Late last month, awards were given out that scotch-lovers anticipate each year with bated whiskey breath. Whisky Advocate’s 19th annual awards have the Scottish single-malts covered—Highland (winner: Glenmorangie Pride 1981), Lowlands/Campbeltown (Auchentoshan 1979 Oloroso Sherry Matured) and the like—but also hand out hardware for best Irish Whiskey (Yellow Spot 12), best Canadian Whisky (Lot No. 40 2012), best American Whiskey (Four Roses 2012 Limited Edition Small Batch) and best Artisan Whiskey (Corsair Triple Smoke), as well Distiller of the Year (William Grant & Sons). The complete awards feature will appear in the March 1 issue of Whisky Advocate (WhiskyAdvocate.com). Some of these producers and oh-so-many more will appear at “The Nth,” the year’s largest whiskey event (UniversalWhiskyExperience.com), which comes to Wynn Resort March 1-2. Tickets start at $525 and include two whiskey classes, two “super pours,” dinner and access to the grand tasting. Of course, there are always ways to make the experience even more luxurious, such as the Highland Park tasting dinner ($95), Golf With the Masters ($365), a helicopter trip to Glen Canyon with Glenfiddich ($1,295), or the all-inclusive High Roller package ($2,295). Mull that over while you sip a 1½-ounce pour of the Balvenie 50 at the Talon Club in the Cosmopolitan—for only a cool $3,400.
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 2017
Our eighth annual celebration of all things Las Vegas, from the best casino comebacks to irresistible pot products