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Las Vegas Native Katie Cruz Shares Her Favorite Places to Drink

The bartender at Atomic Liquors and the Kitchen at Atomic knows where to grab a cocktail or beer

Katie Cruz at Atomic Liquors
Katie Cruz at Atomic Liquors
Sam Abrams

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.

Las Vegas native Katie Cruz kicked off her career in hospitality as a barback a Rise Nightclub while she was studying journalism at the University of Nevada Reno. Back in Las Vegas, she worked as a graveyard bartender at Jalisco Cantina, where met some local USBG members who recommended that she should work at Oak & Ivy in the Downtown Container Park. From there, she moved on to Tacos & Beer before finding her home at Atomic Liquors and helping open The Kitchen at Atomic. Here the brand ambassador for Mestizo Mezcal shares some of her favorite places to drink in Las Vegas.

Which bars or lounges do you turn to when you’re not working?

I can usually be found at Starboard Tack, Double Down, and The Sand Dollar Lounge.

Which cocktails are most memorable? Please describe each cocktail.

Starboard Tack just recently changed up their cocktail menu and although I usually go for a shot and beer when I’m there, I do love imbibing in their varying frozen drinks: the Chi Chis. The Sand Dollar has a fun beer and shot menu as well as outstanding cocktails. However, when I’m there I love to get a mezcal Negroni. Honestly, sometimes I’m just craving a bacon martini at the Double Down. It may not be the craftiest of cocktails, but it’s just what I need after a long day.

Why do you enjoy going there?

Starboard Tack is a quick trip from Atomic Liquors so it’s perfect for after work. They have amazing food 24 hours, great cocktails, and some of my favorite people bartend there. The Double Down has fun shows, cheap drinks, and a perfect dive-y atmosphere. The Sand Dollar always has awesome live music and I’m guaranteed to run into a fellow industry pal while I’m there.

Are there any outstanding coffee cocktails that you enjoy? Where do you go?

Bound at The Cromwell has a really neat coffee cocktail, called the Cafe Francia with Ketel One Oranje, Kahlua, Averna, and espresso.

Where do you like to stop for a wide selection of beer?

Eureka! just opened in the Emergency Arts Building downtown and has an insane beer selection. I’m slowly working my way through their list.

Would you like to include any other information?

It’s truly exciting watching the progression of downtown. There are many great bars and restaurants in this city, but the concentration of such rad places in this particular area is incredible. There’s a lot of talent down here and I can’t wait to see more places do so well in my favorite part of town.

All Cocktail Confidentials [ELV]

The Kitchen at Atomic

927 East Fremont Street, , NV 89101 (702) 534-3223 Visit Website


520 Fremont St., Las Vegas, NV 89101

Sand Dollar Lounge

3355 Spring Mountain Road, Las Vegas, NV 89103 702-485-5401 Visit Website

Oak & Ivy: An American Whiskey Den

707 Fremont St #1120, Vegas, NV 89101 (702) 910-2394 Visit Website

Downtown Container Park

707 East Fremont Street, , NV 89101 (702) 359-9982 Visit Website


3595 S Las Vegas Blvd (inside The Cromwell), Paradise, NV 89109 (702) 777-3777 Visit Website

Atomic Liquors

917 East Fremont Street, , NV 89101 (702) 982-3000 Visit Website

Jalisco Cantina

6450 S Durango Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89113 (702) 312-8000 Visit Website

Double Down Saloon

4640 Paradise Road, , NV 89169 (702) 791-5775 Visit Website

Herbs & Rye

3713 W. Sahara Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89102 (702) 982-8036 Visit Website

Tacos & Beer

1622 Saint Charles Avenue, , LA 70130 (504) 304-8722

Starboard Tack

2601 Atlantic Street, , NV 89121 (702) 684-5769