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12 Las Vegas Bars to Visit During Music Festival Season

Cheers to Sin City with these original BACARDÍ cocktails.

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Fall is a perfect time of year to be in Las Vegas. You don’t have the heat of summer, the chill of winter, or the disruptive wind that comes around in spring. So it’s no surprise to see so many festivals and big events show up throughout the season. Whether you’re rocking out on the Strip or catching your favorite act on the streets of Downtown, Sin City is full of energy and activity for fans of any music genre.

All that entertainment pairs well with a refreshing cocktail, especially in a town as vibrant as Las Vegas. With that in mind, these 12 destinations are serving up delicious drinks with BACARDÍ front and center. Just remember to be responsible and stay hydrated. Summer may be over, but Las Vegas is heating up with music in the air and endless excitement during the busy weeks ahead.

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Elation Pool

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The Strat Hotel’s tower is best known for its sweeping, sky-scraping views of the Las Vegas Valley. Just make your way up to the 108th floor for the jaw-dropping views. If you prefer to be a little closer to the ground though, head to the Elation Pool on the 8th floor, where guests can soak in the sun and sip on tropic-inspired cocktails. Stumped on what to order? Get the Miami Vice: a frozen Pina Colada and strawberry blend fueled by BACARDÍ Superior Rum. Order one from a lounge chair or cabana and take advantage of the balmy autumn weather.

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Ferraro's Ristorante

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Led by the father-son team of Gino and Mimmo Ferraro, this long-running Italian restaurant is a beloved favorite of locals. The wine list is phenomenal, but if you’re in the mood for a cocktail, try the El Presidente: a stately serving of BACARDÍ Superior Rum with orange curaçao and house-made grenadine. It pairs well with the spicy sausage rigatoni, braised rabbit, and other robust dishes that take inspiration from the varied regions of Italy.  

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LIFTOFF

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Doubling as both a cocktail lounge and an entertainment attraction, Liftoff is a perfect fit for Las Vegas. Guests are elevated more than 100 feet in the air, drink in hand, to enjoy spectacular views of the Las Vegas landscape. Everyone sits in a circular formation that slowly rotates to fully soak in the sights. When ordering, take flight with the Bacardi Triangle: a colorful and frozen mix of BACARDÍ Tropical Rum, blueberry, and lemonade. The cocktail is especially refreshing during afternoon visits when the sun is still out.

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The Lodge

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The Lodge is a reliable, relaxing hangout for locals looking to stay away from the bright lights of the Las Vegas Strip. Open 24/7, it’s a popular spot for anyone looking for cold beer and simple, well-crafted cocktails. Break up your rounds of pool and video poker by ordering the Berry Smash: a blend of BACARDÍ Dragonberry Flavored Rum, lemon, and mint. The brick walls and wood decor add a cozy, comfortable touch to the space, which also has a delicious menu of bar bites, including burgers, tacos, potato skins, and quesadillas.

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Wahoo's Fish Taco

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This California-based chain has a breezy Pacific coast mentality and a strong presence in Las Vegas. With six valley-wide locations, including a high-profile address west of the Las Vegas Strip by the newly reopened Palms, it’s a staple in the city. Tacos are the specialty and pair perfectly with a $6 cocktail made with BACARDÍ Superior Rum.

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Border Grill Mandalay Bay

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This two-level Mexican restaurant has been feeding hungry guests for more than two decades at Mandalay Bay. While the views of the resort’s lazy river are nice, you’re really there for the diverse array of fajitas, enchiladas, and other staple dishes that can quickly fill your table. Just be sure to save room for a Frozen Tropical Colada, an icy dessert featuring BACARDÍ Tropical Rum, coconut, and pineapple with a splash of bitters.

The Front Yard

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This Ellis Island sports bar and lounge is perfect for anyone wanting a break from the casino. Pop into the on-site brewery for ice-cold beer or an expertly crafted cocktail. Order the Orange Bliss, which blends BACARDÍ Spiced Rum with vanilla and orange, for a taste that matches the spirit of the fall season. If you don’t want to watch the football that’s typically playing on the big screens, glance out of the atrium-style windows for some peak people watching.

Smith & Wollensky

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This steakhouse brings a charming splash of New-York-City-style to the Grand Canal Shoppes with a timeless dining room design and windows that show off dry-aged cuts of beef. Whether you prefer a robust ribeye or lean filet, pair your dinner with the Old Cuban, a refreshing mix of BACARDÍ Superior Rum, prosecco, lime, and mint. The bubbles add a little sparkle to any meal – and a hint of sweetness rivaled only by a slice of Smith & Wollensky’s famous cheesecake for dessert.

Illuminarium Las Vegas

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Illuminarium is one of the most compelling new attractions of 2022 in Las Vegas. The immersive exhibit combines high-definition video technology with sound, vibrations, and smells to simulate far-off environments. Whether it’s a journey to space, an African safari, or the imaginative art of Georgia O’Keefe brought to life via animation, the experience is worthwhile. Along the way, stop for lunch at Lumin Café and sip on cocktails, including a few offered during the multimedia show itself. Try the Desert Punch, a perfectly balanced combination of BACARDÍ Superior Rum, fruit punch, and bitters.

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Fuel Bar Las Vegas

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The Grand Bazaar Shops in front of Bally’s bring together a surprise-filled variety of retail and dining concepts in an open-air marketplace. If you’re hoping for some entertainment while ordering a cocktail, head to Fuel Bar, where flair bartenders spin, flip, and toss around bottles to turn cocktail presentations into a form of entertainment. If you’re unsure of what to order, try the Bahama Mama, an island-friendly libation with banana, coconut, and pineapple complementing the bold flavor of BACARDÍ Superior Rum.

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The Garden Las Vegas

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This Downtown Arts District LGBTQ bar and lounge is centered around community, having fun, and just being yourself. Ask for a seat on the outdoor patio if the weather isn’t too hot and enjoy the provocatively named “Give Me Blue Balls” cocktail. Designed to be shared during the weekend drag brunch, the jumbo-sized cocktail arrives in a self-serve dispenser with a sticky-sweet blend of BACARDÍ Superior Rum, blueberry puree, coconut, and lime with gummy sharks as garnish.

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La Cave Wine and Food Hideaway

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La Cave is one of the best places to bring a date. It might be a seductive and sophisticated wine bar, but don’t sleep on the cocktails. Order the Havana Nights, which combines strawberry, lemon, and mint with BACARDÍ Superior Rum and enjoy your drink with a vast selection of tapas. Pro tip? The best seats are on the covered outdoor patio, surrounded by foliage and fresh air.

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Elation Pool

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The Strat Hotel’s tower is best known for its sweeping, sky-scraping views of the Las Vegas Valley. Just make your way up to the 108th floor for the jaw-dropping views. If you prefer to be a little closer to the ground though, head to the Elation Pool on the 8th floor, where guests can soak in the sun and sip on tropic-inspired cocktails. Stumped on what to order? Get the Miami Vice: a frozen Pina Colada and strawberry blend fueled by BACARDÍ Superior Rum. Order one from a lounge chair or cabana and take advantage of the balmy autumn weather.

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Ferraro's Ristorante

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Led by the father-son team of Gino and Mimmo Ferraro, this long-running Italian restaurant is a beloved favorite of locals. The wine list is phenomenal, but if you’re in the mood for a cocktail, try the El Presidente: a stately serving of BACARDÍ Superior Rum with orange curaçao and house-made grenadine. It pairs well with the spicy sausage rigatoni, braised rabbit, and other robust dishes that take inspiration from the varied regions of Italy.  

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LIFTOFF

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Doubling as both a cocktail lounge and an entertainment attraction, Liftoff is a perfect fit for Las Vegas. Guests are elevated more than 100 feet in the air, drink in hand, to enjoy spectacular views of the Las Vegas landscape. Everyone sits in a circular formation that slowly rotates to fully soak in the sights. When ordering, take flight with the Bacardi Triangle: a colorful and frozen mix of BACARDÍ Tropical Rum, blueberry, and lemonade. The cocktail is especially refreshing during afternoon visits when the sun is still out.

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The Lodge

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The Lodge is a reliable, relaxing hangout for locals looking to stay away from the bright lights of the Las Vegas Strip. Open 24/7, it’s a popular spot for anyone looking for cold beer and simple, well-crafted cocktails. Break up your rounds of pool and video poker by ordering the Berry Smash: a blend of BACARDÍ Dragonberry Flavored Rum, lemon, and mint. The brick walls and wood decor add a cozy, comfortable touch to the space, which also has a delicious menu of bar bites, including burgers, tacos, potato skins, and quesadillas.

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Wahoo's Fish Taco

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This California-based chain has a breezy Pacific coast mentality and a strong presence in Las Vegas. With six valley-wide locations, including a high-profile address west of the Las Vegas Strip by the newly reopened Palms, it’s a staple in the city. Tacos are the specialty and pair perfectly with a $6 cocktail made with BACARDÍ Superior Rum.

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Border Grill Mandalay Bay

This two-level Mexican restaurant has been feeding hungry guests for more than two decades at Mandalay Bay. While the views of the resort’s lazy river are nice, you’re really there for the diverse array of fajitas, enchiladas, and other staple dishes that can quickly fill your table. Just be sure to save room for a Frozen Tropical Colada, an icy dessert featuring BACARDÍ Tropical Rum, coconut, and pineapple with a splash of bitters.

The Front Yard

This Ellis Island sports bar and lounge is perfect for anyone wanting a break from the casino. Pop into the on-site brewery for ice-cold beer or an expertly crafted cocktail. Order the Orange Bliss, which blends BACARDÍ Spiced Rum with vanilla and orange, for a taste that matches the spirit of the fall season. If you don’t want to watch the football that’s typically playing on the big screens, glance out of the atrium-style windows for some peak people watching.

Smith & Wollensky

This steakhouse brings a charming splash of New-York-City-style to the Grand Canal Shoppes with a timeless dining room design and windows that show off dry-aged cuts of beef. Whether you prefer a robust ribeye or lean filet, pair your dinner with the Old Cuban, a refreshing mix of BACARDÍ Superior Rum, prosecco, lime, and mint. The bubbles add a little sparkle to any meal – and a hint of sweetness rivaled only by a slice of Smith & Wollensky’s famous cheesecake for dessert.

Illuminarium Las Vegas

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Illuminarium is one of the most compelling new attractions of 2022 in Las Vegas. The immersive exhibit combines high-definition video technology with sound, vibrations, and smells to simulate far-off environments. Whether it’s a journey to space, an African safari, or the imaginative art of Georgia O’Keefe brought to life via animation, the experience is worthwhile. Along the way, stop for lunch at Lumin Café and sip on cocktails, including a few offered during the multimedia show itself. Try the Desert Punch, a perfectly balanced combination of BACARDÍ Superior Rum, fruit punch, and bitters.

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Fuel Bar Las Vegas

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The Grand Bazaar Shops in front of Bally’s bring together a surprise-filled variety of retail and dining concepts in an open-air marketplace. If you’re hoping for some entertainment while ordering a cocktail, head to Fuel Bar, where flair bartenders spin, flip, and toss around bottles to turn cocktail presentations into a form of entertainment. If you’re unsure of what to order, try the Bahama Mama, an island-friendly libation with banana, coconut, and pineapple complementing the bold flavor of BACARDÍ Superior Rum.

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The Garden Las Vegas

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This Downtown Arts District LGBTQ bar and lounge is centered around community, having fun, and just being yourself. Ask for a seat on the outdoor patio if the weather isn’t too hot and enjoy the provocatively named “Give Me Blue Balls” cocktail. Designed to be shared during the weekend drag brunch, the jumbo-sized cocktail arrives in a self-serve dispenser with a sticky-sweet blend of BACARDÍ Superior Rum, blueberry puree, coconut, and lime with gummy sharks as garnish.

Image courtesy of BACARDÍ

La Cave Wine and Food Hideaway

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La Cave is one of the best places to bring a date. It might be a seductive and sophisticated wine bar, but don’t sleep on the cocktails. Order the Havana Nights, which combines strawberry, lemon, and mint with BACARDÍ Superior Rum and enjoy your drink with a vast selection of tapas. Pro tip? The best seats are on the covered outdoor patio, surrounded by foliage and fresh air.

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