There are approximately 310 days of sunshine in Las Vegas per year. Translation: There are approximately 310 days of perfect outdoor drinking weather in Las Vegas per year. Whether you’re in the mood for a champagne-soaked brunch or whiskey amidst the glow of Las Vegas neon, there is a patio for you. From an impossibly hip Arts District hangout that recently leveled up its outdoor space with an infusion of pink to a bar on the Strip with sangria and Bellagio fountain views, these seven patios are where you want to be drinking al fresco right now.
Velveteen Rabbit has been an Arts District mainstay since its 2013 debut thanks to a focus on unique, seasonally-rotating cocktails and a delightfully witchy aesthetic. In 2020, the coolest spot on Main Street got even better thanks to a revamped back patio, which is often fondly referred to as the Pink Palace Patio. The outdoor space features a floral mural by local artist Sloane Siobhan, rose-hued seating, and dramatic pink curtains. It’s a wonderful choice for happy hour (Velveteen Rabbit calls it Magic Hour), which is served from 5-7 and includes discounted wine, punch, and cocktails.
Poised at the start of Fremont’s trendy Fremont East district, Park on Fremont offers multiple patios to suit your mood. Craving some people watching? Sit out front. Want to be transported to a garden that feels worlds away from Las Vegas? Head to the back patio and check out the flowers, fireplace, and quirky details including a very eye-catching horse painting. Order a vodka-infused grapefruit or a Moscow mule that serves six, and then see if you can discover the secret back patio where there’s a seesaw.
Located at the Wynn, Parasol Down Bar is an intimate outdoor space situated beside a 40-foot waterfall surrounded by lush trees. Enjoy specialty cocktails, like the fantastic lavender lemon drop, and light fare including crab cakes and yellowtail tartare. Stick around after sunset and watch the Lake of Dreams light show on the water.
When it comes to Las Vegas Strip resorts, the vibes at the Vdara are decidedly different due to an absence of gaming. If you seek a relaxed bar atmosphere that’s free from the jingling of slot machines, you’ll find it at Vice Versa Patio & Lounge. This tranquil lobby bar at the Vdara has an indoor/outdoor space, the latter of which offers a covered patio that includes comfortable seating, fire pits, and occasional visits from birds. Grab a seat on a warm afternoon and order the Ultimate Gin ‘n’ Tonic—a classic gin cocktail upgraded with cucumber ribbons, juniper berries, and rose petals.
This colorful Arts District bar and restaurant is a hub for live entertainment and bottle service on the weekends. 18bin offers plenty of seating, plenty of sunshine, and Instagrammable views of brightly-painted walls and a whimsical overhead trellis. Order specialty cocktails or beer, and bring your vegan friends—the menu has tons of plant-based food including jackfruit cheesesteaks and tacos made with Impossible meat.
Head east on Fremont Street and discover a locally-beloved patio steeped in Vegas history. Atomic Liquors is the oldest free-standing bar in town (Fun fact: It holds the city’s very first liquor license.), and the name is a reference to Las Vegas’ atomic era. Patrons used to climb up onto the roof and watch bombs go off at the distant desert test sites. These days, drinkers are on the patio sipping craft beer. If you go, check the rotating taps to see what’s available—there’s always something unique that will please even the snobbiest of beer snobs.
Fremont Street’s Downtown Container Park has something for everyone: A fire-breathing praying mantis, a treehouse playground, local shops tucked inside shipping containers, and a whiskey bar with a rooftop patio where you can see it all. The whiskey bar in question is Oak & Ivy, an intimate space that serves barrel-aged cocktails and other libations. Order your favorite (or ask the bartender to whip up something special) and then make your way upstairs.