You come to Las Vegas for the glitz, the excitement, the rush of risking it all. Sometimes, though, it’s nice to step back from the eager tourists carrying drinks by the yard and enjoy a quality cocktail or two while listening to live music. I’m not talking lounges with DJs — those are a dime a dozen in this town. The following lounges offer patrons comfortable seating, live music and a relaxing atmosphere. In many of the venues, such as the lounges offering dueling pianos, remember to tip the musicians — especially if want them to play your favorite song.
Napoleon’s Lounge at Paris
Not only does Napoleon’s Lounge offer dueling pianos playing soft pop and rock classics, but some nights you can catch a stand-up Empire Comedy show while seated in chaise lounges and deep leather seats. The bar also serves a light menu of hors d’oeuvres. Open nightly from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. No cover.
Eastside Lounge at Encore
With its plush decor and seating, the small Eastside Lounge offers patrons the thrill of dueling pianos starting at 9 p.m. With creative cocktails and a view of Encore’s pool from the balcony, the lounge is a nice retreat from the hectic energy found elsewhere on the Strip. Open nightly until 4 a.m.
The Bar at Times Square at New York New York
The Bar at Times Square offers more of a party atmosphere for those looking for live music and a spot to grab a drink. On weekends, a line forms outside the lounge for those waiting to get in. If you want a table, the lounge offers reservations starting at 8 p.m. The “Sax Man” performs from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and a dueling piano show from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. nightly. Both shows are free. Hours are 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. A cover is charged on Friday and Saturday nights.
The Piano Bar at Harrah’s
Catch the “King of Rock n’ Roll” at The Piano Bar as Pete Vallee performs as “Big Elvis” at 2, 3 and 5 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Hear The King’s greatest hits and other popular tunes spanning six decades. The show is free. In the evenings, twin piano masters battle it out starting at 9 p.m. with the audience judging who played the best piano music.
Pure Lounge at Caesars Palace
Pure Lounge offers a hip alternative to Vegas’ nightlife. Singers and dancers perform on a state-of-the-art stage. Housed within Pure Nightclub, doors open at 8 p.m. every Monday through Thursday and the live music begins at 9 p.m.
Baccarat Lounge at the Bellagio
Located just off the high-limit baccarat tables, the classy Baccarat Lounge offers classic jazz music, specialty drinks and a selection of cigars as you enjoy watching players try their luck at the tables. Like the ceiling in the Bellagio’s reception area, Baccarat Lounge has its own Murano glass sculpture. The lounge is open 24 hours a day and performances by house musicians begin at 4:15 p.m. and end at 1 a.m., with 15-minute breaks every hour and 15 minutes.
The Chandelier at The Cosmopolitan
Imagine sipping fancy cocktails while surrounded by a giant crystal chandelier — that’s The Chandelier lounge. The lounge’s three levels each offer their own experience, but if you’re looking for live music, keep to the ground floor. The free live music is offered 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Thursday through Sunday.
Tropicana Lounge at the Tropicana
The Tropicana Lounge offers free live music by Miss Sky Diva, who performs songs from the ’40s to current pop rock. Some nights she welcomes guest celebrities on stage with her to perform special entertainment acts and vignettes. A dance floor also allows patrons the chance to groove the night away. The lounge is open 9:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.
Vinyl at the Hard Rock Hotel
Vinyl is a small music venue at the Hard Rock Hotel, but don’t let that discourage you if you’re looking to appease your inner rocker. During seated concerts and comedy shows, it transforms into a sort-of lounge atmosphere. Vinyl often offers free shows, including resident musicians Metalachi.
The Lounge at The Palms
You won’t find comfy couches at The Lounge, but what the venue lacks in ambiance it makes up with its musical offerings. Most nights the entertainment is free and includes a range of musical acts, including Latin Nights on Thursdays and the popular 15-piece band, Santa Fe and the Fat City Horns on Sundays (that act is $10). The Lounge is open 24 hours a day and the live music starts about 10 p.m. Call 702-944-3200 for information.
Hyde at Bellagio
Primarily a nightclub, Hyde Bellagio has a fantastic view overlooking the iconic Bellagio fountains. The lounge is open 5 to 10 p.m. nightly and on Thursdays, the lounge offers live music by Las Vegas artists from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Once the lounge closes, Hyde transforms into a nightclub. No cover until 10 p.m.