Surrounded by a sprawling shopping center that features restaurants, stores and salons, the Regal Village Square 18 is one of Vegas’ many multiplex theaters. But rather than succumb to the noise and chaos of some other chain theater houses, Regal Village Square 18 maintains a quieter, more serene environment. Patrons have the luxury of watching most new releases from plush seats, while 3D images scream past. Other high-quality screens show films in standard formats, and everyone can enjoy the stocked concession stand, lined with the usual assortment of colorful candy snacks. Looming sodas, dangerously piled popcorn tubs and heartier fare like pizza, nachos, corn dogs and chicken nuggets round out the offerings.
Lea Archer once sang and danced professionally on the Las Vegas Strip, but, during that time she noticed the community was missing something: a center for performing-arts practice. She opened Xelement Music and Dance in order to combine music and dance lessons under a single roof, gathering a team of instructors to lead individual and group lessons in such disciplines as electric piano, music business, DJing, lyrical hip-hop, musical theater dance, and cheer. Archer's favorite part about her job is watching her students collaborate: oftentimes, music students will create tunes to which her dancers choreograph performances.
Chicago Brewing Company's head brewer David Pascual crafts frosty brews that pair perfectly with hearty burgers and garnered gold and silver medals at the 2010 World Beer cup. While twosomes relax, sudsy servings of Ramblin' Reck amber ale swirl taste buds in a ruby-colored blend of five domestic and imported barley types. Old Town Brown, a German-style brown ale, enchants sensory muscles with dark malt tones and a mild chocolate aroma that, along with sauerkraut, is the official scent of Berlin. In between hoppy gulps, dinner duos can squelch stomach rumblings with any two burgers such as the classic Brewhouse burger—a juicy Black Angus patty topped with lettuce, tomato, and onion. The open-faced Chicago chili cheeseburger ($11) stops hunger in its tracks with regular fixin's and a heap of house-made chili. To meet dietary requirements, all burgers arrive alongside a serving of french fries.
Poshburger Bistro, the latest venture from Michelin-starred chef Conrad Gallagher, brings visitors face-to-face with exotic wild game, albeit wild game that’s sandwiched on a bun. The gourmet eatery’s chefs craft burgers from organic, free-range, grass-fed animals—wild boar, Black Angus and Kobe beef, lamb, ostrich, and elk—as well as from fresh tuna and salmon. They then top their creations with ingredients such as seared foie gras, prune-and-armagnac aioli, and Asian coleslaw. The burgers fly out of the kitchen alongside plates stacked with sides and snacks that pay tribute to the classic burger joint, including spicy buffalo wings and seasoned fries.
Poshburger also embraces the comforting feel of the classic burger joint. Inside the simple cafeteria space, dark-blue-tiled walls surround the communal dining area—rows of polished tables and benches made from blond wood. The simple tables groan under the weight of the adventurous food and glasses filled with craft beers, 1 of more than 30 boutique wines, or the current milkshakes du jour.
After The Martini found itself under new ownership in 2011, Las Vegas Review-Journal’s Heidi Knapp Rinella paid the bistro a visit. She found “a place that’s dedicated to the art of the martini”, and was ecstatic to stumble upon the Negroni, a classic cocktail often overlooked in modern bars. Aside from the classic and newfangled cocktails, Martini’s drink list collects a healthy cross-section of liquors alongside wines culled Europe, California, and Australia. To balance the libations, chefs plate Italian-inspired entrees such as chicken scallopine with aged prosciutto or tapas, including the Martini sliders, which Heidi described as “beefy, juicy, spectacular”.
The sizable bar blends casual and upscale elements—leather armchairs encircle fireplaces capped by flat screen TVs that broadcast the day’s sports. Warm-hued woods take root throughout the space—in the wall paneling, plantation shutters, and barstools. Gaming machines punctuate the bar with fun more effectively than an English teacher who grades papers with a sparkle pen.
Nora's Wine Bar & Osteria fosters a social dining experience with a menu of authentic sharable Italian plates and an innovative way to serve wine that opens up dozens of eclectic bottles for the tasting. Consummate serial monogamists, each of Nora's dinner courses would prefer to be paired up with a glass of wine, making the pre-paired cheese and wine flight of nine cheeses and three wines ($28 per person, must have at least two participants) an elegantly orchestrated delight. An appetizer of bruschette, such as eggplant or chick peas and sardine (choice of three for $10), a selection of small bites ($10–$15), and pizzas ($15) make palatable passables. Dive fork-first into creatively concocted entrees, such as the crêpe lasagna ($12.50) or the half rabbit served five ways ($32). Or, keep it traditional with organic grass-fed lamb chops ($24 small/$44 large). The lunch menu pares down the dinner menu and adds a selection of panini served with fries or salad, such as the wild boar with roasted mushrooms ($13.50). The lunch menu also offers a pasta trio tasting, which includes a glass of sangria, chef's crostini, unlimited tastings of three different pastas, and gelato for $17.