A Gentleman's Guide to Drinking Well in Las Vegas
Vegas, baby! (Photo: Thinkstock)
When the new SLS Las Vegas opens August 23 with flourishes such as drinks carts for tableside service and liquid-nitrogen cocktails, it will shake up the city’s buzzworthy mixology scene and add a jigger of exclusivity. “I honestly think that when things get rolling, the Sayers Club will be the toughest door in Vegas,” SLS Las Vegas beverage director Ryan McCallum said of the casino-resort’s intimate nightclub/performance venue.
The new Sayers Club at SLS Las Vegas will feature your choice of signature cocktails and libations (Photo: SLS/Facebook)
Those who manage to get into the Sayers Club will be able to enjoy rare craft bourbons. Those who opt for the hotel’s more accessible bars can still try the signature cocktails, including one that nods to the resort’s location on the site of the old Sahara casino: The citrusy Sahara Cooler is made with Ketel One vodka, aperol, passionfruit purée, lime juice, and simple syrup before being topped with Stiegl Radler grapefruit beer. SLS sums up Vegas cocktail culture: History and classic drinks are one influence, and the desires of VIP clientele are another.
“We don’t like to say no,” McCallum said when asked about the whims of high rollers.
Here are five Las Vegas Strip properties where the cocktails are good and the bartenders are ready to stir up anything you desire, provided you’ve got the bankroll.
The Burning Mandarin: one of the cocktails you’ll be able to enjoy at SLS Las Vegas when it opens August 23 (Photo: Courtesy of SLS/Facebook)