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Size matters: Just how big are Las Vegas’ biggest bars?

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The Chandelier Bar at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Friday, Dec. 10, 2010.
Photo: Leila Navidi

With nightclubs sprawling tens of thousands of feet across Strip properties, many bars, lounges and smaller nightlife venues have followed in the spirit of expansion.

The new Stoney’s Rockin’ Country at Town Square is the among the largest at 20,000 square feet — about 10 times the size of the average single family home in Las Vegas.

Here’s a look at venues around town that are out to prove that bigger is better:

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      Stoney's Rockin' Country

      Expanding to 20,000 square feet at its new Town Square location, you’ll be able to get a lot more than cheap beers at this country bar. Patrons will be able to enjoy Stoney’s classic entertainment, including live country music sets, dance lessons and gaming, as well as new space designated for weddings and corporate events and a built-in radio broadcast room for live remote broadcasts from DJs in other cities.

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      Longbar at the D

      Longbar, part of the D’s renovation this year, may not be the most sprawling bar in Vegas, but it is the longest: At 100 feet, officials have dubbed it the longest bar in Nevada. That also means 100 feet of TVs, with more than a dozen 60-inch screens stretching end to end.

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      Parasol Up/Down at the Wynn

      The two-tiered Parasol Up/Down at the Wynn stretches across 4,103 square feet with whimsical, sorbet-hued decor that makes cocktail hour feel like an escape to Wonderland. Guests can enjoy a more intimate, traditional bar experience at the 293-square-foot Parasol Up on the Wynn casino floor; Parasol Down continues below, stretching 3,810 square feet into a patio space that overlooks the Lake of Dreams outside.

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      Chandelier at the Cosmopolitan

      The Cosmopolitan’s spectacular Chandelier Bar sprawls up rather than out, with more than 2 million Swarovski crystal beads cascading over three levels of bars totaling more than 10,000 square feet. The 65-foot tall chandelier shrouds three bars in one, with each floor offering its own drink menu.

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      Ghostbar at the Palms

      Ghostbar makes the most of its 8,000-square-foot space on the 55th floor of the Palms. Inside, the bar-lounge offers chic booths and a dance floor that’s big enough to feel inviting without the frenzy of a nightclub. Fourteen-foot floor-to-ceiling windows allow guests to get up close and personal with the surrounding view; outside, they can get even closer on the sky deck to take in a nearly 360-degree panoramic view of the Strip and the sky — and the steep drop beneath their feet.

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      Drink and Drag

      Drink and Drag’s well-stocked central bar ties together the potpourri of nightlife activities offered in the 22,000-square-foot venue inside Neonopolis. Guests can grab a drink and head to the 12-lane bowling alley, dance floor, performance stage or gaming area, or put in an order and have one of the fabulous ladies of Drink and Drag bring your drink to you.

    • PBR Rock Bar and Grill at Planet Hollywood

      At 3,000 square feet, PBR’s patio alone is bigger than most bars in town. The 13,000-square-foot interior of the Planet Hollywood venue includes a private dining room, a lounge, a main dining room, a stage, four bars and the signature mechanical bull. Guests can drink, dance, curl up around an outdoor fire pit or zone out watching one of PBR’s 115 flat-screen televisions or custom-made Jumbotron.

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