The essential decision in your Vegas night strategy is where the adventure begins. Certainly, you’ll need a drink, but not just any drink. The venue needs to bring its own energy, because you need to charge your battery for the excitement ahead. And it should be a place alluring enough to make you consider lingering a bit, offering enough fun and engagement to compete with whatever the next stop might be.
The Venetian added exactly that type of place late last year, when it partnered with New York nightlife legend David Rabin and acclaimed bartender Sam Ross to create the Dorsey, a gorgeous 4,500-square-foot cocktail bar that serves as the conduit between casino action and restaurant and entertainment offerings. The lavish, hand-crafted cocktails are on point, tempting you to stick around and work your way through the menu before dinner or the show. The slick surroundings are equally eye-opening: classic brass, leather and mahogany made modern with notes of gold and black; a steamy, faux fireplace in the library-themed backroom and a gleaming birdcage booth beckoning at the entrance. Dig into plush chairs, step up to the bar or meet your squad at a high table—no matter the experience you choose in this inviting venue, the Dorsey’s stellar service and delectable drinks will start your night right. Andif you’re lucky, you’ll be back for a nightcap when it’s all over.
The Dorsey at the Venetian, 702-414-1945; daily 2 p.m.-4 a.m.