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Mark Bradley lends an ear - and some mighty fine drinks

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Beverly Poppe

Mark Bradley, bartender at The Capital Grille

The cocktail list at The Capital Grille includes some new inventions and a few twists on the classics, including the Grapefruit Buck. Created with Absolut Ruby Red vodka, fresh lime juice, ginger beer and just a splash of Campari on top, it's one of their most popular cocktails for good reason.

The cocktail list at The Capital Grille includes some new inventions and a few twists on the classics, including the Grapefruit Buck. Created with Absolut Ruby Red vodka, fresh lime juice, ginger beer and just a splash of Campari on top, it's one of their most popular cocktails for good reason.

Bartender Mark Bradley arrived in Las Vegas in 1992 at the height of the construction boom that turned the Strip into an international destination.

(Good thing, too, since Bradley dabbles in real estate investment on the side.)

However, the best property, as Bradley explains, is behind the bar at The Capital Grille at Fashion Show.

"You never know who's going to walk through that door who could influence your life," he said.

Before I can ask for an example, Kirk Kerkorian, the billionaire Las Vegas real estate magnate, is mentioned. It was football season, and Bradley, known to bet the underdog at home on a Monday night, admitted he took the Giants.

"He said, 'No, you didn't,' and he handed me $200. He said, 'You had Dallas,'" Bradley recalled. "He was the most unassuming gentleman I ever met."

You get the feeling Bradley has enough stories to last the night — and then some. He has been compared to a life coach by his customers, and while he says getting paid for the free advice he doles out night after night would have its perks, it still wouldn't beat his current employ.

"For my last meal, I'd probably have the filet mignon here at The Capital Grille and a Johnny Walker Black, and I'd be all set."

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