Medtrade Nights: Top 10 After-Show Drink Locales on the Strip

Before you slam your cards onto the Black Jack table, a hard day on the Medtrade show floor might warrant slamming a drink down on a sturdy oak bar first. With an endless array of casino clubs and lounges, the options might start looking like a fleet of Elvis impersonators. To help narrow the field, here are our top 10 picks.

  1. Aureole at Mandalay Bay
    3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
    (702) 632-7407

    Distance from Las Vegas Convention Center: 3.97 miles
    If your taste is wine, visit Aureole's for wine angels that bounce up and down ropes in climbing gear to retrieve wine from a three-story tower in the middle of the restaurant.
  2. Carmel at Bellagio
    3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S. (800) 987-6667
    Distance from Las Vegas Convention Center: 2.93 miles
    A luxurious lounge that is both intimate and cozy, Carmel serves up a medley of Martinis, infused vodkas, sake and specialty drinks to a backdrop of hip-hop, Tony Bennett, ?80s and the Rolling Stones tunes. Specialty Martinis include the Sicilian Kiss and Tiramisu. Opens daily at 5 p.m.
  3. Cleopatra's Barge at Caesar's Palace
    3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
    (800) 634-6661

    Distance from Las Vegas Convention Center: 2.67 miles
    Need to feel like a king? Join the royalty of Egypt at Cleopatra's Barge. The lounge, as the name suggests, boasts a replica of an ancient barge with a dance floor that literally floats. Tiered seating overlooks the barge, and patrons are served tempting concoctions by cocktail goddesses dressed as Cleopatra?s handmaidens.
  4. Coyote Ugly at New York-New York
    3790 Las Vegas Blvd S.
    (702) 740-6969

    Distance from Las Vegas Convention Center: 3.31 miles
    Was this Vegas bar inspired by the movie or the other way around? You be the judge! Warning: If you like your tie, leave it at the hotel. These wild-and-crazy bartenders and servers will cut your tie clean off to loosen you up.
  5. Mix at THEHotel at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino
    3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
    (702) 632-7777

    Distance from Las Vegas Convention Center: 3.97 miles
    A modernist masterpiece with an amazing view, Mix offers floor-to-ceiling windows and wall-to-wall black leather d├ęcor complete with red lighting. A DJ mixes hip-hop, dance and rock music. Casual chic attire required. Opens daily at 5 p.m. $20 cover.
  6. Monte Carlo Pub & Brewery at Monte Carlo Hotel and Casino
    3770 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
    (888) 529-4828

    Distance from Las Vegas Convention Center: 3 miles
    The Monte Carlo Pub & Brewery features a great selection of food and microbrews, live music and dancing. Opens at 9 p.m. No cover charge.
  7. Nine Fine Irishmen at New York-New York
    3790 Las Vegas Blvd S.
    (702) 740-6969

    Distance from Las Vegas Convention Center: 3.31 miles
    An authentic pub entirely handcrafted in Ireland boasts a grand Victorian-style bar, ornate cottage areas and shop-style snugs right in the heart of the Strip. Order up the finest stouts, ales, lagers and spirits while listening to a blend of Irish songs, dances and storytelling on one of two levels of outdoor patios with a spectacular view.
  8. Red Square at Mandalay Bay
    3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
    (702) 632-7407

    Distance from Las Vegas Convention Center: 3.97 miles
    Home to a frozen block of ice that runs down the center of the bar to keep beverages chilled, the vodka locker offers hundreds of vodkas frozen and ready for consumption. Opens at 5 p.m. Average drink price is $8.
  9. Tangerine Lounge & Nightclub at Treasure Island
    3300 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
    (702) 894-7111

    Distance from Las Vegas Convention Center: 1.94 miles
    Listening for the "siren" call of Vegas? Jump aboard the pirate ship at Siren Bay and join scantily clad lady pirates. An indoor lounge and outdoor deck provide a funky place to partake of rock and dance music, daiquiris and a pirate burlesque show. Casual chic attire required. Opens at 6 p.m. $20 cover for men; $10 cover for women.
  10. Top of the World Lounge at Stratosphere
    2000 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
    (800) 998-6937

    Distance from Las Vegas Convention Center: 1.26 miles
    Grab a drink 100 floors up just before twilight to watch the city come to life. Located just above the Top of the World Restaurant, the lounge serves up cocktails and live music. Martini menu available. The dress code is casual chic. Opens at 4 p.m.

This article originally appeared in the February 2006 issue of HME Business.

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