Clark County working for more customer-friendly liquor code

Updated August 21, 2018 - 6:41 pm

Diners may soon be able to bring their favorite bottle of wine to Las Vegas-area restaurants, for a fee.

The Clark County Commission is once again considering amending alcohol laws after a similar attempt this year was met with distaste from some commissioners.

The commission on Tuesday introduced an ordinance that would allow restaurants to charge a corkage fee to patrons who bring, drink and take home their own wine. Restaurant owners could choose whether to allow the practice at their business and set their own fee.

The ordinance would also allow brew pubs, liquor stores and some Strip hotel bars to sell growlers of craft beer, a practice allowed in local cities but not the unincorporated county.

“We are basically bringing our code up to date with what is already in effect in the City of Las Vegas,” Clark County Business Licensing Director Jacqueline Holloway said.

The ordinance, supported by Nevada Resort Association, was scheduled for a public hearing on Sept. 4.

A March vote on a similar ordinance was delayed after some county commissioners expressed concern with two provisions in the law.

The new iteration of the ordinance addresses those issues, Holloway said, because it no longer calls for allowing barbershops, salons and some retail stores to serve beer and wine.

Commissioners Susan Brager and Jim Gibson, who opposed those proposals, said Tuesday they are comfortable with the newly written ordinance.

“In this town there are so many places a person can go if they want wine and beer that it makes no sense to me for us to expand the authorized locations to the things that were mentioned,” Gibson said.

However, those proposals could come back.

Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani said she would like to pass an ordinance that would allow the service of beer and wine in barbershops and salons before her final term ends in December.

“I still think we should have that conversation. To me it’s about recognizing there’s different ways to provide experience for those who are getting their hair cut or their nails done,” she said.

Contact Michael Scott Davidson at sdavidson@reviewjournal.com or 702-477-3861. Follow @davidsonlvrjon Twitter.

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A medley of the theme for HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and the song “Winter Is Here” from the show premiered at the Bellagio Fountains water show on the Las Vegas Strip on Sunday, March 31, 2019. The new number will run in rotation through April 13. The series premieres its eighth and final series on April 14. (Mick Akers/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Las Vegan Aunt Chippy talks about being on Jimmy Kimmel's show
Concetta Potenza, Aunt “Chippy” to Jimmy Kimmel, talks about her first time being featured on her nephew’s show. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
The "Flight Unknown" At Bar Centro at Bazaar Meats Las Vegas Features 5 Innovative Cocktails
The "Flight Unknown" At Bar Centro At Bazaar Meats Las Vegas Features 5 Innovative Cocktails (Janna Karel Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Cotton candy crowns pancakes in Las Vegas
At Maxie’s at The Linq Promenade in Las Vegas, executive chef David Mangual fills pancakes with fruit and cream cheese and piles on pastel cotton candy, which is melted in a stream of chocolate syrup. Heidi Knapp Rinella/Review-Journal
Bananas Foster Pancakes go up in flames at The Stove near Las Vegas
Chef Antonio Nunez at The Stove in Henderson, near Las Vegas, flames the pancakes tableside for a fiery presentation. Heidi Knapp Rinella/Review-Journal
El Loco Rollercoaster at Circus Circus' Adventuredome
The El Loco rollercoaster opened at the Circus Circus' Adventuredome in February 2014. It features a 90-foot ascent, followed by a drop that produces a negative 1.5 "verticle G," a 180-degree turn, and reverse 240-degree roll that turns into an inverted drop. The coaster reaches a maximum speed of 45 mph and is the only indoor coaster of it's kind in the U.S., and is the second indoor El Loco coaster in the world, according to MGM Resorts.
Bartending flair competition at the Nightclub & Bar Show
Highlights from the ten contestants who competed for the Shake It Up Flair and Classic Competition at the Nightclub & Bar Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @rookie__rae
Justin Kingsley Hall shares details on his next gig
Chef Justin Kinglsey hall shares some details about the newArts District restaurant he's developing with Kim Owens. (Al Mancini/Las Vegs Review-Journal)
Film prompted Carrie Hogan to found 2 farmers markets in Las Vegas
Carrie Hogan founded Fresh 52 Farmers and Artisan Market in Las Vegas after realizing she had to do something about the influence of factory farms on the food supply. (Heidi Knapp Rinella/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
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