10 Vegas nightspots with fabulous views

Numerous bars and nightclubs in Las Vegas boast spectacular views of the Strip and downtown as well as of the city’s most celebrated attractions. Imagine sipping a cocktail high above the glittering desert valley. Or getting your groove on a stone’s throw away from some breathtaking fountains. When the scenery is spectacular, you’re sure to have an unforgettable time – so check out these 10 must-see Sin City hotspots.

1.) Hyde Bellagio at Bellagio — For a classy night of fun in Las Vegas, head to this chic club in Bellagio, where you’ll be able to party while taking in the best views anywhere of the resort’s famous dancing waters. Hyde Bellagio has a stunning indoor/outdoor design, so you can step onto an expansive terrace to watch the beloved Fountains of Bellagio shows. And when the weather is chilly, you’ll still enjoy a perfect view thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows. Hyde Bellagio also features an award-winning mixology program, so order something decadent – like a luxury Bellini or a liquid nitrogen-infused cocktail – to cap off an evening to remember.

The Mandarin Bar at Mandarin Oriental

The Mandarin Bar on the 23rd floor of the Mandarin Oriental

2.) Mandarin Bar at Mandarin Oriental — The Mandarin Bar isn’t the highest bar you’ll find in Las Vegas, but being situated on the 23rd floor and with three walls of floor-to-ceiling windows, it does provide some incomparable views near the heart of the Strip. There are dark wood floors, jewel-toned armchairs and high-backed barstools as well as a luxurious room called The Edge, which you can reserve for small private gatherings. Stop by on Tuesday nights when Mandarin Bar transforms itself into the “Vegas of Asia” as part of its weekly Shanghai Nights party. In addition to the striking view, you’ll be immersed in dramatic red-hued lighting, Oriental lanterns, live music and Shanghai-inspired cocktails, like the gin-laden Barrel down the Bund.

3.) Ghostbar at the Palms — For a sophisticated evening of drinking and debauchery, go to Ghostbar. Situated on the 55th floor of the Palms’ Ivory Tower, it features some of the best sky-high views Vegas has to offer. Recently remodeled, last month the boutique nightclub unveiled its new feminine-oriented décor with a color scheme of white, black and fuschia. Inside Ghostbar, you’ll see sparkling chandeliers, plush banquettes, a fireplace filled with flameless candles and porcelain flooring. The 14-foot floor-to-ceiling windows perfectly frame the unparalleled views of the night sky and city below. Be sure to walk out on Ghostbar’s skydeck, which will make you feel like you’re floating on a cloud. If you’re brave, check out a glass-inset area in the floor where you can stare straight down to the ground below!

The balcony at Gold Diggers in Golden Nugget

The balcony at Gold Diggers in downtown's Golden Nugget

4.) Gold Diggers at Golden Nugget — Searching for the perfect spot to watch the nightly sound and light shows at Fremont Street Experience? Make tracks for Gold Diggers, a contemporary bar and nightclub in Golden Nugget with a balcony that juts out just beneath the impressive Viva Vision canopy. (Tip: Arrive early to lay claim to a space because the balcony isn’t huge and it gets crowded quickly.) When the shows wrap up, move inside where you can tear up the dance floor while a DJ spins a mix of hits from the ’70s, ’80s, ’90s and today.

5.) Chateau Nightclub & Gardens at Paris Las Vegas — Befitting the French tradition of decadence, this is one of the most lavish nightlife experiences in Las Vegas. The main club at Chateau is indoors and displays a blend of Old World décor with contemporary touches. You’ll be dazzled by the ornate chandeliers, the spiral staircase and the DJ booth, which is positioned above a 10-foot-tall marble fireplace. However, the pièce de résistance lies outside. Chateau Terrace is a 10,000-square-foot balcony that overlooks the Strip and features a bar along with oversized VIP cabanas. And in the shadow of the half-scale replica of the Eiffel Tower, you’ll discover Chateau Gardens, a lush rooftop setting that also shows off panoramic views of the Strip, the Fountains of Bellagio and the stars overhead.

Diablo' s Cantina

The bar on the second floor of Diablo's Cantina at Monte Carlo

6.) Diablo’s Cantina at Monte Carlo — This lively two-story venue is built into the Monte Carlo’s Strip-facing façade. In addition to tempting Mexican food, it’s guaranteed to be a good drinking destination. On the second floor is a fabulous open-air bar with a wonderful view of the all the action at the Strip’s busy Tropicana Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard corner. Also in sight, while looking toward the night sky, are lovely hanging lights and a towering statue of a bikini-clad she-devil. There’s another bar on the ground floor that is open to the street – making it an ideal place for people-watching. If you stop by Diablo’s Cantina during happy hour, which runs daily from 3 – 7 p.m., you’ll not only be able to take advantage of $5 beers and margaritas, but you’ll also get to spin the Wheel of Sin.

7.) VooDoo Rooftop Nightclub at Rio — Music, flair bartenders and an awesome view make for a witchy good time here. Sitting atop the Rio’s Masquerade Tower on the 51st floor, there’s nothing more magical than sipping cocktails – like the Witch Doctor – by moonlight as you gaze out over Sin City from the mesmerizing outdoor patio. VooDoo Rooftop Nightclub is connected to VooDoo Steak restaurant (for those interested in a gourmet candlelit meal with French-Creole flair) by a striking steel staircase, and it also houses a dance floor that literally lets you strut your stuff in the sky.

The balcony at Mix Lounge atop THEhotel at Mandalay Bay

The balcony at Mix Lounge atop THEhotel at Mandalay Bay

8.) Mix Lounge inside THEhotel at Mandalay Bay — For some of the best open-air views at the south end of the Strip, there’s no spot as picturesque as Mix Lounge. Situated 400 feet high on the 64th floor of THEhotel, you can see the Luxor pyramid up close and personal while the rest of Las Vegas Boulevard unfolds on the horizon. Nibble on light tapas-style bites and sip on a specialty cocktail (perhaps the MiXopolitan) as you take in the shimmering city. Designed by Patrick Jouin, Mix Lounge has a rich and imaginative décor that includes faux leather wall coverings, aluminum tables and a fiber optic Milky Way that streams across the ceiling. It’s good to turn up early as the balcony gets crowded really fast. And be sure to go to the bathroom – even if you don’t have to go – because the stalls at Mix Lounge also feature amazing views looking out over the Strip.

The rooftop setting at Commonwealth in downtown Las Vegas

The rooftop setting at Commonwealth in downtown Las Vegas

9.) Commonwealth — A stylish pre-Prohibition Era bar located at 525 E. Fremont St., the Commonwealth unquestionably has the best views of downtown’s bustling Fremont East Entertainment District. You’ll find many unique experiences inside – including a wonderful 20-foot-long bar and a backroom speakeasy (the number to text for reservations can be found on Commonwealth’s logo clothespins). But it’s the 2,000-square-foot rooftop patio that is not to be missed! Beautifully designed with strings of lights, park benches, sofas and wrought-iron tables and chairs, you’ll be immersed in a scenic atmosphere – and you may have to pinch yourself to remember you’re still in Las Vegas.

10.) Level 107 Lounge/AirBar at Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower — Sitting on the 107th and 108th floors of the Stratosphere Tower, respectively, these two bars are all about getting a buzz from sleek drinks and bold heights. In the Level 107 Lounge, you can see the Top of the World restaurant rotating one floor below and watch as thrillseekers plunge from the SkyJump ride to the ground. As you’d expect, AirBar has the designation of being the highest bar on the Las Vegas Strip. At both places, there are 360-degree panoramic views of the entire Las Vegas valley to be captivated by – and they are especially breathtaking if you come during the day’s transition into sunset and evening.


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+.