Food & Drink

Eat this: the best bar food in Las Vegas

Published On 10/29/2013 Published On 10/29/2013
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Here's what happens when you go out drinking in Vegas: not a single thing from the Hangover movies, AND you get, like, really hungry. Luckily, we've rounded up a list of Sin City bar foods good enough to eat even if you're missing an incisor, all from a selection of booze-slingers that'll totally impress that stripper with the heart of gold you will totally meet and marry at a 24hr wedding chapel! will not meet. Period.

Hyde Bellagio

Best Sliders: Kobe Beef Sliders
Hyde Bellagio, The Bellagio Hotel
Screw the dancing and bottle service and show up early for these premium meat bites topped w/ aged sharp cheddar cheese, bacon jam, and grain mustard aioli.

Anthony Mair

Best Edible Identity Crisis: Philly Mac n' Cheesesteak
Park on Fremont, Downtown
Can’t decide between a cheesesteak or mac n’ cheese? This thinly sliced sirloin, onion & bell pepper sandwich topped w/ mac n’ cheese lets you approach snacking the same way you approach figuring out what to do with your life: don't decide!

Gary FX LaMorte

Most Addictive: Homemade Frickles
PUB1842, The MGM Grand Hotel and Casino
Michael Mina's unique bar menu boasts these crunchy pickles that're served with a special sauce and are prepared using the only thing that makes vegetables an acceptable snack: a deep fryer.

Alex Karnvounis

Best Barbeque Alternative: Costillas en Salsa Verde
La Comida, Downtown
Downtown’s newest and best Mexican joint does these tangy, green tomato-sauce'd spare ribs called Costillas en Salsa Verde, which is Spanish for... something, presumably.

Balls Marketing

Best Tacos For After Drinking: Chorizo and Egg Breakfast Tacos
The Rockhouse, The Venetian
There's literally no reason to wait 'til you're hungover to score AM-style tacos smothered in pepper jack cheese & Pico de gallo. Unless that reason is you've already consumed so much of the stuff that'll make you hungover and you can't keep food down.

Comme Ca

Best French Fry Substitute: Three French Devils
Comme Ca, The Cosmopolitan
From a constantly changing menu inspired by the gastro-bistro movement in Paris, these suckers are topped w/ Green Goddess dressing, smoked salmon, and harissa. And, thankfully, are nothing like how mom used to make 'em.

Jeffrey Green

Best Use of Raw Meat: Steak Tartare
CUT by Wolfgang Puck, The Palazzo
Piled onto what people other than you are spending next door at Barney's (bread), this 60-seater's gloriously rare prime sirloin comes sans anything except a touch of herb aioli and mustard.

Matt Williams

Most Cheesy Item: Wisconsin Cheese Curds
Big Dog’s Café and Casino, Off Strip
These white cheddar cheese curds are goldenly fried, served with homemade dill horseradish sauce and ranch dressing, and prove that people in Wisconsin are good at more than just getting fat. They're also good at getting really, really fat.

Roni Fields Moonen

Best Breakfast at Night: Bacon-wrapped Bacon n’ Egg
Rx Boiler Room, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino
If you find yourself waking up around 6p, this bacon/quail egg/brioche toast combo w/ tomato jam is the perfect way to cure your hangover and start your... um, day?

The Tap House

Best Bar Pizza
The Tap House, Off Strip
This venerable sports hang keeps late hours, and keeps people coming back with their purportedly beer-crusted pizza, badass beer selection, and... um, what else do you need?!

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1. CUT By Wolfgang Puck 3325 South Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

Helmed by resto mogul Wolfgang Puck, CUT is serving up modern twists on classic steakhouse faire in their modern, 160-seater nestled into the Palazzo. Stop by the 60-seat bar for innovative cocktails and bar snacks.

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2. Big Dog's Cafe and Casino 6390 W Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89146 (Off Strip)

Big Dog's Cafe is serving up sumptuous bar eats like Wisconsin cheese curds and their award-winning chili in their flatscreen-adorned, sports joint on Sahara Ave.

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3. Rx Boiler Room Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, NV 89119 (Strip)

This steampunk-themed resto in Mandalay Bay is combining "the alchemy of food and drink" to deliver innovative 'tails and delectable bites like chicken pot pie bites and bacon-wrapped bacon.

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4. Tap House 5589 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89146 (Off Strip)

Tap House is an old-school Vegas joint serving up Italian fare off the Strip. This spot is known especially for the pizzas, but it also has a classic sports bar decor and a killer beer selection. This eatery also serves burgers, pasta, Italian sausages, soups, salads, and a variety of great appetizers.

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5. Comme Ca 3708 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

Serving up French-inspired eats like monkfish bouillabaisse and steak frites, Comme Ca's got a rotating seasonal menu, situated in the heart of the Cosmopolitan.

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6. Hyde Bellagio 3600 Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

A legendary Vegas nightclub, Hyde Bellagio is on the cozier side at 10,000sqft, so unless you have a table, things are going to be intimate on the dance floor, where you can get down to a solid mix of top-40 hits, EDM, and hip-hop. The open-air view of the famous Bellagio fountains makes up for the smaller space, and regular costume parties with themed outfits and champagne showers step up the club's game, too. You can expect DJs ranging from Lil Jon to Brody Jenner, as well as multiple bottle-service packages. Come earlier in the night and it'll feel more like a lounge than a club, if that's the scene you're craving.

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7. 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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8. Pub 1842 3799 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

This gastropub located in the MGM Grand serves rare whiskeys, a great beer selection, and pub food like nachos, lobster bakes, and a famed Peanut Butter Crunch burger with thick smears of actual peanut butter. And while casual is the go-to sensibility here, fine dining veteran Michael Mina makes the concept even more enticing with ping pong and darts in the bar area.

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9. Rockhouse 3535 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

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."

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10. La Comida 106 S 6th St, Las Vegas, NV 89101 (Off Strip)

Not only does LC have 100 different tequilas, they've also got a $235 flight wtih Gran Patron Bordeaux, Don Julio REAL, and Herradura Seleccion Suprema. Pair that with delicious & authentic eats, and you're golden.