Seven reasons to lift up a glass

1. Beat the heat with a cold beer and a lemonade—together. It’s called shandy, and it’s a refreshing amalgam of beer and Irish lemonade (lemon soda to the rest of us). Try it two ways: Smithwick’s with red lemonade or Harp with white lemonade, available throughout the summer at Rí Rá in Mandalay Place. $4,

2. Speaking of beer, the Las Vegas World Beer Fest will take up semi-permanent residence behind Bally’s to delight guests with more than 500 different beers from 100 world brewmasters, including brands not often found in the United States. The event is slated to run Thursday-Sunday for a year beginning Oct. 13.

3. You like us! You really like us! Las Vegas nightlife has been getting beaucoup love lately, and from all over. Esquire’s sixth annual rundown of America’s best bars honored Chandelier at the Cosmopolitan; Kim Kardashian professed her undying (platonic) love for Tao Group’s Mike Snedegar in her blog; the Los Angeles Times informed Los Angeles of Vegas’ utter domination of the pool party scene; and USA Today outlined the best of everything we have to offer. Links available at

4. Vegas does not get much love, however, when it comes to the annual Spirited Awards nominations, released each year in advance of the Tales of the Cocktail spirit and cocktails congress. But we can share in the recognition of New York-based mixologist Sam Ross, nominated not once but twice, for American Bartender of the Year and International Bartender of the Year. Ross’s 18A beverage program at Comme Ça has been rocking our world since the Cosmopolitan opened.

5. It might be a tad audacious to call it “ultra-premium,” but we’ll reckon The Original Moonshine still tastes a heck of a lot better than the unlabeled ’shine your great-grandpappy put up. Crafted in small batches from 100 percent estate-grown corn by third-generation Culpeper, Va., moonshiner Chuck Miller, Stillhouse’s clear corn whiskey is softly sweet, mixes nicely into lemonade and other summer coolers. Try it at First Food & Bar in the Venetian.

6. When we said in a previous issue that Peligroso Tequila was positioning itself to take the tequila world by storm (“Delicious & Dangerous,” May 26), we weren’t kidding. The company has already staked its claim on the south end of the Strip at Mandalay Bay’s Border Grill, establishing the Zona Peligroso. But it’s far less militant than it sounds. The new poolside patio bar features freshly made Peligroso tequila cocktails and signature dishes. Open during pool hours,

7. Napa wines will shine when Andre’s Restaurant & Lounge at the Monte Carlo (798-7151) hosts a five-course Whitehall Lane wine dinner at 6:30 p.m. June 24. The $125-per-person event will feature award-winning Whitehall Lane wines from the historic Rutherford appellation, all paired with cuisine by chef Andre Rochat.



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