Motley Brews shares their passion for beer by curating beverage-focused festivals and events. Whether they’re lauding neighborhood breweries during the Downtown Brew Festival or uncapping rare beers at the Great Vegas Festival of Beer, their crew encourage attendees to try new tastes and rekindle the fire with old favorites. Motley Brews toasts the community as well, giving a portion of their celebrations’ proceeds to local non-profit organizations.
Located among the shops and restaurants of Boca Park in Summerlin, Embers sates appetites with a modern take on American cuisine. The menu features main courses and appetizers that include slow roasted tri-tip steak, grilled miso salmon, bacon-wrapped dates, and wild mushroom risotto. On weekends, blueberry ricotta pancakes, filet benedicts with hollandaise, and smoked bacon and ham croissants are served for brunch. Bottles of wine, craft beer, and Embers' signature vintage cocktails complement the food, which is served in an open, contemporary dining area with a cream-and-brown color scheme, wooden accents, and tall ceilings that pull eyes upward and give diners a break from staring lovingly at their plates.
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.
For those looking for the finest USDA prime beef and a top-of-the-line wine list, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar, is the place to go. Inside the restaurant, rich reds and browns help to create a private and relaxing environment. Tables are beautifully covered in white cloths and are candle-lit, making for an intimate setting, while the dim lights and classic décor create the atmosphere of an authentic steakhouse that still manages to be unique. Some of the most popular items include the baked brie, braised short ribs of beef, dry-aged steaks and Alaskan king crab legs, to name a few. Sides such as chipotle cheddar macaroni 'n' cheese and the Fleming’s Potatoes, as well as creme brûlée and chocolate lava cake desserts, are also available.
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.
From its 1978 opening in New York City, Via Brasil Steakhouse has withstood the test of time and critics to bring the churrascaria tradition to diners on both ends of the country. At the stately Las Vegas restaurant, South American traditions come through not only in the more than 18 meats that grace tables but also in the way each one is prepared and served. The special churrascaria cooking traces its origins to southern Brazil's gauchos, who wound down their long days of herding cattle on the Pampas by roasting cuts of beef over crackling fire pits and writing up formal business proposals for opening steak houses in America. Today, chefs continue that tradition by roasting slabs of meat on rotisserie grills, then slicing each one tableside in order to give diners the exact cuts and temperatures they desire.
Inside the restaurant, an opulent surrounding of marble columns and countertops, floral centerpieces, and huge, sunny windows complement smartly dressed servers as they tote skewers to tables and carve off tender morsels of top sirloin, leg of lamb, and salmon. Selections from 16 side dishes garnish each savory cut of meat with exotic ingredients such as hearts of palm and yucca fries, and a salad bar urges diners to help themselves to more than 30 unique recipes. To complement the feasts, an ample wine cellar and a resident sommelier help diners bring out the rich flavors of each dish with expert advice on the dozens of bottles from around the world.