Named after the first two atomic bombs detonated at the Nevada Test Site, Able Baker is tried, true and brewed in Downtown Las Vegas. The tasting room and brewery features a selection of their own beers – both permanent and seasonal varieties – including the popular Atomic Duck, as well as other local labels such as 7Five. Meanwhile, the on-site Arts District Craft & Kitchen serves delightful culinary creations such as burgers, fried chicken sandwiches and Vietnamese banh mi.
Address: 1510 S Main St, Las Vegas, NV 89104
Bringing the culture of Los Angeles’ Koreatown to Las Vegas, chef Roy Choi has created this warm and inviting restaurant inside Park MGM. Guests make their way in through a “reverse speakeasy” liquor store and enter the dining room, where they’re greeted with good vibes and flavor-packed dishes. The unique dining experience mixes the food, music and culture that Choi loves so much – hip-hop to bibimbap, kimchi to spaghetti and BBQ to late-night munchies. Highlights include the chef’s famed Kogi Short Rib Tacos, Tamarind Black Cod hot pot, slippery shrimp and ’80s-inspired cocktails such as the Midori Sour and Fuzzy Navel.
Address: 3770 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
At her restaurant at The Venetian Resort, chef Lorena Garcia offers her take on Latin American cuisine, with a menu influenced by the flavors of Venezuela, Peru, Brazil, Mexico and Argentina. This is a taste of home for Garcia, as it is the food that the Venezuelan chef grew up eating and has spent her illustrious career cooking. Signature dishes include arepas and empanadas, as well as proteins from la plancha, rotisserie and steaks a la churrascaria with zesty ancho, mole and cumin accents.
Address: 3325 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Brewing since 2014, CraftHaus recently opened its second taproom in Las Vegas’ Arts District. Owners Wyndee and Dave Forrest – who got their start as homebrewers – now boast this new location with 24 taps, 16 of which are dedicated to CraftHaus brews. Not into beer? There’s also cider, Vesta cold brew coffee and white wine on the menu. Food-wise, don’t miss the charcuterie and cheese board, pretzel with beer cheese and a selection of tasty vegan bites.
Address: 197 E. California St. Suite130 Las Vegas, NV 89101
EDO Gastro Tapas & Wine
Chef Oscar Amador Edo brings his brand of Spanish cooking to Chinatown. Here, traditional Mediterranean and Catalan fare receives a fresh spin, thanks to avant-garde techniques and imaginative ingredients. You’ll find a large variety of palate-pleasers, ranging from croquettes and bikinis (sandwiches) to patatas and arroz. And, true-to-region, a slice of jamón ham from the Iberico de Bellota selection is never out of reach. Pair your food with a glass, or two, of wine – the selection here offers a marvelous tour of the Iberian Peninsula.
Address: 3400 S Jones Blvd #11a, Las Vegas, NV 89146
The star-studded team behind Mexico City’s Pujol and New York’s Cosme and Atla – Enrique Olvera, Santiago Perez and chef Daniela Soto-Innes – will soon debut Elio at Wynn Las Vegas. This contemporary Mexican restaurant and lounge will offer a festive menu of authentic flavors, which complements Elio’s ethos that every night should be a party. Feast on a selection of agave-based cocktails paired with dishes such as tuna tataki rubbed in adobo with nopales, scallion and smoked soy; and green mole made with pepitas, nuts and herbs served with Tokyo turnips a la plancha and hojo santa tortillas.
Address: 3121 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Ellis Island Brewery
You can find all of this brewery’s signature creations at the Ellis Island Casino Hotel, which has itself been a Las Vegas staple for 50 years. Pouring out quality brews since 1998, Ellis Island brews over 2 million glasses of beer every year in six permanent categories and several seasonal flavors. Inside the recently opened Front Yard brew pub, you’ll be able to taste all the options fresh from the tap, as well as sample recipes such as the house-cured bacon and brisket.
A true neighborhood gem, Esther’s Kitchen by chef James Trees has transformed Arts District dining. Seasonal Italian soul food is the specialty here, with local sustainable ingredients sourced to make homemade pizzas, pastas, proteins and vegetables that are best in class. This is the place where locals head to for a casual night out and a plate of the best cacio e pepe in Sin City.
Address: 1130 S. Casino Center Blvd., STE 110, Las Vegas, NV 89104
Kitschy, whimsical and completely outrageous, the Golden Tiki has been a hit with tropical cocktail enthusiasts since it opened in 2015, making its way up “best of” lists around the world. Located in Chinatown, Golden Tiki draws inspiration from mid-century tiki bars such as Don the Beachcomber’s and Trader Vic’s. The cocktails bounce between nostalgic and new, and there is also a massive list of rums to order from. You’ll also find a collection of celebrity shrunken heads and the world’s only adult animatronic bird show.
Address: 3939 Spring Mountain Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89102
Lotus of Siam
Legendary off-Strip restaurant Lotus of Siam showcases the Northern Thai cooking of James Beard award-winning chef Saipin Chutima. Now with two locations, diners flock here for the Khao Soi crispy duck with egg noodles, the garlic prawns and a variety of other specialties including soups, noodles and curries. This spot also has one of the most extensive wine lists in town, with an inventory of more than 12,000 bottles.
Address: 953 E. Sahara Ave. Ste A5, Las Vegas, Nevada 89104
Los Angeles’ queen-bee mezcalera Bricia Lopez brings her passion for agave spirits to Mama Rabbit at Park MGM – an ode to the Aztec goddess Mayahuel, the mother of 400 rabbits who was nourished by mezcal and tequila. An evening at Mama Rabbit is a true Oaxacan experience, with cocktails such as The Palomita, featuring Casamigos mezcal, hibiscus syrup, grapefruit, agua fresca cerveza and a hibiscus salt rim; roaming margarita carts and bottle service; more than 500 labels of tequila and mezcal; live entertainment and tasty bites such as tacos, quesadillas and guacamole. Overlooking all the action is an 18-by-22-foot mural of Mayahuel by Spanish artist Okuda San Miguel.
Address: 3770 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
This restaurant at The Venetian Resort presents Hong Kong delicacies in a cosmopolitan manner, including crispy triple-cooked Wagyu beef short rib, barbecue Pluma Iberico pork, overflowing dim sum baskets and a Applewood-roasted Peking duck carved tableside. The Joyce Wang-designed space – which features different environments including a bar, lounge and dining room – nods to Las Vegas with neon signs, a dining table made from a vintage roulette wheel and a chandelier constructed from feather boas.
Address: 3325 S Las Vegas Blvd #206, Las Vegas, NV 89109
An intimate cocktail lounge with Art Deco details and plush booths with champagne “call buttons,” Rosina at The Venetian Resort is a glamorous and evocative location to begin or end the evening. It’s all about the classics here, so whet your whistle with French 75s, Negronis, Manhattans and Dark and Stormys. There’s also a revolving series of “secret menus” – all developed by barman Sam Ross and lead bartender Daniel Yang – that you can request for during your visit.
Address: 3325 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Bobby Flay’s seafood concept at the Palms Casino Resort showcases the chef’s love of Latin and Mediterranean flavors. Hopelessly devoted to chilies, Flay uses anca, rocoto and aji amarillo varieties in dishes such as Sea Scallops with mustard green salsa verde, panca chile and Cotija cheese; Tuna Tartare with crispy green rice and Peruvian chili sauce; and Cured Salmon & Egg Tostada with rocoto hot sauce and black bean “butter”. There’s also a raw bar that offers sushi and ceviche. For dessert, the Ube Cheesecake with exotic fruit salsa is not to be missed.
This elegant, ultra-modern restaurant in Chinatown has a solid a la carte menu with dishes such as A5 Japanese Wagyu, caviar and live seafood. But it’s the Omakase room – with seating for 10, twice nightly – that draws in those in the know. It’s here that chef Eric Kim and his team of sushi masters prepare mouth-watering multi-course menus with impeccable ingredients: think Japanese live hairy crab, scallops and wild aji; and Canadian foie gras, Roman truffles, Seattle live abalone and Santa Barbara uni. Don’t forget the Wagyu sushi with foie gras and Kamashida toro sushi with caviar and Japanese uni – perhaps two of the most decadent bites one could ever have.
Address: 3616 W Spring Mountain Rd Ste 103, Las Vegas, NV 89102
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Tenaya Creek Brewery
With 20 years of beer making under its belt, Tenaya Creek is one of Las Vegas’ original brewers. Operating in Downtown Las Vegas since 2015, their six staples include Tenaya Creek Hefeweizen, Gypsy Fade Tropical India Pale Ale and Bonanza Brown Ale, among others, and at least six seasonal offerings. Munchies come from a rotating schedule of local food trucks parked outside.
Address: 831 W Bonanza Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89106
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The Mayfair Supper Club
Drawing reference from the great supper clubs of Europe, The Mayfair at the Bellagio redefines the concept of “dinner and a show”. The restaurant’s menu features American classics such as Wagyu Prime Rib carved tableside; Lamb Chop with a minted pistachio crust and black olive caramel; and Dover Sole Veronique with brown butter, champagne and Muscat grapes, while the performance by No Ceilings Entertainment builds to a crescendo as the evening progresses. As a bonus, the restaurant offers a view of the iconic Bellagio Fountains.
Address: 3595 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Located in Downtown Las Vegas’ burgeoning Arts District, Velveteen Rabbit is a craft cocktail and beer bar with seasonal themed menus – for instance, Cinema Obscura’s film-inspired cocktails – to explore. The staff puts hours of love and innovation into the beverage creation process, incorporating plenty of fresh produce and house-made ingredients. The down-to-earth space features installations from local artists, vintage furniture and an outdoor patio and stage. On the weekend, this spot pops as a DJ makes the dance party unfold.