The Best Bars in Las Vegas
Collected by Matt Villano, AFAR Local Expert
In this accommodating desert oasis, a cool drink can be procured anywhere from rooftop hotel bars with floor to celiing windows and to desert dive joints frequented by locals. Order your pleasure—a craft beer, a premium sake, a classic highball from the days of Sinatra—and relax to enjoy the view of gaming tables, stage show, or the sun setting over the Strip. Cheers.
3355 S Las Vegas Blvd #200 3355, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA
Craft cocktails are the name of the game at the Dorsey, a high-energy lounge just off the main casino at the Venetian. Here, mixologist Juyoung Kang and her team of rock-star bartenders whip up a mix of classic cocktails and new-wave...
1712 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89102, USA
The kitschy beachcomber designs of Frankie’s are the brainchild of Bamboo Ben Bassham, the grandson of a creator of Disneyland’s Enchanted Tiki Room. The bar is chock-full of carvings, totems, thatch, and bamboo....
The Shoppes at Mandalay Place, 3950 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA
As far as bars go, Minus 5 is without question the coolest place in Las Vegas. The place sits in a giant freezer, and everything inside is made of ice—the walls, the chandeliers, the seats, the bar itself, even the very glasses in which you...
4640 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89169, USA
Punk and rock bands frequent the stage at this divey East Side icon, known as much for its musical acts as for a wildly popular cocktail served in a ceramic cup in the shape of a toilet. Though the recipe for this pinkish-brownish drink...
2601 Atlantic St, Las Vegas, NV 89121, USA
Starboard Tack, a lively 24-hour East Side cocktail lounge, originally opened in the 1970s and became a fixture on the Vegas nightlife circuit. In recent years, it was rebranded as Gilligan’s Hideaway and lost some of its magic....
1218 S Main St, Las Vegas, NV 89104, USA
Divey, dark, and definitely hip, the Velveteen Rabbit is a craft cocktail and beer bar in downtown’s Arts District. Most items on its cocktail menu change seasonally, except for one: the Auto-da-fé, which is garnished with a...
917 Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV 89101, USA
This dive bar on Fremont Street in Downtown Las Vegas dates all the way back to the 1950s, when the federal government tested nuclear weapons in the desert outside of town. As legend has it, you could climb up to the roof of the bar in those days,...
1027, 1120 S Main St #110, Las Vegas, NV 89104, USA
This minimally decorated coffee shop, located in the up-and-coming Arts District, is known as much for its inventive spins on espresso drinks as it is for its eclectic menu of Latin American food. From the bar, try a...
3784 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA
Beerhaus, a restaurant and bar in the Park Vegas, was Sin City’s first beer garden. There are at least a dozen brews on tap at all times, as well as many more bottled options displayed in refrigerated cases along the back...
Level 1, The Chelsea Tower, 3708 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA
Vesper Bar at The Cosmopolitan is our favorite spot for a serious Old Fashioned—or Elderfashioned, the house’s riff, which gets a dose of St. Germain. For more drinking tips, check out our feature "How to Drink Anywhere in the World" ...
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