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Bars & Booze

  • Bars & Booze

    Best Place to Buy Booze

    They say you shouldn’t go food-shopping when you’re hungry. We would add that you should be careful about going to Khoury’s Fine Wine & Spirits thirsty. The thoughtfully curated selection will get you every time: Go in for a nice malbec and a six-pack of something local, and come out with enough booze to host a frat party.

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    Best New Cocktail

    An unexpected favorite on the menu at Downtown’s newest cocktail bar, Velveteen Rabbit, co-owner Pamela Dylag’s Green Bitch employs fresh celery juice as the ideal mate for the vegetal complexity of Chartreuse.

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    Best Place to Go on a Bender

    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?

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    Best Beer Pairing

    The Gus’ Beer & Bites monthly beer-pairing dinner at the Monte Carlo Pub has at last hit its stride. Dine above it all in the pub’s rafters with chef Timothy Radigan, GM Robert Parekh and whatever beer ambassador or brewer is hosting the five-course affair. Reasonably priced at $64, this is the best way to dive into the craft-brewing world without pretension or unnecessary extravagance. Next up: Boston Beer Co. on August 28.

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    Best Yin-And-Yang Deal

    For those days that necessitate beginning with coffee and ending with an adult beverage, The Beat Coffeehouse has you covered with $1 coffees from 7-9 a.m. and $1 Pabst Blue Ribbons 7-9 p.m. daily. Half Slap & Tickle sandwiches are only $1, too, prompting many to suddenly stand near the register beginning at 6:55 p.m. It’s hilarious to watch. <</p>

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    Best Public House

    Our city suffers from an embarrassment of riches where restaurants and bars are concerned.

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    Best New Face in the Beer Community

    Crowdfunding isn’t for everyone. And why the Bringing Zombie Ants to Life research project isn’t funding faster is anyone’s guess. But it worked for Wyndee and Dave Forrest.

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    Best Bartender

    Sponsored by Vegas Seven and Bols Bartending Academy, the inaugural “Las Vegas’ Best Bartender Competition” began June 25 with a 40-question written exam—Vesper barman Roger Gross aced it.

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    Best Hops–er, Hope for the Future

    Founded last fall by Nevada’s working breweries, the Nevada Craft Brewers’ Association promotes and represents the interests of Nevada’s craft breweries, for Nevada’s craft breweries and, most importantly, by Nevada’s craft breweries.

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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 it.

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    Best New Beer

    Finding Las Vegas’ best new beer is like locating those rare desert pupfish—you have to know exactly where to look.

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    Best Place to Meet Francophiles

    There are probably other places to meet more Francophiles—we have to have an embassy or consulate around here somewhere. But the chic marble-and-fireplace setting of the Cognac Lounge at Restaurant Guy Savoy is the best place. Lower yourself down onto the petite furniture or hoist yourself up onto a dainty stool at the bar, then gird your wallet as reality sets in: Here you can indulge not only in any number of high-end Cognacs (Hardy, Hennessy, Hine …), but you can also have servers wheel in Savoy’s famous dessert cart.

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    Best Spirit-Pairing Dinner Series

    Border Grill recently hosted its 12th tequila-pairing dinner, which was so oversold that the tables eventually spilled out onto the patio. Luckily, tequila makes the heart grow fonder … of rubbing up against your neighbor and eating off his or her plate. The multicoursed affair, which has in the past welcomed Clasé Azul and Milagro tequilas, always begins with a cocktail and appetizer reception before everyone takes their seat and tucks into chef Mike Minor’s bold (ooh, barracuda!) cuisine.

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    Best Classic Cocktail Program

    Sterling silver bar tools, house-made everything and no compromises. If you want authentic classic cocktails made with historical integrity (not to mention great bar food, old movies on the screens and a proprietor who knows his fizzes and flips from his bucks and shrubs), Herbs & Rye has a barstool for you. Owner Nectaly Mendoza is an exacting cocktail historian, and if an ingredient can be purchased or produced at his bar, he’ll do whatever is necessary to present you with something as historically correct as it is delicious.

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    Best Off-Menu Cocktail

    The physical effects of eating a fresh Szechuan or “buzz” button take a little getting used to. But the experience is apparently addictive, since the Verbena and its kooky flower garnish hasn’t been on the Chandelier bar’s menu for more than a year, yet mixologist Mariena Mercer still serves a whopping 400 on average per week. Not sure what we mean? Ask for it by name …