If you’re coming to Las Vegas, and enjoy anything outdoors, this is the time to do it. March in Las Vegas is like no other time of year. The air is warm but crisp, the sky is bright and the sun hasn’t yet pulled its yearly Lenny by crushing us beneath its heat and proclaiming, “I had some little friends, but they don’t move no more.” So while the beauty lasts, get out there and drink your hearts out. If you wait too long you’ll sweat out the vodka as fast as you can down it. Here are some of the best spots in town for outdoor drinking.
AmeriCAN Beer and Cocktails at the LINQ Promenade
Beer is one of those go-to drinks for a night on the patio. If you’re fancy you can still go for cocktails, but ameriCAN Beer and Cocktails is all about the canned beer. A frost can on a cool night is just what the doctor ordered. We suspect that doctor is lying about his credentials (University of Awesome may not be a place), but we’ll let it slide. Sit out on the patio and watch the crowds peruse the LINQ Promenade, one of the best shopping centers on the Las Vegas Strip, while downing beers from all 50 states. You can even BYOG (Bring Your Own Grub) and eat at the tables while you sip your suds.
Beer Park at Paris Las Vegas
You might not expect a Beer Park at Paris. But then again, when has Vegas ever tried to give you what you expect? We’re better than that. And Beer Park is one of the best places in town to drink outside. Located on the second floor overlooking the Strip and the Bellagio Fountains across the street, Beer Park offers a relaxed atmosphere that’s perfect for watching the game or watching the people scurry by. You’re welcome to enjoy some wine and food a la Paris, or just down a bunch of brews a la everywhere. At Beer Park, there’s really no wrong way to drink.
Commonwealth on Fremont East
When we talk about Fremont East, we’re pretty much describing a pedestrian area that’s lined with bars. Though you can’t carry drinks outside and onto the street, you can find amazing outdoor locations. At Commonwealth, the beautiful and upscale locale on one end, you can ascend the serious staircase and find yourself in a rooftop lounge area that feels more apropos in a California cityscape than a tourist area. The space houses seating, a full bar and a DJ booth, and it’s the perfect chill spot for a cool night on Fremont East. This is the place to take a date, take your friends or just take a break from the sidewalks. And it’s one spot you really shouldn’t miss if you love bar culture.
Fremont Street Experience
We’re lumping a lot together here, but if we tried to single out every outdoor bar on Fremont Street Experience we’d be here all night – we’ve got drinking to do. So we’ll say that from one end to the other, FSE is one big party with plenty of drinking. Watch the crazy characters and the street performers. Buy some cheap handbags and phone cases. Soak in everything that this unique space has to offer, including the canopy. And definitely drink. The laws are a bit complex, but any bartender or salesperson you ask should be able to tell you if you can drink what you bought out in the open. Just remember no glass or metal containers. Stick to a plastic cup and try not to spill it on Thor’s cape. He gets a little touchy when he has to dry clean that thing.
The backyard at Gold Spike has become huge with locals and tourists alike. With live music, great games, plenty of space for dancing or chilling and a freaking tiny house, this space really has something for everyone. It’s inching toward a club atmosphere some nights, but you don’t have to pay for a picnic table. And there’s no strict dress code. During the warm nights in Las Vegas, this is the place to find hipsters, artists and other denizens of the downtown scene living it up in Las Vegas. If you want your outdoor drinking to involve lots of action, this is absolutely the place to go.
Parasol Down at Wynn
The outdoor space at Parasol Down offers something a little different than most. Instead of looking out over the Strip or a bunch of pedestrians, Parasol Down has a private view of the Lake of Dreams at Wynn and the amazing show that goes on out there. Feeling the crisp air come off the lake is part of the appeal of this secluded spot. This is where to go when you want the air but still want to feel like your vacation is more of an escape to paradise. You’ll feel like you’re secreted away in a world shared only by you, your party and the people bringing you delicious cocktails.
We’ll never get tired of writing about this spot. Whether it’s the patio space in the front or the amazing area in the back, Park on Fremont has the downtown scene cornered on outdoor drinking. The whole space is open and airy, drawing people in from Fremont East. And the backyard feels like a secret garden that you stumbled onto and aren’t entirely sure is real. When you find the hidden seesaw you’ll be sure it’s not, but trust us, you’re just having such a good time that it feels like magic. Try a specialty cocktails like the Unicorn, or order a craft beer. And be sure to try some of the food #macncheesebites. Even when it’s blazing hot out, this is one place we’ll enjoy year round.
Rhumbar at Mirage
Rhumbar is one of those classy casino bars that holds onto the tradition of Vegas. As you walk in, you find a modern, almost postmodern space complete with fantastic lights and a bright white design. Then, when you step outside you’re met with a casual, resort-like space that almost makes you do a double take. Holding onto the classic Vegas feel, the outdoor space at Rhumbar is what you expect from a vacation spot. Comfortable lounge seating, heaters for when it’s chilly and sports on the TV make this space perfect for a relaxing drink before hitting the town. Reserve a table and invite all your friends.
The Roof at Inspire Theater on Fremont East
Another rooftop watering hole on Fremont East, The Roof sits atop Inspire Theater on the opposite end from Commonwealth. Inspire Theater is an artsy wonderland that houses performances, music, speakers, comedy and much more. It’s a place for art to meet the tourist space and for everyone to get inspired from the juxtaposition. When you get to The Roof, you’ll find a lovely beer garden style space with a DJ and full bar. They host things like karaoke and comedy up there and every night is a good time. It also has an amazing view of Fremont Street.
Umami Burger at SLS Las Vegas
Umami Burger is a burger joint, a bar, an outdoor space and a sports book. They’re kind of that kid in high school who did sports, debate and ran the student council. But instead of being jealous we just show up and drink their beer – so like high school. The outdoor space opens out onto Las Vegas Boulevard and has expansive views of the area. And you can always turn around the other way and watch sports on the tons of TVs. If you placed a bet, you may want to watch; then again you may want to avert your gaze if you’re superstitious. Whatever you choose to look at, be sure to check out the beer selection and outstanding food menu.
Vice Versa at Vdara
Tucked away behind Aria we find Vdara, the luxury, nongaming, nonsmoking hotel that we like to recommend to guests who want to be on the Strip but still want their privacy. Vice Versa, the main bar at Vdara, fits the same mold. The indoor space is a typical casino bar, but the outdoor patio is a beautifully maintained cove banked by water features, fire pits and a tree line that separates it from the sidewalk. This place is romantic and soothing. It’s the perfect place to catch your second wind or wind down from your first one. If you hit on us, and actually gave us a line we haven’t heard a thousand times, this is the place we’d want you to take us on a date.