Twin Creeks

Las Vegas takes its happy hours very seriously. So when a local wine-industry insider raved about the one at the Silverton hotel-casino’s steak house, we dropped everything and declared a happy-hour emergency. Cocktails, house wine, beer and a substantial list of small plates—as well as an equally impressive list of specials—go for an unheard of 50 percent off in the lounge—at a time you would actually want to be there (8-10 p.m. Tue-Thu, 8-11 p.m. Fri-Sat). Try the stuffed mushrooms ($5), bacon-wrapped shrimp ($10) and calamari ($8). Now try to keep this on the DL …

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