The big-name musical residencies on the Strip are one of the perks of being a Las Vegan, but the throngs of tourists bellying up to the bars outside the venue… not so much.
Fortunately, as a Las Vegas local, you have plenty of off-the-Strip options where you can find good drinks and even better company – without being price-gouged like an out-of-towner. Here are five of the best bars and lounges for nights when low-key vibes are more important than being at the grand opening of the moment.
1. Bin 702
Address: 707 E. Fremont, #1220 Las Vegas, NV 89101
This hipster bar has been one of the best features of the Container Park since 2013. Though Bin 702 only occupies 640 square feet, they provide ample outdoor seating where you can enjoy a drink or a meal in the sun.
They’re famous for their mini sandwiches, which only cost $2.50 a pop. Try the small plates of cheese and meat sides for a great pairing with one of the 16 wines on the menu. Alternatively, you can go for one of the seasonal drinks like the Bill Murray, which features coffee-infused vodka. This is a great spot to grab a bite with friends or stop in for a drink before a show.
2. Herbs & Rye
Address: 3713 W. Sahara Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89102
Herbs & Rye is near the Strip but far enough that you can avoid the parade of college kids, bachelorette parties, and tourists-gone-wild you may find at a casino bar.
Not only is this spot known for being a great steakhouse, but you can actually order the bartender’s choice and trust it — a rarity these days. If you’d rather pick your poison yourself, the drinks menu has been referred to as a “history book of pre-prohibition cocktails.” Not only that, but happy hour is 50% off, so head over after work and indulge yourself.
Address: 1218 South Main St., Las Vegas, NV 89104
The Arts District is up and coming, but not so gentrified that it’s attracting the same crowds that flock to The Stratosphere or Blue Man Group. The Velveteen Rabbit, which draws inspiration from the famous book of the same name, is truly the epitome of its Art District surroundings.
From glasses with delicately drawn art to vintage furniture, this bar blends the cool vibe of an art gallery with the comfort found between the pages of your favorite childhood reads. Come back again and again to check out their rotating selection of beers on tap, or order an eclectic cocktail and melt into a relaxing night.
4. Four Kegs
Address: 276 N. Jones Blvd., Las Vegas, Nevada, 89107
If you want to watch the next big game over a beer without a side of pretense, Four Kegs is the place to pull up a barstool.
Not only are there multiple televisions set up around the bar for ultimate viewing, but the food really delivers — their stromboli has even been featured on The Food Network. It’s the ideal place to eat and drink to your heart’s content while cheering for your favorite team on a Sunday afternoon. If you want to bring your whole crew, there’s also some family-style seating in the back.
Address: 3960 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV 89119
For an elegant happy hour with a glass of wine in hand, avoid the new lounges on the Strip and have a drink in the lobby at the Four Seasons — yes, you read that right.
PRESS is one of the best kept secrets in Vegas, as far as sophisticated bars are concerned. Relax in the temperature-controlled indoor space, or unwind out on the lush outdoor patio that overlooks the pool. You can order your hand-crafted cocktails here from 3:00 pm onward, 7 days a week.
Whether you want to impress your date at a classy bar or let your hair down at a come-as-you-are joint, Las Vegas has a place with your name on it. Stop paying too much for drinks and fighting your way through throngs of visitors, and head to one of these local-friendly establishments to enjoy yourself tonight.
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