04.28.09 · 1:24 PM
He could go all the way! The World Cocktail Competition kicks-off in Sin City
“Make it fresh … Keep it simple” And with that, Southern Wine & Spirits’ Director of Mixology Armando Rosario accepted his trophy (a cocktail shaker atop a marble mortar) as winner of the United States Bartenders’ Guild’s 2009 Nevada championship. Sunday was a day like any other. Only filled with tequila - Sauza’s Tres Generaciones tequila, to be precise. From the plata (silver) to the reposado to the añejo, 15 bartenders, mixologists and beverage professionals mixed, stirred, shook and muddled ... Read more...
04.27.09 · 4:26 PM
Vegas’ first virtual speakeasy? Social Mixology goes underground
Talk about hitting the ground running. While the world has been busy discussing President Obama’s first 100 days, BarMagic of Las Vegas’ Tobin Ellis and John Hogan have had their minds on Social Mixology’s first 55. The highly-anticipated weekly Tuesday evenings of cocktail culture launched in a big way during March’s Nightclub & Bar Show with a Hendrick’s Gin celebration that was as hush-hush as it was chi-chi. High-level beverage industry folk especially loved the speakeasy aspect of the night, ... Read more...
04.27.09 · 3:45 PM
3400 Destination: House departs Jet Nightclub for good
Parties in Vegas have a shelf life. Generally, it’s better to throw something out your own, than be forgotten and become unrecognizable and stinky in the back of the fridge. Or in this case, the back of Jet. 3400 Destination: House has been a Monday night haven for local house heads and industry folk alike (along with tourists who drool over good dance music). “It’s had an amazing run,” says Josh Donaldson, Light Group’s director of marketing for house music ... Read more...
04.27.09 · 12:47 AM
Carmen Electra lights up Sunday in Las Vegas
When Carmen Electra celebrates her birthday, it’s not a one-night affair. Though she turned 37 on April 20, Electra’s week-long birthday party didn’t end before it hit the Las Vegas Strip. She and her fiancé, Rob Patterson, stopped by Wet Republic today for the grand finale of the brunette’s prolonged birthday bash. “I’m excited to be here and … wrap up the birthday celebrations,” Electra said, still glowing after enduring what she described as, “two weeks of birthday mode.” Today ... Read more...
04.25.09 · 2:12 PM
AM? Amen! DJ AM unleashes inaugural set at Rain
“My name is DJ AM and I have one question for you…” ”Do my ladies run this motherfucker?” HELL YEAH!! And with that popular crowd-rousing sample, AM kicked off his first set at Rain. The preceding video intro for AM was classic: AM getting ready for the gig, pulling up to the venue and walking through the backstage area. A digital alarm clock on the screen at precisely 12:00 a.m. signified his arrival, and the insanely packed nightclub went expectedly ... Read more...
04.23.09 · 5 PM
Exceptional Essentials of Nightlife Awards- results are in!
A few weeks ago, we decided to recognize some of the little things that make partying possible. The results are in, with overwhelming support for Pure’s venues in any category in which they were nominated. (If we ever run for political office or audition for American Idol, we totally want their employees on our team and voting in droves.) Though no actual prizes are awarded, gold stars and pats on the back can be received at the Weekly’s office. Certificates ... Read more...
04.21.09 · 8:15 PM
10 Random Tips for Pool Party Season
1. The Obvious: Wear Sunscreen As Baz Luhrmann warned us in the late ‘90s, slather up with some SPF. No doubt many of you look like lobsters after pool hopping last weekend. As much as you’d like to use the “First I burn, then I’m bronze” line, you should know better by now; you’re doing permanent damage and run the risk of looking like Magda from There’s Something About Mary. Besides, sun fades tribal tattoos and you wouldn’t want that, ... Read more...
04.21.09 · 12:29 PM
Step aside Sunday Funday—here comes Mixology Monday!
After a quiet March 30 trial run, Downtown Cocktail Room’s cocktail specialist George Austin is all systems go for an April 27 launch of his Mixology Mondays series. On the backburner for the last six months, the monthly Mixology Monday event will bring together a featured spirit (in March it was Leblon Cachaca) with a guest bartender. Sidebar’s Jerry Vargas will do the guest-tending honors this month, along with Veev Açai Liqueur, from 8-11 p.m., while Austin makes the jump ... Read more...
04.20.09 · 2:30 PM
Sake signs: Your guide to sake safety and satisfaction
For the second year in a row, the grand tasting at Southern Wine & Spirits’ UNLVino included Sake Alley, a sake-only zone dedicated to one of the most complex, revered and misunderstood beverages on the market. Neither a wine nor a beer, sake is a mildly alcoholic rice beverage that is brewed like a beer but which has its own characteristics and its own vernacular. To help you navigate the slippery slopes of sake understanding, the Weekly presents a sake ... Read more...
04.19.09 · 11:06 PM
Pool season kicks off with celebs, sun and Snoop
It’s been a long, cold and financially uncertain winter, but the summer pool party season arrived in Las Vegas this weekend and made quite the splash. There was no sign of recession as sunbathers and celebrities packed the city’s hottest “daylife” destinations. In fact, people were shelling out $150 apiece on Sunday morning just for the chance to hop the massive line that formed at the Hard Rock as Rehab’s opening day got underway. Once inside, revelers eagerly sucked down ... Read more...
04.19.09 · 7:40 PM
Backstage with Above & Beyond
A sea of people is jumping in unison. The energy from Jonathan “Jono” Grant and Paavo Siljamäki onstage has spilled over to the 3,000 plus club goers at Rain Nightclub. Above & Beyond’s set in Vegas on April 11 projects energy that transcends the space between the elevated DJ booth and the dance floor as aerialists from the Perfecto show perform overhead. The third member of Above & Beyond, Tony McGuinness, remained in the UK this time to run their ... Read more...
04.17.09 · 11:45 AM
The biggest name in dance music that you’ve never heard
He’s worked with Armin van Buuren and Tiësto. Remixed tracks for Cosmic Gate, Josh Gabriel and Solarstone. Add reworking songs for Sarah McLachlan and Nadia Ali and you’ve got an impressive production resume. But ask even the most well-versed electronic dance music fans in Las Vegas what they think of German producer/DJ Roger Shah, most raise their eyebrows and respond they’ve never heard of him. At least they did before his first U.S. gig at VooDoo Lounge for Spundae’s Full ... Read more...
04.16.09 · 1:30 PM
Lost and Found: a love letter to DJ Faarsheed?
“DJ FAARSHEED- PLEASE PLAY SOME THIEVERY CORPORATION TONIGHT. IF YOU DO YOU MIGHT EVEN SEE ME WITH A GLOWSTICK UP THE ASS THINKING OF YOU ON THE DANCEFLOOR!” Not that we endorse self-sodomizing behaviors with glowsticks, but to each his own. In the midst of a table top littered with fliers last Monday in the 3400 room was the above musings written on a Jet note card. Sure, it’d be lovely to hear Thievery Corporation in a nightclub, but the ... Read more...
04.16.09 · 11:53 AM
The rum has just begun: Rhumbar on deck for expansion
Open just weeks and already, Vegas’ newest, rummiest watering-hole is looking at an expansion, adding up to 2,000 additional square feet to the patio by laying a concrete bridge over the neighboring underground valet ramp and paving right over it. The current outdoor patio at Rhumbar comfortably seats 50 on preppy deck-furniture and sports fanciful, larger-than-life lamps adorned with Rhumbar’s signature fighting cocks, but when the construction is completed—managing partner Michael Frey estimates by the end of July—capacity would increase ... Read more...
04.16.09 · 9:09 AM
My kingdom for a wine glass
If Cadillac Ranch All-American Bar & Grill is a little more rock ‘n roll than country, then I’m a little more lounge than bar. It occurred to me, ordering a glass of wine, almost as the words slipped off my lips, that the new Town Square hot spot, stacked to the rafters with the young and young-ish might not serve wine. I had already been instructed not to order beer, as there had just then been an apparent “beer issue” ... Read more...
04.16.09 · 1:36 AM
Customized caipirinhas make for a muddled delight
On the first night of BarMagic of Las Vegas’ Social Mixology Tour, this month at the Red Room Saloon, cocktail legend Tony Abou-Ganim (AKA The Modern Mixologist) guest-tended the Leblon Cachaca build-your-own Caipirinha bar. The results were deliciously varied with ingredients like blood orange, passion fruit and ginger popping up in glasses around the bar before being sucked down eagerly. See a few of Abou-Ganim’s colorful creations in this photogallery and click on the captions to find out just what ... Read more...
04.13.09 · 3:32 PM
BarMagic takes cocktail culture on the road
Boy, Vegas must have really needed a good drink! In just under two months, since BarMagic of Las Vegas introduced Social Mixology Tuesdays at the Artisan, Vegas’ first ever dedicated mixology event has amassed a sizeable and enviably devoted following. So when the Social Mixology habitués started asking favors, BMLV’s Tobin Ellis and John Hogan bent their ears. “Later!” cried the industry folk; most bartenders, beverage reps and chefs were weekly sliding in just before the event’s midnight wrap-up. More ... Read more...
04.13.09 · 2:19 PM
Drunken tiki and pin-ups: Frankie’s gets to work on 2010 calendar
Leaning up against the bar, a giant tiki statue is drooling over a young woman’s shoulder. An eye is literally popping out of his head as he ogles the curves popping out just as graphically of the object of his affection’s tiny red top and ripped low cut blue jeans. She looks terrified, as anyone might with a massive hunk of tribal wood looking drunk and horny over her shoulder. “It’s actually a really famous painting,” said Frankie’s Tiki Room ... Read more...
04.12.09 · 12:40 PM
DJ Dave Dresden can see the future. Want to peek?
The crowd in the 3400 room at Jet is abysmal on April 6. The main and hip-hop rooms are crammed with booty-shaking tourists following the command to put their hands up and then get low for the ump-teenth time. But it’s a safe bet the majority of warm bodies with $17 vodka/Red Bulls pumping through their system have no idea there’s even a back room where the winner of the International Dance Music Awards for Best DJ two years in ... Read more...
04.12.09 · 11:22 AM
Swirl, swish, spit: Tasting spirits with Steve Olson of AKA Wine Geek
“I’ve dedicated my whole life, my whole career to this, to uplifting the industry.” Steve Olson of AKA Wine Geek is a sort of bionic beverage man, an all-round expert in the realms of beer, wine, spirits and non-alcoholic beverages. Looking out on the roomful of bartenders in the Vail Cascade resort he congratulates us on sharing with him this “sickness,” this intense need to make people happy. “We have here the best the brightest, the new generation if you ... Read more...
04.7.09 · 1:24 PM
At Chef’s Palate drinks are made with love (and homemade liquor, too)
As evidenced by the Chef’s Palate sign, which features a set of kitchen knives and a painter’s palette—a clever use of homonyms—husband and wife duo Chef Rex and Kristy George maintain an artistic focus at Chef’s Palate Martini and Wine Bar, which opened quietly Friday night at Eastern and Horizon Ridge in Henderson. The restaurant’s name somewhat misleadingly only represents the beverage components of the Georges’ efforts, but Kristy says “the beverage components and food components come together like a ... Read more...
04.6.09 · 12:33 PM
UPDATE: DJ AM decamping from PMG to N9NE Group
On March 19, the Weekly broke the news that DJ AM (AKA Adam Goldstein) was in contract negotiations to take up a residency at Rain Nightclub at the Palms. The DJ’s move was confirmed today along with the announcement that the new Friday residency would begin on April 24, 2009. “I’m very excited to call Rain Nightclub my new home,” says DJ AM. “I’ve always aimed to take leaps and bounds in the music industry, and I expect no less ... Read more...
04.4.09 · 8:30 PM
The DJ and the neverending smile
Steve Christmas always wears a big smile. Maybe his last name rubbed off on his personality. At first I thought it was because we were eating breakfast at the Waffle House in Ft. Lauderdale on the first day of a week’s vacation. The only restaurant near our discount hotel in downtown Ft. Lauderdale, Christmas was overjoyed to be dining at Waffle House and talked about how it brought back childhood memories. Despite the floaties in his water and the flies ... Read more...
04.3.09 · 6:43 PM
Daddy is a DJ: Joel Madden takes to the tables at Prive
Joel Madden is a man of many talents, but just because he has added “daddy duty” to his list of commitments doesn’t mean the Good Charlotte frontman has stricken “partying like a rock star” from the list. The 30-year-old rocker will blend music and with a little mayhem tonight at Privé when he takes to the turntables for a special guest DJ set. Will girlfriend Nicole Ritchie call a sitter for the couple’s three-month-old daughter, Harlow, and come see her ... Read more...
04.3.09 · 3:19 PM
Party with the original playboy at the Palms this weekend
Hugh Hefner is about to turn 83 years old and he’s gearing up for a day of birthday parties that would make men half his age jealous. The resilient Playboy mogul will celebrate in advance of his big day with a pair of parties at the Palms this Saturday. His actual birthday falls a week from now, on April 9. The birthday boy’s day will start at 2 p.m. with a pool party at Palms Place. His trio of current ... Read more...
04.2.09 · 10:03 PM
$5,000 cocktail named most “Cointreauversial”
Raymond Speight is officially Las Vegas’ most Cointreauversial bartender, and he has the big fat check to prove it. Speight was given the title, along with a trip for two to France and $5,000, on Wednesday night after winning a Cointreau-sponsored mix-off at Southern Wine and Spirits. The award-winning mixologist, who most days can be found behind the bar at Encore’s Eastside Lounge, beat out three competitors – Dante Capazolli of Slice at Caesars Palace, Jonathan Forbes of the Palazzo’s ... Read more...
04.1.09 · 4:17 PM
Former Ice nightclub undergoing remodel
Remember when you didn’t know what the word “recession” meant? If you were thirsty, water didn’t cost $10. You never had to worry about talking to the opposite sex, because they had cooties (okay, some of them still do). A new nightclub in the works aims to return you to the days of a happy-go-lucky youth, except this time there’s banging dance music and booze. The Weekly got an exclusive first peek at the plans for Blithe, the new club ... Read more...
04.1.09 · 2:31 PM
Vegas nightclubs soon to be 18 and up
In the wake of businesses closing left and right thanks to the not-so-good ol’ economy, Vegas’ nightlife industry has decided to take an unorthodox approach… opening club doors to the under 21 crowd. Finalizing an agreement late Tuesday afternoon, the Liquor and Gaming Licensing Board has approved redesigned floor plans from five major clubs that will soon be announced. While reps from the five clubs have declined requests by the Weekly to cite the specific venues names at this time ... Read more...
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Jun 12, 2013
by Sabrina Chapman
Refreshing, peppery and adventurous; those are the words that instantly come to mind upon first sip of the Lion’s Tail ($9) at Embers Grille & Spirits. This vintage cocktail, which ...