After your opponents' hole cards at the poker table, the best views in Vegas are... probably at one of the city's finer gentlemen's establishments. But after that, they're at places overlooking the strip where the availability of alcohol will actually make the views even better than they already are...
The Foundation Room
Where is it? On one of the top floors at Mandalay Bay.
What’s different? This cozy lounge has a lot of character and plush sofas, but step onto the patio for amazing views of the entire Strip, and... the airport, where you can check out the private jets and point out the one you flew in on to your date, while eating “Street Tacos” stuffed w/ Maine lobster or pork belly.
Where is it? High atop THEhotel -- the second tower at Mandalay Bay.
How’s the view? Ever want to take a whiz and have a panoramic view of Southern Nevada at the same time? The urinals have a window right above them that gives you that very opportunity. You can show off by pointing out the bats that can sometimes be seen in the spotlight shooting straight from the top of the nearby Luxor.
Where is it? Mandarin Oriental
How do you get there? Take the elevator to the 23rd floor. That's where you’ll find the “Sky Lobby” along with a bar and lounge that offers tea service during the day and great views of Harmon Tower, which was built years ago but never opened due to structural defects, and is now just the world's most expensive billboard.
Where is it? On the 107th floor of the Stratosphere.
How’s the view? Ridiculous. Seriously, you can walk around the outer edge of the Stratosphere and literally get a view of Vegas from all directions. The only better view in the city is probably from the rides on the roof, but you need a lot of what Air Bar is serving before getting on that thing.
VooDoo Rooftop Nightclub
Where is it? 51 floors above the ground -- on top of the Rio
Who to bring: Lately it's a go-to spot for out-of-towners who'll soon be able to ride a zip-line from VooDoo all the way to another building on the Rio’s property. It’s set to open in November but they're already selling tickets, and a $3,000 New Year's Eve package that includes a ride and (yep) bottle service.
Where is it? Top of the Palms, baby.
Anything good to drink? The newly redone lounge boasts a chandelier and a fireplace that might put you in the mood for s’mores, which they serve in liquid form by combining marshmallow Vodka & cream w/ a chocolate graham cracker crust, as well as a roasted marshmallow garnish.
1. Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino3950 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas
2. Mandarin Oriental3752 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas
3. Palms Casino & Resort4321 W Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas
4. Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower2000 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas
5. Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino3700 W Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas
Plasma TVs, marble spa tubs, and a 12,000-seat event center with concerts like Iron Maiden and more make this a can't-miss Vegas hot spot. Hit the green on four different golf courses or if you're feeling lucky, try the Toptional™ Moorea Beach Club, which is exactly what it sounds like.
This 47-story hotel was designed by the architectural firm responsible for Beijing's Museum of China (located just off Tian'an Men Square, so you know it's historically accurate); meanwhile, the 392 floor-to-ceiling-windowed rooms are steez'd by Israeli-American hotel pimp Adam D. Tihany, including 3200sqft presidential suites optimistically equipped with cutting-edge fitness equipment (located in your room, so you know you'll use it).
This luxury casino sports gorgeous accommodations, high-end restos (N9ne Steakhouse, Alize, Nove Italiano), and a spa/salon.
The iconic Vegas hotel has a 1149ft-tall Tower, casino, live events, and, of course, a 64ft-tall roller coaster on the roof -- just in case all the other standard Vegas entertainment isn't enough for you to get your thrills.
Just a block off the main drag, Rio is one of the better resorts for those traveling in larger groups. The Brazilian-themed hotel's signature "chic suites" sleep six people and features various amenities, live entertainment (Penn and Teller are on retainer, along with the Chippendales), a pool area with an actual white sand beach, and a 490ft high zip-line that connects the hotel's two towers.