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Summer 2013 in Las Vegas is almost here, and the warm weather turns Vegas into even more of a 24 hour party scene than usual. Vegas partiers can rage all day and all night by transitioning from cool outdoor pool parties to night-time hotspots, but while Las Vegas is known for these massive parties, the hype tends to overshadow a top shelf bar scene that lies comfortably in the groove between the the two. Some bars in the Las Vegas hotels are known to overcharge for drinks or get a weird crowd on the casino floor, but there are many underrated bars at Vegas hotels that don’t get the credit they deserve. Here are our picks for underrated bars to check out at the Las Vegas hotels on your next trip:
1. Nine Fine Irishmen at the New York New York Hotel & Casino
Nine Fine Irishmen in Las Vegas at the New York New York is a can’t miss stop for heavy drinkers looking for the luck of the Irish, or even just those who want to enjoy a nice cold stout or Irish whiskey. This is a traditional, casual pub (a rarity for Vegas) and it also serves up pretty good pub grub, too. We suggest the Beer N’ Cheese Dip or the Shepherd’s pie, and for those who really have the drunchies, go for the Spice Grilled Pork Porterhouse or the New Zealand Rack of Lamb. It’s often difficult to find casual but tasty Irish pub at the Las Vegas hotels on the Strip, but Nine Fine Irishmen is passionate about its stout, whiskey, and delectable Irish plates. For those of you softies who don’t enjoy whiskey or beer, don’t fret…they also serve wine, cocktails, martinis and more.
Octane Lounge at the Excalibur Las Vegas hotel is a hidden gem when it comes to finding cheap Vegas drinks. Located just outside the Thunder from Down Under theater, it’s a great spot for grabbing a drink before or after the show. Our favorite drinks were the Chocolate Kiss martini (Godiva Choclate Liquer with Smirnoff Vanilla Twist Vodka, Dark Creme de Cacao, Baileys Irish Cream and some Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup) and the Beam Me Up Scotty (Light Bacardi Rum, Bacardi 151 rum, Peach Schnapps, Cranberry Juice, Pineapple Juice, and a bit of Pomegranat Syrup), both for $9. With some Vegas hotel bars charging around $15 for a drink, Octane Lounge, like most aspects of the Excalibur, is pretty reasonably priced.
3. Rhumbar at the Mirage
Located within the Mirage Las Vegas hotel, Rhumbar brings a taste of the Caribbean to Sin City with its creative drinks and outdoor patio. While it’s drinks aren’t the cheapest ($12-$14), the chic atmosphere at the bar and the fact that they are strong and good, make it all worth it in the end. If you’re with friends why not share their pitchers of Sangria, Hurricane Margarita, or Mai Tai. Our favorites cocktails were the “Spicy Lover” (Cuervo Platino Tequila, English cucumber, Mexican Cilantro lime juice, sweet agave nectar and a bit o spicy Tabasco pepper sauce) perfect for Cinco de Mayo 2013 in Las Vegas, or the “Three Citrus Cooler” (Bacardi O, muddled grapefruit, orange, mint, lemon, a with lemon lime soda on crushed ice).
4. 5 O’clock Somewhere Bar at the Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel
If you’re in need of a Margarita, you’ve found the right bar. With a tropical feel, fun music, and open atmosphere, this Vegas bar is known for its friendly bartenders and happy hour specials. Whether you’re staying at the Flamingo Las Vegas hotel or just popping in for a margarita, 5 O’clock Somewhere Bar is definitely one of the most fun underrated Vegas bars inside Las Vegas hotels and perfect for pregaming your night out. Head here for Las Vegas Cinco de Mayo 2013 or during the summer for some cheap margaritas and beers.
5. Minus5 Ice Bar at Mandalay Bay
While it may not be the best place to look sexy or save money, this Vegas hotel bar is pretty cool….literally. We all know Vegas gets hot in the summer, and there’s nowhere better to cool off than by heading to a bar made completely of ice. Suiting its name, this bar is kept at 5 degrees Celsius (23 degrees Fahrenheit) and everything from the chairs to the cups you drink from are made of ice.