Craft cocktails are taking over the drinking scene in Sin City. Here’s a roundup of 6 unique places to get the best drinks in Vegas.
here are places I love and go to frequently. Las Vegas is one of those places. Because it’s an easy 6-hour drive from Salt Lake City, Utah, it’s a quick getaway for a long weekend.
I like to have a theme each time I go to make it more fun and exciting. This trip my theme was unique places to have a cocktail.
The cocktail scene in Vegas is changing, and craft cocktails are taking over. Of course, you can still walk down The Strip with a ridiculous “yard” drink, but there are better options.
I tracked down six unique places to have a cocktail. This theme was fun because it took me to hotels I otherwise might not stay at or visit.
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Where to have the best drinks in Vegas
1 – The Chandelier
3708 S Las Vegas Blvd, located in The Cosmopolitan Hotel
I love purple and sparkle, so this place was totally my vibe. The Chandelier has three glitzy levels: 1, 1.5, and 2.
When in Vegas I get my makeup done at Nordstrom. This trip Rita at the Chanel counter (highly recommend) was my gal. She told me to get the “secret flower drink” that’s not on the menu.
The waitress did say the name, not “Secret Flower Drink,” but I can’t remember it. The flower part is an edible Buzz Button flower that makes your tongue tingle. The Chandelier is all the glamour you’d expect from Vegas.
I almost won $11 million on the way to the bathroom. One Megabucks symbol landed on the pay line and screeched at me. I’m getting close! I’ll let you know when I win (wink).
2 – Atomic Liquors
917 Fremont St
Atomic Liquors is a Las Vegas icon. It has the oldest freestanding bar and got its name from customers watching nuclear blasts from the roof. The exterior has one of the few remaining landmark neon signs.
The inside isn’t much, but the history is old showbiz Las Vegas. The Rat Pack and the Smothers Brothers drank here after their nightly shows. Barbra Streisand even had her own seat, which has been restored and is on display.
I ordered a Strawberry Fields made with gin and St. Germain.
3 – Parasol Down
3131 S Las Vegas Blvd, located in the Wynn Hotel
Whoever thought of the slowly twirling, colorful parasol theme is a genius because it’s so whimsical.
In addition to the indoor bar, an outdoor patio sits on the Lake of Dreams. The patio is between two restaurants, Lakeside and SW Steakhouse.
Coming here is a tradition for me. Every time I’m in Vegas I go because it’s unexpected to find a 40-foot waterfall and a pine tree mountain smack in the middle of The Strip.
I always order my favorite; a dirty martini.
4 – The High Roller
3535 S Las Vegas Blvd, located at the Linq Hotel
Currently, the High Roller is the world’s tallest observation wheel soaring 550 feet above the center of the Las Vegas Strip. The High Roller eclipses both the London Eye and Singapore Flyer.
I recommend the happy half hour open bar (the wheel takes 30 minutes to complete one revolution) while enjoying the sweeping 360-degree views of the Las Vegas Valley and The Strip.
No craft cocktails here. The open bar is limited to typical cocktails, but the view more than makes up for it. I ordered a vodka tonic–for a half hour.
5 – Mandarin Bar
3752 S Las Vegas Blvd, located in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel
This bar has an understated vibe with floor to ceiling windows and stunning views of The Strip. You can also look down on The Mansion, MGM’s secret –but not so secret– hotel.
Their specialty was zodiac craft cocktails served in conjunction with the sign’s dates. Guests could enjoy a complimentary cocktail on their birthday, or at any time during the periods of their Zodiac sign.
I had the Taurus made with a sweet combination of Peruvian pisco, Aperol, fresh lemon juice, red bell pepper, and basil.
Shortly after my visit Waldorf Astoria purchased the property. Fortunately, they kept the bar on the 23rd floor.
6 – Mon Ami Gabi
3655 Las Vegas Blvd, located in the Paris Hotel
This restaurant is on The Strip and has an outdoor bar, but I love sitting at a table right on the sidewalk. The people watching is superb.
The food is fantastic, but you could only order appetizers and cocktails to watch the world go by. I recommend the French martini and charcuterie board.
Mon Ami Gabi has a cosmopolitan vibe and fun atmosphere. It’s a perfect spot for after dark because it’s located directly across from the Bellagio fountains where you can enjoy the show minus the crowds.
I’d love to know where your favorite spot is to have the best drinks in Vegas. Please leave a comment below.