The 5 Best Bars on the Las Vegas Strip

Crowd with Cocktails in Hand, Bar Neon Sign
It’s not a mystery that Las Vegas has received decades of fame for being an essential part of the world’s ever-thriving casino and entertainment industry. Las Vegas first started to pave the way in the Casino industry upon opening famous, world-renowned casinos such as the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino, which today sits in what is known as “Downtown” Las Vegas.

A lot of people make the common mistake of thinking that the area I’m going to be focusing on, The Strip, is the only part of Las Vegas that showcases an amazing and entertaining nightlife. I just like to point out the existence of the often overlooked Downtown.

With the dozens of casinos that make the amazing skyline view of The Strip in Las Vegas, there are dozens of bars that include some of the nicest ones you can find in all of the United States.

Here are 5 of the best bars on The Las Vegas Strip.

1- The Dorsey Cocktail Bar

Sitting inside the world-renowned Venetian resort casino and rated in 2016 as the best bar in Las Vegas is the one and only Dorsey Cocktail Bar.

Those that take the opportunity to step into this high-end cocktail bar will genuinely experience the joy and luxury of having their Las Vegas nightlife experience radically transformed.

If you’re the kind of person that enjoys a more “classic” style of cocktail, then The Dorsey will meet your needs.

The Dorsey is proud of its selection of whiskeys. Including scotch, bourbon, and rye, enjoy one of the many handcrafted cocktails poured on the rocks, designed by the veteran bartender Sam Ross.

There are a variety of spirits that you can savor in the comfort and class of the Dorsey, making guests feel like elegant connoisseurs of authentic cocktail culture. For the drinks that require citrus and juice, you can count on all of the high-quality ingredients freshly squeezed every day.

A drink that stands out above the rest and one that The New York Times named one of the eleven essential drinks of the modern cocktail revival is The Dorsey’s own Penicillin.

It’s a catchy name for a very serious drink.

2- The Golden Tiki

Las Vegas is good at making its guests feel like they have teleported into an entirely new world, and the famous bar The Golden Tiki does quite an exceptional job at doing just that.

Enjoy some pretty amazing cocktails in one of the four different themed sections of The Golden Tiki.

The Best Happy Hour in Las Vegas is at The Golden Tiki from 4pm–7pm daily, with a DJ and drinks that will excite you and make your taste buds dance along with the beat of the high energy atmosphere at The Golden Tiki.

Inside the Golden Tiki in Las Vegas Nevada

If you enjoy tableside magic from some of Las Vegas’s best street performers or want to hear live Jazz from Vegas’s Jazz quartet, The Sharps, then swing into The Golden Tiki on a Thursday night and have the cocktail experience of a lifetime.

For those that want to get a drink in as early as 8 in the morning, swing into The Golden Tiki for one of the dozens of house cocktails featured during their Early Bird special hours!

Sitting in the Chinatown district on The Strip, the awesome tiki bar atmosphere has memorable and top-notch decor.

A crowd-pleaser across the board seems to be the collections of shrunken heads that are on display at The Golden Tiki.

All of their tiki-style drinks are listed for reasonable prices, great for any budget. On top of that, all the staff is friendly and professional, especially the bartenders. The killer drinks and vibe at The Golden Tiki will have you coming back for more!

3- Bound

Located right between the hotel check-in and retail shop of The Cromwell, Bound takes your Las Vegas bar experience to a new level of class.

The subtle lighting and gold and dark tones create a warm, intimate vibe. Elegant and plush seating with curtains surround the bar, providing an intimate experience for its guests. Bound’s crowning centerpiece is its chic circular bar.

Bound is a bar for the people that can appreciate the 1970’s style Las Vegas swank at its finest. The dark and warm decor with the carefully balanced, handcrafted cocktails makes Bound famous nationwide for very good reason.

If you’re looking for a perfect drink before dinner, Bound is the place to be.

After satisfying your soul with a cocktail, you can head upstairs from Bound to Giada for a fantastic dinner. Bound is the perfect atmosphere for a romantic date or if you’re looking for a place to sit down for a one-on-one catch up with an old friend.

A house favorite at Bound is their Breakfast Martini, made to order with Bombay Sapphire gin, Cointreau, Lemon juice, and orange marmalade. Sip and take in all of the vibrant flavors in an atmosphere where colors pop and crystal shimmers.

For bourbon lovers, try The Bound Old Fashioned. This elegant cocktail is made of Woodford Reserve bourbon, sugar cube, house-made brandied cherries, and Angostura bitters. You can unleash your inner bunny with The Bunny Bubbles. Made with raspberry puree and fresh pomegranate, the name draws inspiration from the most iconic centerfold models.

If you’re looking for something sweet and spicy, don’t miss The Spicy Fifty—crafted with Stoli Vanil vodka, elderflower syrup, fresh lime juice, honey syrup, and chili pepper!

4- Parasol Up

Due to this bar’s central location within The Wynn Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, Parasol Up arguably offers some of the best people-watching out of any other bar on the Las Vegas Strip.

Not only will you be entertained by all of the eccentric personalities found any day of the week on The Strip, but Parasol Up has quite amazing cocktail choices and an impressive list of wine.

As you watch the steady stream of people from all over the world heading to the casino floor of The Wynn, sip on some creative but not overly complicated cocktails that capture the hotel’s own history.

Blackberry Cocktail Beverage

For starters, order the blackberry-infused Sinatra Smash! If it’s cold outside, then indulge in some of the most amazing hot chocolate that you’ll ever have.

This amazing cocktail bar includes a terrace that overlooks The Lake of Dreams at the Wynn. Lake of Dreams is fully enclosed and visible only to those that are inside the resort. As you enjoy your drink, you can watch the spectacle of music and imagery that’s created by over 4,000 lights and stunning holographics and puppetry.

The escalator from Parasol Up will take you up to the 40 ft waterfall and the pine-topped mountain where you can enjoy shows that happen every half an hour, around the clock. Swing into Parasol Up for a truly unforgettable cocktail atmosphere.

5- Vesper Bar

Sitting inside The Cosmopolitan is the all chrome everything establishment known as the Vesper Bar. The shiny mirrored walls and glitzy atmosphere brings out the pieces of Las Vegas that you’ve probably heard about.

Now you can discover for yourself the exquisite atmospheres that will continue to make Las Vegas famous for generations to come. Vesper Bar features cocktails that are just as swoon-worthy as its bar decor.

The mirrored tiles, the neon accents, and waves of gilded gold that hang above your head allow Vesper Bar to bring a contemporary flair to a classic look.

The Cosmopolitan’s head mixologist, Mariena Mercer, serves guests signature cocktails from a menu that features timeless classics, as well as cocktails that have been reimagined and made for those that can appreciate truly eclectic flavors.

Take the Raising Hell, for instance—a spin on the traditional El Diablo that brings mezcal, spiced raisin syrup, and apples into the mix.

If you’re not in the mood for a cocktail, Vesper Bar has a pretty extensive wine list served by the glass, or enjoy a bottled craft beer.

No matter what your heart is craving, Vesper Bar is the place to be at inside The Cosmopolitan on the Las Vegas Strip.

Is There A Bar I Missed?

If you’ve spent time on the Las Vegas Strip or classic Downtown Las Vegas, then I’m sure that you probably hopped into a bar or two that left you with an experience that’s worth sharing!

If that’s the case, I would love to hear about whatever bar stood out to you the most during your last trip to Las Vegas.

Please drop a comment in the section down below and share with us your most memorable bar in Las Vegas!