I came from a little town in the Midwest. And believe me, I’m never going back. It’s probably nice if you love grass and snow; but I love the lights, the glamour, and the flocks of tourists seeking fun and fortune. Once the sun goes down, I’ll be the first one out hitting the clubs or just wandering the Strip for a little nighttime adventure. Passing through Bond on my way to Lily Bar, or taking a shortcut through Double Helix before landing at Parasol Up/Down, I’m the one you’ll randomly bump into – only sometimes literally – strolling through Sin City’s liquored veins – and loving every minute of it.
Why/when did you move here?
I moved here in August of 2012 because I was tired of not living in Las Vegas. I’d lived here before many years ago and I always felt a connection to this place. There’s no realistic reason that a city like Las Vegas should exist in the middle of the desert -- yet it does. That surreal nature always spoke to me.
When did you start at , and what does your job entail?
I started at the end of August, 2014, nearly two years to the day after moving to Las Vegas. I cover nightlife, bars and clubs. That basically means I get paid to party and then tell you about it. Scroll down to the insider tips section to learn from some of my better mistakes.
What are your hobbies?
When I’m not sipping a fine scotch, I enjoy writing fiction (stay tuned for some hopefully exciting updates on that front) and playing music. I play guitar and piano. And I collect stuffed animals that I win from claw machines. If there were such a thing as a professional claw machine player I’m pretty sure I’d win the plushy cup.
Give us a random fact about yourself
I once ate nothing but cereal for more than a month.
Give us your top insider tips about Vegas
I’ve got a lot of places to party, but I go to Mandarin Bar to melt. The view is unbeatable. The drinks are alcoholic, which ticks all my boxes. And the whole space makes me feel like I belong somewhere that beautiful all the time. I probably don’t. I’m kind of a hot mess. But it’s nice to pretend. And it’s the perfect date spot… ladies.
It’s been around long enough to understand how to make it as a club, but it’s mature enough to know how to just be cool and have a good night. That’s what you get at Tryst. If you’re looking for something crazy you can always hit up XS later in the night, but Tryst, with its waterfall and lagoon is still my favorite. If they would let me live there I totally would. Wait, will they let me live there? I gotta go check on that. Bye!
My other picks are alcohol, so I figure I should put some carbs on here to soak it up. Five50 Pizza is quite possible the best pizza I’ve ever had—next to this bomb pie I made one night when drunk. Five50 has the big oven thing. The pizza is super greasy and delicious. And everything else on the menu is spectacular too. I like to grab a slice on my way out of Aria, though it’s usually devoured by the time I get to my car.