Where to Find Hidden Bars and Speakeasies in Las Vegas
Secret bars are hidden around the city and are exciting places to visit for some cocktails and intrigue. Some are hidden in casinos, and some in museums. While they might take a little bit of effort such as finding the secret entrance or getting the password of the day, they are definitely worth the visit. Order a drink or two at these Las Vegas speakeasies and hidden bars – if you can find them!
Though no official name has been decided, this boutique bar hidden behind a wall that rolls up into the ceiling at Circa Las Vegas has been lovingly dubbed “Secret Bar”. When down, the wall in the High Limit Gaming area features a close-up of Marilyn Monroe’s iconic eyes. The small-but-mighty bar isn’t always open and has no set hours, but it operates mostly on the weekends, adding to the secretive and exclusive nature of this hidden bar in Las Vegas. If you’re a high roller placing bets at the table nearby or waiting for the high roller in your group to finish a round, grab a seat at Secret Bar by the casino to have a craft cocktail in style when the wall goes up and the bar is revealed!
Housed underground in the Mob Museum, The Underground speakeasy in Las Vegas is part of a living exhibit that allows you to travel back in time to the Prohibition Era when hundreds of speakeasies operated in hard-to-find places. The exhibit is set up around a well-stocked bar featuring a stage with live jazz music. The facility has a working distillery and brewery, and it serves its own house-made moonshine and house-brewed beer. On top of its own distilling and brewing, you can order some delicious cocktails served in inconspicuous items such as hollowed-out books. Use the password of the week to get in!
Source: A Cocktail of Two Cities
The Laundry Room
If you’re in Downtown Las Vegas, you’ll probably see some crowds at Commonwealth. Once past those crowds, you can find a small speakeasy hidden behind a bookshelf. Elusive, intimate, and hidden, the Laundry Room is a great spot for drinks and a great time. The establishment shines through its internationally-acclaimed signature cocktails made by master mixologists behind the bar. If you’re lucky, their maestro will be seated at the piano for a truly special night of live music and craft cocktails. To get into this hidden gem that seats about a dozen guests, you need to obtain a secret phone number from the Commonwealth staff, then text for a password.
Barbershop by day, cocktail lounge by night. During the day, three barber chairs, a small waiting area, and a bar cart are all available to those getting a trim. At night, guests enter through an unassuming janitor’s door located within The Barbershop at The Cosmopolitan that leads to live music, craft beer, an exquisite whiskey selection, and stunning decor. With a mahogany bar that dates back more than 100 years, more than 150 whiskeys and bourbons from around the world, and live bands that perform every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, you’ll feel a lot of old-school cool reminiscent of classic Vegas – somewhere you might expect to see the Rat Pack back in the day.
1923 Prohibition Bar
Beneath the unassuming escalators to the Shoppes at Mandalay Place is a swanky and secret lounge and a cigar room, which is precisely why 1923 Prohibition Bar is such a perfect hidden bar. The bar has a long list of different bourbons and whiskeys, including options like Pappy Van Winkle. On top of an extensive brown liquor menu, this hidden Las Vegas bar can craft up some pretty amazing cocktails (be sure to order one of their specialty Old Fashions) and offers an Estate Room for enjoying cigars. 1923 Prohibition Bar also hosts New Orleans Nights featuring NOLA-inspired cocktails and entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights.
Source: Ghost Donkey
Many speakeasies go for class and 1920s vibes, but Ghost Donkey livens it up quite a bit. Fans of mezcal and tequila will want to seek out this hard-to-find bar. Located within the Block 16 Food Hall at the Cosmopolitan and behind a green door with a pink donkey on it, Ghost Donkey is a fiesta packed into a speakeasy with glowing red lights, donkey art, and an impressive selection of mezcal. With traditional Mexican spirits, lively music, and delicious food, you’ll feel transported right to Mexico once you find this hidden gem. With about 20 seats, this bar has so much personality packed into a small space.
Here Kitty Kitty Vice Den
The Here Kitty Kitty Vice Den is one of the newest speakeasies in Vegas and can be found in Famous Foods Street Eats food court at Resorts World. Ms. Meow’s Mamak Stall, which sells snacks and drinks on the regular, also serves as the home for Here Kitty Kitty. The blue shelving unit to the right of the cash register with three lucky cats (black, white, and gold) serves as the door that opens up. Unlike other speakeasies in Las Vegas, a password isn’t needed, just the knowledge of the location of this intimate lounge tucked into a food court. Inside, the team of craft mixologists can concoct whatever vice you seek.
On top of all the other incredible Las Vegas bars in the city, these hidden gems should be on your list to visit. Find your passwords, search for the elusive entrances, and order some of the best craft cocktails or high-end whiskeys while enjoying the intimate settings of Las Vegas speakeasies and hidden bars. Book a room at Circa Las Vegas to be near some of the best bars and have a comfortable place to call home once you’ve sampled drinks across the city!