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.
Minus5 Ice Bar’s general manager Marc Siebmann left the beaches of South Florida where he was running upscale restaurants for life in the desert after Minus5 Ice Bar president Noel Bowman convinced him to come on board with this crazy ice bar concept at Mandalay Place. That was more than five years ago and since, they’ve grown the company from one to five locations, including the Monte Carlo and Mandalay Place locations in Las Vegas.
"When your bar is built from 80 tons of ice and the guest is sipping their cocktail from an imported ice glass, you realize you have something a little crazy and special," Siebmann says.
Here he shares three of his favorite places to drink cocktails when he’s not in the coolest bar in Las Vegas.
Which bars or lounges do you turn to when you're not working?
1. 1923 Bourbon & Burlesque at Mandalay Place
2. Rhumbar at the Mirage
3. Crave at Downtown Summerlin
Of those bars and lounges, what cocktails/drinks are most memorable? Why do you enjoy going there?
At 1923, I love the speakeasy style and feel of the Prohibition period inside. It’s a nice change of pace from what other bars in Vegas are offering, and I feel like a bit of a mobster sipping on barrel-aged bourbon. Plus, they offer a full line of premium cigars for those who enjoy. My favorite cocktail would be the Barrel-Aged Old Fashioned made with Bulleit Bourbon and served in a traditional double old fashion glass with oversized ice cubes. Marvin makes them the best.
Working in an ice bar can make you a fan of the Caribbean, and Rhumbar has the best patio in town with a cool Caribbean feel and great Strip view. Just a great tropical vibe and tasty crafted cocktails. I tend to get the Rhumbar Mojito, which is made with Montecristo 12 year aged rum with fresh muddled lime and mint. Be sure to ask for Sandy, as she’s always working with a smile.
At Crave, there are a lot of menu choices there including American cuisine and fresh sushi. It’s a great spot for dinner or just cocktails. I’m a big fan of their happy hour and the bar atmosphere has a good buzz and friendly staff. They have a good beer selection, but as of lately I’ve been going for the Candied Carrot Martini. It tastes great and all that vitamin A is good for my eyes.