Las Vegas is a great place to rip it up with the fellas. Over the years, it’s also become a great place for a more reserved and even sophisticated getaway – especially with your significant other.
For a fun and romantic evening out, a great alternative to a standard Cirque show is a Vegas lounge crawl. The city has become a mixology hot spot with some of the most creative drinks, hip venues and of course the usual world-class people watching. You can spend more than one evening checking out some really great lounges and bars across the city that don’t require a heavy entry fee or line up behind a velvet rope.
Here are some of the top spots I recommend for your memorable night.
The Chandelier Bar
Your first and what could even be your only stop is The Cosmopolitan. Famous for it’s focus on creative, daring and tastey drinks, it’s been the catalyst to take mixology in Sin City to a new level. There are a number of great bars and lounges that we’ll profile here, but when it comes to the most popular bar in the hotel, be sure to check out The Chandelier.
Taking its name for obvious reasons, The Chandelier is made up of three levels, offering you different views with seating that is either open for great people watching or more intimate for quieter conversation. The drinks are top notch, the bartenders are experts and the servers are friendly.
Recommended drink – Blue Grass Shufflerr
Next to the front desk of The Cosmopolitan, you’ll find Vesper Bar, a funky little lounge decorated in glass and named after James Bond’s first girlfriend and inspiration for the famous martini.
I’ve had some fantastic drinks here and typically will just let the bartender chose my drink. It’s a lot of fun and they’ve never done me wrong.
This is probably the best spot to sit and watch the continuous flow of Vegas characters walk by throughout the night. Some of my most enjoyable nights have been sampling a variety of cocktails at Vesper Bar.
Recommended drink – Moscow Mule
Keeping on the theme of everyone’s favourite double O agent, the final stop in The Cosmopolitan is Bond.
This is a great spot if you’re ready to take it up a level. Depending on the night, a DJ will spin for those in the mood to dance. Often, that includes the Go-Go dancers dancing in their raised platforms in the windows overlooking Las Vegas Blvd.
The place can get pretty lively and they’ve also just recently renovated to include a gaming pit nearby.
This is a groovy little spot and a great place for when those previous drinks really start to kick in.
Recommended drink – The Bridget Jones
Quite possibly your best stop on your lounge crawl, that Mandarin Bar at the Mandarin Oriental is a hidden gem that everyone should check out. Just across the bridge from the Cosmopolitan, the Mandarin Bar is on the 23rd floor, it will give you one of the best views of the strip with great cocktails to soak it all in. The lounge is certainly more laid back and sophisticated, but it’s a perfect place for a quiet and intimate drink. It also offers cheaper appetizers at certain times of the day so you may want to start there earlier in the evening.
Recommended drink – Golden Leaf Martini
Now the absolute best view from a lounge in Las Vegas is at the Skyfall Lounge in the Delano at Mandalay Bay. Patrons are required to take an elevator to the top floor of the Delano to experience a 180 degree view that can’t be beat. The lounge is fairly large and has a hip vibe. It can get busy so it may be a good idea to make a reservation if you are there on the weekend.
You can make you way to the outdoor area to feel the Vegas breeze and get an even better view of the strip. The drinks are great, the decor is cool and the glass elevator ride to the lounge can be pretty exhilarating.
Recommended drink – Dust Storm
Technically, Fizz is not a cocktail lounge but is instead a champagne lounge. Located in Caesar’s Palace, this very high end lounge is partly owned by David Furnish, better known as Elton John’s partner. The two-story establishment is filled with unique art and ritzy decor. If champagne isn’t your thing, it also offers a very impressive cocktail menu.
The lounge is right outside the Colosseum venue towards the Forum Shops. It’s a little on the spendy on the side so if you’re on a budget, it may just be a stop for one drink – but it’s certainly worth checking out.
Recommended drink – Fizz Deluxe