NIGHTLIFE
Las Vegas
> Alizé

When you're on the hunt for rare spirits, Cognac is big game. Even single-malt Scotch rarely rivals the age and price of the most elusive Cognacs. At Alizé, the restaurant at the top of the Palms Resort Casino in Las Vegas, there's a virtual safari of brandies - over 100 selections, ranging from Lheraud V.S.O.P. ($12) to the Hardy Private Collection 1802 ($525). The majority of the Cognacs are from the private collection of co-owner and executive chef André Rochat. With a 360-degree panoramic view, including a stunning vista of the strip, and more than a dozen Cognacs dating from the last century, Alizé offers a great view in every direction, even back in time.
—Jeffery Lindenmuth

Alize, Palms Resort Casino, 4321 W Flamingo Road, Las Vegas; 702-951-7000; www.alizelv.com




> Cabana Bar

Cabana Bar at the Bellagio offers a cool poolside respite from the desert heat, but you won't find any frozen Margarita machines churning neon-green slush here. Beverage specialist Tony Abou-Ganim's mixing mise en place includes only the freshest ingredients - spearmint leaves, fresh berries, hand-squeezed juices and passion fruit coulis. These contribute to a jackpot of original drinks like the Wild Berry Mojito, the Raspberry Fizz and a Sour Cherry Caipirinha. He's even secured slick, pool-safe plasticware - cool to the eye, if not the touch.
—Jeffery Lindenmuth

Cabana Bar, 3600 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV; 702-693-7111




> Commander's Palace

At haute Creole haunt Commander's Palace Las Vegas, Cognac gets to unbutton its tie and play the tables. Their refreshing variation on the classic stinger swaps fresh mint and sugar for sticky crème de menthe. Although the recipe suspiciously resembles a Mojito, the drink probably owes more to the Mint Julep, coming as it does from New Orleans' Brennan family. The Cognaçais, who often enjoy their Cognac with tonic, soda or orange juice, would certainly approve.
—Jeffery Lindenmuth

Commander's Palace Las Vegas, The Aladdin, 3663 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas, NV; 702-892-8272; www.commanderspalace.com




> Eyecandy

In a town known for slushy margaritas-by-the-yard, Eyecandy stands out. Fresh ingredients make all the difference in house favorites like the Hemingway Daiquiri, made with Montecristo rum, Maraschino liqueur, fresh ruby red grapefruit juice and lime juice; and Between the Sheets, forged with Courvoisier VS, Ten Cane Rum, Cointreau and fresh lemon sour. Master mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim crafted the cocktail menu-and spent a month training the staff.
—Dean Blaine

Eyecandy, Center Bar at Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino, 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas; 702-632-7777; www.mandalaybay.com




> Rojo Lounge

The team behind the Rojo Lounge at the new Palms Place Hotel & Spa set out to redefine the traditional Vegas lobby bar. No poker machines here, just a swanky alcove serving classic cocktails. Robert Parekh gives each drink a sophisticated twist: Try the French Quarter (Bourbon, Cognac and orange bitters with a Grand Marnier rinse) or his bold stab at the classic gimlet, the Absinthe Minded (absinthe, Rangpur lime gin, velvet falernum and fresh lime juice).
—Dean Blaine

Rojo Lounge, 4381 W. Flamingo Rd., Las Vegas; 702-932-7777;palmsplace.com