3 high-altitude happy hours for booze with a view in Las Vegas


If you suffer from acrophobia or claustrophobia, you may want to limit your Las Vegas fun to floor-level. But if you are the kind of person who likes to look down on people literally (as opposed to figuratively) be sure to check out these high-altitude happy hours.

107 Sky Lounge at the Stratosphere

At a height of 1,149 feet, the Stratosphere is the Penn Jillette of Las Vegas hotels and casinos... which would make Penn Jillette the Stratosphere of Las Vegas entertainers. In other words, it's tall. Very tall.

As the "tallest freestanding observation tower in the U.S." the view from the top of the Strat is unmatched. Only a plane or a helicopter ride would afford you a better panorama of the city of Las Vegas and its surrounding mountains.

Soaking in the breathtaking vista comes at a price. Tickets to the observation tower cost $20. So, here's a dirty little secret: It doesn't cost anything to ride the elevator to the 107 Sky Lounge. And the 107 Sky Lounge is right below the observation tower.

The early happy hour at the 107 Sky Lounge is daily from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Appetizers are half-price and the cocktails are 2-for-1. Their drink menu ranges from the traditional Old Fashioned to the ominous Angry Cucumber. You can also get beer and "wine by the glass" which is so much easier to drink than wine by the bag.

If you time your trip correctly, you can catch daytime, sunset and nighttime views of the city.

Note: Don't be alarmed if you hear screaming coming from outside. The observation tower above you is also the home of three of the scariest rides ever invented: Insanity, Big Shot! and X-Screams. I wouldn't recommend riding any of these after two Berry-Tinis, but watching is fun. I personally enjoy seeing people go from euphoria to dread in 1.6 seconds. Maybe that's why I got married.

High Roller at The Linq

At 550 feet tall, The High Roller is Las Vegas' answer to the London Eye. The Sin City version of the "observation wheel" is actually taller than the one in jolly old England, although British tourists seem incredulous when you point this out.

It takes 30 minutes for one complete rotation, which is why the High Roller happy hour is called the Happy Half Hour.

The Happy Half Hour on the High Roller (try saying that ten times fast) runs from Noon-1 a.m. Tickets start at 40 bucks (cheaper if you buy online ahead of time) which includes the ride and an open bar.

If you've ever been to a wedding, you probably have a good idea about how much open bar alcohol you can consume in 30 minutes. You will be sorely tempted to do your best drinking just to get your money's worth. At some point, however, you should turn your back to the bartender and drink in the beautiful scenery.

As an added bonus, you have to be 21 or older to ride in a HRHHH cabin which means you won't be trapped with any annoying children—just annoying adults.

Ghostbar at The Palms

The Ghostbar is on the 55th floor of the Palms Casino. If my calculations are correct—and they rarely are—you'll be sipping your favorite libation 595.4724409 feet up in the air. To quote Teen Talk Barbie, "Math class is tough!"

During happy hour, drinks are 50% off. Even Teen Talk Barbie knows that means half-price.

It runs from 8 p.m. until 10 p.m. which may seem late for a happy hour but Ghostbar is more of a nightclub than a bar. By Vegas nightclub standards, 8-10 is early.

Please dress accordingly. Ghostbar is not the place to wear your best cargo shorts or yoga pants. Be an adult. It's Vegas. Put on your big kid clothes and buy somebody a drastically reduced drink.

At the very least, visit these high altitude happy hours just to take a selfie with a beautiful background. After all, what good is having an "amazing time" if you can't rub it in the cyber faces of all your friends and loved ones?

Traci Skene is a stand-up comic based in Las Vegas. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @traciskene