The Dorsey has actually very quickly constructed a reputation as one of the leading cocktail bars on the Strip, drawing in Vegas visitors for artfully crafted pre-show libations. Now the Venetian hot spot is aiming to enhance its standing with locals and market employees with the Dorsey Collective, “micro-residencies” featuring gifted checking out bartenders, artists and artists from across the nation.
“There are terrific mixed drink bars in this town that are quite a staple for the market to hang out when they’re not working, with Herbs & & Rye being an excellent example,” says New York City barman Sam Ross, who developed the Dorsey’s menu and returns to Vegas typically to monitor its execution. “We wish to place ourselves to be part of that too. Las Vegas is never ever except passionate bartenders wishing to get together and talk shop and have some fun.”
In the grand tradition of going to chefs doing pop-up dinners, the first Collective event was held October 17 starring Yael Vengroff from LA’s Spare Space, matched by music from LA’s DJ Tessa. Vengroff’s special Vegas cocktail menu consisted of the Diamonds to Dust (Plymouth gin, Blanc Vermouth, lemon curd, sage and orange) and the Helter Skelter (Lot 40 rye, peated Irish single malt, Crème de Noyaux, coconut and toasted pecan bitters), revealing that even the Strip can still learn some brand-new tastes.
“We’re actually delighted with how it ended up and the action we’re getting,” Ross states. “We’re taking a look at doing this every two months, we’ll be choosing a different city each time and we’re looking into some more industry-based stuff. Basically if you’ve got an interest in this industry, we would enjoy the Dorsey to be among your areas.”