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Best of the City 2013

Best Community-Supported Agriculture

Quail Hollow Farm has prevailed over the harsh growing conditions and meager profit margins that have kept Southern Nevada from jumping on the CSA trend in a significant way. Only about a half-dozen of these co-op farms, which deliver food to paying members on a regular basis, are thriving here. Among them, Quail Hollow is Read More

Business & Services

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Best Tech Startup

It’s a little known and probably untrue fact that bowling accounts for 97 percent of our local economy. When the wheels of Las Vegas get to turning, they do so to return your ball so you can get the spare. Perhaps that’s why VegasTech member Rich Belsky created Rolltech Bowling, a cool iPhone/iPad app that tracks and shares your bowling scores and stats in real Read More

Health & Beauty

Best Place to Get a Manicure/Pedicure

You’ll get the chic atmosphere and treatment of a resort-style salon without paying the price at Bond. Bellagio Spa veteran Shawna Traynor opened her “nail lounge” earlier this year with a menu of creative offerings, such as the Chocolate Covered Strawberry, which starts with a strawberry oil and mineral soak, followed by a strawberry scrub and chocolate mask, and then finishes with a super-hydrating chocolate lotion lather-up. Bond’s specialty manicures and pedicures incorporate Me Bath products, and they change Read More

Nightlife

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Best Nighttime Pool Party

While XS’ Sunday Nightswim started the trend and Surrender’s Splash Dance still draws rave reviews, newcomer Eclipse at Daylight took it to new depths this year to win this category. While booking talent such as Nicky Romero, Skrillex and Zedd helps, the differentiating factor is the Ibiza-inspired layout. There’s a giant, dome-shaped, concert-style stage crested by massive LED towers, with the pool perfectly centralized to offer the best views in the Read More

Health & Beauty

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Best Locals-Only Pampering Deal

Monday through Thursday, all spa treatments at the Spa and Salon at Red Rock Resort are 30 percent off (20 percent on the weekends), and anything on the menu at the salon is 20 percent off every day. Either deal includes free access to the facilities and private pool at this Condé Nast Top 100 Resort Spa. So, each visit includes quality and affordability. Need we say Read More

Bars & Booze

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Best Place to Drink Whiskey

The rambling, cavernous dining rooms at Delmonico Steakhouse bring to mind the wine cellar of some billionaire’s Swiss manse. But enticing as that sounds, the bar is where it’s at. Because that’s where beverage manager and lead bartender Max Solano presides over his 530-bottle whiskey collection like a judge. He’ll serve it to you neat, with a bucket of cubes and silver tongs. Wanna try a Tasmanian single malt? He’s got Read More

Nightlife

Best New Salsa Party

There are casual Latin dancers, and then there are the true salseros—those who live for the sound of the clave; who chug water, not beer; and who show up late to clubs, skipping the cheesy lesson so they can go straight to the pachanga. Until recently, the latter could be found on Friday nights packed into El Barrio Latino, a cozy, rustic bungalow at the edge of a strip mall on Tropicana. But promoters announced the event’s cancellation earlier this month, dismaying both regulars and our Vegas Seven Read More

Arts & Entertainment

Best Music Venue You’ve Never Been To

Come on in, the music’s fine. So’s the food. So’s the vibe. And pretty much everything else at The Smith Center’s Cabaret Jazz room, the city’s best untapped entertainment resource. Epitomizing elegance, the two-tiered, acoustically excellent venue is somewhere between a hip jazz joint and a sleek concert hall, and has given the city the likes of saxophonist Branford Marsalis, guitarist John Pizzarelli and legendary Broadway/cabaret star Barbara Cook. Next up: singer/musician/composer Billy Stritch, celebrating the songbook of Mel Tormé, on August Read More

Dining

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Best Vibe Dining

The supper club has always been a spot to see and be seen while having dinner, but in Las Vegas there’s always a fine line between “supper club” and “place where the music is too loud.” Read More

Nightlife

Best Female DJ

Actually, from Marquee’s Boombox Room to the Dayclub, longtime Las Vegan Lisa Pittman is one of the best DJs in town, period. From Pittman’s first residency at Studio 54 in 2006 to her ongoing success with the Palms and Tao Group, DJLP has kept a steady hand on the decks. She seamlessly crosses over from mainstream hot spots to occasionally throw the best LGBT parties around. Her friends call her the Lesbian Mayor of Las Vegas for producing events such as SHEdonism, a ladies-only party weekend that will take over the Palms’ entire Fantasy on September Read More

Health & Beauty

Best Swimwear Shop

You’ve probably eaten at Paymon’s on Maryland Parkway many times without noticing the small shop two doors down. Yet this discreet strip-mall cell holds a wonderland of not only swimwear but also expertise in what to buy and how to use it. Swim2000 is endowed with an impressive product line and deep institutional knowledge. It began as a mail-order company in 1994, and the brick-and-mortar store opened seven years later. Staff includes current and former swimmers who can wax philosophic on the way varying fabrics will react to chlorine versus salt Read More

Arts & Entertainment

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Best Art Import

If the much-anticipated Vegas art scene is going to be fully realized, we need more participants like JK Russ and Matthew Couper. The married couple and professional artists moved from New Zealand to Las Vegas nearly three years ago and have been working diligently ever since. He creates haunting Old World-style oil paintings with biting contemporary insights. She creates colorful mixed-media collages and video installations that explore gender and sexuality. Both show prodigiously in and out of Read More