We may not be psychics, but we’re having a strong vision of booze in your future. Lots of it. We see beer being guzzled, shots being chased, cocktails being downed. We see this happening in Vegas, because: Vegas.
Lucky for you, there’s hundreds of bars in this town, so you’ll be good to go wherever you go. That said, plug these essential establishments into your bachelor party itinerary for the ultimate booze experience in Las Vegas.
Casa FuenteCasa Fuente Cigars, South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV, United States
Cigars are a bachelor party staple because a) they’re refined b) they’re not cheap c) you’ve spent years practicing your technique on those long pretzel rods. When in Vegas, you’ve got to round up the boys, head to Case Fuente, get a box of Cubans and light the frank up. It’s the only upscale cigar lounge on the strip, and it’s an opportunity for you and everyone else at your bachelor party to kick back, relax, and feel like Pierce Brosnan for a day. You’re going to order up a signature Casa Mojito (made with Botran Solera 1893 rum) or a Spicy Lover (with 1800 Tequila), and you’re going to sit back and talk guy stuff, like auto detailing and the WWE. This is a dude bar that has good vibes, and it’s the perfect launching point for a big night out.
The ChandelierThe Chandelier, South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV, United States
As you know by now , the Cosmopolitan is designed to be party central. The heart of the resort is The Chandelier, the central bar that spans three levels and is anchored by… chandeliers. And not just your normal, everyday chandeliers (you know, the kind you see in tastefully decorated homes or reasonably elegant hotels) but huge, larger-than-life chandeliers, loaded with more crystals than an Arkansas meth lab. Each floor has its own vibe. The first floor is the casino bar with live music, the second is an extra-fancy swank lounge, and the third is a more laid-back, intimate space. There’s usually a live DJ, and top mixologists are cranking out imaginative libations like The Forbidden Fruit, which pays tribute to the Adam and Eve with heavy apple flavors.
BeerhausBeerhaus, South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV, United States
Beerhaus is one of those rare and awesome bars in Las Vegas that’s not inside a resort. It’s also not a glitzy-glammy affair. Right on the Vegas Strip, Beerhaus is part of Vegas’ The Park (though you’ll be hard pressed to find green space.) Really it’s more of a concrete park, but it’s at least it’s not swarming with tourists. Beerhaus is a laid-back, open-air bar that features foosball, corn hole, and tons of great brew. There’s live music, and sometimes you can catch some Vegas performers doing Cirque Du Soleil-type stuff just outside. You’ll find several local craft beers on draft, as well as made-to-order cocktails on tap (like Moscow Mules and Palomas).
Minus 5 Ice BarMinus 5 Ice Lounge, Las Vegas, NV, United States
Ice, ice baby. That’s the theme at Ice Bar. This is often a godsend in Vegas, especially in the summer, when the temperature can blaze up past the 100s. If you don’t know what an ice bar is, it’s exactly what it sounds like. The entire bar is made of ice. The walls, the seats, the glasses your cocktails come in, all ice. You’re in 23-degree cold, because an ice bar doesn’t really work if you keep it at room temperature. Don’t cry about it though, they give you thick parkas and gloves, and your tears would probably freeze anyway. You’re obviously not going to spend the entire trip here, but you are going to get some cocktails. The drinks are good, and you get a fun LED light show out of it, too. Anyway, sure it’s a tourist trap, but it’s a good one and this is the kind of thing that you’re not going to get outside Vegas. It’s definitely a cool experience. (See what we did there?)
The DorseyThe Dorsey, South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV, United States
Let’s say you’re a hardcore cocktail snob. You want hand-carved ice, housemade bitters and full explanations. If that sounds about right, rest easy because we’ve got the perfect place for you. The Dorsey is a stylish lounge at the Venetian that’s all about craft cocktails. Famed mixologist Sam Ross (of Attaboy and Milk & Honey fame) is the guy behind it, so you’re in good hands. The New York Times loves this guy, and named one of his creations (The Penicillin) one of 11 essential drinks . He’s a modern day cocktail pioneer, and you can sample all his work at The Dorsey (including The Penicillin, which is Scotch, fresh lemon, ginger, honey, and Islay float). Expect to slap down a Jackson for every cocktail, though.