Sticks Tavern is one of our favorite things about Henderson's rejuvenated Water Street district; named in honor of its proximity to Lifeguard Stadium, where the Silver Knights play minor-league hockey. A few of the cocktails have a hockey theme and the boozy milkshakes are fun, but the food has a few impressive touches like Mary's Organic Chicken for the wings—flats only for a higher meat-to-bone ratio. Sticks added some new house specialties (like shrimp tacos and a New York Strip with Chimichurri over fries) and six burgers, including a version inspired by chef Jordan Camacho's visit to Greece earlier this year and a veggie burger made with maitake mushrooms. The restaurant has upped its whiskey game in recent months and moved the addictive Rueben Fries from the secret menu to the regular one. Sticks Taverns is also a ghost kitchen for To Be Frank, which serves some of the best gourmet hot dogs in Las Vegas.
How to book: Seats are generally first-come, first-served. You can also order online for takeaway orders.
The name Sticks Tavern is a tip of the hat to the minor league hockey action across the street at Lifeguard Arena—and both businesses represent the fast-growing resurgence of Downtown Henderson's Water Street District. If you just want to watch pucks fly on TV, Sticks Tavern is a great sports bar in its own right, and if you show up for the Sunday brunch, even better. Chef Jordan Camacho's chicken is the specialty, whether brined and roasted on the rotisserie grill or breaded and fried as a plate of juicy, addictive wings. Yet you'll need to save room for a pair of oversized biscuits, smothered in sausage gravy with the pop of fresh cracked black pepper. In a move that stays true to the theme, the official Vegas Golden Knights bourbon is used to add a boozy touch to salted caramel or chocolate peanut butter milkshakes.
How to order: Walk in and grab a seat or place an order online.