Aces & Ales blends pub-style comfort food and a rotating selection of 22 artisanal beers on tap with musical entertainment, fusing the passions of owner Keri Kelli, craft beer enthusiast and former guitarist for rock legend Alice Cooper. Plucking out distinctive pours more precisely than a neophyte harpist learning "Stairway to Heaven," the staff lines up select imperial stouts and hefeweizens to escort gastropub-inspired bites such as Belgian-style fries with bacon and blue cheese or homemade Maryland crab cakes. The bar's 14 plasma TVs, meanwhile, catch diners' eyes with 55 inches of pro-sports action. A classically trained robot moonlighting as a jukebox emanates waves of nostalgia and patron-selected tunes before local bands take the stage to test the stability of the exposed brick walls, which have previously resonated with the voice of Alice Cooper himself.
Queen Victoria Pub dishes up traditional British sandwiches, pies, and entrees 24 hours a day. Secret-recipe beer batter envelops crispy fried fish paired with British chips, and bangers join mashed potatoes and baked beans for teatime and soft-spoken discussions in which the word “balderdash” is politely thrown around. Savory pies are baked in-house with combos such as meat and mushrooms, steak and kidney, and cheese and onion beneath tender puff-pastry crusts. Whether sidled up to the bar or nestled in their seats, guests quench thirsts with 20-ounce brews such as London Pride, Harp, and Smithwick's while surveying British sports on the televisions and absorbing sound waves emitted by the resident Beatles cover-band, Revolver, who plays every Wednesday through Saturday from 9 p.m. to midnight.
Just off the path from the bustling tropical revelries and loot-filled gaming at Treasure Island Hotel & Casino stands the Seafood Shack, a succulent destination where diners sink their teeth into freshly caught bites of the sea itself. Known for its signature clambake?which combines steamed clams, mussels, prawns, and a whole lobster into a two-person feast?the restaurant also plates massive breaded shrimp and flaky fillets that grace plates alongside fresh vegetables and finely tuned sauces. After a warm chowder or grilled salmon, diners can indulge in one of five homemade desserts including a chocolate layer cake with fudge icing and a trio of tropical sorbets. Patrons wanting to stay a part of the action can also relax at an open bar area that overlooks the casino floor, where machines ring in jackpots and dealers fold unused decks into 52 paper cranes.
One wouldn't think a nightclub and a museum would have much in common, but a corner of the Luxor Hotel's commanding pyramid holds an obsessively researched collection of hundreds of artifacts from fin-de-siècle Europe. The fussy trinkets, risqué artwork, and old-fashioned bedwarmers all come from the 19th-century bordellos on which Cathouse's deliberately overheated décor was modeled. Neon lights catch fleeting glimpses of dancers and seamy history alike, shimmering through the dimly lit atmosphere as chandeliers, crushed-velour banquets, and vintage photographs thrum to the bass of live DJ sets. Like Congress, the nightclub designates one chamber for moving to Top 40, hip-hop, and dance beats and another for lounging, sipping top-shelf cocktails, and smoking hookah.
At each of several one-day festivals held throughout the country, thousands of revelers unite in an epic clash of pulp, beer, and live music. Armed with a cache of 300,000 tomatoes, participants don protective bathing suits and goggles and hurl the fruit at one another during a two-hour battle. Throughout the afternoon, live music and costume contests offer an entertaining respite from the front lines, as bartenders dispense drafts of beer to attendees older than 21, refueling soldiers' morale before they resign to writing goodbye letters to their produce vendors back home. All tomatoes used during the event are past ripe and already fated for disposal, making the battle an efficient means of tossing them before their cursed transformation into singing Muppets.
Both Tommy Rocker's locations celebrate Las Vegas's modus operandi by featuring live entertainment, 24/7 gaming, and a surfeit of burgers, sandwiches, and ribs made with house-made barbecue sauce. The festive bar and grill is named after its equally festive owner, musician Tommy Rocker, who frequents the stage to perform his Jimmy Buffett–style rock and comedy show. When he isn't strumming guitar chords and orchestrating sing-alongs, he pencils comedy acts and guest bands into the event calendar. During the Saturday Night Truck Stop, he and his staff fill their parking lot with local food trucks and a beer-pong table until 4 a.m., which is enough time to brush up on Emily Post's beer-pong table etiquette.