Seeking out unique experiences should be atop your list in Las Vegas, and few things are more unique than grabbing a drink at a hidden speakeasy.
While craft cocktails tend to be 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 obscure, clandestine, and 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 my rundown, you’ll likely be shocked at how many speakeasies have been hiding in plain sight during your previous visits.
Below, I’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, I opted for the spicy and sweet Pisterolo, which was fantastic.
In addition to drinks, a few nacho options are available including 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.
Related: More on my experience at Ghost Donkey.
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 Barbershop’s events calendar 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 Fuhu Cha Chaan Teng, which simply appears to be another restaurant in the food court to the unsuspecting passerby.
The blue shelving unit to the right of the cash register with the large golden lucky cat 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.
The Ski Lodge at Cosmopolitan
This hidden speakeasy is a part of Superfrico, a restaurant at Cosmopolitan, and can be found on level 2 of the resort’s Chelsea Tower.
Uniquely, the lounge’s theme is… well… you guessed it… a ski lodge, and the crown jewel of the decor strategy are faux “windows” behind the bar with a snowy landscape view.
Once on Cosmo’s second level, make your way to Superfrico and find the secret entrance, pictured below.
Once inside, you’re transported far from the desert and Las Vegas to a snowy mountain retreat.
The Lock at Horseshoe
The newest speakeasy on the Strip can be found within the Cabinet of Curiosities lounge at Horseshoe.
The entrance to the speakeasy is essentially a vault door with an illuminated key above it and a metal wheel on the door.
You can’t miss it as it’s not exactly hidden, or disguised in any way.
To get in, you’ll need reservations, which can be made here. If you don’t have a reservation, pick up the “old-timey” phone to see if there is availability for your group.
Once you arrive, use the “old-timey” phone next to the secret door to gain entrance. The person on the other end will tell you when to knock, and what the password is.
Once you provide the password at the main exterior door, you’ll be escorted into a small room with safes all over the wall (pictured below).
There, your next task will be to find the combination to open one of two doors that open up to the speakeasy.
Both doors have a combination that begins with zero + three odd or even digits.
Zero + three even digits open the small black speakeasy door in the bottom left of the photo below.
Zero + three odd digits open the large silver door into the speakeasy in the center of the photo below.
To find the digits, you’ll need to open up all of the little safe doors around the room. Some doors are welded shut, but others open and have a single digit in them. Find 3 odd or even digits and you’ve got your passcode.
Don’t worry if you’re confused (as I was), there will be an employee there to assist you!
Inside The Lock, mixologists prefer to use their imagination to create a cocktail specific to your tastes, interests, preferred vacation destination, and even your zodiac sign.
Related: See my visit to The Lock at Horseshoe.
Easy’s Cocktail Lounge at Aria
Calling Aria’s Proper Eats Food Hall Home, Easy’s Cocktail Lounge is hidden behind a donut and coffee counter of the same name.
Once inside, guests are transported to the prohibition era and treated to live jazz music nightly.
On the menu are cocktails ranging from a basic old-fashioned to a number of “Show Stoppers”, like the “Smoke Show” pictured below, which combines cocktails with an impressive presentation.
The Count Room at Flamingo
Part of Bugsy & Meyer’s Steakhouse, The Count Room’s secret doorway can be found to the right of Flamingo’s food court.
You’ll know you’re in the right place if you see the door pictured below:
Once inside, follow the path into the lounge area, which has a dark, elegant vibe and boasts prohibition-era decor that pays homage to early Las Vegas and the mob’s influence.
I recommend stopping in on Friday or Saturday night after 8:30 pm when “The Moonshiners” take the stage. I recently caught a show and was blown away by their ability to make modern hit songs sound as though they originated in the 1920s.
Related: See my recent visit to The Count Room.
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 at 1923 has much to offer, I 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, my favorite aspect of The Underground is the numerous displays and placards found around the room that communicate information about the prohibition era.
While I’d also encourage you to visit the Mob Museum, admission isn’t required to visit The Underground.
The speakeasy can be accessed from both inside and outside.
To access the speakeasy from the inside, walk into the Mob Museum and let an employee know you want to visit The Underground. They’ll happily point you in the right direction.
For the full speakeasy experience, I 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.
Related: Learn more about The Mob Museum’s Speakeasy including how to procure the daily password.
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 (reservations 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 hidden bar that many, if not most people, don’t know about.
I’m a former software salesman turned Vegas aficionado. While the craps table is my preferred habitat, I pull myself away to explore new attractions, shows, restaurants, and outdoor activities around Las Vegas with the intent of sharing my experiences.
Ultimately, I just want to help folks plan a better trip and save a few bucks in the process.