Relax at the 11 Best Bars on the Strip

In Las Vegas, it can be tougher to choose where to drink than what to drink. The Strip has a wide variety of bars that offer different vibes and can transport visitors via different experiences. Locals and tourists alike can spend a rollicking night in an Irish pub at Nine Fine Irishmen or they can listen to a live piano player as they do caviar bumps at the Petrossian Bar. Here are 11 of the best bars on The Strip.

Stop Into These Bars On The Strip

Cocktails At The Cosmopolitan


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Located on the Las Vegas Strip in The Cosmopolitan, Chandelier is the glittering grotto of luxury in the form of a bar, and it’s not just the decor that shouldn’t be missed. Three stories’ worth of libation lounges await you, and each floor has its own lineup of signature cocktails with whimsical names. Try a “Glitch in the Matrix” on level 1.5 or a “Champagne Socialist” on level two, but we recommend grabbing craft cocktails on every floor.

Ghost Donkey

Who doesn’t love a good speakeasy? This elusive bar in The Cosmopolitan is not easy to find, but the reward for discovering its location (hint: it’s through a certain exit door in the Block 16 Urban Food Court) is worth the search. The Mexican-inspired cocktail menu is the perfect pairing to one of Ghost Donkey’s unique nacho selections, such as the famous truffle nachos.

For a wild combination, pair the wild mushroom nachos with a mushroom margarita. 

Minus 5 Degrees Ice Bar in multiple locations

With three separate locations on The Strip, it’s clear that this is one of the “coolest” bars in the city. 

Guests can leave the hot summer sun outside and take a trip to this wintery playground. Upon entry, they are given parkas and gloves, so the only thing that stays cold is the surroundings. 90 tons of ice make up the chilly theme rooms, complete with LED lights and club music. Ice sculptures are prevalent and even the glasses are made from ice. 

Parents, this is a family-friendly destination, and kids can enjoy an alcohol-free experience.

Beer Park at Paris Las Vegas

This bar has a frat house feel for adults after college. There is an amazing outdoor patio that overlooks The Strip that includes picnic tables, a BBQ set up and oversized board games. Finally, a large selection of beer and cocktails makes this one of the more impressive drink menus on The Strip. There are numerous selections of both draft and bottled beer, with flights standing as the house specialty.

Nine Fine Irishmen at New York New York

This Irish pub was actually built in Ireland and shipped to Las Vegas, where it found its home on the south end of The Strip. Bands set a delightful mood playing classic rock and Celtic tunes while Guinness flows from the taps. The food menu offers some of the best Irish food in town including shepherd’s pie, fish and chips and the not-so-authentic Irish nachos.

For more authenticity, read about the best places to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Las Vegas.

Petrossian Bar at Bellagio

One can spend hours at this elegant, European-inspired space. The room opens onto the hotel floor and is a perfect place for people watching. A piano player livens up the atmosphere and brings an old-school charm to the air. 

Besides the assortment of beers and house-made infused cocktails, there is an afternoon tea service that includes an assortment of desserts. For those who want to indulge in luxury, a caviar service is offered daily.

108 Drinks at The STRAT

This bar has the undisputed best views of the Strip. Enjoy the Sky High Happy Hour set against floor-to-ceiling windows at one of the tallest vantage points on Las Vegas Boulevard. The cool blue interior complements beverages enjoyed at any time of the day, so mosey up to the SkyPod for a cocktail or beer.

Vanderpump Cocktail Garden at Caesars Palace

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Reality television star and restauranteur Lis Vanderpump has created one of the most buzzed-about lounges to open in the last few years in Las Vegas. One leaves a casino floor and enters the ultimate upscale garden party as they head into eponymous space that is part Italian villa, part summertime in The Hamptons.

The drink menu is a mix of chic, elegant and cheeky. The Nut Job is VCG’s take on the mojito while Hanky Panky is Pisco and citrus-forward. They also riff on classic cocktails with striking presentations. Check their versions of the Pimm’s Cup, a purple gin and tonic, and a smoked black cherry Manhattan.

Carnaval Court at Harrah’s

This outdoor party is one of the most famous bars on the Strip for live music and good times. At any point in the day, a DJ might be pumping out hot beats. A band might be rocking the large stage. 

The real stars, however, are the flair bartenders. Watch as they pour drink after drink with their tricks, twists and twirls of the bottle. Add in the eclectic mix of visitors to make this a must-visit bar.

The Dorsey at Venetian Resort

The Dorsey | Venetian Resort

As part of the Cocktail Collective, The Dorsey leads the charge as the most coveted cocktail bar of the trio. Large groups have the option to indulge in upscale punch bowls, which are notorious for the lavish vessels they’re served in, such as giant flamingo bowls. Don’t forget to peruse the whiskey selection as well, to play into the Gatsby-era ambiance of the bar.

Looking to pregame? Stop into one of these 7 liquor stores on the Strip before hitting the bars on the Strip.

Bonus: Happy Hours Off The Strip

Shag Room at Virgin

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Shag Room is perfect for fans of the groovy, swinging eras. This casual, funky cocktail lounge has an unconventional lineup of offerings, such as their upside-down tea menu with teapots full of never-before-seen cocktails of giant proportions. If this is the future of bottle service, we’re here for it.

Shag room also hosts one of the best open mic nights on the Strip, which culminates every Wednesday at 8 p.m. until close. 

Hit More Bars on the Strip

Looking to pregame? Stop into one of these seven liquor stores before hitting the bars, or throw on some boots to visit the amazing country bars on the Strip.

Frequently Asked Questions About Bars on the Strip

Are bars open on the Strip?

Yes. Las Vegas is reopening and there are several bars and restaurants that are open on the Strip.

What are the must go to bars in Las Vegas on the Strip?

It all depends on your preference. For rowdy country bars, Losers at MGM Grand is a prime choice. Laid-back experiences demand a Las Vegas lounge visit or another relaxed venue.

Can you take alcohol on the Strip in Las Vegas?

Open containers are allowed on the Strip, and there are several liquor stores where visitors can purchase said alcohol.

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