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Double Helix

  • Dining

    Savor the Date for September’s Special Dining Events

    By Marisa Finetti

    September delivers a cornucopia of flavors, not mention these not-to-miss culinary affairs that are happening around town.

  • Dining

    Double Helix Bar Owner Ray Nisi Dies at 55

    By Al Mancini

    On July 8, Las Vegas lost one of its greatest supporters of the local beverage scene.

  • Bars & Booze

    Best After-Work Buzz

    A fire pit, well-placed misters and a damn fine selection of low-priced small plates are the lure to the Double Helix patio for its happy hour, 3:30-7:30 daily. Start with the fried, stuffed olives ($3), then move on to the spicy pulled-pork sliders ($4.50). Both go nicely with the house chard ($4) or the half-off Whiskey of the Month selection. In Town Square, 735-9463.

  • Diner's Notebook

    Our man Ogden, a dessert fit for The King, and wine for your burger

    By Max Jacobson

    The holiday season brought me to California's Central Coast, where I had the chance to dine at Root 246, Bradley Ogden's seminal Solvang, Calif., restaurant at the Hotel Corque (400 Alisal Road, 805-686-8681). When I look back on 2011—and I had a number of great meals during the year, including one at Dinner, Heston Blumenthal's London restaurant—this meal truly stands out.

  • Dining

    Bottles. Burgers. Boom!

    By Xania V. Woodman

    What this town needs is more hamburger joints. Wait! Before you crumple this page, light it on fire and scream, “Surely you jest, madam!” consider this: Juicy, unique, gourmet burgers crafted by Daniel Boulud Brasserie alum Doug Vega that are stuffed with braised short rib or blue cheese. And what better to pair them with than perfectly sized half-bottles of wine? This is the burger joint, according to Ray Nisi and partners.

  • Worthy of a Double-take

    By Max Jacobson

    The wine bar has slowly been working its way into the American consciousness, but it has a long way to go before it attains the popularity of a beer hall or cocktail lounge. La Cave at the Wynn is going great guns, but Nora’s Wine Bar in Boca Park recently went belly-up. I’d wager that the concept still makes investors nervous. Wine, for many of us, is a beverage that accompanies fine food, not an end unto itself.

  • Cocktail Culture

    Make That Winetail Culture

    A winner since Day 1! We’re talking about this cocktail—er, winetail, which has been on Double Helix’s menu since it opened Jan. 17, 2008, but the same could be said for two of the bar’s three co-owners, Menelaos “Lucky” Metalios and Ray Nisi, lifelong friends and college roommates. “It’s our good luck charm!” says Nisi of the sunny drink. The Lucky Ray was just the first of Double Helix’s unique menu of winetails—that is, cocktails that use wine instead of hard liquor.

  • Dining

    The Vintastic Five

    By Max Jacobson

    A good wine bar should provide three things: a convivial atmosphere, the opportunity to try a wide selection of wine at a reasonable price, and a few nibbles to balance the experience. My inaugural wine bar was Jacques Melac in Paris, where I often stopped in to try wines from the Languedoc and Loire, and chat with working-class guys busy devouring French sausages, giant hunks of smelly cheese and huge glasses of six-franc red.

  • Cocktail Culture

    Double Your Helix, Double Your Fun

    By Xania V. Woodman

    Town Square has a new lease on one lively crossroads now that Ray Nisi and partners have signed on to open a second Double Helix wine bar—both featuring whiskey—in the former Grape space at the busy intersection shared by Blue Martini, Yard House, Cadillac Ranch and Lolita’s. Double Helix Wine & Whiskey Lounge is slated for a mid-May soft opening with a Memorial Day weekend grand opening.

  • Cocktail Culture

    Chocolate Strawberry Deluxe

    By Marvin Lucas

    As created by Double Helix mixologist Allison Glenn, $14

  • Double Helix Wine Boutique and Bar

    Located at the heart of the Shoppes at the Palazzo, Double Helix serves up an extensive selection of wine, beer and cocktails, while providing respite for shoppers and conference-goers alike.

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