26 Places for Craft Cocktails in Las Vegas

By Lip Smacking Foodie Tours
May 8th, 2020 - 5:54 PM

26 Places for Craft Cocktails in Las Vegas

There’s no shortage of places to get alcohol in Las Vegas, but if you’re looking for more than a beer or a well drink, we’ve got some suggestions for you.

Las Vegas is home to dozens of cool bars where you can get a handcrafted cocktail created by some of the best mixologists around.

Pick your poison – we’ve got rum and tiki bars, gin joints, whiskey bars and speakeasies. You’ll find classic cocktails with a twist and some creative concoctions using fresh and surprising ingredients.

Here are 26 of the best places for craft cocktails in Las Vegas:

1. Downtown Cocktail Room

Downtown Cocktail Room has been a Las Vegas staple for craft cocktails since 2007.

It’s a bit of a hidden gem, thanks to the tricky door that can be hard to find and open at first glance. Once inside, you can peruse the menu of dozens of creative cocktails created by a team of mixologists who serve classic drinks as well as a list of new drinks that change seasonally.

Try the Fly Me to the Moon with Apple Jack, pomegranate juice, aquafaba (an egg substitute), house-made grenadine and mint leaf, or the Miracle on Bourbon Street with bourbon, Stone Pine liqueur, house-made orange simple syrup, Peychaud’s bitters and a flaming clove-studded orange peel.

Be sure to stop in for Downtown Cocktail Room’s amazing “Halfy Hour” from 4 – 7 p.m. Monday – Saturday with half off everything.

2. Herbs & Rye

Herbs & Rye is a popular locals and service industry hangout that offers great food and an extensive craft cocktail menu.

Mixologists have developed more than 45 drinks for the menu from an arsenal of 500 spirits on hand. The menu is divided into different eras like the Gothic Age, Golden Age, Old School Age and Prohibition.

Try the Blackthorn with sloe gin, pineapple syrup, lemon and green chartreuse or the Mary Pickford with rum, pineapple, grenadine and maraschino.

Happy hour is great time to try Herbs & Rye with drink specials and half price steaks.

3. SkyBar

If you want your cocktails with stunning Las Vegas Strip views, SkyBar on the 23rd floor of the Waldorf Astoria is the place to go.

The cocktail menu, created by expert mixologists, is themed around Las Vegas history and is divided into eras including Where It All Started, It Begins, Classic Las Vegas and Las Vegas Today.

Classic Las Vegas drinks include the Sinatra with Jack Daniels Sinatra Select, Amaro Nonino, lemon juice, mesquite honey, dehydrated pineapple and egg whites. For Las Vegas Today, try The Strip with Hendricks Gin, St. Germain, lime, cucumber, house-made lemongrass syrup and mint.

SkyBar also features a special menu of upgrades for your cocktail experience including adding special ice spheres or 2X2 ice cubes to your drinks. The bar also offers tastings of gin, tequila and a Macallan Masters Series tasting of the rarest single malts from Scotland.

4. The Chandelier

One of the most visually stunning bars in Las Vegas, The Chandelier, also serves up some stunning cocktails.

The bar spans three floors of the Cosmopolitan and is literally inside a giant crystal chandelier where guests are surrounded by sparkling curtains of crystals.

If you’re looking for a handcrafted cocktail, you’ll want to head for the middle level of the bar. Creative concoctions here include the Video Killed the Radio Star with Avua Prata Cachaca, Italicus liqueur, Giffard Passionfruit, black pepper honey, apricot puree and spiced coconut foam.

For a real treat, ask for The Verbena, an off-menu creation of ginger, lemon, and tequila. If you take a bite of the edible flower used as a garnish before you sip the drink, you’ll feel a tingling sensation in your mouth.

5. Atomic Liquors

Atomic Liquors is the oldest freestanding bar in Las Vegas, so they’ve had plenty of time to perfect their cocktails here.

The bar earned its name because people used to go up to the roof to watch atomic tests go off. The interior today still reflects an Atomic Age theme.

Cocktails include Atomic Liquors staples like the Strawberry Fields with gin, strawberry, Campari, elderflower, basil and lemon, and A Blonde and a Ginger with spicy tequila, watermelon, jalapeno, lime and ginger beer.

6. Jammyland

Jammyland in the Downtown Las Vegas Arts District serves Caribbean and Jamaican cuisine along with plenty of rum-based and seasonal cocktails to go along with it.

Try the Damn Close Mai Tai with Appleton Estate 12 year, Depaz Ambre Rhum Agricole, fresh lime, house-made curaçao and Allan’s orgeat or the refreshing Garden Party with Aria Dry Gin, fresh blueberries and mint, fresh citrus and passion tea syrup.

The large outdoor patio is an excellent spot to relax and enjoy a cocktail and some reggae music.

7. Cleaver

Cleaver is a steak and cocktail restaurant from the same owners as Herbs & Rye.

While the cocktail menu isn’t quite as big as Herbs & Rye’s, there are still lots of cool drinks divided into eras starting from the 1800s and the beginning of bartending to the Prohibition era.

You’ll find classics like the Cable Car and the Manhattan as well as other creative drinks like the Ready, Aim, Fire with mezcal, pineapple, lime, honey and spicy bitters.

8. Velveteen Rabbit

Velveteen Rabbit, located in the Downtown Las Vegas Arts District, offers a constantly rotating menu of cocktails based on seasonal ingredients.

The bar is decorated with stylish, Victorian-inspired furniture, giving the place a vibe that’s as cool as the cocktails.

Should’ve Known He Was a Pisces is made with jasmine oolong-infused gin, Strega, oat milk, honey, lemon and turmeric and the Two Weeks from Everywhere is mixed with peach tea-infused vodka, Aperol, orange juice, lime, soda and Peychaud’s.

There’s also an interesting take on the classic Kir Royale – the Kir Royale with cheese, which is made with house-made berry and black pepper liqueur, sparkling wine and aged Parmesan.

9. Sparrow & Wolf

Sparrow & Wolf might be known for its top-notch cuisine from chef Brian Howard, but they also have some cool cocktails and you can do a chef’s tasting menu with beverage pairing.

The cocktail menu is divided into Shaken and Stirred sections.

Shaken cocktails include the Getting Figgy Wit It, made with R6 Bourbon, fig, Dr Pepper syrup, almond and S+W Amaro, and the Mandalorian with Kavalan Whisky Distillery Select, Oolong Demerara, teapot bitters and boba.

Under the Stirred section, you’ll find drinks like the El Zapatero with Source One Sherry Cask Vodka, citrus tarragon shrub, currants, huckleberry and Oloroso Sherry.

10. Golden Tiki

The Golden Tiki is a local gem in the Chinatown area of Las Vegas that is part kitschy tiki bar and part craft cocktail bar with lots of tropical drinks.

Fun drinks include the Black Bettie with Bettie Page Spiced Rum, Sicilian Amaro, 5-Spice, lemon, pineapple and aquafaba, or the Chinatown Sling with Spring 44 American gin, Luxardo Cherry, Cointreau, Strega, lime and grenadine.

Tiki cocktails can also be served in a fresh, hollowed out pineapple for two. For more than two, there are Scorpion Bowls and Zombie Punch Bowls with three rums, spices and juice.

11. Mama Rabbit

Mama Rabbit, located inside Park MGM, is curated by renowned mezcalera Bricia Lopez and is an ode to mezcals and tequilas from across Mexico.

The bar boasts the largest selection of agave-based spirits in the United States, with over 500 in total. You can try mezcal and tequila flights or indulge in one of the craft cocktails or a margarita from the roving margarita cart.

There are both tequila and non-tequila-based drinks including the Valley Mule with Fortaleza Blanco Tequila, fresh ginger, lime, soda and mint and the Cottontail Fizz with Gracias a Dios Mexican gin, fresh lime, fresh ginger, mint, soda and rosewater.

12. Libertine Social

Libertine Social at Mandalay Bay offers food from acclaimed chef Shawn McClain and cocktails from the legendary Modern Mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim.

Tony’s Picks on the menu include the Mac & Bennie & Martie & Bob with Macallan 12-year double cask, Benedictine, Martini & Rossi sweet vermouth, applewood smoke, tag chicory and pecan bitters, and the Spicy Italian with Italicus, house-made spiced whiskey, sherry, tag chicory and pecan bitters.

The menu also includes sections of swizzles, fizzes, highballs, draft cocktails and barrel-aged cocktails. Try a shareable pitcher of Queen’s Park—a combination of El Dorado eight-year rum, demerara syrup, fresh lime, spearmint and angostura bitters.

13. Mr. Coco

Mr. Coco is an intimate cocktail bar located on the third floor of the Palms Fantasy Tower. The swanky space serves specialty and classic cocktails with beautiful presentations.

The experience starts with a cocktail amuse bouche before guests even enter the elevator.

Enjoy live entertainment while you sip on classics like Negronis, mojitos, Singapore Slings, Pisco Sours and more.

Specialty drinks include the Truffles & Bubbles made with black truffle-infused cognac, St. Germain, Pineau de Charante and Lanson Black Label Champagne.

14. NoMad Bar

NoMad Bar inside the NoMad Hotel is known for serving tasty food, but there’s also a great cocktail program created and managed by award-winning bar director Leo Robitschek, whose New York City NoMad Bar has received national acclaim.

Craft cocktails include the Hot Lips with jalapeno-infused tequila, mezcal, pineapple, lemon and vanilla and the Nod to Nothing made with London Dry Gin, lemon, green tea, apricot liqueur, yuzu and sage.

There are also seasonal cocktails, classic cocktails and “cocktail explosions,” which serve 4 – 8 people.

15. Rose. Rabbit. Lie.

Rose.Rabbit.Lie. is a modern supper club concept at the Cosmopolitan that offers a serious craft cocktail program.

Try the “Craft in a Bottle,” a selection of cocktails served in large-format flasks that contain three cocktails.

Want to be surprised? The Rabbit’s Choice lets a mixologist custom create a drink for you.

There are plenty of other creative concoctions like the Penny Lane, a refreshing mule of Ketel One Botanicals Cucumber Mint, lime, lemongrass and ginger fizz.

16. The Sand Dollar Lounge

The Sand Dollar Lounge is a longtime Vegas blues bar that has recently been revamped to go from dive bar to cool cocktail bar.

You can still get your beers and shots here, but there’s also a craft cocktail menu that offers libations like the Casey Jones with Giffard vanilla liqueur, saffron-rosewater syrup, fresh lemon, Poema Brut Cava and egg white, and The Healing with Lillet Blanc, Dolin Dry Vermouth, Taylor’s Velvet Falernum, orange bitters and Peychuad’s Bitters.

17. The Laundry Room

For craft cocktails in a true speakeasy atmosphere, try The Laundry Room – that is, if you can get in. The hidden room is located inside the Commonwealth bar downtown and you must have a reservation. In order to get that, you’ll have to text a request.

Once inside, the intimate 1920s-themed bar will make you feel like you’re living in the days of Prohibition. The menu is kind of a secret too, but rest assured, an expert mixologist will craft a delicious cocktail for you. The menu features specialty cocktails and premium whiskeys and ryes or you can tell the bartender your preferences and get a personalized drink.

18. Frankie’s Tiki Room

If you’re a fan of tiki culture, you need to stop into Frankie’s Tiki Room. The longtime Las Vegas bar is open 24 hours and features an interior by Bamboo Ben, the world’s foremost tiki bar designer.

The cocktail menu features lots of boozy rum drinks and tropical concoctions. The drinks are marked with a certain number of skulls on the menu. Beware of drinks marked with five skulls – they are particularly potent like the Surfadelic Smash Up with high octane rum, allspice dram and strawberry nectar.

19. Rosina Cocktail Lounge

Rosina is a sophisticated Art-Deco cocktail bar located off the casino floor at the Venetian.

The menu features Shaken, Stirred and Bubbly categories They also have some unique offerings like Zodiac cocktails dedicated to each sign of the zodiac.

There’s always a Seasonal Fix cocktail on the menu with fresh lemon and muddled fruit with your choice of spirits.

If you’re in the know, Rosina has a “secret” menu. The Celebration Cocktails secret menu includes five choices that each add a twist to the classic Champagne cocktail. Speaking of Champagne, bubbly fans can sit at table that come equipped with a Champagne call button. Press it and you’ll get a quick refill.

20. Oak & Ivy

Whiskey fans can find what they’re looking for at Oak & Ivy in the Downtown Container Park.

The bar, located in a renovated shipping container, is an intimate space, but there’s room on an outdoor patio to indulge in cocktails like the Whiskey Smash, made with Buffalo Trace Bourbon and fruit-infused water that changes with the season. Another tasty whiskey cocktail is the Apple Pie Harvest with apple bitters, butter and caramelized brown sugar.

There are also a variety of barrel-aged cocktails and nine different mules crafted with house-made ginger beer.

21. Vanderpump Cocktail Garden

Reality star and restaurateur Lisa Vanderpump brings her “garden to glass” cocktails to Vanderpump Cocktail Garden at Caesars Palace.

You’ll find a variety of colorful and creative cocktails here including the Please Her, Caesar! made with Vanderpump Vodka, rosé Champagne, blackberry, elderflower, lemon and aquafaba. If you want to get your greens in, try The English Garden with Hendrick’s Gin, elderflower, basil, cucumber, lemon, lime, black pepper, lavender and celery bitters.

If you’ve got a group of friends, you can all share in the fun of the Bottoms Up cocktail. This over-the-top drink is made with Casamigos Blanco, Cointreau, jalapeño, strawberry and lime and can serve up to 10 guests.

22. Juniper

If gin is your drink of choice, Juniper (as the name suggests) is where you should go. This swanky cocktail lounge is located off the casino floor at Park MGM and boasts the largest gin selection in Las Vegas.

There are both American-made gins as well as gins from around the world, used in cocktails like the Ramos Gin Fizz with Tanqueray Gin, orange blossom, lemon, lime, cream and egg white.

The menu features a curated cocktail program using house-made juices and syrups and offers several innovative drinks served in some pretty unusual glassware. Order A Little Birdie and the drink, made with gin, vermouth, strawberry and lemon, is served in an Instagrammable bird-shaped glass.

23. The Dorsey

The Dorsey at the Venetian is an elegant, intimate cocktail bar featuring cocktail recipes designed by veteran bartender Sam Ross.

The cocktails feature citrus and juices squeezed fresh daily. Try the Booze ‘N Juice with your choice of alcohol topped with fresh-pressed Granny Smith apple juice.

The signature drink here is the Penicillin with Scotch, fresh lemon, ginger, honey and an Islay float. If you have a group, gather around a Disco Punch Bowl (the bowl looks like a giant disco ball) filled with Champagne, tequila and other spirit-based punches.

24. Parasol Up

Located in the Wynn Hotel and Casino, Parasol Up is an upscale bar where you can enjoy a handcrafted cocktail and enjoy a view of the hotel’s 40-foot waterfall and Lake of Dreams water show.

Signature cocktails include the Pear-A-Sol made with St. George spiced pear, pear puree, St Germain, vodka and house-made vanilla infusion. Another popular choice is The Bubble Bath with grapefruit vodka, strawberry, lemon and sparkling rosé.

25. Skyfall Lounge

One of the best places for cocktails with a view is at Skyfall Lounge, which sits atop the Delano Las Vegas.

The lounge offers a 180-degree view of the city from 64 stories high and serves ¬¬classic cocktails and specialty drinks inside or outdoors on the patio.

Creative cocktails include the Cowboy Hunting with Thai chili infused bourbon, amaretto and lemon juice. The Dust Storm features a three-rum blend, Campari, passion fruit and fresh lime.

26. Ghost Donkey

Ghost Donkey is a tequila and mezcal bar with a hidden location inside the Cosmopolitan at the Block 16 Urban Food Hall (hint: look for the door with a donkey on it).

The bar features a large selection of mezcal, which you can enjoy in flights or in specially crafted cocktails with other Mexican spirits. Try a Mezcal Negroni with Fidencio Classico mezcal, Krogstad aquavit, Punt e Mes vermouth, Campari and mole bitters, or a mushroom margarita made with huitlacoche-infused illegal joven mezcal, combier triple sec, lime and lava salt.

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