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Bars & Booze

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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 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. <

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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 Place to Get High

    Get it? High? Of course we mean high up, as in above it all. Eat, drink or be merry in the maze-like environs of the House of Blues’ private club, Foundation Room, which, despite not being the newest or biggest kid on the block, still retains its title as having one of the most beautiful views of our fair city. That mixologist Eddie Perales has slid over from Caesars Palace gives us a reason to hope that the old girl has some great days—and nights—ahead of her.

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    Best New Bar Product

    We’re positively gaga over the new NEAT Glass, created right here in Las Vegas with a little help from the UNLV Chemistry Department. A must-have for the committed connoisseur, the little hourglass-shaped vessel allows you to experience the aroma and taste of any high-proof alcohol the way the distiller intended. Read all about it.

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