Drinks for toasting the new year in Las Vegas
Vodka flight. With a headless Lenin statue presiding out front, the Red Square Restaurant's Russian style infuses 100-plus vodka choices with a post-Imperial mellow. Take time to taste ― the ice-topped bar keeps your drink perfectly chilled. From $25 for four tastings. 3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 702/632-7407.
Kah Pah. Add cucumber sorbet to sake and vodka, and you've got a drink that's off-the-charts refreshing. The cool green flavors taste just right when munching a dragon roll in Shibuya restaurant's Tokyo-sleek dining room. $10. 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 702/891-3001.
Margarita on a stick. The perfect drink for gamblers on the move comes frozen and portable, in two fun flavors ― strawberry or lime ― at Diego restaurant's to-go stand. And it packs a bigger punch than a Fudgsicle. $4. 702/891-3200.
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Ghostini. Kick back and sip a green martini with a glow-in-the-dark swizzle stick at Ghostbar. But be careful: Outside the bar's moderne interior, the view through the patio floor's glass panel ― down 55 stories ― is mesmerizingly vertiginous. $11. 4321 W. Flamingo Rd.; 702/938-2666.
Sin City. Great tequila choices line the glass-shelved wall at Isla Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar. But why not sample a beer brewed here in Vegas? An amber Sin City makes a perfect chaser for a shot of mezcal. $4.50. 3300 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 702/894-7349.