Thursday, June 28, 2012 | midnight
The Strip has many bars with million-dollar views. Still, Mandarin stands out. Maybe it’s the honey-hued gleam of the back bar, the soft perfume in the air or the enveloping vibe of effortless cool. The $18 cocktails are luscious escapes, even without the complimentary garden of lights. Mandarin Oriental, 590-8888. Mon-Thu, 5 p.m.-1 a.m.; Fri & Sat, 5 p.m.-2 a.m.