A Speakeasy, Hidden in Plain Sight


Lodged somewhere between a pop-up and a speakeasy is the Piazza Lounge (702-893-8933, TuscanyLV.com) in Tuscany Suites & Casino. It’s generally not the sort of place Las Vegas’ hard-core cocktail aficionados are first to think of—we have Herbs & Rye, Velveteen Rabbit and 365 Tokyo for that—but beginning last summer, the lounge enjoyed something of a heyday, with a handful of top-notch bartenders making it their home, albeit somewhat ironically. You see, they knew no one would be expecting a program with a strong classic foundation that also incorporates modern ingredients and techniques there. And that was the trick of it. Of the lot of them, only George Sproule (who helped Downtown Cocktail Room to a share of its early fame) remains. While some are only still just discovering it, industry members have been posting up at Piazza, and enjoying $9 classic cocktails, for nearly a year—which means it’s almost time for them to establish a new under-the-radar haunt. Till then, you can enjoy the cocktail stylings of Sproule from Friday through Tuesday evenings. Plus, on February 8, Infinium Spirits will descend upon Piazza for a Latin-themed cocktail party. Enjoy a little salsa, cha-cha-cha, and Latin jazz by Nick Mastrangelo’s Nick at Nite, while you sip $7 Fernet Branca, Zaya rum and Templeton rye cocktails from 7-11 p.m. Just look for the prop speakeasy door, then walk right around it.


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