On and Off the Strip: Beer Park, Smashed Pig and Big Whiskey's
On the Strip: Beer Park
You probably already know about Beer Park (Paris, 702.444.4500), the big, fun, Vegas-style picnic party that never stops on a 10,000-square-foot rooftop deck overlooking the famed Bellagio fountains. You’ve probably already sampled a few of the 36 beers on tap or engaged with some of the city’s best barbecue.
Now there’s a new experience, dubbed Electric Brunch. Every Saturday, this casual, come-as-you-are venue offers live performances from local musician and entertainer Sinclair Wheeler, while dance club favorite DJ Bayati and vocalist Chandiss take over on Sunday.
All weekend long, the entertainment is complemented by reimagined favorites like a fried chicken sandwich with over-easy egg and smoked tomato on a brioche-pretzel bun, a breakfast burrito with smoked chicken, scrambled eggs and spicy chorizo, or honey butter-topped French toast sticks with almond brittle and maple syrup. Naturally, Bloody Marys and mimosas are part of the fun. –Brock Radke
The Smashed Pig
The fast-moving Downtown stretch known as Fremont East remains one of the hottest foodie destinations in the Las Vegas Valley. From the street, The Smashed Pig (509 Fremont St., 702.444.7816) seems like an unassuming pub, but once you belly up to the bar and take a gander at the menu, you’ll find some of the most innovative tavern fare in town. The newest addition is a diverse weekend brunch menu offering temptations like seared yellowfin benny with guajillo Hollandaise sauce, poppy seed French toast with lemon sauce and smashed potatoes. –BR
With 170 whiskeys and counting, you’d think the name Big Whiskey’s (Town Square, 702.983.2900) referred to the booze of choice at this new watering hole. But it actually taps into the legend behind the establishment: Big Whiskey was a regular who ordered a single beverage, saying, “I’m only going to have one, so make it a big one.” His musings now grace the walls at the first Big Whiskey's on the West Coast. In addition to all that brown stuff, Big Whiskey’s has 18 beer taps, almost half of which feature local beers from Bad Beat, Lovelady, Joseph James and Tenaya Creek, and to soak up the booze, there's also a big and delightfully indulgent food menu of American favorites. –C. Moon Reed