Vegaster 7 Las Vegas Hotel & Casino Lobby Bars & Lounges

With all the flash and glitz of the bars and clubs, it is easy to overlook the simple sanctuary that a lobby bar offers. Yet with the class and sophistication of the best hotels in the world, comes the most unique lobby bars you can find. Our Vegaster drink gurus took the pavement in search of the crème de la crème in Vegas lobby bars and found much more than they had bargained on.

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The Mirage: The Lobby Bar at the Mirage has just what you expect, kicked up a notch. Front and center between the lobby and casino, this is prime real estate to watch the dramatic coming and goings from every walk of Vegas life. The drink menu at Lobby Bar is what us think twice. Combining organic with booze? But it worked, especially with our drink pick, The Naked Mojito. Anyone who can make this classic taste so good and be less than 150 calories gets our vote.

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The Mandarin: So to start with the Mandarin signature bar is not in the lobby, but 23 floors above it. This makes you lose a bit of that people watching thing, but the atmosphere, drink menu and floor to ceiling windows looking down on the strip make up for that. Our foray into lobby bars was fast developing a theme, as our drink pick here was the Lemongrass Mojito.

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Encore: We just can’t seem to keep Encore off of our lists, with good reason. The lobby bar here reeks of elegance starting with a golden statue of the Greek nymph Daphne in the middle of it. Not really sure what the Encore powers that be are trying to tell us with that. This lobby bar is right where it should be, 2 quick strides from the check in desk and also serves as a cafe. Sipping on classic cocktails in this red and gold masterpiece we had no choice but to make our drink pick the caviar menu. Russian and California Osetra with my Malibu – I’ll have an encore.

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Bellagio: The Bellagio’s Petrossian Bar still does the live piano cliché in their lobby bar, and it works. The atmosphere here is cozy, almost like a tea room… Oh wait, that’s right. It is also a tea room serving a traditional afternoon tea from 1 to 4. We like our tea from Long Island, so we skipped that bit and went in the early evening when the drinks were heavily laced and the people watching was at its prime. Drink pick for the Petrossian Bar was the vodka sampler- much better than a tea party.

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Red Rock Resort: The Red Rock is more sophisticated then it is given credit for, and that shows in its lobby bar. Over the bar is this incredible 32 foot long chandelier with draping pieces of crystal. It’s the drink pick here that got the Red Rock on the list. We were told to go on Thursday for wined up Thursdays where for $25 you get a bottomless glass of wine and apps. Talk about a happy hour.

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Westin Lake Resort: People watching aside, this lobby bar gets a big thumbs up for its lake views. With both places to sit inside and out, this Moroccan themed lobby bar has prime real estate right on Lake Las Vegas. (Yes, there is such a thing). Exotically decorated, the drinks match the theme with a number of signature cocktails to choose from. Our drink pick ended up being the Ali Baba, a vodka drink mixed with pineapple, mint, and chili pepper- that’s how you rock my casbah.

The Cromwell: Enough good things cannot be said about this Las Vegas hot spot, especially its lobby bar. Bound by Salvatore is club-like lobby bar, but that’s cool once you get a taste of the drinks. Salvatore Calabrese is known the world over for his skills at mixing a drink, and it shows even in his espresso. Our drink pick was one of those topped off with Moet & Chandon Imperial Champagne-good morning and bottoms up!

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When you want an escape from the typical loud music scene in Vegas, the lobby bar is the way to do it. These are more like meeting places, where you sit back, light up a stogie and sip on some sensational drinks.