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Jan 08, 2014 2:19pm
We all say it. Around this time of year, nearly everyone makes some kind of New Year’s resolutions...
<p>Twist at Mandarin Oriental at CityCenter is the culinary place to be New Year's Eve if you have the means to splurge. Legendary French chef Pierre Gagnaire will oversee a six course meal for $525, which will include all-night admission to a nightclub after the dinner.</p>


Updated: Jan 09, 2014 10:04am
Las Vegas does not lack for New Year’s Eve celebrations. But even with Vegas’ world-class...
<p>The Cabin in Derry drink as served at the Velveteen Rabbit, 1218 S. Main Street, is a great drink for the holiday season to take a break from shopping.</p>


Dec 19, 2013 8:30am
The holiday seasons means cocktails. Sure, there’s the convivial imbibing of the expected...
<p>The Big Ern's BBQ at Container Park is technically proficient but held back by by some serious practical flaws.</p>


Updated: Jan 09, 2014 10:02am
Downtown Container Park offers a number of different experiences for different moods and...

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Mixology can’t touch the pleasure of a straight glass of whiskey

Mar 13, 2013 6:58pm
Mixology has gone far beyond the simple spirit ’n’ soda or gin ’n’ juice. Drinks with liquors, liqueurs, bitters, essences, infusions, jellies, sugars, powders, foams … all of these things are well...
Photo by Todd Lussier

More four-skull delights at Frankie’s Tiki Room

Mar 06, 2013 5:00pm
Frankie’s Tiki Room has revised its cocktail menu? If your first thought (like mine) was, “Jesus, will I still be able to get a Fink Bomb?!” allow me to put your mind at rest. All of the Frankie’s...

Atomic Liquors opening delayed

Jan 30, 2013 4:39pm
Atomic Liquors, holder of Las Vegas’ oldest liquor license, had hoped to open on New Year’s Eve, but is now expecting to open in late March. Derek Stonebarger, one of three owners, says permitting...
Bartender Jenny Wong mixes Dragon Blood at Hi Scores Bar-Arcade at 65 S. Stephanie St. in Henderson. PHOTO: BILL HUGHES

Hi Scores barcade offers free video games, ample beer choices and great food

Updated: Jan 30, 2013 3:35pm
In a town with more than 1,600 bars, ya gotta have a gimmick. Henderson’s Hi Scores (65 S. Stephanie St., 522-7766) lures you to its liquor by appealing to your inner child: the child that used to...

Vegas has the fever for the flavors of vodka

Jan 09, 2013 5:17pm
Vodka. We’ve gone beyond plain vodka, past the simple lemon and vanilla to chipotle, hazelnut, wasabi, red hot, grass, gummy worm. Whether flavored or infused, vodka varieties are an ever-increasing...
<p>The Pastrami Dog at Sammy&amp;#8217;s on Decatur. PHOTO: BILL HUGHES</p>

Good dogs: Frank appraisals of some local hot dog joints

Updated: Dec 19, 2012 3:08pm
I like hot dogs. Not out of irony, perhaps out of nostalgia, but mostly because hot dogs are an amusing, action food. You’re on your way somewhere, so you hit the food cart, food truck, drive-through...
Photo by Todd Lussier

Review: We assess the Bostonian influence and pedigree of new downtown bar Commonwealth

Dec 05, 2012 5:34pm
When I heard a “Boston bar” was opening downtown, I didn’t know what to expect. A place with dusty Larry Bird, Ray Bourque and Tony Eason jerseys hanging on the wall? Or would it mimic a hallowed...
The Bloody Mary, left, Blue Hawaiian and Scorpion at the Peppermill Restaurant and Lounge

Celebrating 40 years of the Peppermill

Oct 18, 2012 12:05pm
DECK: Nostalgia, irony and the need for escape have kept the Peppermill a favorite of tourists and locals alike for 40 yearsMy dearest Peppermill memory is from 2002 — September 11, 2002, to be exact...
<p>Bartender Matt Fleener changes the channel for customers at the Italian American Club. PHOTO: BILL HUGHES</p>

Benvenuto!: At the Italian American Social Club, everyone is welcome

Sep 12, 2012 3:50pm
Ah, the mysteries of the private club. In my youth, the Latrobe Old Crabtree Sportsmen’s Association sat across from the Rodgers family compound, where we kids played pinball while dads and uncles...
<p>Las Vegas Grille gets it right Photo by Todd Lussier</p>

Dining: Review of Las Vegas Grille

Updated: Sep 05, 2012 4:22pm
If I approach a barbecue restaurant and don’t smell smoke, I’m immediately skeptical. So when I found myself in a drug store parking lot next door to The Las Vegas Grille, and detected the delicious...