Address: The Linq, 3545 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Hours: Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Status: Opens at 11 a.m.
Sure, other places in Las Vegas can claim to have a great rack, but Virgil’s Real Barbecue let’s you taste its claim. The mammoth restaurant clocking in at 14,000 square feet debuts at The Linq now, spanning two levels seating 300 people in three outdoor spaces and three private dining rooms.
Throughout, diners find reclaimed wood sourced from vintage barns across the South and décor gathered from barbecue joints around the country.
The menu, of course, focuses on barbecue, taking a road trip through the Southern barbecue meccas in Tennessee, Kentucky, Texas, the Carolinas and Missouri. That means Memphis-style pork ribs, Carolina-style pulled chicken, a Georgia chicken fried steak and Texas beef brisket. Virgil’s cooks its meats for 10 hours slowly. Sides include hickory pit baked beans, Georgia pecan rice, cheddar cheese gris and coleslaw. Chocolate chess, Key lime and peanut butter pies round out the desserts.
Guests can find 14 beers on tap, including the exclusive Virgil’s Ale from Magic Hat and Virgil’s will be the only place in Las Vegas serving Lonestar on tap. Vegas-sized offerings include the Party in a Jar, featuring seven varieties of cocktails served in one-gallon Mason jars, and the option to have any beer on tap served in an oversized barrel.
Live entertainment performing country, bluegrass and classic rock takes over the main room from 9 p.m. to midnight.