Way up high… The Skyfall Lounge at the Delano is a unique destination. Along with beautiful views, delicious libations, cocktailians and conventioneers, you will also find a gem of a bartender in Lisa Brier. She has been there since the beginning and has had the chance to learn from the Los Angeles-based bar mavens, Proprietors LLC. Her experiences have also run the gamut from a local sushi spot, the Monte Carlo Casino, and to the McCarran Airport. During her stint at McCarran, she worked at the American Express Lounge where she was able to study under a famous barman, Jim Meehan of PDT. Lisa explained, “I was able to spend a lot of time with that man. He taught me a lot, from simple icing of the glass, to proper jiggering and understanding dilution.”
Lisa loves our city and our craft, which led her to join the Las Vegas Chapter of the United States Bartenders’ Guild. Just with the mention of the Bartenders’ Guild you can hear her excitement, “The USBG has changed how I bartend. Since the time I joined four years ago at the Bar & Nightclub convention, I’ve learned so much. I feel like I could write a book on all that I’ve learned.” It is true that we have an eclectic mix of creative individuals and with Lisa being a part of it, it’s an energetic intermingling. Lisa continued, “It’s very collaborative; I feel the majority of the members are always willing to help and mentor you. I honestly can’t put into words other than I love it!”
She now brings all of her experience into play at the Skyfall Lounge where she gives a custom experience to each and every guest. “I just like guests to enjoy their time in whatever way they want. Whether it’s having a chat with whoever they are with, talking business, finding out what’s going on in town, or for a cocktail creation, I just want whoever is in front of me to be happy.”
Cocktail of the Month
Benny and the Jets
by Lisa Brier
1.25 oz Citadel Gin
.5 oz Gifford apricot
.25 oz PF Dry Curaçao
.75 oz pineapple juice
.25 oz lemon juice
Heavily rinse a double Old Fashioned
glass with Benedictine.
Shake with ice.
Serve over a large rock in rinsed
double Old Fashioned.
Garnish with mint bouquet.
About the USBG
The United States Bartenders’ Guild is comprised of spirit professionals dedicated to the art of the craft of Bartending. What was founded in 1948 has now spread all over the US with Las Vegas being the largest chapter in the country. Through events, charity, and education they support and enhance the great American living-art that is Bartending.
For information on how to join, please go to www.usbg.org.