BARS & LOUNGES

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CASA FUENTE CI­GARS

At a decade old, Casa Fuente is an in­sti­tu­tion in The Fo­rum Shops. Those who are se­ri­ous about their ci­gars can choose from the selec­tion in the walk-in hu­mi­dor and belly up to the bar in the newly ren­o­vated space for an un­usual as­sort­ment of cock­tails and spir­its, in­clud­ing Casa Fuente’s own Kavalan Sherry Cask Strength Whisky and Jack Daniel’s Casa Fuente Sin­gle Bar­rel Whiskey. The Fo­rum Shops at Cae­sars, 702-731-5051; casa­fuente.com

CEN­TER BAR

A leg­end in its own right for 20 years and count­ing, Hard Rock’s celeb-fa­vorite Cen­ter Bar is back and bet­ter than ever af­ter un­der­go­ing a full-scale ren­o­va­tion. Ex­pect rock stars. Hard Rock Ho­tel & Casino, 702-693-5000; hardrock­ho­tel.com

CLIQUE BAR & LOUNGE

A dis­tinct coun­ter­point to the Cos­mopoli­tan’s high-en­ergy club scene, Clique of­fers light bites and ta­ble­side cock­tail ser­vice in a sexy, matte black and shim­mer­ing gold room in­spired by women’s jew­elry and boast­ing a dra­matic back­lit bar. Cos­mopoli­tan, 702-698-7939; cos­mopoli­tan­lasve­gas.com

THE DORSEY

For those who love a clas­sic, la­bor­in­ten­sive mixed drink for­mu­lated by a famed mas­ter mixol­o­gist (and with a min­i­mum of elec­tronic dance mu­sic), en­ter The Dorsey, whose cock­tails are de­signed by Sam Ross of At­taboy and Milk & Honey. Don’t miss the Peni­cillin, a smoky-sweet rem­edy for ev­ery­thing— made with sin­gle-malt and blended Scotch, honey, gin­ger, and lemon. Vene­tian, 866-659-9643; vene­tian.com

FIZZ

David Fur­nish and El­ton John’s two-story Cham­pagne bar is an ex­quis­ite blend of ’70s-style bronze ac­cents and faux-fur prints. Cae­sars Palace, 702-776-3200; cae­sars.com

FRANKIE’S TIKI ROOM

Down authen­tic (and au­then­ti­cally strong) tiki drinks in a retro space with hand-carved fur­nish­ings, vin­tage posters, and an ex­otic sound­track. You’ll find orig­i­nal carv­ings by Tiki Bosko (who made art for the Trop­i­cana) and Leroy Sch­maltz, the king of tiki carvers. 1712 W. Charleston Blvd., 702-385-3110; franki­estiki­room.com

FRANKLIN

While the De­lano cel­e­brates its desert sur­round­ings with neu­tral dé­cor that brings the out­doors in, the ho­tel’s lobby bar, Franklin, pro­vides a lush, modern con­trast with dark leather fur­ni­ture, warm wood walls, gold ac­cents, and a fire­place. De­lano Las Ve­gas, 702-632-7888; de­lanolasve­gas.com

THE GOLDEN TIKI

Lo­cated in Chi­na­town, the newer of Ve­gas’s two fa­vorite tiki bars fea­tures trop­i­cal drinks, talk­ing tiki stat­ues, and a gi­ant conch shell. Look for “shrunken heads” of lo­cal celebs. 3939 Spring Moun­tain Road, 702-222-3196; the­gold­en­tiki.com

HERBS & RYE

From Gothic “al­co­holic reme­dies” to quaffs from the Golden Age to the per­fect Saz­erac, Herbs & Rye is darkly and wit­tily vin­tage. Owner and award-win­ning mixol­o­gist Nec­taly Men­doza’s place is where the in­dus­try goes at the end of the night to take the edge off. 3713 W. Sa­hara Ave., 702982-8036; herb­sandrye.com

MANDARIN BAR

Un­of­fi­cially called “The Edge” due to its perch in one of the ho­tel’s par­tic­u­larly sharp cor­ners, Mandarin Bar’s VIP area re­quires ad­vance book­ing, so call ahead to rel­ish the awe­some 23rd-floor views af­forded by three walls of floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows. Mandarin Oriental, 888-881-9367; mandarinoriental.com

PARASOL UP

With col­or­ful fab­rics and hang­ing lanterns, this casino-level lounge just un­der­went a mil­lion-dol­lar ren­o­va­tion and still of­fers some of the best peo­ple­watch­ing in Las Ve­gas. The up­dated drink menu fea­tures five bar­rel-aged craft cock­tails avail­able on draft. The bar’s coun­ter­part, Parasol Down (an es­ca­la­tor ride away), over­looks Wynn’s pic­turesque Lake of Dreams. Wynn Las Ve­gas, 702-770-3392; wynnlasve­gas.com

PETROSSIAN BAR

Just like its New York sib­ling, Petrossian Bar cel­e­brates caviar and vodka in a loungey at­mos­phere (pre­pare for con­spic­u­ous con­sump­tion; it’s right on the edge of the casino floor). IN­SIDER TIP: Petrossian also has one of the most civ­i­lized high teas in town: Think fresh scones and clot­ted cream ac­com­pa­nied by a pi­anist com­mand­ing the one-of-a-kind Stein­way. Bellagio, 702-693-6163; bellagio.com

SKY­FALL LOUNGE

This jewel-toned bar and lounge, which con­nects with Alain Du­casse’s ver­tig­i­nous restau­rant Rivea, is one of the best places on the Strip to set­tle in for the liv­ing theater that is a flam­ing Las Ve­gas sun­set over the Red Rock Canyon Con­ser­va­tion Area. Do it with a cock­tail from the bar menu (per­haps from the Shaken and Stirred cat­e­gory). De­lano Las Ve­gas, 702632-7575; de­lanolasve­gas.com

VELVETEEN RAB­BIT

The Down­town bar, run by two sis­ters, is filled with Vic­to­rian fur­ni­ture and fea­tures stylis­tic quirks like draft-beer pulls fash­ioned from old wooden man­nequin hands. The cock­tail list in­cludes such un­usual con­coc­tions as The Ghost Next Door (fig-in­fused tequila, ba­nana syrup, Aztec choco­late bit­ters, and bis­cotti “mist”) and the

smoky Black Leather Jack­ets (mez­cal, Lus­tau East In­dia sherry, Cy­nar, and vanilla). 1218 S. Main St., 702-6859642; vel­veteenrab­bitlv.com

VICE VERSA PA­TIO & LOUNGE

Vdara’s fire­side pa­tio bar is a per­fect place for cock­tails and light bites be­fore a night on the town. Vdara, 702-590-2312; vdara.com

VISTA COCK­TAIL LOUNGE

This glit­tery cock­tail lounge fea­tures a ro­tat­ing dis­play of ci­tyscapes from around the world. Cae­sars Palace, 702-731-7852; cae­sars.com

for mar­quee shows. Bellagio, 702693-7871; bellagio.com

DIS­COV­ERY CHIL­DREN’S MU­SEUM

Even the lo­cal chil­dren’s mu­seum has flash to spare in Las Ve­gas. Here, vis­it­ing young ones can cre­ate com­puter art, play the laser harp, en­ter into the vir­tual eye of a hur­ri­cane, and even earn a pay­check work­ing in the ecofriendly Green Vil­lage. 360 Prom­e­nade Place, Down­town; 702-382-3445; dis­cov­erykid­slv.org

MAR­JORIE BARRICK MU­SEUM OF ART

The Mar­jorie Barrick Mu­seum, part of the Univer­sity of Las Ve­gas’s Col­lege of Fine Arts, houses pre-columbian art and cul­tural ob­jects from the Amer­i­can South­west and Me­soamer­ica, as well as con­tem­po­rary art from artists as­so­ci­ated with the Las Ve­gas valley. 4505 S. Mary­land Pkwy, 702-895-3381; unlv.edu/bar­rick­mu­seum

NA­TIONAL ATOMIC TEST­ING MU­SEUM

This sur­pris­ing and en­gag­ing in­sti­tu­tion—a Smith­so­nian af­fil­i­ate—tracks the de­vel­op­ment of the US nu­clear pro­gram from the Man­hat­tan Project through to­day. Don’t miss the sim­u­la­tor that al­lows you to ex­pe­ri­ence bomb test­ing as Ve­gas res­i­dents used to—from an “out­door” seat look­ing out onto the ac­tion. 755 E. Flamingo Road, 702-794-5151; na­tion­alatomictest­ing­mu­seum.org

THE NEON MU­SEUM

The so-called “neon boneyard” has housed more than 80 relics of Ve­gas’s neon sign his­tory since it opened in 1996. Fronting it all is the beau­ti­fully re­stored La Con­cha, an iconic mid­cen­tury ho­tel moved here to serve as the quirky cul­tural site’s vis­i­tors cen­ter. IN­SIDER TIP: For ex­tra drama, re­serve a night tour, when the neon signs are all lit up from be­low for show. 770 Las Ve­gas Blvd. N., 702-3876366; neon­mu­seum.org

THE SMITH CEN­TER

Down­town’s per­form­ing arts cen­ter is home to the Las Ve­gas Phil­har­monic, Ne­vada Bal­let The­atre, and ded­i­cated Broad­way and Cabaret Jazz pro­grams. The Art Deco-style mas­ter­piece also hosts a fan­tas­tic lineup of trav­el­ing Broad­way shows, vis­it­ing or­ches­tras, and more. 361 Sym­phony Park Ave., 702-749-2000; the­smith­cen­ter.com

SPRINGS PRE­SERVE

This 180-acre, $250 mil­lion Mo­jave Desert pre­serve, three miles west of the Strip, takes vis­i­tors through gal­leries, botan­i­cal gar­dens, and a liv­ing col­lec­tion of Gila mon­sters, foxes, and that other kind of Ve­gas nightlife—noc­tur­nal crit­ters like recluse spi­ders, sidewinders, and black wid­ows. The best bi­o­log­i­cal re­source in south­ern Ne­vada, it’s also one of the state’s old­est ar­chae­o­log­i­cal trea­sures: No­madic Na­tive Amer­i­can tribes lived at the Springs 12,000 years ago. 333 S. Valley View Blvd., 702822-7700; springsp­re­serve.org

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