10 restaurants in Vegas with cool bar scenes

Looking for a fun spot to drink and be social but don’t feel like hitting the clubs? Check out some of Las Vegas’ most popular restaurants. More than just great places to eat, they also have vibrant bar scenes – and there’s never a cover charge. Here are 10 of the city’s best!

Diablo's Cantina at Monte Carlo

The Wheel O' Sin at Diablo's Cantina inside Monte Carlo

1.) Diablo’s Cantina in Monte Carlo — No party is ever too large or partygoer too loud. Known for its wild margaritas (like The Sancho, which measures 42 ounces) and colorful cocktails (try the Dark Devil and Sinful Vixen), you’ll find everything you need for a good time. Reminiscent of a Mexican coastal cantina, this two-story restaurant spans 13,000 square feet. In addition to the dining room, there’s a full bar and a separate tequila/frozen cocktail bar, along with a live DJ booth and a stage. Located right on the Strip, guests enjoy prime views while hanging out on the upstairs patio (closed during winter). It’s always good to start your revelry early at Diablo’s Cantina thanks to its Happy Hour, which features the Wheel O’ Sin. Or stay until the wee hours as the lounge closes at 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

2.) STK Las Vegas at The Cosmopolitan Hip and fabulous, everyone who’s a mover and shaker is here having a wonderful time – just as they are at STK in Atlanta, New York, Miami and Los Angeles. This aesthetically pleasing restaurant from The One Group conveys a sexy vibe that attracts the late-night crowd. Within the chic steakhouse is a lounge that’s always rocking, thanks to an in-house DJ. Dim lighting, smoky mirrors and a black and ivory color palette create the surreal setting. So you never know whom you might bump into as you make your way for a drink at the well-stocked champagne bar!

Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars Palace

The keg wall at Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill inside Caesars Palace

3.) Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill at Caesars Palace What happens when a British celebrity chef meets the Roman Empire? Welcome Gordon Ramsay Pub & Grill! It’s a true pub experience for English enthusiasts that recently opened just steps away from The Colosseum. A sizeable restaurant, the showpiece is actually the bar. It boasts 24 beer taps, not to mention 63 different bottled beers. People can gather to drink their pints, eat and talk in the casual setting comprised of distressed woods. There’s a backdrop of Britain’s beloved red telephone booths on view. A wall made from 175 kegs separates the bar from the various dining rooms. Sporting events from around the world are broadcast on state-of-the-art TVs – so expect quite a scene during soccer, rugby and cricket tournaments.

4.) PBR Rock Bar & Grill at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino You don’t need to pull on a pair of boots to come in here because this low-key hangout isn’t just for rodeo fans and country music lovers. Along with the 13,000-square-foot restaurant, there’s a 3,000-square-foot patio with fire pits. Looking out onto the Strip, it’s ideal for people watching. Plenty of sights await guests inside too – like a fearsome mechanical bull. Other features at PBR Rock Bar include four bars, 115 flat-screen TVs, tire swings, a stage, an amazing sound system and a live DJ booth.

5.) Rock & Rita’s at Circus Circus — For a wild and crazy night, this is the place to go. Where else would you be able to order a drink called “The Crapper” served in a 44-ounce ceramic toilet container? The 14,000-square-foot, all-American-themed restaurant has a party bar with expert flair bartenders equipped for impromptu shows. Flair competitions are held on Sunday and Monday nights, while a dueling pianos act appears on Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Social House at Crystals in CityCenter

The stylish bar at Social House inside Crystals at CityCenter

6.) Social House at Crystals in CityCenter — Immerse yourself in a Zen-like atmosphere at a hip venue created by Angel Management Group. This innovative sushi and Asian fusion restaurant is frequented by trendsetters. The gorgeous décor consists of warm tones, subdued lighting and serene accents of birds and flowers. Sit in the bar’s elegant confines and indulge in the excellent sake program. Happy hour runs from 5 – 8 p.m. and late-night specials are offered. Or make your way to the patio, which opens onto Crystals’ interior.

7.) Oscar’s Steakhouse at Plaza Las Vegas — Embodying downtown’s gentrification at its best, this eating and drinking establishment was opened by former Las Vegas mayor Oscar Goodman. It houses photos and memorabilia from his 12-year term in office. Located in the resort’s stunning dome, which overlooks Fremont Street Experience, the focus is on “beef, booze and broads.” In the bar, you’ll be able to order Goodman’s signature drink – a martini, of course – and other hand-crafted cocktails and sip them amid the company of lovely roaming hostesses.

8.) Señor Frogs at Treasure Island — Get your fiesta on in this two-story, 22,000-square-foot party playground. Señor Frog’s knows all about south-of-the-border fun. Priding itself as a Mexican-themed hangout, it’s full of bright colors, loud music and crazy décor items (check out the butt stools). You can drink to your heart’s content with a yard full of beer or one of the signature drinks, like Frog’s Punch. You can sit on the outdoor terrace and catch the sexy “Sirens of Ti” show. You can watch sports on flat-screen TVs located throughout the joint. You can delight in the antics of the servers and shot girls. Or you can dance the night away to music spun by live DJs. Bragging that Señor Frog’s provides TNA (i.e., “Total Nonstop Action”), almost anything goes – and the bar remains open until 4 a.m.

Kahunaville at Treasure Island

The Party Bar at Kahunaville inside Treasure Island

9.) Kahunaville at Treasure Island — Discover the perfect blend of raucousness with an island-infused atmosphere at this poolside restaurant and “World Famous Party Bar.” The all-ages crowd is often worked into a frenzy by award-winning flair bartenders. They prepare exotic drinks made from Kahunaville Party Rum (it comes in seven flavors!) or pour super-sized frozen margaritas, like the Big Kahuna. Their showmanship features juggling and acrobatic feats. Along with dancing servers and live DJs, there’s an indoor water show. The bar stays open until 2 a.m. on most nights and 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

10.) Culinary Dropout at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino — The ambiance rocks and so does the music in Culinary Dropout. This industrial-style restaurant with stunning chandeliers made from emerald-colored beads stretches across 6,000 square feet. It has a 3,000-square-foot patio with fire pits that commands a view of the resort’s pool area. The uniform-free staff looks as cool as the surroundings. There’s even an intimate stage for live music. The drinks – of which more than half of the menu is dedicated – are also impressive. Some of the creative libations designed by master mixologist Mat Snapp include the After School Special and El Matador.


I’m a Las Vegas native. By profession, I write at Vegas.com. Mostly about the city’s hotels, but on other topics – gaming and transportation – too. I really love staying at hotels. And the ones here are among the biggest and best in the world. Some key things I’ve learned: Resort fees are inescapable (frustrating but true), a friendly attitude at the front desk may score you a great view and over-the-top room amenities – bath butlers, Japanese tea service, menus with “intimate” items – do exist. What else should you know about me? Well, I’m comfortable at a blackjack table. And I like eating late-night pancakes in hotel coffee shops. A lot. Follow Renee on Google+.