One of the many reasons people visit Las Vegas is the gorgeous year-round weather. The winter gets slightly chilly at night but we’re in peak Vegas weather right now. It can be hot out but it’s not overbearing like the dog days of summer when temps are consistently above 110. It’s the perfect time of year to enjoy some extra time in Las Vegas outdoors.
There plenty of restaurants that offer al fresco dining on the Vegas Strip. Unfortunately there are fewer bars that offer a place to kick back and have a nice relaxing cocktail or bucket of beers outside with fresh air and great views of Las Vegas.
This isn’t a “best of” list or a comprehensive list of every bar to grab a drink outdoors on the Vegas Strip. This is just a look at some of the most fun bars and relaxing lounges to grab some drinks with outdoor seating and a view of the Vegas Strip. Some are great for people watching while others simply have fresh air and great views.
Beer Park (Paris)
This is a fun outdoor bar with a great view of the Bellagio fountain show. There’s ample seating at the bars and picnic tables if you want to grab a bite. There are also games like cornhole if you don’t feel like sitting around. Beer snobs will hate that this is a Budweiser bar. However, Budweiser owns many smaller breweries and there are a few options for people that like a more flavorful beer. There’s also a full bar so beer isn’t the only drink available at the Beer Park.
Cabo Wabo and PBR Rock Bar (Planet Hollywood)
These two bar and restaurants are grouped together because they’re almost mirror venues at the north and south sides of Planet Hollywood. Cabo Wabo serves Mexican fare with a focus on margaritas and tequila. PBR Rock Bar serves American BBQ with a focus on beer and really any kind of drink you can imagine. The patios are just above the Vegas Strip and can offer fun people watching or just a fun fresh air atmosphere to have a few too many drinks.
Lagasse’s Stadium (The Palazzo)
This is sort of a hidden fresh air gem. Not many people look to the strip side of Lagasse’s Stadium when visiting the sports book/bar/restaurant. That’s a mistake as the outdoor area is great to relax, watch sports and maybe even enjoy a cigar outside. There are TV’s for different sections and even a billiards table. The outside area at Lagasse’s Stadium is particularly fun when there isn’t too much happening in sports since the majority of TV’s are inside.
Nine Fine Irishmen (New York-New York)
Nine Fine Irishmen is probably the best Irish Pub on the Vegas Strip. It’s definitely my favorite whether I’m inside enjoying bangers and mash or outside drinking a Harp. The food is good, the entertainment is always fun and the ability to just grab a seat or table outside on the Vegas Strip is amazing. This is a great place to people watch or just hang out with friends and enjoy a fine Irish beer.
SkyFall and Foundation Room (Delano and Mandalay Bay, respectively)
These aren’t what you’d call traditional outdoor bars. The lounges each have AMAZING top floor views from the patio of their respective towers at Mandalay Bay. Both offer similar views of the Vegas Strip but different experiences. SkyFall Lounge is a bit more refined lounge to relax and sip a cocktail. The Foundation Room is more of a clubby environment but not necessarily a club for millennials. While anyone can enjoy the vibe inside and outside, the partying guests tend to be closer to Generation X and up.
Carnival Court (Harrah’s)
There’s only one reason to visit Carnival Court outside of Harrah’s. This is a bar for partying. Everything and everyone from the bands, DJ’s and flair bartenders are here to get the party started. Word of caution: Avoid Carnival Court if you’re not looking to be around loud people who want to have a drunken fun time.
Marc Meltzer covers Las Vegas, gaming and men’s lifestyle for various outlets. Check out his blog at Edge Vegas.