Vegas Painting Parties' mission is simple: to invite artists of all skill levels to try their hand at replicating a fanciful image while enjoying one another's company. Scheduled around lunch or happy hour, the social classes encourage participants to fuel their creativity with food and drinks as they embellish canvases with paints and grape-juice spit takes. Depending on the theme of each event, partygoers might paint still-lifes, animal portraits, or sweeping landscapes.
Al's Garage serves a menu of pub fare within automotive-themed confines adorned by rims, spray-painted hot rod flames, and a bar backed by treaded metal. Wings come customized in choice of mild, spicy, or hot seasoning, accompanied by ranch or blue cheese for moderating heat and making swirly sauce patterns. After appetites ignite, mains such as fish tacos, in which flour or corn tortillas enfold golden chunks of cod ($9.95), hush the bellows of outspoken abdominals. Burgers include a 1/3 pound of ground beef, a chicken breast, or vegetarian patty, with interpretations such as the Hawaiian teriyaki burger, which layers gruyere cheese with a grilled pineapple ring, delights picky palates ($8.95). Postmain confections include a deep-fried Twinkie topped in hot chocolate sauce ($4.95), and the breakfast burrito of scrambled eggs, roasted peppers, and cheese fights hunger late into the night or early into the morning ($6.95). An outdoor patio lets diners revel outside, while inside custom black-and-red upholstered seating grants gazing upon seven plasma-screen TVs or comfortable navel-gazing 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
In Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare wrote, "A cheeseburger by any other name would taste as juicy." Okay, not quite, but if the Bard found himself at Shakespeare's Grille and Pub, he'd probably be inclined to try the Angus cheeseburger that's named in his honor. Not surprisingly, the rest of the menu has an English slant?there's shepherd's pie with homemade mashed potatoes, English breakfast served all day, and bangers and mash covered in onion gravy. The pub fare pairs perfectly with the 100-plus beers on hand, such as drafts of Guinness and bottles of Youngs Double Chocolate Stout. Even more eclectic than the beer list are the weekly events, which include everything from wine-and-paint parties to Johnny Cash karaoke.
For more than 30 years, Lee's Discount Liquor has stocked its shelves with myriad spirits, beers, and wine, earning a readers' pick as the Las Vegas Review-Journal's Best Liquor or Wine Store of 2012. Prospective imbibers get lost in a fluorescent catwalk of domestic and international tequilas, rums, cabernets, and microbrews, which deck out beverage collections with enough flavors to match any type of cuisine or postage stamp desired. Lee's Discount Liquor also hosts in-store tastings and an annual spirit-sampling event, which merges its myriad sips with entertainment from live bands.
Kaizen Fusion Roll & Sushi intersperses inventive sushi rolls with Japanese entrees, finger fare, and half a dozen sakes served hot or cold. A wood-framed, square sushi bar dominates the space, backed by an accent wall that captures the shimmering hues of a flame. Patrons can sidle up to the sushi bar to enjoy seaweed cylinders flung into their mouths directly from the chefs’ knife, or settle at a table along a chartreuse wall. In addition to using fresh fish, the restaurant's sushi selection reverses traditional rolls with ingredients such as Korean-style barbecue short rib or pickled pumpkin. Kaizen Fusion Roll & Sushi's chefs also think outside the cylinder as they whip up conical and spherical entrées of Asian-style barbecue and teriyaki accompanied by imported Asian beers and saketinis.