Regardless of where you are on the Las Vegas Strip, there always seems to be a Starbucks close by. While it's easy to resort to the familiar favorite, there are plenty of other places people can go for some coffee or tea. Next time you're thirsting for a cup, skip the popular Seattle chain and try one of these tasty alternatives instead.
3940 Coffee + Tea at Delano Las Vegas
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Guests can savor a menu of artisanal teas and artisan-roasted coffees from Grand Avenue Coffee at this comfortable coffee house, including the hotel's exclusive blend: a delicious combination of Columbian and Guatemalan specialty coffees that's available in regular or decaf. Patrons can also enjoy exotic tastes from some of the most eminent coffee-growing regions in the world (think Ethiopia, Kenya and El Salvador) served tableside using the Clever Coffee system, an innovative brewing method that combines the best features of the French press and filter drip techniques. In the afternoon, a tea cart is available showcasing a selection of loose-leaf teas served alongside traditional accompaniments like petite pastries and finger sandwiches. Thirsty for something more refreshing? Then try the flavorful Mountain Berry Iced Tea.
Café Presse at The Venetian
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Known for having some of the best cups of java in town, this bustling bistro next to the convention area serves Italy's famed LavAzza coffee. Featuring a menu of delicious coffee concoctions, must-try signature drinks include the Iced Bianco (espresso poured over ice with frothed sweetened milk and your choice of syrup or sauce), Cappuccino Crema (espresso with sweetened frothed milk and your choice of syrup or sauce) and Mokaccino (espresso topped with whipped cream and your choice of syrup or sauce). Guests can pair their drinks with an assortment of healthy snacks, including freshly made salads and sandwiches and a host of gluten-free and organic options. Free Wi-Fi and charging stations are available, too, for those who want to stay connected.
Ebar at Nordstrom inside Fashion Show
You wouldn't necessarily think a department store would have great coffee, but at Nordstrom's Ebar, shoppers can recharge with an amazing cup of joe that's custom roasted by its Portland-based roaster. Offering a range of methods for guests to enjoy their handcrafted cup of coffee, including drip, French press and single brew (an individual brewing method for custom-brewed coffee), Ebar features fair trade and direct trade coffees in addition to its House and Debut Espresso blends. The Debut Espresso Blend features a balance of creamy, buttery flavors with subtle notes of almond and vanilla, while the House Blend boasts rich, subtle favors of citrus and chocolate. Coffee is ground on site and selections can be brewed in house or purchased to enjoy at home. Ceramic cups are even available for guests to enjoy their coffee in for those not taking their selection to go. In addition to handcrafted drinks, Ebar serves house made sandwiches, salads and snacks and fresh-baked pastries from Las Vegas' own Peridot Sweets, making it a real hidden gem for coffee fans.
The Perq at SLS Las Vegas
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One of the Strip's newest coffee shops, The Perq serves a selection of gourmet coffees and teas from Los Angeles-based specialty roaster, LAMILL Coffee. Guests can enjoy an SLS signature roast, dark roast or decaf coffee with an assortment of house made syrups for some added flavor—including mocha, caramel, vanilla, sugar-free vanilla, honey and simple syrup—or indulge in the Affogato: house made gelato served with a shot of espresso and a shot of liquor. Gelato flavors include Nutella, lemon, chocolate, mint chocolate, strawberry basil, vanilla bean, pistachio amaretto cherry and, of course, coffee. Other menu selections include paninis, quiches, salads and a variety of pastries. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled while drinking your cup of coffee: singer Nick Jonas was recently spotted enjoying a coffee date at The Perq with his girlfriend, former Miss Universe Olivia Culpo.
PRESS at Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas
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The ideal spot for multi-tasking coffee lovers, this indoor/outdoor bar named (in part) for the process of pressing coffee makes it easy for guests to stay connected while sipping their latte, as it features 12 charging docks throughout the bar that fit nearly any smartphone. Several areas are available as well with electrical outlets, perfect for those with a laptop. Serving coffee by LavAzza, guests can enjoy a cup of joe with one of PRESS' delectable pastries, many of which are made in-house by the Four Seasons' pastry chef, Jean-Luc Daul, and his team. One of PRESS' baristas is even a very talented latte artist; be sure to ask for Wendy to experience some of her remarkable creations.
Rí Rá Las Vegas at The Shoppes at Mandalay Place
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Featuring an exclusive blend of coffee created by Coffee by Design, this lively Irish pub's java is a robust and full-bodied blend of French, Italian and peak roasted beans from Sumatra, Colombia, Mexico and Ethiopia. Perfect with breakfast, lunch or dinner, the coffee is both earthy and nutty in flavor. Rí Rá also offers a selection of signature Irish coffees great for an after-dinner drink, including Foynes' Original Irish Coffee. Named after Ireland's first international airport, the recipe dates back to 1951 and features a mix of Powers whiskey, brown sugar and fresh whipped cream. If you're more of a tea drinker, Rí Rá proudly serves Bewley's Irish tea too, often considered one of the best teas in Ireland. Each tea is served the traditional way—steeped inside a teapot—with five flavors available to choose from, including the eye-opening Irish Breakfast Tea: a unique blend of strong Assam and Darjeeling teas.
Tea Lounge at Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas
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Taking the concept of tea for two to new heights, this elegant tea lounge on Mandarin Oriental's 23rd floor offers stunning Strip views to go along with its extensive menu of teas. Guests can choose from a selection of loose-leaf teas, like the hotel's signature Mandarin Orange black tea blend featuring a burst of orange and mandarin flavors with light vanilla undertones, as well as artisan blends, health and wellness creations, tea cocktails and more. There's even a beautiful Peach Artisan blooming tea featuring a crown of chrysanthemums and jasmine flowers in it that literally blossoms right before guests' eyes. For a truly unforgettable experience, be sure to stop in for Classic English Afternoon Tea served daily from noon to 5 p.m. featuring a selection of pastries, finger foods and freshly baked English scones. The bite-sized Black Forest Ham Sandwich (with the crust cut off, of course) is truly delish! Children's Afternoon Tea is offered as well. Not to forget coffee drinkers, a selection of gourmet coffees is also available, with a variety of house made syrups guests can add to sweeten each sip.
Sambalatte at Monte Carlo
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Boasting its own state-of-the-art coffee lab and coffee bean roaster, guests can watch the roasting process firsthand at this popular Strip-side coffee shop, known for its signature house blends and creative concoctions. In addition to such mouthwatering creations as the Nutella Latte, Sambalatte serves a selection of teas, sandwiches, muffins, scones, cookies and pastries. Free Wi-Fi is available, too, making it a great place to get some work done. Patrons can also sip their selections from Sambalatte's outdoor patio while watching the free entertainment on BLVD Plaza that starts in the afternoon and runs into the night. After just one visit (and one sip), guests are sure to forget all about Starbucks.