Coop’s Corner has been a hotspot for years. And I’m not referring to the name of the establishment (although every one of his residencies has been iconic to Las Vegas); it’s actually the name of the area at the bar where you can hang out and unwind with the barman’s barman, David Cooper.
With a strong family lineage in Las Vegas, Coop is not only dedicated to his craft, but his old-school, easygoing and friendly conversations and charming qualities also are ones that every hairstylist could take a lesson from, if you know what I mean.
You’ll find Coop’s Corner at Spaghetty Western (10690 Southern Highlands Parkway) in Southern Highlands. As you sit nearby original Spaghetti Western film posters while chatting about the “The Good, The Bad & the Ugly” of the world with Coop, scan the menu for some classic Italian and American dishes.
For sure, order the famous Philly cheesesteak sandwich loaded with seasoned sliced beef, grilled onions, bell peppers and mushrooms and smothered in cheese, and “For a Few Dollars More,” a side of fries is a winner. Such a ravenous appetite calls for a cold drink. Let Coop make the suggestion, such as Menabrea, an Italian beer so round and robust with toffee caramel and floral flavors, it’s perfection.
Then, stay a little while to absorb the neighborhood vibes. Besides, it is an Italian custom to reach for a bottle of Amaro to settle the stomach after a great meal. Or try any of his cocktails with Amaro, particularly Coop’s Corner made of Amaro Montenegro, Orange and Chocolate Bitters and Bourbon.
Now, this is a drink that recalls the late nights at one of his last posts when it was still open, Carnevino Italian Steakhouse. Reminiscent of an orange-flavored Tootsie Roll lollipop, this dark, complex, slightly-sweet-and-mostly-handsome-in-the-glass drink is threaded with a gift of three Luxardo Maraschino cherries. You’d swear that Bodacious, the bronze bovine, is lingering in the background, but it’s actually Clint Eastwood in your hood.