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Best Bars in Las Vegas — Cocktails & Conversation

A quiet spot for a drink is just behind these striking light fixtures at BOA Steakhouse in the Forum Shoppes at Caesars Palace.

In our quest to seek out the best bars for a quiet drink in Las Vegas, we give you Part II of our list.  Covering the stretch of the Las Vegas Strip from Caesars Palace to Mandalay Bay, we found great bars and lounges for you to sit back, relax, and enjoy a cocktail or two while enjoying the company you keep.

Caesars Palace – Between the resort itself and the sprawling Forum Shoppes complex, there are so many options for drinking and dining that you’re sure to find a place to call your own.  For us, that spot is BOA Steakhouse on the third floor of the newer shopping galleria.  Their homemade potato chips with cheese and shaved truffles are as decadent as they sound and a perfect foil to an icy cold beer.  If the weather is cooperating, we’re also partial to the outdoor Spanish Steps bar with its frozen concoctions and best-ever bar stools not to mention superior people-watching opportunities.

The Bellagio – What would you expect from Bellagio but the best in caviar and vodka service at the resort’s Petrossian Bar?  This plush lounge is just off the elegant lobby but tucked away enough to satisfy the mellowest of moods.  An unexpected treat is the lounge’s traditional afternoon tea complete with scones and finger sandwiches.

Paris Las Vegas – Look hard or you’re sure to miss this cozy little bar hidden away by the casino’s sports book area.  A few TV’s turned quietly to whatever game might be on is about the only distraction you’ll find at Le Bar du Sport.  (Yeah, that really is the name.)  Early in the evenings, before the dueling pianos begin banging away, you can also find a conversation-friendly atmosphere at Napoleon’s (located along  the cobble-stoned shopping area) where more than 100 champagnes beckon those with a bent for the bubbly.

Planet Hollywood – Yes, Virginia, there is a quiet spot at Planet Ho and we’ve found it – the bar at celeb-favorite KOI.  You don’t want to be there at peak dining hours but closer to the 5 p.m. opening of the lounge.  The lychee fruit martinis are highly-recommended or choose from the expansive sake list.

MGM Grand – Leave a trail of breadcrumbs as you make your way through this massive resort and ultimately to the restful atmosphere of Nobhill Tavern.  You’ll be glad you made the hike when your bartender serves you a perfectly mixed lemon drop martini or chilled glass of Napa Valley white.  We haven’t been there since the new menu was introduced but knowing what we do of Michael Mina’s food, the offerings should be sensational.

Luxor – The venerable pyramid has undergone a major interior facelift with lots of new restaurants and clubs added to the mix.  We have it on good authority that the lounge at TENDER Steak & Seafood or the bar at Company American Bistro are both perfect for a quiet drink.

Mandalay Bay – We’ve already written about how much we love the view from Mix so we’ll give you another option within the coconut-scented confines of the resort.  Surprisingly, we chose the Orchid Lounge just off the lobby near the main entrance to the resort.  Sweets and coffees as well as cocktails are served here.  You’ll hear a little bit of the casino buzz but still be far enough away to hear your companion whisper….

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  1. Kit Says:

    For me and my buddy when we travel to Vegas, Rouge at the MGM Grand is the place. It’s a nice spot that’s actually pretty well hidden near the cages and the bartenders there are spot on with their service.

    Sure, it’s not a place where you’re going to go dancing or enjoy some great appetizers with your cocktails, but if you’re looking for a quick drink in a place with a nice decor and friendly service, that’s the place to go.

  2. C.C. Royal Says:

    I haven’t been to “Rouge” yet but I will make a point of going there now that you recommended it. It’s always great to find a new spot.


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