Where to Drink

The coolest places to wet your dry whistle—in order of chilliness

The Palms Place Pool.

Simon Restaurant & Lounge and Palms Place Pool. It’s cooler at higher elevations, right? Yep, even if it’s only the sixth floor of Palms Place, where you’ll find everything you need to escape the oven effect of the desert floor. From 3 p.m. on, the petite oasis is bathed in shade, and sipping cocktails or grabbing a bite is always a breeze. We recommend the Southern Hospitali-Tea (sweet tea vodka, raspberry liqueur, iced tea and house-made lemonade; $13). Chill factor: Made in the shade.

Freakin’ Frog (4700 S. Maryland Parkway). It’s always cool to post up at the popular college joint and thoughtfully peruse the list of more than 1,000 brews. But here’s our little summer secret: Ask to see your beer before you pick, and your helpful barkeep will escort you into the two labyrinthine beer coolers for a chilling tour of the Freakin’ fridges. After much deliberation, we suggest you grab a Schneider Aventinus Weizen-Eisbock ($10), which is frozen during the beer-making process to concentrate and increase body, flavor and alcohol content. Chill factor: 42-45° F.

Minus 5 (in Mandalay Place). The Ice Lounge’s appeal is evident: donning parkas, mittens and floppy fur hats, sipping vodka from New Zealand ice cups while you chill out inside a lounge entirely outfitted in ice—ice sofas, ice bar, ice sculptures, ice chandeliers … All that’s missing is a snowball fight! A second, even loungier location opens at the Monte Carlo later this month. Try the Frozen Fruits, made with Sobieski vanilla vodka, banana liqueur, pineapple and orange juices, with a float of grenadine and served, of course, in an ice cup. Two hands, please! Chill factor: 23° F (-5 Celsius).

The Vodka Vault at Red Square.

Red Square (in Mandalay Bay). There’s simply no cooler place in Vegas than the Vodka Vault here. In Soviet-era army jackets or fur coats, overheated visitors can join Lenin—well, his bronze head anyway—in the frosty environs of the private vault for Vegas’ coldest bottle service. The question won’t be how long can you stay, but how long can you stand it. Back at the bar, buy four Russian Standard premium cocktails and receive one ounce of caviar free during Cavi-Hour, 4-6 p.m. Monday through Friday. And you can rest those Ruskie bevies on the ice bar—made, of course, from real ice. Chill factor: 0-10° F.