1. Noir Bar at Luxor closed on Oct. 30 but is slated to reopen for New Year’s Eve after-hours sporting a new name, concept, look and hours, not to mention access by invitation only. Stay tuned!
2. Herbs & Rye has yielded to its mixology-focused following and—in an action unheard of in Las Vegas—owner Nectaly Mendoza ripped out all 14 of the bar’s video poker machines on Halloween to make the long, wide bar more bar-ish.
3. Filling the slot formerly held by the now-defunct Rumjungle, Tommy Bahama’s has proclaimed itself successor with Vegas’ largest rum collection. In a release this week, the Town Square restaurant and bar announced its 150-bottle assemblage, featuring rums “from Nicaragua to Thailand to Brazil to Jamaica to Barbados to the United States, Trinidad and even the Netherlands.” See the full list at TommyBahama.com.
4. Project Dinner Table—which concluded Nov. 14—will return in April for the community dinner series’ second season of guest chefs, paired libations and organic, sustainable, farm-to-white-tableclothed-table dining. ProjectDinnerTable.com.
5. Bellagio mixologist/assistant director of beverage Matt Myers teamed up with Brett Ottolenghi of Vegas’ own Artisanal Foods (the company’s first mixology collaboration; ArtisanalFoods.com) to create a superb, high-end dirty martini for Petrossian Bar’s new “Petrossian’s Perfect” menu featuring Boquerone anchovy-stuffed Castelvetrano olives and your choice of either Grey Goose or Plymouth. It debuts this month for $18.
6. Oh, thank heaven for $1 PBR and $1 half Slap & Tickle sandwiches, 7-9 p.m Monday-Saturday at The Beat coffeehouse. TheBeatLV.com.
7. And finally, open preliminaries will be held Nov. 29 at Southern Wine and Spirits for the Ambhar Tequila Challenge, which will award three cocktails and their makers a place on the opening menu when the Ambhar Lounge opens Dec. 1 at the Trop. Interested contestants, e-mail email@example.com.