Cool Off With a Cocktail, Vegas Style
Written By: Mary McCaw 7 Las Vegas Rooftop Bars to Rise Above the Heat
When it comes to nightlife, Las Vegas is first-rate. The casinos are lively and opulent beyond belief, and the strobe-lit nightclubs are routinely packed with the young, beautiful, rich, and famous. But here’s the thing—the best bars and clubs aren’t inside the resorts, they’re on top of them. If you already thought sharing a magnum of Grey Goose with a pack of models was fun, just wait until you do it rooftop style, with the Las Vegas skyline blazing neon in the background. Next time you’re in Sin City, make sure to pay a visit to one of these seven rooftop bars.
The Palms is off the strip, which might be inconvenient under some circumstances—but when you’re looking for a place to take in the view, a little distance is a major asset. Plus, the patio has lucite floors so you can look down on the action below. Not so great for those afraid of heights, but for anyone else, it’s irresistible.
Ghostbar is more of a lounge than a late-night spot, so plan to go for a pre-dinner cocktail before it gets crowded. Snag one of the tufted banquettes outside, and if you’re lucky, you’ll be able to catch the sunset and watch as the city comes alive.
4321 W Flamingo Rd, Ivory Tower, 55th Floor
Las Vegas, NV, 89103
Candles and blacklight voodoo drawings give this venue an air of mystery, and the specialty cocktails drive the theme home. They’re known for one in particular—a fruity neon orange concoction called “The Witch Doctor”—that’s notoriously lethal, but delicious, and is served in a fishbowl with a chunk of dry ice.
They call it a nightclub, but VooDoo is really more of a hybrid. It starts out as a steakhouse and bar, and as the evening wears on, the music gets louder and diners start to dissipate.
3700 W Flamingo Rd, 50th Floor
Las Vegas, NV, 89103
Unlike other rooftop bars that tower over the city, Omnia is smack in the middle of the Vegas strip, and the view is every bit as stunning—maybe even more so. And inside, there’s just as much to gawk at. As the sister venue to Hakkasan, this 75, 000 square-foot mega-club boasts the same impressive list of resident DJs, including the likes of Calvin Harris, Afrojack, Armin van Buuren and Nicky Romero. Essentially, it’s an EDM fan’s paradise.
Unsurprisingly, its status as one of the newest, most opulent clubs on the strip pulls in an impressive number of VIP clientele. It’s not easy to get in, but those willing to brave the wait won’t be disappointed.
3570 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV, 89109
If sheer height is your goal, SkyLounge wins by a mile—located in a plum spot on the 107th floor, it towers over every other building on (or off) the strip. And fittingly, there’s something for everyone. With bottle service, signature cocktails, beer, wine, and small plates—not to mention a rotating lineup of DJs—this cozy bar-with-a-view covers the full spectrum of Vegas nightlife.
It’s more tourist attraction than local hot spot, so keep that in mind. But as long as you’re in it for the view, you’ll be happy. Come early, or come late; just don’t forget to take a photo (or 50).
2000 S Las Vegas Blvd, 107th Floor
Las Vegas, NV, 89104
If you have been a fan of Drai’s After Hours in the basement of The Cromwell, then you will love Drai’s Beachclub – Nightclub. Perched 11 stories above the iconic Las Vegas Strip, the dual-purpose nightclub and beach club is as glamorous as it is exclusive, and that’s immediately apparent when you arrive.
Unlike many of The Strip’s most prized destinations, Drai’s offers a mix of hip-hop and EDM formats depending on the day, so you’ll want to double-check the event calendar if you have strong preferences for one genre or the other. Drai’s Las Vegas is also home to the Drai’s LIVE concert series, which boasts full-length performances from the likes of Chris Brown, Future, G-Eazy, Trey Songz and many more. Make a splash every Tuesday night at NIGHTSPLASH, for a nighttime pool party like you’ve never experience before, and you’ll be glad you chose Drai’s.
3595 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV, 89109
If you prefer your views with a side of actual food rather than just bottles and beats, check out Carson Kitchen. This gastro lounge from celebrity chef Kerry Simon offers everything from flatbreads and upscale share plates to mac & cheese and tater tots, so there’s something to please every palate. And if that much variety makes you nervous, not to worry—just about every dish has earned rave reviews from critics and diners alike.
They also have a mix of DJs and live music most nights, so it’s a nice alternative to the glitz and glamour of the club scene if that isn’t your thing. See—even Las Vegas has a chiller side.
124 S 6th Ste 100
Las Vegas, NV, 89101
True to form, the Mandarin Oriental’s Mandarin Bar exudes elegance and sophistication. And in a city where hot spots routinely draw crowds, it’s one of the few hidden gems left. Perhaps it’s because the hotel doesn’t draw many tourists, since it doesn’t have a casino—but it certainly can’t hurt that the bar itself is tucked away, devoid of the obvious marquee lights found in so many establishments.
If you are lucky enough to stumble into this place, get ready to be impressed by modern decor, innovative cocktails, and Asian-inspired bites. Oh, and they have a view to die for with floor-to-ceiling glass windows.
3752 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV, 89158
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