Seven Reasons to Raise Up a Glass in the New Year

1. Rumor has it that, in addition to Chandelier Bar (Vegas Seven’s pick for Best Bar), another major Strip resort has been in talks to bring molecular mixology to the forefront of its beverage program with a dedicated bar right on the casino floor in the first quarter (hint: the sky’s the limit!). Smoke, cotton candy, foams, caviars and edible cocktails could be in our future! And if they bear any resemblance to the liquid variety offered on property, then we’re certainly in for a treat.

2. Herbs & Rye—now with twice the rye! Our bar spies tell us that owner Nectaly Mendoza is considering locations right now for a second bar (working title: “Rye”) closer to the Strip than the original Sahara Avenue and Valley View Boulevard location.

3. T-Time at Red Rock Resort’s T-Bones Chophouse & Lounge offers generously portioned bar snacks (think chicken and waffles, tater tots, bacon popcorn and deep-fried Oreos) along with craft beers, handcrafted cocktails and wines by the glass—50 items offered 5-7 p.m. daily for just $5 each.

4. In celebration of 30 years of brewing, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. offers a series of four 30th anniversary brews—a stout, a lager, an oak-aged ale and a black barleywine ale. The latter is now available on tap locally at the Freakin’ Frog for $7.

5. Southern Nevada Public Television will host the 22nd annual Splendor in the Glass wine and beer tasting to benefit Vegas PBS from 3-7 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Las Vegas Hilton. There will be 65 wineries and breweries, live and silent auctions, a jazz quartet and an appearance by chef Hubert Keller. $65,; $80 at the door.

6. The 27th annual Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show returns to the Las Vegas Convention Center on March 7-9, and for the first time ever, will open a portion of the event to the public with the Spirits of Mexico Las Vegas experience. The Red Bull concierge booth will handle all party credentials, including the yearly Top 100 party and DJ Spin-Off at Marquee and a triple-themed event at Pure.

7. Hooray for Rí Rá Las Vegas! The authentic Irish pub and grubberie (as well as a 500-pound statue of St. Patrick and an intact Victorian bar) arrives on St. Patrick’s Day in the Shoppes at Mandalay Place. This 12th Rí Rá (short for “Rí Rá agus Ruaile Buaile” or noise and commotion) will feature live entertainment, lively libations and elevated pub food. Follow the statue’s journey on and @RiRaVegas.