Photo by Chris Wessling, courtesy of Easy's Cocktail Lounge
Photo by Chris Wessling, courtesy of Easy's Cocktail Lounge

Easy's Cocktail Lounge

Las Vegas

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Another day, another new speakeasy in Las Vegas. Easy's is a throwback cabaret lounge hidden behind a donut shop at the new Proper Eats Food Hall inside the Aria. There's a lot to love about the joint—the intimacy, old-school design, live music, and, of course, the cocktails. The drink menu is divided between classics, inventive recipes, and high-priced "Show Stoppers" with extravagant presentations. The Heart of the Ocean, for example, reflects a day at the beach with a display of seashells, sand, and a cloud of dry ice mixed with coconut oil to smell like suntan lotion. The combination of tequila and blueberry spirulina simulates an ocean wave, topped with the froth of egg-white foam and consumed from a hand-blown glass shell. Yes, you'll want to take photographs. Whether it's worth $50 may depend on your expense account, but most of the other cocktails cost between 20 and 30 bucks. Caviar is available too, but if you really get hungry, feel free to roam Proper Eats for pizza, burgers, sushi, and other grab-and-go bites.
How to book: Check in at the host stand at Easy's Donuts or request a reservation in advance online.

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You'd never expect extravagant cocktails, caviar, and live music inside a food hall, but this is Las Vegas, where there's always something fun around every corner. In this case, the "corner" is Easy's, a hidden bar and lounge behind the doughnut counter at Proper Eats Food Hall. It's an intimate space with a contagious social energy and a stage just large enough for a jazz trio to provide the entertainment. The lights are low, but look around, and you'll notice vintage furniture and a carpet that reflectively matches the same design on the ceiling. Mixologist Eric Hobbie's menu ranges from classic cocktails in proper glassware to inventive "Show Stoppers" with interactive presentations and a $50 price tag. Shroomin' is a fun one, designed to share with a blend of gin and matcha inside two mushroom-shaped glasses that "grow" upon presentation on a tray of moss and flowers. Sip slowly while enjoying full caviar service with your favorite accouterments.
How to get in: Look for the red velvet rope next to Easy's Donut Shop. Reservations are a good idea.

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