This brand-new cocktail lounge is from the people behind attractions like Real Bodies and Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, and it definitely has entertainment value. The Cabinet of Curiosities is the main space, serving signature cocktails and pick-your-own classics alongside rows of vintage cabinets stocked with oddities and knick knacks—everything and anything from creepy dolls to weird fossils and an old typewriter. Pull up descriptions about each one with a QR code. A bank vault entrance leads to The Lock, a secluded speakeasy in the back that requires entry through a second door or if you're flexible, a smaller crawlspace. A digital passcode is required, but don't worry, that's easy to come by. The Lock has its own menu, but guests are encouraged to fill out an "order form" for custom creations as well. Questions include "Current mood?" and "Favorite destination?"
How to get in: The Cabinet of Curiosities is downstairs from the casino floor at Bally's. The entrance to The Lock has a vintage telephone next to it. Pick it up for a password to get inside.
Gambit is a new joint in Henderson that allows guests to choose their own adventure. The Bank is the main lounge with video poker and an outdoor patio while Gatsby's Supper Club is a sit-down dining room with a stage for live music. The menu features steaks, seafood, and flatbreads. Yet the best place for cocktails is 33, a tequila and mezcal speakeasy hidden in the back. It's an intimate, but stylish space with a touch of Dia de los Muertos-inspired decor. The collection of agave spirits (and a few welcome surprises like Sierra Norte Mexican Whiskey and Camazotz Oaxacan Rum) can be sipped on their own or used in a choice of expertly prepared cocktails, including a modified negroni or smoky paloma. A flight of any three tequilas is $30.
How to get in: The 33 speakeasy is behind a sliding mirror wall to the left of the main entrance. You'll see people walking in and out, but don't hesitate to ask for help.
If you're taking a quick day trip to Boulder City, Cleveland's The Lounge is the best place to grab a craft cocktail. The secluded bar opened in late 2019, closed during the pandemic, and is now back at full force with regular live music on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays on a corner stage. It's actually owned and operated by a guy named Cleveland and is located on the basement level of the Boulder Dam Hotel, which dates back to the 1930s. The history only adds to the timeless feel of the lounge, a dark and moody spot with locally painted artwork, black drapes, and dim lighting. You can't go wrong with the Old Fashioned, muddled with just the right amount of cherries, a Godfather made with Glenlivet 12 Year, or The 1933, created by an in-house bartender with Nevada-produced 10 Torr gin specifically in mind.
How to get in: Enter the Boulder Dam Hotel and look for a downward staircase to the left of the lobby's check-in desk.
Think of Barbershop Cuts & Cocktails as two businesses in one. By day, it's a men's grooming salon, good for a haircut or shave. At night, guests make their way through an entrance in the back that opens up to a dark and seductive whiskey lounge with a stage for live music. It's an impressive sight with mismatched chandeliers, leather couches, and other vintage furniture. Order scotch for bottle service or choose something fun from the cocktail menu. Can't go wrong with the Mustache Ride, a frothy vanilla, cherry, and almond mix of whiskey and Guinness. The new rye-based Bonnie + Clyde comes with a take-home flask, while the Six String Sling, featuring a mix of Japanese whiskey and scotch, is served in a glass with guitar-shaped ice.
How to get in: Walk through the salon and look for a janitor's door in the back, which opens up to the speakeasy. Try your luck with a seat at the bar or make a reservation in advance.
At first glance, Más Por Favor looks like a bright, open taqueria in a Chinatown strip mall—which is pretty great all by itself. But off to the side is a secret hallway, modeled after a drug tunnel (with bags of "cocaine" as decoration), leading to a dark but wonderfully vibrant speakeasy parlor. The cocktails skew towards tequila and mezcal with a dynamic variety of flavors. Some go down a little too easy. The red or white sangria (neither overly sweet) carry more volume and last a bit longer. Casamigos Margaritas are on tap with house-infused jalapeno bitters and other modifications encouraged. And yes, you can order the same delicious tacos sold out front. The No-Boo combo of carne asada, truffle, and artichoke is especially tasty. The kitchen's take on a Frito Pie offers the option of using Doritos instead.
How to get in: Play it safe and book a reservation.
Here Kitty Kitty Vice Den is a speakeasy hidden behind a secret wall at Famous Foods Street Eats food hall. The lounge sets the mood with string lights, brick walls, and Asian decor. Cocktails range from sweet (Pancakes & Dopamine with rum, banana, and brown sugar) to savory (Hurry Curry Chicken with shochu dramatically enhanced by peppers and curry flavors). From now until at least October 1, the venue is hosting Tokyo Vice Den, a Japanese-themed pop-up featuring House of Suntory whiskey and cocktails, including two refreshing highballs and the Shinto, similar to an Old Fashioned with Legent (a Japanese blended Kentucky bourbon) and allspice.
How to get in: Here Kitty Kitty Vice Den used to be hidden inside a small convenience store, which has now been redesigned as Fuhu Cha Chaan Teng, a cozy Asian bistro. A hostess will guide you to shelving that pushes open to reveal the speakeasy. Serious guests only. Anyone wanting "just a look" is usually turned away.