Food & Drink

The Definitive Guide to Sin City’s Best Outdoor Drinking Spots

Published On 09/14/2015 Published On 09/14/2015
Anthony Mair/Courtesy of Chateau
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Barbara Kraft/Courtesy of Parasol Down
Oak & Ivy
Anthony Mair/Courtesy of Cabo Wabo
Anthony Mair/Courtesy of Commonwealth
Anthony Mair/Courtesy of Park on Fremont
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Levi Ellyson/Courtesy of Rhumbar
Anthony Mair/Courtesy of Hexx
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Barbara Kraft/Courtesy of La Cave
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1. Carnaval Court 3457 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV 89109

This bar, located inside the Harrah's Las Vegas, is one of our favorite outdoor drinking spots in the city.

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2. Parasol Up/Down 3131 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

These two bars and lounges inside The Wynn hotel both offer intimate vibes and stunning surroundings. On the upper deck, Parasol Up, is where you'll overlooks the blossom-filled atrium, waterfall and twirling parasols that make up the gorgeous realm of The Wynn. At the bottom of its spiraling escalator is Parasol Down, where you'll sit under those twirling parasol in a private lounge as you partake in glass after glass of wine and watch as the waterfall washes over the nearby lake.

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3. Oak & Ivy 707 Fremont St #1120, Las Vegas, NV 89101 (Downtown)

Located inside the Downtown Container Park, stylish cocktail bar Oak & Ivy may be small, but its whiskey selection is extensive and makes for some exceptional drinks, including the unique New York Sour (Four Roses Bourbon sour featuring a Merlot float), and a cousin to the Negroni, the Boulevardier (Bulleit Rye, campari, and sweet vermouth). Oak & Ivy also offers nine (yes, nine) variations on a Moscow Mule, and each one is made with ginger beer that's brewed in-house.

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4. Cabo Wabo Cantina 3663 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

This combination booze-shack and live music venue is the 2nd stateside outpost of the franchise that somehow combined Cabo San Lucas sleepy-town laid-back attitude with Vegas' live-fast-die-young one. The result: a mid-Strip joint with grass awnings, full Mexican lunch and dinner menus and a whole lot of tequila. Any spot on the Strip is sure to be crowded at any time, but the wait to get on the patio is worth it to chow down on damn-near-perfect guacamole, idly drink a massive margarita and watch as drunken tourists and Vegas' eccentric crowd stumble past below.

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5. 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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6. Park on Fremont 506 East Fremont, Las Vegas, NV 89101

This hip little eatery on Fremont boats great cocktails, sharable plates, and eclectic decor, all meant to convey a vibe of friendly unpretentiousness. To that end, the food is made of bar favorites like wings and corn dogs, or signature dishes like the chicken and waffle sandwich or the Philly mac and cheese—messy comfort foods meant to bring people together. The back patio of this place is where the action is, with 2,5000sqft of space, a seesaw, and salvaged metal art galore. Cocktails like the Stranger Danger and the Trophy Wife display their sense of humor, while packing a serious wallop at the same time. This place is pretty popular, but easy enough to walk in and find a seat.

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7. Umami Burger 2535 S. Las Vegas BLVD, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

Like your burger with a side of betting? Look no further than Umami Burger, located inside the SLS Hotel & Casino. Guests can gamble in the sports book while devouring signature burgers like the Truffle—truffled aioli, house truffle cheese, and truffle glaze—and the Hatch—made with roasted Hatch chilies, Cali cheese, and garlic aioli. If you’re not looking to win big, head outdoors to the Beer Garden, where exposed brick walls and wooden picnic tables make for a trendy, convivial atmosphere.

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8. 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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9. Hexx 3655 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Open 24 hours a day, Hexx Kitchen & Bar in the Paris Hotel is a destination for breakfast, lunch, dinner, late-night snacks, and cocktails. The menu airs on the side of comfort: breakfast comes in varieties of healthy (maple Greek yogurt parfait), savory (bacon and egg pizza with scrambled eggs and mozzarella cheese), and sugary (cinnaroll waffle with cream cheese frosting, cinnamon, and sugar), while dinner globetrots from the Mediterranean to the South, with dishes like tagliatelle shrimp scampi and spicy jambalaya. If you’re feeling particularly indulgent, you’ll want to order the Colossal Bloody Mary, formulated with basil-infused vodka, jumbo shrimp, Alaskan king crab, bacon, beef stick, peppers, and pickled vegetables, all served in a mini pitcher. As if Hexx needed to further impress, it offers a tour of its state of the art chocolate-making exhibition kitchen that churns out small batches of gourmet cocoa.

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10. Gold Diggers 129 Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV 89101

This is the closets thing to a nightclub downtown.

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11. Press 3690 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Located inside the Four Seasons, here you can enjoy do-it yourself S'mores and tiki cocktails.

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12. Brio Tuscan Grille 420 South Rampart- Ste. 180, Las Vegas, NV 89145

Their outdoor patio is full of energy, live music, and $5 Martini Night specials.

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13. Chateau Nightclub 3655 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

A nightlife triple-threat, Chateau gives you the option to dance the night away in its club, take the party outdoors to its second-story terrace, or head to its Versailles-style, open-air rooftop gardens nestled under the Paris Casino's replica of the Eiffel Tower. Who can refuse panoramic views of the Strip from a VIP cabana? On the dance floor, you'll be getting down to Top 40 hits that keep Chateau's frequent bachelorette parties happy. Oh, and Shaq has played a DJ set here. More than once. Yes, Shaq, as in Shaquille O'Neal.

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14. 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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15. Beer Garden 1 Main Street, Las Vegas, NV 89101

This outdoor drinking spot features real grass. Go figure!

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16. 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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17. Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar 1725 Festival Plaza Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89135

Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar is comparable to any American restaurant chain, but with a family-owned touch. The diverse menu ranges from classic sandwiches to gourmet pizzas to wok-friend dishes. Dog-friendly entrees and patio seating are available for man's best friend.

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18. Lago 3600 Las Vegas Blvd South, Las Vegas, NV 89109

Enjoy the Bellagio fountain shows during dinner thanks to the floor to ceiling windows.

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19. Sonrisa Grill 30 Via Brianza , Henderson, NV 89011

There are 60 different tequilas at this par. SIXTY!

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20. B&B Burger & Beer 3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

Chef Mario Batali continues his dominance of the Venetian and Palazzo by going casual with this burger- and beer-centric eatery. Though the space is colored in fast food shop-reminiscent washes of red and orange, a menu of burgers, heroes, and shakes that goes beyond the standard cheeseburger and fries fare shows off Batali's renowned kitchen experience. For a Vegas-unique burger experience, order the Really Good, a carnivorous combinatio, of heritage bacon, gorgonzola, chianti mustard, all on a dense potato bun.

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21. 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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22. Via Brasil 1225 S Apache Road, Las Vegas, NV 89117

Extra long happy hours Monday-Thursday make this place a Summerlin hot spot.

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23. OMNIA Nightclub 3570 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

Omnia spans multiple stories and incorporates a lounge, high-energy main room and mezzanine, and a breathtaking rooftop garden that showcases panoramic views of the Strip. The focal point of the nightclub is the gigantic kinetic LED chandelier that ascends, descends, and morphs with the beat of the music. The Heart of Omnia lounge boasts antique brass, mirrored panels, and velvet curtains, making for a haven amidst the club’s otherwise chaotic atmosphere.

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24. 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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25. La Cave 3131 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

Walk through a glass entryway into this wine bar/resto (which features cobblewood oak flooring and a large red LED sign reading "In Vino Veritas") to enjoy a massive wine list available by the whole/half bottle, glass, or even ounce, plus paired modern American fare.

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26. Carson Kitchen 124 S 6th St Ste 100, Las Vegas, NV 89101 (Downtown)

This Downtown rooftop bar has quite possibly the best appetizer menu in Vegas-- shareable plates like veal meatballs, short rib sliders, crispy chicken skins, and deviled eggs topped with caviar are all on order. If that weren't enticing enough, Carson Kitchen offers a well curated selection of cocktails and regularly hosts live bands on their swanky outdoor patio.