Burrowed inside Treasure Island Hotel and Casino is Kahunaville Island Restaurant & Party Bar?a triple-threat dining, drinking, and party venue boasting big-island flair-style bartending and an epic selection of rums. The flashy mixologists "transcend the typical role of a bartender and become a source of entertainment," writes Justin Lawson for Vegas.com. Bedazzled bartenders such as Essie from Stockholm and Nicola from Milan turn ordering a tropical cocktail into an acrobatic exhibition of flipping bottles, throwing flames, and convincing pimento olives to jump rope. Meanwhile, seasoned chefs whip up eclectic eats that feature Mediterranean, Caribbean, and Asian flavors sprinkled over steaks, seafood, and burgers.
The restaurant sports a tiki-hut motif, its faux palm leaves shading diners as they nosh at vibrant tables of blue, green, yellow, and orange patterns. A stone water wall glows phosphorescent, while stone pillars accept the snug embrace of flowery vines and confused tree-huggers. Outside, patrons enjoy mixed drinks on the patio under huge palm trees or beside a sapphire pool. On Wednesday?Sunday, DJs add an upbeat soundtrack while patrons dine and view sporting events on one of three projection screens or 22 HD flat-screen TVs.
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It may have been obvious enough to inspire a television theme song, but it's true: sometimes, you do just want to go where everybody knows your name. If that's the case, a trip to the Brentwood Cafe and Tavern might give you the camaraderieie you seek. This homey neighborhood watering hole is always abuzz with activity, whether it's from the office workers stopping in for a quick beer or the weekend party crowd knocking back a few expertly made cocktails. The bar hosts both afternoon and late-night happy hours, and entices guests to stay for another round with a full array of electronic gaming options.
However, the well-stocked bar is just part of the attraction. The Brentwood also boasts a full kitchen, which turns out appetizers, burgers, stone-fired pizza, and breakfasts 24 hours a day. The cafe also plays host to nightly dinner specials, which range from thick-cut top sirloin to salmon served in a house-made dill caper sauce. Dinner guests can take their meals in the spacious dining room, or on an outdoor patio equipped with two cozy fireplaces.
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.
Vanguard Lounge opened in 2010 with a bang, winning the awards for Best Lounge and Sexiest Wine List from Vegas Seven magazine. Since then, the hangout hasn't lost touch with what brought it to the party. The bartenders mix classic cocktails such as negronis (seven different kinds, in fact) as well as more ambitious concoctions such as the gin- and vodka-based Fuego Pepino, which is livened up with jalape?os and a few dashes of habanero bitters. A selection of wines and craft beers round out the all-liquid menu. Once guests receive their drink, they can find a seat inside the desert-toned lounge, migrate outside to the patio, or navigate to the dance floor where DJs spin four nights a week or until they get dizzy.