No two nights in Las Vegas are alike. Everyone in the crowds on Las Vegas Boulevard does have one thing in common, however. They’re all trying to have the best night ever. Whether you’re looking to get wild on the dance floor or actually sit down and have a conversation with someone, here’s the best Las Vegas bar for the night you’ve got planned.
Date Night: SkyBar
Fake Eiffel Tower aside, Las Vegas isn’t exactly known for romance (even if it is the wedding capital of the world), but that doesn’t mean you can’t do date night in Sin City. SkyBar at the Waldorf Astoria is the perfect place for just that. Experience sweeping views of the Strip and upscale cocktails in a dimly lit, subdued lounge setting.
Girls’ Night Out: Chandelier Bar
Chandelier Bar at the Cosmopolitan is the go-to destination for all things sparkling. Set inside a giant chandelier, this opulent space is best for nights when you want to slip into your little black dress and sip champagne with your girlfriends.
Guys’ Night Out: Oak & Ivy
Downtown’s Oak & Ivy is an award-winning whiskey bar in the Downtown Container Park. Grab a barrel-aged cocktail and head to the elevated outdoor patio. You can make this the night’s only destination, or use it as a pre-game spot for Fremont Street adventures.
When You Want to Impress People Who Have Never Been to Vegas: Foundation Room
Whether you’re a local or you frequent Las Vegas so often that you feel like one, the time will eventually come for you to share the city with someone who has never been before. Introduce them to the decadence and glamor of the Strip in style with a trip to the Foundation Room at Mandalay Bay. The killer views from the balcony on the 63rd floor can’t be beat, and the cocktails aren’t bad either.
When You Want to Watch the Game: Lagasse’s Stadium
Ditch the standard sports book experience and head to Lagasse’s Stadium at the Palazzo. Celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse created this space as Vegas’ answer to the usual sports bar. Here you’ll find over 100 screens, bavarian pretzels and beer cheese and spiked root beer floats in a lively setting.
When You Want to Go Where the Locals Go: Velveteen Rabbit
Located just blocks away from Fremont Street, Las Vegas’ Arts District is a charming hidden gem of a neighborhood that’s packed with the kind of bars, restaurants and shops that locals – and in-the-know tourists – like. Just about any bar on Main Street will guarantee you a good night, but Velveteen Rabbit is especially cool. The witchy cocktail lounge features goth-Victorian vibes and a seasonal menu with creative drinks.
When You Want to Hear Live Music: The Bunkhouse Saloon
Big, sold-out stadium shows at T-Mobile arena are cool and all, but if you want to discover your next favorite band that no one has heard of yet, go to the Bunkhouse Saloon. The downtown hangout hosts local and touring artists as well as surprise shows from The Killers. A bonus: There’s also a pretty cool pickup truck out front that you can hang out in.