Todd English P.U.B. at Crystals in CityCenter, from the four-time James Beard award-winning chef the pub is named for, has been serving up its version of elevated pub food with an equally elevated beer list since its opening in 2010. March 13-17 the P.U.B. will combine a celebration of St. Patrick’s Day with its anniversary and will serve a special themed menu of Irish fare such as corned beef and cabbage sliders, Guinness stout pie and a corned beef and cabbage platter.

I was treated to a sampling of the menu, including several new items introduced a few weeks prior to the aforementioned celebration. Many of the menu favorites remain, such as Iceberg Wedge with an unusual twist of placing the ingredients of bacon, avocado, tomato and egg underneath the wedge, Ahi Tuna Tartare served on crispy fried wonton crackers, Brown Butter Lobster Rolls, Duck Buns shredded duck, chopped scallions, cucumber raita and hoisin sauce, Bangers & Mash featuring house-made bologna and pork & chicken sausage, Fish & Chips and the unique and delicious Bread Pudding enhanced with white chocolate and Cap’n Crunch. The new creations include Pork Belly Sliders with a sweet and tangy Jack Daniels glaze, P.U.B. Reuben topped with sauerkraut and melted Swiss cheese, Shrimp Scampi in a lemon butter sauce topped with diced tomatoes and roasted red peppers, P.U.B. Platter a traditional Ploughman’s Platter, Shrimp n Grits served with a cheddar cheese and house-made tasso, Southern Chicken n Waffles with sweet and spicy chipotle maple syrup, BBQ Meatloaf with bourbon BBQ sauce and Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps with blue cheese dressing.

An up-and-coming rising star in the kitchen is Sous Chef Kenzee Schuessler, a 22-year-old Wyoming transplant who headed to LV for culinary opportunities and studied at the Art Institute of Las Vegas. The chef staff is valued enough to give input, and in fact, the new Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps was Kenzee’s idea.

As a beer guy, I was extremely pleased with the expansive selection, which covers most beer styles and includes several unique and exquisite brews you don’t find on every menu, such as the English J.W. Lees & Co. Harvest Ale, a barley wine aged in a Lagavulin Islay single malt Scotch whisky cask.

Here’s to another five years and more. If you haven’t made your way there yet, or if it’s been a while, there are several reasons to do so, including a happy hour twice daily from 3-6 p.m. and 10 p.m. to midnight with 1/2 price pints & wines by the glass, $2 Wings, $3 Oysters and $3 Sliders.

Nth 2015 Ultimate Whisky Experience at Encore March 11-14

The 5th annual Nth 2015 Ultimate Whisky Experience being held at Wynn/Encore is one event any true whisky aficionado should not want to miss, and it’s a great value, as nothing but rare and very high end whiskies are poured, some that retail for more than $300 a dram. Events include master classes with discussions and tasting flights of rare and premium whiskies; whisky pairing dinners at Joel Robuchon and Twist by Pierre Gagnaire; and the main event: the Nth Show---a grand tasting of hundreds of the world’s most unique, finest premium whiskies. Held on March 13 from 5:30- 9 p.m., the Show will be followed by a gourmet dinner catered by the Wynn/Encore’s executive chefs. Several ticket packages are available, and for the first time The Enthusiast Ticket for admission to the Nth Show only, will be offered for $395. For more details and to purchase tickets, visit

Rockhouse Rocks the House at

The Venetian

Rockhouse proudly proclaims itself as the ultimate dive bar, but seems to have two identities. By day it’s a sports bar with 83 TVs; entertainment in the form of classic arcade games, beer pong, foosball and pool tables; and a killer view of the Strip from its balcony. By night it livens up with mechanical bull riding, live DJs, drinking games and a view of the erupting Mirage volcano across the street.

Deals abound here, a bit surprising considering its prime location. A daily happy hour from 2 -5 p.m. offers 30% off apps and 1/2 off specialty cocktails; reverse happy hour Mon.-Fri. from 11 p.m.-2 a.m. has 1/2 off specialty drinks, $3 chicken tacos, $6 chicken nachos, $5 domestic drafts and $6 import drafts; the $20 “Kill the Keg” Mon.-Fri. from 2-9 p.m. with unlimited pours on selected drafts; and Taco Tuesdays—10 different street taco choices for only $1.50-$2. Speaking of the tacos, your choices are almost unlimited with a Build-UR-Own option, where you can select your protein, sauce, cheese, toppings and type of tortilla.

Tables set atop beer kegs give a clue to one of this bar’s beverage of choice, which comes in varying shapes and sizes of 16, 24, 32 bone, 45 football, 64 beer bottle, 88 guitar and 100 oz. The beer selection includes 12 draft and 17 bottle choices, including rotating local beers, which during my visit was Big Dog’s IPA and Tenaya Creek Hefeweizen.