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The Best Casino Bars in Las Vegas

A place to Start Your Las Vegas Evening


The casino bar is where the evenings usually begin and often end. Right in the middle of the Casino is a place where you can meet your friends or meet new friends. The center bar it is often called. There are plenty of good ones in Las Vegas and these are a few of my favorites.

1. Fusion Mixology Bar at Palazzo Las Vegas

Fusion Mixology Bar at Palazzo is not in the center of the Palazzo casino so it is not technically the casino bar however it should be. You'll find a champagne bar and a few other places to have drinks but at Fusion you'll get a proper cocktail. Talk to the bartenders on duty (they really are mixologists)and let them know what you like and they will craft a drink that will have you sitting at the bar all day.

2. Eastside Lounge at Encore Las Vegas

Grab a drink and watch a game or take in the view of the Encore Pool. The Eastside lounge is a comfortable place to start or end your evening in Las Vegas. Plenty of casino bars seem too loud and lack the qualities of a place you would want to spend any considerable time at, the Eastside lounge is comfortable and has a touch of class that lends itself to a second drink. Walk around Encore Las Vegas and you'll quickly notice that casino bars surround the casino floor.

3. Chandelier Bar at Cosmopolitan

The cocktail program is impressive but the real draw is the atmosphere. Surround yourself by glass high above the casino floor and just sit back and feel the vibe of the Cosmopolitan Hotel.

4. Social Bar at Palms

Get me a whiskey drink and let me mingle. This is perfect for both. This is the large spot in the center of the casino at Palms and once you go in you might not want to leave.

5. The Bars at Mandalay Bay Hotel

The Mandalay Bay Hotel has a few casino Bars and they all are perfect in their own way. The Orchid Lounge offers up pastries and coffee but right near by a bar serves up a decent Manhattan. Eyecandy Sound Lounge and Bar can get you going with music and a good way to interact with others at the bar. Do not forget thelounge at THE hotel where leather chairs and billiard tables make you want stiff drinks and long conversations. There is no shortage of places to grab a drink at the Mandalay Bay just remember that if there is a video poker machine on the bar put money in first and then you'll get a free drink.

6. Parasol Down at Wynn Las Vegas

Wynn Las Vegas
Grab a seat outside either during the day or in the early evening and soak in the atmosphere. You feel elegant, almost as if you have just showered and someone gave you a sea slat scrub and then tickled your toes with the softest towel on earth. Am I describing a bar? Yeah, I know, but a few drinks in the afternoon sun does that to you. Parasol Down is so comfortable you feel like you should have one too many. If you want a true casino bar then go upstairs to Parasol Up and you'll find that bar in the heart of the casino.

7. Centrifuge at the MGM Grand Hotel

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Right in the middle of the MGM Grand as you walk in off the street Centrifuge tempts you with its soothing lighting and perfectly displayed bottles. You will get the night going at Centrifuge but the options for a drink are endless at the MGM Grand. It seems as though you cannot walk more than 20 yards without an opportunity for a drink. If you want to sit and lounge I'd hit Rouge and if you are need a Margarita abandon the casino and go to Diego.

8. The Heart Bar at Planet Hollywood Hotel Las Vegas

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With huge screens and dancing girls this place gets going and its free. This large circular bar is the type of place where the energy compels you to have a good time. Great people watching, great music and a fun atmosphere in the Planet Hollywood Hotel. Too much energy? Head over toward the entrance of the casino and you'll see smaller more conveninet way to get a drink.

9. The I Bar at the Rio

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High energy, visually stimulating and a lot of fun. The lounge feeling gives a boost to the typical casino bar and the bartenders entice you with great drinks. The casino moves around you and the crowd gets a little loud in this casual yet upscale feeling lounge.

10. Aurora at the Luxor Hotel

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This is place has an airy feel to it and they are pouring drinks that keep you there for long hours. The people watching is good however as people come down the escalator it might feel as if they are watching you. The Luxor has a a center bar and a few smaller lounge bars just off the casino floor.

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