London has a “season,” so why not Las Vegas? Chock-full of poolside parties, tastings and events, our season is off to a healthy start. The students of UNLV’s Chef Artist Series hit a home run with their capstone class April 24, featuring delicious dishes and paired wines from Napa Valley, Calif.’s St. Francis winery. The next night, Herbs & Rye hosted the Fratelli Branca Experience celebrating the bar’s new Fernet Branca tap and the arrival of Punt e Mes. Look for the beloved red vermouth to pop up on menus soon. Industry members showed up in droves for Absolut Stuga on May 1, partying in stugas (Swedish cabins) for live performances by Bag Raiders and Tokyo Police Club. The Wine Spectator Grand Tour took over The Mirage’s grand ballroom May 5, offering more than 200 top-rated wines. I skipped the mile-long Château Margaux queue in favor of a hundred-pointer by Smith-Haut-Lafitte. Vegas Uncork’d dominated the following weekend, and saw the Cosmopolitan’s Mariena Mercer win the Mix Off on May 11, her first competition since the Cosmo’s 2010 opening. And finally, Rock ’n’ Roll Wine threw yet another stellar Reggae Pool Party on May 19 at Green Valley Ranch Resort—the seventh, to be exact.
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.