We’re in the midst of the roaring 2020s, a century after hidden bars and lounges commanded the social scene in the United States. Las Vegas is always looking to its past, which is why it’s no surprise there’s a handful of speakeasies throughout the destination.
Known for unique, off-the-path entrances and typically the need for a password to enter, these hidden treasures are great places to enjoy some jiggle juice with a hint of mystery. Here are the Las Vegas speakeasies that are the cat’s pajamas!
1. Nowhere at Fontainebleau Las Vegas
The name lets you know this is hush-hush, but this speakeasy is a departure from most. The swanky, large room is stylishly decorated with warm hues and plush banquettes that almost suggest socializing with your fellow under-the-radar revelers. Enjoy a fabulous cocktail at the Strip’s newest speakeasy, which also offers an assortment of unique entertainment—up-close illusions, backgammon and tarot readings are all, well, in the cards.
2. The Vault at Bellagio
Hidden behind an ordinary doorway just off the casino floor is this ultra-exclusive space, where visitors can sip on high-end spirits and enjoy the anonymity a true speakeasy affords. The surroundings are lavish, and the cocktails are just as gorgeous to look at as they are delicious to drink. As you could have guessed, seating is limited—and on top of that, reservations are required.
3. The Underground Speakeasy & Distillery at The Mob Museum
A speakeasy in the National Museum for Organized Crime & Law Enforcement? Absolutely! Housed in the basement of the downtown institution, the space is adorned with Prohibition-era memorabilia and tells the story of the Roaring Twenties throughout the décor. Plus, it bottles its own moonshine and regularly features live entertainment. It’s the bee’s knees.
4. The Count Room at Flamingo Las Vegas
Look for the “secret” entrance, a green door near the food court area just off the casino floor, or access it from inside Bugsy & Meyer’s Steakhouse. This speakeasy, named after the space where mob mafiosos would take inventory of the loot they “skimmed off the top” serves up classic cocktails and offers options off the steak house menu. This is a spot you’ll definitely get comfortable at and enjoy a few drinks.
5. Here Kitty Kitty Vice Den at Resorts World Las Vegas
Enter a “hidden world of sin” at this food hall’s hideaway by giving the secret “meow” password. The hidden spot features a Prohibition-style cocktail program with a Singaporean twist.
6. Ghost Donkey at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Another Las Vegas speakeasy located in a fabulous food hall known as Block 16, this spot can be found by its green door with a white donkey on it. The mezcal and tequila lounge features flights of its dedicated spirits, cocktails, and a food menu that boasts the infamous Truffle Nachos – a must order. VEGAS ON brings you a glimpse into several speakeasies below.
7. Datamosh at Meow Wolf’s Omega Mart at AREA15
This bar at the well-known artist collective’s supernatural supermarket might be difficult to find – the staff has been instructed to not give directions! Located across from the “store’s” pharmacy, the space features eight specialty cocktails.
8. The Laundry Room at Commonwealth
With space for only 22 at this Downtown hot spot, this is an exclusive speakeasy – so make reservations in advance! Located in the building housing the former laundry room of nearby El Cortez Hotel & Casino, this intimate lounge offers 27 craft cocktails to sip and savor.
9. The Barbershop Cuts & Cocktails at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Getting a new ’do isn’t the only thing that happens at this lounge, where visitors can enter its secret bar via a pretend “janitor’s” door that’ll lead to another closet that then opens to the secret lounge. In addition to Prohibition era cocktails and surroundings, guests can enjoy live music nearly every night – and, if they want, a cut!
10. 1923 Prohibition Bar at The Shoppes at Mandalay Place at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino
No password is necessary at this bourbon-centric, swanky, and secluded spot. Simply enter through a nondescript bookcase and be transported to yesteryear, where an extensive drink menu and live entertainment (including burlesque dancers and piano players) await.
11. The Lock Speakeasy at Horseshoe Las Vegas
Find this spot within The Cabinet of Curiosities, where you’ll need to pick up a vintage-looking telephone to receive instructions on how to enter the space. Once inside the Prohibition-styled bar, enjoy a cocktail while listening to some cool jazz.
Go for the food, stay for the drinks. This speakeasy can be accessed after cashing out by asking the cashier for “tonight’s delight,” after which you’ll be ushered to a secret tunnel hallway to hidden lounge beyond. Sip on a fabulous margarita while enjoying the ambiance at this Chinatown gem.
With so many speakeasies in Las Vegas, there’s sure to be one for your taste. While you’re deciding which of these exciting venues to visit, don’t forget to check out these can’t-miss can’t miss Las Vegas attractions and, if hidden treasures are your thing, discover these concealed culinary gems.