Michigan resident Shawn McClain may not be the celebrity chef his Aria colleagues Michael Mina and Jean-Georges Vongerichten are, but since he is now devoting nearly all of his time and energy to Las Vegas (he also owns the Aria pizzeria Five50, another one of our winners), his signature restaurant, Sage, is better than ever. This cavernous art-deco dining room has a sleek bar with terrific libations such as the Aviation to warm you up for his globally tinged American comfort cuisine. Appetizers can be anything from Kusshi oysters with Tabasco sorbet to innovative foie gras custard brûlée. Many of the entrées are beguiling, too; there is even a creative vegetarian tasting menu. There’s a huge beer list, and a wine list nearly as daring as the restaurant’s menu. They make for perfect pairings, such as McClain’s slow-poached organic farm egg with a bottle of Duvel Belgian Ale, or Wagyu beef tartare made heavenly with a glass of an American boutique wine. In Aria, 590-8690.
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