Best Cocktail Bars in Las Vegas for 2021
Written in collaboration with FlashCasino.org
A visit to Sin City comes the entire package deal: top quality casino action, luxurious hotels, pampering resorts and world-class dining. In recent years, another element has been added to the list: some of the best cocktail bars in the world.
Long gone are the days when Vegas bars would serve up a glass of wine, a mug of beer or vodka with a splash of Sprite. Today, even the most serious drinkers and those who know their cocktails inside out are impressed with the range of cocktails that you can get on the Strip and in Downtown Vegas.
Where can you enjoy the best vibes and the cocktails in Las Vegas? We’ve put together a list of our favorite cocktail bars for 2021 and beyond.
If you’re a mezcal or tequila fan, this concept bar at the Park MGM is the place to go. The bar was lovingly brought to Vegas by Mexican mezcalera matriarch, Bricia Lopez, who has years of experience serving up her famous cocktails in LA. There are over 500 cocktails to choose from – and nnot all of them are agave-based. Mama Rabbit is also about location, location, location. Nothing quite beats the feeling of sitting at the bar, facing the casino floor and sipping on your scrumptious spirits as you watch the slot machine action. Mama Rabbit is the place to be to enjoy casino games and a world-class cocktail in one place!
People say that the Dorsey in the Venetian is the place where Sin City got serious about its cocktails for the first time. The bar is just the right blend of sophistication and fun and serves up the most innovative and delicious cocktails for all tastebuds. The Dorsey is part of a trio of successful bars that operate inside the Venetian and the Palazzo and the Cocktail Collective, as they are known, are well-known.
This bar is a hidden gem tucked away at the back of the Block 16 Urban Food Hall leading into the Cosmopolitan resort. It builds on the secret, Prohibition-period, speakeasy theme with its 30s décor and tiny size. But the feel and vibe at Ghost Donkey make up for the tight, packed interior which, if anything, adds to its charm.
Rosina Cocktail Lounge
When you feel like a breather, far away from the hustle and bustle of casino floors and the non-stop action of the Vegas Strip, head to the Palazzo and you’ll find the elegant Rosina decorated in Art-Deco style. This bar is part of the Cocktail Collective, along with The Dorsey and another Venetian-based property. Rosina has some fun features such as a champagne call button that alerts servers that you’re after a top-up, as well as seasonal specials that surprise time and time again.
The Golden Tiki
They say that to find the best food and drinks on vacation, head to where the locals hang out. The Golden Tiki is one of these joints that appeals as much to the tourists as it does to the locals. You’ll find this tiki bar tucked away in the Chinatown area of the city, where kitsch meets ‘hood in a beautiful blend that you’ll only find in Las Vegas or Macau. The Golden Tiki is well-known for its shrunken heads cocktails and other interesting blends.
Herbs & Rye
This is one of the most acclaimed cocktail bars in the city, run by owner Nectaly Mendoza. Herbs & Rye received the award for the Best American Bar Team and Best American High Volume Cocktail Bar in 2019 and is always packed to the gills with people – especially during one of the two happy hours that are run in a 24-hour period. The cocktails are sensational, spanning all eras and continents, and are worthy of all the accolades.
If you’re after something truly different, visit this dark and moody bar in the city’s Arts District. The Velveteen Rabbit boasts some of the innovative cocktails found in the city, some not for the faint-hearted, but definitely for the more adventurous drinkers. One of the more attractive features of the bar is the fact that serves drinks on an outdoor patio, where musicians serenade visitors at all hours of the day and night.