You're in Summerlin. You need a drink. (Mostly because you're in Summerlin.) But where do you go that isn't a) needlessly pricey, b) operating-room sanitized or c) already a suburbipolitan sh*tshow?
You go to Distill, a new, casual hang — and our favorite grub 'n' chug alternative — in the northwest area.
Replacing the blink-and-you-missed-it Dos Caminos, Distill is the latest bar by the brothers who opened the similarly relaxed Remedy's Tavern and the underrated Elixir in the southeast. And it meets all your Summerlin escapade needs.
You want suds? There's 24 varieties on tap and in the bottles. Whiskey? Lots of options there, too, including a house-infused coffee version. (Specialty cocktails from $7 to $10 are also on offer.) Video poker and other gaming diversions? They're there, glowing and embedded in the orbicular bar not too unlike the War Room conference table from Dr. Strangelove. Well-done but not-trying-too-hard chow minus the Boca Park prices? You can feast on a high-boy while catching a game or do so in the relative quiet refuge of the dining area.
There's also the usual amenities, like pool tables, video golf and a jukebox with which to annoy the older patrons. But here's something your neighborhood bar is typically lacking: a patio. Though it wasn't open when we checked Distill out, a large, gated "backyard" (as the place calls it) offers the promise of pollution-free imbibing in the spring and reprieve from oppressive air conditioning in the summer. Note to the teenage riffraff wandering over from the nearby BJ's: Your fence-hopping skills will be rendered futile by patio security, so no big ideas.
So there you have it: A homey place for unfussy adults. And for those of you further south wishing for a similar sanctuary? There are already plans to open another Distill near Mountain's Edge.