As a forty-five-year-old parent I don’t get out as much these days as I used to when I was creating the street cred that I once thought was so dang important. I got an e-mail from a Vegas night crawler last week asking me for some bar recommendations and I e-mailed back, explaining my dearth of local experience in that area. I offered to query my pal Alexis for him, since she is my one-stop shop for all things nocturnal. Since so many people are home for the holidays, or tend to hit the town on the Friday or Saturday after Thanksgiving, I thought it best to re-cap her awesome selections. Consider it a primer of sorts, or for the advanced set, a bar crawl of platinum proportions. These are not in ordered rank of any sort.
* Chambers Hotel
* Azia (Also see our listing in mspmag.com's Bars + Nightclubs Guide.)
* Town Talk Diner
* Cue at the Guthrie
* Nye's Polonaise (Also see our listing in mspmag.com's Bars + Nightclubs Guide. Plus, Nye's was recently voted Best Bar in America by Esquire Magazine.)
* The Bulldog Northeast
So the question, kids, is this one: If you had a twenty-five-year-old cousin in from LA for the weekend, where is the one place you would send them, not already on the list?
Speaking of TTD, one of the more popular sips in the bar there is the "Kentucky Cousin" cocktail, which will be featured in Food & Wine's Best of 2006 issue. Congrats, fellas.
Speaking of Cue, The paint isn’t even dry and already the folks at Cue are making changes, letting go of a significant portion of their staff—including their best player, pastry chef Carrie Summer, who has landed across the street at Spoonriver. Are things that rough over there? Is anyone eating there who doesn’t have a ticket stub in their hand? Or are they not getting enough theatergoers even to come early and stay late? Anyone have any thoughts on this? I have thought the food to be good for the size of the room, but no one seems to be going there. Is it on anyone’s radar screen, or are Minnesotans unwilling to venture over, thinking that it will be too crowded with pre-theater types and too tough to park? I went over there two weeks ago with my Dad and had an awful experience at the Guthrie—the restaurant seemed crowded, but then once the theater curtain rose it became a ghost town. And no one was at the Crudo Bar, which seemed a reach for me since day one.