Man Up in Vegas With These No-Frills Drinks

The best selections of scotch, bourbon, whiskey and rye—oh my!

You won’t find anything fruity or sweet, just man-friendly selections of scotch, bourbon, whiskey and the like. Follow us on a spirited tour of the land of undiluted drink—garnish is optional.

Baccarat Bar

For a first-class evening every time, this bar never disappoints. The scotch here is no exception. Treat your taste buds to a flight that offers refined blends from the original player, Johnnie Walker Platinum Label, to a 14-year-old Oban and 18-year-old Glenlivet.

Bazaar Meat

Inside this restaurant’s Bar Centro, bartenders mix up a number of man-friendly cocktails, such as the Leatherette, a leather-aged concoction with Spanish brandy, rye whisky, sherry and sweet vermouth; the New York Sour, with rye whisky, lemon juice and red wine; and the Aladdin Manhattan “Smoked,” with vermouth, bourbon and angostura bitters.

Craftsteak

Expand your knowledge of whiskey by tasting this restaurant’s three exotic Japanese whiskeys, Hakushu, Hibiki and Yamazaki. You’ve learned something new for the day, and had a grand time doing it! 

Franklin

This feast for whiskey lovers resides in this seductive lounge at the Delano. Find 17 American whiskeys and amazing international selections such as Sullivans Cove French Oak from Australia, Amrut Intermediate Sherry and Amrut Fusion from India, 12-year-old Jameson Special Reserve and Teeling Small Batch from Ireland, and Canadian Club Small Batch Sherry Cask and 21-year-old Collingwood Rye from Canada. 

Pot Liquor

Numerous bourbons, ryes and whiskeys are on the menu here; you’ll also love the new twist on classic cocktails, such as the Old Fashioned and the Bloody Mary. 

Sage

Known for its infusions that mix fresh fruit purees, boutique liquors and homemade bitters into daily cocktail offerings, the drink program here is full of drinks guys like. Bourbon lovers can rejoice, as the world’s most coveted bourbons are available in an unparalleled flight of six legendary and rare Van Winkle bourbons, including the 10-year-old Old Rip and a 23-year-old Pappy. The sought-after spirit, named after the Van Winkle family patriarch, is famous for its soft taste. This is one flight you’ll truly want to savor: in addition to those mentioned above, the half-ounce pours include 12-year-old Van Winkle Lot B, 13-year-old Van Winkle Reserve Rye and 15- and 20-year-old Pappy Van Winkle. Ten absinthe offerings are also available. 

Social

Although it’s in the middle of the casino floor, this center bar features dramatic lighting, plush booths and intimate tables at which you can hang back and enjoy whiskey-based cocktails. It boasts a collection of more than 50 unique labels, single malts and limited-edition bourbons.

Twin Creeks Steakhouse

This steakhouse offers boutique bourbon tastings and classic cocktails such as the Old Fashioned, made with Makers Mark, bitters, sugar, muddled orange and cherry, and the Classic Manhattan, with Bulleit Bourbon, sweet vermouth and dry vermouth. Takes us back to the days of the Rat Pack. 

Whiskey Down

The casino bar at MGM Grand features an extensive bourbon and whiskey menu including Blanton’s, Buffalo Trace, Jameson 18-Year- Old Limited, Breaking & Entering, Bulleit, Straight Rye, George Dickel No. 12, E.H. Taylor Small Batch and Templeton Rye.