Everybody loves a good theme party. The popularity of speakeasy-style taverns is at an all-time high, and who doesn’t love decking themselves out in parachute pants and neon sweatbands for an 80s party?
A few Las Vegas bars have capitalized on this love of nostalgia and gone the extra mile to define themselves with a distinct atmosphere. If you’re looking to transport yourself to a surreal alternate universe – just for the night – check out one of these popular theme bars in Sin City.
Whether you are loyal to the Galactic Empire, would call yourself a Trekkie, or are a serious Stan Lee devotee, you are welcome at this geek-themed bar on the strip. Millennium Fandom is a hub for cosplayers and a welcoming space for all kinds of proud geeks.
The perfect place to discuss the most recent episode of Jessica Jones or debate the merits (and downfalls) of the Star Trek reboots, this spot is basically a clubhouse that serves alcohol. Check out the bar’s website for a calendar of can’t-be-beat activities, like Monday trivia and celebrations of local comic book artists.
Location: 900 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV.
With locations in New York, Orlando, and Las Vegas, minus5 has cornered the market on one of the hottest new trends: frozen bars. I guess “hottest” is the wrong word. Seriously, this place is frozen. Grab your drinks off a giant slab of ice … in a glass made of ice. Bundle up in gloves and a parka because you’ll be sipping the coldest drink you’ve ever had. LED lights and upbeat music will help you stay warm(ish) during your stay. You aren’t allowed to bring your own phone into the bar (lockers are available to rent) but a professional photographer will follow you around and be sure to capture a great shot.
The menu isn’t extensive and the chilly atmosphere isn’t exactly welcoming, so don’t plan a full night at minus5, but it is a great 30-45 minute stop to kick off your evening out on the town.
Location: 3930 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV & 3770 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV.
Long before perestroika and glasnost came around, the Soviet Union’s communist glory was at an all-time high. Return to that time in this bar that would make the motherland proud with its extensive vodka bar and Russian twists on favorite dishes. You’ll know you’re in the right spot when you see the headless statue of Vladimir Lenin outside. Don’t worry, they put his noggin to good use: you can do shots off his head in a small (and freezing) tasting room near the bar.
Signature cocktails include the Nikita (Belvedere vodka, raspberry liqueur, NoHo Gold, cranberry, and fresh lemon) and Red Dawn (Absolut Mandrin vodka, Aperol, and San Pellegrino Aranciata.) If you’re interested in a little food with your vodka, try some of these Russian-inspired dishes: Siberian nachos, Russian fingerling potatoes, and Siberian black sturgeon caviar.
Location: 3950 Las Vegas Fwy, Las Vegas, NV.
History buffs, who also love a stiff drink, should head Downtown to Las Vegas’ oldest freestanding bar for a classic Sin City experience. Not only will this place help you learn about history thanks to walls covered in newspaper clippings and artwork from an era long gone, but it’ll let you be a part of it.
Back in the day, when people used to gather to watch atomic bomb tests in the Nevada desert, one of the best views in the city was from the top of Atomic Liquors. You may not get to see a mushroom cloud while you’re there, but you will feel like you’ve been dropped into an episode of The Twilight Zone. You’ll even get to drink in the same spaces as the likes of the Rat Pack, Barbra Streisand, the Smothers Brothers, and Clint Eastwood. Rotating menus offer seasonal beers.
Location: 917 Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV.
New York-New York tourist destination Hershey’s Chocolate World has made a name for itself by selling Hershey’s Kisses the size of your head and a variety of chocolate-themed souvenirs; but that’s not the only vice you can satisfy in this popular spot. Outside the door to the lobby, an adult-only spot features classic cocktails inspired by some of your favorite treats.
Unlike the store it’s connected to, the bar has minimal cheesiness and is sure to satisfy your need for a sweet treat. This locale will allow you to stray from the boring chocolate dessert drink offered at any self-respecting restaurant, and will give you your favorite candy in liquid form – from the Peppermint Patty Martini to the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Martini.
Location: 3790 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV.
Featured photo credit: Yelp.com.
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