Time does not exist inside Rao’s Las Vegas. Once you step inside the iconic restaurant and bar at Caesars Palace, you’re overcome by a desire to celebrate, round up family and friends and eat, drink and be very merry. The standard-bearing Italian-American cuisine somehow feels right for the season all year round, and the same can be said for Rao’s cocktails—particularly the E. 114th.
The name pays homage to the East Harlem location of the original Rao’s, the restaurant that started it all. It’s essentially a twist on a Black Manhattan—sippable Knob Creek Bourbon stirred with vermouth and Amaro and finished with an Amarena cherry. It’s warm and satisfying, almost fruity with a slightly bitter kick and a tangy finish. It’s just as suitable a complement for a long conversation as it is with one of Rao’s flavorful meatballs. It’s a celebration in a glass, or it’ll give you the reason you need to celebrate, any time, any season. Rao’s at Caesars Palace, 702-731-7267; Sunday-Thursday 5-10 p.m., Friday & Saturday 5-10:30 p.m.