Las Vegas
2. Horse Trailer Hideout
Downtown Arts District

One of the newest places to drink like a local in Downtown, actually began as a series of mobile bars designed from horse trailers, which are still available for festivals and catering events around town. Horse Trailer Hideout is the fully realized brick-and-mortar version, mixing country-chic furnishings with offbeat decor, live music, and games like cornhole or table-top shuffleboard. There's even a punching bag to let off a little steam. Yet the best way to relax is with a draft beer (with sours half-off Sundays) or cocktail served from an indoor horse trailer. What Happens in Vegas is made with local Ambros banana whiskey, coconut rum, pineapple juice, and fresh-ground nutmeg. The smoked Farmhouse Fashion uses whiskey infused in-house with apples and cherries. Happy hour runs Monday through Friday from 2 to 6 pm, and Sunday through Thursday from 10 pm to close, with $3 select drafts, $4 wells, and half-price specialty cocktails.
How to book: Walk in.

4. F The Bar

No, this bar isn't inspired by vulgarity. The "F" in F The Bar stands for Fergusons Downtown, an old Vegas motel that's now a shopping, art, and event space. It's about time it had a fully realized bar. While the clever cocktails and build-your-own Old Fashioned program are pretty awesome, guests can also appreciate the selection of local beer and low-intervention wines (on display atop the bar counter, making it easy to choose by labels or color). F The Bar is the kind of place where you can bring your laptop during the day or hang out with your friends at night when the lights dim and the energy picks up. The mint green paint job and faux foliage are welcome retro touches, but if you just want to chill on the lawn during warmer months, blankets and wine carafes are available to make it easy and comfortable.
How to book: Walk-ins only.

5. Aft

This cocktail lounge (or "cocktail deck") is part of the Wynn's recent bar revamp, which turned Parasol Up into Overlook Lounge and Parasol Down into Bar Parasol. Aft is an all-new creation perched outdoors on the Lake of Dreams between SW Steakhouse and Lakeside. It follows something of a nautical theme, with drinks named after desirable destinations like Turks and Caicos, Monaco, and Ibiza. The third is a refreshing mix of Kahlua, cold-brew espresso, and Absolut Elyx infused with vanilla. However, the more spirit-forward cocktails complement the sophistication of the environment—like a smoky rum Old Fashioned, rich in tobacco flavors (and large enough to share), or a spicy Margarita brightened with pineapple and mango. If you really want to get fancy, order the Caviar Fries on the side.
How to book: Walk-ins only.

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