Best Bars Las Vegas

Best Las Vegas Bars

Best Cocktail Bar: Herbs & Rye

Most Beautiful Bar: Chandelier

Best Downtown Bar: Downtown Cocktail Room

Best Speakeasy: Barbershop Cuts & Cocktails

Best Wine Bar: Marche Baucus

Best Karaoke Bar: Dino’s

Best Dance Bar: Troy Liquor Bar

Best Live Music Bar: Sand Dollar Lounge

Best Whiskey Bar: Delmonico Steakhouse

Best Country Bar: Stoney’s Rockin’ Country

Best Tiki Bar: Golden Tiki

Best Rooftop Bar: Commonwealth

Best Jazz Bar: The Dispensary

Best Sports Bar: Tap

Best Daytime Bar: Park on Fremont

Best Upscale Bar: Mr. Coco

Best Cocktail Bar: Herbs & Rye
Widely known as the best bar in Las Vegas, Herbs & Rye is a true industry clubhouse. A place where employees from other bars go on their downtime. The menu features cocktails through different periods like “Golden Age,” “Prohibition,” Tiki,” and “Rat Pack”. The bartenders are extremely knowledgeable and make good use of a thorough and often rare collection of spirits.
Atmosphere: Dark and moody with a vintage speakeasy vibe. Most of the action is in the bar, although there’s also a separate dining room to take full advantage of the steaks and Italian food.
Location: Herbs & Rye is a stand-alone bar on Sahara about two miles west of the Strip. Definitely take a taxi or ridesharing service.
Best time to go: The happy hour (5-8 p.m.) and reverse happy hour (midnight-3 a.m.) are among the best in town, with drink discounts and half-off steaks.
Cover: None.

Most Beautiful Bar: Chandelier
This scenic social hotspot covers three levels of the Cosmopolitan resort, surrounded in lights and beaded curtains. The first floor is the busiest and more of a party hub. The second follows a playful Alice in Wonderland theme, and the top level is a bit quieter with a focus on craft cocktails. Each floor has its own drink menu, giving everyone an excuse to mingle and move around.
Atmosphere: Upbeat and high-energy. The top two levels are a little more secluded.
Location: Chandelier is near the Strip-side of the Cosmopolitan’s hotel lobby. It’s an easy walk to-and-from other nearby resorts like the Bellagio, Planet Hollywood, and Aria.
Best time to go: The bar is open 24 hours with no happy hour. That gives you the option to go on your own time, whether you prefer crowds during busy hours or easy seating during slow hours.
Cover: None.

Best Downtown Bar: Downtown Cocktail Room
A pioneer in the Las Vegas craft cocktail scene. The Downtown Cocktail Room has a wildly inventive drink menu that changes seasonally. The bar (known informally as “D.C.R”) also has an infamous selection of absinthe and punch bowls. A new bar-within-a-bar, Mike Morey’s Sip’n’Tip, serves beer and whiskey shots from a separate counter and has its own side-alley entrance.
Atmosphere: Dark and no frills. This place is all about the drinks.
Location: The bar is on Las Vegas Boulevard, just around the corner from the Fremont Street Experience. It’s a quick walk from the tourist areas of Downtown, but requires a taxi or ridesharing service from the Strip.
Best time to go: Drinks are half-off 4-7 p.m. However, it’s also a great late-night spot for after-dinner drinks. DJs perform live Tuesday-Saturday.
Cover: None.

Best Speakeasy: Barbershop Cuts & Cocktails
The venue is an old school gentlemen’s barbershop near the casino lobby of the Cosmopolitan. But after 5pm, the door marked “janitor” in the back opens to reveal a full bar and concert stage. The drinks are based on an extensive whiskey selection, although standard cocktails like the Old Fashioned are often made to the respective bartender’s preferences.
Atmosphere: The bar lives up to its speakeasy reputation with stylish chandeliers, comfortable leather furniture and hardwood counters. Passing through the actual barbershop gives the whole experience a sense of fun and discretion.
Location: Barbershop Cuts & Cocktails is right by the northeast entrance of the Cosmopolitan, which spills directly out on the Strip. The Bellagio, Paris, and other mid-Strip resorts are all in walking distance.
Best time to go: The atmosphere is loose between 5 and 9 p.m., when bartenders can be chatty about their creations. Headliners take the stage around 10 or 11 p.m.
Cover: Reservations often require a spending minimum to secure a table when national acts are booked.

Best Wine Bar: Marche Baucus
Marche Baucus is a French bistro on the water that has more than a thousand wines available by the bottle. Browse the selection and take one home or have it opened at your table for a few dollars more. The bar was recently given a major renovation that includes a new Scotch and cocktail program.
Atmosphere: The original intimate dining room is complemented by expanded outdoor patio seating with screened-in walls and fireplaces. It’s one of the most romantic places in Las Vegas to bring a date.
Location: Marche Baucus is in the northwest residential community of Desert Shores, where it sits on Lake Jacqueline. It’s a 20-30 minute drive from the Strip, but worth it for those who want to escape the chaos of busy tourist areas for something more scenic.
Best time to go: Come by around dusk to enjoy the patio as the sun goes down. Free tastings are offered on Saturdays 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday brunch runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cover: None.

Best Karaoke Bar: Dino’s
This dive bar has been a longtime locals staple on Las Vegas Boulevard for more than five decades. It draws a late night karaoke crowd that’s fun, lively, and doesn’t take itself too seriously. Any song or genre of music is fair game and the audience is typically more interested in what they’re drinking than judging your performance.
Atmosphere: It’s rare to have a bar with such a neighborhood feel this close to the Strip. Dino’s has a naughty side. Vintage porn plays on the TV screens and regulars vote on a “Drunk of the Month,” who then qualifies for “Drunk of the Year” (and a $100 bar tab).
Location: Dino’s is just north of the Strip, where Las Vegas Boulevard begins to merge with Downtown. You can walk there from the Stratosphere, the SLS, or a string of motels. However, the area gets a bit sketchy, especially at night, so pedestrians should stay in groups and not stray to side streets.
Best time to go: The bar is open 24 hours, but karaoke runs Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 10 p.m.
Cover: No cover, but there’s a one-drink minimum.

Best Dance Bar: Troy Liquor Bar
Most people who want to dance stick with the nightclub scene, but Troy Liquor Bar is a more low key option for those who still want to show off a few moves. DJs play a mix of techno, retro, and current hits in front of a video wall. The sound system is good and the drinks are reasonably priced for Vegas. The energy picks up during late night hours.
Atmosphere: Troy Liquor Bar almost has the feel of a mini-nightclub. However, the second floor terrace offers plenty of fresh air and overlooks the neon of the Fremont Street Experience.
Location: The bar is on the second level of the Golden Nugget resort. It’s in walking distance from the Downtown Grand, Plaza, Golden Gate, or any other hotel near or around Fremont Street. Depending on traffic, the drive is about 15-20 minutes from the Strip.
Best time to go: The party scene usually lasts until 2 a.m., making it a great after-hours spot. Women can enjoy an open bar of vodka drinks 9-10 p.m. on Wednesdays. Bottle service specials are offered on Fridays (before 11 p.m.) and Sundays.
Cover: None.

Best Live Music Bar: Sand Dollar Lounge
This historic Chinatown bar has been a live music favorite for decades. It’s seen some renovations over the years, giving it a new, modern feel that almost disguises its history. The whiskey selection is strong and the pizza kitchen follows the “do one thing and do it well” formula when it comes to food. Live music and video poker helps draw in regulars.
Atmosphere: From local musicians to national headliners, you never know who’ll hop on stage for an impromptu jam session, which gives the bar a spontaneous energy. The renovations and mood lighting at the bar bring a contemporary edge that makes the place feel bigger than it really is.
Location: The Sand Dollar is on the eastern edge of Chinatown. It’s a little too far to walk from nearby hotels like the Palazzo, Venetian, and Mirage, but it’s a very inexpensive cab or rideshare journey.
Best time to go: Bands tend to take the stage around 10 or 11 p.m.
Cover: None.

Best Whiskey Bar: Delmonico Steakhouse
This steakhouse by Emeril Lagasse has creole-style steaks as well as the best whiskey and spirits list of any bar or restaurant in Las Vegas. It reads like a book, is updated regularly, and includes more than 700 options from around the world. Enjoy a glass in the main restaurant area or stick to the bar, where the team of knowledgeable and friendly bartenders can walk you through the list.
Atmosphere: For such an accomplished steakhouse, the bar is pretty low key. Walls are pale and the furnishings are a bit bland. But you’re also getting a reclusive, quiet break from the hustle of the nearby casino floor. Despite the impressive spirits collection, there’s no snobby pretense here. Feel free to stick to cocktails or a glass of wine.
Location: Delmonico Steakhouse is in the “Restaurant Row” section of the Venetian — close to the Grand Canal Shoppes and sister-resort Palazzo. Walk there easily from the Wynn, Treasure Island, or Mirage. Skip the monorail, since it doesn’t stop at the Venetian or Palazzo.
Best time to go: Come by early, especially before 5 p.m., when it’s less busy and the bartenders will have more time to discuss the selection in depth.
Cover: None.

Best Country Bar: Stoney’s Rockin’ Country
For country music fans, Stoney’s is the best and largest bar for line dancing. It’s got plenty of room and is a good mix of locals and tourists. A few different dance floors are surrounded by multiple bars, making it easy to grab a drink. Stoney’s frequently hosts live performances, but you can always stay busy with pool, beer pong, or a ride on the mechanical bull.
Atmosphere: Stoney’s definitely skews toward a younger crowd in their 20s or 30s. Current radio hits make up most of the soundtrack, but a few retro favorites are heard here and there.
Location: Stoney’s is at Town Square, a shopping complex just south of the Las Vegas Strip. It’s easy to reach by cab or rideshare from any big resort.
Cover: There is no cover on slow nights but when there is a live act, the cover can range from $5 to $25.

Best Tiki Bar: Golden Tiki
The Golden Tiki is a traditional tiki bar with a modern touch. And it’s always evolving for the better. The food menu is improving and the bartenders take more of a craft-cocktail approach to the drinks (even the tropical ones), skipping heavy doses of sugar and fruit juice in favor of more well-balanced recipes. Open 24 hours with occasional live music by fun and quirky artists.
Atmosphere: Fans of vintage tiki bar culture will be happy to see all of the traditional elements in place: rum-fueled tropical drinks, dark lighting, and kitschy furnishings that include straw huts, waterfalls, shrunken heads, treasure chests, and talking skeletons.
Location: The Golden Tiki is in a Chinatown strip mall. Parking is tight, so an Uber or Lyft is highly recommended. The bar is on Spring Mountain Road, less than two miles from the Strip and about four miles from Downtown. No hotels are close by.
Best time to go: Check ahead about regular specials and theme nights, including surf music on Mondays and a Bettie Page pin-up theme on Tuesdays. Happy hour is 4-7 p.m. daily.
Cover: None.

Best Rooftop Bar: Commonwealth
Commonwealth is a two-story venue that feels like a cross between a classic cocktail bar and something you might find in a charming college town. The rooftop deck, which turns into an impromptu dance floor on busy nights, has neon-soaked downtown views that alone are worth a visit. Commonwealth also contains the Laundry Room, a bar-within-a-bar speakeasy that only welcomes a few people at a time by appointment only. It’s one of the best places for craft cocktails in the entire city.
Atmosphere: Commonwealth feels modern — but with brick, dark wood, and vintage chandeliers, it has a warm and inviting atmosphere with plenty of space to move around.
Location: Commonwealth is in the heart of the Fremont East district, which is a little more locals-oriented than the nearby Fremont Street Experience. It’s walkable from the Golden Nugget, The D, Golden Gate, or any of the other big Downtown hotels. It’s also close to the Downtown Container Park.
Best time to go: Nickel beer nights offer a great deal “until the keg runs dry” but usually require a cover charge. Weekends are when the bar is busiest and the rooftop deck is guaranteed to be open.
Cover: Tickets for special DJ performances start at $10.

Best Jazz Bar: The Dispensary
The Dispensary Lounge has been around for years. It’s known for its burgers as much as its live music. In a town sorely lacking in jazz and blues bars, this place is a welcome change of pace from the DJs that dominate the landscape. A quiet and unassuming escape in an otherwise ordinary strip mall.
Atmosphere: Casual and comfortable. Hanging out at the Dispensary Lounge is almost like hanging out in somebody’s living room. The music feels like background ambiance more than a concert event.
Location: The Dispensary Lounge is about three miles east of the Strip in an older suburban area of Las Vegas. Definitely take a taxi or ridesharing service.
Best time to go: You’re most likely to see live jazz musicians Friday and Saturday nights, beginning at 10 p.m.
Cover: On live music nights, there’s a $5-per-person donation that goes directly to the musicians.

Best Sports Bar: Tap
This sports bar is perfect for any out-of-towners staying on the Strip, The wall are covered with memorabilia, ranging from basketball jerseys to UFC championship belts. The food is diverse and the beer selection is deep. Of course, there are high-def televisions facing every direction.
Atmosphere: The windows open wide to the casino floor at the MGM Grand, allowing the cheers and groans to carry out — and increase the energy — during a big game or event.
Location: Tap is easy to find on the casino floor of the MGM Grand. It’s also just steps away from the sportsbook, making it easy to place a bet right before the action gets underway.
Best time to go: Anytime the Vegas Golden Knights are on the screen.
Cover: None.

Best Daytime Bar: Park on Fremont
Park on Fremont has an easy feel and rustic image that’s perfect for daytime drinking. There are multiple patios, including a backyard garden with a fireplace that instantly transports you away from the madness of Las Vegas. Both the food and drink menu are simple, but the spiked coffee cocktails are a welcome alternative on chilly evenings.
Atmosphere: Despite being in a touristy location, Park on Fremont feels like a local neighborhood hangout. The backyard garden is perfect for catching up with an old friend. The side patio is better suited for grabbing a burger with a date. The taxidermy inside could be seen as charming or just a reason to stay outside.
Location: The bar is on the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard on Fremont Street. It marks the beginning of the Fremont East district, which is all about bars and casual gatherings.
Best time to go: Brunch runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings.
Cover: None.

Best Upscale Bar: Mr. Coco
No happy hour discounts or cheap beer here. Mr. Coco is strictly for those who won’t hesitate to drop a few dollars on expertly prepared craft cocktails, wine, and rare sips of whiskey and Scotch. Two bars frame an elegant lounge renovated from an old luxury suite at the Palms with a global menu of small bites to keep patrons from getting hungry in between drinks.
Atmosphere: It’s a tight space by design as the high prices are meant to filter out large crowds. Everything is elegant, from the high-end artwork on the walls to the glassware used to serve the drinks themselves. Jazz singers and other live musicians perform nightly.
Location: Mr. Coco is in the lobby of the newly renovated Palms resort west of the Strip. Look for the doorman near the hallway to the Fantasy Tower. You’ll be led through an unassuming entrance, met by a hostess with a light amuse bouche cocktail, and guided to an elevator to travel up a floor to the bar.
Best time to go: An “aperitif hour” is held at 6 p.m. to highlight vermouths and fortified wines.
Cover: None.

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