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Andrew KiralyFall is here, a time to celebrate bounty and embrace the hearth. In Las Vegas, that means rejoicing in another abundant martini harvest and hunkering down in front of a crackling video poker screen. Okay, so autumn in Vegas doesn’t exactly inspire thoughts of seasonal cocooning — which, er, I’m assuming was the original impulse behind fall drinking features in magazines like this? But there are plenty of reasons otherwise to hoist a glass: to farewell the end of summer, to fortify ourselves for the holiday season ahead, to engineer another excuse to socialize. For this year’s feature, “Our Favorite Bars” (p. 52), we kept it decidedly simple. We asked ourselves: What are our favorite bars, our haunts, our hangs, our places you’re likely to find us at 7 on a Tuesday evening, at 10 on a Saturday night, at 3 p.m. or possibly 3 a.m. on a Sunday? The answer is a curated case of personal paeans to the places where we simply love to drink drank dronk. (And if you’re a teetotaler, we’ve got something for you on p. 73!) Of course, this feature is about more than catching a good buzz — it’s about greasing the social gears that make living anywhere feel more meaningful and connected. And in a town infamous for its transience — in the time it takes you to read this sentence, 20,000 of your neighbors will have abruptly moved away — sometimes the neighborhood bar is where we make our most unlikely friends. So, raise a glass to community, this season and beyond.

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