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These are apparently the top-rated bars in Las Vegas

Check-in app Foursquare released its state-by-state list of the most popular bars in 2015 based on check-in patterns and reviews from its users, but something didn’t make sense about Nevada.

In order to figure out the most popular bar in each state, Foursquare said its employees “crunched over 4.5 billion check-ins and 30 million tips to bring you the most awesome places in cities around the world.”

While the list contains some well-known bars across the country, such as San Francisco’s Zeitgeist and Honolulu’s RumFire, the pick for Nevada’s most popular bar might be surprising to some. The accolade went to XS at the Wynn — a well-known nightclub

XS Nightclub doesn’t rank as Foursquare’s most popular nightclub. The app’s most popular nightclub, according to their point system, is Encore Beach Club.

Another location was questionable — Foursquare lists Downtown Cocktail Room as a result when searching for bars in North Las Vegas. We looked at Yelp’s highest-rated section and Foursquare’s ratings to see which bars are actually most popular across the Las Vegas Valley. 

Important to note is while these bars are the top-rated, user-generated data, in this case, is not a scientific measurement of quality nor popularity.


  • Yelp: The bar at Hank’s inside Green Valley Ranch
  • Foursquare: Born and Raised


  • Yelp: J Karaoke Bar
  • Foursquare: 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar

East valley

  • Yelp: Double Down Saloon
  • Foursquare: Aces & Ales

North Las Vegas

  • Yelp: Foothills Tavern
  • Foursquare: Data appears to be unavailable, as the search brings up downtown Las Vegas locations.

Northwest valley

  • Yelp: Big Dog’s Draft House
  • Foursquare: (Tie) Outpost Saloon and Mezza Bistro and Wine

Southwest valley

  • Yelp: The Sparklings
  • Foursquare: The Bar at Tropicana and Durango

Spring Valley

  • Yelp: Layla Grill & Hookah
  • Foursquare: Due Forni Pizza & Wine

Summerlin/west valley

  • Yelp: Vinter Grill
  • Foursquare: The bar at Boca Park Cheesecake Factory

Downtown Las Vegas

  • Yelp: The Laundry Room
  • Foursquare: Downtown Cocktail Room

The Las Vegas Strip

  • Yelp: Fat Tuesday at MGM Grand
  • Foursquare: Mandarin Bar at Mandarin Oriental

Contact Caitlin Lilly at clilly@reviewjournal.com. Find her on Twitter: @caitiesmith

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