Las Vegas!  Party town!  A city where liquor flows freely all night...and day!  Bottle service, shots, yard-long frozen Margaritas - they’re all here, and certainly many visitors indulge.  But rather than tossing back shots, others prefer to sip beautifully crafted cocktails.  Luckily, Vegas is also home to renowned mixologists and some of the most highly skilled bartenders, so if you’d like to experience the Las Vegas cocktail culture, here are a few spots you might want to try:

Sake Rok at The Park
Between New York New York and the Monte Carlo, you’ll find The Park, the Vegas Strip’s first green space, featuring indigenous plant life, a huge sculpture entitled Bliss Dance, and water features.  To one side of the park, is Sake Rok, a fun, energetic Japanese restaurant, with an adorable staff who double as performers.  Sit at their bar or in their lounge, as you watch lip-sync tributes to Boy Bands, Disco, or Madonna, and sip some of their innovative, Japanese influenced cocktails like the Hana Berry, made with Sparkling Blueberry Sake and elderflower liqueur, or the Sakura, with Mandarin Blossom Vodka, maraschino liqueur, and white cranberry juice.
Sake Rok serves lunch and dinner, but their bar and lounge are open into the late night hours.  Hold onto your glass, though; you might find your server dancing on the bar, and you wouldn’t want them to spill it!

The Chandelier at The Cosmopolitan
In the atrium of the Cosmopolitan Resort and Casino, you’ll see it.  It’s unmistakeable.  A multi-level bar swathed in hundreds of strands of sparkling crystal beads.  Each level has a different vibe, and it’s own specialty cocktails.  The center level, where you’re surrounded by light and shimmer, is, in my opinion, the most fabulous.  Try some of their creative, original cocktails - the Bruce Tea, made with coconut vodka, Thai basil eau de vie, peanut butter, ginger purée and matcha tea, or their signature drink, the Verbena - an Asian take on a Margarita, with a Sichuan flower garnish that, when chewed, stimulates your taste buds, changing the drink’s flavor profile from tart, to sweet, then back again.  I also have it on good authority, that the Fire Breathing Dragon may be returning soon.  This fun
concoction features liquid nitrogen treated raspberries that make smoke shoot out your nose!

3535 at The LINQ
Just across from the reception desk at The LINQ Hotel & Casino, is a chic little lounge centered around a color changing vortex, matching the huge LED version outside on the Strip.  This is 3535, Las Vegas’ only infusion bar.  Here you’ll find inventive cocktail creations made using some of the 35 custom made infused liquors - from Ancho chile & bacon infused bourbon, to blue cheese & olive infused gin, and even Skittles infused vodka!  Pull up a seat at the bar and order the spicy El Fuego - mango-citrus & jalapeño infused tequila mixed with agave nectar, mango purée and house made sour mix, or the Carmen - banana & clove infused rum, Rum Chata cream liqueur, coconut cream, cinnamon, and toasted coconut.  My favorite is the Chai Peanut Butter Cup, made with chai tea, vanilla bean infused vodka, Rum Chata, and peanut butter!  Delicious and deceptively dangerous!

Fizz at Caesar’s Palace
Steps from the Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace, is the shiny, golden entrance to Fizz, a fashionable champagne lounge owned by Elton John’s husband, David Furnish.  Decorated in tones of amber and cream, with many of the famous couple’s artistic photographs on the walls, this cozy, 1970’s inspired space gives guests a taste of how Elton and David entertain at home.  Fizz’s menu includes a some of the finest champagnes, and delicious specialty cocktails, several of which are named after Elton’s songs.  Try the Amoreena, a fizzy, fruity new take on the classic Pisco Sour, made with Pisco - a Peruvian grape brandy, wild strawberry liqueur, sour mix, and bitters, or the one I like best, the Kiss The Bride - cake flavored vodka, Domaine Chandon Brut champagne, Licor 43 - a vanilla-citrus liqueur, lemon juice, half & half, vanilla syrup, and egg whites.  It’s like drinking wedding cake!

Parasol Down at the Wynn
Just inside the main entrance of the Wynn Resort, you’ll find Parasol Up and Parasol Down, two peaceful oases bordering the bustling casino.  Parasol Up is a colorful, semi-enclosed lounge, while across the way, Parasol Down sits on the Lake Of Dreams, a man made lake featuring gorgeous greenery and a 40 foot waterfall, where whimsical sound and light shows play every night, including a giant frog puppet “singing” Louis Armstrong’s rendition of “What a Wonderful World.”  At their outdoor patio, guests can sip cocktails alfresco, while enjoying the evening breezes.  Two of their best are the bright, refreshing Strawberry Grapefruit Collins, made with grapefruit vodka, elderflower liqueur, strawberry purée, fresh lemon, and club soda, and their signature concoction, the Pear-A-Sol - pear vodka, pear liqueur, pear purée, and fresh sweet and sour mix.  With drinks this good and surroundings so lush, you’d never know the Vegas Strip was just beyond the trees!

Art Bar at the Downtown Grand
A block away from world famous Fremont Street in Downtown Las Vegas, is the Downtown Grand Hotel and Casino.  Just off the lobby, there’s a hip cocktail lounge called the Art Bar.  Sporting an industrial chic decor and framed artwork on the ceiling, their artistry extends to the specialty cocktails on the menu.  Savor The Green Muse - strawberry vodka and sour apple schnapps, briefly smoked with applewood, served over a sour apple ice sphere, or try the Night Watch - Georgia peach vodka, black cherry reduction, ginger beer, and sparkling water.  Start your night here, then go out and paint the town red!
 
Remember.  When you come to Las Vegas, be sure to experience the culture...the cocktail culture, that is!