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.
Sin City Comedy hearkens back to the swinging 1960s and, even further, to the seamier side of the mid-18th century with a blend of jokes and sultry moves. Chosen from a deep roster of nationally known performers and funny-looking cats whose credits include Comedy Central, The Late Show with David Letterman, and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, a different comedic talent headlines the stage each week with support from local and visiting stars on the rise. Between the acts, scantily clad ladies perform what the Las Vegas Review-Journal praised in 2009 as “witty, retro-sexy stripteases” with their own saucy sense of humor. The show recently moved to a plush new space inside Planet Hollywood, a theater whose neon signs and punkish metal spikes foreshadow the mixture of the glam and the hardboiled that audiences will find onstage.
Tenaya Creek's impressive beer list includes a Gold Medal Pilsner that was champion in the 2002 Great American Beer Festival for its authentic adherence to European style. Though taps frequently rotate to keep brews seasonally fresh, current options include barleywine, which carries a strength and sophistication comparable to its grapevined cousin, wine, and a hop ride IPA, loaded with Ahtanum, Challenger, and Chinook hops. Choose any brews on tap to fill your flight, then grab two pint-sized servings of whatever you liked best.
Named Best Brewpub of 2010 by LocalEats, Boulder Dam Brewing Company surrenders up flights, pints, and growlers of its delicious brews to awaiting mouths. The brewery magic begins with six samples of the pub's dam-inspired brews, such as the High Scaler IPA, a bold beverage packed with cascade hops, and the Aggregate Amber, a smooth, copper-colored ale whose bubbles contain immaculately preserved prehistoric fossils. The Powder Monkey Pilsner, named after the dam's explosive-packers, boasts a refreshing, malty flavor. Once the sampling is completed, choose your favorites for two more pint-size preparations. This cavalcade of brews can be enjoyed with selections from the pub's tasty menu (not included in today’s Groupon).
Money Plays' friendly bartenders pour an ever-changing roster of 17 beers on tap and 50 bottled brews as well as wine, sake, and cocktails in a low-key tavern outfitted with shuffleboard, foosball, and 15 video-poker machines. Draft beers include sudsy craft offerings such as Indian Wells Mojave Red ($4–$6.50/pint), Lobotomy Bock ($4–$6.50/pint), and Lost Coast Tangerine Wheat ($3–$4.75/pint). A multitude of bottled beers, ranging from American lagers to Imperial IPAs and Belgian ales, also line up to woo patrons by composing Petrarchan sonnets in their honor. Sippers can send taste buds on treasure hunts for fruity flavors with the bar's assortment of Takara Hana sake shots ($2). Fortify stomachs or edible sculptures of Chichen Itza with a pair of enchiladas accompanied by beans and rice ($4.99) or a heaping beef or chicken burrito ($4.99) from Money Plays' next-door neighbor, El Taco Feliz.
Double Helix Wine Bar and Boutique suggests that the consumption of wine is an inseparable component of our DNA, and the shop makes its argument through the lavish whimsy of its spacious interior, with an ornamented ceiling and chic seating that invite you to a decadent outing. Use today's Groupon toward a full wine menu, and order by glass or by bottle.