Pumpkin, hot chocolate and egg nog are just a few of the seasonal goodies that inspire tempting cocktails. But where you enjoy a winter cocktail in Las Vegas is as important as the drink itself. From the velvet-flocked walls of a prohibition speakeasy to a front row view of the Fountains of Bellagio, Las Vegas has some of the best places to indulge in delicious seasonal drinks.
Golden Gate Hotel & Casino
1 Fremont Street
Las Vegas, NV 89101
The Bar Prohibition inside the Golden Gate Hotel takes you back to a place and time where liquor was prohibited but still plentiful. All cocktails are served in coffee mugs in the spirit of prohibition and the cocktail menu is laced with the hotel’s rich history. Opt for the Flaming Side Car, a combination of Grand Marnier, Cognac and rum garnished with a flaming lemon rind, or reminisce with Frankie Two Fingers, the signature cocktail of Frank Sinatra. A simple two fingers of Jack Daniels, four ice cubes and a splash of water is what the Chairman of the Board would order whenever he stopped by the Golden Gate.
Bellagio Las Vegas
3600 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
You’ll head there for the cocktails but stay for the scenery. Hyde Bellagio sits on the edge of the Lake at the Bellagio Resort, giving patrons a front row seat to the famous fountain shows. Relax with a custom liquid nitrogen concoction or the Spellbinder, a spicy seasonal cocktail made with pumpkin puree, coconut milk, clove syrup, rum and bitters, garnished with a cinnamon stick. Hyde Bellagio also offers a menu of small bites from 5 to 10 p.m..
2920 N. Green Valley Pkwy.
Henderson, NV 89014
Located in the heart of Green Valley, Elixir is a neighborhood bar catering to every kind of customer. From football fans to lounge lizards, all are welcome at Elixir. Warm up with a classic old fashioned or a rich microbrew while enjoying the lineup of nightly entertainment. Happy hour is daily from 3 to 6 p.m. and ladies get $5 martinis and 50-percent-off appetizers every Sunday night. For a full list of specials and entertainment, visit elixirlounge.net.
10820 W. Charleston Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89135
Distill is where you will find the ultimate winter retreat in Summerlin. Dubbed the “backyard,” Distill’s outdoor patio features welcoming fireplaces surrounded by plush outdoor seating, perfect for stargazing. Relax under the stars with a Newcastle infused with coffee whiskey or a specialty Mad Mule. Live music complements the stars on Saturday nights.
3799 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
CRUSH: eat, drink, love is a quaint restaurant and bar located in the MGM Grand. The concept behind CRUSH is all about exploring, from the cuisine to the cocktails. Along with an extensive list of beer and wine, CRUSH has also created some crafty cocktails to take the bite out of winter. The Wild at Heart (not for the faint of heart) combines Wild Turkey 101 with aromatic bitters and barrel-aged bitters served up with a splash of soda. For something even more exotic, try Cassandra’s Elixir, a concoction made with Old Overholt Rye, Grand Marnier, Carpano Antica, Benedictine and two dashes of chocolate bitters.
Christa Emmer is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in broadcast journalism. She has experience as a news writer, editor and producer in television news. Christa has been a Las Vegas resident for more than 20 years. Follow her on twitter @ChristaEmmer. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.