Las Vegas can be experienced in so many ways. You can go for a gritty, quantity-over-quality experience or a refined, high-end experience, or just about anything in between. You tend to get what you pay for.
Sometimes, you just want to get out of the chaos of The Strip and have a classy cocktail in an upscale environment, and the Mandarin Bar at Mandarin Oriental certainly qualifies. You won’t find buckets of beer for $3, but you also won’t be surrounded by people who have had buckets of beer, so there’s that.
If a bar can be sophisticated without being pretentious, Mandarin Bar would be that. The prices are slightly elevated, but the view is provided at no additional cost.
Mandarin Bar is on the 23rd floor of the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas hotel. The floor-to-ceiling windows provide a sweeping view of The Strip, both north and south.
If the view from Mandarin Bar is a jaw-dropper, the Firewater cocktail (pictured below) is a panty-dropper.
It features Purity vodka, muddled watermelon, espelette pepper-infused syrup, fresh lemon juice, and salt and pepper on the rim. (Million dollar idea. Self-defense for epicureans: Espelette Pepper Spray.)
We don’t tend to spend a lot of time at the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas (no casino!), but it’s a stand-out in terms of luxury and service in a town known for both.
Aside from the great signature cocktails, Mandarin Bar also serves up some delicious appetizer dishes, too. The sacrifices we make for you.
The MObar sliders are great. Yes, that’s how they spell it. The “MO” stands for Mandarin Oriental. Please try and keep up. In Las Vegas, you don’t have to understand it, you just have to eat it.
View the full bar menu here. Seasonal cocktails are added, you know, seasonally.
Mandarin Bar at Mandarin Oriental is an elegant diversion and well worth a look. And taste. Especially the taste part.
Mandarin Bar at Mandarin Oriental