THE DILLINGER FOOD AND DRINKERY – 1224 Arizona St, Boulder City, NV – 702-293-4001 thedillinger.com
Thankfully, the namesake-gangster theme at The Dillingerin Boulder city is pretty much understated. Much more than the current wall sculpture, shotgun door handles, and scattering of framed images would seem way too precious in this small space. And that would be a shame, because of the casual atmosphere – kept lively by the server’s precise mix of efficiency and personality – is almost as much of a draw as the food. Almost. The burgers come fancy along with a very large serving of fries. The Baby Face Nelson includes fig marmalade and the Yakuza is topped with “a secret Asian sauce” that’s “no secret that we’re not even sure what it is.” Afterward stay for live music or take a stroll down Boulder City’s quaint downtown.
BEAUTY & ESSEX – In The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas Blvd – 702-737-0707 beautyandessex.com
There are numerous pawn store-centric drinking experiences to be had in Las Vegas- of varying levels of enjoyment, to be sure. But surely the elaborate, retro lobby of the super-sultry and very cool Beauty & Essex in the Cosmopolitan offers the most tony and eye-pleasing secondhand retail setting. And surely the tastiest drinks, too, beyond the inner sanctum door. Sexy and alluring to the max, but still friendly, this strip destination proffers sippable gems such as the Pink Panther with herbaceous Botanist gin, elderflower-based St-Germain, and pink peppercorn syrup under golden-hued, down-low lighting. The only downfall to this venue is the music, it is incredibly loud to the point where you find yourself getting louder to be heard above it all.
HERBS AND RYE – 3713 W.Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV – 702-982-8036, herbsandrye.com
Don’t let an unimpressive exterior discourage you from stepping into Sin City’s best craft cocktail bar with a side of beef. Once home to the Ruvo family’s Venetian Ristorante, Nectaly Mendoza’s Herbs and Rye is well on its way to earning legendary status of its own. Credit a superstar roster of surprisingly quick and friendly bartenders for the standout cocktails, and Vegas native Nectlay’s knack for the forgoing a fantastic joint that’s at once classic and cool. Boasting a dark, chophouse feel, a soundtrack of swing and soul and a cocktail menu spanning decades, this is one of the few spots that appeal’s to both the old guard and the young cats. Book ahead for their happy hour, as it usually gets booked out – It’s that good!
BOTECO – 9500 S.Eastern Ave, Las Vegas, NV – 702-790-2323 botecolv.com
Hendertucky no more! More like Winderson. Over the past few years, the third-largest city in Nevada has made an impressive mark on the Mojave Desert drinking map, especially with pretty, quality spots like Boteco, named after the simple, unpretentious Brazilian pubs that focus on good food and drink at affordable prices. Stop in and relax with a glass of house-made sangria or a zippy ginger-Cognac mojito – all with real imported wines, not mixes.
DOWNTOWN COCKTAIL ROOM – 111 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV – 702-880-3696 downtowncocktailroom.com
Looking to trace the beginnings of modern craft mixology in Las Vegas? Definite props go to the one-and-only Downtown Cocktail Room. Celebrating a decade of serving advanced cocktail creations in its smooth nocturnal room, DCR set the stage for many bars to follow, especially for the local joints. The best way to take in the lounges snazzy vibe is with a classic absinthe service. Select your favourite la fee verte, and watch it drip into cold water with a hypnotic, opalescent louche swirl. The night just too a different turn.