Mitchell Wilburn

Top Ten Cocktail Bars

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Our picks for the 10 Best Cocktail Bars in Las Vegas

The mastery of mixology is strong in Sin City, and some of the biggest superstars of cocktails call it home. The business of liquor is such a grand industry, that we have become the spotlight in recent years on the subject of fancy mixed drinks.

1. Herbs & Rye

The Vegas cocktail bar that has been the de facto ambassador for our mixology scene, this team of ragtag wildcards has dominated everywhere from Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans to the James Beard House in Manhattan. The kind of spot where the whole bar will join in a big cheers of Fernet, your bartender will whip up a bespoke cocktail to your whims, and even a place where you can get a half-price steak during their late or early happy hour!

3713 W Sahara Ave (702) 982-8036 herbsandrye.com

2. Golden Tiki

GoldenTiki

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The kind of tiki bar that could only exist in Las Vegas, and only at this point in history, this is the Disneyland of tiki culture. A cornucopia of wacky island mishegas, thereś always something to focus the eye upon while you soak in the retro flavor, and suck up a surprisingly well crafted cocktail. From classic to original, their list is as long as it is skillful.

3939 Spring Mountain Rd (702) 222-3196 thegoldentiki.com

3. 365 Tokyo

This exclusive, members-only, secretive cocktail bar has less than a dozen seats, but has the single-minded perfectionism of an Edomae sushi bar. Their list exhibits expressions of high-end techniques and exploratory flavors, all with a very personalized experience. This is the role of fine dining applied to mixology.

107 Las Vegas Boulevard South 702.910.2392 inspirelasvegas.com

4. Velveteen Rabbit

Velveteen Rabbit

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It’s a spot that could have been plucked from Brooklyn or Portland, Velveteen is undeniably hip, and for good reason. The cocktail list here is build by – and for – mixologists looking for a challenge. Seasonally changing, the menu will incorporate everything from wild mushroom tinctures to fat-washed booze, with each being painstakingly crafted to perfection.

1218 S Main St, Las Vegas (702) 685-9645 velveteenrabbitlv.com

5. Frankie’s Tiki Room

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Courtesy of Frankie’s Tiki Room

The classic, the standard, the starting and ending point. Frankie’s has been an institution for years, and for good reason. No one has quite been able to deliver the ease and relaxing environment, nor the unfettered simplicity of quick tiki punches, all high proof and potent. It’s deeply enjoyable, much more than most any other spot in town, and also has just about the best (and definitely best priced) exotic rum list in all of Vegas.

1712 W Charleston Blvd (702) 385-3110 frankiestikiroom.com

Did we miss your favorite cocktail spot? Join the discussion and let us know the best place to find a great cocktail in Las Vegas.

  1. Adam Carroll April 5, 2016 at 3:53 am

    Aww Mitchell, I’m a little hurt you don’t have Oak & Ivy on your list. Well then again I haven’t really seen you come in and check us out. We do have the Best Mule Program in the city and that’s not even scratching 1/3 of what we can create.

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  2. Wendy September 4, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    And you have 2 properties from Palazzo but didn’t visit the well hidden jem…Fusion Mixology Bar. Hand crafted on the fly cocktails with fresh ingredients. Not only are the classics made well, you can get a drink made specifically to your mood or flavor specifications. All you have to do is ask the bartender and they will experiment for you and you will leave satisfied.

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  3. John Curtas September 5, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    I agree with the list and I agree that Oak & Ivy should be on the list.

    John Curtas
    EATING LAS VEGAS

    ;-}

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  4. Valerie Brockbank September 5, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    I’m a negroni fan, I travel the world drinking negronis. That bar at cirque in the bellagio makes the best one so far. I have coped their ingredients and methods for my home bar.

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