Introducing the Las Vegas Bar Hall of Fame’s Class of 2014

Hard Rock Center Bar | Photo by Erik Kabik

Hard Rock Center Bar | Photo by Erik Kabik

Funny thing about Halls of Fame: No matter if you’re talking sports, music, show business or insurance—yes, there’s an Insurance Hall of Fame—there are always more eligible candidates than there are slots available for enshrinement. We’ve certainly learned this firsthand the past three years with our Las Vegas Bar Hall of Fame issue and subsequent revealing of inductees. Inevitably, some very popular—and very deserving—watering holes don’t make the final cut. This year proved no different.

In fact, thanks to the passionate barflies who flooded from June 26-July 10 to vote for their favorite establishments—the nearly 14,000 votes cast was more than double last year’s total—our Bar Hall of Fame panel of experts had its most difficult decisions to date. Those difficult decisions, which sparked some spirited debate, involved picking a single inductee from each of five categories: Classic, Neighborhood, Pioneer, Resort/Casino and Specialty. (Click here for detailed descriptions of all the nominees.)

In the end, we’re confident that this year’s five winners—all of which finished either first or second in the reader poll—are quite deserving. More than that, along with our 15 past inductees, they represent just how truly diverse Las Vegas’ bar culture has become. That’s something we can all appreciate.

So let’s raise a toast to the Class of 2014! And to those bars that fell short, there’s always next year …

Class of 2014

Category: Classic
917 Fremont St., 702-982-3000
Readers also liked: Dispensary Lounge; Stage Door

Category: Neighborhood
4480 S. Paradise Rd., 702-434-0031
Readers also liked: The Griffin; Steiner’s

Category: Pioneer
In Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 702-693-5000
Readers also liked: Beauty Bar; Draft House; Herbs & Rye

Category: Resort/Casino
In Mandalay Bay, 702-632-7631
Readers also liked: Gaudi Bar at Sunset Station; Red Square

Category: Specialty
Inductee: ACES & ALES
3740 S. Nellis Blvd., 702-436-7600; 2801 N. Tenaya Way, 702-638-2337
Readers also liked: Crown & Anchor; Frankie’s Tiki Room

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