Welcome your guests with these 16 cool stops for drinks. Start at the south end of Vegas and make your way north.
Aurora Lounge: This cool hangout is the hotel lobby bar on steroids—not only does it serve delicious and moderately-priced cocktails, but it's an unending source of entertainment, whether from the ever-changing lights that mimic the Aurora Borealis above the bar or the people watching from your slightly elevated perch above the Luxor's check-in desk. The spot is so plush, you might be too comfortable to move.
Whiskey Down: Located in the middle of MGM Grand's casino, this lounge is known for its ambiance and unique take on whiskey-based cocktails. It literally brings the casino to you, with gaming tables located throughout. It's a great meeting spot for groups in which not all want to gamble.
Pour 24: Perhaps you like tried-and-true American beers. Or perhaps you're looking for a more adventureous selection. Whatever the case, you can try a beer flight on for size (or just a single glass) and get a passport after sampling your selections. Plus, you can overlook at the goings-on at New York-New York's casino while keeping your brew cold on the iced-over bartop.
Hard Rock Cafe Strip: A three-story nirvana of fun, Hard Rock Cafe is known for its over-the-top specialty drinks with cool take-away souvenir glasses. Where better to enjoy them than from the patio of this south-Strip location, which lets you look out into the neon lights and Strip-side energy?
Double Barrel Roadhouse: Another great Strip-side party spot, this restaurant and saloon is chock full of delicious food, cold beer and cocktails served up in Mason jars. Located at the Strip right in front of the Monte Carlo, you can't miss it—the infectious attitude of its patrons is sure to draw you right in!
Le Central: The exquisite Parisian look and feel, not to mention plentiful seating and the bar's location to the side entrance make Le Central a must-visit at Paris Las Vegas. The drinks are just as pretty as the open-air dome feel—and taste even better.
Lily: Sip seasonal cocktail offerings at this elegant Bellagio bar that offers a refreshing alternative to Las Vegas' nightlife scene. The superior service makes it place at which you'll want for nothing.
Lobby Bar at Caesars Palace: Boasting cocktails created for the bar by cocktail legend Tony Abou-Ganim, decadence reigns at this bar just steps from the entrance to the Roman Plaza. The cocktails offer nods to famous personalities such as Ernest Hemingway, Cleopatra and Frank Sinatra.
Bound: A swank lounge with cocktails created by Salvatore Calabrese, one of the world's most respected bartenders, you can find a drink for every taste—or every hour of the day—here at The Cromwell. We like the Breakfast Cocktail, the perfect drink to start the day (no matter what hour that is).
Margaritaville: It's always five o'clock somewhere, and to celebrate, hoist a glass full of margarita or a boat drink to the heavens in thanks at this Flamingo hotspot, the anchor to the Linq Promenade. The glorious rooftop patio is a great place to bask in the sun, and alternately, the neon lights of the mid-Strip.
3535: Make your way from the Promenade into the Linq's beautiful lobby for some of the best—and most unusual—infusion drinks you'll ever taste. The gamut ranges from chocolate-mint Oreo and peanut butter cup inspired treats to the Sushitini.
Laguna Champagne Bar: Our favorite spot for a nightcap, the champagne cocktails are truly unforgettable. Plus, the 360-degree view of the Palazzo's casino makes it a fun spot to unwind and people-watch.
Senor Frog's: Put on your party shoes and get ready to take part in a conga line at this Treasure Island hotspot that's always wild! Try some shots and nosh on some filling bar food—if you can't finish your yard-long margarita, you can take it with you!
Parasol Down: There are many memorable views in Las Vegas, and you'll count the birghtly-colored lanterns that hang above Parasol Down among what you've seen around town thus far. The bar looks out over Wynn Las Vegas' stunningly imaginative Lake of Dreams; shows start after dusk nightly.
Monkey Bar: Known for the whimsicals monkeys that grace its properties, the SLS brand is all about making a bit of mischief. You can do it up at SLS Las Vegas' lobby bar, located directly inside the Strip's main entrance—it's a great introduction to the eclectic boutique property.