When in Las Vegas, seeking out unique experiences should be atop your list and few things are more unique than grabbing a drink at a hidden speakeasy. While the drinks are the main attraction, there’s also something special about feeling “in the know” or like an “insider” that you can’t get from any old bar.
Strutting through the clandestine, often camouflaged doors listed below will leave you feeling like a local. A Las Vegas regular. Someone who knows things.
Speakeasies in Las Vegas are intimate, offering limited seating and an atmosphere that transports you to a different time or place. As you work through our rundown, you’ll likely be shocked at how many speakeasies have been hiding in plain sight during your previous visits.
Below, we’ll share where you can find Las Vegas speakeasies, with images depicting how to get in. While many already know about the cocktail lounges listed below, most don’t, making them all the more fun.
Speakeasies On The Strip
Ghost Donkey at Cosmopolitan
Nestled in the seating area of the Block 16 Urban Food Hall at Cosmopolitan is the Ghost Donkey speakeasy. The door to get in is easy to find if you know what you’re looking for – a white donkey (pictured below).
Inside, you’ll discover a small mezcal and tequila lounge with about 20 seats. Most craft cocktails on the drink menu are $17. Recently, we went with the spicy and sweet Pisterolo, which was fantastic. In addition to drinks, a few nacho options are available to include their popular Truffle Nachos. Ghost Donkey opens at 4 pm daily, which is a great time to swing by to ensure you can snag a seat.
The Barbershop at Cosmopolitan
Found just inside Cosmopolitan’s north entrance (closest to Bellagio) is The Barbershop, which specializes in both hair cuts and cocktails. To those not “in the know” The Barbershop is just that, a working barbershop. What many don’t realize, however, is that the non-descript “Janitor” door in the back left corner leads to a stunning speakeasy bar, pictured below.
Live entertainment is common, and the full schedule can be viewed here, along with the drink menu and reservation portal. With most cocktails costing under $20, and 22 oz. draft beer priced at around $10, this speakeasy experience on the Strip is well worth the cash outlay.
On a humorous side note, I stopped by one morning to snap a few photos before the bar was packed. I asked an employee if I could get into the speakeasy to take a picture and they kindly obliged. Unfortunately, I wasn’t watching where I was going and bumped a barber in the process of giving a haircut. The bump caused him to shave a chunk of hair off in error. Don’t do what I did and watch where you’re going to avoid the awkwardness I experienced.
Here Kitty Kitty Vice Den at Resorts World
The Here Kitty Kitty Vice Den is the newest speakeasy in Vegas and is part of the Famous Foods Street Eats food court at Resorts World. Acting as a front is Ms. Meow’s Mamak Stall, which to the unsuspecting passerby appears to be a shop selling snacks and drinks. While the store is active, you now know that there is more than meets the eye. The blue shelving unit to the right of the cash register with 3 lucky cats on it serves as the door that opens up to the gorgeous and intimate lounge pictured below.
Inside, the team of craft mixologists can concoct whatever vice you seek.
1923 Prohibition Bar at Mandalay Bay
Unlike other speakeasies in Las Vegas, 1923 Prohibition Bar’s presence is clearly labeled to passersby. Located in the Shops at Mandalay Bay, the 1920’s themed lounge can be found in the hallway that connects Mandalay Bay to Luxor. Although the bar has a prominent storefront, the door to enter is a bookcase, keeping with the speakeasy theme.
While the drink menu has much to offer, we found the decor and ambiance to be the main attraction, with numerous artifacts and throwbacks to the Prohibition era.
Speakeasies in Downtown Las Vegas
The Underground at The Mob Museum
“The Underground”, a speakeasy in the basement of the Mob Museum, serves craft cocktails while also educating guests about the time period it depicts. Aside from the drinks, our favorite aspect of The Underground is the numerous displays and placards found around the room that communicate information about the prohibition era. While we would also encourage you to visit the Mob Museum, admission isn’t required to visit The Underground.
The speakeasy can be accessed from both indoors or out.
To access from the inside, walk into the Mob Museum and let an employee know you want to visit The Underground. They’ll provide directions to the bar.
For the full speakeasy experience, we recommend using the secret door on the outside of the building (pictured below). You’ll know you’re in the right place when you spot the wooden barrel that denotes the entrance.
Check here for more information on how to get into the speakeasy at the Mob Museum including how to procure the password needed for entry from the outside.
The Laundry Room
Accessible via a discreet entryway inside the Commonwealth bar on Fremont East across the street from El Cortez, The Laundry Room is an intimate throwback to the prohibition era. With seating for only 22 available, admission to this downtown speakeasy is limited to reservation holders only (which can be made online here).
With 27 signature cocktails on the menu, The Laundry Room is open daily from 6 pm – Late. The speakeasy entrance is marked with a wooden laundry pin.
You’ll want to note some pretty specific rules you’ll need to adhere to at the Laundry Room. Specifically, there is no photography or loud talking allowed. A business casual dress code is also enforced.
Hopefully, one of the above speakeasies in Las Vegas will fit your needs! Although a good chunk of Las vegas regulars are clued into their existence, there is still something special and exclusive about accessing a bar that many don’t know about.