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Smooth Spots to Grab a Cool Drink on the Las Vegas Strip

Parasol Up lounge at Wynn Las Vegas somehow makes eye-popping decor classy.

Sink into this comfy colorful sofa at Parasol Up lounge at Wynn Las Vegas and enjoy a classic cocktail.

These aren’t the Las Vegas bars or clubs where you have to stand in line for hours and hope you get in (that is if you forgot to buy the now popular line pass.)  Nope.  And they’re not the kinds of places whose music makes you feel like the drummer just took up residence somewhere inside your rib cage.  Uh-uh.  These are just a few of our favorite spots to grab a drink, maybe a light appetizer or two, and enjoy some conversation with our companion(s).  We’ve organized these by proximity so you can find a calm little reprieve no matter where you find yourself along The Strip.

Wynn Las Vegas – Hands down, it has to be the lobby level Parasol Up lounge.  We smile every time we see the “Alice in Wonderland” parasols and the bar’s whimsical décor.  Who knew red and gold, blue and green, stripes and polka dots could be so ultimately classy when combined?  (If you take the adjacent circular escalator to the lower level, you’ll be at Parasol Down lounge with its gorgeous view of the lake.)

The Palazzo – Surprisingly enough, the “Bam”-guy with his big flavors and out-sized personality has created a low-key respite from the glitter of Las Vegas in his new Table 10 restaurant in the Shoppes at  Palazzo.  A crew of friendly bartenders and a mean signature “Cosmopoli-10” cocktail don’t hurt plus the appetizers are outstanding.  Curb any hunger pangs with Emeril’s tasty oyster fritters or try the mussels in a dreamy bacon broth.

Fashion Show mall — If you find yourself tiring after walking the miles of corridors at this mega-shopping edifice (and who wouldn’t?) then it’s definitely time for a break at Café Ba Ba Reeba.  We crave their fresh and fruity sangria – the white peach is marvelous – and the yummy tapas platters.  Nosh on the short ribs with Manchego mashed potatoes while watching the Wynn sign across the street go through its various entertaining permutations.

Harrah’s – We dig the rockin’ outdoor Carnaval Court bar and the dueling pianos show at the generically-named Piano Bar but for a glass of wine, a platter of freshly-shucked blue points, an order of crunchy calamari rings — plus a little talk-time — the Oyster Bar at Penazzi is perfect.  It’s located smack-dab in the casino but somehow it feels more intimate.

Tomorrow, we continue our bar-hopping down The Strip with more great spots.

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