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.
Courtney Asseo’s journey behind the bar started at Charlie’s by the Sea in Cardiff, Calif., where she worked as a daytime bartender. A move to Las Vegas to go to UNLV helped her land on the Strip, working as a bartender first at Todd English P.U.B. at Crystals and then becoming the bar supervisor at DB Brasserie at the Venetian, where she’s worked since last November. Here she shares three of her favorite bars where she likes to kick back and relax when she’s not making Daniel Boulud cocktails.
Which bars or lounges do you turn to when you’re not working?
McMullan’s Irish Pub, The Golden Tiki and PKWY Tavern.
Which cocktails are most memorable?
A McMullan’s, you can usually find me drinking a Red Breast 15 year on the rocks and a Boddingtons. Rainy days like we've been having and the cool weather make me want to belly-up to the bar, sip on an Irish coffee, and catch up with my best friend. Their Irish coffees are the best I've ever had. So velvety, smooth and addicting.
I love checking out new spots and recently I visited The Golden Tiki. I love classic tiki cocktails and my favorite one on their menu so far is the Navy Grog. I love the flaming lime cup of 151. It's a strong drink but well balanced.
Why do you enjoy going there?
My number one bar would must definitely be McMullan’s Irish Pub. It's like my Cheers bar. It was the first bar I went to when I moved to Vegas six years ago and it's more sentimental than anything.
The Golden Tiki is not only is a cool ambiance but the service I've had there is so hospitable and genuine. A bar or restaurant can have the best food and drinks In Vegas, but if the service is bad, I won't go back.
Lastly my third choice is another new spot I just discovered to watch Monday Night Football.. and that's PKWY Tavern. I'm a huge beer nerd and love trying new brews. They have a beer list for everyone including 250-plus beers. If they don't have what you're looking for, you can actually put in a request for it. They even have a full menu dedicated to seasonal beer as well. They have TVs in every direction so there's not a bad spot to watch the game inside or outside. It's got all kinds of games inside and outside like pool, bowling, darts, cornhole and Jenga. It's a fun place to kick it with friends and throw back a few cold ones.