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5 Ways to Step Up Your Vegas Bar Game

Last updated: December 23, 2019 at 1:34 pm. Posted by in Las Vegas Bars. No Comments on 5 Ways to Step Up Your Vegas Bar Game.

Las Vegas takes everything to the next level and that, of course, includes the bar and nightclub scene. There’s nothing wrong with having a low-key night at the lobby or casino bar, but when you really want to put a fun twist on things, there are so many ways to go. Wondering where are the best places to drink in Vegas?

We’ve rounded up five ways to go beyond the usual when it comes to going out for drinks in Vegas.

Best Places to Drink in Vegas

The Smoke on the Boulevard cocktail - best places to drink in vegas

The Smoke on the Boulevard cocktail. Photo courtesy of Caesars Entertainment.

Take the Ordinary and Make it Extraordinary

Whether it’s using the finest, highest end cocktail ingredients in a flashy presentation or elevating even the humble vodka cranberry through a wild flair bartending showcase, Vegas can turn your bar experience up to 11.

For instance, the Smoke on the Boulevard cocktail at Hell’s Kitchen – which is similar to a Manhattan – is smoked and served in a glass box, giving it a scent and flavor that might transport you to a nice campfire or beside a cozy fireplace.

If something less fancy and more high-energy is your style, you can enjoy the flair bartenders at Carnaval Court at Harrah’s or Bird Bar at Flamingo Las Vegas.

Or maybe split the difference between these two worlds with something like VooDoo Lounge’s Witch Doctor, a rum-laden concoction made for sharing. Plus, you can enjoy the view while sipping that tasty brew.

And speaking of views…

High Roller cabin bar - best places to drink in vegas

Half an hour inside a cabin in the sky with your own open bar? Oh yeah! Photo courtesy of Caesars Entertainment.

Enjoy Drinks with a View at the High Roller

Does the High Roller’s Happy Half Hour make happy hour cooler, or does it make the High Roller cooler?

Semantics aside, you can’t go wrong with this great promotion. You can upgrade your High Roller tickets – starting at $35 – and have an open bar for the entire duration of your ride. Partying 550 feet in the air with your best buds sounds like a pretty great way to spend happy hour.

The Beer Wall at The Book - best places to drink in vegas

The Beer Wall at The Book. Photo courtesy of The LINQ.

Pick Your Poison, Specifically

There’s something to be said about doing one thing and doing it really well.

Whether it’s craft cocktails at The Cromwell’s Bound or the menu of – what else – Margaritas at Flamingo Las Vegas’ Margaritaville, there are quite a few places that excel at one specialty. You’ll never have to settle again.

So, if you just can’t get enough of Bloody Marys, head to Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen & Bar for their build-your-own menu. Hop head? The expansive self-serve beer wall at The Book inside The LINQ is calling your name.

Rio Wine Cellar and Tasting Room - best places to drink in vegas

Rio Wine Cellar and Tasting Room, photo courtesy of Caesars Entertainment.

Class It Up at Rio Wine Cellar

Vegas may be known for all the flash, but there’s also plenty of substance.

The Rio Wine Cellar is perfect for sitting back with a nice glass of red and contemplating the finer things in life – along with tannins and wine legs and whatnot.

It’s a bit of a hidden gem on the first floor of Rio Las Vegas, home to 3,000 bottles worth more than $3 million. Think things like an 1800 Madeira from Thomas Jefferson’s cellar – that one’s probably not coming off the shelf any time soon, but it’s plenty cool to look at.

Be sure to kick back on one of the luxurious couches, get a curated experience courtesy of the wine stewards, or pair your wine with the perfect charcuterie.

A lobster slider at BLT Steak's raw bar - best places to drink in vegas

A lobster slider at BLT Steak’s raw bar. Photo courtesy of Caesars Entertainment.

Pair Your Booze with Amazing Food

Speaking of pairings… Name a more iconic duo than food and drinks.

You don’t have to get a reservation in advance to eat extravagantly these days. A lot of the city’s best food can be ordered right at the bar, so you can snag a few seats alongside amazing eats.

Nosh on the raw bar options at BLT Steak at Bally’s Las Vegas, which include shrimp cocktails, ahi tuna, or New England lobster sliders.

Gordon Ramsay Steak at Paris Las Vegas has a “Perfect Ten” bar menu with ten wonderful choices from the celebrity chef, including fish and truffle chips.

Koi at Planet Hollywood features a bar happy hour from 5 – 7 p.m. with bites like roasted shishito peppers, a spicy salmon cut roll, and short rib dumplings.

So, are you ready to step up your bar experience?

Once you have had enough to drink (and eat), you can take a stroll around the strip and see the nearby attractions and venues in Las Vegas.

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Jorge has been writing in Las Vegas for about a decade, covering a mix of entertainment, nightlife and travel offerings for publications like Best of Las Vegas, Las Vegas Weekly, Los Angeles Times and Louisville Voice-Tribune. In his spare time, he's traveling, at pub trivia or not playing his stack of video games.

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