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Mandarin Oriental’s sky-high bar and lounge sets the standard

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Stop in at the Mandarin Bar now and order the Southern Punch.
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The 23rd-floor Mandarin Bar has become one of the iconic lounge spaces on the Las Vegas Strip, a sophisticated yet fabulous stop whether you’re in town for the weekend and on your way to a show or a local looking to entertain in a memorable way.

The floor-to-ceiling windows offer dramatic views of the Strip, while the serene setting and luxurious environment quietly exudes a style that separates this venue from the rest of the pack. And did you know about the Edge? The private space fits up to 30 people and is one of the most sought-after spots for intimate parties and special events.

Less of a secret are the fresh, original craft cocktails that splash brightness all over the Mandarin Bar experience. The Golden Leaf, aka Mandarin Martini, muddles oranges with fresh pineapple and lime juices, Hendricks gin, Aperol and simple syrup. The Golden Knights, a tribute to Las Vegas’ new NHL team playing nearby at T-Mobile Arena, is made with Toki Suntory whiskey, Sip Smith gin, Yellow Chartreuse and ginger syrup.

But without question the drink to get right now is the Southern Punch, with toasted pecan-infused whiskey, white rum, mandarin, lime, passion fruit and basil syrup. Fifty percent of the proceeds from the libation go to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. Mandarin Bar at Mandarin Oriental, 888-881-9367; Sunday-Thursday 4 p.m.-1 a.m., Friday & Saturday noon-2 a.m.

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