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.
After studying industrial and labor relations at Cornell University and a brief stint in the legal world, Jonas Nemura found his passion in the world of craft beer. Starting through self-study, home brewing and sampling at New York City's great beer bars, his first commercial exposure was helping out at a real ale pub in New Zealand. He joined The Bruery out of Orange County, Calif., during its infancy and currently works to keep The Bruery and Bruery Terreux beer flowing at bars and on retailers' shelves.
Tonight he’ll be at Aces & Ales for The Bruery beer dinner at 7 p.m. with six Bruery beers and food pairings from chef Jason Glidden. Tickets are $70 at 702-638-2337.
Here the senior director of operations and distribution of The Bruery shares three of his favorite places to drink in Las Vegas.
Which bars or lounges do you turn to when you’re not working in Las Vegas?
Aces & Ales, Atomic Liquors and Public House at the Venetian.
Which cocktails and beers are most memorable?
I had a very tasty Recolte Du Bois Apricot from Tahoe Mountain Brewing the last time I was in town at Aces & Ales. Nice mix of fruity and funky.
To match the classic 1950s ambiance, you can't go wrong with an equally classic old fashioned at Atomic Liquors. Simple, elegant, balanced.
Public House’s barreled cocktails are always fun. The "I Love Scotch" was great: complex, full-bodied, with a touch of sweetness.
Why do you enjoy going there?
Aces & Ales does a great job of cultivating relationships with breweries from around the country and sourcing beers that you don't see often in the market, but they also support the local beer scene.
Atomic Liquors has tons of history, quintessential downtown Vegas feel (the sign alone makes it worth a visit), plus they have a huge patio which is always a bonus on a warm night.
Public House’s central Strip location, great vibe, satisfying gastropub fare.