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Avant-Garde Beverage Program Elevates Parisian Experience at BARDOT Brasserie

Innovative French cocktails, restaurant-exclusive beer and Las Vegas’s largest collection of Chartreuse complement Michael Mina’s newest concept at ARIA Resort & Casino

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BARDOT Brasserie, Michael Mina’s new French concept at ARIA Resort & Casino, will debut a beverage program inspired by France’s passion for incredible spirits, wine and beer upon its opening Friday, January 16.
 
Complementing Chef Mina’s delectable fare, BARDOT’s beverage program crafts unforgettable libations featuring unique French spirits. Additionally, BARDOT introduces its own signature French beer, Hors D'âge, brewed exclusively for the restaurant in the northern hills of France. Guests will be able to select from vintage cognacs dating back to the 1800s as well as Las Vegas’ largest collection of Chartreuse.
 
“We’ve strived to create a beverage program that truly celebrates the dynamic bar and café culture of Paris while enhancing the classic French dishes on our menu,” said Chef Mina. “A restaurant’s bar is an essential component of the dining experience and the bar at BARDOT feels like it could be in the heart of Paris with cocktail selections that are as unforgettable as the cuisine.”
 
Highlights of BARDOT’s beverage offerings include:
 
Parisian-Inspired Cocktails: A collaboration between ARIA’s Property Mixologist Craig Schoettler and Mina Group’s Director of Cocktails Carlo Splendorini, the cocktail program is an ode to Parisian culture with unique yet refined cocktail offerings, such as:
 

  • Voltaire – Voltaire once stated that “Illusion is the first of all pleasures.” In that vein, cider-based cocktails must be second, as this concoction of Eric Bordelet cider, Grey Goose L’Orange vodka, housemade ginger syrup and baked apple bitters dazzles the senses.
  • Storming the Bastille – As progressive as the French Revolution, this libation is made from Bastille whisky, Maurin sweet vermouth and Bitterman coffee bitters.
  • And God Created Women – Titled after the iconic 1956 film that pushed the boundaries of sexuality in American cinema, this seductive signature cocktail mixes Citadelle St. Germain, Angostura bitters and egg white with the wine-based aperitif, Byrrh.
Artisanal Ales: With its signature brew at the program’s forefront, BARDOT’s beer selection focuses on imports and unique craft brews, including:
 
  • Exclusive Brews – Brewed in the small town of Esquelbecq, France, BARDOT’s signature beer, Hors D'âge cannot be experienced elsewhere. The effervescent Flemish Country Ale was produced in partnership with craft brewery Stillwater Artisanal Ales, characterized by its use of only the finest French barley, wheat and hops.
  • International Beer Selections – Beer enthusiasts will be delighted by more than 80 international hard-to-find brews on the menu such as Switzerland’s Brasserie de Franches-Montagnes, Belgium’s Cantillon and Denmark’s Mikkeller.
  • Sparkling Ciders – As the cider trend continues to bloom, BARDOT will offer the rare Eric Bordelet from Normandy and Finnriver from Washington, ciders for a sweet, yet crisp beverage experience.  
Finest Wines: BARDOT’s wine list will transport guests to Paris with small production and rare vintages, highlighted by:
 
  • French Staples – BARDOT will be one of the only restaurants in the country offering wines by the houses of Couly-Dutheil, Patrick Piuze and Domaine Cosse Maisonneuve, widely regarded as some of the finest in France.
  • Wine By-The-Glass – With one of the most extensive by-the-glass programs in Las Vegas, BARDOT’s offerings are largely French in origin, giving a taste of the country’s top producers.
  • Champagne Cart – A rotating selection of four sparkling wines, primarily champagnes, will begin the meal and add a celebratory element to every dining experience.
  • Endless Rosé – A “who’s who” of Rosé, BARDOT’s blushing variety uniquely features wines from around the world. Brunch guests can imbibe in bottomless Château d'Esclans Whispering Angel.
 
Esoteric Spirits: BARDOT’s selection of liquors will entice spirits aficionados with a revered collection of cognac dating back to 1811 and a remarkable variety of Chartreuse, including:
 
  • Hardy – Known as one of the best cognacs in the world, the Hardy collection served at BARDOT includes the Family Reserve Rosebud and the exquisite Hardy Perfection as well as a custom blend exclusive to ARIA.
  • The Last Drop – More than 120 years ago, this fine spirit was distilled and can now be enjoyed by worldly cognac connoisseurs.
  • Vintage Chartreuse BARDOT boasts Las Vegas’ largest selection of Chartreuse. This French liqueur, aged with 130 herbs, plants and flowers, is distilled by the Carthusian Monks.
 
BARDOT serves dinner daily from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. with brunch offered on Saturday and Sunday between 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Visit ARIA.com for more information.  Follow BARDOT on Twitter and Instagram at @Bardot_LV.

 
ARIA RESORT & CASINO
ARIA Resort & Casino is a stunning AAA Five Diamond resort on The Strip featuring an unprecedented combination of striking architecture, sustainable design, spectacular amenities, high-end service and premium meeting and convention space. Combined with its unparalleled amenities including luxurious shopping at Crystals and the first-of-its-kind public Fine Art Collection, ARIA introduces a new generation of resort experiences, unlike anything Las Vegas has ever seen.  ARIA and its neighboring properties are a joint venture between MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) and Infinity World Development Corp, a subsidiary of Dubai World. For more information and reservations, visit ARIA.com or call toll free at (866) 359-7757; also find ARIA on Facebook and Twitter.
 
ABOUT MINA GROUP
Mina Group Inc. is a San Francisco-based restaurant management company specializing in creating and operating upscale, innovative restaurant concepts.  Mina Group is led by Chef/Owner Michael Mina whose accolades include James Beard Foundation “Who’s Who of Food and Beverage” inductee in 2013, Bon Appétit Chef of the Year, and International Food and Beverage Forum’s Restaurateur of the Year.  Operating since 2002, Mina Group currently manages 26 concepts including MICHAEL MINA in San Francisco; BOURBON STEAK and CLOCK BAR at The Westin St. Francis on Union Square in San Francisco; RN74 at Millennium Tower in San Francisco and RN74 at the Joshua Green Building in Seattle; PABU and THE RAMEN BAR at 101 California in San Francisco; BOURBON STEAK, BOURBON PUB and Michael Mina’s Tailgate at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara; STRIPSTEAK at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas; MICHAEL MINA Bellagio at Bellagio in Las Vegas; BARDOT BRASSERIE at Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas; MICHAEL MINA 74 and STRIPSTEAK at Fontainebleau Miami Beach; Locale Market and FarmTable Kitchen at Sundial St. Petersburg in Florida; and THE HANDLE BAR in Jackson Hole.  For a complete list of restaurants please visit http://michaelmina.net. Follow Michael Mina on Facebook at Michael Mina, twitter @ChefMichaelMina and Instagram at ChefMichaelMina.
 
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MGM Resorts International
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