10 bars we love

Where the newsroom goes to grab a drink (if you see us, say hi)

At T-Bird you can eat, drink, smoke and play cheap pool-all at the same time.
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T-Bird Lounge (9465 S. Eastern Ave.) When it’s 2 a.m. and you want a drink, a pool table, a quality omelette and some Iggy Pop on the jukebox, your car practically guides itself to the T-Bird. –Spencer Patterson, managing editor, Las Vegas Weekly

Comme Ça (The Cosmopolitan) Perfect for an after-dinner digestif, Comme Ça’s bar has some of the tastiest cocktails in Vegas and perhaps the best Dark and Stormy this side of Nantucket. It’s a perfect place to impress your classier guests (i.e. Mom and Dad), and they don’t skimp on the alcohol in their Prohibition-style cocktails. Cut yourself off after a couple, or plan on cabbing it back to Henderson. –Erin Dostal, associate editor, Vegas Inc.

Freakin' Frog

Freakin' Frog (4700 S. Maryland Parkway) Owner Adam Carmer is always mixing things up with some real one-of-a-kind brews on tap. Misses? Occasionally, but there are also hits that expand your palate beyond the limits you thought possible, and really, isn’t experimentation what beer is all about? Oh, and the Lucifer Burger is a food group all its own. –Ken Miller, associate editor, Las Vegas Weekly

Born and Raised (7260 S. Cimarron Rd.) Ideal for watching football while having a drink and getting your gourmet bar grub on, the sliders are top-notch, and who doesn’t love sweet potato tots? Football specials include 50-cent wings, $2 Coors Light, $16 giant beer towers and $4 Blue Moon to make things easy on the wallet. –Allison Duck, calendar editor,

Shakespeare’s Grille & Pub (790 Coronado Center Drive, Henderson) A British pub run by a Scot with a bar tended by a New Zealander. Shakespeare’s has great happy hour food specials ($2 fish tacos, sliders and “chips”), round-the-clock $3 pints of Sam, pub quiz Wednesday nights and patio seating for cool autumn days. It’s a slot pub, but I try not to notice. –Jack Houston, managing editor, Las Vegas Magazine

The Garage (1487 E. Flamingo Rd., Ste. C) The newest—and maybe best—gay bar in town, The Garage has a relaxed atmosphere and is a gay bar without trying to be. There are comfortable booths, pool tables, dartboards and shuffleboard, and full pints of mixed drinks cost as much as most bars charge for glasses half the size. They also change the smoke filters every month, so you can get in and out without smelling like an ashtray. –Dave Mondt, designer/copy editor, Las Vegas Sun

Todd English P.U.B., located inside Aria at CityCenter.

Todd English Pub (Crystals at CityCenter) Sure, it’s a full-service restaurant, but there are so many things to like about TEP’s bar: multiple beers on tap, open space and modern decor, decadent pub food, and the seven-second pint challenge for locals and visitors alike. –Don Chareunsy, arts & entertainment editor,

Crown & Anchor (1350 E. Tropicana Ave.) Crown & Anchor is a pub so authentic the Queen herself could belly up to the bar and not realize she’d left the motherland. Tuck into lamb and Guinness stew, Scotch eggs and sticky toffee pudding and wash it down with every beer you ever loved. “Pet-friendly” describes the patio and the servers, who somehow manage to snuggle your dog and keep their short plaid skirts in place. –Erin Ryan, staff writer, Las Vegas Weekly

Huntridge Tavern (1116 E. Charleston Blvd.) This is easily the greatest bar in the city. Every weekend there is something crazy going on (my favorite being Jesse Smigel’s B-Movie Nights), and the bar staff is always friendly, just like the desiccated barflies who are there morning, noon and night. To top it all off, some of the best artists and weirdos in the Downtown scene are there after every First Friday getting plowed. –Brent Holmes, graphic designer, Las Vegas Magazine

Downtown Cocktail Room (111 S. Las Vegas Blvd.) Whether empty in the early evening or crowded late, Downtown Cocktail Room is a great, low-lit intimate space for meeting friends and lounging on sofas. Even if you know everyone in the place, you can still disappear into your own conversation, far removed from everything around you. –Kristen Peterson, staff writer, Las Vegas Weekly


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