Skyfall, the lounge and cocktail bar atop the gleaming gold Delano Las Vegas tower, certainly has a hard time transcending its reputation of the place with the best views. That’s not to take away from the grandness of that 180-degree perspective on the Strip and the Vegas Valley below. But Skyfall has a lot more to offer; its uniqueness as a nightlife venue isn’t limited to the gorgeous scenery.
Skyfall essentially evolves its experience throughout the course of each night. The period from 5 to 7 p.m.—happy hour at your neighborhood pub—is known as Sunset Hour here, for obvious reasons, but select specialty cocktails (like the Side Step, made with tequila, yellow chartreuse, honey and lemon) along with beer, wine and bar bites, are heavily discounted. On Friday nights beginning at 8, Absolute Elyxx cocktails and rosé wine and bubbly are highlighted. And every night at 9, a DJ takes over, and vibrant house music brings sizzle to the scene.
Skyfall’s cocktails are among the most refined on the Strip, engineered by the same team that launched hot spots Death & Company in New York City and Honeycut in LA. Classic martinis are crafted with precision, groups can share effervescent punch bowls and those looking for creative flavors can experiment with concoctions like the Spiced Eclipse—jalapeño-infused Espolon Blanco, aloe liqueur, cucumber, lime juice and salt. Looking for something more traditional? The Compass Course refreshes with Absolut, watermelon, Lillet Blanc, lemon, mint and seltzer. There’s as much beauty in your glass as out those windows. Skyfall Lounge at Delano Las Vegas, 877-632-5400; Sunday-Thursday 5 p.m.-midnight, Friday & Saturday 5 p.m.-1 a.m.