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Get Your Day Drinking On

Get Your Day Drinking On
The Yardbird Watermelon Sling (Photographer: Gabriel Gutierrez /)

The action doesn't just happen after dark in Las Vegas. The city has a vibrant day drinking scene long before the nightlife awakens from its weary slumber. Here are two options, located within The Venetian and The Palazzo resorts, and one that's well worth the trip off the Strip.

Miami-import Yardbird Southern Table & Bar has been a hit for daytime eats since it joined the dining scene in 2015. Known for its fried chicken, nothing quite goes with juicy poultry like a Watermelon Sling. Made of crafted Dickel White whiskey, fresh-pressed watermelon juice and lemon, then balanced with Aperol, this is a superb springtime refresher and one that plays so well along side crispy chicken biscuits with pepper jelly—only one of the many iterations of fowl on the menu.

A few steps from Yardbird, make Morels Steakhouse & Bistro the next stop on a day drinking adventure with a more traditional libation. Here's where to find table-side Bloody Cart with Marys (with vodka) or Marias (with tequila). Go for as many garnishes as you wish such as shaved horseradish, fresh cut herbs and an assortment of pickles and porks. As the weather warms up, the patio is the place to be.

Day Drinking Off the Strip


Located about 10 miles from Las Vegas Boulevard, Bottiglia Cucina & Enoteca in Green Valley Ranch has made its mark as the place where locals brunch on the Eastside. And while just about everyone has embraced #roséallday for this relaxed Sunday hybrid meal, don't forget to show a little love to the original brunch drink, the mimosa. Brunch is served Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Bottiglia's Blood Orange Mimosa

$10, Pairs with a Grand Shellfish Tower

½ oz. Absolut Elyx Vodka

½ oz. Aperol

1 oz. blood orange puree

½ oz. fresh lemon juice

½ oz. simple syrup

2 ½ oz. Prosecco, add after shaking

Put all ingredients into a mixing tin, except for the Prosecco. Add ice and shake vigorously. Then add Prosecco, stir and strain into a flute. Garnish with an orchid and lemon spiral.