The Underrated Bars and Restaurants of Las Vegas

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    Seeking Out an Experience in Las Vegas

    Evel Pie Pizza in Las Vegas
    Zeke Quezada

    What is your Las Vegas vacation going to look like? Will you spend your days and nights following the rest of the tourists or will you discover your new favorite spot on and off the Las Vegas strip? From dive bars to moody lounges to decadent desserts and off strip gems these are a few of the lesser talked about but very compelling places to visit in Las Vegas.

    Don’t you need a selfie in a bar that serves as a tribute to Evel Knievel while cranking out some of the best pizza in town?

  • 02 of 11

    Great Pizza at a Dive Bar in Downtown Las Vegas

    Evel Pie Las Vegas
    Zeke Quezada

    It may appear to be a dive bar but what you are seeing is really your own inability to recognize what comfort looks like. At Evel Pie in Downtown Las Vegas you grab a slice of pizza, a pint of beer and you find a pinball machine to spend a few minutes looking back at a long lost love. Simplicity. The walls are adorned with memorabilia and the music playing is by actual musicians who play instruments. The bar leads to conversations and booths lead to successive beers. You shouldn’t overlook the pizza just because it is affordable. Happy hour will get you a slice and a beer for next to nothing and the selections remind you that this is not a greasy spoon pizza joint. This is a bonafide pizza place that is far more than a spot to have a beer and check out Evel Knievel pictures. Take a look at what they are doing and you’ll notice that the attention to detail is why you’ll order more than a couple of slices. You'll stick around even longer because sometimes no frills is exactly what you are looking for.

    Evel Pie, 508 Fremont St, Downtown Las Vegas, 702.840.6460, Open daily, lunch until late

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    Cocktails Crafted With Passion at Djt Lounge

    Spiced Apple Manhattan at DJT Lounge
    Zeke Quezada

    Andrew Almanza describes the Luna Sangrieta as an homage to his father and his favorite tequila. His passion for the craft of a great cocktail is present in everything that comes out from behind the bar at the DJT Lounge. His Clover Club is classic just the way Salinger describes a beach scene and his Spiced Apple Manhattan is alluring the way sweet can tempt you towards sour and then please you with savory. The bar area is prime real estate if you love to watch a great cocktail being made but the lounge is comfortable enough for a long evening of mingling in Las Vegas with a twist. Forget your politics because the guy behind the bar at DJT Lounge at Trump Las Vegas is nonpartisan and once you meet him you’ll realize you would scale a wall for his drinks.

    DJT Lounge, Trump International Las Vegas, Open Daily 702.989.0000

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    Step Away From the Chaos of Las Vegas and Step Into Franklin's

    Franklin at The Delano Las Vegas
    Zeke Quezada

    The lobby at Delano Las Vegas feels more like a high end gallery than a hotel and Franklin's feels much more like a comfortable living room than a hotel bar. It definitely is not a casino bar and when you look at the wine list you’ll think you are in a wine country inn. The options are impressive and plenty are exclusive to this property. The cocktails are assembled for a discerning palate and the beers are a journey through a craft lovers dream. You won't bring a date here unless you are really serious about where the relationship is going.

    Franklin's, Delano Hotel, Open daily 10:00 AM - 2:00 AM

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  • 05 of 11

    Between Here and There Lies an Experience at Level 1.5

    Chanderlier Bar Level 1.5 at Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
    Zeke Quezada

    Forget the shiny glass that surrounds you and look beyond all the pretty people at Cosmopolitan Resort. The Chandelier Bar is an attraction that gets plenty of fanfare because it dominates the ground floor at the chic property. Go upstairs and you can see the large booths filled with party people from your spot at one of the many restaurants. What you don't notice is level 1.5. You have to look for the small staircase that wraps around to a halfway point between floors and that's when you realize that this hidden treasure is a special find. This is the home of the Verbena. The flower drink that is not on any menu originated at this bar as do a number of cocktails that are rooted in the world of experiences. Ingredients that alter your taste buds and a setting the dazzles your senses makes this the type of place you want to have all to yourself. Try the Schnozberries Taste Like Schnozberries and desensitize your sweet and sour senses or have the Classy Lassi and introduce a little culture into your cocktails by way of an Indian classic.

     Chandelier Bar, Level 1.5, Cosmopolitan Resort, Open Daily 6pm - 4am

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    Not Underrated, Just Not Always on the Vistor's Radar, But It Should Be

    The Sicilian at Metro Pizza Las Vegas
    Zeke Quezada

    Order a pizza at Metro Pizza and you’ll realize that someone in the joint really loves a good pie. If owner John Arena is around, ask him about the process and then sit back and be ready to be schooled in pizza making. He knows his stuff and is willing to share some of his passion with other pizza lovers. Metro Pizza is just far enough from the strip that you’ll run into locals who love this place while still seeing the very well informed visitors who know their pizza. The Sicilian pizza known as the 86th Street Square Pie is a fluffy optical illusion. It appears to be a brick of bread but instead is a light, airy masterpiece of tomato sauce, mozzarella, and Brooklyn nostalgia. The “718” Calzone is not from these parts as this east coast transplant is filled with ricotta, diced ham and mozzarella and then given a quick deep fry treatment. What evolves is a crispy yet creamy and light treat that will have you saying “Fuhgeddaboudit.”

    Metro Pizza, 1395 East Tropicana Avenue, Las Vegas ( Other locations) 702.736.1955

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    Your Las Vegas Hideaway Comes With Cocktails

    Beauty and Essex
    Zeke Quezada

    Hidden off to the right of the entrance to the restaurant and just off the bar at Beauty and Essex is a quaint lounge. It’s sexy and moody and has the flair of an old steakhouse or a library where the lamps never intended anyone to read. This lounge seems to be forgotten in the excitement of the main room at the restaurant but it is ideal for a stiff drink. It is perfect for a date night and it works if you just need a little quiet time when you are in Las Vegas. This is a spirit-forward cocktail bar with talent at the wheel. Prepare for a long night of sampling.

    Beauty & Essex Las Vegas, Open Daily for Dinner

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    You Don't Have to Grow up in Las Vegas

    Zeke Quezada

    It’s not the drink specials that bring you to O'Sheas even though they are great. Not the low limit blackjack tables right beside the bar. Yes, the crowd is fun and pretty and quite adventurous but all the crowds in Las Vegas are. It’s the ability to play beer pong like you were in college that will get you to this bar that is tucked away on the edge of the LINQ entertainment district. Before you smirk at the idea, consider the fun that can be had while just doing one of those things that you just don’t do at home. When was the last time you drank a beer way too fast? When was the last time you screamed in delight at landing a ping pong ball in a cup of beer? Exactly, that is why you need a small crowded bar to help you regain a little of that irresponsibility that you lost when you grew up.

    O'Sheas Pub, Open 24 hours

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  • 09 of 11

    Find Your Favorite Mixologist at Bound


    If you walk to the back of the Cromwell Hotel you’ll see the shiny bar and the deep leather couches calling for you to have a drink. The bartenders at Bound at the Cromwell are all part of Salvatore Calabrese's team who preach the gospel of carefully crafted cocktails. The menu is respectful of the classics while embracing the new and adventurous. The allure here is an array of helpful, knowledgeable artists of the spirit world who help you find your flavors. Plan on a couple of hours here as you’ll soon find out that spending time with a good drink is as relaxing as a spa day.

    Bound at Cromwell Las Vegas, Open Daily Mon-Thurs. 4pm-12am Fri-Sun12pm-2am

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    Cunningly Comfortable at Table 10 Las Vegas

    Zeke Quezada

    Chef James Richards has all the enthusiasm of a kid in a candy store and it shows in his food. Fried turkey necks come out with a tangy sauce and you get lost in the flavors of the south, the bayou and the Midwest all rolled up into one. Table 10 at Palazzo is a stalwart of the property and has done its job well enough to stand the test of time but the heat in the kitchen seems to have been turned up. The menu is undergoing some changes and Emeril Lagasse's influences are getting a helping hand in the form of a chef who brings his worldly acumen to combine Midwest roots with big easy nuances to give you big flavors and hearty entrees. Table 10 feels like fine dining in a comfortable setting. 

    Table 10 Las Vegas, Palazzo Las Vegas, Open Daily Lunch - Dinner

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    Going Country at Toby Kieth's I Love This Bar

    Toby Kieth's I Love This Bar
    Zeke Quezada

    You don’t have to love country music to understand its appeal.  You don't have to enjoy a bologna sandwich to appreciate a fried bologna sandwich on Texas toast. Hidden away upstairs at Harrah's Las Vegas is Toby Keith's I love This Bar and you’ll find Las Vegas in its simplest form. Beer in mason jars, fried food and plenty of televisions to watch sports. A stage anchors the restaurant and live music and line dancing are regularly on display. The atmosphere is lively and it lacks all pretenses. This is what comfortable feels like.

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