they got the size wrong at the fitting. Ask for a Jackpot martini, available all month long, which is like a holiday version of a Cable Car with Laird's Applejack, Cointreau, lemon, and a cinnamon-sugar rim.
Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas
Not only is the check-in lobby of the Mandarin Oriental on the 23rd floor, but so is the hotel's main cocktail bar, offering a unique 180-degree view of Las Vegas Blvd in both directions, as well as comfortable seating and samples of rare Cognac.
It only seems natural to celebrate the winter holidays at a bar that overlooks an ice rink next door through panels of giant windows. Brooksy's is open 24 hours a day -- every day -- including Christmas. So if you prefer pizza and beer to turkey or ham, you've come to the right place.
This country-and-Western bar is the main spot for line dancing on the Strip. And for one day only, the kitchen will expand the usual BBQ eats for a holiday menu headlined by bourbon- & agave-glazed turkey or whiskey- & honey-glazed ham. Either option goes down easy with a shot of Jack.
Don't want to drink the entire day away on Christmas? Gaudi Bar is almost like 3D version of a Salvador Dali painting and trippy enough that once you're inside, you'll feel tipsy without having to fully get there.
The oldest bar in Southern Nevada is about a half-hour drive from Las Vegas and features Krazy Karaoke at 5pm. If you’re looking to stare into a monitor and slur the words to "Do They Know It's Christmas"... stop looking, you’ve found it.
Off the Strip
Las Vegas is notorious for borrowing other people's ideas, which is why you can find replicas of the Eiffel Tower, Statue of Liberty, and the Sphinx on the Strip. But the best (and most useful) reproduction of all may be a few blocks east at the faithful re-creation of Germany's famous Hofbrauhaus beer hall. The Christmas Day menu include a triple-level Christmas tower with roast duck, roast pork and veal bratwurst with red cabbage and potato dumplings. And yes, you already know there will be plenty of beer.
Stay indoors and spend the holidays with an ice-cold mojito or head outside where a prime choice from the cigar collection will keep you warm. Rhumbar is open from 5pm-midnight on Christmas Day and the bartenders may even dish out some dating advice if you play your cards right. Don't forget to order the Cinn City Santa, a holiday drink made with Kilo Kai spiced rum, Velvet falernum, and cranberry puree.
The Christmas spirit can be found in the dangling chandeliers and ruby-red velvet curtains that envelop this moody neighborhood bar on the western edge of Henderson. But if you're looking for a different kind of "spirit," check out the bar's namesake Elixir cocktail, with Absolut Citron, PAMA liqueur, lemon, and cherry juice with a candy garnish.
A holiday surprise may be in order if the underside of your tree is looking pretty barren. Wander over to the second floor (and second floor only) of the multilevel Chandelier Bar and order the Verbana. It's an off-menu cocktail with a spicy citrus kick and an edible flower on top that will leave a tingle in your mouth that you never saw coming.
OK, it's more of a pizza joint than a bar, but on Christmas Day only, Flour & Barley will offer an eggnog panna cotta served in a glass with gingerbread crumble and toasted hazelnuts. It's a sweet complement to Scrooge's eggnog -- a super-secret eggnog recipe made with Jameson and Baileys and served in a Champagne flute.
This west side neighborhood hangout has a great selection of local beer on tap and it's offering glasses for just $3 all day. So whenever you're done unwrapping gifts, there will be plenty of time to enjoy your brew.
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Rob Kachelriess is eagerly planning a Christmas Day bar crawl. Follow him on Twitter: @rkachelriess.
1. Remedy's Tavern3265 Saint Rose Pkwy, Henderson
2. Lucky's Lounge & Restaurant8025 Farm Rd, Las Vegas
3. The Golden Tiki3939 Spring Mountain, Las Vegas
4. Parlor Lounge3400 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas
5. Whiskey Bar at McCall’s Heartland Grill2000 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas
6. Social Bar at Palms Las Vegas4321 W Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas
7. The Martini1205 S Fort Apache Rd, Las Vegas
8. The Center Bar3400 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas
9. Sin City Brewing Co.3663 Las Vegas Blvd S #504, The Strip
10. Lucky Bar11011 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas
11. Mandarin Bar3752 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas
12. Brooksy's9295 W Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas
13. Gilley's3300 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas
14. Gaudi Bar1301 W Sunset Rd, Henderson
15. Pioneer Saloon310 W. Spring St., Goodsprings
16. Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas4510 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas
17. Rhumbar3400 las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas
18. Elixir - A Local Lounge2920 N Green Valley Pkwy, Henderson
19. The Chandelier3708 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas
20. Flour & Barley3545 Las Vegas Blvd. South #L-25 The Linq, Las Vegas
21. The Pint9941 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas
Classic cocktails and well drinks are complemented by impressive eats like pot roast spring rolls, and a cream-cheese-and-bacon-topped jalapeño popper burger.
Cheer on the 49ers are this casual sports bar and grill that offers bar bites and killer happy hour deals.
This slightly kitschy, rum-obsessed tiki bar located in the heart of Vegas's Chinatown has a modern take on the tiki tradition with new twists on old cocktails. The ridiculously strong drinks come in a variety of colors and novelty cups, but the bar is most known for it's table-side Martinique Ti service, which brings the mixology to you for an individualized rum cocktail. They also offer VIP drinks in treasure chests, barrel-aged cocktails, and freshly-infused liquors made right at the bar. Stuffed with a huge array of stuff, everything from old Vegas memorabilia to dancing skeletons and black velvet paintings, this place is as fun to explore as it is to drink at, making it a favorite of happy hour-seeking locals.
Low key elegance is the name of the game at the Parlor Lounge located within the Mirage Hotel and Casino. Cozy up to the bar and sip Sazeracs while local and nationally renowned jazz artists play smooth grooves on the house classic Steinway grand piano.
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.”
With a reinvented drink menu by Bar Rescue mixologist Mia Mastroianni, Social on the Palms casino floor is the perfect place to drink, win or lose.
Donning the warm-hued leather couches of a worn country club, The Martini offers a drink program featuring apple, chocolate, pomegranate, and bubblegum martinis, as well as other non-gin options. Preceding the classic atmosphere, the bar also serves an extensive list of greasy fare, including a dozen kinds of flatbreads, sloppy sliders, and crispy fried calamari.
The Center Bar in the atrium of the Mirage Hotel should be your first stop before a night of high rolling. Steps away from the casino, double down on crafted cocktails like the house Mirage Spritz with Grey Goose, grapefruit and pomegranate liqueur, and Prosecco, brought to you by premier mixologist Liz Pierce.
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.
Situated in the Red Rock Resort, Lucky Bar boasts half-priced martinis (for a few hours each day) served by scantily-clad waitresses.
Sitting on the 23rd floor of the brand new Mandarin Oriental, Mandarin Bar gets swanky with floor-to-ceiling windows, discreet seating separated by fabric panels, and a towering wall of booze backlit by the Strip. They're serving small plates and gourmet craft cocktails like the Mandarin's signature drink, The Golden Leaf: it's a delicious concoction made with Hendrick’s, Aperol, muddled mandarin orange (they had to), pineapple, fresh lime juice and simple syrup. Enjoy it while you take in the awesome views of the Strip.
Great bar to watch hockey, drink beer, and share a whole pizza with friends while watching the game or there several tv screens.
True to its original sign outside the Frontier Casino that reads "Cold Beer... Dirty Girls..." the Old West saloon and dance hall has been reincarnated in a whopping 14,000-square-foot space with a stage for live music, faux-tin roofing, and an outdoor patio overlooking the Strip. And because no incarnation of the West would be complete without it, Gilley's offers a full barbecue feast that's available until midnight, with rib meat that falls right off the bone, brisket and pulled pork slathered Texas-style sauce. Oh, and a mechanical bull.
Gaudi Bar's eccentric architecture makes it seem like it came from the mind of Salvador Dali.
This spot is one of two buildings left in the small mining town of Goodsprings, Nevada, and it's as close to the Wild, Wild West as you'll ever get. The historic Pioneer Saloon was built in 1913 and was used as a film set for decades before it became what is now one of the best bars around Vegas. Its worn wood interior is crowded with historic mementos, and its food is just as much an homage to the West and Southwest with bbq burgers, steaks and Mexican fare.
A precise replica of Munich's own Hofbräuhaus brewery, Vegas's version features authentic German food like schnitzels and steaks from its own restaurant, which you can feast on among tasters in the beer hall or in the indoor beer garden (tip: the beer garden is better for eating, the beer hall is better for strictly drinking). On tap you'll find Hofbräuhaus' three year-round mainstays on tap plus dozens of other seasonal offerings all for the taking (er, drinking).
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.
This dimly-lit, moody bar is known for its signature (namesake cocktail) -- Absolut Citron, lemon liqueur, cherry juice, and a candy garnish.
Actually designed to look like a giant, inhabitable chandelier, Chandelier Bar has three tiers of elegant night life activities and high-class beverages. The top two levels feature lounge seating, stunningly opulent full bars, and great cocktails surrounded by the gigantic strings of crystals dropped from the structure where as the ground level feels more apart of The Cosmopolitan Casino where it resides. Sip on the secret menu Verbena cocktail that comes with specific instructions or order something a little less clandestine like the fruity Snozzberries drink served with a sour ice ball (hint: it tastes like Snozzberries!) or the Forbidden Fruit that reminds us of a highbrow appletini.
Located in close proximity to the LINQ, Flour and Barley is serving up brick oven-fired pizza. The pizzas are hot and fresh, with wood-fired crusts, and are complimented well with an impressive wine list, and more than 150 beers, including a deep selection of craft brews from around the country.