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 celeb­fa­vorite 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., 702-3853110; 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, 702-6327888; 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, 702222-3196; 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-akind Stein­way. Bel­la­gio, 702-693-6163; bel­la­gio.com

PRESSED JUICERY

With mul­ti­ple lo­ca­tions in Ne­vada, you can drink all the cold-pressed de­signer juice you like (in­clud­ing re­cent lim­ited se­lec­tions like Pressed Juicery’s pink and blue—spir­ulina!—le­mon­ade col­lab­o­ra­tions with Vogue). Both new­bie and

vet­eran juice cleansers love its cus­tom pro­grams. Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions, pressed­juicery.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, 702-5902312; 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

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