With the anti-Strip trend spreading rapidly throughout Vegas, venues like Blue Martini are pulling in sexy locals (read: off-duty dancers and bartenders) with their generously sized martinis with shaker service. Much classier than bottle service...
The Locals' Lowdown
You won't find these off-the-beaten path—and off The Strip—spots in your guidebook.
Further off-Strip than most tourists are willing to venture, VOX Wine Lounge overcompensates for its mountain's-edge Anthem location with a rare gem of a wine program and a hot Monday night. Just ignore the video poker and choose to apply your luck in... other areas.
Far more aggressive than other venues in its disdain for the conventional (as evidenced by the launch of "F-k the Strip Fridays"), the Red Room Saloon is a haven for locals—and especially bartenders—365 days a year. Enough said. Except for the nice little fact that the owners don't even have a set of keys. Meaning you can always expect the door to be open.
Hidden away in the quirky Artisan boutique hotel, this gothic candlelit lounge attracts a crowd at all hours with strong, sizable martinis (like moths to a flame...). Plan to meet Hunter S. Thompson-types on a bender.