There are so many entertaining ways to lose your money in Las Vegas--five star tasting menus, $500 per hand poker games, big and/or broad-chested escorts, dance floor-facing tables in da club, M&M's World, and perhaps best of all, cocktails. Because anytime someone touches spirits to a glass and sets it in front of you, your bank account emits a soft squeaky sigh, instantly rendered at least $15 lighter. When the stakes are this high, you'd better be drinking somewhere reputable, so here are a few of the best Stripside spots for a well mixed drink.
One of the best features of this popular Monte Carlo restaurant is the unique 2nd floor cigar lounge, where you can sip all sorts of rare expensive cognacs (there are more than 130 on the list) and single malts while puffing away contentedly on one of the 40 or so cigars in stock. Drop in at 7pm on Wednesdays for Whiskey Wednesday tastings.
The Luxor's sexiest speakeasy, Savile Row, is located under LAX club, and serves some serious cocktails...if you can get in.
Don't take a friend who's afraid of heights here, unless you don't actually like them. The 55th floor perch is one thing, but the glass panel in the balcony floor might put them over the edge (sorry). Happy hour is from 8-10pm, and don't dress like a slouch--there's a nightlife attire dress code. Try to find a promoter to get you on the list for free so you don't have to pay the cover.
Vodka and caviar tastings, signature cocktails, high tea, cigar service, live piano, major people watching--there's a whole lot going on at this posh Bellagio bar. Plus, they're open 24/7!
You just can't beat this 64-stories-high view, and at sunset, there's no better--or sexier--spot on the Strip. There is a weekend cover, try to get on the guest list by calling the concierge. If nature calls, answer--the lounge bathroom has full length windows.
Not to start off with the bad news, but since it might make or break your decision to come here, I will--it's $17 just to get into this bar ($37 including two drinks), because being a giant swanky igloo and all, it's part bar, part attraction. So if you want to drink vodka from an ice cup while sitting on an ice chair covered in a pelt in sub zero temps, here you go.
This lavish Aria restaurant is known for their specialty cocktail program, the menu for which comes on an iPad (try the Empire State), and their absinthe cart service--order and you'll get the full monty of table-side absinthe presentations.
I love the Mirage, always have, and while the service the last time I was at Rhumbar was easily the worst I have had since I started drinking so many moons ago, I can't really hold a grudge, because the Mai Thai Headhunter cocktail I had was so strong I nearly fell off my patio lounger upon first sip. Which leads to yet another reason why it's hard to hold a grudge--the breezy, tropical patio that's perfect for taking a break from strolling the Strip.
One of my personal favorites, this hotel has everything--a very central Strip location, serious cocktails (Vesper Bar: get the Gin Fizz!), a bar draped in thousands of stringed crystals (Chandelier Bar), a hopping nightclub/dayclub pool party scene (Marquee), and until 4am, a secret pizza parlor (Secret Pizza). The sexy, modern rooms are just the icing on the cake.
This tip's for Parasol Down, a fantasy of a bar overlooking the Wynn's Lake of Dreams, where you can sip champagne and watch light shows projected in the water. Space is tight and patrons linger, understandably, so get there early in the evening, perhaps for a classy pre-funk before hitting Tryst or XS.
Enveloped in a soft pinkish glow and stunning sparkling beaded crystal curtains, this popular bar's name is no joke--it really is like drinking in a giant chandelier, so you can cross that off your bucket list. Seats aren't easy to come by, even at 2am, and a sinister looking fellow gave us the side eye for hours after we cut ahead of him and stole a banquette he'd been lurking around waiting for, but once you're settled in with a Fit to be Thai'd, your problems cease to exist.