By Yvonne Newman
’Tis the season to drink and be merry! Whether you’re looking for a traditional cocktail or a modern twist that embodies the holidays, you’ll enjoy imbibing with friends and loved ones at these five bars in downtown Las Vegas.
Oak & Ivy at Downtown Container Park
At this American craft whiskey cocktail bar dedicated to classic mixology, you can order barrel-aged cocktails such as the Boulevardier, which features Russell’s Reserve 10-year-old bourbon, Carpano Antica Formula sweet vermouth and Campari. Plus, quaff a selection of mules (including their incomparable Moscow Mule) served in traditional copper cups. oakandivy.com
The Parlour Bar & Lounge at El Cortez
Perfect for a cozy get-together, you can relax in leather club chairs positioned around a piano while ordering spirit-warming concoctions. Sip on the Brandy Alexander, consisting of The Christian Brothers Brandy, crème de cocoa and cream, or an Old Fashioned, a blend of bourbon and Angostura bitters along with a slice of orange, maraschino cherry, sugar cube and splash of water. elcortezhotelcasino.com/dining/parlour-bar
Triple George Grill
Classic cocktails and good times are waiting for you in this sleek, low-lit restaurant and bar at 201 N. Third St. Two drinks not to miss are the Salted Caramel Martini, a yummy creation of RumChata, caramel vodka and sea salt, and the Black Cherry Lemon Drop with black cherry vodka, Triple Sec and lemon juice. triplegeorgegrill.com