Pier 17 Yacht Club

Las Vegas

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Absinthe is one of the best shows in Las Vegas–a raunchy spectacle inside a big top on the outdoor grounds of Caesars Palace. Part of the fun is hanging out in the surrounding Green Fairy Garden, which has developed into an entertainment spot of its own in recent months with a towering illuminated LED tree and No Pants (a series of food truck counters serving cocktails, coffee, and munchies). Hidden behind a path of shrubbery is Pier 17 Yacht Club, named in honor of Absinthe's original Manhattan wharf location by the Brooklyn Bridge. The intimate speakeasy makes the most of its limited space with a nautical theme, vintage wallpaper, and black and white photos celebrating the legacy of the production. Some cocktails are exclusives. Others are scratch-made versions of the batched drinks sold during the show. A traditional Sazerac uses either rye or cognac. Here, the "Gazerac" uses both. The mezcal-fueled Tantric Turnbuckle is another good option, featuring hints of aloe and wormwood. There's extra seating outdoors, string lights for atmosphere, and a deliciously messy short rib burger available with tots on the side (and the option to add caviar on top). The playlist skews toward yacht rock classics, of course, but a DJ takes command of the rooftop on weekends.
How to get in: Pier 17 Yacht Club is open to the general public. You don't need Absinthe tickets to get in. Look for it in the southeast corner of the Green Fairy Garden.

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