Because sometimes you don't want to drop the equivalent cost of one of those Kia Souls all the cool hamsters drive just to get a table at a Vegas club, we rounded up the best places to party -- from lounges, to bourbon bars, to bar-bars -- that won't make you stand idly in lines, wear shiny shirts, or listen to that Deadmau6 dude.
7 NON-club places on the Strip you absolutely need to party at
Rhumbar At The Mirage: A Caribbean-inspired cocktail lounge serving up a variety of mojitos, caipirinhas, and margaritas on top of a fine selection of cigars that can be smoked on their expansive outdoor patio. It provides all the benefits of a tropical vacation without the risk of hurricanes/armed robbery/not being 100ft from a Wheel of Fortune slot machine at all times.
The Chandelier at The Cosmopolitan: Inside a giant cocoon of over 2 million crystals are three levels providing a unique experience: DJs on the bottom, serious cocktails like Cherry-Smoked Coke with leather-infused Makers Mark in the middle, and chilled-out seating up top where you can view it all.
The Bourbon Room at The Venetian: Set your flux capacitor to 1.21 jigowatts and head back in time to this '80s bar that features pleather-clad bartenders, a whole lotta neon, and live performances by the cast of Rock of Ages. When it's all done, you'll wanna hop back in the time machine and get forward to the spot in the future where you don't have a hangover any longer.
The Deuce Lounge at Aria: This place just oozes sophistication, so be prepared to pretend you know what that word means as you sip bottle service and cocktails custom-crafted based on your taste buds, as well as a full slate of casino gaming including blackjack and roulette.
The Rockhouse at The Venetian: Expect a rowdier crowd at this 9000sqft "dive bar" that features 83 TVs, beer pong, billiards, a mechanical bull, and a slew of scantily clad waitresses who are always happy to ride said mechanical bull.
VDKA at Encore: All the vodka you could ever imagine in one very simple place. VDKA is situated right off the casino floor, and is a no-frills paradise serving cocktails featuring bacon-flavored vodka topped with more bacon, plus single shots like the Stoli Elit Pristine Water, which is only 250 bucks, and not exactly water.
1. Scarlet Bar4321 W Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas
2. Rhumbar3400 las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas
3. The Chandelier3708 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas
4. The Bourbon Room3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas
5. Rockhouse3535 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas
6. VDKA3121 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas
7. The Deuce Lounge3730 Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas
A super-small bar inside the Palms, Scarlet's pouring awesome, fancy 'tails with a menu created by Francesco Lafranconi, one of the world's leading mixologists.
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.
A classy, multi-level lounge featuring an inhabitable chandelier in The Cosmopolitan. You can go inside to enjoy a hand-crafted 'tail, or just hang out above or below the chandelier to take in the view at either of the other bars.
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."
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."
Sip rare vodkas at this spot tucked inside the Encore casino at the Wynn.
Going by day as a 2930sqft, sophisticated lounge with leather couches and flatscreens, The Deuce transforms into a casino and nightclub at night, providing the best in food, drink & entertainment all in one spot.