Where to Find the Best Las Vegas Whiskey Bars
Las Vegas is home to a lot of things, including some of the best whiskey around. All across town, you’ll find extensive whiskey lists, rare bottles only found in Vegas, local whiskeys, and delicious cocktails that are perfect for feeling classy and refined in Vegas. With plenty of bars boasting an impressive menu, find where to discover some of the best whiskey selections and cocktails in town.
With over 200 whiskey selections, incredible whiskey cocktails, and a rooftop view of the Strip that truly stuns, Legacy Club is one of the best Las Vegas whiskey bars. On top of the drinks on the menu, there is a build-your-own Old Fashioned bar to personalize your drink. If ordering a cocktail from one of their skilled bartenders, be sure to order the Nevadan, Legacy Club’s unique version of the Manhattan that uses Frey Ranch Rye, a whiskey native to Nevada, where all of the grains for the whiskey are grown and cultivated on the local Frey Ranch farm.
The menu may include more than 100 whiskey labels, but Double Helix offers a lively atmosphere where both experts and beginners are welcome. There’s a Sunday night special with $4 whiskey cocktails for ladies that’s all about encouraging a new audience to try what’s often considered a guys-only drink. And there’s also a nice selection of cigars to go with whatever you choose to sip on. For an interesting drink, try The Tipsy Pig – a brunch cocktail made with WhistlePig 10-year rye, moonshine bitters, WhistlePig maple syrup, and a slice of bacon.
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Oak & Ivy
As the only watering hole at the Downtown Container Park, Oak & Ivy could easily get away with being just another routine bar, but it actually puts a lot of effort into its whiskey selection. Not only that, but the cocktails are truly handcrafted with the ginger beer, Bloody Mary mix, and garnishes made in-house, and while the bar itself is stuffed inside a shipping container, there are plenty of seats on the patio and the roof, making it the best place in town to enjoy whiskey, rye, or bourbon outdoors.
The Whisky Attic
Originally founded as an upstairs private lounge at the Freakin’ Frog, the Whisky Attic can now be found at a new location west of the Strip. Operated by a UNLV professor, tastings are by appointment only and offer a true education in the craft, with not only one of the most thorough whiskey selections in the country, but in the world. It’s a must-stop for both experts and novices seeking to learn more within a two-hour session. It’s an educational experience that goes far beyond learning the difference between “whiskey” and “whisky.”
While Delmonico is a steakhouse and not just a Las Vegas whiskey bar, Delmonico Steakhouse is also known for its extensive bar and whiskey program, featuring more than 700 varieties from at least eight different countries. You can sip some reasonably priced 20-year selections or dig deeper into a 50-year-old Glen Grant, 30 to 40-year-old Scotches, and a compelling Duncan Taylor Bunnahabhain 34-year super dark. You can also find an interesting alternative with dark sipping rums that taste and smell like whiskey if you’re looking to try something new.
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This Irish pub offers an extensive collection of whiskey, including nearly 50 unique selections from a variety of distilleries in Ireland such as Bushmills, Jameson, Midleton, Cooley, Tullamore, Knappogue, Walsh, and Teelings. There are also a few choices of rare distinction, such as a Knappogue Vintage 1951 that is sold at $350 a serving. Outside of Irish distilleries, Rí Rá also features extensive lists of Scotch whisky, American whiskey, and more international whiskies from around the world.
Franklin Lounge is more than just the Delano’s lobby bar – it’s an upscale haunt where patrons can order two-ounce pours of Buffalo Trace, Tullamore Dew, Glenmorangie, and more plus hand-crafted cocktails. Franklin offers a modern take on the lobby bar with a Miami-style lounge where the couches are comfortable and the lights are low. Rare and premium liquors can be found scattered throughout the cocktail menu, including a custom Glen Moray Scotch and Woodford Reserve Double Oaked bourbon.
Located inside MGM Grand, Whiskey Down offers some great whiskey options all day and night. Down Dark spirits are their specialty, with more than 50 different types of rare and fine American, Canadian, Irish, and Scotch whiskies along with handcrafted cocktails served 24 hours a day. They even offer a few varieties that are unique to MGM Grand including a special Jack Daniel’s that you can’t get anywhere else. Stop by to sip some great whiskey in their plush leather chairs, whether you get a glass, cocktail, or flight.
If you’re craving a glass of whiskey or a carefully crafted cocktail, Vegas has options for you. Check out these Las Vegas whiskey bars for a touch of class the next time you visit. Be sure to book a room at Circa Resort to be near all the action and to have a place to call home for the night after a night out tasting some of the best whiskeys around.