Brunch with this view from Drai’s Beach Par­adise & Cafe.

CRAV­ING A MORE EL­E­VATED OUT­DOOR DIN­ING EX­PE­RI­ENCE? TH­ESE AL­FRESCO HOT SPOTS HAVE YOU COV­ERED.

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Hap­pily, Ve­gas pool and pa­tio din­ing spots no longer con­sider the out­doors a place to stuff a burger down your gul­let be­fore head­ing back to your daybed (not that there’s any­thing wrong with that). Here, some of our fa­vorite pa­tio and pool­side spots with sum­mer menus that won’t weigh you down.

HER­RING­BONE @ ARIA

What’s new: Her­ring­bone Brunch Club, on week­ends from 10 am to 4 pm. The vibe: The lively pa­tio has a pool view, with­out feel­ing like a pool deck, and live DJS spin elec­tronic and funk, but you can still hear your friends. Buf­fet strat­egy: Go straight for the oys­ters and shell­fish at the Salt, Brine & Poke sta­tion, though you’ll find a full buf­fet and an (in­cluded) à la carte menu with or­ange ri­cotta choco­late chip pan­cakes, Kobe slid­ers, and more. Drink up: $35 buys end­less pros­ecco, Belli­nis, mi­mosas, and Bloody Marys, or up­grade to end­less Moët & Chan­don Rosé for $95. 702-590-9898; her­ring boneeats.com

DRAI’S PAR­ADISE & CAFÉ @ THE CROMWELL

Just a spritz: Could a pool party that sells Moët Ice-filled spray guns (two for $3,000) re­ally have el­e­vated pool din­ing? Yes! What to or­der: Light bites like the new Hawai­ian poke bur­rito, fresh sushi, Drai’s rice bowl, and even poke na­chos. Hy­drate: Cock­tails like the new Drai’s Par­adise (Hen­nessy V.S.O.P. Co­gnac, Moët Ice Rosé, tan­ger­ine syrup, fresh lime), the afore­men­tioned spray guns, or bot­tle ser­vice that starts at $395. Stay for: Full con­cert

per­for­mances by any of the leg­endary names Drai’s lures here, from Travis Barker to Waka-flocka, and res­i­dents G-eazy and Ma­chine Gun Kelly. 702-777-3800; draislv.com

SA­LUTE TRAT­TO­RIA @ RED ROCK CASINO, RE­SORT & SPA

A deal a day: Daily spe­cials like $5 mar­tini Mon­days and half­priced wine Thurs­days are per­fect for those who love to game the sys­tem. What’s new: Col­or­ful up­dated an­tipasto misto with meats, cheese, egg­plant caponata, pep­pers, yucca in agrodolce, and olives, plus su­per-fresh ahi tartare with av­o­cado, chilies, tan­ger­ine, saf­fron crème fraiche, caviar, and semolina chips. About that menu: This year, se­ri­ously pedi­greed chef Luke Pal­ladino ar­rived to re­vamp the menu, with stand­outs like truf­fle ravi­oli with foie gras-co­gnac crema. Sa­lute sum­mer­time: With End­less Sum­mer (vodka, co­conut rum, pineap­ple, pome­gran­ate, le­mon, and or­ange bit­ters), or the Ital­ian way, with house-made limon­cello. 11011 W. Charleston Blvd., 702-797-7311; saluteve­gas.com

THE POOL CAFÉ @ MAN­DARIN ORI­EN­TAL

All about bal­ance: With a lit­tle virtue (raw ve­gan smooth­ies, sum­mer rice pa­per rolls filled with veg­gies, glass noo­dles, mint, and cilantro) and a lit­tle vice (a beef frank with dou­ble-smoked ba­con and beer-bat­tered onion rings). Hy­drate: With Man­darin Ori­en­tal’s Spa Wa­ter: Ef­fen cu­cum­ber vodka, watermelon, le­mon and lime juices, and gin­ger ale; and the Melon Cooler: Belvedere vodka, fresh can­taloupe juice, St. Ger­main, lime, and club soda. Ser­vice, please! The Pool Café serves the newly re­freshed ca­banas and daybeds, but you can also walk in from the pool. Bonus: Even non-guests can rent a ca­bana here, which comes with Moët Ice, fresh fruit, and all the mod-cons you love in a ca­bana. 702-590-8888; man­dari­nori­en­tal.com

clock­wise from above: Cock­tails, great new bites, and one of the best pool views on the Strip. Just watch out for Cham­pagne spray guns at Drai’s; sum­mer in a (watermelon) bowl at Drai’s; Good brand­ing: Drai’s Par­adise cock­tail looks the part.

One carafe of juice, six bot­tles of bub­bly: Her­ring­bone is all about the ideal ra­tio. be­low: #nofil­ter at Sa­lute: An­tipasto, drinks, and friends. You just won sum­mer.

Does any­thing say “sum­mer” bet­ter than poke and rosé at Man­darin Ori­en­tal?

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