Tale as old as time: Tall, dark and stout meets a luscious, sweet redhead and—poof!—magic is made. It’s no different at Todd English’s P.U.B. at Aria, where the cocktail menu boasts—in addition to 50 varieties of beers, including two from casks—a beer “cocktail” as good as any dessert we’ve ever had. First, the bartender pulls half a pint of Fruli Strawberry Beer. This white Belgian wheat ale has been blended 70/30 with real, fresh strawberry juice for an intensely fruity flavor. This is then topped with a draught of Young’s Double-Chocolate English Stout, a classic and beloved liquid treat with deep, unmistakable chocolate notes as well as coffee, malted barley and oats. This Belgian/English union makes an ideal collaboration in the august name of International Beer Day (Aug. 5). But the magic, at least in this case, is in the physics, as the slightly effervescent Fruli immediately begins trying to work its way up into the Young’s. So every sip is like a bite of juicy, decadent chocolate-covered strawberry. Of course, you could also use a straw to go straight for the Fruli, but that would be called cheating.
A Peek at Life Is Beautiful 2017
Gorillaz are coming to Las Vegas for the first time ever. 2016’s Grammy winner for best new artist, Chance the Rapper, will return. English rockers Muse will bring their dizzying live show to the streets of Downtown. And that’s just the top of an eclectic bill that features more than 70 acts, along with comedy, interactive art installations, a group art exhibit featuring the work of Mark Ryden, Tara McPherson and Shepard Fairey and much more. Last year saw more than 137,000 attendees trod the festival footprint. Who’s ready for more?
Best of the City 2016
Our seventh annual celebration of all things Las Vegas, from the best place to fix your speeding ticket to the best Bloody Mary.