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[Booze Issue 2013]

Booze crawl: Five CityCenter stops for the liquor curious

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Jorge Labrador

Every casino has its share of bars, but inside the sprawling CityCenter complex there are myriad options for liquid entertainment. We’ve narrowed down the destinations and drinks to a handful of must-hits. Sample them à la carte, or go back to back for a mighty night of imbibing.

    • Black Dragon at Bar Vdara

      Tucked away in oft-overlooked Vdara, this hotel bar actually has a good selection of specialty cocktails. The Black Dragon should start the night off right, with a sweet-and-tart blend of Bacardi Dragon Berry Rum, blackberries, fresh mint, lime juice and cane syrup.

    • The Demon Slayer at Social House

      There are a few types of sake that go by the onikoroshi or “demon slayer” name, but the Wakatake Onikoroshi Junmai Daiginjo served at Crystals’ Social House is Japan’s best-seller. Said to vanquish any beast, you can get this silky, fruity sake by the carafe or as part of a five-glass flight of premium sakes.

    • Black Raspberry Nectar mead at Todd English P.U.B.

      Just around the corner, P.U.B’s drink menu is gloriously beer-focused, but the true standout is an old-school elixir that goes back 8,000 years: mead. Try Redstone Meadery’s Black Raspberry Nectar for a heavy and fruity beverage unlike anything else on this crawl.

    • Margarita de Pepino at Javier’s

      It’s refreshment time, thanks to Azunia Silver, agave nectar, freshly squeezed lime juice and cucumber. This Mexican restaurant has a ton of other hand-shaken margaritas (jalapeño, anyone?), but the pepino variety is particularly crisp, a welcome wind-down for your penultimate stop.

    • Lemongrass Mojito at Mandarin Bar

      End on a high note at this 23rd-floor bar inside the Mandarin Oriental. This cocktail combines cachaça, lemongrass-infused simple syrup, mint and soda water, for an Asian spin on the iconic Caribbean cocktail. Enjoy the view and call yourself a taxi. All good crawls must come to an end.

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