Herbs & Rye Crowned the Best American High-Volume Cocktail Bar

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Las Vegas knows it, and now so does the rest of the world.

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By Xania Woodman

Stop me if you’ve heard this one: A guy opens a Las Vegas bar on a shoestring budget at the start of the Great Recession. Seven years later, he returns from the Academy Awards of bartending having been bestowed one of the greatest honors in the beverage industry. Of course, a lot happened at Herbs & Rye (3713 W. Sahara Ave., 702-982-8036, HerbsAndRye.combetween those two milestones. There were epic menu changes, multiple renovations, philosophical culture shifts, staff turnover and personal challenges. Progress came with a price, but not without a payoff, which came on July 23 when Herbs & Rye was named the Best American High-Volume Cocktail Bar at Tales of the Cocktail, America’s preeminent gathering of the spirits and bar industry.

“To be the first [Las Vegas bar] to ever make it to the Top 4 was enough for us. To actually win—it was surreal,” Herbs & Rye owner Nectaly Mendoza says. “I truly feel that it’s always been within our reach, we just had a tougher path than a lot of the other major cities. I always knew it was obtainable, I just didn’t know when or how we were going to get there, and now we’re here.”

“There are so many other things you can do [in Las Vegas] besides have cocktails. But, obviously, we’ve changed that now.” – Nectaly Mendoza, Herbs & Rye owner

In a sense, Mendoza just walked on Mars. In winning this Spirited Award, Herbs & Rye has put Las Vegas on a map that previously bore only such boozy hubs as New York, San Francisco and London, and paid little mind to what, if anything, was going on out here in the desert. And what’s been going on is that Herbs & Rye has hit its stride, consistently cranking out historically accurate classic cocktails (as many as 1,300 in a shift) alongside house-butchered steaks, and crisscrossing the world for popups and charitable efforts.

READ MORE: http://vegasseven.com/2016/08/03/herbs-and-rye-best-american-high-volume-cocktail-bar/

How to plan the best bachelorette party in Las Vegas

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By  Erin Lindholm
Published August 01, 2016

With its reputation for revelry, Las Vegas has long been a favorite destination for bachelorette getaways.

What’s not to love about a weekend out of town with some of your favorites in tow, with any number of leisure pursuits at your beck and call?

From luxe retreats to around-the-clock eats, Las Vegas delivers any time of day or night — and it’s constantly upping the ante with new offerings.

Thinking about having your bachelorette in this famously fabulous destination? Here’s what you need to know right now:

  • 1. The Cosmo is (Still) a Big Deal

    The Cosmo is (Still) a Big Deal

    The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

    Landing on Las Vegas Weekly’s “Best of Vegas” list yet again for 2016, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is not resting on its laurels as being one of the hottest properties on The Strip.

    Instead, the resort is adding to its cache, having recently opened a 10,000-square-foot outpost of the New York City speakeasy-style lounge and eatery, Beauty & Essex, as well as the first outpost of Los Angeles cult fave Eggslut, which will be open overnight on select nights to feed the late-night crowd.

    The Juice Standard, a local micro-chain for cold-pressed juices, offers an additional menu of “cold-pressed cocktails” exclusively at The Cosmo location; a Momofuku project is also slated to open later this year.

  • 2. Vegas Has a Huge New Stage

    Vegas Has a Huge New Stage

    T-Mobile Arena

    In addition to the multitude of entertainment offerings up and down The Strip, the city this spring inaugurated the T-Mobile Arena, a state-of-the-art venue that will host both pro sports games and blockbuster concert tours, including Gwen Stefani, Drake, Kanye West, and the Rolling Stones.

    Cross-check the schedule before you set your bachelorette dates — a concert here could be a highlight of your weekend.

    READ MORE: http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2016/08/01/how-to-plan-best-bachelorette-party-in-las-vegas.html

Las Vegas Strip Next Stop For Jason Bourne In New Thriller

The taught, intense, edgy movie series starring Matt Damon as author Robert Ludlum’s amnesia-affected spy Jason Bourne has, beginning with 2002’s “The Bourne Identity,” sped, slashed, slugged and shot its way across the expected locations of international espionage intrigue: Berlin, Paris, Prague, New York, Madrid and more, including twisting turns through Russia, Morocco, and Italy. The new thriller, titled “Jason Bourne,” drags the reluctant spy back into action and runs him into a smashing conclusion on the glittering Las Vegas Strip, proving motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel wasn’t the only one who could send vehicles soaring outside Caesar’s Palace!

Michael Grabner, Dave Bolland, Cam Ward could be leaving their teams for Las Vegas

George McPhee hasn’t been on the job long enough to hire a scouting staff. But the general manager for the NHL’s Las Vegas expansion franchise is already formulating his strategy for next year’s expansion draft.

“Teams will still do their best to not give us anything,” McPhee said. “We’ll have a better opportunity to build a foundation than in previous expansion drafts. But we’re going to have to work hard to find great players.”

HOCKEY IN VEGAS

McPhee figures he will be lucky if he selects one or two players who stick with the franchise for the long term. But that doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll be staying away from players with long-term deals.

“I think we’ll have to evaluate every team on a case-by-case basis and see what they have,” McPhee said. “I’ll take a longer contract if it’s a good player.”

Before McPhee got the job, the other 30 general managers were already shuffling their rosters so as to have options entering the expansion draft. With teams allowed to protect one goaltender, that’s the main reason Frederik Andersen and Brian Elliott were dealt this summer and why the Pittsburgh PenguinsTampa Bay Lightning and Detroit Red Wings are expected to make similar moves with goalies.

Teams will be able to protect seven forwards, three defensemen and one goalie OR eight skaters and one goalie in the expansion draft. They must also protect players with no-movement clauses as well as first- or second-year pros.

In a busy summer of offseason transactions, here are some of players who were obtained with consideration for being dangled for next year’s expansion draft.

Jason Chimera, LW, New York Islanders: A summer of change up front for the Islanders included the signing of Chimera, a veteran providing speed and experience after the offseason exodus of Kyle Okposoand Frans Nielsen. But Chimera is signed through 2018 on a team cluttered with talented young forwards. With the Islanders likely to keep seven forwards and three defensemen, Chimera could be the odd man out and an appealing option for an expansion team.

READ MORE: http://espn.go.com/nhl/story/_/id/17148260/nhl-recently-obtained-players-likely-exposed-las-vegas-expansion-draft

Cristiano Ronaldo goes up against UFC star Conor McGregor in Vegas

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Portugal and Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo took time out during his post Euro 2016 holiday to drop by a gym in Las Vegas, to meet UFC fighter Conor McGregor on Sunday.

McGregor is a month away from a return to the Octagon at UFC 202, where he will get a chance to avenge his crushing defeat at the hands of Nate Diaz.

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A visibly tanned Ronaldo, who is friends with McGregor’s trainer John Kavanagh, visited McGregor’s camp and even stepped into the Octagon to pose for a picture with the UFC star before posting it on his Instagram.

READ MORE: http://www.espnfc.com/blog/the-toe-poke/65/post/2917326/cristiano-ronaldo-goes-up-against-ufc-star-conor-mcgregor-in-vegas

Yoga in a Ferris wheel? Only in Vegas

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By Jay Jones

The High Roller is now hosting daily, one-hour yoga sessions with the Strip and the nearby mountains creating a unique backdrop.

Having boarded one of the wheel’s cabins, participants will don headphones for guidance from a Silent Savasana yoga school instructor. According to a news release, the headphones allow guests to focus both on the instructor and the views.

A 60-minute session equals two rotations of the wheel. Guests can use the mats provided or bring their own.

‘Pokemon Go’ takes over Las Vegas as players race to ‘catch ‘em all’

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Who knew that imaginary creatures could create such a real-life ruckus?

It’s been a week since “Pokemon Go,” a free smartphone-based game app, was released. And ever since, legions of fun-loving Southern Nevadans have braved the oppressive heat to join other Americans with way too much time on their hands to chase Pokemon in parks, on city streets, in offices and wherever else the wily critters might turn up.

We first met Pokemon during the early 2000s, when the Japanese import came to America in the form of video games, trading cards and animated TV shows and movies.

The simple premise: Players capture free-range Pokemon and train them to fight other trainers’ Pokemon. What sets “Pokemon Go” apart from most other popular smartphone games is that it uses a phone’s camera and geolocation ability to place illustrated Pokemon into real-life backgrounds. Players use their phones’ screens to approach Pokemon appearing around them and then throw a virtual ball at the creatures to ensnare them.

READ MORE: http://www.reviewjournal.com/neon/pokemon-go-takes-over-las-vegas-players-race-catch-em-all

Five Observations From NBA Summer League in Las Vegas

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Separating the real from the fake after four days in the desert

After four days in Las Vegas, it’s hard to differentiate between what’s real and what’s fake. Everything starts to look like a mirage. That goes double at NBA summer league, which has about the same relationship to NBA basketball as Elvis impersonators on the Strip do to the King. Nothing really counts, nobody really cares, and the most impressive accomplishments at the Thomas & Mack Center came from media members collecting assets on Pokémon Go. Nevertheless, there was a ton of semiprofessional basketball being played, and enough gossip going around to keep everyone entertained. Here’s a look at five things that caught my eye in Vegas.

The Suns Are on Their Way to Something

The Suns were the most watchable team, thanks largely to the ex-Kentucky backcourt of Tyler Ulis and Devin Booker. They join Eric Bledsoe, Brandon Knight, and Archie Goodwin as part of Ryan McDonough’s plan for world domination through collecting every John Calipari guard in the NBA. Ulis and Booker revived their connection from their Lexington days and outclassed most of the guys they went up against. Booker was completely overqualified for this summer run, lighting up whoever was guarding him, knocking down 3s from all over, and effortlessly creating separation off the dribble. Ulis had no problem adjusting to the size of the pro game, and dominated fellow mini-guards such as Russ Smith at their own game. Having a legitimate point guard on the roster was a differentiating factor in Vegas, and Ulis allowed everyone around him to shine.

The biggest story for the Suns was the play of Dragan Bender, who stood out by how well he moved and how well he carried his weight. He’s 7-foot-1, 220 pounds, and the Suns often had him playing out on the perimeter with Marquese Chriss and Alan Williams occupying the power positions. A player as tall as Bender shouldn’t be able to move as fluidly as he does, and his age (he doesn’t turn 19 until November) belies his on-court savvy. The game was never too fast for him. He knew where the ball was supposed to go and he knows how to get to his spots. The scouts and executives in attendance came away raving about him. No one in Vegas seems to believe in cross-racial comparisons, though, as I had one executive compare him to Toni Kukoc and another to a 7-foot-1 Mike Dunleavy Jr.

READ MORE: https://theringer.com/five-observations-from-nba-las-vegas-summer-league-60dec5b4db43#.3kojr6ldc

Not-mad Vegas Dave reacts to losing $1 million bet on Miesha Tate at UFC 200: ‘Win big or go home’

 

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Ouch.

Popular sports bettor “Vegas” Dave Oancea nearly put the sportsbooks into bankruptcyearlier this year when he picked Miesha Tate to upset Holly Holm and win the bantamweight title. Naturally, when you’re on a hot streak, you don’t leave the table — you double down.

To the tune of $1 million.

Unfortunately, top ranked women’s bantamweight contender Amanda Nunes didn’t get the memo, and took Tate to the woodshed in the first round of their UFC 200 pay-per-view (PPV) headliner last weekend in “Sin City” (watch the highlights here).

No hard feelings?

“Lose seven figures, just move on until tomorrow,” Oancea wrote on Instagram. “That’s part of the business. Win big of or lose big. Wouldn’t want a different life. Again, I care more about Miesha’s health and well being than the money right now.”

READ MORE: http://www.mmamania.com/2016/7/11/12148510/not-mad-vegas-dave-reacts-losing-1-million-bet-on-miesha-tate-ufc-200-mma

Las Vegas mayor: We’ll have three ‘major league’ teams in 10 years

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On Tuesday, Fox’s Colin Cowherd asked Las Vegas mayor Carolyn Goodman about the Raiders moving to Vegas. Her answer, is flat-out stunning.

By Aaron Torres
Jun 28, 2016 at 2:22p ET
In news that could, quite literally, shake up all of professional sports as we know it, the NHL awarded an expansion franchise to Las Vegas last week. The team — which will begin play during the 2017-2018 season — will become the league’s 31st team overall, and the first major professional sports team in Vegas period.

It also raises the question: Will the NHL open the doors for other professional franchises to relocate to Las Vegas? Specifically, could the Oakland Raiders end up as the NFL’s representative there? Owner Mark Davis has more than shown interest in the proposition, but many believe that it will never happen, and that he is simply using Vegas to leverage a new stadium in Oakland.

It’s a question that those who live in Vegas have to prepare for, although one prominent local voice believes that not only are the Raiders in play, but potentially more professional sports franchises as well.

READ MORE: http://www.foxsports.com/nfl/story/las-vegas-oakland-raiders-nhl-comments-carolyn-goodman-062816