June 2019: Between the nonstop parties, top-notch attractions, luxury shopping and the thrill of gambling in Las Vegas, make some time to have a quality cocktail. Our updated list of the best bars in Vegas includes classics, relative newcomers, and revamps that put some spots back on the list (Bound, #12; SkyBar, #16). Our top spots go to a bar that kicked off the Downtown cocktail trend and remains fresh with a regularly changing menu (Downtown Cocktail Room, #1), and a secret bar within another favorite bar (The Laundry Room, #2). Dive bars are always in fashion, and Frankie’s (#8) makes an appearance. Some of our new picks feature outdoor space to enjoy the weather (Oak & Ivy, #5), or luxurious interiors to wind down with a view (Skyfall, #15). From laid-back dives to lavish destinations to intimate hideaways, Vegas has it all, and our list of the best bars in Vegas has all the drinking spots you’ll want to check out this year.
Welcome to the Time Out DRINK List, our handpicked ‘best of’ Las Vegas’s drinking scene. These are the bars we love to hit up when we're in the mood for a stiff drink, a hand-crafted cocktail or even a cold beer. When you’re not winning at one of the best casinos in Vegas, or dining at one of the best restaurants in Vegas add these top bars to the wealth of amazing things to do in Las Vegas. From swanky to divey, luxurious to laid-back, these are our favorite bars in Vegas right now.
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DCR is credited with kicking off a revitalization of Downtown’s cocktail scene. With swanky decor, chill music, and a discreet entrance, this bar has the perfect vibe for enjoying upscale, inventive cocktails. The creative menu, which incorporates classics, punches, original concoctions, less familiar spirits, and out-of-the-ordinary garnishes, changes several times a year, so you’ll always find something different. Stop by for half price everything weekdays from 4–7pm.
The Commonwealth, a huge, pre-Prohibition style cocktail bar is a destination in itself, boasting expertly made cocktails and a lively rooftop with live music and great views. But try to get into the secret speakeasy (text the phone number or look for the red light that indicates available space) for a sleeker, more intimate experience. The 28-seat Laundry Room features premium spirits and an exclusive cocktail menu.
Back in the '50s, patrons would sit on the roof of Atomic Liquors (the oldest freestanding bar in Vegas, built in 1945) and watch nuclear test explosions in the nearby desert. A renovation and reinvention as a craft cocktail bar has made it a destination for a new type of crowd. The patio is one of the best in the city, as you can enjoy quiet conversation while also keeping an eye on Fremont Street shenanigans.
This tiki bar goes for it one hundred percent, with decor and charm that will transport you to an island paradise (when really you’re just in Chinatown). A giant shell you can sit in, mermaids, masks, and exotic drinks are just part of the fun. Enjoy live music, kitschy DJs, '80s nights and other themed parties while sipping on something that comes in a pineapple and/or is on fire.
Whiskey fans head to Downtown Container Park where this diminutive bar offers one of the best whiskey selections around. There are barrel-aged cocktails, a Whiskey Smash made with seasonal fruit, and nine different Moscow Mules. If you can’t decide, knowledgeable bartenders will make you something tailored to your liking.
This swanky joint is a standalone building in the middle of the city that draws both tourists and locals by the dozens. Excellent food, including half-priced steaks at happy hour, is only exceeded by the cocktail program—which can match up with any in the country. The bar program offers drinks that date back to olden eras: Try the Pimm's cup, the Golden Age of the 1800s and Prohibition in the 1900s—trust us.
This eclectic bar was opened by two sisters who sought to create a welcoming place to hang out. The decor recalls the namesake classic children’s book, with mismatched vintage furniture and local artwork. The cocktail list is comprised of modern takes on the classics. There’s an excellent beer list too. The space is great for socializing, with smaller areas for quiet conversation. DJs spin tunes on weekends, and the backyard patio often hosts local up-and-coming-bands.
Tiki overload brightens the dim recesses of this kitschy bar. The jukebox is stuffed with surf-rock, and Hawaii-themed movies show on the screens. Exotic rum drinks are on the menu, with a skull rating to indicate the strength. Drinks are served in a souvenir ceramic tumbler that you can keep for $25. It’s a 24-hour joint, best visited late night. Be warned though, smoking is allowed, and there’s no food to counteract the potent potions that are far too easy to drink.
Tony Abou-Ganim, a legend in the modern mixology game, runs the drink program here. The enormous space features multiple dining areas and bars. The food is next-level gastropub thanks to celebrity chef Shawn McClain and the drinks, which heavily focus on Caribbean swizzles, are whimsical and unique.
The Wynn’s casual sister lounges offer a charming alternative to your standard casino bar. Whether you’re Up or Down, you’ll find expertly-made cocktails, great views of the waterfall, the blossom-filled atrium, and the colorful parasols suspended from the ceiling. Try the Boysenberry Delight, featuring a boysenberry vodka exclusive to the resort.
Once the preeminent Vegas blues bar playing host to greats like B.B King and Muddy Waters in the mid '70s, Sand Dollar Lounge has been renovated and revitalized, and features a more modern craft cocktail menu. The staff is still notably friendly, and live music (including open mic nights) does play a central role. There’s pool and video poker, and a one-of-a-kind vibe that keeps locals coming back.
For a dose of elegance, have a drink at Bound at The Cromwell. The sophisticated lobby bar is perfect for pre-dinner drinks (many of the clientele are heading to Giada), but also a classy choice for quiet conversation or even a professional meet-up. The cocktail list, created by Salvatore Calabrese, features classics, signature cocktails, creations from other mixologists, seasonal offerings, and wines by the glass. Don’t miss the celebrated Breakfast Martini, with gin, Cointreau, lemon juice, and orange marmalade.
The Dorsey features some of the best bartenders in all of Vegas, plying their craft in an upscale setting. The cocktail program was conceived by Sam Ross, the bartender behind Attaboy and Milk & Honey. The ultra-modern look was concocted by David Rabin, New York bar-making hot shot, and bartenders pride themselves on being extremely versatile: Order a classic or opt for a more modern cocktail.
Dino’s is a true classic, known as "The Last Neighborhood Bar in Las Vegas” (as stated in huge lettering on the front of the establishment). Bar flies are a fixture on quiet nights, but on weekend karaoke nights, brace yourself for fierce competition. But don't get too rowdy; The bar hosts “Drunk of the Month” contests, with the most notorious winning “Drunk of the Year.“ This dive is a must for any visitor and a great hangout for locals.
For stunning views of the Vegas skyline—from a glowing desert sunset to twinkling nighttime lights—head to Skyfall. The floor-to-ceiling windows and theater-style seating offer unobstructed views from every seat in the room. The vibe changes as the night progresses, from quiet evenings to upbeat DJ-driven nights. Treat yourself to a glass of champagne and a new perspective on Vegas.
What once was the Mandarin Bar (at the Mandarin Oriental) is now a sleek Waldorf Astoria bar featuring exotic cocktails and views of the Strip. The decor is swanky, and the prices are steep, but original cocktails such as the Golden Leaf Martini, featuring Hendricks Gin, Aperol, muddled mandarin, pineapple, and lime, are a worthy splurge. It’s a great place for evening cocktails before dinner.
Tucked away inside the famous Peppermill Diner, itself a piece of vintage Vegas kitsch, sits the Fireside Lounge, a room that looks untouched since 1975. Neon blue lights serve as backdrop to the fireplace, where most patrons cuddle up. Retro drinks like the Blue Hawaii make visitors feel like they've entered a time machine.
A three-story chandelier shines at the center of this gorgeous, multi-level bar. You’ll be surrounded by sparkle and dazzled by your fellow cocktailers as you sip a We’re All Mad Here. An ode to Alice in Wonderland, the gin-based cocktail starts blue but changes colors as the ingredients mingle. It's accompanied by an edible tag that creates a tingly sensation to complete the experience.
Grungy, sweaty and damn fun, The Double Down is the original punk rock bar of Las Vegas and features such famous cocktails as the bacon martini and a lovely drink simply known as Ass Juice. The venue’s second location in New York lacks the charm that the Las Vegas homestead still boasts.