Lift Your Spirits

Strolling around the shops and restaurants at The District at Green Valley Ranch is always a perfect way to spend an evening, but when you add in live entertainment and adult beverages, it doesn’t get any better than that.

The District is presenting a new tasting series called “Lift Your Spirits” this summer and for $40 per person (or $70 for two) you can walk around the quaint outdoor shopping center and taste different libations at each event. Food and entertainment will also be available – and the best thing is that a portion of the proceeds will benefit local non-profit organizations.

Here’s the schedule:

May 2: Wine and artwalk
June 6: Tropical libations and mixologists with Latin spirits
July 11: Sake
Sept. 10: Italian wines
Oct. 17: International beers and artwalk


It’s not that warm in Minnesota. I know this from spending half my life freezing in the northern part of the state. So 20 years ago, I decided to thaw out and traded in scarves and mittens for tank tops and flip-flops (Take that, polar vortex!). I swapped snow for 300 days of sun a year. I may not have been born here, but there are hotels that haven’t lasted in Vegas as long as I have. The Sands, Hacienda, Aladdin, Desert Inn and the Stardust too. I've been to my fair share of implosion parties. (Yeah, that’s a thing.) As a writer for, I've applauded hundreds of shows, explored every major hotel in town and raised a few glasses at most of the city's bars and clubs. Now I'm the resident foodie here. I write about all things dining — from $3.99 shrimp cocktail at the Golden Gate to the finest sushi at Nobu, and everything in between.

There are 2 comments for this article
  1. Andrew Searle at 12:47 pm

    Hi Im comimg over to Vegas at the end of the month with three friends this is our sixth visit.We are in our 40’s but still love to go clubing although we like 70’s and 80’s music can you make any recommendations.

  2. Jamie Helmick at 10:03 am

    Hi Andrew! Thanks for your question. Some of the clubs (like Studio 54) start out playing ’80s music earlier in the night and then move on to more typical club music (like house) later in the night.

    You might want to check out this page — it breaks down answers to club questions. And this page is a listing of all the clubs in town. Clicking through to a club’s page will give you a rundown of what kind of scene it has, including the type of music they generally play.

    Thanks for reading!