The Most Fun Bars in Las Vegas
Your Guide to the Best Non-Clubs in Sin City
You certiainly don't have to go to a club to have a great time in Vegas.
Vegas may be known for its clubs, but it also has some great bars that don't require waiting in line, an upscale dress code or even a cover charge..
Even those famous "lounge acts" can be entertaining.
Here are PubClub's.com picks for the best of Vegas' bars, the non-clubs. These are places we go when we're in that blue jeans mood but still want to do a little sinnin' in Sin City.
Las Vegas' Most Fun Bars
Pubbers in Vegas love the fun bars like Times Square's piano bar.
It's not difficult to get wasted away in Vegas, and the best place for us to do this is Margaritaville Cafe (Flamingo Hilton). It's easy for us to think this way; we enjoy the great parties of Jimmy Buffett concerts. Vegas Margaritaville is a three-level Parrothead paradise, showing concert videos and playing Buffett that just begs to stay for another margarita (tip: get "The Perfect Margarita," $9:25).
Soon this blender will render.. a mermaid!
The mermaid dances with Jimmy himself singing on a large sail.
Careful, though, at Margaritaville, and you just must might wind up tossing out your anchor there. The first level is the best place to hang and a volano-and-mermaid show every 40 minutes or so late afternoons and early evenings makes you know where you are when it blows. Upstairs is a misted patio overlooking the Strip. It's mostly for people having snacks but the bar can get a few fins to the left, fins to the right...
It's adjacent to the Margaritaville gift shop, so watch the credit card after a few drinks! To read PubClub.com's full review of Margaritaville, click here.
For a somewhat similar cantina feel, check out Senor Frogs in Treasure Island.
It's moments like this that make the Nine Fine Irishmen a PubClub.com favorite fun bar.
These girls get a lift at the Nine Fine Irishmen..
There are quite a few Irish pubs popping up in Vegas, and one of the finest is the Nine Fine Irishmen in New York, New York. The Nine Fine has a live Celtic band six days a week (except Tuesdays), a lass doing Irish step dancing on a raised platform and a crazy crowd that gets the place rocking after midnight. The band, Sin É Rí-Rais, is awesome, you'll want to stay, dance and party all night. They play those fun Irish drinking songs like "Seven Drunken Nights," but turn over to rock 'n roll covers for the last set. When that finishes about 2, you wish the place were open until 4!
The Nine Fine Irishmen is a regular stop for Rebels and Lady Rebels from UNLV, locals and tourists in the know. There's a $10 cover Fridays and Saturdays.
The Irish step dancer's name, by the way is Tara Reid. But not that Tara Reid.
You don't go to the clubs to find beautiful girls; they were in the Nine Fine.
The coolest bar in town is, without a doubt, the classy Red Square. Located next to the Rumjungle club in Mandalay Bay, Red Square is a martini lounge decked out in cool, soft colors.
The Red Square lounge in Mandalay Bay
is Vegas' "coolest" bars.
It specializes in martinis with Russian names but the "coolest" part about the place its its hockey rink. Actually, it's a thick strip of ice running the length of the service bar that keeps cocktails ice cold. There's no music, but it attracts a lot of young, fun people who want to drink but don't want to put up with the fuss and expense of getting into Rumjungle. One entertaining thing to do is check out the prices on some of the Russian vodkas.
Dueling Piano Bars
The dueling piano bars combine fun patrons with good live music.
Sometimes, the most fun bars are in Vegas involve dueling pianos, where a duo of ivory ticklers like to tickle the soul. Everyone is singing, some are dancing in place and they are partying heavily. Rarely is the patron to be found without a big smile.
The most popular of these is the The Bar at Times Square in New York, New York. Simply put, it's a blast for anyone with a lot of enthusiasm and energy. The crowd here is primarily mid-20s/mid-30singles, some on bachelor and bachelorette parties. They sing, they scream and they laugh. Note that there's often a cover of $10, perhaps even $15, even on some weekdays.
Up the strip, it's almost as lively at the Piano Bar at Harrah's. The hot blonde sisters are the primary attraction and they let it rip. The crowd tends to be a bit older and couples but this is Vegas and you just never know.
Cheap Drinks on the Strip
We all know talk can be cheap, but so are the drinks in these little-known places on the Strip. The Kanpai Bar, located just inside the main Imperial Palace entrance, sells domestic beer for $1.50 and some limited imports for $2.50. It does this all day until closing at 3 a.m. This is one one of the best-kept pre-party secrets in town.
Next door, the dingy casino O'Sheay's sells 10-ounce beers for $1.25, but service is spotty. You can also get $1 bottles and other cheap drinks at the Casino Royale between the Venetian and Harrah's. Make a quick pit stop in one of these places and take the drinks to a casino.
Those Lively Las Vegas Lounge Acts and Bars
Believe it or not, this is not a club, but Eyecandy lounge in Mandalay Bay.
The clubs are hardly the only game in town when it comes to Vegas nightlife. The casino lounge bars offer great entertainment without the hassles of getting into the clubs. There's no line, no cover and usually a live band. And, often, a lively crowd. So, we always recommend a lounge crawl, especially for large groups and bachelorette parties.
The most happening lounge is actually what PubClub refers to as a club/lounge (for lack of a better term), for it combines a traditional sitting lounge area with a nightclub. Eyecandy Sound Lounge in Mandalay Bay has a DJ, elevated level for girls to cut loose, a dance floor, even bottle services. Best of all, there's no line, no cover charge and no row of bouncers to negotiate.
There's also a great vibe – and hot women – at the Pussycat Dolls Lounge in Caesars Palace, and while it's a gambling spot there's a bar around the corner (as well as the sportsbook) and makes for a nice stop along the cocktail casino tour.
The MGM Grand has replaced its Main Casino Stage and "Heroes of Rock & Roll" show with a dark and swanky circular lounge area. Situated between the sports book and lion habitat, it has a high-roller look.
It's a close walk to New York/New York. This casino attracts a fun, young crowd and many make it to this live-band bar.
Just a few steps from the hectic scene at Rumjungle, Mandalay Bay's lounge features bands that rock. It always has a lively crowd and is a favorite place for wedding parties cutting loose after the reception.
Looking for a good Happy Hour spot? Gordon Biersch is a where the locals go to knock 'em back after work, especially on Fridays. It's away from the neon lights and gaming tables of the Strip (Hughes Center, Flamingo and Paradise), making it hard to tell one is in Vegas. The food is fine but for those ready to mingle, we don't recommend the garlic mashed potatoes. Gordon Biersch also has a fully-stocked bar for non-beer drinkers.
Other brew pubs can be found at Ellis Island, Main Street Station and Sunset Station.