Best New Music Venue

Big, but cozy. Formal, but informal. Neat trick, which The Smith Center’s Cabaret Jazz room pulls off with aplomb. Featuring a two-tiered layout—main floor and mezzanine—the room is both a mini-concert hall and intimate jazz club, its elegant décor giving off a warm, inviting vibe. With top-notch acoustics benefiting first-rate talent (among them Barbara Cook, Branford Marsalis, Al Jarreau and monthly staple Clint Holmes), it gives Las Vegas what it’s missed since the Blue Note’s closure. If you’re hankering for a nosh, try the hummus, garlic-crusted chicken or five-bean veggie burger—or just a nice cocktail—off the menu. Downbeat, if you please.



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