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The Cosmopolitan

The Cosmopolitan reminds us of the Hard Rock Hotel of the 1990s: From the moment you arrive, you know something good is going to happen. A fantastic live music roster (much of it free) feeds a sceney restaurant collection, and a top-shelf cocktail program is administered property-wide. Sure, it’s stylish and sexy, but also authentically beautiful in spots (Chandelier Bar, anyone?). Fun like this isn’t free (cocktails range from $10-$14), but you can still scarf a slice and a well drink for less than $20. It’s arty and accessible, and the crowd is energetic, fun and, well, cosmopolitan. In a city built on risk, the Cosmo took some big ones we appreciate.

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The Downtown Cocktail Room’s doors are impossibly un-door-ish. You walk up from the intersection of Fremont Street and Las Vegas Boulevard, happy to join the buzzing downtown camaraderie—the urban revolution taking hold of Las Vegas—and you’re faced with walls of one-way glass and no apparent door handle. For the uninitiated, it makes for an awkward moment. Had this happened to me, and I’m not confirming that it did, the larger metaphor wouldn’t have been lost: Maybe everyone doesn’t fit in here.