How Do You Determine What A Good Bar Is In Las Vegas?

Posted on September 6, 2017



How do I do it? I try to find a drink that I don’t enjoy and then I ask the bartender to make it for me. I am not a fan of the margarita or the simple drinks that I had in college so when someone offers me an expensive drink made by a so-called mixologist I expect to find it intriguing. When that bartender uses Tequila I know that my taste buds might wince with displeasure. It is not that I have grown pretentious, it is just that these days great cocktails can be found at plenty of bars so there is no need to settle.

You may ask if it is fair to ask bartenders to have them make me a drink that I do not enjoy strictly to see if it can pass my “hate it” test. In order for me to tell my readers about the various spots to find food, drink and fun things to do in Las Vegas I often have to do things I don’t like. Listen, if I only told you about the stuff that I liked you would only hear about the boring things that I do enjoy. You would be eating pizza, drinking beers and watching hockey your entire Las Vegas vacation…wait, that doesn’t sound so bad.


The Experience at Vesper Bar At Cosmopolitan Las Vegas

I find a seat at Vesper Bar at Cosmopolitan hotel and chat up the bartender. He tells me all about what they do and I can sense that he just wants me to tell him what I like so that he can go on about his business. I, as I typically do, tell him to make me what he does best. This is usually like speaking a foreign language to a bartender. It is as if they have no specialty cocktail in their repertoire. They often get frustrated with my non-committal way of ordering a drink. Once again if I get my usual Makers Mark Manhattan will you ever find out about what they really do well?

I explain that I want to be blown away by something that they do well, something that the bartender is proud of. The bartender relents and he goes off to make the cocktail he is sure will blow me away.


The Vesper Bar at Cosmopolitan Hotel Las Vegas

You can’t miss the bar located near the check in lobby at Cosmopolitan. The mirror tiles on the wall don’t seem out of place in this location that turns a lobby bar in to a destination that must be on your list of things to do.

The cocktails are takes on the classics and you feel a sense of elegance in the way the respect for the art of the cocktail is presented. Quite honestly, you can ask for your favorite spirit to be mixed into a drink here and you can bet that you will be walking away enlightened with the process and the product that comes back to you.

They specialize in the classic cocktails and feature a mixology program with some talented people doing the shaking and stirring but their list of beers and wines will keep those people in your group satisfied while you journey back in time to an era when a good stiff drink was vital to a good time.