Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010 | 6:32 p.m.
When it comes to discussing the cocktail list at Yellowtail Japanese Restaurant & Lounge at Bellagio, bartender Kat Gonzales does not hold back.
"I've been to all different kinds of places," she said, "and this one definitely has the best."
And the Northridge, Calif., native would know.
Since moving to Las Vegas three years ago from Long Beach, where she began her career, she's held several plush bartending jobs around town, none quite as fulfilling as Yellowtail.
"The beverage program here is something else. Our mixologist really does an amazing job making the cocktails," she said. "Every cocktail on the list is delicious."
Gonzales also presides over an extensive sake selection, everything from your basic nigoris to premium junmai daiginjos, and even some off-the-list standbys for true cocktail connoisseurs.
"We can go from classic cocktails to making a saketini," Gonzales said. "We have a really wide spectrum of cocktails. I really don't ever have to go look at a cocktail book and be like 'What's in that?' I just work. It's nice."