[Booze Issue 2013]

Booze crawl: Five CityCenter stops for the liquor curious

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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