The P.U. B. or Public Urban Bar, at the City Center in Las Vegas is one of those spots that is “hopping ‘with energy. With 44 Draft beers and 80 bottles to select from, choice is the word that resounds throughout this venue. Helpful servers can introduce you in a “flight “of brews or just a taster as they educate you on the many selections available. All the bar servers are enrolled in Cicerone classes to further their beer beverage education. Alongside the plethora of beers, there are cocktails, and an outstanding whiskey and bourbon menu. Of course, don’t forget the food. The menu crafted by proprietor and four time James Beard award winning Chef Todd English, will have you coming back again, and again.
Chef Todd’s P.U.B. is an industry leader amongst the brew pub craze in Las Vegas. Chef is a renowned chef, author, restaurateur, and entrepreneur, with many accolades in addition to being a four time James Beard winner, and inductee into the James Beard Foundation’s Who’s Who in Food and Beverage in America. He has authored many cookbooks including the Olives Table, and the Figs Table, the Olives Dessert Table and his Everyday English. Along with a PBS travel series Food Trip with Todd English, he has time to create a line of cookware and has expansion plans on his horizons. Chef Todd English believes in getting the best product to your table and expanding his creative culinary repertoire to make his venues outstanding in the industry.
Our meeting with General Manager John Lantana, and Marketing Manager Carol Lantana, proved to be one in which we saw the true genius and passion of Chef’s vision for Las Vegas. The restaurant has been open for four years and continues to grow in popularity with its various engaging aspects. With Todd‘s bloody mary’s and bubbly Blends, Sundays just got a whole better. Their outrageous bloody mary’s have a degree of creativity that you must experience it to believe it. These drinks are actually disguised meals, as they are served to you by the lovely “Farm Girls.” These lovely Ladies will help you come up with the perfect Sunday morning cocktail, offering a menu where you can select your favorite vodka infusion and all the fixing’s that you may want to pour into your hand crafted libation. Go ahead, take that selfie, you should show off the dazzling cocktail/dish to all your peeps back home in Iowa.
Not only is the P.U.B. a Sunday respite, but you can also engage in Beer Pong or a friendly game of darts as you clear the cobwebs from any night of Las Vegas party syndrome. John let us know that Chef Todd wants only to create spaces that are fun and interactive at the same time; a place to relax and unwind after a whirlwind tour of the strip, or a late night show. Manager, Carol Lantana can set up a private party for your corporation or for a special birthday or family reunion dinner. With seating for 320 guests, there is a venue for everyone. From Large Party dining to an intimate bite for two, the aim is to accommodate everyone walking through the doors.
Tired of paying the piper for a cocktail on the strip, you can now indulge in one of the best Happy Hours in in town. Stop by for the ½ price pints, and wine by the glass, $1 wings, $2 oysters, and $3 sliders.
Locals and guests may want to make this a mandatory stop on their Vegas agenda. Executive Chef, John Paul-Labadie uses his uber skills, working closely with Chef Todd English, to bring only the best quality food to the customer while remaining true to Chef’s moniker for excellence.
For those who love their meat, The Carvery offers a selection of rotisserie-cooked meats and poultry that one can carve up their creativity into a sandwich made for a king. One of the best burgers that we tried on our visit was the 10 ounce buffalo burger cooked medium rare. With juices dripping down your chin, and the twang of blue cheese and a little heat from Todd’s own hot sauce on your taste buds, you will writing home about this food memory.
Don’t forget the lobster rolls: lobster slathered in warm butter on top of soft pillowy roll that every good beer drinker should order to bring down the buzz as it come close to quitting time. Make Todd English’s P.U.B a must stop on your journey to the Vegas Wonderland. You will find a bit of comfort to cheer you after too many dollars have been dropped at the tables. For the gambler or family vacationers, this is the one place everyone should check into. For more information go to www. toddenglishpub.com