Drinks to die for and bloodcurdling bites this Halloween in Vegas

By Caroline Fontein

You’re too old for trick-or-treating, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still indulge in some spine-tingling sustenance this Halloween. Restaurants and bars in Vegas are celebrating the spookiest holiday of the year by offering special food and drinks items that complement fall. From creepy concoctions to eerie eats, Halloween fans can get a real taste of the season this October in Vegas. Here’s a listing of places you can go that are offering Halloween-inspired drinks and/or food through Oct. 31.


Set your sights on some juicy "Eye" Balls paired with a Bucket of Bones at Johnny Smalls.

Johnny Smalls
Hard Rock Hotel
Hours: 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. Sun., Wed. – Thu., 5 p.m. – midnight Fri. – Sat.
Atmosphere: Spanish-influenced small plates and a menu of more than 50 shareable dishes.
Festive bites:

  • “Eye” Balls – spicy green olive meatballs with spicy Arrabbiata sauce
  • Bucket of Bones – pork back ribs in a “bloody hot” glaze
  • From the Black Lagoon – calamari and shrimp ceviche with multicolored tortilla chips
  • Charred Parts – char grilled ribs, wings and rare flat iron steak with sticky red barbeque sauce
  • Pumpkin Mousse – served in a chocolate pumpkin shell

Drinks with a dark side:

  • Bloody Berry Cosmo – SKYY Vodka, fresh lime juice, Chambord and a candy eyeball
  • Candy Corn Martini candy corn infused vodka
  • Pixi Stick shot Grape SKYY, Triple Sec and Cointreau.

The Michael Myers cocktail at Panevino has a real cutting edge.

Panevino Ristorante
246 Via Antonio Avenue
                  Las Vegas, NV 89119
Hours: Lunch – 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. daily, Dinner – 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. Mon. – Thu., 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. Fri. – Sun.
Atmosphere: Fine Italian cuisine.
Drinks with a dark side:

  • The Exorcist – Jim Beam Devil’s Cut Whiskey, Galliano Ristretto Coffee Liqueur, Bailey’s Hint of Carmel Liqueur and Crème de Menthe
  •  Bloody Carrie – Hangar One Raspberry Vodka, fresh lemon, homemade sweet n’sour, “Bucket” of Sloe Gin and blood orange wheel
  • The Omen – Six Citron Vodka, Six Raspberry Vodka, Six Blackberries and Pinot Evil Pinot Noir
  •  Michael Myers Rum Runner – Myers’ Original Dark Rum, Blackberry Liqueur, Crème de Banana, pineapple juice, orange juice, blood orange extract and splash of Bacardi 151

Simon Restaurant and Lounge
Hours: Brunch 10 a.m. –  4 p.m. Sun.
Atmosphere: Chef Kerry Simon’s innovative cuisine served in a sophisticated and upscale setting.
Festive bites: On Sunday, Oct. 30 the weekly Sunday brunch at Simon is serving up a spooky spread of devilish deliciousness. The Halloween brunch will be served from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The price is $39.50 for adults and $13 for children 12 years old and younger. There is a Bloody Mary bar for $12 and a champagne bar for $17. Buffet items include: Blooberry Muffins with Ghost Peeps and Halloween Nerds, Pumpkin Crunch Muffins, Candy Corn Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Muffins, Snickers Peanut Butter and Jelly Muffins, Spider-web Orange Cranberry Scones with Black Licorice Spiders, Mini Candy Apples and Dirt Worms and Oreos with Orange Mousse. Platters include: Orange Cotton Candy Balls, Purple Snowballs, Spider-web Cupcakes, Frankenberry Treats, Tombstone Brownies, M&M Cookies and Bloody Caramel Corn.

Let this Witches Brew cast an intoxicating spell on you.

Fusion Bar and FIRST Food & Bar
Hours: Fusion Bar – Open 24 hours, daily; FIRST – 11 a.m. – 4 a.m. Mon. – Thu., 11 a.m. – 6 a.m. Fri. – Sat., 9 a.m. – midnight Sun.
Atmosphere: Fusion Bar – Latin-inspired mixology bar on the casino floor; FIRST – urban, late-night vibe.
Drinks with a dark side:

  • Candy Corn (shot) – Merry’s White Chocolate liqueur, Tuaca and Absolute Mandarin (dyed orange) served pousse cafe style or “layered”
  • Witches Brew – Bacardi Dragon berry rum, Blue Curacao, Creme de banana, fresh squeezed lime juice, served up in a martini glass rimmed with black sugar.
Rice & Company
Hours: 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. daily, Lounge 5 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Atmosphere: Far East Asian bistro.
Festive bites: Rice & Company is celebrating Halloween with the introduction of their new sushi roll, the Wicked Roll of the West. Made with spicy tuna, sliced avocado and a fresh bold taste of yellowtail, this bewitching new roll is a frightful delight. It’s served with a savory garlic ponzu sauce that spills from the decadent cuts.

These pumpkins glow with chocolatey goodness.

Jean Philippe Pâtisserie
Hours: 7 a.m. – 11 p.m. Mon. – Thu., 7 a.m.  – midnight Fri. – Sun.
Atmosphere: Casual dining featuring options like soups, salads and sweets by world pastry champion Jean-Philippe Maury.
Festive bites: Chocolate fans can indulge in some sinfully delicious treats including: a chocolate ghost; large and small chocolate witches; chocolate pumpkin, chocolate cat in a hat and an assortment of chocolate lollipops. Also available are large and small chocolate pumpkin boxes, large and small Halloween lantern boxes and a Halloween chocolate skull, each filled with cookies, chocolates and candy. These goodies are all made of the finest European dark, milk and white chocolate.


The Smoking Zombie will have you walking like the dead in no time.

Tabú Ultra Lounge
MGM Grand
Hours: 10 p.m. to late Fri. – Mon.
Atmosphere: Hip and sexy late-night vibe with model servers, a DJ and dancing.
Drinks with a dark side:

  • Black Widow – Black Cherry EFFEN Vodka, simple syrup and fresh lime juice shaken and strained into a martini glass and topped with a float of Chambord Liqueur
  • Smoking Zombie – SKYY Vodka, Seagram’s gin, BACARDI Rum, triple sec and sour mix with dry ice for a smoky effect, topped with a float of Chambord Liqueur
  • Vampire’s Blood – ABSOLUT BERRI ACAI, peach schnapps and a splash of fresh pomegranate juice garnished with three raspberries.

Hussong’s Cantina & Taqueria
Mandalay Place
Hours: 11 a.m. – 2 a.m. daily
Atmosphere: Mission-style cantina with colorful accents that spell out it’s fiesta time.
Festive bites: Oct. 27 through Oct. 31 guests can celebrate Dia de los Muertos with food and drink specials including Dos Equis pitchers for $18 and Don Julia Blackberry Margaritas served in a skull for $9.95. The Oaxacan style Turkey Tamale, a Mexican dish topped with silky traditional black mole, chile ancho, sour cream, queso fresco, broccoli sprouts and cabbage salad, served with a saffron rice and double fried white beans will be available for $14.95.