Haute Secrets: “The Modern Mixologist” Tony Abou-Ganim’s Share His Guide to Sin City

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Tony Abou-Ganim is best known as “The Modern Mixologist” and he is considered one of the pioneers and leading bar professionals in the world. He has demonstrated his immense cocktail making skills while appearing on the TODAY show, Good Morning America, Iron Chef, CNBC and more. Abou-Ganim is the author of the bestselling book, The Modern Mixologist: Contemporary Classic Cocktails, which provides readers with an in-depth look into all the popular spirits and fresh ingredients available to today’s mixologist, both professional and amateur. In 2013 he released his second book, Vodka Distilled along with a signature branded line of Modern Mixologist bar tools, which will have you serving up creative cocktails like a pro in your very own home. Abou-Ganim is truly a tastemaker and we recently chatted with him to get his top haute secrets on how to make the most out of your time in Sin City.

Where were you born: Port Huron, Michigan

How long in Las Vegas: Moved here in 1998 to open the Bellagio

Favorite Part of Vegas: Red Rock, I’m a big bicyclist

Occupation:  Bartender / Mixologist / Consultant / Author

Favorite Restaurant: Bouchon inside the Venetian

Best Sushi: Sushi Fever

Best Italian: Nora’s

Best dessert: Chef Vincent Pilons creations at Cosmopolitan

Best place for a romantic date: Skyfall Lounge at the Delano

Best Sunday brunch: Bardot in Aria

Best place for a power business meeting: Palm Restaurant inside the Caesars Forum Shop

If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend? Bellagio or Wynn

Best Casino: Bellagio

Favorite men’s store:  Hugo Boss

Favorite place to buy jewelry/watches:  Tiffany’s at the Bellagio for jewelry / Watches the Omega Store

Best Spa: Canyon Ranch at the Venetian

Favorite Charity Event: Team Negroni  Bicycle Ride benefiting the Helen David Relief Fund held during Negroni Week

Favorite Cultural Event: For The Love of Cocktails

Favorite Cultural Institution: The Smith Center

Best Steakhouse: Carne Vino

Best Pizza: Five50 at Aria

Best Lunch: Milos at Cosmopolitan

Best Gym/Athletic Facility: Lifetime Fitness

Best Massage: Ivy at Cre8movement LLC

Best Limousine/Driving Service: RLK International Services, ask for Randy King

Best Museum/Exhibit: MOB Museum

Describe your city in three words: Eclectic, Friendly, Diverse

Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore:  Anywhere my Harley Davidson can take me from the Grand Canyon to the Laughlin River Run!

All-around favorite spot in Las Vegas: Petrossian Lounge – Bellagio

Best Aspect of Las Vegas:  Variety, I can be riding my bike through Red Rock Canyon in the morning, motorcycle ride to Mount Charleston in the afternoon, cocktails downtown at Oak & Ivy, dinner at Chef Shawn McClain’s Sage restaurant inside Aria, and a nightcap on the rooftop of my condo at VEER Towers

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