November 13, 2019
Center Bar at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas in 2015, the last day of business before the renovation. Photo by Erik Kabik Photography.
Center Bar as it is today. Photo by Erik Kabik Photography.

The Center Bar at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino was first introduced in 1995 when the resort-casino opened its doors in Las Vegas. Today, the concept of a central bar/social gathering venue has been replicated all over the city.

As the name suggests, the Center Bar is where guests have a birds-eye view of everything happening at the resort.   It’s a place to see and be seen. Since 1995, the Center Bar has been the spot to mix and mingle and to scope out celebrities—from rock stars to movie stars holding court in in one of the many booths after a Joint concert including Slash, Vince Neil and even Nicholas Cage.  It’s where the drinks have flowed and the atmosphere has rocked in addition to an impromptu performance by Mini Kiss on top of the old Center Bar island!

Center Bar has also been host to a long list of celebrity DJ’s such as Sebastian Back from Skid Row, Tom Morello from Range Against the Machine, Flava Flav from Public Enemy, Chris Kilmore from Incubus, Andrew WK, Jello Biafra from Rancid and Scott Ian from Anthrax.

In 2015, The Center Bar was re-imagined and its new incarnation still stands at the heart of the property, boasting  a more contemporary vibe. A mix of banquettes and stone-top cocktail tables add to the lounge atmosphere. It’s where the music is not only heard but where the pulsing beats of the light fixture that circles the Center Bar creates a show in and of itself.  The multi-colored lights dance to the rhythm of every song played throughout the casino floor of Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas.

One thing that hasn’t changed is the exceptional drink menu, which was developed by team members who worked at the original Center Bar. Among the drinks to try: A Fu Fu Cachu made with Malibu Rum, Captain Morgan Rum, pineapple juice and cranberry juice, the  B-Train to Georgia with Ciroc Peach, Cointreau, orange juice, cranberry juice and pineapple juice and the Long Island Lolita, with Ciroc Peach, Jim Beam, Hendrick’s, Bacardi and  Cointreau.

There’s always been something about The Center Bar that’s made it a party. Stop here after checking in, before dinner, or topping off the evening after a concert in The Joint or Vinyl.  The Center Bar at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas is one place you’ll want to visit before the property undergoes its transformation to become Virgin Hotels Las Vegas.

The Center Bar is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through February 2, 2020.