When you don’t want to go to a mere bar and you do want to be able to hear your friends over the music, a classy Las Vegas lounge is your best bet for drinks, revelry and a laid-back good time with friends.
Downtown Cocktail Room (Downtown Las Vegas)
111 Las Vegas Blvd.
Why it’s a favorite: It’s relatively secluded and heavy on cool factor.
DCR is a dark, low-key lounge in the Fremont East district and it feels like a modern-day speakeasy. Unlike a lot of the neon-tinged bars in the area, DCR simply has a small neon sign that reads “downtown,” and a flush-to-the-wall door that always confuses first-timers (have fun with that). With great service, plenty of space to sit, and a chill music/DJ setlist, this is the perfect place to start or end the evening.
Wynn Las Vegas
Why it’s a favorite: Beautiful view, both inside and out.
While Parasol Up at the Wynn is similar to most other casino lounges (but with a great view), Parasol Down (located below Parasol Up) is slightly more secluded, has an outdoor patio and provides an even better view of the Lake of Dreams and the giant waterfall. While you’re spending time at Parasol Down, you can look at the floating parasols near Parasol Up for another cool “only in Vegas” view.
Monte Carlo Hotel & Casino
Why it’s a favorite: Dining and lounge in the same elegant venue.
Brand has a very inviting design that extends out into the Monte Carlo, but you still feel like you’re in your own world when you’re at this lounge. The ambiance is very warm and dark, and since Brand is also a restaurant, you can dine early and when the clock hits 10, go into full-on lounge mode.
Why it’s a favorite: Unique design and a gaming area.
With plentiful couches and sports running on the TVs, Deuce is certainly a fun place to hang out. There’s often a DJ spinning, making this more of a high-energy lounge and you can even gamble at some of their table games.
Bellagio Las Vegas
Why it’s a favorite: Chill atmosphere with a great view.
When Hyde opened to the public on Jan. 1, 2012 it set out to be two things: A bumping club by night and a chic lounge in the evening. It’s only been open for a brief time as of this post, but so far so good. Hyde offers a breathtaking view of the Fountains of Bellagio, an excellent (and highly creative) mixology program and a worldly atmosphere themed after an Italian villa.
Why it’s a favorite: It’s a cool, Beatles-themed venue that doesn’t overdo it.
Happiness is… a drink among friends at The Mirage’s Revolution Lounge. Although Revolution is themed after the Beatles, it isn’t just for fans. Sit out at the Abbey Road Bar, in the REVOLUTION letters or at the psychedelia-infused lounge and try to observe all the crazy detail Cirque and Light Group have put into this place.
Book & Stage
Cosmopolitan Hotel & Casino
Why it’s a favorite: It’s a modern-day version of the old-school lounges.
Book & Stage at The Cosmopolitan is one of the best spots in town to catch a free concert. The venue books excellent entertainment, so you can catch a buzzworthy or up-and-coming band while sipping on one of Book & Stage’s selection of fine cocktails or bottled craft beers.
Peppermill and Fireside Lounge
2985 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Why it’s a favorite: It’s an old-school version of modern lounges.
The Peppermill is a Las Vegas institution and the best choice of after-hours spot for anyone that wants an authentic Vegas experience after a night at the club. The Fireside Lounge half of this venue is made up mostly of small, but decidedly retro-styled booths — perfect for getting close to someone.