Yes, Vegas is all about excess. But quality often trumps quantity, even when it comes to drinking. From high-end cocktails to creative craft beers, there’s something here for every liquor connoisseur.
Nearly every bar, lounge and restaurant has an inspired cocktail menu with its own signature drinks. But if you really want to get fancy, try one (or all) of these.
From Carbone — star restaurateur/chef Mario Carbone’s pricey new Italian eatery — the mai tai ($15) is a step beyond the traditional, made with an almond syrup “orgeat” developed specifically for Carbone. Or try the Stinger ($15), which uses vanilla-infused maple syrup and muddled mint to perfectly balance and showcase the Armagnac base.
At Lago by Julian Serrano, the elegant Rosso Bellini ($17) boasts a beautiful caramel nest holding a golden raspberry hovering over a refreshing mixture of Hangar One Raspberry, Toschi Fragoli Wild Strawberry Liqueur, Prosecco, raspberry syrup and fresh lemon juice.
In a similar food-inspired vein, Beets by Roy ($16) from Harvest by Roy Ellamar combines El Silencio Espadin Mezcal with house-made cold-pressed beet juice, lemon juice and mandarin syrup to create a savory yet sweet cocktail garnished by a goat-cheese-stuffed beet cone.
Las Vegas’ craft beer scene is rapidly growing — from Sin City Brewing Company, which now has three locations on the Strip to Bad Beat Brewing, Tenaya Creek and Aces and Ales — making Las Vegas an unexpected rite of passage for hop-heads everywhere.
For craft beer on the Strip, head to Bardot Brasserie for the Hors d’âge, a Flemish country ale brewed in Esquelbecq, France. Exclusive to this Michael Mina eatery, the champagne-style beer is designed to complement the Parisian cuisine. Or sample Sin City Extra Pale Ale at Aria, which teamed up with Sin City Brewing Company to create this special-edition pale ale that is exclusively available on tap at the resort.
Andrea Kahn, Tribune Content Solutions