Bars and clubs with unbeatable Las Vegas views

The Las Vegas Strip is a place of light and luxury. But when you’re at ground level, you can’t always appreciate the scope. The hotels are bigger than you think. The lights are brighter than they seem. And the full length of the Strip is something you really need to see from afar. If you think strolling the Strip is beautiful, wait until you see it from these bars with breathtaking views:

This could be you, enjoying your drinks and totally ignoring the view. Photo courtesy of Stratosphere.

This could be you, enjoying your drinks and totally ignoring the view. Photo courtesy of Stratosphere.

Air Bar and 107 SkyLounge at Stratosphere

Of course we have to start with the tallest structure in town. The Stratosphere is an iconic part of Las Vegas. And if it’s views you’re after, you can’t get higher, unless you get in a helicopter. But they tend to not let you drink in a helicopter, so forget that.

107 SkyLounge overlooks the fabulous Top of the World restaurant and enjoys the same rotating view of the city. Not only do you get to look out over the lights of the city, the atmosphere of the restaurant and lounge combined make this space lively and endearing.

Air Bar is located one level above 107. For those good at the maths, that makes it level 108. Air Bar has the same stellar views as the lower floors, but with modern styling and well-crafted lighting, Air Bar is all about the party scene. If you’d rather dance or do some shots while hanging out 108 stories above the Strip, Air Bar is the place to be.

Both bars require riding up in the Stratosphere’s elevator. That ride is almost an adventure in itself. So these bars may not be for those with fears of heights or tight spaces. But hey, you can always take the stairs if you like. We’ll see you up there in a few hours/days.

Beer and the Eiffel Tower. We had a dream like that once. Photo courtesy of Beer Park.

Beer and the Eiffel Tower. We had a dream like that once. Photo courtesy of Beer Park.

Beer Park at Paris

New to the Strip, but already exciting, Beer Park is a team effort by Paris Las Vegas and Budweiser. While you can definitely just hang out and drink beer, you can also turn your attention toward the Strip for a fantastic view of the Bellagio across the street and all the people strolling past on the sidewalk. Beer Park also offers an amazing glimpse upward at the Eiffel Tower. When lit, the tower evokes a romantic atmosphere that’s hard to beat in Las Vegas. In the open air of Beer Park, you can enjoy that vision while embracing the warm Vegas nights.

And it's even at sunset. Photo courtesy of Foundation Room.

And it’s even at sunset. Photo courtesy of Foundation Room.

Foundation Room at Mandalay Bay

At the south end of the Strip, Mandalay Bay offers many amenities that set it apart. One of those features is Foundation Room, part of House of Blues. Located high stop Mandalay Bay, Foundation Room lets you bask in the lights of the Strip from the south side, giving amazing views of Excalibur, MGM Grand and more. This view is less about taking pictures, though you should do that too, and more about experiencing the open air in a classy lounge space. Foundation Room also has amazing music and drinks which make the experience even more sublime.

The perfect spot to grab onto somebody close, for love and stability. Photo courtesy of Ghostbar.

The perfect spot to grab onto somebody close, for love and stability. Photo courtesy of Ghostbar.

Ghostbar at the Palms

Slightly off the Strip, Ghostbar takes views of Las Vegas to new extremes. At night, you can look out over the city and embrace every light around you. During the day for Ghostbar Day Club, you can experience views of the mountains and Strip in all its glory. This is one of those spots that defines Vegas views. They even have a patch of floor that’s transparent so brave souls can look down and wonder whether they’re too drunk for the thing they just did. Fact: There’s no such thing as too drunk in Vegas.

You may need to be a VIP during some shows, or know a VIP, or be willing to know a VIP. Photo courtesy of Hard Rock Cafe.

You may need to be a VIP during some shows, or know a VIP, or be willing to know a VIP. Photo courtesy of Hard Rock Cafe.

Hard Rock Cafe Bar at Hard Rock Live

To really appreciate the views at this spot you might need to become a recording artist and get a gig playing there. While you get to work on that, we’ll give you a little inspiration. Atop the Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip is Hard Rock Live, a music venue that brings in acts from around the world. The bar in said venue has an outdoor space with a brilliant view of the Las Vegas Strip. You’ll see a more urban side of the city, with views of hotels, pedestrians and cars on Las Vegas Boulevard. Combined with whatever music is going on inside, this is a great spot to soak in the city and remember that Las Vegas is in fact a city, full of people, life and music.

Sit back and feel the spritz. Photo courtesy of Hyde Bellagio.

Sit back and feel the spritz. Photo courtesy of Hyde Bellagio.

Hyde Bellagio

The Bellagio Fountains are one of the most viewed and celebrated attractions in Las Vegas. If you’ve seen them from the sidewalk outside Bellagio, then you know how gorgeous they are. But to really experience them you need to hop to the other side of the lake and get a table at Hyde Bellagio. This stylish club is beautiful all on its own, but when you sit at one of the tables overlooking the lake, and those fountains start to go off, it’s an experience that will leave you refreshed. That might actually be literal too. Depending on the breeze you can often feel a few spritzes as the fountains burst. And even if you don’t get to reserve one of those tables, there’s still plenty of music, dancing and rinks to enjoy at Hyde.

The view is only part of the appeal here. Photo courtesy of Mandarin Bar.

The view is only part of the appeal here. Photo courtesy of Mandarin Bar.

Mandarin Bar at Mandarin Oriental

Whenever some tries to say Las Vegas is all about gambling and cheap food, we like to turn them onto Mandarin Bar. This is a place for jazz, conversation and staring out across City Center and the Las Vegas Strip contemplating the beauty of it all. With a delightful food menu and some truly special cocktails, Mandarin Bar is for all the people who want more from their vantage points than a selfie opportunity. It’s for the sophisticated traveler, the suave aficionado and anyone who knows the value of a good view.

This is nightlife in Vegas the way it was meant to be seen. Photo courtesy of Skyfall Lounge.

This is nightlife in Vegas the way it was meant to be seen. Photo courtesy of Skyfall Lounge.

Skyfall Lounge at Delano

Delano is located right next to Mandalay Bay at the south end of the Strip. Skyfall Lounge is located atop Delano and stares northward offering breathtaking views. Along with Rivea restaurant, Skyfall is part of Delano’s magnificent luxury experience. The view soars over the Luxor and Excalibur, and even includes glimpses of the Rio and the new Las Vegas Arena. Skyfall is one of those bars that not everyone will find but everyone should. The 180-degree view of the city and energetic music make this spot one of the best in Vegas. Oh, and if you’re shy about birds watching you do your business, maybe go to the restroom before you get to the bar. Even the stalls have massive windows with amazing views.

This view might actually be magic. Photo courtesy of VooDoo Rooftop Nightclub.

This view might actually be magic. Photo courtesy of VooDoo Rooftop Nightclub.

VooDoo Rooftop Nightclub and Lounge at the Rio

Speaking of the Rio, positioned perfectly atop the bright tower is VooDoo Rooftop Nightclub. The space provides almost entirely unobstructed views of the city and a lively nightclub atmosphere. Indoors there’s the lounge area and outside is plenty of room to dance in the evening glow. This is the place for the true rooftop experience. Forget the windows and embrace the breeze as you see the full length of the Strip in all its glory. There’s even a second level to the outdoor space, just in case you still didn’t feel you were partying high enough.

We're pretty sure they're models, but it's still super sweet. Photo courtesy of the D.

We’re pretty sure they’re models, but it’s still super sweet. Photo courtesy of the D. *giggle*

Vue Bar at the D

Not all views have to be super high in the air or staring out over a lake. Some can just look out over something really interesting. In Las Vegas, there are few things more interesting than Fremont Street Experience. Vue Bar at the D gives you the chance to relax above the crowds and watch the magic unfold. It’s also the perfect spot to watch the canopy shows. Play fun games like count the KISS impersonators or just have a drink while you try to figure out how those hovering performers work. It’s all available at Vue.

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I came from a little town in the Midwest. And believe me, I’m never going back. It’s probably nice if you love grass and snow; but I love the lights, the glamour, and the flocks of tourists seeking fun and fortune. Once the sun goes down, I’ll be the first one out hitting the clubs or just wandering the Strip for a little nighttime adventure. Passing through Bond on my way to Lily Bar, or taking a shortcut through Double Helix before landing at Parasol Up/Down, I’m the one you’ll randomly bump into – only sometimes literally – strolling through Sin City’s liquored veins – and loving every minute of it.