Best Place to Go on a Bender

The Cosmopolitan



The Cosmopolitan is a barfly’s paradise. Why traipse down the Strip when you can walk (or stumble) from bar to bar in the relative safety and close proximity of so many king-size beds? When drinking is the itinerary, the Cosmopolitan is the place: Start at Chandelier (on Floor 1.5, of course) while you still look the part. Then hit China Poblano and Holsteins on your way up to the third floor for Blue Ribbon, Comme Ça, Scarpetta and Jaleo. If it’s a Monday, detour to STK for some bubbly, or pound PBR in the secret pizzeria. Blow your wad in the Talon Club—and avail yourself of the complimentary whiskey cart. No matter what, you’ll end up at Vesper, where Roger Gross (see “Best Bartender”) will be waiting with open, tatted arms and a shot of Fernet Branca to welcome you. No judgment here.

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Jason Strauss


Jason Strauss

The tastemaker and nightlife impresario is a partner of Tao Group, a leading restaurant and nightlife company that develops, owns and operates numerous high-profile food and beverage facilities nationwide, including Tao, Lavo and Marquee. Along with his partners, Strauss was named Hospitality Operator of the Year by Nightclub & Bar in 2006, and their work with Marquee has been profiled as a case study by Harvard Business School.