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Dan Marohnic's Tips on Apertifs, Happy Hours and Scotch

Sin City is home to a lot of restaurants and bars, but there are tons of hidden gems that the majority of Las Vegans aren't unearthing. To help guide us to these potential discoveries, we've enlisted some of our city's beverage players to share their recommendations for a random feature dubbed Cocktail Confidential. Know a bartender who wants to share some top cocktail spots? The tipline is open.

Dan at Commonwealth 6-26-14.jpgDan Marohnic [Photo: Anthony Mair]

With more than a decade of experience, Dan Marohnic likes to mix things up as the mixologist (or better known as the boozologist) at Commonwealth and The Laundry Room. He says the best thing about his gig is "the freedom and creativity the job allows as well as the excitement of meeting new people and new conversations and ideas." He's worked at Jillian's in Atlanta, Crown & Anchor Pub and the Palms before landing at Commonwealth and its super secret speakeasy. Here, he dishes on his favorite places for an aperitif, happy hour and a peaty scotch.

Which bars or lounges do you turn to when you're not working?
Herbs & Rye, Downtown Cocktail Room and Aces & Ales.

Which cocktails are the most memorable?    
I try not to order the same thing twice. Keeps me on my toes!

Herbs & Rye — An aperitif before dinner, a Fernet or espresso after.

Downtown Cocktail Room — Always dealer's choice.

Aces & Ales — Any IPA I haven't tried yet.

Why do you enjoy going there?
For dinner and drinks:
Herbs & Rye — They have the best happy hour in town and guest service is second to none. I usually order some sort of aperitif to get myself salivating for the meal to come.

For craft cocktails: Downtown Cocktail Room — They are located on the same block and have an extremely knowledgable staff. It's the kind of place where I can throwout a few descriptive words and receive a well rounded cocktail every time.

For craft beer: Aces & Ales — I love their endlessly evolving draft selection. It doesn't hurt that they also carry several peaty scotches. I usually order an Imperial Stout or IPA, but last time I was in I couldn't turn down a dram of Ardbeg Supernova!
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