Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Mini Foodventure #80: Firefly (Las Vegas)

One of my favorite hangouts every time I take a trip to Vegas, Firefly is an off-the-strip tapas lounge and bar offering tasty bites, delicious drinks and friendly (almost Cheers-like) service in a mellow and chill environment (unlike the uber-trendy and pricey bars on the strip or the dumpy just-wanna-get-wasted dives elsewhere).

What I love most is their happy hour (M-Th 3-6 p.m., F 3-5 p.m.); it's quite limited timewise, but their already reasonbly-priced drinks are half-off (bottled wines being the exception and not discounted). Drinkwise, everything I've had here is pretty good, but I definitely recommend their refreshing three-day-marinated sangrias (available in red, white or sparkling varieties -- a steal at $3 a glass or $12 a pitcher during HH) and their housemade lychee & berry infused vodka (from $2 for a shot to $4 for a martini during HH).

To sweeten the deal even more, patrons get a little complementary sampler of their tapas.

This time around, my friends and I all got a taste of their tortilla a la espanola (basically a baked potato & tortilla frittata), bacon-wrapped and blue cheese-stuffed dates with red wine reduction and albondiga (meatball) in sherry tomato sauce, photographed above with a glass of their sparkling sangria (the first of several drinks we ordered there, along with some more tapas to share).

Definitely a great way to start a Vegas weekender on the right foot (don't stumble!); I can't wait to revisit the next time I go up to Sin City (or check out their sister restaurant, Dragonfly, right next door; with more of a Pan-Asian flair and a late night HH from 10:30pm till close at 2-3a everyday!)

3900 Paradise Rd # A
Las Vegas, NV 89169
(702) 369-3971

Firefly Bistro on Urbanspoon



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