One of my favorite bars in Vegas to is the Chandelier Bar in The Cosmopolitan. I’ve always loved the glamor and sparkle of chandeliers, so drinking amazing cocktails while sitting more or less inside of one is pretty much my happy place.
Aside from the atmosphere, I love the concept that the bar has. Each of the three levels of the bar has their own vibe and their own drink menu to match. It’s the perfect place to go before a night out to discuss last night’s antics and decide what pool you are going to hit the next day. It’s also the perfect opportunity to wear that fierce pair of heels you know you shouldn’t wear out to a club or else you’ll end up being that girl who walks home heels-in-hand. While you can’t go wrong with any of the cocktails on the menu, I’ll take you through some of my favorites level by level.
Level 1: Bottom of the Chandelier
Located centrally on the casino floor, the first level feels the most like a typical casino bar. It’s slightly elevated from the casino, and of course, when you look up you see an eye orgasm of crystal and light — but aside from the menu, it’s more or less a typical casino bar in terms of ambiance. As a gin lover (specifically a Hendricks lover) my go-to on the bottom level is a drink dubbed Sophia Loren. It’s described as “A feminine play on the Negroni, that much like the screen goddess’ “je ne sais quoi” appeal”. Ingredients include Hendrick’s Gin, Combier Pamplemouse Rose, Lillet Rose, and Grapefruit Aromatic. If that’s not up your alley, the Signature drink on the bottom floor is called The Infinite Playlist: ” An updated variation of the classic Old Fashioned, this cocktail has as its base a 12-year rum aged in bourbon barrels, marrying the toffee and oak with vanilla undertones. It’s sleek, modern luxury in a glass.”.
Level 2: Inside the Chandelier
On this level you’ll actually drink inside of the chandelier: life achievement unlocked. My favorite drink on this floor is one I ordered solely on the name, it’s called Schnozberries Taste Like Schnozberries. How do you pass that up, especially with all the Oompa Loompas running around? (Shade towards girls with bad fake tans intended.)
Its ingredients include Dragonberry Rum, Sloe Gin, Aperol, Pickled Strawberry Lychee Pink Peppercorn Shrub, over a Miracleberry Ginger Gobstopper Ice Sphere with a scented Lolligarden. While most of the drinks on the menu are $16 dollars, this one is $20 — yes, it’s steep, but it packs a punch.
Level 3: Top of the Chandelier
This may be the best level if you’re into people watching between watching early clubgoers pass by, hoards of girls dressed identically for bachelorette parties, and being able to peer down upon other levels of the chandelier and the casino. My favorite drink of all is on the top floor. Called Finishing School, it’s described as “a feminine play on the iconic Moscow Mule, parodying the standard etiquette, social graces and feminine beauty.” It’s comprised of Absolut Hibiskus Vodka, Fresh Lemon, Plum House Made Strawberry-Rose-Rhubarb Syrup topped with Ginger Beer.”
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