“House-made” is the buzzword behind the wood at any cocktail bar worth its salt these days. From house-smoked ice and house-made tonic water to house-infused spirits and house-made grenadine, bartenders are rolling up their sleeves (and slapping twee garters on them) and getting down in their kitchen laboratories to put a little bit of their blood, sweat and tears into your cocktails—although not literally, of course. Bartenders Dustin Drankiewicz and Nathan Greene make their own spiced-lime cordial for Vanguard’s Capri-jito. At the Cosmo, Vesper Bar’s Andrew Pollard fashioned his own ginger, hibiscus, Kaffir lime and cardamom syrup, an ode to Hum botanical liqueur creator Adam Seger, for his cocktail, The Seger. Wynn Resorts property mixologist Patricia Richards makes a delicious pineapple-sage puree for Sinatra’s margarita and Eastside Lounge’s organic Sidecar. And over at the Palazzo, Wendy Hodges uses a rosemary-chili syrup for her Spirit in Amber pisco sour at Fusion Latin Mixology Bar. That’s the spirit!
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.